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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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Love Our Readers Giveaway


You know who has the best readers in the world? We do! And what better way to show some Mixed-Up love than with a giveaway!! Check out these four fantastic titles – two fresh debuts, a citrus-delicious story and a beloved classic:

A signed hardcover of The Fourth Stall by debut author Chris Rylander!

Description from Indiebound: Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It’s what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys’ bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

Or at least it was, until one particular Monday. It starts with a third grader in need of protection. And before this ordeal is over, it’s going to involve a legendary high school crime boss named Staples, an intramural gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, the nine most dangerous bullies in school, and the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in almost seventy years. And that’s just the beginning. Mac and Vince soon realize that the trouble with solving everyone else’s problems is that there’s no one left to solve yours.

A hot off the presses hardcover copy of One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin

Description from Amazon: When a mysterious man arrives one day on Orange Street, the children who live on the block try to find out who he is and why he’s there. Little do they know that his story—and the story of a very old orange tree—connects to each of their personal worries in ways they never could have imagined. From impressing friends to dealing with an expanding family to understanding a younger sibling’s illness, the characters’ storylines come together around that orange tree.

Taking place over the course of a day and a half, Joanne Rocklin’s masterful novel deftly builds a story about family, childhood anxieties, and the importance of connection. In the end the fate of the tree (and the kids who care for it) reminds us of the magic of the everyday and of the rich history all around us.

And here’s a book for all the NON-readers out there!  An Advance Readers Copy of Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading, by debut author Tommy Greenwald.

Description from Amazon: Charlie Joe Jackson is proud to say that he’s never read an entire book from cover to cover. Sure, he’s glanced at the first chapter and last chapters and maybe even read the flap copy, but when it comes to actually reading what’s in the middle, Charlie counts on his friend Timmy McGibney to do the reading for him in exchange for an ice cream sandwich. But when Timmy decides that his price has gone up to three ice cream sandwiches, Charlie Joe Jackson is faced with two very unappealing options: let himself be blackmailed or read an entire book. What’s an enterprising non-reader to do?

And to round out this quartet of books, we have The Willoughbys by twice-Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry!

Description from Indiebound: Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good old-fashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of children’s literature.

For this giveaway, you can garner bonus entries for sharing this on Facebook or Tweeting about it.  (You must list each action separately in the comments.)  The winner must live in the US or Canada.  The winner will be announced February 22nd.



  1. Sara zoe  •  Feb 15, 2011 @5:06 am

    I would love to share these books with my students!

  2. Charlotte  •  Feb 15, 2011 @6:13 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  3. Heather  •  Feb 15, 2011 @6:45 am

    Those look really interesting! I would be thrilled to read and share them.

  4. Boni Ashburn  •  Feb 15, 2011 @7:12 am

    Thanks for highlighting The Fourth Stall and Charlie Joe Jackson- both look like excellent picks for boys.

  5. Ann Eisenstein  •  Feb 15, 2011 @7:23 am

    The “Fourth Stall” sounds like an entertaining and exciting book ! And I am anxious to read lois Lowry’s “The Willoughby’s”! They all are great books for kids!

  6. Patricia Cruzan  •  Feb 15, 2011 @8:22 am

    The books would be the perfect after Valentine’s Day gift. Thank you for giving away the books.

  7. Kate Fall  •  Feb 15, 2011 @8:50 am

    We can’t get enough books in my house. These sound great! Please enter me.

  8. Deb Marshall  •  Feb 15, 2011 @8:59 am

    Oh oh! Feb 22 is my birthday! And how cool would it be to win these….thanks for the chance~~!!

  9. Deb Marshall  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:00 am

    I tweeted :


  10. Deb Marshall  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:02 am
  11. Shelley  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:04 am

    I so want to read Fourth Stall. Thanks for the info on these book.

  12. Writer Tessa  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:05 am

    What a great giveaway!!!!

  13. colleen kosinski  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:50 am

    Great giveaway! Would love to read them all, particularly The Willoughbys.

  14. Evie  •  Feb 15, 2011 @10:16 am

    Would love any of these for my son.

  15. Aleija  •  Feb 15, 2011 @10:17 am

    Sounds awesome.

  16. Shelley  •  Feb 15, 2011 @12:05 pm

    I tweeted too! @sbcardcatalog

  17. Michael Gettel-Gilmartin  •  Feb 15, 2011 @6:01 pm

    Thank you. Best of luck, everyone.

  18. Linda Andersen  •  Feb 15, 2011 @6:30 pm

    I want to be included in the drawing, please. These sound so interesting!

