Monday, August 29, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze, by Alan Silberberg--and a Giveaway!

So excited to be back for another MMGM--especially since this week I'm featuring a book I simply cannot gush enough about: MILO: STICKY NOTES & BRAIN FREEZE, by Alan Silberberg.


Here's the description of the book:

Milo Cruikshank is a 13 year-old new kid, who has to find a way to hit the "restart" button all over again.

The truth is, ever since Milo's mother died nothing has felt right. Now, instead of the kitchen being filled with music, the whole house is filled with Fog. Nothing's the same. Not his Dad. Not his sister. And definitely not him. In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One-Eyed Jack" of friends, Milo struggles to survive a school year that is filled with reminders of what his life "used to be".

Brimming with heart, humor and ultimately hope, Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze is a powerhouse of a novel that will stay with you well after you've turned the last page.


I've raved and swooned and gushed and told you all how fabulous this book is before--but I didn't get to showcase it the way it deserves. It's an AMAZING book--one I feel everyone needs to read.

I'll be honest, I cried so hard when I read certain moments in this book. The heartbreaking journey we follow Milo on as he struggles to cope with his mother's death really packs quite a punch (in fact, the editor--Liesa Abrams--said in a panel about this book at SCBWI LA that the running question at S&S was: where were you when MILO made you cry?).

But the amazing thing is that even with all that emotion and sadness--this book is genuinely hilarious (it even won the Sid Fleischman humor award at SCBWI this year). Mixed right in with the hard scenes are laugh-out-loud moments that temper the sorrow and help you put the pieces of yourself back together after the sad scenes break you. And that--right there--is what I find most amazing about this book.

I have no idea how Alan did it, but there's something healing about reading this story. The way Milo pulls himself--and his family--out of the fog is such an empowering thing, and somehow it makes you feel like you can do the same thing. It's a beautiful story and I'm so glad it exists. Both for kids (and adults) who've had to deal with loss, and the rest of us who've been spared that challenge. It truly touches us all.

Which is why I'm giving away a copy of the fancy new paperback version to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, September 3rd. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, September 4th. International entries welcome.

And... go!


For more middle grade love, make sure you check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere:

- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!

- Barbara Watson is featuring WOLF STORM. Click HERE to learn all about it. 

- Myrna foster is gushing about NUMBER THE STARS. Click HERE to see what she has to say.


- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is spotlighting TURTLE IN PARADISE. Click HERE to read his review.



- Pam Torres is showcasing NATE ROCKS THE WORLD. Click HERE to learn more about it. 

- Karen Yingling has some fabulous nonfiction recommendations for everyone. Click HERE to see what they are. 


- The lovely Ishta Mercurio makes her MMGM debut with a feature on JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW--with a GIVEAWAY! Go HERE for all the details.

- The awesome Elana Johnson also joins the MMGM fun, featuring JANITORS--with GIVEAWAYS. Click HERE to see why you need to read it too.

And if you want to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. It's easier if you email me before Monday, that way your link will be included in the post from the moment it goes live. But if you decide to spontaneously join the fun, I do update the post at several points throughout the Monday. Just email me a link and I'll add you when I do!

Happy Monday!

32 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book. I remember you raving about it before. I'd love to win. And that's exciting there's new MGMs.

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  2. I would love to win this book!

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  3. Oh I heard about this one and I'd love to read it!!

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  4. Love this title and the story sounds heartwarming. I'll have to get it...unless I win it!! *hint, hint I just returned to blogging! Excited to be back!

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  5. Ooooo! I'd love to win this one. It DOES sound like the type of book everyone should read!

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  6. I cried when I read Alan's post for WriteOnCon! What an amazing story.

    Shelley

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  7. I've been hearing a lot of good things about Milo too. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. Looks so cute! Would love to read it - even if I don't win :)

    -Gina

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  9. You sold me. Intermingling tears and laughter--sounds like me when I'm watching the Trailblazers trying to advance from round one in the playoffs.

    Seriously, this is proof of a great talent. If I don't win (random.org, I love you!) I'm definitely getting a copy.

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  10. Hi All,

    I have a Marvelous Middle Grade book giveaway at my site this week if anyone is interested.

    Aaaargh!!! by Bill Myers is up for grabs! Have a good week everyone!

    http://dianeestrella.com/?p=6381

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  11. This actually sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway, would love to win this :)

    Sahina@hotmail.co.uk

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  12. The book sounds great -- and I love the cover art.

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway!I'd love to win this for my younger brother:)

    I'm a GFC follower-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. I have already read and reviewed this one. It was one of my favorites this year. I'd love to win a copy for my granddaughter!!

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  16. Sweet! I haven't read this one yet. Thanks, Shannon.

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  17. I've heard how awesome this book is. I can't wait to read it!

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  18. What a beautiful review! I love the way you describe this book and the power of it emotionally. I def. won't miss out on this one now! :-)

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  19. Since my boys were ten and fourteen when their father died, this sounds like a book I need to read. Count me in., Clar

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  20. hi miss shannon! wow me and milo both got that fog stuff to get past. i could like to read this book so i could know how he got past it.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  21. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing about it. Cute cover.

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  22. I need to read this book. So, pick me! Pick me!

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  23. Looks adorable!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  24. Sounds funny!

    I follow. <3 !

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

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  25. I saw this at Writeoncon... and started tearing up reading the few comics that were posted. Can't wait to read it, it looks amazing.

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  26. Ever since WriteOnCon I've been wanting to read this! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  27. Oh, I can't wait to cry! Great rec!

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  28. I haven't read a middle grad in a long time, but your review made this book seem like the perfect one to start back up with!

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  29. I knew this had won the Sid Fleischman award, but I had no idea it dealt with such powerful topics. I'd really like to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  30. I've read about this one and it looks awesome. Lucky you to have read it already!

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  31. This book sounds amazing! Sorry I missed the giveaway.

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