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GIVEAWAY!! Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Picky Pages Project is hosting it’s first giveaway!! Lucky You!! What are we giving away? One of my favorite middle grade books!! Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom !

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as “Prince Charming.” But all of this is about to change…

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to become the heroes no one ever thought they could be. Four imperfect princes. Five audacious princesses. One hilariously unforgettable adventure.

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This story is packed full of adventure and hilarious plot twists! Β I laughed a lot throughout this one. The princes were just kind of pathetic in the cutest, most endearing Β way possible!! Β Starring some Fairy Tale characters you know, and lots you only thought you knew, A whole bunch of fun! That’s what this book is!

I gave this book *9.5/10

Now Β I’m giving this amazing book to one lucky reader!!

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So There’s This Book…The Story of Owen by E. K. Johnston

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Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival.

There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.

But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected.

Such was Trondheim’s fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible oddsβ€”armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that changes everything. Listen!


I’ve wanted to read this story for months now! Ever since I stumbled upon it just sitting on the shelf, I’ve been recommending it to everyone!

Actually, I thought I would get a chance this past month…the author has recently been to my local book store to do a book signing! But I’ve had a lot of mandatory reading lately.

I do have a signed copy now though! YaY! Thank you E. K. Johnston!!
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From what I’ve heard, the first chapter is very Canadian! Lots of reference to Canadian places, which I thought was really cool! The other thing that seemed really interesting to me is that the story is told in the perspective of his friend, not by the hero figure himself. Apparently his friend wants to be a dragon slayer, but she is too tiny, so she helps out every other way she can, like being Owen’s bard and telling his story!

I’ve also heard that this story reaches a wide age range! 11 or 12 and up from what I can tell, and even younger depending on your tolerance for violence. When I read this one, I will definitely explain this more accurately! As of now I’m not sure of the level of violence.

A story of surviving high school and dragons, I’m sure this book is a winner! I can’t wait to dive into The Story of Owen!

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