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

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

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2. MMGM Links 8/31/15

I'm officially in that panicked home stretch, trying to race to The End of LET THE WIND RISE. So my brain is a blur of wind wars and sylph world building. But here's an attempt at this week's MMGM links:

- Mary Kincaid joins the MMGM fun with a feature on HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.  
- Michelle Mason is casting her vote for DON'T VOTE FOR ME, with an author interview and a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot has chills for FIERCE WINDS AND FIERY DRAGONS, along with an interview. Click HERE to check it out.
- Sher A Hart is gushing about DRAGONS OF THE DARK RIFT. Click HERE to read her review.
- Jess at the Reading Nook wishes she could go to THE SCHOOL FOR SIDEKICKS. Click HERE to see why.
- Katie at Story Time Secrets  is sweet on THE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN: GREEN THUMBS-UP. Click HERE to see why.    
- Greg Pattridge is building a FORT. Click HERE to read his review.   
- Suzanne Warr is back and talking Mythbusters and 20 MASTER PLOTS and THE FIRST FIFTY PAGES. Click HERE to see what that's all about. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!


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

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

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


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

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4. MMGM Links (8/24/15)

Still battling deadlines. NEVERSEEN has become like a stubborn child that keeps coming out of its room at night to ask for drinks of water and I want to shout GO TO BED, LITTLE BOOK. I think we're almost there--and getting close on LET THE WIND RISE. But until then--brain scattered. Doing my best.

This week's MMGM links:

- Alex at Randomly Reading is feeling SUNNY SIDE UP. Click HERE to see why.
- Molly at My Cozy Book Nook is lost in THE SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is sparked with enthusiasm for THE LIGHTNING QUEEN. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosie Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--OUT AT HOME. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is celebrating two years of MMGM with a DOUBLE GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.   
- Dorine White is sweet on ANNA, BANANA, AND THE FRIENDSHIP SPLIT. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Kim Aippersbach is in flutters for DRAGONFLY POOL. Click HERE to find her feature. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is going OUT OF BOUNDS. Click HERE to see why.   
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!


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

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

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


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

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5. MMGM Links (8/17/15)

Still battling deadlines, so the links may be iffy--but here they are: this week's MMGM links!

- Mark Baker is raving about THE SYNDROME. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is cheering for THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosie Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE. Click HERE for details. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads is sweet on MAKE LEMONADE. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is spotlighting THE GLASS GAUNTLET. Click HERE to read his feature.   
- Andrea Mack is spilling secrets about MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. Click HERE to see why.   
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!


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

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

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


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

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6. MMGM Links (8/10/15)

I'm currently juggling not one but TWO deadlines, so to say my brain's a bit mushy is a total understatement.

BUT, somehow I still managed to put together a quick giveaway to celebrate the release of EVERBLAZE in paperback (details HERE) and I made an attempt at this week's MMGM links!

- Mark Baker is drawn to IT'S A MAGICAL WORLD. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook has an interview with author SE Grove. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Dorine White is reviewing THE GLASS SENTENCE--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads is seeing stars for STARGIRL. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE BLOOD GUARD. Click HERE to read his feature.   
- Laurisa White Reyes is feeling good about THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK. Click HERE to see why.   
- Susan Uhlig has two features--UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER and CASTLE HANGNAIL. Click HERE for her thoughts. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   

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

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

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


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

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7. MMGM Links (8/3/15)

AHHH--how is it already August?????

I'm still very much drowning in deadlines (when will they ever stop) but here's this week's MMGM links!

(Oh! Also, tomorrow is EVERBLAZE's paperback release day. So make sure you check back for a special giveaway!)

- Michelle Mason wants you to know that YOU'RE INVITED. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Kim Aippersbach is exploring 100 CUPBOARDS. Click HERE to see why!
- Molly at My Cozy Book Nook is spending time with THE FAMILY UNDER THE BRIDGE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads has two things to talk about, INSIDE OUT and THE DESCENDANTS. Click HERE to check it out
- Greg Pattridge is getting LOST IN THE SUN. Click HERE to read his feature.   
- Laurisa White Reyes is giving us all the dirt on FUZZY MUD. Click HERE to see why.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  

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

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

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


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

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8. MMGM Links (7/27/15)

Here's this week's MMGM links!

