Kobo eBook Readers Coming to WalMart

Are you a Kobo reader?

If not, you may be soon because Kobo ebook readers are coming to Wal-Mart by the end of the year. Read about the deal on Wal-Mart’s blog. This might be a perfect time to find out what your students will be discussing this fall and putting on their Christmas wish lists.

Kobo has a free ebook reader app, available on all platforms.

book cover Saucy and Bubba by Darcy Pattison
Saucy and Bubba. A Contemporary Hansel and Gretel Story.

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In fact, Saucy & Bubba is on sale until April 23.

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In this modern-day Hansel and Gretel story, Saucy and Bubba struggle to get along with Krissy, their alcoholic stepmother. One freezing cold night, Krissy locks Saucy out of the house and Saucy must sleep in the barn. In a desperate move, Saucy and Bubba run away to their aunt’s house-except Aunt Vivian isn’t home. Trying to take care of Bubba for several days forces Saucy to take charge of her own life and accept a terrible sacrifice in order to find safety for herself.

This middle grade novel is a heartbreakingly simple story that weaves through the tangled threads of a family and builds to an ending full of hope. Author Darcy Pattison recently wrote about the need for books about troubled families on the Children’s Book Council Diversity blog.

Stories like this one carry a certain darkness, even if the events carry the weight of truth. It’s in the tradition of Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt, and The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. Both of these award-winning books tell of painful truths, but they manage to do so with respect for the child reader. I especially like Paterson’s statement that she always ends her stories with a note of hope. Fortunately, Saucy’s story also ends with hope that the family will work things out and come back together

Join Saucy and Bubba in their poignant search for family.


Sometimes you have to help yourself before you can help someone else, but if you mark your trail, you can always find your way home. That’s what the spunky main character of Darcy Pattison’s Saucy and Bubba learns in this modern day Hansel and Gretel tale. Saucy is a real character dealing with real stuff—hard stuff that doesn’t have easy answers, not in real life and not in fairy tales, either. This is a really compelling and ultimately hopeful story. Highly recommended.

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I prefer to create an epub version, instead of using the Kindle/mobi file. Kobo offers competitive rates: Kobo vendors receive a 70% or 45% royalty rate on each eBook sold through the Kobo Store, depending on the price of their eBook. Distribution is worldwide. You’ll also have the option to distribute to Overdrive, the service used by many public libraries. For more information, go here.

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