Happy Book Birthday to Almost Magic!

Almost-Magic-web-coverHappy Book Birthday to Almost Magic!

This month’s release is Almost Magic,  by Kathleen Bullock.

SBN 9781939392114 paperback

Ever since she turned twelve, Apple Bramblewood’s life has been plagued by visits from weird creatures from the magical realms.

It seems she is a rare Attractor, a Wizard whose sole talent is solving the clamorous demands of very odd beings, usually in the most unorthodox, haphazard, and klutzy ways. Apple doesn’t want to be an Attractor; her most passionate goal is to attend the ordinary high school with ordinary kids where her perfect older sister, Cornelia, is allowed to go. Her parents have no doubts about Cornelia’s magical prowess, but Apple seems destined to be home-schooled forever if she can’t pass the entrance exam and perfect at least one magical enchantment.

Almost Magic is Apple’s first-person account of that magic summer between childhood and adolescence and, in Apple’s case, one filled with the most amazing, hilarious, and often dangerous events.

Get to know the author by visiting her author page.

 

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Happy Book Birthday to Tangled Magick!

Tangled-Magick-forwebHappy Book Birthday to Tangled Magick

This month’s release is Tangled Magick,  by Jennifer Carson.

SBN 978-1-63392-000-2 paperback

ISBN 978-1-63392-001-9 Ebook

The Sequel to Hapenny Magick

Enter the giveaway on the author’s website!

A hapenny should live a simple life, but two years ago Maewyn Bridgepost discovered her magick and saved her village from a troll invasion. Now as an official Protector of the Wedge, Maewyn shares in the responsibility of keeping it’s residents safe.

When her mentor, the wizard Callum, leads a Great Expedition, Maewyn joins, knowing that to be the best protector she can be, she must be familiar with what the world holds beyond her tiny village.

When you are only 3 foot tall, the outside world can be a scary place, and the hapennies soon find themselves knee deep in troll trouble. Captured by a gang of trolls the group is taken to a broken-down castle to be servants to the troll queen, Huldfrejya. Unfortunately, Callum is cast into a deep slumber. It’s up to Maewyn to rescue herself and her friends before they are entangled by a powerful magickal enchantment that will turn them into slaves to the troll queen forever!

Don’t miss the first book in the series, Hapenny Magick!

Get to know the author by visiting her author page.

Interested in purchasing Tangled Magick? Order the book on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM or from your local Indie store!

Happy Book Birthday to Little Miss Evil!

LittleMissEvil-finalcoverforwebHappy Book Birthday to Little Miss Evil!

This month’s release is Little Miss Evil,  by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen.

ISBN: 978-1939392091

When you live in a volcano, ride to school in a helicopter, and regularly see your dad on the news with the caption “EVIL GENIUS” underneath his picture, it takes a lot to rattle you.

Until you get a message that says: We have your father. Deliver the NOVA in 24 hours or we will kill him.

What’s a NOVA you ask? It’s a nuclear bomb capable of turning the city into a radioactive mushroom cloud, and ever since Fiona’s dad built it, it’s caused nothing but grief. But telling him to stop building weapons is like telling Michelangelo to stop painting.
And that’s why thirteen-year-old Fiona has a flamethrower strapped to her arm. After all, who’d mess with a girl who can throw fireballs?
Apparently, these guys.
Big mistake.

You can purchase Little Miss Evil from :Amazon, B&N,  and any fine bookseller near you!

Get to know the author by visiting their author page.

 

 

 

 

Happy Book Birthday to The Hound at the Gate!

houndatthegate-webHappy Book Birthday to The Hound at the Gate!

This month’s release is The Hound At the Gate,  by Darby Karchut.

ISBN: 978-1939392480–paperback,ebook

The Sequel to Gideon’s Spear

 

 

Autumn: the season of endings. And beginnings.

Especially for one young apprentice.

At the annual Festival of the Hunt, thirteen-year-old apprentice goblin hunter Finn MacCullen and his master, Gideon Lir, join other Tuatha De Danaan to honor their people’s heritage. But Finn soon realizes that there are some who denounce his right to attend due to his half-human bloodline.

