Monday, January 16, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - How to Make a Golem


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.  

How to Make a Golem and Terrify People
 by Alette J. Willis

How to Make a Golem and Terrify People

Goodreads Blurb:
"You think you're a fairy godmother or something?" I asked. "Or something," Michael agreed. Edda is tired of her nickname, 'Mouse', and wants to be braver. But when her house is burgled on her twelfth birthday, Edda is more afraid than ever. That is until new boy Michael Scot starts school. There's something peculiar -- and very annoying -- about know-it-all Michael. He claims to be a great alchemist who can help Edda overcome her fears by teaching her to build a golem. But surely they can't bring a giant mud monster to life? Can they?
Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2011.

What a cute story! I requested a copy of this book on NetGalley, mainly because it's middle grade and has a catchy theme. I am SO GLAD I did. 

I enjoyed the voice of this book from the get-go. The characters were alive, the storyline was perfectly paced--with the PERFECT amount of spine tingles and creepiness thrown in--and the ending worked perfectly. I read it easily in one day, and the longer I sat reading it, the more curious my kids became. It is now in the hands of my 9-year-old son. *grins*

I wholeheartedly recommend this one. It was an absolute pleasure!


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 Happy Monday!

12 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like a fun book. I love the title.

Deb Marshall said...

Oh my gosh! Will be sure to request this. I was hooked at the title. Thanks, Shannon and happy MMGM.

cleemckenzie said...

It does sound like a wonderful middle grade story. Thanks Shannon. I'm always on the look out for those.

Barbara Watson said...

That is a great premise. Now I need to find out if they can.

Susan R. Mills said...

You've made me want to read more!

Gina C said...

i adore that cover - what a terrific concept, too :)

Meredith said...

An alchemist and a giant mud monster? How fun!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What fun! I hadn't heard of this one.

Joanne Fritz said...

Ooo. Spine tingles and creepiness! Count me in.

Can't believe I've never seen this book.

Heather said...

You find the cutest books! I love that title too. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Love when a kid picks up a book just because he/she watched you enjoy it! :)

Michael G-G said...

I does look spine-tingly cool!

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