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1. MMGM Links (3/30/15)

Here's the MMGM links for this week!

- Cindy Tran is feeling energetic for THE WIDE-AWAKE PRINCESS. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is interviewing author Gail Jarrow--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Natalie Aguirre has a quest post from author Caroline Starr Rose, and a GIVEAWAY of BLUEBIRDS. Click HERE for details. 
- RCubed is SAVING LUCAS BRIGGS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Susan Olson is featuring time travel books about Alexander Graham Bell.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Andrea Mack is showing everyone HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED. Click HERE to find her review. 
- Jenni Enzor is highlighting ALVIN HO: ALLERGIC TO THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, THE FORBIDDEN PALACE, AND OTHER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. Click HERE to read her thoughts. 
Katie Fitzgerald has another double-feature this week, with the first two books in the Sylvie Scruggs series. Learn about both HERE.
- Jess at the Reading Nook shares her opinions on THE ARCTIC CODE. Click HERE for her thoughts. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is raving about STORY THIEVES . Click HERE to read his feature.
- The Bookworm Blog is wondering at WONDERSTRUCK. Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--LIKE A RIVER: A CIVIL WAR STORY. Click HERE for details. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is featuring CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD. 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 (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 for the coming Monday. (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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2. Almost. There.

Still frantically reading and working on reviews for other venues but I thought I’d pop in and say hi because I miss you all even though it has only been two days. Seems silly, but there it is.

I have a couple links to share because links can be fun!

I first saw the article about someone photocopying their cat at a Wisconsin university library in my library news feed. It linked to an article about it at Time Magazine. Time linked to the original news story from the Badger Herald (Wisconsin’s mascot is Bucky Badger). The photos are hilarious. But now it turns out no one has actually been bringing their cat to the library and photocopying it. The copies found around the library were photocopies of photocopies that students were leaving trying to inject some levity and stress relief during midterms. Is it bad of me to say I am disappointed there wasn’t actually cat smuggling and copying going on?

Few things are as entertaining as an author insulting another author. After Pepys saw Midsummer Night’s Dream he wrote in his diary that it was “the most insipid, ridiculous play that I ever saw in my life.” Stephen King said of Stephenie Meyer of Twilight fame, “The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” Ouch. More at the link.

Ever wonder what the English spoken by Shakespeare really sounded like? Or Chaucer? What about the English in Beowulf? And how might King Arthur have sounded? The curious can find out here. I can recognize Shakespeare as still being English, Chaucer, only a few words. After Chaucer no one is speaking any kind of recognizable English but it sure does sound pretty.

Finally, my geeky science fiction heart is absolutely thrilled that the Large Hadron Collider is going to be used next week for an experiment to try and discover a parallel universe. Scientists have no specific parallel universe in mind, any one will do, they are just trying to prove they exist at the moment. How totally awesome is that?


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3. MMGM Links (3/23/15)

One quick update-y thing, before I get to the MMGM links. I've had a lot of readers request an easier way to keep up with important Shannon-Book-Updates, so I have finally taken the time to set up an author newsletter. I won't be sending them out very often (only when there are important update-y things) so you won't have to worry about me spamming your inbox too often.

If you would like to sign up for the newsletter you can do that HERE. Or fill out the fields below. (Note: if you're younger than 13 years old, you must have your parents fill out the form for you)


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Okay, on to the MMGM links!
- Carl at Boys Rule Boys Read! joins the MMGM fun with a feature on three different books. Click HERE to see what they are.  
- Ben Langhinrichs is back with a shout-out for THE DETECTIVE'S ASSISTANT. Click HERE to read his review.
- Natalie Aguirre is interviewing author Erin Entrada and GIVING AWAY an ARC of BLACKBIRD FLY. Click HERE for details. 
- Cindy Tran is cheering for MANIAC MAGEE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sally's Bookshelf is going non-fiction this week with a feature on FATAL FEVER: TRACKING DOWN TYPHOID MARY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Andrea Mack is raving about RED WOLF. Click HERE to find her review. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is highlighting M.C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT. Click HERE to read her thoughts. 
Katie Fitzgerald has a double-feature review this week. See what she's gushing about HERE.
- Jess at the Reading Nook is singing praises for NIGHTBIRD. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Suzanne Warr is championing AUDREY (COW). Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is sharing THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE . Click HERE to read his feature.
- The Bookworm Blog is running away with THE RUNAWAY KING. Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE WAY TO STAY IN DESTINY. 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 (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 for the coming Monday. (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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4. Spring Fever

