Monday, May 02, 2011

Connections: Mixed-Up Files Middle-Grade Authors Skype Tour

In the fall, Dini (of The Grand Plan to Fix Everything) and I will be hitting the virtual road in the very pleasant company of a number of middle grade novelists, chapter book writers and short story writers on the Mixed-Up Files Middle-Grade Authors Skype Tour.  

To clarify--I'm on in the fall, but the tour has already begun. Every month from now through Spring 2012, classrooms, book clubs and groups will have the chance to win a free, 45-minute Skype visit with a noted middle-grade author simply by entering at From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors, an energetic, dynamic group blog of middle-grade writers. As the name implies, it's a terrific mix of books, including humor and mystery, contemporary and historical, with a vast range of settings and characters and themes. Some exciting debut novels, some books that are already beloved, others from writers whose earlier works promise new delights. 

Here's a video that shows all the books and authors featured in spring and fall 2011. 

The first drawing is today, but the tour continues, Entering is open to anyone over 18 on behalf of a class, library, book club, scout troop, or other community group as long as the entrant has permission from the group. Teachers and librarians are of course especially welcome. If a class or scout troop gets all their parents to enter separately that's fine with us.

And you can be anywhere in the world where there is Skype access--yes, that's right, anywhere in the world!

You’ll have about a month to enter your class, club, or group to win a Skype visit from one of that season’s authors, along with a copy of that author's book, and more. For every retweet and/or Facebook reposting, you’ll get another entry. To increase your class or group’s chances, invite other adults- parents, teachers, or group members to leave comments at The Mixed-Up Files. Each entry must be made in a separate comment. At the end of the month, a winner will be drawn for each Skype author visit. You’ll have six months from that date to schedule and conduct the visit. Authors and winners are paired randomly--you don’t enter to win a visit from a particular author. The winning entry will also receive a copy of the author’s book.


  1. Thanks for posting this, Uma. Enjoy your bus trip in the fall :)

  2. I've only recently learned how to use Skype myself, and yes, you can be anywhere in the world. It always amazes me when I connect with people in Spain or Japan or the States and it's like they're in the next room. It makes me feel very modern and very old, at the same time.

    I wish I wrote picture books. I'd take part in this if I did.

  3. I use Skype to connect with my mother in India--Amma, are you reading this? I'll talk to you this evening/your tomorrow morning!

    Mary, to clarify, these are all middle grade writers, so in marketing terms, the books are in the 8-12 age range. If you know of schools in your area who might want a classroom Skype visit and a book to share with students, do pass the link on to them.