Kell Andrews

Writer for children. Middle-grade debut, DEADWOOD, coming from Spencer Hill, June 2014. Member of Operation Awesome, Project Mayhem, SCBWI.Official site at

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Topps League

Kurtis Scaletta, author of middle-grade novels (The Tanglewood Terror, Mudville, and Mamba Point, all from Knopf), recently launched a new chapter book series of baseball mysteries, Topps League. I had some questions for him. I’ve tried my hand at chapter books — short books that act as a transition between easy readers and middle grade — but I hadn’t found many resources about writing them. Rather than just pestering Kurtis for insights and hoarding them for myself, I asked him to write a guest blog for Operation Awesome. He generously agreed.