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    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 ...

    March 28, 2013: Big at Bologna

     This year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the focus has shifted to middle-grade.  “A lot of foreign publishers are cutting back on YA and are looking for middle-grade,” said agent Laura Langlie, according to Publisher's Weekly.  Lighly illustrated or stand-alone contemporary middle-grade fiction is getting the most attention.  Read more...


    March 10, 2013: Marching to New Titles

    Check out these titles releasing in March...


    March 5, 2013: Catch the BEA Buzz

    Titles for BEA's Editor Buzz panels have been announced.  The middle-grade titles selected are:

    A Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

    Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward

    Nick and Tesla's High-Voltages Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

    The Tie Fetch by Amy Herrick

    For more Buzz books in other categories,


    February 20, 2013: Lunching at the MG Roundtable 

    Earlier this month, MG authors Jeanne Birdsall, Rebecca Stead, and N.D. Wilson shared insight about writing for the middle grades at an informal luncheon with librarians held in conjunction with the New York Public Library's Children's Literary Salon "Middle Grade: Surviving the Onslaught."

    Read about their thoughts...


    February 10, 2013: New Books to Love

    Check out these new titles releasing in February...


    January 28, 2013: Ivan Tops List of Winners

    The American Library Association today honored the best of the best from 2012, announcing the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards, along with a host of other prestigious youth media awards, at their annual winter meeting in Seattle.

    The Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Honor books were: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

    The Coretta Scott King Book Award went to Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award,which honors an author for his or her long-standing contributions to children’s literature, was presented to Katherine Paterson.

    The Pura Belpre Author Award, which honors a Latino author, went to Benjamin Alire Saenz for his novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was also named a Printz Honor book and won the Stonewall Book Award for its portrayal of the GLBT experience.

    For a complete list of winners…


    January 22, 2013: Biography Wins Sydney Taylor

    Louise Borden's His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, a verse biography of the Swedish humanitarian, has won the Sydney Taylor Award in the middle-grade category. The award is given annually to books of the highest literary merit that highlight the Jewish experience. Aimee Lurie, chair of the awards committee, writes, "Louise Borden's well-researched biography will, without a doubt, inspire children to perform acts of kindness and speak out against oppression."

    For more...


    January 17, 2013: Erdrich Wins Second O'Dell

    Louise Erdrich is recipient of the 2013 Scott O'Dell Award for her historical novel Chickadee, the fourth book in herBirchbark House series. Roger Sutton,Horn Book editor and chair of the awards committee, says of Chickadee,"The book has humor and suspense (and disarmingly simple pencil illustrations by the author), providing a picture of 1860s Anishinabe life that is never didactic or exotic and is briskly detailed with the kind of information young readers enjoy." Erdrich also won the O'Dell Award in 2006 for The Game of Silence, the second book in theBirchbark series. 

    For more...


    January 15, 2013: After the Call

    Past Newbery winners Jack Gantos, Clare Vanderpool, Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Stead, and Laura Amy Schlitz talk about how winning the Newbery changed (or didn't change) their lives in this piece from Publishers Weekly...


    January 2, 2013: On the Big Screen

    One of our Mixed-up Files members may be headed to the movies! Jennifer Nielsen's fantasy adventure novel The False Prince is being adapted for Paramount Pictures by Bryan Cogman, story editor for HBO's Game of Thrones. For more...


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Our Nine-Book Giveaway Winner (and our Second Summer Giveaway)!


And the winner of our nine-book giveaway is…

Megan Oliphant!

Congrats, Megan!  We hope you’ll enjoy each book.  Please send an email to msfishby@fromthemixedupfiles.com with your mailing address, and we’ll send the books to you.

For those who didn’t win, don’t worry.  Our summer giveaways are just getting started!  In fact, our second giveaway starts today!

We have the following three titles to give away to one lucky reader:

To enter, simply leave  a comment below.  Earn extra entries by blogging, tweeting, or facebooking this giveaway (don’t forget to share a link to your blog or tweet).  This giveaway is for US/CAN residents only (sorry, we can’t ship these internationally).  The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

We also want to thank the authors who have donated books to our summer giveaways.  We appreciate your willingness to help spread the word about great middle-grade books!



