Okay, so fellow Leaguer Peggy Eddleman has her second book coming out on Tuesday! It's a time of celebration! THE FORBIDDEN FLATS is a sequel to SKY JUMPERS, and they're both some of the greatest middle grade adventure I've ever read. I was lucky enough to get an early copy of THE FORBIDDEN FLATS, and I can't wait for everyone to read this book so I can talk about it!

About SKY JUMPERS: Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs—than fail at yet another invention.

When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and recklessness that usually get Hope into trouble might just save them all.

“Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one.” —Publishers Weekly

About THE FORBIDDEN FLATS: Twelve-year-old Hope has always felt a little different from everyone else who lives in White Rock. She tries hard, but she doesn’t always think before she acts. She takes big risks. Sometimes her risks pay off, but sometimes they fail. Sometimes she fails.

When a massive tremor rips across the earth, the Bomb’s Breath begins to lower over White Rock. It’s up to Hope and her friends Brock and Aaren to make the dangerous journey far from home, across the bandit-ridden Forbidden Flats to the wilds of the Rocky Mountains, and obtain the one thing that may be able to stop it—before the Bomb’s Breath sinks too far and destroys them all.

This time, Hope can’t fail.

Why You Should Read It:
1. If you haven't started this series yet, you must! Sky Jumpers is full of heart, with a main character in Hope that I believe everyone can identify with.

2. The Forbidden Flats is a novel that can stand on it's own. Even if you haven't read Sky Jumpers yet, you can read, understand, and fall in love with The Forbidden Flats.

3. While the adventure and action is brilliantly done and kept me turning pages, the real reason I love this book is because of Hope. She is a well-rounded main character with faults, true emotions, and fears. I loved learning more about her as she struggled with her feelings about her family, her birth mom, and learning the science behind the rocks she was seeking.

This is more than a book about saving her town. It's more than a book about crossing a dangerous swath of land. It's a book about Hope -- a story about how to reach deep inside yourself when you think all is lost. A novel that makes readers want to be able to do what Hope did, to twist their own weaknesses into strengths.

In three words: It is awesome.

Then two: Buy it. Read it. Love it.

Get your copy today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, or Indiebound.

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Marlene Detierro said...

A very satisfying read. Kind of makes me sad that this is the last book. Oh well. At that book signing I mentioned, Peggy gave us some teasers about books she is planning, so I will definitely be keeping an eye out for them. If they're anything near as good as the "Sky Jumpers" books, they will be very good indeed.

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