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Friday, November 1, 2019

Black Canary: Ignite Blog Tour (review & giveaway)



Black Canary: Ignite 
By Meg Cabot 
Illustrated by Cara McGee 
10/29/19 
DC Zoom 

Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they'll need to agree on a band name. 

When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah's goals and threatens her friends and family, she'll learn more about herself, her mother's secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life. 


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Meg Cabot’s Black Canary: Ignite is a joyously loud and awesomely triumphant new middle-grade graphic novel. With an empowering story, a fierce heroine, and compelling illustrations, Black Canary: Ignite rocks! 

Y’all I LOVE this graphic novel...like, I really, really love it! Meg Cabot gives a powerful and inspiring voice to a young Dinah Lance, whose origin story is captivatingly and cleverly laid out in this graphic novel. Cool action, intriguing superpowers, deliciously wicked baddies, relatable teen angst, sick tunes...this graphic novel has it all and young readers will be amused and impressed by all of it. 

Cabot’s engaging storytelling and McGee’s fun, lively and bold illustrations work in perfect harmony, creating a spectacular reading experience. Black Canary: Ignite is a fantastic introduction to the charming Dinah Lance/Black Canary and her never boring, girl power and music fueled world! 

MY RATING
5/5 Cupcakes




Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign, but learned at an early age that a good storyteller can always give herself a happy ending.  Her 80+ books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling over twenty-five million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg’s numerous other award-winning books include the Mediator series, the Heather Wells mystery series, and Avalon High, the later of which was made into a film for Disney Channel. Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming”) currently lives in Key West with her husband and various cats. 

Cara McGee 



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Monday, October 28, 2019

Review and Giveaway: Super Sons - The Foxglove Mission by Ridley Pearson



Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission 
By Ridley Pearson 
Illustrated by Ileana Gonzalez 
October 29, 2019 
DC Zoom 

In the aftermath of The PolarShield Project, Jon Kent and Damian "Ian" Wayne, the respective sons of Superman and Batman, are on the run! With their hometown in ruins, and in the absence of their heroic fathers, Jon and Ian are on a mission to find a sample of the deadly virus that's threatening Wyndemere and Jon's mother, Lois Lane. Meanwhile, Candace follows clues that hold the key to her destiny, and her journey is filled with twists and turns as she unlocks powerful abilities she never knew existed. While their quests threaten to divide the three of them, it's only through teamwork and trust that they can succeed. 

The Foxglove Mission is the rare sequel that takes everything readers love about Super Sons and raises the stakes without losing any of the charm or sense of wonder. Join New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers) and artist Ile Gonzalez as they introduce new settings, new allies and villains, and an all-new adventure in this latest action-packed chapter! 


Praise for Pearson’s Super Sons series: 

“Pearson integrates timely elements through the focus on climate change and allusions to the refugee experience, while Gonzalez’s artwork is vivid and crisp, riffing on a classic comic style. Pearson and Gonzalez’s take on the iconic figures offers good fun, especially for young readers who are just discovering the DC universe.” 

 
“This adventure mixes several popular elements, such as superheroes, mysteries, and global warming. For kids who enjoy suspenseful adventures about saving the world and superhero-adjacent stories.” 
—School Library Journal 


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Jon Kent, son of Superman; Ian Wayne, son of Batman; and their friends Candace and Tilly return for another action-packed, fast-paced adventure in Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission! Once again, Ridley Pearson explores the enthralling, tense Superman/Batman dynamic for a younger audience, through the eyes of their sons. Exciting unfolding action, likable characters, cool powers and gadgets, and engaging illustrations smash together in this fun, hip graphic novel.  

The various settings and story arcs will keep readers absorbed and eagerly turning pages, while the timely and thought-provoking topics explored will engage the minds of young readers. Jon and Ian prove to be compelling young heroes, while Candace and Tilly continue to shine as strong, capable heroines.  

Fans of the world of Batman and Superman, and younger readers not yet ready for that intense world, will both be captivated and impressed with this sequel! 



Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing their time between Missouri and Idaho.Also writes Chris Klick mysteries as Wendell McCall. 
Edgar-nominee, Ridley Pearson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of (more than 50) award-winning suspense and young adult adventure novels. His novels have been published in two-dozen languages and have been adapted for network television and the Broadway stage. Ridley’s crime novels have earned a reputation for writing fiction that “grips the imagination.” 

Ridley’s middle-grade-reader series include, The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trappand Lock & Key. The Peter and the Starcatchers series,co-written with Pulitzer Prize winner (and bandmate), Dave Barry, (adapted to the stage by Rick Elice) was awarded 5 Tony Awards. 

Ridley’s research has spanned the globe and has included, a prison for the criminally insane in the U.K., exploring the engine room of a cruise liner, and multiple after-hour tours of Walt Disney World and Disneyland. 
 Currently, Ridley is writing a new series—The Kingdom Kids—for Disney Books and a trilogy of graphic novels—The Super Sons—for DC Entertainment. 
Ridley plays bass guitar in an all-author rock band comprised of other bestselling writers (Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Mitch Album, Scott Turow, Greg Iles, and occasionally, Stephen King). The Rockbottom Remainders, has raised over 2.5 million dollars for various non-profits. He lives–and writes–in the Northern Rockies along with his wife, Marcelle. 


Ileana Gonzalez illustrated her first comic strip while in kindergarten, and grew up to study fashion design in college. Deciding that graphic storytelling was her first true love, she refocused her creative effort and landed her first paid work at the digital storytelling company Madefire, working exclusively for them to co-create their popular middle-grade series The Heroes Club. Super Sons is her first graphic novel, and her first project for DC. 


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