Monday, June 24, 2013

Week 4: Summer Book Club ~ Ask my mood ring how I feel

We are officially more than 1/2 way through the 3rd Annual Middle Grade Summer Book Club. What are everyone's thoughts on this years Top Picks for the Summer Reading? Are they books you & your kids would be interested in?
 
Would love some thoughts....

 
Ask My Mood Ring How I FeelWeek 4: Ask my mood ring how I feel
by Diana Lopez
ISBN: 9780316209953
$12.00 (hardback)
$ 8.89 (kindle)
About the book:
It's summer before eighth grade, and Erica "Chia" Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She's happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins. She's jealous that her genius little sister skipped two grades. And she's passionate about the crushes on her Boyfriend Wish list. And when Erica's mom is diagnosed with breast cancer, she feels worried and doesn't know what she can do to help.

When her family visits a cuarto de milagros, a miracle room in a famous church, Erica decides to make a promesa to God in exchange for her mom's health. As her mom gets sicker, Erica quickly learns that juggling family, friends, school, and fulfilling a promesa is stressful, but with a little bit of hope and a lot of love, she just might be able to figure it out.

Confetti Girl author Diana Lopez returns with this sweet, funny, and utterly honest story about being a girl in a world full of good (and bad) surprises.
 
 
My thoughts:
Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel was another book I wasn't sure I wanted to read. This wonderful book came with another book that I had requested and I wasn't planning on including it with the Best of 2013 Middle Grade reads until I read it ~ it wasn't at all what I was expecting.

This book opens with your typical, everyday 7th grade, hyper boy vigilent teen ager focused on what all little 7th grade girls are aware of. You have boy/clothes/when am I going to reach the "close encounter of the #1, 2, 3 or 4th degree (involving boys - but you already figured that out right?)" crazy girls (plus one boy in their group who is just starting to be aware of Erica and she hasn't a clue (of course).

But then Erica's life changes - her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. I was very pleased with how the author didn't brush over the subject, worked through Erica's emotions, her dad's worry about his wife and Erica's little sister's almost OCD counting and need to clean. There is a LOT of information, emotions and kids are given some tools they can use with major events in their lives. Most of all I loved how Erica stepped forward and helped around the house - taking care of the cleaning and her little brother as best as a 13 year old can. In many ways she took over much of the organizing of their home - and the resulting consequence would be eye opening for kids & their families.

I was very impressed with this book all around. The only thing I was a little un-impressed about was the parents in the book take the kids to a "shrine" where people make promises to the "Virgen de San Juan del Valle" in order to heal the people in their lives. The parents in the book take the kids there and have their kids make a promesa but of course don't do a good job of making sure the girls understand that nothing they do can heal their mother. Instead of putting their fear and trust in God they turn to promises, the Virgin Mary and works to hopefully heal their mom.

Parents should take the time to read the book first or at least read it with their daughters. Talk about how God is there to support us and while He can heal us sometimes he doesn't choose to. Talk about how we can help others, support and encourage each other and how we can let our friends know we are there if they need us. I would of LOVED to see a list of discussion questions with this book. It's outstanding and should be on each library shelf & in each school.

There is a strong hispanic presence in this book and you'll find some cultural references throughout the book, not just in language, but in religion and this provides a great opportunity to discuss cultural differences and different beliefs and thoughts as well.

About the author:
Diana L√≥pez is the author of the adult novella, Sofia’s Saints and the middle grade novels, Confetti Girl and Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel (to be released in 2013).   Her new young adult novel, CHOKE, will be published by Scholastic in July 2012. 

Learn more about the author @ http://www.dianalopezbooks.com/


Read on:
Be sure to check out the other books in this years Middle Grade Book Club. They have all been donated by either the authors or publishers as some of the best of the best Middle Grade Fiction that has come out this year!
Week 1: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (order) (my review)
Week 2: Leviathan (order) (my review)
Week 3: The Lily Series: Lily Robbins, MD (order) (my review)
Week 4: Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel (order) (my review)
Week 5: The Phoenix Files (order) (my review)
Week 6: Unleashed (order) (my review)
 
Kid Lit Blog Hop

 
The annual Summer Book Club Giveaway!
You can enter our great Summer Book Club Giveaway which will be drawn on August 1st - just in time for the last few weeks of summer when kids start to get bored and need something new to do. This year we will be running it a little different since I am officially without a computer (thanks to Malware & a nasty virus which wiped out my registry) -
 
