Monday, March 5, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Underneath (and a giveaway!)

The Underneath is a story that means so much to me that I let my daughter purchase a stuffed animal at a garage sale--something I strictly forbid. I mean, some other kid's stuffed animal!!??! SO GROSS!!!!!! I allowed it this ONE time because with tears brimming in her eyes my daughter said, "Mommy, we can't leave Ranger here all alone."

Ranger, the blood hound Kathi Appelt created and who inhabits The Underneath, has a beautiful and big but broken heart, and no, he could not be left at that garage sale alone. And he was not.

The Underneath is a book in prose that reads like a magical poem. It's a story that stayed on my mind long after I finished it. It's a novel I'll read again and again--and have already read twice. It's a story of love, betrayal, and redemption. It's a book I might call my favorite, even though I don't have a favorite. And I could tell you so much more, but all I'm going to tell you is this: The Underneath blends a mistreated dog, a cat left on the side of the road, a horrible man, several magical creatures, trees who tell stories, a magical family, and an unforgettable story.

To celebrate this beautiful book (and my blog reaching 100 followers!!), I'm giving away TWO HARDCOVER copies of  The Underneath. To enter the drawing simply leave a comment on this post by Sunday, March 11th, 2012 by 8pm CT and be a blog follower. International entries welcome. The winners will be announced on Monday, March 12th.

Here's a photo of our beloved Ranger with the books I'm giving away.
Could you have left him at that garage sale?


I'm certain you could not.

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Happy middle grade reading!

17 comments:

  1. You post is so heartfelt I practically cried. ;D The story sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing it and for the giveaway! I'm already a follower. I'll tweet for you.

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  2. Wow! Sounds like an awesome book. And congrats on reaching 100 followers. How awesome.

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  3. I loved The Underneath - truly mesmerizing storytelling. I debated sharing it with my daughter when I read it a couple years ago, but she's old enough now. Thanks for the reminder and the giveaway!

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    1. There are some difficult themes in this book which make for great conversation/learning times with our kids.

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  4. And congrats on 100 followers! I really enjoy your blog - we seem to be in sync with the type of books we're drawn to!

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  5. Wow - that story is so sweet. I love that your daughter was so attached to the story, that she recognized its characters instantly. Says a lot about the book!

    Congrats on 100 followers!

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  6. This is such a sweet story. I've seen you show your love for books before but you're right this one is very special. :)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  7. Just having this book on my bookshelf makes me happy each time I catch a glance of it. I hope the same happens for those two of you who win a copy.

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  8. Oh wow! Thanks so much for offering a this as a giveaway. Do you know, I've not read it yet?! I know. Known about it for a very long time, but just have not picked it up.

    Congrats on reaching 100 followers!

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  9. So sweet! No I couldn't have left him there either. Sounds like a wonderful story.

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  10. Go, Barbara! You have made this book sound irresistible! I will be seeking it out at the library.

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  11. What a great story! And a great photo too :)

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  12. It sounds like a great book, Barbara! Congratulations on 100 followers...Wow!!

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  13. I LOVED this book. I don't own a copy, though. Must've been a library trip.
    Oh, and I have a giant, white, one-eyed teddy bear FROM THE SIDE OF THE ROAD (eew) that my kids could NOT live without. We bathed him and now he lives in our playroom as a pillow/chair for little people. His name is Winky and he is very happy.

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  14. You don't need to enter me in your giveaway, but I want to congratulate you on reaching 100 followers - and echo your enthusiasm for this book. Such a haunting story! Thanks for featuring it.

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  15. Congratulations on 100 followers! :) I've never heard of this book, but it sounds like one I would love. Thanks for sharing, and I totally agree on the stuffed animals from garage sales, but you're right he is adorable!

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  16. It sounds so good. :) And congrats on the followers! :D

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