Black Cats and Ballet Shoes by Iva Valentino – Spotlight & $25 Giveaway


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Gemma Mayfield feels like middle school is a lot to bite off and chew. School, ballet classes, and planning on how to get Trevor Davis to ask her to the Halloween Dance are a tough balancing act. On top of that, Gemma is convinced that her science teacher, Ms. Pruett, is a witch.

When things start getting fishy at school, Gemma knows that Ms. Pruett is behind it all! Students are getting spells placed on them and start to go missing. Gemma and her best friend, Izzie, vow to stop Ms. Pruett from doing any more damage. Will they be able to save Middleton Middle School from witchcraft?

Enjoy an excerpt:

I am convinced that my teacher is a witch. I’m not saying that she acts witchy, like she’s mean or anything. Completely the opposite, as far as I’m concerned. Ms. Pruett is so nice that she’s TOO nice.

Ms. Pruett is the kind of teacher that masquerades as your grandma. I’m not kidding! She shuffles around the classroom with her white frizzy hair poking up all over the place out of her bun. She calls the kids “dearie,” like ALL THE TIME. She also passes out candy a lot, although I’ve never eaten any. (I’ve been too scared, but no one’s keeled over or turned into a spider yet.)

I think there’s something really creepy about her.

Like, for instance, I was sitting in Ms. Pruett’s science class today. Ms. Pruett was at the front of the room, droning on about the respiratory system of frogs. Blah, blah, blah. Every once in a while she would come down one of the rows in the classroom, gripping her frog model and pointing to some frog part. And then she’d stop, make eye contact with a kid or two, and smile this sweet, sickening smile. It was sort of mesmerizing.

I always find myself unable to stop staring at the wart on her face. Izzie says it’s a mole, not a wart. I prefer to think otherwise. Sometimes it surprises me that we’re best friends since we disagree on this very important matter.

I don’t think that Izzie in general is as convinced as I am that Ms. Pruett is a witch. What’s not to believe? Wart on nose, the fact that she must be over a hundred years old, and the spooky room that we have class in every day. Ms. Pruett calls her classroom the “Science Laboratory”. Yikes! How much more creepy can you get?

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Author Iva Valentino

Iva Valentino lives in Arizona with her husband and their dog, Lupo. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Education. She loves living year-round in the warm desert.

Iva spent many years as a middle school teacher, where she enjoyed doing fun science experiments with her students. She currently works as a science editor at an educational publishing company. She loves travel, yoga, and photography. There is nothing that brings her more happiness than a good dance class!

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  1. jovialvampyre says:

    I liked the excerpt. I thought it was cute.

  2. I always enjoy excerpts. They give me a feel for the writers style. Thank-you for this fab giveaway contest. 🙂

  3. This sounds like such a fun read! 😀

  4. I like the cover. It’s wickedly funny.

  5. Girls will love this.

  6. Enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

  7. I enjoyed reading the excerpt; thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  8. Thanks for hosting!

  9. I had a science teacher just like that except, she had a tight bun, pale complexion & everyone nickname her Zombie… I know ,, not nice but we were kids LOL And she really was a very good & nice teacher 🙂

  10. I think its a cute story. I’d even give a copy to my granddaughter who has just entered middle school.

  11. Cute story, my niece would love it!

  12. darholley1 says:

    I liked the cover and the excerpt

  13. lkish77123 says:

    I liked the excerpt. It sounds like a cute story.

  14. lori faires says:

    Cute story excerpt. I like the description of the teacher, I had a couple of those in school.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Great excerpt thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!!

  16. Cover and black cat are cute. Found the excerpt interesting.

  17. Serena S. says:

    I like the excerpt and funny cover, I like it too. =)

  18. I enjoyed the excerpt. Loved Gemma’s voice, you can tell Ms. Valentino spent a great deal of time with middle school kids.

  19. The excerpt is adorable! I love how she describes her teacher!

  20. I love getting an insight into the Author and how they “go through the process” of bringing us absolutely awesome fiction …. after all they’re the heroes in my world 😀

  21. I liked the description of the teacher, so vivid, so real!

  22. I love finding out about new books, especially ones with cats in them.

  23. story sounds interesting , thanks . Deb P

  24. Cute excerpt and cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. danielle hammelef says:

    The excerpt is the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Darlene Peterson says:

    I read the excerpt and it sounds like a fun read.

  27. mrscrabbyfan says:

    The excetpt, Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  28. You can always count me in when it comes to witches, but add in black cats and ballet and I am definitely hooked. 🙂

  29. angelme olivar says:

    the excerpt <3 sounds a great story 😀

  30. Mary G Loki says:

    Def the excerpt! Def picking this up!

  31. angelme olivar says:

    the excerpt <3 seems a great story 😀

  32. LOL I like the read, too cute and too funny 🙂 I think this is going to be a good seller, @tisonlyme143

  33. Iva Valentino says:

    Thank you so much for hosting me!

  34. I always enjoy reading the about the author’s other interests

  35. Sounds like a very cute story. Thank you so much for the contest

  36. angela smith says:

    the cover is cute and i enjoyed the excerpt

  37. lori faires says:

    Cute story, I love the cover. Thanks. 🙂

  38. Great cover!

  39. I loved how the excerpt reminded me of the over-active imaginations children have to change their environment to fit their fantasies! sounds fun!

  40. yolanda davis says:

    I loved the cover and the excerpt.

  41. So funny, wart, & Yikes! How much more creepy can you get? This would be a fun read for sure 😉

  42. Hope Mitchner says:

    I liked the excerpt. It sounds like such a fun read and by the time I read this, I really needed a smile today.

  43. ladymagnolia99 says:

    I really enjoyed the excerpt. This really looks like a great story. Will put this on my TBR list!! Thanks!!

  44. I enjoyed the excerpt and the cover with the glowing cat-eyes!