Monday, October 22, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Beneath the Slashings (with ARC giveaway!)

The winner of my (beloved) hardcover of The Universe of Fair is:

Heather H!!

Yippee! Email your mailing address to barbarawatson94(at)gmail(dot)com. 

Today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday features the writing of a regular MMGMer,
Michelle Isenhoff!

Beneath the Slashings is the third in Michelle Isenhoff's Divided Decade Trilogy, but it is also a stand-alone novel. The trilogy centers around the tumultuous U.S. Civil War era. And since I have an ARC, I would like to give it away to one of you. This ARC, however, contains notes Michelle jotted before the book's final printing, and you get to see the author's mind at work. Pretty cool stuff.

The premise: Upon return from the Civil War, Grace Nickerson's pa decides to sell the family farm and run a lumber camp in Michigan's wilderness. And Grace is furious. This rough life away from the family and friends Grace loves, the harshness of the loggers, and someone sabotaging the lumber camp are all parts of Grace's new--and very unwanted--life.

What keeps readers reading: The growth of Grace's character. Grace changes and learns and becomes more than she ever thought she could. By delving deep inside tough issues and situations, Michelle Isenhoff challenges readers to be more than they think they can be too. 

What I loved: The friendship Grace forges with an old Ottawa Indian woman. This woman knows what loss and sadness are and helps young Grace heal and grow past the bitterness that has taken root deep inside Grace's heart. She also helps Grace understand what true forgiveness is--something Grace needs in order to mend her relationship with her father.

To enter the giveaway for my ARC, comment on this post by 10pm CDT Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Blog followers receive two entries in the drawing. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. Winner announced on Thursday, October 25th.

For more middle grade goodness, check the links on Shannon Messenger's blog. 
Happy middle grade reading! 
 

24 comments:

  1. This book sounds fascinating. It's something I would have loved growing up. And I love the cover!

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  2. Cool cover! I haven't heard of the series. Sounds like a good one. :)

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  3. I really don't like the cover at all, but it does sound like an interesting story.
    Happy Birthday a few days late!!!

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  4. Have a copy of this waiting to be read. Looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. I hadn't heard of the Divided Decade Trilogy--thanks for the heads up. I'd love to check it out :-)

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  6. I have this book on my e-reader. I'll have to move it up a notch in my queue. Thanks, Barbara. :)

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  7. Historical fiction seems to be your first love in MG, Barbara, so this sounds like it was right up your alley. Interesting time period, after the Civil War. How weird is this: my great-grandfather had a lumber business in Michigan in the late 1800's!

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    1. Joanne, how cool! Whereabouts was your g-grandfather's business, do you know?

      After writing this, I found out I have a g-g-g-uncle who hired out to a lumber camp at age 13 and then fought in the Michigan 28th infantry a decade later.

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    2. Michelle, I believe it was near Dearborn. But it was more of a lumber mill than a lumber camp.

      How fascinating that you found out, only after you wrote the book, about your great-great-great uncle working in a lumber camp.

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  8. Ah, you know I love historical fiction, so this goes right onto my TBR list. I think the cover is great and will attract people in the bookstore. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

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  9. This sounds good, especially since it's set in Michigan, where I live. That's odd that Joanne had a great-grandfather with a lumber business here. Let someone else win please as I don't have time to read this right now.

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  10. Barbara, I'm tickled that you enjoyed my book. Thanks for sharing it on MMGM and passing it on.

    Funny, the cover was a topic of hot debate during my blog tour over the summer. Some loved it; some hated it. The trend continues. :)

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  11. Wow! What a different subject matter. You always pick the most interesting reads.

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  12. I can see why the cover can throw a potential reader off, but the premise is pretty interesting. I'm adding to my list.
    Thanks for the review.

    PS: Congrats Heather. :)

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  13. I can't believe I won. Thanks so much! I'll be off to email you soon. :D

    And Beneath the Slashings is the third in a series? Wow, I'm so behind, since I've never even heard of it before! (Oops.)

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  14. I love that this is from a regular MMGMer. I'll have to had it to my list when it comes out! I love the title too. Have a great week Barbara!

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    1. It's out already! I'm just behind not in step with its release. :-)

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  15. Sounds like a great book! Changes are so hard on children, the theme would be applicable to many today :)

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  16. Yay for indie writers! And what a fun idea to give away some of Michelle's notes! I would rather have an author's notes than the actual book.

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    1. The notes in this ARC are minimal since she made them right prior to the final publication, but still very, very interesting.

      And I agree about author notes. I live in Minneapolis, and our U of M campus has a place where you can view manuscripts that authors have donated. I haven't been there but need to check it out. Kate DiCamillo has stuff there (and many others).

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  17. I love historical novels. This sounds great! And notes in the ARC would be so cool to read. :)

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  18. Historical fiction is so much fun. It's great for kids.

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  19. I won't enter because we read this one and reviewed it on our blog. I so enjoyed your review! Beneath the Slashings is such a great HF book for MG kids. :)

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  20. I'm liking historical fiction for all ages more and more these days!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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