The Great Library Giveaway Spotlight #9

Voting is underway for our Great Library Giveaway, so don’t forget to stop by our left sidebar and cast your vote for one of our three finalists.

And we can’t say thanks enough to the authors, publishers, readers, and our own Mixed-Up contributors for the books they have donated.  We are just a few books shy of our 100-book goal, so if you have a book you’d like to donate, please do!  See our Donation page for more information on how to do this.

Today we are highlighting ten more titles that have been donated for this giveaway.  All descriptions are from Indiebound:

The Emerald Casket by Richard Newsome

Description: It has only been a month since Gerald Wilkins be-came the richest kid on earth. One month since he found out his great-aunt Geraldine had left him all her fortune and, with it, a murder mystery, clues to a diamond heist, and a target on his back. One month since Sir Mason Green made off with the contents of the diamond casket, an object of unspeakable power. And you thought your school vacation was eventful.

As book two of the Archer Legacy opens, Gerald, Ruby, and Sam come upon papers, drawings, and reams of research, all indicating that Gerald’s family has been protecting a secret concerning nothing less than the fate of the world. Now Gerald and his friends are off to India to try to find out the truth. Friendships will be forged and broken. A city buried under the sea will be rediscovered. A whole mess of pigeons will be involved. And Gerald is going to have to make a choice between his love for his friends and the darkest desires of his heart.

It’s entirely possible that this month might be even more eventful than the last.

Evangeline Brown and The Cadillac Motel by Michele Ivy Davis

Description: Evangeline hates living in the dingy Florida motel with the pink Cadillac butt sticking out of the wall. With Pa absorbed in his drinking, she spends her days wishing that her mother was still alive to make the motel a real home. Then Evangeline meets Farrell, the one person who understands her. After a teacher threatens to expose their poor living conditions, the two friends decide to run away. But when Evangeline stumbles across her mother’s letters, she finds the courage she needs to seek her true home. This uniquely touching novel will inspire readers of all ages.

The Hanging Hill: A Haunted Mystery by Chris Grabenstein

Description: How serious is stage fright? At the Hanging Hill Playhouse, it can kill you.

After narrowly escaping a malevolent spirit in The Crossroads, Zack and Judy are hoping to relax during the rehearsals for a show based on Judy’s bestselling children’s books. Little do they know that the director is planning to raise a horde of evil specters from the dead, and to accomplish this, he needs a human sacrifice . . . and Zack fits the bill perfectly.

This second book featuring the intrepid Zack and his stepmother, Judy, is full of the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made Chris Grabenstein a fast favorite with young and old alike.

Guys Read: Thriller edited by Jon Scieszka

Description: A body on the tracks

A teenage terrorist

A mysterious wish-granting machine

The world’s worst private detective

The second volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading is chock-full of mystery, intrigue, and nefarious activity. Featuring some of the best writers around, and compiled by certified guy Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Thriller is a pulse-pounding collection of brand-new short stories, each one guaranteed to keep you riveted until the final page.

The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Description: Twelve-year-old Livie is living with a secret and it’s crushing her. She knows she is responsible for her mother’s coma, but she can’t tell anyone. It’s up to her to find a way to wake her momma up.

Stuck in the middle of three sisters, hiding a forbidden pet alligator, and afraid to disappoint her daddy, whom she loves more than anyone else, Livie struggles to find her place within her own family as she learns about the powers of faith and redemption. Livie’s powerful, emotional, and sometimes humorous story will stay with readers long after the last line is read.

It’s Hot and Cold in Miami by Nicole Rubel

Description: Rachel has theories about a lot of things – how she ended up with humongous beaver teeth, why tourists who visit Miami wear such ugly clothes, and why her father loves her identical twin sister, Rebecca, the most. Still, there are many things in Rachel’s life that even her best theories can’t really explain. Why, for instance, does her grandmother insist on feeding her honey cake every Sunday, when everyone knows it tastes disgusting? Why did Rachel end up with the most ancient fifthgrade
teacher in the school, a woman with amoeba-shaped stains under her arms? And why is Rachel always in trouble, unlike Rebecca?

My Very Unfairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski

Description: You know all those stories that claim fairies cry sparkle tears and elves travel by rainbow? They’re lies. All lies.

I’ve spent my life as an official adventurer. I travel across enchanted kingdoms saving magical creatures and fighting horrible beasts that most of you think are only myths and legends. I’ve never had a social life. My friends have all forgotten me. And let’s not even talk about trying to do my homework. So — I’m done I’m tired and I want to go back to being a normal girl. But then along comes “Prince Charming” asking for help, and, well, what’s a tired girl like me supposed to do?

A Smidgen of Sky by Dianna Dorisi Winget

Description: In this warm and witty middle-grade debut set in the deep South, ten-year-old Piper Lee struggles to accept her daddy’s death, her mama’s upcoming marriage, and the new step-family that will come along with it.

But when her plan to call off the wedding spirals out of control, Piper Lee must face the consequences and figure out how to fix things.

 

The Timekeeper’s Moon by Joni Sensel

Description:  
When Ariel Farwalker hears the moon talking to her, she thinks she must be going crazy. Then she discovers an ancient map, and learns that the moon is part of a mysterious summons that’s calling her on a new journey.

With her surly guardian Scarl by her side, Ariel sets out on an adventure that leads her to new friends-the beautiful Flame-Mage Sienna and the mute boy Nace, who captures Ariel’s heart. As the four travel on, strange things start to happen-fragments of Ariel’s past appear in the present, so that it seems that time itself is coming undone. At the end of the journey, Ariel will learn where her journey began, and have a chance to save her life as she knows it.

When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

Description: Sun-hee and her older brother Tae-yul are proud of their Korean heritage. Yet they live their lives under Japanese occupation. All students must read and write in Japanese and no one can fly the Korean flag. Hardest of all is when the Japanese Emperor forces all Koreans to take Japanese names. Sun-hee and Tae-yul become Keoko and Nobuo. Korea is torn apart by their Japanese invaders during World War II. Everyone must help with war preparations, but it doesn’t mean they are willing to defend Japan. Tae-yul is about to risk his life to help his family, while Sun-hee stays home guarding life-and-death secrets.

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