Monday, September 17, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - The Golden Door

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. 

The Golden Door
  by Emily Rodda

Published by Scholastic: October 1, 2012

Goodreads Blurb:
The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora. The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?

I have always loved Emily Rodda. More than any other author I've discovered, her books get reluctant readers to read, especially the Deltora Quest series. When I saw she was beginning a new series, I jumped for joy and immediately requested an ARC.  My daughter, who is currently obsessed with dragons, scooped it up when it arrived in the mail, so I had to wait until she was finished reading. All I heard for days was, "This book is SO GOOD, mama!" She loved it, like I knew she would. Emily Rodda is a SURE THING with kids. Not all adults love her stories, but I have never yet met a kid who could resist them--and I have never been able to resist them myself!

This one is officially released on October 1st, and I recommend getting a copy for the MG reader in your life.

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Carolyn V said...

Sounds so good!

Juju at Tales of said...

I'm with Carolyn this sounds goood.

Barbara Watson said...

Getting reluctant readers to read. What a great way to be known.

Meredith said...

I used to love dragon stories! Patricia Wrede was a particular favorite. Thanks for the recommendation!

Faith E. Hough said...

Sounds interesting! I love MG fantasy.

Old Kitty said...

Another great recommendation! Thank you! Take care

Natalie Aguirre said...

So glad your daughter and you like this. I got an ARC too. Not read it yet.

Jemi Fraser said...

I didn't know she had a new series coming out!! YAY!!!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! hooray for dragons and cool stories that have dragons in them. for sure this is going on my wanna read list.

...hugs from lenny

theaccidentalnovelist said...

If nothing else, I love the cover. I'd hang that on my wall.

I went to Goodreads to check her out (I've never read any of her work) and she's published about a hundred books. Where to start? I guess with Deltora Quest #1 !


ali cross said...

YES!! We love Emily Rodda over here! We read all of the Deltora Quest books little by little as we read together every night. They were the first books my son Charlie cared to even listen to, let alone read. Since then my boys read the Deltora Dragons books on their own.

Do you think this book is the same reading level as the Deltora Quest books? My guys are a bit beyond that now, so I'm wondering if it would keep their interest? It sounds daring and dangerous enough . . . what do you think?

Theresa Milstein said...

My son was a huge dragon reader, but not my daughter. I don't think I've ever read this author's books, but the other series you mention sounds familiar.

Sorry I haven't visited in a while. It was great to see you on my blog today! I hope things are going well for you.

Joanne Fritz said...

Gosh, I've never read anything by her, although I've certainly shelved her books!

Should I start with this, or Deltora Quest? Guess it wouldn't matter, right?

Laura Marcella said...

Sounds like fun! I haven't read any of Emily Rodda's books yet.

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