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12×12 Update! February 2014

1 Mar


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I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge again this year. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2014. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it.

February has been a pretty successful month for me. I wrote a new PB draft, and I revised an old one. Two super awesome members of the group let me be in their critique group this year. I can’t wait to get started with that (we are starting this month). I also have found the 12×12 Forum easier to use this year (WOO HOO – Ms. Hedlund!). I have used it a bunch already and submitted a pitch and the first 250 words of a PB MS I wrote. Life is good. :)

I am looking forward to learning a lot this year!

How about you? How’s your writing going? Are you doing 12×12?

Character Book Club: Taylor Davis from Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul [by Michelle Isenhoff]

14 Feb

Hello, readers! I usually do Perfect Picture Book Friday (check out PPBF at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE) but this week I am doing The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow blog’s Character Book Club! Next week I will be back with a great PPBF post!

Today I get to interview…

“Um Erik, I’m sorry to tell you this but, you can’t do the interview.” 

“Yeah, it’s CHARACTER book club.”

Tomato and Pea, what are you guys doing here? If you readers don’t know, Tomato and Pea are the characters from my book, “The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: A Bad Idea.”

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“Well Erik, you aren’t a book character so I’m sorry, you can’t do the interview. Pea and I are the ones who will do the interview.”

Can I just say who you are going to interview?

“No.”

Oh, okay I’ll just wait over there in the corner.

Hi everyone! Tomato here. Pea and I are going to interview the main character from Michelle Isenhoff’s exciting series “Taylor Davis” for Character Book Club!

In this series, Taylor Davis, along with Elena Camila Velasquez Cartahena, and their guardian angels/agents, Mike (short for Amikim) and Ranofur, need to save the world from chaos and destruction. Bartholomew Swain (a horrible pirate who ate a rotten piece of fruit from the Tree of Life) keeps causing trouble and trying to destroy the world. The friends romp through heaven and earth to stomp bad guys and save… well they save everything!

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(click HERE for Erik’s review of Book 1, and HERE for Erik’s review of Book 2!).

Now on to the interview and Character Book Club!

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Tomato: Hello, Taylor Davis! Thank you for stopping by Character Book Club this month. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Taylor: Sure, Tomato. Well, I was a pretty ordinary guy until my folks moved to the Caribbean. I mean, I’ve never been much of an athlete. If there’s a patch of ice on the sidewalk, I’ll probably be the one to fall on it. But I pass most of my classes in school, and I like hanging out with my friends. This whole fight-the-bad-guys-with-a-big-sword thing was NOT my idea.

Pea: In your stories, you say you are part of your school’s drama club. What is your favorite play that you were in?

Taylor: Dude, that’s easy—Peter Pan. I played the crocodile. Great costume and no lines. That was my first year at Zander, back when I didn’t know what anyone was saying. But a crocodile can tick-tock the same in Spanish as in English.

Tomato: No hablan español ¿eh? What’s it like being in Heaven and hanging out with your Guardian Angel, Mike?

Taylor:  Well, we haven’t exactly had a chance to play ping-pong or anything. We’ve been a little preoccupied with red alerts, Churkon assaults, and, er, trying not to fall off flying horses. (Shut up, Elena.)

Pea: Speaking of red alerts, how heavy and big is the sword of Findul? Did you ever pretend you were Luke Skywalker with it?

Taylor: The sword is a beast! It’s four foot long and weighs over five pounds. Great for adding some bulk to the biceps, but you have to be careful not to light your hair on fire. Takes some getting used to. (Shhhh…don’t tell Ranofur, but, yeah, I did once. Sound effects and everything.)

Tomato: The very evil Bartholomew Swain seems to be set on destroying the world. Why is he so cranky?

Taylor: You got me. The guy had great business sense, long life, and a really cool British accent. It must have come from hanging out with Davy Jones.

Pea: I don’t care who he hangs out with Swain is CREE-PY! If two space aliens, say, maybe two handsome guys named “Bean” and “Carrot,” crash-landed  near your school, Zander National Academy, and you found them, what advice would you give them about surviving on EAR-TH?

Taylor: You know, I’m getting a pretty strong hankering for stir-fry.

