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From the Mixed-Up Files is the group blog of middle-grade authors celebrating books for middle-grade readers. For anyone with a passion for children’s literature—teachers, librarians, parents, kids, writers, industry professionals— we offer regularly updated book lists organized by unique categories, author interviews, market news, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a children's book from writing to publishing to promoting.
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1. Do You Think the World is Ready?

I don’t shock easily, but two recent incidents had me reeling. The first happened during a creative writing workshop I ran for kids in Grades 4-6. At the start of the workshop, several kids mentioned which of my books they’d … Continue reading

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2. The Winners of THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW & a Critique Are…

Thank you all again for celebrating the launch of This Is Not the Abby Show with author Debbie Reed Fischer by reading her Mixed-Up Files interview, commenting, and entering her giveaways. Rafflecopter has selected the winners! Huge congratulations to the … Continue reading

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3. Literary Descendants of Classic Characters + Giveaway

Throughout history, there have always been characters, fictional or otherwise, who capture our collective imaginations. Usually these characters possess supernatural powers of some sort, but sometimes they’re mere mortals, who have somehow fascinated us. In recent years, several middle-grade authors … Continue reading

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4. Writer’s Tools: Wisdom from a Third Grade classroom

One of the things I love about school visits it that I get to go to classrooms all over the country and meet wonderful students and teachers. There are some comforting universals to a grade school classroom: a certain amount … Continue reading

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5. The Making of a Champion

Earlier this month I took my daughter to the North American Championships of Irish Dance. It was the culmination of a decade of hard work for her and for dancers she’s known since first grade. Three of her dance friends … Continue reading

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6. Interview with Debbie Reed Fischer and Two Great Giveaways

I’m thrilled to interview author Debbie Reed Fischer about her amazing middle grade novel, This Is Not the Abby Show. Thanks for stopping by the Mixed-Up Files on your release day, Debbie! First, let me say thank you for inviting … Continue reading

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7. My First ALA Annual Conference

A little over two weeks ago I got to attend my first ALA Annual conference. It was an exciting experience… and so exhausting. I was there not just as an attendee, but as an author. Lucky me!  I  was thrilled … Continue reading

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8. Super Gear and Ms. Bixby’s Last Day WINNERS!

Congratulations to Mia Wenjen! You’ve won a copy of SUPER GEAR by Jen Swanson! Congratulations to Greg Pattridge! You’ve won a copy of MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY by John David Anderson! An email has already been sent to you! Thanks … Continue reading

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9. Disconnected

So I just returned from a family trip to northern Minnesota, where we spent a week on a lovely lake with no wi-fi, no internet connection and spotty cell coverage. As I sat back down at my computer for the … Continue reading

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10. The Gift of Reader Letters

I’ve been feeling a bit wistful lately. My three children, who provided much of my inspiration and connection to the story lines and characters in my first two middle grade novels, have gotten older. Funny how that sneaks up on … Continue reading

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11. Happy Endings

I’ve read some sad middle-grade books lately. I mean sad.  Books about war, separation, poverty, judging, death. It’s no secret that today’s middle-grade books tackle some serious topics, that authors aren’t afraid to stare down the very same monsters our readers … Continue reading

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12. Time Slipping Middle Grade!

The concept of time travel or time slipping has always fascinated me, ever since I read the book, Magic Elizabeth when I was in fourth grade. I also read Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series, of course, with interstellar … Continue reading

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13. More Podcasts for Middle Grade Fans!

In September, From the Mixed-Up Files’ own Kate Manning wrote a great post on Podcasts with Middle Grade Authors and I started loading my phone with fabulous content just the right length to tackle on a commute, a Mom Taxi run, … Continue reading

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14. The Drake Equation “Alien Invasion” Giveaway Winner!

I promised (ahem – sprung on) Bart that I would indulge in some fun for this giveaway. As I said in my interview with him about The Drake Equation, we usually use Rafflecopter to choose a winner for giveaways, but … Continue reading

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15. When Traditionally Published Authors Make the Leap to Indie Publishing

I’d like you all to meet my friend and mentor, Carol Gorman. She’s the author of more than 40 books for young readers. Dork in Disguise, originally published by HarperCollins, was nominated for 10 state children’s choice awards and was … Continue reading

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16. The Drake Equation: Bart King Interview and a Giveaway!

Welcome to From the Mixed Up Files, Bart! We’re happy to have you. Congratulations on the release of The Drake Equation! I have to admit that I am such a birdbrain myself that I jumped at the chance to read … Continue reading

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17. Books to Knock Your Socks Off

Raise your hand if you’ve ever lost a sock in the washing machine. I thought so. Well, today is your lucky day. It’s National Lost Sock Memorial Day, a day in which somebody somewhere decided to give us all permission … Continue reading

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18. The Best (Fictional) Mom in the World

Hey, MUF peeps! Mother’s Day is just around the corner (yay for moms!). We all know that being a mom isn’t always an easy job (even more so in literature, where the moms are often clueless, absent, or well, lucky to be … Continue reading

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19. Winner: The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse

Congratulations to Sussu Leclerc, winner of a copy of Brian Farrey’s The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse! Watch for an email from us shortly and thanks for entering. If you missed this contest, you can still read the interview with Brian … Continue reading

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20. Time

It heals all things. It is a conqueror. It is of the essence It flies. It stands still. It is fleeting. It is an illusion. It can be begged, borrowed, or stolen. It can be lost, found, or wasted. Time. … Continue reading

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21. Cici Reno Giveaway Winner and a Happy Book Birthday

The winner of the giveaway of Cici Reno: #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker is D. Lee Sebree! Congrats! You’ll be receiving an email from us soon. Thank you to all who commented. The Mixed-Up Files also would like to wish a very happy Book … Continue reading

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22. New Releases: May 2016

This May brings a flowering of fabulous and diverse books. Many have already garnered stars and accolades from reviewers, teachers, and librarians. These stories will tug at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone—some of them all at once. Whether … Continue reading

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23. Indie Spotlight: The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio TX

It’s always a pleasure to feature an independent shop that has thrived for decades! We’re talking today with Claudia Maceo, manager of  The Twig Book Shop of San Antonio.   MUF: How did your shop get its unique name? Claudia: … Continue reading

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24. Cici Reno: #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker by Kristina Springer

We’re pleased to welcome author Kristina Springer to the Mixed-Up Files today. She’s the author of several books, both middle grade and young adult. Her newest title, Cici Reno: #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker, released on April 19. We’re giving away one copy — … Continue reading

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25. How do I find out about new books to read?

How do I find out about new books to read? Once upon a time, when I was in graduate school at Hollins University Children’s Literature Program, it was through the required reading lists. Sometimes those lists were, err, on the … Continue reading

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