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    January 22, 2013: Biography Wins Sydney Taylor

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    January 15, 2013: After the Call

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Our First Post and Our First Giveaway

Giveaways, Miscellaneous

Photo by Horia Varlan

Let me tell you a story.  Our story.

We are a group of children’s writers who love middle-grade books.  One day, not too long ago, we realized that we wanted the world to love them as much as we do.  And so we decided to do something about it.

Today we begin our journey to share middle-grade books with the world.  Welcome to From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors.  Named in honor of the iconic middle-grade book by E. L. Konigsburg, this group blog and website is dedicated to bringing attention to middle-grade books and the people who write them.  And we hope to have a little fun along the way, too.   (For the truly curious, you can read more about us on our About Us page.  You can also view our Contributing Member Bios. )

Our plans include:

  • Interviews with middle-grade authors.
  • More interviews with middle-grade readers.  We’ll show you what kids really think about the books they read and the world around them.
  • Even more interviews with teachers, librarians, booksellers and other industry professionals.
  • Unique book lists in all shapes and sizes (and we promise they’ll be ones you can’t find anywhere else).
  • Blog topics about all things middle-grade, geared for our varied readership (which includes readers young and old, parents, teachers, librarians, and writers and other industry professionals).  We plan to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with extra posts on other days as well.
  • Guest posts by people who love middle-grade books as much as we do.
  • A monthly feature that highlights new middle-grade books coming out.
  • Web pages for parents, teachers and librarians, and writers.  Each page will be overflowing with information, including original content by our members and links to other resources.
  • Our cleverly-titled “OhMG! Middle-Grade News” sidebar feature, dedicated to middle-grade current events.
  • A compilation of quotes about what middle-grade is by some of the most well-beloved middle-grade authors still with us.  (And, yes, these are quotes you won’t find anywhere else.  We have tracked down each author and asked them to share their thoughts with us.  We’d like to publicly thank them for their generosity.)  We hope to add new quotes as our site grows.
  • The occasional vlog post or video to help explain middle-grade concepts or to entertain our readers (or both).
  • Exciting middle-grade trivia, great contests, and awesome giveaways.

We encourage you to get involved as well.  We know our readers will have more to share about middle-grade books than we could ever do by ourselves, so please add to the conversation via the comment section at the end of each blog post or at the bottom of our web pages.  We do ask that you keep your comments clean and be respectful of others, especially since we want teachers and librarians to share this resource with the children they serve.  So if your comments aren’t appropriate for children, they aren’t appropriate here either.  (Thank you!)

In addition, for those who wish for more involvement, occasionally we may have openings in our membership.  Please see our membership guidelines and any openings here.

To get this blog started, we’d like to thank you for joining us by giving away what we love the best: books!  In fact, every few weeks throughout the summer we will give away middle-grade books or advance reader copies (ARCs), all of them signed by the authors who wrote them.   And our first giveaway is a big one!  We will choose one lucky blog reader to receive the following NINE middle-grade titles:

To be entered in the drawing for this giveaway, simply leave a comment below.  To earn additional entries, please blog, tweet, or FB about our giveaway, then tell us about it in your comment.  Don’t forget to leave a link to your blog entry or tweet.  (By the way, for those who may wonder, please read our privacy policy concerning your information.)

The winner of our first giveaway will be chosen on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010.

Thank you for joining us here at From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors.  We hope you’ll enjoy rummaging through our files.  And we hope you’ll love it here enough to recommend our site to others.  We really are excited to share our love of middle-grade books with the rest of the world.

Let the middle-grade fun begin!

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Elissa Cruz is the founder of From the Mixed-Up Files, though she only takes credit for coming up with the idea of a group blog with other middle-grade writers like herself.  She and her mixed-up cohorts welcome any comments or suggestions about this site.  She also invites you to join her on her writing blog, where she gives away plenty of advice and encouragement:  www.elissacruz.blogspot.com.

273 Comments

273 Comments

  1. Danette  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:24 am

    Oh, drat, I can’t win! I’m one of you . . . one of them . . . all mixed-up! Whoo-hoo! I can’t wait to see who wins!

  2. Kari Olson  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:28 am

    Wow, this is fantastic to have a group devoted to MG authors! And certainly an amazing giveaway to get it started! Several of these titles are on my list with fantastic and appealing premises, even to someone who is in her twenties. Hopefully this helps gets word out that MG can be done well and even catch an older audience. =)

    I posted a link on my blog sidebar (http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/) and tweeted about this: http://twitter.com/flamingo1325/status/15590962232

  3. Bri Meets Books  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:31 am

    Excited to see MG blog by MG authors! And what a wonderful name.

  4. Margo Jantzi  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:42 am

    Please enter us in the drawing to win middle grade books.

    Hoping —–

  5. Wendy Martin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:42 am

    This is so exciting, Elissa. I can’t wait to see who wins our first give-away!

  6. Karen  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:47 am

    What a great idea! I was just at BEA in NY last week and met a lot of librarians that were frustrated that there weren’t any mid-grade blogs.
    I do all genres and age groups and have reviewed several MG books as part of a book challenge I’m completing.
    Good luck!

  7. Emily aka WilowRaven  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:06 am

    Please enter me.

    Great site guys! I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes next :)

    I tweeted the contest – http://twitter.com/WilowRedHouse/status/15593194964

    Thanks!

  8. joanneprushingjohnson  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:14 am

    How cool is this? Great first post, Elissa. You are our fearless leader.

  9. Rose  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:17 pm

    Wow, your new digs look great! Looking forward to reading. I have a houseful of MG readers and we love to read together aloud, so I’m looking forward to hearing great suggestions.

    Oh–and please enter me!

  10. Sheela Chari  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:18 pm

    Yay for middle-grade!

    I’m so excited to see the start of something big here!

    -Sheela

  11. Veronica  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:19 pm

    Hooray for middle grade! I tweeted, too. http://twitter.com/vnnichols/status/15602280185

  12. Amie Borst  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:30 pm

    woot! this is fantastic! exciting stuff and so glad to be a part of it! whoever wins the books is uber lucky!

  13. Eric Luper  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:47 pm

    Great idea for a website. I’ll definitely be watching as I just got my first MG book contract. In fact, the reason I’m here is because I’m procrastinating from my revisions on it. Ugh…

    BTW, I Tweeted and FBed about it but I’m too lazy to find a link for you.

