Monday, December 13, 2010

Marvelous Middle grade monday - Tyger Tyger


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance. Thanks, Shannon #1!  
Tyger Tyger
by Kersten Hamilton


Goodreads Blurb:

Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. When she's not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. This is her first novel for young adults. For more about Kersten, please visit www.kerstenhamilton.com.

I loved this book. Kersten is a wonderful storyteller, and she easily had me in her spell with this story. It was unique and heartwarming and fun and suspenseful.  The Irish theme was absolutely magical - I could almost believe The Travelers are out there right now.
 
I would call this one an upper MG - to YA text. There was nothing in it I would question for an MG reader, but I know my MG son still shy's away from ANY HINT of romance. An MG girl, however, would probably adore it. This one gets my "stocking stuffer" approval!


Happy Monday!

18 comments:

Theresa Milstein said...

With romance, it sounds like it would be upper-middle grade or that new category, young YA (10-13). Girls don't mind some romance, but boys...

Vicki Rocho said...

The Middle Grade surprises me with mention of a college scholarship, and a great job. But other than that, sounds like a fun read.

salarsenッ said...

Love this! I've heard a ton about it.

Meredith said...

This looks like such a good read! And I love the cover :)

Heather said...

I've had my eye on this one for a while. Thanks for the review!

Carolyn V. said...

Yes! Sounds like a great book. =)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Okay, two ABQ authors in a row. I'm loving it!

Shari said...

I was wondering about this book. Thanks for the review. It sounds like a good one.

Susan R. Mills said...

Sounds like a good one for my niece. One more present down. Thanks!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Sounds like another one for my TBR pile! Thanks!!

The Golden Eagle said...

I have this book out of the library--I'm looking forward to reading it!

Laura Marcella said...

I haven't heard of this. It sounds great! Thanks for the suggestion.

Jen Chandler said...

Oooh, a wee bit o' Irish myth! Sounds like a great read! Thanks for showcasing this one. I hadn't heard of it.

Happy week,
Jen

Kari said...

I've been wanting to read Tyger, Tyger for quite a while now...and I love the idea of a book for a stocking stuffer!! Why didn't my parents ever do that??

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I <3 this book. Awesome review. Great point about the romance appeal :)

Jemi Fraser said...

This is the first I've heard of this book. Thanks for the tip - sounds like one I should get for my class!

Stephanie Thornton said...

This sounds like a fun one- I can't wait for my daughter to be able to read these. Then we can talk about oodles of books!

Naomi Ruth said...

Ooh... Goblins. This sounds good. I'll have to read it when I have a chance. Thanks for sharing! :)

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