Friday, June 24, 2016

Three Little Words by Amy Novesky / Book Review



By: Amy Novesky
Illustrated by: Grace Lee
Published by: Disney Press
Released on: May 3rd, 2016
Ages: 6-8
Purchase from: DisneyAmazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads
Rating: 5 owlets - We Loved It!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

This inspirational crossover title, featuring illustrations from award-winning artist Grace Lee, will be enjoyed by young children and new graduates alike. The themes of this story including believing in oneself, perseverance, and resilience are uplifting and encouraging to all.


Inspired by the film, Finding Dory, this is a book that is uplifting, encouraging and motivational. Three Little Words isn't only a beautifully illustrated picture book, it also has a wonderful message for readers of all ages. This book reminds us to never give up, to follow our dreams, and enjoy the ride that life takes us on. "Just Keep Swimming". No matter what. 

We loved this book. It's not only a fantastic book for kids, it's also a refreshing read for adults, who need that reminder every now and then to "just keep swimming". I love the beautiful watercolored illustrations, just as much as I loved the message. Grace Lee captures what we love about the movie, and brought it life within the pages of the book, with her artwork. Readers will also love seeing their beloved characters from Finding Nemo, and new characters from Finding Dory, featured through out the book. 

With visually stunning artwork and an inspiring message, Three Little Words makes the perfect book to not only add to your personal library but, to give away as a gift. I highly recommend picking this one up! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A DARK, DARK CAVE by Eric Hoffman / Book Review


By: Eric Hoffman
Illustrated by: Corey R. Tabor
Published by: Viking
Released on: May 24th, 2016
Purchase from: The PublisherAmazon | B&N
Add it to: Goodreads
Rating: 4.5 owlets - We Really Enjoyed It
* I received this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review 

On a cold night, under a pale moon, a brother and sister explore a dark, dark cave. Strange creatures skitter along the walls while bats brush past. A wild howl makes the cave feel just a teensy bit darker. But readers are in for a delightful surprise when a beam of light reveals a softer side of the cave.

Told in spare rhyming text alongside stunning illustrations, A Dark, Dark Cave will ignite a young reader's imagination and inspire creative play. This just-spooky-enough story is sure to become a read-aloud favorite.


A picture book that inspires creativity, and hours of imaginative play. 


Readers are taken on an adventure with two young siblings who explore the depths of a dark, dark cave created out of blankets and other items in their room. I loved that this story celebrates the joys of that make up young children's worlds of imaginative play. As I read this book with my daughter, it reminded me of the fun I had growing up with my siblings building forts, and the imaginative adventures we would go on. 


Targeted for ages 4-6, this is a picture book for all ages. With it's captivating watercolor illustrations, it's simple wording, rhyming, and repetition, make this a book that will engage even the youngest of readers. It's a book that will be enjoyed over and over again. We really enjoyed it, and would recommend picking it up.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It Came In The Mail by Ben Clanton / Book Review


Written & Illustrated By: Ben Clanton
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Released on: June 21st, 2016 - TODAY
Purchase from: The Publisher | Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 Owlets- We loved it!
*This book was received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

From the author-illustrator of Something Extraordinary comes a tale filled with dragons, pickles, friendship, and lots of mail—perfect for fans of Mo Williams and Bob Shea.

Liam really wants some mail, so he writes a letter to his mailbox asking for something in return. His mailbox delivers, sending Liam more than he could have hoped for…and how! But as the mail starts to pile up, Liam realizes that the best packages and parcels are even better when shared with friends.

A delightful, fun read that will resonate with readers of all ages. 

It Came In The Mail is a story about a young boy named Liam, who never gets any mail. Until one day he writes a letter to his mail box asking for mail. At first his mailbox sends him a dragon, but soon Liam starts asking for more mail. The more he asks the more receives. Liam receives some really cool mail too. When Liam realizes he has too much, he decides he wants to share what he has received with his friends who don't get any mail. 

