Through the Mirror and Into Snow by Ann T. Bugg #MMGM

I’m featuring a $.99 bargain MG book today for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday–check out Through the Mirror and into Snow by Ann T. Bugg. Here’s the scoop:

When best friends Valerie and Samantha discover a magic mirror in Val’s 100-year-old barn in southern Minnesota, they eagerly go througbook-1-6x9h it. Immediately they run into the young Snow White, who has just escaped the huntsman. The girls vow to help her find her father, knowing the dangers that await. On their journey, the fun-loving double-trouble duo quickly discovers they are caught up in the middle of their favorite fairy tales.

Having the knowledge of the stories as their only weapon, Val and Sam help two other princesses, make a surprising friend and discover they have a fairy godmother of their very own.

Excerpt:

“This is not just a mirror,” Samantha whispered as she put her hand on the glass to touch it. To their surprise, it passed through as if nothing were there. All they could see was the end of her arm and what appeared to be the forest. She pulled her arm back in a hurry, worried that her hand would no longer be there. Sam carefully inspected the back of her hand, flipped it over and studied her palm, then wiggled her fingers. The two of them stared from Samantha’s hand back to the mirror with their mouths as wide open as their eyes.

“That so did not just happen!” Samantha put her hand back through again. She stopped when they saw the possum walking away, getting smaller and smaller.

“A magic mirror!” Valerie shouted. “No way! I have been waiting my whole life for something exciting to happen to me!” Without another minute of hesitation, Val squeezed her body through the narrow frame, leaving Samantha sitting there with her mouth wide open.

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Ann T. Bugg is the Queen of her castle in northern Minnesota where she lives with her Knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her magical kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. She enjoys horseback riding and long walks with her dogs, but writing will always be her first love.

(Ann T. Bugg is the pseudonym for author June Kramin. For more on her women’s fiction, visithttp://www.junekramin.com/)

website:http://www.beforehappilyeverafter.com/

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Waking up in Medieval Times – The Dragon’s Cave #MMGM

I’m sharing an excerpt today from The Dragon’s Cave, my first middle grade novel. It’s up for nomination on Kindle Scout (please, please, please go and nominate it?).

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Seamus opened his eyes, blinking to make out the picture in front of him. Treetops. Filtered sunlight. The air smelled woodsy.

“Seamus, what are you doing, boy? Taking a nap?” a man’s voice said, his English—or was it Scottish?—accent unfamiliar.

Seamus scrambled to his feet and dusted himself off. And then froze.

What was he wearing? Tights? Leather lace-up boots? And where on earth was he? It appeared to be some sort of meadow, not…his mind grew fuzzy trying to remember where he had just come from. All he remembered was the brightest flash of light he’d ever seen.

“Seamus!” the man snapped.

His head jerked up, and he realized the older man was speaking to him. “Yeah?”

The man frowned. “You mean, yes, sir.

Bewildered, he peered around for some clue to help him understand where he was and what was happening. A flicker of panic bubbled up in his chest. Realizing the man waited for a response, he said, “Yes, sir?”

“Come. Supper is ready.” The man wore strange clothing—a cream-colored tunic with the emblem of a crimson dragon embroidered on the front, like a knight from the Medieval Dinner Theatre where his mom once dragged him. Something about the knight seemed familiar, although he had never seen his face before.

He glanced down and realized he, too, wore a tunic with a crimson dragon. Was this some crazy dream? He touched his face. Who was he? Did he appear different? Had he somehow fallen into another boy’s body? Some kid in medieval Scotland? A tickle on his neck made him bring his hand back to find shoulder-length hair. He pulled it out to see the color—a darker brown than his sandy-blond mop back home.

The knight’s eyebrows drew together. “Come on, boy, what is the matter with you tonight?” He didn’t wait for an answer, just turned and walked away while Seamus trotted to keep up. They entered a clearing where many other knights milled about, some sitting on logs and rocks eating, some standing and talking. A large tent on one side bore the same dragon emblem they wore on their tunics. A fire burned in the middle of the clearing, and a large kettle hung over it, suspended by a chain and a tripod of sticks.

The sight of a boy his age made goose bumps prick his skin. Andy. The memory of their parting scene came back in a rush—Lacey falling in the wash, Andy’s joy that he couldn’t race, the bolt of lightning… Had it struck him? Had he died and come here, to this place? It sure didn’t seem like any version of heaven he’d ever imagined. Nor did it appear to be hell or even purgatory. What was this—medieval times?

