MG Appreciation Week 8
“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a new feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what […]
Title: Down The Mysterly River Author: Bill Willingham with illustrations by Mark Buckingham Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade Publisher: Starscape Publication date: September 13th 2011 (First published 2001) Hardcover: 336 pages Down the Mysterly River is the children’s book debut of Bill Willingham, the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Fables. […]
Title: The Orphan of Awkward Falls Author: Keith Graves Genre: Horror, Comedy, Middle Grade Publisher: Chronicle Books Publication date: September 28th 2011 Hardcover: 256 pages When thirteen-year-old Josephine moves to Awkward Falls she can’t help but snoop around the dilapidated mansion next door. She finds a little more than she bargained for when she is […]
Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Author: Brian Selznick Genre: Historical, 30s, Middle Grade Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. Publication date: March 1st 2007 Hardcover: 533 pages Orphan Hugo Cabret lives in a wall. His secret home is etched out in the crevices of a busy Paris train station. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a […]
Title: The Unwanteds Author: Lisa McMann Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Middle Grade Publisher: Aladdin Publication date: August 30th 2011 Hardcover: 390 pages Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when […]
Title: Aliens on Vacation (The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast) Author: Clete Barrett Smith Genre: Science Fiction, Contemporary, Aliens, Middle Grade Publisher: Hyperion Books Publication date: May 3rd 2011 Hardcover: 272 pages Scrub isn’t happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his crazy grandmother in “Middle-of-Nowhere,” Washington. Arriving at her Intergalactic Bed & […]
Title: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes Author: Jonathan Auxier Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade Publisher: Amulet Books Publication date: August 1st 2011 Hardcover: 381 pages Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals […]
Hello everybody! Hope y’all having a good Sunday? Got a few things to talk about then it’s all about our upcoming MG Appreciation Week. Working Stiff Giveaway Winner The winner of a copy of Working Stiff by Rachel Caine is… Amelia Congratulations! You know the drill – send us an email (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT […]
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