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1. MMGM Links (2/8/16)

Here's this week's  MMGM links!

- Reading Violet is caught up in THE WEDNESDAY WARS. Click HERE to see why.  
- Deb Marshall is really digging THE WORLD BENEATH . Click HERE to read her review. 
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is cheering for HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.  Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is spreading some good luck for JUST MY LUCK. Click HERE to find her review.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! is tossing out some love for LEGENDS: THE BEST PLAYERS, GAMES, AND TEAMS IN FOOTBALL. Click HERE for his feature.
- Suzanne Warr is singing praises for BLUE BIRDS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is rooting for SWEET HOME ALASKA. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
 - Susan Olson is eager to open THE TRAP DOOR (Infinity Ring Book 3). Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for SOAR. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Rosi Hollenbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--NANNY X RETURNS. Click HERE for all the fun.   
- Shari Larsen is revealing the cover for BLUES BONES--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.  
- Dorine White wants everyone to join THE DRAGON OF THE MONTH club. Click HERE to see why.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is sharing THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Katie at Story Time Secrets is showing some spirit for SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN. Click HERE to read her review 
- Andrea Mack is raving about JACOB'S LANDING. Click HERE to learn more about it. 
- Sue Kooky is featuring STORY THIEVES. Click HERE to find her review.   
- Michelle Mason is *also* spreading some STORY THIEVES love. Click HERE to see why.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 



If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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2. MMGM Links (2/1/16)

Okay, seriously HOW IS IT ALREADY FEBRUARY????  AND HOW AM I STILL WRESTLING SO MANY DEADLINES???

Ahem.

Sorry. Just seriously, where is the pause button? Or the TARDIS??? Or my genie with three wishes????

Ahem again.

Anyway, before I get to the links, I have one quick, exciting piece of news: it was announced today that Keeper of the Lost Cities is nominated for the California Young Readers Medal, which is just... such an amazing honor. The two books it's nominated with sound amazing (and have now been added to my TBR pile) so I'm sure it'll be some stiff competition. But regardless of how it all works out next year, when all the votes are cast, it's seriously such an incredible thing to have my book on this list and to get this kind of support. So thank you California. Thank you thank you thank you!

And...that's enough Shannon-gushing. On to MMGM!

- Reading Violet joins the MMGM fun with a feature on ADVENTURE OF NANNY PIGGINS. Click HERE to welcome them to the group.  
- Deb Marshall is back, with a feature on 8th GRADE SUPERZERO. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is sweet on A MANGO SHAPED SPACE.  Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Sue Kooky is gushing about THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RATCHET. Click HERE to find her review.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is spreading some good luck for JUST MY LUCK. Click HERE to find her review. 
- Suzanne Warr things GILDED is golden. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is teaching everyone that MURDER IS BAD MANNERS. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is feeling LOST IN THE SUN. Click HERE for her review.
 - Susan Olson is championing FLIGHT TO FREEDOM: NICHOLAS FLUX AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. Click HERE to see why. 
- Patricia Tilton is glad to have found THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY. Click HERE to see what she liked about it. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for RUBY LEE & ME.  Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Rosi Hollenbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  



If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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3. MMGM Links (1/25/16)

Super wiped from a busy weekend in AZ (which was so much fun, btw. Thanks to everyone who came to YAllapalooza).

And in case you missed this on my social media--THE TITLE FOR KEEPER #5 has been revealed. Behold:



















(And for those about to ask--I still have no idea when the cover will be revealed. I haven't even seen the final version yet)