This is an wonderful story! With it's message about sharing, and sometimes hilarious storyline, mixed with it's adorable and expressive illustrations, this a book I would highly recommend picking up! I love it when we read a book that not only makes us feel happy, it's one we're still talking about long after we read it. Be warned, this book may make you want to go write a letter to your mailbox asking for mail. Who wouldn't want to receive a dragon in the mail? 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!



Wishing all your wonderful father's out there a Happy Father's Day! Including our own Mundie Dads, and husbands, who are fabulous fathers to our Mundie Kids! We hope you have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Upcoming Middle Grade Releases #BEA16 Edition


Last month I had the chance to attend BEA (Book Expo of America) in Chicago. This was my third time attending, and it was a blast! I'll be posting more about it tomorrow on Mundie Moms. While there I attended some fabulous publisher events, where I received a few arcs for some exciting upcoming releases. I loved hearing the authors talk about their upcoming releases. I also waited in a few lines for a couple authors. Those long lines were totally worth it! 


Below is a list of some exciting up coming Middle Grade reads I received arcs of at BEA. I am so excited about these upcoming releases! If these books aren't already on your TBR list, add them asap! I'll be posting reviews and book features for them in the coming weeks and months. Trust me, they're worth pre-ordering now! I was very selective on the books I accepted from publishers at BEA, and these were the only MG ones I brought home.


  1. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, Dutton Books, 8/30/16
  2. The Girl Who Drank The Moon, Algonquin Young Readers, 8/9/16
  3. Squirrel Girl by Shannon & Dean Hale, Marvel, 2/2017
  4. Going Wild by Lisa McMann, Harper Collins, 9/27/16
  5. The Scourge by Jennifer A. NielsenScholastic Press, 8/30/16
  6. The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner, Aladdin, 9/13/16
  7. Lock and Key: The Initiation by Ridley Pearson, Harper Collins, 9/20/16
  8. Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer, Marvel, 10/25/16
  9. The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg, Bloomsbury, 9/6/16
  10. Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino, Roaring Book Press, 10/4/16
  11. The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart, Little Brown, 9/27/16
  12. The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz, Dutton, 9/27/16
  13. The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal, Simon & Schuster, 11/8/16
What are some upcoming 2016 MG releases you're looking forward to reading?

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff / Celebrating Lisa Graff / Giveaway


Summer vacation is in full swing, and that means there's plenty of time for summer reading! It wouldn't be summer without adding a book or two, or more of Lisa Graff's to your summer reading list. 

I'm so thrilled to team up with Penguin to celebrate author Lisa Graff. Lisa's middle grade books have been a huge hit with young readers. Through out the summer I'll be featuring each of her books here on Mundie Kids. 

Today I'm thrilled to feature her newest release, A CLATTER OF JARS. Perfect for fans of Matilda, this is a fantastic story! Released on May 24th by Philomel, and perfect for ages 8-12, this book is one that features summer cap, a lake full of magic, and a few secrets.  Though it's a sequel to A Tangle of Knots, this is a book I read as a stand alone, and really enjoyed it.  


ABOUT THE BOOK


Published by: Philomel
Released on: May 24th, 2016
Series: A Tangle of Knots
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound
Add it to Goodreads 

For magically Talented kids, the place to be is Camp Atropos, where they can sing songs by the campfire, practice for the Talent show, and take some nice long dips in the lake. But what the kids don't know is that they've been gathered for a reason—one that the camp's director wants to keep hidden at all costs. 

Meanwhile, a Talent jar that has been dropped to the bottom of the lake has sprung a leak, and strange things have begun to happen. Dozens of seemingly empty jars have been washing up on the shoreline, Talents have been swapped, and memories have been ripped from one camper's head and placed into another—and no one knows why. A return to the world of A TANGLE OF KNOTS, this camp for Talented kids might just be a recipe for disaster!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Graff is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as Lost in the SunAbsolutely AlmostDouble Dog DareUmbrella SummerThe Life and Crimes of Bernetta WallflowerThe Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just outside of Philadelphia.


