Why Don’t They Publish Original #Books Anymore? N. N. Light Investigates! #FridayReads


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. I’ve been thinking a lot about books and books I’ve read in my lifetime lately and I wonder where all the original books have gone. The bestseller lists are littered with the same old stories. It seems like every book I’ve read is similar to another I’ve read. Where is the creativity? Where is the originality? I really wish, as a reader, I could discover a book that gave me all sorts of feelings (both happy and sad) and the aha moment.

 

So here’s my top five books that are the most creative, most original books I’ve had the pleasure to read. I’d love to hear the books that did the same for you so please share in the comments below.

 

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the Mass Market by J.R.R. Tolkien  (Author)

Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien’s classic masterpiece, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring. When they were first published, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings became instant classics. Treasured by readers young and old, these works of sweeping fantasy, steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness have sold more than 150 million copies around the world. This new boxed set, published to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien’s remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ part in the epic quest for the Ring – beginning with Bilbo’s fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom and Bilbo’s departure to the Grey Havens.

 

My Reaction – When I first read these immortal classics, I was blown away by the action, adventure, magic and characters. I loved how real the characters and Middle Earth were to me as a reader and while many have tried to imitate Tolkien, a few have come close but nothing as original as this.

 

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux  (Author)

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux will capture your heart with signature classic novel, a time-travel romance featuring a present-day heroine and a dashing hero from the sixteenth century!

 

Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely Dougless Montgomery lies weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly, the most extraordinary man appears. It is Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck…and according to his tombstone he died in 1564.

 

Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadows reason, Dougless knows that Nicholas is nothing less than a miracle: a man who does not seek to change her, who finds her perfect, fascinating, just as she is. What Dougless never imagined was how strong the chains are that tie them to the past…or the grand adventure that lay before them.

 

Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, A Knight in Shining Armor is “a glorious love story that spans centuries, worlds, and souls. It is the epitome of every woman’s fantasy” (Chicago Daily Herald).

 

My Reaction – I know it’s hard to not run into familiar tropes when it comes to romance but none of the time travel romances rival what I felt when I first read this book. Vivid descriptive narration with a sweeping romance spanning centuries make this an original.

 

Tell No One: A Novel by Harlan Coben  (Author)

For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

 

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible—that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

 

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

 

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret—and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

 

My Reaction – Suspense books are tricky to rate its originality because they all go by a certain formula. What makes this book stand out is the way the author slowly draws out the plot. He creates panic in the reader and you have to keep reading to see what happens. Beck is one of the greatest characters ever written and even with Coben’s future work, he wasn’t able to capture the magic of this book.

 

Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage by Noel Streatfeild  (Author)

Pauline, was rescued from a shipwreck as a baby. She longs to be an actress.

 

Petrova, is a Russian orphan. She is happiest when playing with cars and engines.

 

Polly was handed over with just a pair of ballet shoes to her name. If she could, she would dance all day!

 

But one thing they DO have in common is, that with money running out at home and Great Uncle Matthew missing, the sisters want to stay together. Whatever it takes.

 

As they prepare for a dazzling life on stage, the dreams and fears of the fossil girls are about to come true…

 

My Reaction – Children’s books today are rife with angst and strife and I long for the days of original children’s fiction made to illicit dreams of little girls everywhere. I so wanted to be a dancer when I was little and I got to live out my dream when reading this book. More books need to inspire kids through unique characters and a little conflict (not tons of conflict).

 

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain  (Author)

Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls “twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.”

 

Last summer, The New Yorker published Chef Bourdain’s shocking, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” Bourdain spared no one’s appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same “take-no-prisoners” attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain’s first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain’s tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable. Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You’ll beg the chef for more, please.

 

My Reaction – When this first came out, the world was shocked. Someone telling the truth about what happens in the restaurant industry? Scandalous and oh so irresistible to read!  I want to read original stories about real life happening to real people. No need to add extra intrigue, conflict and drama because I want an unvarnished account. It’s why I love reading blogs nowadays. Bloggers tell it like it is without a filter and that’s what I crave.

 

Have a similar book to share? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

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We Salute #Veterans and Spotlight #Books for #VeteransDay and #RemembranceDay


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s a day to dedicated to remember and honor brave men and women who fought for our country’s freedoms. I thought it would be appropriate to share some books about veterans and this special day. These books range from kids to adult, but all have the same message: thank the military. Without further ado, here they are:

 

Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein (Author), Aaron Anderson (Illustrator)

Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood is an engaging rhyming picture book for readers of all ages that fosters mindfulness of and appreciation for the brave service men and women who are also our family, friends, and neighbors.  These are the men and women who bravely served our great country and now humbly serve in our communities.

 

The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Walsh (Author), Layne Johnson (Illustrator)

When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina’s great-nieces to better understand Moina’s determination to honor the war veterans.

 

A portion of the book’s proceeds will support the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple®, which benefits children of the U.S. military.

 

101+ Resources for Veterans: The Ultimate Resource Guide by Jennifer Hammond (Author), A Hero Foundation (Author)

From the onset of 101] Resources for Veterans: The Ultimate Resource Guide project, it has been our goal to create and provide a resource that will dramatically simplify the process veterans and their family members go through to identify and engage the resources they need to make the transition to life after service.

The book covers:

Entrepreneurship

  • Clickable Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship
  • and Digital Marketing
  • Veterans Business Services
  • Accion Lending
  • American Corporate Partners
  • & more…

Wellness

  • Hope For The Warriors
  • Allied Forces Foundation
  • Freedom Service Dogs of America
  • Puppies Behind Bars
  • Higher Ground Sun Valley
  • David Lynch Foundation
  • & more…

Employment

  • Hire a Hero
  • Hire Heroes USA
  • American Corporate Partners
  • American Dream U
  • Joining Forces
  • Transition Assistance Program
  • & more…

Transition Services

  • Hope For The Warriors
  • The Mission Continues
  • Operation Homefront
  • Veterans Healing Farm
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
  • & more…

Education

  • Student Veterans of America
  • Tech Qualled
  • American Dream U
  • Allied Forces Foundation
  • American Corporate Partners
  • AMVETS National Service Foundation
  • & more…

Community & Housing

  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Veterans Support Foundation
  • Operation Renewed Hope Foundation
  • Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Air Force Enlisted Village
  • & more…

 

Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul: Stories to Stir the Pride and Honor the Courage of Our Veterans by Jack Canfield (Author), Mark Victor Hansen (Author)

Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul will inspire and touch any veterans and their families, and allow others to appreciate the freedom for which they fought.

