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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

FALL into Middle Grade with Candlewick Press! - ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY!!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we say goodbye to July and HELLO AUGUST in a pretty HUGE way.  I am BEYOND EXCITED to be bringing you this news because let's face it, who doesn't like NEW BOOKS?  I mean really, and if you add to that the fact that there are NINE TITLES UP FOR GRABS and did I mention FIVE WINNERS OF THAT SAME SAID SET...yeah, you'd be pretty stoked too.  Oh wait, so now YOU'RE excited too?  FABULOUS!  Just try to contain that excitement of for a few more moments though because we're about to meet the Middle Grade galley round up in all its bookish glory.

The opportunity came to me from Raquel over at Candlewick Press (love her, love the publisher, just bookish love all around!) and when I first read the request, I had to stop a moment, rewind, and read it again.  FIVE SETS of their upcoming Fall 2018 Middle Grade release titles to giveaway?  YES PLEASE!  Some of these titles are already on my reading list for future posts, but the chance to share that excitement over their pending release, share the wondrous tales within before they even hit store that's a bloggers dream of the highest quality.  So, here I am, rambling on about the FABULOSITY of the situation and before you start yelling at the screen to just get on with it ...I'm going to do just that.  Let's meet the titles UP FOR GRABS in this ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY!

Apollo 8:  The Mission That Changed Everything
by  Martin W. Sandler
  In 1957, when the USSR launched Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth, America’s rival in the Cold War claimed victory on a new frontier. The Space Race had begun, and the United States was losing. Closer to home, a decade of turbulence would soon have Americans reeling, with the year 1968 alone seeing the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy as well as many violent clashes between police and protesters. Americans desperately needed something good to believe in, and NASA’s mission to orbit Earth in Apollo 8 and test a lunar landing module was being planned for the end of the year. But with four months to go and the module behind schedule, the CIA discovered that the USSR was preparing to send its own mission around the moon — another crucial victory in the Space Race — and it was clearly time for a change of plan. In a volume full of astonishing full-color photographs, including the iconic Earthrise photo, Martin W. Sandler unfolds an incredible chapter in U.S. history: Apollo 8 wouldn’t just orbit Earth, it would take American astronauts to see the dark side of the moon.

The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins
On Sale October 9th, 2018
On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome of stone and the laws of the island. Outside, the Masters play their music. Inside, the turnaway girls silently make that music into gold. Making shimmer, Mother Nine calls it. But Delphernia can’t make shimmer. She would rather sing than stay silent. When a Master who doesn’t act like a Master comes to the skydoor, it’s a chance for Delphernia to leave the cloister. Outside the stone dome, the sea breathes like a wild beast, the sky watches with stars like eyes, and even the gardens have claws. Outside, secrets fall silent in halls without sound. And outside, Delphernia is caught — between the island’s sinister Custodian and its mysterious Childer-Queen. Between a poem-speaking prince and a girl who feels like freedom. And in a debut that glimmers with hope and beauty, freedom — to sing, to change, to live — is precisely what’s at stake.

Otherwood by Pete Hautman
On Sale September 11th, 2018
“Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.” Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics or how he used to say ghosts haunted their overgrown golf course. But then one day, after Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, spend countless afternoons in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that reality-splitting moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say start to make a lot more sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.

The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar
On Sale October 9th, 2018
The Loch Ness Monster. The Frogman. Bigfoot. Twelve-year-old Miranda Cho used to believe in it all, used to love poring over every strange footprint, every stray hair, everything that proved that the world was full of wonders. But that was before her mother’s obsession with monsters cost Miranda her friends and her perfect school record, before Miranda found the stack of unopened bills and notices of foreclosure in the silverware drawer. Now the fact that her mom’s a cryptozoologist doesn’t seem wonderful — it’s embarrassing and irresponsible, and it could cost them everything. So Miranda agrees to go on one last creature hunt, determined to use all her scientific know-how to prove to her mother, once and for all, that Bigfoot isn’t real. Then her mom will have no choice but to grow up and get a real job — one that will pay the mortgage and allow Miranda to attend the leadership camp of her dreams. But when the trip goes horribly awry, will it be Miranda who’s forced to question everything she believes?

