Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Emerald Atlas + Giveaway

***  Released Today!!  ***

The Emerald Atlas
by John Stephens

Goodreads Blurb:
Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.
Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.
Until now.
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem.  And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.
The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.

When my ARC arrived, my 8th grader gasped and then stole it. He said he'd heard about it from his librarian (who knows EVERYTHING about his favorite book tastes) and couldn't believe we had a copy right there on the counter. He was so cute and excited that I let him read it first. He loved it! Then he nagged me to read it immediately. I loved it, too.

This book has everything fantasy fans love: great characters (humans, dwarves, creatures, wizards...) adventure, humor, battles, and loads upon loads of suspense. It's the first in a series, so be prepared to wait for book two. The writing is excellent, the pacing is excellent, it's ALL excellent. I promise. This is the perfect middle/upper middle grade fantasy!!

*** AND ***

Because I loved it so much and know you will too, I am going to give away my ARC to one lucky blog follower. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post by Friday (+2 old followers, +1 new followers).

Extra Entries:

+2 for FB or Twitter
+2 for sidebar
+5 blog post

That's it. Now, go add this to your MUST READ list!!


S.A. Larsenッ said...

Ooh, the peril!! Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

I've Facebook you and Tweeted: @SherWordsGirl

Natalie Aguirre said...

I got an ARC too and really enjoyed it. I gave mine away on Shannon Messenger's blog. You can give it to someone who hasn't read it. Great contest.

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss shannon! wow that book sound like one i could wanna read for sure. im putting it on my wanna read list but crossing my figers im gonna win it. :)
...hugs from lenny

Yiota said...

Now you made my day! Thanks so much! I can't wait to read this book!

+2 Old Follower

+2 Twitter: http://twitter.com/Little_Y/status/55241259777929216

+2 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/CaptainBarbossa/posts/10150144066758434

Total: 6

Old Kitty said...

Sounds like such a brilliant read!! I can so understand that sweet 8 year old grabbing this for himself!! Yay for the librarian too! :-)

Take care

John Sankovich said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'm in.

Patti said...

You know you have a great book if the kids devour it.

Shari said...

Sounds like a great read. I tweeted @singlikabird. And I'm an old follower (please don't over-emphasize the old).

anthony stemke said...

Good Read, Congratulations and Thank You.

Heather said...

I love your 8th grader's enthusiasm for books! Now that, is inspiring! This sounds like a must read. I'm putting it on my list.

Catherine Denton said...

I love your book recommendations so I'm adding this to my list now! And to my sidebar. I'm an old follower--oh, I don't like the sound of that! hee-hee
My Blog

Robyn Campbell said...

I'm old follower (well, not old, yanno?) Let me rephrase that. I'm a young, very young, old follower. Hmmm

I facebooked, I sang like a birdie on twitter, going to sidebar and blog about it after lunch. I'z hungry. You need linkage, bff??

Candice said...

I would love to win a copy of this!! And I'm an old follower, plus, I'm Tweeting it. 4 points for me!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow...You guys had such a strong reaction to it. That's awesome! I'm an old follower. +2 Thanks for prying it out of your kiddo's hands and giving it away. (wink)

Creepy Query Girl said...

awe- so cute that he wanted to read it right away. It sounds awesome!

Roxy said...

This book sounds great! I also like that your son enjoys reading and has a librarian he respects. Love librarians!

Jenni James said...

I have an 8th grader boy too... hmm.. I think I'll have to check this book out!

Great contest.

Beth said...

I'm an old follower, as unflattering as that sounds! And I'd love to win.

Tamika: said...

Scribbled this on my TBR list! Sounds like a great story premise.

Myne said...

The blurbs reads like it could be a great book, but maybe not for me. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book!

+2 - old follower
+2 - Facebook post
+2 - Twitter post
+2 - sidebar
+5 - blog post
+13 - Total

Melissa Gill said...

Oh that sounds so good. Nothing I love more than a great MG fantasy. It's a must read for me.

Theresa Milstein said...

+ 2 Old Follower
+ 2 Sidebar
+ 2 Facebook link.

= 6

I'm so winning this!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon ..

19 - Neolithic follower?!

Sounds such a good book - lucky person who wins it .. I can feel a Harry Potter type rush here ..

Cheers to all entries .. Hilary

Angela said...

Oooh, I want, I want. See me raising my hand.

I'm an old follower and I'll put this on my sidebar.

Anne Payne said...

I have an 8th grader who would love to read this, too!

+1 - I'm a new follower
+5 - I posted on my blog
+2 - FB



Jennifer Shirk said...

Oooh sounds cute! I'm going to Tweet it now!

Donea Lee said...

This sounds like a great book! Please count me in ~ :)

Jennie Englund said...


*wiggles fingers*

Who DOESN'T love anything with "emerald" in it???

(Count me out of the contest, though. I won my Lifetime Shannon Prize, and would like to give someone else a chance.)

Jemi Fraser said...

I think I as excited about that librarian (who totally rocks!!) as I am about this new release! Can't wait to get a copy!

I'm off to tweet! :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Wonderful blog, Shannon!

Anonymous said...

Old follower and I tweeted (er, excuse me:P) So, 4 entries.

Thanks-this sounds wonderful!

Unknown said...

Oh I want this book! I'm a follower, here & FB!


Robyn Campbell said...

I posted the sidebar and blog post. Better late than never ever. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Hey, I didn't know we were supposed to count our entries. Do I havta?? I'z needs to go back to bed. :(

Anonymous said...

Hi Shannon. I read about your blog on fb from Robyn Campbell. I also have a degree in English/Children's Literature and taught for a few years before settling into my current position as a preschool teacher for the Head Start program. I would love to win that book.

Anonymous said...

Ok. I'm going to try this again...Hi Shannon. I read about your blog on fb from Robyn Campbell. I also have a degree in English/Children's Literature and taught for a few years before settling into my current position as a preschool teacher for the Head Start program. I would love to win that book.

ali cross said...

This looks fantastic! And you are so generous ~ I'd love to win!

I've got +1 for commenting, +2 for Tweeting (and FBing ~ http://twitter.com/ali_cross/statuses/55467526682972160) for a total of THREE entries. Thanks Shannon!

The Blogger Girlz said...

My students wouldn't forgive me if I didn't enter.

+2 for Twitter

+2 for a sidebar

+2 for being a previous follower

Thanks Shannon
- Aaron

Unknown said...

Hi Shannon,

You have a wonderful blog.
I shared your site on facebook and will tweet as well.

Thanks for the follow.


Anonymous said...

Would love to win.Thanks!

A gfc follower.

bfav said...

The Emerald Atlas is on my TBR pile. fingers crossed.

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