 

The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories

Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life. Their penetrating gaze captures the ethos of the endeavor of war. Intimate memories offer glimpses into the horrifying, and at times awe-inspiring, reality of war. The faces of these veterans, from all branches, are juxtaposed with images of their youthful selves and serve as a visual representation of the expanse of their life experiences. Appealing to the families of soldiers, academics, history buffs, and veterans of other wars, this collection is a testament to the spirit of patriotism and strength of a collective American effort.

 

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel (Author)

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, Finkel shadowed the men of the US 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Baghdad as they carried out the grueling fifteen-month “surge” that changed them all forever. Now Finkel has followed many of the same men as they’ve returned home and struggled to reintegrate – both into their family lives and into society at large.

 

In the ironically titled Thank You for Your Service, Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it reasonable, or even possible, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who can soldiers turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16.

 

More than a work of journalism, Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding — shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane, it takes us inside the heads of those who must live the rest of their lives with the realities of war.

 

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler (Author)

They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. Since the start of the war in Iraq, Marines like Major Steve Beck found themselves charged with a mission they never asked for and one for which there can be no training: casualty notification. In Final Salute, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Sheeler weaves together the stories of the fallen, the broken homes they have left behind, and one man’s effort to help heal the wounds of those left grieving. But it is not a book about war, politics, or liberal vs. conservative. Achingly beautiful and honest, it is a book that every American-every human-can embrace.

 

MRS N: This is one of the best books we’ve ever read and every American/Canadian should read it so they can understand what it means to honor veterans and their families.

 

Have a similar book to share? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

Bartholomew Buggins (Our Favorite Zombie) is our Special Guest! #kidlit #IARTG #FridayReads


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Today, we have a special treat for you. Our favorite zombie (kid-friendly, of course) is here as our special guest. He wants to be your friend. Welcome, Bartholomew to the POTL Blog.

Hello, thank you very much for inviting me to be interviewed. I am very excited that you would want to meet me. I even wore my best suit and dusted myself off as much as I could.

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Well, perfect happiness today would be if we could go to the park after this interview to sit under a tree and read a good book. Afterwards, we could discuss it over a picnic tea. Doesn’t that sound nice?

 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish that I could speed read. Then, I could read more books.

 

Where would you most like to live?

I like where I live now, the town is full of interesting people and I haven’t had the chance to meet them all yet and I would like nothing more than to do that.

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My book of poetry that I have written. I sometimes read them aloud at poetry nights. I enjoy sharing my thoughts.

 

What is your most marked characteristic?

I’d have to say that I get frequent compliment on my eyes. How big and round and cute they are. Can you tell I am blushing?

 

Aww, you’re cute! What do you most value in your friends?

I believe I value loyalty the most. It’s important to have friends who will stand by you and support you. I will always do the same for my friends.

 

What is your current state of mind?

I am currently very happy because I have gotten to meet you and made another friend.

 

What is your motto?

Being yourself is key to you being you and me being me.

 

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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings

Author: Crystal Marcos

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing

 

Book Blurb:

A humorous rhyming picture book for ages 4 and up by award-winning author Crystal Marcos features a distinguished little zombie who just wants to be your friend.

Dive head-first into the infectiously charming pages, oozing with whimsical verse and stricken with colorful and amusing illustrations. Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings is a unique, fun book that will have kids and adults shrieking with delight.

 

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Book Trailer:

 

Buy Links:

Amazon:

Kindle edition: http://viewbook.at/BartholomewBugginseBook

Paperback edition: http://viewbook.at/AmazonBBuggins

 

Barnes and Noble:

Paperback edition: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bartholomew-buggins-crystal-marcos/1126383569

 

Signed copies: http://www.crystalmarcos.com/bb/buggins.html

 

Crystal Marcos

 

Author Biography:

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. Crystal is the author of two children’s books, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. She recently wrote her first Young Adult novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1). Bartholomew Buggins is her first picture book. She lives in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and son Jaxon.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.crystalmarcos.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrystalMarcos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMarcos

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/crystalmarcos/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/crystal-marcos/2a/979/b9b

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/CrystalMarcos

Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Marcos/e/B003TGP4EO/

 

 

Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump by Award-Winning @CarolePRoman #kidlit #bookreview #IAN1


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Title: Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump: An Oh Susannah Story

Author: Carole P. Roman  (Author), Mateya Arkova (Author)

Genre: Children’s Books, Chapter Books, Children’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Susannah Maya Logan is not having a good day. She doesn’t want to go to her best friend, Lola’s sleepover. Susannah thinks the house is big and spooky, not to mention the ghost that is said to live there. Lola’s big brother, Kai, loves to tease Susannah with scary stories.

 

Throughout her day, she sees people deal with things that scare them. Her sight-impaired friend, Macy, is terrified of unicorns, of all things. She sees a boy at a party who’s frightened of clowns. Her teacher is afraid of getting a cold. Susannah realizes everybody is scared of something. She wishes she was more like Lola, who is not afraid of anything, or so it seems.

 

Susannah discovers people have different ideas of what is scary and what is not, and only they can determine the difference.

 

Join Susannah as she learns to confront her fears and not let her imagination prevent her from having fun.

 

My Review:

Susannah gets an invitation from her best friend, Lola, for a sleepover but she’s not excited about it. Why? Susannah is afraid. Rumor has it that Lola’s house is haunted, and the last thing Susannah wants to run into in the dark is a ghost. But instead of sharing her fears with her parents, Lola or any of her other friends, she keeps it inside, where it grows to monstrous proportions. Susannah must confront her fears, or she’ll go crazy with fright. Will Susannah confide her fears to Lola or will she forever be afraid?

 

In this installment of the Oh Susannah! series, Roman tackles something many children have: fear. Whether it’s fear of the dark, getting a cold, unicorns or clowns, we discover fear is in the eye of the beholder. What is fearful for one child is not fearful for another. The way to combat fears is to simply talk about it.

 

Roman has created a character most children her age can relate to. Like Beverly Cleary, Carole P. Roman offers lessons for children that are hidden behind a story. Clever dialogue, three-dimensional characters and a well-written story make this book a must-read. The words are easy enough for children to follow along first with parents then on their own. I look forward to the next Oh Susannah book.

