Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It's NOT Just a Dog! Blog Tour and #Giveaway

Welcome to The Owl's Skull, a stop on the It's NOT Just a Dog! blog tour. We'll offer you a little bit of information about the book, tell you why it's a fun read for both you and your kids, and then send you over to the main website for the tour so that you can enter the amazing giveaway going on there. First things first, however - a little about the book.

Available on Amazon


ISBN: 978-0615858326
Publisher: Legacy Media Press
No. Pages: 268
Middle Grade

About The Book: In the second book of the Project Madison series, things get complicated as Madison and Cooper try to navigate their new relationship. School has ended and they're spending more time together, blogging, working at the kennel, training dogs—including Lilly. 

When Jonah, the new neighbor who has moved into Paige's old house, begins to spend more time with Madison, Cooper isn't at all happy. Jonah's uncle, a Native American, shares his knowledge about Madison's power to see and feel canine memories and emotions. The mysterious white wolf returns and fills her mind with dreams and more questions. Madison starts a dog-walking business and discovers Ben, a crotchety old man whose dog is skin and bones. 

When the kennel receives a dog that has been brutally injured, Madison is determined to find out what happened. She and Cooper realize they're going to need Jonah and Donald to bust this investigation wide open and save the dogs. But getting to the bottom of the mystery will threaten not only Madison, but everyone she loves.

Early Review:  "Torres's style is lighthearted, with a lovely sense of humor, and the references to internet and social media (her hashtags explaining her feelings were whimsical) will resonate with young readers, as well. There are also some interesting insights on the 'noise' that all of these distractions create, resulting in a barrier between humans and animals, which is expressed in a believable fashion by one of the Native American characters. Torres's descriptions are vivid and help put the reader right into the scenes." —Award winning author, Margo Sorenson 

Our Review: I really liked the emphasis on children and their connections with the animals in their lives, as well as the difficulties of negotiating friendships between those old and young. My daughter Maggie (age 9) was also drawn into the world presented, as she found the characters and the language they speak identifiable and amusing.

Be sure to swing by the main tour website to enter the giveaway, which you can learn more about below. Have a great and happy Wednesday!  A/J



Prize Packages
Grand Prize- Set of illustrations signed by the illustrators, set of bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series, and a dream catcher.

First Prize- 3 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, hard copies of both books in the series.

Second Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Third Prize- 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Swag Packages- One 5x7 signed illustration, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, an ebook in the format of your choice.
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