Okay, on to MMGM!
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is reflecting on THE PALACE OF MIRRORS.  Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sue Kooky is cheering for ALWAYS ABIGAIL. Click HERE to find her review.  
- Andrea Mack is spreading the word about THE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO BULLYING. Click HERE to learn more about it.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spreading some love for THE GLASS GAUNTLET. Click HERE for her review.
 - Susan Olson is championing HURRY, FREEDOM. Click HERE to see why. 
- Shari Larson has chills for FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 13 TALES OF HOLIDAY HORROR. Click HERE to see what she liked about it. 
- Greg Pattridge is spotlighting CRENSHAW.  Click HERE to read his thoughts.
- Natalie Aguirre at Literary Rambles has a guest post from author Gregory Funaro--and a special Winner's Choice GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.
- Susan Olson is taking the LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM (Ranger in Time #3). Click HERE for her review
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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4. MMGM Links (1/18/16)

Argh--anyone else still typing "2015" for the year and having to change it? Or is that just me. :)

And I'm back to being the broken record about deadlines, so I'll spare you the whine and instead just give a quick reminder that I am actually leaving the house this weekend. I'll be in AZ for Changing Hands YAllapalooza at their Tempe store on Sat, from 4-6 pm. If you're in the area, I hope to see you there! More details on my events page.

Okay, on to MMGM!

- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness is featuring KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES (*blush* That title sounds familiar...) :)  Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sue Kooky is celebrating 11 BIRTHDAYS. Click HERE to find her review.  
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is singing praises for BLACKBIRD FLY. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is rooting for THE BLOOD GUARD. Click HERE for her review.
 - Jess at the Reading Nook is spreading some love for CHLOE IN INDIA. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY-- MY TEACHER IS AN IDIOM. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is spotlighting I DON'T KNOW HOW THE STORY ENDS.  Click HERE to read his thoughts.
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is championing MINNA'S PATCHWORK COAT. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Susan Olson is taking the LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM (Ranger in Time #3). Click HERE for her review
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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5. MMGM Links (1/11/16)

Somehow I ended up with four different deadlines this week--so things are DEFINITELY crazypants. But I still found time to throw together the MMGM links (sorry in advance if there are mistakes in them)

But before I get to that, a couple of quick update-ish things that aren't really updates at all. More like reminders. Or maybe pleas? Not sure. But here goes:

- I *know* you guys are dying for info on Keeper #5. I *know* you want to know the title and see the cover and have the plot description and basically you just want the book RIGHT NOW. And I LOVE your enthusiasm. BUT. I'm also seriously drowning in messages asking me for that kind of info. And the thing is, I'm still writing the book. I haven't seen the final cover. I do know the tile, but I'm not allowed to share it yet. So basically: PATIENCE. All will be revealed in time. :) 

- Related to that--I am officially more than a year behind on fanmail, and it's surely only going to get worse given the crazy schedule I have in the months ahead. SORRY. I'm *definitely* not saying that to discourage you from writing to me. I love your letters. And I will do my best to reply. But please make sure you plan on a loooooooooooooooong wait. (And side note: sending additional messages saying DID YOU GET MY MESSAGE--YOU HAVEN'T REPLIED?!?!? actually gets you a slower answer because of the way my email gets sorted. Every new message that comes in goes to the end of the line. And if it's related to another message, it gets linked with that and BOTH messages go to the end of the line. So I know it's an insanely long wait--and again, I'm super sorry. But please please please bear with me and wait for my reply without re-sending)

Okay, phew! Can we tell my inbox has been explode-y lately? :)

Now on to MMGM! 
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness has chills for OF GIANTS AND ICE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sue Kooky is raving about GAME CHANGER. Click HERE to find her review.  
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post by author Monica Tesler & her agent, David Dunton--and a GIVEAWAY of BOUNDERS. Click HERE for details.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is caught up in MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY. Click HERE for her review.
 - Katie at Story Time Secrets has a double feature this week: THE ICING ON THE CAKE and YOU'RE INVITED TOO. Click HERE to check it out.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY-- THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge sees nothing stinky about A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE.  Click HERE to read his thoughts.
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is championing MOUNTAIN DOG. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has a special love-fest for Harry Potter. Click HERE to read more.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has a feature on Star Wars--The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Susan Olson is highlighting VIKING IT AND LIKING IT. Click HERE for her review. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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6. MMGM Links (1/4/16)

Ahhhh--I can't believe it's 2016!!! (And that I'm starting yet another year drowning in deadlines. I have a LOT of writing to do over the next two months, but I will do my best to keep up with MMGM.)

Anyway, here's the links for this week:

- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness joins the MMGM fun with a feature on SWITCH. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- Sue Kooky is raving about UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER. Click HERE to find her review.  
- Mark Baker is spreading some love for THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is COUNTING BY 7s. Click HERE for her review.
 - Katie at Story Time Secrets is cheering for LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS. Click HERE to see why.
Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY-- LOST IN THE SUN. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is struck by THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH.  Click HERE to read his thoughts.
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is championing THE BAKING LIFE OF AMELIE DAY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is giving away a copy of THE STORYTELLERS. Click HERE for details. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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7. MMGM Links (12/28/15)

Final MMGM links of the year--seriously where did 2015 go?!?! And I have some crazy deadlines at the moment so I'm just going to jump right into these:

(Oh, but remember, there's still a few days left for the Neverseen Superfan giveaway. Click HERE to see the prizes and learn how to enter.)

- Jess at the Reading Nook is sweet on SWEET HOME ALASKA. Click HERE to find her review. 
Greg Pattridge is cheering for CHASE TINKER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC.  Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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8. MMGM Links (12/21/15)

Okay, I do not understand how 2015 is almost over--or how I still have so many things on my To Do list!!!!!!

But I guess you're not here for my panicking. You're here for the MMGM links! So here you go--it's a light week with the holiday:

(Oh, and if you missed it last week, my final giveaway is on--the Neverseen Superfan giveaway. Click HERE to see the prizes and learn how to enter.)

- Sue Kooky is rooting for JACK: THE TRUE STORY OF JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. Click HERE to find her review. 
- The Paige Turner is spreading some love for...*blush*...NEVERSEEN. Click HERE to see what she thought (*blushes more*). 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME.  Click HERE to read his thoughts.
- Rosi Hollenbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--RUBY LEE AND ME. Click HERE for details. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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9. MMGM Links (12/14/15)

Home from travel--and buried in deadlines. But here's the MMGM links:

(Oh, and I have an extra special giveaway happening this week--not totally sure which day yet--so keep an eye on my website)

- Sue Kooky is back to champion MAGNUS CHASE AND THE SWORD OF SUMMER. Click HERE to find her review. 
- Suzanne Warr has is feeling the MAGYK. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is rooting for KID ATHLETES. Click HERE for his review. 
- Kim Aippersbach has a double feature on BOOK SCAVENGER and THE SPOTTED DOG LAST SEEN. Click HERE to find her thoughts. 
- Mary Kincaid is raving about SHADOW-WRACK. Click HERE to see why. 
- Carl from Boys Rule! Boys Read! has two Hanukkah features. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for BRIDGET WILDER: SPY-IN-TRAINING.  Click HERE to read his thoughts.  
- Mark Baker is having fun with THE FUNJUNGLE Collection. Click HERE to see why.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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10. MMGM Links (12/7/16)

Bonjour from Paris!

My brain is a bit frazzled from jet lag and a million events--and I'm putting these together on Paris time so I'm sure I'm missing some of you (it's only 4pm for CA and 2am for me. Side note: I am very tired). But here's the MMGM links I found in my inbox:

- Sue Kooky joins the MMGM fun with a feature on WONDER. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.  
- Suzanne Warr has is cheering for THE COUNTERFEIT PRINCESS.  Click HERE to see why.
- Carl from Boys Rule! Boys Read! is spotlighting KRINGLE. Click HERE for his review.
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for DIEGO'S DRAGON: BATTLE AT TENOCHTITLAN  Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Mark Baker is raving about THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA. Click HERE to see why.   
 - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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11. MMGM Links (11/30/15)

Couple of quick updates before I get to MMGM.

