One of my favourite things ever in the world to do is give books to other people, and I’m super excited to pass along to one lucky winner a couple of incredible middle-grade adventures for your favourite bookish kid.
A.L. Tait, otherwise known as a friend of mine, Allison (whom I’ve never met in the flesh, but that’s the way the internet works when you’re me!), is a fantastic writer of a broad stroke of genres. Her new series for kids aged 8 and over features a ragtag band of plucky girls who come to the aid of a young orphan on a secret and sometimes scary mission in its first iteration, The Book of Secrets.
What’s the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan. Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, political intrigue and adventure.
I loved this book. YA fiction is a huge jam for me (hence making an entire podcast out of the impossibly perfect lives of the kids at Sweet Valley High), and this book written for kids a hundred years younger still had me tearing through the pages to find out what happens. Coded manuscripts! The woods! Castles! These are a few of my favourite things.
As he seeks to decipher the code and find a mystery man who may not even exist, Gabe learns that survival must be earned and that some of life’s biggest lessons are not found in books.
As the mother of two girls, the existence of smart, funny and strong female characters in literature has me clicking “add to cart” faster than should be humanly possible.
This book is excellent for any and all kids who love adventure, intrigue, and a bit of suspense to get the heart pumping.
Gabe finds himself questioning everything he knows about right and wrong and wondering if he’ll ever find a way back home. He also discovers that the biggest secret of all may be his own.
And today, I’m giving away one copy of The Book of Secrets, and one copy of the first in Al’s Mapmaker Chronicle series Race to the End of the World to one lucky winner.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling what was your favourite book when you were 8 and why?
Entries are open worldwide, and will close at 8.00pm AEDST on Friday, November 17. Winners will be chosen on merit, and will be notified on this post and via email.