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1. Because

Because it is Monday. Because it was 7F (-14C) as I walked out my door to the bus stop this morning. Because my dentist told me I have to have two old silver fillings replaced and also need a crown. Because I got one more library book from my hold queue today and I am pretty sure I won’t be able to finish the three I already have that I can’t renew. Because Thanksgiving is next week and not this week and I thought it was this week and was so excited about only having to work three days and then getting a four-day holiday weekend and pumpkin pie. Because why not?

Because Margaret Atwood cracks me up: How to survive a zombie apocalypse according to Margaret Atwood.

Because libraries are awesome when you are a kid and continue to be awesome when you are grown up too: 7 things only kids who practically grew up in a library can understand

Because librarians are awesome too: What book should you read next? Putting librarians and algorithms to the test.

Because Emma looking like a Victorian lady is hilarious: Jane Austen fashion history.

Because pizza soup, mushroom sandwiches, and tomato soup cake: The dishes 16 writers would bring to a literary potluck.

Because just because.


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2. MMGM Links (11/10/14)

In the middle of the EVERBLAZE tour (if you're in Houston, come see me tonight at Blue Willow Bookshop at 5:00pm! And if you're in Dallas or Phoenix area, check my EVENTS PAGE for where to catch me) so my brain is a bit jet-lagged and loopy.

But here's the MMGM links--sorry if there's mistakes (and please don't email me with corrections, I won't be able to fix them)

- The Bookworm blog is back with a feature on um...EVERBLAZE (wow, already??? FAST reader!) Click HERE to see what they think.  
- R-Cubed is ALSO featuring EVERBLAZE--and she has a GIVEAWAY (thank you so much--and seriously, how do you guys read so quick!!!) Click HERE for details. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting two of the WARRIORS manga. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Reading Nook is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--FACES OF THE DEAD. Click HERE for details. 
- Andrea Mack has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Mark Baker is rooting for NICK AND TESLA'S SUPER-CYBORG GADGET GLOVE. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--AT YOUR SERVICE. Click HERE for details. 
- Dorine White is letting her10-year-old gush about THE LONG HAUL. Click HERE for his feature.
- Greg Pattridge is cooked for POACHED. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Sue Heavenrich is focused on THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING. Click HERE to see why 
- Katie Fitzgerald is cheering for MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- FT Bradley is caught up in TIME SQUARE: THE SHIFT. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. Halloween ’14: Haunted House

It’s been a while since I updated! Time to do so, and I’ll begin with a Halloween piece I worked on recently. The main piece and closeups are below. I can always add and tweak, but there is a time to call an illustration “Done!” Happy Halloween, everyone!

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4. MMGM Links (10/27/14)

Well, we are now 8 days from the release of EVERBLAZE (7 days from the launch party!!)

THIS IS NOT A DRILL, PEOPLE! 

:)

I've compiled all the recent updates into one handy post you can find HERE. And thank you all for bearing with me--and sharing my excitement--during these crazy days!


Okay, onto the MMGM links:

- Jess at the Reading Nook is gushing about THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH--with a giveaway! Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Reader Noir has chills for NIGHTMARES. Click HERE to see their review.  
- Mark Baker has a double feature this week. Click HERE to see what he thought of THE MYSTERY OF THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN. And click HERE to see his review of THE MYSTERY OF THE GHOSTLY GALLEON.  
- Katie Fitzgerald is cheering for RAIN REIGN. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is haunted by THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND. Click HERE to see why. 
- Susan Olson has found magic in ABRACADABRA, TUT. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a hardcover copy of COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS. Click HERE for details. 
- Sue Heavenrich is rooting for FLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY, along with an author interview. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Amara Jabber thinks everyone must BEWARE OF THE HAUNTED TOILET. Click HERE to see why. 
- Dorine White has a very special tribute to the students at Marysville Pilchuck high school, where her daughter actually attends. Not middle grade related, per se, but definitely worth a read. Click HERE for more.
- Greg Pattridge is digging WRITTEN IN STONE. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Jenny Enzor is featuring THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM--1963. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. Honored

to have been included in Kortney’s “Women Who Inspire” series at One Deep Drawer. So kind!

