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    July 11, 2014: Apply for a Thurber House residency!

    Thurber House has a Children’s Writer-in-Residence program for middle-grade authors each year and  guidelines and application form for the 2015 residency were just released.

    This unique residency has been in existence since 2001, offering  an opportunity for authors to have time to work on their writing in a fully furnished apartment, in the historic boyhood home of author and humorist, James Thurber. Deadline is October 31, 2014. For details, go to READ MORE

    July 10, 2014:

    Spread MG books in unexpected places 7/19
    Drop a copy of your own book or of another middle-grade favorite in a public place on July 19 -- and some lucky reader will stumble upon it.
    Ginger Lee Malacko is spearheading this Middle Grade Bookbomb (use the hashtag #mgbookbomb in social media) -- much in the spirit of Operation Teen Book Drop.  Read more ...

June 16, 2014:
Fizz, Boom, Read: Summer reading 2014

Hundreds of public libraries across the U.S. are celebrating reading this summer with  the theme Fizz, Boom, Read! Find out more about this year's collaborative summer reading program and check out suggested booklists and activities. Read more ...

April 30, 2014:
Join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and help change the world

The conversation on diversity in children's books has grown beyond book creators and gate keepers to readers and book buyers. What can you do? Take part in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign May 1 though 3 on Tumblr and Twitter and in whatever creative ways you can help spread the word to take action. Read more ….

April 11, 2014:
Fall 2014 Children's Sneak Peek
A peek at forthcoming middle grade books (as well as picture books and YA books) in a round-up from Publisher's Weekly. First printed in the February 22 issue, but now available online. Time to add to your to-read list. Read more ...

April 9, 2014:
How many Newbery winners have you read?
You could make a traditional list of all the Newbery Medal Award-winning Children's Books you've read, but there's something so satisfying when you check them off and get a final tally on this BuzzFeed quiz. Read more ...

March 28, 2014:
Middle Grade fiction is hot at 2014 Bologna Children's Book Fair

For the second year in a row, publishers are clamoring for middle-grade, reporters Publishers Weekly. "I’ve been coming [to Bologna] for 12 to 15 years, and I’ve never had as many European publishers asking for middle-grade," said Steven Chudney of the Chudney Agency. Read more ...

February 14, 2014:
Cybils Awards announced
Ultra by David Carroll (Scholastic Canada) wins the Cybil for middle grade fiction; Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Hyperion) wins for Speculative Fiction. Read more.

January 27, 2014: And the Newbery Medal goes to ...
Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery Medal for "Flora & Ulysses"; Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King Author award for "P.S. Be Eleven." Newbery Honor awards to authors Vince Vawter, Amy Timberlake, Kevin Henkes and Holly Black. For all the exciting ALA Youth Media Award News ... READ MORE

November 12, 2013:
Vote in the GoodReads semifinal round

Readers' votes have narrowed the middle-grade semifinals down to 20 titles. Log in to your GoodReads account and vote for your favorite middle-grade (and in other categories, of course). Read more ...

November 9, 2013:
Publishers Weekly Top Children's Books of 2013

Middle-grade and young adult titles selected by the editors of Publishers Weekly as their top picks of the year. Let the season of "top ten books" begin! Read more ...

October 14, 2013:
Middle Shelf: Cool Reads for Kids debuts January 2014

Shelf Media Group, publisher of Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine, will launch a new free digital-only publication for middle-grade readers. The debut issue features interviews with such notable authors as Margaret Peterson Haddix and Chris Grabenstein as well as reviews, excerpts, and more. Middle Shelf will be published bi-monthly beginning in January 2014.
Read more ...

September 19, 2013: Writer-in-Residence program at Thurber House

Dream of time and space to focus on your own writing project? Applications now being accepted (11/1/2013 deadline) for The Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature, a month-long retreat in the furnished third-floor apartment of Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Read more ...