In February I was a bit down because of the horridly frigid weather that was better suited for January. Reading anything that wasn’t page-turning or zippy was hard. Now March, March has taken a sudden turnabout from February and it feels like April. I hope this doesn’t mean that April will end up being like March, that would be too much. But the warm, well warm for Minneapolis, has been so glorious it has made me unable to sit still. I want to be up and about doing things. Reading? Reading’s for those who have nothing better to do and I have lots to do.

I know! I can’t believe I just said that about reading either! I have a serious case of spring fever. While reading helps with other kinds of fevers, it only makes spring fever worse. It also doesn’t help that I have once again found myself in the middle of a bunch of books with nothing new just begun or anything about to be finished. Such a situation tends to make me antsy anyway then add the spring fever problem to it and I’m nearly bouncing off the walls. Some of that might be from the cup of coffee I just had, but still.

So today, how about a few weird things from around the internet?

First there was dinosaur erotica (it’s a thing, look it up!), now there is Conquered by Clippy, a short story about one woman’s torrid romance with a giant paperclip. The same author has another story called “Taken by the Tetris Blocks.” What’s next? “Making out with Mario”? No, that’s too obvious, maybe “Probed by Space Invaders.” Oh this could get to be silly fun. What unlikely erotica title can you come up with?

It seems that a good many people are aghast that digital natives prefer reading in print rather than on a screen. While I read ebooks for the convenience and easy carryableness of them, print is where it’s really at. A print book is one of the most perfect technologies if you ask me. But then I doubt any of you need convincing about that!

And while we are on the subject of books, have some fun reading How to Tell If You Are In A Virginia Woolf Novel. Because even Woolf deserves to be laughed at sometimes.

Finally, nothing to do with books but music. Specifically music for your cats. I played the clip linked in the article for Waldo and Dickens and they both looked at me with panic in their eyes not sure if they should run and hide or stay and listen. They stayed but they certainly didn’t relax or look like they were enjoying the music. But then that’s cats for you. You buy them an expensive toy and they like the bag you brought it home in better. You play them music just for them and they act as though it’s nails on a chalkboard. Ungrateful beasts.


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5. MMGM Links (3/16/15)

I'M BACK!!!!

Thank you all for bearing with me. Between deadlines, event travel, and two awesome rounds of illness it has been... a rather adventurous few weeks. But I am done with all of that--hopefully.

I am waiting on edits for NEVERSEEN (which...will likely be pretty intense...) so I may have to disappear again. But hopefully not. I'll let you know if I do, but I will TRY to keep up with everything.

In the meantime, here are the MMGM links:

(and a shout out to Greg Pattridge who did his best to cover my absence. THANK YOU!)

- Sally's Bookshelf is cheering for RORY'S PROMISE. Click HERE to see why.
- Alex at Randomly Reading is spotlighting STELLA BY STARLIGHT. Click HERE to see why. 
- Susan Olson has chills for CHILDREN OF WINTER. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting KOREAN CHILDREN'S FAVORITE STORIES. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is feeling SMALL AS AN ELEPHANT . Click HERE to read his feature.
- Jenni Enzor is blogging about LITTLE BLOG ON THE PRAIRIE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- The Bookworm Blog is heading off to SPY CAMP. Click HERE to see why. 
- rcubed is all about RAMONA QUIMBY, AGE 8. Click HERE to read 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 for the coming Monday. (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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6. MMGM Links (2/23/15)

