Gabby Duran Giveaway!

GabbyDuranCoverWelcome a new out-of-this-world middle grade series! In stores May 12, with a sneak peek at the first book right here!

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 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, 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:

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).  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. Her non-fiction books include Lunchtime LOLZ, Nintendo DS Hot Tips, ROFLs,Video Game Secretsand Monster High Jokes, all for Scholastic. Daryle lives in Seattle, where she still babysits from time to time.

You can learn more at

Disney-Hyperion is offering a free copy as well as a branded Tumbler and light-up UFO flyer. To enter, leave a comment below.


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Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at
  1. I think my kids would like this book.

  2. Oh my gosh! This book sounds very amusing and cute! I can’t wait to read this! I’m pretty sure my lil sis and I will enjoy this one!

  3. What a fabulous concept for a book! Will have to add it to our library collection!

  4. What a great idea – will go on my list!

  5. Not entering the giveaway, just wanted to thank you so much for featuring Gabby on your website! Also, I love that your site name refers to my favorite book of all time. My daughter was assigned Mixed Up Files in school last year and I did a happy dance the whole time she was reading!



  6. I love it already! What a great concept. I would have loved this when I was younger.

  7. My 8 year old daughter can’t wait to be a babysitter and loves otherworldly stories. This will delight her!

  8. I love the detail in Elise Allen’s biography that her dog may or may not be of this world! This book sounds like a lot of fun.

  9. This sounds really cool. It combines two of my favorite things Science fiction and babysitting.

  10. This sounds completely off the wall, so I’m sure it will be a big hit with my middle grade readers! Plus it’s ‘fun’ science fiction, which we need more of.