Assuming these new veggies, er, aliens, are friends of yours, I have one word for them: weapons. It looks like you’re pretty set up with techy gadgets, but if you ever want anything more medieval—you know, blood, sweat, hospital visits—I can probably hook you up. Though you are pretty small…

Tomato:  We may be small, but we pack a punch! What was the coolest thing that has happened to you during all of your adventures?

Taylor: Where do I start? It was pretty cool when that cabbie morphed into a Swaug and I almost went deep sea diving in the taxi cab.  I mean, I almost peed my pants at the time, but looking back and knowing that I lived is pretty cool. I got to drive once, too. I pegged out the speedometer all the way through Southampton. That was pretty awesome! But probably the coolest thing that happened was finding out I can do more than I thought I could, and knowing my team always has my back.

Pea: Do you like scented candles?

Taylor: Um…no. And I’m going to pretend you didn’t just ask me that.

Tomato: Yes, I will ignore that one too, Pea. Do you know where will you be going your next adventure yet?

Taylor: With any luck, it will involve dinner, a movie, and a girl named Jennifer somewhere in Jersey…

Pea: Can you tell us about that Isenhoff lady who takes credit for all your hard work?

Taylor: Oh, yeah, her. My lawyer would probably advise me not to comment. The lawsuit is still pending.

Pea: What do you th-

That’s enough, Pea.

Thanks for coming Taylor! Much appreciated. Hope all goes well with saving the world and such (not sure about the Jennifer part though…)! Have fun!

To learn more about Taylor Davis and that thieving Isenhoff lady, go to her website HERE

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Wanderville by Wendy McClure

10 Feb

I am starting the week off right – a 2-hour school delay AND a great book to tell you about!

wandervilleWanderville (Book 1 of the Wanderville Series)

By Wendy McClure

224 pages – ages 8+

Published by Razorbill on January 23, 2014

Jack wasn’t an orphan, but his parents put him on an orphan train after his older brother died in a factory fire. His parents couldn’t afford to have Jack live with them anymore. Jack makes friends on the train. His new friends, Frances and her little brother Harold, are just happy to not be separated from each other. The kids hear horrible rumors about the place they’re heading for, the Pratcherd Ranch. So, they hatch an idea. When the train stops, the kids jump off it! Soon after, they meet Alexander, a kid who had escaped from the Pratcherd Ranch. They become friends and they make a town where kids in need can find refuge. The children call it Wanderville.

This was an outstanding, well-written book. Ms. McClure has instantly become a favorite author of mine with this book! The story was one I couldn’t put down. I really identified with the characters who were taken from New York and left in Kansas (we recently moved from just outside Philadelphia to a VERY rural area). Ms. McClure’s writing style really draws you into the story. It made it seem like I jumped off the train with Jack, Frances, and Harold. There is some very minor violence at the Pratcherd Ranch, but most of it happens between chapters and isn’t graphic. I love the history I learned about the orphan trains too. I first learned about them in Clare Vanderpool’s “Moon Over Manifest,” but learned more about them from this book. Jack sounds like a boy I’d love to be friends with. He’s pretty adventurous. I think kids will love this book! I can’t wait for Book 2! :D

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Ms. McClure’s website is packed with activities, history, cool things about her research for this book and much more. To visit her website, please click HERE.

Like Ms. McClure’s Facebook page HERE.

Follow her on Twitter HERE.

Visit the publisher’s website HERE.

Rrrrrrggggle! (The Wesley Series) by Monsieur J and Mister F

30 Jan

wesley Rrrrrrggggle! (The Wesley Series)

By Monsieur J and Mister F

Illustrated by Papaya

139 pages – ages 9+

Available as an ebook

Published by Monsieur J & Mister F on November 10, 2013

Wesley is a 5th grader who just happens to be a zombie. He and his family have just moved to Stuff Falls, and he will go to Stuff Falls Middle School, which is a regular human school. Everyone knows that he’s a zombie, so he makes a friend with a half-zombie (whose mom is human, and dad is zombie), who shrinks every year because of him being half-zombie (I don’t really understand that, so please don’t ask detailed questions ;) ), and is obsessed with acting. He also becomes friends with a young yeti girl. The school bully, a human, is not one of Wesley’s friends, and has challenged him to a hard, deadly game, which will decide if  he will be left alone (or tormented) by the bully for the rest of the school year.

