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Book/Authors Spotlight: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John


The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett, Jory John and illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.

It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.

In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.

 

Advance Praise for The Terrible Two


“A double helping of fun and mischief!”
—Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

“The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What’s not to love about the Terrible Two?”
—Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series

“You don’t have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two.”
—Dave Eggers

“This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful.”
—Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series

“The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what’s more, they’re kids’ kind of kids.”
—Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series

“Hilarious.”
—Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Series: The Terrible Two
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419714910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419714917
  • Cost: $10.53

 

 

Mac

About the Authors: Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. http://www.macbarnett.com/about-mac/

 

 

Jory

 

Jory John is a writer, editor and journalist. He has written for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Rumpus, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and a variety of other publications and websites. He is the editor of “Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids Letters to President Obama,” published by McSweeney’s and featured on “This American Life.”

Jory is the co-author of “All my friends are dead,” and its sequel, “All my friends are STILL dead.” He also co-wrote a book of humorous essays called, “I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York” and the children’s book “Pirate’s Log: A Handbook for Aspiring Swashbucklers,” all published by Chronicle Books.  http://joryjohn.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

October 28, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: This is the Greatest Place! by Brian Tse


Greatest PlaceThis is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals By Brian Tse

About the Book: Rabbit is eating breakfast with his friends Baby Squirrel, Young Porcupine, and Little Brother Panda when an unexpected visitor arrives. He is a master builder, searching for inspiration to design a great palace for the Emperor of China. Together, Uncle Builder and the little animals explore how nature supplies us with the wonders that enrich our lives. Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese architecture, how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. The illustrations capture both the majesty of the natural world and the Forbidden City and are enhanced by interactive components for readers, including a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.

Age Range: 4 and up
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 44 pages

Cost: $9.32

Brian Tse and Alice Mak are beloved the world over for their heart warming and educational stories for children. They are the creators of the iconic cartoon characters McMug and McDull, who have been featured in numerous award-winning works including books, comics, television shows, and movies.

Ben Wang (translator) is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions.

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Story Starts Here! by Caroline Merola


The Story Starts Here

 

The Story Starts Here! By Carolie Merola

 

About the Book: Little Wolf has decided that today things are going to be done differently. It will be a contrarian day. Why? Because he said so! He will stand, not sit, for dinner — and he’ll start with dessert. He’s going to play the piano with his toes and wear his pants on his head. And when he says “The Story Starts Here,” he means it — this book starts at the back and ends at the front. After Little Wolf’s parents send him to his room to think about his backwards behavior, he decides to run away. But outside, everyone is running from a giant, shadowy monster. Readers will need to flip the book over to discover the monster’s true identity — and that he’s not so scary after all, just a little turned around and out of sorts. This fun, engaging story that pokes playfully at conventions will have readers interacting with their book in a new way, and help them realize there’s more than one way to see the world. https://store.owlkids.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=507

 

Cost: $13.56 @amazon.com

36 pages, color illustrations
9 x 10 in
Format: Hardcover
Ages 3 to 7
ISBN 978-1-77147-079-7

 

My Review: Funny how little Wolf sees the world in a different light compare to others and decides to do thing differently. This story can be related to kids who like to do things their way. For example, children love to have a cookie before meal time but parents always remind them how eating a piece of cookie will ruin their meal. But they don’t care they just want to have that cookie.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Owl Kids Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

About the Author Caroline Merola has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She has written and illustrated some 40 books that have been translated into many languages, including English, Czech and Arabic. In 2011, Caroline won the GG for children’s illustration for Lili et les poilus. She lives in Montreal, QC.

 

 

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Noah’s Art and David & Goliath by Dr Mary M. Simon


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About the Book: Noah’s Ark Dry-Erase Activity Tablet helps children build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative thinking while reinforcing Biblical truths!  Great for keeping little hearts focused and little hands busy!  Features complete Noah’s Ark Bible story as found in Genesis 7-8:18, Scripture memory verse, prayer for children, and early childhood learning skills!

 

My Review: This activity book not only takes the kids on an adventure with Noah as he and his family gets ready for the great flood, but they can help Noah build a new world.

Wow! I loved the Noah’s Ark Dry-Erase Activity book by Dr Mary M. Simon. She took this book to another level of learning. Kids can use the Washable DryErase to draw and write on.

