Feed Your Kindle – Cheap Middle Grade Reads!

Today I have some Middle Grade books, all nicely priced under 3bucks!

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A  Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban – $2.99 MG – I read this a few years ago and fell in love with the quirky characters.

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience’s applause. All she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she’ll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall.

But when Dad ventures to the music store and ends up with a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe’s dreams hit a sour note. Learning the organ versions of old TV theme songs just isn’t the same as mastering Beethoven on the piano. And the organ isn’t the only part of Zoe’s life that’s off-kilter, what with Mom constantly at work, Dad afraid to leave the house, and that odd boy, Wheeler Diggs, following her home from school every day.

Yet when Zoe enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition, she finds that life is full of surprises–and that perfection may be even better when it’s just a little off center.

 

 

The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick – $1.99 – MG

Something strange is happening at the Clarksville City Zoo. Late at night, monkeys are scaling the walls and searching the neighborhood—but what are they looking for?

Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to the zoo. Megan is the first to notice the puzzling behavior of some of the animals. One day Megan disappears, and her brother and their friends realize it’s up to them to find her. Their only choice is to follow a series of clues and sneak into the zoo. But once inside, will they discover there’s much more to the Clarksville City Zoo than they could ever have guessed?

 

 

The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman – 1.99 MG

In eight days, Coke and Pepsi McDonald are going to turn thirteen.

Before then, they’ll jump off a cliff, get trapped in the locked basement of their burning school, chased cross-country by murderous lunatics, left for dead in the pit of a sand dune, forced to decipher mysterious coded messages, thrown into a giant vat of SPAM, and visit the world’s largest . . . ball of twine!

There’s more, but if we told you here, we’d have to kill you.

Megapopular author Dan Gutman brings on the excitement with an action-packed new series that’s nothing short of dynamite. Join Coke and Pep on their quest to uncover just what it means to be part of The Genius Files . . . if you dare!

 

 

The Familiars by Andrew Jacobson and Adam Jay Epstein $1.99

Is the kingdom’s fate in the hands of an orphan cat?

Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn’s always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so—and Aldwyn is happy to play along.

He just has to convince the other familiars—the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert—that he’s the powerful cat he claims to be.

Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia.

On a thrilling quest to save their loyals, the familiars face dangerous foes, unearth a shocking centuries-old secret, and discover a destiny that will change Vastia forever. Their magical adventure—an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humor—is an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.


The Frog Princess by E D Baker – $.99 MG

Princess Emeralda isn’t exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is like a donkey’s bray rather than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does NOT like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her life, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a Prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins the adventure – a quest to return to human form.

Fascinating and hilarious characters ranging from a self-conscious but friendly bat to a surprisingly loyal snake and a wise old green witch confirm that readers won’t soon forget this madcap story! A fantastic debut from the talented E.D. Baker.

Look for the other exciting books in this series: A Prince Among Frogs, Dragon Kiss, Dragon’s Breath, The Dragon Princess, Once Upon a Curse, No Place for Magic, and The Salamander Spell!

Deals for Your Kindle-Get Up and Ride ‘em!

It’s amazing how one, harmless Amazon query uncovers a load of books to add to my wish list.  I love horse stories – I don’t think I will ever grow out of them. Here is an assortment of horse books for all reading levels, all priced under 5 bucks.

 

Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana- $2.99 MG

Series: Timber Ridge Riders–Book One
Ages: 9-12
A valuable show jumper is dead, and it’s all her fault . . . which is why 14-year-old Kate McGregor has put horses and riding out of her life. Forever!
But her new summer job as a companion to Holly Chapman, a former riding star who’s now confined to a wheelchair, takes Kate back to the barn–the last place she wants to be. Can Kate keep her terrible secret from Holly, who is fast becoming her best friend? More important, can she keep her secret from Angela Dean who lives for only two things–winning ribbons and causing trouble? 
Then a riding accident forces Kate’s secret into the open … and it’s just the moment Angela has been waiting for.

 

 

The A Circuit by CATHERINE HAPKA & GEORGINA BLOOMBERG – $1.99 – YA (I really liked this one!)

The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse showing. It’s a world with its own rules and super-privileged lifestyles. Teens employ private tutors so they can travel the circuit all year showing horses that cost as much as some people’s homes.
Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has been paid for with hours of cleaning stalls. She’s used to the grueling schedule, but Fitz, the barn’s resident hot guy, is about to become a major distraction. And then there’s Zara. She’s the wild child of a famous rockstar, but she’s ready to take riding seriously. Can a party girl really change her ways?
Readers who enjoy peeking into the elite world of series of Gossip Girl or The A-List will feel right at home in this new series with its friendships, drama, and privilege set against a backdrop of competitive horseback riding.

