I’m not normally a giveaway girl, but I couldn’t resist jumping in on this fun tour from Penguin. All week long, at various cool blogs (*tooting own horn*), you’ll find not only some of the best middle grade reads from Penguin, but also fun Halloween costume suggestions for book lover. We’re only one week away from Trick or Treat, so it’s the right time for a little inspiration, don’t you think?
Step into some creepy stories this Halloween and become your favorite middle grade character…from the ghoulish undead to mischievous pirates, the costumes are endless. Today, we’re featuring:
Deadweather and Sunrise: The Chronicles of Egg, Book 1 by Geoff Rodkey, a stunning middle-grade debut full of heart, humor, and nonstop action.
It’s tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody’s trying to kill you.
Not that Egg’s life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts. But when Egg’s father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect. Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.
Suddenly, Egg’s running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he’s been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy. Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did.
Impersonate a pirate like Egg this Halloween! With these easy costume ideas, no one will dare try to pillage your candy haul!
1. Grab some old clothing and sew or glue patches onto your pants and elbows.
2. Using eyeliner or face paint, create a “five o’clock shadow” by rubbing it on your chin and cheeks. Pirates don’t have time to shave!
3. Get a big piece of black construction paper and search “Make your own paper pirate hat” on the internet to complete your outfit.
4. Grab a toy parrot, a toy sword, or make a treasure map like the one on http://chroniclesofegg.com/ so you can navigate the treacherous Trick-or-Treat waters safely!
You can purcase the Chronicles of Egg here: Indiebound or Amazon.
And you should check out the other stops on the tour, for more book and costume recommendations:
Mon 10.22 MundieKids IN A GLASS GRIMMLY
Tues 10.23 Green Bean Teen Queen GUSTAV GLOOM
Wed 10.24 Charlotte’s Library UNDEAD ED
Thurs 10.25 Shelf Elf CHRONICLES OF EGG
Fri 10.26 Bookalicious CREATURE FROM THE 7TH GRADE
Mon 10.29 Book Chic WEREWORLD
Tues 10.30 Books Together BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE
Now… the giveaway! Thanks to Penguin, I’m happy to giveaway a set consisting of each of the books featured throughout the tour, to one lucky winner!
In a Glass Grimmly
The Creature from the 7th Grade
Books of Elsewhere
Gustav Gloom and the People Takers
Deadweather and Sunrise: Chronicles of Egg
Leave a comment below, including your Halloween costume plan for this year, or perhaps your favourite spooky read for the season, and the winner will be selected on October 31st.
My favorite spooky read-aloud is Hallo-weiner by Dav Pilkey. It’s not actually very spooky, but it’s really cute and the kids love it.
I plan on being a zombie. I have been reading the Lord of the Rings books. I really like reading about kids my age having great adventures and being smart.
I’m still not sure what I’m doing for Halloween. I have a Pippin costume I tend to fall back on, as well as a Grey Lady from Harry Potter one (the grey Elven cloak works for both!). Thanks for the giveaway and costume idea!
My favorite spooky read is Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree.
Favorite Halloween reads are Boris and Bella and The Berstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree. I have an Eeyore costume that I would love to wear but alas no place to wear it.
I’ll probably be fancy nancy again this year if I end up dressing up : ) My favorite spooky read is any of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan.
I’m not dressing up for Halloween this year. I’m reading Roald Dahl’s The Witches for the first time ever right now, and it’s wonderfully creepy so far. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
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we are painting our faces like Dias de los muertos. I don’t know if it will be a favorite yet, but I am in the middle of Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough and it’s pretty creepy.
the book looks like fun. love the name Egg…
love gaiman’s coraline and the graveyard book, jackson’s haunting of hill house and the lottery, jacobs’ the monkey’s paw – and a million others –
I’m actually not one to dress up. I just don’t really find it exciting the way other people do. I’m not all posh about it, though. If it makes you happy, do it!
My all-time favorite Halloween read is Coraline :]
I don’t have a costume (I’m working), but the best freak-me-out book is I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga.
Thank you for the giveaway!! I’m not really dressing up this year, but here’s my new favourite scary story: Click-Clack The Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman. Listened to it while alone in the flat, and boy was it scary.
What a great tour and fun giveaway! Thanks for the offer!
I’m not dressing up this year but have been helping the grandkiddies with their Little Mermaid and Woody the cowboy (Toy Story) costumes. So cute! We’ve been reading the books my boys had when they were little – The Berenstain Bears, Little Critter, Clifford the Big Red Dog, etc. all have holiday themed books and we collected them all. It’s fun to share them again with the next generation!
Dressing up as cleopatra