Scrambling a bit (when aren't I, anymore? le sigh), so here's what I HOPE are correct MMGM links:

- RCubed is highlighting SEAN GRISWALD'S HEAD. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Alex at Randomly Reading is cheering for NICKEL BAY NICK. Click HERE to see why. 
- Susan Olson is gushing about THE DRAGON OF ROME. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is highlighting OVER SEA, UNDER STONE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr thinks THE DREAMER is a dream. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is cheering for GOOD MASTERS, SWEET LADIES. Click HERE to see her review.
- The Bookworm Blog is gushing about SPACE CASE. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is WAITING FOR UNICORNS (and really, who isn't?) :) . Click HERE to read his feature.
- Sally at Sally's bookshelf is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE GIRLS OF GETTYSBURG. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--MOONPENNY ISLAND. Click HERE for details.   
- Katie Fitzgerald is also featuring MOONPENNY ISLAND. Click HERE to see her thoughts. 

- Jenni Enzor is spotlighting THE CASTLE BEHIND THORNS. Click HERE to read her feature.  
- Mark Baker is taken with STORY THIEVES. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Dorine White is breaking Brandon Mull news. Click HERE to see what it is. 
- Katie Fitzgerald has ALL THE ANSWERS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 for the coming Monday. (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 (2/16/15)

Heading down the home stretch of NEVERSEEN (which is good because my deadline is right on top of me.) So I'm throwing these links together with very little brainpower left after a very long drafting day. Here's hoping some of them are right...

MMGM links:

- RCubed is highlighting SEAN GRISWALD'S HEAD. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr is raving about ALL FOUR STARS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is cheering for GOOD MASTERS, SWEET LADIES. Click HERE to see her review.
- The Bookworm Blog is gushing about SPACE CASE. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is feeling WEST OF THE MOON. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Sally at Sally's bookshelf is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE GIRLS OF GETTYSBURG. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE TERRIBLE TWO. Click HERE for details.   
- Jenni Enzor has chills for THE MADMAN OF THE PINEY WOODS. Click HERE to read her feature.  
- Mark Baker is taken with STORY THIEVES. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Dorine White has the trailer for CAMP OHMIGOSH. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Katie Fitzgerald has ALL THE ANSWERS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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 for the coming Monday. (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 (2/9/15)

STILL in the deadline cave--starting to think it's neverending. But here's your  MMGM links:

- Jess at the Reading Nook is wondering at THE IMAGINARY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Suzanne Warr has chills for PENNY DREADFUL. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is jumping for joy for RABBIT HILL. Click HERE to see her review.
- The Bookworm Blog is gushing about THE FALSE PRINCE. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is gushing about ELVIS AND THE UNDERDOGS. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Sally at Sally's bookshelf is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE GIRLS OF GETTYSBURG. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--FISH IN A TREE. Click HERE for details.   
- Susan Olson is sharing a list of "time travel to Egypt books." Click HERE to see what they are.  
- Jenni Enzor is giving lots of stars to ALL FOUR STARS. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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9. MMGM Links (2/2/15)

Before I get to the MMGM links, a couple quick updates, since last week had some exciting stuff happen!

If you missed it, the cover for NEVERSEEN has been revealed. Go HERE to see the gorgeousness.

Also, for those who've been dying to know when Let the Sky Fall #3 is going to come out, my Editor answered your question (albeit slightly vaguely) with this tweet:


(And yeah, I know that's a year later than you were probably hoping for--SORRY. I'm a wee bit behind on deadlines. But it's still happening. And I promise I'll use that extra time to make it as awesome as possible.)

