Monday, May 14, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Seeing Cinderella, by Jenny Lundquist

Somehow blogger has deleted the original from my feed so I'm reposting it now and I will try to go back and re-enter in the comments. The contest included in this post has already been closed and is not accepting new entries!

Now that book 2 is my editor's problem (hee) I finally had time to read this weekend (such a happy thing!). Which means I actually have an MMGM for you guys--for a book that's been at the top of my TBR pile since it arrived: SEEING CINDERELLA, by Jenny Lundquist.

Here's how the publisher describes it:

Magical realism and a modern Cinderella story makes for a fun and relatable M!X read.

Sixth grade is not going well for Calliope Meadow Anderson. Callie’s hair is frizzy, her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, and to top things off, she has to get glasses. And her new specs aren’t even cute, trendy glasses—more like hideously large and geeky. But Callie soon discovers that her glasses have a special, magical perk: When she wears them, she can read people’s thoughts. Crazy glasses aside, Callie has more drama to face when she’s cast as the lead in the school play—and instead opts to be an understudy, giving the role of Cinderella to Ellen. Can Callie’s magic glasses help her see her way to leading lady, or is she destined to stay in the background forever?

I'll confess, a big part of the reason I was so excited to read this book is because I'm a huge Cinderella fan. (HUGE) So any time I see anyone playing with that story I want to see what they're doing with it. BUT, that also means I've seen it all--and am very picky about what I think works and what I think doesn't--so the fact that I enjoyed this story really says a lot.

It's definitely more of a younger middle grade read (think IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES) but I still think anyone will love it. I know I did. And what I loved best is how it touches on challenges that are SO real for that difficult middle school time period. Thanks to her nerdy glasses Calliope is able to see what the kids in school are thinking, and it's a very eye opening experience. She realizes not only how they perceive her--which isn't the way she thought they did--but who her real friends are, which at that age is such a perfect issue to explore.

Callie's voice was both sweet and real and I was both rooting for her to figure things out and aching for her when the things I knew were going to happen, happened. The story is funny, fast paced, and a great pick for anyone who loves fairytales OR contemporary stories, since it's a little bit of both. So of course I highly recommend it to all of you.

Which is why I'm also giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, May 19th. I'll draw one random winner and post their names on Sunday, May 20th. International entries welcome.

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!    
- Author Claire Legrand joins the MMGM fun with an awesome new series called Middle Grade Memories. Click HERE to see author Marissa Burt discuss a book she loved growing up--with a GIVEAWAY! 
- Barbara Watson is teaching us HOW TO STEAL A DOG--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the details. 
- Joanne Fritz is raving about THE FALSE PRINCE. Click HERE to see why.
- Michelle Isenhoff is raving about one of her childhood favorites: THE CASTLE OF LLYR. Click HERE to learn why she loves it!
- Tricia Conway is back to gush about BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. Click HERE to read her review.  
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are cheering for MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE. Click HERE for all the fun.  
- Laurisa Reyes has an interview with author AMY DYCKMAN--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details 
- Danica Dinsmore is discussing Summer Reading Lists. Click HERE to learn more about them.   
- Rosi Hollinbeck is back with two features this week: THE SECRET TREE and THE BELL BANDIT--with a GIVEAWAYS of both! Click HERE for all the details 
- Chelanne Green is celebrating WALK TWO MOONS. Click HERE to see why.   

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)

NOTE: 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!

*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 posts 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 ahead of time.


  1. From Jill the Owl:

    This sounds super cute and perfect for the ages I teach :)

  2. From Books4Learning:

    Sounds like a fun book. Congrats on completing your second book!

  3. From Elise:

    Sounds like fun! I love Cinderella! Congratulations on finishing book 2 and getting a smidgen of Shannon time!!

  4. From Ashley R:

    I first saw this book on Jenny's site during the YAmazing Race and loved the sound of it - dying to read it but none of the libraries carry it yet :( Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  5. From Ms. Yingling:

    I want to read this one, but am a little disturbed that both this and How to Rock Braces and Glasses give the characters "huge and geeky" glasses, even if they are magical!

  6. From Andrea Mack:

    This looks like such a fun story - it's one I've been wanting to read for a while.

  7. From Carina Olsen:

    Ohh, thank you so much for this giveaway, Shannon! :D I think it sounds awesome. Sweet and fun. :) Would love to read it :D Love, Carina

  8. From Natalie Aguirre:

    Great choice Shannon. I read this for an interview with Jenny earlier this year. I loved this book. It transported me back to the middle school years but with a happier ending. Let someone else win since I read my ARC and gave it away too.

