Monday, September 30, 2013

MMGM~EVERTASTER: The Buttersmiths' Gold

MMGM aka Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday!! It was created by Shannon Messenger to give middle grade reads the attention they deserve. If you'd like to see more MG books, click HERE to follow other participants. 

I first saw this book over on Shannon's site, and I thought it was adorable. I added it to my TBR list. But then something really cool happened. I WON a copy from the author! He sent me a physical copy and even signed it. Pretty sweet.

EVERTASTER: The Buttersmiths' Gold by Adam Glendon Sidwell

Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Publisher: Future House Publishing
Release Date: May 2013
Pages: 126

Favorite Lines/Passage: When it touched them it was like a warmth he had never known. While it was on his tongue all the sorrows and terror of the battle and the defeat of his people melted away, and he felt like a child again. It tasted creamy and sweet like honey, but salty like the sea. If snow could be warm, this was it. It was more than a taste--it was an embrace. (page 96)



Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you'd want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you'd want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you'd stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all. 

Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He's a Viking through and through – he's thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That's what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan's muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.


My Splats: A perfect middle grade tale to read with your kids! There's action, mystery, and valuable lessons on loyalty and purity. Oh...and trolls!

Humorous and enticing narration. Plus, the cover is a hoot! Just look at it. Seriously. And once you read the story, the cover will hold such meaning for you. 

This is a great MG tale of self-awareness--in oneself as well as in one's place within a family unit. Torbjorn seems to always come up short in comparison to his brother. It's a constant battle for him, struggling with feeling like he has to prove himself to his family and clan. This stress aka drive pushes him to make some risky decisions, endangering the life he's always known, including the precious secret of his people's successful muffin business.

Most of you can relate to that movie, where you know a character shouldn't enter or go. Torb does exactly that, which is where this tale truly begins. Vivid description of setting and place gave the story breath and life. Coupled with Torb's inner contemplation about a strange man who sudden comes into his life, the story takes of in mystery and the unknown. This man, who sudden appears when Torb need help, seems to know more about Torb's muffin making clan than he does; and it just doesn't feel right. 

The world building is stellar, with colorful vocabulary and character quirks. This world is not only pleasurable, but tangible to the eye and ear. Streets and city names paint the world brightly. Smells of the sea and ancient honor fill the air.

Most important--at least to me as a reader--is the underlying message of truth and honor, even when the truth is not popular. This tale ultimately asks the reader to explore his/her motivations for performing a specified task and for whom they're doing it for.

I'd recommend this story to readers of MG age, those who love a comical adventure, and those with a vivid imagination not afraid to stretch those limits.  

What is the last Middle Grade story you've read or read to a child? What was your favorite part about the story?


  1. Sounds funny just from the description. I hadn't heard of this. Thanks for sharing about it. I'm reading Exile by Shannon Messenger. Can't believe I get to meet her tomorrow!

  2. I love this cover! And the book sounds great. Thanks, Sheri. Got to check this out.

  3. Sounds perfect for MG! And I love the underlying ideas about truth and honor and loyalty. These are things not often honored anymore.

  4. I love how unique the book sounds. Combining vikings and muffins is just awesome.
    I'm currently reading "On The Road to Mr. Mineo's" by Barbara O'Connor. Great voice so far.

    Thanks for the feature.


  5. My goodness, I LOVE that cover, and what a fun concept! I'm totally going to have to read that one with the littles.

    1. Yeah, I think the littles would like it. :)

      It's different and not very long, actually.

  6. This sounds wonderful.... LOVE the cover! It's so fun with lots of personality!

    1. It does have loads of personality. Nice way to describe it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Michael.

  7. Now I want butter! Sounds like a very fun book.

  8. That sounds like such a fun read. I've been reading Jacob Wonderbar and the Comic Space Kapow to Chipmunk. It's been a fun read, though I can't pinpoint a specific fave part yet since we've got a ways to go

    1. Ooh, you're reading Nathan's book! Question: are there any illustrations in it? My youngest is BIG on seeing, while he reads.

  9. That is a gorgeous description and when I read on to find out the conflict is over blueberry muffins, well, I can totally relate. Because my mom makes the best blueberry muffins ever! I may have to buy this for myself and share it with certain family members.

    1. 'K, now that would be a unique reason to share a book!

  10. The cover alone would have caused me to take a look at it.


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