Monday, February 25, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: EXCLUSIVE Extras from The Classroom: Student Council Smackdown!--plus a GIVEAWAY!

WOO HOO--as promised, I actually have MMGM today (extra amazing considering I'm currently flying back from Kansas City, MS, after an awesome weekend at Winter Institute. Hotel WiFi FTW!). And since I wanted to come back with a bang after my prolonged absence, I'm back with some EXCLUSIVE extras from a super-fun series!!!!

Not sure if you guys have discovered Robin Mellom's THE CLASSROOM series yet--but if you haven't, TODAY IS THE DAY. Book 1 (The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid) came out last year, and book 2 is getting ready to launch into the world in June.

I could tell you more about the series, but I think the awesome trailer does a way better job than I can:


And if you're still doubting its fabulousness, I think the artwork for the covers say it all:


I mean, isn't that art just AWESOME? I love it so much.

And here's how the publisher describes book 2:

Libby Gardner and Cindy Applegate are smile-without-teeth friends, but they are fierce rivals when it comes to politics. Cindy owned the student council elections in fourth and sixth grades, while Libby came out on top in fifth. Now, they both hunger for the prestigious title of seventh grade class president.

But middle school elections have their own rules...and pressures. When Trevor Jones is forced to join the presidential race, he devises a plan to make sure his best friend Libby wins. That all changes when he discovers that Libby has oh-so-sneakily gone behind his back by hiring Molly Decker to be her campaign manager. Now, he's in it to win it. And things are going to get ugly.

Join Trevor, Libby, Cindy, and the whole Westside contingency (along with the documentary film crew) as they explore the ugly underbelly of middle school politics.

I'll be honest, I have yet to read the awesome book 2 yet, given that, well, it's not out till JUNE (le siiiiiigh). BUT, I've been so excited about it that I was gushing about it to the author and next thing I knew, she'd sent me two awesome sneak peeks of what's inside. And I am super excited that I get to share them exclusively with you. BEHOLD:





Even better? I ALSO have a copy of book 1 (The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic kid) to give away today to one lucky winner!!!!!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm (Pacific time) on Sunday, March 3rd. I'll draw one random winner and post their name along with the MMGM round-up on Monday, March 4th. International entries welcome!

AND WAIT--THERE'S ONE MORE AWESOME THING!!!!

Robin also has a super-cool contest going on over at her blog where she's giving away a BUNCH of cool things. So make sure you hop over THERE and check that out!

And for more awesome middle grade recs, check out the other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere (and warning, thanks to the aforementioned traveling, if you got your link to me late last night it's probably not here. I'm on midwest time right now and couldn't stay up late):
- Brenda Tjaden joins the MMGM fun with a feature on THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE: THE STRANGERS. Click HERE to read her review 
 - Shari Larsen is chatting up GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA. Click HERE to read her thoughts.   
- Barbara Watson is feeling blissful for BLISS. Click HERE to read her feature.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten has chills for ICEFALL. Click HERE to see his review. 
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE and interviews the author and the main character. Click HERE to see what that's all about.  
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are cheering for DISNEY AT DAWN: KINGDOM KEEPERS #2. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.    
- Katie Fitzgerald is sweet on THE CANDY SMASH. Click HERE for her review. 
- Andrea Mack's heart is treasuring UNGIFTED. Click HERE to read her thoughts.  
- Mark Baker is gushing about the Trixie Belden Mystery Series. Click HERE to see why he loves them. 
- Kim Aippersbach is cheering for LIAR AND SPY. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Danika Dinsmore is championing THE SWEET REVENGE OF CELIA DOOR. Click HERE to see why.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is featuring BITOPIA--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- 8-year-old Lucy is feeling the love for LAWLESS. Click HERE to see why.
- Dorine White is singing praises for THE GENIUS FILES BOOK 3: YOU ONLY DIE TWICE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Laurisa White Reyes is interviewing author Ally Malinenko--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details 
- Rebecca Behrens is feeling magical about SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. Click HERE to see why. 
- 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!   
- 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.     

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Disneyland + YA Authors = SO MUCH WIN!!!

