Friday, July 4, 2014

Copper Magic Blog Tour

Today on my blog I have the Copper Magic Blog Tour. On my stop there is a Spotlight, Top Ten Books, Review, and Giveaway.

Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet’s fractured family? Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, this historical fiction novel comes brilliantly to life.

The year is 1906, and twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand—beside the stream where her mother used to harvest medicine. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic—and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet. Her mother and adored baby brother are gone, perhaps never to return. Her heartbroken father can’t seem to sustain the failing farm on the outskirts of Pigeon Harbor, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Surely the magic of the copper hand can make things right for Violet and restore her fractured family. Violet makes a wish. But her ignorant carelessness unleashes formidable powers—and her attempts to control them jeopardizes not only herself, but the entire town of Pigeon Harbor.

In Copper Magic, land and waters are alive with memories, intentions, and impulses. Magic alters Violet and brings her gifts—but not always the kind she thinks she needs. First-time author Julia Mary Gibson brings Violet and her community to life in this impressive and assured debut. 


I enjoyed this book even though it was more middle grade school than YA but it’s still a great read and I’m sure the younger kids will love the adventure in this book. 

We meet Violet who is a 12 year old girl who finds a copper hand and believes the magic it holds will bring back her fractured family together. But when playing with magic especially old magic things don’t always go the way you plan. 

As I said earlier I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and I did enjoy the journey that Violet goes on. Julia’s writing is descriptive and had me feeling as if I was in the book right along with Violet seeing and feeling everything right along with her. 

I highly recommend this book to younger kids who enjoy a great adventure filled with magic and some history thrown in it. I am looking forward to reading more from Julia in the future. 3/5 Bloody Fangs 

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For a significant chunk of my life I worked with sprocketed celluloid, as a garage animator and in various capacities in the visual effects industry. My colleagues were geniuses and magicians and sorceresses. The work was a blast (sometimes literally – catch me as Frances McDormand’s double in an awesome old-school beamsplitter shot in Sam Raimi’s DARKMAN), but a time came when my own work cried out to be fostered again.

I live in Hollywood, California, surrounded by my four-generation extended family of poets, thespians, dancers, filmworkers, and urban farmers. 

Favorite Top Ten Books: 

Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers)
The Princess and the Goblin (George Macdonald)
The Story of the Amulet (E. Nesbit)
The Jungle Books (Rudyard Kipling)
Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
The Greengage Summer (Rumer Godden)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
The Stories of Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield)
Tracks (Louise Erdrich)
10:30 on a Summer Night (Marguerite Duras) 

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Julia for letting me review your book and the top ten books list and to Jean BookNerd for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below. 


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