Friday, September 16, 2016


About the Book

Title: Beyond the Lines | Autho r: Claudia Whitsitt | Publisher: Claudia Whitsitt Publication Date: February 27, 2016 | Genre: Middle Grade Fiction |  Number of Pages: 260

Book Description: The Dream Girls — Hattie, Crackers, and Beverly Jo — are back with the same determination and resolve they dis played in Between the Lines. This time, it's Crackers who has a dream. S he has oodles of talent, can outshoot any guy, and she wants to be the first girl on the boys' basketball team. Everybody knows she's the best player at school. The pr oblem is, the rules say: No girls allowed on the team. Ever. But the Dream Girls have chall enged old-fashioned notions before, and they're not about to give up now. Beverly Jo ro cks the world with an ingenious plan, Hattie sets the wheels in motion, and Crackers gives her all. For this threesome, nothing is impossible.

What others are saying...

"BEYOND THE LINES is a refreshing story of true friendshi p." - Lori (Amazon)

"A delightful story of true friendship" - David (Ama zon)

"Great characters, superlative writing and the sense o f being dropped into the mist of a Dream Girls meeting makes "Beyond The Lines" a won derful book." - DJ (Amazon)

"Beyond the lines is a beautiful story of friendship."< /em> - (Amazon)

About the Author

Claudia Whitsitt spent a lifetime teaching special educa tion and writing before becoming a full-time author. She believes in the power of f riendship, small acts of kindness, and paying it forward. Nothing makes her happier tha n spending time with her children, which includes not only the five she raised but the c ountless students who touched her life over the years.


Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: September 27, 11:59 pm, 2016
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Four months ago, I thought my life was over. But just look at me now. I’ve gone from a Catholic school kid to a public school student and from a knock-kneed scaredy-cat to a mostly brave girl. Not only that, but I’ve made the best friends ever. Beverly Jo is not just the smartest girl I know, but the friendliest, and Crackers, well, she’s the life of the party, whether there’s a party or not. 

Which brings me to our 5th grade holiday break celebra­tion, a sleepover at my house. The aromas wafting down the basement stairs right now awaken me in the best possible way—with a gigantic grin on my face. There’s not a better smell in the world than bread frying in a custard of milk, eggs and butter, crackling bacon, and warm maple syrup.

I stretch my arms over my head and untangle my sleeping bag from the cocoon its coiled around my legs, peeking out to see if either of my friends’ peepers are blinking yet.


  1. Thanks for participating, Laurisa!

  2. Thank you for sharing an excerpt from the book and for taking part in the tour.

  3. Thank you for sharing an excerpt from the book and for taking part in the tour.

  4. Sounds like a good one. Thanks for the review, Laurisa! :)