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Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: Professor McNitt and the Journey to Gambit. Ends July 17th



Professor McNitt and the Journey to Gambit: Book One by Alison Kentta (Author)

About the Book: Twelve-year-old Corabelle Quinn is positive she doesn’t have a single living relative, much less a quirky great uncle named Professor McNitt. But after ten months of sharing a bedroom with a biting toddler and a money-obsessed boy genius named Aiken, she gladly moves in with him anyway.

As it turns out, Professor McNitt is not only an inventor of bizarre and marvelous things, but the only person who knows two very important secrets: the real story of Cora’s family, and the hidden passage to Gambit Island. But just when he begins to reveal how these two things are closely intertwined—he suddenly vanishes.

If Cora wants to save her uncle, she will have to forge through the unexplored, unpredictable land of Gambit. Her only aids? A little black book of codes and symbols, and smug, know-it-all Aiken.

In Gambit, Cora and Aiken certainly do not expect to find a technologically advanced city of sprykes (fairies who are not allowed to use their wings), a coalition of civilized animals, a tribe of mermaid descendants in a golden city, or a clan of lost Vikings. But at least they are friendly.

Have you ever been chased by hornet-riding cavemen? By the half-dead in a cavernous labyrinth? By shark-human hybrids? Consider yourself lucky. But even they aren’t as terrifying as the person holding Professor McNitt hostage.

As Cora and Aiken race across Gambit Island, they slowly piece together the mysteries of its origin—and how closely they are each tied to it.


  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499227833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499227833
  • Cost: $10.99 paperback
  • Kindle: $4.99


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Biographies are boring. Instead I will tell you why I like to write middle grade fiction.

Fourth grade was the year that things became unfun. We stopped doing dioramas of Roald Dahl books or dressing up like pilgrims. Egg drop? Forget it. Now we read serious books, like Where the Red Fern Grows, and Johnny Tremain. I liked these books, but there was something scary about them: something real, something grown up. The fun, the adventure, the possibility…it was gone. Just like that. Poof.

There was no Harry Potter at the time, and I was getting too old for Ramona Quimby. Gone were the days of reading for enjoyment, for fun, for escape, for adventure. Reading was now for the exclusive purpose of educational, historical, and emotional development. And if I were lucky, it would be slightly less boring than a dental exam.

I’m not saying that things don’t have to be unfun. They do. There are things that need to be learned, disciplines that must be practiced, worldviews that need to be understood, and work that needs to be completed. And once you get the hang of it, learning can be fun. After all, I enjoy using history, science, culture, and geographical tidbits in my books. It’s neat. Because eventually, I found my own magic when studying all of those things.

But frankly, as a kid, I would have liked an easier transition. I could have benefitted from the knowledge that magic and fantasy don’t completely vanish immediately at the age of nine.

I remember all of this, and I remember how I felt. And that is why I enjoy writing middle grade fiction. After all, most of us need a bit of adventure at any age.




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Giveaway Ends July 17th, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

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Winner is tmy56

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  1. I enjoy reading middle grade fiction to my grandchildren. The characters that chase Corabelle & Aken are quite imaginative.

    Comment by tmy56 | July 1, 2015 | Reply

  2. I can see my kids getting caught up in and enjoying this book! It’d be fun to read this summer!

    Comment by Kristie | July 1, 2015 | Reply

  3. I want my son to love reading like I do. I know for sure we’ll be reading Harry Potter together, but it’s so nice to find other books we can share and enjoy as he gets older.

    Comment by Suzanne | July 1, 2015 | Reply

  4. I think my daughter would REALLY enjoy reading this! Thank you so much for sharing it i will definitely have to check it out.

    Comment by Heather B | July 3, 2015 | Reply

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