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For today's feature, I'm joining the blog tour for Peachtree Publisher's new middle grade book . . .
The Universe of Fair by Leslie Bulion!
This book takes readers (in a very up-close way) to main character Miller Sanford's favorite place on earth -- the Holmsbury Fair. When combined with Frank W. Dormer's fun drawings, it all pulls together for an entertaining, fun, and adventurous middle grade read. And because Peachtree provided me with a hardcover for giveaway, I have one copy to give away! (This is quite hard for me to do, however. You all know how I love hardcovers.)
The premise: It's Fair Friday, the day Miller Sanford looks forward to more than any other day of the year. And this year, Miller is eleven -- old enough (he's hoping) to spend the day alone with his best friend Lewis. But a bunch of mishaps later, Miller ends up in charge of a group of first graders, has ruined his dad's prize lemon meringue pie, and starts investigating ghosts. It's not quite the day he had planned.
What keeps readers reading: Miller's determination. As readers walk alongside Miller, we keep hoping that now will be the moment, now will be the time, that he is free of his first graders and will be able to enjoy the Fair on his own. Every one of us, regardless of age, knows what it's like to have your best-laid plans fall flat. And it's what we do next that shows character. And character is something Miller is loaded with.
What I loved: Miller. He's real and rounded. He so badly wants to be on his own at the Fair, but even when his dreams snag on every possible thorn around, he comes through for the reader. And there's so much to love (and relate with) concerning Miller's relationship with his pesky first-grade sister Penelope--or as Miller likes to call her, Pain-elope.
To enter the drawing for the hardcover of The Universe of Fair, just comment on this post. All comments posted by 8pm CDT on Sunday, October 21, 2012, will be entered. Blog followers get their name in the drawing twice. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. Winner announced Monday, October 22nd.
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Happy middle grade reading!