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1. MMGM Links (12/26/16)

Super light week this week, what with the holidays. But there are still a few MMGMs floating around the blogosphere. So here are the links:

- A Bookshelf Monstrosity is talking about BLEED, BLISTER, PUKE, AND PURGE: THE DIRTY SECRETS BEHIND EARLY AMERICAN MEDICINE. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Renell Aysling is sharing a list of books that made her love reading as a kid. Click HERE to check it out!
- Carl at Boys Rule Boys Read! has some special messages for everyone during these holiday weeks. Click HERE to read them.  
- Justin Talks Books is highlighting DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOUBLE DOWN! Click HERE to see what he thought
- Greg Pattridge wants everyone to CLICK HERE TO START. Click HERE to read his review. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  

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

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

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


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

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2. MMGM Links (12/19/16)

Still deep in the deadline cave--and I'll be here for a while. I owe two books between now and March, so PREPARE FOR PANICKING.

But in the meantime, your MMGM links!

- Completely Full Bookshelf is sweet on THE CANDYMAKERS. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Susan Olson at Times Travel Times Two is sharing an author interview with Dan Gutman. Click HERE to check it out!
- Carl at Boys Rule Boys Read! is spotlighting THE CROWN OF FIRE. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck has some last minute shopping book recs! Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Bookish Ambition is sharing A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- A Bookshelf Monstrosity is championing CHILDREN OF EXILE. Click HERE to see why.   
- Greg Pattridge wants everyone to be FULL OF BEANS. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Justin Talks Books is highlighting THE REPORT CARD. Click HERE to see what he thought.   
- Suzanne Warr is spreading some love for MAGIC ANIMAL ADOPTION AGENCY: CLOVER'S LUCK. Click HERE to see why.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook has a double feature this week. Click HERE to read her review of LAST DAY ON MARS. And click HERE for the cover reveal of THE CHOCOPOCALYPSE--with a GIVEAWAY!  
- Sue Kooky is cheering for THE KING OF AVERAGE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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.   
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  

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

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

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


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

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3. MMGM Links (12/12/16)

I'm now fully back in the deadline cave--and trying desperately to catch up on writing after all the traveling--so I'm going to keep this short and sweet.


Here are the MMGM links!
- Renell Aysling is back with a feature on WHATEVER AFTER: FAIREST OF ALL. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Susan Olson at Times Travel Times Two is spreading some love for THE FIRST LAST DAY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is featuring HOUSE OF THE BEES. Click HERE to see what she thinks.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE BEST MAN. Click HERE for details. 
- Bookish Ambition is cheering for A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- A Bookshelf Monstrosity is championing DARA PALMER'S MAJOR DRAMA. Click HERE to see why.   
- Greg Pattridge is discussing THE THING ABOUT LEFTOVERS. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Justin Talks Books is highlighting OPERATION YES. 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  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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. Thursday Review: THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH by James Kennedy

Synopsis: This is another one I acquired and got signed at the KidLitCon in Wichita a couple of months ago—and I got to meet and hang with the author as a fun bonus! Interesting aside—James Kennedy is founder of the really awesome 90-Second... Read the rest of this post

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5. MMGM Links (12/5/16)

Thank you everyone for bearing with the chaos around here these last few weeks--I wish I could say life was calming down, but I'm really just switching from one overloaded schedule to another. I'm done with LODESTAR events for the year, but it's time to lock myself away in the deadline cave and make up for all the time I lost writing book 6. So if these posts are brief, or I miss a week, that's why. Thank you in advance for your patience.


