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Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy just won Independent Publisher Book Award for Juvenile Fiction!

I can’t believe it! I couldn’t more proud!

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“With its strong female protagonist, steampunk influence, myriad gadgets, descriptions of real life inventors and inventions, and quality writing, I can’t recommend this book enough. Did I mention clockpunk cats?” —B. Evans

What’s it about? Here’s Willa (she’s eleven):

Ever wonder why some crazy scientist hasn’t blown up the world? I used to wonder about it all the time. Actually, I was pretty sure my mom would be the one to do it.
But now I know better. It turns out there’s a force working hard to keep the world from going KABLOOEY.
Who are these people? Wait for it:
Idiots. Yep, you heard me right.
How do I know? Well, apparently, I’m an Idiot. At least, according to the Geniuses I am. Confused? I’m not surprised. You’re probably an Idiot too.

It all began on a Thursday at precisely 8 a.m. I was standing in the family room of our lovely two-story house, directly across the street from Squirrel Brand Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The same family room that, in a few minutes, I would never ever, ever see again—ever.

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Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy is out!

(Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble.)

 

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A Perfect Tales-Told-By-the-Fire Book

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By Tricia Rightmire

I’ve been working on how to phrase this review for a while, but I sit down planning to sound all clever and erudite and end up getting all wistful and making lots of hands-over-my-heart gestures at the screen, so I think this time I’m just going to go with that. . . .

The Moon Coin is lovely, folks. It is charming and clever and beautiful and daring; it’s full of adventure and surprises and courage and puzzles and characters with whom I fell immediately and permanently in love. It’s written with a younger audience in mind—think “older elementary school, some middle schoolers”—but it’s the sort of book that just begs for a blanket and some comfy pillows and a crackling fire on the hearth, with everyone piled in together and hearing about far-off lands full of faeries and dragons and cats big enough to ride (they get really crabby about that, though, so I don’t recommend trying it). It doesn’t shy away from big words or complex ideas, but couches them all in a universe that’s so rich and consuming that they’re not “too hard” . . . and it’s just. so. fun.

The downside is that it’s the first of an as-yet uncompleted series, so you can’t just sit down and binge-read through them all; the upside is that every minute in this world is delicious and grand, and makes you want nothing more than to have your own Moon Coin so you can go adventuring. Grab the youngsters who mean the most to you, settle in, and enjoy!

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Crossover!

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The blog got a new header banner today! So, if you ever wondered what a crossover looked like, then check it out. Taw is on the left, Dik Dek on the right, and that’s the Moon Realm’s sun in the background. (The clouds are your clue that this vantage point is coming from the surface of yet another moon.)

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When Lily and Jasper’s uncle disappears, Lily must search for him in the one place she never imagined possible: the setting of her childhood bedtime tales: the Moon Realm.

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Copyright © 2011-14 by Richard Due. All rights reserved.
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Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions
Run Amok, Ink® The Moon Realm®

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Illustrations and excerpts from the

The Moon Coin.

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From Chapter One

flying seahorse resting on a wall made of living coral

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From Chapter Two

Lily removing moon coin necklace from mannequin as alarmed Jasper looks on.

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From Chapter Three

Mr. Phixit.

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From Chapter Four

Witcoil riding a wifling.

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From Chapter Five

Roan swatting away arrows.

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From Chapter Six

Graydor observing from high atop the ridge gate.

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From Chapter Seven

Lily riding Roan into the Royal Palace of the Rinn.

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From Chapter Eight

Greydor and Nimlinn on reclining on the Royal Dias.

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From Chapter Nine

The stained glass doors of the Tomb of the fallen. A saddle and Nimlinn's paw can be seen within the room.

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From Chapter Ten

Tanglemane snoozing on a stone ledge.

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From Chapter Eleven

Aleron and his flock diving through the clouds.

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From Chapter Twelve

Dragon with arrows sticking out of his snout being rained on.

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From Chapter Thirteen

Curse, the malevolent entity that lives in Tavin's sword, being unsheathed.

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From Chapter Fourteen

Tavin walking knee deep in the fens...

From Chapter Fifteen

Small girl carrying two lanterns in the night.

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From Chapter Sixteen

Lily and Keegan having tea.

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From Chapter Seventeen

Dubb and Lily at the door.

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From Chapter Eighteen

The lunamancer Ember, tending a fireplace with an iron poker.

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From Chapter Nineteen

Dubb's cracked moonsword.

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From Chapter Twenty

Lily, about to reach into a boot.

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No portion of this website may be used in any manner without
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Reads4Tweens reviews The Moon Coin

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I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys fantasy. It’s suitable for ages 8 and up, although younger readers might prefer to have it read out loud to them. Lily is the main character of this book, but it will appeal equally to boys and girls. —Reads4Tweens

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