The Great Library Giveaway Spotlight #1

We do appreciate all those who donate books for our giveaways.  This library giveaway is no exception.  And as thanks, we wanted to bring a little more attention to the middle-grade titles offered in our Great Library Giveaway.

Throughout our nomination and voting periods, we will spotlight ten or so books that have been graciously donated by authors, publishers, our blog contributors, and you.  You can see the complete list of titles here. For more information on how you can make a donation, please visit our Great Library Giveaway Donations page.

And if you would like to nominate a library to win our middle-grade book collection, please go here.

The titles we are spotlighting this week are:

Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson

Description: Ari Fish believes in two things: his hero-Wayne Timcoe, the greatest soccer goalie to ever come out of Somerset Valley-and luck. So when Ari finds a rare and valuable Wayne Timcoe trading card, he’s sure his luck has changed for the better. Especially when he’s picked to be the starting goalie on his team. But when the card is stolen-and his best friend and the new girl on the team accuse each other of taking it-suddenly Ari can’t save a goal, everyone is fighting, and he doesn’t know who, or what, to believe in.

Before the team falls apart, Ari must learn how to make his own luck, and figure out what it truly means to be a hero.

Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Description: Eleven-year-old Calli Gold is the quiet third child in a family of loud overachievers. In fact, the family motto is Be Gold. Calli’s sister is on an ice-skating team, and her brother’s a basketball star. Her parents are sure she has a hidden gift for something. They just have to figure out what it is! But Calli has flopped at everything she’s tried. She sure doesn’t feel like a Gold.

Until a new person enters her life. Second grader Noah Zullo might seem strange to some people, but Calli can’t help liking him, and they become partners in their school’s Peer Helper Program. When they create a booth for the Friendship Fair, they fill it with secrets and surprises. And as Calli and Noah work and learn together, they even surprise themselves.

Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Description: Critically acclaimed author Kimberley Griffiths Little weaves a haunting story of friendship and family and the power of faith, once again set against the lush backdrop of the Lousiana bayou.

After her mother walked out on Shelby Jayne and her dad, Shelby thought she’d never speak to her mamma again. But with her dad leaving the country for work, it turns out she doesn’t have a choice: Shelby has to move back into her mamma’s house, deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou.

Her new classmates tease and torment her, so Shelby’s relieved to finally find a friend in Gwen, a mysterious girl who lives alone on the bayou. But Shelby can’t help wondering if Gwen has something to do with the puzzling messages she finds hidden in the blue bottle tree behind her house. The only person who might be able to explain is her mamma — but Shelby’s not ready to ask. Not yet. It may take a brush with something from the beyond to help Shelby see that the power to put her own ghosts to rest is within her reach.

Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb

Description:  This is the story of what happened after Fox Street.

Mo Wren knew that eventually she, her dad, and her sister, Wild Child Dottie, would have to move from beloved Fox Street. She just never expected it to happen so soon.

At the Wrens’ new place, things are very different. The name of the street—East 213th—has absolutely zero magic. And there’s no Mrs. Petrone to cut her hair, no Pi Baggott to teach her how to skateboard, no Green Kingdom to explore. She’s having trouble fitting in at her new school and spending a lot of time using the corner bus shelter for her Thinking Spot. Worst of all, Mo discovers that the ramshackle restaurant Mr. Wren bought is cursed. Only Dottie, with her new friends and pet lizard, Handsome, is doing the dance of joy.

For the first time in her life, Mo feels lost and out of place. It’s going to take a boy who tells whoppers, a Laundromat with a mysterious owner, a freak blizzard, and some courage to help her find her way home for good.

Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry

Description: When 13-year-old Jody and her friends save a badly beaten Russian soldier from drowning, they put into motion a chain of events that will take them from Berlin to Paris and straight into danger. Jody must quickly learn to trust herself, because in the time directly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the border between friend and enemy is not as clear as it once was. Award-winning author of Heart of a Shepherd, Rosanne Parry, offers a fast-paced, coming-of-age story filled with adventure, music, friendship, and intrigue.

Something to Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe

Description: Can a white girl feel at home on an Indian reservation?

Based on the author’s childhood experience in the early 1960s, this debut novel centers on Kitty, whose father is a government forester at Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon. Kitty is one of only two white kids in her class, and the Indian kids are keeping their distance. With time, Kitty becomes increasingly aware of the tensions and prejudices between Indians and whites, and of the past injustice and pain still very much alive on the reservation. Time also brings friendships and opportunities to make a difference. Map, author’s note, glossary, and pronunciation guide.

Front CoverThe Attractive Truth About Magnetism by Jennifer Swanson

Description from Google Books: A bat walked into a magnetic field and stuck. Get it? If you don’t get this joke, you need this book! It’ll teach you everything you need to know about what makes magnets work. The answers will attract your curiosity.

 

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Description: In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

The Reinvention of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman

Description by www.appleblossombooks.com: Eddy’s a science geek and has problems communicating with others. The combination gives the class bully, who pretends to be Eddy’s friend, plenty of ammunition. Eddy Thomas can read a college physics book, but he can’t read the emotions on the faces of his classmates. He can spend hours tinkering with an invention, but he can’t stand more than a few minutes in a noisy crowd, like the crowd at the science fair, which Eddy fails to win.

When the local school crossing guard is laid off, Eddy is haunted by thoughts of the potentially disastrous consequences and invents a traffic-calming device, using parts he has scavenged from discarded machines. By trusting his real friends, Eddy uses his talents to help others and rethinks his purely mechanical definition of success.

You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing

Description: Parker is a normal sixth grader or he was normal before the puppet. It’s just an old hand puppet, sticking out of a garbage can, and even though Parker’s best friend says leave it, Parker brings the puppet home and tries it on. Or maybe it tries him on. “You will call me Drog ” the puppet commands once they’re alone. And now, no matter how hard Parker tries, he can’t get Drog off his hand.

Maybe the only way to get rid of Drog is to truly listen to him.

 

If you are interested in purchasing these titles for your own library, simply click on the image or the title and you will be taken to Indiebound.  We hope you find many new titles to love with these Great Library Giveaway spotlights.  And thanks for your support!

*All descriptions by Indiebound unless otherwise noted.

 

6 Responses to The Great Library Giveaway Spotlight #1

  1. The contest page says it is closed and the 19th even though the homepage says it is the 16th and should still be open. It is the 16th by the way.

    Have a great day. Interesting list and I need to read more of them.

  2. Interview with author Jacqueline Houtman and giveaway of Reinvention of Edison Thomas on my post this week, if anyone is feeling lucky: http://tinyurl.com/97ba6k6

  3. Wow … they all look good. I’ve read a couple of them, but there are Ssome I haven’t heard about. I’m putting them on my to-read list.

  4. Nice list. Will run by my 7th grader as she is always looking for a good book!

  5. Marilee Haynes

    I can’t wait to see what happens with Mo Wren after she leaves Fox Street!!

  6. Awesome list of books. Glad Circle of Secrets and The Lost Prince are on the list.