Monday, April 25, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--Tiger (and a Giveaway!!!)

Despite my deadline, I'm back with another MMGM. And today I'm featuring the first book in a series that falls into that elusive and magical: boy book with girl appeal category. TIGER (Five Ancestors Series, Book 1), by Jeff Stone.


Here's the blurb from the publisher:

Twelve-year-old Fu and his temple brothers Malao, Seh, Hok, and Long don t know who their parents were. Raised from infancy by their grandmaster, they think of their temple as their home and their fellow warrior monks as their family. Then one terrible night, the temple is destroyed by an army led by a former monk named Ying, whose heart is bent on revenge. Fu and his brothers are the only survivors. Charged by their grandmaster to uncover the secrets of their past, the five flee into the countryside and go their separate ways. Somehow, Grandmaster has promised, their pasts are connected to Ying s. Understanding that the past is the key to shaping the future, the first book in the series follows Fu as he struggles to find out more and prove himself in the process. Fu s name literally means "tiger," for he is the youngest-ever master of the fierce fighting style modeled after that animal.

Funny story about this series: I'd never heard of it until I signed with Laura. (I know, I know--#Shannonfail. I honestly don't know how I missed it). Jeff is one of Laura's clients, so when I was researching my agent in-laws I stumbled across these books and quickly corrected my oversight. And I'm so glad I did!

The books are fun, clever, and refreshingly different from most of the other middle grade books out there. I read a review that describes them as a graphic novel without the graphics, and I couldn't have put it better myself. The storytelling is incredibly visual and fast paced, and I have no doubt that even the most reluctant reader will gobble them up. Added bonus: they feature some ethnic diversity for a change, in a way that feels honest and respectful.

I could go on and on, but I'm afraid if I say more I'll give something away. So I'll wrap things up my usual way, by announcing that I'm giving away a copy of the first book to one lucky commenter on this post.

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment before 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday, April 30th. I'll draw one random winner and announce their name on Sunday, May 1st. Good luck!

And I'm not the only one featuring awesome middle-grade today. Check out these MMGM Links:

-Shannon O'Donnell always has an awesome MMGM recommendation. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.


-Sherrie Peterson has an interview with author Roland Smith and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.


-Joanne Fritz is featuring THE LEMONADE CRIME. Click HERE to read her review.

-Aly Beecher is featuring HORTON HALFPOTT. Click HERE to see what she says.


-Myrna Foster is featuring ELLA ENCHANTED (one of my favorites!!!). Click HERE to read her thoughts.


-Brooke Favero is featuring LOSER. Click HERE to learn more about it.


-Deb Marshall is featuring SECOND FIDDLE. Click HERE to read the review.


-Ben Langhinrichs is featuring EARTHLING HERO. Click HERE to see what he thinks.


-Anita Laydon is featuring MY FATHER'S DRAGON. Click HERE to read her take.

-And Barbara Watson makes her MMGM debut. Click HERE to see her review of THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG.

If you've done an MMGM, let me know. I'll update this post throughout the day.

Happy Monday!

36 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting! Especially now that I'm living in Japan and have half a grasp on different Asian cultures. :)

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  2. Sounds interesting. That's great that the series is different. We need more of that. I recognize the title, but never picked it up.

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  3. This series sounds very interesting! The cover is amazing.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  4. Most intriguing!!! I love when you find new novels like that!!! Agent-in-laws... girl you crack me up!

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  5. Intriguing! I'd love to read it and then pass it along to my nephew.

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  6. Looks like a fantastic book. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Now THIS is my kind of thing. I knew you'd have one eventually that was.

    Trouble is, it uses the phrase 'warrior-monks' in the blurb. I guess it's back to the drawing board for me.

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  8. Sounds interesting, and I have not heard of it before either.

    By the way, I have an MMGM post today, but I'll send an email.

    Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Earthling Hero

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  9. I posted a short review for MMGM today. It's about MY FATHER'S DRAGON, which I know is super young MG, but I think it's great for families who have middle graders and youngers.

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  10. I remember Laura talking about this series several years ago at the Central Coast Writers' Conference and how excited she was about it.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this! Will add it to my to read list. Speaking of, decided I need to start a new note book so I can devote it to MMGM...LUB notebooks, lol.

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  12. I haven't read these yet. I've been curious about them for a while but never took the leap. I will now! :-)

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  13. Ooooh, an MG set in another culture? :) Not too many of those - count me in! :)

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  14. Like Cathe Olson above, I remember Laura talking about the series at a writers' conference some years ago. (This one was the Willamette Writers conference in Porland.) She positively sparkled with enthusiasm when she talked about the writer and the books. My middle guy does martial arts, so I'm pretty sure this series is going to appear on his nightstand soon!

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  15. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  16. I love Asian culture. I'm excited to read this.

    My MMGM today: Loser by Spinelli
    cheers
    http://brookefavero.blogspot.com/2011/04/marvelous-middle-grade-monday-loser.html

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  17. Oh, I love these books. Granted, I'm behind on reading Mouse and Dragon, but they're so good.

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  18. Asian themes are so awesome. I'll have to add this to my TBR.

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  19. I've seen these books but I haven't read them yet. The covers are awesome!

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  20. Sounds like the sort of book I could get my son to read. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Interesting, interesting! I love hearing about books I haven't read yet! Especially for my MG reader.


    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  22. Wow - #Jemifail too. I hadn't heard of this series before. Thanks for the tip - sounds perfect for my classroom. :)

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  23. Another series I hadn't heard of yet!! Thanks for the insight :)

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  24. I'm intrigued. As a Taekwondo fighter myself, this appeals.
    My son would love it-- he's a "fightah" too.

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  25. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    Sounds interesting! I hope to be able to be able to win it!

    hales5740@aol.com

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win, this one sounds intriguing!

    seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

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  27. I have a couple of grand nephews in middle school who would love this book!

    harvee44 at yahoo.com

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  28. I'm a follower.

    harvee44 at yahoo.com

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  29. Impressive that you're managing to keep up with this even with a deadline. Love the summary- seems like a great book! I'll keep an eye out for it (if I don't win a freebee!)

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  30. I've never read these. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  31. "A graphic novel without the graphics." That's intriguing. I've always wondered if these books were worth reading. Sounds as if they are! I'd love to win this.

    Nice review, Shannon. And thanks, as always, for the linkage.

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  32. Ooo, I have wanted to read this one!! Great MMGM, awesome Shannon!

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  33. Following your blog.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Thanks for this!
    gfc follower
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  35. I would love to read this book, and I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erikadlugo.at.yahoo.dot.com

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  36. Ooh I'd love to read this new series, and we always need more books for boys! thanks! wilsondev(at)gmail(dot)com.

    GFC - Devony

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