Monday, January 28, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identies, by Mike Jung--plus a giveaway!

Given that I was in two states for two different events this weekend (exhausting, but SO MUCH FUN) and that I'm still on a rather tight deadline, I don't have an MMGM today. BUT, the good news is the ever-awesome  Deb Marshall agreed to cover for me. (As always, THANK YOU DEB!!!) And she's chosen to feature a book that is--no lie--sitting at the TOP of my TBR pile: GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES, by Mike Jung.


Here's how the publisher describes it:

Can knowing the most superhero trivia in the whole school be considered a superpower?

If so, Vincent Wu is invincible.

If not (and let’s face it, it’s “not”), then Vincent and his pals Max and George don’t get any props for being the leaders (and, well, sole members) of the (unofficial) Captain Stupendous Fan Club.

But what happens when the Captain is hurt in an incident involving BOTH Professor Mayhem and his giant indestructible robot AND (mortifyingly) Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent totally has a crush on?

The entire city is in danger, Vincent’s parents and his friends aren’t safe, the art teacher has disappeared, and talking to Polly is REALLY, REALLY AWKWARD.

Only Vincent Wu has what it takes to save the Captain, overcome Professor Mayhem, rally his friends, and figure out what to say to Polly. But will anyone take him seriously? Seriously. Anyone??

And like always, here's Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!
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I, for one, take Vincent Wu seriously. Why? Because he is one seriously funny and likeable kid. And it doesn't end there. Mike Jung has created a wonderful comic book world complete with superheroes and super hero moments that Vincent lives in. Makes you want to step into the book and live there. This is a book with serious wide reader appeal from boys to girls to kids who may not be fantasy fans but are wanting to read about a kid and his friends just trying to fit in. Then there is the totally cool twist in the story behind Captain Stupendous's secret identidy, his origins and the connections it has to all the characters involved. That is some serious good writing going on right there. No wonder this one was short listed in the Cybils Middle Grade Fantasy. Here's what the first round readers thought of it:

“Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities takes a light-hearted look at a world where superheroes are real, including humorous touches such as all kids having Stupendous Alerts on their phones. Ultimately, Vincent needs all his allegedly useless knowledge to figure out how to save his family, his town, and the world. This science fiction adventure is a geek’s fantasy written in a way so everyone can enjoy the ride.”

Mr. Jung achieved that great balance of quality writing with unique characters and plot lines that will have a wide appeal. The kind of book you can't wait to share. Thanks to Shannon for letting me share it with all of you!
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Yup--that's why this book is at the top of my TBR pile--not to mention Mike's one of the nicest (and funniest) guys I've met. I really need to finish up this draft so I can have time to read again!

In the meantime, I want one of you to have the chance to read it, so I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday February 3rd. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Monday, February 4th. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- Katie Fitzgerald joins the MMGM fun with a feature on ONE TOUGH CHICK. Click HERE to welcome her to the group. 
- Dorine White is spotlighting THE SEVEN SWORDS (The Otherworld Chronicles Book#2). Click HERE to see why.   
- Barbara Watson is cheering for A DOG CALLED HOMELESS. Click HERE for her review.  
- Danika Dinsmore has a live report from ALA Midwinter with some upper middle grade discoveries. Click HERE to see what that's all about! 
- Susan Olson is shivering for GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC. Click HERE to see why. 
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends EDISON'S GOLD. Click HERE to see what that's all about.  
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are gushing about PANDORA THE CURIOUS. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.   
- Andrea Mack is raving about DRAGON SEER'S GIFT. Click HERE for her review. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has a review of MICHAEL VEY: RISE OF THE ELGEN. Click HERE to read. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is struck by A SMIDGEN OF SKY--with a giveaway! Click HERE to see what she thought!
- Annie McMahon is rooting for SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. Click HERE to see her 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.     
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.  
 - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (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 SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*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 posts 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 ahead of time

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Shannon-Events UPDATE!

Sorry it's been another quiet blogging week for me. I'm on another TIGHT deadline for LTSF #2--but I will hopefully be done with that next week or so and then MAYBE things really will get back to normal around here.

In the meantime I have some super-important Shannon Event Updates (well... I guess they're only Super-Important to those of you brave enough to attend a Shannon-Event. But I'm going to pretend you're ALL on the edge of your seats right now)

First--AND MOST IMPORTANTLY--the time and location of the LET THE SKY FALL launch party has CHANGED!!!! (this is why I should always have my publicist arrange things for me, she does such a better job!)