  1. Renae Hipple  •  Jun 22, 2010 @12:46 am

    Looking for more great reads! LOVE the website! :)


  2. Heather Rae  •  Jun 22, 2010 @1:42 am

    Looks like some great books! I’ve been loving checking out your website. Thanks! I tweeted it, too – http://twitter.com/insearchofsquid :)

  3. Andrea  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:06 am

    Wow – another great contest. And I love reading your MG news!

  4. Natalie Aguirre  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:47 am

    Thanks for another contest. I love that you focus on MG books.

  5. Erin  •  Jun 22, 2010 @7:25 am

    I love hearing about all these books. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Kristen  •  Jun 22, 2010 @7:34 am

    Yay for another contest! :) I just love you Middle Grade authors. Big congrats to Megan! Green with jealousy over here. :)

    Also, I tweeted: http://twitter.com/bookgoil/status/16768494769

  7. Kurtis Scaletta  •  Jun 22, 2010 @8:06 am

    If ever you’d meet me
    You wouldn’t forget me.
    If you never do,
    You won’t think I’m true;
    But old Oliphaunt am I,
    And I never lie.

    (I’m not saying Megan is old… just remembering Tolkien’s oliphaunts. Congrats, Megan! Send us your address, I have a MUDVILLE to send you.)

  8. Lois D. Brown  •  Jun 22, 2010 @8:14 am

    I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  9. Emily aka WilowRaven  •  Jun 22, 2010 @9:44 am

    Awesome! Thanks guys!!

  10. Laura Marcella  •  Jun 22, 2010 @10:17 am

    Congratulations, Megan!

    Thanks for having these contests!!!

  11. Katrina  •  Jun 22, 2010 @10:25 am

    would love to win!

  12. Cathy Ogren  •  Jun 22, 2010 @11:36 am

    I love contests, and I love your new website!
    tweeted: http://twitter.com/CathySOgren

  13. Helene Boudreau  •  Jun 22, 2010 @3:21 pm

    Congratulations, Megan! Good luck to all the new entrants. MG rocks!

  14. Cindy  •  Jun 22, 2010 @3:29 pm

    These books look great… would love to win. Thanks!

  15. Shari  •  Jun 22, 2010 @3:42 pm

    Another contest?! Sweet. Thanks! :)

  16. Jess  •  Jun 22, 2010 @4:05 pm

    Haven’t heard of any of these, but am excited to check them out!

  17. Jess  •  Jun 22, 2010 @4:20 pm
  18. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Jun 22, 2010 @4:45 pm

    Congrats, Megan!

  19. Barbra Hesson  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:03 pm

    Hi, wow another books give-a-way. My new library could sure use them. I review books with the Calgary Herald and have your site on my personal website: barbra.hesson.com
    Tweet tweet, count me in, hope I win.

  20. Jemi Fraser  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:37 pm

    Great contest … again!

    Congrats to Megan :)

  21. KatherineR  •  Jun 22, 2010 @5:53 pm

    Would love to try again.

  22. Cathe Olson  •  Jun 22, 2010 @8:52 pm

    I’m enjoying finding out about all these great middle-grade titles. Would love to win them.

  23. Kristin Gray  •  Jun 22, 2010 @10:11 pm

    Thanks so much! *fingers crossed*

  24. Deb  •  Jun 22, 2010 @11:15 pm

    Congrats Megan!!

    Hoping to win this time around oh yes yes I am. I twittered here:


    Thanks for another contest!

  25. Kari Townsend  •  Jun 23, 2010 @5:49 am

    Love the site and the books look awesome. Great job ladies.

  26. Marcia  •  Jun 23, 2010 @7:33 am

    Congrats, Megan! Please enter me in the new giveaway. It’s a sidebar on my blog: http://marciahoehne.blogspot.com. The avatars crack me up! :)

  27. colleen kosinski  •  Jun 23, 2010 @8:52 am

    Would love to read more MG books!

