Monday, June 10, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Every Day After (with ARC giveaway!)

Every Day After, the debut of Laura Golden, releases on June 11th! To celebrate this special and beautiful story, I'd like to pass along my ARC to one of you. It's that good. I'll be purchasing a hardcover, you know--what I do with books I adore. Details on the giveaway are at the end of this post.

The premise: In Bittersweet, Alabama, times are tough, but to Lizzie Hawkins, her times are the toughest. When her daddy lost his job due to the Depression, he deserted the family, and now Lizzie's mama has lost all hope. It's up to Lizzie to keep things from falling completely apart, but she hasn't even turned twelve yet. The bank is after her house, there's a new and very mean girl in town, and Lizzie's best friend Ben is slipping away. Lizzie's not sure she can hold it all together . . .

What I loved: The change and growth in Lizzie. She's taking care of way more than any almost twelve-year-old should be, and she makes mistakes, but she learns from those mistakes. Which is a pretty huge thing for anyone of any age. And although this story is set in the 1930's, readers of today will (almost) forget they're reading about the past because Laura Golden has written something so relevant to the here and now.

To enter the giveaway for my ARC, simply comment on this post by Sunday, June 23, 2013, by 8pm CDT and have a United States mailing address. Winner announced on Monday, June 24th.

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Happy middle grade reading! 
 

29 comments:

  1. This sounds really good, Barbara. Thanks for sharing it.

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  2. I loved Lizzie's story, too--so excited it's releasing so I can start telling my friends to buy it. :)

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  3. This sounds like one with all the feels. And Alabama! That's my home state.

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  4. Lizzie sounds like a great, strong character.
    One of my girls just decided to guzzle down all the Historical fiction in the house, which of course made me think of you, naturally. ;)

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  5. I agree that this is a fantastic book--and despite being historical fiction, so relevant and timely! Lizzie is a great character--I feel like I will be rereading this one because I miss her voice.

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  6. I haven't read much MG set in this time period. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This sounds like a great book! Definitely going on the to-read list!

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  8. Another historical gem to put on my list. The premise sounds like a heart tugging one. Thanks for sharing with us Barbara. :)

    PS: please don't enter me in this giveaway.

    ~Akoss

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  9. Oh me! Please!! This sounds really good.

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  10. Hey! Saw this on Rebecca's blog too - buzzy book this week! Definitely sounds like a great read. I'm a sucker for kid characters who have to grow up quickly.

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  11. Sounds like a really good book. I love historical fiction and would love to win this one. Thanks

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  12. I wonder how many fathers walked out on their families during the depression.

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  13. Great review! It's so great when characters are able to learn from their mistakes. :)

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  14. Thanks so much for running this giveaway. I really, really want to read this book!

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  15. I am stunned, but thinking about, I'm not sure if I've read anything from the Great Depression yet. I would love to read this!

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  16. Can't wait to read this! Laura is such a great gal too, and this book has gotten great reviews. :)

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  17. Oh, this sounds very good!! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  18. Some of my favorite flavors in a book--historical fiction, the Great Depression and the south. Thanks Barbara.

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  19. Thanks for this review, Barbara! I am really, really excited about this book - plus, the fact that you adored it convinces me it will be a new favorite :) I also love the comments on how relevant the story is while still giving us the richness and the discovery of a historical setting.

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  20. Oh boy, this sounds wonderful. And I love that cover!

    Will be sure to get a copy oh yes will. (Canadian resident:) Thanks for featuring it and yay for those books we fall in love with!!

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  21. This looks lovely, Barbara--thanks for the recommendation!

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  22. Sounds like a good one! I love historical middle grade. [no US mailing address so don't enter me]

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  23. I've seen this cover before, and I love historical so I'll have to pick this up. One thing that strikes me is that even though it sounds like a "typical Depression story" it got published. "They" say you can't do that time period these days.

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  24. This sounds like such a great book. I love that the MC really grows throughout the story. I have been reading a lot of historical fiction lately and I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Barbara!
    ~Jess

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  25. Love the premise. How's your writing going?

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  26. Sounds like a great historical fiction. :D

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  27. I'm the same way. Even if I've read a book at the library, if I love it, I'll go buy a copy - and hardcovers are special treats.

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  28. Like that book cover.
    Just finished Orphan of Islam.

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