September 18, 2013: Vermont College of Fine Arts Scholarship opportunity

Barry Goldblatt Literary launches The Angela Johnson Scholarship, a talent-based grant for writers of color attending the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program at VCFA. Up to two $5,000 grants will be awarded each year. Read more ....

September 16, 2013:
National Book Awards longlist for youth literature

For the first time, the NBA is presenting lists of 10 books/authors on the longlist in each category. The 2013 young adult literature list includes five middle grade novels and five YA. Read more ...

Sept. 13, 2013: Spring preview
Check out Publishers Weekly roundup of upcoming children's books to be published in spring 2014. Read more...

August 21, 2013:
Want to be a Cybils Award Judge?

Middle grade categories are fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction. Applications due August 31! Read more ...

August 19, 2013:
S&S and BN reach a deal
Readers will soon be able to find books from Simon & Schuster at Barnes & Noble. The bookstore chain was locked in a disagreement with the publisher over how much it was willing to pay for books. Read more ...

August 6, 2013:
NPR's 100 Must-Reads for Kids
NPR's Backseat Book Club asked listeners to nominate their favorite books for readers ages 9 to 14. More than 2,000 people nominated titles, and a panel of Newbery authors brought the list to 100. Most are middle grade books. Read more ...

July 2, 2013:
Penguin & Random House Merger

The new company, Penguin Random House, will control more than 25 percent of the trade book market in the United States. On Monday, the newly formed company began to take shape, only hours after a middle-of-the-night announcement that the long-planned merger had been completed. Read more ...

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  • New releases for June

    New Releases

    It’s June and the summer book releases are underway! Below is a list of middle grade titles releasing this month.  Check back here every month to find out about the latest MG titles.

    ♦ AMELIA BEDELIA BAKES OFF (Greenwillow) - Herman Parish. Nephew of Peggy Parish, who wrote the original Amelia books, continues his aunt’s tradition.

    ♦ A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN (Random House) – Renee Watson.  Free verse picture book about Hurricane Katrina told from the point of view of four friends.

    ♦ AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS (HarperCollins) – Sarah Weeks. Author of the popular SO B. IT.

    ♦ CRISPIN, THE END OF TIME (Balzer and Bray) – Avi. Conclusion to Crispin’s adventure series.

    ♦ EMILY’s FORTUNE (Delacorte) – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Newbery-award winning author’s tall tale about an orphan named Emily.

    ♦ IMAGINALIS (Katherine Tegen) – J.M. Dematteis. Characters from a girl’s favorite book series come to life but threatened by an accompanying villain unless she can rescue them. Watch a video of Dematteis discussing his book.

    ♦ INVASION FROM PLANET DORK (MELVIN BEEDERMAN) (Holt) – Greg Trine. The last book from the humorous, superhero series.

    ♦ HONEY BEES: LETTERS FROM THE HIVE (Delacorte) – Stephen Buchmann. Beekeeper and assistant professor of entomology shares the fascinating history of bees and our relationship with them.

    ♦ LOVE AND POLLYWOGS FROM CAMP CALAMITY (Wendy Lamb) – Mary Hershey. Third book about fourth grader, Effie Mahoney adventures at camp.

    ♦ MACKENZIE BLUE – FRIENDS FOREVER? (HarperCollins) – Tina Wells. Part of a humorous series for girls.

    ♦ MAGIC BELOW STAIRS (Dial) – Caroline Stevermer. Young boy from orphanage becomes footboy to a wizard with a family curse.

    ♦ ONE SMART COOKIE: BITE-SIZE LESSONS FOR THE SCHOOL YEARS AND BEYOND (HarperCollins) – Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s morsels of wisdom mixed with the delicious illustrations of mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer.

    ♦ ROCKY ROAD (Knopf) – Rose Kent. A girl’s eccentric mom opens a family ice cream shop after they move from Texas to a small town in New York. Watch the book trailer.

