Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mrs. Master is a Disaster -- Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“There is progress whether ye are going forward or backward! The thing is to move.” 
~ Edgar Cayce ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Have you ever heard of the First Person Plural point of view? I never had until I read the essay HERE from Aerogramme Writer’s Studio. Fascinating. I suspect we will be seeing this perspective more often. 

HERE are some great tips about writing from writers. My personal favorites are 3, 15, and 17. There may be an ad when you open this, but it’s worth waiting for. 

Have you received a Revise and Resubmit request from an agent? I sure hope it happens to me one of these days. Anyway, HERE is a good post from Guide to Literary Agents on that topic. 

On the Writing News from Rosi front, I have a couple of things to report. I had an email from High Five Magazine recently. They bought a little story from me back in 2011. They are going to (finally!) publish it in the March 2018 issue, and they have a wonderful artist lined up to illustrate it. I don't think I'm allowed to mention who, but I'm excited! The other news is that I have been accepted to the SCBWI Nevada mentorship program for this year! WooHoo! It's a great program and am so honored to be part of it. I really think this will be a huge step for me in my writing.

Last week, I offered a copy of Greek Myths: Three Heroic Tales by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, and illustrated by Carole Henaff. Our winner this week is Danielle Hammelef. Congratulations, Danielle! She always shares my link lots of places for extra chances. I appreciate that and it's fun for me when her name pops out as winner. Danielle, I will get the book out to you soon. For the rest of you, I have a really fun book to give away this week.

I was looking for some really light middle-grade books to keep my review list from being too overwhelming. I saw a couple Dan Gutman books on the list and grabbled them. His books are pretty funny stuff. I love his footnotes. Here is the review I wrote for Mrs. Master is a Disaster.

It is Grandparent's Day in A.J.’s classroom. The old fogies (A.J.’s grandfather's word) come trooping in and tell their stories. Some are pretty funny and some are pretty interesting. But the most interesting of all is Alexia's grandmother, Mrs. Master. She is an inventor. She has invented some amazing things such as self-tying shoes and eyeglasses with little windshield wipers on them. Needless to say, the kids are very intrigued. They decide if they can invent something, they can all become bazillionaires! Mrs. Master agrees to mentor them. First they must come up with an idea for a product that everyone would want or need. After kicking around a few ideas, they decide that everyone needs a toilet seat — but one that glows in the dark, smells nice, can carry on a
Dan Gutman
conversation, and is heated. What could go wrong?

Dan Gutman is a very, very funny guy who writes very, very funny books. This is no exception. And his partner in crime … um, I mean funny books … is illustrator Jim Paillot who makes Gutman’s funny books just that much funnier. Early middle-grade readers will race through this latest offering.

I have a gently-read paperback of this book to share with one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Greek Myths: Three Heroic Tales -- Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader
and from the reader the writer learns.” 
~ P.L. Travers ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Dialog, dialog, dialog. I can’t get enough of good posts about making it better. HERE is a great one from M. L. Keller. She does use a few, ahem, bad words (although I don’t think there is any such thing as a bad word as long as it does its job), so be aware of that. 

K. M. Weiland has two posts on plotting problems. See HERE if your plots are too flat and HERE to help you with plots that are too complex. 

Janice Hardy, it seems, has a second site called Romance University. Who knew? Anyway, she has a wonderful post HERE on An Easy Way to Create Conflict in Your Novel. 

The Mendocino Coast Writer's Conference last week was amazing. If any of you ever have a
Lewis Buzbee
chance to take a class of any kind from Lewis Buzbee, do it. He is simply wonderful. We had twelve in our workshop (three morning workshops of about three hours each), and I learned a great deal not only from what others had to say about my writing, but from what everyone had to say about all the writing we looked at. In addition there were pitch sessions with critiques by agents and editors, readings by all workshop leaders and many of the attendees, and other workshops such as the ones I attended on dialogue and screenwriting. And of course, Mendocino is just a spectacular place. So, my writing well is a bit fuller than it was before, thanks to that terrific three days.

