I need to do some serious reading in the next few weeks! I've got books of all kinds to read. I've got fiction, non-fiction, and teen books to get through devour. I've decided that having you come on this journey with me will make it fun! So, during the next 4 weeks I am putting the names of 14 regular Christian fiction books, 7 non-fiction books, and 7 teen/young adult books into a bowl and drawing them out to read and giveaway.
Book giveaway for Day 2: (youth) The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason
Here are the rules to enter:
A. Post a comment answering a random question with that day's post.
Today's Question: This book has a lot about weather in it. How do you feel about thunder storms? Do you like them or do they scare you? Do you get them where you live?
My Answer: I don't mind a good storm, except when I'm trying to sleep. We get some pretty loud ones here sometimes.
B. Include an email address where I can reach you if you are selected as the winner for that giveaway.
C. Enter on or before Feb. 11 for this book, the winner will be drawn Feb. 12.
D. Come back tomorrow for the next book!
TODAY'S BOOK GIVEAWAY
When Zac Sparks’s mother dies, he’s sent to live in Five Corners with his cruel old Aunties. It isn’t long before Zac knows something strange is going on. Five Corners is populated with weird characters—a midget butler, a girl who doesn’t speak, a blind balloon seller, a mysterious singer, and the Aunties’ father, Dada. Zac’s first encounter with Dada is so terrifying he faints dead away.
The one bright spot is Sky Porter, a friendly soul who encourages Zac and shows him kindness. But Sky isn’t what he seems either, and when Zac learns Sky’s amazing secret, he sees that this wonderful man may have a very dark side as well. Discovering that Dada is an evil magician who is intent on stealing the ultimate treasure, Zac knows many lives are at stake, including his own.
A very interesting book meant for ages 9-12. It reminded me of Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with interesting people who do strange things. There's magic and evil sorcery too. The beginning was a bit slow and sad for me, but once Sky Porter enters the book, the story really picks up and gets exciting. There's no outright faith message here, more like an allegory of good and evil characters and some portrayal of heaven. If you like Harry Potter, this is definately worth checking out!
- My rating: 4.5 stars
- Genre: youth fantasy
- Themes: good vs. evil
- Part of a Series: no
- Publication year: 2009
- Pages: 424