Monday, February 18, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Destiny, Rewritten and a GIVEAWAY!

I have waited months to share this book with you all, but wanted to wait until its release week. Yes, today's book will be released tomorrow, February 19th! The author has become a wonderful friend of mine, and I'm so thrilled to also be hosting a giveaway, more details at the end of the post.

by: Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Katherine Tegen Books - an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2013

Destiny, Rewritten is Kathryn's third middle-grade novel. I've shared her first two novels on my blog as well: The Year the Swallows Came Early and A Diamond in the Desert. If you haven't, definitely check them out!

First, don't you just love the cover?  I absolutely adore it! But, before I gush any more about the book, let me share the description from Goodreads:

Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn’t even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her English-professor mother will frown on. Then a seeming tragedy strikes: just after discovering that it contains an important family secret, she accidentally loses the special copy of Emily Dickinson’s poetry that was given to her at birth. As Emily and her friends search for the lost book in used bookstores and thrift shops all across town, Emily’s understanding of destiny begins to unravel and then rewrite itself in a marvelous new way.

Destiny, Rewritten is one of those books that you just can’t put down. The message it shares, that every choice a person makes impacts someone or something, really spoke to me. It shows that what you’re waiting or looking for may be right in front of you the entire time, if we would only slow down and take the time to see it.

Emily learns all of this as she deals with the loss of the book of poetry, the search for her father and the ups and downs that happen in the life of an eleven-year-old. I enjoyed the relationship she has with her best friend, Wavey, especially when they start a conversation that just keeps going and going and ends on a completely different tangent than where it started. So like tween girls!

Of Kathryn Fitzmaurice’s three books, this is my favorite. Maybe because books and writing are so central to the plot, or maybe because watching organized, Type A personality Emily try to be free and unorganized had me laughing at times, or maybe just because it was an enjoyable read seeing how Emily’s search for her destiny would end.

Kathryn has generously given me a signed, hardcover copy of Destiny, Rewritten as a giveaway, but, you will need to stop by tomorrow to win.  Kathryn will be guest posting on my blog and I will have the specifics of the giveaway at the end of that post. 

For other MMGM posts, be sure to check out the list to the right on my blog.  And come back tomorrow for Destiny, Rewritten release day fun!