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6. MMGM Links (10/20/14)

Since we are so incredibly close to the release of EVERBLAZE, plan on me (shamelessly) starting these posts with a few updates.

First: the EVERBLAZE pre-order giveaway is in full swing, so if you missed the post--and you want to get your free swaggish goodies--make sure you go HERE.

I've also announced another of my EVERBLAZE tour stops (Salt Lake City--WOOOO!). You can find details about all my upcoming events HERE.

Phew--okay, that wasn't so bad, right? And now, onto the MMGM links:

- Suzanne Warr is highlighting LUG: Dawn of the IceAge. Click HERE to see why.
- Rcubed is gushing about TURTLE IN PARADISE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Michelle Mason has a special series recommendation on THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE. Click HERE to see why
- Sue Heavenrich is convinced that THERE WILL BE BEARS. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Amara Jabber has chills for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Dorine White is GIVING AWAY books 1-4 of The Code Buster's Club. Click HERE for details.
- Greg Pattridge thinks SMASHER is simply smashing. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Susan Uhlig has two middle grade recommendations for you, A SNICKER OF MAGIC, and THREE TIMES LUCKY. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Andrea Mack is dishing about WHO WHAT WEAR: The Allegra Biscotti Collection #2.  Click HERE to see her feature.  
- Susan Olson is cheering TUT, TUT. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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 (10/13/14)

We are getting SO CLOSE to the Launch of EVERBLAZE, so make sure you're checking my blog regularly for all the updates.

I've announced three of my upcoming tour stops, as well as the So Cal Launch party. You can find that information HERE. And there's so much more to come. More tour stops. A new KEEPER website. And tomorrow I'll be launching the pre-order giveaway!

But in the meantime, here's the MMGM links:

- The B.O.B. is sharing a peek at what it's like to go to one of Rick Riordan's BoO tour stops. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Jenny Enzor is going out of her mind for OUT OF MY MIND. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Mark Baker is showcasing SPACE CASE. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Sue Heavenrich wants you to know that ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG FAT QUITTER. Click HERE to see why.   
- Jess at the Reading Nook is finding A MILLION WAYS HOME. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Susan Olson is gushing about SACAGAWEA'S STRENGTH (BLAST FROM THE PAST). Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Amara Jabber was caught by THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is seeing new heights for ROOFTOPPERS. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is revieing--and GIVING AWAY--DASH.  Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Dorine White is cheering for CLAUDE ON THE SLOPES. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Greg Pattridge is swooning over THE BLOSSOMING UNIVERSE OF VIOLET DIAMOND. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Susan Uhlig has two middle grade recommendations for you. Click HERE to see what they are.  
- Kim Aippersbach has chills for THE BONESHAKER. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 



If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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 (10/6/14)

Managed to put together the MMGM links again (now if only I could hit my word count requirement for the day and go to bed... *glances at clock* *sighs*).

Also, if you missed it, I've announced the Official EVERBLAZE Launch Party details, so if you're in SoCal, make sure you check HERE to mark your calendars. And don't worry, I still have all kinds of fun things coming, including the rest of my tour info, as well as the pre-order giveaway, the launch of the soon-to-be-newly updated keeperofthelostcities.com, and more!

So keep checking back regularly, and in the meantime, here's some awesome middle grade recs floating around the blogosphere from the other MMGMers.