And that's it. Just lots of writing writing writing (yes, I AM still in the deadline cave--sigh). So here's your  MMGM links:
- Angela Russell joins the MMGM fun with a three book GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to see what's up for grabs, and welcome her to the group.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is captivated by THE INQUISITORS'S MARK. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is telling THE TALE OF DESPERAUX. Click HERE to see her review.
- The B.O.B. is saying farewell to book blogging with a post about one of her favorite books of all time: RIDING FREEDOM. Click HERE to check it out
- Greg Pattridge is spacing out for SPACE CASE. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Natalie Aguirre is interviewing MarcyKate Connolly and GIVING AWAY a copy of MONSTROUS. Click HERE for all the fun. And if you come back on Wednesday she'll be reviewing and giving away an ARC of MARK OF THE THIEF. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--NANNY X. Click HERE for details.   
- Susan Olson is cheering for DREAMER, WISHER, LIAR. 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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10. MMGM Links (1/26/15)

Okay first--mark your calendars for tomorrow (yes, TOMORROW--1/27/15) because the cover for NEVERSEEN is getting revealed (right here on this blog, like I always do. It's tradition). :)

And now, here's your  MMGM links! *hopes they're right* *is still VERY much in the deadline cave* *is never going to be free* *flails*

- Rcubed is rooting for THORA Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- The Bookworm Blog wants to go to SPY SCHOOL. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is gushing about A SINGLE SHARD. Click HERE to see her review.
- Sher A. Hart is spreading the love for THE TWISTED OAK AMATEUR DETECTIVE series--with a WHOLE SERIES GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is teaching us THE WAY TO STAY IN DESTINY. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Dorine White is cheering for MADDY WEST AND THE TONGUE TAKER. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--MY COUSIN'S KEEPER. Click HERE for details.   
- Susan Olson is feeling loyal for THE ONLY ONES. Click HERE to see why. 
- Suzanne Warr is giving a shoutout to THE CANDY SHOP WAR. Click HERE to see her quick thoughts. 
-Sally's Bookshelf is STEERING TOWARD NORMAL. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Andrea Mack is raving about RAIN REIGN. Click HERE to see why.  
- Jenni Enzor is feeling CLOSE TO FAMOUS. Click HERE to see her review.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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11. Rohan Maitzen on Academic Blogging

“What I really tried to emphasize in my own remarks is that if we think about why we do research and publish it in the first place–to advance or improve a conversation–then writing online makes perfect sense. I also stressed that for me, the real benefits are intellectual. I specifically invited follow-up questions about ways my blogging had affected my teaching, my research, my writing, and/or my intellectual life. I didn’t get any questions about that at all, leading me to think that the single most important quotation in the presentation is the one from Jo VanEvery: ‘Scholars lose sight of the fact that academic publishing is about communication. Or, perhaps more accurately, communication appears disconnected from the validation process.’ What people wanted to talk about was “validation.” As I said at the close of the discussion, I think that preoccupation in itself is worth reflecting on. It’s inevitable, perhaps, because we are professionals trying to get and keep jobs and build careers, but I think concern about bureaucratic processes should follow on reaching a better understanding of the value of the activity, to the individual scholar, to the university, and to the broader community.”

via What We Talk About When We Talk About Academic Blogging » Novel Readings – Notes on Literature and Criticism.

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12. MMGM Links (12/19/15)

*crawls out of the deadline cave to say* Here's your  MMGM links! *hopes they're right* *has been up till 4am every night* *stumbles away*

- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote joins the MMGM fun with a feature on DEAD END. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- Mark Baker is spotlighting THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS. Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post on writing sequels and an ARC GIVEAWAY of THE INQUISITOR'S MARK. Click HERE for details. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is sharing THE MEANING OF MAGGIE. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- The Bookworm blog is fangirling for ARTEMIS FOWL. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Jenni Enzor is commemorating Martin Luther King day with features on her favorite middle grade Civil Rights era books. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Greg Pattridge is taking sides on the BATTLE OF DARCY LANE. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Dorine White is highlighting new 2015 books about Martin Luther King Jr.. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE SECRETS OF TREE TAYLOR. Click HERE for details.   
- Sally's Bookshelf is sharing BECAUSE THEY MARCHED: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America. Click HERE to read her review. 
Andrea Mack is gushing about ALL FOUR STARS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Claire Caterer is revealing the cover for THE WAND AND THE SEA. 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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13. MMGM Links (1/12/15)

If you missed it last week, the title for KEEPER #4 has been revealed! You can find it HERE.

