Jacket Art by Ben Whitehouse

Roald Dahl meets The Penderwicks in this quirky, humorous, whimsical, and heartwarming middle grade debut about two siblings who run away from home to escape working in the family coffin business.

John Coggin is no ordinary boy. He is devising an invention that nobody has ever seen before, something that just might change the world, or at least make life a little bit better for him and his little sister, Page. But that’s only when he can sneak a break from his loathsome job—building coffins for the family business under the beady gaze of his cruel Great-Aunt Beauregard. 

When Great-Aunt Beauregard informs John that she’s going to make him a permanent partner in Coggin Family Coffins—and train Page to be an undertaker—John and Page hit the road. Before long, they’ve fallen in with a host of colorful characters, all of whom, like John and Page, are in search of a place they can call home. But home isn’t something you find so much as something you fight for, and John soon realizes that he and Page are in for the fight of their lives. -Walden Pond Press

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Enter for a chance to win a signed copy below! But first, a few of my thoughts:

Get ready for a wild ride, no kidding, hold on tight! But also make sure to pack a're going to be glad you did! John and Page make a sweet sibling pair, though I wouldn't call this story "sweet"! The women in this book are determined, fierce, and undoubtable. This describes the good and the not so good female characters! 
So, the dictionary. You'll be glad you have it close by, as there will be MANY new words to add to your vocabulary. Truly, I don't think I would fare well in a conversation with Ms. Teele...
To wrap things up, what will young readers take away? Well, that anything is possible, you never know what awaits you next, and that hard work, crazy ideas and loyal companions are a strong combination!

Final Day to Enter: Monday, April 18th!

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