Category Archives: Middle Grade

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

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Dragonet Prophecy; Wings of Fire

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 1st July, 2012
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult
From: Purchased via Amazon

Summary:

The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.

Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended…

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Two for Thursday: Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta Shannon Duffy, Gabriel Stone and the Wrath of the Solarians by Shannon Duffy

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Welcome to this weeks Two for Thursday! This week we’re showing off the first two books in the Gabriel Stone series. Check them out and maybe you’ll find something new you like! As always, courtesy of Month9Books there’s a giveaway at the bottom!

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Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta (Gabriel Stone #1)
Shannon Duffy
Published: 1st January, 2013
Month9Books
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade

Summary:

Gabriel Stone is a twelve-year-old boy still reeling from the unsolved disappearance of his mother. With a dad who’s hard to relate to, and mounting pressures at school, Gabriel lets off steam by hiking in the place where his mother was last seen. There, Gabe and friends find a crystal that proves not only beautiful, but magical beyond their wildest dreams. Only, magic and beauty come with a price: in order to return home, they must save the dying world of Valta.

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The Lost Prince by Matt Myklusch

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The Lost Prince (Seaborne #1)
Matt Myklusch
Releasing: 14th April, 2015
EgmontUSA
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Age: Middle Grade
From: NetGalley

Summary:

Middle-grade adventure readers will love this fresh take on classic pirate tropes. Fans of Percy Jackson and The Chronicles of Egg will enjoy Dean Seaborne’s adventures on the sea.

Dean Seaborne is thrown off his ship by the Pirate King and given one last chance to redeem himself before he meets Davy Jones’s locker. He has to spy on the Pirate King’s biggest rival, Gentleman Jim Harper, and find the treasure hidden on the mysterious island of Zenhala.

Once on Zenhala, Dean finds that the inhabitants of the island think he is the lost prince who went missing 13 year ago. In order to fulfill his mission for the Pirate King, Dean undergoes intense and fantastical trials to prove he is the lost prince. But the longer Dean stays on the island, the more he questions his mission.

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M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal for Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti

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Joshua and The Lightning Road

Joshua and the Lightning Road
Donna Galanti
Releasing: 19th May, 2015
Tantrum Books

Summary:

Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.

To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.

In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

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Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R. S. Mellette

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Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand
R. S. Mellette
Published: 8th December, 2014
Elephant’s Bookshelf Press

Summary:

“E = mc2 is no longer the most powerful force in the universe. Your wand is.”
Twelve-year-old Billy and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn’t mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.

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Birth of a Destiny by T. R. Milne

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Birth of a Destiny

Birth of a Destiny (Light Bearer #1)
T. R. Milne
Published: 28th September, 2014
CreateSpace

Summary:

Evil stalks her. True love finds her. Destiny claims her.

Rose wakes from a coma to find her life has changed forever.
Her parents were killed in the accident that nearly claimed her life. Now orphaned, her mother’s sister brings her to live in the country.

Once courageous and full of life, she only wants to be left alone to wallow in the murky shades of grief. Yet, ghostly meetings, attacks under the cloak of storms, and a threatening dark presence brings danger and adventure to Rose, her cousin and new friend. Her special abilities, known to no one, must remain a secret – somehow.

The trio uncover a portal that takes them to an enchanting world threatened by an evil creature thirsting for eternal darkness. Only one can stop him . . .

Birth of a Destiny is the first book in the Light Bearer series. It is the tale of a lost champion – found by fate and guided by love.

Join Rose, a young girl crossing to a young woman who must travel dangerous and unexpected paths to recapture her warrior spirit, heal her heart and claim her destiny.

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Jack Templar, Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus

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Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles #1)
Jeff Gunhus
Published: 10th October, 2012
Seven Guns Press

Summary:

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

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2014 MG Books You May Have Missed From M9B and Tantrum Books

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Welcome to this weeks M9B Friday Reveal! This weeks theme is 2014 MG Books You May Have Missed from both Month9Books and Tantrum Books! Don’t forget that there’s a giveaway at the end for you to win a prize pack of five M9B ebooks of your choice!

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Goodreads: 4.4/5 Amazon: 5/5 Barnes&Noble: 5/5 BookDepository: -/5

Books and Ashes: N/A

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Goodreads: 4.5/5 Amazon: -/5 Barnes&Noble: -/5 Book Depository: -/5

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Cover Reveal: Garden by Jane Yates

 

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Garden
Jane Yates
Expected to be Published: 12th February, 2015
Autumn Orchard

Summary:

Inspired by the classic novel The Secret Garden, Jane Yates introduces us to a steampunk world of bio-domes, robots and mysteries. Eleven-year-old Aberdeen is so used to being by herself that all she has to fill her thoughts are stories of mighty dragons and grand castles. Aberdeen’s world is soon thrown into disarray however; her parents murdered.

Having no choice, Aberdeen is sent to live with her uncle back on Earth where her fascination into her new surroundings begin to take hold. Untrusting of new people at first, it isn’t long before Aberdeen comes across 3 other children, and taking a risk, befriends them as she tries to adjust to her new home. And yet, along with Maisy, Peter and Lenard, Aberdeen comes across a riddle – a set of clues to reveal the hiding place of a lost manuscript. A manuscript that forces more questions than answers.

Oh, and there’s Frank too, Peter’s robot dog, who completes this special circle of friendship.

Garden is a journey of self-discovery, of trials and friendship. With adventure boundless, Jane Yates follows up her acclaimed Paradox Child trilogy with a new tale for young fans of steampunk and science fiction.

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ARRGH! by Stacey R. Campbell

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Arrgh!

ARRGH!
Stacey R. Campbell
Published: 18th September, 2014
Green Darner Press

Summary:

Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates, Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade. Proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.

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