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.

 

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.

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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.

Happy Book Birthday, Hapenny Magick!

Happy Book Birthday!

Happy Book Birthday!

Happy Book birthday to Hapenny Magick! You can find this wonderful adventure available on book store shelves today!

Hapenny Magick

ISBN: 978-1937053918

Jennifer Carson

Available April 15, 2014

paperback, ebook, audio

As the tiniest Hapenny, a race of little people, Maewyn Bridgepost spends her days from breakfast to midnight nibble scrubbing the hearth, slopping the pigs and cooking for her guardian, Gelbane. As if life as a servant isn’t bad enough, Maewyn learns that Gelbane is a troll– and Hapennies are a troll delicacy!

Years ago, a spell trapped Gelbane in Mae’s village. Ever since, Gelbane has been chiseling away the magic protections, and now Mae’s home is destined to become a smorgasbord for half-starved trolls.

It will take all of Mae’s courage to protect her village. When pitchforks, sewing needles, pots, brooms, and a little magick are the only weapons at hand, Mae finds out that great victories can be accomplished no matter what size you are, but only if you stick together.

 

“Carson has created a delightful story of joy and wonder and courage. I’m looking forward to sharing this one with my children.” Jim Hines, author of the  Goblin Hero  series.

“Jennifer Carson’s book is full of whimsy and a gentle humor, but it also includes peril and a satisfying adventure.” Kate Coombs, author of Runaway Dragon

Get to know the author by visiting her author page.

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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.

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Cover Reveal! Hapenny Magick

 Award wining, Hapenny Magick


Award wining, Hapenny Magick

Hapenny Magick, coming in April 2014. Click here for an advanced reader copy!

Maewyn Bridgepost, the tiniest Hapenny (a race of little people) spends her days from breakfast to midnight nibble scrubbing the hearth, slopping the pigs, and cooking for her guardian, Gelbane, who never spares a kind word. As if life as a servant isn’t bad enough, Mae learns that Gelbane is a troll and Hapennies are a troll delicacy.
Years ago, a spell trapped Gelbane in Mae’s village. Ever since, Gelbane has been chiseling away the magic protections and now Mae’s home is destined to become a smorgasbord for half-starved trolls. It will take all of Mae’s courage to protect her village. When pitchforks, sewing needles, pots, brooms and a little magick, are the only weapons at hand, Mae finds out that great victories can be accomplished no matter what size you are, but only if you stick together.

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

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

Cover Reveal! Finn Finnegan

03032013 - Finn FinneganFinn Finnegan, coming in March 2013. Click here for an advanced reader copy!

Finn (not bleedin’ Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures. Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn’s survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of “fighting Irish.”

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

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