Sunday, May 29, 2011

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

Have you seen what's hit the middle-grade shelves lately? Check out these recently-released titles from Knopf and Delacorte. Be sure to scroll all the way to enter to win these sparkly new books!

Alice-Miranda at School by Jacqueline Harvey
  • From Goodreads: Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennigton-Jones can't wait to start boarding school. When she arrives at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, the adventure begins . . . only not quite as Alice-Miranda expects. The minute she sets foot on the school's manicured grounds, she senses that something is wrong: Miss Grimm, the headmistress, is nowhere to be seen, the gardens have no flowers, and a mysterious stranger seems to be hiding out on the premises.

    But that's not all. Some girls are mean and spoiled, like Alethea Goldsworthy. Can Alice-Miranda defeat Alethea in one of three difficult tests she must pass to remain at school? Will she discover Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale's big secret—and make things right? Well, if anyone can, it's spunky Alice-Miranda!

How Tia Lola Saved the Summer (The Tia Lola Stories) by Julia Alvarez
  • From Goodreads: Miguel Guzman isn't exactly looking forward to the summer now that his mother has agreed to let the Sword family—a father, his three daughters, and their dog—live with them while they decide whether or not to move to Vermont. Little does Miguel know his aunt has something up her sleeve that just may make this the best summer ever. With her usual flair for creativity and fun, Tía Lola decides to start a summer camp for Miguel, his little sister, and the three Sword girls, complete with magical swords, nighttime treasure hunts, campfires, barbecues, and an end-of-summer surprise!
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
  • From Amazon: When summer comes around, it's off to the beach for Rosalind . . . and off to Maine with Aunt Claire for the rest of the Penderwick girls, as well as their old friend, Jeffrey.

    That leaves Skye as OAP (oldest available Penderwick)—a terrifying notion for all, but for Skye especially. Things look good as they settle into their cozy cottage, with a rocky shore, enthusiastic seagulls, a just-right corner store, and a charming next-door neighbor. But can Skye hold it together long enough to figure out Rosalind's directions about not letting Batty explode? Will Jane's Love Survey come to a tragic conclusion after she meets the alluring Dominic? Is Batty—contrary to all accepted wisdom—the only Penderwick capable of carrying a tune? And will Jeffrey be able to keep peace between the girls . . . these girls who are his second, and most heartfelt, family?

You know the drill. Fill out the form below and leave a comment on this post to be entered to win these three great books. The contest is open to US residents and we'll announce winners Thursday!

Happy reading,
The Ladies of ACP


  1. Perfect. We need books to keep us busy now that summer is almost here.

  2. Great new books for the summer - thanks for spotlighting! :)

  3. Thanks for the give away! I'm especially looking forward to the new Penderwicks book....

  4. What a marvelous trio of books! I loved the first 2 Penderwicks, and can't wait to read the third. Tia Lola and Alice-Miranda sound wonderful, too.

  5. Great competition! I'm looking forward to a summer filled with amazing books :)

    Great blog too!

  6. I just recently rediscovered my love of MG books. These look great!

  7. All three books look great, but I especially love the description (and cover!) for Alice-Miranda at School.

  8. Yum. New Middle-Grade books. They all look great!

  9. Victoria ZumbrumMay 29, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  10. I've heard great things about the Penderwicks, but I can't wait to read them all. Thanks for the great contest.

  11. My 9 yr. old granddaughter would absolutely love these! Thanks for the contest.

  12. My daughter would love these books, what a great selection!

  13. My niece loves reading and is asking me for books all the time. I know she would love these.


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