Monday, May 19, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Circa Now (with ARC giveaway!)

It's always an honor to receive an ARC, and the very best thing I can do with one once I've read it is share about it and then pass it along as a giveaway. So that's what I'm doing with Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner, which officially releases May 27th. Details on the giveaway are at the end of this post.

The premise: Circa Monroe works with her dad restoring old photos. Sometimes they even 'shop' things into photos for fun and then create stories about them. But one day Circa's dad heads into a terrible storm to deliver one of the restored photos, and he dies in a tragic accident, leaving Circa with just her mom who's always been so dependent on Circa's dad. But then a mysterious boy shows up, a boy with no memories who needs their help.

What I loved: The twisty-turny plot that carries just a hint of magic -- the magic of hope. In the same vein as her first novel Sway but yet in a brand new manner, Amber McRee Turner weaves this magical hope into her latest novel in so many beautiful ways.

To enter the giveaway of my ARC, simply have a United States mailing address and leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open until 8pm CDT, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Winner announced May 26th.

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23 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love the sound of this book. Stories with a sense of hope always appeal to me! And gosh, how sad about Circa's dad...

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  2. This does sound like a great book. But please let someone else win. I'm not reading as much right now and am a bit behind on my stack.

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  3. This one sounds good, Barbara! I love the idea of creating stories from old pictures. I wrote a poem once that was inspired by an old picture of my grandma and grandpa.

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  4. Intriguing cover and plot. Looks like it would appeal to boys and girls. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love the sound of this book. Thank you for the feature and giveaway! :)

    ~Akoss

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  6. No US mailing address...BUT I have totally added this to my TBR. Looking forward to this one, thanks!

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  7. Sounds like a charming and interesting MG. Thanks Barbara.

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  8. I was really intrigued by the photo shop and the boy with no memories! Sounds intriguing! (But no need to enter me as I've won a lot of books lately. :))

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  9. I wasn't familiar with this author or either of her books. I just went and looked up Sway on Amazon; it's definitely going into my cart. I already have a list of students in my head who would be great fans of both Sway and Circa Now. I appreciate both the heads up and the chance to win.

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  10. We used to use pictures as writing prompts in a creative writing class. Sounds like a great book. And your a better person than I am, when I win an arc, I may tell others about it, but I can't let the book go. Maybe I should be spotlighted on that TV show 'hoarders'.

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  11. OH, I knew the author sounded familiar. I've had Sway on my list for a long time. This one sounds great, as well. Thanks for the review and the giveaway, Barbara.

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  12. Ooo, I love twisty-turny plots with a hint of magic. That's generous of you to give away your ARC, Barbara. I hadn't even heard of this book, so thanks for the heads-up!

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  13. This sounds like a lot of fun and it's always nice to have a chance to win a fun book. Thanks. By the way, I seem not to be receiving emails from your blog anymore. 8-(

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    1. As I emailed back to you, Rosi, I don't know why the follow-by-email isn't working in your case. If anyone has wisdom, chime in. :-)

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  14. This sounds delightful, and wow, do I love that cover! I will be crossing my fingers I win a copy, but reading it one way or another!

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  15. Nice review. And hope truly is magic.

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  16. Cute! I bet my daughter and I would love this one. Enter me, and if by some chance of fate I win, I'll email you my address. I love twists!

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  17. Yes, I'd be very interested to pick this one up. It does have that element we were just speaking of, though, doesn't it?

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  18. Would love for a chance to win this book. THANKS!

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  19. I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book all over the internet!

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  20. I missed this giveaway- but I am glad I caught the review. This sounds like a sad book, with some interesting elements. I like the unique sound of the story line and definitely hope to check this one out. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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