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Today we unveiled our For Kids page, which is full of book-related crafts, word games and activities, homework help, and writing tips for kids just getting started.  We also have some original word puzzles you can't find anywhere else, created exclusively for our kid readers.

We plan on adding new original puzzles and crafts each month, so spread the word to all the kids you know.  And tell them to stop by and help us name the For Kids page mascot, our furry creature friend who is also prominently displayed on our OhMG! Middle-grade News sidebar.

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/09/say-hello-to-m-g/

Oh, and our last summer book giveaway is in full swing.  Check in here for details on how to enter:

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/08/sixth-summer-giveaway-winner-and-final-summer-giveaway/
#61 - September 07, 2010, 06:47 AM
« Last Edit: September 07, 2010, 06:50 AM by elissacruz »

I also posted this elsewhere on the blueboards, but we are now accepting applications for four new members.  If you are agented and/or traditionally published and would be interested in joining us a regular contributor, please check out the official announcement here: http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/09/want-to-join-us/

And thanks to all our readers who support our efforts to bring middle-grade books to the world!
#62 - September 09, 2010, 09:48 AM

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I posted an interview of author Laurie Friedman today.  Hop on over to the site to read how Laurie's Mallory series can help children take the leap into middle-grade novels. You'll also have a chance to win her newest hot-off-the-press novel, MALLORY IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/09/laurie-friedman-interview-and-giveaway-2/
#63 - September 10, 2010, 06:22 AM

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My turn to post over at From The Mixed-Up Files. I'm dicussing the blurry line between what is considered MG and YA. Plus, I pay tribute to the awesome MG book by Marlane Kennedy perfectly titled, ME AND THE PUMPKIN QUEEN.

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/09/the-line-is-blurry/

Come on over and shoot the...  :poopfan
#64 - September 20, 2010, 09:28 AM

Today I posted about contemporary realistic MG fiction. Ordinary kids, extraordinary stories. Stop by and tell us what's your favorite contemporary realistic story!

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/
#65 - September 29, 2010, 06:55 PM
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Today, an interview with me and giveaway of my new junior chapter book: KEEP OUT!

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/10/keep-out-giveaway-and-interview/

Come on over for a chance to win!  :yup
#66 - October 05, 2010, 06:38 AM
www.heleneboudreau.com

Author of the REAL MERMAIDS tween series, RED DUNE ADVENTURES chapter book series, I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (2013) and more.

Today I posted "Where's the Delorean? Or Traveling Back to Middle Grade" complete with book recommendations and exercises to help us unearth the child that's piled beneath our adult responsibilities.  Check it out  at www.fromthemixedupfiles.com
#67 - November 03, 2010, 10:48 AM
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Today on From The Mixed-Up Files: Early Chapter Books!

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/11/early-chapter-books-whats-on-my-chicklets-bookshelf/

Come check out what's on my chicklets' bookshelf and add your own favorite picks.
#68 - November 22, 2010, 12:57 PM
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I love funny books that have a quirky main character with a voice that jumps out at you, so today I posted a list of fun books that can help kids make the transition from picture books and early chapter books into middle grade novels.

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/12/books-that-help-kids-take-the-leap-into-middle-grade-novels/
#69 - December 06, 2010, 04:27 PM

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Great site. Very informative. Keep up the good work! :chickendance

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#70 - December 08, 2010, 01:33 PM

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An interview with *moi* and a give-away of REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS:

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2010/12/real-mermaids-dont-wear-toe-rings-interview-giveaway/

 :mermaid
#71 - December 14, 2010, 08:31 AM
www.heleneboudreau.com

Author of the REAL MERMAIDS tween series, RED DUNE ADVENTURES chapter book series, I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (2013) and more.

Today we have an interview with bestselling author, Patricia Reilly Giff:

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/01/interview-with-patricia-reilly-giff/
#72 - January 05, 2011, 08:17 AM
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Today you can learn more than you ever wanted to know about some of our Mixed-Up Authors!  I posted a book list of characters that are just like some of us on From the Mixed-Up Files.  Come find out who's like Beezus, Anne Shirley, or Anastasia Krupnik!

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/01/what-the-mixed-up-authors-think-about-characters-like-us/
#73 - January 07, 2011, 11:25 AM
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Today we have a book list on folk tale and fairy tale retellings, plus a retelling of Beowulf:

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/01/classic-tales-retold/
#74 - January 19, 2011, 09:00 AM
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I love the Mixed-Up-Files and Authors! Thanks for all the work you put into the site!