First, today is the last day to take advantage of my Black Swagday giveaway--which is also the last swag giveaway I'll be doing for several months. For details on how it works, go HERE.

Also, I haven't added this to my event page because it was a bit uncertain at points. But for those wondering, yes, I WILL be in Paris for Salon de Livre in Montreuil. I'm still getting the final details from Lumen (my publisher) on when all my signings and interviews are. But I can say I'll be at the Book Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (December 4-6). And they've made some awesome posters and buttons as giveaways, so if you'll be in Paris, I hope to see you there! A

Related to that--I can't guarantee that there will be an MMGM roundup next week. I'll TRY, but between the nine hour time difference, a zillion events, and spotty wi-fi, there's a decent chance it might not happen. Apologies in advance if that's the case and thanks for bearing with me. Things will be back to normal the following week once I'm back in the States.

Okay, on to the MMGM links!

- Walker Pent joins the MMGM fun with a feature on his top three favorite middle grade books. Click HERE to welcome him to the group.  
- Destined for Weirdness also joins the MMGM fun with a feature on CORNELIA AND THE AUDACIOUS ESCAPADES OF THE SOMERSET SISTERS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Mark Baker is raving about the HALF UPON A TIME trilogy. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
- Suzanne Warr has an interview with Andrew S. Chilton and a GIVEAWAY of THE GOBLIN'S PUZZLE.  Click HERE for all the fun.
- Patricia Tilton is championing EDWARD'S EYES. Click HERE for her review.
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for IMAGINARY BOY.  Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
- Andrea Mack is spotlighting MINRS. Click HERE to see why.
- Jess at The Reading Nook is highlighting ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Mary Kincaid is featuring THE KEEPING ROOM. Click HERE to see why. 
 - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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12. Elsewhere

As the rain outside begins to turn to snow, my mind seems to be slowing down and coming up empty this evening. So I send you elsewhere:

  • An entertaining essay at Aeon about why English is such a weird language. If you are offended by Scandinavians being called “Scandies” do not read it, though they get high praise for contributing to the weirdness as do the Celts and the Normans.

  • Rebecca Solnit’s response to the Esquire Magazine list of 80 books every man should read. In a nutshell: “I looked at that list and all unbidden the thought arose, no wonder there are so many mass murders.”
  • Enjoy!


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    13. MMGM Links (11/16/15)

    Home from tour! (OMG I AM SO TIRED). But I still have ONE final NEVERSEEN event in SoCal this coming Friday. Here's the details, if you're in the area:



    Friday November 20
    6pm
    Barnes & Noble Oceanside
    2615 Vista Way
    Oceanside, CA 92054
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    Okay--on to the MMGM links!

    - The Paige Turner is out of her mind for OUT OF MY MIND. Click HERE to read her review. 
    - Cindy Reads A Lot is featuring THE ALCHEMIST'S THEOREM: SIR DUFFY'S PROMISE. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Mark Baker has chills for THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
    - Mary Kincaid is spotlighting THE WALK ON. Click HERE to find her feature. 
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reading--and GIVING AWAY--a THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. Click HERE for details.
    - Greg Partridge is going on a journey to MOONPENNY ISLAND. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Andrea Mack wants everyone to CONNECT THE STARS. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Dorine White has a special announcement about her series. Click HERE to check it out.
    - Jess at The Reading Nook is gushing about A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC. Click HERE for her feature. 
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.     
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 

    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    14. MMGM Links (11/9/15)

    Greetings from Arizona!

    Yep--still touring. I still have two events left--one you see below, and one in Idaho Falls on Friday, 11/13 at 6pm (see my events page for further details)


    And if you're planning on coming to the Changing Hands event tomorrow, don't forget that we're doing something special at that event. Everyone who comes wearing a cape will get a special EXCLUSIVE swaggish button you can see in the photo below, which I haven't given out anywhere else (and don't worry about feeling silly--I'll totally be wearing a cape too!) 
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    Lots of you are also asking about when you'll get your swag pack from the NEVERSEEN pre-order giveaway, and the answer is SOON. I promise they'll go in the mail as soon as I'm home from tour to assemble them. In the meantime, thanks for your patience.

