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Our Prize Package: Our Favorite Middle Grade Reads of 2012
I can’t believe that we are fast approaching the end of 2012! This has been an incredible year for myself and for my kids. We have been so blessed to read some FANTASTIC books over the past year. I am sincerely grateful to the wonderful authors who graciously provided review copies of their books to us. You have truly made our year special. For this giveaway we will choose ONE WINNER who will be receiving one copy (either print or e-book – specified below) of 13 Middle Grade books (or another book by the same author in the case of Joan Holub/Suzanne Williams and Billi Tiner – specified below) that we had the privilege of reading and reviewing on our site + 1 BONUS story by author Trevor Forest. The 13 middle grade books listed below are among our favorites (yes, we read LOTS of good books!). If you click the book cover, it will take you to our review. We have provided our “Bottom Lines” to share our love of these books.
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I loved loved loved this book and I want to read the other books in the series. I would recommend it to girls 7 years and older.
Mom’s Bottom Line: Many of the same things I loved about the Heroes in Training series (i.e., likable characters, comedic timing, quirkiness and originality, an interesting plot, and a unique and playful writing style) all apply here as well. I would highly recommend the Goddess Girl books to tween girls – they’ll love it!
*The winner will receive Pandora the Curious: (Goddess Girls Book #9) in lieu of Athena the Brain *
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I really, really, really liked this book – it was fun to read. I would recommend it to girls 7 years and older.
Mom’s Bottom Line: I really, really enjoyed this book. I ripped through it in one sitting because it had me captivated from start to finish. I would highly recommend this book and the other Amanda books to girls in particular ages 8+.
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I REALLY liked this book because the story was cool and inventive. I would highly recommend this book to my friends, both girls and boys. I am really looking forward to reading the next book.
Mom’s Bottom Line: I really, really enjoyed this story. It is very unique and it had me guessing what would happen next. I would recommend the book for both boys and girls who are at least 8 years old. I have to admit that it was a bit difficult to read aloud to the kids, but the proof is in the pudding: They loved it!!
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I loved this book it was really cool and exciting and I want to read the second one. I would recommend it to boys and girls 8 years and older.
Mom’s Bottom Line: This book was, quite simply put, a rockin’ good time. The story is solid, the characters are likable, the action is non-stop, and there is even educational value regarding Egyptian mythology and culture. I would recommend this book to boys and girls aged 8+ with the warning that, at some points, the Uberdiles were even freaking ME out!
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I loved, loved this book and I would recommend it to girls and maybe boys 8 years and older.
Mom’s Bottom Line: I read this story to both my children aloud. From Chapter 1 all the way through to the Discussion Questions, my children were captivated by the story. The story is a nice balance between action, elements of magic and fantasy, and important life lessons, all woven within the historical context of medieval times. This was an enjoyable and educational read and I would recommend Guinevere to tween girls and boys.
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I love loved this book and I would recommend it to girls 8 years and older.
Mom’s Bottom Line: This was a very enjoyable read. There are so many unpredictable twists that will keep you guessing what will happen next. I would highly recommend this book and the next books in the series to children aged 7+.
* The winner will also receive a copy of The Wishnotist by Trevor Forest in addition to The Mirror Maze (Magic Molly Book #1)*
Daughter’s Bottom Line: This book was AWESOME! I would recommend this book to probably just girls who are 8 years and older because younger kids might not be able to understand or pay attention (like my little brother when he listened to the story).
Mom’s Bottom Line: I read this story to both my children. My son (5.5 years old) listened to and liked the story but there were parts where he lost concentration because it was too long and complicated a plot. I really enjoyed this book and really enjoyed the story. You never knew what would happen next and we were excited to see who Fiera would run into around the next corner. I highly recommend this book to both boys and girls aged 8 and over.
** Neverdark will be available as a FREE e-book from Amazon on Dec. 24 & 25. **
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I loved this book and I would recommend it to both boys and girls who are 5 years and older.
Mom’s Bottom Line: Despite the two issues I raised, my kids and I all really enjoyed this book – it was a great mystery and thriller. I would recommend this book to kids aged 6+.
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I loved, loved, loved this book. I think girls and boys my age and older would also love, love, love this book.
Mom’s Bottom Line: This book was such a delight to read – loved it. It is aimed at 8+ (I believe). My daughter read it just after she turned 9 and really enjoyed it. It is quite lengthy and challenging for an 8/9 year old but such a great read!
Erik (The Kid Reviews Books) Bottom Line: It pretty much had everything me (as a boy) would want in a book – danger, mystery, legends, an exciting setting, myths and much more.
Mom’s Bottom Line: Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. It is a non-stop rollicking adventure filled with mystery, peril, and intrigue all set within the backdrop of culturally and historically rich Egypt. Due to the violence in the book, I would recommend this book to boys and girls aged 10+.
Daughter’s Bottom Line: This is one of the best books that I’ve read and I would recommend it to everybody.
Son’s Bottom Line: This book is the best book ever. I would recommend it to everybody.
Mom’s Bottom Line: What can I say? We all LOVED this story and you can consider this our official plea to the author: Pleeeeease write a sequel!! While I agree with my kids about their broad recommendation, I will say that realistically, this book is appropriate for boys and girls aged 5 and up.
** NOTE: Our begging paid off: The sequel is forthcoming, January, 2013!! **
Daughter’s Bottom Line: I love love loved this book and I think kids 7 and older would like this book!!
Mom’s Bottom Line: Call me sentimental, but I really enjoyed this story if only because it reminded me of some of the classic stories with animals as main characters – Black Beauty, The Incredible Journey, Charlotte’s Web, and the Call of the Wild to name a few. I would highly recommend this book along the same vein as these books. Due to the graphic descriptions of abuse and injury, I would recommend this book to boys and girls aged 8 and up.
*The winner will receive The Rescue Team (Billi Tiner) in lieu of Welcome Home. *
Daughter’s Bottom Line: This book is my favorite book right now. I would recommend it to girls 9 years and older.
Mom’s Bottom Line: Aside from the one issue, this book is appropriate for girls 10 years of age and older. The themes may be a bit too mature for younger children. However, that being said, I can’t deny that my daughter really enjoyed it and overall, I enjoyed reading it as well.
Prize Package: Here is the list of the 13 books (+ 1 Bonus Story) and formats that will go to ONE WINNER.
- Amanda in Arabia by Darlene Foster (signed print copy)
- Bellyache by Crystal Marcos (US/Canadian winner: print copy – International winner: e-book copy)
- The Golden Scarab by S.W. Lothian (US/Canadian winner: print copy – International winner: e-book copy)
- Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello (US/Canadian winner: print copy – International winner: e-book copy)
- The Mirror Maze (Magic Molly Book #1) & The Wishnotist by Trevor Forest (e-book copy of each)
- Neverdark by C.S. Einfeld (US/Canadian winner: print copy – International winner: e-book copy)
- Ninja Nan and Sidekick Grandad by Annaliese Matheron (print copy)
- Pandora the Curious (Goddess Girls #9) by Holub & Williams (US/Canadian winner: signed print copy – International winner: e-book copy)
- Remarkable Lizzie Foley (print copy)
- The Rescue Team by Billi Tiner (print copy)
- The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram (US winner: print copy – Canadian/International winner: ebook copy)
- Tall Tales With Mr. K by Kathy Rygg (print copy)
- When Dreams Come True by Rebecca Emin (signed print copy)
Contest closes: December 29th, 11:59 pm, 2012
Open to: Internationally
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Terms and Conditions: A randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!
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