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Monday, September 19, 2016

Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway :)

Poppy Mayberry, The Monday
by Jennie K. Brown
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books

What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a ‘Wednesday”? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not—Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger. But her Monday telekinesis still has some kinks, and that plate of spaghetti she’s passing may just end up on someone’s head. And if that’s not hard enough, practically perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her, and Principal Wible wants to send her to remedial summer school to work on her powers! It’s enough to make a girl want to disappear…if only she were a Friday.

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***My Personal Review***

In Poppy Mayberry's world the day you were born on signifies what type of power you should have. For example Fridays could just disappear into thin air. Poppy is almost 11 years old and yet she still has not come into her powers ... making her think something is very wrong with her. Add to that the constant teasing from not only her classmates Ellie and Celia but also her own brother who came into his Wednesday power of teleportation exactly when he should have at 13 years old. Poppy has had several attempts at her telekinesis and it has not gone well. She wants to keep trying but starts to feel like she just isn't going to get there. I love the names in the book - Poppy Rose Mayberry just rolls off your tongue so easily, and Wobble-Wibble the Principal :)

Then the rivals Poppy and Ellie are sent to Power Academy to get more in touch with their powers and she meets Logan Ellis Prince, things start to get interesting!

I love how the author writes in a juvenile style so it really seems as if you are listening to a young person. The reader sees everything from Poppy's perspective as it is written in the first-person narrative. This also means we can't really see what others are thinking - so we don't know whether the other characters' intentions are good or bad. The one person Poppy really trusts is her best friend Veronica who always seems to look out for Poppy especially when it comes to Ellie and Celia.

So Ellie and Poppy head to the special school and begin to think the HeadMistress is hiding something, so they team up to figure it out. Will they find out what is going on? Will Ellie and Poppy become friends? Pick up the book to find out! I really enjoyed reading this book - everything from the great names of the characters to the awkward situations they get themselves into, they were all fun to read and I highly recommend this book for young adults and even adults like me!

***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and I was neither required nor promised to leave a positive review.***


Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middlegrade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled yorkie.In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.

Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 30, 2016

  • One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown (INT)

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