#BlogTour “The Thalidomide Kid” by Kate Rigby

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Daryl Wainwright is the quirky youngest child of a large family of petty thieves and criminals who calls himself ‘Thalidomide Kid’.

Celia Burkett is the new girl at the local primary school, and the daughter of the deputy head at the local comprehensive where she is bound the following September. With few friends, Celia soon becomes fascinated by ‘the boy with no arms’.

The story of a blossoming romance and sexual awakening between a lonely girl and a disabled boy, and their struggle against adversity and prejudice as they pass from primary to secondary school in 1970s Cirencester. The story deals with themes and issues that are timeless.


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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thalidomide-Kid-Kate-Rigby/dp/1719306621 (paperback)


Kate RigbyAuthor Bio

Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for nearly forty years. She has been traditionally published, small press published and indie published.

She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and has since been updated.

However she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s magazines.

Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).

Her novel Savage To Savvy was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Quarter-Finalist in 2012.

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories, in an erotic anthology published by Pfoxmoor Publishing and more recently in an anthology of Awkward Sexcapades by Beating Windward Press.

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).

She has re-Kindled her backlist and is gradually getting her titles (back) into paperback

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“My Weirdest School #1: Mr. Cooper Is Super!” by Dan Gutman

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My Weirdest School #1: Mr. Cooper Is Super!

by Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)

Genre: Children/Science Fiction & Fantasy/School & Social Skills/Superheroes

1.99 at time of posting! FREE on FreeTimeUnlimited!

With more than 12 million books sold, My Weird School really gets kids reading!

In the very first book in the laugh-out-loud My Weirdest School series, A.J.’s third-grade teacher, Mr. Granite, is retiring after a million hundred years. It turns out the new teacher, Mr. Cooper, is even weirder than Mr. Granite! One day he’s Rat Man and he teaches about rodents. The next day he’s Lava Man and he teaches about volcanoes. But what happens when a real superhero is needed? Will Mr. Cooper protect the school from evil, or just embarrass it to death?

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

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“Sophie Washington: The Snitch” by Tonya Duncan Ellis

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Sophie Washington: The Snitch

by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Genre: Children/Growing Up & Facts of Life/Friendship, Social Skills & School Life/Bullies

99¢ at time of posting!

**Purple Dragonfly Book Award First Place Winner*

Should Sophie Stand Up to the School Bully or Become a Snitch?

There’s nothing worse than being a tattletale…
That’s what 10-year-old Sophie Washington thinks until she runs into Lanie Mitchell, a new girl at school. Lanie pushes Sophie and her friends around at their lockers, and even takes their lunch money in this entertaining, illustrated chapter book for middle grade readers. If they tell, they are scared the other kids in their class will call them snitches and won’t be their friends. And when you’re in the fifth grade, nothing seems worse than that. Then a classmate gets seriously injured and Sophie needs to make a decision: fight back, or snitch?

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“Allie & Gator: A Story About a Girl and Her Gator” by Geneva Bowers

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Allie & Gator: A Story About a Girl and Her Gator

by Geneva Bowers (Geneva B)

Genre: Children/Growing Up & Facts of Life/Social Skills/Friendship/Girls & Women

2.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Allie and Gator are best friends! Allie is inventive and bright. Gator is lively and rambunctious. They love to explore and play and collect berries around the riverside. One day, Allie plants a berry bush and Gator was curious…

Allie and Gator is a story about the beauty of exploration and patience. Written and illustrated by Geneva B, an illustrator with an eye for fantasy elements and diverse characters.

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“Big Nate Flips Out” by Lincoln Pierce

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Big Nate Flips Out

by Lincoln Pierce

Genre: Children/Growing up & Facts of Life/Social Skills/School/Friendship

1.99 at time of posting!

The fifth Big Nate novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce, all about king of detention and cartooning genius Nate Wright!

Everyone knows N-A-T-E does not equal N-E-A-T!