  14. Lynne  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:54 pm

    What a great site! I look forward to seeing posts from all the authors.

    Tweeted about the giveaway here:http://twitter.com/LynneKelly/status/15604305766

  15. Kristin Gray  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:55 pm

    Yes! A middle grade blog!! Couldn’t have picked a better title myself. :)

  16. allreb  •  Jun 6, 2010 @11:59 pm

    Oooh, I wanna enter, MEEEEEE!!!

    I mean… *cough* um…

  17. allreb  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:00 am
  18. Joni  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:01 am

    “After a decade of chapter books getting lost in a labyrinth of sites aimed at young adult literature, we are excited to give birth to this magical place for all things middle-grade”

    Cool! And I feel like I “know” half of you. Go, MG team!

    — Joni Sensel

  19. Gay Landaiche  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:01 am

    Loved the book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; therefore, I love your website! Great idea for a contest and a way to expose students to new material…

  20. Winnie  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:29 am

    Love that the title of the blog is from the title of my fave book growing up….

  21. david e  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:32 am

    well this just looks like it’s made of awesome! i’m retweeting this right now and bookmarking you guys. a great start, best of luck down the road.

  22. Sharon Mayhew  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:39 am

    Congratulations on your first post! I’m looking forward to reading your blog! Great contest idea!

    Best wishes to all of you!

  23. AnneN  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:40 am

    So excited to see this new MG-oriented blog! Put my name in the hat for the contest, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in future posts! CONGRATS!

  24. Allison (bookseller)  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:20 am

    Great idea! Always looking for new MG suggestions :)

  25. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:55 am

    What a great post, Elissa. I can’t wait to celebrate all the wonderful middle-grade novels out there and to see who wins those nine amazing books!

  26. Anne Marie Pace  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:08 am

    This is going to be great!

  27. Kathryn Erskine  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:12 am

    Great idea, guys! And I’m happy to help advertise (and enter in the drawing, too!). I’ve posted on Twitter, Facebook, and my blog:

    http://twitter.com/KathyErskine
    http://www.facebook.com/kathy.erskine
    http://kathyerskine.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/new-middle-grade-book-blog/

  28. Amy Brown  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:34 am

    Thanks for showing me this website Amie! There is some really cool stuff here!

  29. Aileen Stewart  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:39 am

    How wonderful, I have a middle grade book (7-11) coming out in about nine months or so called “Fern Valley”. I am also working on a sequel and a middle grade mystery. What a fantastic site for readers in those in-between ages!

  30. Andrea Vlahakis  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:40 am

    Congratulations, and THANK YOU, for this fantastic site! I’ve already linked you on my blog sidebar :)
    http://www.andreavlahakis.com/up-the-attic-stairs/

  31. Judy Mammay  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:47 am

    Great site…love its looks. And I look forward to following it every week.

  32. Marci Dunn  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:02 am

    This is such a great idea!!! I would love these books…

  33. sharon  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:19 am

    This is awesome! Thanks for starting this blog. I’m looking forward to visiting it often.

  34. Laura Renegar  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:21 am

    Pick me! Oh! Pick me!

  35. Caroline Starr Rose  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:34 am

    I am THRILLED to see this blog begin! There are entirely too few middle-grade blogs/discussions out there.

    I’d love to win this pack. My agent recommended MUDVILLE to me, and I’d love to get a glimpse.

  36. Laura Renegar  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:36 am
  37. Heather Kelly  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:37 am

    Very cool blog! Added you to my sidebar.
    http://editedtowithinaninchofmylife.blogspot.com/

  38. Vonna  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:40 am

    I’m so glad you did this! I’ve tweeted and put it on facebook. Thank you!

  39. Melanie  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:50 am

    I’ve only read one of these books — Acadian Star — would love to read them all! Hope I win!!!

  40. Brenda Ferber  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:57 am

    Great idea! I’m sharing on Facebook.

  41. Natalie Hyde  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:00 am

    So happy to see this! What a great idea. :)

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/NatalieHyde

  42. Karen Schwartz  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:17 am

    OhMG! This place looks awesome! Wish I could win, but I’m a member. Happy to be here too!

  43. Kimberley Griffiths Little  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:24 am

    FANTASTIC SITE!!! We done good, peeps! This is very exciting to see all the comments filling up the page. A WARM WELCOME to everyone! We’re so glad you’re here with us and we hope you enjoy the blog. Fabulous things coming up, too.

    Young Adult Lit – move aside! Middle-graders here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Susan Manzke  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:30 am

    Love the idea of having a blog about MG novels by MG writers.

  45. t.r.  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:32 am

    Congrats! Off to great start.

  46. Kelly  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:36 am

    Congrats on the setup! Here’s hoping you have tremendous success here. :)

  47. Suzanne Nemeroff  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:54 am

    What a superb idea — a home for middle grade authors of our very own. Thanks for putting in the work to make it happen. And the Mixed Up Files is one of my favorites. I so much wanted to go with Claudia and Jamie when I was a kid.

  48. brian_ohio  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:57 am

    Wow! It’s really real! Nice job to everyone working in the background, Elissa, Wendy, Kurtis and all of the others involved.

  49. Sarah Mullen Gilbert  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:09 am

    So excited to see this up and running! Looks like everyone has been super busy already and I’m looking forward to the future :)

  50. Erin Hagar  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:11 am

    I can’t tell you what a thrill this is! I feel like I “know” so many of you from Verla Kay’s and elsewhere. I have “fanned” you on FB and have added you to my Tabbloid collection of blogs.

    I especially love the “what is MG” quotes. Nice work!

  51. Laura Shovan  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:13 am

    Great idea, gang! I’ll give you a shout out on Poetry Friday. Hoping to see a post about novels-in-verse for the middle grade set.

  52. Bridgette  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:15 am

    What a great site! I look forward to visiting here regularly.

  53. Sarah  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:17 am

    This is wonderful! Congratulations!

  54. Jodi Moore  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:21 am

    This looks amazing! Love, love, LOVE the quote section – so inspirational. Wishing you every success. Congratulations and hugs on the launch! :)

  55. Joyce Lansky  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:26 am

    Please enter me in your contest. Not only do I enjoy reading middle grade novels but will share AR books with my students through a class library.

    I will tweet about it.
    Joyce_Lansky

  56. Jennifer  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:28 am

    Wow! This looks fantastic. Glad I found you from Twitter.

