Monday, January 28, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identies, by Mike Jung--plus a giveaway!

Given that I was in two states for two different events this weekend (exhausting, but SO MUCH FUN) and that I'm still on a rather tight deadline, I don't have an MMGM today. BUT, the good news is the ever-awesome  Deb Marshall agreed to cover for me. (As always, THANK YOU DEB!!!) And she's chosen to feature a book that is--no lie--sitting at the TOP of my TBR pile: GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES, by Mike Jung.

Here's how the publisher describes it:

Can knowing the most superhero trivia in the whole school be considered a superpower?

If so, Vincent Wu is invincible.

If not (and let’s face it, it’s “not”), then Vincent and his pals Max and George don’t get any props for being the leaders (and, well, sole members) of the (unofficial) Captain Stupendous Fan Club.

But what happens when the Captain is hurt in an incident involving BOTH Professor Mayhem and his giant indestructible robot AND (mortifyingly) Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent totally has a crush on?

The entire city is in danger, Vincent’s parents and his friends aren’t safe, the art teacher has disappeared, and talking to Polly is REALLY, REALLY AWKWARD.

Only Vincent Wu has what it takes to save the Captain, overcome Professor Mayhem, rally his friends, and figure out what to say to Polly. But will anyone take him seriously? Seriously. Anyone??

And like always, here's Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!
I, for one, take Vincent Wu seriously. Why? Because he is one seriously funny and likeable kid. And it doesn't end there. Mike Jung has created a wonderful comic book world complete with superheroes and super hero moments that Vincent lives in. Makes you want to step into the book and live there. This is a book with serious wide reader appeal from boys to girls to kids who may not be fantasy fans but are wanting to read about a kid and his friends just trying to fit in. Then there is the totally cool twist in the story behind Captain Stupendous's secret identidy, his origins and the connections it has to all the characters involved. That is some serious good writing going on right there. No wonder this one was short listed in the Cybils Middle Grade Fantasy. Here's what the first round readers thought of it:

“Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities takes a light-hearted look at a world where superheroes are real, including humorous touches such as all kids having Stupendous Alerts on their phones. Ultimately, Vincent needs all his allegedly useless knowledge to figure out how to save his family, his town, and the world. This science fiction adventure is a geek’s fantasy written in a way so everyone can enjoy the ride.”

Mr. Jung achieved that great balance of quality writing with unique characters and plot lines that will have a wide appeal. The kind of book you can't wait to share. Thanks to Shannon for letting me share it with all of you!
Yup--that's why this book is at the top of my TBR pile--not to mention Mike's one of the nicest (and funniest) guys I've met. I really need to finish up this draft so I can have time to read again!

In the meantime, I want one of you to have the chance to read it, so I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday February 3rd. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Monday, February 4th. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- Katie Fitzgerald joins the MMGM fun with a feature on ONE TOUGH CHICK. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- Dorine White is spotlighting THE SEVEN SWORDS (The Otherworld Chronicles Book#2). Click HERE to see why.   
- Barbara Watson is cheering for A DOG CALLED HOMELESS. Click HERE for her review.  
- Danika Dinsmore has a live report from ALA Midwinter with some upper middle grade discoveries. Click HERE to see what that's all about! 
- Susan Olson is shivering for GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC. Click HERE to see why. 
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends EDISON'S GOLD. Click HERE to see what that's all about.  
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are gushing about PANDORA THE CURIOUS. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.   
- Andrea Mack is raving about DRAGON SEER'S GIFT. Click HERE for her review. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has a review of MICHAEL VEY: RISE OF THE ELGEN. Click HERE to read. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is struck by A SMIDGEN OF SKY--with a giveaway! Click HERE to see what she thought!
- Annie McMahon is rooting for SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. Click HERE to see her 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.     
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.  
 - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). 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!  

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. I LOVED the Jung book as well! For MG basketball fans, I have the new Amar'e Stoudemire book, Slam Dunk, reviewed today.

    You've been very busy!

  2. Oh, I really want to read this one! I've heard a lot about it. Good things, of course.

  3. This one is new to me and I've got to pick it up for my class - the kids will love it! Thanks :)

  4. Sounds like a fun read. I'm going to let someone else win, though, who can read it now.

  5. Thanks, Deb. I'll read this one way or another, but I'd love to have my own copy. ^_^

  6. Sounds very promising^^; I have some nieces and nephews who would probably love it too!

  7. Thanks, Deb! I've heard so much good about this. And thanks, Shannon, for the chance to win it.

  8. Nice review, Deb. I loved this book too (and recommended it back in October). It's a lot of fun.

    And I already have my own autographed copy, so, Shannon, please give this to someone else.

  9. New to me, but looks to be a fun book.

  10. I met Mike at the SCBWI conference last summer and saw the ARC. It's great to see his book taking off. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I love funny and I love the title of this book. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  12. This has been on my TBR list for so long (at least since the cybils), and I still haven't gotten around to reading it.... (Stupendous Alerts! How cool is that!)
    Thank you for the chance to win!!

  13. This sounds awesome. I love superheroes, too... With a last name that is almost Batman, you kinda have to.

  14. My son would love this one! I'm always trying to find fiction books that interest him and I think this one definitely would.

  15. I'd love to play please. Thanks.

  16. I've seen this book around and it sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I've been wanting to read this for so so long. Thanks for offering a giveaway and also I applaud the author.


  18. I have only heard good things about this one! It sounds great and I would love to read it. Great review! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  19. This is on my tbr list. I would love to win a copy. *crosses fingers*

  20. This sounds like a fun read. I think we all have an inner geek we have to pat on the back once in awhile. And secret identities can be fun to read about. I'd love to win a copy of the book!


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