Monday, March 5, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Underneath (and a giveaway!)

The Underneath is a story that means so much to me that I let my daughter purchase a stuffed animal at a garage sale--something I strictly forbid. I mean, some other kid's stuffed animal!!??! SO GROSS!!!!!! I allowed it this ONE time because with tears brimming in her eyes my daughter said, "Mommy, we can't leave Ranger here all alone."

Ranger, the blood hound Kathi Appelt created and who inhabits The Underneath, has a beautiful and big but broken heart, and no, he could not be left at that garage sale alone. And he was not.

The Underneath is a book in prose that reads like a magical poem. It's a story that stayed on my mind long after I finished it. It's a novel I'll read again and again--and have already read twice. It's a story of love, betrayal, and redemption. It's a book I might call my favorite, even though I don't have a favorite. And I could tell you so much more, but all I'm going to tell you is this: The Underneath blends a mistreated dog, a cat left on the side of the road, a horrible man, several magical creatures, trees who tell stories, a magical family, and an unforgettable story.

To celebrate this beautiful book (and my blog reaching 100 followers!!), I'm giving away TWO HARDCOVER copies of  The Underneath. To enter the drawing simply leave a comment on this post by Sunday, March 11th, 2012 by 8pm CT and be a blog follower. International entries welcome. The winners will be announced on Monday, March 12th.

Here's a photo of our beloved Ranger with the books I'm giving away.
Could you have left him at that garage sale?


I'm certain you could not.

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Happy middle grade reading!