Texting the Underworld…

Booraem_Texting the Underworld

…is the terrific title of Ellen Booraem’s new middle grade, on shelves as of yesterday.  With a starred review from Kirkus, it’s sure to win even more fans for the author of the very popular “Small Persons with Wings.”

Here’s Ellen’s description of the new book:

Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O’Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is—as all banshees are—a harbinger of death, and she’s sure someone in Conor’s family is about to require her services. But she’s new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school.

Even as Conor desperately tries to hide her identity from his classmates and teachers, he realizes there’s no way to avoid paying a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.

Ellen began her writing life as a journalist. A fiction writing workshop changed everything.  Here’s what she has to say about the writing process:

Writing is not fun. It is, as I feared, hard work. Remember when you had a loose tooth and when you pressed it the pain felt good and you couldn’t stop doing it? That’s what writing is like. It’s easy to dread and even easier to put off, but once you’re sitting down at the keyboard it’s …well, a great time.

Ellen’s giving away two copies of “Texting”. To be eligible, leave a comment below–only readers in the U.S and Canada, please. You can also follow Ellen on her blog at http://ellenbooraem.blogspot.com/2013/08/here-comes-blog-tour.html

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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 www.triciaspringstubb.com
  1. This book sounds really interesting. A banshee in middle school too cool!

  2. Oh my this is a brilliant concept!

  3. This is book is climbing up my most read list pretty fast. 🙂

  4. I love the idea of texting the underworld… sounds like a “must read” for me. And very interested in reading what a fellow journo has to say…

  5. Love the cover and the story sounds fantastic. I’ll be looking into this one.

  6. You had me at “banshee” and that is a great title. starting to see this on everyone’s “must” lists and I am so excited to see the feature/giveaway here today! thanks!

  7. Thanks for hosting the give-away, Tricia and MG Authors!

  8. Great title and premise. I too have been hearing good things about this book.

  9. I have seen this book around in different places and think it looks fantastic. I love the title and think it would really grab the attention of my middle schoolers!!

  10. This sounds like something my middle grade kiddos would love! I’ll have to get a few copies for my school library!

  11. I’ve heard good things about this book. Thanks for offering not only one, but two, copies. Sounds great.

  12. Love the premise. Can’t wait to read it.

  13. Oh My how did I miss this one… it sounds perfect for that late Summer/school is just starting read! Grabbing several copies for my shops today. 🙂

    Sam @ Aaron’s Books