Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Greystone Secrets 3 Awareness Tour and Giveaway

 



ABOUT THE BOOK



Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers

Written by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Ages 8-12 | 416 Pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | ISBN-13 : 978-0062838438

Publisher’s Synopsis: As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past.

Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones’ father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: PLEASE LISTEN. And FIND US, SEE US, HELP US. . . .

The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack—and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too.

After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/2PrjXmV

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062838438


OFFICIAL LINKS

www.haddixbooks.com

@theshelfstuff

@haddixbooks


GIVEAWAY



Enter for a chance to win a set of the Greystone Secrets series, including Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A paperback copy of Greystone Secrets 1: The Strangers

  • A paperback copy of Greystone Secrets 2: The Deceivers

  • A hardcover copy of Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers

The giveaway begins April 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT, and ends April 22, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.



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BEYOND THE BOOK ACTIVITY 
Magick Coin Creation and message system. 

We grabbed some of my old Canadian pennies from my kids piggy bank so we could create some Magick coins and have some fun for now and years to come. FUN FACT Our Canadian pennies were taken out of circulation in March 29 2012. You can make your special coins also with any craft medium you would like. We just thought it would be cool to throw them back into the piggy bank with a note to search through all the pennies at a later date for the Magick ones. Use white glue or glow in the dark school glue to get best effect. Hot Glue can be seen easily so that is not fun clue searching as you can also feel the ridge. White glue dried and written 3 times gives enough of an impression for the letter but not so visible if you toss them back into the penny pile and go on a hunt. 










DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

One Jar of Magic Awareness Tour & Giveaway

 


ABOUT THE BOOK


One Jar of Magic



Written by Corey Ann Haydu

Publisher’s Synopsis: Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal.

Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town—her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be.

But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with.

Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.

Ages 8-12 | 352 Pages | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780062689856

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cHPUky

Audible: https://amzn.to/3oOWkjS

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062689856



ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Corey Ann Haydu is the author of Eventown, The Someday Suitcase, and Rules for Stealing Stars and four acclaimed books for teens. She grew up in the Boston area, earned her MFA at the New School, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog Oscar.

Find out more at www.coreyannhaydu.com.

OFFICIAL LINK

https://www.harpercollins.com/products/one-jar-of-magic-corey-ann-haydu?variant=32126599069730

REVIEW

Rose Alice Anders is a contradiction and she is uncomfortable it is apparent in her own body. She does not live a life of her own, and has not. She does not even know if she exists on her own or just who she was groomed to be. Until that changes with one brave decision.

Phenomenal read that touches on abuse in a near to non triggering way. At least subtly and easily read to understand what may just be happening to yourself or someone around you. You do not see this dynamic of a family in almost any reads especially at this age target.

It was a delight to read and the addition of help lines was brilliant. It would be great to see schools adapt this into cirriculum in order to provide a silent , secret safe place for children.

Not to negate from the seriousness of family abuse and what it does to a child and the family dynamic in the home, I really loved the story line. It was not done for me and I wanted more. A tribute to the Author. As an actual practicing Natural Witch there may be a few tweaks from my end, but on the whole a well worthy read.



GIVEAWAY




Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Corey Ann Haydu, including One Jar of Magic.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic

  • A hardcover copy of Eventown

  • A hardcover copy of The Someday Suitcase

  • A hardcover copy of Rules for Stealing Stars

Four (4) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic

The giveaway begins February 9, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends March 8, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


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DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

The Sea in Winter Awareness Tour and Giveaway



ABOUT THE BOOK


The Sea in Winter



Written by Christine Day

Publisher’s Synopsis: In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

Ages 8-12 | 272 Pages | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780063078222

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mZ0XXQ

Audible: https://amzn.to/3aPSfsy

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062872043


OFFICIAL LINK

https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-sea-in-winter-christine-day?variant=32231794638882&utm_source=cbr&utm_medium=display&utm_term=bannerad&utm_campaign=seainwinter



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Christine Day is the author of The Sea in Winter and I Can Make This Promise, which was a best book of the year from Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library as well as an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book and a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book.

You can visit her online at www.bychristineday.com.



REVIEW 
Christine Day has captured the essence of self failure at its core. She has taken a wonderfully imaginative, invoking, descriptive story and poured in feelings we may have all very well felt. Or in essence have had those feeling that debilitate us from feeling contented in our life.
While written for a YA audience even as an adult she touched that child within, invoked feelings once thought lost but brought to the forefront.
I prefer to let my audience connect with the emotion around a book instead of just retelling the synopsis in my own words. You become to know just how much a read can touch you; bringing more value in hopes they themselves read and connect to the book even in its smallest measure. 
Realistically there is a Maisie inside everyone as an adult. Your inner child can connect with a dream from the past shattered and influencing your present no matter what level.
Clear it , clean it begin anew.

GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a set of two books by Christine Day, including The Sea in Winter.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

  • A hardcover copy of I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Four (4) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

The giveaway begins January 5, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 5, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.



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DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

I Miss You Most Awareness Tour and Giveaway

 


ABOUT THE BOOK




I Miss You Most

Written by Cassie Hoyt

Illustrated by Stefanie St. Denis

Publisher’s Synopsis: Love knows no distance. I Miss You Most helps children through the heartache of distance by showing them how to hold their loved ones near. Whether exploring the seas as pirates or twirling like ballerinas, imagination can bridge even the greatest distance. Because time with those you love is the most magical thing of all!

Ages 3 and up | 28 Pages | Publisher: Tellwell Talent | ISBN-13: 978-0228836070

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3pKOUzp

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780228836070


OFFICIAL LINK

https://www.cassiehoyt.com/

Discover lots of fun I Miss You Most activities at https://www.cassiehoyt.com/activities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassie Hoyt is a children’s author and perfusionist. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Inspiration for her books typically comes from her silly boys or fond memories of her childhood. Learn more about Cassie’s upcoming works at www.cassiehoyt.com.


BEYOND THE BOOK ACTIVITY (Well there are 3 since it just felt right to add them all when inspiration struck off each thought)


MISSING YOU FAMILY MEMBER CUT OUT

What better way to include someone you are missing than making a cardboard or paper cut out of them. (You can add them to the missing photos you take of meaningful but missed events of your life during COVID.)


MEMORY ROLL HUG

Create a long paper chain for your loved one. To make it personal lay down and measure your height and create a chain that long and maybe draw an outline of yourself, if wanted. Do not forget to add arms for the hug. From here let your imagination take flight. Maybe you are missing your loved one so terribly today so draw something for them. You could have your own imagination play so draw a picture for that too. If you celebrate something and that person would normally be there but is missing, add some pictures of the event ( even add your family member cutout so they are there but not there). Write, draw, whatever you need to on your memory roll so that you want your loved one will have a personal meaningful memento when we can connect more throughouly again. You can also just use the cardboard cutout of them that you made and use the back to add all of your mementoes and thoughts to. All just personal preference.


MEMORY STORIES TIME CAPSULE

Been a roller coaster ride with the Pandemic but we are also part of History , while not just about missing someone, how cool would it be to add a lot of the memories you have shared to your Memory Roll Hug into your own Time capsule of sorts. We are living through something that would make for a great story from the child you as a Grandparent you and you could pull out and share your life moments. Not so much about your missing family member etc, but a great idea to have for yourself just in case.


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Cassie Hoyt’s I Miss You Most and a $100 Barnes and Noble e-gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of I Miss You Most, autographed by Cassie Hoyt

  • A $100 Barnes and Noble e-gift card

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of I Miss You Most, autographed by Cassie Hoyt

The giveaway begins January 7, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 7, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.





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