OTTO P. NUDD

Otto P. Nudd: The BEST bird in Ida Valley (at least according to him). While his buddies waste their days at the dump cracking jokes, Otto invents things with his human neighbor Old Man Bartleby in their workshop.

Marla: The Competition. This protective mama-squirrel will swipe Otto’s snacks from under his beak if it means another meal for her babies!

Pippa: The girl who loves the birds in Ida Valley, and Otto most of all. But when Bartleby”s latest contraption lands him in danger, the whole neighborhood–kids and critters alike–will have to join forces to save their oldest friend!

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My first review of 2021 is an fun, engaging tale about the bond between humans and animals. Friendship takes center stage where a different mindset is needed to appreciate others. The third person narration stays with either Otto or Pippa most of the time, straying occasionally to a few lessons from a smart mouse and guinea pig.

Communication between Pippa and Otto is limited, but they have become best of friends with exchanges of food and treasures. Otto’s weakness is a nasty arrogance around others. This does not include his mate who is waiting for a new baby raven to hatch from the egg she watches over. There’s also the old man who raised Otto. His unfortunate accident is the force that brings everyone together.

Since Otto himself is an inventor, he’ll have to figure out how to change his personality and win back those he mocked. The adventure will please animal and science lovers alike. A unique story with many messages for young readers.

BOOK BIRTHDAY: 12/29/2020 PAGE COUNT: 240

FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT OTTO P. NUDD by Emily Butler

  1. You might see yourself in one of the animal or human characters. A great reminder to not judge someone or something before getting the full story.
  2. Using science to solve problems along with making a point through a game was a memorable part of the plot.
  3. I’ll be looking at crows and ravens differently after learning about their behaviors in Otto P. Nudd. Quite the intelligent creatures!
  4. Character arcs for Otto and his nemesis Marla were well done and very believable.
  5. The 34 chapters would make a great read aloud with plenty of opportunities for discussion.

About the Author (from Penguin Random House)

Emily Butler is the eldest of seven children and grew up hiding behind the sofa so that she could read her books in peace and quiet. (It was never quiet.) She finished high school in Brazil, worked on a kibbutz in Israel, practiced law in New York City, catered weddings in London–and was never without a book in her backpack or briefcase. Emily recently moved to Utah with her husband. They live in an old house that is stuffed to the gills with three lovely but disobedient children, and every sort of book.

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I received an ARC for my honest review. Comments are welcome below.

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MMGM for December 28, 2020

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Good bye 2020!! Click on a red book to reach a blogger’s site

happy bookAt ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I have my annual GOLDEN CUP AWARDS with favorite moments in MG this past year. Have a fantastic 2021!

happy bookJune McCrary Jacobs at Reading, Writing, & Stitch-Metic has a list of her favorite holiday reads for children and adults.

happy bookCOMPLETELY FULL BOOKSHELF recommends Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed.

happy bookMaria Antonia at OF BOOKS, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND TEA says so long to 2020 with a review of Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Stuart Gibbs.

happy bookKaren Yingling at Ms. Yingling Reads always has a great MMGM review. Check it out along with her other features last week including a look at GONE TO THE WOODS by Gary Paulsen.

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun and get your own spot in the parade, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com
(Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring)
You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.
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The 2020 GOLDEN CUP AWARDS

I’ve wrapped up my reading for the year (128 fiction and non-fiction books). Now it’s time to reveal my favorite moments in Middle Grade literature. The big-name award groups recognize their favorite books, but my Golden Cup Awards look within the stories to find the best in 15 unique categories.

Without further delay, here are my GOLDEN CUP AWARDS for 2020:

FAVORITE VOICE (FEMALE PROTAGONIST) TIE:

Pippa Park in PIPPA PARK RAISES HER GAME

Lexington Willow in THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL

Nellie in STEALING MT. RUSHMORE

FAVORITE VOICE (MALE PROTAGONIST) TIE:

Daniel Summers in DAN UNMASKED

Max Cordoba in MANANALAND

J.J. Picket in 1 FOR ALL

FAVORITE SETTING:

The American South in CLEAN GETAWAY

FAVORITE BOOK WITH DIVERSE CHARACTERS:

BEST AT IT

LORETTA LITTLE LOOKS BACK

FAVORITE OPENING LINE:

(From THE PLACES WE SLEEP)

It arrives like a punch in the gut

like a shove in the girl’s room

like a name I won’t repeat.