    I tweeted your contest. http://www.twitter.com/JenSwanBooks

  57. Rhian Mikolajczyk  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:29 am

    What a wonderfull give-away! I’ve posted on Facebook!
    Good luck everyone!

  58. Julie  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:30 am

    Yay! I shared the site too!

  59. Taffy  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:31 am

    Great idea for a blog!
    I posted your new blog and contest on my blog.

  60. Paris Anderson  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:33 am

    Looks good so far.

  61. Lana  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:33 am

    Great site! Great giveaway! Count me in.

  62. Christine Kaiser  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:36 am

    Congrats! I’m forwarding your link to my favorite librarian.

  63. Marcie  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:36 am

    I just added this wonderful site to my favorites and I’ll be visiting often!

  64. Susan Phelan  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:37 am

    Great ideas for your blog. Hope it goes well for you. I’m also putting this on my facebook page.

  65. Liz  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:41 am

    Love Your site! Go MG books!
    (Pick me, Pick me, please!)

  66. Erin Murphy  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:51 am

    What a fantastic site, packed full of resources and happy intentions! I’m thrilled to see you here and just wanted you to know. (But don’t enter me in the drawing! I get plenty of free books already!)

  67. Steve Bresler  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:00 am

    Great site! I’ll be directing my (almost) 11 yr old granddaughter to join in.

  68. Megan Oliphant  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:05 am

    What a faboulous idea! Enter me into the give away, and I’ll add you to my blog!

  69. Melina  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:24 am

    I am very excited about this blog since I read so many middle grade books. They are so fun to read!

    If you don’t already know me, I am 10 and I review middle grade and YA books on my Reading Vacation blog.

    I think I am going to be coming by here quite a bit.

    I tweeted about the contest, but I am not sure how to post a link from Twitter.

  70. Scott  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:29 am

    This one’s going to feel a much needed hole in the blogosphere. MG books are the best. Welcome!

  71. Scott  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:44 am
  72. Lydia  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:47 am

    RTed The Great Mike: http://twitter.com/littlefluffycat/statuses/15637813906

    What a terrific bunch of books!

  73. Josin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:47 am

    Great idea for a blog. I’ve seen things like this for YA, but not so much for MG.

    I’ll be adding you to my “Links to Great Things” sidebar.

  74. Lois D. Brown  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:51 am

    What a great idea. MG books do get the shaft too much. So, I have tweeted about you, face booked about you, and mentioned you on my blog. The url for that is:
    http://www.idevourkidbooks.com

    I’ll be checking in. This site looks like it has a ton good information.

  75. Robin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:51 am

    Oooo, fun! Love the blog!!

  76. Natasha  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:55 am

    This is such a wonderful idea. There is so much YA here, but I do read MG sometimes so I am thrilled by this blog. Can’t wait to read what you guys come up with. Cheers! ~Natasha

  77. Laura Marcella  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:04 pm

    I love MG! Your blog is fantastic. Thanks for having a giveaway!

  78. Alan Silbebrberg  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:10 pm

    So glad to find you here in the galaxy of middle grade readers and writers. Love the look of the site and look forward to following the journey!

  79. Becky Levine  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:12 pm

    What a wonderful blog this looks like–I love good MG! Welcome to everyone. :)

  80. robin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:13 pm

    This is so fun — I’ve bookmarked it and will definitely check in regularly!

  81. robin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:14 pm

    My comment didn’t take — so I’ll try again :) I’ve bookmarked this and can’t wait to keep up with all the neat things you guys (gals) are doing!

  82. Melina  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:18 pm

    Hurray! I learned how to post the Twitter link.

    http://tinyurl.com/2anju2e

  83. Hilary Hyland  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:30 pm

    I’m all for anything mixed up. Looks like a terrific idea. Congrats!

  84. Jenny  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:34 pm

    Neat idea! Good luck!

  85. Kathrin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:39 pm

    Great site! I’ll be back often!!

  86. Cheryl  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:41 pm

    What an excellent idea! I posted on FB and Twitter

  87. Kathrin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:41 pm
  88. Merc  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:47 pm

    Your site looks fabulous! :) Adding it to my google reader.

  89. Cindy  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:48 pm

    Your site looks amazing! I’ll be a frequent visitor.

  90. Tami  •  Jun 7, 2010 @12:49 pm

    Hip Hip Hooray for the Mixed-Up Files! Good luck to everyone with the give away books. These will be the first of MANY give aways.

  91. Carol  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:05 pm

    This is cool. I love middle grade novels and I wanna win.
    I love writing middle grades, though it has been a while, I’m afraid.
    (Not I’m afraid of it being awhile but . . . ummmm.)

  92. Kara  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:07 pm

    Wow! How exciting! I tweeted this as well :) http://twitter.com/tardisgrl/status/15642604722

  93. Marie  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:07 pm

    What a great site! Will definitely come back often. Keep up the good work! :)

  94. DeAnn Campbell  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:13 pm

    Cool Beans!

  95. Laurie  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:14 pm

    So happy to be here!!!!! MG lovers unite!

  96. Martha  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:18 pm

    I was excited about this site when I saw it listed via Esme on fb. Finally – middle grade as opposed to glommed into YA – yippee! But then to see there’ll be a giveaway too; great.

  97. Elizabeth Coburn  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:31 pm

    Congratulations on a smashing new blog. I will be returning often! Please enter me in your giveaway!

  98. Tamra Wight  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:32 pm

    Congratulations! What a wonderful site!

    I look forward to reading it . . .

  99. Jennifer Schultz  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:34 pm

    Wow! This sounds terrific. Kudos to all involved. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks so much.

  100. Diane Rhoades  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:48 pm

    As a middle-grade teacher, I appreciate a website devoted to middle grade books. Love the title of your site!

  101. Stephenie Hovland  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:51 pm

    I posted it on Twitter and Facebook. Congrats on the site. I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

  102. Anna Staniszewski  •  Jun 7, 2010 @1:59 pm

    The site looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see/read more!

  103. Holly Boker  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:08 pm

    Congratulations on your new group-blog. It’s a wonderful idea, and I can’t wait to read more!

  104. Jeni Bell  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:10 pm

    I love your site (and I tweeted about it: twitter.com/jeniw). What a great resource!

  105. Sue Ford  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:27 pm

    How cool! I posted this on twitter. http://www.twitter.com/susanuhlig

  106. Mary Ann Wilson  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:28 pm

    This is wonderful! Congratulations and best of luck!

