Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are featuring
Scott Craven and Donna Galanti
who will be appearing and signing at ALA!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and
whatever you do, do not touch the orb.
Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the
dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than
the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are
home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his
house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.
To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that
steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must
face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying
In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon,
Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children
home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.
Donna is the author of the Joshua and The Lightning Road series and the
Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and
blogs at www.project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogs..., a cooperative of published middle grade authors.
Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com and www.ElementTrilogy.com. Donna wanted to be a writer ever
since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She
attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by
her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and
Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been
writing fantasy ever since). She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground
in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her
family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a
Author Links: Website |Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube
Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed's not your
typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while
his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being 'different' for as long as they
could (Jed was 8 and at a friend's sister's birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front
of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his
dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his
pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled trash can as
“dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully's “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the
boys' room (Jed's always losing body parts. Luckily, a good stapler and some duct tape and he's back in
the action) and a cigarette put in it and try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school,
Jed's had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Besides, it's awesome what you can do when you're
The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things are looking up
now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed asks for the one thing he's always
wanted--a dog--and again, his parents tell him they're not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed
sees a dog get run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie dog bearing
his namesake--a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a dog, but he loses his best friend Luke,
who fears the way Jed created his undead pet.
When Jed returns to school, he finds a
mysterious group called the No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead
pose to normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut out for him as
stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be expelled if he can't expose the NZN Network as a
fraud. Jed needs help from his kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the
Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school, Jed does his
best to stay in one piece. Only this time he'll need even more duct tape and staples than
Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in
March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.
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