Begone the Raggedy Witches:  (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One)
by Celine Kiernan
On Sale September 11, 2018
On the night that Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup’s family. Pale, cold, and relentless, the witches will do anything for the tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic and enforces her laws with terror and cruelty — and who happens to be Mup’s grandmother. When witches carry off her dad, Mup and her mam leave the mundane world to rescue him. But everything is odd in the strange, glittering Witches Borough, even Mam. Even Mup herself. In a world of rhyming crows, talking cats, and golden forests, it’s all Mup can do to keep her wits about her. And even if she can save her dad, Mup’s not sure if anything will ever be the same again. First in a new trilogy by Irish author Celine Kiernan, this tale of family and forbidden magic charts a fresh path through the landscape of beloved fantasy tradition — and promises to bewitch any reader in search of stories to love.

by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Jill Calder
On Sale January 8th, 2019
For thousands of years, people have been writing poetry. But what is poetry? Award-winning wordsmith Michael Rosen has spent decades thinking about that question, and in this helpful guide he shares his insights with humor, knowledge, and appreciation — appreciation for poetry and appreciation for twenty-first-century children embarking on their own poetic journeys. Young readers are invited to join him on a welcoming exploration of the British poetic canon, replete with personal insights into what the renowned poet thinks about as he writes and advice on writing their own poetry. When he’s finished, readers will be able to say with confidence: this is poetry. Included in this accessible handbook are writing tips, analyses of classic poems, and an appendix of poets and useful websites.

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
translated by Guy Puzey
On sale November 13th, 2018
Speed and self-confidence, that’s Astrid’s motto. Nicknamed “the little thunderbolt,” she loves to spend her days racing down the hillside on her sled, singing loudly as she goes, and visiting Gunnvald, her grumpy, septuagenarian best friend and godfather, who makes hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. She just wishes there were other children to share her hair-raising adventures with. But Astrid’s world is about to be turned upside down by two startling arrivals to the village of Glimmerdal: first a new family, then a mysterious, towering woman who everyone seems to know but Astrid. It turns out that Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from his goddaughter, one that will test their friendship to its limits. Astrid is not too happy about some of these upheavals in Glimmerdal — but, luckily, she has a plan to set things right.

Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India
by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy
On Sale January 1st, 2019
Being a wise and just ruler is no easy task. That’s what Prince Veera discovers when he and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. Some of the subjects’ complaints are easily addressed, but others are much more challenging. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? And can they prove that an innocent man cannot possibly spread bad luck? Will Prince Veera and Suku be able to settle the dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well — but not the water in it? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? Illustrated throughout by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight original tales by Chitra Soundar task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt
On Sale November 6th, 2018
As if being stuffed into last year’s dress pants at his cousin’s wake weren’t uncomfortable enough, thirteen-year-old Jimmy has just learned from his mother that he has to say a few words at the funeral the next day. Why him? What could he possibly say about his cousin, who ruined everything they did? He can’t recall one birthday party, family gathering, or school event with Patrick that didn’t result in injury or destruction. As Jimmy attempts to navigate the odd social norms of the wake, he draws on humor, heartfelt concern, and a good deal of angst while racking his brain and his memory for a decent and meaningful memory to share. But it’s not until faced with a microphone that the realization finally hits him: it’s not the words that are spoken that matter the most, but those that are truly heard.

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Exciting, am I right?
So, here's what you have to do to get your name in the proverbial hat for a CHANCE TO WIN (1) OF FIVE SETS of these FABULOUS TITLES!

Fill out the Rafflecopter below and SPREAD THE WORD!
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Open to US/Canada residents only; no P.O. Boxes please.
Entries accepted through midnight August 8th, 2018.  Winners will be drawn, emailed, and have 48 hours to respond with their full name and mailing information.  If not received in the given time -frame, a new winner(s) will be chosen.  SFIR is not responsible for lost prizes.


We good? here's your gateway to the ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY!

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Special thanks to Raquel at Candlewick Press for the chance to bring this AWESOMENESS to you.  (THANK YOU!)  For more information on the titles listed, the authors, the illustrators, or the rest of their wonderful catalog, feel free to click through the links provided above.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good READ IT!


Suz said...

"Begone the Raggedy Witches" caught my eye! Thanks for the chance to win all of these amazing books!

traveler said...

These are such wonderful books. What a great giveaway which is ideal for my grandsons to enjoy since they love reading. Speechless sounds unique and meaningful. Thanks for this amazing feature.

Lisa Maucione said...

What a great giveaway! These books all sound great, but I'm especially eager to read Astrid the Unstoppable.

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