Book Blast & Giveaway! Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy Publication: May 31st 2016 by Harper Collins Category: Middle Grade Genre: Fantasy, Mythology *Purchase links support this blog From a compelling new voice in middle grade comes a reimagination of The Odyssey told from the point of view of Odysseus’s loyal dog—a thrilling tale of loyalty, determination, and adventure. For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela Publication: April 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary, Family, Friendship *Purchase links support this blog A heartwarming story about a girl who’s afraid to follow her dreams, and the family who help make them happen. India Wimple can spell. Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee on TV. When the Wimples suggest she enter the next Bee, India feels nothing but trepidation. {Read More}

#17DABash The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan by Patricia Bailey

The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan by Patricia Bailey Publication date: April 25th 2017 Category: Middle Grade Genre: Historical Fiction *Purchase links support this blog Life in a 1905 Nevada mining town is not easy for any thirteen-year-old. For Kit Donovan, it seems downright impossible. When her mother dies of a fever, Kit is certain she is to blame. Guilt-ridden, she is determined to honor her promises to her mother—namely to be a “proper lady.” Only being a lady {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! Better Off Undead by James Preller

Better Off Undead by James Preller Publication: October 31st 2017 by Feiwel & Friends Category: Middle Grade Genre: Paranormal *Purchase links support this blog Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has acquired James Preller’s Dead (But Cautiously Optimistic), pitched as The Walking Dead meets The Mysterious Benedict Society. In the “not-too-distant future,” a seventh-grade undead boy has to adjust to middle-school life as a zombie, and with three unlikely friends, he navigates a mystery involving global warming, disappearing bees, and {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! Black Moon Rising by DJ MacHale

Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale Series: The Library #2 Publication: October 3rd 2017 By: Random House Books for Young Readers Category: Middle Grade Genre: Paranormal, Adventure *Purchase links support this blog The next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally. Marcus is an agent of the Library–a place filled with tales that don’t have an ending. Mysteries that won’t be solved until Marcus and {Read More}

Guest Post & Giveaway! Poppy Mayberry: Return to Power Academy by Jennie K. Brown

Poppy Mayberry: Return to Power Academy by Jennie K. Brown Series: Nova Kids #2 Publication date: October 10th 2017 Category: Middle Grade Genre: Fantasy, Magic *Purchase links support this blog Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a let down. But Poppy is pleased to learn she’s not just a Monday. She’s a Cusper, a weekday lucky enough to have TWO powers. Poppy’s elation is short-lived when she, Ellie, Logan, and Sam return to Power Academy as {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce Publication date: June 20th 2017 by Walden Pond Press Category: Middle Grade Genre: Adventure, Humor *Purchase links support this blog Award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce returns with another one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one’s place in the universe. Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list. That’s important when you have a grandfather who is constantly forgetting. And it’s even {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark

The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark Publication: May 2nd, 2017 Category: Middle Grade Genre: Adventure, Fantasy *Purchase links support this blog When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ discovers an unusual “clock world” where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man. With the aid {Read More}

Excerpt & Giveaway! Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb

Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb Publication: November 1st 2016 Category: Middle Grade Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Historical *Purchase links support this blog Return to the magic of Burnett’s classic tale with a brand-new character as she discovers a very secret garden. It’s 1939, and the occupants of the Craven Home for Orphaned Children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall, a fancy manor in the English countryside, to escape the Blitz. Emmie would hardly call the orphanage “home,” but {Read More}

Book Blast & Giveaway! Curse of the Boggin by DJ MacHale

Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale Series: The Library #1 Publication: September 6th 2016 By: Random House Books for Young Readers Category: Middle Grade Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts *Purchase links support this blog Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying. There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place {Read More}

Excerpt & Giveaway! McGrave’s Hotel by Steve Bryant

McGrave’s Hotel by Steve Bryant Publication: October 11th 2016 Category: Middle Grade Genre: Paranormal *Purchase links support this blog It’s 1936, and nearly twelve-year-old JAMES ELLIOTT is a bellhop at McGrave’s Hotel, there a year since the night his parents died while on a spy mission into Nazi Germany. JAMES craves a goodbye message from his parents, but is distracted by troublesome guests who require his help. Assistance with locating a missing and priceless mummy, wrangling mutant spiders, and attaching {Read More}

#16DABash I am Drums by Mike Grosso

I am Drums by Mike Grosso Publication: September 6th 2016 by Clarion Books Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary, Music *Purchase links support this blog Sam knows she wants to be a drummer. But she doesn’t know how to afford a drum kit, or why budget cuts end her school’s music program, or why her parents argue so much, or even how to explain her dream to other people. But drums sound all the time in Sam’s head, and she’d do {Read More}

#16DABash Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Publication: July 12th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Category: Middle Grade Genre: Contemporary (Friendship & Social Skills) *Purchase links support this blog A feel-good middle grade debut with just a hint of magic about a girl who has a rare disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body. Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her {Read More}