Monday, January 11, 2016

MMGM Links (1/11/16)

Somehow I ended up with four different deadlines this week--so things are DEFINITELY crazypants. But I still found time to throw together the MMGM links (sorry in advance if there are mistakes in them)

But before I get to that, a couple of quick update-ish things that aren't really updates at all. More like reminders. Or maybe pleas? Not sure. But here goes:

- I *know* you guys are dying for info on Keeper #5. I *know* you want to know the title and see the cover and have the plot description and basically you just want the book RIGHT NOW. And I LOVE your enthusiasm. BUT. I'm also seriously drowning in messages asking me for that kind of info. And the thing is, I'm still writing the book. I haven't seen the final cover. I do know the tile, but I'm not allowed to share it yet. So basically: PATIENCE. All will be revealed in time. :) 

- Related to that--I am officially more than a year behind on fanmail, and it's surely only going to get worse given the crazy schedule I have in the months ahead. SORRY. I'm *definitely* not saying that to discourage you from writing to me. I love your letters. And I will do my best to reply. But please make sure you plan on a loooooooooooooooong wait. (And side note: sending additional messages saying DID YOU GET MY MESSAGE--YOU HAVEN'T REPLIED?!?!? actually gets you a slower answer because of the way my email gets sorted. Every new message that comes in goes to the end of the line. And if it's related to another message, it gets linked with that and BOTH messages go to the end of the line. So I know it's an insanely long wait--and again, I'm super sorry. But please please please bear with me and wait for my reply without re-sending)

Okay, phew! Can we tell my inbox has been explode-y lately? :)

Now on to MMGM! 
- Sonora at Destined 4 Weirdness has chills for OF GIANTS AND ICE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Sue Kooky is raving about GAME CHANGER. Click HERE to find her review.  
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post by author Monica Tesler & her agent, David Dunton--and a GIVEAWAY of BOUNDERS. Click HERE for details.
- Cindy at Cindy Reads A Lot is caught up in MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY. Click HERE for her review.
 - Katie at Story Time Secrets has a double feature this week: THE ICING ON THE CAKE and YOU'RE INVITED TOO. Click HERE to check it out.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY-- THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING. Click HERE for details. 
- Greg Pattridge sees nothing stinky about A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE.  Click HERE to read his thoughts.
- Patricia at Children's Books Heal is championing MOUNTAIN DOG. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has a special love-fest for Harry Potter. Click HERE to read more.  
- Carl at Boys Rule! Boys Read! has a feature on Star Wars--The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary. Click HERE to check it out.  
- Susan Olson is highlighting VIKING IT AND LIKING IT. Click HERE for her review. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- 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 on a Monday (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--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

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. Good Monday morning all and happy Youth Media Awards day! Missed the deadline for having my link included (again!) so here it is:

  2. So great to see so many MMGM links today! I also missed the deadline, but here's my link for this week - ROCKET BLUES - it's about hockey!

  3. You're a year behind on fanmail!? Wow. That's ... extreme.

  4. Crazy pants, eh? Good luck with all your deadlines. Thanks for the MMGMs.

  5. I hope you get a break to have sometime to your self so u don't go crazy


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