    ♦ RULES TO ROCK BY (Walker) – Josh Farrar. Indie-rock coming-of-age tale about 12-year-old bassist who yearns to form a rock band in her new town of Providence, RI.

    ♦ SAMIRAH’S RIDE : THE STORY OF AN ARABIAN FILLY (Feiwel & Friends) – Annie Wedekind. Eight year old Arabian mare and the girl who raised her run away to escape from the rumor of the impending sale of the family ranch.

    ♦ SIR CHARLIE: CHAPLIN, THE FUNNIEST MAN IN THE WORLD (Greenwillow) – Sid Fleischman. Entertaining, illustrated rags-to-riches story about the comedian, Charlie Chaplin, by the late Fleischman.

    ♦ STRAVAGANZA – CITY OF SHIPS (Bloomsbury) – Mary Hoffman. The latest installment in the Stravaganza series transports readers to a world where magic and piracy come to life in the Italian town of Classe.

    ♦ SUNSHINE PICKLELIME (Random House) – Pamela Ferguson. The up and down life of PJ Picklelime.

    ♦ THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURES OF INDIA MCALLISTER (Holt) – Charlotte Agell. Fourth-grader, India McAllister, adopted as a baby from China, searches for identity in a small Maine town.

    ♦ THE ELEPHANT’S TALE (Dial) – Lauren St. John. Conclusion to THE WHITE GIRAFFE series.

    ♦ THE GECKO AND STICKY (Knopf) – Wendelin Van Draanen.  The Gecko and Sticky in their fourth dangerous encounter with treasure hunter Damien Black.

    ♦ THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART (Delacorte) – Sundee T. Frazier. From Coretta Scott King award recipient, biracial twins enter an African-American pageant.

    ♦ THE REINVENTION OF MOXY ROOSEVELT (Dial) – Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Boarding school story starring an ordinary girl with an unordinary name who tries to reinvent herself.

    ♦ The SHADOWS (Dial) – Jacqueline West. Described as Roald Dahl meets Neil Gaiman. First in a series.  Watch the trailer.

    ♦ ZOMBIEKINS (Razorbill) – Kevin Bolger. Shy, bullied fourth-grader empowered by zombie teddy bear. Author of Sir Fartsalot.

    Please note that this list has been created as a resource for those searching for new titles and doesn’t represent our endorsement of any one book.

    Authors, do you have a middle-grade book coming out in the near future? Send us an email at newreleases@fromthemixedupfiles.com with your name, title, and publisher, and we will include your title in our list of upcoming releases. All books must be published by a traditional publisher as listed in the latest Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. Fiction and non-fiction welcome.

    Please allow us a one-month lead time. We also ask that you do not send ARCS or books for reviews since we do not post reviews on our site. However we will gladly accept an ARC or book donated for one of our book giveaways.



    1. Sheri Larsen  •  Jun 11, 2010 @8:10 am

      These all sound wonderful. Thank you for the list. Love, love, love this new blog!! Way to go. I’ve highlighted you on YAlitchat under MG Lair and on my blog!

      I’ve got to pickup ZOMBIEKINS…that sounds awesome!

    2. Karen Schwartz  •  Jun 11, 2010 @8:31 am

      That’s a huge list! We will, of course, start with the zombies. That is what happens when your 8 y.o. son chooses the MG books.

    3. Danette Haworth  •  Jun 11, 2010 @9:02 am

      What a great list. Quite a few caught my attention and probably my wallet! I am most intrigued by THE REINVENTION OF MOXY ROOSEVELT. I love this kind of story, especially because of the self-discovery usually involved.

    4. Melina  •  Jun 11, 2010 @10:35 am

      Wow, that is a long list. They all sound great.

      The ones that catch my eye the most are “As Simple as it Seens,” “Magic Below Stairs,” “Rocky Road,” “Rules to Rock By,” “The Other Half of my Heart,” “Moxy Roosevelt,” and “The Shadows.” See, I said they all sound GREAT!

