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GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.
So I was contacted about reading a book they suggested as "a mix of Sara Crewe and Harry Potter." How could I say no? Two of my all time favorites!
Then I got nervous. What if I didn't like it? How awkward. Blogging etiquette and all ... in terms of people who contact me AND being true to me and my readers.
Luckily? I did like it!
the Goodreads synopsis
"Rose isn't like the other orphans at St Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls. Instead of dreaming of getting adopted by loving, wealthy parents, Rose wants to get a job and be independent. She doesn't need anyone but herself. She finds her escape working as a maid for Mr. Fountain, an alchemist. Unable to ignore the magic that flows throughout the grand residence, Rose realizes that just maybe; she might have a little bit of magic in her too. This new series featuring magicians, witches, talking cats, mist-monsters, and friendships will have young readers in a trance!"
And my favorite quote from the FAQs on the author's website
"When I was much younger I wanted to be a librarian, because I thought that librarians got to spend the whole day reading all the books in the library. I was very disappointed when I found this wasn’t true."
Umm ... yes. She is right. We don't get to do that all day. As fun as it would be. ;)
Reading level would be strong third grade and up. Interest level might be a bit older just because of the whole being set back in1800s England. There is some scariness at the end having to do with an evil magic so keep that in mind when suggesting to readers.
I think Gus might be my favorite character. I will now need to add the later books in the Rose series to my TBR list!
So remember how I liked it? I'm going to let one of you have it. Comment with the title of one of your favorite kid lit classic books. I'll use random.org to number and choose a winner next Sunday night! Make sure you either leave an email or your blogger profile has your email. And I guess I probably have to say this is just for US readers. This time round, anyway.
I almost forgot. Coming up? I returned all my library books. With school and getting the house ready to show/sell ... they weren't going to happen. I still have a collection of E-ARCs so that's probably what it's going to be for the next while! Well. And considering I work in a library every day I could bring some books home from school, too. ;)
And now ... #currently.
PS Does all that sound like all the areas one has to cover? Not used to hosting of giveaways. Got another one coming up from Sept. 16-30. It's a free 8X10 canvas print. The one in the pic is bigger but to give you an idea here's a preview. Make sure to follow me (Feedly, Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, or FB ... they're all in the right sidebar!) so when the Rafflecopter goes live you remember to enter! And ... my phone made the lens glare look overdone in the print. It's not. I'll have a better picture for the real giveaway post for this one.