The 14 dryerase activity pages features blank spots where kids can draw trees, animals, tools, and write on. They can help draw tools that Noah can use to build the ark, draw the type of animals Noah should take on the boat. Children can learn early K-1 math, counting and numbers, crossword countdown, count the crowd, follow the dots and also help Noah build a new world. I also like that it also reinforce biblical truths. I highly recommend this book for Sunday schools.

 

Cost: $4.95

Grade: K-1

 

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Learning Activity Cards: Noah’s Art

Noah’s Ark Dry Erase Flash Cards are a fantastic way to keep your child’s creative mind engaged while learning a wonderful story from the Bible!  Write and wipe-off cards offer 48 interactive activities that help to increase number recognition skills, practice fine motor skills, explore numerical relationships, develop math vocabulary, and reinforce counting.  An inspiring learning tool for kindergarten and 1st grade students! $5.95

Product Details:

  • 24 Dry Erase learning flash cards
  • 48 activities
  • 1 Bible story card
  • 1 answer key
  • Recommended ages, K-1
  • Dry Erase, Powered by Crayola

 

 

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About the Book: David & Goliath Dry-Erase Activity Tablet helps children build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative thinking while reinforcing Biblical truths!  Great for keeping little hearts focused and little hands busy!  Features complete David & Goliath Bible story as found in 1 Samuel 17:1-50, Scripture memory verse, prayer for children, and early childhood learning skills. $4.95, PreK

http://www.dayspring.com/search/?keywords=David+%26+Goliath+

 

My Review: Same activity book as Noah’s Ark Dry-Erase Activity Tablet.

This book features a complete story of David and Goliath as found in 1ST Samuel 17:1-50. A 14 Dry erase activity pages with some blank spots where kids can draw a tent, stream, a king’s crown, stones and more. Children can write the alike and different between David and Goliath, draw a picture of someone who is younger and more. Learn memory verse and prayer. I also like that it also reinforce biblical truths. I highly recommend this book for Sunday schools.

 

 

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David & Goliath – Crayola Dry Erase Flash Cards

David & Goliath Dry Erase Flash Cards are a fantastic way to keep your child’s creative mind engaged while learning a wonderful story from the Bible!  Write and wipe-off cards offer 48 interactive activities that help to practice fine motor skills, explore visual differences, identify shapes, letters and numbers, and categorize and classify like objects.  An inspiring learning tool for pre-kindergarten students! $5.95

http://www.dayspring.com/search/?keywords=David+%26+Goliath+

 

Product Details:

  • 24 Dry Erase learning flash cards
  • 48 activities
  • 1 Bible story card
  • 1 answer key
  • Recommended age, Pre-K
  • Dry Erase, Powered by Crayola

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Guess Who Noah’s Boat.


Guess who Noah's Boat

Guess Who Noah’s Boat by Matt Mitter and illustrated by Ela Jarzabek

About the Book: Children will love this interactive new telling of the Noah’s ark story. With fun, rhyming text, each spread asks kids to guess which animal is heading toward the ark. The answer is revealed under the cleverly designed flap. With eye-catching illustrations and easy-to-understand text, Guess Who Noah’s Boat is sure to become a favorite.

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3370

 

 

My Review: A fun bible story about Noah’s boat that kids will enjoy reading. This book will not only take your child on an adventure with Noah and his family, but help Noah guess who is hiding on each page in his boat by lifting up the flap.

A great fun book with bright and bold colors illustrated by Ela Jarzabek which helps tell the story.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way

 

 

Cost: $8.63 @amazon.com

Ages: 2 – 4

Pages: 10
Size: 
7.5 x 7.5 inches
Published: 
2014
Rights: 
NA
Imprint: 
Kregel Children’s Books

 

About the Author: Matt Mitter was born long, long ago in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has written dozens of children’s books, mostly in verse. Currently, he works and plays in the Bay Area.

About the illustrator: Ela Jarzabek lives in Katowice, Poland. She graduated from Cracow Academy of Fine Arts with a Master’s Academy degree in Graphic Design and a Second degree in Painting. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator. She loves working on watercolor paper with gouache, acrylic paints, and colored pencils and creating illustrations with funny characters that are bright and colorful.

