The Weekly 411 (9/27/19)

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Sept. 27, 2019 vol. 38

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We are excited to feature author Katie Zhao and her middle grade debut novel, THE DRAGON WARRIOR (Bloomsbury Children's Books Oct. 15, 2019). Be sure to enter to win a copy!

cover art © Vivienne To

We are excited to feature author Jenna Grodzicki and her picture book debut, I SEE SEA FOOD! (Millbrook/Lerner July 2019).


This week we have a special giveaway of middle grade author Kim Tomsic's new novel, THE 12TH CANDLE (Katherine Teagan Books/Harper Collins), coming out Oct. 8, 2019. Enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter below.

About the book:  Sage Sassafras’s life is cursed! No, really. Since birth, Sage has been plagued by the Contrarium Curse, AKA the curse of the opposites, and it has set her at odds with classmate Priscilla Petty. Every time something goes right for Priscilla, it goes terribly, horribly wrong for Sage. And things always go well for Priscilla. Sage blames the curse for her middle school misery—from losing a friend to failing gym to gaining a reputation as the girl whose daddy’s in trouble. So when Sage is given a magical candle on her twelfth birthday, she seizes the chance to turn her luck around—with a wish to reverse the curse. But when the consequences of her wish take a terrible turn, Sage has to team up with her worst enemy—before she’s doomed to a life of opposites forever. 

About the author: Kim Tomsic is a gesticulator, word wrangler, and exclamation point abuser! As a military brat, she moved from state to state and had to find her way as the new-kid at many schools. It forced her to become an extrovert. Now Kim enjoys helping others connect. Kim is the author of The 11:11 Wish (2018 Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins), Guitar Genius (April 2019, Chronicle Books), and The 12th Candle (October 8, 2019Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins).

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  1. Ooh, books about birthday wishes sound fun! As do sea food creatures. Great post roundup!

  2. A Contrarium Curse does sound like it would be quite unpleasant!

  3. This book is high on my anticipated book list. I can't wait to read it.

  4. Love the unusual writing tips and can't wait to read The 12th Candle. What an interesting premise! Great weekly round-up. :)

  5. Looks like great books. Love the idea of "opposites." How fun.

  6. As a word wrangler myself, I am excited to see how the Contrarium Curse plays out!

  7. I loved Kim's last book and anticipating this one as well.


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