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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:
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    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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A Fantastical Middle-Grade Monday! (and a contest!)

Book Lists, For Kids, Giveaways

Yay! It’s time for my second post here at The Mixed-Up Files—I guess that means I haven’t scared everyone away with my shenanigans! (yet…)

And when I realized they’d assigned me a Monday post I was SUPER excited. (if you can’t tell by the all caps). I run a regular feature on my blog called “Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday” (*coughs* shameless self promotion *coughs*) where I feature a favorite middle-grade book or author and host a giveaway. So I thought…why not do something similar here?

But since this is the Mixed-Up Files—a whole other level of awesome—I realized I needed to go a little bigger than that. So I’m not just featuring a book or author. I’m featuring an ENTIRE GENRE. And yes—there will be a giveaway!!!! Make sure you keep reading so you don’t miss out.

It was really hard to pick a genre (I love them all so much) but I settled on middle-grade fantasy because it’s not only what I read and write, but because it’s a category thats SO dominated by two HUMONGOUS series (Harry Potter and Percy Jackson) that a lot of people may not realize how many other amazing books there are to choose from. So I’m shining the spotlight on a few of my favorites, like:

For the traditional fantasy fan: FABLEHAVEN, by Brandon Mull

Basic Concept: A brother and sister stay with their grandparents for the summer, and discover the house is part of a secret preserve for magical creatures–both good and bad. Ages: 8-12

Why it’s awesome: Kendra and Seth are hilarious characters. The plot is action packed and keeps you on your toes. And while it has everything you could want from a fantasy book (fairies and monsters and magic–oh my!), Mull puts his own twist on everything to keep it fresh and original. You’ll find yourself wishing you could take a long swig of magical milk like the characters, and have your eyes opened to a whole new world too.

For those craving something different: THE BRIMSTONE KEY, by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis

Basic Concept: The four friends known as “the Grey Griffins” discover that starting  a new school is harder than they thought. Especially when the Clockwork King returns with an evil plot to steal the souls of changelings. Ages 8-12.

Why it’s awesome: Take everything you love about fantasy, then add Steampunk. The end result is 100% cool. Technically this is a continuation of the Grey Griffins trilogy (which is also awesome, btw), but it’s written so that new readers will easily be able to understand what’s going on. And with four very unique, very hilarious characters, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

For the younger, or reluctant reader: THE FIELD GUIDE (Spiderwick Chronicles, vol. 1), by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Basic Concept: With the help of Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, the Grace siblings discover their great-aunt’s run down old house is actually surrounded by magical creatures. And seeing them is only the beginning of the adventure. Ages 6-10.

Why it’s awesome:  How they crammed so much story into so few pages still amazes me. They definitely bring new meaning to ‘making every word count.’ Older kids will read it faster, but everyone will love it. It’s hilarious, suspenseful, and full of adventures. Not to mention the GORGEOUS illustrations throughout the book. Tony’s art is in a category all its own.

For the fairy tale lover: THE FAIRY TALE DETECTIVES  (Sisters Grimm, book 1), by Michael Buckley

Basic Concept: When Daphne and Sabrina Grimm move to Fairyport Landing to stay with their Granny Relda, they discover that not only are all fairy tales real, but that as Grimms, it’s their family’s responsibility to investigate and solve any magical crimes in the town. Ages 9-11.

Why it’s awesome:  A town where Prince Charming has to live with all 3 of his Exes (Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty)? I was sold right there. The concept is hilariously original, and the fast paced mystery will keep you guessing.

For those craving another boy wizard in their life: MAGYK (Septimus Heap, book 1), by Angie Sage

Basic Concept: Septimus Heap–the seventh son of a seventh son–is stolen from his parent’s home the night he’s born. That same night, his father finds a baby girl abandoned in the snow and decides to raise her as their own. So what happened to Septimus? And where did this mysterious girl come from? Ages 9-12.

Why it’s awesome:  It may be about a boy wizard, but Septimus is definitely not Harry Potter. Filled with quirky, hilarious characters and set in an imaginative, high-fantasy world, this book keeps you racing through those pages till the very end.