 

 

 

Ribbon Chasers by Becky Rodgers Boyette – .99 MG

Jenny Rogers enters the show ring with one goal, to beat spoiled Laci Miller and her pampered gelding, Blue. Armed with her fabulous new horse, Dancer, Jenny thinks she’s willing to do anything to bring home the championship. But when she sees how dirty some competitors are willing to play, how far will she go to win the prize? Find out as Jenny joins the ranks of the Ribbon Chasers.

 

 

Hearts Over Fences by Toni Leland – $3.99  – 18+

Romance is the last thing on equestrienne Bethany Webb’s mind as she gazes across the lush green fields of Highover Gate, her prestigious world-class training facility – the dream of a lifetime. Before the day is over, Beth’s future is snatched right out from under her in one wet, terrifying instant.
Ambitious and handsome Brett Hall’s only objective is to unseat the national champion in Three Day Eventing. As Hall steadily gains on his goal, a chink in his armor allows his heart to peek out – a weakness that seriously undermines his focus.
Hearts Over Fences glows against the backdrop of Olympic-level equestrian sport – a world filled with drama and excitement – and a large measure of ambition.


Pony Club Rivals: Showjumpers by Stacy Gregg – $4.74  – This is the 2nd book in the series

 

The stakes are raised in the second book of this glamorous horse riding series set in the USA – winner takes all as the rivals compete for the showjumping cup! Don’t miss the latest instalment of pony adventures from the author of the UK’s bestselling pony series ‘Pony Club Secrets’.

Georgie has secured her place at Blainford Academy for now, but knowing who to trust is tough when you’re all competing against each other. Some new-found friendships might already be close to breaking point as competition heats up in the showjumping arena.

Is cute boy James about to become an ally or is his scheming sister Kennedy going to wreck Georgie’s dreams?
And can she really trust her rivals? Find out in the exciting second term!

Waiting on Wednesday–White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Words can not express how wonderful White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan looks.  There is so much power in the love of a dog.  I have no doubt that with a little canine help, Zoe will be able to set Phillip back to rights.

In stores March 2013

  

A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this novel from the Newbery-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need. There is always the sweet smell of dog and a warm body looking to cuddle or play. There is always a new dog to be saved and loved. Fur flies everywhere. It covers everything. Zoe’s house is never silent.

But the house across the street is always silent these days. A new family has moved in and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn’t even want to try.

Zoe knows that saving dogs and saving boys are different jobs, but she learns that some parts are the same. Both take attention and care, understanding and time. And maybe just a bit of white fur flying.

From Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, White Fur Flying is an endearing tale of companionship and hope.

What are you waiting on?

Interview with Jeramey Kraatz, Author of The Cloak Society

 

Jeramey Kraatz stopped by the Café to introduce himself and his new book, The Cloak Society.  I am excited about reading this book because I love super villains!  Especially super villains who are really good guys at heart.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jeramey Kraatz] Writer, Reader, and all-around nerd. Avocado and cat enthusiast (separately). Likes to pretend he’s in music videos when no one’s around.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Cloak Society?

[Jeramey Kraatz] Of course! The book follows Alex Knight, a 12-year-old boy with telekinetic powers born into The Cloak Society—a secret team of supervillains in Texas. Alex is fourth-generation Cloak, so he’s got a lot to live up to. Cloak was defeated ten years ago by the Rangers of Justice, a team of much-loved superheroes, and now the villains have been lying in wait, looking for the perfect moment to enact their revenge.

Alex is part of the Beta Team—the other Cloak Society members around his age—and the book starts off on their first mission, which should be a routine bank heist. But it goes terribly awry when the heroes show up and Alex saves the life of a Junior Ranger named Kirbie. From there, Alex’s world gets…complicated.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jeramey Kraatz] The initial concept came from me joking around with another writer about genre adaptations of Shakespearean works. I proposed a superhero Romeo and Juliet where instead of the Montagues and Capulets you had, say, the Masters of Evil and the Avengers. Weeks went by and I couldn’t get the premise out of my head. The problem was that to make the story compelling, I’d have to make the supervillain lead likeable in some way, which was the idea/challenge I really latched onto—I didn’t want to write a run-of-the-mill superhero origin story like I’d read in comics and seen in movies countless times. As the world and characters got fleshed out, the Shakespeare fell away, and Alex and the Cloak Society became the focus of the novel.

Character creation was so much fun for this book since most of the main cast has superpowers. They came about in two ways: Either I had a superpower I wanted to use in the mix and had to think “What would a person who could control temperatures act like,” or it was the opposite, and I had a character in mind and had to find a power that complemented their personality. I wanted to make sure that all of the powers in some way reflected who these characters are, to have shaped them in some way.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Alex?