Okay, onto MMGM!
- Bookshelf Monstrosity joins the MMGM fun with a feature on LEFT OUT. Click HERE to welcome them to the group! 
- Renell Aysling is also joining the MMGM fun with a feature on--*blush*--LODESTAR. Click HERE to see what she thought, and to welcome her to the group!  
- Susan Olson at Times Travel Times Two is spreading some love for THE IPHONE THAT SAVED GEORGE WASHINGTON. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is featuring--wow--the entire KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES series! (thank you so much!) Click HERE if you'd like to see what she thinks about the books.  
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Patricia Bailey. Click HERE to learn about her upcoming book. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO YUCK: CROOKED CRITTERS. Click HERE for details. 
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting THE TRUE GIFT. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is spreading some love for WOOF. Click HERE to see why.   
- Greg Pattridge is talking about FRAMED, along with a special holiday GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to read his review. 
- S.A. Larsen has a holiday reading list--and a FOUR BOOK GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending LOVE, AUBREY. Click HERE to see what they liked. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author Jenny Lundquist, along with a critique GIVEAWAY.  Click HERE for details. 
- Susan Uhlig is raving about DEAD BOY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is talking about MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Suzanne Warr wants everyone to check out THE SUN TRAIL. Click HERE for her review. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.    
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  

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

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

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


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

4 yummy avalanche cookies (recipe below!)

Cover Love:  Yes, I love this cover.  Whimsical and fun, just like the book.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I was invited to participate in this blog tour and since this book was one I had ordered for my library I was happy to read and review it!  Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.

Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .
My Thoughts:
This book was such a fun read.  The whole time I was reading it I thought what an awesome read aloud it would be for elementary and young middle schoolers.  Actually, it would be a fun read aloud for almost every age.

This has all the elements of a good classic, an "orphaned" child (well, his dad is missing anyway), and evil auntie (how can these aunts always be so mean to their nephews?!) animals and a quest. I have to say that I was reminded of Roald Dahl the whole time I was reading it and it put a smile on my face. Sometimes if an author writes a whimsical, quirky story, the resemblance to Dahl is too much, like they were trying too hard.  This one was just right.  But there was some fantastical elements that made this book all the author's own.

This was such a fun read and put me in the mood for Christmas! Pick this one up today, you won't be disappointed!

Avalanche Cookies:
This is a no bake recipe I discovered a few years ago and has become one of our favorite Christmas cookies.  I always make a ton and give them to lots of people.  You can print the recipe out here, or see the blog where I discovered it here.

What is your favorite Christmas read or goodie?

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7. Monday Review: FORGE and ASHES by Laurie Halse Anderson

Synopsis: Forge and Ashes are the 2nd and 3rd books in the Seeds of America trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson. Way, WAY back in 2009, I reviewed the first book, Chains, and was so glad to know there was a sequel in the works: it was an absorbing tale... Read the rest of this post

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8. MMGM Links (11/21/16)

I'm officially in "tour recovery mode" (translation: exhausted, dehydrated, and sick--waaaaah) so I'm going to get right to the links. But don't forget that I still have two final LODESTAR events coming up in a little over a week (click HERE for more info)


Okay, onto MMGM!
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Kristin L. Gray. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Kim Aippersbach is spreading some love for THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM.  Click HERE to see why
- Justin Talks Books is talking up HOW THINGS WORK. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE POET'S DOG. Click HERE for details. 
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting MIGHTY JACK. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Shari Larsen has a holiday recommended reading list--plus a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun.   
- Greg Pattridge is giving a shoutout to the CLAYTON STONE SERIES. Click HERE to read his review.
- Children's Books Heal is championing AMANDA ON THE DANUBE: THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC. Click HERE to see why. 
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for their review.  
- Suzanne Warr is championing PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Tara Creel has an author interview with Abby Cooper. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Sue Kooky is unlocking THE BRONZE KEY. Click HERE to find her feature.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook has an interview with author Will Mabbitt--plus a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to learn more.  
- Dorine White is taking everyone to THE KINGDOM OF OCEANA. Click HERE to see why. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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.    
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 


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

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

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


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

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9. Thursday Review: CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge

This scary cover almost made me not want to read it.Synopsis: I’m a huge fan of Frances Hardinge’s Fly By Night books, so I was eager to check out this one—another middle grade fantasy. It’s hard to talk about this one without giving away... Read the rest of this post

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10. Middle Grade Monday: MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool

Synopsis: Yes, look, I'm participating in a Thing, and that thing is Middle Grade Monday! When am I ever organized enough to do that? Today, evidently. Anyway, I recently read Newbery Award winner Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, who was one... Read the rest of this post

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11. MMGM Links (11/7/16)

Whew--just survived a crazy, awesome, hectic, exhausting, amazing launch week for LODESTAR.

HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT THE BOOK OR READ THE BOOK OR TALKED ABOUT THE BOOK OR CAME TO ANY OF MY EVENTS TO HEAR ME RAMBLE AWKWARDLY ABOUT THE BOOK!!!!!

I'm definitely not done touring--I still have TONS of events coming up this month, so make sure you check my events page HERE to make sure you don't miss out.

Also, TREMENDOUS thanks for being respectful about spoilers. My tour/travel days have been so insanely over-scheduled that I haven't had a chance to check any of the comments you guys are posting, so please keep on making sure my social media feeds--and this website--stay spoiler free.

ALSO, also, I got to come home for the last two days, and I used the time to prep all the pre-order swag packs. They're going in the mail TODAY, so if you filled out the form to take advantage of the giveaway, keep an eye on your mailbox. Your goodies are heading your way.

And if you missed the pre-order giveaway--and none of my upcoming tour stops are near you--don't forget, there's still one more way to get the swaggish goodies. The special arrangement I made with Changing Hands for you to get a slightly cooler swag pack along with a signed (and personalized if you want it) copy of LODESTAR is still going--and doesn't end until 11/16. Go HERE for more details.

Okay, onto MMGM!

- Suzanne Warr is featuring FULL OF BEANS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Sue Kooky is reviewing um...oh hey, it's LODESTAR.  Click HERE to check it out.   (and thank you! I don't read reviews for sanity reasons, but thank you for doing that!)
- Justin Talks Books is talking up THE SCHOOL STORY. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has two fun posts going on, HERE and HERE.
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Mark Baker is ready to enroll in SPY SKI SCHOOL. Click HERE to see why.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending--MEEP--Keeper of the Lost Cities, and GIVING AWAY a signed copy of LODESTAR. Click HERE for all the fun (and TYSM!).   
- Greg Pattridge is giving a shoutout to IMPYRIUM. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is gushing about THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   

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

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

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


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

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12. Blog Tour: Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins



Genre: Mystery/Contemporary
Release Date: 10/25/2016

About the Book: Nolie is spending the summer in Scotland in a small village with her scientist dad. He's there researching the Boundary-the mysterious fog at the edge of Journey's End. The fog seems to be moving closer but the town can't take any warnings of danger too seriously-the fog is their livelihood and tourism depends on it. Especially for Bel's family who runs a tour boat out to the Boundary. When Nolie and Bel strike up a friendship the two become entangled in the mystery of Journey's End the fog that may be making it's way to devour the town. When Albert appears, a boy who went into the fog in 1918 to light the legendary lighthouse, Bel and Nolie know something strange is happening in Journey's End it's up to them to save the town and stop the fog from claiming more lives. 

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says:  Journey's End is a bit mystery, a bit of a friendship story, a bit of a spooky ghost story, and a lot of fun. I'm so excited to see Rachel Hawkins writing middle grade and she gets the voice and tween turmoil just right. In the midst of a mysterious fog creeping into town, this novel is about friendship and forgiveness. Bel is working through her hurt from her best friend growing up and ditching her for a new girl. Nolie is dealing with her parent's divorce and how that has changed her. The girls friendship with each other helps them find understanding and forgiveness. 
Add in some mysterious fog and a missing boy coming back 100 years later and you've got a very readable and likable mystery for middle grade readers. 

The mystery element is part paranormal, part legend, part ghost story and I think readers who enjoy ghostly happenings that aren't too spooky will enjoy this novel. Things never get too scary and there's also a good dose of humor from Nolie who likes to joke around and from Albert, adjusting to life in the twenty-first century. 

I listened to this book on audio and I loved the narrator's accents for each character. A bit southern for Nolie's Georgia accent, Bel's Scottish accent, and Albert's thicker brogue. I also liked that the audiobook added to some of the humor and upped the tension in certain scenes. I would suggest this in book and audiobook format to my interested readers. 

