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Saltwater Taffy Book Review And Giveaway

Saltwater Taffy Book Cover

I just spent the afternoon reading a promo copy of Eric Delabarre‘s?juvenile fiction novel?Saltwater Taffy (illustrator R. C.Nelson).??I myself have loved books and reading since I was a little girl, and I enjoyed this one. ?Let me tell you a little about this treasure hunt set in the 1970’s in Port Townsend, Washington.

Salt Water Taffy‘s introductory chapters, “The Death of a Great Pirate” and “Barataria Bay” set the mood for ?the ?adventure of a lifetime. ?When five friends, Scott, older brother Gary, tomboy Jaq, inventor Ziggy, and underachiever Jimmy become drawn into the search for the gold of New Orleans pirate Jean Lafitte, they learn a lot about themselves and the people around them. ?Scott narrates the story ?of him as a thirteen-year-old growing and finding himself in the midst typical adolescent struggles, mischief, and baseball rivalry.

Scott learns more about what makes him tick when he?is double crossed by false friend Harrison, ripped off by bully Tommy Osbourne and his thugs, and dissed by heartthrob Brandy Larson. ?He learns good lessons like sportsmanship, loss, and consequences when?adults like Jensen’s Ice Cream Parlor owner Fatman, one-legged junk yard man Chevy Hergenrader, bully opposing team Coach Osborne, and creepy Old Man Sheesley?add into the mix. ? In his quest for pirate booty, he makes judgments like

If you had one part of a treasure map, just how far would you go to solve the mystery?

What would you dare?

Who would you trust?

“NEVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP,” is the point of?Saltwater Taffy.?Scott grows up as things become complicated and dangerous. ?Still good prevails and one story ends well leaving room for another….

Saltwater Taffy (ISBN 99780972357807), released?in hardcover January 11, 2011, lists at $15.95. ?Its publisher is Seven Publishing. ?This book aimed at tween middle school readers is available in bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders, on ebook, and online at Amazon.??Its 259 pages provide a good read, a Saltwater Taffy Treasure Hunt, and a writers’ contest opportunity at the site?www.whatagreatbook.com.

WIN IT!

ONE winner will receive a copy of Saltwater Taffy.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

To enter leave a comment on this post telling me why you’re looking forward to reading this book.

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THE SMALL PRINT.

US addresses only please. This contest will end on Sunday 02/06/11 at 11:59 pm est. If you?ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they?ve won. Good luck to everyone!

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

35 thoughts on “Saltwater Taffy Book Review And Giveaway

  1. I want to read this book because a search for gold is always intriguing – my daughter would enjoy reading this I’m sure.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

  2. my son would love to read this book as it seems like it has the elements he likes: adventure, boy antics and practical lessons in his language. thanks for the opportunity!

  3. My girls and I read together every evening. We love books with purpose and personal growth!! Your book sounds like a must read! I look forward to reading this book and experiencing another adventure with my daughters.

  4. This sounds like a book my son would really enjoy! He loves to read! i’d love to win it for him.
    thanks for the chance!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

  5. Love this giveaway idea!!!! Hope you all love the story of Saltwater Taffy. I’m in Dallas today and have been touring for 2 solid weeks. SOOOOOOO ready to be home, but it’s one more signing today and then a BOYS & GIRLS CLUB of Dallas visit. Enjoy the read and GOOD LUCK!!!

    Eric DelaBarre
    Author: SALTWATER TAFFY

  6. I have only recently began reading chapter books to our 5-year old, one chapter per night before bed. Judging by your review and the really cool cover I think this might be a good one for my preschool pirate.

  7. My children are at the age where they love to read books. My 4 year old pretends to read them by herself all the time, we would love to sit together and read this book!

    Tawna

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