Back To School YA & Middle Grade Book Blog Hop ~ Karmack Review and ebook Givewaway

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Hi everyone, and welcome to the Back To School YA & MG Blog Hop hosted by I <3 Middle Grade Books. Paul here today, and I am pleased to be back after my…ummm…interesting interview with Karmack and to be a part of this 1st ever blog hop. A special thanks goes out to Ann T. Bugg (aka June Kramin) for organizing this. If you don’t know Ann, she is the author of the Before Happily Ever After series. You can read my review of book 4, Down the River and Awakening Rosehere.

Today I am happy to be featuring a wonderful middle grade book by author J.C. Whyte called Karmack. Karmack is aimed at children ages 8-12 and is perfect for classroom read-alouds. Karmack was released in June by Muse It Up Publishing. Now for the Goodreads blurb:

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Everyone knows Curtis “Sully” Sullenburg is the toughest kid at Higgins Elementary. For years, he and his gang have tormented students and teachers alike with their pranks. And for the most part, they’ve gotten away with it. But all that changes when a strange little creature appears on the scene. From that point on, pranks start coming back like boomerangs, smacking Sully’s gang right in their fifth grade butts! 

Sully is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. The little guy claims to be a nature spirit whose job is to balance all the bad karma the boys have amassed over the years. Because if Karmack fails, these boys will undoubtedly suffer “dreadful, awful doom”. Just like that kid who shot at crows with his BB gun – one day he crashed his bike into a pigeon coop and emerged as the Abominable Snowman of bird poop! Yeah, that kind of doom.

Sully soon realizes he must save not only himself but his friends from Karmack’s doom, even though they have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged!

Now for a bit about the author, J.C. Whyte:

J.C. Whyte discovered her love for writing at the age of eleven when her 6th grade teacher told the class to write a poem about a sport. She knew her classmates would probably choose a popular sport like baseball or football, so J.C. chose to write a funny poem about golf. To her surprise, the teacher really loved it and encouraged J.C. to continue writing. So she did. 

For more about Ms. Whyte, head on over to her Goodreads page (and feel free to become a fan while you’re there).

Now for my review:

What I liked best: I loved the story being told through the eyes of the bully. Many times stories involving bullies are told through the eyes of the individual being bullied. I thought this was really, really clever and made for a very interesting story. Well done

What missed a bit: Not much to report here. There were a few instances where the POV suddenly shifted to another person, but this only happened a couple of times and wasn’t a major issue. An example is shifting to Gonzo or Breeze’s POV as they notice Sully getting angry when the rest of the chapter is in Sully’s POV. I don’t believe this will cause any problem with the story at all.
Overall: Loved it! I really enjoyed Karmack. I think it is a wonderfully entertaining book that is indeed perfect for classroom read-alouds. I think children ages 8-12 (and maybe a bit older, like me) will love this book, especially boys. Karmack’s dialogue was really well done (did you read the interview?). I think it works very well and establishes him as a vessel and not an all powerful magician or anything like that. I also have to mention how amused I was when Sully shifts into “default” mode when reasoning with Karmack, which for Sully is to threaten. Sully is a great character, and I believe most of us has known a Sully or two throughout our lives. A great middle grade book by J.C. Whyte, and I look forward to more books from her. 
That wraps up my review, now it’s time for the giveaway. Ms.Whyte has been kind enough to give away an ebook copy of Karmack for one lucky, international winner. Head on to the Rafflecopter and enter to win. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. Have you ever known a Sully? If so, how old where you when you knew him?

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Thanks for joining the hop, Paul (& for the pimping 😉 ) You do an awesome job with reviews! So glad to have found you!

  2. This book looks so fun! Thanks so much for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday! I was browsing through your buttons today and found several new “book friends” that I’m excited to get to know! Would you consider adding the Booknificent Thursday button to your collection so others can find me if they are so inclined? Thanks so much!

    • HI Tina,
      Thanks for stopping by & sharing. I will certainly add the Booknificent Thursday button. It is on your blog, right? I’m glad that you found some “book friends” Have a great night.


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