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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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  • July Middle Grade Book Releases

    Book Lists, New Releases

    It’s July 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.

    Our Very Own ‘From The Mixed-Up Files’ Authors:

    THE HEALING SPELL (Scholastic Press) – Kimberley Griffiths Little. Twelve-year-old Livie is living with a secret and it’s crushing her. She knows she is responsible for her mother’s coma, but she can’t tell anyone. It’s up to her to find a way to wake her momma up.

    MAMBA POINT (Knopf) – Kurtis Scaletta. When his dad gets a job at the U.S. embassy in Liberia, twelve-year-old Linus Tuttle knows it’s his chance for a fresh start.

    More July Releases:

    BITES (Scholastic Paperbacks) – Lois Metzger (Editor). Spine-tingling tales by some of today’s best writers.

    CLEMENTINE, FRIEND OF THE WEEK (Hyperion Book CH) – Sara Pennypacker (author), Marla Frazee (illustrator). It’s Clementine’s turn to be “Friend of the Week”! The other kids will make her a booklet, full of the things they value about having her in the class. Clementine begins to get nervous, she has to get a great booklet to compete with her friend Margaret.

    DANIEL X: DEMONS AND DRUIDS (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) – James Patterson and Adam Sadler. Daniel X’s continues to hunt and eliminate each and every intergalactic criminal on Earth.

    DOODLEBUG: A NOVEL IN DOODLES (Feiwel and Friends) – Karen Romano Young. Moving is tough. Being the new kid in school is even tougher. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her.

    ELVIS & OLIVE: SUPER DETECTIVES (Scholastic Press) – Stephanie Watson. Natalie and Annie decide to put their detective skills to use as they open the E & O Detective Agency to solve neighborhood mysteries.

    FAIRY SCHOOL DROPOUT UNDERCOVER (Feiwel and Friends) – Meredith Badger. Elly Knottleweed-Eversprightly has a secret. She is a fairy, and she even has the wings to prove it. Every time Elly goes to a new fairy school, it ends in disaster. But human school should be a piece of cake.

    GERONIMO STILTON #5: THE GREAT ICE AGE (GERONIMO STILTON GRAPHIC NOVELS) (Papercutz) – Geronimo Stilton. When Geronimo’s nemeses the Pirate Cats try to travel through time to the year 1889, they accidentally end up in 37993 BC!

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOK 7 (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) – Cressida Cowell. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has three months, five days and six hours to discover America, get back to Berk, save his father, battle Polar serpents and win the annual Inter-Tribal Friendly Swimming Race. Can he do it?

    LIVES OF THE PIRATES: SWASHBUCKLERS, SCOUNDRELS (Harcourt Children’s Books) – Kathleen Krull (Author), Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator). After a ten-year hiatus, this book (with 48 illlustrations) marks the return of Krull and Hewitt’s very popular LIVES OF series of collective biographies (known by kids and teachers nationwide as the “Big Head books”).

    MY LIFE AS A BOOK (Henry Holt and Co.) – Janet Tashjian (Author), Jake Tashjian (Illustrator). Summer’s finally here, and Derek Fallon is ready to play, but his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp. As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself, he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls.

    NIGHTMARE ACADEMY #3: MONSTER WARS: (HarperCollins) – Dean Lorey. Monsters are everywhere and the danger to our world has never been greater. And Charlie Benjamin, armed with the Sword of Sacrifice and the help of his friends, is our only hope.

    ORPHAN (Westside Books) – John Weber. After finding out at the age of 13 that he’s adopted, Homer decides he must find his real family who he learns live in New York City.

    SCHOLASTIC CHILDREN’S DICTIONARY (2010 EDITION) (Scholastic Reference) – Now including terms such as DVD, browshttp://www.scholastic.com/elt/student_reference/childrens_dictionary.htmer, rap and almost 200 other new entries.

    THE AMAZING WORLD OF STUART (Orchard Books) – Sara Pennypacker (author). Two Stuart novels in one amazing book. STUART’S CAPE and STUART GOES TO SCHOOL.

    THE AMERICAN HERITAGE CHILDREN’S SCIENCE DICTIONARY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Grade 4-6, A dictionary that introduces the language and concepts of science.

    THE FOOL’S GIRL (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books) – Celia Rees. Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission.

    THE GRIMM LEGACY (Putnam Juvenile) – Polly Shulman. Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library – a lending library of objects, not books. Including the Grimm Collection, powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

    THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRTHDAYS: TEEN EDITION (Razorbill) – Alice Thompson, Joost Elffers, Gary Goldschneider. Teen version of the wildly popular adult book, provides astrological insight into the character of people born on each of the 365 days in the calendar year.

    THOMAS AND THE DRAGON QUEEN (Knopf Books for Young Readers) – Shutta Crum (Author), Lee Wildish (Illustrator). A kingdom is at war. A princess has been kidnapped by a dragon queen. And Thomas, the shortest of all the squires, volunteers to set out on a quest to rescue her.

    TOTALLY NOT BORING SCHOOL PLANNER (DEAR DUMB DIARY) (Scholastic Papaerback) – Jim Benton (author, illustrator). A school planner with two sheets of stickers, a pen, and three interactive books. After all, Planning to put something off until the day before it’s due is a totally legitimate kind of planning.

    VENOM AND SONG: THE BERINFELL PROPHECIES SERIES – BOOK TWO (Thomas Nelson) – Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. – Now in the strange realm of Allyra, the Seven young lords confront a traitor in their midst, a creature-infested forest, teenage fears and doubts, inexplicable mysteries… and the Spider King himself.

    WHO WAS JIM HENSON? (Grosset & Dunlap) – Joan Holub (author), Nancy Harrison (illustrator). Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. Learn what happened after than throughout this easy-to-read biography.

    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. Caroline Starr Rose  •  Jul 5, 2010 @9:01 am

      Thanks for this great list!

    2. Sherrie Petersen  •  Jul 5, 2010 @10:10 am

      I love these lists you compile. I read an ARC of the Grimm Legacy a couple months ago and that was a terrific book.

    3. Natalie Aguirre  •  Jul 5, 2010 @2:25 pm

      I’ve heard great things about The Healing Spell. Can’t wait to read it.

    4. Jemi Fraser  •  Jul 5, 2010 @3:26 pm

      Wow – that’s a ton of great books!

    5. Laura Marcella  •  Jul 5, 2010 @3:41 pm

      I have The Secret Language of Birthdays. It’s a big hardcover edition I got for $5 at a consignment shop! It’s so helpful for characterization. :) I wonder how the teen edition is different?

      Thanks for sharing the July releases!

    6. Mike Jung  •  Jul 5, 2010 @7:36 pm

      I liked MUDVILLE a lot, so I’m looking forward to MAMBA POINT. Lots of other good choices on this list too…

    7. Robyn Gioia  •  Jul 6, 2010 @6:48 am

      Thomas and the Dragon Queen is a delightful read.

    8. Deb  •  Jul 6, 2010 @8:23 am

      Thanks for the July round up!

    9. Jennifer Duddy Gill  •  Jul 6, 2010 @2:00 pm

      I see several books to add to my To Be Read pile.
      Thanks for the list, Brian!

    10. Laurie Beth Schneider  •  Jul 6, 2010 @4:49 pm

      I love these lists…but my pocketbook? Not so much!

    11. Melina  •  Jul 6, 2010 @10:17 pm

      The Healing Spell and Mamba Point both sound very interesting. I will have to keep my eyes out for them at the book store and library.