Today, we are pleased to be sharing the exclusive cover reveal for The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson (the author of Sidekicked) — a really fun, unique new middle grade book coming from Walden Pond Press in 2015. We also have a great chance for you to win some of John’s other fabulous books by sharing the new cover — so be sure to keep reading for details!
First, here’s a bit about The Dungeoneers:
Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day.
Teach him to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.
Teach him to steal, though, and he won’t have to eat fish every day for the rest of his life.
The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler’s earnings, Colm can’t help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It’s just a question of how far you’re willing to go to get it.
In an effort to help make ends meet, Colm uses his natural gift for pickpocketing to pilfer a pile of gold from the richer residents of town. But his actions place him at the mercy of a mysterious man named Finn Argos, a gilded-toothed, smooth-tongued rogue who gives Colm a choice. He can be punished for his thievery, or can learn to put his new-found talents to even better use—to become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a guild of dungeoneers who take what they want and live as they will. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages, and hunters, learning to work together in their quest for endless treasure.
But not all families are perfect, and even as Colm hones his skills with his fellow recruits, it becomes more and more clear that something from outside threatens the Dungeoneers—and perhaps something from inside as well.
And now, here is the FABULOUS cover for The Dungeoneers (illustrated by the fabulous Dan Santat):
Isn’t that wonderful??? There’s so much going on in this illustration. I love all the action!
We want you to spread the word about the gorgeous cover for The Dungeoneers, and as thanks, one of you lucky readers will win finished copies of John’s books, Minion and Sidekicked. Here’s some of the ways you can earn entries:
- Share The Dungeoneers cover on your blog, website, Tumblr, etc. and send us the link
- Tweet about the cover reveal & link back here
- Comment below & tell us what you think of the contest
- Follow Novel Novice & John David Anderson on Twitter
Contest is open to the U.S. only, and ends at midnight (PT) on Friday, October 24th.
John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. He is the author of Sidekicked, Minion, and Standard Hero Behavior. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate.
For the comments: Tell us what you think of The Dungeoneers cover!