Monday, June 2, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Chasing the Milky Way (with ARC giveaway!)

Lucky me! I won a three-pack of books from Erin E. Moulton, one of which was an advance reading copy of Chasing the Milky Way, set to release on June 12th. Also in that three-pack was a paperback of Tracing Stars, Erin's second book (my thoughts on it are here). Both the ARC and the paperback (I own a hardcover of Tracing Stars) are available for giveaway! Details at the end of this post. The last part of the three-pack was Erin's first book, Flutter, and that one was a hardcover which I'm hanging on to.

Premise: Lucy's ticket out of Sunnyside Trailer Park is a robot competition--the BotBlock--with her friend Cam. But Lucy's still reeling from her grandma's recent death, taking care of her younger sister Izzy, and living with a mom who struggles with mental illness and doesn't always take her medications, so things don't always go Lucy's way.

What I loved: The hard but honest but loving way Erin Moulton blends her story with something as difficult to depict as mental illness. In light of the recent push for #WeNeedDiverseBooks, here's a middle grade novel that deals with mental illness in a realistic but compassionate frame.

To be eligible for the giveaways, you need a United States mailing address and a comment on this post. Giveaway is open until 8pm CDT, Sunday, June 8, 2014. The two winners will be announced on Monday, June 9th.

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16 comments:

  1. Wow, the cover for this book is so beautiful and serene! And how great that it touches on mental illness. That's a form of diversity that definitely seems to get glossed over, a lot of the time!

    (As amazing as this book sounds, I can't risk my TBR pile growing larger right now, so feel free to leave me out of the giveaway, heh.)

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  2. Sounds like a book full of heart. Lucy certainly has her plate full dealing with uncertainties from all sides. I've not read any of Erin's books, but always hear good things about them. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Realistic and compassionate...yes and yes!

    p.s. Have copies, well and a Cdn address, lol. Good luck to other commenters!

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  4. I do remember your other Erin E. M. features and I'm glad to see there is another book to add to my list.

    PS: Please don't include me in the giveaway. As much as I would love to read this, my public library will have to do. :)

    ~Akoss

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  5. I was intrigued by the robot competition--this sounds like a wonderful book, especially with the other issues.
    Please don't enter me, as I've won a lot of books recently.

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  6. This sounds intriguing! (And my TBR pile is voracious for new treats ;) )

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  7. This sounds great! I love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. This sounds like a great story, especially the part about mental illness and the mother not always taking her meds. That's all too realistic in some families, unfortunately.

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  9. It takes some skill to handle sensitive topics for this age group. Hats off to Erin for presenting mental illness so kids who might have to deal with this in their own lives will see they're not the only ones. Others know about the sadness of this situation.

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  10. I've heard mention of this somewhere before (maybe #mglitchat?) and it caught my attention but then melted to the back of the brain. I'm delighted to get it bumped back up to the front, where this time I'm hanging on to it! Thanks for the recommend, and happy MMGM!

    --Suzanne
    www.suzannewarr.com

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  11. Sounds like a great book. And I've seen it around. Let someone win who can read it right now.

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  12. Such an important topic - maybe more so to me personally as I know two moms that have had bad bouts with mental illness, I worry about them and their kids. I have slight bouts with depression that give me a hint of how hard this can be.

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  13. Love the cover. Sounds like it could be a touching and important book.

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  14. I love the cover, Barbara. And, it sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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  15. Robot competition! Sounds very cool.

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  16. I love the cover and title! It sounds like a great read with interesting characters. Thanks for the introduction and the giveaway. :) Yeah!
    ~Jess

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