  107. Dianne Murray  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:53 pm

    Wonderful fun! I’ve been a school librarian at alll levels, but the most fun I had was with middlers! Our book club met once a week druring their lunch period (twice after the kids begged to do it more often) and such enthusiasm! They vied for the time to discuss their books! I put on Literary Breakfasts for the Literary Guild (I prefer this name to Library Club) that were the envy of the whole school and it was fun to see non-readers promising to read a book so they could attend (of course, we welcomed them!)
    So, even though I’m now retired (after 36 years!) I will enjoy this awesome resource!! Thanks for starting it and Best Wishes for Great Success!!
    Dianne Mother of 35

  108. Jeannine Atkins  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:57 pm

    Great blog, great ideas! Good luck!

  109. Casey Griffin  •  Jun 7, 2010 @2:58 pm

    I love the title of this blog. It’s kind of awesome. xD. Also, I would like to be entered in the contest… and I tweeted about it… http://twitter.com/witticismsxo

  110. Trish  •  Jun 7, 2010 @3:07 pm

    Looks great! Congratulations, Elissa. Hope I can win the contest. I need some summer reading!

  111. KatherineR  •  Jun 7, 2010 @3:20 pm

    Love them mgs! Blog looks like a good read, itself.

  112. JoSVolpe  •  Jun 7, 2010 @3:54 pm

    Yay! Can’t wait to follow this blog–woot!
    Don’t enter me in the contest because I already own most of these, though I’m DYING to read Dani Noir.

    Congrats!

  113. Tricia Springstubb  •  Jun 7, 2010 @3:57 pm

    We’re off! So honored and thrilled to be part of this. Middle grade is the golden age of reading.

  114. Mary Ann  •  Jun 7, 2010 @4:18 pm

    Awesome, guys! I see more than a few familiar names here. Good luck with everything!

  115. Larissa  •  Jun 7, 2010 @4:24 pm

    This is so amazing, you MG writers, you! Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work! :)

  116. Ilana Lydia  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:23 pm

    Hello, hello!

    I’m very inspired by your first blog and information-packed side-bars. You have an excellent, well-defined set of goals, and what’s more, they’re doable!

    I look foward to my next visit.

    Ilana

  117. Barbra Hesson  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:34 pm

    Finally a site specifically for middle grade. I am an elementary school librarian and I read read read and give suggestions to students who say, “There’s nothing good to read.” So this will be great. I also write childrens book reviews for the Calgary Herald which also go into the Edmonton Journal so I can share with you as well. And find out what is new and recommended as I have a hard time deciding what to pick next. I have twittered and put a link on my website: barbrahesson.com
    Welcome! And oh ya, I am an aspiring children’s writer too. I have published in Highlights for Children and Nature Friend.

  118. Laurie Flynn  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:37 pm

    Hooray for a MG blog! Just Tweeted to let all my peeps know you guys are live. As a newbie MG writer, I am thrilled that you are doing this. Thank you for all of your hard work!

  119. Susan Kaye Quinn  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:45 pm

    What a fabulous blog! I’m already in love (I’m an MG writer, too, so what did you expect?). I’ll be blogging about you guys on Wednesday, and can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves! :)

  120. Susan Kaye Quinn  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:46 pm

    OK, the avatars are cracking me up! Although mine (in that last post) looks like a hairy piece of toast with wings! :)

  121. Cindy  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:52 pm

    A second post just to say I also just posted on FB. I’d love to win those wonderful books!

  122. Barbra Hesson  •  Jun 7, 2010 @5:57 pm

    Forgot to put in my tweet address: http://twitter.com/barbhesson

  123. Pat Zietlow Miller  •  Jun 7, 2010 @6:22 pm

    Great blog idea. And, I would LOVE to win these books.

    Pat Zietlow Miller

  124. Tina Bartholoma  •  Jun 7, 2010 @6:22 pm

    Books saved my life when my family moved during my middle grade years, I’m glad to learn I’m not the only one with a soft spot for this level of reading.

  125. Jean  •  Jun 7, 2010 @6:51 pm

    How excititng.

  126. Jemi Fraser  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:45 pm

    Great blog (I found you via ElanaJ). I look forward to visiting often :)

  127. Julia Karr  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:50 pm

    Fabulous website! Fantastic idea! Very, VERY cool! Woo hoo!

  128. Marjorie Light  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:52 pm

    YAY! A MG-dedicated website! I am a writer who teaches 7th grade English. I feel as if you created this just for me! Thanks! :-)

  129. Julia (the farmer)  •  Jun 7, 2010 @7:55 pm

    What a great blog, and what perfect timing. In an effort to fine tune my middle grade novel, I have been reading as many middle grade novels as I can (between farming, work and life in general of course…you guys know what it’s like I’m sure). Thanks for setting this up. I look forward to exploring more.

  130. Aimee Bartis  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:04 pm

    I am so excited about this site!! I teach middle schoolers and I just love them so much! They are so mixed up. I am also an aspiring MG writer!

  131. Kate  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:16 pm

    Looking forward to reading future posts!!!

  132. Anne White  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:17 pm

    Please enter me in the draw – I’d love to win these books!

  133. Anne White  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:19 pm

    I just shared the link for this site on facebook.

  134. Claudette Brown  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:35 pm

    This is brilliant! I’ve posted you to my facebook page. Please enter me in the contest. I’m a school librarian and would love these books in my collection!

  135. Claudette Brown  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:36 pm

    I’ll leave comments just to see what kind of squiggly creature I am!

  136. June Morgan (chorkie)  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:37 pm

    I am really excited about your blog. I work with middle school students, tutoring and doing homebound. I really like to know what is new and exciting for middle school students. This will be a great source for what’s new and exciting.

  137. Faith Hough  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:44 pm

    Wow, this is going to be amazing. I’m excited already!

  138. Debbie  •  Jun 7, 2010 @8:46 pm

    Here via jamarattigan over at LiveJournal.

    I LOVE middle-grade books. I’ve been inhaling them for the past few weeks, in fact – “The Shakespeare Stealer” “Shakespeare’s Scribe” and “Shakespeare’s Spy” by Gary Blackwood and “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (currently in the “beyond” series). I’ve been reading the first two Percy Jackson books aloud to my kids and we’re currently reading the last Harry Potter book aloud. We’ve got a stash of Beverly Cleary, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle, Pippi Longstocking and other delights on our shelves, some read aloud, some waiting to be read by our daughters themselves. I could spend oodles of time in the middle-grade section of a bookstore or library. Bliss.

