Sunday, 4 May 2014

Book Review - "Skycastle, the Demon, and Me" - and an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I LOVE children's books! It doesn't matter what genre or age group - picture books, fiction or non-fiction, I love them all! I've always had an extensive collection from my own childhood - classics such as Beatrix Potter, What Katy Did, Ann of Green Gables, Enid Blyton - you name it, I have it. But since I've been teaching I've built up a huge collection - I just can't seem to pass a book shop without buying something new!

So I am really excited to be able to review a new book that has only just hit the shelves.

"Skycastle, the Demon, and Me" is the first in a series of middle grade books for fearless, adventure loving kids. It charts the unlikely friendship between a boy and his new-found friend - a demon! It is a hellish adventure with cliffhangers aplenty to make even the most reluctant reader keep turning pages.

The book starts with a health warning:
"WARNING...this book contains a scowling demon, bad decisions, a skeleton key, not foul but hellish language, an ordinary boy and an extraordinary castle. You've been warned."

I was hooked. And stayed hooked until the very last word.

The book is well written in a way that is easily accessible to all, but still providing lots of opportunities for vocabulary extension. The story is gripping, and is especially appealing to boys of 9-12 - those who are most difficult to engage and keep on task. I really enjoyed watching the relationship between the boy and his new demon friend develop with each page - I loved his empathy, and the demon's reluctant liking for the boy.

The story is pacy and exciting, with just a touch of naughtiness - three elements that all boys can relate to. The story ended by setting the scene for the next story in what is bound to become a highly successful series. I'll definitely be on the look out for more from Andy Mulberry!

Be sure to check out the Book Blast Giveaway for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. Enter through the Rafflecopter below. Closing date May 23rd.

  Skycastle, the Demon, and Me by Andy Mulberry

About the Book

Title: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me | Author: Andy Mulberry | Publication Date: February 22, 2014 | Publisher: Paw! Print Press | Pages: 107 | Recommended Ages: 7+


* Available as a 99 cent e-book through Amazon*



About the Author: Andy Mulberry

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Andy Mulberry loves to write stories filled with strange adventures, odd characters and mysterious circumstances. To say she was born holding a book in her hand reading would be a gross hyperbole. She lives in Southern California with her scowling teenager, a chubby blue cat-beast, an imaginary dog and one leaky roof.

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* Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift card

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: May 23, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Andy Mulberry and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to
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