Monday, April 30, 2012

MMGM: Blog Tour - Nikolas & Company: The Merman and the Moon Forgotten


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.
 
*** BLOG TOUR***

Nikolas & Company
by Kevin McGill




Goodreads Blurb:
Nikolas and Company is Goonies meets Lightning Thief on a mythological reimagination of our moon--episode 1 of 4 from the thrilling new fantasy adventure series: Nikolas and Company!

Nick lives in a time when one can extend their life indefinitely through cerebral downloads, zip from country to country in hovercars, and have every whim taken care of by the ever faithful nannydrones.

Nick hates it.

Aside from the refugee camps, overpopulation, and unchecked consumerism filling every city across the globe, Nick just doesn’t belong. That is when he hears the voice of a woman:

“The Rones lie about their true intent. They enter the city of Huron at the peril of us all.”

Shortly after, his slightly crazed grandfather reveals to him:

“All you’ve ever heard about the Moon is a lie, my dear Nikolas. He was not always a mere satellite, a ghost wandering the stars. In an age before our own, Moon was our twin, and in him bore the whole of magical life. The cradle of this magical civilization was a fantastic metropolis filled with fire-breathing winged lions, volcano-born nymphs, automaton-legged mermaids, and so much magic you can smell it. We called this city Huron, and you, Nikolas, are her steward.”

Meanwhile on the moon, the senior stagecoach driver Yeri Willrow thought he was performing a simple drive and drop for his mysterious passengers, until they are attacked by foul-breath red-eyed creatures. He soon learns that his passengers are a family of automaton-legged merfolk, and he is their only hope. Yeri suddenly finds himself tasked with saving the merfolk or they will fall to the peril of the creature most foul. 

I'd say this book is at the upper end of middle grade reading levels, perfect for strong readers with good vocabularies. It hops around a lot at the beginning, but once the plot has been fully established it's much easier to follow. Quite an interesting and original adventure!

THE TRAILER




Check out the very cool website HERE.





** Others who can be counted on for MMGM: **

 Happy Monday!


18 comments:

Gina C said...

what an amazingly creative world! nannybots? i'm hooked already. thanks so much.

Gabrielle Prendergast said...

That's a pretty cool trailer! This sound like a wild book too.

Joanne Fritz said...

Love the idea of Goonies meets Lightning Thief. And since I love them both, this sounds like my kind of story. Is it an ebook only, Shannon?

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing about this Shannon. Glad you were able to because I already had something scheduled when Kevin contacted me.

Jemi Fraser said...

I have a few students who I think will love this book!

Books4Learning said...

Intense trailer! Sounds like a creative series. Thanks for sharing.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

This is exactly the type of book my 12 yo would love. He's a huge fan of the Lightning Thief. :D

Barbara Watson said...

Wow! The blurb sounds awesome! Thanks for bringing my attention to this one.

Robyn Campbell said...

Bodacious trailer, bff. Sounds like an awesome read. I'll look for it at my bookstore. You rock, woman! :-)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Hmm... This sounds like a good boy book, and I have a friend who's always on the lookout for those. Yay!

theaccidentalnovelist said...

You had me at Goonies (If I told you how many times I watched that movie when I was younger, it would be slightly embarrassing).

This was the book launched into space, wasn't it? I just posted the video on my FB page. I was mighty jealous.

Theresa Milstein said...

This would've been something my son would've wanted to read. He might even still want to read it! I'm going to look this one up.

Shannon, I have a middle grade book recommendation for you. My daughter read and loved it. I'm reading it now. It's by a debut author.

Julie Dao said...

I LOVE this title. The book sounds so whimsical and magical!

Carolyn V said...

Looks so fun! I haven't heard of it before. It sounds like a great read! =)

Elana Johnson said...

Wow, sounds fantastic! I need to get this for my son. He's sort of transitioned to YA novels, but he still enjoys a good MG.

Michael G-G said...

Nifty!

Heather said...

I was sold on the first sentence. I'm adding it to my to-read list right now!

Diane said...

I think mermaid is the new hot thing out there. Love it! :O)

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