Happy Monday, everyone! I can think of no better way to kick off a brand new week than by welcoming my friend, author and fellow Canadian, Casey Lyall, to Pop! Goes The Reader! Today, I have the immense pleasure of hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Casey’s forthcoming middle grade debut, Howard Wallace, P.I.. Coming to a bookstore and library near you September 6th, 2016, Howard Wallace, P.I. follows the life of twelve-year-old Howard Wallace, a lonely middle schooler who joins forces with the new girl in school in order to solve the mystery of the missing student council treasury and foil the attempts of a would-be blackmailer. While the illustrator responsible for today’s cover wishes to remain anonymous, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how special the design truly is. It’s graphic, quirky, and a whole lot of fun, just like the book itself. Please read on learn more about this absolutely adorable middle grade novel and for an opportunity to enter to win an advance reader copy of Howard Wallace, P.I.!
About Casey Lyall
Casey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Southwestern Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. When she’s not writing, Casey loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of movies and television, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.
Title Howard Wallace, P.I.
Author Casey Lyall
Pages 272 Pages
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Genre Contemporary, Mystery
To Be Published September 6th, 2016 by Sterling Children’s Books
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“What’s with the get-up? Is that the company uniform or something?”
“This? All P.I.s wear a trench coat.”
“Dude, that’s a brown bathrobe.”
I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves. “First rule of private investigation, Ivy: work with what you’ve got.”
Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he’s got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else — least of all, friends. So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he’s ready to take it on himself…until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick — and a friend — is such a bad thing after all.
As an extra, exciting bonus, Casey has been kind enough to offer an advance reader copy of Howard Wallace, P.I. to one lucky reader! This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and will be accepting entries until Monday, May 2nd. Please enter by using the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.