FAVORITE COVER:

FAVORITE ENDING:

DAN UNMASKED

FUNNIEST READ:

ROOSEVELT BANKS: GOOD KID IN TRAINING

SADDEST READ:

THE PLACES WE SLEEP

FAVORITE READ-ALOUD:

THREE KEYS

FAVORITE ANIMAL CHARACTER (TIE):

Alicia the Cow in TORO

Mr. Penguin in the CATASTROPHIC CRUISE

FAVORITE CHARACTERS FROM HISTORICAL FICTION:

Glory Bea in BLUE SKIES

FAVORITE FRIENDSHIP (TIE):

Hank and Maisie in WE COULD BE HEROES

Ware and Jolene in HERE IN THE REAL WORLD

Matt and Eric in THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROW

LEAST LIKED CHARACTERS:

The Parents in STEALING MT. RUSHMORE

MOST MEMORABLE NON-FICTION READ:

THE PUFFIN PLAN

That’s all for this year. Good-bye 2020. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

What were your favorite MG moments from 2020?

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MMGM for December 21, 2020

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Winter begins today!! Click on any Christmas tree to reach a blogger’s site

treeAt ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I have a review of SUMMER OF L.U.C.K. by Laura Stegman.

treeJune McCrary Jacobs at Reading, Writing, & Stitch-Metic has an encore of a historical fiction picture book (she recommends for all ages) entitled, ‘The Story of Holly & Ivy’.

treeAuthor S.W. Lothian joins us again from his home in Australia. He has a review of JAKE ATLAS AND THE TOMB OF THE EMERALD SNAKE by Rob Lloyd Jones.

treeJenni Enzor posts her thoughts on Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr.

treeCOMPLETELY FULL BOOKSHELF has Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani, a graphic novel you may have missed.

treeMaria Antonia at OF BOOKS, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND TEA tells us about How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby.

treeSusan Uhlig is sharing Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan, a book many MMGMers have been raving about.

treeRosi Hollinbeck has a review of MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL by Fleur Bradley. Rosi also shares three helpful links for her writing friends.

treeKaren Yingling at Ms. Yingling Reads always has a great MMGM review. Check it out along with her other features last week including a look at JUST LIKE THAT by Gary D. Schmidt.

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If you would like to join in the MMGM fun and get your own spot in the parade, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com
(Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring)
You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.
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SUMMER OF L.U.C.K.

Winter has only just begun, but SUMMER OF L.U.C.K. will warm you right up with a fantasy filled summer camp tale. Here’s the synopsis from Intense Publications:

Stuttering Darby is never perfect enough for her mother. Justin’s been silent since his dad died. Naz is struggling to learn English. But after they meet at summer camp, mysterious calliope music from an abandoned warehouse grants them power to communicate without words. When they sneak inside, the dark, empty space bursts into a magical carnival. They’re greeted by the ghost of Leroy Usher, who asks for their help convincing his family to restore the carnival to its former glory. In return, he promises to teach the kids how to find their voices. As Darby, Justin, and Naz are swept off on a series of midnight adventures via Mr. Usher’s carnival rides, they discover they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. With each challenge, their confidence in communicating – and in themselves – grows. Meanwhile, they scheme to persuade the Usher family to revive the carnival. But when Darby’s bunkmates trick her into starring in the camp talent show, her budding confidence falters. Can she risk being less than perfect by performing in the show and speaking up to Mr. Usher’s resistant son? If not, she’ll put the carnival in danger and sabotage her most important quest: to believe in herself, stutter and all.

The third person multiple points of view stays close to Darby, Justin, and Naz—only occasionally straying to one of the adult characters.The kids are connected first by being the only ones who hear music coming from the closed carnival grounds and being able to communicate through thoughts. Even stranger: they each look very much like the deceased owner’s three grown children when they were younger.

The pacing is perfect and with each child trying to face a personal challenge in their life, the journey toward understanding will keep readers engaged. Each of the young characters could in fact do well with a story about their own family.

A heartfelt and engaging debut.

BOOK BIRTHDAY: Sept. 15, 2020 PAGE COUNT: 268

FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT: SUMMER of L.U.C.K. by Laura Segal Stegman

  1. Having gone to summer camp as a youth, it brought back many memories of the food, activities, and new friends I enjoyed during those summer weeks. The Michigan setting was also a plus as my grandparents lived there.
  2. The problems faced by the three kids will be familiar to many middle grade readers. Loss of a loved one, stuttering, and learning a new language are all great choices that were addressed within each character’s ARC.
  3. The carnival was full of the games and rides that came back to life for Darby, Justin, and Naz. It fit in with their kid like wonder and eventually provided them with the motivation to face their problems.
  4. I’ve been getting a bit tired of all the bullies in MG books. There’s a few here, but they never take over the story and their bullying is handled well by their intended targets.
  5. As I came to the last page, my thought was this had sequel possibilities. I quickly discovered the author was already working on Summer of L.U.C.K.: READY OR NOT, due out next year.