Hey guys!

I know I've gone back to being a VERY bad blogger (sigh). I promise, I'm going to TRY to be better. But in the meantime, I wanted to give a quick update about an event I have coming up at the end of March that I'm SUPER excited about. 


Yes, that's right. An author event at DISNEYLAND. I mean, do you get anymore awesome than that??? I'm almost afraid it's so much awesome it's going to make the universe implode with awesome overload. 



Here's the official event info from the organizers:
What’s better than books? Nothing! But rollercoasters come close. On Saturday, March 30, 2013, sixteen of your favorite young adult authors will put on their mouse ears for THE YAPPIEST DAY ON EARTH, the first (that we know of) YA Day at Disneyland. Bloggers, booksellers, librarians, and fans are invited to come spend the day riding with authors and chatting about current and upcoming releases. The event will culminate with a group signing at the Anabella Hotel, across the street from California Adventure.

To participate, meet the authors inside the gates of Disneyland at 8:00 AM on March 30th. Or, join us at the book signing at 5:30 PM at the Anabella Hotel, 1030 W. Katella Ave. Those too far away to participate may order books to be autographed through Mysterious Galaxy’s website at http://mystgalaxy.com/.

Participating authors include: Elise Allen, Carrie Arcos, Sean Beaudoin, Jennifer Bosworth, Martha Brockenbrough, Cecil Castellucci, Rachel Cohn, Kevin Emerson, Chris Howard, Lish McBride, Gretchen McNeil, Robin Mellom, Shannon Messenger, Cat Patrick, Kasie West, and Gabrielle Zevin.
The day will be tweeted live by participating authors and fans, using the hashtag #YAPPIEST.

Event Breakdown:

What: THE YAPPIEST DAY ON EARTH 
When: Saturday, March 30, 2013 

8:00 AM 
All YAPPIEST participants should meet inside the gates of Disneyland. 
Look for the authors in YAPPIEST T-shirts! 

4:45 PM
 All YAPPIEST author/reader groups should meet in front of the entrance to the Tomorrowland Monorail Station to ride/walk to the signing location 

5:30 – 7:30 PM 
Group Book Signing Anabella Hotel
1030 W. Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA, 92802
Phone: 714-905-1050 

Monday, February 18, 2013

MMGM Links (2/18/13)

DING DONG THE DEADLINE OF DOOM IS DONE!!!!!

Yes, that's right--according to my editor, LTSF #2 is now officially done (well, until copyedits and first pass and stuff--but I'm not going to focus on that!!!!)

BUT, I didn't finish until Friday and then had a TON of junk to catch up on so, ALAS, I have MMGM today. I WILL have something awesome next week. But today, I just have links.


Also: don't forget, I'm running a special pre-order giveaway for LET THE SKY FALL (where EVERYONE wins stuff) so make sure you go HERE.

Okay, on to the links!
- Mark Baker is back with a feature on THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Click HERE to see why he loves this classic.
- Andrea Mack's heart is soaring for SPARROW ROAD. Click HERE to read her thoughts.  
- Kim Aippersbach is cheering for STOLEN CHILD. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Shari Larsen is spreading the love for CRACKING THE CODE: Spreading Rumors. Click HERE to read her thoughts.  
- Gina Carey has fallen in love with MAY B. Click HERE to see why.  
- Danika Dinsmore is championing THE CHRONICLES OF HARRIS BURDICK--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.  
- Jennifer Rumberger is spotlighting DESTINY, REWRITTEN--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to learn more.  
- Susan Olson is featuring THE TIME TRAVELING FASHIONISTA ON BOARD THE TITANIC. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends THREE TIMES LUCKY. Click HERE to see what that's all about.  
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is giving a shout out to THE LIONS OF LITTLEROCK. Click HERE to see his review.
- Laurisa White Reyes is highlighting BAD KITTY GETS A BATH. Click HERE for her review.  
- Rosi Hollinbeck is interviewing author Kathryn Fitzmaurice and giving away an autographed hardcover of her new book. Click HERE for details.
- 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!   
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.      


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