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Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari, Illustrated by Brian Floca


I’m so pleased to have been able to read this book in ARC form, and even more pleased that this book is out in the world for all to read and enjoy! Congratulations Maria Gianferrari and Brian Floca on this spectacular book!

Roaring Brook Press, June 2018

This story centers on a little girl who watches Father Hawk hunt to feed his nest of babies. I used to work as a raptor rehabilitator while I was in college so I have a big affinity for raptors of all kinds, and particularly love red-tail hawks as they are fairly common and easy to spot. Maria Gianferrari does an excellent job sharing facts about this spectacular creature and Brian Floca’s illustrations are spot on. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in nature and wildlife.

The author is generously offering a copy to one U.S. winner. Please comment below if you’d like to be entered in the drawing! Enter by midnight EST Thursday, June 21. Winner announced on Friday, June 22!

EDITED TO ADD: The winner has been chosen! Congratulations, Jen!

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner


I received my very own autographed copy of Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner (illustrated by Brian Floca) after winning a drawing for spreading the good word about Kate’s first Marty book. This book is just as much fun with a great story about saving the earth.

In this second book about the spunky third grader Marty McGuire, Marty is determined to win a prize in the school’s Save The Earth project. With the help of her grandmother, she and her best friend Annie set up a compost bin at school. Marty is excited for the worms to do their job, but is then disappointed that they are so slow about turning food scraps into fertilizer. In the meantime, it looks like all her other classmates are making great and visible progress on their projects. Will she even have a chance at winning?

I love how full of confidence Marty is, and I love that she cares about saving the earth. It’s no surprise that Marty loves worms (she wasn’t afraid of a frog in book 1). There’s good humor throughout (worm escapees!) and readers will learn about composting and other “save the earth” hints.  Young readers will enjoy this story and Marty will capture their hearts!