"I do not just want to read books; I want to climb inside them and live there." -Anonymous

February 19, 2013

Book Tour & Review & Giveaway~ Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough~

Check out the other stops and follow the rest of the tour for many chances to win a copy of  Root Bound!!
Root Bound Tour Schedule 


Root Bound (Emma and the Elementals #1)
by Tanya Karen Gough
Publisher: Baba Yaga Press
Pub. Date: June 3, 2012
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Summary: ~from goodreads~

"A lighthearted, whimsical confection that will delight both kids and their parents' inner child." - Kirkus Reviews

How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father's work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There's frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartments, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with and add principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the center of the world.

There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of streaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownies and the human world above.

My Review:

This is a wonderful book! I am definitely going to share this book to my students at work. This is great story for the young and the young at heart. I feel that children in middle school will love and enjoy this book.

Tanya Karen Gough is a talented writer. As I read the book I easily visualized this world she created. An interesting journey that had adventure and some twists and turns. I absolutely enjoyed reading the adventures that Emma went on. Emma is a girl who has suffered a heart wrenching loss. I love how Emma is a character that you can relate to. She has moved a lot because of her father needing to find work. She is a strong girl who has a huge heart. She discovers a world she only read about and didn't know existed. She finds that she is connected to this other world.  I love how she used references from other books. I especially like how she used a mix of favorite children stories and intertwined, Greek and Roman mythology with her own original fantasy story. 

Tanya Karen Gough was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in New England, where she developed a healthy appetite for ghosts and things that go bump in the night. An avid reader from a young age, she quickly worked her way through Alice in Wonderland, the Magical Monarch of Mo, Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, all of the Tintin comic books, Nancy Drew, and most of the other books in the children's library.

Finally, at the tender age of 10, she produced this poetic masterpiece:

"Whene'er you get a wandering leg
And feel that you must roam
Remember this and don't forget
The best place is at home"

To date, she has moved more than 25 times. Along the way, she earned two degrees in English Literature, taught overseas, became the owner operator of the Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue, and contributed to a number of Shakespeare-related publications. Root Bound is the first of four books in the Emma and the Elementals series.

 Author Links:


Giveaway #1

This is for ONE ebook copy of Root Bound. Open Internationally.
All you have to do is follow my Josie's Haven facebook page and leave a comment under the Root Bound Giveaway Post! If you already follow my page just leave a comment.
This giveaway ends on March 4th. I will announce the winner on March 5th.


Giveaway #2

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. So happy that you enjoyed it it definitely sounds perfect for your students! Great review, doll!!