As part of the tour, I thought I would give my top reasons to check out Journey's End

My top three reasons to get your hands on Journey's End are:

1. It's the perfect read for a cold, foggy, wintery morning. Nothing better than reading about some creepy fog while you can look outside and see eerie fog yourself!

2. It's a ghostly story that's tame enough for readers looking for something gentle. I promise you won't be scared! But you may think twice about the weather!

3. It's ToddlerGreenBean approved! I had my print copy of this one sitting on the couch and every time it was out, ToddlerGreenBean would pick up and want to read it to me. Something about the cover fascinated him and I think he'll be enjoying this one in a few years! 

Be sure to keep Journey's End in mind if you have readers looking for light mysteries. It's a nice mix of stories I think it will find many fans. 

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook and book sent by publisher for review


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13. Obsessing Over #7: Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull


I am in my 9th year as a school librarian.  I did two years at an elementary school and am in my 7th at a middle school.  One of the continual favorite series in all those years has been Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.  The original series is 5 books long and is just an awesome middle grade series, I highly recommend you to read them if you haven't already!

(One of the reasons they were really popular early on was that Brandon Mull came to our school district on an author visit (before I was a librarian) and he enjoyed the area so much that his characters make a brief stop in our town in book 4!  Kids love reading that!)

I was so excited to see a continuation of this series is coming out this spring (I already ordered 3 copies for my library and one for me)!  Here's the synopsis from Dragonwatch:

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

I was able to download a review copy and plan to get it read and reviewed before the publication date. So excited when that works out!!

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14. MMGM Links (10/31/16)

So LODESTAR comes out TOMORROW--AHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which means I have quite a few quick reminders.

First--if you missed it on my social media, I was FINALLY able to make a very special announcement:


Yep--that's right. LODESTAR is not the last book in the KEEPER series. There will be a book 6 and a book 7, coming in Fall of 2017 and Fall of 2018 (and no, I can't tell you ANYTHING else about them!)

Also, if you haven't checked to see where I'll be on tour, go HERE (or if you're planning to go to one of the events, might want to click that link too, a few of the events have decided to do tickets and you'll find more info about that, as well as a links to reserve your ticket)

Also, this is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the LODESTAR Pre-Order giveaway so make sure you don't miss your chance. For details, and the form you'll need to fill out in order to get your swag, go HERE before 11:59pm pacific tonight.

And now, on to a scatterbrained MMGM!
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Ali Standish. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is reviewing THE FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENT. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author Jill Diamond and her agent Jen Rofe, along with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sue Kooky is reviewing THE UGLY TEAPOT, with an author interview. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Justin Talks Books is talking up NO TALKING. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has a number of fun features this week. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Bookish Ambition is spotlighting THE SCOURGE. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin has two features this week: click HERE to see what he thought about JOURNEY'S END and click HERE to read his thoughts on EVOLUTION REVOLUTION.
- Dorine White is featuring THE MIDNIGHT GLASS.  Click HERE to see why.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of NIM'S ISLAND. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Mark Baker is ready to enroll in SPY SKI SCHOOL. Click HERE to see why.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending CORALINE. Click HERE to see why.
- Greg Pattridge is saving a seat for SAVE ME A SEAT. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is gushing about SOLDIER SISTER FLY HOME. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   

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

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

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


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

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15. MMGM Links (10/24/16)

I seriously don't know how we are now ONE WEEK away from LODESTAR. But it's happening. And my To Do list is officially EXPLODING.

So as a quick reminder, again--I'll do my best to keep up with MMGM over the next few weeks, but it's always tricky when I'm traveling (sometimes internet is spotty--or my itinerary is so crammed I don't have a moment to breathe, much less assemble links). So bear with me if it's a little bumpy around here. (And once again, if you haven't checked my events page to see if I'm coming to see you, go HERE)

Also, this is the final week to take advantage of the LODESTAR Pre-Order giveaway so make sure you don't miss your chance. For details, and the form you'll need to fill out in order to get your swag, go HERE.

And now, on to MMGM!

