Monday, November 12, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Katerina's Wish (with giveaway!)

The very lucky winner of my ARC of True Colors is:


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

And for today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday's feature . . .

Katerina's Wish by debut author Jeannie Mobley! 

This book came to my attention while browsing a local bookstore. I mean . . . That cover. Those colors. The silhouette. It's perfect. And then I read the jacket flap . . . and knew it was a book that contained so much more than just a story. Tune into giveaway details at the end of this post.

The premise: Thirteen-year-old Katerina and her family arrived in America in 1900 with a dream of owning their own farm. But after almost a year, Katerina's dad is still working in a Colorado coal mine and the dream skids further and further away each day.

 What keeps readers reading: A blend of an active plot and the strong characters who bring that active plot to life. This story moves and flows with good times, hard times, tragedies, and celebrations. It is the journey of immigrants, trying to make their American dreams come true. Katerina and her family, a neighbor boy named Mark, and his storyteller father Old Jan live through troubles at the coal mine, encounters with a prejudiced store owner, and so much more. Holding fast to their dreams sometimes seems like a foolish thing, but sometimes dreams are all you have.

What I loved: Katerina's resilience and her bravery. In the face of constant change, Katerina changes--each time with a dream tucked in her pocket and a will to keep dreaming, despite what other people and her life circumstances throw her way.

Jeannie Mobley has offered a copy of Katerina's Wish for giveaway! Enter by 8pm Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by commenting on this post. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. Winner announced Monday, November 19th. And join me Thursday for an interview with Jeannie Mobley!

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Happy middle grade reading! 

23 comments:

  1. Awesome you found this at the bookstore. I wish I had more time for the browsing and less of a reading schedule.

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  2. I want to read this one - it sounds interesting!

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  3. This sounds like a good one, and I also love the cover! Thanks for the review, I'll keep an eye out for it.

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  4. Congrats to Linda! She's awesome!

    I really like the cover of this one. It sounds like a dreamy girl's read. Thanks for sharing it!

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  5. I'm bookmarking this post! That book sounds like the perfect read for me and my preteen! That's for the recommendation :)

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  6. You're right--amazing cover. :) Of course the best part is that the book more than lives up to it! It's a beautiful story and I'd love to win a copy. (Alas, I had to check it out from the library...)

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  7. I love historical fiction and I really love that cover! Thanks for running the giveaway.

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  8. I agree on the cover. The girl reminds me a bit of Alice, I guess because of the apron. Sounds like a great book!

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  9. It sounds great! I've been on a predominantly middle grade kick lately as I've been focusing on my own MG. How's your writing coming?

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  10. It's great to meet Jeannie and best wishes to her and her release Katerina's Wish!

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  11. I like this one too. Man, I have too many MGs on my TBR list!

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  12. A brave female main character is always a plus! I've seen this reviewed on other MMGM blogs, including Faith Hough's and Natalie Dias Lorenzi's. Must be excellent! Glad to see it still has momentum.

    Please don't include me in the giveaway (as much as I'd love to read this) because I won three books in the past week.

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  13. Love the cover! Sounds like a great story. The kind I hope my daughter will read when she gets older. :)

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  14. Thank you, Barbara! So glad I won. I know I'm going to love this book. :)

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  15. The artist in me is absolutely awed by this cover! So many great contrasts and eye-popping colors... *stares some more at all the pretty*

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  16. This cover is gorgeous! Lots of historical MG on the market right now.

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  17. Thanks, Barbara, fo r highlighting my book this week, and thanks everyone for all your nice comments. Here's a bit of interesting information, since so many of you are admiring the cover. The cover artist is a man named Zohar Lazar, and my cover is nothing like most of his art at all. When I fist googled him after I found out he was doing the cover I was horrified, because so much of his work is violent or disturbing or sharp-edged political commentary, and I thought, "oh no, what am I getting!" Then he came up with this brilliant, gorgeous cover that is perfect for the tone of my book! I love the cover and am glad I got him as a cover artist, but I am still mystified as to why, given his body of work, my house ever even thought to give him the job.

    If you want to see what I mean, just do an image search on google for Zohar Lazar.

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  18. I love MGM! What great books you offer to readers! Thanks so much.

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  19. Can't walk past a cover like this for sure, but I'm more interested in the story inside.
    Thank you for the chance at winning a copy. :)

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  20. So interesting to read the books that you mention. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Sounds like a great story... and the cover is beautiful. I love hearing "the story" behind the cover art so thanks Jeannie for adding a little about it in the comments. And thanks also for offering a copy for the giveaway.

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  22. Pure delight. On so many levels. That's what this story is. Thanks to everyone for commenting and good luck in the drawing!

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