January: Pirates in Spaaaace!

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We have some big news. Big. HUGE. Our very own Brunhilde the Black-Hearted has a book coming out in January. (Cue screams of excitement.) Rachel Searles' upper middle grade book, THE LOST PLANET, will be released January 28th. And we. Cannot. Wait.

Just check out the gorgeous cover:

Oooh.

And here's the glowing Publisher's Weekly review:

The quest for identity propels Chase Garrety through this sprawling SF adventure. When the story opens, Chase awakens on the planet Trucon without a single memory of who he is—that information comes from a heavily damaged microchip embedded in his head. Chase soon makes the acquaintance of Parker, a young gamer/ hacker, and an ultrastrong android named Mina. Debut author Searles is attentive to the evolving friendship between Chase and Parker, as well as Chase’s frustration at his own amnesia, but an encounter with a mysterious pilot named Maurus and a struggle for power between the controlling Federation and rebel group Karsha Ven escalate the stakes to macrocosmic significance. The action never lets up as Chase and Parker, uncertain of who to trust, are targeted from all sides as they race from planet to planet; some readers may feel as lost as Chase amid the flurry of alien creatures, worlds, and technology. The unveiling of Chase’s past provides a pleasing coda to his saga, but enough questions remain unanswered to support additional books. Ages 9–13. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary + Media. (Jan.)

Doesn't it sound good? Don't you want to read it? 

Personally, Rachel had me at space adventure, but when I heard about the ultrastrong droid? Let's just say this book has been on pre-order for a very long time. :)

In honor of Rachel's book release, we're hosting a HUGE giveaway. We're giving away eight shiny-new copies of THE LOST PLANET - books that will be signed by Rachel herself - for eight lucky readers.

We really, really want you guys to read this one. Can you tell? :) So stick around, join our January reading and writing challenges, and you could start the new year with a new copy of THE LOST PLANET. 

Now it's your turn. I'd love to know what's going on for you this month. Any book releases you're super-excited about? Or writing news to share? Let us know in the comments!