It's now going to be at one of my favorite independent book stores (I'm kind of geeking out about it because I've been to so many awesome events there): Mysterious Galaxy Books!!!

Here's the official deets--FOR REAL THIS TIME, I PROMISE!


 LET THE SKY FALL Launch Party
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302 
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

I really hope some of you will be able to come. I promise rambling and embarrassing Shannon gestures (which will look super dorky in all of your pictures.) Plus prizes. AND YUMMY THINGS.  So you live in SoCal, please come. And bring your friends. GRAB STRANGERS. ;)

And don't forget, I have some awesome events this weekend--it's not too late to decide to come. Here's the event info:

Young Adult Writing Conference: 
When: Saturday, January 26th, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Where: Dobson High School
1501 W. Guadalupe Rd, Mesa 85202
For prices and registration info (plus a list of the full faculty) go HERE.

YAllapalooza:
When: Saturday, January 26th, 4:00pm
Where: Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr. Tempe,  Arizona 85283
Attending authors: Tom Leveen, Cecil Castelluci, Amy Fellner Dominy, Shannon Messenger, Suzanne Lazear, Janni Lee Simner, Kevin Emerson, Erin Jade Lange, Lisa McMann, Suzanne Young, James A. Owen, C.J. Hill (aka Janette Rallison), Laura Ellen, and Lisa Schroeder
For more info, go HERE.

 Mother-Daughter Book Party
When: Sunday, January 27th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Boulevard ~ La Canada, CA
Cost: $5 for a ticket that covers both mother & daughter 
(and gets you $2 off your first book purchase)
Attending authors: Joan Bransfield Graham, Leslie Margolis, Robin Mellom, Shannon Messenger, Lin Oliver, Jenn Reese, and Joyce Lee Wong
For more info, email Catherine Linka at: catherinel (at) flintridgebooks (dot) com




And one LAST thing to mark your calendars for (yes, I have a LOT of events coming up) is a signing/author panel I'm doing with my awesome agent-brother Chris Howard (ROOTLESS) and the lovely and hilarious Debra Driza (MILA 2.0) at the end of March. Here's the deets:

Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302 
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

Come hang out with us, I predict epicness. I mean, Chris has a British accent and Debra has pink in her hair--need I say more???

Okay, that's it for now--though I have some other events in the works and will update as soon as they're confirmed. Hope to see some of you guys there!

Monday, January 21, 2013

MMGM Links (1/20/13) --plus last week's winner!


Sorry guys, I'm officially back in the deadline cave on LTSF #2, so alas, no MMGM this week. But I do have links, and the edits aren't nearly as horrible as I feared so I'm hoping to get back on track soon. Thanks for bearing with me!

ALSO I ... forgot AGAIN to post last week's winner. So, I will do that right now. The winner of DEAD CITY is...


*tosses confetti*  

If that's you, email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will send you your prize.

Okay, on to the links!
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are cheering for THE KINGDOM KEEPERS. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.   
- Rosi Hollinbeck is featuring, um... MEEP... KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES! (I will never stop feeling shameless when I build links to my own reviews--but it's AWESOME!) Click HERE to see what she thought!
- Annie McMahon is rooting for SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. Click HERE to see her thoughts.  
- The Lucky 13s have another awesome "Meanwhile... Middle Grade" post up. Click HERE to see what that's all about!
- Danika Dinsmore is sharing an adult series she actually thinks would be perfect for middle-graders. Click HERE to see what that's all about!
- Akossiwa Ketoglio is spotlighting THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE. Click HERE to see her feature. 
- Jennifer Rumberger is spreading some love for HOUND DOG TRUE--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE to see why.  
- Melanie Conklin is showcasing SLOB. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends GEEKS, GIRLS, AND OTHER SECRET IDENTITIES. Click HERE to see what that's all about.  
- Andrea Mack is gushing about CAT FOUND. Click HERE for her review.    
- Susan Olson is cheering for WHEN YOU REACH ME. Click HERE to see why.   
- Chelanne Green joins the MMGM fun with a feature on LAWN BOY. Click HERE to read her thoughts. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has an interview with author Danika Dinsmore--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for all the fun!  
- Dorine White's 10 year old daughter is in love with KISS KISS BARK. Click HERE to read her review   
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.  
 - Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.    
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!  
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.    

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (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 SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*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 posts 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 ahead of time.