Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Author Comments, Not Mock Newbery

Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni

Summary:  Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn’t expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there’s an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it’s clear his life will never be the same.


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4 thoughts on “Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni

  1. This is our 2014-2015 mock Newbery award winner! This is a fantastic fantasy book which adds the prospect of a 8th day of the week into which only a select few are able to get. There is a race of people trapped in this day and one is living next door to the main character, Jax. She is a descendent of Merlin. She is being assaulted by people who want to use her to reverse the spell and wipe the human population off the face of the Earth. Will Jax and his 18 year old guardian Riley be able to stop them? Read this suspenseful thriller to find out!

  2. I believe The Eight Day is an amazing story, from the characters to the plot to the detail. it is the story of 13-year-old Jax Aubrey, who is living with a teenager named Riley, who happens to be a Transitioner, special people who can live in both the regular 7 days of the week and “Grunsday”, the day in between Wednesday and Thursday, and he is one of those people. Turns out, there are people who can ONLY live on “Grunsday” and one of those people, Evangeline, is living right next door to Jax and Riley. Jax and Evangeline become friends, to some extents, but when strange people try to take Evangeline to make “Grunsday” the only day, they have to stop them and Jax has to save Evangeline.
    This story is Newbery worthy, and I enjoyed every second of it. I am re-reading it now, actually, and I think you should too.

  3. Benjamin and Sarah,

    Thanks so much for your reviews of The Eighth Day! They are both very well written and really hit the heart of the conflict of the story. I’m thrilled to be nominated for a Mock Newbery and honored that you’re recommending the book to your friends. 😀

    Do you want to know something cool I got to do while writing this book? When I was worried about writing the climax, my husband made plans to fly us to Mexico so that I could climb the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan and plan out everything that happened on there. Climbing a pyramid is the #1 most awesome bit of research I have ever done!

    All the best,
    Dianne K. Salerni

  4. I just finished this book this week, and after all the great reviews on it, I was really excited to read it. I have to say, I was not disappointed. I loved the legends about King Arthur and Merlin and the Lady of the Lake mixed in with it and how they created the eighth day with spells, and then a few Transitioners are trying to break the seven day week and make the eighth day… the only day. It was a well-written story and I could tell the author worked hard on it. The only downside was, I couldn’t exactly tell if the “romance” was between Evangeline and Jax or Evangeline and Riley. Speaking of which, during the part where Riley was trying to command the real week to mend up, but it wasn’t working and- well, read to find out… I laughed so hard because that was SO unexpected… 🙂

    Any doubts I had about this book before reading have vanished, and I would say this is in my top 5, if not top 3, for our Newbery winner.

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