Monday, October 1, 2012

Shannon's Book Releases Tomorrow! And . . . It's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: No-Name Baby (with giveaway!)

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!  
 

22 comments:

  1. So excited for Shannon. Not entering this contest, but thanks for sharing about No-Name Baby. It sounds good.

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  2. Why have I never heard of No-Name Baby? Sounds fascinating (I love it when the character learns something that shakes the foundation of their world!).

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  3. Exciting week for Shannon. Love the review of no-name baby and love the book. Of course, I won't enter the contest, but some lucky winner will be so happy to win this wonderful book.

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  4. Thank you,Barbara, for your thoughtful, insightful and spirited words. You got it - No-Name Baby is about family and how they give us courage to seek truth, even when it is not the truth we want to hear.

    Your blog site is wonderful!

    Nancy Bo Flood

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  5. I love that cover! Makes me want to pick it up and dive in.

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  6. This sounds like a sad story but also full of hope.
    Thanks for sharing Barbara.

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  7. I've seen her book a few places today. Congratulations to her on this wonderful middle grade story!

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  8. No name baby looks like a wonderful book! I love a good sad story that makes me think.

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  9. This is the first I've heard of this book, but it sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing it!!

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  10. Aw, just reading the premise makes me feel so sad for Sophie and her mother already. :(

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  11. Thank you, everyone, for your interest and comments. The good news - it's not a sad story. Yes, there are life events that are challenging, but the celebration of family, life, and love are strong threads. However I make no promises about "not crying." Again, thank you, Barbara, and anyone please email me with questions, comments or conversation. Nancy Bo Flood at wflood@hotmail.com or www.nancyboflood.com

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  12. Agreed! Not a sad story.

    And Nancy...thrilled to have you stop by! I'm so glad Rosi shared about No-Name Baby.

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  13. Oh, I can't wait for KEEPER.

    Regarding this one, I was expecting it to be sad from the description, but I'm glad to see the author stopped by to let us know it isn't. I love it when authors visit!

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  14. I love the support middle grade writers and bloggers give one another. I'll be looking out for n-name-baby (as you know, premature birth is a topic close to home for my family) and also of course for Queen Shannon's debut!

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  15. I've already pre-ordered Shannon's book.

    Premature babies is something I'm only too familiar with. This sounds like a heartbreaking story.

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  16. So excited for Shannon! This sounds like a book that will take off and be loved by people of all ages. I cannot wait to read it.

    I really enjoyed your review this week. This sounds like a powerful book that will keep readers turning the pages. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.
    ~Jess

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  17. I'm looking forward to reading Shannon's book!

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  18. Wow, this book sounds really deep. Thanks for putting it on my radar. :)

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  19. Shannon's cover is so great. I know she's uber excited. Yay for MG!!!

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  20. This is another new-to-me MG read. I like the time period it's set in as well. Thanks again for the win!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  21. Thanks for the review. No Name Baby sounds like a book I would like. Would love to win a copy.

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  22. This sounds like a thought-provoking book. Thanks for sharing!

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