Monday, February 20, 2017

MMGM Links (2/20/17)

As usual, I have a couple of quick updates before I get to the links, about a couple of things I have coming up on my events calendar. I'll be at the Tucson Festival of books in early March, and they've finally given me my festival schedule. So if you're planning on being there, here's where you can find me:


SATURDAY SCHEDULE (3/11/17)


11:30am - 12:30pm: TALK & SIGNING—20 WAYS NOT TO WRITE YOUR FIRST BOOK
Room 333, The College of Education, 1430 E 2 St, Tucson, AZ 85721 

1:00pm - 1:45pm: AUTOGRAPHING AT THE MOSTLY BOOKS BOOTH
University of Arizona Campus, Main Hall

2:30pm - 3:30pm:PANEL & SIGNING — POWER AND INTRIGUE IN FANTASY WORLDS (with Maggie Stiefvater and Aprilynne Pike)
Kiva Room, The College of Education, 1430 E 2 St, Tucson, AZ 85721

SUNDAY SCHEDULE (3/12/17)
11:30am -12:00pm:Writing Workshop on Fantasy
Teen Lounge, 1430 E 2 St, Tucson, AZ 85721

12:30pm - 1:15pm
PANEL— MOVING THROUGH ALTERNATIVE WORLDS (with Alexandra Bracken)
Teen & Author Stage, 1430 E 2 St, Tucson, AZ 85721


Also, for all you middle grade writers out there, I'll be part of the faculty for a special middle-grade writing retreat in Sapphire, North Carolina on October 4-8th, 2017. The other author teaching along with me will be the amazing Carrie Ryan, and it's going to be SO MUCH FUN. For information on the rates or to register (and FYI, I hear these retreats book up FAST so if you're interested, you might want to jump on that) go HERE for the retreat's main website.

And I know those updates may lead some of you to ask me about other upcoming events, and the truth is, my calendar is going to be fairly light this year. I *will* be touring for NIGHTFALL--and no, I don't know which cities I'll be touring to, yet (and remember, my publisher chooses the cities, not me!). And I do have a few scattered festivals I'll be hitting throughout the year. But I have a LOT of writing and revising to do, so I'm trying to manage my time to focus on that.
Okay! Now, on to the MMGM links!
- Justin Talks Books is back with a feature on CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE.  Click HERE to see what he thought.
- Suzanne Warr is spotlighting EL DEAFO. Click HERE to see why.
- Mark Baker is on the edge of his seat for TERROR ON KAMIKAZE RUN. Click HERE for his review.
-  Children's Books Heal is highlighting ASHES: THE SEEDS OF AMERICA TRILOGY. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Middle Grade Munch is championing BEN, THE DRAGONBORN.  Click HERE to find their feature.
- Natalie Aguirre has a guest post by author Ali Standish--and a GIVEAWAY of THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE. Click HERE for details.  
- A Bookshelf Monstrosity has chills for GHOST. Click HERE to see why.
-  Sue Ford loved ONE FOR THE MURPHYS. Click HERE for her review.  
- Completely Full Bookshelf is recommending THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. Click HERE to see why they love this classic.
- Middle Grade Munch is featuring the TRUE COLORS SERIES.  Click HERE to see why. 
- Greg Pattridge is cheering for OUR COUNTRY'S PRESIDENTS. Click HERE to read his review.  
- Bookish Ambition is ANSWERING THE CRY FOR FREEDOM. Click HERE to see why.   
- Dorine White is seeing a new HORIZON. Click HERE for her review.
- Reading Violet is making waves for SATURDAYS AT SEA. Click HERE to find their feature. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is enchanted by MATILDA. Click HERE to see why.  
- Sue Kooky is caught up in CHAINS. Click HERE to read her review. 
- Carl at Boys Rule, Boys Read is giving a shout out to some sports books. Click HERE to see what they are. 
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site.  
- Shannon O'Donnell is back--and planning a weekly MMGM again. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.  
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.    
- 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 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 comment:

  1. Thank-you. That retreat looks HEAVENLY! Wish I could be there.

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