    And, yes, please, enter me in the drawing?

  139. Deb  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:44 pm

    This is a blog made of AWESOME. Congratulations on your launch! I blogged, I tweeted and I facebooked…win or not, just plain old excited!

  140. Shonna Slayton  •  Jun 7, 2010 @9:53 pm

    Yay! Great idea. Those YA writers and their blogs always seem to have all the fun. Bring on the MG! Tweeted the news at http://twitter.com/ShonnaSlayton

  141. Tracy Abell  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:26 pm

    I’m so proud of the whole group for all the hard work. Thank you, Elissa, for uniting us in the name of middle-grade!

  142. MO  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:45 pm

    I’m not normally a big blog reader, but this looks pretty good. I think I’ll stay a while and do a little reading. Good luck!

  143. Sarah L  •  Jun 7, 2010 @10:56 pm

    What a great site this is going to be. I can’t wait to get great ideas for my library!

  144. Jill  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:08 pm

    I’m sooooooo exctited about this blog!!! It’s been a long time coming and very needed!

    I tweeted http://twitter.com/justkeepreading/statuses/15677740691
    Sidebar http://owlforya.blogspot.com

  145. Jill  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:10 pm

    Ok i’m sorry if this double posted but I didn’t see it!

    I’m very very excited about this site and I’ll be back a lot!

    tweeted http://twitter.com/justkeepreading/statuses/15677740691
    sidebar http://owlforya.blogspot.com

  146. Laura  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:33 pm

    What a great idea! And what a great group of authors! Congratulations on launching this site! :)

  147. Shoshana  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:42 pm

    Middle grade deserves more attention! Thanks for starting this blog; I look forward to learning from it.

  148. Sheila  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:54 pm

    Great idea! You must be thrilled to be getting so many comments! I write short stories and books for middle-grade kids, and my daughter is a middle school librarian (grades 7th and 8th) so I’m looking forward to your posts.

  149. Michelle Houts  •  Jun 7, 2010 @11:59 pm

    Hurray for MG books and MG booklovers! Congrats on the awesome new site. I’ve added a link at http://www.michellehouts.com/news

  150. Erika  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:00 am

    Great idea – can’t wait to stop by in the future… Good luck with the blog.

  151. I am so happy to know about this blog! I love YA, but there is a big spot in my heart for Middle grade and i definitely think it doesn’t get as much attention that it deserves. Congrats you guys–I know great things will come of this!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  152. Michelle Houts  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:07 am

    Hurray for MG books and MG booklovers! Congrats on the awesome new site. I’ve added a link at http://www.michellehouts.com/news.php

    Sorry, I submitted a broken link. This one works!

  153. Susan  •  Jun 8, 2010 @1:20 am

    What a great idea for a blog–may you do for MG books what I.N.K. does for kids’ non-fiction! I look forward to your postings.

  154. MaryWitzl  •  Jun 8, 2010 @3:05 am

    Oh, pick me please! Even though I’m the 153rd, I still have hope…

    I’ll tweet and FB about your blog too!

  155. Mariska  •  Jun 8, 2010 @3:06 am

    congrats on your new SITE :)

    i tweeted : http://twitter.com/becunique/status/15688216009

  156. Mary Lee  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:28 am

    This blog is a great idea! I’m adding you to my reader (does that count for extra entries??? ha ha) and can’t wait for new posts!

  157. Lisa Reiss  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:28 am

    I love it!!! I could EAT middle grade novels for breakfast, lunch and dinner! :-) Congrats on this fabulous blog! –Lisa

  158. Kelly Barnhill  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:31 am

    Fabulous blog, guys. I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of Awesome comes out of this particular bitstream. Cheers!

  159. Kris  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:48 am

    What a wonderful resource! Middle Grade books have been a topic of conversation lately in my “real life” as parents head into the summer months. I’ve shared your blog on my own blog — which feeds over onto my facebook page.

    http://krisasselin.blogspot.com/2010/06/middle-grade-books.html

  160. Carol  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:59 am

    What a great new resource! I tweeted about you today and will put you on my blog tomorrow! Can’t wait to see future posts!

  161. jama  •  Jun 8, 2010 @8:26 am

    Congrats on setting up a much needed resource. Site looks fabulous!

    Blogged about your launch on my blog: http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/432459.html

  162. Toni Howe  •  Jun 8, 2010 @8:31 am

    Love, Love, Love, your title! This is perfect for my students. Thank you so much for creating it. I’ve also sent out a tweet at http://twitter.com/thowethowe
    I’ll be looking for more posts!

  163. Lindsay  •  Jun 8, 2010 @8:37 am

    So excited. Looks like it will be a lot of fun and lots of good information!

  164. Kathryn Harrison  •  Jun 8, 2010 @8:52 am

    I just posted this on facebook and twitter! I love the idea of this blog!!!

  165. Bette Anne Rieth  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:03 am

    The site looks wonderful. I’m looking forward to reading more!

  166. Melissa Hed  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:04 am

    Your site is beautifully rendered. I look forward to following you!

  167. Leah Odze Epstein  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:14 am

    This is so exciting! Thank you for starting this. I’ll tweet about this site, too, and can’t wait to read more. Right now, I’m reading The Mother Daughter Book Club, and loving it. My 9-year-old loves the book, too. Would love to see an interview with the author. Best, Leah @Leaheps on twitter

  168. kellion  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:25 am

    Congratulations on the blog, Elissa! I love everything about it, including the goofy little avatars assigned to comments.

  169. Heidi  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:41 am

    What a great site! :)

    I shared your link on Facebook :))

    So happy you guys did this :)))

  170. Monica  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:48 am

    Sure would love to win these books. Great site too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  171. Karen  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:54 am

    I love the look and feel of this blog (great artwork!) I am in the learning stages of the craft just yet and am looking forward to gaining lots of knowledge from your posts. Carry on, and congratulations on being winners yourselves!

  172. Monica  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:55 am
  173. Rose Kent  •  Jun 8, 2010 @10:18 am

    Middle Grade Rocks
    Middle Grade Rules
    Middle Grade Gives
    All Other Writers the Wannabee Drools!

    Three cheers and thanks for
    this terrific & beneficial new blog!