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#75 - January 19, 2011, 11:50 AM

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Hop on over to the Mixed-Up Files site and leave a comment for a chance to win FOUR fantastic middle-grade novels!  Check out the two fresh debuts, a citrus-delicious story, and a beloved classic that could be headed toward your mailbox soon!  http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/02/love-our-readers-giveaway/

Thanks so much for your sweet post, Cali. :love

#76 - February 15, 2011, 06:46 PM

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I just posted an interview with Ruth McNally Barshaw, the amazing author and illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle series.  Ruth is going to stop by the Mixed-Up site soon to answer questions...and there are TWO giveaways--leave a comment on the blog post and a random generator will select two winners on Thursday, February 24th.  The winners will receive a personalized Ellie book of their choice and Ruth is going to add some surprise sketches inside each book!

And Ruth shared several rough sketches from Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player, which will be released in Spring, 2012. 

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/02/interview-and-two-giveaways-with-ruth-mcnally-barshaw/
#77 - February 18, 2011, 05:36 AM

Today I posted about fantasy adventures. What do you read next after Harry Potter?

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/02/all-aboard-the-fantasy-train/
#78 - February 28, 2011, 08:42 AM
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In the interview I posted today author Rose Kent talks about writing, families in middle-grade fiction, and.........ice cream! Leave a comment to be in the running to win a copy of Rose's latest novel, Rocky Road.

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/03/the-scoop-on-rose-kent-a-qa-and-giveaway/

Laurie
#79 - March 14, 2011, 09:08 PM

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#80 - March 14, 2011, 09:55 PM
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Today we're talking about biographies and autobiographies for MG readers:

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/03/before-they-were-famous/
#81 - March 25, 2011, 07:19 AM
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There's a huge year-long free author visit via Skype giveaway announced today:

http://tinyurl.com/3nxeska
#82 - April 06, 2011, 08:58 AM
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Check out the interview I just posted of Ruth McNally Barshaw, the amazing author/illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle series.  She shared an awesome writing and illustrating exercise that I can't wait to try, and wait until you see her giveaway!

Two lucky people who comment on the Mixed-Up Files site will not only win an autographed and personalized paperback of her newly reissued Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel book, but Ruth will also draw a sketch of each winner! 

Most of our contests are only for people who live in the US and Canada, but anyone can enter this giveaway!  If winners live outside the US or Canada, they’ll still receive the sketch.  Instead of the autographed book, Ruth will give them a peek at a few digital pages from the next Ellie book, Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player, a work in progress that will be published in Spring, 2012.

http://tinyurl.com/3pq4ooc
#83 - May 25, 2011, 05:17 AM

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Good morning, Blueboarders! Today on the Files we're giving away a copy of Nathan Bransford's debut novel, JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW. Hop on over and check out my interview with Nathan and enter for a chance to win!

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/05/talking-mg-inspiration-space-monkeys-wthe-awesome-nathan-bransford/
#84 - May 31, 2011, 07:02 AM

Today there's an interview and writing tips from former senior Highlights editor and current prolific author Rich Wallace on From the Mixed-Up Files!

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/07/rich-wallace-writing-middle-grade-readers/
#85 - July 06, 2011, 06:14 AM
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I have an interview with Bruce Hale up on the Mixed-Up Files site. Hop on over to read his humor advice, a writing exercise, and you'll have a chance to win a signed paperback of his novel, DIAL M FOR MONGOOSE. 

http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/09/bruce-hale-interview-giveaway/
#86 - September 23, 2011, 08:52 AM

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Nice job!
#87 - September 24, 2011, 09:04 AM
CALL ME AMY (Luminis Books, 2013)
AMY'S CHOICE (Luminis Books, 2014)
ROLLER BOY (Fitzroy Books, 2018)
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Hop on over to the Mixed-Up Files site for a post about how to find great ideas.  I'd love to know where you come up with the ideas for your books, too!  http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2011/11/find-great-ideas/

Yes...PiBoIdMo really has ideas on my brain.  It's amazing how many pop up when you search for them every day!
#89 - November 11, 2011, 08:00 AM

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Thanks, Mindy!  I just did -- and I'll post.  What a fun read!  :)
#90 - November 12, 2011, 07:12 AM
SECRETS IN TRANSLATION, Fitzroy, Fall 2018
SPAGHETTI SMILES, Pelican Pub Fall 2014
ALOHA FOR CAROL ANN, Marimba Books 2011
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