PRAISE FOR A CLATTER OF JARS

Readers will love the inventiveness—and the sadness—of every storyline…
This is a novel that rewards a second—or even a third—reading.”—Kirkus Reviews

Warmhearted…Graff brings the plot threads to a satisfying resolution.”—Publishers Weekly

“The tale comes full circle sweetly, with a fun twist that connects lives from both books
in an unexpected way… Graff is a master of the magical realism genre, and this offering
is worthy of a spot in any middle grade collection.”—School Library Journal

Highly satisfying…Graff’s vivid character development and world building
makes for tight plotting and nicely negotiable complexity.”—Booklist

ENTER TO WIN


Thank you to Penguin, I have a Lisa Graff prize pack, featuring a paperback copy of each of the books featured in the image above, to giveaway to one lucky reader! To enter, please fill out the form below. *US residents only

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Good Luck & Happy Reading!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by Robin Yardi / 2016 Debut Authors Bash: Author Interview / Giveaway! #16DABash


Hello and welcome to today's stop in the 2016 Debut Authors Bash! I'm so thrilled to host today's stop and feature debut author, Robin Yardi on Mundie Kids today. Robin's debut, THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, was recently released in March. You can find out more about it below. First, meet Robin!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

I love the premise of your book. I was sold from the line, "two skunks stole his trike?". In 5 words or less, how would you describe The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez?
Nine-year-old knights brave midnight adventures! (That compound word might be cheating, but I’m not as honorable as my main character.)

What's one thing you admire the most about Mateo?
I admire his quiet quest to understand the world around him in all its complexity. Mateo strives to do what is right at home and at school and in the middle of a midnight war with talking skunks and snarling raccoons, but sometimes he doesn’t know exactly what the right thing to do would be. I love the honesty of that admission.

Which came first, the world, the character(s), or was it something else?
The image of two skunks stealing a trike, by riding it in tandem, came to me late one night while I was watching a real skunk on my back porch.

My young daughter had woken from a nightmare. She was sure there was a snake in her bed and was no way, absolutely never, going to sleep in that bed again, so I scattered some dog food on the back porch and we sat on the couch to watch the neighborhood nocturnal animals. This was way more soothing to her than I feel like it is sounding on paper. Just trust me. It was nice.

A family of trilling raccoons came first… then a stray cat we named Rose Petal (my daughter’s name for everything at that age)… and finally, the smallest skunk ever. It shimmied onto the porch, raised up its fringed tail and…

What do you think they’re all doing at night?” I asked my daughter. “Do you think they go to the playground like you?”
“How would they even get there?” she said.
“On your creaky old trike. Bet you they steal it every night!”
She laughed and after a few more minutes of watching nocturnal critters, she fell asleep. On the couch.

I typed the first sentence of the book that night with my daughter curled up next to me. The world of the book is pretty much my hometown, as long as you think there are talking militarized skunks in Santa Barbara. And the characters are a wonderful mishmash of my siblings and cousins, kids I’ve taught and kids I’ve snooped on from the edges of playgrounds while watching my own children. I wouldn’t say I actually create characters. I look for them. Inside. I can see where little bits of my characters have come from, as if they are the descendants of my memories and experiences. But to me they feel real and whole once I catch sight of them. I haven’t decided yet whether I send them on adventures or if they take me.

Favorite character to get to know?
Mila, Mateo’s irrepressible and pesky little sister, was super fun to get to know. I wasn’t sure at the outset of writing the novel how big a part she would play in the plot. When she bursts from the hydrangea hedge in a boots-off-the-ground-butterfly-net-in-hand lunge to capture the skunks, I was surprised. I love thinking about how she will be as a first grader, as a grownup. She’s definitely one to watch!

If you were a character in your book, who would you have been friends with?
Well, honestly, for most of elementary school I was the kid without the right clothes, or the right lunch, I didn’t have much to say and I laughed at all the wrong times. So I would have been friends with anybody who was nice to me. In this book that would have been Ashwin, or a girl like him. He’s effortlessly friendly and kind and wonderfully weird, and I think he would have liked me just the way I was.

I love your book's cover. What was your first thought when you saw it?
Total and complete joy. The cover was a process, involving different concepts and color schemes created by Teagan White. The neon pink raccoons, those were the critters I wanted on my cover, and I’m just really lucky that the folks at Lerner agreed. 

How did you celebrate your big release day?
It was a pretty normal day. I dropped the kids at school and had my phone dinging at me all morning with happy words from twitter friends. I did go out to dinner (after picking up the sitter), and see the Danish String Quartet. Great music can do interesting things to your mind (or mine, anyway). By the end of the evening little plum-black skunks and frizzly-neon-pink raccoons were jiggling, climbing, and clambering all over the stage. They were more real to me than they had ever been, like maybe some other person in the audience was imagining pink raccoons too, because I had imagined them so hard and convinced some people to make a book, a real book, with them inside.

What was one of your favorite books to read going up?
A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, The Mouse and the Motorcycle. (See, I’m a cheater.)

If you could go back and tell your beginning writer self one piece of advice, what would it be?
It’s okay to mess up, to be wrong, to do things over. I used to think I would get better at writing as I went along, that I wouldn’t have to revise as much. I was wrong. I don't always know, until I'm deep into a project, why I'm writing something. Why I have to write it. Sometimes I'm saving my kid self, making something work out for my character that didn't for me. It's magnificent to get to do that. In the first draft. Then I have to go back and un-save my character. 

What keeps you motivated to write, especially on the days when it's hard to get anything written?
As a kid, books were so important to me. They were company and adventure and understanding and fantasy. As a teacher, books are so important to me. They are information and inspiration and quiet and connection. When I sit down to write I don’t always get something down, but so far I have never run out of reasons to show up and try.

What's one #kidlit book you're looking forward to reading this year?
THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH! I got to read an advance copy and when the book comes out in July I will absolutely be reading it again. It’s got hilarious accidental pirates, an amazing apprentice magician, and a whole island of librarians—it’s a swashbuckling story about the meaning of stories themselves! And did I mention the murderous penguins

Thank you Robin for stopping by Mundie Kids today! We really appreciate it.
Thank you for having me.

ABOUT THE BOOK


By: Robin Yardi
Published by: March 1st, 2016
Released on: Carolrhoda Books
Add it to: Goodreads 

Life is confusing for Mateo Martinez. He and Johnny Ramirez don’t hang out anymore, even though they used to be best friends. He and his new friend Ashwin try to act like brave, old-time knights, but it only gets them in trouble. His parents keep telling him to hold his sister’s hand when crossing busy streets, even though she’s the one who always runs ahead.

And last night, two skunks stole Mateo's old trike.

Wait—two skunks stole his trike?

Mateo is too big for that rusty kid toy. He has a cool, shiny new bike anyway. But Mateo also has a neighborhood to protect. And he’s about to begin a big, stinky quest to catch the thieves. A quest that starts in the middle of the night!
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robin Yardi lives in the California foothills where-every once in a while, in the dark of night a skunk or two will sneak by. She loves good stories, animals of all sorts, homemade cakes, and kids. She thinks kids are way cooler than grownups, which is why she writes just for them. *source-back of book jacket

Visit her online at: her Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

ENTER TO WIN

Two winners will receive:
  • A signed hardcovers with scratch and sniff read along bookmarks
  • A Skype visits to libraries and classrooms *If you're a teacher or librarian 
*Open to residents in the US/Canada only
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

National Geographic Kids Mastermind Blog Tour #Mastermind


Welcome to Stop #6 on the National Geographic Kids Mastermind Blog Tour!

This summer, National Geographic Kids Books is inviting kids to "Unleash Their Inner Genius" with the release of Mastermind (May 2016, ages 8-12).  In this fun, interactive book, kids learn what type of thinker they are and are given the chance to exercise different parts of their brains with games, tests and puzzles. 

Each stop on the National Geographic Kids Mastermind Blog Tour will bring you one step closer to becoming a Certified Mastermind. Be sure to stop by each stop on the tour and challenge yourself to unleash your inner genius with fun quizzes, optical illusions, and brain teasers, and learn tips and tricks for improving brainpower and explanations for the science behind navigating your mental map. 

Are you ready to learn how to make mental maps? Check out below and tweet your answer using #Mastermind!


ABOUT THE BOOK

The cheeky narrator and self-proclaimed "Mastermind" Ima Genius and her talking dog, Atom, guide the reader through short and snappy explanations of the science behind why the brain does what it does and how it affects the senses, spatial reasoning, language, memory and problem solving. As kids work their way through the book completing experiments, brain teasers, mazes, quizzes and games, their efforts (and smarts!) are rewarded with a Certificate of Mental Achievement declaring them as a Certified Mastermind.  Or, in the words of Ima Genius:

"When I'm finished with you, your brain will be so huge that your average-size neck will no longer be able to support your massive noggin.  Ha!  I kid.  That's only happened once."


THE NEXT TOUR STOP

Stop by Unleashing Readers tomorrow for the final stop of the tour and earn your Certificate of Mental Achievement!

FOLLOW THE BLOG TOUR

5/25 – Geo Librarian
5/31 - Mundie Kids

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Observance


Honoring those who may be gone, but they're not forgotten. #MemorialDay
*Picture credit: JJ Wyatt's instagram, here


Friday, May 27, 2016

WHATEVER AFTER: Sugar and Spice by Sarah Mlynowski / Cover Reveal / Giveaway

Hello and welcome to today's cover reveal for Sarah Mlynowski's WHATEVER AFTER #10: SUGAR & SPICE! I'm so thrilled to reveal this fantastic cover! Trust me, it will make you want to grab something sweet. 

Check it out below!


This cover is simply perfect! We have loved all the covers for this series, but this one might be our favorite one yet.

A Blurb from Sarah

I’ve had the seeds of the idea for Whatever After since I was six years old. I loved to write stories about a girl named Sarah (yup, I made myself the star of all my stories) who had magic stuff happen to her. In my favorite story, she had a magic fork that could turn broccoli into cotton candy. I also loved telling fractured fairy tales, such as the The Princess and the M&M, instead of The Princess and the Pea, because I wasn’t a fan of peas. Looking back, it seems like a lot of my inspiration stemmed from my distaste for vegetables. Anyway! When I became a writer, I thought: what if I combined these two types of stories? A regular girl could magically fall into a fairy tale, and the very act of falling into the tale would fracture it. And that’s how I came up with the idea for Whatever After.

My sincerest thanks to readers, parents, grandparents, bloggers, librarians and booksellers who have allowed this series to grow and find such a dedicated audience. It feels unbelievable to me that the ideas I had when I was just a kid would grow up to reach the milestone of a ten book series. And now, I am absolutely thrilled to share the cover of Sugar and Spice with you. Not only does the cover feature Jonah for the first time, but look at all that candy! Six-year-old me would be absolutely delighted.  

ABOUT THE BOOK

By: Sarah Mlynowski
Published by: Scholastic
To Be Released on: November 29th, 2016
Series: Whatever After #10
Pre-Order from: Amazon

That's the way the cookie crumbles!

Yum! Our magic mirror has dropped me and my brother, Jonah, into the story of Hansel and Gretel. If we're lucky, we may even get to taste the cake-house...

But we didn't count on accidentally getting trapped. The real Hansel and Gretel are on the run, and Jonah and I have taken their place. And the witch is making a kid casserole for dinner...

