When my friend and fellow YAtopia contributor Kate released her book WINELL ROAD: BENEATH THE SURFACE back in April, she didn't embark on a great deal of promotion because of a lot of 'things'. So, to make up for that and to kick off the festivities for her favorite time of year - Christmas! - she's taken Winell Road on a little tour, hoping to spread the word and introduce lots of new young readers to what she believes is a great big dollop of sci-fi fun and adventure. I've read some of her work and know that this story is one every middle grader will enjoy! Here's a little info...
Twelve-year old Jack Mills lives at 5 Winell Road and probably has the world's weirdest neighbors. Like freakishly weird. And to top it off, he lives with Mum: nosy, interfering, a hideous cook, and Dad: unsuccessful inventor of the Camera Belt and Self-Closing Window. All in all, it's a boring, embarrassing, dead-end place to live. So when Jack arrives home from school one day, a close shave with a UFO is the last thing he expects. But the fact it doesn't abduct him, and that no one else, not even Mum, sees the gigantic flying saucer hovering over the street, adds a whole new layer of strange. Soon after, an alien encounter threatens Jack’s life and he becomes embroiled in a galaxy-saving mission. With the assistance of his new neighbor, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, he discovers Winell Road is hiding secrets—secrets Jack might wish he'd never uncovered.
REVIEWS!If you're still not sure whether this book is right for your young reader (or you!), here's a couple of reviews...
'Winell Road: Beneath the Surface is a fast-paced middle-grade adventure story with the feel of Men in Black. Jack is a smart, resourceful boy with more abilities than he’s ever dreamed off, and he finds out that the world is a far stranger place than he imagined. The action is non-stop and will keep readers riveted.' ~Examiner.com
'This book will work wonderfully read aloud in class. There are enough cliff-hanger chapter endings to keep them begging for more. It will also promote discussion about making snap judgments while providing plenty of scope for related art projects.' ~Buzz Words Magazine
Go to Goodreads to see a few more.
Kate is an Englishwoman on the Gold Coast in Australia. A middle grade writer, freelance editor, the editorial director at Lakewater Press and all around lover of the written word, she is ruled by her three sons, husband and spoodle pup. Not one to have a quiet day, she spends her free time mentoring new writers in contests like Nest Pitch and Pitch Wars, judging writing contests and helping out at Writers Activation on the Gold Coast. Other than that, she likes laying in bed or by the pool with a book! If you would like to stalk Kate you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, where you can also find out about her editorial services.
GIVEAWAY!It would make a great stocking filler for children. BUT, if you're feeling particularly lucky, she's giving away three signed copies just in time for Christmas! Yippee! Click here to enter!
GO BUY IT!If you don't win, then the book is available all over the virtual world. Amazon UK Amazon Booktopia Jet Black Publishing
HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS!