Monday, 11 April 2016

Tomorrow is the official publication date for my debut children’s novel. I started working on what became THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY in July, 2008. You can imagine how many beta readers, paid-for critiques, SCBWI retreats, critique group meetings, and hand-wringing sessions it took to get me from idea to published book. In […]

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It’s only three weeks until the launch of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE. Good thing I don’t have to wait alone. Three other debut middle grade authors are celebrating book birthdays on April 12, 2016. We’re calling ourselves #April12thMGShelf. Together, we are giving away a shelf-worth of new middle grade books, all four of our titles, […]

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Happy Pi Day, poets and friends! I’ve got a slice of something special for you today. To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, I’m giving away a signed ARC of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY. The giveaway starts today and ends on April 1. You’ll find details and giveaway instructions […]

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Happy Poetry Friday, friends. After nearly eight years blogging as Author Amok, I am moving to my new website! As of February 1, I will be blogging and participating in Poetry Friday right here at There are a few housekeeping items to share before I close up shop at the old digs. First, the annual daily […]

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Monday, 18 January 2016

It was one of those serendipitous moments. My friend, poet and educator J.C. Elkin. was asking about my debut children’s novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY. “So, what’s it about?” This, fellow writers, is a question that strikes fear into the hearts of many novelists. As soon as these words fall from someone’s […]

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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