Monday, August 26, 2013

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop, Month of Giveaways and MMGM Review Wrapped Into One Awesome Post!!

First the MMGM weekly review.

Published: May 2, 2013 
ISBN: 0399257861
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy, adventure
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Themes: pirates, travel, friendship, loyalty
Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes And Noble/ *Indie Bound*

About The Book:  
This highly anticipated sequel to Rodkey's much-praised debut is funny, heartfelt, and action-packed. Don't miss it! After a narrow escape from Deadweather Island, Egg and his slightly deranged partner Guts head for the remote New Lands. They’re in search of the lost Okalu tribe, who hold the key to the mysterious treasure map that Egg can't decipher. 
But the ruthless Roger Pembroke is hard on Egg's trail, and the New Lands are full of new enemies — against which our heroes only weapons are their brains, their courage...and the two dozen swear words Guts just memorized in the local tongue.
They're going to need help.
But who can they trust?

Is Kira, the beautiful and heavily armed Okalu refugee, their ally…or their enemy? Is Pembroke's daughter Millicent on Egg's side…or her father's? Why on earth is the notorious pirate Burn Healy being so nice to them? And the biggest question of all: what shocking secret is Egg about to discover in the shadow of an ancient Okalu temple? —Goodreads

First Line: I hung my head over the side of the Thrush and watched the prow carve the seawater into a hissing spray.

Photo Credit: The World of Dot
Cover Love:  llustrator: Iacopo Bruno
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Who: "Iacopo Bruno was born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1964. He graduated from artistic high school and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, and in 1989 he moved to Rome where he began collaborating with Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, illustrating the Urania, Gialli Mondadori and Asimov series.
    "In 1996 and 2000, his entry was selected for the international illustration competition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In 1998, he opened up a studio in Milan and he now collaborates with the major Italian publishing houses. Over 400 titles have featured his illustrations in Italy and abroad. He is a founding member of Chinino, for which he develops and produces children’s publishing projects. He has illustrated successful series, such as Ulysses Moore, Century and Criptoanimali, with Il Battello a Vapore.
    "Bruno has served as art director for Atlantyca Entertainment publishing projects since 2008. In 2009 he opened DOT graphics and illustration studio with Francesca Leoneschi." —Dream Farm, Atlantyca

What Others Are Saying: "Egg’s narration, fresh and funny as ever, keeps readers engaged with the increasingly complicated plot.
     "Occasionally gruesome, often funny and full of suspense, this one is sure to win Egg some new fans." —Kirkus Reviews

"The plot follows a classic adventure arc but remains nonetheless surprising: the characters never quite behave in expected ways, making unpredictable choices . . . Even though the world is fictional, the portrayal of the Native tribes and their culture and interactions with Egg and Pembroke may make for some interesting comparisons to Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island."The Bulletin

Bloggers Weigh In:

What I thought: Having four son's and now five grandson's, I'm always on the lookout for a good adventure series. Pirates. Are you kidding me, who can resist them after Jack Sparrow, am I right? As a writer, author and grandmother there are a few other things I look for in an exceptional middle grade fiction. The character has to be believable and I have to care. Egg is the perfect protagonist, thrown into insurmountable problems, quirky and an underdog. This is a page turner, you want to know what's going to happen next. I recommend this a great read-aloud! The pirate jargon is too fun not read aloud. 

About The Author: 
Geoff Rodkey

Who: Geoff Rodkey is the Emmy-nominated writer of such hit films as Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas.

He grew up in Freeport, Illinois and began his writing career on his high school newspaper. While in college, Geoff was an editor of both the Harvard Lampoon and the Let's Go travel guide series. His early writing credits include the educational video game Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, the non-educational MTV series Beavis and Butt-head, and Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect.

Geoff's debut novel, Deadweather and Sunrise, is the first book in the middle grade adventure trilogy The Chronicles of Egg. The final volumes in the series, New Lands and Blue Sea Burning, will be published by Putnam in 2013 and 2014. Geoff currently lives in New York City with his wife and three sons. They do not have any pets, mostly because the whole experience with the goldfish was just too upsetting.

Okay, now for the give-away!! This is a big one so don't miss out on some of these goodies!!

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Looking for more ways to win?? Here are all the blogs participating in the blog hop.


  1. Hi, Pam,

    This series sounds like something my son would enjoy.

    J.L. Campbell writes Jamaican Kid Lit

  2. Wowsers! This is an amazing giveaway! I have read the Cronicles of Egg first two books and am anxiously awaiting book 3, but I have given away my copy, so this is very attractive to me. And all those other books. Thanks for doing this.

  3. I love this series and can't wait for the final book next year!

  4. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Thanks for being part of the giveaway hop! I want to invite you to participate in Booknificent Thursday, my all-things book-related link-up party every Thursday at anytime you have a chance! We’d love to have you join our little reading community!


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