    Rose Kent

  174. Brenda Johnson  •  Jun 8, 2010 @10:18 am

    I’m so glad to hear about your blog and will be following, as this is the age group I write for, and thus read MG fiction all the time. Even when I get odd looks from people who see me reading it!

  175. Margaret A. Golla  •  Jun 8, 2010 @11:38 am

    How exciting!! I’ll link this site on my blog. I love reading and writing MG!

  176. Marva Dasef  •  Jun 8, 2010 @11:46 am

    Cool! Joined, Tweeted, FB’ed. Will be adding to my blog roll.

    I write upper MG/lower YA, so I’m always happy to find an informative site to help me in my efforts.

    By the number of comments, I think you’ll be wildly successful.

  177. Michelle  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:01 pm

    Yeah, MG!

  178. Laurel null Strong  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:30 pm

    I feel like I’ve found a home in the wilderness. MG age readers are a great group and I love the books written for them.

    Where do you find all the cute avatars?

  179. Laurel null Strong  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:30 pm

    Ah, the avatars appear on their own. I hope mine sticks around; I think she’s got style.

  180. Heidi Estrin  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:32 pm

    I think this is a thoroughly lovely idea for a blog. MG is some of the best, most classic kidlit there is. I’d love to be entered in your drawing, and I’m excited to see what you’ll be blogging about.

  181. Heidi Estrin  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:34 pm

    Btw, my blog/podcast is about Jewish lit, so if you’re ever posting on that topic (or if any of your member authors write that genre), let me know and we can do some cross-promotion.

  182. Sarah Frances Hardy  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:37 pm

    I’m so excited about this site!! There’s so much out there for YA authors–and precious little for middle graders.

    I’m heading over to blog about it at http://www.plotthis.blogspot.com.

    sf

  183. Ariel  •  Jun 8, 2010 @12:57 pm

    Hello! So happy to have been shown your site and now to enter your contest!

    Cheers. :)

  184. Serenissima  •  Jun 8, 2010 @1:02 pm

    I just know this site will be filled with all kinds of awesome! Just blogged about you too. (craning.blogspot.com). Congrats!

  185. Melissa (Book Nut)  •  Jun 8, 2010 @1:24 pm

    Looks like the word is spreading fast. Good idea you have here; I’m interested to see what you do with it. And I passed the word along… http://twitter.com/book_nut.

  186. Kim  •  Jun 8, 2010 @1:28 pm

    I found this through GottaBook. Looks like something I’m going to have to add to my feedreader!

  187. Mary Cronin  •  Jun 8, 2010 @1:35 pm

    I just love the name of your blog! I’m looking forward to what you have to offer.

  188. H. Pinski  •  Jun 8, 2010 @1:39 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, for giving MG some love! Off to tweet, blog and FB about this site. I’ll spread the word any way I can!

    hilary

  189. Toby Speed  •  Jun 8, 2010 @2:17 pm

    I’m so excited about this site. Read about you today at GottaBook, and have shared your link on my Facebook page. Rubbing my lucky silver dollar, hoping to win!

    ~Toby

  190. Mike Jung  •  Jun 8, 2010 @2:35 pm

    Our plan for galactic domination is taking shape. EXCELLENT. *rubs hands together in evil manner*
    Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and participation! It’s great to see such a big response.

  191. Natalie Bahm  •  Jun 8, 2010 @2:44 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea! I write MG and while I love all the blogs devoted to YA it will be fun to have one focused on MG.

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/nataliebahm

  192. Peggy Eddleman  •  Jun 8, 2010 @2:54 pm

    This blog is just what I wanted! I’m very excited for it. Good luck with everything!

  193. Sayantani DasGupta  •  Jun 8, 2010 @3:03 pm

    LOVE the blog! LOVE middle grade books! LOVE my middle grade book reading son! LOVE the (2) new middle grade books I’m writing/trying to get out there! Great job everyone!

  194. JenP  •  Jun 8, 2010 @3:07 pm

    Great blog! I’d love to enter!

  195. Jess  •  Jun 8, 2010 @3:23 pm

    Yay! I’m excited for your blog, and I’d love to win some new books!

  196. Cathy (Minding the Middle)  •  Jun 8, 2010 @3:42 pm
  197. Jess  •  Jun 8, 2010 @4:10 pm

    Mentioned it on facebook!

  198. julie  •  Jun 8, 2010 @4:41 pm

    This blog is just what I’ve been waiting for. Thank you for starting it!

  199. Nisa  •  Jun 8, 2010 @4:53 pm

    Very cool! I’m excited to follow your site!

  200. Sherrie Petersen  •  Jun 8, 2010 @5:01 pm

    Based on the number of comments you’ve received, you obviously found a void to fill! Hooray! I write MG so I’m thrilled that you guys have put this together :)

  201. Leah Boulet  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:18 pm

    This site is going on my favorites list! Can’t wait to see more! Congratulations on a geat idea.

  202. Abigail  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:23 pm

    What a great site — with an even better name. So excited to see what comes next!

  203. Doris Holik Kelly  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:23 pm

    Great to find you all. I write contemporary mid-grade history mysteries. 9 and up. My publisher is Arbutus Press out of Traverse City Michigan. Thanks for starting this blog.

  204. Doris Holik Kelly  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:26 pm

    How did that happen? I really resemble my ikon. It must be the smile.

  205. Elissa Cruz  •  Jun 8, 2010 @7:53 pm

    From all of us at The Mixed-Up Files, thank you for such a wonderful, overwhelmingly positive response! I wish I had time to reply to each one of you individually, but I hope you’ll forgive me for sending a more generic, heart-felt message to all. Thank you for your faith in us and your excitement about what we have in store for you. We’ll do are best to live up to your expectations.

    Oh, and I’m glad so many of you enjoy the avatars. We like to have a little fun around here, and those creatures fit right in, don’t you think?

  206. Charlotte  •  Jun 8, 2010 @8:06 pm

    Greetings from me too! I’m not exclusivly mg, but do review a lot of mg sci fi/fantasy.

  207. r l  •  Jun 8, 2010 @8:28 pm

    ooooh, great giveaway! Pick me :)

  208. Maddz  •  Jun 8, 2010 @8:52 pm

    What a cool blog! It sounds like something I would love, since I’m thirteen and actually read MG books. So fun! I found this on Heather Vogel Frederick’s blog.

    I’d love to enter the giveaway! All those books sounds amazing!

