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Middle Grade Monday – My Mailbox

I’m not sure what I expected to find crammed into my mailbox after a week away, other than bills and credit card offers, but it certainly wasn’t these!

So excited! Of course, I should have expected Breakfast on Mars, but I’d forgotten that I won it in a Twitter contest. Twitter is an excellent resource for books, to be honest. I always just retweet the contest type things once, and I think I’ve won 10 or 12 books this way.  

Breakfast on Mars is a collection of essays written by mostly well known Middle Grade and Young Adult authors. The forward is somewhat surprising – being written by Margaret Cho (whom I adore, but she is somewhat…I think controversial is the word I would use.) My copy is signed by one of the editors, Rebecca Stern, and one of the authors, Scott Westerfeld. Whee!!! Can’t wait to read it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to convince the Language Arts Department at school to use it.

Always Abigail was an honest to goodness surprise, though. I don’t think I requested it from anywhere – it just showed up in my mailbox. Score! It’s about a 6th grader who ends up losing out on some of the popularity she was hoping for in Middle School. Cavanaugh’s first book was widely praised. This one, on initial leaf-through, seems to be formatted in a way that might be particularly appealing to my reluctant readers. This is less common amongst books with female protagonists than male protagonists, at least that I’ve been able to find. I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s something I could add to our school collection that would get a lot of use.

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