 

Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “Sometimes the unexpected can be exciting and fun.”

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Oh-Susannah-Things-That-Story-ebook/dp/B0743JL9LY

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Oh-Susannah-Things-That-Story-ebook/dp/B0743JL9LY

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oh-Susannah-Things-That-Story-ebook/dp/B0743JL9LY

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35830942-oh-susannah

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs N

 

Friday Book Round-Up Scares Up 7 Kid-Friendly #Halloween #Books! #FridayReads #kidlit


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Halloween is eleven days away and I thought it would be fun to highlight some great Halloween books for kids ages four and up. Nothing scary here; just good clean fun! I’ve read them all and they’re all fantastic!

 

Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by Crystal Marcos

A humorous Children’s rhyming picture book by Award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just want to be your friend.

 

Dive head-first into the infectiously charming pages, oozing with whimsical verse and stricken with colorful and amusing illustrations. Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings is a unique, fun book that will have kids and adults shrieking with delight.

 

Ghosties: A Silly Rhyming Spooky Picture Book for Kids by Gerald Hawksley

Halloween is in the air.
You’d like to see a ghost – but where?
At night when the sun’s gone down,
Come with me to Ghostie Town . . .
Where you will find the most colorful and cheerful collection of ghosties you could ever hope to meet.
Another silly rhyming kindle picture book from Gerald Hawksley.

 

The Roll-Away Pumpkin: A Fun, Whimsical Children’s Picture Book for Early & Beginner Readers by Junia Wonders  (Author), Daniela Volpari (Illustrator)

On a windy autumn day, Marla Little comes running down the hill, yelling, “Help! My giant pumpkin is rolling away! Onward it goes, rolling and turning, with no sign of stopping! Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?”

A little girl chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. It’s the perfect autumn bedtime story to read with your little pumpkin.

The author uses repeating sentence structures to capture young listeners’ attention and give early readers confidence.

This children’s picture book is exquisitely illustrated by award-winning Italian illustrator, Daniela Volpari. Every page is a beautiful work of art and is one of those picture books whose images will linger long after you’ve turned the page.

 

Harry’s Spooky Surprise! (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 3) by N K  (Author), Janelle Dimmett (Illustrator)

The third book in the best selling ‘Harry The Happy Mouse’ series!

Harry’s Spooky Surprise is set around Halloween. Harry needs to visit his friends at night time to collect items from them for a very special reason! Harry learns that there is no reason to be afraid of the dark, and the importance of saying ‘Thank You!’.

Harry The Happy Mouse (Book 1 in the series) is an Amazon #1 bestseller, teaching children the value of kindness. Harry The Christmas Mouse (Book 2), which was a #1 bestseller in both the UK and USA, teaches children the value of team work.

Pre-release reviews for Harry’s Spooky Surprise:

5 Stars – “A charming story that kids will love” – thedadwebsite.com

5 Stars – “Charming! Conveys the importance of friendship and gratitude” – letsplayparents.com

5 Stars – “Sweet character. Sweet story. Sweet surprise!” – Author Katharine E. Hamilton

5 Stars – “Fun and spooky – A must have!” – http://www.justbuttonsblog.co.uk

5 Stars – “Sure to be a bedtime favourite” – utterlynovel

5 Stars – “Love the book – sweet, funny and rhyming poems” theelysiangeek.com

 

Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat  (Author), Marc Simont (Illustrator)

Perfect for beginning readers looking for a Halloween chapter book! Kids can problem-solve with Nate, the world’s greatest detective, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!

It is Halloween night, and all the kids are dressed up to go trick-or-treating. But Nate’s friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat Little Hex is missing. Is he hiding, or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog, Sludge, are on the case!

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book!

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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“All the regulars are back in Nate’s latest mystery, and as fresh as ever. Sharmat makes beginning reading a pleasure.”–School Library Journal

 

The Halloween Hoax (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Book 9) by Carolyn Keene  (Author), Macky Pamintuan  (Illustrator)

Boo! The Clue Crew is in for a fright!

It’s Halloween in River Heights! The girls can’t wait to go trick-or- treating and are busy getting their costumes ready. They also can’t wait for the Halloween special of their favorite TV show. They even get the chance to visit the TV studio while the show is being taped! But soon after they arrive, Nancy is spooked. With all the scary noises the Clue Crew keeps hearing and the creepy shadows that seem to be lurking, it seems like the studio is haunted! Is it just Halloween jitters…or are there really such things as ghosts?

 

Have a kid-friendly Halloween book to share? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

Announcement: Come back next Friday (10/27) for MR N’s Top 10 Greatest Horror Books of all time!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by @CrystalMarcos #bookreview #kidlit


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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings

Author: Crystal Marcos

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

 

Book Blurb:

A humorous Children’s rhyming picture book by Award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just want to be your friend.

 

Dive head-first into the infectiously charming pages, oozing with whimsical verse and stricken with colorful and amusing illustrations. Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings is a unique, fun book that will have kids and adults shrieking with delight.

 

My Review:

You can’t go anywhere without seeing zombie books, posters, cartoons, television shows and movies. Even children as young as four know what a zombie is. Meet Bartholomew Buggins, your everyday kid-friendly zombie. He doesn’t want to eat your brains but love bakery items like cakes and cookies. He’s a kind, studious sort and he’d like nothing better than to be your friend.

 

What a fantastic book! I loved how the rhyming text fit perfectly with each illustration and how the text was on the bottom of each page. I found myself staring with wonder on all that was going on in each illustration. There’s an interactive game for kids on the Kindle version and more activities on Marcos’ website.

 

There’s a good message hidden beneath the humorous zombie tale. It’s about accepting others, friendship and not judging other people.

 

Not since Dr. Seuss have I read such a delightful children’s picture book. I highly recommend, especially this close to Halloween.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “I am a distinguished young fellow. Unlike other zombies, I’m mellow. Those monsters are really quite loud so it’s hard to fit in with that crowd.”

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Oct 18-22 SALE Amazon US and UK of my children’s book, just in time for Halloween, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings eBook is discounted! Also read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited in many countries!