- Middle Grade Minded joins the MMGM fun with a review of DRAGON OF THE MONTH CLUB. Click HERE to welcome them to the group.  
- Jess at the Reading Nook is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--JOURNEY'S END. Click HERE for details. 
- Tara Creel has a review--with an interview--of IF THE MAGIC FITS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Sue Kooky is whispering about THE WHISPERING SKULL. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Justin Talks Books is voting for THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is singing praises for THE MASK THAT SANG. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is rooting for DISAPPEARING ACT. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring NBA Star Amar'e Stoudamire's STAT series. Click HERE to see what he has to say. 
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting INVISIBLE INKLING.  Click HERE to see why.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of THE CITY OF EMBER. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER. Click HERE to see why.  
- The B.O.B. has an epic list of Greek Mythology books. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Greg Pattridge is rooting for THE BEST MAN. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--EDNA IN THE DESERT. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Heidi Grange is taken with TOOK. Click HERE to see why.  
- Jenni Enzor is championing THE TURN OF THE TIDE. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Sally's Bookshelf is sharing SCAR: A Revolutionary War Tale. Click HERE for her feature. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   

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

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

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


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

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16. MMGM Links (10/17/16)

I'm putting this week's links together on Nashville time (to anyone who came to see me at the Southern Festival of Books--THANK YOU SO MUCH!) And I have a super early flight home, so I'm going to bed early. So if you're one of the people who usually sends your link late, I may miss you this week. Sorry!

(and as a warning, I'll do my best to keep up with MMGM over the next few weeks, but I also have ALL THE TOUR TRAVEL starting 11/1, so bear with me if things get a little hairy. And if you haven't checked my events page to see if I'm coming to see you, go HERE)

One other quick reminder: the LODESTAR Pre-Order giveaway is ON. For details, and the form you'll need to fill out in order to get your swag, go HERE.

Okay, on to MMGM!

- Tara Creel is spreading some love for THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Sue Kooky is pounding out praises for THE HAMMER OF THOR. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Justin Talks Books has a double feature with LAWN BOY and LAWN BOY RETURNS. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Randomly Reading is talking about WHEN THE SEA TURNED SILVER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is rooting for DISAPPEARING ACT. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Andrea Mack is spotlighting THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author Elly Swartz--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of ALCATRAZ VS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE. Click HERE to see why.  
- The B.O.B. is cheering for THE BEST MAN. Click HERE to read her review.
- Greg Pattridge has chills for FROM THE GRAVE. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--EDNA IN THE DESERT. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has four more short features up this week. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   

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

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

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


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 
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17. MMGM Links (10/10/16)

One quick note before I get to MMGM: I've posted the full list of my LODESTAR Tour Stops. Go HERE if you missed it.

And check back for the Pre-Order giveaway details this week (still waiting on one piece of info, so I'm not totally sure which day I'll post it. Hopefully sooner rather than later, since I know you're all VERY eager)

Okay, on to MMGM!

- The Children's War joins the MMGM fun with a feature on AIM. Click HERE to welcome them to the group.
- My Comfy Chair is back with a feature on ROOT BEER CANDY AND OTHER MIRACLES. Click HERE to check it out.
  
- Justin Talks Books wants everyone to go to SPY SKI SCHOOL. Click HERE to read his feature.  
- Cindy Reads A Lot is talking about THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH. Click HERE to see why. 
- Bookish Ambition is spreading some love for SCUMBLE. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- S.A. Larsen is celebrating the launch of MOTLEY EDUCATION with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post from author S.A. Larsen--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.   
- Got my Book has an audiobook review of SCHOOL ON A SPACESHIP: CRASH LANDING. Click HERE to see what they thought.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is wishing everyone would read WISHING DAY. Click HERE for their take.  
- Patricia Tilton at Children's Books Heal is championing WOLF HOLLOW. Click HERE to read her review.
- Susan Uhlig is singing praises for ECHO. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jenni Enzor is spotlighting three different Maude Lovelace books. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Greg Pattridge is talking up THE MYSTERY AND MAYHEM SERIES. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Suzanne Warr has a report from the SCBWI Conference on "What Does the Perfect Middle Grade Novel Look Like." Click HERE to check it out.  
- Dorine White is raving about OMG, I DID IT AGAIN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Sally's Bookshelf is spreading some love for CLAYTON STONE, FACING OFF. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Michelle Mason has chills for THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE--with an author interview and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has four short features up this week. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   