And when Nate’s sloppiness gets out of hand, his best friend, Francis, is in serious trouble.

Can Nate clean up his act, or will he flip out first?

For fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Meet Big Nate, world-class boredom buster and definitely NOT the teacher’s pet.

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“Sophie Washington Box Set (Books 1-4)” by Tonya Duncan Ellis

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Sophie Washington Box Set (Book 1-4): Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie, The Gamer (Sophie Washington Series)

by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Genre: Children/Growing Up/Facts of Life/Social Skills/Bullies/African-American

2.99 at time of posting! Kindle Countdown (thru 7/28)

Sophie Washington fans love the Amazon Best Selling, Readers’ Favorite five star rated books that feature a hilarious 11-year-old from Houston, TX and her exciting adventures. Once they buy one of the adorable, illustrated, chapter books, most go on to read the entire series. Save yourself some money and get this four book series starter pack for a fraction of the individual price of all four of the first books in the series. You’ll be glad you did!

Here’s what readers say about the Sophie Washington series:

“My daughter loved the first 4 books! She can’t wait to read the next one!”

“This book was such a fun, exciting, happy, suspenseful, enjoyable read!”

“Sophie Washington books never disappoint!”

“I am 11 years old and I really like the character, Sophie. I can really relate to her. I enjoy the books very much!”

“I love Sophie Washington! Her chapter book, “The Snitch,” has just the right balance of real life and excitement that will appeal to early readers.”

Join in on the fun and click the button above to buy your Sophie Washington box set today!

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“Monkey Bandit and the Naughty Ball” by Maria Ellis


Monkey Bandit and the Naughty Ball: (Kids Book on Discipline and Rules) (Monkey Bandit Funny Children’s Books for Babies and Toddlers Ages 0 – 4)

by Maria Ellis

Genre: Children’s/Growing Up & Facts of Life/Family Life/Social Skills

FREE at the time of posting!

Do you have a toddler who is ever so slightly tempted to bend the rules every once in a while (all for a “good” reason, of course)? Then you will like the story of Monkey Bandit and the naughty ball, in this colorful and simple kids book on discipline and rules!

Monkey Bandit, much like any toddler, forgets about the rules and discipline. He knows he cannot play with a ball inside the house, but… are bending over the ball or touching it with one finger considered “playing with the ball”?

This colorfully illustrated, funny children’s book will make babies and toddlers giggle at the misadventures of Monkey Bandit. It is simple and simply told, to appeal to very young minds without overwhelming them.

A powerful teaching tool, it allows you, the adult, to start a very useful conversation, about rules, “bending the rules”, discipline and behaving, without “preaching” to your child.

Rules… rules… what are those exactly?!

TOPIC: rules, discipline, bending the rules
AGES: 1 to 5.

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“Pete the Groovy Cat’s Guide to Love” by James Dean, Kimberly Dean


Pete the Groovy Cat’s Guide to Love

by James Dean (Author, Illustrator), Kimberly Dean (Author

Genre: Children’s Books/Cats/Self-Esteem & Self-Respect

1.99 at time of posting!

Love is in the air!

Pete the Cat shares some groovy words from the heart in this fun collection of all his favorite famous quotes about living an awesome life filled with love.

This cool cat adds his heartfelt take on well-known classics, from Vincent van Gogh to Virgil to Ovid to Charles Dickens, because after all, the best advice is “Love conquers all.”

Fans of the bestselling Pete the Cat series will delight in this fun take on quotes, which are accompanied by Pete’s witty responses and illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist James Dean.

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2018 Newbery Winner | Children’s Literature

Hello, Universe (2018 Newbery Winner Children’s Literature)

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Genre: Growing Up & Facts of Life/Difficult Discussions/Bullies


Winner of the Newbery Medal

“A charming, intriguingly plotted novel.”—Washington Post

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). “Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits.”—Booklist

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.

They aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

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