Book Giveaway, Book Reviews, Children's Writing, Lost in the Sun, Ruby Lee and Me, Shannon Hitchcock

Lost in the Sun — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:
“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.” 
~ William Faulkner ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Janice Hardy has a guest post by James Tuck on her Fiction University blog HERE that will give you tips to make your writing life easier. 

K. M. Weiland has so many good things on her blog. The one HERE is on creating multiple antagonists. Check it out. 

I don’t know if I have linked to any of Randy Ingermanson’s posts here, but now and then he has a really good one. HERE you will find a helpful post on backstory and flashbacks. 

I have just spent hours on the phone trying to get our main credit card straightened out. I received a text as we were coming home after the theatre and dinner with our daughters and grandkids when I got a text from Citibank asking if we had charged almost $300 at Sheikh Shoes in Hayward, California — about 115 miles from where we live. Someone had been busy around the Bay area with our credit card and, thanks to Citibank’s vigilance, we stopped them in their tracks after only five fraudulent charges. Check your accounts often. There are bad people out there.

When I last posted, I promised one of you an ARC of Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock. This week’s winner is Greg Pattridge. If you don’t know Greg, he is a writer of middle-grade novels, a brave middle-school teacher, a Cybils judge, and blogs twice a week at Always in the Middle with lots of excellent books reviews and other good information. Check it out HERE. Congratulations, Greg! I will get the book out to you this week. For the rest of you, please keep reading for another giveaway.

Some time ago, I won a copy of Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. Sure wish I could remember where I won it. (Blushing here.) I’ve had it in my TBR pile for months, but I didn’t have time until we went with our kids and grandkids to Lake Tahoe for four relaxing days this week. Three books and two jigsaw puzzles is a perfect mini-vacation for me. This book came out last May, and I know I’m late to the party, but I’m sure not everyone has read this wonderful book, so I’d like to tell you about it. 

Trent Zimmerman is about to start sixth grade and is sure it will be a better year for him. He wants it to be. It almost has to be. His fifth grade year is marked by — no, emblazoned with — one horrible moment during a pick-up hockey game when a puck came off Trent’s stick and hit Jared Richards in the chest, discovering a heart defect no one knew Jared had until he died that day. That alone is enough, maybe too much, for most kids to handle. But Trent’s father has left his mother and married a much younger woman who is about to have a baby. Trent has two brothers and the younger one has become close friend of Jared’s sister who radiates hatred toward Trent, or so it seems to him. Trent is carrying so much anger and guilt inside, it’s amazing he can function. 

Sixth grade turns out not the be the fresh start Trent is hoping for. His homeroom teacher seems like an old crone and his gym teacher isn’t much better. There is a school bully who likes to pick on him. But there is one bright spot — Fallon Little. She has a horrible scar across her face, but she has a great smile and an even better attitude. She decides she and Trent are going to be friends and, as much as Trent pushes her away, that’s just how much she pushes her way in. And this is just what Trent needs. 
Lisa Graff

Lisa Graff somehow manages to channel a twelve-year-old boy and lets Trent tell his own story in an absolutely true voice. It’s an amazing coming-of-age story of loss, anger, and friendship that will resonate with anyone lucky enough to get their hands on this book. To facilitate that, I am offering my own gently-read ARC 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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