MMGM: BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin

For this week’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday I whipped through the Newbery Honor Book BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin. Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six: The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism. A Young Pioneer is a reliable … More MMGM: BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday – SLEUTHS!

Hey readers! Pop over to versenovels.com  for a giveaway! This week on Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (sponsored by the lovely Shannon Messenger) I’d like to talk about sleuths. But first, some painful childhood reminiscence. Despite my mother being a public librarian, as a child I didn’t use the library nearly as much as you might think. I … More Marvelous Middle Grade Monday – SLEUTHS!

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday – The Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple

Not long ago I entered a contest on Twitter, asking entrants to detail a mischievous  act. I told about the time I filled the fountain in front of city hall with laundry soap and red food coloring so it was pink and bubbly the next day. Ah, high school. Anyway, I won the contest and the … More Marvelous Middle Grade Monday – The Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple

MMGM The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan

A quick MMGM post this week because I (and the lovely Shannon W Messenger) are both busy running around ALA12 like lunatics. This week I’d like to highlight a series Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. Ranger’s Apprentice is part George RR Martin, part Tamora Pierce, Part Nancy Farmer. It’s a series of dramatic adventures involving a … More MMGM The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan