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A new middle-grade novel coming in 2022!

I am THRILLED to share the exciting news that I will have a brand new middle-grade novel coming out in Fall 2022 with Scholastic! Scholastic was my first publishing home (I worked as an editor and book marketer there nearly 20 years ago!), and it feels so good to be returning home with this special novel.

The idea for CONTROLLED BURN has been living as a spark inside me for years. This story has taken time to build and grow, but was ultimately inspired by my own childhood adventures exploring Minnesota’s north woods, and some of my personal family history captured in the photos below: my Grandpa Howard’s stories from his years working in a fire tower and with the Department of Natural Resources as a Forester; the peaceful tranquility of the old fire tower and surrounding wilderness outside Tower, MN; and my mom’s experience fighting forest fires in the western United States when I was a kid and teen.

CONTROLLED BURN is the story of twelve-year-old Maia, who is battling some huge personal demons and anxieties, but begins to conquer her fears while spending the summer with her grandparents after her younger sister is badly burned in a house fire.

I am SO proud of this book, and can't wait to share Maia's story with readers next year!

I'm honored to spread the news that the first book in THE GREAT PEACH EXPERIMENT series has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild as a Gold Standard Selection!

Having one of my books chosen for JLG's list has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and I'm so pleased to have this be my first book ever selected for this special honor. I hope this means even more readers will get to enjoy the Peach family's adventures!

I've also received several VERY lovely, fancy professional reviews for THE GREAT PEACH EXPERIMENT in the past few weeks. Take a look at this absolutely perfect Shelf Awareness review here, and an exceptional review from Kirkus (the toughest critic of all!!) here.

If you would like to read an excerpt of this story now (OR if you would like me to read it to you), you can do that. To listen/watch me reading the first two chapters aloud, visit my YouTube page (link below... there is a special guest appearance by my new puppy, Nutmeg!).

To download/read the excerpt yourself, please visit my publisher's website (link below below) and scroll down to the bottom of the book's page. You can get a sneak peek of the first two chapters now, and the rest of the story on April 6!
Listen to Erin Reading the First Two Chapters!
Read an Excerpt Now!
If you would like a signed copy of THE GREAT PEACH EXPERIMENT, please place your order with Wild Rumpus Books in my hometown of Minneapolis!

A most unusual family lives down the block...have you met The Quirks?

If you haven't read my first middle-grade series - THE QUIRKS - yet (or if you need a new, signed copy of any or all of the books in this series!), I have some copies on hand that I would be happy to sign, personalize, and ship out to you!

Book 1 & 2 (paperback): $8/each
Books 3 & 4 (hardcover): $12/each
Price includes shipping!

Email Erin to order »

Book Recommendations

One of the best books I read last year was the latest book in the Vanderbeekers series, by Karina Yan Glaser. If you haven't read this series yet, be sure you check it out! I'm sure you'll fall in love with this charming family and their NYC neighborhood.

Find this series and some of my other favorite books on »

Have you heard about the Renegades of Middle Grade? I'm lucky enough to be a part of this amazing group of middle grade authors, and this year, we've starting doing GROUP virtual school visits! If you're interested in having a panel of THREE award-winning, kid-favorite authors visit your school together for the price of ONE, then check out the details here.

Also, twelve of the Renegades are hosting a free SPEED DATING event on February 17 at 7CST/8EST. We'll each talk about our upcoming releases, and share a few secrets about our new books. Join us!

ERIN SODERBERG DOWNING has written more than fifty books for kids, tweens, and young adults. Some of her most popular titles include two fun series – Puppy Pirates and The Quirks – and the magical middle-grade novel Moon Shadow. The first book in her next middle grade series — The Great Peach Experiment: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie (a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection) — will roll into stores on April 6, 2021. Before becoming an author, Erin was a children’s book editor, a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, three hilarious kids, a cuddly goldendoodle named Wally (the star of Puppy Pirates!), and Nutmeg the mischievous mini aussiedoodle puppy.

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