Monday, November 25, 2013

MMGM Links (11/25/13)

Another week in the deadline cave (I swear, this book is determined to beat me--but I shall overcome!) But once again, I managed to put together the MMGM links.

Before we get to those, though, I have to share one totally shameless thing: EXILE GOT AN AWESOME BOOKLIST REVIEW!!!!
Sophie Foster returns in Messenger’s strong sequel to Keeper of the Lost Cities (2012), about a 12-year-old girl who discovers she is able to read minds, a result of her elven heritage. Now living at Havenfield in the Lost Cities, surrounded by her elven guardians and friends and still facing a big learning curve about her new life as an elf, Sophie makes an unprecedented find when she stumbles upon Silveny, the only female alicorn in existence. This new twist carries the story along new paths that are refreshingly clear of the usual doom and gloom accompanying middle books in series, although there are ominous contacts from the furtive Black Swan group. Although her second year at Foxfire Academy figures in, the plot spends more time on Sophie’s after-school activities and her relationships with friends—Keefe in particular—and family. A satisfying follow-up for series fans that sets up anticipation for the next book.
— Julie Trevelyan, BOOKLIST REVIEWS

*happy dances*

Okay, I think that's enough shameless self promotion for today. OH, but you should also know that I have a super-cool giveaway scheduled to start on Wednesday--so make sure you check back to see what that's all about.

All right, NOW we get to the links:
- Rosi Hollinbeck is featuring two poetry collections, SKETCHES FROM A SPY TREE, and WHAT THE HEART KNOWS--with a double GIVEAWAY . Click HERE for details
- Michelle Mason is dishing about RULES FOR GHOSTING. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Birdie Reader is gushing about GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! Click HERE to see why.  
- Andrea Mack is singing praises for ELDRITCH MANOR. Click HERE to see her review.  
Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books is featuring 4 novels about kids with interesting jobs. Click HERE to see what they are.  
-  Annie McMahon has chills for DOOM & GLOOM. Click HERE to read what she thought. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is telling THE TRUTH OF ME. Click HERE to see his review. 
- Greg Pattridge is getting SCHOOLED. Click HERE to see why.
Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books is featuring novels in verse (or about poetry). Click HERE to see what they are.     
- Media Sharif is captivated with VANISHED. Click HERE to see why.   
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is a MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- 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 it gets sorted accurately) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!

*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 reviews 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.


  1. Congrats on the great review. Good luck with the writing and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. That's fantastic!!!!!

    Here's my MMGM on Hooked on Books. It's written by one of my students for the Ranger's Apprentice newest book The Royal Ranger.

  3. Congratulations on the great (and well deserved!) review! Thanks for the MMGM list. Always fun.

  4. Great review! Congratulations--can't wait to read EXILE.

    Thanks for being such a great link-compiler, also--despite all your deadlines and such. I appreciate it.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Wow, wonderful review--congrats! The book doesn't sound to bad, either. ;) Good luck beating the next one into submission!

  6. This post was an "embarrassment of riches". Thanks so much for so many good sites!

  7. BTW: Congratulations on your awesome Booklist review.


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