For girls: THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP, by Liz Kessler

Basic Concept: Emily Windsnap never understood why her mother tried to keep her away from the water. Until she jumps in the pool and discovers she’s a mermaid. Then she finds out there’s a whole other world she belongs to. New friends to make. And a father she’s never met before. Ages 8-12.

Why it’s awesome:  Okay, it’s really NOT just for girls. But I’m listing it that way because so often in this genre it seems like the books are written a little more for boy readers. And this book is chock full of girlie goodness. Mermaids. Best Friends. Words like “swishy.” Girls will gobble this up. But there’s plenty of plot to keep everyone happy. Even boys.

For those who like bad boys: ARTEMIS FOWL, by Eoin Colfer

Basic Concept: Twelve-year-old evil genius, Artemis Fowl kidnaps a fairy as part of an plan to increase the Fowl Family fortune. But when dealing with magic and fairies, things never go according to plan. Especially since he’s not as evil as he thinks he is. Ages 9-12

Why it’s awesome:  I love anti-heroes, when they’re done right. And Artemis is definitely done right. He’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy either. Leaving you wondering who to root for as the story unfolds. Bonus: the hilarious way Colfer has reinvented magical creatures is GENIUS. The perfect blend of magic, technology, and pure imagination.

For fans of the classics: PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Basic Concept: Ever wonder how Peter Pan ended up in Never Land, or why he can fly and why he doesn’t grow up? Well, after reading this you’ll have some ridiculously cool answers to those questions. Ages 9-12

Why it’s awesome: I never realized how much story there was to Peter’s life until I found this book. The writing is smart and funny, and the plot is high stakes and full of twists and turns. Plus the back story the writers came up with for all the famous characters and Never Land is so amazingly cool. Love what they did with it.

I could keep going–seriously, I’ve barely tipped the iceberg here–but I don’t want this post to stretch on endlessly. That should be enough to give you a good sample of some of the wonderful choices out there.

Not sure how many of you have heard of these books–they’re all pretty popular so most likely you have–but I chose them because, well, they’re some of my favorites. But also because–as I tried to convey with my titles–I think these books, as a group, kind of represent “a little something for everyone.” Bonus: they’re all book one in a series. So if you (or your child) get hooked on the story, there are more books to turn to. I love when that happens.

Which brings me to the giveaway. I know books are expensive to buy, and as the economy makes everyone tighten their budgets, sometimes there just isn’t enough money for all the books we want. So in that vein, I’m giving three books away today!!! That’s right–THREE lucky winners will win one of these books I’ve just featured. Even better–you get to choose which book you win!!

*tosses confetti*

To enter, leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, February 7th. Make sure you include your name, and the name of the book you’d like to win. I’ll draw three random winners and post their names on Tuesday, February 8th. Easy peasy, right?

So what are you waiting for? Put in your entry–you have THREE CHANCES TO WIN!

Ready? Set? Go!


Shannon Messenger is a middle-grade fantasy writer repped by Laura Rennert with Andrea Brown Literary. She may get older every day, but she refuses to grow up, and probably owns more toys than most of the children she knows. But that’s okay–it’s research for her writing. Or so she likes to claim. ;)



  1. Amie Kaufman  •  Jan 31, 2011 @3:32 am

    Curse you, Shannon! Do you know how much you’re costing me with these MMGM recommendations? (Or how many awesome books I’m reading? I’m still singing your praises for leading me to the Sisters Grimm series!). I’ll put myself down for Fablehaven, but let’s face it, I’m going shopping for most of these! And I adore Artemis Fowl–the way he’s reinvented the fairies (LEP!), Butler, the brilliant plans Artemis devises… sigh.

  2. Andrea  •  Jan 31, 2011 @4:51 am

    Wow – thanks for all the great recommendations! How could I pick just one? I guess I’d pick The Brimstone Key, since I haven’t read much steampunk and it sounds cool.