- The B.O.B. has chills for GIANTS AND ICE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sue Heavenrich is hearing a WHISTLE IN THE DARK. Click HERE to see why. 
- Amara Jabber is dishing about WAIT TILL HELEN COMES. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is sharing some of the incredible insights she gained from the Dave Wolverton/Farland seminar she attended. Click HERE to check that out. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is seeing stars for ALL FOUR STARS--and GIVING AWAY a copy.  Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Greg Pattridge is in love with THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA. Click HERE to read his review.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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 (9/29/14)

Assembling these MMGM links after a looooooong day of drafting/brainstorming. So here's hoping there aren't too many mistakes. Sorry if there are. Brain = tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiired. But thank you all so much for all the awesome support for middle grade!

- Seraphina at Seraphina Reads joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- The B.O.B. has chosen, um... ME, as her Genius of the week (WOW--thank you SO MUCH!). Click HERE to see what she thinks of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES.
- Andrea Mack is sweet on the ALLEGRA BISCOTTI COLLECTION. Click HERE to see her review.
- Heidi Grange has chills for DOLL BONES. Click HERE to see why. 
- Amara Jabber starts her Halloween Countdown with THE BEST HALLOWEEN EVER. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Janet Smart is back with another HANK ZIPZER review, this week focusing on NIAGRA FALLS, OR DOES IT? Click HERE to read her review.
- Mark Baker is freaking out for TERROR OF THE SOUTHLANDS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook has a bag of praise for SCAVENGERS. Click HERE to see her review.
- Suzanne Warr is riveted with THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is gushing about--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY.  Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Greg Pattridge is wrecked for SHIPWRECK ISLAND. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Susan Olson is in awe of the THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES. Click HERE to see her review. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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 (9/22/14)

Assembling these MMGM links after a looooooong day of drafting/brainstorming. So here's hoping there aren't too many mistakes. Sorry if there are. Brain = tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiired. But thank you all so much for all the awesome support for middle grade!

- Annie McMahon is gushing about...*blush* EXILE, by, um, me. (wow, THANK YOU). So if you'd like to see what she thought, click HERE 
- Heidi Grange is cheering for PAPERBOY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Amara Jabber is highlighting THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Janet Smart continues gushing about HANK ZIPZER again, this week focusing on THE ZIPPITY ZINGER. Click HERE to read her review.
- Clare Caterer is in love with THE RED PYRAMID. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Lucy at Booksylvania wants everyone to want THE UNWANTEDS. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is living for THE YEAR OF THE PANDA. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Rcubed is talking about THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD...IN 65 DAYS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is stirred up for RILEY MACK STIRS UP MORE TROUBLE. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck has two reviews, and two awesome GIVEAWAYS.  LEROY NINKER SADDLES UP and FAMILY TIES. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is putting his faith in RORY'S PROMISE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is caught up in GREENGLASS HOUSE. Click HERE to see why.  
- Kami Kinard is studying THE BOY PROJECT. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Susan Olson has chills for THE WALKING DEAD. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Jenni Enzor is obsessed with THE TWO PRINCESS OF BAMARRE. Click HERE to see why.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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 (9/8/14)

I SWEAR I'm going to catch up and start doing MMGM shout outs again--soon! But once again, this week all I have are links:


-
 Amara Jabber is spotlighting THERE'S A DEAD PERSON FOLLOWING MY SISTER AROUND. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Janet Smart is gushing about HANK ZIPZER: THE CURTAIN WENT UP, MY PANTS FELL DOWN. Click HERE to read her review.
- The B.O.B. is seeing stars for PROTOSTAR. Click HERE to see why.
- Claire Caterer is caught up in THE HOUSE OF SECRETS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Reader Noir is raving about NEST. Click HERE to see why.
- Suzanne Warr is cheering for THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of THE RELIC OF PERILOUS FALLS. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Michelle Mason is loving ALL FOUR STARS. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- Greg Pattridge is caught up in A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Kim Aippersbach has chills for SCARE SCAPE. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is featuring HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL. Click HERE to see what he thought 
- Annie McMahon is showcasing TURNING ON A DIME. Click HERE to see why. 
- Andrea Mack is highlighting OUT OF MY MIND. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Dorine White has chills for MADDI'S FRIDGE--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. MMGM Links (9/1/14)