While he struggles to keep his place by his master’s side, he finds himself embroiled in a decades-old grudge between Gideon and another Knight, bewildered (and beguiled) by a female apprentice with a temper as explosive as his own, and battling a pack of goblins determined to wipe out the entire camp in a surprise attack.

It’s going to take some fancy knife work, the help of a female Knight with a lethal bow, and one old pick up truck to defeat the goblins and prove to his people that his blood runs true-blue Tuatha De Danaan.

Don’t miss the first book in the series, Finn Finnegan!

Get to know the author by visiting her author page.

Interested in purchasing The Hound at the Gate? Order the book on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM or from your local Indie store!

 

 

 

Congratulations to Darby Karchut!

Gideon'sSPearfinalcoverflat (2)Congratulations to our author Darby Karchut!

Her novel, Gideon’s Spear, sequel to Finn Finnegan, just took home a 2014 International Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Award  in the Children-Preteen category. We are so proud of you!

To check out Darby’s story behind the story of Finn and his adventures click here.

And don’t forget to check out the third book in the series, The Hound at the Gate.houndatthegate-web

 

Cover Reveal! Tangled Magick

 

The cover for Tangled Magick, the Sequel to Hapenny Magick!

The cover for Tangled Magick, the sequel to Hapenny Magick!

Tangled Magick, coming in April 2015. Click here to request an advanced reader copy!

It’s been two years since Maewyn Bridgepost discovered her magick and saved the Wedge from another troll invasion. Now the villagers are embarking on an age-old tradition, given up after the first invasion, the Great Expedition. This journey is a chance for the happenies to discover the world outside their village. But the outside world can be a scary place, and the happenies soon find themselves knee deep in troll trouble.

Jennifer Carson lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four sons and many furred and feathered friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance faires, and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, she also creates fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. In 2010 her first children’s novel, To Find A Wonder, was produced as an original musical at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire. Find out more about the author by visiting her author page.

ISBN 978-1-63392-000-2 paperback

ISBN 978-1-63392-001-9 Ebook

If you’d like to request an ARC, please use the reviewer form on our website.

http://spencerhillmiddlegrade.com/for-reviewers/.

Check out the first book in the series, Hapenny Magick!

 

Book Discussion Questions, Hapenny Magick

 

Happy Book Birthday!

  1. Why do you think the strange things hapenning on the farm make Gelbane so cross?
  2. What would your response be if a bird started talking to you? Would you follow him into the woods? Why or why not?
  3. Why does Mae think the idea of her being a Protector of the Wedge is a ridiculous idea? Would your size stop you from doing something you wanted to do?
  4. Mae returns to the farm instead of staying with the wizards. Is there something you love so much that you would have returned for it too even though staying away would mean a better life?
  5. Callum is impressed by the lesson learned in a simple human’s nursery rhyme. Can you think of other nursery rhymes or short stories that teach a lesson? What is the lesson it is trying to teach?
  6. With a swish of her wand, Maewyn brings some toadstools to life. What would you create if you had magick?
  7. River Weed Starr explains how he got his name. Using the Giant’s explanation, what would your name be if you were born a giant?
  8. If your best friend told you they had magick would you believe them? Why or why not? What kind of magick would you like to have? What kind of magick do you thin would be the most useful?
  9. How would you feel if you discovered that your mother was eaten by a troll?
  10. What was it that made Mae’s magick so strong that she could replace the protections on the bridge? What memories do you have that could create powerful magick?
  11. What adventures do you think Mae and Leif will stumble into next?

Read a sample from Hapenny Magick, here.

Cover Reveal! Ben Fox: Zombie Squirrel Specialist At Your Service

BENFoxcoverforMIDPBen Fox: Zombie Squirrel Specialist At Your Service, coming in October 2014. Click here for an advanced reader copy!

