Friday, August 24, 2012

Book Review: Vin and the Dorky Duet

Vin and the Dorky Duet
Publisher: Halo Publishing Int. & MuseItUp Publishing (Canadian e-book publisher)
ISBN: 978-1-61244-091-0 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-77127-073-1 (eBook)
Genre of Book: Children’s Chapter Book Adventure

About the Book:
A twelve-year-old boy named Vin, goes on a mission but when magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths and other disasters erupt, Vin comes close to packing in the whole ridiculous business. He calls it Operation BS, his code name for a mission to introduce his sister to a boy she has a crush on and his only option to get out of playing doing a duet with his sister to boot.

The story is about the disasters that pile up when a seventh-grader’s brilliant plan to meet his sister’s challenge takes more than one wrong turn. He doesn’t want to play matchmaker, but Meg’s promise to reward him with a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey is an incentive. Vin learns sometimes life doesn't go as expected and some friendships aren't planned.

This is a great book for reluctant readers.  I highly recommend it for children who don’t like the average fantasy or adventure story.

About the Author:
Maggie Lyons was born in Wales and brought up in England before gravitating west to Virginia’s coast. She zigzagged her way through a motley variety of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing. Writing and editing nonfiction for adults brought plenty of satisfaction but nothing like the magic she discovered in writing fiction and nonfiction for children. Several of her articles, poetry, and a chapter book have been published in the children’s magazines Stories for Children Magazine and knowonder!

Follow Maggie Lyons at
Twitter @maggielyons66

The World of Ink Network is touring author Maggie Lyons’s contemporary children’s chapter book, Vin and the Dorky Duet throughout August and September 2012. You can find out more about Maggie Lyons’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at


  1. Vin and the Dorky Duet sounds like a fun book! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to learning more about this author. ~ Jess

  2. Hi Jess, Glad you enjoyed this review. Happy to answer any questions you may have. Come and visit me on my Facebook page: and website: Hope you enjoy the World of Ink book tour too:



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