We have a lot of eARC’s and we want to promote them a little bit more. So we decided to do some more Bookish Beginnings On Friday. Today I want to share the opening lines of Spineless by Samantha San Miguel. I’m really excited about this newly released middle grade book.
This meme was created by Rose City Reader. The idea is to post the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading. After that you talk about your initial thoughts about the sentence, book or anything to do with that.
This exciting middle-grade adventure is Hoot for the Gilded Age—with scientific discoveries, secret plots, and surprisingly enormous fauna.
When his asthma lands him at a health resort in the wilds of Gilded Age South Florida, twelve-year-old Algie Emsworth is over the moon. The scientific treasure trove of unexplored swamps may launch his dream career as a naturalist. But even Algie is startled when he happens upon a brand-new species and her brood in the karst springs surrounding the resort. Algie quickly realizes he must keep his discovery a secret: a famous collector of exotic animals is also staying at the hotel, and the new species is threatened by his very presence. An apparent curse has also descended upon the hotel, bringing with it a deadly red tide. But when the pool starts filling with ink and guests start getting mysterious, sucker-shaped wounds, Algie must pluck up his courage to find the truth about the goings-on at the Grand Hotel—and save the new species from destruction.
” The book skidded across the deck and scattered Algie’s shuffleboard game. Like many twelve-year-olds, Algie Emsworth was used to his older brother’s dramatics. ” You didn’t like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Dea?” he asked, retrieving the book and smoothing its pages.”
I love the cover of Spineless and even before reading the synopsis it makes me feel like we’ll be going on an adventure. The first part of the book doesn’t give much away or leave many things to really expect from the book. Our main character wants to be a naturalist and exploring these unexplored swamps may start his career early. Add a curse and some secrets and I have a feeling we’re going to have a fun adventure!
Spineless sounds like a really interesting book and I love reading about characters that are really passionate about something. Especially when they get to go on adventures I’m sure a lot of kids wish they could go on.
What fictional adventure would you like to experience yourself? There are plenty to choose from! Let me know in the comments. Also, if you’re interested in Spineless it’s available now!