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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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    Do you love middle-grade books?  Are you an agented and/or traditionally published author?  Are you willing to commit to scheduled blog postings and discussions both on our site and behind the scenes?   If, so, then you may want to join our ranks!

    We are looking for four dedicated authors who would like to join us as regular contributors at From the Mixed-up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors.  If you think you may be one of these people, please send us an email at memberrequest at fromthemixedupfiles dot com, telling us the following in the body of the email only (please, no attachments):

    1. Your name
    2. Your agent or book info (just the basics please—a name [and/or title and publisher of your book, if applicable] is enough)
    3. How you learned about our site
    4. What special skills/talents you have*
    5. How you can help promote our group
    6. What you think being a member of this blog will do for you
    7. Anything else that you think might be useful for us to know about you

    We will be accepting applications until Saturday, September 18th, 2010.  Please note that we will not be reviewing any applications that have been sent to us before today, so if you have submitted an application previously, you will need to do so again.  And please spread the word to others who you think might be interested.  New members will be chosen by October 2, 2010.

    We can’t wait to see who our new Mixed-Up Authors will be!

    *NOTE: At this time, we are particularly interested in adding members who have had vlogging/video arts experience, or those who enjoy creating original games, crafts and activities that can be added to our For Kids page.  However, if you don’t have these particular skills, don’t despair.  You may have other skills we haven’t listed here but would still love to have in our talent pool.  So if you are interested, please apply!



    1. Dennis A. Lee  •  Sep 11, 2010 @9:35 pm

      Dear Elissa,

      I am still an unpublished author, but I would be interested in knowing the title of your middle grade book, and where I could get more information about it. Thanks,

    2. Elissa Cruz  •  Sep 12, 2010 @2:09 pm


      Thanks for asking! I wish I could answer, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending upon how you look at it) my agent is still hard at work submitting my debut novel to editors.

      What I can tell you is that the working title is The Crime Sketcher Case Files. You can get a sneak peek at the first page at http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/2009/03/11-secret-agent.html. Hopefully someday in the future you’ll be able to read the entire book. (Crossing my fingers.)

      In the meantime, you can find me around the Mixed-Up water cooler, and also at my own writing-related blog at http://www.elissacruz.blogspot.com.

      And thanks for following this site. This site means as much to me as my own writing does, so I’m grateful so many people are finding it useful.

    3. Bill Peever  •  Oct 18, 2010 @11:15 am

      I am a new author, my book The Jumper Chronicles: Quest for Merlin’s map was published by Savant in August. I look forward to reading the blogs and kids games, and I am so very sorry that I missed the cut off time for application to join. I look forward to the next opportunity that you offer.


    4. Amy Goldman Koss  •  Oct 21, 2010 @11:34 am

      Well, it’s waaaay after September, but if you’re still looking… I’m interested because it sounds fun and I think your library give away is brilliant.
      Amy G. Koss
      4 pictures books (Where fish Go in Winter is the only one still in print)
      14 Teen novels, (The Girls, Poison Ivy, Side Effects, The Not-So-Great Depression)

      Elissa Cruz Reply:

      We’re glad you’re interested, Amy, but we have filled all our openings. Sorry you missed it! But we’ll continue to post openings when they become available. Meanwhile, thanks for supporting our site as a reader!