Four Book Snow Day Giveaway!

Just when you thought you couldn’t open another present, The Mixed Up Files has a great winter giveaway for you.  Since we know there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a snowy day, we are offering four MG books for your sit-by-the-fire reading pleasure.  And if you live in a place where it’s warm, well, you can throw white confetti into a fan and pretend you’re in a blizzard.

Leave a comment below and one lucky winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, December 30.  You’ll get extra entries for sharing a link on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter (please mention each link in a new comment). 

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass    Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?  Logan, the Candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?  Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?  Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it’s a feather?  Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook?  This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant’s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

Saraswati’s Way by Monika Schroder    If the gods wanted Akash to have an education, he is told, they would give him one. But Akash has spent his entire twelve years poor and hungry. So he decides to take control of his own life and try for a scholarship to the city school where he can pursue his beloved math.  But will challenging destiny prove to be more than he has bargained for? In this raw and powerful novel, fate and self-determination come together in unexpected ways, offering an unsentimental look at the realities of India.

The Case of the Crooked Carnival (Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives) by Michele Torrey and illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman   Science super-sleuths Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey are back—this time in a never-before-published addition to the popular series! They’ve got an exciting collection of cases, too:  Are ghosts and ghouls keeping Edgar Glum awake? Have aliens invaded Mossy Swamp?  What’s the crooked game everyone’s losing at the carnival? And why is the town bridge going bananas? Kids will have fun following the clues—and learning about such real scientific principles as amplification, ecosystems, magnetic fields, and more.  Plus, budding Doyles and Fosseys will find actual experiments to try!

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton and illustrated by Brett Helquist    Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge leads (much to her chagrin) a very dull life on the Island at the Center of Everything . . . until the night she overhears a life-changing secret. It seems that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not a mountain at all–it’s the belly of a sleeping giant, moving as the giant breathes. Now Persimmony and her new friend Worvil the Worrier have to convince all the island’s other quarreling inhabitants–including the silly Rumblebumps, the impeccably mannered Leafeaters, and the stubborn young king–that a giant is sleeping in their midst, and must not be woken.

Watch for Thursday’s post when we’ll announce the winner. Good luck and happy reading no matter what kind of weather you’re having!

Jennifer Duddy Gill
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  2. WOW! Fantastic give away!

  3. I just discovered your site! I especially enjoyed reading your picks for the Caldecott. I have used The Quiet Book in my classroom.

  4. Please enter me. These all look great!

  5. I just reviewed “Mount Majestic” for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. A perfect family read aloud–great fun.

  6. I love reading middle grade novels to my special needs students, they love them too!!
    Thanks for this.

  7. I’m so excited about these books! I already have Candymakers and The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic on my list of to-reads!

  8. Shared on Facebook 🙂

  9. These books look great!

  10. These look great!

  11. Oh! More to-read books!! I’ll post this on twitter, too. Been thinking loads about you, Jenn. Hope you had a great holiday!

  12. Please add me to the drawing! THese sound great!

  13. These look great! Please enter me if it’s international (and if not, thanks for the recommendations).

  14. Oh, These are good !! Count me in please 🙂