The Dragon’s Cave

by ROSE-MARIE LYTTLE

Only one boy can decode the dragon’s magic…

A DRAGON’S TREASURE. A GREEDY KING. ONLY ONE BOY CAN RESTORE BALANCE BEFORE THE MOUNTAIN IMPLODES. Seamus’s day couldn’t get any worse. His best friend stops speaking to him, his cross-country coach benches him, and lightning strikes him down, right in front of his middle school. But it does get worse. When he wakes up from the lightning, he finds himself trapped in the body of a squire in medieval Scotland, preparing to face a dragon.

I need your help! Please vote for The Dragon’s Cave in Kindle Scout

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Please help me out by giving The Dragon’s Cave a vote over at Kindle Scout. If The Dragon’s Cave is selected for publication by Kindle Scout, you will receive an early, FREE copy of the book as a thank you for taking the time to vote.

You can read the first two chapters for free by joining my newsletter.

Also, be sure to enter to win the giveaway of hardcover books of the two JK Rowling scripts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay and The Cursed Child.

 

 

How does the Fantastic Beasts script work as bedtime reading? #MGMM

 Not sure about how reading a screenplay works as a bedtime story?  I tried it out and I have the full report, complete with my kids’ feedback!

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Today I’m sharing about the latest J.K. Rowling release and MG favorite, Fantastic Beasts.

We’d just finished the seventh Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and faced the sad prospect of no “H.P.” at bedtime. Reading the Harry Potter series had been a united activity–both my eleven year old and my eight year old looked forward to our nightly reading. For Katie Rose, it was her second time listening to me read the whole series, but she was no less engrossed at 11 than she was at 7.  My son Owen had gone from being a reluctant listener when we started (“I think it’s too scary for me”) to being the one who started asking at 7:30, “Is it H.P. time?)

None of us wanted the nighttime goodness to end, so I promptly ordered the Fantastic Beasts screenplay and The Cursed Child script.

When we worked through the Harry Potter series, we always finished reading the book first and then watched the movie.  In the case of Fantastic Beasts, we watched the movie first. I do think that helped immensely, filling in the visuals that aren’t present when reading a screenplay. I guess we’ll find out how important seeing the movie was first when we dive into the script of The Cursed Child. 

Overall, I would call the adventure a success. The one major downside–it went all too fast. A two hour movie script does not compare to the entire Hogwarts school year in terms of how many nights it took us to devour the thing (just a few!).

I brought my kids out to talk about the experience. Here’s what they thought:

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Was it harder to listen to me reading a screenplay vs. a book?

Katie Rose:  YES!

Owen:  It was harder to understand, but it helped when you’d say who said something (the screen directions), it helped.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: If we hadn’t seen the movie, would it have been impossible to understand?

Katie Rose:  I would’ve understood it, but it would be harder.

Owen:  Yeah.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Was it better than Harry Potter book or not as good?

Both:  Not as good.  Owen: I like Harry Potter better

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Did the fact that there were no kids in this book influence how much you liked it?

Both: No.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: If someone else had written this, and it wasn’t connected with the Harry Potter world, would you still like it?

Owen: Yes, either way.

Katie Rose: I liked it because it was set in the Harry Potter world.

Rose-Marie Lyttle:  Tell me, what was your favorite thing about Fantastic Beasts?

Katie Rose:  I liked the beasts.

Owen:  I liked the Obscurus and the beasts.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Which beasts in particular?

Owen: I liked them all.  The little thing that steals gold (The Niffler) and the leaf-guy stick thing (bowtruckle) the Swooping Evil.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Anything you didn’t like about the story?

Both: No

Rose-Marie Lyttle: How would you rate it on a scale of 1-10?

Both:  9

Rose-Marie Lyttle: So what would HP be?

Both: 10.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Now that you’ve read a screenplay, are you more interested in theater?

Katie Rose: I really want to be a director and this taught me more terms. I’d rather read a book, but if I was directing a movie or was in a movie, I would appreciate a screenplay more than a book.

Owen:  It shows you where the camera would be pointing– it gives you directions.

So there you have it!  JK Rowling unites our family once more!  Tonight we begin The Cursed Child. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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