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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're teaming up with The Children's Book Review for a stop along their current tour featuring the latest Children's Fiction release from author Sara Pennypacker.  You may know her work from her prior release, Pax, but if not, you'll want to make your acquaintance post haste.  Ready or not, let's get this BOOK BIRTHDAY celebration started as we welcome out blog tour guest and book of choice...

 Sara Pennypacker

About the book...
From the author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling novel Pax comes a gorgeous and moving middle grade novel that is an ode to introverts, dreamers, and misfits everywhere.

Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.

On his first day Ware meets Jolene, a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon he starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot.

Jolene scoffs, calling him a dreamer—he doesn’t live in the “real world” like she does. As different as Ware and Jolene are, though, they have one thing in common: for them, the lot is a refuge.

But when their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights’ Code of Chivalry: Thou shalt do battle against unfairness wherever faced with it. Thou shalt be always the champion of the Right and Good—and vows to save the lot.

But what does a hero look like in real life? And what can two misfit kids do?


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This is a story for all those who have ever felt left of center.  This is a tale for all those that followed the beat of their own drummer, often times to the dismay of friends/family, and with mixed results.  This is a fictional rendering of many people's lives told with care, compassion, truth...that results in just the right amount of magic for readers of all ages.

Ware is not an outgoing least not in the way the world tends to think of them anyway.  He finds the beauty in things from his own unique perspective.  He loves the Code of Chivalry that knights of old used to guide their lives and can't wait to be able to uphold those same standards in today's world.  He loves to sit by himself and it's something that not everyone understands.  It's hard when the parents you look to for guidance, comfort, and love...simply don't understand you.  It's hard when you constantly feel that you have to put on a show in order to be your own family.  It's hard living up to the standards of others when, in truth, there's nothing wrong with your way of being...but rather the limited lenses of those viewing you.  

I felt SO MUCH for Ware, even when I myself was just learning to love him, and when Uncle Cy arrived, it was like a light bulb just ignited, shining as bright as the sun.  With everything going on in his and his family's lives, it was easy for him to get lost along the way...but thanks to a certain precocious and determined young lay, he won't be able to lose his way.  True, he won't know exactly where to start, but once he gets on the right path, there'll be no stopping.  Same goes for Jolene, actually.  She's a complex little lady who only shows as much as she's willing and has big dreams for her own predicament.  Their unexpected friendship, their unanticipated project will bring more than a focus on something other than their family problems, but a chance to see themselves as something more than they ever thought they could be; people (albeit children) that can affect change in not only themselves, but the world around them.


About the author...

Sara Pennypacker is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pax; the award-winning Clementine books and its spinoff series, Waylon!; and the acclaimed novel Summer of the Gypsy Moths. She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida. You can visit her online at catch up with her on Twitter!


Enter for a chance to win a Sara Pennypacker book prize pack!

Five (5) winners receive:
A hardcover copy of Here in the Real World
A paperback copy of Pax


Giveaway begins January 21, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends February 21, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are eighteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.  HarperCollins is responsible for prize fulfillment.


Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to HarperCollins Children's Books for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so see thee out a copy at your favorite online retailer so it can cast a spell on you!

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

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