Sunday, September 8, 2013

Back to School Middle Grade Blog Hop

Yes, It's back to school time, and I'm here doing a Back to School blog hop for middle graders, and giving away one copy of my middle grade fiction, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island.

Back to school means different things for different people. I remember my own children getting excited on the first day back to school. New clothes, new supplies, new books, and catching up with their old friends.

But in many cases, back to school doesn't always mean the first day of school. It might  mean the first day in a brand new school, or it might mean entering a new school nearing the end of the semester or school year.

For ten-year-old, Nikki Landry, from The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, her houseboat settles into a new bayou at least twice a year, and a new beginning means the end of  her old school and her old friends. She has to deal with the sadness of losing her closest friend, and the fear of what bullies might await her in her new school. Nikki lives on the wrong side of the levee and gets the brunt of being called names, such as Levee Rat.

My childhood was much like Nikki's, and starting a new school several times a year was a challenge. But now that I look back on it, my growing up was riddled with new adventures with every new place we settled. As an adult, it has made me more flexible in the working world, which is always full of change.

For every child that has ever had to change schools in the middle of the year, this book will hit home. Join Nikki as she adapts to her new surroundings, and as she and her new-found friends search out clues to learn the truth about Ghost Dog Island's legend. 

Buy links, reviews, and a book trailer are on the right side bar, along with a current giveaway on Goodreads. 

After you check those out, go visit the rest of the middle grade and YA writers on this hop on the link below. Don't forget to leave a comment here before you go to be eligible to win a free copy of The Legend of Ghost Dog Island.

While you're blog hopping, check out Julia Faye Smith's blog


Serena Writes said...

Happy Blog Hopping, Rita! May your bayou be full of happy readers

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Thanks Serena!

Paul R. Hewlett said...

Hi Rita, great post! I hated back to school shopping. I have 2 older brothers and my mom took us all to the mall and we had to get everything done in one day. 5 shirts, 5 pants, a winter coat, shoes. It was horrible.

Paul R. Hewlett

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Glad those days are over for you, Paul. Shopping is not a fun thing for the boys. LOL.

Virginia Lori Jennings said...

I was nervous about the first day at a new school but mostly about standing in front of the class and saying the dreaded "I'm the new kid, I moved here from >insert<" WHEW!

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Know the feeling, Virginia. Been there many times. The hero in my book experiences exactly that, . Why do they make kids go through that???

Sara Stinson said...

Enjoyed the article, Rita. The first day of school is a nervous time! Happy hopping!
Sara :)

June Kramin said...

Great post, Rita. I had the same school since 3rd grade. I can't imagine being the new kid so often. It could be great experiences as well as scary. I'll have to dig into your book & see!
Thanks for joining the hop!

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sara. Hi June. Yes, it was...interesting. The book is based on my childhood, growing up on the bayous.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Just getting my 2 cents in, big sis! I'm almost half-way through The Legend of Ghost Dog Island (wish I were a faster reader) and plan on reviewing it for a blog post! So far, so good! Cheers and best wishes on the blog tour!

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Rita Monette, Writer said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. Hope you're enjoying the bayou, and all the shenanigans Nikki and Spikes and Snooper are getting into.