Amandine's birthday picture
I have a new resident at my home. I saw several pleas on our neighborhood email group for host homes for exchange students. When my daughters were still at home and in school, we hosted five exchange students -- three from Germany, one from Sweden, and one from Yugoslavia. The experiences were great and I thought it might be nice to offer my home now. I contacted them and they had a young woman in Belgium who had not yet been placed. After checking me out, the organization decided I probably am not a serial killer, and they sent her to me. Amandine Crabbe arrived last Sunday night, we celebrated her 18th birthday on Monday, and she started at the local high school on Wednesday. I think it should be a fun and rewarding year for both of us.

When last we met, I promised an ARC of The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York by Goeff Rodkey. This week's winner is Tudy. Congratulations, Tudy! I will be getting your book out to you soon. For the rest of you, please keep reading, I do have another wonderful book to give away this week. 

This week I will share my love of retold myths. I ran across a middle-grade book for review
called Greek Myths: Three Heroic Tales by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden and illustrated by Carole Henaff. It is a real winner. Here is the review I've written for the Manhattan Book Review. 

Hades steals the beautiful Persephone to be his bride, but her mother, Demeter, is so heartbroken she withholds all her gifts to the earth of growing things. Zeus demands Persephone’s return but only if she hasn’t eaten any food in Hades. But Persephone had eaten six seeds from a pomegranate, so a compromise is reached allowing her to live six months above ground, saving the earth. The story of Theseus and the Minotaur is one young people will especially relate to with such a young man who seems to be a hero, then turns out not to be. Justice in the world of the Greek gods is swift and painful. The third tale, that of Orpheus and the love of his life Eurydice, is simply a lovely story that will enthrall readers.

Authors Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden retell these ancient stories in beautiful, lyrical language putting their own stamp on them with unusual details. They include back-matter for each to familiarize young readers with the stories’s origins.Illustrator Carole Henaff completes the stories with art that hearkens back to ancient Greece, reminiscent of art found on vases and amphoras of that period. Middle graders will love this.

I have a gently-read paperback of this book to share with one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York -- Review and giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” 
~ Larry King ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
If you need some tips for writing superbad villains, HERE is the post for you from The Creative Pen. 

Michelle Keller at Just Write… has a great post HERE that will help you make your dialog sections much more interesting. 

The Writer Magazine has a terrific article HERE on rejecting rejection. It’s a good one. 

I took the last two weeks off to spend some time traveling with my grandchildren. Gehrig, 15 and 11/12ths, just got his driver's permit and was thrilled to go with a grandma who wanted help with the driving. Gracie, who turned 12 while we were on the trip, was pretty content to watch scenery and supply us with her personal playlist for our listening pleasure. I'm happy to say she is heavy into 80s music. Great stuff. 

We left early and drove to Salt Lake City the first day, then on to Denver to stay with my best friend from college, her wife, and their three odd little dogs. Using this as home base, Gehrig and I had tickets for a Rockies game. This is where blogging came to be a blessing. Through the years, I have faithfully read Greg Pattridge's wonderful blog, Always in the Middle, and he has faithfully read mine. We became blogging buddies, and he had asked me to get in touch if I made it to the Denver area. I did, and Greg got a ticket for the Rockies game near where we were sitting and graciously drove Gehrig and I to the game and back. The traffic in Denver is CRAZY and, if you don't know where you are going, pretty intimidating. What a gift! If that weren't enough, he hosted the kids and I for lunch at his home and gave us all books. Thanks, Greg! It was so much fun. 

After a few days in Denver, we drove through the mountains to Montrose, Colorado, to visit with family. My son Mark and his wife, Cindy, hosted us and took Gehrig fishing every morning we were there. He was one happy guy.They also had a lovely birthday party for Gracie. Mark spent some time as a chef and is a great cook. Cindy is no slouch. We ate incredibly well (probably way too well), had a lot of fun, but after eight days away, we were ready to head home. Gehrig got over a thousand miles of driving under his belt and is well on his way to getting his license, and I had a simply wonderful time with my grandkids. 

I will likely be gone again next week. I am going to be attending the Mendocino Coast Writer's Conference. I submitted a writing sample and won a scholarship for half the registration fee. I'm very excited. I will be attending a series of workshops led by Lewis Buzbee! I LOVED his book Steinbeck's Ghost and hope to read something else by him before I get there. Attendees were able to submit short pieces of fiction for a contest. I entered an adult short story and came in second in that category where they had 60 entries. Smiling here! I will get a check for that when I get there and the story will be considered for publication in the Noyo River Review. As a bonus, the temperature will be hovering around 100 degrees where I live next weekend, and it will be around 70 in Mendocino, a beautiful little artist's community on the northern coast of California. Still smiling!