If you missed Literary Rambles interview with the author, you can find it here.

ABOUT LAURA SEGAL STEGMAN: 

Laura Segal Stegman is a Los Angeles-based arts publicist and author Laura’s non-fiction credits include collaboration on the travel book Only in New York, and her feature stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Westways Magazine and Christian Science Monitor, among others. A long-time publicity consultant, she owns Laura Segal Stegman Public Relations, LLC, which has represented a wide-ranging client list of businesses, arts organizations and non-profit events over the years. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Irvine with a B.A. in Drama and lives with her husband in West L.A. and part-time in New York City. She loves reading, L.A. Dodgers baseball, classical music and theater. LauraStegman.com

ABOUT INTENSE PUBLICATIONS LLC:

INtense Publications strives to promote literacy by releasing cutting-edge, diverse novels that tackle difficult themes such as bullying, disability, discrimination, and family issues. INtense was founded in the summer of 2018 by educator Jana Grissom, whose goal is to improve the lives of kids. As a middle school teacher, foster parent, and the author of a YA fantasy series, she believes literacy will change the world one word at a time. INtense Publications accepts submissions for fantasy, science fiction, self-help, plus young adult and middle grade stories, especially those that address social issues from the perspective of characters with challenges such as disabilities, stereotypes, or bullying.

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I received an ARC for my honest review. Comments are welcome below!

(This is my final review of 2020. I’ll have one more post for next week’s MMGM with my favorite moments in MG literature this year—The Golden Cup Awards!)

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STRONGMAN

STRONGMAN is a much different kind of history book than I ever had in school. Best for sixth grade and up, it’s a compelling and honest look at how one person can gain the admiration of their people, even while doing despicable acts. Here’s the background from the author’s website:

This is the story of the rise to power of five of the most deadly dictators of the 20th century — Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Saddam Hussein.

In addition to telling how these men took unlimited power, brought one-party rule to their nations, and were responsible for the deaths of millions of people, the book offers a brief history of Democracy and discusses the present threat to democratic institutions around the world.

In a time when Democracy is under assault across the globe, it is more important than ever to understand how a Strongman takes power and how quickly democracy can vanish –even as millions cheer its death.

The information is spread out over 8 chapters. One chapter for each of the dictators and the remaining three looking at democracy from it’s beginning to present day and whether it can be sustained in our present world. I read it from cover to cover, but you could take it on in any order. Photographs from each leader’s time period accompany the text.

Each of the dictator chapters begin with a handy timeline of their life. Stories of their upbringings along with their rise to power are nothing short of fascinating. The final chapter is a warning about the difficulties in keeping democracy. For any teen researching these men, they should begin with STRONGMAN, a valuable resource for our times.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times–bestselling author of America’s Hidden History and Don’t Know Much About® History, which gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About® series of books for adults and children. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed In the Shadow of Liberty, which was an ALA Notable Book and a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, as well as More Deadly Than War, which was named a Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Month. A frequent guest on national television and radio and a Ted-Ed Educator, Davis lives in New York City.

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Blogging about middle grade books or authors next week? Join the celebration:

All you have to do is blog about a middle grade book on a Monday (contests, author interviews, or anything middle grade related also count). Email me the title of the book or feature and a link to your blog at gpcolo[at]gmail[dot]com
Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book or author you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.
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MMGM for DECEMBER 14, 2020

               

Winners! I have three of them from last week’s anniversary giveaway. Congratulations to Danielle Hammelef, Rosi Hollinbeck, and June Jacobs. 2021 will bring many more giveaways, but for now…

Click on a gold star to reach a blogger’s post.

star-clip-art-13At ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I’m featuring RED FOX ROAD by Frances Greenslade.

star-clip-art-13Sue Heavenrich at Sally’s Bookshelf gives readers a look at a most interesting story: The Oddmire, book two: The Unready Queen, by William Ritter.

star-clip-art-13Natalie Aguirre at Literary Rambles has a guest post on marketing and school visits by debut author M.L. Tarpley and a giveaway of her MG contemporary Malie and the Maize.

