June 30, 2017

Welcome to Day #10 of the Emily and the Spellstone by @michaelsrubens #BlogTour! #BookReview #Giveaway



Emily picks up a stone that looks like a cell phone but has unexpected magical powers. It's a Spellstone! Now that she has become an unwilling Stonemaster—one who wields the power of the Stone—she has to figure out Spellstone technology fast if she is to survive a hair-raising adventure among giant dogs, demons, clones, mean girls, and deeply wicked people who want the Stone. A witty tale of a quiet girl who discovers she's a hero when she needs to be. Stonemasters rule!



Welcome to Day #10 of the Emily and the Spellstone Blog Tour!
To celebrate the release of Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens (6/13/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Michaek and 10 chances to win a copy of Emily and the Spellstone, as well as a Grand Prize Giveaway!
Two Truths and a Lie
About Michael Rubens: 
 1. He speaks Japanese and Spanish
 2. He plays mandolin 
3. He is a champion hockey player 

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FALSE: Michael Rubens, despite growing up in Minnesota where everyone plays hockey, never played hockey, which is the sort of indicator that suggests that someone is going to grow up to be a writer.   
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  About Emily and the Spellstone: 
 1. The author’s daughter found a stone on the beach that looks exactly like the Spellstone – without knowing that her father was writing a book about a girl who finds a magic stone on the beach that looks like a cellphone. 
2. The author’s daughter chose the name of the main character. 
3. The author’s daughter actually has magical powers. 
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FALSE: The author’s daughter, as far as the author knows, does not have magical powers, although he admits that she might and realizes that she probably wouldn’t tell him if she did. She’s clever like that.  
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  About Gorgo: 1. Gorgo will occasionally eat rocks, just because. 
2. Gorgo is a member of Intergalactic Public Radio. 
3. Gorgo, when no one is looking, will stop to pet a puppy. 


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FALSE: Kenneth the Enforcer, a character in another book by Michael Rubens, is a member of Intergalactic Public Radio – but Gorgo is considering joining.  
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  About Emily: 
 1. If given the choice between having an adventure and hibernating, Emily would chose hibernating. 
2. Emily collects stamps.
 3. Emily is also a member of Intergalactic Public Radio 

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FALSE Didn’t you get the pattern from the facts about Gorgo? BUT: Gorgo, in addition to getting himself a membership, is thinking of getting one for Emily as well. 

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Funs, Puns, and Magic!  There we go! This one was so cute and charming and so so filled to the brim with puns.  It had us all laughing our butts off for the duration of the story and I ended up reading it out loud to my kids. And we all had a blast with this one.  If you are looking for something for your middle grader to read then this is it.  They will laugh their butts off though most of it and they won't want to put it down. We do think that some of the things that Emily got away with were kind of far fetched and we wished that her parents would have been more to the core of the story. But other than that this one was so good and cooky! The author did a wonderful job portraying a 12 year old little girl. 


Today is the last day of the tour! 
Check out the other stops below for more chances to win!
Blog Tour Schedule:
June 19th — Bookhounds
June 20th — Mundie Kids
June 21st — WordSpelunking
June 22nd — Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust
June 23rd — Positively Book Crazy
June 26th — GeoLibrarian
June 27th — YA Books Central
June 28th — A Dream Within a Dream
June 29th — Book Swoon
June 30th — Crossroad Reviews
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About the Author: Michael Rubens is the author of two YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and one novel for grownups, The Sheriff of Yrnameer. A correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, he has also been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, Salon and McSweeney's. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Visit his website at www.michaelrubens.com.



GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY
  • One (1) winner will receive signed copies of Spellstone and Michael’s 2 YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, as well as a custom Spellstone phone case!
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  • Ends 7/2 at midnight ET
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