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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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Four Book Snow Day Giveaway!


Just when you thought you couldn’t open another present, The Mixed Up Files has a great winter giveaway for you.  Since we know there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a snowy day, we are offering four MG books for your sit-by-the-fire reading pleasure.  And if you live in a place where it’s warm, well, you can throw white confetti into a fan and pretend you’re in a blizzard.

Leave a comment below and one lucky winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, December 30.  You’ll get extra entries for sharing a link on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter (please mention each link in a new comment). 

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass    Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?  Logan, the Candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?  Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?  Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it’s a feather?  Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook?  This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant’s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

Saraswati’s Way by Monika Schroder    If the gods wanted Akash to have an education, he is told, they would give him one. But Akash has spent his entire twelve years poor and hungry. So he decides to take control of his own life and try for a scholarship to the city school where he can pursue his beloved math.  But will challenging destiny prove to be more than he has bargained for? In this raw and powerful novel, fate and self-determination come together in unexpected ways, offering an unsentimental look at the realities of India.

The Case of the Crooked Carnival (Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives) by Michele Torrey and illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman   Science super-sleuths Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey are back—this time in a never-before-published addition to the popular series! They’ve got an exciting collection of cases, too:  Are ghosts and ghouls keeping Edgar Glum awake? Have aliens invaded Mossy Swamp?  What’s the crooked game everyone’s losing at the carnival? And why is the town bridge going bananas? Kids will have fun following the clues—and learning about such real scientific principles as amplification, ecosystems, magnetic fields, and more.  Plus, budding Doyles and Fosseys will find actual experiments to try!

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton and illustrated by Brett Helquist    Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge leads (much to her chagrin) a very dull life on the Island at the Center of Everything . . . until the night she overhears a life-changing secret. It seems that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not a mountain at all–it’s the belly of a sleeping giant, moving as the giant breathes. Now Persimmony and her new friend Worvil the Worrier have to convince all the island’s other quarreling inhabitants–including the silly Rumblebumps, the impeccably mannered Leafeaters, and the stubborn young king–that a giant is sleeping in their midst, and must not be woken.

Watch for Thursday’s post when we’ll announce the winner. Good luck and happy reading no matter what kind of weather you’re having!



  1. Heather  •  Dec 27, 2010 @11:12 am

    These look great! I’ve added them to my list of books to get (if I don’t win!)

  2. Sara Zoe  •  Dec 27, 2010 @1:26 pm

    oh, some really good ones here! Thanks for the heads up on the new Wendy Mass!

  3. Jessica  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:08 pm

    I’m going to have to admit that what first caught my eye was The Candymakers! Who could resist such a delicious looking cover? :)

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  4. JenP  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:19 pm

    These look fantastic. Thanks for the generosity!

  5. Jill  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:52 pm

    I’d sooooo love to win these :) They sound fantastic!

  6. Jill  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:53 pm
  7. Kristen H.  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:57 pm

    Lovely looking books. Absolutely adore Wendy Mass, her books tend to make it onto our state readers choice award lists. :)

  8. Cheri Williams  •  Dec 27, 2010 @2:59 pm

    More to read–weeeeeeeeeeeee!

  9. Michael Gettel-Gilmartin  •  Dec 27, 2010 @3:46 pm

    Thank you, mixed up files. Very generous of you.

  10. Cathe Olson  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:21 pm

    Add me to the Wendy Mass fan club and the other books look great too.

  11. teachergirl  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:43 pm

    These books all look like fun, especially Mount Majestic, and they’d be a great way to support my resolution to read more MG books. Count me in for the giveaway.

  12. teachergirl  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:48 pm

    I just posted a link on my facebook. :)

  13. Cathy Stakey  •  Dec 27, 2010 @6:59 pm

    I just got my fifth grade students started blogging about books and your blog is a great example for my students to follow to find out about great new middle grade books and authors! We are doing a “Book over Break” Challenge. I can’t wait to find out what they are reading.

  14. Llehn  •  Dec 27, 2010 @7:20 pm

    I’d love to play please :D

  15. Cathy Stakey  •  Dec 27, 2010 @7:33 pm

    I just tweeted your great giveaway! http://twitter.com/#!/cstakey/

  16. Mariska  •  Dec 27, 2010 @7:58 pm

    Oh, These are good !! Count me in please :)

  17. Mariska  •  Dec 27, 2010 @8:09 pm
  18. Amie Kaufman  •  Dec 28, 2010 @4:24 am

    These look great! Please enter me if it’s international (and if not, thanks for the recommendations).

  19. Karen Scott  •  Dec 28, 2010 @8:09 am

    Please add me to the drawing! THese sound great!

  20. Heidi Ayarbe  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:23 am

    Oh! More to-read books!! I’ll post this on twitter, too. Been thinking loads about you, Jenn. Hope you had a great holiday!

  21. Jeff Chen  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:24 am

    These look great!

  22. Heather  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:38 am

    These books look great!

  23. Heather  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:39 am

    Shared on Facebook :)

  24. LG  •  Dec 28, 2010 @9:48 am

    I’m so excited about these books! I already have Candymakers and The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic on my list of to-reads!

  25. kathleen Fain  •  Dec 28, 2010 @12:55 pm

    I love reading middle grade novels to my special needs students, they love them too!!
    Thanks for this.

  26. Tricia Springstubb  •  Dec 28, 2010 @1:37 pm

    I just reviewed “Mount Majestic” for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. A perfect family read aloud–great fun.

  27. Tina  •  Dec 28, 2010 @4:43 pm

    Please enter me. These all look great!

  28. Judy  •  Dec 29, 2010 @7:14 am

    I just discovered your site! I especially enjoyed reading your picks for the Caldecott. I have used The Quiet Book in my classroom.

  29. Deb Marshall  •  Dec 29, 2010 @12:45 pm

    WOW! Fantastic give away!

  30. Deb Marshall  •  Dec 29, 2010 @12:49 pm

    Oh! And I shared on twitter :


    And on my facebook :


  31. phxbne  •  Dec 29, 2010 @3:33 pm

    thanks,these look great

  32. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:12 am

    I love Wendy Mass. and I just read the Doyle and Fossey books and loved them.

  33. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:14 am

    I tweeted @pragmaticmom on twitter

  34. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:15 am
  35. Pragmatic Mom  •  Dec 30, 2010 @8:16 am

    I posted on linked in: Mia Wenjen