Bit of a smaller list given the whole "holiday weekend" thing, but I still put together the MMGM links:


- The B.O.B. is discussing THE LIGHTNING THIEF. Click HERE to see what she thought of the book and the movie.
- Bookish Serendipity is FINDING RUBY STARLING. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Amara Jabber is gushing about THE BLACKWELL PAGES. Click HERE to see why.
- Suzanne Warr is cheering for PRINCESS POSEY AND THE MONSTER STEW. Click HERE to see her review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of THE SECRET AT HANEY FIELD. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Jess at the Reading Nook is digging THE SWAP. Click HERE to see her feature.  
- Greg Pattridge is captivated by DIEGO'S DRAGON.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Rcubed is highlighting THE GREAT GREENE HEIST! Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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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13. MMGM Links (8/25/14)

Have not met my word count goals for this weekend, thanks to an unpleasant incident involving a ridiculous amount of cat poop (don't ask), so I'm throwing these links together a bit hastily so I can get back to writing. Sorry if there's any mistakes, and thanks to all of you for supporting MMGM! I swear I'll get back on track soon. In the meantime, here you go!


- Amara Jabber joins the MMGM fun with a feature on the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- Suzanne Warr has chills for ICE DOGS. Click HERE to see her review.
- Sherrie Peterson is interviewing author Laurisa White Reyes. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Heidi Grange is shining a spotlight on A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Reader Noir is cheering for SISTERS. Click HERE to read their feature.  
- Kim Aippersbach wants you to discover a new Science Fiction novel by Monica Hughes. Click HERE to see what it is.  
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting ABSOLUTELY ALMOST.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Susan Olson is raving about THE PIRATE'S COIN: A SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS ADVENTURE. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Michelle Mason is interviewing author Jen Malone and GIVING AWAY an annotated e-ARC of AT YOUR SERVICE. Click HERE for details. 
- Dorine White is revealing the cover for ARRGH! Click HERE to see the shiny
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. Samples: Late August Cruisin’

This was a fun piece–Fresh OFF the drawing board! I thought this befitting for late August. : )

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15. MMGM Links (8/18/14)

Just got home from an AMAZING tour (if you came to one of the events--thank you sooooooooooo much. It was so fun getting to meet you!). So fair warning: after 5 events in 6 days, my brain is pretty much shot. I'm going to TRY to put together the MMGM links still, but if any of them are messed up, sorry!


- The Rad Reader is back to cheer for A SNICKER OF MAGIC Click HERE to see why.
- The B.O.B. is raving about COLOSSUS RISES. Click HERE to see their review.
- Jenni Enzor is curious about CURIOSITY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir has chills for SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE GIVER.  Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing and GIVING AWAY a copy of SAY IT AIN'T SO. Click HERE for details.  
- Mark Baker is riveted by THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rcubed is captivated with FAITH, HOPE, AND IYY JUNE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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 (8/11/14)

Things seem to keep getting crazier around here, so once again, I don't have an MMGM shoutout. But that's because I'm on tour this week. If you're in LA, Fresno, Reno, Portland, or Seattle here's where you can find me:

Hope to see some of you there--and now, on to the links!!!

- The Rad Reader joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- The B.O.B. has been swept away with OUT OF THE DUST. Click HERE to see their review.
- Samantha at Bookish Serendipity is spotlighting SAVING KABUL CORNER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir is highlighting LOOT. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is dishing about THE SHORT SELLER.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten is gushing about WRITTEN IN STONE. Click HERE for his take. 
- Mark Baker is rooting for THE HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--COUSINS AND ROBBERS: TALES OF BLACK JACK JETTY. Click HERE for details.  
- Michelle Isenhoff is caught up in WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is loving TRUTH AND KISSES. Click HERE to see why.
- Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books is raving about  TIME OF THE FIREFLIES. Click HERE to read her feature.
- Annie McMahon reveals her cover, and discusses her reasons for Indie-Publishing. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Suzanne Warr sees nothing ordinary about THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Rcubed thinks MAGYK is absolutely magical. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is interviewing author Nancy Castaldo and GIVING AWAY a copy of SNIFFER DOGS. Click HERE for details.  
- Roseanne Parry is drawn to THE ONE SUMMER. Click HERE to see why.  
 - Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. August ’14 Samples: “What I Learned This Summer”

I enjoyed working on this cartoony spread for Group! The spread and some take-outs, below…

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18.

