Monday, August 13, 2012

MMGM + Mega Giveaway: A Tale Dark & Grimm

To find out more about Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, click here.

This week, along with a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday recommendation, I have piles of books and arcs to give away! See below for more details, but first, let's take a look at:

TitleA Tale Dark & Grimm
Author: Adam Gidwitz (link)
Genre:  Fantasy (Fairy Tale)

Pub Date: October 2010

Synopsis: In a new twist on an old tale, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches. Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

 First Line:  Once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.

Quite a few comments from my Coraline post reminded me that not everyone likes the macabre. But I can't get enough of it lately! Which is why I picked up A Tale Dark & Grimm

If you've read any of the original Grimm fairy tales, you're familiar with the unsanitized fates some of our cherished heroes face. In most cases, there's a whole lotta gore, untimely death, and generally creepy times. Growitz pulls from that tradition in his debut book, which explores some of the biggest fears children have, and how they ultimately take control of those situations. There's a strong narrator voice that weaves in and out of the tales, talking directly to the reader. Children familiar with the Hansel and Gretel tale will love the new adventures these siblings take on... as long as they're not squeamish.

**And Now, I Give Away Piles of Books** 
Enter for a chance to win A Tale Dark and Grimm, along with an arc of the second book in the series, In a Glass Grimmly. And why the heck not, another arc of one of my favorite MMGM features this year, Malcolm at Midnight (Sept 2012).

And since I'm clearing my bookshelves, I also have three YA arcs that I hope everyone picks up when they come out - Skinny, Prodigy, and Summer and Bird.

And because there's nothing more lovely than sharing middle grade books, I have paperback copies of three 2012 MMGM picks. The hilarious How Lamar's Bad Prank Won Him a Bubba-Sized Trophy, the spunkiest fairy tale around - My Very Unfairy Tale Life, and one of my all-time favorite MG books - Waiting for Normal.

This may sound nuts, but I can't wait to stand in line at the post office so I can ship off these lovely reads to three fabulous readers. Just comment below to enter, and tweet a link to this post and/or follow me on Twitter for another entry (let me know in your comment!). Feel free to add a link to your blog so I can come over and say hey! You can also comment on any other post this week for additional entries - up until Sunday, 8/19.

Happy Monday, pals!


  1. YAY, nothing like a great #MGMM to make Mondays bearable! Thanks for the giveaway opp, I've tweeted to the MOOOOOON! (and I totally stalk you on Twitter, but that isn't news) :P Happy Moanday!

  2. Annnd, I just realized I completely botched the hashtag. Here *and* on Twitter.

    ....MONDAY BRAIN ATTACKS. *sigh*

  3. I love new twists on fairy tales! I haven't read this one yet.

  4. Whoa and WHOA....awesome giveaway! Thanks so much. I loooove MMGM's. Have not read TALES DARK AND GRIMM yet, but it's in the pile!

  5. I can be squeamish...but would love the chance to win anyway! Unbelievably, I haven't read ANY of these nine books. Crazy.

  6. Just followed and tweeted. And if you like fairytale twists, join the Fairytale Blogfest at Morgan Shamy's blog. It's going on this week. :)

  7. I can't believe I haven't read any of these books. It's very generous of you to give so many books away. :)
    As for enjoying the macabre, I totally understand. I've been taking interest in creepy MG lately.

  8. I love MMGM Mondays : ) Most definitely an amazing giveaway!! Really loved A Tale Dark and Grimm and got pretty excited when I heard there was a 2nd one! I follow on twitter and tweeted about it too :D

  9. Cool! Lots of giveaways today. Great way to get through the dog days of summer. I haven't read Tale Dark and Grimm yet, or any of those YA books.

  10. How nice of you to give away these books! I would be thrilled to win any of them... and of course pass them onto my MG kids! :-)

    I followed you on twitter.. My twitter name is @JulieDeGuia.

    Enjoyed reading about your writing too!

  11. Would Love to read Prodigy and the others too!!

    Tweeted :

    Followed you on the twitter too :) SPNHeather

    supagurlheather @ gmail . com

  12. This giveaway is awesome!! I would love to read all of them but especially Prodigy!!

    I retweeted your status as well but can't seem to figure out what post number it is so here is my home link:

    I followed you also :)

    Thank you for doing this contest!

    1. oh! my email is since this didn't post what I wanted it to!

  13. I am really excited to read Prodigy! Legend was awesome.


  14. Just tweeted and followed you on twitter!

    I'm reading legend right now and I love it. can't wait for Prodigy!!

  15. Oh man, I loved Legend so much, I even got a signed copy of the book. I'm so excited for Prodigy! I retweeted your link as well (@jensayswhat).

  16. I've heard a lot of good things about A Tale Dark and Grimm and I'm trying to read more MG. This sounds really fun. I also loved Legend, so Prodigy is way up there on my wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win!

    I tweeted:


  17. YAY..this one is great..really looking forward to win *cough* i mean read any of the prizes :) lol

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  18. I love so many of these books.


  19. I do hope it's international because i love these books! And yeah, my taste in books is also a litte bit on the dark side!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  20. Wow, what fabulous giveaways! I would love to wim one of the middle grade packs!

    jenberger75 at yahoo dot com

  21. What an amazing giveaway! I just read A Tale Dark and Grimm last week and enjoyed the tales so much. I love the way they were pieced together. Your review is excellent. I had no idea there was a sequel.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!I tweeted about it:

    And I follow you on twitter: @dmsfiles

    I am off to comment on another post because I would love to be one of the three winners. :) I would be happy to win any of the amazing books you are giving away!


  22. I recently saw Brian Lies speak at my local library, great speaker, very interesting and he mentioned Malcolm at Midnight, would love to win this title!!

  23. Wonderful giveaway! Would love to read all those books.

    Tweeted :

    Following you on twitter via @acciomalfoyz