Monday, December 2, 2013

Winner of THE MONSTER IN THE MUDBALL... and an intriguing quote




Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving weekend and didn't have to go shopping that day. I'm wondering how long it will be before retailers start trying to get you to do your Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa shopping in August... Will this consumer madness ever stop? Okay, forget I asked that. So buy books, people. If you must buy something, buy books! Preferably from brick-and-mortar stores. Small Business Saturday doesn't have to be limited to the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Thank you. I'll get down from my soapbox now.


Besides, I have a winner to announce. According to random.org, the winner of the hardcover of THE MONSTER IN THE MUDBALL by S.P. Gates is (ta da!):


ROSI


Congratulations, Rosi! And expect an email from me asking for your mailing address. Readers, don't forget my other giveaway, the signed hardcover of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW by Kristen Kittscher, still going on at this post


I have no MMGM book review this week, due to family celebrations and travel, but if you go to Shannon's blog, you can find links to many other wonderful posts.

However, I do have a middle grade quote for you.




"Books are like truth serum – if you don’t read, you can’t figure out what’s real."


                                                              -- Freak, in Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick  


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What do you think, reader? Do books help you figure out what's real?  



16 comments:

  1. I like that quote, Joanne. I would LOVE to use it as a journal assignment for middle graders and see what kinds of responses they come up with! As for me, reading about what's not real helps me appreciate what is.

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    1. Oh, that would be interesting, Barbara! If you do use that, I'd love to hear what your students have to say.

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  2. That is a terrific quote. Thanks for that and for picking me for The Monster in the Mudball! Yay!

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  3. I really like this quote! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome, Andrea! Glad you liked it.

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  4. Great quote. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't read. And congrats to Rosi!

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    1. Reading has become such a huge part of our lives, hasn't it?

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  5. Congrats to Rosi!
    I love the quote and I mostly agree with it because reading certainly helps your knowledge of things that you're unable to experience in person. But sometimes books are written to spread lies as well.

    ~Akoss

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    1. This is true, Akoss! Thank you for pointing that out. We certainly need to think about the source when we read.

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  6. I know my definition of reality has definitely been created by my reading. Reading is the only way to see the world through someone else's eyes. Otherwise you're stuck in your own head, and that's not real.

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    1. I love that, Kim ("Reading is the only way to see the world through someone else's eyes"). That's a great quote right there. Thanks!

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  7. Great quote. Reading opens up new worlds and provides countless opportunities for your imagination to follow. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That's so true, Greg. It's all about opening new worlds and allowing our imaginations to soar. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Congrats to Rosi.

    I love that quote and that's one of my favorite MG books.

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