LOT'S going on around here, between drafting, SCBWI LA this weekend, and the EXILE paperback coming out tomorrow (stop by for an awesome giveaway tomorrow to celebrate). Plus I'm touring all next week (click HERE to see where you can meet me). So I don't have an MMGM shoutout, but I do have links!

- Samantha at Bookish Serendipity joins the MMGM fun with three mini middle grade reviews. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Birdie Reader is singing praises for LOKI'S WOLVES. Click HERE to see what she thought. Natalie 
- Alex at Randomly Reading is raving about THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Reader Noir is curious about CURIOSITY. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Greg Pattridge is bugging about EVERYBODY BUGS OUT.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten has chills for THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES. Click HERE for his take. 
- Mark Baker is looking back at an old classic: THE HARDY BOYS: TOWER TREASURE. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--COUSINS AND ROBBERS: TALES OF BLACK JACK JETTY. Click HERE for details.  
- Michelle Isenhoff is glowing for FLORA AND ULYSSES. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is loving REVENGE OF THE FLOWER GIRLS. Click HERE to see why.
- Dorine White is smiling for SMILE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Annie McMahon is fearing THE WRATH OF SIREN. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
 - Roseanne Parry is drawn to the illustrated version of WEE FREE MEN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rcubed is talking about why she loves Andrew Clements. Click HERE to read more. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is featuring THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART and GIVING AWAY a signed hardcover. Click HERE for details.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is all whipped up for DASH. Click HERE to see why. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. An AWESOME Exile deal (plus the 7/7/14 MMGM Links)

Instead of an MMGM shout-out this week, I'm going to (rather shamelessly) use the space to let you know that the EXILE ebook is on sale. Butbutbut--it has such a pretty graphic!!!



And because there are no limits to my shamelessness, I've even made you handy links, to make it that much easier should you choose to take advantage of the deal:


Also, if you decide to buy the kindle version (which can of course be read with a kindle app, even if you don't own a kindle) you can then get the audiobook for only $3.99. Which means for less than $6, you can get an ebook AND an audiobook--now that's what I call a deal.

If any of you feel like helping me spread the word, I MIGHT love you forever. But I promise I am now done being shameless. ON TO THE MMGM LINKS!!!!

- Reader Noir joins the MMGM fun,with a feature on ONE WISH. Click HERE to welcome them to the group! 
- Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books is featuring the Choose Your Own Path Treasure Island book--and GIVING AWAY 10 BOOKS in the series. Click HERE for details. 
- The B.O.B. is spreading some love for THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET. Click HERE to see why.  
- Faith Hough is shouting from the rooftops for THE ACTUAL AND TRUTHFUL ADVENTURE OF BECKY THATCHER, and interviewing the author. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Mark Baker is finding out that THERE'S TREASURE EVERYWHERE. Click HERE to see his review. 
-Michelle Isenhoff has chills for THE SECRET OF HAUNTED BOG. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting CIRCA NOW. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Rcubed is cheering for SAMMY KEYES AND THE SHOWDOWN IN SIN CITY. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE 9 LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Annie McMahon is highlighting JESPER JINX. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviwing--and GIVING AWAY--THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY ALVAREZ. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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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20. MMGM Links (7/14/14)

Ugh, the weekend totally got away from me, guys. So once again I have no MMGM shout-out this week. But if you missed it last week, I have posted the list of my summer events. You can see where and when you can find me by going HERE.


