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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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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.