    Linda A.

  19. Cathe Olson  •  Feb 15, 2011 @7:02 pm

    I absolutely love the Willoughbys, but haven’t read any of the others. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  20. Jill  •  Feb 15, 2011 @7:45 pm

    Great giveaway! Thanks!!

  21. Jill  •  Feb 15, 2011 @7:46 pm
  22. Franziska Green  •  Feb 15, 2011 @8:55 pm

    Fantastic books! Thank you for this!

  23. Brookefav  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:11 pm

    Fabulous. Great review.

  24. Cali  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:31 pm

    Fantastic books! I want them all! I’m tweeting and facebooking this. Thanks for having the contest!

    WendyS Reply:

    @Cali, please be sure to put your Twitter and Facebook links in separate comments so you will receive extra entries. Our random selector plug-in goes by comments. Thanks!

  25. Cindy  •  Feb 15, 2011 @9:48 pm

    Wonderful giveaway! I have the Willoughbys… would love to win either the Fourth Stall or especially Orange Street!
    Thank you!

    WendyS Reply:

    @Cindy, it’s a four book giveaway – winner take all!

  26. Pragmatic Mom  •  Feb 16, 2011 @7:53 am

    Oooh, I really hope I win that Charlie Jackson book though the rest are great too!

  27. Elliot Collet  •  Feb 16, 2011 @9:59 am

    Thanks! I’d love to win these books!

  28. Mattie  •  Feb 16, 2011 @10:04 am

    Thanks guys for giving. But also thank you for the info you provide. Sorry to hear about Brian Jaques. The loss of a great storyteller.

  29. Liz Straw  •  Feb 16, 2011 @5:32 pm

    Looks like a great set of books! I will enter once again!

  30. Liz Straw  •  Feb 16, 2011 @5:44 pm

    Posted your give-away on my blog


  31. Taffy  •  Feb 16, 2011 @7:51 pm

    Great books! i haven’t read all of these yet! THANKS for the great giveaway!

  32. Line "Lynn"  •  Feb 16, 2011 @8:17 pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway! I think my kids would love the first book!

  33. Mattie  •  Feb 16, 2011 @11:17 pm

    Made a comment on Facebook. That would be easy enough for you to check on Elissa. :)

    Wendy Shang Reply:

    @Mattie, Your comment itself is one entry – if you’d like credit for a Facebook post, you need to put that in a separate comment because the plug-in we use to pick the winner chooses from the comments. Thanks for entering!

  34. Marion Steiger  •  Feb 17, 2011 @10:33 am

    I love the image of a kid-office in the bathroom stall.
    And A book for non-readers is great!

  35. Barbara Bosworth  •  Feb 18, 2011 @8:34 pm

    Thank you for the great reviews of what sounds to be an amazing set of books! If I could win them, I’d read and share with the teachers and students at my school! The “Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading” would be perfect for my teacher research on reluctant readers. I have polled students, teachers and parents at my school in an attempt to identify our “reluctant readers”, so I’d have quite a specific audience for this book in particular! The orange tree book review brought back splendid memories of the well-loved orange tree in at my in-law’s home in Santa Barbara,as well as “Orange Avenue”, the main street in my beloved Coronado, California, where we used to live, and where Baum wrote “The Wizard of Oz”!. What a premise for the 4th Stall book! I’m certain it would intrigue many students at my school. The Lois Lowry book would be wonderful. One of our favorite children’s literature discussion groups at our school was when we read her books “Gossamer” and “Gooney Bird Green”. I greatly enjoyed these reviews!

  36. Mezzowriter  •  Feb 21, 2011 @7:05 am

    Enter me, please! :)

  37. LG  •  Feb 21, 2011 @9:43 am

    How awesome! These are such great titles!!! I’d love to get my paws on them!

  38. LG  •  Feb 21, 2011 @9:43 am
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  40. LG  •  Feb 21, 2011 @9:44 am
  41. Lauren  •  Feb 21, 2011 @11:49 am

    what great picks!!

  42. Katie Schneider  •  Feb 21, 2011 @9:38 pm

    I don’t know whether I already commented. Thanks for the giveaways.

  43. Meg Garber  •  Feb 28, 2011 @1:51 pm

    Thanks for the reviews and for sponsoring the give-away. :)

  44. Mattie  •  Mar 11, 2011 @11:45 pm

    Okay! I’ll make a separate comment about Facebook. Ummm! Hem! That’s my comments. :)