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Thursday, March 13, 2014


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Title: A Sandy Grave
Category: Chapbooks for Tweens
Author: Donna M. McDine
Illustrator: Julie Hammond
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616334543; 1616334541
Softcover ISBN: 9781616334550; 161633455X
eBook ISBN: 9781616334567; 1616334568 
Available: Barnes and Noble, AmazonGuardian Angel Publishing and through the author for autographed copies.  
Leah and her friends are looking forward to a fun-filled
vacation at the beach.  A whale isn't in their plans, but there he is
mysteriously beached, dead, and missing teeth!
Donna McDine has written a wonderfully suspenseful
 book colorfully illustrated by the equally talented
Julie Hammond, that will be fun reading for any child
who loves a bit of mystery.  Her descriptive language
is easy enough for a tween to understand yet interesting
for an older child as well.  Just in time for summer
reading, the story follows Leah as she
unravels a mystery Nancy Drew herself would
have loved.  But, the story is not just a good beach tale.
There's a subtle lesson here too:  Doing the right
thing can be scary, but it doesn't change the fact
that right is right.
I love this book.  It's well written, timely, edgy enough to
keep a tween on the edge of his/her seat, (me too!) and
fun to read.
Here's a creative little
for A Sandy Grave you will surely enjoy.
Donna is generously offering a wonderful giveaway
for a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card!
Click and enter to WIN!
About the author: Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.
Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership. 

Donna's Books...
Learn more about McDine’s writing career at and for a full virtual book tour schedule.


  1. Thanks for the lovely review of Donna's latest. I loved this one too. Donna is giving away a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card to one lucky winner. Your readers can find details at Good luck!

    1. I'm so excited for her...I loved Nancy Drew as a girl and this so reminded me of those mysteries!

    2. Hi Cheryl,

      I've been having a blast during my virtual book tour, thank you!


    3. Sharon,

      Thanks for being a part of my virtual book tour. I appreciate our connection and having you host me. Thank you for the heartwarming review. I'm over the moon you compared A Sandy Grave to a Nancy Drew mystery. I still have my collection of Nancy Drew mysteries.


      Delete happy to hear from you.........