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I usually do not accept books about zombies or monsters. It usually isn’t my thing, but I try one every now and again. This is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved this because it didn’t focus on the scary “zombie brain-eater apocalypse” part of zombies. True, the zombies eat organs, but Wesley’s parents eat animal organs, and Wesley is a vegetarian. I love how in the story, zombie is passed via genes (like the half-zombie kid). I like that the story is about a young zombie trying to make friends and fit in. That was pretty funny. I like how Wesley’s dog is allergic to humans. :) The illustrations are cute and cartoon like. They are fun to look at and add to the story. You can see examples above this paragraph, and below it too. The story isn’t really about monsters, it’s about having a good family and good friends. I like how the authors puts a zombie in as the “new kid.” This book is a quick, humorous read, great for reluctant readers, especially boys. I can’t wait for book two!

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I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

Visit the Wesley the Zombie website HERE.

Like Wesley on Facebook HERE.

Follow Wesley on Twitter HERE.

Spirit Animals Book 2: Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater

7 Jan

Today is NO SCHOOL TUESDAY! Thanks to -7F (-23F with wind chill) temperatures my school is closed!

So I guess I will review a book! :)

This one is released TODAY! I was lucky to get an ARC of it. It is from a new(ish) series by Scholastic called Spirit Animals. It is in the format of The 39 Clues, different authors continue the story. I love The 39 Clues and seeing where the different authors take the story. I really enjoyed the first book of the Spirit Animals series (see my review HERE). Book 1 was by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven author) who is one of my favorite authors. The second book in the series is out today!

huntedSpirit Animals Book 2: Hunted

By Maggie Stiefvater

192 pages – ages 8+

Published by Scholastic Inc. on January 7, 2014

In book 1, four kids have come of age and are allowed to drink from the Nectar of Ninani and see if they get a Spirit Animal. Conor, Meilin, Abeke, and Rollan each summon one of the Four Fallen Great Beasts.

In Book 2, Abeke has joined the Greencloaks (the good-guys), but is still untrusted by Meilin, Conor, and Rollan. With good reason, of course – she did, at first, fight for the enemy (the Conquerors). When they hear word of Rumfuss the Boar (a Great Beast) and his talisman (an object that could turn the tides for the Greencloaks against the Conquerors, or vice versa) being up north, the four kids and the Four Great Beasts (their spirit animals; Abeke’s, Uraza the Leopard; Meilin’s, Jhi the Panda; Conor’s, Briggan the Wolf; and Rollan’s, Essix the Falcon), along with teacher Tarik and guide Finn, plan to find Rumfuss and get the talisman peacefully. But there is a twist. There are some new enemies abroad…

This is a great second book to this series. Ms. Stiefvater really did this book very well. I like her writing style so much that I hunted (no pun intended) down her other books! :) Sadly she is mostly a YA author and my parents think the books are a bit too old for me, but I am adding her books to my list of books I want to read when I am older! I love how Ms. Stiefvater goes into depth about what Jhi’s and Essix’s powers are and how they are used. That was very cool. I like how Ms. Stiefvater kept me on the edge of my seat with lots of action and a story that was interesting and fun. I couldn’t put the book down, literally, I read this book in one afternoon. :) The book also goes into depth about the Bile (A form of the Nectar of Ninani that gives the caller all of  the power) and what it does. I like Abeke. She is a great character. Conor’s cool too. Can’t wait for Book 3!

The online game is really great. I usually don’t get into online games (although I love The 39 Clues game too), but Josie and I both enjoy playing this one. You can train your spirit animal and go on missions with them. :) Try it HERE.

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I give “Hunted” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Taylor Davis and the Clash of Kingdoms by Michelle Isenhoff

6 Jan

Let me start the New Year off right with a review of a great book!  :D

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By Michelle Isenhoff

244 pages – ages 9+ (ebook reviewed)

Published by CreateSpace on January 1, 2014

Taylor Davis is back, along with Elena Camila Velasquez Cartahena, and their guardian angels/agents, Mike (short for Amikim) and Ranofur! They need to save the world from chaos and destruction, before a third World War erupts! The team is sure that Bartholomew Swain (a horrible pirate who ate a rotten piece of fruit from the Tree of Life who they thought they got rid of in the first book – Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul  – see my review HERE) is behind several hypnotized students, friends of Taylor, who have tried to beat him up, but they have no proof. The trouble isn’t just at Taylor’s school though. The whole world is going wonky. When the European Union, British Parliament, and the United Nations erupt in violence, Taylor knows something very bad is up. How will he and his team stop it – whatever it is?