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

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

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


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

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18. Monday Mishmash 10/10/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Thank You!  I want to thank everyone who grabbed a copy of After Loving You during its release week last week. It was such a great release day, and I love you all for it. If you haven't gotten a copy yet, but would like to, you can grab the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo.
  2. After Loving You Blog Tour  This week is the blog tour for After Loving You, hosted by Inkslinger PR. Love them.
  3. Editing  October is a packed month with edits, but I'm loving every second of it. My eyes...not so much.
  4. Walking And Editing  I'm so in love with editing while walking on my treadmill. Why didn't I discover this sooner? I walk three times a day (for a half hour at a time), which keeps me focused and energized to work.
  5. Motley Education Release Day!  Happy release day to S.A. Larsen! Motley Education releases today! Seriously, guys, go grab this book. It's a fantastic middle grade read. I fell in love with it on page one. It's that good, and you can't support an author sweeter than Sheri. Grab your copy here
    Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire afterlife alive.

    Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad's moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman.

    When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world.

    Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans…including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.

That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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19. MMGM Links (9/12/16)

One quick reminder before I get to the MMGM links: in case you missed it on my Instagram (or don't have an instagram account) I've already revealed two of the new KEEPER character portraits--with six more to go. You can see them HERE if you haven't already.

Okay, on to the links:

- Bookish Ambition is joining the MMGM fun with a feature on DEALING WITH DRAGONS. Click HERE to welcome them to the group! 
- Cindy Reads A Lot has lots to say about SO HARD TO SAY. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Jonathan Rosen. Click HERE to learn about his upcoming middle grade release.   
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is giving high marks to 100 PERCENT. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Justin Talks Books is giving a shout out to THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE. Click HERE to read his review!
- Got My Book is raving about INTO THE LAND OF UNICORNS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Patricia Tilton at Children's Books Heal is singing praises for BE LIKE A BIRD. Click HERE to read her review.
- Completely Full Bookshelf recommends THE BEST WORST THING. Click HERE to see why. 
- Sue Kooky is spreading some love for ...*blush*... EVER BLAZE (awww, THANK YOU!) Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jenni Enzor is solving THE POTATO CHIP PUZZLE and PUZZLER'S MANSION. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is spreading some love for SOAR. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--DINOSAUR DICTIONARY FOR KIDS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Mark Baker is solving THE PET SHOW MYSTERY (Trixie Belden #37). Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Susan Uhlig is feeling lucky for JUST MY LUCK. Click HERE to read her feature.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week 


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

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

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


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

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20. Added to the List #26


Fall publishing season is gearing up and I have been getting some great middle grade reads in the mail.  One of my favorite things about getting books from publishers is that I get to see some books showcased that I hadn't heard of yet.  I have added all of these to my fall order for my library!
This past week I got:

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner.  As you recall I have been Obsessing Over this book and was SO excited when it came in the mail.  It also came with a darling stuff bigfoot.  As soon as I finish the two books I am currently reading I will be starting this one.  Can't wait!!

The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg was one that I had put on my library order for the fall.  Nine years into being a librarian and I am still amazed at how many girls love horse books.  I am going to pass this along to one of my 8th grade girls and have her read it.  She was just complaining about not having anything good to read!

Duels & Deception by Cindy Antesy looks like an awesome period read.  I think I will save this one for this winter!

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz looks DARLING!  This one is going to be a fun read and I bet I will have a few readers at my school who will really enjoy it.

Jubilee by Patricia Reilly Giff was one that was not on my radar.  Not sure how I missed it, but am really glad it came in the mail.   It sounds so sweet and heartbreaking.  It looks like it will be a quick, but emotional read.  

Moo by Sharon Creech is going to be another popular one in my library.  She is such a strong writer and I have so many kids that read her whole collection here.  She's always popular! 