    Also, if you missed the pre-order giveaway, you still have a way to get a swag pack--but only through 11/10. If you call Changing Hands and order a signed copy of NEVERSEEN by 7pm (AZ time), or place an order through their website (go HERE). Any books purchased through Changing Hands will not only come with the swag pack everyone got through the pre-order giveaway, but it'll come with the extra character art postcard and the alicorn button too. But this offer only lasts through tomorrow so better jump on it if you don't want to miss out.

    Okay--on to the MMGM links! (And sorry if I missed you. I have another EARLY day tomorrow so I'm scrambling a bit)
    - Mark Baker is featuring another one of my books, so once again I must put on my Shameless Author Hat. But this time he's reviewing NEVERSEEN (eeeeeee, I have yet to read any reviews for the book!!!) Click HERE to see what he thought.   
    - Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is *also* making me put on my Shameless Author Hat, with a post this week called "I met Shannon Messenger"--which he did! It's always so fun to meet people who follow this blog. HERE's his thoughts on the experience.
    - Carl at Boys Rule Boys Read has a blast from the past with THE LAST RIVER . Click HERE for his feature.
    - Greg Partridge wants everyone to go with him on THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Sheri Larson has a guest post from author Sean Cummings, and a GIVEAWAY of TO CATCH A CAT THIEF. Click HERE for all the fun. 
    - Kim Aippersbach once again has two features: WISH GIRL and MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
    - Suzanne Warr is gushing about THE VOLCANO GODDESS WILL SEE YOU NOW. Click HERE for her review.
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.    
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 

    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    15. MMGM Links (11/2/15)

    Greetings from Portland!

    Yep--believe it or not, I'm already on tour. So if you haven't checked my events page yet, here's where you can find me over the next couple of weeks:



    Also, today is the LAST DAY to get your free swag through the NEVERSEEN pre-order giveaway. It ends tonight at 11:59pm (PT)  so if you haven't taken advantage yet, click HERE. (and then the swag packs will go in the mail as soon as I'm home from tour to assemble them)

    And um, tomorrow? NEVER SEEN OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES INTO THE WORLD (though I know some of you lucky ducks found early copies in your stores). It's my twistiest book yet, so I really hope you enjoy.

    Okay--on to the MMGM links! (And sorry if I missed you. I have an EARLY day tomorrow so I'm putting this post together earlier than normal. Doing my best to fit in ALL THE THINGS whilst on the road--and on deadline)
    - Mark Baker is featuring ... *meep* the KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES series! (I always feel so shameless when I link reviews of my own books... But, there you go.) Click HERE to see what he thought.   
    - Patricia Tilton joins the MMGM fun with a feature on CONNECTING THE DOTS. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
    - Carl at Boys Rule Boys Read is raving about BUNNICULA. Click HERE for his feature.
    - Greg Pattridge is spotlighting EPIC ZERO. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Sally's Bookshelf is cheering for LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA AND THE CUPCAKE QUEENS. Click HERE to find her review.  
    - Kim Aippersbach has two features: THE NEST and CLOVER'S LUCK. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--LINCOLN'S SPYMASTER: ALLEN PINKERTON, AMERICA'S FIRST PRIVATE EYE. Click HERE for details.
    - Dorine White is gushing about THE TURTLE TWINS AND THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND. Click HERE to see why.
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.    
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    16. MMGM Links (10/26/15)

    We're almost there, guys. The NEVERSEEN launch party is THIS Friday. As in five days from today. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???

    In case you live in SoCal--and missed the details when I posted them a few weeks back--here's the lunch party info again:


    And, a couple of other big reminders:

    My fall tour dates have been posted, so if you live near Beaverton, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, San Jose, California, Tempe, Arizona, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, go HERE for event times and locations.