***The Giveaway has officially ended - and the winners notified***
 
 
Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read and review on CCB. I was not required to post a positive review and no $ exchanged hands. Thanks for reading CCB!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Thank You from the Winner of The Imagination Station Series:

 
Hi Tina!
I wanted to send a quick email to let you know that I received the whole book series last week and WOW!! This is such an AMAZING series of books!!! I was blown away when I saw them all! I cannot wait to start reading them with my son, who is 12yrs old, and enjoying them for myself along with him!!! I didn't realize what reading level the books were and I thought they would fit my younger niece and nephew but I am more excited to see that the books are more for my son!!! YAY!!!
 
THANK YOU AGAIN, SO MUCH for having this awesome giveaway!!!!
Lisa

Monday, June 17, 2013

Week 3: The Lily Series: Lily Robbins, MD

Middle Grade Fiction Book Club.egg  on Aviary

It's Here!
Welcome to the 3rd annual Middle Grade Summer Book Club and I think I have some GREAT books lined up for kids to read this summer... we have some mystery, chic books, and some great ones for guys & girls!

Week 3: The Lily Series: Lily Robbins, MD
by Nancy Rue
ISBN: 978-1400319510
$ 7.19 (paperback)
$ 5.99 (kindle)

About the book:
When she helps a family who is in a car accident, Lily knows she's found her true calling -- she's meant to be a "great healer." Armed with medical tv shows, books from the library, and a health class at a local gym, Lily's out to make the world a healthier place, starting with her best friends. If only they'd cooperate...

My thoughts:
I love the idea of a kid knowing what she (or he) wants to be when they grow up. Lily Robbins MD is one of those kids - she loves helping others and making a difference in someone's life. You'll find Lily reaching out to others, learning more than just first aid and trying to find ways she can succeed in reaching her goal.... to be a doctor when she grows up.

Lily and her friends are wonderful kids... yes, they're all boy crazy and kinda strange as all middle grade kids are but I really liked them. Each kid in the book has their own special personality and each of Lily's friends seem to be the kind of kids I'd want my own daughter to be involved with. Lily has a passion for well a variety of things. Her family knows her as the kid that can't stick with one passion so when she asks for CPR & First Aid lessons after she helps a little boy with internal injuries when he is in a bad car accident she decides "I want to be a dr when I grow up" her parents tell her "we'll see" and lets see if your still interested in 6 months. Lily's dad ends up finding a class for girls 10-13 at his fitness center and when it turns out that it's about puberty and periods (etc) she decides she doesn't want to finish the class & guess what mom & dad make her stick with it.

Lilly Robbins MD is all about preadolescent girls, BFF's and angst girl style. It's about learning about your body, changes and middle school. Boys too. I wouldn't have a problem handing this book off to a 4th grade girl (and up) to read. The information about the changes a girl goes through is clear cut, well put and in words your girls will be comfortable with. I loved the idea of having a celebration when a little girl turns into a Mini Woman - sure wish someone had done that for me when I was 9!

Read a chapter (click on Click to Look Inside)

Tween You and Me: for Faithgirlz & Mini Women 9 to 13'ish
Nancy Rue is the author of Lilly Robbins MD and several other books for Tween Girls. She has put together a wonderful website & newsletter for girls in this age group - it's kind of a club for Mini Women! She talks about girl stuff like.... boys, periods, treating others (friends & parents) with respect and a whole lot more! Be sure to sign up for the Tween You and Me newsletter - it's your mandatory entry for this week's giveaway. =D

Be sure to check out her other books The Lily Series, The Lucy Series and The Sophie Series

 


Learn more about Nancy Rue's mission:

Adults - Follow Nancy on Facebook!Follow Nancy on Pinterest!Follow Nancy on Twitter!Follow Nancy on YouTube!Teens - Follow Nancy on Facebook!

