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Frederick Fly-Catcher by Helen C. Johannes is a MG/YA Bookish Event pick #mglit #99cents #giveaway


Author: Helen C. Johannes

Genre: Children’s Middle Grade Fantasy

Book Blurb:

“A fun adventure that was a hit with my nine-year-old!” 5 Stars, Amazon

What happens when Frederick, a champion fly-catcher, is confronted with a human? After all, humans are dangerous! And worse, this human is carrying a thing of troublesome, powerful magic. What if Frederick can’t get it to stop?

Children of all ages will love this one for its adventure and for the animals that talk.” 5 Stars, NN Light Book Heaven 2020 Book Award Winner


Air bubbles roared past Frederick. Horse legs crashed through the water all around him. Heart hammering, he dove for the mucky bottom.

Kersplash! Something big plunged past him.

Frederick tucked his long legs, rolled, and kicked away. One cattail stem smacked him in the face, another in the knee. He pulled himself across the third and braced his legs against it while it swayed.

He opened his eyes at the roiling surface, head out and body in. His nose smarted. Whatever had thundered through the pond was gone. Already the algae was closing ranks, filling the holes punched into it.

Frederick heaved a sigh and crawled onto a floating twig. He looked around for his friends—and froze.

From the reeds opposite, a pair of eyes stared out.

BLUE eyes.

BIG blue eyes.

Frederick pretended he was part of the twig.

The eyes blinked. They widened to June bug size.

Huh? What does something big enough to stir up a pond have to fear?

The eyes looked beyond him, over the cattails. It was thundering again. Louder. More horses. The blue eyes opposite sank into the reeds.

Frederick clung to his reed. Queen Mama always said—there was a time for diving and a time for sticking. The time for sticking was now.

“The boy crossed here!”

“And went out here!”

“Follow him, you idiots!”

Three horses plunged into the water and galloped through the pond.

Frederick hung on while his twig bounced back and forth with the sloshing waves.

When the water stilled, Frederick looked straight at the reeds.

The blue eyes had surfaced. Now they rose. And rose. Over the top of the reeds appeared a thin, green-streaked face.

A human! A small human!

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Grab your e-copy on sale for 99 cents!

What makes your featured book a must-read?

On sale now for 99-cents, this fast-paced chapter book will entice young readers to keep turning pages to find out what happens next. Connecting with Frederick’s frog’s-eye-view reminds children to treat all creatures with respect and to be open to friendships with new or different people. Parents can use the story events as jumping-off points to talk with children about problem-solving and teamwork strategies as well as simply being kind.

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally.

Runs September 12 – September 19, 2023.

Winner will be drawn on September 20, 2023.

Author Biography:

Helen C. Johannes writes award-winning fantasy inspired by the fairy tales she grew up reading and the amazing historical places she’s visited in England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany. Multi-published, she writes tales of adventure and romance in fully realized worlds sprung from pure imagination and a lifelong interest in history, culture, and literature. Warriors on horseback, women who refuse to sit idly at home, and passion that cannot be denied or outrun—that’s what readers will find in her adult books: Brave men, bold women—hearts in search of home. Fast-paced, fanciful, family-friendly fun inspired by her own children is the hallmark of Frederick Fly-Catcher.

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13 de set. de 2023

Thank you, Helen, for sharing your book in our Middle Grade & Young Adult Bookish Event!

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