I’m usually singing Happy Book Birthday to picture books…but today we have something a bit different. I connected with author Marie Prins because she wanted to subscribe to my blog but was having tech trouble doing so. In her email, I noticed her signature included a captivating cover – and so I asked her about it. THE GIRL FROM THE ATTIC is exactly the type of book I loved to read when I was a kid. Geared for grades 5-7, it’s definitely a page turner!
THE GIRL FROM THE ATTIC
Written by Marie Prins
Published by Common Deer Press (2020)
And here’s a little snippet from Amazon to tantalize you
Maddy Rose lives in two worlds. A hundred years apart. In the same strange house built as an octagon. When a mysterious black cat leads her into its unknown attic, she meets Clare and his very sick sister Eva. Together Maddy and Clare jump into a money-making scheme in his uncle’s dangerous soap factory to buy a cure for Eva. But an unexpected tragedy befalls them. And then Maddy is pulled back into her own time to confront the premature birth of her own sister. Will Maddy be able to deal with hardships of two lives? Will the skills she learned in the past help her solve the problems of the present? Can the strange shape of the house make a difference? As the Girl from the Attic, Maddy must rise to the challenges of both worlds in order to find her own place in the life of the octagon.
I’m a huge fan of time-travel stories! And this one really hooked me in! And the lovely Marie and her publisher are offering a copy as a giveaway! Don’t miss the chance to snag a copy…leave a comment – why not tell us what time you would travel to if you had a time machine or a doorway into another world. And please share the post on social media for more tickets in the giveaway hat.
Here’s a bit about Marie:
Marie is a certified K-8 teacher in Ontario with a private practice in remedial reading at The Reading Room, now located in her home in Colborne, Ontario.
She has trained in the remedial PhonoGraphix Program with Read America, the children’s Discover Reading Program in Calgary, and the Association Method for Language Deficient Children.
As a reading/writing specialist, Marie has worked with many children teaching them reading, writing, and spelling skills that have greatly enhanced their abilities to read and work at grade level in their classrooms.
You can find out more about Marie and her books here.
In fact, if you go to her website, you'll find out how come she is such an expert on octagonal houses!
We have another double header coming up this weekend – For Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Boy and the Gorilla by Jackie Kramer…and on Saturday, Beth Anderson Will Write for Cookies as she shares a bit of the writing journey of her newest nonfiction pb bio, SMELLY KELLY.
Hoping everyone is staying safe and well! I’m staying busy, opening boxes and putting stuff away – and I just sent an R&R to my agent to pass along to the editor who is interested in that story. Fingers crossed!