    Time is running out to take advantage of the NEVERSEEN pre-order giveaway. It ends November 2, so if you haven't taken advantage yet, click HERE.

    Okay--on to the MMGM links!
    - Mark Baker is cheering for the BIG Game. Click HERE for his review.   
    - Jess at the Reading Nook has an interview with author Cynthia Voight. Click HERE for all the fun. 
    - Andrea Mack is gushing about THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH. Click HERE to see why.
    - Greg Partridge is raving about THE THIEF OF ALWAYS. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Sally's Bookshelf is championing FREEDOM'S PRICE. Click HERE to find her review. 
    - Suzanne Warr is spotlighting THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--CONNECT THE STARS. Click HERE to read their review.
    - Dorine White has an excerpt of THE DIAMOND LOOKING GLASS and info on a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.    
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    17. Feeling Linky

    Just a few links of interest today.

    First, Say no more often. You’ll be happier. Especially if you are a creative type. Of course, be gracious. The article includes some most excellent examples of how the likes of E.B. White and Robert Heinlein said no to requests from people. I doubt I could ever get away with the tongue-in-cheek response from White, but I would like to be able to try it sometime and see what happens!

    From National Public Radio an interview with transcript on Why the Battle Between E-Books and Print May Be Over. Apparently e-books sales have leveled off, perhaps in part because of e-book prices going up. But that is with books published through publishing houses. Self-published e-books are a booming market, though no one knows exactly how booming since Amazon, one of the major venues for self-published e-books, does not reveal sales figures. It is an interesting article, but I think we will have to wait another few years before anyone can say anything definite about print v. e-book sales.

    Here is something fun. Library reference questions BG (Before Google). Someone at the New York Public Library recently found an old box of reference queries dated from the 1940s to the 1980s. There are some real gems in there including someone wanting to know what kind of apple Eve ate and someone else who wanted to know if one needed a camel to cross the desert in the western U.S.

    And since we are on the subject of librarians, how about a short story: In the House of the Seven Librarians. It is a coming-of-age story about Dinsy, raised in an almost sentient library since she was a baby by seven librarians who may or may not be alive. Enjoy!


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    18. MMGM Links (10/19/15)

    In the middle of an all nighter I'm pulling to finish this revision on time, so...these may be the most scattered links yet. But hopefully they're right.

    Oh, and a couple of other things. First-- NEVERSEEN TOUR DATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!!!!


    If you have trouble loading that graphic, you can find the full event list HERE.

    And since I know some of you are probably looking at that and thinking, "none of those cities are near me!" I do have a way for you to get the same swag I give out at events. Click HERE for details on the NEVERSEEN Pre-Order Giveaway! 

    Okay--on to the MMGM links!
    - Natalie Aguirre has a guest post by Gayle Rosengren, and a GIVEAWAY of COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET. Click HERE for details.   
    - Mark Baker is solving the mystery of THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE. Click HERE to find his review.
    - Andrea Mack is gushing about CRENSHAW. Click HERE to see why.
    - Greg Partridge has feels for ALWAYS OCTOBER. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Jess at the Reading Nook is cheering for the LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS. Click HERE to find her review. 
    - Suzanne Warr is raving about FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW. Click HERE to see why. 
    - The Rad Reader is buzzing about THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Click HERE to read their review.
    - Dorine White is spellbound by THE CASTORS OF DOOVIK. Click HERE to see why. 
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.    
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    19. “My Language, Your Language” Book Sample Illustrations

    I did some illustrations for a cool series of educational/learning books from Cloverleaf books. This one is called “My Language, Your Language”. Samples below.

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    20. MMGM Links (9/6/15)

    STILL trying to reach The End of LET THE WIND RISE (wrapping up a trilogy is hard!). But here's an attempt at this week's MMGM links--oh, but before we get to that, I wanted to make sure you guys knew that the EVERBLAZE ebook is on sale for $1.99. Yes--ITS TRUE!