 

Kindle: http://viewbook.at/BartholomewBuggins…

Interested in a paperback copy:
http://viewbook.at/AmazonBBuggins

Signed copies:
http://crystalmarcos.com/bb/buggins.html

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34116319-bartholomew-buggins

 

Crystal Marcos

Author Biography:

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and toddler son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of Middle Grade Readers, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, Young Adult Novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1), and Children’s Picture Book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.crystalmarcos.com/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrystalMarcos

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMarcos

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3437107.Crystal_Marcos

 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/crystalmarcos/

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystal-marcos-b9b9792a

 

Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Marcos/e/B003TGP4EO

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

My Little Fart Series by @AuthorsBen_Sam is Great Fun and a Must-Read! #kidlit #books


The Day My Fart Followed Me To Home

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me Home

 

If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love this!

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me Home is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy and how he meets his new friend!

 

If you enjoy reading funny books with gorgeous pictures and love your child to read along with you, then make sure you grab The Day My Fart Followed Me Home.

 

Discover and giggle along with Timmy on his unexpected journey with his new best friend!

 

Scroll up and get ready to giggle along with your children!

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Day-My-Fart-Followed-Home/dp/1530776279/

 

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-day-my-fart-followed-me-home-ben-jackson/1123689830?ean=9780995234031

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey Stamp

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey

 

Timmy and his best friend the Fart are back again!

 

If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love reading along with Timmy and his Fart as they play hockey together!

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart as they attend Timmy’s first hockey tryouts. Chaos and laughter ensue as the Fart attempts to help out his best friend the only way he knows how.

 

If you enjoy reading funny books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you grab The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey.

 

Discover and giggle along with Timmy and his best friend on their exciting day at the hockey arena!

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Day-My-Fart-Followed-Hockey-ebook/dp/B01LY5KFJI/

 

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-day-my-fart-followed-me-to-hockey-ben-jackson/1126406602?ean=9780995234024

 

The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney Cover

 

The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney

 

Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart are back again! This time they have a new friend, Santa Clause!

 

If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love reading along with Timmy, the Little Fart, and Santa Clause as they have another fantastic adventure.

 

The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy’s best friend the Little Fart and Santa Clause as they help deliver presents and spread happiness and joy. There’s always plenty of laughter and giggles as the Little Fart attempts to help the only way he knows how.

 

If you enjoy reading funny books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you grab The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney!

 

Discover and giggle along with Timmy and his best friend on the most exciting day of the year!

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Day-Fart-Followed-Santa-Chimney/dp/1988656028/

 

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-day-my-fart-followed-santa-up-the-chimney-ben-jackson/1125257089?ean=9781988656069

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Soccer Cover

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Soccer

 

Timmy and his best friend the Fart are back again!

 

If your child loves soccer and playing sport, then you’re going to love reading along with Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart!

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Soccer is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy and his imaginary best friend the Little Fart as they attend Timmy’s soccer match, and meet his new friend Sophie. Chaos and laughter ensue as the Little Fart tries to help Timmy and Sophie the only way he knows how!

 

If you enjoy reading funny books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you grab The Day My Fart Followed Me To Soccer!

 

Discover and giggle along with Timmy, Sophie and the Little Fart on their exciting day at the soccer field!

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Day-My-Fart-Followed-Soccer/dp/1988656095/

 

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-day-my-fart-followed-me-to-soccer-ben-jackson/1126322678?ean=9781988656090

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist Cover

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist

 

Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart are back again in The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist! In this beautifully illustrated children’s book you’ll experience Timmy’s first visit to the dentist, losing a tooth, and a visit from the Tooth Fairy.

 

No child loves the thought of a visit to the dentist. In The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist, Timmy takes a trip to the dentist with his best, and imaginary, friend the Little Fart. Timmy needs to have a tooth removed and then needs to help to try and explain the Tooth Fairy to the Little Fart.

 

Whenever the Little Fart is involved, hilarity and mischievousness are sure to follow! The authors decided to publish this book to try and help parents and dentists show that the dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. In the end, there is always the reward of receiving a visit by the magical and beautiful Tooth Fairy.

 

If you enjoy reading funny books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you grab The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist! Discover and giggle along with Timmy, and the Little Fart on their exciting day at the dentist.

 

Smashwords (FREE) – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734101

 

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-day-my-fart-followed-me-to-the-dentist-ben-jackson/1126854211?ean=9781988656151

 

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Author

Ben Jackson and Sam Lawrence

 

Illustrator

Danko Herrera

 

Genre

Children’s books – humor – Grade K-4 – Kids 3-10

 

Publisher

Indie Publishing Group http://www.indiepublishinggroup.com

 

Author Biography

Ben lives in Tasmania, Australia. While working during the week as a Boiler Maker/Welder, specializing in Aluminium Welding, he also writes of a night as a Freelance Writer and Author.

 

Ben is in a Long-Distance Relationship with his wife Sam, who lives in Canada, she works as a full-time formatting professional, publisher, and author.

 

Be sure to check out all his books, there is definitely something there for everyone!

 

As Indie Authors, we rely on our valuable customers to write a review, if you could spare a minute to leave a review of one of our books, we would greatly appreciate it.

 

He has numerous books in progress so stay tuned for information on those by following this page, connecting with him on Facebook or Goodreads.

 

Remember, if you enjoyed one of his books, leave a review! Please feel free to check out our children’s book website at http://www.mylittlefart.com

 

Ben Jackson Social Media Links

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15144197.Ben_Jackson Goodreads Page

 

https://www.amazon.com/Ben-Jackson/e/B00S4A4W5C/ Amazon Author Page

 

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https://au.pinterest.com/benandsamauthor/ Pinterest

 

https://www.facebook.com/BenandSamAuthors/ Facebook Ben & Sam

 

https://www.facebook.com/MyLittleFart/ Facebook My Little Fart

 

https://twitter.com/AuthorsBen_Sam Twitter

 

http://www.mylittlefart.com My Little Fart Website

 

 

 

 

Friday Book Round-Up Congratulates #CaptainUnderpants on its 20th Anniversary! #books #kidlit


Captain Underpants

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Twenty years ago this month, Scholastic published the very first Captain Underpants book and the reading world was changed forever. I remember vividly when the Scholastic rep asked me to read and review it.  I raised an eyebrow at the name but gave it a try. It was hilarious and I’ve been a fan ever since. Yes, there’s potty humor but kids all over the world love Captain Underpants. Don’t take my word for it…

 

PRAISE FOR CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS:

“Pilkey’s sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers.” PARENTS’ CHOICE FOUNDATION

“Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action” – BOOKLIST

“For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book.” – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“(One of the) 5 Books That All Children Should Read” – HEALTHY FAMILY MATTERS

“Call Pilkey . . . the savior of the ‘reluctant reader.’ ” –USA TODAY

2012 PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNER

 

These are my top three favorites:

 

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1)

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school—and now they’ve accidentally brought him to life! Read the first book in this bestselling series about two creative kids and the zany misadventures that follow when Captain Underpants leaps off the page to save the day! Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor artist Dav Pilkey takes readers on a wild ride in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With illustrations on every page, it’s great for both beginning and chapter-book readers, and sure to turn even the most reluctant of readers into lifelong fans. This updated ebook edition now includes a bonus chapter in full-color that reveals the true origins of Captain Underpants!