Website: Nancy Rue

Thanks for having such a passion for encouraging kids to be Strong Readers! I have another Nancy Rue review going up sometime this fall I believe... be sure to check it out and then follow my blog so you can return to learn more about The Merciful Scar! Be sure to visit the rest of the Middle Grade Summer Book Club:
Week 1: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (order) (my review)
Week 2: Leviathan (order) (my review)
Week 3: The Lily Series: Lily Robbins, MD (order) (my review)
Week 4: Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel (order) (my review)
Week 5: The Phoenix Files (order) (my review)
Week 6: Unleash (order) (my review)

 
 
 
 
The annual Summer Book Club Giveaway!
You can enter our great Summer Book Club Giveaway which will be drawn on August 1st - just in time for the last few weeks of summer when kids start to get bored and need something new to do. This year we will be running it a little different since I am officially without a computer (thanks to Malware & a nasty virus which wiped out my registry) -
 
How to Enter:
Each week return to CCB to read that week's review and enter that week's entry question. Each week there will be a mandatory question (as well as the usual provide your FULL Contact information) - without the contact information your answers and entries will be deleted. You'll also have the opportunity to enter via Tweeting, posting on FB and Sharing on any of the numerous linkies that are available. The non-mandatory entries are extras that you have the choice of getting extra entries.
 
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Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read and review on CCB. I was not required to post a positive review and no $ exchanged hands. Thanks for reading CCB!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

New Series: Minnie & Daisy ~ Best Friends Forever!

Have you ever wondered what Minnie and Daisy’s lives were like before Mickey and Donald?  Minnie and Daisy were friends long before they met their dashing duck and magical mouse, and they went through all the trials and tribulations of growing up just like all girls do.

  


They also now have a FUN new series of chapter books for preteen girls. There are the usual boy crazy kids (all cartoon characters of course) with the usual events in their little lives. When Daisy gets the part of Juliet which Minnie had been planning on trying out for - or Daisy wants to earn money to purchase her own surfboard will their friendship stand up to the test in front of them?

Minnie and Daisy's new series is very appealing to girls 8 and up. The pages are colorful and filled with "snapshots" of their lives. There are segments of text that highlighted in different colors so the words stand out and the situations in the story match most of what your girls are going through. I loved how Daisy is the sports minded character (and she is definitely a character) and Minnie is the creative one. She loves to sew, bake, babysits and wants to help her friends. The little arguments they get into are reminiscent of the little arguments all girls get into during 5th-7th grades ~ but their methods of making up can help your girls learn how to build and strengthen their relationships with their friends.

.... and there will be 2 additional books will be coming out in July.
Another new surprise from Daisy & Minnie is their new magazine! My little 8 year old daycare girl snapped these up right away... your girls will read about friendship, do crafts, learn about their favorite music, play games and take quizzes. There are posters & comics included and Hailey connected with the magazine right away ~ you can find this great magazine @ major retail outlets for $4.99 nationwide.

This series & the magazine would make a great birthday present and it would be fun to find them in their Christmas Stockings this year.

It's a Giveaway! 

I am giving away a copy of both books & the magazine to one very lucky reader on CCB! Each giveaway that I host requires your full contact information - name, address, phone # & email listed. No one but me and my contact sees the winners information and no one else's information is even looked at (even by me). So, please be sure to share the information....

Note: I left a link on the rafflecopter entries with this posts hyperlink - hopefully it will work to come back here and post blog comments if instructed to do so. Keepin' my fingers crossed.

(on facebook)

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Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of Books 1 & 2 and a copy of the magazine to read and review on CCB. No money exchanged hands and no money exchanged hands. Thanks for reading CCB!



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Week 2 Middle Grade Book Club: Leviathan by Dalen Keys


Middle Grade Fiction Book Club.egg  on Aviary

It's Here!

Welcome to the 3rd annual Middle Grade Summer Book Club and I think I have some GREAT books lined up for kids to read this summer... we have some mystery, chic books, and some great ones for guys & girls! Check out this great read!

Leviathan
Week 2: Leviathan
by Dalen Keys
ISBN: 978-1937756765
Age 9-13, 216 pages 
$12.06 (paperback)

About the book:
Acts of valor endure across the centuries . . . waiting, as secrets in a grave from long ago.

From his adventures in The Sacred Mountain (Deep River Books 2011) fourteen-year-old skateboarder Will Evans learned to love history. Now, while visiting a civil war museum in the South, Will and his friends become fascinated by an old sword on display bearing the emblem of a sea monster. When they stumble upon the same strange emblem again—this time, on a tombstone near the ruins of a plantation home—the friends are swept up on an exciting journey of discovery.

