MG Book Village Administrators
Jarrett feels fortunate to have discovered the wonders and delights of reading, writing, and drawing at an early age. He hasn’t stopped doing them since. His first-ever book project was a comic book about a family of ducks, titled “The Ducks.” Now he makes books about farting robots, superheroic taco ingredients, and other very serious matters. You can find his books — EngiNerds, Revenge of the EngiNerds, Geeger the Robot Goes to School, Give This Book a Title, Geeger the Robot: Lost and Found, and The EngiNerds Strike Back — wherever books are sold
Kathie’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 runs the children’s department in a rural public library in Manitoba, Canada, and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and daughter. She is a member of the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards (MYRCA) Committee, the ARC sharing group #bookportage, and is passionate about sharing her love for middle grade literature.
Corrina Allen is a 5th grade teacher in Central New York and a mom of two energetic tween girls. She is passionate about helping kids discover who they are as readers. Corrina is the host of Books Between – a podcast to help teachers, parents, and librarians connect with children betwen ages 8 and 12 to books they’ll love.
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) and their cat Kato (12).
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). She also belongs to the Canadian #bookportage group, consisting of teachers, librarians and authors who read and review ARCs and newly released middle grade books.
Find her on Twitter at @lhnatiuk and Instagram at @HnatiukL_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.
Afoma Umesi is a freelance writer and editor with a voracious appetite for middle grade books. While she is a lifelong reader who also reads books for other age groups, middle grade literature is her happy place. You can find her blogging at Reading Middle Grade or talking about books on Twitter @afomaumesi.
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.
MG Book Village Review Team
Christina Carter is an Elementary School Librarian (K-5), Wife to a Most Magnificent Husband, and Mother to 3 Beautiful teen and young adult Blessings, and yes, she loves to read!
The 2019-2020 school year represents her 7th year serving as a school librarian (Library Media Specialist); spreading the love of reading, encouraging exploration and discovery through research, and engaging students in lessons that spark their creativity. When she think back to her childhood, these elements were what made the library a very special place for her. She believes it is a launchpad by which we get to discover and pursue our dreams. Every day that she opens a book, she opens up a world of possibility.
Christina is active on social media (mostly Twitter & her blog) and is a member of #BookExcursion, a group of educational leaders who read, review, and promote books through social media and in their communities with an express purpose of sharing their love of reading with the families they serve. You can find her on Twitter at @CeCeLibrarian.
Ro Menendez is a picture book collector and teacher-librarian in Mesquite, TX. After thirteen years in the bilingual classroom she decided to transition to the library where she could build relationships with ALL readers on her campus. She enjoys the daily adventure of helping young readers develop their reader identity by connecting them with books that speak to their hearts and sense of humor! Ro’s favorite pastimes include reading aloud to children and recommending books to anyone who asks! She is also very passionate about developing a diverse library collection where all readers learn about themselves and those around them. You can find her on Twitter at @romenendez14.
Deana Metzke, in addition to being a wife and mother of two, spent many years as a Literacy Coach, and is now an Elementary Teacher Instructional Leader for Literacy and Social Studies for her school district. In addition to occasionally sharing her thoughts here at MG Book Village, you can read more of her thoughts about kid lit and trying to raise children who are readers at raisingreaders.site or follow her on Twitter @DMetzke. She is also a member of #bookexcursion.
Katie Reilley is a fourth and fifth grade ELA teacher from Elburn, Illinois, and a proud mom to two amazing daughters, ages 14 and 10 who has been married to a wonderful husband for 18 years. She’s a member of #bookexpedition, a group of teachers, librarians and authors who read and review ARCs and newly released middle grade books. She’s also happy to be part of the #classroombookaday community, and loves to learn alongside her students and fellow educators. She has been teaching for twenty-two years, and her passion is getting books into the hands of her students. You can find her on Twitter at @KReilley5.