[Jeramey Kraatz] Full. Of. Potential. I think that’s probably cheating, but it couldn’t be more apt.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Alex would never have in his pocket?

[Jeramey Kraatz] 1. Keys (Cloak’s security system is SO beyond simple locks)

2. A cell phone (too traceable)

3. A lockpick (he’s got telekinetic powers—he’s totally outgrown those)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Alex had a theme song, what would it be?

[Jeramey Kraatz] Young Men Dead by The Black Angels. The guitar line is kind of creepy and foreboding, and the lyrics are really battle oriented. I listened to it a lot when working on the first draft. Bonus points for being a Texas band!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jeramey Kraatz] For this book, I’m definitely drawing on a lifetime of reading comics. It probably shows on every page, in every little nod or Easter egg dropped in that only comic book readers will pick up on. Joss Whedon’s work, for sure. Claremont’s “Dark Phoenix Saga” is probably the biggest influence in terms of specific stories. I interned at Marvel in the X-Men editorial department while I was in grad school, and seeing how big story arcs were scripted and planned was definitely invaluable when I was working on the original outline.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jeramey Kraatz] Caffeine, room to pace, and snack rewards. I’m very food motivated. Finish a chapter, and I get the piece of cake. I always feel really out of shape by the time I finish a big draft or edit.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jeramey Kraatz] I finally got around to reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke after years of staring at it on my bookshelf and being scared by its size. It was such a complex, engrossing novel…probably the first time in a while that I’ve finished a book and immediately thought “I have to read that again.”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jeramey Kraatz] I learned to read using The Foot Book and never stopped.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jeramey Kraatz] Reading a ton, from comics to YA to scholarly nonfiction—I try to keep it varied. I’m a sucker for bad horror movies and Netflix TV marathons. I work in the anime industry, so as part of my job I sometimes get to watch cartoons all day. So really, I’m living the geek dream.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Jeramey Kraatz] I’m all over the place. You can contact me directly through jerameykraatz.com, or follow me on twitter @jerameykraatz. I love hearing from other readers and writers, so feel free to be get in touch with me!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can preorder The Cloak Society from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the widget below.  Available in print and digital.

This Week’s New and Notable Young Adult and Middle Grade Books

Here are some new and notable YA and & MG books releasing the first week in September.  If the images don’t load, please hit refresh.  Click the widgets to order.

 

The City’s Son (The Skyscraper Throne) by Tom Pollock (Sep 8, 2012)    

Redemption (Hearts of Stone) by Veronique Launier (Sep 8, 2012)    

Silver (A Bandia Novel) by Talia Vance (Sep 8, 2012)

 

Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising by Nick James (Sep 8, 2012)    

Frozen by Mary Casanova (Sep 7, 2012)    

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (Sep 4, 2012)

 

 

Be My Enemy (Book Two of the Everness Series) by Ian McDonald (Sep 4, 2012)    

A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom) by David Weber (Sep 4, 2012)    

Betrayal (Empty Coffin) by Gregg Olsen (Sep 4, 2012)

 

 

Blackwood (Strange Chemistry) by Gwenda Bond (Sep 4, 2012)    

Blink Once by Cylin Busby (Sep 4, 2012)    

The Book of the Night (Libyrinth) by Pearl North (Sep 4, 2012)

 

 

 

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford and Andrea Offermann (Sep 4, 2012)  

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (Sep 4, 2012)    

Dead is a Killer Tune by Marlene Perez (Sep 4, 2012)

 

 

 

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (Sep 4, 2012)    

Entice (Embrace) by Jessica Shirvington (Sep 4, 2012)    

Envy (Fury) by Elizabeth Miles (Sep 4, 2012)

 

 

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce (Sep 4, 2012)    

Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught (Sep 4, 2012)    

I Swear by Lane Davis (Sep 4, 2012)

 

 

Immortal Lycanthropes by Hal Johnson and Teagan White (Sep 4, 2012)    

Island of Silence (Unwanteds) by Lisa McMann (Sep 4, 2012)    

Janitors, Book 2: Secrets of New Forest Academy by Tyler Whitesides (Sep 4, 2012)

 

Kieli, Vol. 7 (novel): As the Deep Ravine’s Wind Howls (Kieli (novel)) by Yukako Kabei (Sep 4, 2012)    

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (Sep 4, 2012)    

Origin by Jessica Khoury (Sep 4, 2012)

 

Rage Within (Dark Inside) by Jeyn Roberts (Sep 4, 2012)    

Shift (Strange Chemistry) by Kim Curran (Sep 4, 2012)    

Sweet Shadows (Sweet Venom) by Tera Lynn Childs (Sep 4, 2012)

 

Tiger’s Destiny (Book 4 in the Tiger’s Curse Series) by Colleen Houck (Sep 4, 2012)

Viva Jacquelina!: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away (Bloody Jack Adventures) by Louis A. Meyer (Sep 4, 2012)

What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt (Sep 4, 2012)

 

Claws by Mike Grinti and Rachel Grinti (Sep 1, 2012)

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (Sep 1, 2012)

The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers (Sep 1, 2012)

Undead by Kirsty McKay (Sep 1, 2012)

What’s on your shopping list?

