Back to School YA & Middle Grade Book Blog Hop ~ Character Interview ~ Karmack ebook Giveaway

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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 especially pleased to be a part of this 1st ever blog hop and 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. We are lucky enough here at Sher A. Hart blog to have Karmack with us. The little guy agreed to be interviewed by yours truly. 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 before we head out to the woods behind the school to talk to Karmack, let’s take a look at 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).

Okay, now for the interview!

Paul:  I’m here today with a most unusual creature. His name is Karmack and he’s the star of a new middle grade book. At least, I think he’s here. I only see an empty chair and…
Karmack:  I’s be here.
Paul:  Oh, hello? Where did that come from?
Karmack:  I’s be right here, on chair. You’s no see; must be speedy-eyed to see.
Paul:  Speedy-eyed? Oh, you mean like your friend Sully?
Karmack:  ‘Xactly! Boy be speedy-eyed!
Paul:  Uh…okay. Look, Karmack, I’m finding this a bit weird, talking to an empty chair. All I see are some sparks when you speak.
Karmack:  I’s so fast, you’s only see sparks.
Paul:  There’s a picture of you on the cover of your new book. Is this how you really look?
Karmack:  I’s more pretty.
Paul:  More pretty, huh? So maybe your nose is…
Karmack:  Bigger! So more pretty.
PaulOoookay. Um, I understand you’re a nature spirit. What exactly does a nature spirit do?
Karmack:  Jobs. For nature. Make wind blow, rain fall, earth shake. We’s do special jobs too, like balance.
Paul:  You mean like balancing Sully and his friends, for all the bad karma they made?
Karmack:  ‘Xactly! He’s and he’s friends make many bad tricks. Build skyscrapers high, over heads. I’s balance, so skyscrapers no fall.
Paul:  I see. You protected those boys from…what did you call it?
Karmack:  Dreadful, awful doom! But…job be no perfect – you’s see, in book.
Paul:  You mean nature spirits make mistakes too?
Karmack:  Job be no perfect.
Paul:  Say Karmack, can all you nature spirits speak our language?
Karmack:  No all. I’s balance many, many humans. Pick up language. I’s speak good now.
Paul:  Uh, yeah. But since you’ve balanced so many humans, I guess you’re no youngster. How old are you, Karmack?
Karmack:  Many, many. Nature spirits, we’s live more long than you’s. Many, many.
Paul:  I see. So Karmack, will you be balancing any more boys in the future?
Karmack:  Boys start middle school. More bullies make more bad tricks. I’s go balance.
Paul:  So you’ll be going to the middle school with Sully and his friends? To balance more bullies?
Karmack:  You’s gotcha!
Paul:  Okay, I want to thank you for this…insightful…interview, Karmack. I hope you’ll come back and visit after your next balancing job. Will you do that?
Karmack:  You’s gotcha!
Paul:  Great. I’d like to shake your hand now. So wherever you are, put ‘er there.
Karmack:  You’s gotcha!
PaulHey, you spit in my hand! Why’d you do that?!
Karmack:  You’s put out hand, like boy. We’s make deal.
Paul (wiping hand):  Karmack, I think you’ve been with too many bullies lately.
Karmack:  No gotcha.
Paul:  It’s just, you need to learn some manners, see? You can’t go spitting…
Karmack:  You’s…hurt…I’s?
Paul:  Hurt? No, I’m not going to…hey, the sparks – they’re moving away, going out the door. Wait! Come back, Karmack!
Karmack (from distance):  I’s no want hurt…

Paul (sigh):  No gotcha.
Well, that was…fun. That wraps up my interview and 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? I’ll check back on your answers just as soon as I wash my hands.

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  1. Ooh, an MG story about karma. Got to love it just for that!

  2. Hi Sa,
    This is a really great book. I enjoyed it tremendously and the karma aspect it fun and MG readers will really enjoy it, in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by & sharing.


  3. Lovin’ the image of Karmack! Happy Back to School Hopping!

  4. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  5. Karmac sounds like a really funny character!

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