  28. S A Putnam  •  Jun 23, 2010 @9:07 am

    Congratulations, Megan! Thanks for posting another contest! Your site is terrific, by the way!!

  29. S A Putnam  •  Jun 23, 2010 @11:18 am
  30. Karen  •  Jun 23, 2010 @1:12 pm

    I’m never at a loss for suggestions of good MG books to read with this blog! I’d love to read the three giveaways shown above!

  31. Jennifer Duddy Gill  •  Jun 23, 2010 @2:53 pm

    Hooray for Megan!
    And good luck to everyone who wants to win the three titles in this new contest!

  32. Liz S  •  Jun 23, 2010 @5:13 pm

    I say congratulations to Megan, but I’m still having a hissy fit. Crongratulations anyway, someone had to win. Hooray for You!

    I love this site and the great books you list.

    I would tweet, but I haven’t an account yet. I would blog, but I haven’t a blog.


    You can still pick me though. >very big grin<

  33. Cathi O.  •  Jun 23, 2010 @5:29 pm

    Ooo! Pick me! Pick me! Sorry… my inner middle-grader escaped for just a moment. I love this site – it’s the only blog I’m keeping up with on a regular basis!

  34. Susan Kaye Quinn  •  Jun 23, 2010 @6:03 pm

    Enter me in the second giveaway! Maybe second time is the charm!! :)

  35. Megan Oliphant  •  Jun 23, 2010 @9:08 pm

    Thank you so much for picking me!!! I check this blog almost everyday…except for yesterday, lol. Poor Elissa had to hunt me down to tell me the good news. I’m so excited—besides loving to read and write MG books, I have a couple of kids that love them, too.
    I never win anything, so to win BOOKS (the love of my life) is beyond awesome! I can’t wait to dig in!

  36. Melina  •  Jun 23, 2010 @10:22 pm

    Congrats to Megan!!!!

  37. Hilary Wagner  •  Jun 24, 2010 @8:43 am

    Oh, all great middle grade novels!!!!

  38. Betsy Pritts Ickes  •  Jun 24, 2010 @9:25 am

    I’d love to win some middle grade novels!

  39. Dawn Malone  •  Jun 24, 2010 @11:57 am

    Love your blog! Thanks for another contest.

  40. Kim  •  Jun 24, 2010 @1:02 pm

    Thank you authors for all the donations!

  41. Katrina  •  Jun 25, 2010 @10:18 am

    looks like some super cute books!

  42. Cassandra  •  Jun 25, 2010 @6:04 pm

    These books look lovely. I’d love to win them! Thanks for another contest.

  43. Kimberly Mitchell  •  Jun 25, 2010 @10:19 pm

    I can’t resist an opportunity to get new books to share with students! Thank you for the contest and for such a wonderful site. I have already shares this contest on Facebook.

  44. abi  •  Jun 26, 2010 @9:48 am

    Look like good reads. Love to win thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  45. jpetroroy  •  Jun 26, 2010 @3:47 pm

    Great contest! And a great website!

  46. Wendy M  •  Jun 26, 2010 @7:09 pm

    These look like wonderful books. Would love to read these.

  47. Amanda Starr  •  Jun 27, 2010 @4:19 pm

    Count me in please and thank you :)

  48. gwendolyn b.  •  Jun 30, 2010 @9:06 am

    Great group of titles! My niece, nephew, and I would all enjoy them. Thanks for the chance!

  49. R.H.  •  Jun 30, 2010 @10:10 am

    Hooray for books!

  50. george  •  Jul 2, 2010 @5:58 am

    the covers look nice
    i am sure my kids would love it!

  51. Cathy  •  Jul 3, 2010 @11:08 am

    I am always trying to add new titles to my classroom, and this is the perfect site! So glad I discovered you. Thanks!

  52. Gail  •  Jul 3, 2010 @6:51 pm

    Love MG books, love blogs, love contests, love all of you!!!!

  53. Gail  •  Jul 3, 2010 @6:56 pm