Hi, everyone, it’s Sher here with a middle grade SF that reminded me of Jungle Book
in space. Maybe it’s more like Tarzan
because the animals don’t talk, but there’s plenty of monkey business. Daring rescues too. Anyway, the author, Randy Morrison, is offering two paperback copies to US or Canada
winners. This would be a great book for the classroom because there’s an educator’s guide, and it includes a real extinct species from Earth brought back to life for the book.
Thanks to Angela’s Anxious Life for hosting and I am a Reader for co-hosting. Now, on with the giveaway, starting with the cover.
The Wild Boy has no idea what a human may be . . . much less that he is one. But then a human family of animal experts from a space traveling circus spots him from their hot air balloon. When the land in the Cloud Forest to investigate, he drops from his home in the trees and befriends them. Soon he must choose between the only life he’s ever known–living with wild animals– and his only chance to live with his own kind. His fateful decision draws him into a human world of circus freaks, daring stunts, space ship adventures and . . . the battle for power over all of Empire Luna.
“A space circus that travels around the home planet and 7 moons, what a wonderfully fun setting! The author does a wonderful job of getting you hooked in the first chapter and keeping you hooked. There is so much for the imagination. I loved reading about the different circus acts and soon after, being on edge while space ships shoot at each other.” (N Golding)
“I am a fifth grade teacher and I gave this book to 2 girls and 1 boy from my previous class. All three of them loved it! They stated that it was exciting and pulled them in from the very beginning. They couldn’t wait for the continuation of the series. . . . This book would be a fantastic addition to any library. Adults would like it as well. I certainly did. It is fast-paced fantasy with a truly villainous antagonist.” (S Despain)
“A friend gave me this book to read. At first I was hesitant because I don’t read young adult books, but I was hooked after chapter one. It’s delightful, entertaining and written by an intelligent author. Mr. Morrison took me on an adventure to alien places, animals and people. I felt like I was flying over the moons with the characters. All the young readers I know will be receiving a copy of this book for Christmas.” (M K Peterson)
“The author creates a beautiful and believable fantasy world full of adventures, danger, creatures, kings and queens, and fun. I am a teacher and I would recommend this to any of my students.” (A Pedersen)
“Epic Win – That’s how my eleven-year-old son describes it. The story is full of fantastical characters, over-the-top adventures and battles that will keep kids turning pages long after their bedtime.” (Ali B)
“What if Tarzan was found in the jungle and brought on an interstellar journey throughout the stars. Seven Moon Circus by Randy Morrison is the first trilogy in a larger series. It is a fantasy adventure book about a wild boy who is picked up by a traveling space circus. The edition I received had the first three books in the trilogy in one. I’m glad it was an omnibus because each book builds on the previous and the cliffhangers leave you wanting to know what happens next. I definitely think this book will find an audience. Children ages 8-12 will likely enjoy the adventures within these pages.” (P Tierney)
“There are so many middle-grade books out there that it’s difficult to sort out the good ones from the clutter. This is a good one! It’s really well written with an exciting story to boot. It has plenty of action and great characters. Fantastic for boys and girls, both.” (K Fish)
Seven Moon Circus paperback is three complete books in one volume, including:
Book One — Escape From Verdanta
Book Two — Rings of Baraboo [after the circus museum in Baraboo Wisconsin]
Book Three: The Battle of Crestival
You can buy a copy of Seven Moon Circus
paperback trilogy from Amazon
for $10.82 plus shipping and handling, or you can buy a customized, signed copy directly from the author for $13 including shipping and handling. Author’s email: email@example.com
Ebooks will be available as separate titles early in 2014.
Author Bio and Links:
Randal Morrison, known to friends and young readers as Randy, was formerly a rock and roll disc jockey on the radio mostly in Chicago and Denver. He is now a lawyer who specializes in First Amendment litigation and an author of fiction for young readers. A native of Utah who spent part of his childhood in Australia, he now lives in Southern California with his family. He is a member of SCBWI
, the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators.
