musings & newsy things

Preorder contest for The Lighthouse between the Worlds!

Where: everyone on this world is eligible! Who: must be age 13 or older to enter When: starting……now!     Each person who preorders The Lighthouse between the Worlds by November 12 will receive the Everyone’s A Winner! swag pack including: 1 Lighthouse between the Worlds bookmark 1 Lighthouse […]

Being Wendy

  The story that follows is an excerpt from a keynote speech I delivered recently at a book festival.   A new study released in January demonstrates that as early as 6 years old, girls’ perception of their own gender’s intelligence shifts; all that subliminal […]

A starry introduction to AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY!

I am over the moon to share the first reviews for my new YA. First, there was the excellent Booklist review, where the journal’s cover is a full-frame image of my book cover. Isn’t it stunning?

And then came three starred reviews! First, from Kirkus, who calls the historical novel “riveting”. Next came School Library Journal, who says:

“Themes of poverty, social injustice based on ethnicity, violence toward women, coming-of-age, romantic love, and a sliver of precarious hope are woven into the plot.  This poetic, historical novel is an important addition to libraries given its focus on the consequences of U.S. involvement in Bolivian politics.”

Publishers Weekly chimes in with the third starred review, writing:

“Crowder delivers a disturbing portrait of innocent families trapped in corrupt systems, as well as a testament to the strength of enduring cultural traditions and the possibility of finding family in the unlikeliest places.”

And finally, RT Reviews gives An Uninterrupted View of the Sky its coveted *five star gold* rating, declaring:

“There are writers and then there is Melanie Crowder, who advances the art form to such a degree that when you reach the last page you can only hope that she will bless you with another literary masterpiece. Her young adult novel is raw, gripping, poetic and bold as it tackles the lingering impact of colonialism in South America’s poorest country and America’s unscrupulous War on Drugs in the region. Crowder takes you on an emotional pilgrimage that you won’t want to end.”


Thank you, all, for so enthusiastically welcoming this book that means so very much to me!

It’s a star!

Many thanks to School Library Journal for this lovely starred review of Three Pennies!   Some of my favorite parts: “The language of this short and intense story is spare and evocative, and the chapters are brief and impressionistic.” and “This tender tale of human frailty […]

A Kirkus star for Three Pennies!

ARCs are out in the world, which means reviews are on their way in… The first review for THREE PENNIES is a wonderful one—a star from Kirkus! I won’t share the whole text here because, of course, spoilers. But the last line is my favorite. […]



We have a cover!

I am always so grateful for the many, many hours the design and editorial teams spend to carefully wrap my words in an artistic rendering of what lies within. So very grateful!

For a book description and preorder links, click here: AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY.

THREE PENNIES has a cover!

  I love it! Isn’t it fantastic? Here’s the panorama of the whole jacket:   Feeling very fortunate over here to have such a thoughtful editorial and design team at Atheneum making these gorgeous covers for my books! For more about Three Pennies, including release […]

AUDACITY is a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist!

I admit, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. You write a book, you research and research and research and you wring your hands, hoping you are able to bring honor to the person, and to the life that has inspired you, that is your story’s subject. […]

Introducing A Nearer Moon–with a star!

I’m so pleased to tell you all about my newest book! It’s a middle grade this time, and a fantasy story–my first! Just today, Kirkus posted their *starred* review online and I couldn’t be more excited by what they have to say:

This lyrical story has a once-upon-a-time quality and, like the best of fairy tales, an evil to be overcome, a magic charm, and a lesson to be gleaned. Crowder’s language is sumptuous, written with an elegiac quality that suits the wistful longings of her protagonists.

A quiet story of perseverance and hope, exquisitely written with words and images that demand savoring.

Isn’t that a fantastic review? Oh, and have you seen the cover yet? The artist is Zdenko Basic. I think he did an amazing job.


final cover Nearer Moon


Thanks so much for sharing in my excitement for this, my third book! You can find the book summary, and links for purchase here.


Happy Perigee, dear readers!

Off to a starry start!

  Galleys of AUDACITY are out in the world, and the first two trade reviews are in! * Readers hear Clara’s strong, clear voice in action-packed verses that convey with intense emotion her conflicts and conviction, her deepest thoughts and her doubts and triumphs. Crowder breathes life […]