Monday, July 11, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Medusa Plot--and an ARC GIVEAWAY!!!

Okay, after a couple of crazy weeks, here's hoping MMGM is back on track! 

Thank you SO much to those of you who posted when I didn't--and HUGE thanks to all of you who support middle grade on your blogs. You guys are too awesome for words! Which is why I wanted to reward you with what *I* think is a pretty exciting contest this week.

I've gushed and raved about THE 39 CLUES series before (you can find my previous feature HERE), so I'm sure you can imagine my excitement when they announced that the series would continue even after the 39 clues were solved. Which is why I pretty much fangirl squealed at the Scholastic booth at ALA when I saw they had ARCs of the first book in the new series. Behold, book 1 of Cahills vs. Vespers: THE MEDUSA PLOT, by Gordon Korman.

Here's how they've decided to tease you with it:

Are you ready to save the world? The bestselling series returns with an adventure spanning 6 explosive books, 2 secret-filled card packs, and a website that places readers right in the action.

Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, thought they belonged to the world's most powerful family. They thought the hunt for 39 Clues leading to the source of that power was over. They even thought they'd won. But Amy and Dan were wrong.

One by one, distress calls start coming in from around the globe. Cahills are being kidnapped by a shadowy group known only as the Vespers. Now Amy and Dan have only days to fulfill a bizarre ransom request or their captured friends will start dying. Amy and Dan don't know what the Vespers want or how to stop them. Only one thing is clear. The Vespers are playing to win, and if they get their hands on the Clues . . . the world will be their next hostage.

And since I don't want to give anything away, I'll simply say this: I was NOT disappointed. I knew I wouldn't be, since Gordon Korman penned several books in the original series. But I suppose there had been a tiny, nagging doubt in the back of my mind going: what if it's not as good as the first series? Yeah--no need to worry. The new series is off to a great start. I can't wait for the next one.

Now, the rest of the world has to wait until August 30th to dive back into Dan and Amy's world. But one of you guys won't have to. I'm giving away my ARC to one lucky commenter on this post--even though I so don't want to.

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, July 16th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, July 17th. International entries--as always--are welcome.

For more fabulous Middle Grade recommendations, check out what these awesome bloggers are featuring today:

-Barbara Watson continues her special MMGMM summer series by spotlighting SPARROW ROAD. Click HERE to read her review.

-Chelanne Greene makes her MMGM debut with a feature on A TALE OF TWO CASTLES. Click HERE to welcome her to the gang! 

-Pam Torres is featuring JUNONIA. Click HERE to see what she thinks. 

-Anita Miller is spotlighting THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY. Click HERE to learn more about this fabulous read!

-Deb Marshall has an interview with Leslie Carmichael--and a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the details!

-The lovely Shannon O'Donnell (aka #2) always has fabulous MG love going on at her blog on Mondays. Click HERE to see what she has going on today.

And if you've done a MMGM on your blog and would like me to link you, send me an email and I will update this post.

Happy Monday!


  1. Hey! I just sat thru a MG workshop with Gordon Korman in Orlando and he is awesome. So much fun hearing him discuss writing for kids. I'm sure this latest story will be as wonderful as the rest. Kids are eating this series up!!

    Happy Monday!

  2. Very cool! But my TBR pile is seriously out of hand so I won't enter and possibly take away a good book from someone who does have time to read it.

    And, speaking of Medusa, my mermaid story (which includes Medusa) is gonna be published! Woot!!! :)

    Medusa Rocks!

  3. I'm still working through the 39 Clues series~ this extension looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. I love seeing some of the unique marketing that goes into some of these books.

  5. My book club kids LOVE this series---leeeove it. Me too! Thanks for the chance to win this one..eeeee!

  6. This is an amazing series! The kids in my class love it!

  7. +JMJ+

    I'm so glad the story has been extended!!! I had been hoping for a 39-book series (for obvious reasons, LOL!), but this is just as good. =D

    Thanks for the giveaway, Shannon!

  8. i LOVE MGM! I learn about so many MG books that i wouldn't have known about before. Please throw my name into the drawing, i would love a chance to win that book!

  9. My son loves to check these books out from the library. They aren't quite his level but he likes to think they are :)

  10. Is the book enjoyable to those who haven't read the 39 clues yet? I would love to read Medusa, but I've not gotten to the 39 clues yet.

    So many books, so little time!


    ps Thanks for the Middle Grade Mondays! I really do look forward to them.

  11. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest.

  12. Ooooo, I didn't know about this! My son will be freaking out--he loves 39 Clues. And that cover is awesome! :-)

    Thanks, #1!

  13. Oooo - a new 39 clues. I can't well to tell my students in the fall. And who better than Gordon Kormon to write the first.

  14. I hadn't heard they were continuing the series! Awesome :)

    And ANYTHING Gordon Korman writes is worth reading!

  15. Thanks for adding me. Happy to be a part of this hop. :)

  16. Thanks again!
    GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  17. Hi Shannon! I recently discovered your blog (Why didn't I find this sooner???). I'll start a MMGM soon on my blog and will link it to you when I get going. In the meantime, would love a chance to win! I've loved the 39 Clues series from day 1!

  18. I am happy to see this. Can't wait to read it!

  19. My younger brother has read alomost all of the 39 clues that are in stores right now, and loves them. I'm not quite that far yet, but have enjoyed the ones that I HAVE read. Looks cool! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  20. Nice giveaway! This is such a fun, fast-paced series.

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  21. My daughter is drooling over this book and wants me to try and win it for her. :O)

    Awesome giveaway!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower.

    thecozyreader @

  23. I have so many students that love this series, not to mention my own daughter. I've read book 1 aloud to my students, and my kids and I have listened to the first three in the car (the narrator rocks!)

  24. Oh how exciting, thanks for the chance to win. I follow via gfc.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  25. Thanks for the chance! I LOVED the 39 clues books and can't wait to read these new ones! wilsondev(at)gmail(dot)com


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