Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MMGM on Tuesday




I've been down with a horrible case of strep throat and was pretty much non-functional the past few days. I even missed my daughter's birthday party on Sunday. *sniff, sniff* MMGM posts are too important to miss, though, so here it is--a day late.

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday  
On Tuesday!

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born.

by Lauren Myracle

Goodreads Blurb:
Starting with her birthday in March, every chapter brings a new month and a new event in Winnie's life. From surviving her teenage sister's grumpy mood swings in April to dealing with prissy new rival Gail Grayson in September, there's a calendar full of the ups and downs of being eleven years old. Especially hard for Winnie is the growing distance between herself and her best friend, Amanda, as both girls grow into different social circles. The big and little moments of Winnie's year are captured with honesty and warmth, and her sharp observations and infectious enthusiasm make for hilarious storytelling. Eleven-year-olds of all ages will discover themselves in this winning young heroine on the brink of adolescence.

My favorite thing about this and other Lauren Myracle series is the voice. This woman has mastered the art of elementary girls and their voices: the excitement, angst, worry, jealousy, grouchiness, and love of girls! If you are a writer who is struggling with young girl voices, Lauren Myracle is the writer to emulate.
The storylines of this series are always fun and totally real. I saw this quote in a review on Goodreads by a girl who read it when she was ten, " I think this book is one of my favorite books that I've read. Since I was almost eleven when I read this book it told me a lot about how life was going to be like, and guess what, it was right!" How cool is that?  
Lauren is referred to as the Judy Blume of this generation, and I think it's a valid comparison. 

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Patti said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for the review.

Jennie Englund said...

Shannon, I'm sorry about your sickness! This is a crazy time of year: end of school, birthday parties...

I hope you feel better and get right back into the wacky swing of things!

Deb Marshall said...

Oh man...hope you are feeling better and better as the week moves along. Thanks for the recommend, I was _just_ at the book store and looking at that one!

And yes yes on Elana's book, eh? Saw it too...and picking it up this week as well.

Heather said...

I can hardly believe it's already time for POSSESSION to be out! And yet it felt like it took forever!

And congrats to Lauren on being referred to as the Judy Blume of this generation. What a huge compliment!

Old Kitty said...

Oh please take care and get better Shannon!!

Thanks for the review and info to Eleven!!! Sounds great!!

Huge congrats to Elana Johnson!! Take care

Tamika: said...

Hope you are starting to feel better!

If you need some virtual soup, just say the word:)

Congratulation Elana!

Shari said...

This book sounds like a keeper, Shannon. I'll have to check it out.

Hope you feel better soon!

anthony stemke said...

Pleasee get better quickly.

Nicole Zoltack said...

I hope you're feeling better!

Kittie Howard said...

Hope you feel better soon. I know it was a sad moment when you missed your daughter's birthday party. I feel for you! Thanks for the review - loved the part about the voice.

Theresa Milstein said...

Lauren Myracle is one prolific writer. I found out about her thanks to you.

I'm so sorry you're sick. And sorry you were sick for your daughter's birthday. Feel better soon.

Any YaY for Elana's book release!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I've heard great things about Lauren Myracle but never read her books. Voice is something I struggle with so I should definitely check her out. I'm learning all sorts of new things from you Shannon. Thanks.

And I'm so excited about Elana's release.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Grrr about you being ill. Hope you feel better now, Shannon. :D

I'm excited about Elana's book. But I have to wait a month before I get it. I preordered it with a book that doesn't come out for two more weeks. By the time it gets here, I'll be away on vacation. :P

Jen Daiker said...

Strep throat is the worst!!!! I'm hoping you're feeling a tons better!!!

Yay for Eleven! Yay for Possession!!! Great post!

Jemi Fraser said...

Strep throat stinks!! Hope you're feeling better soon - it can really drag you down. Feel better! *hugs*

Kelly said...

Feel better soon, Shannon. My daughter has strep throat. Thankfuly after 24 hours of antibiotics she has bounced back dramatically. Hope you are too!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Feel better ASAP--thank goodness for antibiotics, right?

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