HI Readers! Boy have I got a surprise for you! (Yes, you already noticed it isn’t my regular blogging day of Tuesday) I’m joining MMGM today and not only that I have two give aways. But first the POST.
From the back jacket:
Taconi, a young aboriginal boy living on Coorparoo Cattle Station, in outback Australia fears the unknown. His upcoming Man Ceremony, Dreamtime Spirits, and his Dad’s change of job are just three of the unknowns he must tackle. Claude, his chatty cockatoo, offers wise one-liners. Yet Taconi must discover courage and insight for himself.
Why I love it:
Taconi is eager to have his Dad succeed in being cook on the ranch even if it means he won’t have time to teach him how to throw a spear and get him ready for the Man Ceremony which he needs to be accepted by his people.
Claude, even though a bird, is a real character in more than just the usual sense. Lol. He is also a character in the peculiar and eccentric sense making this book rich and funny at the same time. I found myself hoping Taconi would succeed in helping his Dad while Claude’s antics make for more conflict.
Partway through the first chapter I wished there was a glossary. I looked— and lo and behold there was one. Just the thing I needed. I had garnered meanings from what some the words were but it helped give more thorough meanings adding to the enjoyment of the book.
Taconi’s voice is definitely aboriginal. His English grammar is not native and his thoughts are littered with concerns only aborigines have. That is what makes this such a special book. Boys in particular will identify with the wild thoughts he has and the cultural things he does. Without spoiling the story for example, he takes off all his clothes one time so he can hunt better. Tween boys will love this book because Taconi is trying hard to please others in both worlds without compromising his beliefs.
The Give Aways
For all those who want a chance to win the accompanying book, Taconi and Claude in 2011, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by no later than 11pm, Friday, March 23,2011. All who comment will get a copy of Taconi and Claude’s Big 21st Century Adventure, if you email me and leave your email address to send it to and one lucky winner will get the original Taconi and Claude (Double Trouble) who I will pick with Google random.doc.
Yep two books for one lucky winner and one book for each and every one of you who leave a comment and let me know you want one. My email address is Clarikebowmanjahn at yahoo dot com for all who want Taconi and Claude’s Big 21st Century Adventure, And I’ll pick the winner of Taconi and Claude and announce it the following Tuesday.
My wish book is “Abe in Arms” about a young man who relives his life as a boy soldier, and comes to grips with his past. It sounds sad but heroic, too. Especially since the plight from boy soldiers was brought to the forefront in the Koni video and in the news I think this subject is important for our teens to get a knowledge of and this middle grade adventure is one way they will be hearing about it.
Which book do you want to read? And why?
Others who can usually be counted on to contribute to MMGM.
- Joanne Fritz @ My Brain on Books
- Ben Langhinrchs @ My Comfy Chair
- Sherrie Petersen @ Write About Now
- Brooke Favero @ Somewhere in the Middle
- Myrna Foster @ Night Writer
- Ally Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy
- Barbara Watson @ Novel and Nouveau
- Deb Marshall @ Just Deb!
- Anita Laydon Miller’s Middle Grade Blog
- Michael G-G @ Middle Grade Mafioso
- Natalie Aguirre @ Literary Rambles
- Ms. Yingling @ Ms. Yingling Reads
- Clarbojahn presents…Author Margot Finke (clarbojahn.wordpress.com) and you may want to check out this one from November, too. https://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/milo-sticky-notes-brain-freeze-and-a-give-away/. Thanks for reading!