 

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People (Captain Underpants #8)

The eighth book in Dav Pilkey’s mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

When we last saw George and Harold, they were about to take their pet pterodactyl Crackers back to the Cretaceous period. But things didn’t work out quite as they had hoped. They’ve entered an absurd alternate reality where teachers are nice, kids are allowed to read banned books, and the cafeteria food doesn’t smell like dirty diapers. Even worse, they’ve discovered alternate versions of themselves–Evil George and Evil Harold–who plan to unleash some preposterous plans on Piqua, Ohio. Now it’s up to George and Harold to defeat the evil twins and THEIR superhero, Captain Blunderpants!

 

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (Captain Underpants #4)

The fourth book in Dav Pilkey’s mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

George and Harold aren’t bad kids. They just like to “liven things up” for everybody. Unfortunately, their thoughtful jokes sometimes get them into a LOT of trouble. And when Professor Pippy P. Poopypants becomes their new science teacher…well, George and Harold almost cause the entire planet to be taken over by a maniacal, mad-scientist guy in a giant robot suit! Who will stop the perilous plot of Poopypants?!!? This looks like a job for Captain Underpants!

 

 

What’s your favorite Captain Underpants adventure? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

Friday Book Round-Up Spotlights Three Amazing Children’s Books #FridayReads #kidlit #bookreview


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. I love reading children’s books and have had the pleasure of discovering three amazing books. So, I’d like to share them with you as well as my thoughts. I hope you like them as much as I do!

 

Lizzie and Lou Seal by Patricia Keeler (Free as of Thursday night)

What will Lizzie do when Lou Seal loses his puff?

 

Lizzie loves her flip-flops. They go shuffle shuffle across the rug, smack smack on the floor tiles, and thwap thwap down the stairs. Lizzie also loves her blow-up toy, Lou Seal. Lizzie and Lou Seal are off to the beach, but beach fun turns to beach disaster when Lizzie loses her flip-flops and Lou Seal starts losing air! It’s a sink or swim scenario. What will Lizzie do?

 

This is a beautiful book with mixed media art and a lovely retro feel, for fans of Ladybug Girl at the Beach. Children will relate to Lizzie’s independence and creative problem solving and fall in love with Lou Seal themselves. Filled with lots of fun words and sounds, this is a perfect read aloud book for parents and children alike.

 

Review: Lizzie’s ready for the beach. She has her flip flops and her best friend, who happens to be her blow-up toy, Lou Seal. But along the way, Lizzie loses her flip flops but it turns serious when Lou Seal starts losing air. What will Lizzie do? A cute story with beautiful watercolor illustrations. It reminded me of when I was young and loved going to the beach. Ideal for kids ages 4-7.

 

Budding Reader Book Set 1: Cat and Rat by Melinda Thompson  (Author), Melissa Ferrell (Author), Doug Oglesby (Illustrator) – Free as of Thursday night

Reading is a neurologically complex skill. So, it isn’t surprising that many children find learning to read difficult. Make learning to read more fun with award-winning Budding Reader eBooks, arguably the easiest learn-to-read book series on the market. These research-based eBooks were developed in consultation with Cecilia Minden, Ph.D., the former Director of Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They were illustrated by artist, Doug Oglesby, winner of one Emmy, five Emmy nominations, and three international awards from the Broadcast Designers Association.

Budding Reader eBooks use an innovative format to ease children into reading. Using research-based best practices identified by the National Reading Panel, each of the five Budding Reader eBook sets (one for each short vowel sound) tells an original story over the course of ten books. Previewing a book dramatically improves reading comprehension, so Book 1 in each set is a wordless picture book which introduces the story through colorful illustrations. Repetition aids brain development, so the story is retold in Books 2-10 with an ever-expanding vocabulary. By repeating words and gradually adding new ones, Budding Reader eBooks help new readers (even reluctant ones) experience success from the very start.

In total, the Budding Reader eBook series introduces more than 60 simple words including dozens of common sight words. Learning is reinforced with free companion writing worksheets (available at buddingreader.com) which provide a multisensory experience and enable children to practice both reading and writing. A free parent guide with tips for working with new readers is also available on the website.

The first set in the series, Cat and Rat, introduces the short “a” vowel sound and is designed to be a child’s very first reader. With only eleven words (and, at, can, cat, look, rat, see, stop, that, the, you) introduced over the course of ten books, Cat and Rat aims to provide even the most reluctant reader with a positive first introduction to reading.

Series: 
Set 1: Cat and Rat (Short a; 11 words)
Set 2: Wit and Kit (Short i; 17 words)
Set 3: Bugs (Short u; 18 words)
Set 4: Hop! (Short o; 18 words)
Set 5: Hens (Short e; 22 words)

For every eBook set sold, Budding Reader donates one to a child in need. One for You. One for the World. A Better World with Every Purchase.

Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner: The Mom’s Choice Awards has named Cat and Rat among the very best in family-friendly media, products and services.

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Review: I loved this book and it’s perfect for any child learning to read. It’s ten books in one and it starts with a series of illustration. Then with each new book (or section) it introduces the reader to a new word so by the end of reading book ten, the reader will have learned ten new words. I love the concept of this and it makes reading fun for kids. The best part is that for every book sold, Budding Reader donates one to a needy child. Brilliant! Ideal for kids ages 3 – 5.

 

If You Have A Hat: A Silly Rhyming Picture Book for Kids by Gerald Hawksley  (Author, Illustrator)

If you have a hat, put it on your head!
Simple silly rhyming text and jolly pictures make this a super book for sharing with children. Ideal for encouraging creative kids to make up their own silly rhymes, as well!
A great illustrated children’s book for ages 2 and up, it is also suitable for beginner readers, or for bedtime rhyme time.
(The ebook version contains extra pages of hat-based jokes and puzzles, making it even more value for money.)

