middle grade book


In just three days, the Hallmark Channel movie “You’re Bacon Me Crazy” premieres on April 4th, 9 P.M./8 C! I’m thrilled to watch the movie, especially because it’s based on my Scholastic book, You’re Bacon Me Crazy. (Download You’re Bacon Me Crazy Excerpt ). Chef Cleo (Natalie Hall) has a foodie face-off with food truck...
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YOU'RE BACON ME CRAZY Mother Daugher Book Club Movie Marathon

YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY Mother-Daughter Book Club/Movie Marathon

The debut of the Hallmark Channel “You’re Bacon Me Crazy” movie is just a couple of weeks away! I’ll be watching the movie with my daughter on the Hallmark Channel at 9 P.M./8 Central on April 4. I can’t wait to tune into foodie fun and romance with Chef Cleo and her foodie truck rival...
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YOU'RE BACON ME CRAZY Bacon CocoaNut Crackles Recipe

YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY Bacon CocoaNut Crackles Recipe

A Sweetheart of a Treat for “You’re Bacon Me Crazy” Movie Night The Hallmark Channel “You’re Bacon Me Crazy” movie premieres in one month, on April 4th. The movie, adapted from my Scholastic middle-grade novel, You’re Bacon Me Crazy, promises just as much foodie fun and romance as the book. Make this recipe for “You’re...
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I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the fabulously fall-ish cover for my ninth foodie book for Scholastic, Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life. The Ninth Book in My Foodie Middle-Grade Series I love the tumbling leaves on the cover, and the beautiful autumnal colors. I especially love that scrumptious-looking Pumpkin Spice Supreme. About the...
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Valentine's Day "I'm Glaze-y For You" Donut Recipe

Valentine’s Day “I’m Glaze-y For You” Donut Recipe

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Where I live in the Northeast, February can be a dreary month. Comfort food and sweet treats are a great way to beat the winter gloom. Valentine’s Day is always an especially fun way to spread kindness and cheer in chilly weather. Inspired by my Scholastic foodie book, Donut Go Breaking...
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Middle-Grade Authors Suzanne Nelson and Janae Marks at Elm Street Books in New Canaan, CT

FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON by Janae Marks, A Fabulous New Book for Foodie Fans

Happy February, Foodie Readers! Have I got a wonderful new book recommendation for you! Fellow middle-grade author Janae Marks has just released her debut novel, From the Desk of Zoe Washington, and it’s an absolute delight. The story of Zoe is one that will stay with me forever. Although, admittedly, I have a soft spot...
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Holly Jolly House from HOT COCOA HEARTS

The “Christmas House” that Helped to Inspire HOT COCOA HEARTS

The memories are vivid. December weather in Southern California rarely fell below freezing temperatures, but there was still a crisp nip in the air as we piled into my dad’s car to make our yearly pilgrimage to the “Christmas House.” The tradition began when I was around eleven or twelve, around the time my dad...
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Magnolious Muddy Duster Brownies Recipe

If you’ve read A Tale Magnolious, you know that chocolate is hard to come by in the downtrodden town of Fortune’s Bluff. Chocolate chip cookies weren’t even invented until the late 1930s (A world without chocolate-chip cookies…how could it ever have existed?). Chocolate morsels weren’t yet invented, either. So, in honor of Nitty, Magnolious, and...
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The Real Elephant Who Inspired A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

The Elephant Who Helped to Inspire A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

The ideas for my stories come from many different sources. I’m inspired by people I meet, places I visit, adventures I’ve had, and even by my own dreams. My most recent middle-grade novel, A Tale Magnolious, was inspired by a dream about a real elephant named Mary. This is her story. Mary the Elephant Mary...
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Middle-Grade Book Chat at Books of Wonder in NYC!

October 26th, 1-3 PM at Books of Wonder in New York City Meet me and other great middle-grade authors Nick Courage, Barbara Dee, Donna Gephart, and Kristin Mahoney at the 18th Street Books of Wonder store! We’ll be chatting about the writing craft as well as signing books. I’ll be signing copies of A Tale...
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