Monday, January 7, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The 13th Sign (with ARC giveaway!)

The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb releases on January 8th! Woohoo! To celebrate with Kristin, I have a signed ARC I'd like to give away. Giveaway details are at the end of this post.

The premise: Every birthday, Jalen and her grandma visit Madame Beausoleil's shop to have Jalen's horoscope read. Even though Jalen's pretty sure she doesn't believe in "dis hoo," she comes on her thirteenth birthday mostly because her beloved grandmother is sick and she wants to honor her 'Nina.' This year, Jalen finds a book in the shop, a book which--when unlocked--releases the 13th Zodiac sign. And accidentally, Jalen releases this sign, the sign of the Healer. But then everyone's personalities shift . . . and the other twelve signs are furious . . . with Jalen.

What keeps readers reading: The action. Jalen has twenty-three hours to battle the twelve zodiac signs before the changes she unleashed become permanent, so this novel moves fast. Jalen, her best friend Ellie, and Ellie's brother Brennan barely catch their breath as the story races along. And readers are breathless right beside them.

What I loved: There is a healing theme woven throughout this story. It's a story under the main story, but to me, it is the more important story. It involves a healing of the heart, not the body, and centers around Jalen, her grandmother, and Jalen's father who disappeared at a crucial moment in Jalen's life four years ago.

Because of its intricate plot and underlying theme, The 13th Sign is designed for upper middle grade readers. To snag my (signed!) ARC, simply comment on this post by 8pm CST on Sunday, January 13th, 2013. Blog followers get their name in the drawing twice. U.S. residents only. Winner announced next Monday.

For more middle grade fun, check the links on
Shannon Messenger's blog.
And on Thursday I have an interview with Kristin O'Donnell Tubb!
Happy middle grade reading! 
 

25 comments:

  1. Ooh, this sounds like a unique story. Love the zodiac connection. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. I remember reading about this book somewhere else and thought it sounded super then. Thanks for the giveaway, Barbara.

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  3. I loved this story the first time I heard about it and I love it just as much today!! I need to get myself a copy!!

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  4. I can't wait to read this--I loved Selling Hope. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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  5. This is really a good looking cover-I bet my kids would love it. They don't have much zodiac experience yet!

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  6. thanks for the review. It sounds like a winner and I would love to win it! A very unique story.

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  7. This looks like a really good book. I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year, Barbara!

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  8. This is the first recommendation I've read for this book, and it sounds so interesting. Thank you!

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  9. This one sounds really cool! I'm intrigued. I love fast paced and that there's the underlying message as well.

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  10. Zodiac stuff is so fascinating, and in a book it sounds like such a cool premise!

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  11. New follower here (saw your tweet that was re-tweeted by Kristin). So excited to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  12. I've heard about this one! Very excited for its release date!

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  13. Ooo, I love Kristin Yubb!!! I actually have two of her other books signed, so I would love to add this one to my collection!

    I follow via GFC - Alyssa Susanna

    Thank you for the giveaway!!! :D

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  14. Methinks this is one to buy...oh yes, yes it is. Thanks for sharing it Barbara!

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  15. Sounds like a fantastic read! My daughter's gonna love it.

    P.S. I'm so glad I found your blog - love your posts! Subscribed via email...and not just for the giveaway. :)

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  16. This sounds like such an interesting book, Barbara. I love stories where there are several interwoven themes, especially ones like healing. Thank you for the great review!

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  17. This looks like a really cool book. Definitely going to add it to my list of books to read.

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  18. Ah!!! This sounds fantastic! I love most middle grades, especially these kinds of fantasies. The zodiac has always been one of those intriguing parts of society that very few people seem to take notice of. Glad that this book revolves around it!

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  19. Hmm. Makes me wonder why a sign of healing would make the other signs angry. Very intriguing! I can think of several 7th graders that I could hand this to - right after I read it, of course:) Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

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  20. Aw I love the premise! What a great idea!

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  21. Sounds like something I will enjoy reading. I'm adding to my list.

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  22. What an interesting premise. I'm trying to visualize what battling the signs of the zodiac. So, a ram charges her? What does Libra do?


    I live in Canada, but I have a U.S. post box, can I enter to win? :-)

    I'm a follower, too.

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  23. This sounds like something I'd definitely love to read! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!! And, I'm a follower too : )

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  24. Oh, this sounds good! I hadn't heard of it, thanks for sharing. Now on the to-read list!

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