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Back to Sand Again

January 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

In the life cycle of a blog tour, Sand to Stone and Back Again was birthed, and lived, and now it’s time to die. (Thanks to the Internet, it will live on for a good long time as people surf in and out of our blogs!)

So here are the third-day links:

I’ll try to get back tomorrow to post the wrap and the poll for three-day blogger.


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Day Two of the Sand to Stone and Back Again Blog Tour

January 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

More posts for our tour book, Sand to Stone and Back Again, written by Nacy Bo Flood, with photographs by Tony Kuyper.

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Sand to Stone and Back Again ~ Day One

January 25th, 2010 · Comments Off

OK here are the posts for day one of the Sand to Stone and Back Again blog tour.

Come back tomorrow for more posts.

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Sand to Stone and Back Again ~ the Particulars

January 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off


Monday we take off on a new tour for a picture book written by Nancy Bo Flood with photographs by Tony Kuyper.

The book can be found on Amazon here:

The book cover can be found here:

The author’s website is here:

The photographer’s website is here:

Here are the links to participating bloggers:

For a paragraph listing like this:

SMS Book Reviews, Never Jam Today, SmallWorld Reads, Our Big Earth Media Co., Whispers of Dawn, Cafe of Dreams, The Hungry Readers, My Own Little Corner of the World, Dolce Bellezza,

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For a list like this:

SMS Book Reviews
Never Jam Today
SmallWorld Reads
Our Big Earth Media Co.
My Own Little Corner of the World
Dolce Bellezza
Whispers of Dawn
Cafe of Dreams
The Hungry Readers

Use this code:

Please link to participants at least once during the tour.


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Jack’s Tour : Surprisingly Free of Calamity

January 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

I waited to post this wrap up because I got interview answers back from Shannon and Dean a couple of days after the tour, and I wanted to give everyone a chance to get interviews up if they came in this week.

Superfast Reader posted one interview with Shannon and Dean Hale  and another one with Nathan Hale, and I posted an interview all three of them

That brings our stats for this tour to:

If you would like to vote on the three-day-blogger-of-the-tour, the poll is now up in the left sidebar.

Thanks so much!

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Final Day ~ Calamity Jack

January 13th, 2010 · Comments Off

So for the final day of the Calamity Jack Blog Tour, we have these fine posts:

  1. My review at Whispers of Dawn
  2. Becky, at Becky’s Book Reviews,  gives us plenty of reasons to love Shannon Hale.
  3. We get a review at the Book Cellar
  4. Carrie gives us a review at her YA Bookshelf
  5. And Natasha gives a review at Maw Books

If I’ve missed anyone, please feel free to leave a comment.

I think we have two three-day bloggers:

  1. Becky’s Book Reviews
  2. My Own Little Corner of the World

I’ll put up a poll tomorrow.

Thanks for participating in this fun tour. I really enjoyed digging around the Hales’ blogs. What talented people they are. I’m sorry we didn’t get any interviews in, this time. I’m thinking, with the holidays, things were just a little too busy. If you get any interviews back late, be sure to leave a comment in this post so I can link to them later. Thanks!

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Calamity Jack is Back for Day Two

January 12th, 2010 · 3 Comments

And today we have some new links and some new fans.

  1. Annie, at Reading is My Superpower,  liked the steampunk graphic novel, though she doesn’t care for the genre as a whole.
  2. Marie, at Fireside Musings, was not disappointed with this one. In fact she lists it among her top five stories read in 2009 (nine books but only five stories since one story is a nine book series). Yes, she has Calamity Jack sitting right there next to Pride and Prejudice
  3. Booking Mama is a reluctantly allowing graphic novels into her heart and gladly welcoming Calamity Jack.
  4. Becky gives us her review over at Becky’s Book Reviews.
  5. Another review over at The Hungry Readers (the movie is hysterical. I tried to leave a comment and couldn’t because the word verification graphic wouldn’t show up for me.)
  6. Over at My Own Little Corner of the World, the illustrations were all the rave, today.
  7. The GreenBeanTeenQueen thinks this is librarian’s dream.
  8. Abby the Librarian also gives her reasons for loving the book.
  9. Bellezza asks her teacher friends if they like graphic novels. (And I’m so sorry, I used her old address in the link list. Irk!)
  10. Amanda, at A Bookshelf Monstrosity, loved the illustrations and loves Shannon Hale’s work  in general (who doesn’t?). 
  11. And Natasha, over at Maw Books, the lucky ducky, got to go the book launch party and meet the three Hales in person. She’s put some fun videos on her site—don’t miss them.

