Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner

As a kid, some of my favorite books included things like secret passageways, tunnels, and a mystery of some sort. When my mother would go antique shopping, I’d glad hop in the car because I lived in hope of finding a desk with secret compartments, and trust me, shopping with my mother is not for the faint of heart. Couple those things with a love of old houses, because older houses were more likely to have hidden rooms, and I knew exactly what I wanted for the setting of 7th Grade Revolution.

I tend to be an organic writer, though one who outlines before putting words on the page. What do I mean by organic writer? I take a few elements, such as knowing I want to write a story about a real classroom experience with the twist of “what if” it became real, having a good idea of the standoff toward the end, and the setting of a house large enough to host a middle school, and old enough to have secret rooms and tunnels. Then instead of rushing off to outline or start putting words on the page, I kick back and stare at the ceiling, or listen to music, or go for a walk, and I let my mind wander. While I’m staring off into space, my characters come through and introduce themselves, and tell me who they are, what their goals are, and how they fit into the story.

With 7th Grade Revolution, I ended up with an unexpected character … Silas Tucker, the former owner of the mansion. At first, I thought the only involvement Silas had with the story was leaving his home to be used for education—boy was I wrong. Silas was an eccentric who built his mansion right after the Civil War, hid an artifact from the Revolutionary War of national significance, and made sure his home had a Civil War version of a safe room, as well as a tunnel to escape through should war break out again. Stories about the things Silas did became folklore and he was frequently described as being nuttier than a squirrel turd, because people didn’t understand him. Until Rhonda Snodgrass came along so many years later, to follow the clues he had left.

When I sat down to write 7th Grade Revolution, I had just finished revising four books of an emotionally-laden Young Adult series. In my writing, if my characters feel something, I live it with them, so after going through four books where one of the primary themes is grief, I was ready to have some fun. I had my premise. I had the materials from the classroom experience that had me chuckling throughout, and my characters were ready to roll.  The result? It’s as if The Goonies collided with Ben Gates of National Treasure and helped him find the lost treasure of the Knights Templar while finding history nuggets along the way.

Thank you to Lori’s Reading Corner for hosting me today.

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (October 24, 2017)
Genre: Children's Book
ISBN-10: 1944109463
ISBN-13: 978-1944109462
ASIN: B0748BLJLN
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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WHEN UNEARTHING A NATIONAL TREASURE BECOMES A NATIONAL INCIDENT

Inspired by True Events

Dennis Alexander: Washington Academy Middle School promises to be another in the long line of boring schools he has been expelled from.

Rhonda Snodgrass: Although trained from childhood in survival tactics, she tries to stay off the radar of the "cool" kids who think she's weird.

7th grade turns out to be anything but normal when teachers announce the students' bloodless revolution succeeded and they are now in charge. After conducting a secret-ballot vote on policy, the 7th graders emerge to find the school evacuated and the FBI lurking outside with the task of unearthing a treasure of national importance.

The students' mission is clear–discover the treasure before the FBI locks down the building. Dennis and Rhonda lead the revolt and must work together to follow century-old clues left by a crazy Revolutionary War buff.

To stay one step ahead of the FBI, they must delve into history and amass an arsenal to defend their school … because this is WAR!

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Providence Book Promotions for Liana Gardner. There will be 1 winner of one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card AND 5 winners of one (1) eBook copy of 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner.

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Liana Gardner is the two-time teen choice award-winning author of the Misfit McCabe series. Daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana Gardner combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface. Born in Seattle, WA and raised in southern California, Liana is definitely a west coast girl, but loves to travel.

She fostered her love of writing after reading Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and discovering she had a great deal in common with the character Jo. The making up of stories, dramatic feelings, and a quick temper were enough for her to know she and Jo would have been kindred spirits.

Liana volunteers with high school students through the International Trade Education Programs (ITEP). ITEP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, ITEP helps young people “think globally and earn locally.”

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Excerpt ~

A ghostly moaning carried to them across the water, along with clanking chains.

Selena smacked Spencer’s shoulder. “Knock it off. This isn’t time for any of your stupid pranks.”

Spencer shook his head. “It’s not me. I swear.”

Dennis believed him because he wouldn’t have had time to set up something so elaborate and he’d lost his cocky attitude.

Selena raised her finger and stuck it in Spencer’s face, but before she had a chance to say a word, more chains rattled followed by even louder moans.

Brooke squealed and scuttled backward until she hit the wall surrounding the grotto, hard. Stones cascaded down as the wall behind her crumbled from the impact. She held her head where she’d banged it.

Brooke sagged against the wall causing it to disintegrate a bit more. A bony hand flopped out onto her shoulder. She screamed.

“Get it off me. Get it off.” She bounced on the balls of her feet.

Spencer ran to Brooke and lifted the skeleton hand, but it was caught in Brooke’s hair. “Stand still for a minute so I can get it untangled.”

Dennis joined Spencer and helped pull the strands of hair from the joints. Behind Brooke’s head, a skull was partially visible. How long had the poor guy been walled up in the cavern lake? Well, he didn’t know guy or girl, but one thing was sure—this wasn’t some prank.

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Excerpt from 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner. Copyright © 2017 by Liana Gardner. Reproduced with permission from Liana Gardner. All rights reserved.

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  1. Such an interesting post!  I found it interesting that a character was found in which even surprised the author.

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