Thursday, November 11, 2010

Careful what you wish for...

Because you just might get it!

That's the idea behind the latest novel from Maureen McCarthy.

The former art teacher is one of Australia's most-loved authors, with several of her books being turned into television fodder as well.

Careful What You Wish For is the tale of put-upon 11-year-old Ruth Craze who thinks her life sucks.

And then a much-loved aunt gives her a rather unusual gift, and Ruth's wishes start to come true. But are they really for the better?

Regular readers know I love to read, and review, books, but on this occasion, I thought: Why not let someone the book is aimed for, the chance to review the book instead?

Basically the book is aimed at girls aged between about 9 and 12, although it would appear to boys as well.
 (One of the main characters is a rather mysterious boy). Also? There's a rat. A rat who changes everything!

If you have a child who would love the chance to be a guest reviewer, leave a comment below.

I can't pay the winner, however he or she will be able to keep the novel, and boast about their gig to all their friends. And of course, his/her review will be published here at MIA with byline and photo if that's okay with the parents. Otherwise, we can use first name and age, and leave it at that.

Careful What You Wish For by Maureen McCarthy is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $15.99.

Finally, a quick reminder to Brisbane movie buffs, that Red Hill is soon opening in Australian cinemas on November 25.

If you want to see it before all your friends, I have two double passes to giveaway to the preview at the BBE Myer Cinemas on Monday, November 22, at 6.30 pm. 

There's an awesome Red Hill Shoot-Out Game to play on Facebook if you're interested.

For the Red Hill giveaway, just leave me a comment on who your favourite Australian actor/actress is and why. This competition closes at 5 pm on Friday November 12.

For the book giveaway, you just need to let me know if you have a child who would love to read Be Careful What You Wish For and give his/her honest opinion.


Kathy said...

Well, my daughter is 7 1/2 but is reading about 2 years ahead of her age and I reckon she'd love to read and review this book for you.

I'd prefer first name & age rather than surname rather than full byline for her if that's OK, though.

Contact me on if you want Alia to do the review!

So Now What? said...

Oh Maddie would love it. She bloody devours books and recently, after reading Little Women, left it beside my bed and told me that "I must read it".

~~Kallie~~ said...

My 12yo daughter would love to do it. Contact me on twitter (LizK_is) but be warned, J loves to write... :)

Naomi said...

My miss9 informed me yesterday she wants to be an author (be still my beating heart) she devours books faster than we can get them for her!

Laura said...

My 10-year-old is a boy's boy. If you really want to see if this book appeals to the high end of the testosterone scale, then feel free to send a copy our way. But I'll totally understand if my lad isn't the reviewer you had in mind. :)

twitter: batgirlwrites

melli said...

I have a 10 year old girl Lily.Huge bookworm and as soon as i told her about the story she got very excited about it all.
She has a huge imagination and wopuld love to be a reviewer!

Rubyjaz said...


I have an 8 year old girl who reads at a 10 & half year old level.
She loves reading & would love to have a chance to be a reviewer.

Congrats on the blog, you have some fantastic offers and I quite often get a giggle.