Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine~ Pump Up Your Book Tour with review and giveaway

Pump Up Your Book Presents A Sandy Grave Virtual Book Publicity Tour & GiveawayTitle: A Sandy Grave
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 24
Language: English
Genre: Tween chapterbook
Format: Paperback, hardcover & eBook

The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had–especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?
The lifeguards had their arms extended and attempted to move the crowd back. The tallest lifeguard said, “People, please stay back. The authorities will arrive to examine the whale to determine the cause of death within the hour. The whale must have died at sea and washed ashore.”

My take on this book:
A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine is introduces us to Leah,Nicole and Hayley, three friends who are spending a fun day at the beach when they notice a whale that has washed up on shore. Plenty of people show up but it is two strange acting men that capture the girls attention and when those guys bury something in the sand Leah can't help but wonder what it might be. 

Interesting as well as educational, A Sandy Grave is a story about three friends who spends the day at the beach and wind up leading officials to poachers. A fast moving chapter story that captures the imagination with a bit of mystery and suspense while the three girls decide to get involved and do the right thing. I think the author does a great job of portraying the friendship between the trio, but also allows the reader to see the characters as individuals as well, making them so easy to relate to. The author certainly brings the setting to life and the illustrations further enhance those descriptions allowing me to not only envision the setting but the characters as well. Mystery, suspense, and friendships make this a great read, the information about poachers and what they do was like an educational bonus. 

Donna McDine HeadshotDonna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.
Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership. 
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  1. Thanks for the wonderful review of Donna's latest. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    Good luck to all who enter the giveaway.

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for visiting each stop during my virtual book tour. You organized a wonderful tour!


  2. What an interesting story,I think my teen daughter might like it do you know if it's an ebook or only print? Will check back later for your answer.

    1. Thank you for your interest. The book is available in both formats. Visit

      The book is written for 8-12 years of age.


  3. Brenda,

    Thank you for your lovely review of my latest children's book, A Sandy Grave. You captured the essence perfectly. Much appreciated!



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