Sunday, May 15, 2011

29 Spotlight: New Middle Grade (Plus a Prize Pack Giveaway!)

These middle-grade books conjure up such nostalgia that you can't help but fall in love. See what's new in the MG genre and be sure and scroll all the way down for a chance to win a prize pack that includes all of these books!

Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye
  • From Goodreads: Dale E. Basye returns to Heck for his most over-the-top (the Big Top, that is) adventure yet. When Marlo Fauster claims she has switched souls with her brother, she gets sent straight to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for liars. But it's true—Milton and Marlo have switched places, and Marlo finds herself trapped in Milton's gross, gangly body. She also finds herself trapped in Fibble, a three-ring media circus run by none other than P. T. Barnum, an insane ringmaster with grandiose plans and giant, flaming pants. Meanwhile Milton, as Marlo, is working at the devil's new television network, T.H.E.E.N.D. But there's something strange about these new shows. Why do they all air at the same? And are they really broadcasting to the Surface? Soon Milton and Marlo realize that they need each other to sort through the lies and possibly prevent the end of the world—if Bea "Elsa" Bubb doesn't catch them first.
The Golden Ghost (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Marion Dane Bauer
  • From Goodreads: Delsie knew it wasn't a good idea to dare her best friend Todd to explore the abandoned houses by the old mill. But she couldn't back down after the words slipped out of her mouth. Together the two friends bike to the mill and try the door of each abandoned house. They are all locked . . . except one. Delsie and Todd sneak inside and discover two strange things. Someone is living there. And something doesn't want Delsie to leave. It's a dog, a strange golden dog, that only Delsie can see!
The Door in the Forest by Roderick Townley
  • From Goodreads: At the mid point of three towns, in the center of three streams, in the heart of a forest, lies a mysterious island. Encircled by quicksand and sewn shut by vines, it is impenetrable to all but the poisonous snakes patrolling its waters. But Daniel is determined to get there, along with his friend Emily. Emily is a bit mysterious herself. A girl who seems to know more than she can say, whose mother was taken away by government troops, and whose eccentric grandmother reads the future in her bubble bath. Enter the soldiers. Their menacing commander is terribly interested in sleepy little Everwood. Is he searching for something? A treasure map? The island? The girl?
The Forever Crush (Pink Locker Society) by Debra Moffitt
  • From Goodreads:  When the going gets tough, the tough get ... pink! Someone wants the Pink Locker Society gone, but Jemma and her BFFs are sticking together. "Shut down the PLS - or else!" A mysterious someone keeps sending Jemma, Kate, and Piper threatening messages, but they won’t stop the Pink Locker Society. They know the girls at their middle school need them. Who else will answer their questions about everything from bras to boys? And, the truth is, Jemma has just (secretly) submitted a question of her own. It's about Forrest, her forever crush. He asked her to be his pretend girlfriend and she said yes! Jemma promised to tell no one the truth about their relationship, but can she keep it from everyone, including her best friend, Kate? Not that Kate seems to have noticed - she's suddenly obsessed with whether people think she's fat. Beautiful Piper doesn’t need to worry about that. She just wants to know if Forrest and Jemma have kissed. But does a real kiss with your pretend boyfriend still count?
Giveaway

If you want to win the books featured in this post, fill out the form below and leave a comment on this post. One lucky US resident will win all four books featured here. The winner will be announced on Thursday!

Happy reading,
The Ladies of ACP


29 comments:

  1. These all sound amazing. I've only recently started getting into modern MG books because of my amazing CP who writes MG herself, and I've just fallen in love. You're so right about the nostalgia they call up--for a few hours it's like being a kid again!

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  2. These books sound real fun. My family loves the Heck books. will they be doing all 9 circles? Alias lake= Blake

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  3. They all sound like awesome books. Great prize!

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  4. This is a fun group of books! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Wow, what a great set of books-so interesting.

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  6. The titles look Great. I love the sound of The Door in the Forest.

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  7. I love reading the HECK series. It is so funny. The kids really enjoy it. I am also interested in the Door in the Forest, that sounds amazing.

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  8. I've recently rediscovered my collection of MG from when I was younger. I'd forgotten how fun those books can be. These look great.

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  9. These books look great! Especially The Door in the Forest. :)

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  10. There are some great books here. MG is my favorite level by far. When they are good, they are very, very good!

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  11. I love the Heck books and the others sound awesome! :)

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  12. I'm reading MG novels like crazy right now to find a great read-aloud to open the next school year. These look like tasty candidates.

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  13. Nice round up! I haven't read the Heck books yet, want to get them for our library!

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  14. Nice!! This is an awesome prize pack! Good luck to all my US buddies :)

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  15. Well, I either submitted a comment that went kaflooey, or I am now one of those guys that submits redundant comments because I don't understand how comments work.

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  16. Hooray for middle grade, my favorite genre! These all look fabulous~ full of imagination, adventure, and sass! You ladies are awesome :)

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  17. This is a great looking set of books! The Door in the Forest is calling my name. These will be great books to read with my kids :)

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  18. Nice. My grandson and I are both excited about this contest!

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway. All these books sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

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  20. I can't wait for my summer break...sitting in the porch and reading for hours!

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  21. Terrific giveaway. I write m/g so I'm always interested in new books.

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  22. 4 books. 1 Giveaway. 1 Lucky winner.

    Many thanks!


    -- Tom

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  23. It's nice to see a middle grade giveaway. Thanks.

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  24. I want to try writing an MG book. I'd love to win some so I can study them.

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  25. I love Middle Grade and am always excited to see more coming out! I love that they are fast, fun, clean reads! hooray!

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  26. Yay! I looooooove giveaways!:)

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  27. Awesome prize! I love middle grade fiction!

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  28. Oh my gosh! I have been absolutely hooked on MG books lately. I just love all the titles that have come out recently. :)

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