But before I get to the gushing, I did want to give one quick reminder that TOMORROW I WILL BE REVEALING THE COVER FOR KEEPER #2!!! Also the title. And the blurb on the back to give you a few clues as to what it's about. So make sure you stop by--it is an AMAZING cover. Somehow even better than the first!!!!
And, that's enough shameless Shannon self promotion. Now back to spreading the love for 33 MINUTES... UNTIL MORGAN STURTZ KICKS MY BUTT, by Todd Hasak-Lowy.
Here's how the publisher describes it:
Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked in exactly 33 minutes. He knows this because yesterday his former best friend Morgan Sturtz told him, to his face and with three witnesses nearby, “I am totally going to kick your butt tomorrow at recess.”
All that’s standing between Sam and this unfortunate butt-kicking is the last few minutes of social studies, and his lunch period. But how did Sam and Morgan end up here? How did this happen just a few months after TAMADE (The Absolutely Most Amazing Day Ever) when they became the greatest Alien Wars video game team in the history of great Alien Wars teams? Was it when new kid Chris showed up and suddenly Morgan kept having other plans on the weekend? Or when Morgan joined the football team while Sam became a star Mathlete?
And when it really comes down to it, will Morgan actually go through with it?
Told with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and achingly real emotional truth, 33 minutes shows how the best of friendships can change forever
Sounds amazing, right? I promise--it is!
If I'm being honest, this isn't *usually* the type of book I love. I'm much more of a fantasy than a contemp kind of girl--not that I don't enjoy a good contemp. They're just not usually the books I'm counting down the days for. But I was SO excited to read this one. Not sure if it was the 33-minute countdown format (which is awesome, btw) or the theme of friendships falling apart, but this one went straight to the top of my TBR pile (and... then sat there for 4 months while I battled through launch and deadlines. *sigh*)
There are many things I loved about this book--from the super-fast pace to the awesome illustrations to the parts that made me laugh out loud. But I think my favorite part was one of the main reasons I wanted to read it in the first place: the theme of friendships changing/crumbling.
For me, that's what middle school was all about. I lost my best friend in 6th grade, and I still remember how confusing it was to be so frustrated and hurt, and yet not ready to give up the friend either. 33 MINUTES captures all those feelings SO PERFECTLY. I wish it had existed when I was a kid, it would've helped so much.
And I loved that the author didn't have it be completely one sided (i.e. IT IS ALL THE OTHER KID'S FAULT). Sam makes mistakes too. And some of it isn't even a "mistake" for either of the boys. It's just growing up and growing apart. So real and true to how it really is.
Other strong points: it's a FAST read. I read it all in one sitting. The pace and illustrations also make it a great pick for boy or reluctant readers. And the humor is so well done. Definitely one of those books I can see kids and adults loving. I know I did. Which is why I'm also giving a copy away!
If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, January 12th. I'll draw one random winner and post their names on Sunday, January 13th. International entries welcome!
For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- Barbara Watson is championing THE THIRTEENTH SIGN--with an ARC GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to enter.
- Myrna foster is swept up in GOBLIN SECRETS. Click HERE to see why.
- Deb Marshall has her Cybill's reading round-up #1. Click HERE for all the fun book features.
- Temre Beltz is in love with THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Click HERE for her review.
- Faith Hough is gushing about TWELVE KINDS OF ICE. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) interviews the chickens from KATERINA'S WISH. Click HERE to see what that's all about.
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are spotlighting THE SECRET OF THE FORTUNE WOOKIE. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.
- Andrea Mack is caught up in A TINFOIL SKY. Click HERE for her review.
- Susan Olson is struck by 13 HANGMEN. Click HERE for to see why.
- Rosi Hollinbeck is sweet on THE CANDY SMASH--and she's got a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the fun!
If you would like 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--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)
NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time