Monday, September 17, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck (with ARC giveaway!)

This fun middle grade mystery, The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie, releases on September 25th, but I was lucky enough to snag an advance reading copy (a gift from Natalie Aguirre over at Literary Rambles) and figured the best thing I can do with it, after having read it of course, is share it with one of you. Details on the giveaway are at the end of this post. 

The premise: Tuckernuck Hall's treasure has been hidden for eighty years. The school's founder, Maria Tutweiler, first set students on the adventure, but no one has ever located it. When Laurie Madison and Bud Wallace begin sixth grade at Tuckernuck, they are on the road to finding what has never been found. But with the school board threatening to close down the school, time is running out. 

What keeps reader reading: The adventure and mystery! Questions such as: Is there really a treasure? What's the school board's hurry in shutting down the school? And . . . if the treasure is real, what is it and can it save Tuckernuck? These questions and more keep readers turning the pages. 

What I loved: The unlikely alliance between Laurie and Bud. Their search becomes more than just a search for treasure. It helps them work through other areas in their lives -- things like Laurie's friendships changing as she grows up and Bud dealing with his mother's death. These huge things in their lives are aided by Laurie and Bud's common goal of finding Tuckernuck's treasure.

To enter the drawing for my ARC of The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck simply comment on this post by Sunday, September 23, 2012 by 8pm CDT. If you're a blog follower, your name goes in the drawing twice! U.S. mailing addresses only, please.

For more middle grade reading recommendations, visit the links found on Shannon Messenger's blog.

Happy middle grade reading!

32 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this with everyone and doing the giveaway Barbara. I'm glad you liked this book.

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  2. This one looks fabulous. I love the cover!

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  3. +JMJ+

    If this is open internationally, please enter me. I love school-set stories and unlikely alliances! =) Thank you!

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    1. I meant to state that the giveaway is for US mailing addresses only (has since been amended), so I apologize. I've mailed books internationally for giveaways a few times, and it gets quite expensive. Again, my apologies.

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  4. Thanks, Barbara. Sounds like a book I would like to read. :)

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  5. Mysteries are always fun. Thanks for running the giveaway.

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  6. I must have missed this one on Literary Rambles. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. To clarify, Natalie gifted it to me (she has quite a pile of ARCs and not always enough time) and knew I'd be MORE than thrilled to share this middle grade one with you all.

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  7. I love it when I find a MG book I've never heard of. :)
    Thank you for the feature and giveaway.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this book with us! I love learning about books I haven't heard about yet. It sounds a great mystery book : )

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  9. I've been wanting to read this one! Thanks for the review, Barbara. :-)

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway, Barbara! Sounds like a fun and adventurous read :)

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  11. This sounds like a fun read! I love middle-grade and I love a good mystery. The human aspect sounds very compelling too. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    I am also a blog follower.

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  12. This does sound like a fun read! Even the cover makes it look exciting!

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  13. Sounds like an awesome book! I'd love to read it with my daughter:-)

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  14. Sounds good! Boy, these MGM books are always so intriguing. I want to read them all.

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  15. I was going to say I missed this on Natalie's blog, too, but I saw your comment to Kristen's comment. It sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. You always find the coolest sounding books to read. Even if it just by the luck of the draw. :D

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  17. I love books like this!

    I am a GFC follower.

    Thanks.

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  18. If I were Emily Fairlie I'd drop the "l" in my last name. :-)

    This is the kind of book I would have devoured as a child. I liked it when kids solved mysteries. but it also sounds like there's some depth to the characters as well.

    danika

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  19. Don't enter me in your contest (I live in Canada). I just wanted to thank you for featuring this one, because I hadn't heard of it before!

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  20. I love mysteries. Put us in the hat! :)

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  21. Just catching up on MMGM posts since I had no internet yesterday! Can't believe I've never seen this book. Usually I get all the Harper arcs, so someone else at the bookstore must have snagged it.

    Sounds exciting, Barbara! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Sounds interesting... and I know how you love a good MG mystery! :-)

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  23. How exciting- a treasure hunt! It actually sounds like a really good book. My MG reader is into mysteries too.

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  24. That cover makes me WANT. It sounds like you really enjoyed this one--I've been wanting to read more MG lately, give my brain a break from the YA. I'll be adding it to my list!

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  25. Yep, the cover snagged me too. It reminds me of the old Nancy Drew/Dana Girls mysteries.

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  26. Sounds like it hits that sweet middle grade spot. Thnaks for the opportunity to win and read it.

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  27. I love this cover and this sounds like a book that would be enjoyed by people of all ages. I am a sucker for a good mystery! :) Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~Jess

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