Monday, May 7, 2012

Giveaway Reminders -- and a Remarkable MMGM

Giveaway Reminders:  Don't forget you still have until Sunday night, May 13, to enter my giveaway for a signed hardcover copy of JAKE AND LILY by Jerry Spinelli!  Go to THIS POST to enter!

You also have until Thursday night May 17 to enter my giveaway for an arc of DEVINE INTERVENTION by Martha Brockenbrough.  Go to THIS POST to enter!


Now onto today's MMGM recommendation:



Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley (Dial, April 17, 2012, for ages 8 to 12)

Source: advanced reading copy from publisher

Synopsis (from Indiebound):

A wonderfully whimsical debut that proves ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

In the mountain town of Remarkable, everyone is extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily gifted, or just plain extraordinary. Everyone, that is, except Jane Doe, the most average ten-year-old who ever lived. But everything changes when the mischievous, downright criminal Grimlet twins enroll in Jane's school and a strange pirate captain appears in town.

Thus begins a series of adventures that put some of Remarkable's most infamous inhabitants and their long-held secrets in danger. It's up to Jane, in her own modest style, to come to the rescue and prove that she is capable of some rather exceptional things.

With a page-turning mystery and larger-than-life cast of characters, Lizzie K. Foley's debut is nothing short of remarkable.

Why I liked it:   The premise is great! This is wonderfully goofy and charming and the kind of book I would have loved as a kid.  There's a quirkiness reminiscent of Roald Dahl.  The town of Remarkable is populated by a collection of colorful characters.  Oh, and there are pirates!  Yes!   How Jane figures out what's really going on in Remarkable is, um, rather remarkable, and yet it all fits together.  A fun read.

What colorful, quirky characters have populated your favorite books?

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17 comments:

  1. This sounds really fun. Hadn't heard of it. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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    1. I'm always amazed that people haven't heard of books I've read. But then not everyone works in a bookstore! Thanks for visiting, Natalie.

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  2. I figure you can't go wrong with pirates!

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  3. I've been curious about this one. Thanks for the review, Joanne! :)

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  4. This one is on my to-read list, but I love knowing a little more about it! Thanks so much.

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  5. this sounds so quirky and wonderful! and what kid couldn't relate to feeling less than remarkable in our pop culture world? thanks for sharing!

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  6. I hadn't heard about this one yet. Sounds like fun! I will have to make a purchase request for the library.

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    1. Oh, yes, Heather! You should definitely do that!

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  7. This sounds great, I hadn't heard about it yet. I loved Roald Dahl when I was young, too.

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    1. Glad I could introduce it to you, Jennifer!

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  8. This sounds like a good one! I'm putting it on my TBR list!

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  9. This sounds fabulous! Adding it now to the list of Books I Must Get...

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    1. You would like its quirkiness, Kim!

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