    And, just to make it even easier for you guys to take advantage, here's some handy dandy links:


    Okay--back to the MMGM links!
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--WATER RUNS THROUG THIS BOOK. Click HERE for details. 
    - Claire Caterer has a rundown of some of the most promising middle grade books coming out this week. Click HERE to see what they are.
    - Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spotlighting WALK SOFTLY, RACHEL. Click HERE to check it out.
    - Dorine White is conjuring up some love for THE BROKEN SPELL. Click HERE to read her review.
    - Jess at the Reading Nook has A TICKET TO INDIA. Click HERE to see what she thought.
    - Suzanne Warr is cheering for KENNY AND THE DRAGON. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Greg Pattridge is sharing CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.

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    21. MMGM Links (9/14/15)

    Barely survived my deadline for LET THE WIND RISE and struggling to catch up in the few days I have before I'm due edits. So my poor brain is running a To Do list a mile long--but here's hoping the *little* bit of extra sleep I'm getting helped me make these MMGM links correctly.


    - Alex at Randomly Reading has all the feels for LOST IN THE SUN. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Mary Kincaid is rooting for THE SIXTH MAN. Click HERE to read her feature.
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--THE GIRL IN THE TORCH. Click HERE for details. 
    - Claire Caterer is cheering for GOODBYE, STRANGER. Click HERE to see why.
    - Shari Larsen is spotlighting JANITORS: HEROES OF THE DUSTBIN--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to see what she loved.
    - Dorine White is gushing about AIR KEEP. Click HERE to read her review.
    - Andrea Mack is highlighting AGATHA, GIRL OF MYSTERY: THE KENYAN EXPEDITION. Click HERE to see what she thought.
    - Suzanne Warr is raving about THOR'S WEDDING DRESS. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Greg Pattridge has been sucked up by THE BRAIN SUCKER. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.

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    22. MMGM Links (9/21/15)

    Before I get to MMGM, I wanted to post a quick reminder that I will be at Salt Lake City Comic Con this Thursday through Saturday--so if you'll be there too, hopefully we'll get a chance to meet. Here's where you can find me:



    Thursday, 9/24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Shadow Mountain (booth 1401): Signing
    Friday, 9/25, 1:00pm, Room 150G: "I ship it: Fandom's Favorite Couples" (with Christopher Husberg, Shallee McArthur, and Brian Wiser) 
    Friday, 9/25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm Shadow Mountain (booth 1401) : Signing
    Saturday, 9/26, 10am, Room 253A: "The First Five Pages: How to Hook Your Readers Instantly With Your Novel or Screenplay" (with Platte F. Clark, David Farland, and Sara B. Larson) 
    Saturday, 9/26. 11am, Room 255F: "Writing MG/YA Fantasy" (with Frank Beddor, James Dasher, Michael Jensen, Jennifer Nielsen, and James A. Owen)

    Okay, on to the MMGM links!

    - Birdie Reader is back to sing praises for THE HYPNOTISTS.  Click HERE to read her review. 
    - Katie at Story Time Secrets is sweet on ADVENTURES WITH WAFFLES. Click HERE to see why.
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--THE SAFEST LIE. Click HERE for details. 
    - Suzanne Warr is giving some middle grade writing tips. Click HERE to see what that's all about. 
    - Greg Pattridge is raving about MYSTERIES OF COVE: FIRES OF INVENTION. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Dorine White is talking about THE BLACKTHORN KEY. Click HERE to read her review.
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    23. MMGM Links (9/28/15)

    One quick reminder before I get to MMGM: only a couple of days left to take advantage of the EVERBLAZE ebook sale.



    And to make it even easier for you guys to take advantage, here's some handy dandy links:


    Okay, on to the MMGM links!


