Monday, January 6, 2014

MMGM Links (1/6/14)

I promise, I WILL start posting occasional MMGMs again, now that I have an (albeit brief) reprieve from the deadline cave. But I'm still trying to catch up on a bunch of things so...not this week.

Speaking of things I'm catching up on, I've been having some glitches with blogger, so I'm in the process of working on some blog/html things. The spammers are driving me crazy, and the KEEPER page is having an issue with some of the comments not displaying, so I've switched to a new commenting interface called Disqus, but I'm still working out a few bugs. (Disqus also does--I believe--require you to log in to comment--which is what blocks the spammers. Sorry for the extra hassle). I'm still waiting for an email front their tech support to *hopefully* help me fix the glitches.

In the meantime, thanks for bearing with me. And don't worry--if you're leaving comments on the KEEPER page, I AM still getting them, even though they're not displaying. Hopefully I'll have a way to get them to display soon (if not, I think I know a plan B) but they are still THERE. No need to repost any of them.

Okay, enough boring techie things. Here's all the MMGM links:
- Mark Baker is spreading some love for THE BRIDGE TO NEVER LAND. Click HERE to read his review. 
- Birdie Reader is singing praises for WHATEVER AFTER--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.
- Greg Pattridge is championing THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. Click HERE to see why he still loves this classic
- Medeia Sharif is in love with THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Jess at Reading Nook is celebrating OPHELIA & THE MARVELOUS BOY. Click HERE for an author interview--and a giveaway. And click HERE to read her review.  
- Dorine White is highlighting the newest issue of Middle Shelf Magazine. Click HERE to learn more about it. 
- Laurisa White Reyes is spotlighting TIME TRAPPED. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Julie DeGuia has a list of her 2013 favorites. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- Xander is caught up in A WORLD OF TROUBLE. Click HERE to see his review. 
- 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!   
- Jennifer Rumberger always has an awesome MMGM feature on her blog. 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 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. Hey and Happy New Year! Hope all your blogger issues are soon a distant memory. Thanks for keeping thenlinkynlove going!

  2. Hi Shannon, Happy New Year and thanks for all the links.


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