    -Maddz
    http://www.maddzslightlybookish.blogspot.com

  209. Bianca  •  Jun 8, 2010 @9:18 pm

    Fantastic giveaway!
    I linked this giveaway on my sidebar at http://wickedgoodbooks.blogspot.com/
    and Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Bianca1946/status/15746255858

  210. RaShelle  •  Jun 9, 2010 @1:16 am

    Hey, What a cool site. I posted it on my side bar. The pic links it back to your site. Here is my blog. http://rashelleworkman.blogspot.com/ and then I twittered about it. My twitter is RaShelleWorkman. Thanks!

  211. Jenn  •  Jun 9, 2010 @9:34 am

    As a middle school librarian I am planning my summer reading as the school year winds down so please enter me in the giveaway! Love your site….sharing it with anyone who will listen! :-) Looking forward to visiting and revisiting!

  212. Claire  •  Jun 9, 2010 @9:57 am

    As a longtime fan of EL Konigsberg, I couldn’t resist having a look at your blog, and now that I’ve seen it I wouldn’t want to resist it anyway! I love the fact that you’ll be interviewing MG readers as well as MG authors, and I look forward to hanging around here on a regular basis. Have fun!

  213. Marcia  •  Jun 9, 2010 @9:59 am

    What a fantastic site! Your giveaway appears as a sidebar on my blog. http://marciahoehne.blogspot.com/ Thank you!!

  214. Trudi Trueit  •  Jun 9, 2010 @10:56 am

    Middle grade rocks! Without question, it’s my favorite age to write for. Middle grade readers are so honest, devoted, and passionate! Best of luck with the blog!

  215. BStephenson  •  Jun 9, 2010 @11:16 am

    I facebook-ed this! Such a great idea . . with a ‘tweener’ this is going to be a great site for us as a family! Thank you!

  216. Linda  •  Jun 9, 2010 @12:41 pm

    Great idea! Exciting launch! Best of luck!

  217. Kate Fall  •  Jun 9, 2010 @1:42 pm

    Your site looks great! I’m looking forward to following you.

    I tweeted about the contest at @katefall.

  218. teachergirl  •  Jun 9, 2010 @3:16 pm

    Yay for middle grade books and readers. I’ve bookmarked this site and know I’ll be back often. Good luck!

  219. Kelly Polark  •  Jun 9, 2010 @4:01 pm

    What a great idea for a site! Looking forward to your posts! You are bookmarked!

  220. Joyce Johnson  •  Jun 9, 2010 @4:09 pm

    just twittered @thewritejoyce

    Our First Post and Our First Giveaway: http://bit.ly/bTFczz via @addthis less than 5 seconds ago via web

    Love what you have so far!

  221. Robyn Gioia  •  Jun 9, 2010 @4:11 pm

    Great idea. Bravo to the whole lot of you! Please enter me in the giveaway. I’ve included the link on FB and forwarded it to the local SCBWI group. I’ve bookmarked the site–I’ll be back.

  222. Tracy Edward Wymer  •  Jun 9, 2010 @4:29 pm

    This site rocks! Where have you been all my cyberlife???

  223. Brandi Dougherty  •  Jun 9, 2010 @5:39 pm

    Yay for middle grade! I salute you, intrepid MG authors. As a fellow writer for this fun and painful age, I can’t wait to read more. Thanks!

  224. Natalee  •  Jun 9, 2010 @5:41 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I’m so excited to add this site to my favorites. I’m a middle school English teacher who loves to read and to recommend books. I rely on sites like this one to help me find good books for my students.

  225. Jess  •  Jun 9, 2010 @6:31 pm
  226. Lee  •  Jun 9, 2010 @10:24 pm

    What a super blog. I love middle grade fiction and I can see that the content here will be well worth following. Thank you. I’m tweeting the contest and posting it on my blog as well!

  227. Lee  •  Jun 9, 2010 @11:03 pm

    I forgot to post my blog post : http://www.literary-magic.com/2010/06/attention-readers-and-writers-of-middle.html
    also I tweeted on my twitter account: LeeLibro

  228. Gail  •  Jun 9, 2010 @11:19 pm

    Wow, so glad to find this blog! Love reading and writing MG books!!! Going to tweet about this!

  229. Gail  •  Jun 9, 2010 @11:44 pm

    Okay, I tweeted (do I have to say “excuse me for that???)

    http:www.twitter.com/teachrgail

  230. Carol Wilcox  •  Jun 10, 2010 @7:02 am

    So excited to have this resource! I just wrote about your great new blog on my blog.
    http://www.carolwscorner.blogspot.com

  231. Mindy  •  Jun 10, 2010 @7:15 am

    This looks like a great idea for a blog.

  232. Jennifer@5 Minutes for Books  •  Jun 10, 2010 @7:38 am

    I was unfamiliar with the NERDS series, but just saw the first one at my son’s library. I’d love to read this!

  233. Joy  •  Jun 10, 2010 @8:02 am

    I would like to be entered for this draw! Thanks!

  234. Angeline  •  Jun 10, 2010 @8:27 am

    WOW! I am hunting for new novels to use in my classroom next year with my 8th graders. This will be my 3rd year teaching. I would love to use these to start a classroom library. *crosses fingers*

  235. Carina  •  Jun 10, 2010 @8:50 am

    Sign me up! I’ve also tweeted about the giveaway here.

  236. Katrina Lantz  •  Jun 10, 2010 @12:25 pm

    I LOVE THIS IDEA! OhMG! Priceless! I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/katrinalantznov (don’t know how to link directly to a single tweet)

  237. Jennifer VanSchoyck  •  Jun 10, 2010 @3:30 pm

    YAY!! This is going to be one of my new favorite places I just know it! I have added you to my iGoogle homepage!!

    My kids and I are currently reading The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley they are fantastic!

  238. deniz  •  Jun 10, 2010 @8:14 pm

    The site looks great so far! Just blogged about the giveaway :-)

  239. molly b  •  Jun 10, 2010 @9:03 pm

    I love MG. Looking forward to future posts!

  240. Jana Warnell  •  Jun 10, 2010 @10:48 pm

    I am so excited about this new blog! I posted about it here:
    http://janasbooklist.blogspot.com/2010/06/middle-grade-readers-writers-unite.html

    Look forward to many more wonderful posts!

  241. Sandy Shin  •  Jun 10, 2010 @10:53 pm

    I’m definitely subscribing — this site looks fabulous.

