book review, Children's Writing, Connect the Stars, David Teague, Juba! a Novel, Marisa de los Santos, San Francisco Book Review, Walter Dean Myers

Connect the Stars — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the 
way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well 
put that passing time to the best possible use.”
~ Earl Nightingale ~

Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Erika Wassall has written a great post on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog on villains. Check it out HERE. She has great examples and good information.
Suzanne Warr has a guest post at Author’s Think Tank Blog about common novel problems she finds in her editing work. You can find it HERE. It’s an important one for writers and a good read. 

Kimberly Griffiths has a great post HERE on setting, something that is so important in making stories come to life. 

Last time I posted, I offered an ARC of Walter Dean Myers’s last book, Juba! A Novel to one of you. This week, Carol Baldwin is the winner. If you don’t know Carol, she is a writer from North Carolina who blogs about writing and books at Carol Baldwin’s Blog (HERE) and also has a fascinating newsletter with author Joyce Moyer Hofstetter called Talking Story (HERE). Congratulations, Carol! I will get the book out to you this week.

Some of you may remember one of my middle-grade favorites last year was Saving Lucas Biggs by David Teague and Marisa de los Santos. Imagine how excited I was to learn the two had written another middle-grade book. Connect the Stars came out last month. Here is the review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review

Audrey knows when someone is lying. She is never wrong. It’s a gift or maybe a curse for this 13-year-old girl. When she realizes her best friend has not only lied to her but hung her out to dry, it’s almost more than she can bear. No point in having friends if you can’t trust them. Aaron, also 13, remembers everything he has ever read or heard. Everything. He may know a lot of facts, but that doesn’t mean he really understands anything. Both of these kids find themselves at a wilderness camp with about a dozen other kids and a very scary
Marisa de los Santos

camp guide. Some want to be there, some don’t. Some are angry, some are sad, some are lost. But something happens that forces everyone to work together, and everyone is changed by it.

“The place was oddly beautiful, like almost everything soft had been peeled away to reveal the Earth’s bone structure, which was as stark as truth.”

David Teague
Marisa de los Santos and David Teague have written a taut, exciting story that will draw kids (and anyone else lucky enough to get their hands on the book) in and keep them turning pages. The dual points of view and beautiful writing make this story a real standout and a very satisfying read. This should become a middle-grade classic.
I have an ARC of this wonderful book I would be happy to send to one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.

Don’t forget to check out Shannon Messenger’s wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways. 

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