My Middle-Grade Summer Must List!

Hello Mixed-Up Filers!

Hope all of you are doing well and have been enjoying all the recent posts as much as I have!

I know some of you are reading this and saying, “Whoa, Jonathan . . . what are you doing here? Aren’t you scheduled for June?”

Well, the answer to that, is yes, but . . . it seems that there was an intense emailing campaign to get me to go earlier and the powers that be here at the blog, had no choice but to acquiesce. So, thank you, Mom! You were right, it worked!

Anyway, as most of you know, I always have trouble deciding what to post about next, and this month was no exception. Several topics I wanted to do, but since we’re so close to summer, I decided to write about the books I’m most looking forward to, which are coming out this summer! Now, don’t get me wrong, because there are TONS of books that I’m looking forward to, but I’m just picking a few that caught my eye.

Great, right?

Well, even if you didn’t say, “Yes”, it’s too late, because that’s what I’m doing. So, without further ado . . . or maybe, a little ado, here we go!

Okay, right off the bat, I’m cheating. And the thing is, I know I’m cheating. This one doesn’t technically come out in the summer, but I can’t wait to read it nonetheless.

  1. Better Off Undead, by James Preller.

This is about a boy who navigates through middle school as a zombie and has to solve a mystery. First off, I would read just about anything zombie-related. Phone book for zombies and mark me down for a copy. But, this sounds really cool and I can’t wait to read.

  1. One Mixed-Up Night, by Catherine Newman

This story is about two kids, who each concoct a scheme to hide out in an Ikea store overnight. How ridiculously cool is that? I would’ve loved doing something like that as a kid!

  1. Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls, by our own Beth McMullen

In this, A girl discovers her boarding school is actually an elite spy-training program, and she must learn the skills of the trade in order to find her mother. I would’ve loved reading that as a kid. Well, I’m going to love reading that now, too!

  1. The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson

Kids in a competition to find the world’s greatest detective! The contest turns into a murder mystery? Well, I’m hooked!

  1. Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske

A girl dealing with her obsessive-compulsive mother and enters her in a cleaning competition. She’s also having issues with a boy at school during their production of Harriet the Spy! I’m so partial to this book since I have a daughter the same age and picture how she’d deal with these situations. Very much looking forward to it!

Well, that’s it for now, Mixed-Up Filers! Hope you’re looking forward to these as much as I am. As I said before, there are many more, but let’s go with these five for now . . . okay, well, there is one book about bunnies or something like that coming out this summer, which I might be slightly looking forward to. But, the name seems to be escaping me right now. Oh, well. I’m sure I’ll think of it.

Until next time!


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Jonathan Rosen is a transplanted New Yorker, who now lives with his family in sunny, South Florida. He spends his “free” time chauffeuring around his three kids. Some of Jonathan’s fondest childhood memories are of discovering a really good book to dive into, in particular the Choose Your Own Adventure Series, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Jonathan is proud to be of Mexican-American descent, although neither country has been really willing to accept responsibility. He is the author of Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, which is out now, and its sequel, From Sunset Till Sunrise. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, FromtheMixedUpFiles.Com,, and his own website,