Monday, March 5, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Humming Room--and a Giveaway!

I'm still deep in The Deadline Zone, but despite that, I MADE time to put together this week's MMGM, because I loved the book so incredibly much, and it's FINALLY out in stores for everyone to buy. THE HUMMING ROOM, by Ellen Potter.

Check out the AWESOME cover (another Jason Chan masterpiece!):

And here's how the publisher describes it:

Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn't believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.

Despite the best efforts of her uncle's assistants, Roo discovers the house's hidden room—a garden with a tragic secret.

Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter could write.

Not sure if you guys know this, but I am a big Ellen Potter fan (if you haven't read THE KNEEBONE BOY, you need to!). THE SECRET GARDEN also happens to be one of my all time favorite books. So when I heard those two forces were combining in THE HUMMING ROOM I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on a copy. And it was everything I wanted to be and SO MUCH MORE.

It's hard to update something as special as THE SECRET GARDEN and not ruin it--but Potter manages to take everything I loved about the book and add only things I never knew it needed to have. And Roo... What an amazing little girl. I loved her from the first sentence--which also made my heart completely ache for her. She's a smart, quiet, broken character who is impossible not to love. 

I really could go on and on and on about all the things that make this book so special, but I don't want to ruin it for any of you. So instead I'm going to just say: do yourself a favor and READ IT. And to make that easier for one of you, I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

To enter, make sure you follow my blog (so you'll see when I post the winner) and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, March 10th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, March 11th. International entries welcome.

And for more amazing middle grade recommendations, check out there other awesome MMGMs floating around the blogosphere:
- The Mundie Moms are now part of the MMGM fun (eee!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, better get over THERE and check out all the awesome!  
- 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 spotlighting THE UNDERNEATH. Click HERE to read her review. 
 Karen Yingling is championing THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER. Click HERE to learn more about it.  
- Deb Marshall is sharing her love of  DANGEROUS WATERS: AN ADVENTURE ON THE TITANIC. Click HERE to read why you should love it too.    
- Kim Aippersbach joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.
- Andrea Mack is falling hard for NEIL FLAMBE AND THE AZTEC ABDUCTION. Click HERE to see why  
-Jemi Fraser is back with a feature on ZACH'S LIE. Click HERE to see what it's all about. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy--two actual middle grade bloggers (so awesome, right???) discuss their love for THE RED PYRAMID. Click HERE for Brennan's review.    
- Susan Olson is gushing about FROZEN IN TIME and ARCHER'S QUEST. Click HERE to see why she loves them. 
- Gabrielle Prendergast has compiled some reader-interviews about PERCY JACKSON and MAGIC TREEHOUSE.  Click HERE to see what everyone thought.    
- Jennifer Rumberger is sharing her joy for Judy Blume's amazing FUDGE books. Click HERE to see why these classics stand the test of time.    
- Michelle Isenhoff is crazy for BUNNICLA. Click HERE to see why she thinks you should be too. 
-Coreena McBurnie makes her MMGM debut with a spotlight on THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET. Click HERE to welcome her to the group.   
- Gina Carey is championing WHEN YOU REACH ME. Click HERE to see her review.   
- Michael Gettel Gilmarten is showcasing THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN--with a SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY! Click HERE to enter.  
- Laurisa Reyes--another MMGM newcomer! (so AWESOME watching the meme spread)--joins us with her first feature on THE BOY PROJECT, with an author interview AND A GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the details.

If you would like 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--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. I'll TRY, but it might not happen. I know that  makes it less convenient for everyone, but the constant updating of the post is a big time suck and I just can't keep up with it right now. SORRY!

**Note: Thanks to a boatload of spam--and my missing a bunch of important emails because of it--I'm now using a new email address. So make sure you update your records because I'm slowly phasing the other address out. New email is: SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. Hopefully now I won't miss some of your MMGMs, like I have been.**

Happy Monday!


  1. I loved The Secret Garden too. I really want to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. That sounds like a cool book. I'll have to check it out if I don't win.

  3. Looks like a great read. The cover is absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Just bought this book for my 8yr-old on his Kindle!! He started reading it last night. He says to me, "Mom, I really like the descriptions on the first page. I know where the character is." :D

  5. Thank you so much for this great review and recommendation! The Humming Room sounds amazing and with The Secret Garden being one of my all time favorite books ever, I can't wait to read it! I love MMGM :)

  6. I want, want, want this book! My daughter found the Secret Garden at the library on her own, without me guiding her, and I know she'll love The Humming Room. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. The artist is just soooo talented. Maybe I should start a collection of all the books he illustrated.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  8. The Humming Room looks like a fantastic book. I love MGM! They give me great ideas for books for both myself and my daughter :)

    lorimlee82 at gmail dot com

  9. I read this as an ARC and loved it. I'd love to have a copy to share with my students. Thanks!

  10. I've been seeing this one over the last couple of weeks. It definitely caught my eye, thanks!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  11. This is on my to-read list! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win it.

  12. Ooh, count me in; this sounds like a really good read! I'm already curious about all the mysteries...

  13. I was just going to say that cover looked like a familiar style.

  14. Just picked up KNEE BONE BOY and loving it so far. Will for sure be reading this one, too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

  15. Sounds awesome, and I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. THE HUMMING ROOM looks wonderful Yes please!!


  17. I may not have said this before, but thank you for the MMGMs. :D I'm trying to stay more up to date on the MG world, and it is so excellent and exciting to get updates on Marvellous books I want to read! And yes, I want to read this one, so if I could win it that would be fabulous. :D

  18. Ah! These covers are all so amazing. :] I love that it's inspired by the Secret Garden. I can't wait to read this, thanks for the giveaway!

  19. OOH I love Ellen Potter! I've participated in a couple of her writing contests--very fun! :)
    Great giveaway!

  20. Oh these covers are always so great and the Humming Room sounds like a great addition to our library. Thank you for letting us know it was coming out.

  21. Oh! Pretty cover :D Seems like an awesome book ;) I would love to win a copy of it. <3 Love your MG posts :) You always blog about so many awesome books :D
    Love, Carina

  22. as always, you delight us with a great title! sounds great!

  23. I'm dying to read this book! I've only been hearing amazing things about it so far so I can't wait to get my hands on it :D

  24. I think this is an awesome cover. You just want to learn more about the young girl and her story after seeing those sad eyes. Thanks for sharing about this book. Thanks for also offering this great giveaway!


  25. I don't want to read this. I NEED to. ;)

  26. I'm embarrassed to say I've never read THE SECRET GARDEN, but I'm so in love with the premise for THE HUMMING ROOM (and let's be honest, that cover, which is amazing!) that I'm picking this one up for sure. Thanks for your MMGM features!

  27. That sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to read it one way or another.

  28. The Humming Room sounds wonderful! I love The Secret Garden, and I love the character's name. Gotta read this one!


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