The Middle Grade Book Elves are giving away a total of 30 prizes of books for young readers, ages 8 to 14.
Click on the blog links below to find out about more about this great group of indie writers and their books. Keep scrolling to sign up for a chance to win a free ebook!
Jemima Pett: the Princelings of the East series (1st, 11th and 18th December)
M G King: Fizz & Peppers at the Bottom of the World (2nd and 10th December)
Fiona Ingram: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab (3rd and 12th December)
Wendy Leighton-Porter: The Shadows from the Past series (4th and 14th December)
Stanley and Katrina (Pet Authors): The Perpetual Papers of a Pack of Pets (5th and 17th December)
Ben Zackheim: Shirley Link, ace detective series (6th and 19th December)
Rebecca Douglass: The Ninja Librarian and Return to Skunk Corners (7th and 16th December)
Cheryl Carpinello: The Young Knights of the Round Table series (8th and 13th December)
S Smith: The Seed Savers series (9th and 18th December)
Julie Grasso: Caramel Cardamom series (11th and 22nd December)
Paul R Hewlett: Lionel’s Grand Adventure series (16th and 20th December)
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours. If the winner does not respond by December 28,a new draw will take place for a new winner. No cash alternatives will be offered. Authors may (at their sole discretion) offer a different ebook from that listed if the winner already owns the prize listed. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, but is is sponsored by the authors named and is hosted and managed by Jemima Pett, the Princelings author. Direct additional questions to jemima (dot) pett (at) gmail (dot) com.Read More
S. Smith is the author of the excellent SEED SAVER series, about a dystopic future where gardening and owning seeds is against the law. It’s up to three courageous friends to change the future.
But can these children learn enough about the old ways before being stopped by GRIM, the government agency controlling the nation’s food?
Personally, I can’t wait to read this series to my own kids — nothing will make vegetables more appealing than outlawing them! I recently had the opportunity to interview S. Smith to find out more about her two great passions: gardening and writing for children.
I once heard a gardener say that every garden is a saga — a constant cycle of birth, life, and death. Do you find drama in yours?
There’s always drama in my garden. So much so that I think half of the poems I write are about my garden. I once wrote a poem in the voices of various herbs who were arguing amongst themselves. And then of course there is the drama among the aphids, ants, slugs, squirrels, birds and all the other pests I don’t see, but the evidence of their visits is left behind in the hollowed out tomatoes or missing cucumber plants!
Have you already plotted out the rest of your Seed Savers series? Can you give us any teasers about what to expect in future books?
Very little! Unfortunately, I’m more the panster than plotter. I do hope that it will be a five book series, but it could go longer. One thing I will say is that I think things are probably going to get darker before we see the light. Is that enough of a teaser? Jason, Rose, and Trinia will definitely be back.
What were the biggest challenges in bringing this book to life?
The hardest part about bringing Treasure to life was just that it was my first book and I had to learn a lot about so many things in terms of do I get an agent, a publisher, an editor? What about the cover? I also didn’t yet have a website, a Twitter account … hardly any of that.
In terms of just writing, the hardest part for me in both books one and three was that my characters were traveling to and through places where I’d never been. And they are in the future! For my third book, Heirloom, I got to go to North Carolina and see some of the terrain Lily was traveling through. It was very insightful and I was able to make changes in the book after visiting.
I would definitely say “Go for it!” These days people who are traditionally published are out there doing all the same marketing that self-publishers do, with not a lot of the control benefits. It’s hard work, but I really enjoy it. However, I also think there is value in pursuing the elusive traditional book deal; it really causes you to spend time polishing up your manuscript which you might not otherwise do. Nobody appreciates the market being glutted by “books” that aren’t ready to be there.Read More
“The building groaned in the wind, ached under rainfall, grew tired of neglect. Then AJ came and things began to change.” — from the Bookshop Hotel
The Bookshop Hotel is emotionally rich and just the right length to devour in an afternoon curled up with a favorite cup of coffee. I could happily spend the rest of my days living in one of those cozy rooms above the bookshop of Klemm’s engaging imagination.
Twenty-six year old AJ Rys returns to her childhood hometown and begins restoring an old hotel bequeathed to her by her grandfather. Rotten boards are replaced, the woodwork is spruced up, and then the books move in. The wonderful bones of a Victorian mansion are resurrected anew into a bookshop where an old, dying community begins to hum to life once more. But AJ’s past identity within the small, sometimes confining, community clashes with who she’s becoming. A.J. must find the courage to come to terms with her past and forge her future in a community of people she cares about.
Klemm’s language is gorgeous, flowing from one beautiful sentence to the next. The characters jump fully formed from the page, feeling instantly like people I’d known my whole life. Hoping there will be a sequel so I can spend some more time in the old hotel in Lily Hollow! It already feels a little like home.Read More
Max Little pecked the ground
That afternoon the sky fell down.
Steely clouds roared like trains
Dropping ice and dagger rains.
Max flapped and whooped
Others safely to the coop.
Max himself was stricken,
But oh, what a chicken!
As struggling early readers, they demanded skinny, picture-filled books. They progressed into thin, chapter-filled volumes. Now, neither of them will touch a book unless it’s three inches thick and heavy enough to wield as a weapon against anyone who tries to get them to turn out their lights at a reasonable bedtime.
These are some of their favorites. Check content for age appropriateness – at times maturity level and weight are unrelated. I’ll be updating this list from time to time. Find a printable pdf of this list here.Read More
In the Persian classic 1001 NIGHTS, a ruthless king chooses a new wife each day and beheads her the next morning. When Scheheradaze learns that she is chosen to be the next doomed queen, she does not despair. Instead, in the dark hours of her wedding night she weaves a brilliant, but unfinished story.Read More
Ernest Vincent Wright wrote GADSBY, a 50,000 word novel without a single E. His characters are as interesting as cardboard, and the plot is nostalgically meandering (think Thornton Wilder’s Our Town without the profundity). But his achievement is nothing less than astonishing, accomplished by tying down the “E” key on his typewriter for the final copy. For five months he shunned the simple past tense of most words and created a plot that required a sparse use of numbers and no definite articles.Read More
One chilly morning in March of 1835, a chambermaid used a stack of scrap paper to kindle a nice cozy fire. Unfortunately, that stack of scrap paper was Thomas Carlyle’s handwritten first volume of THE FRENCH REVOLUTION that he had lent to John Stuart Mill for review. (It’s current paperback edition contains 380 small-print pages crammed with Carlyle’s feverish prose, in case you were wondering how many pages of work went up in flames that day).
How could Mill explain to Carlyle that months of his life now lay in a heap of ashes in his grate? He did what seemed right in that courageous century (lacking the convenience and cowardice of instant text messaging). He visited Carlyle in person, bringing the burned scraps with him.Read More
Beyond the shallows, into the deep
Just one more thing before we sleep
For Marco Polo’s been lost and found
And lost again, then somehow drowned
In games of sharks and minnows
(If someone won, no one knows).Read More
When nine-year-old Milton Sirotta’s uncle asked him to come up with a name for a number that had a hundred zeros after it, he left oodles of possible words ending in “-illion” behind, and coined the word “Googol.” In case you’re wondering, the number looks like this: