By Shana Burg, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 28, 2012

Shana Burg is the author of A Thousand Never Evers (Random House, 2008) and Laugh with the Moon (Random House, 2012). Both novels are for tween, teen, and adult readers. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Gripping. Delivers an emotional wallop.” Kirkus Reviews calls Laugh with the Moon “A vivid work of art.” 

Laugh with the Moon tells the story of a 13-year-old girl from Massachusetts whose father brings her to live in the bush in Malawi, Africa after the death of her mother.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 27, 2012

Enter to win a copy of Bindi Irwin’s latest book Bindi Wildlife Adventures: Croc Capers.

Inspired and co-created by Bindi Irwin, daughter of the iconic wildlife expert, Steve Irwin, Publishers Weekly applauds the series:

“[Y]oung wildlife conservationist and media darling Bindi Irwin…is as exuberant on the pages of this peppy early reader as she is on-screen… briskly paced and delivers its message with Bindi-worthy verve.”

Giveaway begins July 27, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 24, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Paperback: 112 pages

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Can you lose your family simply by wishing for a new one?  And how do you get them back?  These are the questions John Boggle must answer in a middle grade fantasy novel by Gene Twaronite.  The Family That Wasn’t (published by IUniverse in 2010) is “a humorous fable of how our families live inside us” that will appeal to both teens and adults.

The book is narrated by a 13-year old writer named John Boggle.  Actually, the name Boggle is just an acronym he invents to help him remember his ridiculously long hyphenated name, courtesy of his African-Lithuanian-Irish-Apache-Italian-Chinese-Mexican heritage.  He finds his family so impossibly crazy that he cannot stand to live with them another moment.  So he invents a new and perfect family, which is so convincing that he suddenly finds himself living inside this imaginary world.

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Super Girls and Super Boys is a sweet story about a little girl Maira who learned a valuable lesson: You don’t need special powers to be a super girl or super boy. A happy face, good nature and helpfulness make you a super girl/super boy. The Story is beautifully illustrated and presented in a way that makes sure each kid enjoys the reading journey. The story teaches children to be more giving and tolerant. Instead of being very preachy, the story acts as an eye opener for all little kids.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 15, 2012

Enter to win an autographed copy of Jerri Lincoln’s The Little Unicorn Who Could and the matching The Little Unicorn Who Could Coloring Book.

Do unicorns still exist in the world?

As long as there are children, there will be unicorns.  Author Jerri Lincoln has brought unicorns to life with her delightful new book, The Little Unicorn Who Could.  With its beautiful, full color illustrations and inspiring text, the book will touch adults as well as children.

Giveaway begins July 15, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 12, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 3-10

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Edison and the Dinosaur Zoo

By N.R. Mackie 

Reading Levels: 9+

Paperback: 235 pages

Edison and the Dinosaur Zoo is the debut novel by award winning animation director Nick Mackie.

Schoolboy Edison Hope’s greatest wish has just come true—he has been given a dream job at the worlds only Dinosaur Zoo! However a violent robbery at the zoo sets in motion a series of events that puts Edison’s teenage life in danger.