Shannon Messenger's very own middle grade book officially releases tomorrow!!!! *lots of whooping and hollering all over the world* Shannon is a champion of middle grade books, in addition to writing them herself. She is also the brains and fun behind Marvelous Middle Grade Monday as well as writing YA! If you haven't ordered your own copy of Keeper of the Lost Cities, the very best place to do that is right here because it involves a signed copy, purchased from an indie store, with another copy donated to Kids Need to Read! But I know Shannon would be thrilled if you purchased her book wherever it is sold.
Secondly, the very lucky winner of my ARC of Button Down is:
WooHoo! Email your mailing address to barbarawatson94(at)gmail(dot)com so I can mail it to you.
Thirdly, today's MMGM feature . . .
No-Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood came across my radar because Rosi Hollinbeck reviewed it a few months ago and passed it along to me. Now, I'd like to share the copy with one of you. Giveaway details are at the end of this post. No-Name Baby is a thought-provoking, family-oriented book that answers the question, "Just who is my family?"
The premise: Thirteen-year-old Sophie awaits the birth of her brother or sister. This baby must live--for her mother's last three have died. Each born too early. But when Sophie's mother begins premature labor, Sophie blames herself. And then Aunt Rae tells her something that shakes the very foundation of Sophie's whole world.
What keeps readers reading: Discoveries. Each page turn and each word deepens Sophie's understanding of family, what it means to love them, and what family will do for one another.
What I loved: Set in 1932--a time between wars--this Italian immigrant family seeks to mourn those they lost in The Great War and deal with the challenging times and circumstances in which they live. The strength with which this family loves is what I loved most about this book.
To enter the giveaway, comment on this post by 8pm CDT on Sunday, October 7th, 2012. Blog followers will be entered in the drawing twice. Winner announced on Monday, October 8th. Only United States mailing addresses, please.
For more middle grade recommendations, check the links at Shannon Messenger's website. (If she had time to put them together, that is. A book launch is a pretty big deal.) :-) As for me, I'm awaiting my signed hardcover of Keeper of the Lost Cities and will read it aloud with my daughter after it arrives. Expect an MMGM on it when we are finished!
Happy middle grade reading!