I also got an amazing pack of YA books from Simon & Schuster that I will highlight later in the week.  What have you added to your TBR lately?


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21. Cover Love #1


 Sometimes I see a cover I love so much I just want to share it.  I want to shove it in front of other people's faces and say, "LOOK!"  So, that's what this new feature is about.  Last week I was doing some book shopping and looking through spring catalogs.  I came across a book that sounds good, but when I saw the cover I knew it was a book I want to read, to hold in my hands, to display at my house!  Just look at it!

And it sounds so good, here's the synopsis:

Sophie Seacove has been abandoned by her parents and sent to work as a servant at a dilapidated house surrounded by sea monsters. (Sophie always suspected her parents hated her.) It’s dangerous work, made worse by the untrustworthy residents of the house: There’s Scree, the creaky caretaker who knows more than he lets on. The Battleship, a widow haunted by her own poor choices. And the Battleship’s twin sons, gleeful sadists who will do anything to be rid of Sophie. When the Battleship’s nephew, Cartwright, offers Sophie an irresistible deal—find the mysterious Monster Box, and he’ll get her off the island—Sophie agrees, opening up a years-old mystery and setting off a deadly chain of events. But everyone is lying to her. The twins are trying to kill her, or at least make her sit through their horrible performance of Hamlet. And Sophie needs to use her brains, her brawn, and her unbreakable nature if she’s going to make it off this wretched island alive.
I just can't wait to see this cover in person. What do you think?

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22. MMGM Links (9/19/16)

Battling a bit of a cold--while on deadline and recovering from a busy weekend of events--so... here's hoping these are right. This week's MMGM links:

- Bookish Ambition has chills for GHOSTS. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- The B.O.B. is raving about THE EVER NEVER HANDBOOK. Click HERE to see why. 
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Alexandra Ott. Click HERE to learn about his upcoming middle grade release.   
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting BJORN'S GIFT. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Justin Talks Books is talking about THE ODDESY. Click HERE to read his review!
- Got My Book is highlighting SANDRY'S BOOK. Click HERE to see why. 
- Patricia Tilton at Children's Books Heal is championing THE SEVENTH WISH. Click HERE to read her review.
- Completely Full Bookshelf is also spreading some love for GHOSTS. Click HERE for their take. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is singing praises for CLOUD AND WALLFISH. Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Jenni Enzor is cheering for AUDACITY JONES TO THE RESCUE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is spreading some love for THE NOCTURNALS: THE OMINOUS EYE. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE THING ABOUT LEFTOVERS. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook is featuring TWO NAOMIS. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Tara Creel is wishing everyone would read WISHING DAY. Click HERE to read her feature.   
- Kim Aippersbach is giving a shoutout to THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Click HERE to read why.
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 

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

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

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


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

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23. MMGM Links (9/26/16)

Before I get to this week's MMGM link, I just wanted to say a quick sorry if anyone tried to catch me at the OC Kids' Book Festival yesterday.

I was there for my 1:00 signing and got to chat with some of you, but I know I also said I'd be speaking on the Tween stage at 3:20--and I thought I was. But when I got to the stage, it listed someone else in my timeslot. And I spent the next hour getting led around to different stages by different volunteers and none of them were right and no one seemed to know where I should be. So, long story short, if you were looking for me and couldn't find me, it wasn't for lack of trying. And hopefully we can meet at one of my upcoming SoCal events.

Anyway, on to MMGM!