  3. Karen Lee Field  •  Jan 31, 2011 @4:59 am

    Oh my, I want them all! But if I must pick only one then I’ll go for Fablehaven. I’ll have to settle with adding the rest to my wishlist. :)

  4. Shelley  •  Jan 31, 2011 @5:09 am

    Fantastical Monday to you, too. That is why I love the fantasy genre–it is so ubiquitous there is something for everyone. Thanks for the recommendations–I never heard of The Brimstone Key! And oh how visiting my grandparents would have been much more fun if they had such a preserve. So, I pick Fablehaven.

  5. Wendy S  •  Jan 31, 2011 @5:18 am

    Utterly terrific list, Shannon!

  6. Lucia  •  Jan 31, 2011 @5:41 am

    Ohh, you’re sure very productive! i love keeping track of all your great, funny, helpful (and giraffe’s sparkiling) posts!
    Love this genre and I hope to get a job in a pub house here in Italy and work with it!
    Oh, I’m Lucia ;)

  7. Girl Friday  •  Jan 31, 2011 @6:13 am

    Ooh I so want to read The Sisters Grimm! Loved Artemis and Spiderwick and am about to read Magyk. Nice selection!

  8. Bee  •  Jan 31, 2011 @6:16 am

    Oh I don’t know which to choose between The Tail of Emily Windsnap and The Sisters Grimm. If I win, you surprise me! This is such a tempting list. Love it!

  9. Sara Zoe  •  Jan 31, 2011 @6:39 am

    I would love to win a Grey Griffin book – this one is brand new to me as of this post and I can’t wait to read it!

  10. Jill  •  Jan 31, 2011 @6:59 am

    I’d LOVE the Grey Griffins! I’ve read several of the others and loved them. My daughter has read all the Sisters Grimm and really really loved them!

    themgowl at gmail.com

  11. Natalie Aguirre  •  Jan 31, 2011 @7:15 am

    Great choice of books. I’ve ready many of them and totally agree. I’d love to win Magyk. I love that series.

  12. Renae Mercado  •  Jan 31, 2011 @7:16 am

    Amazing list Shannon. So many of my favorites! I’m going to have to check out The Sisters Grimm. Looks amazing!

  13. Lois D. Brown  •  Jan 31, 2011 @7:35 am

    Hmmm, I know and love them all except for the Brimstone Key and The Tale of Emily Snap. (Not that I don’t love these, just I don’t know them.) You know what I mean. I would love either of those. Best of luck to everyone. It’s a good way to start the week.

  14. Kimberley Griffiths Little  •  Jan 31, 2011 @7:37 am

    LOVE this list, Shannon! You’re amazing. I hadn’t heard of Magyck or Emily Windsnap or Sisters Grimm. So I’ve definitely got some catching up to do.

  15. Jim Hill  •  Jan 31, 2011 @8:43 am

    This is a great list, with better summaries. I’ll be sharing this with my friends with mg readers immediately.

  16. Sherrie Petersen  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:13 am

    Great recommendations on this list! I love how you’ve been promoting MG books. I’ve read all of them except for The Grey Griffins and Emily Windsnap so I’d choose one of them :)

  17. Tanya Poepsel  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:23 am

    What a great find! We are always looking for new books for our “middle-graders”! They’ve done a couple on the list already but will love to explore the others. Fabulous.

  18. Sarah Frances Hardy  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:34 am

    I’m so excited to discover middle grade Monday!!! woo hoo!!!


  19. JenP  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:38 am

    I’d love to win The Tale of Emily Windsnap!

  20. Michelle Merrill  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:47 am

    Fablehaven please :) And I love how you shared so many different books with us! I need to read more middle grade.

  21. abby  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:47 am

    Middle Grade Monday — love the concept and love the book suggestions!

    They all look grand, but none more than MAGYK!

  22. Michael Gettel-Gilmartin  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:59 am

    Shannon, your energy is indefatigable, your kindness legendary, and your reviews are a rainbow of awesome. Thank you for being such a supporter of middle-grade writers and writing.