Also, don't forget, EXILE is still on sale for $1.99. So if you haven't taken advantage of that deal, I'm once again providing handy links (*shameless author is shameless*):


Also, if you decide to buy the kindle version (which can of course be read with a kindle app, even if you don't own a kindle) you can then get the audiobook for only $3.99. Which means for less than $6, you can get an ebook AND an audiobook--now that's what I call a deal.

If any of you feel like helping me spread the word, I MIGHT love you forever. But I promise I am now done being shameless. ON TO THE MMGM LINKS!!!!

- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting um...*blush* KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES!(*blushes again* THANK YOU!). Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books is finding THE MEANING OF MAGGIE. Click HERE for details. 
- The B.O.B. is cheering for THE SCHOOL OF GOOD AND EVIL 2. Click HERE to see why.   
- Reader Noir is haunted by THE NIGHT GARDENER. Click HERE to read their review.
- Mark Baker is rooting for OLIVER AND THE SEAWIGS. Click HERE to see his review.  
- Jenni Enzor is cheering for VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is finding it's BETTER TO WISH.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michelle Isenoff is jumping for JUMP BOYS. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Andrea Mack is caught up in THE CITY OF EMBER. Click HERE for her review. 
- Rcubed is cheering for THE SOUND OF YOUR VOICE...ONLY REALLY FAR AWAY. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Dorine White is sharing HOW THEY CHOKED. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Susan Olson has chills for HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. The CIA has a Style Manual

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is in town and traffic is terrible. My bus home this evening was over half an hour late. The game is tomorrow night and I expect I will be waiting a long time for my bus tomorrow too. Ugh.

So, having gotten home late and a little grumpy, I just have two fun linky things for you.

Ever wonder what it would look like if you average together everyone’s handwriting to create a font? What? You mean you have never thought about it? Well I haven’t either. The Smithsonian has an article about the project. The project is basically a big advertisement for BIC pens, but it is still kinda weirdly cool. The font is produced by an algorithm and continues to evolve as more people submit their writing. You can take a look at the font through different filters of age, gender, country, etc., as well as submit your own handwriting. Because it averages out everyone’s writing, the font is rather plain, but interesting nonetheless.

From handwriting to the CIA’s style manual (via Above the Fold). Obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the nonprofit National Security Counselors, the CIA style manual has a surprising Elements of Style feeling to it. Strunk and White would be proud. Maybe. Mental Floss also has an article on it with much more humor than the first article I linked to. And reader comments that include suggestions of phrases to add to the list of hackneyed phrases and redundant phrases. One of the things I’d like to know is whether there are CIA copyeditors who go through documents to make sure they meet style standards. Also, if there are CIA copyeditors, they must have pretty high security clearance. I’m not sure if that would be a fascinating job or a terrifying job.


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22. MMGM Links (7/21/14)

Scrambling to prep for Comic Con--and finishing up my final read on EVERBLAZE--so alas, no MMGM shout-out this week. But if you're going to be at Comic Con, here's hoping I'll see you. I'm signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth at 3:00pm on Thursday.

Oh, and thank you all SO MUCH for all your enthusiasm and excitement about KEEPER #4. I'm so thrilled I get to write that book for you. Team KEEPER High Five!!!


Okay, on to the MMGM links!!!!

- Samantha at Books for Serendipity joins the MMGM fun with a feature on COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.  
- Christina Mercer is also joining the MMGM fun with a feature on TAYLOR DAVIS AND THE FUNNEL OF FINDUL. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting LAWN BOY. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Rcubed is flipping for FLIPPED. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Barbara Watson is spotlighting some of her favorite middle grade reads of the year. Click HERE to see why.
- Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books is finding THE MEANING OF MAGGIE. Click HERE for details. 
- The B.O.B. is entranced with THE HYPNOTISTS. Click HERE to see why.   
- Reader Noir has chills for CORALINE. Click HERE to read their review.
- Mark Baker is shaken by EARTHQUAKE SHOCK. Click HERE to see his review.  
- Jenni Enzor is caught at THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for NICKEL BAY NICK.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michelle Isenoff is swooning over PRINCE OF MALORN. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Dorine White is on the edge of her seat for THE AVATAR BATTLE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a signed copy of BIRD. Click HERE for details. 
- Roseanne Parry is dancing for FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! Click HERE to read her review. 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. Illustration Samples: Karate