When last we met here, I offered an ARC of Women Who Dared: 52 Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Legends by Linda Skeers. Our winner this time is Joanne Roberts. Congratulations, Joanne! Joanne is a writer/illustrator from Pennsylvania. You can find out more about her and see some of her wonderful art HERE and read her blog, Bookish Ambition, HERE. Joanne, I will get your book out to you soon. For the rest of you, another give away, so please keep reading.

This post has gotten way too long, so just a quick few words about The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York. I have reviewed some of Geoff Rodkey's books, including an earlier Tapper Twins book HERE. I love his stuff. It is funny and smart and just the kind of thing that will get kids reading, no matter how reluctant they are. This is no exception. Claudia and Reese are back at their bickering best. Claudia decides a scavenger hunt is a great way to raise money for a charity and manages to get the whole school involved. What could go wrong? The words "just about anything" come to mind while reading this fast-paced, screwball comedy written in choppy tween-speak conversation and text messages. Lots of funny pictures add to this very quick, very fun read. 

I have a gently-read ARC of this book to share with
Geoff Rodkey
one of you. 
To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Women Who Dared -- Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, 
the farther you get.”  
~ Michael Phelps ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Jane Friedman has a wonderful post HERE on How to Immediately Improve Your Query Letter’s Effectiveness. 

Adventures in YA Publishing has some good, instructive posts. The post HERE will help you Strengthen Your Verbs and Your Writing. 

Greg Pattridge has another great post HERE about editing — searching for problem, over-used words. 

Last week, my daughter Maggie was in town from New York. We had a lovely family dinner, and I never got around to writing my blog post. Next Saturday morning, I will load my two grandkids, Gehrig and Gracie, into my Prius and move on down the road. We are driving to Denver for a couple days, then on to Montrose, Colorado, to visit friends and family. I will be on the road for the next two Sundays, so I won't be blogging. See you here again in three weeks.

For those who need reminding how much patience is needed in the business of writing, I have a story for you. I had an email about ten days ago from an editor at Humpty Dumpty magazine. She reminded me I had sent them a little story in 2015 and wondered if it was still available.They wanted to buy it for their September/October issue. I had given up on finding a home for that little story. So hang in there. You never know when you'll find a little success.

Last time I posted, I promised one of you an ARC of Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart. The winner this time is Jenni Enzor. Congratulations, Jenni! If you don't know Jenni, she is a writer from Oregon who blogs HERE and has great book reviews and posts for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's definitely worth a look. Jenni, I will get your book out soon. For the rest of you, keep reading. I have another fun book to giveaway. 

I've been on a bit of a non-fiction kick lately and have another one for you this week. The Manhattan Book Review had Women Who Dared: 52 Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Legends by Linda Skeers on their review list recently so I grabbed it. I love reading about these interesting women. Here is the review I wrote for the Review. 

What do a wing walker, a wrestler, a cosmonaut, a lighthouse keeper, and a spy all have in common? They are all women who did these things long before it was acceptable for women to be in such professions. Author Linda Skeers has gathered the stories of 52 women who did amazing and wonderful things with their lives in times and places when, according to their societies, they had absolutely no business doing them. Take Rose Fortune for instance. She was a former slave who escaped to Canada with her family in the late 1700s. She was an entrepreneur who built a business on transporting luggage and making wake up calls. This is just one example of these many fascinating women. Each has a full-page biography with some fun graphics, created by illustrator Livi Gosling,
Linda Skeers
and a full-page drawing of the woman. Young readers, ages eight and up, will find wonderful role models and their compelling stories in these pages that may give them the impetus to try new things and take the steps they need to create their own daring moments in life. The writing is snappy and the illustrations fun. This is a winner.

I have a gently-read ARC of this book to share with one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.



   

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wicked Bugs -- Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”
~ Bertold Brecht ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Literary agent Rachel Stout has a great guest post HERE on Nathan Branford’s blog about how to personalize a query. This is an important post. 

Stuart Horowitz wrote a guest post HERE for Guide for Literary Agents that might convince you to dig out an old manuscript and dust it off. 

