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I’m doing something a little bit different for my blog tour stop.  I’ve been getting a lot of questions from bloggers, reviewers, and parents who are in the tour about the reading order of these books.  Questions like – what all books are in which series?  Isn’t one of these series finished, and the other one isn’t?  Does my child (or me!) have to read these in order? Do we have to read the first series first and the second series second?

 

The easy answers are:

Danica’s six book Overworld Adventure series is complete.  She is currently writing the spin off series, which is called the Overworld Heroes series, the first book, Adventure Against the Endermen, will be available in early November.  You don’t have to read the first series first and the second series second. In fact, you could probably start with any book in any series, and enjoy a nice family friendly adventure that your kids are sure to love.

 

You can learn more about Danica Davidson and her many children’s novels at her website DanicaDavidson.com, or follow her on twitter at @DanicaDavidson.  To see a list of blog participating in this blog tour, click here.

 

Here’s the cover art for Danica’s  Minecrafter novels, with a little bit about each book:

THE OVERWORLD ADVENTURE SERIES:

Escape from the Overworld (book 1, published January 2015)

Stevie is in for a big surprise while building his treehouse: he’s first attacked by a creeper, and then must take on a group of zombies! The near miss has him feeling like the worst mob fighter in Minecraft, so when he finds a portal into a brand-new world, he’s willing to take his chances.

He steps out of a computer screen and into the room of a sixth-grade girl Maison, who’s a talented builder. Stevie is shocked by how different this world is, and Maison takes him under her wing. But soon the two friends learn zombies have also made their way out of the portal!

More and more creatures are slipping out by the second, wreaking havoc on a world that has no idea how to handle zombies, creepers, giant spiders, and the like. Stevie and Maison must put their heads together and use their combined talents in order to push the zombies back into Minecraft, where they belong. As Stevie and Maison’s worlds become more combined, their adventure becomes intense and even more frightening than they could have ever imagined.

 

Attack on the Overworld (book 2, published October 2015)

Stevie and Maison have a great friendship where they travel back and forth between the Overworld and the human world. Maison has earned some fame for battling off the mobs at her school, but the attention has also brought about cyberbullies DestinyIsChoice123 and TheVampireDragon555, who have hacked her computer and discovered the portal! Now, through complex coding, the cyberbullies have turned the Overworld into eternal night and unleashed a pack of zombies, allowing their griefing to reach a whole new level.

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The Rise of Herobrine (book 3, published April 2016)

Stevie has been having repeated nightmares about the mysterious figure known as “Herobrine.” Some say Herobrine is an old ghost story. Some say he’s a virus. But no one believes he is real…except maybe Stevie, whose nightmares are telling him that Herobrine is going to take over the Overworld.

His cousin Alex has come to visit, and during one of her explorations, she finds a music disc that predicts the destruction of the Overworld! Are Stevie’s nightmares and the music disc connected? Stevie and Alex hook up with Stevie’s best friend Maison, and the three quickly begin looking for answers.

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Welcome to the Danica Davidson Minecrafters Blog Tour!  Over the next few weeks, bloggers across the internet and across the planet will be talking about Danica Davidson’s Minecrafter books for middle grade readers, interviewing her, hosting guest posts, and more!   If you’re on social media, follow #Minecrafters and #MinecraftersBlogTour.  To learn more about Danica, visit her website and follow her on twitter, where she is @DanicaDavidson.

Danica is the author of the completed 6 book Overworld Adventure Series with starts with Escape from the Overworld, the brand new Overworld Heroes series which starts with Adventure Against the Endermen, and many other books for young readers.  Her books have been called “EXCITING” by Forbes, “RECOMMENDED READING” by School Library Journal, and have been spotlighted by NPR, Sci Fi Magazine, Barnes & Noble Kids Blog, MTV and other publications. Escape from the Overworld and Attack on the Overworld were also both selected by the prestigeous Scholastic Book Fair for second through sixth graders.  Her non-fiction articles have appeared at Publishers Weekly, Ms. Magazine, MTV,  CNN, Anime Insider, Booklist, Graphic Novel Reporter, iF Magazine, and many more.

Click here to read my interview with Danica, and click here to listen to her interview at the radio show Between The Lines.

 

Here’s a list of bloggers, reviewers, and authors who are participating in the blog tour. There are even some soooper seekrit posts I can’t even talk about until they go up!   As blog posts go up, I’ll be editing this post to include links to everyone’s posts, so check back often!

 

Dab of Darkness reviews the audiobook of Attack on the Overworld    and hosts Danica’s guest post on Fiction Creatures: Who to Meet and Who to Avoid

I Heart Reading hosts Danica’s Guest Post on Writing in the Minecrafter World

The Sentimental Mom has a review of Adventure Against the Endermen and interview with Danica Davidson

The Library Ladies features a guest post from Danica on the joy of libraries

Yolanda Sfetsos hosts Danica’s Guest Post on Putting the Real World into Minecraft

Stacey Filak’s son reviews Escape from the Overworld (and then we all died of cute)

The Hermit Librarian features Danica’s guest post on Adventures in Publishing

Books Without Any Pictures has a fantastic guest post on how Danica’s love for Manga helped her get into the Publishing World

Loud Library Lady’s son reviews Escape from the Overworld and gives it 5 stars!

Red Star Reviews had a great time reading Escape from the Overworld

The Write Path has a thoughtful review of Adventure Against the Endermen

That’s What She’s Reading has a review of Escape from the Overworld from the point of view of a reader who isn’t familiar with Minecraft, and a guest post from Danica about her writing process.

Mr. Ripley’s Enchanted Books features a fantastic guest post from Danica on  Minecraft and Humour

Literary Hoots has a guest post from Danica on How to Turn Your Favorite Video Game into a Book

Today We Did features a guest post from Danica on the Joys of Writing in the Minecraft World

 

 

Woah, that’s a ton of fantastic sites!  book review blogs, parenting blogs, parent-child reviews, and everything in between. Hope you can make time to visit everyone!

 

 

The Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker

Published in 2009

Where I got it: purchased used

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I love Kage Baker’s books.  She wrote the Company series, a handful of humorous fantasy novels, and a bucket of short stories, all with her signature brand of humor, wit, and pull-you-right-in writing style.  Her career was cut short when she passed away from cancer in 2010.  Her books have become hard to find, so every time I am in a used bookstore I head right to the “B” section and buy everything they have of hers that I don’t already own.

 

The Hotel Under the Sand was published by Tachyon in 2009, and is her only known work for children and middle grade readers. This novella has a similar feel to Un Lun Dun by China Mieville, except it is all around happier and sunnier.

 

Young Emma has survived a shipwreck and washed up onto a beach.  As she is exploring the island, she meets a ghost named Winston. He is the Bell Hop Captain of the famous Grand Wenlocke hotel, and might young Emma have any luggage he can carry for her, or shoes he can shine?  You see,  decades ago, a wealthy man by the last name of Wenlocke started work on a massive resort on these famous sand Dunes. Adding to the allure and magic of the resort, this would be a resort where time stands still. Thanks to a time engine in the basement, guests are encouraged to stay as long as they please! Months, years! When they leave to go back home, only 2 weeks will have passed.  Perhaps the project was doomed from the start, as just before the hotel was due to open a huge storm came and swept it under the sands, taking Winston with it.

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