  23. Melody  •  Jan 31, 2011 @10:22 am

    Middle grade fantasy! *swoon* :D And I think, if I win, I would like to start reading the Sisters’ Grimm series, because the very idea of Prince Charming dealing with all his exes is too much for me *not* to read. :)

  24. Julie Hedlund  •  Jan 31, 2011 @10:24 am

    How is one supposed to choose from such a tempting list? Thanks so much for sharing! If I am lucky enough to win, I’d love Magyk or Peter and the Starcatchers.

  25. Beth Hollmann  •  Jan 31, 2011 @10:26 am

    I have to pick ONE of the books? Just ONE? That’s so unfair! :-) I’m going to have to go with The Brimstone Key, because it’s the only one I haven’t heard of, and I think my reader who doesn’t want anything but Spiderwick might like it. I hope.

  26. Jared Larson  •  Jan 31, 2011 @10:30 am

    Thanks for the awesome reviews, and information, Shannon. It’ll keep me and my boy busy. You’re a great help. My fingers are crossed for Artemis Fowl.

  27. Shannon O'Donnell  •  Jan 31, 2011 @10:44 am

    Oh, I love all of these! Great, great, great choices, Shannon! Fablehaven is one of my all-time favorites–I love it sooooo much! These are all winners, and I have a copy of all of them, so I won’t enter this giveaway. :-)

  28. Matthew Rush  •  Jan 31, 2011 @11:26 am

    Wow Shannon. You’ve got lots of awesome titles featured here! Peter and the Starcatchers looks great.

  29. brian_ohio  •  Jan 31, 2011 @11:57 am

    I can’t enter, but I’ve read many of those books listed and they are fabulous. And look at you… giving away three!!!

  30. Joanne Fritz  •  Jan 31, 2011 @12:19 pm

    Yay for Middle Grade!! Thanks for sending me over here, Shannon. Great reviews! I’ve read (and own) most of these, but haven’t gotten around to Fablehaven yet. A long swig of magical milk, eh? Hmmm…

  31. Jenny Morris  •  Jan 31, 2011 @12:20 pm

    My son LOVES Peter Pan! The idea of reading this book with my son is so amazing. Thanks for all the great book ideas. I may have to make a trip to the library. I would love to win PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS.

  32. Jenny Morris  •  Jan 31, 2011 @12:23 pm

    My son LOVES Peter Pan. I would love to win PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS. Thanks for all the new book ideas. I think I might have to take a trip to the library.

  33. Kim  •  Jan 31, 2011 @12:58 pm

    A lot of kids at my library has been read Magyk, so I’d love to give my own copy a try (and now I’ve got more books to add to my “must read” advisory list).

  34. Donea  •  Jan 31, 2011 @1:01 pm

    Wow- wonderful selection! Have Fablehaven and spiderwyck, love them!! Would love to get Magyk. :) You’re way too generous, thanks!

  35. Enbrethiliel  •  Jan 31, 2011 @1:50 pm


    I’ve heard of most of these. Only The Sisters Grimm and The Tail of Emily Windsnap are new to me. I love how you’ve described all of them, Shannon! Condensing each book’s goodness into a few short lines couldn’t have been easy–but you’ve done it really well. =)

    And I wouldn’t have minded if you’d totally kept going, you know. Just for future reference. ;-)

    Please enter me in the giveaway! I’d love to win Magyck. At first I didn’t think I wanted another boy wizard in my life (LOL!) . . . but then I started hearing such amazing things about the new series, none of it along the lines of “Harry Potter rip-off,” and that’s a great thing!

  36. Nathalia  •  Jan 31, 2011 @2:25 pm

    YAAY, awesome giveway, b-but… all the books sound… awesome :( It’s kinda hard to choose, but, uuh, okay… I’m gonna say Sisters Grimm, because it reminds me of Fables (… you know, not regarding the fact that Fables is for an adult audience, haha).