 

 

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: In The Forbidden City. Ends Nov 15th


In the Forbidden City

 

In The Forbidden City by Chiu Kwong-chiu, Nancy S. Steinhardt (Editor), Ben Wang (Goodreads Author) (Translator) 

 

Serving as the seat of imperial power for six centuries, the Forbidden City is one of China’s most famous and enigmatic landmarks. Accompanied by a mischievous cat, readers will tour this colossal architectural structure, discovering the secrets hidden inside the palace walls. They will encounter the people who have walked through its halls and gardens, including emperors, empresses, and rebel leaders, and hear exciting tales about the power struggles and intrigues of everyday life.

This large format book conveys the grandeur of the Forbidden City through highly detailed line drawings of its buildings, gardens, and courtyards with numerous fold-out spreads. Each page is populated by a large variety of characters and peppered with entertaining anecdotes. Every book includes a plastic magnifying glass for looking at the drawings more closely. http://www.prbythebook.com/china-institute

Age: 9 +

Cost: $14.96 on amazon.com

 

  • Series: We All Live in the Forbidden City
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: China Institute in America; First Edition,First,Hardcover with Jacket edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989377601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989377607

 

My Review: The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. In The Forbidden City, learn about the 16 Emperors during the Ming Dynasty. For almost 600 years, the Forbidden City was home to the Chinese emperor. It also contained a stupendous amount of masterpieces and rare treasures, which were handled down from generation to generation.

It is interesting to know that an emperor was considered the Son of Heaven and the Forbidden City, as the focal point of the emperor’s rule, was where heaven met earth.

Travel through time as the book unfolds the history of the Forbidden City. How some of the emperors became wealthy and powerful, how the empire suffered a slow decline crippled by invasions from foreign countries. Take a tour through the Meridian Gate; The Year Ten Thousand Envoys came to pay tribute (The Gate of Supreme Harmony), Hall of Mental Cultivation, the North Gate of the Forbidden City and many more.

Also, learn about the important woman of China, Empress Dowager Cixi. She was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 when Emperor Xianfeng passed away and her son became Emperor Tongzhi she was promoted to Empress Dowager. With her son too young to rule, she successfully orchestrates a coup over powerful ministres and was appointed co-regent and now could attend to the affairs of the state with her son. She died in 1908.

The book also gives detailed pencil outline drawings of the Forbidden City, including the buildings, gardens, courtyards and more with symmetrical layouts. I really enjoyed reading the book and I hope you will too.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Rebekah Epstein in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

About the Author: Chiu Kwong-chiu is an artist, designer, and professor who explores Chinese traditional visual arts and adopts groundbreaking methods to interpret and promote Chinese art and culture. He founded the CnC Design and Cultural Studies Workshop in Hong Kong, where he provides guidance and leadership in the research, interpretation, and promotion of traditional and contemporary design and Chinese culture.

Ben Wang (translator) is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions.

 

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October 22, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: The Boy Who Could See: The Golden Seal. Ends Nov 7th


The Boy Who Could See

CALE THORNSBE – The Boy Who Could See: The Golden Seal

Cale Thornsbe had always known he was adopted under the most mysterious circumstances. Although he loved his new parents very much, he treasured the only link he ever had to his true identity – a blurred out golden seal. Throughout his childhood he was teased for his unusual accent, snow white hair and thick glasses only to find out what they really meant as his thirteenth birthday approached. He was the last seer of two worlds and the only barrier left to keep the evil King Etmus from taking over this world by force as he had done in his own. From the tallest invisible bull to the smallest forest pixie, Cale must learn who he can trust as his senses and visions heighten. His lovable and completely clueless parents are kidnapped, but who really has them? Cale Thornsbe has no choice but to find the answers as the seal begins to reveal itself and the journey never taken is brought to his doorstep.

