Monday, June 13, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series, book 1)--and a GIVEAWAY!!!

I always try to cover a variety of genres and reading levels during my MMGMs, and since last week was more of an easy reader, I thought this week I'd feature something for those kids (and parents--these books are definitely adult friendly) who gobble up books by the stack. So I picked the THE MERCHANT OF DEATH because it's part of a TEN BOOK series--the hugely popular Pendragon books, by D.J. MacHale.


Here's the description from the back of the book:

Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.

He is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning...


If THAT doesn't make you desperate to know what happens next (which I really don't know how that's possible) the first page will reel you right in. Oh how I love when that happens. 

Not saying I don't love a book with a slower start--I've actually recommended many that do just that. But sometimes it's fun when the first page--the first words even--grab onto you and refuse to let go until you've made it all the way to the end. And that's definitely how this book starts. I was laughing out loud by the third paragraph and couldn't put it down until I'd finished.

Part fantasy, part sci-fi, with a hilarious narrator and a world so creatively imagined I seriously wish I could crawl inside D.J. MacHale's brain for a few days and figure out how he comes up with this stuff. (and I mean that in the non-creepiest way possible, of course :D) It's not surprising at all that these books are bestsellers. Boy, girl, kid, grown-up, there's something for everyone and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an awesome read. And as always, I'm ready to back up that claim by helping one of you guys to read it. 

I'm giving away a paperback copy to one lucky commenter on this post. To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, June 18th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, June 19th. International entries--as always--are welcome.

For more fabulous Middle Grade recommendations, check out what these awesome bloggers are featuring today:

-Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE. Click HERE to read more about it.

-Barbara Watson continues her special MMGMM summer series by spotlighting THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK. Click HERE to see what she thinks.

-Joanne Fritz is highlighting SECOND FIDDLE. Click HERE to read her thoughts.

-The lovely Shannon O'Donnell (aka #2) always has fabulous MG love going on at her blog on Mondays. Click HERE to see what she has going on today.


-Deb Marshall has an interview and A GIVEAWAY with author Rebecca Upjohn. Click HERE for all the details.  

- Pam Torres makes her MMGM debut with a feature on PLAIN KATE. Click HERE to see what she thinks (and welcome her to the group!) 






And if you've done an MMGM on your blog and would like me to link you, drop me an email and I'll update the post. 

Happy Monday!

31 comments:

  1. I loved this series. I met D.J. MacHale at a book festival a few years ago. He's so nice and the kids were all excited about his books.

    I'll let someone else win since I've read this and have a few of his books.

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  2. Oh this sounds great! And a lot like the story I just wrote... uh-oh... :s

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway :D I loved this series!

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  4. Wow! A ten book series??? Nice. As I'm readying to write both my MG ideas out, I'm looking for more and more MG books to read. Thanks for supplying great options. :)

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  5. Can you believe I've worked at the bookstore all the time these books were pubbing and I never read any of them? Always meant to...

    And I didn't realize they're funny, also. Wouldn't know it by the cover or title of this first one! Thanks for the heads-up, Shannon.

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  6. Happy Monday back your way...can't think of a better way to start it than with MMGM. Thanks!

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  7. I haven't read these (and I don't think my kids have either). Thanks for the thorough review!

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  8. Look how big your Middle Grade Mondays have become!

    And DJ is awesome. I agree that he writes with the perfect combo of action, suspense and humor.

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  9. Definitely sounds interesting. Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  10. This sounds like an awesome book! I definitely want to start reading more MG, especially considering that I just realized that my fantasy YA isn't YA after all... it's MG. Whoops!

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  11. Yeah (shamefully) I admit I haven't read them. And, like Joanne, didn't realize they were funny. I'm definitely going to check them out now.

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  12. That sounds great! I love the alternate dimension aspect.

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  13. Heard great things about this series, so thanks for the awesome contest, Shannon!

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  14. This is on my list of series I want to read.

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  15. Love that cover! Throw my name into the hat please!

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  16. This sounds like a great series. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  17. Thanks for the spotlight!
    follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  18. Just wanted to comment - he is one of my favorites! Nice to see someone giving away his books! I am not entering as I have all his books already. Hope whoever wins loves it!

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  19. My friend has read some of this series, and she really enjoys it. I added it to my TBR a while ago when she recommended it to me. Would be awesome to finally get a taste of the series.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lyssad87(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. It sounds cool. My brother read this entire series and I've picked a couple of them up occasionally and read a few pages but never all the way through. I want to though... :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    laughingtinkerbell@gmail.com

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  21. Yep! My son loved this series. I haven't read it yet, though. Good choice, #1. :-)

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  22. I would love this book! I have had some boys who LOVE this book in my class and I want to read it too!

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  23. Definitely a great series for boys...and who doesn't want to save the universe, really?

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  24. I am sorry I did not get mine posted until now. Is it possible to include it on the list still? If so, let me know. I'll link my post to this post. I reviewed The Dragon of Lonely Island. Thanks.

    http://books4learning.blogspot.com/2011/06/middle-grade-fantasy-dragon-of-lonely.html

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  25. Totally not creepy that you want to crawl into the author's brain. I probably think that about someone like once a week :-)

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  26. Some of our 5th graders have been raving about this. I'd love to try it out. Thanks!

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  27. Lovely! My little cousin would absolutely love this! Thank you!

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  28. Sounds llike a great read!

    Thanks as always for going international :)

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  29. One of my friends forced me to read the entire series a couple summers ago. It is so good! I then gave the first book to my then 12-year-old brother for Christmas, and he finished it within two days - a kid who didn't like reading that much. I think he'd finished the rest of the series within the next month and a half.

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

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