Monday, December 5, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Dragon's Tooth--and a giveaway!

Whew--been a crazy weekend, so I was worried I wouldn't have time for an MMGM this week--but I made it! Sleep is overrated, right? (But um... if there's typos remember, overworked writer here!)

This week I'm featuring THE DRAGON'S TOOTH, by N.D. Wilson. 

 Here's how the publisher describes it:

For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an imagination-capturing adventure that inventively combines the contemporary and the legendary.

In the interests of keeping it real, I'll confess, I had this book in my TBR pile for a looooooooong time and the cover just never grabbed me the way other books in my TBR pile did. So I'd always pick it up and then put it back down to read something else (yes, I'm THAT lamely influenced by covers) And it's not even that this is a BAD cover. It just, for whatever reason, never screamed READ ME.

That being said, I DID finally commit to reading it and quickly realized that I'd been missing out--BIGTIME. The book is filled with so much cool stuff I don't even know where to begin. Basically it has pretty much everything kids want from this kind of book: action, adventure, mystery, huge stakes, on and on and on. It's also nice and thick--and I loves me my thicker middle grade books (*coughs* self serving critique *coughs*)

But seriously, the characters were interesting, the plot was full of twists, and you're definitely left wanting more when you get to the end. Even better, it feels like a book all kids would love, despite the more boy-ish cover. And it's the kind of book that once it's off and running you don't want to put it down. Which is why I highly recommend it to all of you. So--of course--I'm backing that up by giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, December 10th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, December 11th, International entries are--as always--welcome!

Ready? Go!

And don't forget to soak up all the other middle grade love going on in the blogosphere today. Check out these fabulous MMGM links:

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

- Joanne Fritz is back with an MMGM feature on BECOMING NAOMI LEON. Click HERE to see what she thought.

- Barbara Watson is spotlighting THE ROMEO AND JULIET CODE. Click HERE to see what she thought.

- Pam Torres declares her love for THE GODDESS TEST. Click HERE to read her review.

- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin gives a shout out to ADDIE ON THE INSIDE Click HERE to see what he thinks

- Danika Dinsmore spreads the love for HERE LIES THE LIBRARIAN. Click HERE to see why. 

- Myrna Foster champions BREADCRUMBS. Click HERE see why she loved it.

- Gabrielle Prendergast is championing THE LAST OF THE REALLY GREAT WHANGDOODLES. Click HERE to see what it's all about.

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!


  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one so influenced by covers!

  2. This one is on my tbr pile. I'm inching it up a few more books after reading this.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. Oh, how funny! I had the same reaction. I wanted to read it, but the cover didn't grab me at all.

    Thanks, as always, for the linkage.

  4. The cover doesn't grab me, but it still sounds like a good read!

  5. Dragons are always a popular topic with the students at my school. This sounds like the kind I especially enjoy recommending. The kind that grabs the reader and never lets go.

  6. This seems like a good book; I would love to win it :D Great post ;)
    Love, Carina

  7. Oh, man, I haven't even heard of this one. And it sounds awesome!! I'm adding it to my list right now! :-)

  8. My daughter is drawn to anything remotely concerning a dragon. Thanks for the link and the giveaway.

  9. hi miss shannon! i love mgm posts cause i learn about books i wanna read and for sure the dragons tooth is going on my list. i love stuff that exciting ands got lots of twists. igot my fingers crossed that i could win it!
    ...hugs from lenny

  10. I kind of see what you mean about the cover (I am also easily influenced). I think it's nice, but it doesn't inspire me really. On the other hand, the blurb sounds fun!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. It sounds really good! I forgot to let you know I was posting a recommendation of WILD THINGS by Clay Carmichael today for MMGM. Loved it. Read more here:

  12. Hi! Thanks for the the MMGM review. I've hopped around checking out some of the other links as well. Great recommendations!

  13. Lucky comment #13. I am lighting votive candles and muttering spells to entice the spirits of random to come to my aid.

    I am in a cover-loving minority, it seems. That live-snake bracelet is a winner for me. So if the spirits don't make me a winner, I hope they'll bring me a snake bracelet.

  14. Ah, I am so adding this to my wishlist, The Dragon's Tooth sounds fantastic-even if the cover isn't spectacular your review has won me over.

    Thanks for another great MG post, and giveaway. =)

  15. Dragons are always a popular read.


  16. Like you, I am hooked by the cover first. If it's not intriguing, I'll pass it up for something else. That being said...this looks and sounds like a great book. I vaguely remember reading about it awhile ago. Sounds like one my boys would devour. Thank you for the giveaway.

  17. Hi Shannon! I'm so sorry I haven't stopped by in forever (hangs head in shame). I like to blame school but in reality, it's all my fault! I've missed Middle Grade Mondays!!

    This books sounds wonderful! I'm also glad to know I'm not the only one who is influenced (or scared away) by covers. I'll have to add this one to my looong list :D


  18. There is a dragon word on the cover which means it will get into our home ;) We are a sucker for covers and my kids have been eyeing this release.
    Loved the snippet.

  19. This one sounds lovely. Thanks, Shannon!

  20. It sounds compelling - my favorite kind.

  21. Great review, Shannon! I think cover love isn't a bad thing. I always read the first chapter to see if the story warrants the awesome cover. I know kind of picky. I would love to give this one a try! Thanks!

  22. Ohhh, would love this! And young brother will fall in love with it as well!

  23. I'm glad I checked out this post because this sounds like a great MG read! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  24. are there actually dragons? Because I'll read anything with dragons!


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