Middle Grade Mania: Isabela for Real by Margie Palatini!

Next up on #MiddleGradeMania is ISABELA FOR REAL by Margie Palatini. We’re excited for you to learn more about the author of this fun (and funny!) novel about what happens when a girl’s Youtube channel goes viral. Take it away, Margie!


The book/person/thing that inspired me to be a writer is:

My third grade teacher, Mrs. Farwell always encouraged my creativity, whether it was in dramatics, music, art, or creative writing. And my grandparents were my champions.

The hardest thing about writing for a middle grade audience is:

I don’t know if writing for middle grade is more difficult that picture books (of which I have over three dozen). But it does take longer. A puzzle with more pieces you have to figure out where they fit.

9780544148468_lresWhy do you like writing middle grade books? 

Love the audience.

What will middle grade readers like about your books?

Great funny characters!

My least favorite subject in school was:

Math. :/

My favorite snack:

Potato chips

The best thing about my job is:

School visits! Love meeting my readers!

One piece of advice for your middle grade self:

It gets better.

Where can we find you on the internet? (Social media, website?)