As clues to the mystery of Leviathan unfold, they meet Juanita, a wise African American woman, and her son Michael, and relive the dangerous quest of those who risked their lives to help slaves escape many years ago. But what does Leviathan have to do with slavery, racism, and segregation? And what does any of it have to do with a young skateboarder from Philadelphia?

Unexpected twists lead to surprising discoveries, as Will and his friends learn from the past what it means to stand strong and courageous today.

My thoughts:
Leviathan. I'll be honest I really didn't know what to expect when I received this book. The write up I received from the publisher & the back of the book sounded great and very interesting since it was about history and the lives of people who made an effort to make a difference in the lives of others but when I saw the cover I was like ho hum and then I began to read...

The writing and the dialogue weren't what caught my attention but the Civil War background and the story of the people who helped save escaping slaves is wonderful. It's a great way to introduce young people to that sad period of American History and a perfect opportunity for parents to open discussion for how we can help others who need help in so many ways. There are sections of the book that take the reader to a battle field and the story overlaps with actual battles that are about to take place and show the emotions and feelings of a 15 year old bugler during the war and some of the other soldiers, there is the story of a woman and her "staff" (yes, she refused to call them slaves or servants even) and how she set into motion a group of men who committed their lives to keeping secret how she helped slaves escape.

This is a very interesting story and I would love to read The Sacred Mountain which is the first book in this series. Very very interesting. I would say this book is for kids that have strong reading skills and the ability to stick to what they are reading. I found the dialogue a little hard to read personally but I think kids would definitely connect with this story if they enjoy history and "true story" type books about heroes.

Read on:
Be sure to check out the other books in this years Middle Grade Book Club. They have all been donated by either the authors or publishers as some of the best of the best Middle Grade Fiction that has come out this year!


Week 1: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (order) (my review)
Week 2: Leviathan (order) (my review)
Week 3: The Lily Series: Lily Robbins, MD (order) (my review)
Week 4: Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel (order) (my review)
Week 5: The Phoenix Files (order) (my review)

Week 6: Unleashed (order) (my review)
 
The annual Summer Book Club Giveaway!
You can enter our great Summer Book Club Giveaway which will be drawn on August 1st - just in time for the last few weeks of summer when kids start to get bored and need something new to do. This year we will be running it a little different since I am officially without a computer (thanks to Malware & a nasty virus which wiped out my registry) -
 
How to Enter:
Each week return to CCB to read that week's review and enter that week's entry question. Each week there will be a mandatory question (as well as the usual provide your FULL Contact information) - without the contact information your answers and entries will be deleted. You'll also have the opportunity to enter via Tweeting, posting on FB and Sharing on any of the numerous linkies that are available. The non-mandatory entries are extras that you have the choice of getting extra entries.
 
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Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read and review on CCB. I was not required to post a positive review and no $ exchanged hands. Thanks for reading CCB!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My Very First Noah's Ark Playtime ~ Preschool Book Review

My Very First Noah's Ark Playtime
By author: Lois Rock
Illustrated by: Alex Ayliffe
ISBN: 978-0745964140
$7.99 (paperback)
Age 3-5 years

About the book:
This fun activity book features puzzles, games, and the timeless story of Noah and the ark. The book also includes stickers that pair with the activities and encourage children to learn as they play. Cute and colorful collage illustrations that jump off the page will keep children engaged.

This handy book can be used during the holidays, on vacation, or just to fill the time on a rainy day.


My thoughts:
I am excited about the opportunities now available for preschoolers in the world of activity books. I have looked for activity books at Walmart and other stores and always turn away. It usually seems like they are heavy on the stickers & the price and that is about it and it doesn't help the kids won't even look at them.. Lois Rock consistently turns out fun activity books that are heavy on "reading", interaction and they are educational and encourage reading comprehension (this is a HUGE plus in my mind) as well. The pictures are really cute and I'll admit I enjoy looking at them as much as my 3 year old daycare child does (and she picks them up to look at over and over again). She considers these HER books and even after the stickers are done she enjoys reading the stories and doing the puzzles and activities in the book. These books end up in my car for the kids to look at on drives or while we are waiting to pick up one child or another after school or on long trips to preschool playtime or some other fun activity.

I would love to see more of these books - there are stories for Adam & Eve, Daniel & the Lions, David & Goliath (see my review here), Joshua & the Battle of Jericho, Easter (see my review here), the Christmas story and so many others that can be added to this series. I would also love to see other more "secular" type activity books written - perhaps Kregel and the authors in this series could come up with some fun story/activity books to do a side series to this one perhaps for the next age level (beginning readers).

