Monday, April 23, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Council of Mirrors (Sisters Grimm #9)--and a SIGNED book Giveaway!

Believe it or not, I actually have an MMGM for you guys this week!!!! Sadly, it's not because I've had time to read (book 2 is still killing me)--it's because sometimes a book is so special/exciting I'm willing to break my rule and feature it before I've read it because I KNOW I'm going to love every single word .

What book could I possibly be so confident about? THE COUNCIL OF MIRRORS (Sisters Grimm #9) by Michael Buckley:

Here's how the publisher describes it:

In the final volume in the Sisters Grimm series, Sabrina, Daphne, and the rest of the Grimms and their friends must face off against the Master to decide the fate of Ferryport Landing—and the world. When Mirror fails to escape the barrier using Granny Relda’s body, he turns to his plan B: killing all the Grimms so that the magical barrier collapses. In the meantime, Sabrina has gathered the other magic mirrors as advisors on how to deal with their mortal enemy. They tell her to join forces with the Scarlet Hand against Mirror, in exchange for offering all the citizens of Ferryport Landing their freedom. This final chapter is the end of the road for several beloved characters, but the conclusion is sure to satisfy devoted fans of the series.

If you've been following my blog for a while you know how very much I love this series (it's one of the reasons I decided to try writing middle grade) and I have been counting down the days until I could finally read the last book (even if it'll be slightly bittersweet knowing there are no more). So imagine my EXTREME GIDDINESS when I discovered that Michael Buckley was signing copies at the LATFOB this weekend, and you can bet I stood in the sun-scorched signing line to get my hot little hands on a copy. (and of course, to thank him personally for blurbing KEEPER)


And I picked up a copy for you guys too--which is why I decided to do the MMGM feature on it early. Sadly, *I* can't read until I finish book 2 (it's going to be my reward!). But I don't think it's fair to make you guys wait just because I'm waging an epic battle with characters who are refusing to cooperate. So, I'm giving it away now--along with the strong, STRONG recommendation that you all pick up your own copies if you don't win (and if you haven't started this series, you need to get on that--stat!) because it's going to be amazing. EVERYTHING Michael writes is amazing. Plus, he did a reading from it at LATFOB and OMG. So. good. 

To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, April 28th. I'll draw one random winner and post their names on Sunday, April 29th. International entries welcome.

And for more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other 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, get thee 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!    
 Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- Gina Carey is spreading the love for MOON OVER MANIFEST--with a GIVEAWAY!!!! Click HERE for all the details!  
- Dorine White is swooning over CINDERELLA SMITH, THE MORE THE MERRIER.  Click HERE to see why.
- Barbara Watson has another special middle grade review written by an actual middle grader (her son this time). Click HERE to see what he thinks about THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD. 
- Michelle Isenhoff is featuring THE RED PYRAMID. Click HERE to learn why she thinks it's worth reading!
- Andrea Mack is soaring with love for FLYAWAY Click HERE to learn why. 
- Gabrielle Prendergast is highlighting some of her favorite verse novels.  Click HERE to see what they are.   
- Temre Beltz is sweet on IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES (one of my favorites).  Click HERE to see why she thinks you'll love it too.    
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are championing FIRST KILL (Slayer Chronicles #1). Click HERE to see why they loved it. 
- Laurisa Reyes has a fabulous author interview--and a GIVEAWAY for THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST. Click HERE for all the fun.   
- Danika Dinsmore raves about a book she discovered thanks to MMGM (woot!): THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. Click HERE to learn more about it. 

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 at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (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. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


  1. I am excited to read this last book as well, but it is bittersweet that the series is ending. I may have to go back and reread the entire series just to remind myself everything that's happened previously. :)


  2. This is an awesome giveaway Shannon :) Thanks!

  3. The girls in my library are so excited for this book to come out! It's been very popular here!

  4. Looks like a good one! Hope I win.

  5. Michael Buckley and Shannon Messenger are two of my favorite authors. I love The Sisters Grimm! I am am tickled they are fans of each other's work as well.

  6. What a great pick! After a long hiatus from social media, I'm back. This week with The Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang. So fun to watch your excitement!

  7. This has been a fav series in our house.

  8. Thanks for the chance to win this! And I can't wait to read yours!

  9. The series sounds awesome! I have to get the books.

  10. Looks good :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Here is my middle grade monday review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret:

  12. So hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful series! Thank you for this opportunity to get the book!

  13. hi miss shannon! i didnt ever read any of this series. it sounds kinda girly but now i learned from on the blogs that some girl heros are way cool. :) i cant wait to read your book!
    ...hugs from lenny

  14. Ohh, thank you for giving away this book :D It seems awesome. Would love to win it :) <3
    Love, Carina

  15. What a wonderfully generous offer. I'd love a chance to win this book. Thank you so very much.

  16. Are you sure you don't need an email for this? Here's mine anyway: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    Thanks again!

  17. I really enjoyed book 1 so I'd love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Cheering you on from the sidelines as you wage your epic battle. (Also, I think it's great you got to stand in the sun and meet one of your inspirations!)

  19. I haven't read this series yet - I'll get on that! :)

    How cool that you got to meet him!!!

  20. I've heard such good things about this series, I would love to enter, thank you.

  21. OMG!!!!! I just found out that it was released 4 days ago!!! How in the world did I forget!!! I need this now, like desperately!! The two year wait is killer!!! Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!

    I am definitely going to get my hands on this ASAP!! I need to see what happens to Puck and Sabrina!!!

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. Oh my frigging gosh!! I WANT THIS BOOK SO SO SO SO SO BADLY!!! ACK!!!

  23. Oh cool! I would love to read that book. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  24. Hi Shannon! Sounds like a good book. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  25. Oh, good suggestion! thanks Shannon, for taking the time and do this MMGM

  26. I really enjoy this series and have been waiting anxiously for this new book. Thanks for the giveaway!


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