star-clip-art-13June McCrary Jacobs at Reading, Writing, & Stitch-Metic has an ‘encore’ post in honor of the 55th anniversary of the premier of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ on TV.

star-clip-art-13COMPLETELY FULL BOOKSHELF recommends Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu.

star-clip-art-13Jenni Enzor is featuring Green Ember by S.D. Smith, a popular read-aloud selection.

star-clip-art-13Maria Antonia at OF BOOKS, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND TEA posts her thoughts on All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey

star-clip-art-13Patricia Tilton at Children’s Books Heal reviews The Story of the Wright Brothers by Annette Whipple, in honor of the 117th  Anniversary of Powered Flight on December 17.

star-clip-art-13Rosi Hollinbeck has a review and GIVEAWAY of SUNSHINE by Marion Dane Bauer. Rosi also shares three helpful links for her writing friends.

star-clip-art-13Mark Baker at Carstairs Considers has Shannon Messenger’s new book – Unlocked.

star-clip-art-13Karen Yingling at Ms. Yingling Reads always has a great MMGM review. Check it out along with her other features this past week including a look a GHOSTED.

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun and get your own spot in the parade, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com
(Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring)
You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.
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RED FOX ROAD

Survival stories are often sad and gut wrenching. RED FOX ROAD takes you on a journey full of those elements. You’ll want to curl up in a warm spot with plenty of nourishment to make it through the pages. Here’s the official summary from Penguin Random House:

Francie and her parents are on a spring road trip: driving from British Columbia, Canada, to hike in the Grand Canyon. When a shortcut leads them down an old logging road, disaster strikes. Their truck hits a rock and wipes out the oil pan. They are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Francie can’t help feeling a little excited — she’d often imagined how she’d survive if she got stranded in the bush, and now here they are. But will her survival skills — building fires, gathering dandelion leaves and fir needles for tea — be enough when hours stretch into days?

Francie is the true heroine of the story and her first person narration pinpoints both the present predicament and a past she’s trying to understand. Much of the hurt stems from Francie’s twin sister dying from a heart condition many years ago. The predicament of being lost in the woods uncorks many of those memories. But it’s the present that becomes a live or die situation.

For starters, Dad takes off looking for help and doesn’t come back. Mom is mentally unstable and needs frequent smokes of marijuana. A few days into the ordeal, she disappears leaving Francie a note to stay put—alone. Francie’s survival skills are amazing as she uses everything learned to keep going—even into the 13th day.

The tale is a nail biting page turner with an ending that leaves a few plot points hanging. Major case in point: We never do find out if one of the parents is alive or dead. Frustrating for the reader, but this has sequel written all over it. Overall, fans of survival stories have another gem to add to their collection.

BOOK BIRTHDAY: 9/15/2020 PAGE COUNT: 248

FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT: RED FOX ROAD by Frances Greenslade

  1. You feel you are on that road with Francie given the rich detail she gives to her surroundings. Great writing.
  2. It’s fantastic to see a strong girl in the survival hot seat. Most MG books use a male as the central character.
  3. The survival techniques are also richly described. Francie’s mind is trying to break her but this whip smart girl has other plans.
  4. The past is woven into the hundreds of hours Francie is alone thinking. It’s a powerful way to bring forth the family’s story and how it impacts the present.
  5. Buddy the dog brings much needed relief to the battle scarred reader.

ABOUT FRANCES GREENSLADE (From the author’s web site — Don’t miss the official trailer for the book on her front page)

I was born in St. Catharines, Ontario and grew up with four sisters and one brother, playing among the grapes and orchards of the Niagara Peninsula. My father often travelled to Winnipeg on business and came home saying, “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.” We moved there when I was ten.

The move to Winnipeg meant living in a city for the first time in my life. I felt like a caged animal at first. I missed the fields where I could run without stopping, the creek where we used to catch frogs and swim on hot days, picking leeches from between our toes afterwards, and the pond we skated on in winter. But it was also in Winnipeg where I first knew that I would become a writer. I set up a makeshift desk in a little crawlspace off the bedroom I shared with my sister.  It smelled like old newspaper and pine cones, and it had a grating I could peek out of to watch people on the sidewalk below.

I filled Hilroy scribblers with stories and my first attempts at novels, usually mysteries, suspiciously like Nancy Drew novels, which supplied the bulk of my reading material at the time.

I’ve never really stopped peeking through grates at life going on around me. And the best places for me to write are still small and private. 