- Molly at My Cozy Book Nook is back again with a feature on UNDER THE EGG. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads is spreading some love for BEEZUS AND RAMONA. Click HERE to see why
- Greg Pattridge is catching A HANDFUL OF STARS. Click HERE to read his feature.   
- Katie at Story Time Secrets is caught up in A TANGLE OF KNOTS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Andrea Mack is feeling KINDA LIKE BROTHERS. Click HERE for her review. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from by David Fulk and a GIVEAWAY of RAISING RUFUS. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Laurisa White Reyes sees lots of promise in PROMISE. Click HERE to see why.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is swept away by ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  



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

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

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


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

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9. MMGM Links (7/20/15)

I'm back in the deadline cave again (story of my year) so these are a bit rushed. But hopefully they're not too flawed.

On to the MMGM links!

- Molly at My Cozy Book Nook joins the MMGM fun with a feature on RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL. Click HERE to welcome her to the group!
- Cindy at Cindy Reads is thirsting for more after reading A LONG WALK TO WATER. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Greg Pattridge is highlighting THE PAPER COWBOY. Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--BLUE BIRDS. Click HERE for all the details. 
- Mark Baker is raving about THE HEROES GUIDE TO STORMING YOUR CASTLE. Click HERE for his review. 
- Dorine White is revealing the shiny cover for THE DIAMOND LOOKING GLASS. Click HERE to check it out. 
- Jenni Enzor is cheering for THE DETECTIVE'S ASSISTANT. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!


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

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

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


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

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10. 20 Pieces of Advice from 20 Illustrators

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In preparation for her awesome upcoming online workshop Building a Freelance Illustration Business, Illustrator Salli Swindell decided to reach out and get some thoughts from other artists. The question was “What’s one piece of advice you would share with other illustrators?” This is testament to the fact that Salli is doing her best to make the workshop as useful and helpful as possible, and she has graciously shared the results with Illustration Friday!

Meet 20 artists below and read what they have to say! Also be sure to check out Salli’s educational and inspiring online workshop: Building a Freelance Illustration Business here.

Coming soon: Part 2 – Advice from art directors.

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11. Ah Monday

Let’s all pause for the collective groan that is Monday.

Feel better? Maybe some book stuff will help.

First, hop over to Bitter Empire and check out my review of a sweet little book called George’s Grand Tour. The book is about George, eighty-three, and his “young” neighbor Charles, seventy-six, who decide to road trip the route of the Tour de France.

And if that isn’t enough, here are some interesting links I have been collecting.

  • What’s the Point of Handwriting? (via LitHub). From the article: “Unlike digital’s precision, writing is blurry individuality under a general system. But in addition to this, we all have our own personalized understanding of arrows, squiggles, double-underlines and so on—little personal codes we develop over time to ‘talk to ourselves.’ To write by hand is to always foreground an inevitable uniqueness, visually marking out an identity in opposition to, say, this font you’re reading right now.” Now that’s an interesting twist! Giving up handwriting for digital text is giving up something that is unique to each of us. Don’t give away your individuality, grab a pen and start writing!
  • Gods and Goddesses help us all, The Millions has a list of the Most Anticipated books of the second half of 2015. Readers, get your TBR lists ready, you’ll be adding gobs of books to it.
  • Before you put your TBR list away, take a look at Neglected Books Revisited, Part 1 at American Scholar. It being a part one implies there will soon be a part two!
  • And while you are adding books, might as well check out a list by novelist Sophie McManus of 7 Great Books Born from “Catastrophes”. Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill leads the list and I can attest to it being a pretty great book.
  • On the futility of writing (and writing in spite of it all) (via LitHub). From the article: “Were I ever to be asked for a writing tip, something born out of this experience would be my choice: walk into any gigantic bookshop and think whether you can face being one more name lost in this desert of words. If that ideal situation proves too much to bear do something else with your time (it is of course highly likely that if you go around asking for writing tips you will never make it on print).” And, might I add, if you are that kind of person, you probably imagine your book will be displayed on a front table as a bestseller.
  • In The World’s Descent Steve King notes that Harold Bloom turned 85 on July 11th and compares what Bloom believes reading should be with what a few other scholarly types are saying these days. I am not a fan of Bloom’s dogmatism and his anti-feminist rants, but nonetheless I respect the man. How can I not respect someone who cares so deeply about literature even if I disagree with him on a number of things?
  • Nicola Griffith writes The Women You Didn’t See: A Letter to Alice Sheldon. You may know Alice Sheldon better under her pen name, James Tiptree, Jr. It’s a lovely, sad letter.

