Mighty Middle Grade Author Giveaway

 Oct. 7, 2022

We are happy to host a multi-book giveaway by a group of authors known as The Mighty Middle Grade authors, with 30+ books between them. They are available for visits to schools, libraries, and more. Follow them on twitter at @MightyMGAuthors

Enter to win one of these middle grade books! (Seven winners will be chosen)


WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF by Sarah Allen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2020) (cover art Alisa Coburn)

About the book: Libby was born with Turner Syndrome, and that makes some things hard. But she has lots of people who love her, and that makes her pretty lucky. When her big sister Nonny tells her she’s pregnant, Libby is thrilled—but worried. Nonny and her husband are in a financial black hole, and Libby knows that babies aren’t always born healthy. So she strikes a deal with the universe: She’ll enter a contest with a project about Cecilia Payne, the first person to discover what stars are made of. If she wins the grand prize and gives all that money to Nonny’s family, then the baby will be perfect. Does she have what it takes to care for the sister that has always cared for her? And what will it take for the universe to notice?


About the Author Sarah Allen is a poet and author of books for young readers. Her upcoming middle grade horror, The Nightmare House, releases in August of 2023. Her first book, What Stars are Made Of, was an ALA Notable Book of 2020 and Whitney Award Winner, and her second, Breathing Underwater, was a Jr. Library Guild Selection for 2021. Born and raised in Utah, she received an MFA in creative writing from Brigham Young University, and now lives in the Des Moines area. She spends her non-writing time watching David Attenborough documentaries and singing show-tunes too loudly, and she’s a lover of leather jackets, grizzly bears, and Colin Firth. You can learn more on her website or find her on all the socials @sarahallenbooks. 



THE SCIENCE OF BEING ANGRY by Nicole Melleby (Algonquin Young Readers, 2022) (cover art: David Curtis)

About the Book: Eleven-year-old Joey is angry. All the time. And she doesn’t understand why. She has two loving moms, a supportive older half brother, and, as a triplet, she’s never without company. Her life is good. But sometimes she loses her temper and lashes out, like the time she threw a soccer ball—hard—at a boy in gym class and bruised his collarbone. Or when jealousy made her push her (former) best friend (and crush), Layla, a little bit too roughly. After a meltdown at Joey’s apartment building leads to her family’s eviction, Joey is desperate to figure out why she’s so mad. A new unit in science class makes her wonder if the reason is genetics. Does she lose control because of something she inherited from the donor her mothers chose?


About the Author:  Nicole Melleby, a New Jersey native, is the author of highly praised middle-grade books, including the Lambda Literary finalist Hurricane Season and ALA Notable book How to Become a Planet. She lives with her wife and their cat, whose need for attention oddly aligns with Nicole’s writing schedule. Visit her online at nicolemelleby.com and @LadyMelleby on Twitter. 


THE HIKE TO HOME by Jess Rinker (FSG/Macmillan, 2022) (cover art: Richardo Bessa)

About the Book: Stuck in Newbridge, N.J., with her father while her mother participates in a yearlong film residency in the Dry Tortugas, 12-year-old Melinda “Lin” Moser feels miserable. She’s spent years traveling the country as part of her parents’ popular YouTube home renovation show, Moseying with the Mosers, and resents being left behind. Ditching summer camp for her own film project, Lin becomes determined to find and film Pen’s Castle, a rumored local haunt off the Appalachian Trail with purported roots in Arthurian legend and connections to Freemasonry. Along the way, she also hopes to prove that she—like both her mother and 19th-century mountaineer Annie Smith Peck, the subject of a book her mom sends her—is a true adventurer."


About the Author: Jess Rinker is the author of several books for young readers including picture book biographies and middle grade fiction. Titles include Gloria Takes a Stand, a biography of feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Send a Girl!: The True Story of How Women Joined the FDNY and middle grade novels The Dare Sisters and The Dare Sisters: Shipwrecked!, a continuation of the heartfelt and adventurous story of Frankie, Savannah, and Jolene Dare as they search for Blackbeard’s treasure. She’s also the author of Out of Time: Lost on the Titanic and a new middle grade novel The Hike to Home.



TIPS FOR MAGICIANS by Celesta Rimington (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2021) (cover art: Chelen Ecija Illustration)

About the Book: Harrison Boone performs card tricks. It's his way of making friends and dealing with hard things, because ever since Harrison's mom died, he needs all the magic he can find. Then, his dad sends him to live with his aunt in an art village in southern Utah where the residents believe in a magical entity that used to grant wishes to the winner of the town's annual art contest. This mysterious being, a desert muse, hasn't been seen in years. Harrison joins forces with his new friends, a hawk, and a mysterious desert dog to find the missing muse and learn what will bring it back. Can Harrison connect with his inner artist and win the magical wish he needs most?


About the Author:  Celesta Rimington is the award-winning author of The Elephant’s Girl and Tips for Magicians. She is a musical theater performer, a wildlife advocate, and an active participant in her local writing community. She lives in Utah with her husband and two children where they have a miniature railroad with a rideable steam train. Celesta loves to visit with students in the schools and inspire them to write their own stories. Learn more at Celestarimington.com



THE SISTERS OF LUNA ISLAND by Stacy Hackney (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2022) (cover art: Jen Bricking)

About the Book: Twelve-year-old Marigold Lafleur is the last of a long line of aromages: witches who blend scents into practical charms using aromagic. But ever since a terrible accident injured her father and damaged Luna Island, Marigold and her sisters, Birdie and Lou, have vowed to abandon their family legacy and mama’s way of life. Shunned by their neighbors and overlooked by their parents, Marigold relies on her big sisters above all else. But when Marigold discovers a secret curse that threatens her family, her sisters can’t stop the impending danger. It’s up to Marigold and her best friend, Sam, to uncover the origins of the curse and break the spell. To do so, she must learn to trust her instincts and believe in her own unique magic or risk losing her beloved sisters forever.


About the Author: Stacy Hackney grew up in Virginia where she spent her early years forcing the neighborhood kids into performing plays she wrote, reading everything she could get her hands on, and singing in the school choir. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four sons, and their rescue dog named Albert. Stacy is the author of Forever Glimmer Creek and The Sisters of Luna Island. Learn more at StacyHackney.com.




ANA ON THE EDGE by Andrew Sass (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020) (cover art: Ellen Shi)

About the Book: Twelve-year-old Ana Jin, a champion figure skater, strives to stay on top of the podium as the next skating season begins, but a new princess-themed program throws her for a loop she wasn't expecting. The program makes her uncomfortable because Ana has started questioning whether she identifies as a girl. Ultimately, Ana must decide whether to come out as nonbinary to her friends and family, potentially risking years of training, or stay the course and go for gold, pretending to be a girl.

About the Author: A. J. Sass (he/they) is the author of Ana on the Edge, a 2020 Booklist Editors’ Choice, an ALA 2021 Rainbow Book List Top 10 title for Young Readers, and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection. He is also the author of Ellen Outside the Lines, the co-author of Camp QUILTBAG (Algonquin, 2023), and a contributor to the This Is Our Rainbow and Allies anthologies. Find him online: @matokah on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram, as well as at sassinsf.com.


HORACE AND BUNWINKLE by PJ Gardner, illustrated by David Mottram (Balzer + Bray, 2020)

About the Book: Horace is an anxious Boston Terrier who is none too happy when his owner, Eleanor, moves him to a farm. As if that isn’t enough, she goes and adopts a precocious potbelly piglet and names her Bunwinkle. The only thing this odd couple have in common is their love of a pet-tective TV show. When the pair learn that some neighborhood animals have gone missing, they decide to investigate. Is it a mountain lion? Or their suspiciously shot-loving veterinarians? Only one thing seems certain: if they don’t figure it out soon, one of them might be next.


About the Author: PJ Gardner has never met a talking animal, but that hasn’t stopped her from writing about them. She’s the author of the middle grade Horace & Bunwinkle series and her next book, The Great Zoodini comes out in early 2024. She lives in Southern California with her husband and sons, and their Boston Terriers, Rosie and Rocky. She also writes under the name PJ Switzer.


About the Illustrator: Dave Mottram has always loved drawing animals. Even before grade school, Dave spent hours drawing and dreaming of being an artist. Not much has changed. He’s now a full-time illustrator living in Ohio, and some of his recent books include Wordy Birdy and Mighty Tug. He paints traditionally and digitally with color and layers that create a sophisticated style that is both childlike and appealing for adults. Dave enjoys family adventures with his wife, daughter, and Gracie, the black lab.




PUBERTY IS GROSS BUT ALSO REALLY AWESOME by Gina Loveless, illustrated by Lauri Johnston (Rodale Kids/ Random House Children's Books, 2021)

About the Book: A first-of-its-kind inclusive puberty guide that celebrates the good and completely awful parts of puberty. Filled with jokes and countless facts to put this stage in perspective--this book is bound to be every kid's new best friend!


About the Author: Gina Loveless writes for 8 year olds and 58 year olds. For kids, she's the author of 5 books spanning fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction. For adults, she's a journalist and writer for places like Men's Health, WebMD, Allrecipes,and Catapult. You can find more about her at lovelesswriting.com


About the Illustrator: Lauri Johnston is an illustrator who lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two sweet, funny boys. She is happiest when she's outdoors, especially when she gets to go rock climbing. You can often find her climbing other things when there are no rocks available. Visit Lauri at laurijohnston.com

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  1. What an amazing and generous giveaway. Thanks for getting books into the hands of readers.

  2. What an amazing giveaway with amazing books!! Thanks for the opportunity, fingers crossed.

  3. Looks like a great selection of books that my Ss would love!

  4. Everyone of these MG books looks intriguing! And inspiring as I am editing my MG. :-) I'd read first then gift them to middle grade readers! Thank you for offering this generous giveaway opportunity!

  5. Wow! I'm in! I'm working on MG too. Thank you so much.


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