MG Book Village Administrators


Kathie MacIsaac‘s fondest book-related memory from her childhood is curling up in a chair with her mom reading alternate pages of Anne of Green Gables.

She is an award winning literacy advocate passionate about middle-grade books. Her debut nonfiction book (co-written with Colleen Nelson) is IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT: How 25 inspiring Individuals Found Their Dream Jobs came out in October 2022 from Pajama Press. She writes about her reading life at the Bit About Books blog with Laurie Hnatiuk. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband and daughter.

Find her online at www.kathiemacisaac.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @KathieMacIsaac


Laurie Hnatiuk is happily married to her husband Tony (32 years) and has two adult children, her son Andrew (26) and her daughter Brodie (22).

Her experience being a homeroom teacher in grades 1-7 led her to her dream job of being a teacher librarian, until June of 2019, when she retired from the Saskatoon School Division.  In her words, “Being a teacher librarian is the best job in a school because it is the only position where you get to read and learn with everyone.” Even though recently retired, Laurie is still passionate about reading, sharing and getting books into the hands of readers. 

She is a current reader and reviewer of the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards (SYRCA) for the Shining Willow Awards (picture books for grades K-3).  

Find her on Twitter at @lhnatiuk and Instagram at @Hnatiuk_TurningthePage


Adrianna Cuevas is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. A former Spanish and ESOL teacher, Adrianna currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and son. When not working with TOEFL students, wrangling multiple pets including an axolotl, and practicing fencing with her son, she is writing her next middle grade novel. Adrianna’s books include The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and Cuba In My Pocket. Find her on Twitter at @acuevaswrites and online at adriannacuevas.com.


Christie Megill is a middle grade writer and homeschooling parent with an extensive background in books. She studied English Literature at Fordham University and since then she has worked as a bookseller, editorial assistant, tutor, elementary school teacher, and curriculum developer. She now spends her time writing for kids and adults while teaching her own young children. Her favorite middle grade books are The Baby-Sitters Club stories and she owns every original copy of the series. You can find her on Twitter at @christiemegill.

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Anne (A.B.) Westrick  is the author of Brotherhood, an award-winning novel for older-MG readers. One of her fondest memories is the night she was reading aloud to her youngest child when the older three quietly drifted in, curled up on the rug, and listened, even though the book wasn’t meant for them, big as they were. No matter. It was reading time. Family time. All four are now grown and gone, and Anne still loves reading children’s books. She’s been a teacher, literacy volunteer, and coach for teams from Odyssey of the Mind to the Reading Olympics, and these days she’s hard at work on two new MG novels. She and her husband live near Richmond, VA. You can learn more about her at https://abwestrick.com/

Shari Sawyers is an elementary school librarian in Carrollton, Texas. After teaching in the elementary classroom for 19 years, she followed her heart into the school library, which is absolutely the best place to be in a school. Her favorite parts of the job are helping kids find books they will love, and getting to tell students about authors she has met!  She also loves helping students research, supporting teachers, and getting to work with all ages. She believes all kids should see themselves in books and have the freedom to choose the books they love to read. Shari is a member of #BookSojourn, an ARC-sharing group of educators, and a new member of the TLA Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Committee. She loves supporting authors and learning about the process of creating books. Getting to connect young readers, books, and authors together is a dream come true. Shari has 4 children – 25, 23, 21, and 9 – and a 1 year old grandson, who keep her life full of laughter and love.