Contact: Randy Morrison welcomes comments and questions on Seven Moon Circus. Send to P.O. Box 531518, San Diego CA 92153-1518
OR email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.7mc.com — includes the entire Educator’s Guide, Shane Watson’s painting of the quagga, and the first few chapters of the book.
Team links: Randy Morrison did things the right way. Take a look at his expert team:
Editor Deborah Halverson: www.deareditor.com
Illustrator SC Watson: www.oreganoproductions.com
Educator’s Guide by Grace Nall: www.teachingseasons.com
Circus logo by Bill McCloskey: www.thewondershop.com
Interior design by Greg Smith: www.gsmithdesign.com
Now for my book review: (Imagine the drums rolling or clap your hands!)
Seven Moon Circus by Randy Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was over the moon to receive a book from an indie author who belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI. That’s the first clue that a children’s author knows what he’s doing. The second clue is that he went to the trouble of hiring a well-respected professional team of editors and illustrators for the book, and a common core teaching expert to write the educator’s guide. The third clue is in the writing itself. I found a well-crafted, entertaining story. Actually, it’s three. The paperback includes three individual titles combined in one volume. Bonus!
Now for what I liked. Characters first. As the mother of four wild boys, I liked Marz the best, although I would have preferred more of the wild boy’s point of view. I kept wondering how much he understood about what was going on around him and never found out. Although I didn’t get to see enough of what he was thinking for my taste, I also know that kids like less thinking and more action. For a middle grade book, the author has to go with the target age group’s preferences. I also liked Elizabelle, in that difficult age where adults think she’s a child, yet she wants to be an adult. I also liked seeing a book where the parents were not absent or bad, but a positive influence and presence. Of course there was a bad guy I loved to hate, but a bad woman governor, Mai-Kellina, pulled most of the poison strings. Then there was Tricka, who took the cake for the most interesting character I’ve met in a long while.
The pacing was a little slow at the start, but it soon picked up with Marz, lots of monkey business—“Rule one do fun”—and fur-raising escapes. Each time Mars thought he’d found freedom, another obstacle popped up. The Hawken family seemed defeated by Mai-Kellina until important allies entered the story, including the Quagga, an extinct species of zebra featured in the educator’s guide. The story arc included a royal dilemma involving a missing queen, genetics experiments, and power plays, enough to keep an adult entertained and wondering. Although I guessed where things were going, the author got there in ways I didn’t guess.
Of course as a geek, I loved the scientific wonders like view-gems. That’s the only one I’ll mention, but there were others. I also loved the wordplay and songs. I almost laughed aloud when I read about the wonderful Buzzard of Boz. I had to sing other parts where I recognized the tunes. Oh yes, the names have significance I didn’t notice until the author explained. If you want to know, you’ll have to ask him yourself. Suffice it to say, it will be more fun if you figure it out. I also enjoyed how Marz skunked his opponents. Shoko candy not so much. You’ll see what I mean when you read.
The only thing I didn’t like was where the author went into omniscient point of view. My limit is one person per section because I can’t identify myself as two people without a little break in between. Kids won’t notice, and it doesn’t happen often. A couple of parts strained my credibility, and I already mentioned I would like to see more of Marz’s point of view. But the book was great overall. Like any series book, there were things reserved for the next installment, but the story arc was otherwise complete. I highly recommend Seven Moon Circus, especially to teachers for classroom use. Four stars for a young-at-heart adult, five stars for kids. I’m definitely on board whenever the next circus train comes to town.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Here’s a final note from the author:
As this giveway draws to a close, I want to thank everyone who has shown an interest in Seven Moon Circus. And I want to make this offer: for anyone who is not a winner of the giveaway, but wishes to buy a copy of the book, you can do that on Amazon for $10.82 plus a shipping and handling charge that will vary according to the dollar value of your whole order. Or, if you prefer, you can order your copy directly from me for the same price, and I will cover shipping and handling, and autograph the copy as you request. Send your order with payment (check or money order, not cash!) to me at PO Box 531518, San Diego CA 92153-1518. Make your check or money order payable to Randal Morrison. Thanks again for your interest, and don’t forget Wild Boy Marz’s RULE ONE – DO FUN!