Monday, November 28, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Brigitta of the White Forest (and a giveaway!)

Today's MMGM features author (and fellow MMGMer!!), Danika Dinsmore! Her novel, Brigitta of the White Forest, is an entrancing journey into a land of faeries, forests, friends, and foes and is the first in a series of Faerie Tales in the White Forest. In this book, readers are reminded that magic lives in our ordinary selves because sometimes we are called upon to do extraordinary things.

The premise: Brigitta is a faerie on the verge of receiving her wing markings which will determine her Life Task. It is also the season celebrating the resetting of the Hourglass of Protection. Brigitta is waiting, waiting for everything new to begin for her. At times during her waiting, she has ordinary things to do, like watching over her little sister Himalette. On a day Brigitta is doing just that, Himalette follows a sprite inside a log, and Brigitta goes in after her. Outside the log a bright light flashes, causing all living creatures in the White Forest to turn to stone. Brigitta must travel to the only faerie left, the exiled Hrathgar, for help. But will an exiled faerie even help--if Brigitta can get to her?

What keeps readers reading: The adventure! Brigitta and Himalette travel outside the protection of their beloved White Forest in order to save it and those they love. Brigitta must be brave, decide who (and what) to trust, and reach deep within herself for magic she didn't even know she had in order to make sure the Hourglass of Protection is reset. Brigitta of the White Forest encounters floating eyes, talking plants, a creature who hugs with his ears, evil, good, and Hrathgar--all because Brigitta is the only one who can do what must be done.

I was privileged to receive Danika Dinsmore's novel from her publisher and am giving it away (!!) as my second gift in Akoss's Winter Giveaway Hop. Comment on this post by Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10pm CST to enter. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. And stop in at Danika's blog to learn more about her and her writing.

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Happy middle grade reading! 

19 comments:

  1. The adventure does sound interesting and pretty intense. Thank you for sharing this one!! Excited you're giving away a copy!

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  2. I love stories about faeries. I'd love to win.

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  3. I haven't heard of this one yet - thanks for sharing! I'd love to win it for my daughter.

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  4. I've never heard of this book before. Makes me curious to read it.
    Thanks for giving a copy away :)

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  5. Thanks for the read, review, and giveaway Barbara. Obviously, I don't need to win a copy. :-)

    Still don't have my MGM up yet and probably won't until tonight. Dang NaNo took up all my spare time this weekend. Only 1,200 words to go!

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  6. I have a copy so no need to enter me, but wanted to say good luck to all who do enter. I so agree on the adventure...and the world building!

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  7. I've never really gotten into "fairyland" stories, but this one sounds kind of cute. Nice review!

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  8. Great review! Sounds like a great book!

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  9. This sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the awesome review. I'd love to have a chance to read it!! Great Review!

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  10. @angelhorn - I definitely wouldn't classify is as a fairyland story (at least not in any tinkerbell sense). I like to think of it as a straight up fantasy adventure. You'd be surprised by how many boy fans I have.

    Thanks again, Barbara! :-)

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  11. Sounds like a great story!

    Congrats on your "win" over at Shannon Messenger's blog.

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  12. Oh, this sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the heads up. [Please don't enter me in your contest, I'm just commenting.]

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  13. Haven't heard of this one! I'll check it out! You don't need to enter me, I have already won something from you! Thanks!

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  14. This book sounds interesting-quite an escape from the ordinary.

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  15. This is definitely an escape from the ordinary, very well-stated, Arlyce. So glad there is such interest in Danika's story. And remember, it is the FIRST in a series; THE RUINS OF NOE comes out in Spring 2012!

    On a side note, I hate to leave out Canadian and international folks. Perhaps I need to do some investigating about shipping rates outside the U.S. in the future . . .

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  16. Or you could ask about ebook versions if an international person wins?

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  17. This book sounds like an engaging fantasy. Your Middle Grade Monday feature is awesome. And, thanks so much for supporting my beleaguered blog, Barbara! I really appreciate your comment!

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  18. This book sounds like something my grandson and I both would like to read.

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  19. I would love to win it and read it to Austen and then to my two nieces who love fairies!

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