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24. MMGM Links (7/28/14)

So...my brain is dead. Comic Con killed it. I mean, don't get me wrong, it was also SO MUCH FUN. But yeah. 5 days of crowds and noise and general sensory overload? I've got brain leaking out of my ears.

So I'm going to try to put together the MMGM links, but it's highly possible there will be errors. And if there are, SORRY, but please don't email me asking me to fix them. I have so much to catch up on, I won't have time to revise this post.

Okay, here goes...

- Alex at Randomly Reading is cheering for BETTER NATE THAN EVER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Natalie Aguirre is interviewing author Julie Mary Gibson and GIVING AWAY an ARC of COPPER MAGIC. Click HERE for details. 
- Jessica at Books for Serendipity is riveted by MIRROR MAZE. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Katie at Storytime Secrets is featuring the first two books in THE CHARMED LIFE series. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting AIRMAN. Click HERE to see what she thought.   
- Rcubed has been swept away with HALF UPON A TIME . Click HERE to read her review.  
- Andrea Mack has been carried away by A HUNDRED HORSES . Click HERE to see why.
- Reader Noir is loving STILL LIFE. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- The B.O.B. has a list of books to help you get in the swing of things for school starting. Click HERE to see what they are.   
- Jenni Enzor is singing praises for the THE SECRET LIFE OF A DAISY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is chasing THE SPY CATCHERS OF MAPLE HILL.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten is is ALSO singing praises for THE SECRET LIFE OF A DAISY. Click HERE for his take. 
- Mark Baker is championing THE 101 DALMATIONS. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--COUSINS AND ROBBERS: TALES OF BLACK JACK JETTY. Click HERE for details. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 (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) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

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. The Australian Graphic Supply Collective: Tuts and Type

In my journey towards becoming somewhat of a graphic designer, I’ve gone through many bouts of chocolate-fueled rage, cursing when I can’t figure out how to line up my beziers correctly, or how exactly to create a seamless repeat pattern. Although there are loads of tutorials online, the Australia Graphic Supply Company is set to become the “square one” learning source for budding designers and typographers of all types (pun not intended).

Self-described “pixel-wranglers,” Dave and Laura Coleman are a husband-and-wife team working out of Sydney, Australia, focusing on a wide range of visual services from photography and branding to illustration and tattoo design. While Laura mostly manages operations & finances, Dave handles the creative side of their shared business–and both of them share a serious passion for design, photography and lettering.

They host a selection of their own client work on their website, but the primary focus is on their community and growing tutorial section. What’s neat to see is that their tutorial aesthetic matches up perfectly with that of their professional projects–the aim is clearly to give the viewer proper insight into the process of creating high-quality design and typography while simplifying the process down to layman’s terms.

One of my favorite tutorials was Creating a Hand-Lettered Logotype from Beginning to End–I’ve included some screenshots and a video below.

Dave and Laura were briefly living and working abroad in Oviedo, Spain, but are now in the process of returning to their home base in Sydney. To follow along with their adventures, check out their travel blog.

I’ve also included a couple links to my other favorite tutorials below:

No Pain, No Grain (How to Create a Seamless Vector Wood Grain Pattern)

So What’s the Big Deal with Horizontal & Vertical Bezier Handles Anyway?

I can’t wait for more exciting tutorials and developments from the AGSC. Thanks so much to Dave and Laura for sharing their knowledge with us! Follow along with them on theirwebsiteTwitter, and Pinterest.

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