The Hero-Up Middle Grade Bundle - Curated by Curiosity Quills Press

Alisa Gus, Curiosity Quills: As both publisher and a mother of a pre-schooler and an almost-teen (and of a very precocious 15-month-old), I oftentimes find myself balancing between sharing my work with the kids - and being careful not to let them at the material that's not quite fit for their consumption. Needless to say, they aren't well pleased at being excluded, so anytime we at Curiosity Quills find and accept for publication a (crossover) middle-grade-appropriate property, my heart sorta-kinda rejoices. It means another novel we can sink our teeth into together, and then discuss before bedtime to ours hearts' content. Well, and so that the time to actually sleep gets pushed further and further back, but of course, we all pretend we don't know that. Yet for reading, for making time to do so among the eternal distractions of TV, and schoolwork, and internet - oh, I do think it's very, very worthwhile.

Which, of course, only works if the kids can actually agree on which novel they are ready to settle down with. And in the end, when making their case, they really do describe their choices in wonderfully cogent ways, making me reconsider the stories from their perspective. After all, they are the ones the authors are telling them for, and they are the ones Curiosity Quills is releasing them into the world for, not unlike, every single time, sending a kindergartner into the school on the first day of term. Well, them - and their parents.

As such, it really gives me a special sort of pleasure to invite them to help me introduce these stories now to you and your kids - and hope they will leave as much of an impression on your family as they had on mine.

And now, without further ado: behold the Gus family, unfiltered, sounding off on their favorite properties :)

Almost-teen: About time you asked someone who is actually supposed to be reading these things, Mom! Let me know if you need to read acquisitions for you. My Pokemon-cards fund could use some donations.

So, about the best ones? I think Supervillain for sure, even though Penny's a girl, and you keep telling me I should read it despite her being a girl. She's just cool, you know. Like Hermione, if she was actually not such a know-it-all. And used gadgets instead of wands. And got more in trouble.

And then the Dragon one, about Sherlock Holmes. I like that manor-school place they're in. And Watson is... he's kinda like Aiden, you know? [his friend] He digs him. And then, it's just so 19th century, you know? Remember, how we went in one of those Victorian homes in Louisville? It's kinda like that, except it's not a museum.

And Shoeburn, totally! Heh, that name. Still gets me! He's like completely crazy, you know? In a good way. Except you kinda end it where you want to keep going. His mother is... [reducted for spoilers] So, why was she there, anyway? I guess I want Regina to show up again, too. I like how they were throwing shade at one another, her and Shoe. And Etta's mother, too. Because, what's her thing, right?

Pre-schooler: Broken Branch Falls. Because it's like Shrek. Only with kids. Why do cartoons have adults? They are for us, right?

Rex'd. Because remember how we read it on Halloween? And then Hetab got dressed as a werewolf in school, and I told him I totally knew it was him, and you told me I was like Rex, only cooler.

Alisa: Broken Dolls, if I had to pick my favorite. It's a love story, to me, as much as horror. But the sort of love story that you would generally find in Anderson's fairytales, not necessarily with a happy ending, but one that fits it like a glove, and makes you question how you could have expected anything different.

Eugene, Curiosity Quills: Supervillain. Because you gotta love a girl that's kicking so much butt in Los Angeles - and doesn't get caught in the process. [stern look at the kids] Not that you should take as a call to action, remember? At least, until you guys develop superpowers.

Precocious 15-month-old: Mama, gi-gi [pointing to a Wiggles toy guitar with a very speaking glance].

And on that...well, note, hope you guys, reading, will sound off too, and tell us at Storybundle and Curiosity Quills Press which one was your favorite, and if your kids agreed!

The Curiosity Quills Family

The initial titles in the Hero-Up Middle Grade Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler
  • Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew S. Cox
  • Rex'd: Welcome to Scholomance by Jack Reher and J.B. Skelter
  • Strings by G. Miki Hayden
  • The Code of Magic by David D. Hammons

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus SIX more, including a book that won't be on sale until late 2017!

  • Broken Dolls by Tyrolin Puxty
  • Shoeburn and the Ill-Fitting Necklace by Shoeburn Ruffet
  • The Astounding Adventure of the Ancient Dragon by Jose Prendes
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts
  • Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy
  • Fairy Keeper by Amy Bearce

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