There you are. I hope at least one of them will go a little way to help Monday be not quite so bad.


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12. MMGM Links (7/13/14)

My brain is pretty much mush after five (awesome) days at SDCC. But here's my best attempt at MMGM links!

- Jess at the Reading Nook is spreading some love for MOVING TARGET. Click HERE for her review.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads has chills for DANI NOIR. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Greg Pattridge is charmed by SCHOOL OF CHARM. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--RANGER IN TIME: DANGER IN ANCIENT ROME. Click HERE for all the details.    
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    


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

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

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


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

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13. The Disney Animation Recruitment Website

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If you’ve ever wanted to work for Disney, well head on over to this “official website for Disney Television Animation talent and recruitment”. You can use it to view and even apply for a variety of artistic and production-related projects.

Visit the Disney Recruitment site here >>

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14. MMGM Links (7/6/15)

Before I get to the MMGM links, just wanted to remind you guys that I will be at SDCC this week. I kept my schedule super light (I mostly go for fun) but I do have one signing scheduled--and it looks like it'll be ticketed. So here's the info, in case you'll be at the Con (and of course if you spot me in the crowd in prime fangirl mode feel free to come up and say hi)

Shannon Messenger / Shannon Messenger Signing
Exhibitor Hall – MG Booth #1119 Sunday, 1:00 - 1:45 PM 
Please note -- all booth signings will be limited, and require tickets. Tickets are available while supplies last at the MG Booth, #1119, when the exhibit hall opens each day. Also, anyone who buys one of my books at the signing will get one of the special Black Swan mirrors (you might've seen them in the pics of my launch party)

Okay, on to the links!
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is highlighting JULIE OF THE WOLVES. Click HERE to see her thoughts. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spreading some love for the TRADING FACES series. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Roseanne Parry is gushing about THE GREAT TROUBLE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Dorine White is cheering for easy readers Budding Readers ebooks. Click HERE read her review.
- Greg Pattridge is burning with enthusiasm for DIEGO'S DRAGON--DRAGON'S OF THE DARK RIFT. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER). Click HERE for all the details.    
- Jenni Enzor is seeing stars for STELLA BY STARLIGHT. Click HERE to see what she thoughts.
- The Bookworm Blog is championing A MANGO SHAPED SPACE. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is singing praises for SERAPHINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK. Click HERE to see his feature. 
- Jess at The Reading Nook is interviewing author Will Mabbitt HERE and reviewing THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF MABEL JONES over HERE.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    


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

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

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


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

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15. MMGM Links (6/29/15)

Just got home from ALA in San Francisco (so much fun--but tiiiiiiiiiiired) so my brain is a wee bit travel-weary. But here's the MMGM links, hopefully thorns' :

- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is highlighting RIFLES FOR WATIE. Click HERE to see her thoughts. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is solving the mystery of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Roseanne Parry is gushing about ECHO. Click HERE to see why. 
- Dorine White is cheering for HUNTERS OF CHAOS. Click HERE read her review.
- Greg Pattridge is burning with enthusiasm for THE GIRL IN THE TORCH. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--RANDOM BODY PARTS. Click HERE for all the details.    
- Jenni Enzor is has a double feature for TIGER BOY and THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE: THE UNMAPPED SEA. Click HERE to see what she thoughts.
- Susan Olson is feeling NORTH OF NOWHERE. Click HERE to find her review. 
- The Bookworm Blog is championing JACK & LOUISA. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is singing praises for NIGHTBIRD. Click HERE to see his feature. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  