 

Review: I’m a big fan of silly rhymes in children’s books. Not only is it fun to read (aloud or to yourself), kids love it. Hawksley reminds me of Dr. Seuss in that he awakens the imagination in every reader and is a very talented artist. His illustrations are very colorful and the wording is easy for anyone to understand. In this one, his subject is hats and it’s a cute one. My favorite one has to be this joke – What kind of hats do penguins wear? Ice caps! Highly recommend! Ideal for ages 3 – 6.

 

 

What’s the best children’s book you’ve read recently? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

Paddington’s Finest Hour by Michael Bond and @HarperCollinsCh #kidlit #bookreview #Netgalley


Paddingtons Finest Hour

 

Title: Paddington’s Finest Hour

Author: Michael Bond (Author), Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator), R. W. Alley (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

A brand-new title from Michael Bond chronicling new and exciting adventures of Paddington Bear!

 

Somehow Paddington always finds himself in extraordinary situations, so it is no surprise when he appears in a popular TV cooking show, finds himself on a stage giving one of his hard stares to a hypnotist, and performing some precarious tricks at Mr. Gruber’s birthday party.

 

For nearly sixty years, Paddington has enchanted readers around the world with his numerous misadventures and earnest good intentions. From master storyteller Michael Bond, and with interior illustrations by R. W. Alley, this new Paddington adventure will charm and delight readers of all ages.

 

My Review:

I’ve been a huge fan of Paddington Bear ever since I was four years old. I read all of the books I could get my hands on and as time went by, the more I cherished my Paddington books (still own them). When I heard that Harper Collins UK was releasing a brand-new Paddington book (from a friend on Goodreads), I requested it on Netgalley. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the same as the classic Paddington adventures of my youth but was thrilled to hear that this was written by Michael Bond before his passing.

 

Paddington and the Browns are back for seven all-new adventures and they include some delightful mishaps such as pouring rain and the post, gardening, a cooking show and more. The chemistry and whimsy are infused in Paddington’s Finest Hour for a whole new generation of readers. I loved it and read it over and over again. Whether you are a child or a grown-up, you’ll fall in love with Paddington all over again. The illustrations are beautiful and reminiscent of the classic illustrations. A must own and read!

 

Many thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Paddington. He’s one of my favourite literary characters and reading this book reminded me of reconnecting with a childhood friend. No matter how much time has gone by, they’re still lovely.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Paddingtons-Finest-Hour-Michael-Bond-ebook/dp/B06XR99FBX/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Paddingtons-Finest-Hour-Michael-Bond-ebook/dp/B06XR99FBX/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paddingtons-Finest-Hour-Michael-Bond-ebook/dp/B06XR99FBX/

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paddingtons-finest-hour-michael-bond/1125454918?ean=9780062669728

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35077428-paddington-s-finest-hour

 

Author Biography:

Michael Bond began chronicling Paddington’s adventures in his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, published in 1958. Fortunately, bears don’t need much encouragement, and Paddington has since filled the pages of twelve further novels, a variety of picture books, and many other projects written for the young at heart.

 

R.W. Alley has illustrated a number of books featuring Paddington Bear. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, author Zoë B. Alley.

 

Social Media Links:

Harper Collins UK http://books.harpercollins.co.uk/children/

Publisher Facebook https://business.facebook.com/HarperKidsUK

Publisher Twitter https://twitter.com/harpercollinsCh

Publisher Instagram https://www.instagram.com/harpercollinsch/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Supernatural Pet Sitter series by @DianeMoatAuthor #fantasy #middlegrade #TuesdayBookBlog


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Not since Harry Potter, have I read an engrossing paranormal series for kids and adults. If you like all things Potter, give Pepper and the Supernatural Pet-Sitter series a try. You won’t regret it! – N. N. Light

 

Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief (Book 1)

 

Author: Diane Moat

 

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

 

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

 

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

 

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

Excerpt:

Luna focused on the candle to her far left. Ten minutes later, the candle was still going strong. Pepper bit her lip, feeling sorry for Luna. She turned to stare at the uncooperative candle, and imagined a little wind blowing the candle out. Puff.

 

Suddenly, the uncooperative candle blinked out as if someone had snuffed it with their fingers.
 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34320532-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

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Author Biography:

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DianeMoatAuthor/

Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

 

Supernatural Pet Sitter The Curse

 

Title The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse (Book 2)

 

Author Diane Moat

 

Genre Middle Grade Adventure/Fantasy

 

Book Blurb

Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.

 

Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first, she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.

 
Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.

 

Excerpt

Scattered around the room were seven women, including Momma Fran and Maggie. An older version of Maggie nodded to them. “Welcome, Neelys. As you know, I am Naomi, of the Samson coven. We have gathered in response to your request to meet. So without further delay, I invite you to speak.”

 

Here I go. Pepper wished she hadn’t eaten that sandwich a few minutes ago, as there was a fifty-percent chance she was about to throw it up, right here. She felt as if she had argued her case a thousand times. Hopefully this would be the last. She tried to think of the wolves as she took a deep breath around the lump in her throat.

 

Pepper stepped forward and began, “Thank you, Naomi of the Samson coven. I am Pepper Neely of the Neely gnomes. As you know, several months ago, a witch named Kale was caught stealing magic from Familiars. She was caught, in part, thanks to me and my brother, Jax. When she escaped, she came after me, Jax, and my friend, Luna, who is also a witch.” Keep reminding them Luna was saved also.

 

“Luna was nearly killed by Kale. But instead, three wolves attacked Kale, saving all three of us. The wolves took great risks in doing this, and they were set on fire several times, giving us time to get away. I know without a doubt that the wolves saved Luna, myself, and my brother. I have taken on a blood-debt to pay them back. As part—” Pepper didn’t get to finish before the witches started talking.

 

“What does that have to do with us?”

 

“The werewolves are our enemies; nothing will change that.”

 

“Do you even know what that means? How can your parents—”

 

“EXCUSE ME!” A male voice from behind Pepper cut through the chaos. It took Pepper a moment to realize it wasn’t her dad or brother. Everyone quieted instantly, looking behind the Neelys. The male voice continued, as a man stepped out into view. “I believe Ms. Neely wasn’t finished.”