New and Notable Release Week of August 27 Part Two Young Adult and Middle Grade

Here are some new and notable YA and Middle Grade releases for the week (it’s an epic week!):

 

Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard

Ask Amy Green: Love and Other Drama-Ramas by Sarah Webb

A Certain October by Angela Johnson

 

Charly’s Epic Fiascos by Kelli London

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

The Dark Light by Sara Walsh

 

Defiance by C J Redwine

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

 

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

Erasing Time by C J Hill

 

Every Day by David Levithan

The Feverbird’s Claw by Jane Kurtz (eBook re-issue)

Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon

 

Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

 

Starling by Lesley Livingston

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B Sheimmel

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

 

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Vanquished by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viquie

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

 

Katrina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley

The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley

The Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Are any of these on your shopping list for August?

New and Notable Releases Week of August 20 Part Two Young Adult and Middle Grade

Here are some new and notable Young Adult and  Middle Grade releases for the week:

 

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

Reaper by K D McEntire

 

The Magnificent 12: The Key by Michael Grant

The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney

Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

 

Smashed by Lisa Luedeke

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Princess Academy: The Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

 

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

Two or Three Things I Forgot To Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates

What’s on your shopping list this week?

Cheap eReads – Who Let the Dogs Out?

Here are some YA and MG Kindle books featuring dogs, all priced at below 5 bucks! Click on the title to order. 

 

Boys Are Dogs (Annabelle Unleashed)  by Leslie Margolis (.99)

Middle-school boys act like wild animals. 
That’s what Annabelle discovers on her first day in her brand-new life. Birchwood Middle School is totally different from her old all-girls elementary. In fact, lots of things in Annabelle’s life are totally different now that she’s back from summer camp. There’s mom’s new boyfriend, a new house, new friends—even a new puppy that likes to chew on Annabelle’s clothes. Well, at least the puppy comes with a leash and a training manual! If only she could say the same for the boys . . .
Featuring Annabelle’s hilarious take on friendship, boys, and her all-new life, this novel / survival guide perfectly captures the joy—and agony—of junior high school. And it might just teach you how to tame the wildest beast of all, the teenage boy.

 

What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld ($1.99)

Ever since her police officer father was killed a few months ago, Grace Abernathy hasn’t wanted to do much of anything. She’s pulled away from her friends, her grades are plummeting . . . it’s a problem. The last thing Grace wants is to be dragged into her older sister Regan’s plan to train a shelter dog as a service dog. But Grace has no idea how involved she’ll get-especially when a mangy mutt named Rex starts talking to her. Has Grace gone off the deep end? Or might this dog be something really special-an angel? A spirit? Either way, he is exactly the therapy that Grace needs.

Me & Jack  by Danette Haworth ($1.99)

Joshua Reed is used to moving around since his dad became an Army recruiter and the Vietnam War broke out. But their newest home, in the mountains of Pennsylvania, feels special somehow. Josh has started to make a new friend, his dad has finally allowed him to get a dog, and Jack-with his strange glowing ears and the way he seems to understand Josh’s feelings-is like no other dog Josh has ever seen. But in Vietnam-era America, conflict is never far away-even on the homefront. When a local boy is killed overseas, the town turns on the new army recruiter. And when a few late-night disturbances all point to Jack, it will be up to Josh to fight for his dog, his family, and his new home.

Dogs of the Drowned City #1: The Storm   by Dayna Lorentz  ($4.61)

Warriors and Guardians of Ga’Hoole fans have a new animal adventure to sink their teeth into!A terrible storm — and the beginning of a thrilling new animal adventure trilogy!When a hurricane forces his family to evacuate without him, Shep the German sheperd is confused. Where is his boy? Will he ever return? And what will Shep do in the meantime, now that the extra bowls of food — not to mention all those tasty things he found in the big cold box — are gone? Then another dog shows up at Shep’s window and convinces him to escape. There’s food outside, and a whole empty city to explore. Shep just wants to go home … but the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning.

The Puppy Place #1: Goldie by Ellen Miles ($3.82)

Welcome to the Puppy Place! This new Little Apple series stars a lovable new puppy in every book! And it’s Charles and Lizzie Peterson’s job to find every puppy the perfect home.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their mom still doesn’t think their family is ready for a puppy.

Then, Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever that needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn’t know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her?