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

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

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


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

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16. MMGM Links (6/22/15)

Gearing up for a crazy week--rush NEVERSEEN copyedits whilst heading to San Francisco for ALA (btw, if you'll be there, I'll be wandering the exhibits on Saturday, so if you spot me, feel free to say hi). And I have all of that going on while trying to catch up on the deadlines for LET THE WIND RISE. So...brain is a bit scattered at the moment. But here's the  MMGM links:

- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is back with a double review: SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL and A GATHERING OF DAYS. Click HERE to see her thoughts. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is cheering for SEEING CINDERELLA. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Katie Fitzgerald is highlighting GOODBYE, STRANGER. Click HERE to read her feature 
- Dorine White is asking people to vote on the cover of her new book. Click HERE help her decide.
- Greg Pattridge is feeling HALF A WORLD AWAY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE). Click HERE for all the details.    
- Jenni Enzor is spotlighting HALF A CHANCE. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Suzanne Warr is featuring The Element of Fiction Writing: Description, along with a list of middle grade writing links. Click HERE to check all of that out. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is sharing THE SECRETS OF BLUEBERRIES, BROTHERS, MOOSE & ME. Click HERE to read her thoughts.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   


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

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

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


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

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17. MMGM Links (6/15/15)

Here's this week's MMGM link:

- Mark Baker is caught up in THE MYSTERY OF THE MIDNIGHT MARAUDER.  Click HERE to see why.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot wants to solve THE MAGGIE BROOKLYN MYSTERIES. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Laurisa White Reyes is highlighting TERESA OF THE NEW WORLD. Click HERE to read her feature 
- Dorine White is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--RAISING RUFUS. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for THE LEFT BEHINDS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--FATAL FEVER. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  


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

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

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


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

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18. The Iain M. Banks Master List

As I wrote earlier this week, my review of The Hydrogen Sonata completes a decade of reading and reviewing Iain M. Banks's science fiction, and it seemed appropriate to put together a master list where all of these reviews can be found in order.  Not all of these are full-length reviews (though most are) and there are several books I might end up revisiting, in which case I'll update this post.

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19. MMGM Links (5/4/15)

Yes, I'm still in the revision cave (Have I mentioned NEVERSEEN is the hardest book I've ever written--but never fear, third time will be the charm!)  So as per usual lately, I'm putting together the MMGM links on minimum brainpower. Sorry again if there are mistakes!

- Rcubed's heart is stolen by STORY THIEVES. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Jenni Enzor has chills for WINTER COTTAGE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Cindy Tran is featuring BREAKING THE ICE with an interview with GAIL NALL Kelly. Click HERE for all the fun.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE PERFECT PLACE. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Natalie Aguirre has an interview with author Krista Van Dolzer and a GIVEAWAY of THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING. And if you check back on Wednesday she'll have another giveaway of JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD. Find both HERE.
- Greg Pattridge is charmed by MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS. Click HERE to read his feature. 
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! is marveling at THE SCORPION'S CLAW.  Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is spotlighting KIRA KIRA. Click HERE to see why.  
- Laurisa White Reyes has the cover reveal for CAMP OHMYGOSH. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Suzanne Warr is highlighting JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Mark Baker is spreading some love for NICK AND TESLA'S SPECIAL EFFECTS SPECTACULAR. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is clucking for UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR EXCEPTIONAL FARMERS. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Dorine White is finding beauty in THE LUCK UGLIES #2: FORKED TONGUE CHARMERS. Click HERE to find her feature. 
- Alex at Randomly Reading is gushing about FISH IN A TREE. Click HERE to see why 
- The Bookworm Blog is raving about EVIL SPY SCHOOL. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is championing LIKE A RIVER. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- The Rad Reader is rooting for THE RIVERMAN. Click HERE to see why.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  



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

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

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


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

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20. MMGM Links (5/11/15)

This is my tightest deadline yet, so I'm putting these MMGM links  together super quickly. Hopefully most are right...

