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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Lost Language by Claudia Mills - Book Tour + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE LOST LANGUAGE by Claudia Mills Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: THE LOST LANGUAGE

Authors: Claudia Mills

Pub. Date: October 12, 2021

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

The quest to save the words of a dying language - and to find the words to save what may be a dying friendship - lies at the heart of this exquisite verse novel.

Sixth grader Betsy is the one who informs her best friend, Lizard, that thousands of the world's languages are currently threatened by extinction; Betsy's mother is a linguistics professor working frantically to study dying languages before they are lost forever. But it is Lizard who, gripped by the magnitude of this loss, challenges Betsy, What if, instead of WRITING about dying languages, like your mom, you and I SAVED one instead?

As the girls embark on their quest to learn as much as possible of the near-extinct language of Guernésiais (spoken on the Isle of Guernsey, off the coast of France), their friendship faces unexpected strains. With Lizard increasingly obsessed with the language project, Betsy begins to seek greater independence from her controlling and charismatic friend, as well as from her controlling and charismatic mother. Then tragedy threatens Betsy's life beyond what any words can express, and Lizard does something unthinkable.

Maybe lost friendships, like lost languages, can never be completely saved.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Reviews:

"Betsys first-person narration is engaging and will speak to the many young readers who feel quashed by stronger personalities all around them. . . . The novel ends on a realistic, satisfying note as Betsys family moves forwardtogether—and she and Lizard reach a new understanding."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Mills writes in free verse here rather than her familiar prose, but her keen insight into dynamics and character remains evident, and the compact, accessible phraseology deftly distills the portrayals."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

"Conveyed in the first-person perspective, Bumble’s epiphanies and observations are crystallized through concise language and evocative descriptions . . . while her evolving emotions surrounding her parents and Lizard are as eloquently conveyed as her growing understanding of the world."—Publishers Weekly

"Told through Betsy’s delicate voice in verse, this title addresses issues such as parental depression, the aftermath of attempted suicide, cultural ramifications of indigenous languages, controlling friendships, and alcoholism. . . . [Betsy] discovers a healthier friendship with another classmate and . . . her surge of maturity brings her belief in her own inner strength and ability."—School Library Connection

"Through well-drawn characters, this skillfully paced story thoughtfully addresses the need to be truly seen in our important relationships. . . . A sincere exploration of humanly imperfect love."—Kirkus Reviews

 

EXCERPT

What My Mom Thinks of the Name Bumble

She hates it.

 

The first time she heard

Lizard say, “Bye, Bumble!”

 

my mom said, “Bumble?

And Lizard said, “That’s her nickname.”

 

My mom said, “Her nickname is Betsy.”

And Lizard said, “Bumble is my nickname for her.”

 

My mom said, “Bumble, as in blunder?

Bumble,   as in stumble? Bumble, as in fumble?

 

Bumble, as move in an awkward way?

Bumble, as speak in a confused way?”

 

My mom knows more about words

than anybody I know.

 

Bumble like bumblebee,” Lizard said.

“Bumblebees buzzing around beautiful flowers.”

 

I could tell my mom wanted to tell Lizard not to call me that,

but she didn’t want to be mean to my new best friend.

 

But every time my mom hears Lizard call me Bumble,

which has been a lot of times over the last three years,

I can see her jaw tighten

with all the things she isn’t saying. 


About Claudia Mills:

Claudia Mills has written many children’s books, including 7 x 9 = Trouble!, the Franklin School Friends series, The A9er-School Superstar series, and Zero Tolerance. She recently received the Kerlan Award for her contribution to children’s literature. She was a professor of philosophy for more than two decades at the University of Colorado and is now a faculty member in the graduate programs in children’s literature at Hollins University. Dr. Mills lives in Boulder, Colorado.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST LANGUAGE, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/18/2021

Rockstar Book Tours

Kickoff Post

10/18/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

10/19/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt

10/19/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

10/20/2021

I'm Shelfish

Excerpt

10/20/2021

Jaime's World

Excerpt

10/21/2021

Nonbinary Knight Reads and Reviews

Review

10/21/2021

BookHounds Ya

Excerpt

10/22/2021

The Reading Wordsmith

Review

10/22/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

Review

Week Two:

10/25/2021

Not In Jersey

Review

10/25/2021

Little Red Reads

Review

10/26/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

10/26/2021

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review

10/27/2021

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Review

10/27/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

10/28/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review

10/28/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

10/29/2021

Books and Zebras

Review

10/29/2021

The Momma Spot

Review


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