Ten-year-old Ben Fox has good friends, a great dog, and a lightning-fast little sister who drives him a bit batty. The only thing in the fifth grader’s life that’s truly annoying–well, besides having to wear braces on his feet every day–is the family’s wily Siamese cat, Percy. Ben has always suspected something was off about Percy, who has never shown him or his beloved dog, Captain Sparkles, much affection.

But now he’s sure something is off—Percy has raised an army of squirrel zombies in the backyard and they’re ready to take on the dog.

It’ll be up to Ben to figure out how to stop the dastardly cat before the dog falls prey to the feline’s nefarious plans, especially since Percy and his newly reanimated squirrel friends are gunning for nothing less than a full-scale Animal Zombie Apocalypse—when all the dogs start to behave like cats. If only Ben could enlist his mom’s help in the undead animal war. But his mom is petrified of things that go bump in the night, so Ben’s only hope is to team up with his little sister.

The battle won’t be easy though, because squirrel zombies are the most dangerous of all…

 

Find out more about the author by visiting her author page.

 

Cover Reveal! Gideon’s Spear

Gideon'sSPearfinalcoverflat (2)Gideon’s Spear, coming in March 2014. Click here for an advanced reader copy!

For Finn MacCullen, it’s time to Irish up.

With a shout, Finn held the spear aloft. “Come along, ye manky beasties,” he yelled, throwing every bit of Gideon-ness he could into his voice. “I’ve a wee point to share with ye!” Gripping the end of the shaft in both hands, he swung it around and around over his head, creating a whistling sound. “Faugh a ballagh!” “The Spear!” Goblin voices screeched in panic. “The Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan!”

“Yeah, you got that right!” Finn yelled back.

When a power-crazed sorceress and the neighborhood pack of beast-like goblins team up and threaten both his master and his friends, thirteen-year-old Finn (not Finnegan) MacCullen does the only thing an apprentice monster hunter can do: he takes the fight to the enemy. And woe to the foe he meets along the way.

Find out more about the author by visiting her author page.

Pre-order the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or BAM!

Book Discussion Questions: The Kelpie by T.J.Wooldridge

New_KELPIE front coverBook Discussion Question for The Kelpie by T.J.Wooldridge

1. The author opens the book en media res or “in the middle of the action.” Many adventure stories over history use this method. What do you think about it? What are some other books you’ve read that use this? What are some other ways authors open their books? Which do you prefer and why?

2. The author narrates the story in first person, or as if Heather is telling the story herself. What do you think of this kind of storytelling? Do you feel pulled into the story or do you feel limited? How do you feel when Heather speaks directly to the audience with her comments?

3. What are some ways that Heather’s family is unique? What are some of the problems they have as a family? How does her family affect Heather’s choices in dealing with dangerous situations?

4. Heather’s brother, Rowan, is diagnosed with autism, and her father takes medication for bipolar disorder. What are some of the ways these characters interact differently? What are these characters’ strengths and weaknesses? To what extent do their psychological differences affect or not affect their relationships and how they help Heather deal with the kelpie?

5. When Heather realizes that the kelpie isn’t a regular horse, she borrows books on faerie stories from her mother. What is she looking for? Does she find it? How does she apply the knowledge she obtains? Are the things Heather finds in the books correct and useful? What explanations does Heather’s mother give about magick and faerie toward the end of the book and why are those explanations necessary?

6. In Great Britain (which includes Scotland), “tea” is a traditional meal served between lunch and supper. We see tea served four times in the book: once with the police, once during the family meeting after the police leave, once with the queen, and once with the prince and princess. What are the differences in those events? How do you know? What does that lead you to believe about “tea” as a tradition in Great Britain? And how do the characters interpret this tradition differently?

7. Heather is shocked when she finds out the biggest consequence of putting the magickal bridal upon the kelpie. The kelpie responds to this by saying, “Ignorance of consequences has never been a release from any contract or action,” to explain that even if she didn’t know what was going to happen, Heather is responsible for the consequences. What does that mean to you? Is this a fair statement? Why or why not? Has there ever been a time in your life where you made a choice without knowing the consequences? How did you deal with the responsibility of these consequences?

Read a free sample of The Kelpie.