Monday, October 11, 2010

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--The Softwire Series (and a Giveaway!!!)

Okay, I'm not entirely sure I'll be able to organize these every Monday, but I'm going to try to do as many as I can, because--as you all remember--I'm officially on a Middle Grade Crusade!

So today we're talking about four books I absolutely adore: The Softwire Series, by P.J. Haarisma.

 


I gave the series a quick shout out a couple of weeks ago in my Middle Grade Spotlight, but I wanted to spend a little more time singing its praises. Plus I have a signed copy of the first book to give away--but we'll get to that in a minute. ;)

I discovered the series thanks to Project Book Babe (P.J. was one of the authors there, and I made it a point to read the books of all the authors on the panel before I went to the event) and fell in love instantly. Which is doubly amazing considering they're Sci-Fi, and I'm not all that huge of a fan of Sci-Fi. But the world of these books is so interesting, it's impossible not to get sucked in.

Basic premise? Johnny Turnbull is the first human Softwire--a human able to link directly to computers through his mind. And in the high tech rings of Orbis his skill is invaluable. He quickly becomes the focus of intergalactic intrigue. But there's a dark underside to the world, and the deeper he gets into the rings, the more he struggles to know who he can trust. The books are action packed and incredibly hard to put down. And I am so jealous of his world building. The richness and layers he adds to everything make the world jump off the page. 

So yeah, they're awesome--and you do not have to be a kid to appreciate them. I promise. Bonus: there's an amazingly cool online environment to go along with the series. (I swear, if I had more time I would be so hooked on that website.) I definitely hope everyone gives the books a chance.

Which is why I'm giving away one of my precious signed copies of book one--and a bookmark:


And just like last week, I'm going to keep this nice and simple. All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post between now and 11:59 (PST) on Friday, October 15th. I'll post the random winner on October 16th, and send their prize as soon as I receive their mailing address. International entries welcome. :)

Good luck everyone!

Oh, and thanks for all the get-well-soon wishes last week. I'm still a *little* under the weather, but I'm doing much better. You guys are so sweet to care. :)

43 comments:

  1. I am loving this crusade you are on! I am finding so many new books for my son. He of course is looking at me like I've lost my mind but that's okay. Thanks for another great series!

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  2. These books sound very interesting! Please enter me in this contest. I am a follower.

    Thanks,
    Jessi
    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

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  3. That's generous of you!

    wolferock AT earthlink.net

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  4. What a cool sounding book! *crosses fingers*

    emilywhite(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Looks like a great giveaway! Would love to try out this series.

    mesmerix AT gmail DOT com

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  6. Please count me in too =D I'm a GFC follower (Tiemi - @Tibiux).
    My email: tibiux at yahoo dot com dot br

    Thanks for the international Giveaway!!!

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  7. Hurray for MG!! I haven't seen these ones. Oh no, I'm falling behind on my MG knowledge - must catch up!! They sound awesome, #1. I'll definitely be picking them up. :-)

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  8. These books sound awesome! Glad to hear you're feeling better! Take care :)

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  9. I hadn't heard of this series. I'll have to take a look into it some time.

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  10. Sounds like a cool series! I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi either, but it's not the genre- it's my own cerebral limitations when it comes to science (and math), lol. I do have some sci-fi novels that I really like, and this sounds like a series I'll like too! Thanks for the review, and I'm glad you're feeling better!

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  11. Count me in!

    I'm loving these features, by the way. I don't spend nearly enough time in the MG section anymore, and you're doing a great job of keeping me up to date!

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  12. Definitely going to find this series for my son. You are dialed in on his likes lately. :) Oh, and please enter me!!

    jgbeads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. comment left!

    and thanks for keeping these contests simple.


    -- Tom

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  14. Ooh may I take part?!?!?! Thank you!! Please continue to get better! And rest!! Take care
    x

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  15. These sound great so count me in! I would love to see how he goes about world building. Glad you are feeling better!

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  16. I love that you're doing this crusade! THANK YOU!
    I need more MG ideas!


    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  17. You're too kind. You've got my email, just start typing m ... a ... in the to field ...

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  18. I haven't met these books before. I can see I'm going to have to remedy this shortly. O:)

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  19. Cheers for Shannon for Middle Grade Mondays!

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  20. Very interested in the books. I will have to look them up. I am just planning my first middle grade novel (I have written for that age, but only stories so far), and I love the idea of a middle grade Monday.

    I think my email is in my profile, but otherwise it is ben (at) geniisoft (dot) com

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  21. hi miss shannon! im glad you been following dr lennys get well advice. now your mostly better and that makes me happy. i bet it makes you happy too. :) i love middle grade books. could you guess why? yep cause im a middle grader! i love scifi so i hope i could win that book but if i dont im for sure putting those books on my biwr list (thats for books i wanna read).
    ...hugs from lenny

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  22. Love your Middle Grade Crusade and this series sounds terrific! I teach 7th and 8th graders who would love something like this.

    RJ
    shkruger@hotmail.com

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  23. My son and I will love these! Thanks for bringing so many awesome books to our attention. Glad you're feeling better.

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  24. These books sound great! thanks for bringing them to my attention.
    lisadgibson@live.com
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  25. This was one of the first MG SF books (modern) that I read and reviewed on Ink Spells! And there is an amazing following on his website. PJ is awesome!

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  26. Oooh I hadn't previously heard of this series, but it sounds really cool!

    Please enter me!

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  27. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi either but the concept of this series sounds pretty cool. If only I could link my mind to computers ...

    ayareader(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. coooool! I'm about to do my annual rereading of the Ender's Game series which always puts me in a sci-fi mood for a few weeks :)

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  29. Never read, but this sounds awesome!
    If you're looking for good MG, I was in love with it just a few years ago. Shoot me an e-mail if you need some MG suggestions! (Nothing terribly new, though...)
    Thanks for the contest!

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  30. Wow, that series sounds like it's right up my alley. I'll have to add this to my list of books to read!

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  31. I'd love to play please.

    I follow this blog.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. This is really generous of you! And the series sounds really good - I love that the kid can link to computers with his mind. Those days are closer than you think; I have friends in computers and engineering who tell me so. So this series is prescient.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I haven't heard about this books before. but i would really like to try one of them :)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

    - a follower via GFC

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  34. I just mentioned you in my blog post today. I think you would appreciate the post, after seeing your Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts!

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  35. I have heard wonderful things about this series and not to mention and of course they are written by the cofounder of Kids Need to Read (excellent charity organization)
    Thanks for the chance to win them - as they are hard to get here in Canada
    I'm a follower
    contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

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  36. Wahoooooo on more middle grade! Love it.

    Enter me please

    foltzsfantaticbooks at gmail.com

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  37. I am loving this crusade, though I can see it's going to cost me a lot of money! I've been eyeing this series for a while, and I'm a sucker for good world building (even if I'm not very good at it myself).

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  38. This is so awesome! These books weren't on my radar but as a MG sci fi writer I really need to read them!

    Thanks for the recommend Shannon - and for the chance to win a freebie! Woot!

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  39. Sounds like an interesting series. I'm a follower of your blog.

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  40. Oh, yay, I'm not too late to enter! I definitely want to read these.

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  41. First time I hear about this series. I'd love to read it :)

    Thank you!
    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

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