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Middle-School Fiction: A Void left by Andrew Clements Waiting to be Filled

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    Hobbitchild
    @hobbitchild

      I’ve been writing my book for about two years. One day, I sent a draft of the first chapter to a famous author, one who had inspired my own “writer’s voice” through his books. I actually received a reply. Andrew Clements, author of bestselling book Frindle, told me that what I had written made him want to read more.

      I found out recently that Andrew Clements passed away shortly after this correspondence. He wrote many books for young audiences, and without those new stories, the world of middle-school fiction will never be the same.

      I am attempting to put my foot in the door of that genre and see what happens. Nothing may come of it. That is up to my readers.

      My book will be released on August 15th, this week actually, and it will be FREE for the first five days. I will post the link to it below. If anyone would get a copy when it is released, it would be very encouraging.

      Thank you so much for your time.

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      imwritehere1920
      @imwritehere1920

        @hobbitchild

        Hi, I’m Lily and I love writing MG too!  That is so wonderful that your favorite author got to read a part of your work.  I’m so sorry he passed away.

        I know this reply came a bit late, but I’m definitely curious about your book (and checking it out right after this; thanks for the link).  I wish you all the best as you write for children.

        Just out of curiosity, why do you love writing MG?

        We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. — Ernest Hemingway

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        Hobbitchild
        @hobbitchild

          @imwritehere1920

          Hi!

          Thank you for taking a look at my book! I’m currently in the process of making it a paperback (by the way, it’s soo frustrating! I just spend 28 minutes talking to Kindle Direct Publishing trying to troubleshoot a problem).

          Have you published a book?

          I like to write middle grade fiction because I read it a lot! I also like classics (I’m currently going through Little Women, and I love it!). A really good middle grade is The First Last Day…it’s riveting! 🙂

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          imwritehere1920
          @imwritehere1920

            @hobbitchild

            Hey nice to meet you!  No, I haven’t published a book yet.  Though I am very interested in self-publishing.

            Yikes, I hope the problem will work itself out.  I’m in the middle of taking a look at your first chapter, and I love the hook.  It’s strong and compelling.

            I love reading MG too!  I grew up with a lot of MG/Children’s books.  Little Women is a good one.  Do you have a favorite book?

            We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. — Ernest Hemingway

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            Hobbitchild
            @hobbitchild

              @imwriterhere1920

              I have a lot of favorite books! To name a few, I like The Lord of the Rings, The Losers Club (written by Andrew Clements), and the Mysterious Benedict Society series. What about you?

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