Thursday, October 19, 2017

Guest Post with Jennie K Brown

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Jennie K. Brown is an award-winning high school English teacher, freelance magazine writer, and author of children’s books. Her middle grade novel POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY will be published in September 2016 by Month9Books (Tantrum Books imprint), with a sequel to follow in April 2017. Book 3 in her Nova Kids Series is set to publish in September 2017. Jennie currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA) and she is an active member of SCBWI, NCTE, and ALAN. She is a regular contributor to the SCBWI Eastern PA and PCTELA blogs.

When she’s not teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading, hanging out with her awesome family, or plotting her next book!


Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Grade Level: 4 - 7
Series: Nova Kids
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (October 10, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945107898
ISBN-13: 978-1945107894


“Whimsical, imaginative, and fun. Poppy Mayberry is a modern Annie – immediately likable, charming and spunky. Kids will be rooting for this wonderful heroine from page one.” Robert Beatty, Bestselling Author of Serafina and the Black Cloak

“How I wish I had Poppy’s telekinetic powers, so I could zoom this completely charming and funny book into the hands of every reader between 8 and 800!' Jen Malone, author of At Your Service

POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY has just been awarded GOLD in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards!

Well … I absolutely LOVED the cover of POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY (book one in the series.) So when I knew POPPY 2 was in the cover design stage, I was nervous to see how POPPY 1 would be matched. But after seeing POPPY MAYBERRY, RETURN TO POWER ACADEMY, I was absolutely blown away by its beauty and realized I had nothing to worry about! I love the vibrant reds, pinks, and oranges of the cover, and I especially love seeing the cute Pickle next to Poppy!


I thought back to our homework from last night, but nothing came to me. Sometimes I wished that my Monday power could conjure up answers just as quickly as it allowed me to move things with my mind.

I glanced over at my former archenemy, Ellie Preston, and tried to read the answer from her head. She shook her head two times, meaning she had no idea what the answer was. Ellie had many strengths, but mathematics was definitely not one of them.

“That’s what I thought, Miss Mayberry,” Mr. Salmon said through a smile. The class giggled.

As he turned his back to me and walked down the aisle, I read his mind, that’s what you get for making fun of my stylish hair.

“I wouldn’t call it stylish,” I said quietly, not knowing what compelled me to say it aloud when I could have just thought it right back at him. I hoped he hadn’t heard me, but the look in Mr. Salmon’s eyes told me otherwise.

“Excuse me, Poppy?” Mr. Salmon said, walking back toward my seat. His hair bounced with each step and I chuckled to myself. At this point, all eyes were on me.

I responded confidently, “I just said I wouldn’t call your hair stylish.” Giggles came from every direction. Did I seriously just make fun of my teacher in front of the class? This would so not be good.
Copyright 2017 by Jennie K. Brown

Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a let down. But Poppy is pleased to learn she's not just a Monday. She's a Cusper, a weekday lucky enough to have TWO powers. Poppy's elation is short-lived when she, Ellie, Logan, and Sam return to Power Academy as camp counselors, only to find themselves out of their element and struggling with the new drama teacher and his disaster of a school musical. When some campers go missing, Poppy and her team of weekdays are on the case. Soon, Poppy begins to realize that much like her powers, the seemingly-perfect town of Nova has some flaws, and the origin of her powers is as questionable as Headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby's choice in outfits.If only there were more days in the week!

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  1. Sounds like a fun read, love the cover.

  2. Sounds like a lovely read. I think my niece would love it!

  3. Poppy Mayberry is such a great name for a wonderful character!