This was a great second book in the Taylor Davis trilogy. I love how Mrs. Isenhoff writes an exciting adventure appropriate for middle grade kids.  The action kept me on the edge of my seat and the story kept me wanting to read more. Taylor and Elena are great characters that I enjoy reading about. I love the mix of angels/villains/humans in the series. Taylor seemed to have changed at the end of the book, more mature, I think, but in a good way. I guess saving the world will do that to a character! I like the sounds (but not the looks) of Simgali the Trickster – very interesting character.   Mrs. Isenhoff writing style gave me a great picture of the story without being dragged down with too many details. It made the book enjoyable to read. I could have done without the tad bit of romance (Elena has a boyfriend, and a thing at the end of the book), but that’s just me. ;)

I give this book five out of five bookworms! fivebooks

To learn more about Mrs. Isenhoff and her other books, please click HERE.

To find where to buy Taylor Davis 2 – click HERE.

Double Vision: Code Name 711 by F.T. Bradley Review and Giveaway!

21 Oct

Happy Monday!

Time for a Reading for Renn update!

That’s right, 84 points! I also have a couple of books I am taking tests on today (Its Halloween and I’m Turning Green by Dan Gutman, Bluffton by Matt Phelan, Escape from Mr. Lemonchello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Harriet the Spy By Louise Fitzhugh). I had a busy weekend of reading! WOO!

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Now on to today’s review PLUS I get to give away a copy of this great Middle Grade book! Read to the end to see how  to enter!

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Double Vision: Code Name 711

By F.T. Bradley

256 pages – ages 8+

Series: Double Vision

Published by HarperCollins on October 15, 2013

Linc Baker didn’t want to be a spy, he wanted to be just a regular kid. When he was recruited by a top-secret agency, Pandora, he was kind of annoyed. Luckily, he completed the mission, saved the world, blah blah blah, and he was called out of action. Well, he was out of action until now. When a secret agent steps out of a black car and asks for Linc, he knows Pandora is looking for him to go on another mission. To make matters worse, Linc is on the same case as agent Benjamin Green, an agent that looks exactly like Linc but is totally annoying and no friend to Linc.  Linc flies out to Washington D.C. to get his mission. Apparently, George Washington’s coat makes the wearer invincible and the coat has gone missing. A villain named “Dagger” plans to kill the president while wearing the coat. Linc and Ben need to find it, but they hate each other. They do what any two feuding agents would do. They make it a competition. Linc finds an ally in Amy, the president’s daughter. Together Linc and Amy set out to stop Dagger, save the president, and show up Ben.

Code Name 711 is the second book in the Double Vision Trilogy. Double Vision (Published in October 2012). doublevisionThe books do not have to be read in order because I was completely into this story even though I didn’t read the first book in the series (although Double Vision is now on my must read list). I really liked this book. Ms. Bradley writes an adventure story that is exciting and interesting and totally appropriate for middle grade readers. I love that it takes place Washington DC and that it involves history a little bit. Linc is an awesome character. He is very realistic and believable as a kid. I like that he has the assignment to guard the FIrst Daughter (Amy) and that they make a good team in trying to defeat Dagger. The idea of two people looking exactly alike (Linc and Ben) and that they hate each other is hysterical.  I like the idea of the “Dangerous Doubles” in the book (things in history that have a magical power that had to have a copy made to make it less suspicious). Ms. Bradley has a great writing style and wrote a thrilling spy adventure for kids. I can’t wait to read Book 1, and then, I’ll wait for Book 3!

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I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!

To learn more about the Double Vision series, please visit the book’s official website HERE!

Visit Ms. Bradley’s website HERE or follow her on Twitter @FTBradleyAuthor.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

One lucky commenter’s name will be chosen out of a hat by my sister Josie on October 26th. I will announce the winner on October 27th. To enter, tell me what code name you would use if you were a secret agent (or you could just say I REALLY want to win this book if you can’t think of a good code name).

