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Today, we’re exploring inside the ecover of a Middle Grade/Tween novel from author J.C. Whyte, which keeps us right in line with my theme of things I love (and perhaps you should consider too ^_^). It serves up a great message for guys and gals alike while ensnaring readers with its many charms. Ready to join me on another adventure through the pages? You’ll have to be “speedy-eyed” if you’re to see all the action, but I’ve got faith in you. (^_^) Today’s ebook of choice is…
About the book…
A strange little creature enters the lives of three tough guys at Higgins Elementary. And from that point on, pranks come back like boomerangs, smacking the bullies right in their fifth grade butts!Sully, the leader of the gang, is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. Sully learns that the creature’s job is to balance all the bad pranks the bullies have pulled over the years. Karmack warns that if this fails,“dreadful, awful doom” awaits them all.Sully soon realizes that he must save not only himself but his friends, who have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged by Karmack!
First let me say….I REALLY LIKED THIS STORY! I’m not an ebook fan by any means, but sometimes a story will come along that’s only available in that particular format and it sounds good enough to turn my head. Needless to say when it turns out even better than anticipated, I not only count it as a win but a DOUBLE WIN. One for the pleasure achieved by reading it and another for the ability to now share it with all of you. So, shall we now continue? *ponders* Yep…I think that sounds like a marvelous plan.
Okay, so the little critter gets his name from a misunderstanding between him and our lead, Sully. You see, Karmack’s name is actually derived from his job…as a Karmic Balancer. See where this is going? Hence the boomeranging pranks and what not. Anywho, Karmack has been sent to balance Sully and his friends, but what he sees as bad karma, they only see as jokes meant to amuse themselves. Oh for the love of little boys, or in this case…little bullies! Thing is, Sully and friends don’t see themselves that way which is pushing their karmic balance all out of whack and literally creating a tower of bad karma ready to topple right on top of their little “angelic” heads. *cough cough* Let’s just say, if Karmack is gonna keep them from the BIG AWFUL DOOM, he’s got his work cut out for him.
Does he succeed? I bet you’re on the edge of your seat for that answer. Well, as I’m not one to spoil the BIG surprise (or at least I try not to), the answer is both yes and no, and the yes part is not in the way you might be thinking. This bodes well for some of our friends (those that maybe-sorta-kinda escape the BIG part of the DOOM), and not so much for a few others (those on the opposite end of that hyphenated sentence previously made). The COOLEST part about it though is that those that make it through, those that survive everything that happens, earn a reward greater than money, greater than fame (though some goes along with it)…they grow up. They learn a few of the BIG lessons that life has in store for everyone in their own time and the outcome is just right.
In conclusion, it's not a fairy tale nor a myth but a fun and amusing story that reminds us that what goes around comes around...eventually...and sometimes with an even mightier THUNK than when the initial "hurt" was carried out. Score 1 for karma; bad guys, zilch! A wonderful read that will entice Middle Grade readers of all ages, both male and female. (Yep, add another title to your "boys reads" lists!)
About the Author…
J. C. Whyte discovered a love for writing while she was still in elementary school. Back then of course, she only wrote children’s stories. But when she grew up, J. C. had to face the harsh reality that such writing seldom pays the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications, and turned to Public Relations, where for ten years she focused her creative energies in feature writing.
Then after marriage, kids, several more degrees and occupations (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J. C. entered law school. While there, she became a columnist for the student newsletter; one of her humorous articles was even published in The National Jurist.
After graduating and passing the Bar, J. C. realized within a few years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she has returned to writing for children. And with the publication of Karmack, she’s come full circle, back to where her writing journey truly began!
Ebook for review courtesy of author J.C. Whyte and MuseItUp Publishing. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their full catalog, be sure to stop by their official site, friend them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter. This ebook was released in 2013 via MuseItUp Young, an imprint of MuseItUp Publishing so be on the lookout for it at an ebook retailer of your choosing. Oh and one more thing! Since we’re all readers here, or at the very least interested know one, the publisher also has a Readers Club you can join with lots of cool benefits and the promise of more great reads ahead…and who wouldn’t like THAT opportunity? ^_^
Until next time…happy reading!