Now we have to:
- Avoid being eaten
- Pretend our dog is a cat
- Learn to make kale smoothies
- Befriend a talking duck

Or we may never make it back to our home sweet home!


When you pre-order it, be sure to purchase a copy of Upside Down Magic #2: Sticks and Stones, which Sarah co-wrote with Emily Jenkins and Lauren Myracle. It will be out next week on May 31st! You can find out more about the book on Sarah's website, here.

ENTER TO WIN

Thank you to Scholastic, 5 winners will each win 2 of Sarah's latest books (Whatever After #9 and Upside Down Magic #2). This is open to residents in the US only.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO! By Dr. Seuss / Book Review


By: Dr. Seuss
Published by: Random House Children's Books
Released on: January 22nd, 1990
Ages: All
Purchase from: Amazon 
Add it to Goodreads
Rating: 5 stars - We Love It!
Source: book from publisher in exchange for my honest review / purchased books

In this joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school, and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss's books favorites for years.


A perfect gift for graduation, Oh, The Places You'll Go is an inspirational read with a message that reminds it's reader that today is your day! The world is wide open and full of possibilities. No mountain is to high to climb. You're on your way! Today is your day! Go out and make the most of your life. Set your goals, and accomplish them. Nothing is out of your reach. 


An inspirational read for all ages. This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. I love that this is a book for readers both young and old. Kids will enjoy the message geared towards them in this book, and adults will see the real message from Dr. Seuss. "TODAY is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way!"




This is a book I purchased for each of my kids, and plan to give them when they graduate. As the end of each school years comes to an end, I ask each of their teachers to write a little note for my kids, and include it in each of their books. Not only will they have they have a book that inspires them, they'll have a book full of post it notes from each of their teachers with an inspirational note inside. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Join The #DashnerDash & Binge Read The Series Before THE FEVER CODE is Out!


Get ready for the release of THE FEVER CODE by joining Random House Kids's #DASHNERDASH Binge read the series to get prepared for The Fever Code! Check out the details below! 


The fun kicks of THIS FRIDAY, May 27th! 


Per Random House Kids:

The reread will kick off on May 27 with The Maze Runner—fans can submit questions via the James Dashner Facebook page. Selected questions will then be discussed by the author and his editor, Krista Marino, in a series of live Google Hangouts during the last week of each month. The first Google Hangout with Dashner and Marino will happen the week of June 27. Specific details will be posted on the Facebook page and shared via social media.

Rereads of The Scorch Trials begin on June 27, followed by The Death Cure on July 27, and The Kill Order on August 27. Questions can again be submitted via Facebook, and a book-club-style discussion will occur at the end of each month. The Google Hangout for The Kill Order at the end of August will lead right into the publication of The Fever Code on September 27.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Descendants: RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz / ENTER TO WIN #DisneyDescendants


The long awaited sequel is here! Well almost anyways. Tomorrow is the release of The Descendants: RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz! To celebrate it's release, we're hosting a giveaway! Enter to win a copy of it, and the first book in the series, The Isle of the Lost! First, here's a little bit about Return To The Isle of the Lost.

ABOUT THE BOOK


By: Melissa de la Cruz
Published by: Disney Hyperion
To Be Released on: May 24th, 2016
Purchase from: DisneyAmazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

Mal’s an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she’s broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can’t believe it. Sure, she’s King Ben’s girlfriend now, and she’s usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn’t think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.

The thing is, it kind of worked. Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages. And when Evie looks into her Magic Mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears. Maleficent’s just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben’s Coronation, but she’s the worst villain in the land for a reason. Could she have found a way to escape? Whatever’s going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.

Without its infamous leader, the island’s even worse than when they left it, but the comforts of home—even a home as gloomy as the Isle of the Lost—can be hard to resist for recently reformed villains. Will the kids be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle’s wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller The Isle of the Lost, as well as many other best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

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One (1) winner receives:
·         a copy of The Isle of the Lost 
·         and its brand new sequel Return to the Isle of the Lost.

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Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~