Monday, January 5, 2015


Here in Mafioso land, we hope you have all been enjoying the "holiday season" and the first few days of the New Year. (The Don and I are actually scratching our heads because, when you are as old as the two of us, you can still remember all the hoopla about Y2K and tend to say things like "was that really 15 years ago?)

But que sera, sera. We are excited for the kids (in the Don's case, the grandkids) to go back to school so that we can have a couple of hours a day dedicated to bringing you all things middle grade. We're excited about all of the Marvelous Middle Grade Monday books we hope to feature during the next couple of months--and, being betting men, we are particularly eager to see how the Cybils awards play out.

The Cybils shortlists were announced on New Year's Day, and boy oh boy did they start 2015 off with a bang! I was particularly pleased to see my friend Tara Dairman's novel, ALL FOUR STARS, make the list, as well as Megan Jean Sovern's THE MEANING OF MAGGIE, which I reviewed in May of 2014.

Lots of good books to read! I look forward to visiting blogs old and new this year, and continuing to make meaningful connections with those who love middle grade fiction.



  1. Happy New Year! Awesome that Tara's book made it. And I was excited to see Ice Dogs on the list too.

  2. Happy 2015 (I hear ya about Y2K being just a year or so ago...)! I did see the Cybils shortlist and none of the books I nominated made it in. Glad to see some of my other favorites squeaked through, though.

  3. Happy New Year. Yes, it was 15 years ago and we all wondered if we'd make it through. Here we are. Glad to see both All Four Stars and Ice Dogs on the short list. I loved them both.

  4. Happy New Year! Thanks for mentioning the Cybil's list. There's quite a few on the list that I've been meaning to read, but haven't gotten around to yet. I definitely need to rectify that.


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