 

Mr. O’Brien! The warlock had vanished after Kale had stolen the magic from from his Familiar, King Arthur. Pepper had thought he needed time to heal from his broken heart. He looked better than the last time she had seen him. He was still thin, but his face didn’t seem as drawn or haunted.

 

Mr. O’Brien continued. “I apologize for being late, but I believe my invitation was lost in the mail.”

 

 

Buy Links

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073QSTN6K/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B073QSTN6K/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073QSTN6K/

 

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35604746-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag by Award-Winning @CarolePRoman #kidlit #chapterbooks #bookreview


Oh Susannah

 

Title: Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag (An Oh Susannah Story Book 1)

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Chapter Books, Children’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

From award-winning author Carole P. Roman comes a new chapter book featuring Susannah Logan, a young student having a very bad day.

 

It all begins with homework trouble and an invitation to a sleepover that she doesn’t want to go to. Would you want to go to a sleepover in a creepy house? Rather than dealing with her problems, Susannah stuffs them into her backpack. But how much can a backpack take? Will she be able to confront her worries before the backpack bursts? Or will she just continue to hide them away?

 

Join Susannah and her friends in this story sure to charm busy young readers everywhere.

 

My Review:

A great story that gives a superb example.  Everyone can let themselves be overwhelmed.  Susanna’s beautifully described issues illustrate how problems can grow when they are ignored.  In ideal fashion, the family finally came together and all was saved.

 

The message here for every child and parent is never give up, trust in yourself and deal with stuff.

 

Great writing and excellent illustrations.

 

Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Oh-Susannah-Its-Story-Book-ebook/dp/B071XWBB7D/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Oh-Susannah-Its-Story-Book-ebook/dp/B071XWBB7D/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oh-Susannah-Its-Story-Book-ebook/dp/B071XWBB7D/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34957657-oh-susannah

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

If You Were Me and Lived In #Cuba by Award-Winning @CarolePRoman #bookreview #kidlit #iartg


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Title: If You Were Me an Lived in… Cuba: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Kelsea Wierenga (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Cuba, Multiculturalism

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting island of Cuba in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Caribbean to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the country through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place.

 

Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

 

My Review:

Superb addition to a great series.  Factually accurate, fun and flows well.  Amazing illustrations that bring the story to life.

 

Read with book with your child and you will both be transported into life in Cuba.  A terrific learning tool that is fun and entertaining!

 

Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Cuba-Introduction-ebook/dp/B07419T4X2/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/You-Were-Lived-Cuba-Introduction-ebook/dp/B07419T4X2/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Were-Lived-Cuba-Introduction-ebook/dp/B07419T4X2/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35709418-if-you-were-me-an-lived-in-cuba

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Christmas in July Sackful of Giveaways Winners! Congratulations to all! #CIJF #books


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What a fantastic party the Christmas in July Fete was! Not only were we able to showcase tons of must-read books and authors but we had over 3,000 entrants to our Christmas in July Sackful of Giveaways. The winners were randomly selected, thanks to Rafflecopter and here’s the winners:

 

Grand Prize – $75 USD Amazon Gift Card: Debbie Kolins

 

Secondary Prizes-

 

e-copy of Santa Claws by Kris Pearson – Deanna Strait, Linda Bradshaw, Helen Picone

 

e-copy of a Karl Beckstrand book – Edward Fair, James Robert, Steve Weber, Mina Gerhart, Laura McGee

 

e-copy of Timeless Treasures by Ruth A. Casie – Jeanne Miro

 

e-copy of The Maxwell Ghost by Ruth A. Casie – Bridgett Wilbur

 

e-copy of Forever Love by Melissa Keir – Lori R., Sharon Guagliardo

 

e-copy of a Jacquie Biggar book – Tanja Dancy

 

e-copy of Changing Faces by Barb Caffrey – Alan Saxon, Sarah Mayer, Kelly Tupick

 

e-copy of Aaden BlueStar by David Gaughan – Nancy Burgess, Karen Giasson, Patty Leono Curry

 

$10 Amazon Gift Card from Brenda Whiteside – Rachel Griesmor

 

e-copy of Christmas Revels: Four Regency Novellas from Hannah Meredith plus three authors – Mischenko, Sandy McMahon

 

e-copy of Mistletoe Waltz by Alanna Lucas – Jonella Moore

 

e-copy of A Cowboy’s Mistletoe Promise by Alanna Lucas – Audrey Stewart

 

$5 Amazon Gift Card + 1940’s Style Hair Wrap – Shelly Hammond

 

$5 Amazon Gift Card + Christmas Ornament – Rachel Clemons

 

e-copy of Champagne for Christmas by Jean Joachim – Kristina Daniels, Brandi Dagwan

 

e-copy of Griff Montgomery, Quarterback by Jean Joachim – Madonna Fridley Dolin

 

e-copy of Buddy Carruthers, Wide Receiver by Jean Joachim – Bonnie Raymond

 

$10 Amazon Gift Card + A Very Romantic Christmas by Shirley Hailstock – Francina Alley

 

e-copy of Rosalyn’s Ring or The Marquess and the Midwife by Alina K. Field (Winner’s Choice) – Lori Byrd

 

Did you win? Congratulations! The author who sponsored the giveaway will be contacting you shortly. Please make sure to check your spam/junk folder over the next few days. If you don’t hear from the author by August 14th, please send me an email (nnlight@outlook.com) and I’ll see what the holdup is.

 

Many thanks to each and every author for their generosity in the prizes and for helping to make our debut Christmas in July event so successful.

 

We’d also like to thank each reader/blogger/follower for checking out the spotlights every day. We wouldn’t be here without you and your amazing support!

 

N. N. Light

#ChristmasInJuly Fete: The Bridge of the Golden Wood by @karlbeckstrand #books #giveaway


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Title: The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

Author: Karl Beckstrand (Illustrated by Yaniv Cahoua)

Genre: Children’s Books, Careers

 

Book Blurb:

(Career/Business picture book) A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated Asian folk tale teaches the value of work and includes career and business ideas plus online resources (for ages 4+). 530 words, Hard, soft cover and ebook, 26 pages, ISBN: 978-0985398811

 

Excerpt:

“Hello,” said the old woman, not taking her eyes from the branches.

“What are you looking at?” asked the boy.

“Trouble and treasure,” she said.

“Treasure?” asked the boy.