And here's your  MMGM links!

- The Bookworm blog is spotlighting FINALLY. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Jenni Enzor is raving about UNGIFTED. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting WHERE I BELONG. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Dorine White is talking about THE TURTLE TWINS AND THE MIRACULOUS PENCIL. Click HERE for her review.
- Andrea Mack is gushing about ALL FOUR STARS. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Page Turner is caught up in THE ZOO AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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14. Downton 5.1 Recap Is Posted at GeekMom

My first Downton recap of the season is up! You can read it at GeekMom but of course you are always welcome to chat about it here if you like. :)

three gowns

Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 1: Fear, Fire, Foes.

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15. MMGM Links (1/5/15)

Another short list, (and thank goodness, because I have so much more writing to do before I go to sleep)

It's INTENSE DEADLINE time around here guys. So it's possible I may have to skip a couple of MMGM's. I'll TRY not to but yeah. My Jan is going to be insane.

Anyway, here's your  MMGM links!

- Rcubed is fishing out THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Daniel Johnston is really digging THE WALK ON. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is COUNTING BY 7s. Click HERE to read his feature.
- Dorine White is taking part in THE TURTLE TWINS book blast, with a $100 giveaway. Click HERE for details.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--GUILTY? CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND THE CHANGING FACE OF JUSTICE. Click HERE for details. 
- The Page Turner is caught up in THE ZOO AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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16. MMGM Links (12/29/14)

Another  short list, thanks to the holidays. But here's your MMGM links!

- Mark Baker is burning with love for EVERBLAZE (yes, it's my book so I can make as cheesy of a pun as I want! :) ) Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Daniel Johnston is caught up in THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge has his favorites of 2014--with a DOUBLE GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun
- Dorine White is taking part in THE TURTLE TWINS book blast, with a $100 giveaway. Click HERE for details.
- Susan Uhlig is soaring for ROOFTOPPERS. Click HERE to read her review. 
- 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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17. MMGM Links (12/22/14)

It's a short list, thanks to the holiday week, but here's your MMGM links!

- Jess at the Reading Nook is super excited to gush about THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE. Click HERE to see her review. 
- The Bookworm Blog is rooting for THE SCHOOL FOR THE INSANELY GIFTED. Click HERE to see what she thought!
- Greg Partridge has found THE PERFECT PLACE Click HERE to read his review. 
- The Page Turner is featuring ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS.  Click HERE to see their feature.
- Rosi Hollinbeck has some last minute middle grade shopping suggestions. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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18. MMGM Links (12/15/14)

Here's this week's MMGM links!

- Jess at the Reading Nook has an early review for ALL THE ANSWERS. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
 - Annie McMahon is caught up in SKYLAR ROBBINS: THE MYSTERY OF SHADOW HILLS. Click HERE to see why.
- The Paige Turner is cheering for THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE. Click HERE to welcome them to the group!
- Jenni Enzor has two features--MASTERPIECE and THE FAMILY UNDER THE BRIDGE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Greg Partridge is on the edge of his seat for ADVENTURE ON NEMESIS MOUNTAIN. Click HERE to read his review. 
- The Bookworm blog is celebrating 11 BIRTHDAYS.  Click HERE to see what they thought.
- Suzanne Warr is gushing about BREADCRUMBS. Click HERE to read her feature.    
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of GRACEFULLY GRAYSON. Click HERE for details. 
- Rcubed is rooting for KNIGHTLEY AND SON. Click HERE to see why. 
- 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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19. 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. MMGM Links (11/24/30)

Finally done with my fall travel (if I didn't come to your area--sorry! Here's hoping for next year! Or you could always talk to your teacher/librarian about setting up a Skype chat). And I will pretty much be eating breathing and sleeping deadlines for the next few weeks, so life shows no sign of calming. But I promise I will do my best to keep up with the MMGM links--and bear with my exhausted brain if there are sometimes mistakes.

