Monday, May 11, 2015

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

I was contacted a couple weeks ago asking if I'd like to host a giveaway about the go-to babysitter for aliens. Not in exactly those words but that was the gist. Hello. Sounds like fun!

I'm glad to say it totally WAS fun. This is "popcorn lit," feels like a fun movie, summer reading if ever there was! We've all had friends like Madison that made our lives miserable. Hopefully we've all have friends like Zee to make us laugh. Many of us have possibly had experiences with ... shall we say wily small fry? Or grumpy, might have been alien teachers? Gabby manages it all with a smile on her face and compassion in her heart. And some great kid-wrangling skills.

Perfect for ... end of year 4th is still a little ways away from babysitting for cash, but most could comfortably read it. And for 5th through 6th it's spot on.

The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as Edwina, believes Gabby can be trusted with the truth: aliens are living among humans on Earth. And here at A.L.I.E.N we believe that even extraterrestrials need a babysitter now and then. No one was up to the task...until now.

After accepting the top-secret position, Edwina has paired our new associate up with her first charge, a little girl from the planet Flarknartia. The timing for associate 4118-25125A is less than ideal. It's a school day on Planet Earth, Gabby's audition for the solo part in the band is tonight, and this tiny alien is a bit more than meets the eye. 

Can Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, First Sitter to the Unsittables, keep her otherworldly charge safe in the unpredictable halls of middle-school and keep A.L.I.E.N hidden?

About the Authors:

(Elise Allen on the left, photo credit Steve Goldstein; 
Daryle Conners on the right, photo credit Jenny Jimenez/ photo JJ. I collaged the photos together so that they would center nicely and evenly on the page. Photo placement on blogger can be off.) 

Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times best-selling author Elise Allen made a name for herself with her acclaimed young adult novel Populazzi (Harcourt), and the Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters chapter books (Bloomsbury).  In television, she has written for talent ranging from Bill Cosby to Kermit the Frog, and is currently writing for the new Disney Junior show The Lion Guard. Her dog may or may not secretly be from another planet.

Daryle Conners is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and video game designer. She writes joke and riddle books and has designed many game titles for the PC and iPhone/iPad including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Scene It? Harry Potter, Hot Wheels Slot Car Racers, and Scene It? Twilight Saga. Her non-fiction books include Lunchtime LOLZ, Nintendo DS Hot Tips, ROFLs,Video Game Secrets and Monster High Jokes, all for Scholastic. Daryle lives in Seattle, where she still babysits from time to time.

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Read an Excerpt:

Like to Win? Look at this fun book, tumbler, and light up flyer. You know they look fun. ;)
(Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney Publishing)

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(I threw the FB page on there just for kicks even though I hardly ever post anything there that isn't on the blog, too. But sometimes I do. Now. Funny babysitting stories or favorite aliens from a book or movie. Go! And make sure I can contact you later if you win!)

And just in case you don't win, get the book on Amazon or your favorite book seller! 


  1. I love mega mind the whole movie

  2. Thanks for offering this give away. I'm always on the lookout for great chapter books to add to the library. Looks like this one is a winner. I'm glad I found your blog.

  3. Sounds like great fun -- and reading should always be fun!

  4. As a kid I loved Junie B Jones


  5. I love Mercy Watson!! I read them to my second and first graders all of the time!

  6. My most memorable babysitting moment was when I came downstairs from changing the baby's diaper to discover the 5 year old had brought the garden hose in to the house to fill up the kitchen, dining room, and living room with water. Or, maybe it was the time I was chased by the kids with the knives??? and then they brought the hose in again and put it under the bedroom door to flush the girls out?

  7. This looks good. I need lots of books for summer reading.

  8. I think the best alien ever is Yoda.

  9. Cheubacca is my favorite alien.