Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

I'm so sorry, I completely forgot to announce the winner of HOUND DOG TRUE yesterday! Without further adieu, congratulations to 


Genevieve, please email me at jenberger75 (at) yahoo (dot) com with your mailing address.  And don't forget, you also win a signed nameplate for the book courtesy of Linda Urban herself!

Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hound Dog True Giveaway Excitement!

As part of my post for this week's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, I'm giving away my paperback copy of HOUND DOG TRUE by Linda Urban. Since seeing my post, Linda herself has graciously offered to give the winner a signed bookplate to put in the book.  How cool is that!!!!

So, if you haven't yet, please stop by Monday's post and comment to enter the giveaway.  Followers of my blog will get an additional entry.  And if you would like another additional entry, please share the giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, etc.  Just let me know in the comments how you shared. US and Canada entries only. Good luck!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Hound Dog True and a Giveaway!

Yes, a giveaway! It has been a few months since I hosted a giveaway, so I thought today would be a great day to share one. Please read through to the end of the post!

by: Linda Urban
Originally published by Harcourt Children's Books 2011

A description from the author's website:
Do not let a mop sit overnight in water.
Fix things before they get too big for fixing.

Custodial wisdom: Mattie Breen writes it all down. She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice at Mitchell P. Anderson Elementary School. One week until school starts and she has to be the new girl again. But if she can be Uncle Potluck’s apprentice, she’ll have important work to do during lunch and recess. Work that will keep her safely away from the other fifth graders. But when her custodial wisdom goes all wrong, Mattie’s plan comes crashing down. And only then does she begin to see how one small, brave act can lead to a friend who is hound dog true.

Mattie and her Mama have moved around quite a bit during her young life. Being an extremely shy girl, Mattie hasn't made friends easily and struggles to let her real feelings be known. But coming to live with Uncle Potluck in the house where her Mama grew up turns into a blessing for Mattie. Her uncle begins to show her that sharing yourself with others doesn't have to be scary. Small, brave acts can lead to friendship, too.

What I liked about this book was seeing the way Mattie grew in her realization that she had important qualities and was a special person. Her past had filled her with a sense of dread being around others and by the end of the book, she had taken a few baby steps in overcoming her fears.

If you would like to win my paperback copy of HOUND DOG TRUE, please leave a comment below by Saturday, January 26th at midnight. Followers of my blog will receive an extra entry.  If you follow via email, please let me know in your comment.  US and Canada entries only, please. I will announce the winner next Monday.  Good luck!


For even more entries, share the giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, etc.  Just let me know in the comments.

For other Marvelous Middle Grade Monday blogs that I enjoy, please see my list to the right of this post on my blog.  Have a great week!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Navigating Early

I'm very excited for my first Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post for 2013. The book I'm featuring is so new it doesn't even go on sale until tomorrow - January 8th! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Random House right before Christmas. I also want to apologize in advance for any typos or weird looking things in the post. I'm on the road today, driving to a funeral, so I'm doing this post from my mobile phone. The app for Blogger is pretty easy to use, but I much prefer my laptop screen. (But no worries, I'm riding now, not driving.) So, let's get right to it.

By: Clare Vanderpool

What an amazing, very unique, yet poignant story. It revolves around Jack Baker and Early Auden, two boys at a boarding school in Maine at the end of World War II. Jack is a transplant from Kansas, having moved to the school after the death of his mother, while his dad serves in the Navy. Early is classified as strange, although in today's world he would probably be diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The boys are hooked together through a variety of circumstances and go on a quest along the Appalachian Trail. Their journey involves Early's story of the number pi and finding what is lost. Pirates, lost souls, a great black bear and star navigating are among what they encounter and discover.

This truly is a story of forgiveness and finding those who are lost while trying to find yourself in the process. It is also a story of true friendship. What it means to be a friend and also accept the friendship of someone else. And finally it is a story of the connection we all have to each other, connecting the dots - just as navigators do when using the stars as their guide.

I hope you all add Navigating Early to your 2012 reading lists. It is definitely a must read!
Have a great week and for my favorite MMGM picks, check out the list to the right on my website.