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Calamity Jack ~ A Hero Everyone Can Love

January 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

calamity jacktiltToday we start the Calamity Jack blog tour with several great posts:

  1. We have a review at Through the Looking Glass Reviews.
  2. Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews gave us a review of the first book in this series, Rapunzel’s Revenge. If the quoted material doesn’t make you want to buy the book, I don’t know what will.
  3. Another review of Rapunzel’s Revenge from The Hungry Readers. As usual a thoughtful review packed with insight.
  4. A review at The Friendly Book Nook—this one from a reluctant graphic novel reader.
  5. Another review from a first time graphic novel reader over at My Little Corner of the World.
  6. A lovely review at Book Blather.
  7. Old Jack was well-loved at Book Crumbs—she called the book perfect. (It’s snowing over at the Book Crumbs site—look at the book covers. What fun.)
  8. And yet another convert to graphic novels over at Homeschool Buzz.
  9. A librarian discusses Calamity Jack and Rapunzel’s Revenge over at Everyday Reader.
  10. A review at Frenetic Reader.

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Calamity Jack ~ the Particulars

January 9th, 2010 · Comments Off

just graceYeah! Monday we set off on a tour for Calamity Jack, the new graphic novel by the brilliant Brothers Hale…or something like that. Actually they aren’t brothers at all. The writers are a husband and wife team—Dean and Shannon Hale, and the illustrator is Nathan Hale (no relation). Shannon Hale is a name you recognize, no doubt, because she won a Newbery Honor Award for her lovely book, Princess Academy, in 2006.

So without further ado, I give you the particulars for Calamity Jack:

The book is Calamity Jack, written by Shannon and Dean Hale, and illustrated by Nathan Hale.

You are welcome to use your own Amazon associate’s link or, if you don’t have an associate link, feel free to use mine:

The cover can be found here:

Shannon_HaleShannon’s picture can be found here:

I found some pictures of Dean Hale here, but don’t want to copy them because I don’t have the photographer’s permission.

Nathan’s picture can be found here:


Their websites are here:
Shannon’s =

Dean’s =

Nathan’s =

(This is one awesome blog. Be sure to click back on older posts for a really fun interview!)

Here are the links to participating bloggers.

For a paragraph listing like this:

Whispers of Dawn, Reading is my Superpower,, Through the Looking Glass Book Review , Booking Mama, Cafe of Dreams, Becky’s Book Reviews, The Hungry Readers, The Friendly Book Nook, My Own Little Corner of the World, Book Blather, GreenBeanTeenQueen, Book Crumbs , Abby (the) Librarian, Dolce Bellezza,, The Book Cellar, Carrie’s YA Bookshelf, Bookshelf Monstrosity, Everyday Reading, Frenetic Reader,, Maw Books

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For a list like this:

My Own Little Corner of the World
Book Blather
Book Crumbs
Abby (the) Librarian
Dolce Bellezza
The Book Cellar
Carrie’s YA Bookshelf
Bookshelf Monstrosity
Everyday Reading
Frenetic Reader
Whispers of Dawn
Reading is my Superpower
Through the Looking Glass Book Review
Booking Mama
Cafe of Dreams
Becky’s Book Reviews
The Hungry Readers
The Friendly Book Nook
Maw Books

Use this code:

Please link to participants at least once during the tour.


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Just the Wrap Up

December 17th, 2009 · Comments Off

Here are the final posts for the Just Grace tour:

A review at My Own Little Corner of the World
Directions for making a zine on Never Jam Today
A short review at All About Children’s Books

That leaves us, at the end of the tour with thirteen posts which included 8 reviews:

  1. The 160 Acre Woods
  2. The Hungry Readers
  3. GreenBeanTeenQueen
  4. Book Crumbs
  5. Reading is my Superpower
  6. Never Jam Today
  7. Carrie’s YA Bookshelf
  8. Cafe of Dreams

No interviews for this tour because I was sick and didn’t send out the author’s email address and remind the bloggers to send the questions out. I’m sorry I dropped the ball on that. My apologies to Houghton Mifflin, to Charise, and to you bloggers who love to have author interviews. I believe that Charise would still be happy to give you interviews if you’d like to contact her. There is nothing to say we have to stop talking about books we love just because the tour is over.

Also, you bloggers who just decided to not post for this tour—feel free to post late. We all know that this is a busy time of year and I, for one, am well aware that sickness sometimes comes in and messes with our good intentions. There is no reason for you not to post a review or an interview later this week or next week.

We must really be in the winter doldrums because only one blogger went three days: Noel, check your email inbox for your 25 dollar Amazon gift certificate.

Thanks to those of you who took the time out of your busy holiday schedules to post about this lovely little book with its plucky and opinionated young protagonist!

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