 

Click on the link to read a samplehttp://www.booksbycassie.com/Cale_Thornsbe.html

 

Series: Chronicles of the Last Seer

Cost: Paperback $6.29
Paperback: 148 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 9, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1500956783

ISBN-13: 978-1500956783

 

 

 

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About the Author: Born in Alton, Illinois in 1973, Cassie Williams began writing over ten years ago and enjoys creating stories in different genres. Her first novel, RETURN TO PINE STREET: Renee Walker’s Haunting, is based on a haunted house she lived in when she was in Junior High. Although the concept of the book is made up – her returning to the house during hypnosis – it was her fear as an adult of moving into another haunted house that gave her the idea to write the book. Cassie enjoys spending time with her three grown children and two grandchildren. She looks forward to penning the many ideas in her head and hopes that each of you will find something in her stories. “My goal is to make the reader feel something… anything. If they haven’t, then I haven’t done my job.”  http://www.booksbycassie.com/

 

 

 

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October 20, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book Review: Oddrey Joins the Team


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Oddrey Joins the Team Written and illustrated by Dave Whamondr

About the Book: Oddrey’s back for a third adventure, this time bringing her exuberant spirit to the soccer field. Maybelline encourages Oddrey to join the school team, the Piccadilla Bees, and it’s not long until their big game against the Quagville Crushers. The Bees struggle to find their stride, but Oddrey is convinced she has a solution. True to form, she thinks that if her teammates bring their own individual talents — dancing, karate-kicking, and cartwheeling — to bear on the problem, they may just have a shot!

 

My Review: Oddrey loves to play sports. She likes to come up with ways to enjoy the games, like balancing on a ball while spinning another with one finger. Her friend Maybelline asked her to take part in their school soccer team against Quagville Crushers, but how can she when she plays soccer differently than the other kids. At practice, Oddrey showed the kids style of playing soccer. What an interesting technique said the coach. Now Oddrey must come up with a plan to defeat the other team. Will her plan work?

Every kid will enjoy reading this book as it’s full of fun and good ideas on how to make up your own game. The illustration by the author helps bring the characters to life with bold and bright colors. A fun read for every kid’s class.

 
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Owlkids Books (August 12, 2014)

 

 
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Owl Kids Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

 

About the Author Dave Whamond is the award-winning author of My Think-a-ma-Jink and a regular contributor to chickaDEE and OWL magazines. He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called “Reality Check,” which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. He lives in Calgary.

October 19, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer. Ends Nov 5th


Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer

 

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer by Ali Maier

 

A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.

This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can’t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!

Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life – a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, “Mom Made Us Write This.”

Positive, creative and fun for classrooms and families! -Mrs. Jane Jagielo, 4th Grade Teacher. http://mommadeuswritethis.com/

 

Series: Max and Maggie Journal
Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Erie Island Media; 1st edition (October 15, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0989375501

ISBN-13: 978-0989375504

Cost $8.75 @amazon.com

 

 

 

AliAbout the Author

Max & Maggie creator Ali Maier knows a great story. As an avid volunteer, hands-on mom and former teacher, Ali has spent years working with children, experiencing their life stories and crafting her own.

Ali grew up in Pennsylvania with her parents and an older sister. Separated by only 17 months, Ali and her sister experienced many of the same events, teachers and friends, as well as all of the fun and challenges that come with sibling relationships.

Today, Ali and her husband have two children who are close in age and share the same kind of close relationship (and the same kind of challenges!).

The most important part of Ali’s life is her family. She is blessed with a loving husband, children, parents and extended family that are a constant source of love and laughter.

Mom Made Us Write This shows a unique and funny understanding of the loving (and not-so-loving) relationship between close siblings and their family. http://mommadeuswritethis.com/about/

 

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Giveaway Ends Nov 5th, 2014

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October 17, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight – Giveaway: The Misshapes: The Coming Storm. Ends Oct 30th


The Misshapes

Polis Books  features The Misshapes (The Coming Storm) by Alex Flynn

Some people have powers.
Some people do not.
And some people just might change the world.
Sarah Robertson is one of those people.

Doolittle Falls is no ordinary town, and fifteen-year-old Sarah Robertson is no ordinary girl – she can control the weather with her emotions. But in Doolittle Falls, where superheroes walk the streets (and fly over them), Sarah’s third-rate powers aren’t enough to secure her a spot in the prestigious Hero Academy, not to mention the fact that her recently vanished mother has become the town’s most notorious Supervillain and the archnemesis of America’s favorite Hero, Freedom Man. Instead of acceptance to the school of her dreams, Sarah is marked as an outcast with powers – a Misshape.