Thank you for reading my blog!

Otis Dooda: Strange but True by Ellen Potter

14 Oct

otisdoodaOtis Dooda: Strange but True

Written by Ellen Potter

Illustrated by David Heatley

Soundtrack by David Heatley

225 pages – ages 7+

Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 4, 2013

Otis Dooda and his family have moved from the small town of Hog’s Head, to the big city of New York.  They live on the top floor of Tidwell Towers, neighboring a girl whose bedroom is on the ceiling, a boy who has a rare “French Gerbil Hound” (It’s really a miniature horse/pony, but the apartment doesn’t take horses, but it takes dogs), and some weird old lady. And it doesn’t help that there is some strange lady named “Ms. Yabby” who writes news that goes on in the Towers, called the Tidwell Tidbits – and, the fact is, most of it isn’t true, just rumors and gossip. That’s a problem, especially when it targets a new family in the Towers… The Doodas! And, apparently, Otis is cursed by a guy hiding in a potted plant, saying that Otis will break all of his bones before the next full-moon. Otis finds out that the weird potted plant guy’s predictions ALWAYS come true. What can a kid do?

I will say that I am a fan of Ellen Potter. I have read Spilling Ink and Slob. Ms. Potter didn’t disappoint me with Otis Dooda! It is a hilarious book! I really like the unrealistic (but possible) things that happen – it actually makes the story even more hilarious! I like the cannon that shoots you into a giant vat of marshmallow fluff, and Peaches (the horse/dog/rodent :) ). The illustrations are pretty funny, realistic, and they are incorporated into the text, similar to  Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Big Nate. The illustration style of the book makes it more fun to read. Otis Dooda is great character and I LOVED reading about him. He makes some really dumb decisions in the book (but what kid doesn’t) that leads to hilarious outcomes! This is a great story that is guaranteed to make young boys (and girls) laugh out loud (I’m a BIG boy, and I sure laughed out loud! :D )! I am already waiting for Book 2 (which is titled Otis Dooda: Downright Dangerous and due out March 2014)!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

BONUS!  Did I mention that there is also a soundtrack for the book, which you can find HERE? Yes you heard me right! A book with its own sound track! It’s pretty good and VERY silly! Kids will love it! The soundtrack is written and performed by the very talented David Heatley (who also illustrated the book). It is based on the book and the 16-songs in the soundtrack go well with the story. I especially like the “Poodles of Mass Destruction” song. My sister liked paging through the book while the songs were playing and finding which parts of the book the song was about. The theme song is very catchy. In fact my sister and I sang the “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Dooda” for two days straight (then my dad started singing Surfin’ USA and we all agreed to just stop). You can hear samples of the soundtrack HERE!

Visit the Otis Dooda website HERE!

Check out the cool trailer for the book!

Chupacabra by Roland Smith

5 Sep

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By Roland Smith
336 pages – ages 9+
Will be Published by Scholastic Press on October 1 (although Amazon has it as September 24), 2013

I HAVE BEEN WAITING (not so patiently) FOR THIS BOOK! Imagine my happy face when I won an ARC copy of it from Mr. Smith’s website! :D WOO! (Side note – Mr. Smith always has a cool contest going on — check them out by clicking HERE). Chupacabra is the next book in Mr. Smith’s series about cryptids (Book 1 is Cryptid Hunters and Book 2 is Tentacles). “What’s a cryptid?” you ask? Well maybe you didn’t, but I’m going to tell you. Crypids are creatures that are reported to exist, but it hasn’t been proven (like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster).

In the first book of the series (Cryptid Hunters), we meet Grace and Marty.

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After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn’t even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.

In Chupacabra, Marty, Grace, and Luthor (Marty’s best friend, who came into the story in Tentacles) are back! Grace has “willingly” gone with the evil Noah Blackwood (Grace’s grandfather who goes around collecting rare animals to put in his zoos, and after they’ve hit their prime, he stuffs them, plus, he always tries to foil Wolfe and his team, and only for the money and fame). In reality, one of the team (good guys) was held at gun-point to force Grace to go with Noah.  And now the team (Wolfe, Marty, Luthor, etc.) have to get Grace back. It doesn’t help that Blackwood has started making weird genetic mutations in a science lab. Blackwood determined that the Chupacabra was really only a myth so he does what any other evil guy would do… he made his own CHUPACABRA! He plans to release it into the world (to be exact, the small town of Glen Rose, Texas, home of the AWESOME Reading with Rhythm blogger dog! WATCH OUT RHYTHM!!!) so he can come in, capture it, save the day, and put it on display at his zoo. Well, that can’t happen. Oh no. Not at all. The good guys have got to stop this (and rescue Grace)!

