Monday, June 23, 2014

Wishing for Washington!

One of my favourite blog buddies has a book out!

The lovely Shelley Sly's debut novel Wishing for Washington is out and about and it is AWESOME!! Tallia is an awesome character and I LOVE Shelley's MG voice - fantastic! The kids never stop aiming for their goals no matter what happens - lots of fun in this story. And lots of heart as well! One of my favourite things about the book is the relationships the kids have with the adults - varied, fun and realistic. I really enjoyed this story and know my students will too!



As punishment for playing doorbell ditch, twelve-year-old Tallia Thompson and her goofball brother Isaiah are shipped off to their grandparents’ house for half the summer. There’s nothing fun about being stuck in Maryland, a.k.a. Snore-a-land, except for one thing: the close proximity to Washington, D.C.

Tallia would do anything for Isaiah, and what he wants most is to meet the President of the United States. So together, they formulate a plan to get to the White House—a plan that involves spending a bit of money and concocting a bunch of lies. And, ultimately, a plan that ends up changing Tallia’s perception of her family forever.

Completely awesome!! So, where can you pick up your e-copy? Try these...

Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Goodreads     

If you're waiting for the print version, it should be ready on July 2nd, so not long to wait!

What do you think? How far would you go to meet the president (or prime minister or any of your heroes!)?

Congrats Shelley!

31 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun book! We actually had the President come to our town for an hour at the beginning of the month--as cool as it would have been to see him, I wanted to keep as far away from town as possible, just because of the expected traffic headaches. The Secret Service snipers on rooftops was a little un-nerving, too!

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  2. Only a kid could find a way to sneak into the White House and make it work.

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  3. It sounds cute and the girl on the cover looks plucky and spunky.

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  4. Congratulations to Shelley! This sounds like a really fun book.

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  5. Congratulations to Shelley. It's does sound like a fun book and it has such an eye catching cover. To have the adventure-driven gene of a child, awesome.

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  6. Jemi, thank you SO much for featuring my book! You are a fabulous blog buddy!! (One of my very favorite buddies, too!)

    Thank you everyone for the kind comments! :)

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  7. Sounds like a really fun book! I love the cover, too.

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  8. The book sounds super fun, and the cover is adorable! Congrats to Shelley Sly on her debut!

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  9. Jeff - those snipers would throw me off too!

    Alex - and Isaiah's always got a plan! :)

    Diane - she totally matches Tallia too :)

    Beth - it is!!

    Mason - no kidding! Kids are always the best at adventures! :)

    Shelley - you're very welcome!! Loved the book :)

    Elizabeth - it is!

    Carol - me too - it's great :)

    Dawn - it's definitely a fun read!

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  10. The story sounds delightful. I would love it and I'm definitely 'not' a kid anymore!

    I wish Shelly well :)

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  11. Hey Jemi,

    Seems a number of politicians concocted lies to get into the White House.

    This does sound enticing and yes, I shall duly share the exciting news about Shelley's book.

    If I got anywhere near David Cameron, I'd attempt to make a citizens arrest!

    Take care and congrats to Shelley.

    Gary :)

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  12. What a fun sounding book! I love that cover too. :)

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  13. Wendy - delightful is the perfect word for it!

    Gary - thanks! And good luck with that arrest thing ... take Penny with you as a guard dog!! :)

    Sharon - me too - it's awesome! :)

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  14. Isn't that cover awesome. What a gorgeous little girl. And the premise sounds fun. All the best Shelley. Thanks for sharing this lovely new book, Jemi.

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  15. Sounds like it will be a fun book to read. I got a laugh out of Snore-a-land. : ) CONGRATS, Shelley!

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  16. Denise - you're very welcome - it's great!

    Susanne - that's the kind of voice that makes the book sing! :)

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  17. You guys are all so kind! Thank you for each of your comments -- they've made my day!

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  18. Kids are so spontaneous... and adventurous.
    The book sounds wonderful!
    I always say that I wish I were a 10/11/12 year old again, ONLY for the amount of wonderful books available these days. Of course I can read them, but I'm an adult now. The story is still enjoyable, but the perspective is not the same.
    Writer In Transit

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  19. Shelley - :)

    Michelle - I know! I wish all of these great MG books had been available for me back then too!!

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  20. Ooh! How awesome. I'm going to have to go check Shelley's book out now. Thanks for the heads up!

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  21. Love this idea! The girl on the cover has exactly the kind of personality to pull off that White House caper.

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  22. Crystal - glad to help!!

    Lee - she does - and her brother sparkles too! :)

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  23. Meeting the President of the United States? How hard could it be? A great idea for a book Jemi. Congrats to Shelly.

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  24. Maurice - it's a great concept and very well executed! :)

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  25. That's a super cute premise and darling cover! Wish you best of luck, Shelley!!

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  26. Kelly - agreed! And the book is just as awesome! :)

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  27. Congrats to Shelley. I love the description and cover.

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  28. Medeia - me too! And the book lives up to the promise :)

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  29. I don't recall hearing of this one before- but it does sound good. I like a unique MG book and this one is now on my list. :)

    Wishing Shelley the best of luck!
    ~Jess

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  30. Jess - awesome! I really enjoyed the story - Shelley's got a great MG voice! :)

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