Monday, January 30, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Between Two Ends + Giveaway


 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.  


Between Two Ends
 by David Ward


Goodreads Blurb:
When Yeats and his parents visit his grandmother's creepy old house, Yeats reunites a pair of pirate bookends and uncovers the amazing truth: Years ago, Yeats's father traveled into The Arabian Nights with a friend, and the friend, Shari, is still stuck in the tales. Assisted by the not-always-trustworthy pirates, Yeats must navigate the unfamiliar world of the story of Shaharazad--dodging guards and tigers and the dangerous things that lurk in the margins of the stories--in order to save Shari and bring peace to his family.

I received this book from Abrams some time last year, but it got buried in my TBR pile--probably because I don't love the cover and put off reading it for others that looked more interesting. My mistake.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick and easy read, but the storyline flows at a pace that makes it hard to put down. I love the magical elements and characters; I love the world inside The Arabian Nights; I love the action and suspense and relationships...

I think my favorite characters were the pirate book ends, but Yeats and Gran and Mr. Sutcliffe and Shari are all wonderful, too. This was a refreshing and pleasantly original story. I can't wait to share it with my boys.

DON"T MISS THIS ONE.


GIVEAWAY:

In fact, I enjoyed it so much I'm going to give away a copy to one lucky commenter. Just be a follower a leave a comment by Thursday night. I'll announce the winner on Friday. GOOD LUCK.



** Others who can be counted on for MMGM: **
 Happy Monday!

30 comments:

Susan R. Mills said...

I've heard of this book before and thought it sounded awesome. Can't remember where I heard about it. Glad you enjoyed it.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This sounds reallly good!
(not an entry)

Heidi Grange said...

The Arabian Nights is a great story to visit. The pirates sound like a great humorous element.

Giada M. said...
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Giada M. said...

WOW! This sounds like a great read. Thank you for the review and giveaway! Please enter me only if it is international. :)

GFC: Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Old Kitty said...

This totally sounds like my kind of book - magical!!! What a premise!! Thanks for the intro! Take care
x

Gabrielle Prendergast said...

I'm surprised you say you didn't like the cover because it really caught my eye. Also I love books about being inside books.

Barbara Watson said...

Stuck in the tales and books falling on the cover. I'm hooked. And thanks for the chance to win it; I hadn't heard of this one.

Meredith said...

Oh my, that concept is AMAZING. I need to read this one! It kind of sounds like Jumanji, which I used to obsessed with. :)

Candice said...

MGM made me think about Shannon Messenger's great news today! Now you guys are going to have to start Teen Tuesday. :)

Michael G-G said...

Now this sounds great--right up my alley!

(I agree about the less than captivating cover, though!)

Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

Wow, this one sounds fun! Have never heard of it, and that's just sad - because it sounds like a neat adventure :o)

Kristin Lenz said...

Thanks for sharing! This one's new to me too.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I hadn't heard of this one. I totally trust your judgment on books. So thanks for the giveaway.

Bish Denham said...

You got me at pirate bookends. Sounds like a book I need to add to my stack by my bed!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL So I'm not the only one to make the same mistake with covers and not reading a book for a long time.

The premise for this sounds great!!!!

Joanne Fritz said...

I've done that with covers too. This sounds great! Nice choice for MMGM, Shannon.

And thanks for the giveaway.

Kenda Turner said...

Sounds like a great read, thanks for making it available to some lucky reader :-)

Coleen Patrick said...

I haven't heard of this book--it sounds great!

Deb Marshall said...

Will for sure check this one out!

Llehn said...

I'd love to play please.

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Catherine Denton said...

The bookends are characters? Now that's fun.
Catherine Denton

Pam Torres said...

Disappearing inside a story is always fun. I haven't seen it and will be adding it to my TBR.

Susanne Drazic said...

I haven't heard of this book, until now. It sounds like it will be an interesting book to read. I like how the books are falling away from underneath. It makes me want to learn more about the book.

Thanks for offering this cool drawing!

Elana Johnson said...

Awesome! And too funny, I was going to comment that I liked the cover! LOL!

Kelly Polark said...

The premise sounds fun!
(though count me out for the giveaway, I won three books on blogs the last 6 weeks, I'd feel guilty if I won another!!!)

Jennifer Rumberger said...

Sounds like a fun book. I hadn't heard of it, thanks for sharing!

theaccidentalnovelist said...

Oooh, I'm a follower, I'm a commenter. :-)

I was going to count how many times people wrote "don't judge a book by its cover," but no one did.

I actually liked the cover. And the concept. And I keep thinking pirates, now there's the next thing, right?

Hushed Paradox said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC: Hushed Paradox

Scoot said...

It sounds like a good read, I just added it to my wish-list! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of it. :)

seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com
GFC: Scoot

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