February 22, 2018

Closed BRASS MONKEYS and a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Author Terry Caszatt’s Brass Monkeys fills a void in the book market for kids 9 and up- it has a page-turner plot and strong message, yet it’s smarter than much of the content that greets our kids at the library these days.  Terry particularly wanted to write a book boys and girls would equally like. Read his post about his inspiration behind writing it 


Here’s a Brass Monkeys summary from Goodreads.com too:

“Bumbling, cowardly Eugene is forced to transfer to a new school in northern Michigan – in the middle of the year, and in the middle of a blizzard. Eugene is used to weird things happening in his life, but this feels really bad. He has no idea how bad it’s going to get until he meets his English teacher, “Ming ther Merciless.” To save his classmates from a fatal graduation from Ming’s School of the Brass Monkeys, Eugene must deliver an unfinished book to a legendary teacher named McGinty, who is hiding in the underworld. With the help of some renegade teachers and his new friends, he begins an epic journey to find McGinty. Will Eugene survive the Cliffs of Notes and the Sea of Hot Lunches?”


I asked a mom friend of mine to read Brass Monkeys as well. Sel Richard is an avid reader and the mother of 2 children, ages 7 and 9.  Not only did she enjoy reading it  (read her review), her 4th grade son devoured it in 2 days!  She says it reminds her of great books like the Percy Jackson series.


Author Terry Caszatt is offering 1 signed copy of BRASS MONKEYS to a lucky winner and a $25 Amazon gift card will be thrown in the prize pot too!


Here’s how the contest works:

For 1 chance to win: Leave a comment after this post and  “Subscribe to Kid Focused”

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Remind me in your comment if you do the extra entries, or if you are already a Facebook fan or newsletter subscriber.

The contest will close at midnight next Friday night, February 10th. The signed book and gift card will be shipped anywhere in the United States.


I’ll announce the winner on the Facebook page on February 11th.  Is it you??? Check now


Good luck!!




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