- Bookish Ambition is spreading some love for BEHEMOTH. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Randomly Reading is cheering for A BOY NAMED QUEEN. Click HERE to see why. 
- S.A. Larsen is giving a sneak peek at one of the characters in MOTLEY EDUCATION. Click HERE for all the fun.   
- Andrea Mack is spotlighting ONE FOR THE MURPHYS. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Justin Talks Books wants everyone to visit THE KINGDOM OF OCEANA. Click HERE to read his review!
- Got My Book is talking about the audiobook for THE BRONZE KEY. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Patricia Tilton at Children's Books Heal is championing APPLESAUCE WEATHER. Click HERE to read her review.
- Completely Full Bookshelf is raving about RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE. Click HERE for their take. 
- Susan Uhlig is seeing stars for ALL FOUR STARS. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jenni Enzor is spotlighting FRAMED. Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is feeling FRAZZLED. Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--UNBOUND. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Jess at the Reading Nook has a guest post from author M. Tara Crowl. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Tara Creel is sharing her favorite Spooky Reads. Click HERE to see what they are.
- Michelle Mason is inviting everyone over for THE SLEEPOVER. Click HERE to read why. 
- Carl at Boys Rule, Boys Read! wants to know WHO WOULD WIN? Click HERE to read his feature. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. 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.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 

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

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

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


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


Today I'm happy to share a book I've had the pleasure of reading. The story is fun and has a great message. Check out Lizzie & McKenzie's Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid by Dina Tate!


Imagine if all the little girls of the world looked alike. If the Same Glam Goddess gets her way, it can surely happen. McKenzie Rivers, the pint-sized daredevil, and Lizzie Sanders, who loves all things frilly, aren’t afraid of being different. And that’s exactly why Princess Lovina of Exquisite City calls upon them to stop the Same Glam Goddess from making all the little girls of the world look the same. With the aid of their magical lovely lockets and fierce diva weaponry, Lizzie and McKenzie will travel the world to find the Seven Crystals of Sisterhood. Their first stop is the magical city of Madrid. Lizzie and McKenzie will need help to obtain the crystals before the Same Glam Goddess gets her hands on them. If the crystals are not found, little girls all over the world will remain under the spell of the Same Glam Goddess and will lose their identities forever! Will Lizzie and McKenzie be able to find the crystals, break the spell, and stop the Same Glam Goddess?

Amazon
http://amzn.to/2cLG1VR - Soft/Hardcover

Barnes & Noble
http://bit.ly/2d3atWs Soft/ Hardcover

You can also check out Dina's website at lizzieandmckenzie.com to read the 1st chapter!

Dina Cherice Tate spent her childhood reading, writing short stories, climbing stuff with her six older brothers and becoming a cartoon fanatic, which became the perfect groundwork for writing a chapter book series. Today she is an amateur photographer, traveler and has taken her love of Japanese animation and comics to another level. Dina is an Adjunct Instructor at New York University School of Professional Studies. While fine-tuning her writing skills, she won the Andrea Davis Pinkney Chapter Book Writing Scholarship; The Chapter Book Alchemist - Children’s Book Academy.


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25. MMGM Links (10/3/16)

Putting this week's MMGM links together a little earlier than normal because I'm stuck with Jury Duty tomorrow (why, universe. WHY?) So if I missed your link, sorry!

And in case you didn't see, I've posted details on how to reserve your wristband for the LODESTAR official launch party. Go HERE if you missed it.

(Also, dude--we are now less than a month away from LODESTAR. Which means I have ALL THE EXCITING THINGS going on. Stay tuned!)

Okay, on to MMGM!

- Bookish Ambition is spreading some love for SAVE ME A SEAT. Click HERE to see what they thought. 
- Randomly Reading is gushing about THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM. Click HERE to see why. 
- Tara Creel is marveling at THE MARVELS. Click HERE for her feature.   
- Melissa Roske is interviewing author Jake Burt. Click HERE to learn more about him--and his upcoming release.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is raving about ROLLER GIRL. Click HERE for their take.  
- Patricia Tilton at Children's Books Heal is championing DEEP ROOTS: HOW TREES SUSTAIN OUR PLANET. Click HERE to read her review.
- Susan Uhlig is wishing everyone would read THE SEVENTH WISH. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Jenni Enzor has an interview with author Sandy Brehl, and is reviewing BJORN'S GIFT. Click HERE to check it out.
- Greg Pattridge is ready to join the GEARS OF REVOLUTION (Mysteries of Cove #2). Click HERE to read his review.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE SLOWEST BOOK EVER. Click HERE for all the fun. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is feeling inquisitive about THE INQUISITOR'S TALE. Click HERE to learn more about it.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.   

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

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

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


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

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