Janice Hardy always has something important to say. The post HERE will keep you from the problem of contrived plots and is something we all need to keep top of mind. 

This week I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Annual Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific. Pacific in this case refers to the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA. I hadn't heard of this conference before, but this is the fifth year. I wish I had heard of it sooner. First, it was very inexpensive, and as part of the registration fee I was able to enter my novel manuscript in a contest with a chance for a $500 prize and the possibility of being published by a small press in Stockton. Second, it is only an hour's drive from my home, so I didn't need a hotel. Third, the workshops were simply terrific. I had lots of choices, attended eleven workshops, and only was disappointed one time. I met some lovely people and even got to pitch my novel to three agents. One said, "No thanks." One said, "Cut your word count and then send it to me." And one said, "Send it to me." Yup. Send a full! I also got a terrific idea for a non-fiction picture book during a presentation by the head of archives at the UoP library. If you live in the area, check this one out next June. Oh, and I met a lovely young woman, 16 years old, who attended most of the same workshops I attended, paid attention, took notes, and asked really good questions. She is working on a YA historical novel and already has a finished first draft! At 16! I was so impressed. I'm pretty sure I will see her name on published books one of these days soon. It was a great three days for me.

Last week, I offered a hardback copy of Innocent Heroes: Stories of Animals in the First World War by Sigmund Brouwer to one of you. This week's winner is John Smith. Congratulations, John! (Hmmmm. I wonder if that is a pseudonym.) Anyway, he read and commented and got lucky. John, I will send the book out to you soon. For the rest of you, please keep reading. I have a fun one to give away this week. 

I am always fascinated when I run across a middle-grade book that I know will get reluctant boy readers to open it. When I saw Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart come up on the list for the San Francisco Book Review, I requested it immediately. I knew if it would make my stomach do flips, it would be perfect for young boys. Oh, yeah. Serious flips and a couple of bad dreams. The boys will love this and some brave girls will as well. Here is the review I wrote for SFBR of this novel non-fiction. (Haha! Catch that play on words? Hmmmm?)

Some bugs are annoying, some are destructive, some cause pain, and some are downright deadly. This book has six sections — Deadly Creatures, Everyday Dangers, Unwelcome Invaders, Destructive Pests, Serious Pains, and Terrible Threats — that invite young readers into the world of the unpleasant side of bugs. No cute little ladybugs or lightning bugs here. No. Instead readers will discover flies that lay their eggs in a fire ant with larva that will proceed to eat the ants brain until it’s head falls off or worms that live in human intestines for as long as twenty years or even mites that live their whole lives under the skin of people causing terrible itching and rash.

This book is perfect for kids who have an interest bugs but are not squeamish.
Amy Stewart
Boy readers more than girls will like this, and reluctant readers will be drawn in. The writing is lively and fun. Author Amy Stewart has chosen well with the creatures she has included, and it is clear she knows her stuff about bugs. Full-color drawings by illustrator Briony Morrow Cribbs will make the squeamish even more so and the non-squeamish perfectly happy. This is a bug lover’s delight.

I have a gently-read ARC of this book to share with one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Innocent Heroes -- Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.” 
~ Stephen King ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
I have a writing acquaintance who announced one day, “If you don’t write every single day, you are not really a writer.” I don’t write every day, and that really put me off. It’s good to know I’m not the only one. HERE is a post from Jami Gold that will give you permission to take some time off, if you need that. 

The Guide to Literary Agents blog has a guest post HERE by Jolina Petersheim that will give you 10 Tips for (Re)Writing a Novel. It’s refreshing. 

Writing your author bio can be pretty daunting. HERE are tips to make your bio more interesting. 

It's after seven in the evening and the temperature is down to 105. We are having quite a heat wave here. Welcome to Sacramento summer. We are supposed to have three days of 109, but then it will cool down to 106 and, finally by Friday 100. Praying for the marine layer and the Delta breeze to return. Please send cooling thoughts our way.

Last week I promised an ARC of Kate DiCamillo's cute new book, Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package. This week's winner is Greg Pattridge. Congratulations, Greg! If you don't know Greg, he is a middle-grade writer and teacher from Colorado. He has a terrific blog, Always in the Middle, with wonderful book reviews and great writing tips. Check it out HERE. Greg, I will get your book out this week. For the rest of you I have another terrific book giveaway, so keep reading.