    Oh, hm, and this giveaway is international? If so, count me in :)

  37. Jeff Chen  •  Jan 31, 2011 @2:36 pm

    Magyk would be great! Thanks so much! Jeff

  38. The Never Fairy  •  Jan 31, 2011 @2:41 pm

    I don’t like the Barry/Pearson Starcatchers series. Have they even READ Barrie’s original stories?? They have a TON of fact-checking mistakes in them as compared to Barrie. They even change personalities and the very reason Peter Pan doesn’t grow up! How disrespectful is THAT?


  39. lenny lee  •  Jan 31, 2011 @3:06 pm

    hi miss shannon! wow you sure got a lot of cool books to pick from. for me could wanna win tht magyk book. i saw you did a review at your blog and i got it on my wanna read list but now i got it on my wanna win list. ha ha
    …hugs from lenny

  40. Susan Kaye Quinn  •  Jan 31, 2011 @4:33 pm

    Awesome ! Sign me up for the Tail of Emily Windsnap – I have almost all the others, and that one was on my list anyway! :) Thanks!!

  41. Pam Torres  •  Jan 31, 2011 @4:57 pm

    I love getting great reads for Middle School! Thanks! So if I were lucky enough to win I would love to have The Field Guide, The Spiderwick Chronicles. Always enjoy your Middle Grade Monday. I am seriously thinking about doing it over at my blog. I’m always stumped for Monday posts. This is a great idea!

  42. Cindy  •  Jan 31, 2011 @5:34 pm

    I have most of these but I’m not familiar with The Brimstone Key and it sounds wonderful… would love to win.
    Thanks so much!

  43. Peggy Eddleman  •  Jan 31, 2011 @5:50 pm

    Grey Griffins, if for no other reason than how awesome that cover is! And mixing steam punk with fantasy? I mean, really. How can it get better than that?

    Peggy Eddleman

  44. Briana (The Book Pixie)  •  Jan 31, 2011 @6:00 pm

    So many excellent books to choose from. I have The Tail of Emily Windsnap already as well as Peter and the Starcatchers.

    I would love to win The Brimston Key.

    Thanks for the amazing contest!

    ~Briana :D

  45. Lexie@BookBug  •  Jan 31, 2011 @6:01 pm

    Great contest! I would love win Magyk by Septimus Heap.

  46. Deb Marshall  •  Jan 31, 2011 @6:42 pm

    I pick The Tale of Emily Windsnap. I have read the others and agree, they are _great_! Thanks for the chance to win……!

  47. ShannonMessenger  •  Jan 31, 2011 @7:13 pm

    Thanks for all the comments guys! I’m trying not to reply much, because I don’t want to throw of the comment count. But yes, international entries are welcome. And glad you like the books featured. They’re all my favorites! :)

  48. Lisa Potts  •  Jan 31, 2011 @8:21 pm

    Thanks for pointing me in this site’s direction, Shannon! I have one avid reader and one reluctant reader in the house and The Tail Of Emily Windsnap sounds right up her alley. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Myrna Foster  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:00 pm

    The Fairy Tale Detectives – love it!

  50. Mariska  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:05 pm

    THE FIELD GUIDE (Spiderwick Chronicles, vol. 1), by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. try to win something for my Son :)

  51. Cathe Olson  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:12 pm

    You named a few of my favorite middle-grade series but there were two I hadn’t even heard of so I need to get reading.

    I’d love to win Fablehaven. The copy in my school library is worn out–I was noticing it in particular because just today, a student just came in to borrow it for her fifth time. It’s her favorite book.

  52. Llehn  •  Jan 31, 2011 @9:22 pm

    I would love to play for Sisters Grimm Please :D

  53. Sarah Nicolas  •  Feb 1, 2011 @1:37 am

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to read the Artemis Fowl books for a while so I’d love to win that one!

  54. Mindy Alyse Weiss  •  Feb 1, 2011 @7:23 am

    Fantastic post, Shannon. All of the the books look fantastic, but I think I’ll start with The Fairy Tale Detectives. Off to buy it (since I can’t be entered). Thanks for adding some fun fantasy to my must-read pile.

  55. Sayantani DasGupta  •  Feb 1, 2011 @7:35 am

    Fantastic post! at our house we LOVE The Sisters Grimm (Mindy you’ll love the Fairy Tale Detectives), Septimus Heap, Artemis Fowl, Spiderwick, Fablehaven, and the Peter Series.. I thought we were near to exhausting fantastic MG fantasy series and am so glad to hear about the Grey Griffins… Thanks for a great post (and don’t worry about entering me, since I’m on the team here at Mixed UP Files…)

  56. KatherineR  •  Feb 1, 2011 @8:50 am

    Love MG Fantasy! So hard to choose…

  57. Bev  •  Feb 1, 2011 @9:01 am

    Can I add to the list of WONDERFUL fantasy books? WATERSMEET, by Ellen Jensen Abbott. And lucky us, the sequel’s due out in September!
    Put me down for the The Tail of Emily Windsnap:)

  58. Jessica Denhart  •  Feb 1, 2011 @9:16 am

    I love the sound of the Tail of Emily Windsnap, especially because I used to pretend I was a mermaid when I was a little girl! Awesome!

  59. Katie Schneider  •  Feb 1, 2011 @1:34 pm

    Would love to be able to read Fablehaven with my son. (O.k., maybe I would read it first.) Am familiar with some, but not all, of the books on the list – Emily Windsnap and Magyk were a big hit with kids in the school at which I worked.

  60. Sharli  •  Feb 1, 2011 @3:04 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for the recomendations! Some books really get overshadowed by big series.
    I’d love to read Fablehaven. I was supposed to get a copy a while back but it got lost in the mail :(

  61. Conni  •  Feb 2, 2011 @8:48 am

    Thanks for the genre feature! My pick is Fablehaven.

  62. Margo Dill  •  Feb 2, 2011 @9:32 am

    What a great post! I am interested in Magyk.

  63. Patricia Cooley  •  Feb 2, 2011 @9:34 am

    Fablehaven sounds fantastic! The storyline would entrigue my students and keep them turning pages. Thanks for posting information about all these good reads. I will definitely be choosing some to read through on snowy days.

  64. LG  •  Feb 2, 2011 @10:16 am

    MG Fantasy is my favorite!!! This was such a great post; I’m going to check out all of these books!

    I’d love a shot at MAGYK, please! :-)

  65. Raelena P.  •  Feb 2, 2011 @4:52 pm

    Great books! I would love to win a copy of MAGYK (Septimus Heap, book 1), by Angie Sage.

  66. Jen C.  •  Feb 3, 2011 @3:19 pm

    And the list of the TBR just grows and grows!
    Sadly, I’ve only read ONE on this list (I <3 Artemis Fowl)
    Think I'd like to win "Peter and the Starcatchers" (I also love backstory :))

    Great post, Shannon!

  67. Nicole Zoltack  •  Feb 3, 2011 @5:11 pm

    Wow, these all sound awesome, I couldn’t possibly pick one!

  68. Beth  •  Feb 4, 2011 @11:18 am

    What a great post! I’ve read and love some of these already (three cheers for Fablehaven!) but the one I’d most like to win is The Talil of Emily Windsnap.

  69. Brookefav  •  Feb 4, 2011 @7:22 pm

    Ooooh, love this. MG Fantasy Adventure is what I’m trying to publish in. I would love The Grey Griffins.

  70. Alex C.  •  Feb 5, 2011 @12:31 am

    I would like to win Fablehaven. Thanks for the contest!

  71. Teri-K  •  Feb 5, 2011 @7:49 pm

    I’d love to read Peter and the Starcatchers, and I doubt if our library will have it. Thanks!

  72. Kulsuma  •  Feb 5, 2011 @9:01 pm

    Oh my gosh. I love the sound of them all….
    Thank yoouu.

  73. Lynnette  •  Feb 5, 2011 @9:33 pm

    Great selection of books – all very popular in my library. I’d love Brimstone Key – I didn’t know it was out.