I LOVE this series and this is the best book yet in it!  The action is incredible! The humor is unbearably FUNNY! Mr. Smith knows how to mix the right amount of humor into his books. I like the new character, Daniel. He’s cool. I think the cover is cool, but, in case you find it scary, don’t worry. This is NOT a horror book. This is a clean, fun read, and the scariest part is when Luthor is crawling through a maze of vents and Chupacabra was released into the vents (okay THAT was pretty creepy). The book has exciting moments that will have you on the edge of your seat (or in my case beanbag chair)! I also like how Mr. Smith has characters from his books from his other series show up in other books. It’s kind of cool. I thought it was cool that Mr. Smith wrote a couple chapters in the book from the perspective of the Chupacabra – very cool. I’m lovin’ Mr. Smiith’s writing skills even more, with each book I read of his! His writing style is great – a cup of surprises, 2 cups of suspense, a pinch of scariness, and 5/6 of a cup of humor!

I should mention that you don’t have to have read the other books in the series to totally enjoy Chupacabra (although you should – they are great reads).

I give Chupacabra 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

See my reviews of Crytid Hunters HERE and Tentacles HERE. Also, check out Roland Smith’s website HERE!

THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL By Fowler DeWitt

4 Sep

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Before I get to today’s review, I want to announce the winner of the Sea Monster Books by Kate Messner! Josie has randomly picked a name out of a hat and we have a winner!

Congratulations SUSAN CABAEL who teaches at a school that has a shark for a mascot (I hope the shark is a good fish friend)!

I will be emailing you to get your address so your books can be sent to you!

Didn’t win the Sea Monster Books? Well have no fear! I have ANOTHER super give away today! WOO! It is for a fun middle-grade book called -

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THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

By Fowler DeWitt

Illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo

272 pages – ages 7+

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2013

Wilmer Dooley didn’t know what kind of illness would be turning his sixth-grade classmates colors. Not just red from sunburn, or yellow from jaunitis, we are talking purple, green, and orange! The illness also seems to super-charge the kids who have it. Wilmer decides it is up to him and his scientific abilities to find a cure and save the day (especially after the girl he has a crush on comes down with the illness). Wilmer figures if he can find a cure, he will surely win the science fair. Unfortunately Wilmer’s arch-nemesis Claudius Dill is out to steal all the credit for himself and the school’s science teacher is out to get Wilmer, too. Can Wilmer use his scientific skills to erase these colors and save the sixth grade class?

This book was SUPER fun for me to read. I love the science part to it! I liked the combination of science, sickness, silliness and a sinister science teacher (I couldn’t think of an “s” word for teacher ;) ). The book made science sound really cool (which it is). The story plot has pretty much everything a kid could want, excitement, good guys, bad guys, romance between Wilmer and Roxie, his crush, and a diabolical teacher. Mr. Dewitt’s writing style makes the book enjoyable for kids at all different levels of reading. I have to say that there are some “gross-out” moments in the book, which I found funny, but I could see where that would turn some people off. For this reason, I know some people won’t like it, but as a kid, I found the book hysterical.  Wilmer is a great character and I think a lot of kids can relate to him.  I also loved Mr. Dooley, Wilmer’s kooky dad.

Five out of five bookworms for the funny Contagious Colors! fivebooks

Now for the give away! The prize will ship directly from the publisher and they will only ship to US addresses (sorry). One lucky blog reader will win Custom-made Contagious Colors Band-Aids and a copy of The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School! Just leave a comment to be entered! The contest runs from today until September 10th. My sister, Josie, will randomly pick a name out of a hat from all the entries. I will announce the winner on Wednesday September 11th.

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I thought the trailer was hysterical too.

To learn more about THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL, please visit the book’s official website by clicking HERE.

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