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Riley's Ghost by John David Anderson - BLOG TOUR

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I'm not afraid of ghosts.... I don't believe in ghosts... I'm not afraid of ghosts... Okay, I'm lying ... a little. I don't believe in ghosts, but the IDEA of ghosts always freaks me right out. I'm a fully grown adult, and I'll admit I couldn't read this book right before bed. In spite of a hearty case of pandemic foggy brain, I had trouble putting this book down (as long as I didn't try to read it in the dark). I'm so excited to share this newest book by John David Anderson with you! Here's a little blurb about the book itself, and then we'll dive into some of my thoughts. ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher) From the author of Posted comes a ghost story pulled from the darkest shadows of middle school—and a tale of one girl’s attempt to survive them. Riley Flynn is alone. It feels like she’s been on her own since sixth grade, when her best friend, Emily, ditched her for the cool girls. Girls who don’t like Riley. Girls who, on this parti

The Troubled Girls Of Dragomir Academy BLOG TOUR

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  Welcome to the Melange - and my stop on the blog tour to celebrate Anne Ursu's latest amazing novel.  When I was offered the chance to read a digital advanced copy of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy, I jumped on it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has struggled to focus on books during the pandemic, right?  Diving into this novel swept me away. I was captivated by the world building and the characters, so I am thrilled to join the blog tour to help promote this powerful story. I also purchased my own physical copy of the book to share with the students in my school.  About the Book (from the Publisher): If no one notices Marya Lupu, it’s likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: Luka is destined to become a sorcerer. The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in Illyria may possess the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying

Stowaway by John David Anderson Blog Tour

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Science fiction is a powerful genre. It allows our minds to travel into the unknown - exploring the things we think or believe may one day be possible through science. While we are there, we can contemplate philosophical and moral issues from our own day, but from the safety of a future "what if" scenario. Back in my very early blogging days (2012 seems like a lifetime ago, right?), I posted about the power of "what if" and science fiction . There are not nearly as many science fiction books published for middle grade readers as there should be! I've loved every book I've read by John David Anderson, so when I heard that he was putting out the first book in a science fiction duology for middle grade readers, I jumped at the chance to read an ARC and share my thoughts about the book.  Here is the publisher's summary: About the Book: The beloved author of Posted and Ms. Bixby's Last Day returns with the first book in a coming-of-age sci-fi duology abou

The House That Wasn't There -- Blog Tour

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 Welcome to the next stop of the blog tour for The House that Wasn't There, by Elana K. Arnold! I'm so excited to share my thoughts with you about this amazing new book! About the Book (from the publisher) Alder has always lived in his cozy little house in Southern California. And for as long as he can remember, the old, reliable, comforting walnut tree has stood   between his house and the one next door.   That is, until a new family—with a particularly annoying girl his age—moves   into the neighboring house and, without warning, cuts the tree down.   Oak doesn’t understand why her family had to move to Southern California. She has to attend a new school, find new friends, and live in a new house that isn’t even ready—her mother had to cut down a tree on their property line in order to make room for a second floor. And now a strange boy next door won’t stop staring at her, like she did something wrong moving here in the first place.   As Oak and Alder start school together, t

Blog Tour for The In-Between by Rebecca KS Ansari

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 Welcome to this stop of the Blog Tour for The In-Between by Rebecca K. S. Ansari! First, let's take a look at the book synopsis from the publisher: A dark, twisty adventure about the forgotten among us and what it means to be seen, from the acclaimed author of  The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly . Cooper is lost. Ever since his father left their family three years ago, he has become distant from his friends, constantly annoyed by his little sister, Jess, and completely fed up with the pale, creepy rich girl who moved in next door and won’t stop staring at him. So when Cooper learns of an unsolved mystery his sister has discovered online, he welcomes the distraction. It’s the tale of a deadly train crash that occurred a hundred years ago, in which one young boy among the dead was never identified. The only distinguishing mark on him was a strange insignia on his suit coat, a symbol no one had seen before or since. Jess is fascinated by the mystery of the unknown child— because s

THE AMBASSADOR OF NOWHERE TEXAS Cover Reveal!

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I'm so excited to be able to show you this cover, y'all. Am I using that term correctly? I'm a relatively new transplant to Texas, and I'm still getting the hang of the terminology.... The photo to the right isn't the cover, of course. It's just the fun stuff I'm acquiring to decorate my house now that I'm a Texan.... Keep Scrolling down for the cover of the upcoming middle grade novel,  The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas, by Kimberly Willis Holt.... https://bit. ly/NowhereTX  <-- Check out more information about the book here!

Blog Tour for One Last Shot by John David Anderson

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I'm so excited to join the blog tour for John David Anderson's latest middle grade novel! Be sure to check out the giveaway toward the bottom of the post. Enter your information before May 21st to win a copy (sent from the publisher).  ONE   LAST   SHOT   by John David Anderson, published by Walden Pond Press, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN: 978-0062643926 About the book: (summary from publisher) The beloved author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted returns with a humorous, heartwarming story of family, friendship, and miniature golf. For as long as he can remember, Malcolm has never felt like he was good enough. Not for his parents, who have always seemed at odds with each other, with Malcolm caught in between. And especially not for his dad, whose competitive drive and love for sports Malcolm has never shared. That is, until Malcolm discovers miniature golf, the one sport he actually enjoys. Maybe it’s the way in which every hole is a puzzle t