Checking out the list of available books for the Manhattan Book Review, I ran across a book called Innocent Heroes: Stories of Animals in the First World War by Sigmund Brouwer. I couldn't figure out if it was fiction or non-fiction, but it sounded intriguing, so I grabbed it. It's kind of a hybrid and absolutely fascinating. What a great way for kids to learn about this chapter in our history. Here is the review I wrote for the Manhattan Book Review. 

War was quite different in the days of WWI. Allied soldiers spent miserable days and nights in cold, muddy trenches waiting for the many horrors the German army would throw at them. Besides the usual shelling and attacks with bayoneted rifles, the Germans used deadly gas that caused any caught in it to die horrible deaths. Radio communication was unreliable. Consequently, the men sometimes had to rely on animals — carrier pigeons, cats, specially-trained dogs of various breeds, and horses and mules. Several of these animals saved many lives and acted in truly heroic ways, even when badly injured. Some were even awarded medals for their brave acts. This book is historical fiction, following three fictional Canadian soldiers through the build-up to a great battle. Each chapter tells a bit of their story and how a heroic animal impacted what they experienced. Each fictional chapter is followed by a good write-up of a real heroic animal and its story. These include some grainy photographs. Excellent
Sigmund Brouwer
back-matter gives even more information. The writing is fine and the stories captivating. This will be a great introduction to WWI for the middle-grade set and others. Don’t miss this one.

I have a gently-read hardback of this book to share with one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package -- Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
"What separates the talented individual from the successful one
is a lot of hard work." 
~ Stephen King ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Are you ready to start an agent search? Nathan Branford has a TERRIFIC post HERE to help you land the right agent for you. 

Greg Pattridge at Always in the Middle recently completed an SCBWI mentorship program. His first post HERE about some of the things he learned is absolutely dashing! His blog is always worth your time. 

Writers Helping Writers is always good, but the post HERE by Angela Ackerman is chock full of helpful links for writers. Check it out. 

Last week I offered an ARC of Reformed by Justin Weinberger. The reaction to mention of peanut allergies was eye-opening for me. I don't know a soul who has that allergy, but it's clear many of you do and that it's really a frightening problem. The winner this week is Patty Hawthorn. Congratulations, Patty! I will get the book out to you this week. For the rest of you, I have another fun giveaway, so please keep reading.

A couple years ago, my daughter Maggie, the actor, worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival as an on-stage musician. During her time there she learned to play the accordion. One of my all-time favorite bumper stickers says, "Play an Accordion. Go to Jail. It's the law." I always thought it was hysterically funny, and then my daughter learned to play one. AND that particular talent helped get her a job in the national tour of Once, a fabulous musical. I still think accordions are a little funny. What does all this have to do with my blog? Read on, my friends, and you will know.  

I was contacted by a Candlewick Press publicist with an offer for some ARCs for review. I chose a few off the list and received review copies a few weeks ago. I am trying to find time in my busy schedule to get these in. The first one I picked up is Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package by Kate DiCamillo. First, I really like her books. Secondly, her books for very young middle-grade readers are usually quick and fun. This book is no exception.

Eugenia Lincoln is a cranky old woman who lives with her sweet sister, Baby Lincoln. One day a mysterious package arrives addressed to Eugenia. Inside is an accordion! (This made me think that I am not the only one tickled by the very idea of accordions. I think Kate DiCamillo and I have something in common.) Eugenia is clearly annoyed that someone has sent this to her, and she immediately goes about trying to get rid of the thing. She runs an ad to sell it, and an interesting character, Gaston La Treaux, shows up at her door. Eugenia thinks he is there to buy the accordion, but La Treaux announces he is there to teach her to make beautiful music with her new instrument. The entire neighborhood seems interested in these happenings, showing up and seeming to have an entirely different agenda than that of Eugenia. How all this untangles itself and what the outcome is is predictably funny and charming, as are all the DiCamillo early middle-grade books I have read. The exaggerated and cartoonish drawings by Chris Van Dusen that accompany this funny story are perfect to complete it. If you are a fan of books for this age, this one is not to be missed. It's terribly cute.
Kate DiCamillo

I have a gently-read ARC of this book to share with one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.