    And please enter me for the drawing! I’m posting about it in my blog’s sidebar: http://www.sandyshin.com.

  242. Kas  •  Jun 11, 2010 @9:41 am

    Count me in please!:) Great giveaway! This is international right?

  243. James C. Wallace II  •  Jun 11, 2010 @1:49 pm

    I looked over your site and it became very clear that you folks have a bias against self-published authors of middle-grade fiction. It makes me wonder just how committed you are to the cause of promoting middle-grade literature when you automatically exclude an ever growing number of quality authors, just because these authors don’t fit into your preconceived, and very limited perspective.

  244. Kurtis Scaletta  •  Jun 11, 2010 @7:02 pm

    Thanks for dropping by and sharing your concern, James. As a group we decided that there are far too many books to include in our discussions and settled on some guidelines. Since we are traditionally published authors, or are pursuing that route ourselves, we are living by our own rules.

    Incidentally, I’m a big fan of the Oz books myself and wish you well in your endeavors.

  245. tammi sauer  •  Jun 11, 2010 @9:31 pm

    Count me in! :)

  246. Michelle Schusterman  •  Jun 11, 2010 @11:21 pm

    Wow – amazing blog and amazing start!

  247. Michelle Schusterman  •  Jun 11, 2010 @11:23 pm

    Oh – I suppose I should mention I’d like to enter, and I’ve tweeted the event: http://twitter.com/Mi_Schu/status/15979094475

    Thank you!

  248. Lin Hill  •  Jun 12, 2010 @7:46 am

    Great info and a chance to win books for my school’s library. A real two-for.

  249. Kristen  •  Jun 12, 2010 @8:31 am

    I just love your site! Definitely a great place for librarians to find out about your awesome books. *Librarian here*! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  250. Suzie F.  •  Jun 12, 2010 @8:42 am

    Wow! What a great site! I just found you today through Cynsations. I love to read and write MG. What a great resource for both me and my 11 year old.

    Thanks for a chance to enter the drawing!

  251. Keri Lewis  •  Jun 12, 2010 @9:32 am

    Thanks for filling a much-needed niche in the blogosphere!

  252. Cathi O.  •  Jun 12, 2010 @10:34 am

    OMG! I am so excited about this! A place for other people who enjoy MG books as much as I do is a great concept. This one blog I will definitely keep up with. Thanks so much for starting this. SCBWI Southern Breeze just send out a message about this site, and I’m glad they did!

  253. Llehn  •  Jun 13, 2010 @1:06 am

    Congrats on the blog! I’d love to play please!

  254. Carolyn  •  Jun 13, 2010 @7:47 am

    Yay! If I win, I’ll read the books & then donate them to our local library system. I’ve blogged and tweeted. (I also posted a link on my Facebook page, which is private, but it’s already been seen there by two librarians and numerous book lovers :o)

  255. Pam Vickers  •  Jun 13, 2010 @12:10 pm

    OOOH! I want to win. I’ll tweet it and post a link on my fb.

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pamvickers

    http://twitter.com/Pam_Vickers

  256. valerie hobbs  •  Jun 13, 2010 @6:54 pm

    I feel like I’ve found my club! What’s the secret handshake? This is so much fun!

  257. ebun  •  Jun 14, 2010 @1:57 am

    I am a middle grade writer so I love this!!

  258. Holly  •  Jun 14, 2010 @8:58 am

    Thank you for starting this site!

  259. Mary DeBorde  •  Jun 14, 2010 @4:25 pm

    What a completely wonderful new site!!!! I am so glad I found you, and thank you as well for offering up such an incredibly fun lot of books – YAY :D

  260. Franziska Green  •  Jun 14, 2010 @5:55 pm

    What a great beginning! I’d love to win the contest… I eat MG books for breakfast!

  261. Kaylie  •  Jun 14, 2010 @11:36 pm

    OK, so like you said, I know the odds are pretty small, but I’m still entering, because what can I say, I play the lottery too. Well, not really, but I would if it were free like commenting.

  262. Lily Kaufman  •  Jun 15, 2010 @6:16 am

    What a fantastic blog! I’ve just discovered (somewhat to my surprise) that the reason by YA novel isn’t working is that it’s actually a MG story instead — suddenly everything’s falling into place! MG is a world I haven’t visited in a while, though, so finding a place like this to immerse myself again is fantastic!

  263. nora fraser  •  Jun 15, 2010 @8:25 am

    Wonderful blog!

    My son loves your books.

  264. Laura Simeon  •  Jun 17, 2010 @12:53 pm

    As a K-8 school librarian I was so happy to come across this blog! You are doing great work and I look forward to reading future posts. In the meantime, I’ve written my blog post and will keep my fingers crossed in hopes of winning a book for my school’s collection!

  265. Laura Simeon  •  Jun 17, 2010 @12:56 pm

    As a K-8 school librarian, I was very happy to hear about your new blog! Just wrote a post about your contest and will keep my fingers crossed in hopes of winning a new book for my collection!

  266. Karen from Kidsmomo.com  •  Jun 20, 2010 @4:26 pm

    What a fantastic blog! There’s so much out there for YA — time to let the MG shine!

  267. Ann Matthews  •  Jun 20, 2010 @5:57 pm

    I am so excited about this. I’m a fifth grade teacher, can’t wait till next year to use this info with my kids!!!

  268. Susan Mullally  •  Jun 20, 2010 @7:42 pm

    My daughter Katie and I both read Violet Raines and loved it!!! We live off Mitchell Hammock Trail! Looking forward to reading Summer of Moonlight Secrets! Thanks for sharing info on Middle Grade books.

  269. Brianna Bruce  •  Jun 20, 2010 @9:42 pm

    Welcome to the blogging universe! I can’t wait to read your future posts, and I hope that I win these books! I’m new to blogging myself, so I can understand the excitement : )

  270. Andrea  •  Jun 21, 2010 @5:25 am

    I’m thrilled to see a site devoted to middle grade books!

  271. Kaylie  •  Jun 21, 2010 @2:00 pm

    I just wanted to let you know I blogged about you. Do I get another entry now, or is it too late? Well, even if it is, I don’t care because I wanted to tell everybody about you and your success. Congratulations!

  272. babygirlG  •  Jun 22, 2010 @2:18 am

    Congrats on the awesome website :D

  273. mb baron  •  Feb 21, 2011 @9:47 am

    Great participation for the first entry. GMG