Use this series for stocking stuffers, easter baskets - stock up on them for birthday gifts. Your kids will definitely grab them to give to their little friends. Add some of those new twist up crayons, markers and drawing paper and you are set.

Disclaimer:
I was given a copy of the book to read and review on CCB. I was not required to have a positive review & no money exchanged hands. Thanks for reading CCB!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Imagination Station books (age 6 - 9 yrs) ~ Book Review

This month I have 2 books to feature for beginning readers. Perfect for reading aloud with your kids at bedtime, transition times, and for kids who are able to read independently. The first book has already been released and the second in the series (#11) is available for pre-order.

About the series:
Join cousins Patrick and Beth in the Imagination Station and travel through history. Sail with Viking explorers! Meet a Roman emperor! The key to adventure lies within your imagination. (for ages 7 and up)

Adventures in Odyssey The Imagination Station® Series #10: Challenge on the Hill of Fire  -     
        By: Marianne Hering, Nancy Sanders
Challenge on the Hill of Fire
Series: The Imagination Station
ISBN: 978-1589976948
$4.99 $4.49  (paperback)
(Read the first chapter)


About the book:
Kidnapped by Celtic Druids in 433, Patrick and Beth are headed to certain death when followers of a former Irish Slave (Saint Patrick, called Patritius in this book) save them. The cousins find themselves in the midst of a power struggle between Ireland’s King Logaire, Patritius, and the leader of the Druids, Lochru. A spiritual showdown begins on the Hill of Slane when Patritius builds a fire, challenging the King’s authority. Will Patritius prove to the king that the God of the Bible is the true God? Or will the king take sides with the Druids? The Emerald Isle holds many tales and legends, but this story of truth and standing strong for God is not one to be missed.

My thoughts:
Challenge on the Hill of Fire is a take off of the story of Elijah and the Prophets of Baal where he challenges them to get their god to light their sacrifice - and of course only the true God could do that (1 Kings 18:16-39). This story takes place in Ireland during the struggle between the druids and Patritius (St Patrick) when he is trying to share the gospel with the Irish People and he ends up rescuing Beth and Patrick from slavers. The time period is a violent period and this book is a good introduction to the persecution Christians have dealt with over the centuries. Your children will have questions and it opens up opportunities for you to teach your children about being kind to others, standing up for what's right and showing them how the true message of God & Jesus is about peace, love and the incredible gift God has given us through Jesus his Son.


Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station Book: #11, Hunt for the Devil's Dragon  -     
        By: Marianne Hering &  Batson
    
Hunt for the Devil's Dragon
Series: The Imagination Station
ISBN: 978-1589977389
$4.99 $4.49 (paperback)
$3.99 (kindle)
(Releases 5/15/13)

About the book:
If you’re brave, follow cousins Beth and Patrick to Libya in the 13th century. The town of Silene is being terrorized by a vicious animal that is eating livestock. The townspeople believe it’s a dragon sent by the devil. In order to appease the beast, the people believe they must offer a human sacrifice—a young girl named Sabra. When Beth tries to help Sabra escape, she too is tied up as an offering for the dragon. Meanwhile, Patrick and a new friend named Hazi join Georgius, a Roman knight who is serving in Africa to keep peace. Georgius decides to find the dragon and kill it. Georgius’s plans go awry when Beth and Sabra beg him not to kill the dragon. The girls know the true secret of Silene—the dragon isn’t its worst enemy.


My thoughts:
Once again, we have a fun action packed new book for young readers who are just starting to get involved in chapter books with a little meat on them. This particular book takes place during the Roman age and involves dragons, a roman guard who believes in Christos (Christ) and is being persecuted by his superior in the army. This roman guard stands up for Beth & Patrick when they are threatened with being put in the stocks for "sneaking" into port and his superior blames a innocent merchant for bringing them and tries to tax him for something he didn't do.

The main theme of this book is bullying and standing up for what you believe in. It opens up with Beth feeling bad because she didn't defend a little friend from school who is being bullied ~ Whit sends her and Patrick back in time to find out what it feels like to be on the receiving end and to see what happens when you stand up for others.

As usual, outstanding story. It's a little wooden but kids aren't going to notice that. The story moves fast and your children will learn a little about history at the same time. There is a nice little Q&A in the back of the book as well as a puzzle and a very short interview with the daughter of one of the authors. You can go online to http://www.whitsend.org/imaginationstation and read more.

