The Weekly 411 (9/8/23)

© Katy Quarles

 Sept. 8, 2023 vol. 36

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Middle Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the debut middle grade novel, Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans, by Isi Hendrix (HarperCollins/ Blazer + Bray) (Usborne, UK edition out Sept. 28). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

cover art by Eunice Adeyi

About the Book: The first book in a fast-paced, witty, and big-hearted debut Afrofantasy trilogy about a twelve-year-old apprenticing in the kitchens at the prestigious Academy of Shamans, who must ally with a snarky goddess and a knife-wielding warrior to save her kingdom. Perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers and The School for Good and Evil

About the Author: Isi Hendrix is a Nigerian American children’s book author who has been lucky enough to live and work all over the world, from the Himalayas to the Amazon rainforest, during her past life as an anthropologist. Now she’s based in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with a rotating roster of foster kittens and a stubborn refusal to accept that she is highly allergic to cats. 

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Middle Grade Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade novel, The Nightmare House, by Sarah Allen (FSG/Macmillan 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

cover art by Angie Hewitt

About the Book: Penny Hope used to be brave, but that was before she met the Fear Maker. Years later, he still haunts her nightmares—a tall, thin man with red eyes, in a haunted house in the woods, who devours human souls and leaves their eyes hollow and empty. Penny’s beloved grandma tells her to write down these nightmares as poems in her notebook. But then Penny starts seeing blank-eyed people in the waking world, too. She’s the only one who notices.

As more people around her fall prey to the Fear Maker, Penny must gather her courage once and for all to save the souls of those she loves. With the help of a magic garden and a new friend, she ventures to the Fear Maker’s house. But the house is a labyrinth of shadows and tricks—and the Fear Maker’s fun is just beginning. Can a pocketful of sunflower seeds and a notebook filled with poems be enough to defeat a master of nightmares? And if Penny sets foot in the Fear Maker’s house, will she ever leave?


About the Author: Sarah Allen is a poet and author of books for young readers. Her middle grade horror, The Nightmare House, released in August of 2023. Her first book, What Stars Are Made Of, was an ALA Notable Book of 2020 and Whitney Award Winner, and her second, Breathing Underwater, was a Jr. Library Guild Selection for 2021. Born and raised in Utah, she received an MFA in creative writing from Brigham Young University, and now lives in Orlando. She spends her non-writing time watching David Attenborough documentaries and playing at the Disney parks. Find her online at and subscribe to her newsletter at



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  1. Both of these books are on my TBR. I'm excited to read them.

  2. Fantasy and scary books-two winners among MG readers! MJDulaney

  3. Both look great! Thanks for the opportunity!


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