      The Mackenzie Blue book is being sent to me to review. I haven’t read the first books, so they are sending all of them. I can’t wait to read them.

      Karen – my brother is 8 and he would like the zombies too. Boys!

    5. Helene Boudreau  •  Jun 11, 2010 @12:12 pm

      A lot of great looking books. Time to go shopping! :-)

    6. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Jun 11, 2010 @12:45 pm

      Yay for all those great new middle-grade books coming out! Wow, I don’t know which to read first.

    7. Sherrie Petersen  •  Jun 11, 2010 @1:58 pm

      I love that you’ve posted this list of releases! Excellent!

    8. Parker P  •  Jun 11, 2010 @3:00 pm

      The trailer for The Shadows is one of the best I’ve ever seen! Really fun. I’ll have to look for the book now.

      I really want to read Magic Below Stairs, too, but my local store isn’t carrying it. I told them they should since it’s a companion to a great series. I’m going to order it online.

    9. Shoshana  •  Jun 11, 2010 @6:56 pm

      Wow, I see a lot of good reading in my future (and my customers’). Rocky Road is really a good one, and I can’t wait to see the new Phyllis Reynolds Naylor!

    10. Susan Kaye Quinn  •  Jun 11, 2010 @7:28 pm

      Thanks for sharing this list! I was just pledging (on my blog) to seek out NEW MG books to review, and here you are! :)

    11. sheelachari  •  Jun 11, 2010 @8:57 pm

      I’m so glad this list will be helpful! :D I certainly had fun learning about them.

      Sheri – thank you for highlighting us on YALitChat.

      Melina – I’m curious to know what you think of the Mackenzie Blue/ Friends Forever book!

      Parker – I agree that the trailer for The Shadows is awesome. I had to watch it several times myself!

    12. Amie Borst  •  Jun 11, 2010 @9:26 pm

      exciting list! zombie teddy bears? must. read. now.

    13. Laurie  •  Jun 11, 2010 @9:28 pm

      I’ve been waiting for Rose Kent’s new book. I loved her other MG book, Kimchi & Calamari.

    14. JKB  •  Jun 12, 2010 @7:47 am

      This is brilliant! I love that we have a list every month of new releases!


      It's perfect!

    15. Robyn Gioia  •  Jun 12, 2010 @8:19 am

      Good idea to list upcoming titles. Keeps the fans on the edge of their seats…

    16. Deb  •  Jun 12, 2010 @8:23 am

      Wow! Thanks for this round up..so many titles to read!

    17. brian_ohio  •  Jun 12, 2010 @9:11 am

      It’s hard to pick which I’d like to read from this list.

    18. I’m really enjoying this new website! Great job to all of you in assembling a resource for middle grade books and those who are fans of them. This list of monthly releases is a great idea. I’m sure it’s something I’ll be consulting often. And EXCELLENT choice for a group name, by the way. I’m quite fond of From the Mixed-Up Files myself! ;)

    19. Terry Lynn Johnson  •  Jun 15, 2010 @7:54 pm

      THis really is the place to be! Awesome list and so great work!

    20. sheelachari  •  Jun 15, 2010 @9:24 pm

      Thanks to everyone stopping by to comment. We hope to bring you more of the same next month. :-)

    21. Aly  •  Jun 18, 2010 @10:40 pm

      Another recent release – Jacqueline West’s The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere #1) Thanks for this list too.

    22. sheelachari  •  Jun 20, 2010 @8:46 pm

      Thanks, Aly – I’m very excited to read The Shadows – I even included a link to its book trailer, which I loved. :-)

    23. June Morgan (chorkie)  •  Jul 1, 2010 @8:57 pm

      I love reading your website daily. I know that it takes a lot of effort and I truly appreciate the information you share with your readers. Your lists are wonderful. Thanks!