Sarah is stuck at public school, with a ragtag group of fellow Misshapes and the happily ordinary Normals. Determined to fly under the radar, Sarah’s forced into a special class for Misshapes, where she meets other people with odd powers: a kid who shoots paintballs out his eyes, a girl who can talk to the animals (the squirrels never have much to say), and a boy who is followed around by backup-singer ghosts, The Spectors (like all girl groups, they are obsessed with the postman).

Despite this setback, Sarah is determined to take charge of her powers and win a place at Hero Academy with the rest of the superhero elite. Yet the path to Hero greatness doesn’t exactly run smoothly. Her brother’s recent rebellious streak is starting to wear thin, she has an intriguing (and smoking hot) new mentor, and an unexpected romance blooms with the Romeo to her Juliet, Hero dreamboat, Freedom Boy. Sarah is ecstatic when a mysterious figure offers to fulfill Sarah’s dreams of joining the Hero Academy, until she learns he has been stoking anti-Misshape sentiment in the town that endangers everyone she cares about. When Doolittle Falls comes under threat of annihilation, Sarah will learn just how powerful she’s forced to choose between her friends and the destiny she’s always wanted.

And she may just kick some Supervillain butt in the process.

Read on for an excerpt from THE MISSHAPES:

PROLOGUE

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I saw a man fly. I was very small; I remember that much. My arms were tightly locked around my dad’s neck. He was giving me a piggyback ride through our perfectly ordinary town center.

It was a crisp and cold fall day. Our heads craned upward as we tried to name the various clouds in the sky, giving them shapes, personalities, and identities. Mom still lived with us. I didn’t know about her abilities yet.

I can remember pointing to one cloud and told Dad it looked like my teddy bear Winston. Dad tried to say something in return but the sound of an airplane drowned him out. Or so I thought. A gust of wind plastered my shirt to my small body. I felt my head rip forward as something brushed against it.A man. He was in the air, just clearing the tops of people’s heads. His feet pointed behind him like an Olympic diver and his arms pointed forward, ending at balled fists.

He was headed straight toward Old Mrs. Galloway. The old woman shuffled slowly down the sidewalk, juggling her grocery bags, a cane, and an enormous purse. She wobbled like a top that was ready to fall over.

A loud baritone bellow of “Never fear!” came from the flying man.

I screamed.  To read more click on the link http://www.polisbooks.com/books/the-misshapes/

Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 4 and up
Series: The Coming Storm
Hardcover: 304 pages

Cost $12.96 @ amazon.com

Publisher: Polis Books (October 7, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1940610311

ISBN-13: 978-1940610313

 

Author

About the Author: Alex Flynn is the pseudonym for the writing team of Stuart Sherman and Elisabeth Donnelly. They met at a clandestine book club in Boston, where they broke into a fortified tower in order to discuss literature. They like garrulous Irish writers, Pushing Daisies, Axe Cop, and anything involving The Tick. Their secret lair is currently in a hollowed-out volcano in Brooklyn. In addition to co-writing The Misshapes, Donnelly is a cultural journalist who has written for the The New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Paris Review Daily, GQ and many others. She is currently an editor at Flavorwire. Sherman is a bioethicist, health policy analyst and a former contestant on the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Visit Alex Flynn at http://www.themisshapes.net or follow on Twitter at @The_Misshapes.

About Polis Books

Polis Books is an independent book publisher aiming to deliver all the service and professionalism of a trade publishing house, with the innovation and speed necessary to thrive in a rapidly-changing book market.

Using our knowledge of the ever-changing marketplace, marketing and social media, as well as a deep respect for the communities that love and appreciate commercial fiction, Polis Books aims to introduce readers to brand new voices, as well as reinvigorate the careers of talented authors who deserve a wider readership. We will be publishing a mixture of new and previously published books from contemporary writers across all platforms, retailers and e-retailers. We publish books in both print and digital, evaluating each potential acquisition to determine its appropriate publication format. We publish print originals, reissues, and digital originals and reissues. Our goal, upon acquisition of a digital original, is to have our books available wherever ebooks are sold within just a few months, slashing the traditional model which can take upwards of two years. With print, we position our books to maximize distribution potential across all outlets and retailers.  http://www.polisbooks.com/about/

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Giveaway Ends October 30th, 2014

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October 16, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 11 Comments

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