Today I'm pleased to announce, courtesy of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a book give-away. The publisher has offered FIVE copies of Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy, written by Kimberly Willis Holt and illustrated by Christine Davenier to readers of this blog.
I reviewed this title recently (it is the second in a series aimed at elementary school kids), and I said:
"This book had a feel to me of classic middle grade fiction. The Reeds reminded me a bit of the Melendy family (except for the first-person viewpoint centered on Piper, and the presence of email). There's not so much a plot as a series of incidents, as the reader spends time with a family that feels real... Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy has just the right amount of sentimentality - enough to give the book heart, without being sappy... Highly recommended for kids just reaching into middle grade fiction who want day-to-day stories that they can relate to."
If that sounds like fun to you, you can comment on this post to be entered in a random drawing to win one of the five copies. I'll contact the winners via email to obtain mailing addresses, and pass those along to the publisher. The deadline is October 17th, at noon Pacific Time).
Bonus questions (they don't increase your chances, but I'd love to hear your responses):
- What other books published in the last couple of years do you think have that classic middle grade fiction feeling, even if they also have more modern trappings? (Think Elizabeth Enright, or Noel Streatfeild, or Mary Norton - books that many of today's adults loved as children. If the question doesn't make sense to you, feel free to ignore it.)
- Who is your favorite Melendy family member? (If you don't know who the Melendy family is, then you should ignore this question, too.)