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I received a copy of the book for my honest critique. Leave a comment below if time allows!

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CHALLENGE EVERYTHING

Climate change. The words have different meaning depending on your background and age. Thankfully, there has been a increased focus getting everyone on the same page to understand the important of taking action now. In Challenge Everything 18-year-old author, Blue Sandford speaks to her intended audience of other teens.

Here’s the background from Amazon:

Written by the coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth London, this book asks the reader to challenge everything. Challenge big business. Challenge government. Challenge yourself. This is no greenwashing book–it’s a call to action. A manifesto for how young people can help to save the planet by questioning everything about modern life and acting upon their conclusions.

Included is advice on how to stop following the rules and take control as a consumer, challenging big business. The book also covers how to take direct action, challenge the government and support other groups fighting the same fight. It will help the reader to change their mindset, become independent, question everything, and challenge themselves.

Each of the sections on Big Business, Government, and Yourself end with a question template to help readers organize thoughts and implement their own plan.

If you know little about climate change you might want to put this aside and learn for yourself about the realities scientists have brought forth. Listen, talk to adults/teens, and scour the Internet for reliable sources. A good place to start is Harrison Ford’s powerful talk at the Global Climate Action Summit (click here then scroll down to see the video).

Once you have the background knowledge, prepare to become informed as to how you can make a difference by reading Challenge Everything. You don’t have to agree with everything presented, but the important takeaway is to start taking action.

CHALLENGE EVERYTHING is an easy read full of bold graphics. Life as we know it just might have a chance with the youth of this century leading the way.

Blogging about middle grade books or authors next week? Join the celebration:

All you have to do is blog about a middle grade book on a Monday (contests, author interviews, or anything middle grade related also count). Email me the title of the book or feature and a link to your blog at gpcolo[at]gmail[dot]com
Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book or author you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.

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MMGM for December 7, 2020

           Welcome to our first MMGM of December

It’s also a special one. Three years ago, author Shannon Messenger contacted me. LODESTAR, Book 6 in her wildly popular KEEPER OF THE LOST CITY series had just been released  and she needed help. Would I consider taking over her other creation, MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY? I said yes and my Sunday nights have never been the same!

Last month Shannon released book 8.5 (UNLOCKED) in the series and MMGM is still going strong. A big thank-you goes out to the many bloggers who make it possible. And another thank-you to the readers—including authors, parents, teachers, publishers, and students. You’re the reason I do this.

It’s time to celebrate with a huge giveaway, detailed after the MMGM lineup below. My gift to bring a little happy to a less than happy year.

(Note: No December vacation for MMGM. With the month’s holidays occurring on Friday and weekends, I’ll have an MMGM each Monday in December. Participate if you can or take some time off and enjoy the season.)

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123587At ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I’m reviewing the first book in Melissa De La Cruz’s new middle grade series, NEVER AFTER.

123587June McCrary Jacobs at Reading, Writing, & Stitch-Metic has a multi-cultural Christmas book, Nine Days to Christmas:  A Story of Mexico.

123587Author S.W. Lothian reviews Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, the first story in the popular Disney series.

123587Sue Heavenrich is hanging out at Sally’s Bookshelf with a review of Explorer Academy: The Star Dunes (Book 4) by Trudi Trueit.

123587Jenni Enzor is back with us this week with a feature about Notorious by Gordon Korman.

123587Patricia Tilton at Children’s Books Heal reviews Bionic Beasts by Jolene Gutiérrez, a STEM book about five animals whose lives have been saved with artificial body parts.

123587Maria Antonia at OF BOOKS, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND TEA features A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough.

123587Rosi Hollinbeck has a review and GIVEAWAY of THE SISTERS OF STRAYGARDEN PLACE by Hayley Cewins. Rosi also shares three helpful links for her writing friends.

123587Karen Yingling at Ms. Yingling Reads always has a great MMGM review. Check it out along with her other features this past week including a look at THE RETAKE.

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GIVEAWAY to Celebrate my 3 years as MMGM host

I’ve put together three prize packages pictured below. Each one includes four hardback MG books, a pad of MMGM sticky notes, and a $25 AMAZON gift card!

Take that 2020.

To enter all you have to do is post in the comments which stack you’d like to have a chance to win. ONE, TWO, THREE, or just say all of them. U.S. Addresses only and I will close the giveaway at 3 pm (EST), this Thursday, December 10th. Good luck to all.

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GIVEAWAY 2

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GIVEAWAY 3

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