Tess Hilmo is the author of With a Name Like Love. Find her online at http://tesshilmo.com/
The industry calls them “middle grade novels” but I call them “wonderful books you can adore and then pass on to your friend, mother, child, grandmother and teacher”. My description is probably too long for publishing catalogues though, so I don’t push the issue. I feel so lucky to be able to write for this audience. Honestly, young teens are the most fun, most creative, most accepting group of people I have had the privilege of meeting and it is the coolest thing in the world to sit in my pajamas, eat ice cream and write stories for them. As hard as you try – I bet you couldn’t come up with a better job description than that!
Some of my very favorite Middle Grade novels include…
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt. I have to admit that I am kind of a Gary-Schmidt-Uber-Fan-Geek. I get all excited about his books and try to get my adult book club groups to read them and talk about them … they are awesome! Lizzy Bright was my first “Gary Schmidt Encounter” and it still stands as one of my favorite. Beautifully written and meaningful with lots of laugh out loud moments too.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Man, this book is so good. SO GOOD. Read it!!!
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. Patricia Reilly Giff is another of my favorite authors and I love just about everything she has written. In this novel, Hollis is a spunky ward-of-the-state who goes to a different kind of foster home. She learns to love and trust and even has to step in and save her new foster mom at one point. I read this book often as inspiration for my own writing. The author gets it perfect in so many places.
In honor of With a Name Like Love being published in paperback, Ms. Hilmo has graciously offered up one copy to a lucky a reader! Check out my review of With a Name Like Love (which I adored!!) Want to win? Leave a comment below!
(one entry per person, US Address only, 13+)