Monday, September 19, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Sprinkles and Secrets, by Lisa Schroeder--and a Giveaway!

Yay--I'm so excited for this week's MMGM because I finally get to feature a book I'm so super excited about (and it comes out TOMORROW!!!!): SPRINKLES AND SECRETS, by Lisa Schroeder


How perfect is that cover? WANT! 

And if that alone doesn't sell you (I mean really, what more do you need?) here's the description of the book:

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of being an actress and being in front of the camera. When that dream comes true and she's offered a T.V. commercial spot, she's over-the-moon happy. But then she finds out what exactly she'll be advertising: the delectable, ever-popular brownies from BEATRICE'S BROWNIES, which just so happns to be the number one competitor to IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES—owned by her best friend, Isabel's, family.

Sophie has a tough choice to make: Follow her dreams or crush her best friend.

What's a girl to do?

If you've been following my blog for a while, you already know that I'm a huge fan of anything Lisa Schroeder writes (if you haven't tried any of her books you NEED to--they are AMAZING!) But this one I was especially excited about, because, well, it's middle grade--and also because it's a companion novel to IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES, which is such a fun, sweet, adorable book (not to mention it  has cupcakes in it--need I say more??????) And this time it's Sophie's story--which is awesome because Sophie is one of my favorite characters in the first book.

Honestly, I'm not usually as much of a fan of contemporary middle grade (I know, I know--what's wrong with me? I just love fantasy too much, I guess). But I LOVE these books. Lisa has such a knack for creating real, endearing characters and she lets their stories unfold so honestly and gently that I totally don't miss that there are no fairies or unicorns or secret worlds within worlds. And in the process, she manages to create a story that feels like it's real, like if you went to a little town in Oregon you'd totally find a shop called It's Raining Cupcakes and two best friends inside giggling over frosting. Man I wish that were true--I would so be there! But alas, I guess I'll just have to settle for reading about it. :)

Which is why I'm so extra excited that tomorrow I can finally go buy my shiny hardcover copy of SPRINKLES AND SECRETS!!!! And while I'm there I'll be picking up an extra copy to give away to one of you guys!!!!!!!!

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, October 1st (extra long contest this time, since I'll be out of town this weekend). I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, October 2nd. International entries welcome.

And... go!

For more middle grade love, make sure you check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere:

- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!

- Barbara Watson is featuring PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES. Click HERE to learn all about it. 


- Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth is showcasing BURN. Click HERE to see why she loves it. 


- Joanne Fritz is spotlighting PIE. Click HERE to see her review. 


- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring WE ARE NOT EATEN BY YAKS--with an author interview and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the details.


- Deb Marshall is raving about A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT. Click HERE to see why she thinks it's awesome.


- Danika Dinsmore is highlighting WISE CHILD. Click HERE to see what she says.

And if you want to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. It's easier if you email me before Monday, that way your link will be included in the post from the moment it goes live. But if you decide to spontaneously join the fun, I do update the post at several points throughout the Monday. Just email me a link and I'll add you when I do!

Happy Monday!

36 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds like a fun book - one that my 12-yr-old would love. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  2. I'm not really into contemporary middle grade either. Like you, I like fantasy too much. But you've got me excited so I'd give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. I would love to win a copy of the book!

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  4. I like both contemporary and fantasy, and this sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. YOU and CUPCAKES - it's like a match made in heaven.

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  6. What a cute cover!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

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  7. I'd love to play please.

    GFC follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I dip into contemp. every so often and this book looks so awesome! I really really want this one. Please count me in!

    kprwrite at hotmail dot com

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  9. *chomping brownies AND cupcakes* *nom nom* Ohhhh, commenting! This sounds fabulous. Thank you for the chance to win it!

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  10. Haha this book sounds great!
    lmarste@yahoo.com

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  11. High stakes over cupcakes!

    You are going to have to write your own cuocake novel, you know, Shannon. (Stuff it with unicorns and fairies, and you're good to go!)

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  12. Ooh, lovely! I adored the first book.

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  13. GORGEOUS cover! Can't wait to read it!

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  14. I loved It's Raining Cupcakes and can't wait to read this one. And yes! that cover is awesomely perfect!! :-)

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  15. Please enter me in contest. I would love to win this book for my son. Tore923@aol.com

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  16. Yes, I'd love to play, Count me in if it's still possible after winning the incredible book by Alan Silberberg, "Milo, Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze" which I am enjoying right now. Thanks a million, Clar

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  17. That cover sold the book! I do read middle grade once in a while but I have never read this author.
    Would love to win this book!

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  18. There's no such thing as loving fantasy too much! (I'm also a huge fan of fantasy.) But there's certainly a place for contemporary middle grade too.

    And this one sounds yummy!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy and thanks, as always, for the link.

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  19. An adorable, fun book with cupcakes! I'm sold! These books sound too cute!

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  20. This looks like a really good book! It's so rare (for me, anyway) to see such a "girl" book in MG, too - there's so much fantasy out there. I look forward to checking this one out!

    And thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. My students LOVE It's Raining Cupcakes -- so excited to hear about this new one!

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  23. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  24. Very excited for this one! The first book in the series (if you call it that) got my daughter super into making cupcakes!

    themgowl at gmail dot com

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  25. hi miss shannon! for sure i love cupcakes and brownies and i like stuff bout frienships so im thinking i might like this book. but it does sound way girly. ack!
    ...hugs from lenny

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  26. I loved It's Raining Cupcakes....this one sounds like another great read. I know at least 2 girls who love to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway, Shannon. I adored It's Raining Cupcakes.

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  28. Oh, great giveaway :D I would love to win this book. <3 I mean, just look at that pretty cover :D
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  29. Like you, this is something I might not normally pick up. Not because I don't read contemporary MG (although I am, yes, partial to speculative fiction), but because I'm not a fan of stories that are too "cutesy." Granted, that was my own interpretation (talk about judging a book by cover and title - shame on me)

    More important to me are those "real, endearing characters" you mention. And that honesty / authenticity. So thanks for this!

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  30. I am a huge lover of contemporary MG. I feel like it's what I want my favorite picture book character to read herself when she's old enough. I'd love to win this! I'd be sure to read it curled up with a cupcake:)
    --Carter

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  31. Is there anything better than cupcakes?!

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  32. i wanna try this book :)

    a follower

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  33. looks adorable! and i think i might start doing middle grade monday... hmmm.

    -gina c

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  34. I'm dying to read this book, so I'd love a shot at winning, thanks! -Tara

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  35. This book sounds adorable. I'd love to win!

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