Two weeks ago, I stopped to check the mail and there was a key to one of the drop boxes. I wasn’t expecting any packages, so opened the drop box and found a pleasant surprise. A new book! From Ruth Lepp! Her husband is an author and you might remember these books he sent us a few years ago. Those books are still in our weekly rotation, four years later.

Royden has written a new book, in a totally different genre. Ruth thought that my kids might like it, so she sent along a copy for us to read and keep.

It just so happened that I had planned to park near the school to read for a bit before school let out, and I consumed Rust in less that thirty minutes. It is written in comic strip form, and there are a lot of graphics.

I seriously cannot wait for the next book, which comes out this fall.

My boys cannot wait, either. Graham chose Rust as his book to read when he went to bed the same night we got it, and finished it before lights out. Nathan finished it the next day and loves it just as much. Emily isn’t usually into robots (unless they are Transformers), but I read it to her and she loved it too. Ruth had also included this lovely painting of a ballerina for Emily because (Ruth is so thoughtful, and) she wasn’t sure if Rust would appeal to girls.

It was made by a friend of theirs who is an animator for Disney, which means that Emily has it framed and placed up front and center on her dresser. Because, DISNEY ANIMATOR.

There is talk of the book being made into a movie, and they’ve even met Stan Lee. (Of Spiderman fame!) Nothing is official or even happening, but they got to meet STAN LEE.

I asked Ruth for some links, and she was do great to provide some:

Here’s a link to some more stuff about Brittney Lee the Disney girl.

You can find her stuff on etsy too.  So cute!

Press release:

Rust: Visitor in the Field is the first of a four book series published by Archaia.  It is available at bookstores EVERYWHERE.  So your local bookstore should be able to order it in as should your local comic shop.  It is also available on and


Video interview:

You guys know me, and know that I rarely do sponsored content. This isn’t even sponsored content; it’s just a book sent to me by a long-time reader. We all loved it and I’d love to give away the second copy of the book that she sent me.

Shipping’s on my dime, which means that it’s open to every single one of you. If you want a copy, simply leave a comment.

And if you don’t win, buy it. It’s that good.

Good luck!

(I’ll pick the winner next week sometime. Summer holidays, etc.)

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  1. angela June 28, 2012 1:19 am edit

    This would be a great book for our friend’s twin 11 year old boys to read this summer! Angela from Northern BC

  2. Frieda, aka Mamazee June 28, 2012 1:31 am edit

    I would love to give this book to my almost 8 year old grandson for his birthday in July!
    Frieda/Oma, Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island

  3. Shelby June 28, 2012 2:04 am edit

    Sounds perfect for my kids this summer! Shelby from Fort Macleod, Alberta

  4. Amanda June 28, 2012 2:20 am edit

    I have a robot fan that would love it–and I’d love the peace and quiet!

    Amanda from Phoenix, AZ

  5. Carla June 28, 2012 9:48 am edit

    Sounds like something my daughter would enjoy!

  6. Lisa June 28, 2012 9:49 am edit

    My girl’s favorite movie right now is Peter Pan… I’m sure she could be talked into loving a robot too!

  7. Heather June 28, 2012 9:49 am edit

    I would love it! Introduce my class to an new (to them) author!

  8. Faith June 28, 2012 10:36 am edit

    My son loves to read books like this and I am always on the hunt for ones that are good to read. This looks awesome and I would love to win it for him.

  9. Leslie June 28, 2012 10:57 am edit

    Always looking for good books for my grandchildren to read. I will look for it if I don’t win it

  10. Kami June 28, 2012 11:10 am edit

    I think this book would be right up Jack’s alley, totally buying it if I don’t win!

  11. MMM June 28, 2012 3:56 pm edit

    LOVE books! As do my kidlets…and no girlie girls at our house so it would surely be enjoyed by all! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  12. Jenn June 28, 2012 5:51 pm edit

    My boys and I would love something new to add to our reading rotation. At the moment we are enamored with the “And Then It Happened” series.

  13. Thieving Magpie June 28, 2012 6:35 pm edit

    I love the look of RUST and I think both my boys would really dig it. Looks like a series to follow.

  14. bill norris June 28, 2012 6:45 pm edit

    ive got 3 or 4 of the publishers other books and theyre all great, would love to add another winner to my collection!

  15. Victoria June 29, 2012 12:45 am edit

    Aww, cool! :) (I love me some books)

  16. joyce June 30, 2012 10:04 pm edit

    Two robots fans in my household…three if you count my husband! I love contests!

  17. christy July 2, 2012 6:07 pm edit

    I know Ben would LOVE it. He and Graham seem to (still) like so much of the same things. *sigh* Missing the little friendship they nurtured for so many years. Even if we don’t “win” the book, we’ll definitely order a copy. Iron Giant is still a fav movie in our house. SO GOOD! I can’t believe elementary school is nearly a thing of the past for those sweet boys. It’s all happening far too fast.

    FAR too fast.

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