    - Augusta Scattergood joins the MMGM fun with 3 different features. Click HERE to find them. 
    - Sally's bookshelf is raving about THE TROUBLE WITH ANTS. Click HERE to read her review.  
    - Mark Baker is highlighting THE BUCCANEERS' CODE. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
    - Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is championing CHEWY NOH AND THE PHANTASM OF WINTER. Click HERE to find her feature.
    - Kim Aippersbach wants everyone to read SKULLDUGGERY PLEASANT. Click HERE to see why.
    - Suzanne Warr is spotlighting THE STARS OF SUMMER. Click HERE to see what that's all about. 
    - Greg Pattridge is raving about CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SHRUNKEN HEAD. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Dorine White is talking about MYSTERIES OF COVE: FIRES OF INVENTION--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to read her review.  
    - Sheri Larsen is singing praises for WESTLY: A SPIDER'S TALE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
    - Andrea Mack is cheering for GEORGE. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--WATCH OUT FOR FLYING KIDS. Click HERE for details.  
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    24. MMGM Links (10/5/15)

    Couple of reminders before I get to MMGM. First: the NEVERSEEN SoCal launch party has been announced:


    And for full details on all the goodies you can get if you go there, go HERE.

    Also, if you live in Maine, I'll be at the Bar Harbor Children's Book Festival this Saturday. Here's where you can find me:
    11 – 11:45 "Can You Stand it?" Panel (Location: Jesup, Main)12 – 12:30 Reading (Location: Bar Harbor Congregational Church Fellowship Hall) 1:15 – 2 "Crushing" Panel (Location: YWCA meeting room)2:15 – 3 Signing (Location: YWCA Auditorium)
    ALSO, also--the NEVERSEEN teasers--as well as new character art--are being revealed every week on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, so if you aren't following me there, you might wanna do that. Links are on the sidebar of my website.

    (Oh, and I know you're all waiting VERY patiently for the NEVERSEEN pre-order giveaway--SOON. It's coming SOON!)

    Okay--on to the MMGM links!
    - Mark Baker is raving about THE HEROES GUIDE TO BEING AN OUTLAW. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
    - Katie at Story Time Secrets is highlighting YOU'RE INVITED. Click HERE to find her feature.
    - Suzanne Warr is discussing the timelessness of CINDERELLA. Click HERE to join the conversation.
    - Greg Partridge has THE MOTHMAN'S CURSE. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Jess at the Reading Nook has an author interview--and a GIVEAWAY--HERE. And a review of ALISTAIR GRIM'S ODDITORIUM HERE.
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--THE LOONEY EXPERIMENT. Click HERE for details.  
    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   



    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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    25. MMGM Links (10/12/15)

    Just got home 20 minutes ago after the longest travel day EVER (had SO much fun at the Bar Harbor Children's Book Festival though). So I'm putting these links together on ZERO brainpower. Sorry if they're a mess.

    Oh, and keep an eye on my blog this week. I have ALL THE EXCITING NEVERSEEN THINGS HAPPENING.

    ALSO, if you didn't see it on my social media a couple of days ago, there was THIS announcement:




    Yes--that's right! There will be a fifth book in the KEEPER series! And here's a TINY bit about the book from Publisher's Marketplace (very, very little, since we don't want to put any NEVERSEEN spoilers in) 



    Okay--on to the MMGM links!
    - Susan Uhlig gives you the down and dirty on FUZZY MUD. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
    - Michelle Mason is cheering for SEABORNE: THE LOST PRINCE. Click HERE to find her feature.
    - Susan Olson is gushing about WILLIE AND ME. Click HERE to see why.
    - Greg Partridge has chills for THE SCARY SCHOOL SERIES. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 
    - Jess at the Reading Nook is highlighting THE ENTIRELY TRUE STORY OF THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB. Click HERE to find her review.
    - Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--JUBA: A NOVEL. Click HERE for details.   
    - Dorine White is shining a light on a SLIVER OF STARDUST. Click HERE to see why. 
    - Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
    - The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   


    - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   


    If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

    If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


    *Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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