Monday, March 26, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Seeing Cinderella (and ARC giveaway)

This fabulous debut novel, Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist, just released LAST WEEK! Yay! *throws a party for Jenny who I've come to know through Twitter*

And you simply must read it.

The premise: Calliope Anderson is about to start middle school, which is hard enough, but right before she starts she also finds out she needs glasses. When the prescription Callie needs is on back-order, the eye doctor sends her away with a pair of very large and very ugly glasses instructing her to, "Use them wisely." Callie finds this advice very odd, until the next day in school when she puts on the glasses for the first time and discovers they are magical. When she has them on, she can read people's thoughts.

What keeps readers reading: A crazy, poignant, and fun journey--punctuated with the question, "What if you had glasses like Callie's?" Readers walk into Callie's world, a world changing in every aspect. Best friends are no longer best friends. Boys and girls are interested in one another but don't really know what that means. Parents aren't getting along. Someone who could be a new friend enters the scene, but she's not Callie's old best friend. The lead in the school play (Cinderella) is offered to Callie, but Callie never gets the good things--her old best friend Ellen does. And these wacky glasses...should Callie really spy on people's thoughts?

What I loved: Callie's voice. It's spot on and fresh and brings the reader right inside Callie's head--right when Callie herself is trying to make sense of being inside other people's heads. Jenny Lundquist has crafted a marvelous story, so perfect and timely for a middle grade audience.

And because Jenny Lundquist is brave enough to show her very large and very ugly glasses from 7th grade on her website's homepage, I will too. Yes, that's 7th grade me over there on the right. *tries to hide* Let's just say, Calliope Anderson, at least your glasses are magical!!! Mine are just. super. ugly. Along with short hair and braces? Egads.

To enter the giveaway for my ARC of Seeing Cinderella, comment on this post by Saturday, March 31, by 8pm CDT. Winner will be announced on Sunday, April 1st. International entries are welcome.

HAPPY BOOK RELEASE, JENNY!!

For more middle grade recommendations, visit my Middle Grade Monday tab or . . . Shannon Messenger's links.

Happy middle grade reading!  

29 comments:

  1. I'm not entering the contest because I have an ARC that I'm giving away too. Thanks for being brave and sharing your picture. I have tons of pictures of myself like that.

    I LOVED Jenny's book. I could really relate to Callie's experiences and I loved the magical glasses. Thanks for spotlighting this.

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  2. I have seen this book everywhere lately. I love the premise.

    Don't feel bad about your 7th grade photo. At least you are brave enough to show it. Me...not so much. I think my glasses where even bigger. :D

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  3. The book sounds great! I believe I had that same sweater, same hair and I think I still have my glasses like that! Except mine were black! Maybe I'll wear them to book club this morning as a little added treat for you! Oh ya, braces too.

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  4. Sounds like a really fun book, Barbara. ...and remember, back then, those glasses were stylish. :)

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  5. sounds terrific! and that picture is a gem. thank for sharing!

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  6. You look sweet! My seventh grade picture is very similar (with the addition of enormous shoulder pads.) I actually used to purposely break my glasses all the time so that I had an excuse not to wear them. My parents wised up and bought me a pair of the extra-strength, indestructible thick plastic frames...what a painful lesson I learned.

    I must read this book now. What a neat concept! I have said it before and I'll say it a million times more--thank you for your MMGMs!! :-)

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  7. Looking forward to reading this. http://1000wrongs.blogspot.com (Fellow MMGM poster) Oh, and please include me in the giveaway. laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

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  8. What a cute idea for a storyline! So many of us had to wear geeky glasses in junior high. Funny thing is big, plastic glasses are in style right now and both my girls are wearing them. One gets compliments all the time on hers.
    I'd love to get my hands on this book.

    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  9. I'm good with magic glasses, but I'm not buying the "on back order" any more than I did with How to Rock Braces and Glasses! Oh, well. Still take a look. And MY glasses were so big that I had a gold sticker of a puppy on a lower corner (most people had their initials)and couldn't even see it! Ah, styles.

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  10. Thank you so much for this chanceee! I would love to read "Seeing Cinderella" I remember my years of school, they were pretty hard. Thank God is over! haha!
    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. I wore glasses like that. I can clearly picture my 7th grade picture, I appear to be all glasses, teeth and bangs. It always makes me wince and sigh, and rejoice that that time of my life is over. If the glasses had been magic, I might feel differently, although at that age I seem to recall struggling to understand my own thoughts. I'm not sure I'd want to know other people's thoughts. Sounds like a fun read thought.

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  12. You're brave for posting a 7th grade picture! I've worn glasses all my life, but I've changed frames a zillion times. This sounds like a fun book! I would love to have magic glasses. Thanks for the giveaway :) (Fellow MMGM bloggger)

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  13. Great review, Barbara. I'm seeing this book everywhere all of a sudden.

    And oh yes, I had glasses like that. And braces. Just longer hair back then.

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  14. I had glasses like Jenny in 6th grade. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. What a great cover! I hadn't heard of this one, so thank you for recommending it. I wore glasses in middle school and braces in high school. Good times. ;o)

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  16. This book sounds so amazing, it is already on my to-read list. Thanks for the giveaway! And very brave of you to show your picture. I have a few like that too! :)

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  17. What a cool concept! I love it. I love the pic too. Who looked great in 7th grade? Jr. High was the hardest!

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  18. I believe I had a pair of glasses almost exactly the same as yours! They were quite popular at the time!! :)

    Sounds like a fabulous book!

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  19. Oh my, yes. Glasses such as these were popular and stylish. My question is WHY???

    SEEING CINDERELLA is such a fun read--mixed with serious stuff too, which makes it super awesome.

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  20. I had big chunky glasses in highschool. They were awful!
    This book looks fabulous!

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  21. OMG!!! Barbara! such an adorable picture. {{{hugs}}}
    I already have my copy so don't enter me.

    Now this book is taking on a new kind of fun for me. Awww... look at that picture ;)

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  22. I love love that picture. Oh man. I think I totally had the same glasses, lol.

    Thanks so much for the feature. Partay I say! I am so, so looking forward to reading this one!

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  23. This sounds like such a fun book - I know my daughters (and I) will enjoy reading it. Will have to look for it!

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  24. I'm another kid who got glasses at age 12'ish. I'm just glad they make such cute frames these days!! Sounds like an adorable read. Would love a chance to win - thank you!

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  25. This book sounds fabulous! I'll join you guys in your glasses club too - my first pair were aquamarine and octagonal. So, so misguided. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Oh, glasses styles go in such cycles. The ones I got at age 12 looked like the ones today -- dark and small. I hated them then, and frankly I hate them now. It doesn't matter how cute we think glasses are at the time, or what style they are, they will ALWAYS be ugly 10 years later. (Contacts for me. :)) When I first met a photographer who said, "The key to a photo you will still enjoy years later is to TAKE OFF THE GLASSES," I knew it was advice I'd never forget.

    This book sounds terrific.

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  27. This sounds like such a great book!:)

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  28. I love the idea of this book. Magical glasses. That's awesome. Yep, going to have to add this book to my list.

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  29. Wow, this book sounds like so much fun! I wish my glasses were magical. (Just not in a telepathic way. I'd rather have something like telekinesis instead any day!)

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