Sunday, July 15, 2012

MMGM - Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House and Giveaway Winner

Before I get to my Marvelous Middle Grade Monday selection, I would like to announce the winner of an ARC of Tracing Stars signed by Erin E. Moulton.  And the winner is:

CLARA GILLOW CLARK

Congrats, Clara!  You will be receiving an email from me soon!

Now onto today's other business.

Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House
by: Haven Kimmel and pictures: Peter Brown
2008

If you're looking for a quick, easy read, this book is for you.  Here's the description from Goodreads:

Kaline Klattermaster LOVES his mom. ADORES his mom. But his mom can be, well, a bit forgetful sometimes. A bit lax. A bit...CRAZY. For instance, she's a bit crazy when she leaves him in the tub for THREE HOURS. Or gives him a chicken leg for breakfast...or forgets that he needs to go to school. AND he's not completely sure his mother understands how time works.

She's been even a bit MORE CRAZY since his dad left. So it's a very good thing that the folks in Kaline's tree house are not so crazy. They understand him. They don't mind that he sometimes HAS to play his pretend bugle, and, of course, they are FULL of good advice on how to handle bullies.

His mom hints that the tree house is imaginary. Kaline is UNCONVINCED.

Kaline is an unusual kid who has to deal with normal situations - his dad leaving, bullies at school and a neighbor he isn't sure he can trust. The writing style (misspellings; long, wordy sentences; lots of all CAPS) gets you into Kaline's head (he must have ADHD) and makes you feel like he does - fidgety, nervous and unsure.

I like the way the book ended and even though it was short, still showed how Kaline grew and matured by the situations he dealt with.

I hope you have a great week!  For more MMGM fun, check out my favorite links to the right.