Age 6-9 yrs, next book in the series: Danger on a Silent Night (Oct 1, 2013)


Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of both books to read and review on CCB. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands. Thanks!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Week 1: Middle Grade Summer Book Club: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest


Middle Grade Fiction Book Club.egg  on Aviary
 
It's Here!
 
Welcome to the 3rd annual Middle Grade Summer Book Club and I think I have some GREAT books lined up for kids to read this summer... we have some mystery, chic books, and some great ones for guys & girls!
 
This year the giveaway will run differently for the Summer Book Club! Please be sure to return each week to get the answer to that weeks question - you can join the giveaway & the book club at anytime during the 5 weeks that this event runs.... so stay tuned & make sure you return each Tuesday or Wednesday to join in!  
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest 
Week 1: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
by Charles de Lint
ISBN: 978-0316053570
$13.48(hardback)
$ 8.89 (kindle)
About the book:
The magic is all around you, if only you open your eyes....

Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hillsuntil the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now Lillian must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creaturesfrom Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear Peopleto find a way to make things right.

In this whimsical, original folktale written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one's own destiny.

This would be perfect for readalouds and independent readers—it has a classic, timeless feel to it. And check out some of Charles's exquisite artwork on this Pinterest board!
 
My thoughts:
I have to say I LOVED The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. The writing is beautiful and the images I received in my mind's eye exquisite. You have the story of a little farm girl who is being raised by her aunty, who speaks to the forests animals and ends up turning into a kitten. Her adventures as she travels the forest, meets a witch (or two), her experience living with the Bear People are exciting and draw you along in the story. I ended up staying up into the wee morning hours reading to finish this story. The end of the book is not at all what I expected and the choice that Lillian has to make in the end of the book would be very hard to make - it will make your kids stop and think "what would they do if they had to make the same choice?".
 
The writing for this story remind me of The Water Baby or even some of George MacDonald (Sir Gibbie, The Princess & the Goblin) or even CS Lewis's wonderful Narnia Chronicles. This would be a great story to while away a slow summer afternoon (or several) or a rainy/stormy day - or even a long trip on the airplane.. 

Week 1: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (order) (my review)
Week 2: Leviathan (order) (my review)
Week 3: The Lily Series: Lily Robbins, MD (order) (my review)
Week 4: Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel (order) (my review)
Week 5: The Phoenix Files (order) (my review)

Week 6: Unleashed (order) (my review)
 

The annual Summer Book Club Giveaway!
You can enter our great Summer Book Club Giveaway which will be drawn on August 1st - just in time for the last few weeks of summer when kids start to get bored and need something new to do. This year we will be running it a little different since I am officially without a computer until further notice (thanks to Malware & a nasty virus which wiped out my registry). 
 
How to Enter:
Each week return to CCB to read that week's review and enter that week's entry question. Each week there will be a mandatory question (as well as the usual provide your FULL Contact information) - without the contact information your answers and entries will be deleted. You'll also have the opportunity to enter via Tweeting, posting on FB and Sharing on any of the numerous linkies that are available. The non-mandatory entries are extras that you have the choice of getting extra entries.
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read and review on CCB. I was not required to post a positive review and no $ exchanged hands. Thanks for reading CCB!

CymLowell

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The 2013 Middle Grade Summer Book Club is officially here! Starts 6/4!

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel Lily Robbins, M.D., Nancy Rue Leviathan by Dalen Keys
Tuesday is the start of the 2013 Middle Grade Summer Book Club (it's our 3rd year!) -

Be sure to check out all of the books in this years Middle Grade Book Club. They have all been donated by either the authors or publishers as some of the best of the best Middle Grade Fiction that has come out this year! 2 lucky readers will split the Super Reader Giveaway on 7/20!

1 lucky girl will receive books from Weeks 1, 3 and 4 and
1 lucky guy will receive books from Weeks 2 and 5!

Week 1: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (6/4)
Week 2: Leviathan  (6/11)
Week 3: The Lily Series: Lily Robbins, MD (6/11)
Week 4: Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel  (6/25)
Week 5: The Phoenix Files (7/9)
Week 6: (7/16) Possibly 1 more book if it arrives in time for review (this will be in the guys set if it comes in!)

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