Also, make sure you check back on Wednesday, for another awesome giveaway I have planned. But before that--the links!

- Michelle Mason has a middle grade round-up, including EVERBLAZE (eep! thank you!), BALANCE KEEPERS: THE FIRES OF CALDERON, and THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE. Click HERE for all the fun.
- The Bookworm blog is gushing about PRINCESS ACADEMY. Click HERE to see what they thought.
- Suzanne Warr has an interview with Steve Stewart, creator of GEN ONE: CHILDREN OF MARS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
Susan Olson is highlighting TIME HUNTERS: EGYPTIAN CURSE. Click HERE to see why she what she loves about it.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of POISONED APPLES: POEMS FOR YOU, MY PRETTY. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is betting on THE ROOKIE BOOKIE. Click HERE to read his review.  
- The BoB is raving about THE 13TH REALITY. Click HERE to read their feature.   
- Sally's Bookshelf is spreading some love for FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR. Click HERE to see why 
- 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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24. MMGM Links (12/1/14)

I have officially locked myself in the deadline cave (no escape until I finish KEE4ER!) But I did put together the MMGM links--and bear with my deadline brain if there are sometimes mistakes.

But first, two quick reminders:

- Today is the LAST day to take advantage of my Black Swagday Giveaway, a special giveaway I do each year to make giving signed copies of my books that much more special. The details for how to take advantage of the offer can be found HERE.

- I do have one final giveaway coming up this week--a different kind of giveaway than the recent swag giveaways. There will only be a handful of winners, but the prizes are AWESOME. Check back later this week for all the fun.

Okay, onto the links!

- Andrea Mack has spotted THE SECRET AGENDA. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- The Bookworm blog is feeling the rush of ZIP. Click HERE to see what they thought.
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting FIRST LIGHT. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of GHOSTLY EVIDENCE: EXPLORING THE PARANORMAL. Click HERE for details. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is cheering for THE GREAT GREENE HEIST. Click HERE to see why
- The BoB is soaring with MOCKINGJAY. Click HERE to read their feature.   
- Dorine White is sharing an excerpt of her new release, THE AWAKENING. Click HERE to read. 
- Gina Carey is sweet on THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE. 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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25. MMGM Links (12/8/14)

Still in the deadline cave (*waves from among the empty Pepsi bottles*) But I did put together the MMGM links again--and please bear with any mistakes.

Oh also, I'm giving away six signed-and-doodled-on EVERBLAZEs. Go HERE if you want to see how you enter.

Okay, onto the links!

- The Paige Turner joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE SECRET WAR. Click HERE to welcome them to the group!
- Jenni Enzor is counting on THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Partridge is caught up in THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BEAGLE. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Sheri Larsen is gushing about THE LUMPY DUCKLING. Click HERE to see why.  
- Annie McMahon is whispering about the HOUSE OF SECRETS. Click HERE to see her review. 
- The Bookworm blog is sweet on THE CANDYMAKERS.  Click HERE to see what they thought.
- Suzanne Warr is feeling dreamy about THE DREAM KEEPER. Click HERE to read her feature.    
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--a copy of A PLAGUE OF UNICORNS, plus she has an interview with the author. Click HERE for details. 
- Rcubed is really digging HERE LIES THE LIBRARIAN. Click HERE to see why. 
 - Sue Heaven is featuring SWEATY SUITS OF ARMOR: COULD YOU SURVIVE BEING A KNIGHT, along with an interview with the author. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Dorine White is feeling the heat of FYRE. Click HERE to read what she thought.
- Kim Aippersbach is spotlighting WHALES ON STILTS. 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! 
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.    
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting 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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