- Rcubed is raving about SINK. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is cheering for ARCHIE GREENE AND THE MAGICIAN'S SECRET.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Cindy Tran's new favorite color is INDIGO BLUE. Click HERE to see why.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--SQUEEZE PLAY. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge is buzzing about JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD. Click HERE to read his feature. 
- Rachel at What Rachel Wrote is going crazy for MANIAC MAGEE. Click HERE to see why.  
- Laurisa White Reyes has "In the Library" with Middle Shelf. Click HERE to check it out.   
- Storytime Secrets is gushing about UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER. Click HERE for their feature.   
- Mark Baker has chills for EVIL SPY SCHOOL Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  


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

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

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


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

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21. MMGM Links (5/18/15)

Here's your MMGM links for the week:

- Rcubed has a double feature, with COLONIAL MADNESS and PINK AND GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Jenni Enzor is cheering for THE ORPHAN AND THE MOUSE.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Cindy Tran's has discovered EVERY SOUL A STAR. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--IMOGEN AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING PEARLS. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge is caught up in THE ONLY GAME. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is spreading the love for MIDNIGHT BLUE. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Laurisa White Reyes has "Cool Reads for Cool Kids" with Middle Shelf. Click HERE to check it out.   
- The Bookworm Blog is raving about THE NINJA LIBRARIANS: THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND. Click HERE to see why.  
- Suzanne Warr is gushing about THE PENDERWICKS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  


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

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

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


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

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22. MMGM Links (5/25/15)

Before I get to the MMGM links, just a quick reminder that I will be in Arizona for Phoenix Comicon this coming week (Thursday - Sunday) so if you're in the area, I hope to see you there. Click HERE to see where to find me.

Okay, onto MMGM!

- Rcubed is spotlighting Roald Dahl's books. Click HERE to see why she loves these classics.
- The Bookworm Blog is caught up in MUSEUM OF THIEVES. Click HERE to see why. 
- What Rachel Wrote wants to NUMBER THE STARS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Michelle Mason has an author interview--and a GIVEAWAY--of THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING. Click HERE for all the fun. 
-  Jess at The Reading Nook is wondering over WOUNDABOUT. Click HERE to see what she loved.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge wants everyone to WATCH THE SKY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Mark Baker has chills for BOOK OF THE DEAD. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Andrea Mack is feeling spacey for SPACE CASE.  Click HERE to check out her feature.   
- Suzanne Warr wants to take us BACK AGAIN. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   



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

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

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


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

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23. MMGM Links (6/1/15)

Brain is SO tired from a very fun--but rather exhausting weekend of Phoenix Comicon--and the next revision of NEVERSEEN is actually due today, so... brain is only at 25% capacity. Sorry if that reflects in the MMGM links:

- Middle Grade Munch joins the MMGM fun with a feature on BLACK CATS AND BALLET SLIPPERS. Click HERE to welcome them to the group.  
- Jenni Enzor sees nothing ordinary about THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spreading some love for NORTH OF NOWHERE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--ALL WE LEFT BEHIND: VIRGINIA REED AND THE DONNER PARTY. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge is sweet on GENUINE SWEET. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   


- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  


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

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

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


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

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24. Incredibly Useful Digital Watercolour Tools for Illustrators

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25. MMGM Links (6/8/15)

Before I get to the MMGM links, one quick update: the cover (and title) for the third book in the Sky Fall series was revealed on Friday. Click HERE if you missed it.

Okay, onto the links:

- Susan Olson wants everyone to TIME TRAVEL WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Click HERE to see why.
-Natalie Aguirre is interviewing author Sara McGuire, and GIVING AWAY an ARC of VALIANT. Click HERE for details. 
- Jenni Enzor is wrapped up in STUART'S CAPE. Click HERE to read her feature. 
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is spreading some love for NICE AND MEAN. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Storytime Secrets wants everyone to ESCAPE FROM BAXTER'S BARN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has another edition of "In the Library with Middle Shelf." Click HERE to check it out 
- Dorine White is cheering for CAMP OMIGOSH. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--DRIVE ME CRAZY. Click HERE for all the details.   
- Greg Pattridge has chills for THE TURTLE OF OMAN. Click HERE to see why. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  


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

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

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


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

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