Monday, December 27, 2010

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--5 Favorites of the Year (plus a giveaway and a winner!)

Not sure how many of you will be blog hopping this week--I've seen *quite* a lot of bloggers announce their hiatus this week. But I, OCD Shannon, couldn't close out 2010 without a few more year-end themed posts. And today, I wanted to kick that off with my year end Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--my five favorite MG books I read this year.

IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES, by Lisa Schroeder
How can you go wrong with a cover like that? Simple: you can't! And when you add in a sweet story about mothers and daughters finding a way to understand each other through baking, well, you have a winner in my book. Bonus: Lisa Schroeder is one of the nicest, sweetest, most supportive authors ever. Win and win!

SELLING HOPE, by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
There are SO many things to love about this book but I think what I love most is that it's truly one of a kind. It's one of those "perfect books" in my opinion, and I just want to read it over and over and over. I'm sure I will. (I gush much more in-depth about it HERE if you missed it).

THE INSIDE STORY (Sisters Grimm book 8), by Michael Buckley
I love when a series just keeps getting better, and since this happens to be one of my favorite middle grade series, I was especially excited. I mean, maybe it's partially to do with how much time I've spent in Revision Hell this year and the fact that there's REVISION MONSTERS in the story, but this one is my favorite in the series.Can't wait for #9!!!!

MUSEUM OF THIEVES, by Lian Tanner
I was a little worried this book could never live up to the sheer awesomeness of its cover, but it definitely delivered. Such a unique, imaginative take on middle grade fantasy and my only complaint is that it totally leaves unanswered questions and I don't WANNA wait for the next one. Here's hoping the ARC fairies will deliver one early. (I also gush more about this book HERE, if you missed it)

THE EMERALD ATLAS, by John Stephens
Okay, this is technically cheating, because the book doesn't come out until April 2011. But I've had my ARC for a few months and all I can say is: I foresee big things for this series. BIG. I'll save any further comments for the review I'll do when we're closer to release (and I'm still deciding if I'm willing to share my ARC with one of you) but for now, mark this one down "to read." You won't want to miss it.

There's SO many more books I could list here--but I'm limiting myself to five to save everyone an endless post. Plus, all the ones I haven't mentioned will definitely be part of future Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays. So many awesome books. So little time.

And on that note, I thought I'd do the giveaway a little different today. I'm giving one $10.00 amazon.com gift card (or B&N.com gift card--winner's choice) to one lucky commenter on today's post so they can pick whatever book they want. Any of the above are excellent choices, but this way, if you've already read them, you can pick something else. All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, January 7th. I'll announce the winner on Sat, January 8th. Good luck!

Oh, and before I forget, the winner of PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale is....




Erinn!!!

Yay!

*tosses confetti*



If that's you, please check your email--you have one in there from me asking for your mailing address. For everyone else, thanks for entering. See you back next year for more awesome MMGM fun!

(Oh, and if you've done a MMGM feature today and would like me to link you, email me and I'll update this post. Thanks!)

38 comments:

  1. Congrats to Erin. And yes on MUSEUM OF THIEFS and SISTERS GRIMM!!! All others are on my to read and share list. Thanks.

    Looking forward to 2011 with MMGM fun.

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  2. Those books all look really good.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  3. I think Selling Hope looks interesting, and now you are completely intriguing me because I have the ARC for The Emerald Atlas and haven't read it yet!!! Must read it now!!!

    Thanks!
    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

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  4. All of these books look great. And congrats to the winner!

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  5. Congrats to the winner! Thanks for having so many contests. It's awesome and you pretty much rock. :)

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  6. Congrats Erinn. I really need to read that book!

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  7. I haven't read any of those books. Thanks for the recommendations!
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. I haven't read any of those, so thanks for the round-up. I want to read Selling Hope just after seeing the cover.

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  9. Great book recommendations! My daughter got It's Raining Cupcakes for Christmas. I can't wait to read it too1!

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  10. Congrats, Erin! And these books look great.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Congrats, Erin! And these books look great.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Your MG suggestions are GOLD. It's Raining Cupcakes looks and sounds adorbs.
    And thanks for the giveaway :))

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  13. I have most of those on my to-be-read list already, but a gift certificate would sure be nice to buy one of them!
    Thanks, Shannon!

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  14. Those look like fantastic reads!

    Have an Extraordinary Day! :)

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  15. Thanks for the recommendations! Congratulations, Erinn....:)

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  16. Great list, Shannon . . . except you missed one . . . hee, hee. :-)

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  17. Selling Hope is next on my reading list this week - can't wait! :) The others look fantastic, I'll have to check them out.

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  18. hi miss shannon! hooray for erinn!
    yikes! more cool mg books. how could i ever get past all of them. you got me buried in books already and now you got more. ack! ha ha. im loving the mg monday stuff for sure.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  19. These all look great!

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  20. You've listed all kinds of books from my wishlist!! They all look awesome!

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  21. I have not read any of those five! They are now on the list! THANKS



    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  22. Princess Academy is such a great book! Congrats to the winner! <3

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  23. CONGRATS go out to Erinn!

    I'm adding some of the mentioned book titles to my TBR book list.

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  24. I want to lick the cupcake cover!!

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I'm loving all the recommendations on various blogs. Truly, Middle grade is rocking!

    O random-number-generator gods of the amazon or noble borders, take pity on your hapless servant and grant him this one wish, to finally be a winner.

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  26. This is the Best. News. Ever.

    I have only read one of these (Museum of Thieves). Sisters Grimm 2 is winging its way to me right now, so I'll reach 8 eventually.

    That means I have threeeee new books to read. Hello, January, you and I are going to have fun!

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  27. All of these sound FABULOUS! Selling Hope is one that I'm really looking forward to. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. I loved The Inside Story (insert silly grin), but It's Raining Cupcakes is Newbery material. I'll be disappointed if they don't think so too.

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  29. yay! i love book recommendations. i'm definitely putting these on my "to-read" list.
    thanks!

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  30. Please enter me in the contest. I would love to win a book, especially one that's on the AR list.

    Thanks,
    jlansky(at)comcast(dot)net

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  31. Those books sound interesting :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  32. I'm jealous Erin! Congrats! Thanks for the giveaway. I think I would have to get The Princess Academy if I won. I love that book and I'm not sure why I don't own it.
    chickenherder@hotmail.com

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  33. I'm already a follower. And now I'll cross my fingers that I'm a winner too!
    Thanks for the book suggestions. I'll try them out in 2011.

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  34. I actually got The Emerald Atlas ARC. I don't usually get any. I just read it and really enjoyed it. I was going to offer to give it to you.

    Your other choices are great and I'll have to check them out. I started The Sisters Grimm series but never continued it. Not sure why. Maybe because there are so many good books to read.

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  35. All those books look so fantastic!! I can't wait to read them!

    christine.hartlaub(at)gmail(dot)come

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  36. I have The Emerald Atlas on my TBR pile. I also want to get The Museum of Thieves.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  37. I just recently acquired a beautiful copy of Selling Hope. Museum of Thieves and It's Raining Cupcakes are on my wishlist! Will need to look into the others more. Great choices! Yeah I've been trying to get more and more MG books. My first book read and reviewed this year is actually upper MG. :D

    Thanks for the contest!

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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