Monday Mentions: A book, A blog and a bear

A few Monday Mentions on this foggy Monday:

A book to check out:

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Beyond the Wicked Willow: Chronicles of a Teenage Witch Slayer

By M.J. Rocissono.

FRANKIE FRETINI has had a horrible year. And, just when he thinks things are looking up, well…all heck breaks loose. It happens in home-ec class just moments after the girl of his dreams, Jenny Moran, invites him to the annual town carnival. Still dazed from the unexpected invite, Frankie accidentally plasters the face of school bully, Brick McDuddy, with a giant scoop of chocolate mousse. Embarrassed, and fuming mad, Brick plots to deliver his painful revenge at the carnival. When Frankie, and his pals, Sam, Beef, and Bookworm show up to meet Jenny, Brick and his nasty bootlickers, Harold “The Horrible” Dunson and Billy “Scat” Pile, chase them into the eerie tent of an old Gypsy fortuneteller named Mala. Trapped with nowhere to run, Frankie makes a pact with Mala not knowing that he and his pals would be swept through her crystal ball to Medieval Italy. Now, their only hope to return home rests in Frankie’s hands. He must kill the evil Italian witch, Il Strega Diavolo, and rescue Mala’s twin sister, Tsura. But, can Frankie find the courage to face the Strega?

 

Want to follow a great blog dedicated to MG children’s books/authors? Check this one out I came across:

https://thebookmonsters.com/

How fun! 🙂

And because…why not! A GIANT BEAR. I may a grown woman, but I feel like I want a GIANT BEAR in life. What a great reading spot.  This also reminds me that I used to have a GIANT pink bear as a child…I wonder what ever happened to it?

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Cool books for Middle Grade Readers!

Recommended Middle Grade Reads on this beautiful Sunday!

Front Desk, by Kelly Yang.  Click here: Front Desk, By Kelly Yang

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Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed.

Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?

It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

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The Kneebone Boy: By Ellen Potter. Click Here: The Kneebone Boy

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Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where, according to legend, a monstrous half-beast boy roams the woods. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

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Terror in Boring Town (A Sam and Rex Adventure Book 1), By Hoot N Holler & Stephanie Adams. Click here:  Terror in Boring Town

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Twelve-year-old friends, Sam and Rex live in a boring town. But then mysterious strangers arrive, and the boys’ humdrum summer vacation turns into the exciting adventure they’ve dreamed about. 

When Sam and Rex accuse the strangers of being criminals, no one in the town believes them. The boys draft a plan to prove their suspicions are correct by uncovering the dangerous plot, which involves risking lives. 

But will their plan work? Will the boys be able to stop the criminals in time? And whose lives will they be risking to expose the criminals?


Like Vanessa, By Tami Charles. Click here: Like Vanessa.

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In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin’s real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa’s view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn’t need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.


A Dragon’s Treasure, by Ellie Lieberman, Click Here: A Dragon’s Treasure

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“It’s the difference between being someone’s treasure and being treasured by someone.” A dragon goes on an adventure to find the most precious treasure


Dragonmarsh by Barbara Lieberman, Click here: Dragonmarsh

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An ancient family estate, a teenage girl who feels banished from the world, a mysterious book, and a very strange old man. What could go wrong?

 

If you have read any of the above, what did you think?

Have you added any to you ‘wish list’?

Halloween Release!

Simply, because, Why not?

The release of ‘Saving Cara’ will coincide with Halloween season. Fitting, since there is a witch making an appearance in Tuma for this sequel.

I didn’t have a release party for ‘Saving Tuma’, but am considering one for ‘Saving Cara’.  I mean, any excuse for a party, right?

Any Halloween release party ideas?

Drop them below or send me a message!

Click here to find ‘Saving Tuma: Book One’

And check out this cool new Amazon feature for kids- access to kids books, movies, etc- FREE TRIAL and actually only $2.99/month thereafter.  Pretty cool concept!

Amazon FreeTime

Back to School- Books for 2nd-4th Graders!

More and more areas are starting school earlier- or, in some places, going year-round, but in my neck of the woods, the end of August is still the time parents rejoice. Children moan. Teachers hope for well behaved kids (and parents).

Back to school.

I sure hope kids are still encouraged to read, even in this day of technology. Whether the favorable eco-friendly Kindle or Tablet, or the beautiful smell of a paperback, in all it’s paper glory- Books are books and reading remains one of the best daily relaxing escapes from our real world.

Here are some new releases (2018) that are recommended for 2nd – 4th graders:

  1.  Mega Bat, By Anna Humphrey:    A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.
    Is it a ghost? A creaky floorboard?  Or…is it MegaBat
  2. Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure, By Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold: This Odyssey book series explores the history of the much-loved character John Avery Whittaker. The series introduces newcomers to the larger world of Odyssey. For readers who are already Odyssey-philes, the novels provide the history of the franchise’s most important character.

  3. The Day you Begin, By Jacqueline Woodson:  National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

 

Check them out and tell me how you like them!

What other books do you recommend for the middle grade ages?

Do you have favorites that you remember?

ARC’s Going out NEXT WEEK!- Bloggers-still time to sign up!

Whoa. Typing that took my breath away. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!

I’m SO EXCITED.

If you are interested in receiving an ARC- or have a blog and would like a copy to review- please email me your information to:  authoressmollymcgee@gmail.com.

This book exceeded my plot expectations. I swear these characters have a mind of their own. Tweens. Same in real life, I suppose.

ALSO- this might get hidden here, but I HAVE to tell you. We had so much fun in the seven-day giveaway, we are going to another one! Well, not seven-days, but a giveaway.

Make sure you are on the list to receive giveaway notifications! —>>> Giveaway Alerts!

TGIF. And now, back to writing.  (Sorry for lack of blogging- books come first!)

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What’s new in middle grade fiction?

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Truth is, I don’t know.

I’ve been supo-busy.  (I also like to make up my own phrases- if you don’t know me, I thought I would offer that disclaimer.)

‘Saving Tuma’ has been out for ten months- and the sequel is JUST now getting ready for publishing. I’m behind schedule. But that’s okay, because it was my schedule.

I enjoyed writing the characters through this book so much, I am anxiously ready to begin book 3, with the hopes that it will only take a few months. Or, at least less than ten.

Book 2 brings a little more excitement & danger to the trio as Cara disappears and Wendy and Daniel embark on a adventure to find her. Don’t worry- the Tumans play a central role, and favorite characters like Koda, Fanny and Zuzu return.

Enough about that. For now.  😉

I want to hear from you.

  1. Are there are GREAT middle grade fiction books that you just LOVE?  I’m a fan of characterization. I want awesome characters. 

      2.  I’m growing my reader team.  If you are interested in being a beta reader or if you are a blogger interested in a copy of either book, email me. 

                      AuthoressMollyMcGee@gmail.com