  9. From Gaby:

    This book sounds so cute :D on Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Seeing Cinderella, by Jenny Lundquist--and a giveaway!

  10. From Janhvi:

    Seeing Cinderella sounds like a cute story!Please count me in! :)

  11. From T.L. Conway:

    I've heard very good things about this book and now I can add your recommendation to my list. Thanks for the review and the fun giveaway!

  12. From Nicole Zoltac:

    Sounds like a fun story!

  13. From Christina:

    This book sounds like awesome middle grade. I love that she has magic classes, and wish I had had some. :)

  14. From Heidi Grange:

    This sounds like a perfect book to share with my fourth and fifth graders. I also love the idea of magic glasses since I wore glasses through out my growing up years.

  15. From Clarbojahn:

    Thanks for introducing this book to us. count me in for the give away. So glad you finally found some personal time to read.. I know how you like to read.

  16. From Shannon O'Donnell:

    This one's on my TBR list. It looks adorable. :)

  17. From Jasmine Stairs:

    Oh my, this one's been on my TBR list since I first heard about it in December. I'd love to win a copy!

  18. From Susanne Drazic:

    The cover is cute. Sounds like it will be a fun book to read. Thanks for sharing about it. Hey, CONGRATS on finishing book 2!

  19. From Barbara Watson:

    ADORED this book! Don't enter me in the giveaway; I already have a copy.

  20. From Carrie Monroe:

    Loved this book. It is a very fun read. One of the kids I babysit for was extremely excited to borrow it from me when I was finished. I have a copy as well so don't need to win.

  21. From Kara:

    Congrats on finishing your second book, how exciting! I have heard many wonderful things about Seeing Cinderella, would love to win a copy. Thanks so much for your comments and for the giveaway! Blessings, Kara wman4jcATaolDOTcom

  22. From danika dinsmore:

    Congrats and yay for a breather, eh? I'm with you, the Cinderella story has had so many incarnations that coming across an original one is a challenge. Thanks for the review!

  23. From MackenzieLee:

    I really want to read this one! It sounds lovely!

  24. From Lynne:
    SEEING CINDERELLA has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it in January! Such an AWESOME concept!! for that matter, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES has been on my TBR list for the longest time too ... Congratulations on finishing book 2. YAY! Thank you for the giveaway! ~Lynne zypadeedodah(at)aol(dot)com

  25. From Sayomay:

    This sounds so adorable and funny! Def going on my TBR list! on Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Seeing Cinderella, by Jenny Lundquist--and a giveaway!

  26. From Rosy:

    I am smack in the middle of this book and think you nailed it in your review. It's a terrific read and I am so enjoying it. Don't put me in the drawing, please, since I already own it, but I just wanted second what you say.

  27. From Dinky:

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you very much for making it international (: Seeing Cinderella looks great and I love the cover too. I looking forward to read it! (: dinkyka (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. From Katie at Blookgirl

    As soon as I found this book a month or two back, I knew my 11-year-old niece would ADORE it. Middle school isn't the same today as it was when I was a kid (OMG, that makes me sound ancient!) and I'm surprised by the challenges my niece faces on a daily basis. It sounds like this would be a great, relate-able read for her, and I'd love to win it! :-) Thanks for the chance! As an aside, congratulations on finishing your second book!! <3 blookgirl(@)

  29. From Tore:

    I love Cinderella. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  30. From Emily V.

    Congrats on finishing the second book! That must be a relief! Can't wait to read both of them! I would love to win Seeing Cinderella! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. From jpetroroy:

    This sounds absolutely adorable and unique. jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  32. From Lisa:

    That book sounds great! For me to read & also my daughter. :)

  33. From Michael G-G:

    I need to read this book!

  34. From Cathe Olsen:

    My students (and I) love fairy tale take-offs and this one really sounds fun.

  35. From Sue Ford:

    The book sounds so much fun. I like seeing some for the younger mg group.

  36. From anonymous:

    I would like to read this book!

  37. From Kerri:

    I would like to read this book!

  38. From Khanada:

    Yay for an MMGM! This one looks really cute.

  39. I have always wanted to be able to read minds, and I had to suffer through glasses from 4th grade to 9th, when I got contacts. I wish I'd gotten that pair!


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