“That wood is as valuable as gold,” she said. “But it is blocking the path of the fish, who must feed beyond it down the stream. For them it is trouble.” Then she looked at the boy for the first time. “Will you help?”

“Well, I …”

“If you do, you will have the treasure.”

 

Christmas in July Fete Sackful of Giveaways:

 

Grand Prize: $75 USD Amazon Gift Card

Five e-copies of The Bridge of the Golden Wood

(plus more prizes…)

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db77506/?

Open Internationally

Starts July 1, 2017 12:01 am EST and ends August 1, 2017 12:00 am EST

 

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Golden-Wood-Parable-Living-ebook/dp/B01N0XCPQK

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-bridge-of-the-golden-wood/id1230596145?mt=11

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bridge-of-the-golden-wood-karl-beckstrand/1125910380?ean=2940154143117

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-bridge-of-the-golden-wood-a-parable-on-how-to-earn-a-living

 

Author’s Favorite Holiday Food/Tradition:

Rocky road: Dark chocolate poured over marshmallows and nuts!

 

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Author Biography:

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. PremioBooks.com, KarlBeckstrand.com

 

Social Media Links:

https://twitter.com/PremioBooks

https://www.facebook.com/PremioBooks/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnBDasodvKjUEC_0X4yLpFg

https://karlbeckstrandblog.wordpress.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1860785.Karl_Beckstrand

Friday Book Round-Up Celebrates #Canada and #Canada150! #books #history #FridayReads


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Tomorrow is Canada Day and up here in the North, we’re throwing a huge party. Why? It’s the 150th anniversary of Confederation and all of Canada is celebrating. I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun, educational books on Canadian history and Canada 150. So here they are:

 

Now You Know Canada: 150 Years of Fascinating Facts by Doug Lennox  (Author), Jean-Marie Heimrath (Contributor)

Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday is this collection of the best in Canadian questions and answers, covering history, famous Canadians, sports, word origins, geography, and everything in between.

 

 

Canada by Mike Myers (Author)

In this instant national bestseller, comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada.

 

Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer, and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But as he says: “no description of me is truly complete without saying I’m a Canadian.” He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

 

His hilarious and heartfelt new book is part memoir, part history and pure entertainment. It is Mike Myers’ funny and thoughtful analysis of what makes Canada Canada, Canadians Canadians and what being Canadian has always meant to him. His relationship with his home and native land continues to deepen and grow, he says. In fact, American friends have actually accused him of enjoying being Canadian—and he’s happy to plead guilty as charged.

 

A true patriot who happens to be an expatriate, Myers is in a unique position to explore Canada from within and without. With this, his first book, Mike brings his love for Canada to the fore at a time when the country is once again looking ahead with hope and national pride. Canada is a wholly subjective account of Mike’s Canadian experience. Mike writes, “Some might say, ‘Why didn’t you include this or that?’ I say there are 35 million stories waiting to be told in this country, and my book is only one of them.”

 

This beautifully designed book is illustrated in colour (and not color) throughout, and its visual treasures include personal photographs and Canadiana from the author’s own collection. Published in the lead-up to the 2017 sesquicentennial, this is Mike Myers’ birthday gift to his fellow Canadians. Or as he puts it: “In 1967, Canada turned one hundred. Canadians all across the country made Centennial projects. This book is my Centennial Project. I’m handing it in a little late. . . . Sorry.”

 

 

Canada 150 Colouring Book by Paul Covello (Author), Leor Boshi (Author)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with 150 scenes that celebrate the beauty of our home and native land.

 

 

The Promise of Canada: 150 Years–People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country by Charlotte Gray  (Author)

What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over 150 years of Canadian history.

 

“Our country owes its success not to some imagined tribal singularity but to the fact that, although its thirty-five million citizens do not look, speak or pray alike, we have learned to share this land and for the most part live in neighbourly sympathy.” —Charlotte Gray, from the Preface of The Promise of Canada

 

On the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding new book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award-winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years.

 

What do these people—from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper—have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on our country. Deliberately avoiding a “top down” approach to our history, Gray has chosen people whose ideas have caught her imagination, ideas that over time have become part of our collective conversation. She also highlights many other Canadians, past and present, who have added to the ongoing debate over how we see ourselves, arguing that Canada has constantly reimagined itself in every generation since 1867.

 

Beautifully illustrated with evocative black and white images and colourful artistic visions of our country, The Promise of Canada is a fresh take on our history that offers fascinating insights into how we have matured and yet how—150 years after Confederation and beyond—we are still a people in progress. Charlotte Gray makes history come alive as she opens doors into our past, our present and our future, inspiring and challenging readers to envision the Canada they want to live in.

 

 

Dreams and Promises: Love, Loss and Redemption in a Land of Infinite Promise by Anna Markland  (Author), Jacquie Biggar  (Author), Sylvie Grayson  (Author), Reggi Allder  (Author), LizAnn Carson  (Author), Alice Valdal  (Author)

Rendezvous: Ian Donaldson is a gentleman clerk with the NW fur trading company in 1815. Newly arrived in Fort William from Scotland, he is immediately drawn to Nindaanis, a metis woman with an illegitimate child. When the baby’s voyageur father returns for the annual Great Rendezvous, Ian defies convention and fights for the woman he loves.
Prairie Storm: It’s 1918, and prairie farmer Shane Narraway is doing his best to help feed the Allied troops overseas. But his real goal is to marry Emily Waddell. With the war news worsening daily, his brother fighting in Europe, and the outbreak of the Spanish flu, Shane’s life is about to unfold in ways he never imagined.

 

When The Boys Came Home: When Dot McGuire’s fiancé is reported missing during the Great War, she accepts the inevitable and builds a new life for herself. Then he comes home, suffering from amnesia. Does her future lie in the old dream, or in the changing world of the roaring twenties?

 
Glowing Hearts: A Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and a British nurse meet in London during the Blitz. Can the love that blossoms between them survive the ravages of war?

 

Once Upon an Attic: Kate is Jamie’s ideal woman. His meddlesome grandfather agrees. Only two problems stand in the way: Kate has uncovered Gramps’ long-hidden love story, and Gramps is… a ghost.

 

My Baby Wrote Me A Letter: A family’s brush with the past will threaten the fabric of their lives. Grace Freeman is eight months pregnant, and with her navy husband away on a mission, she craves the security of her childhood home in Canada. When she finds a letter written by her long-lost mother, it creates a tear in the foundation of those she loves. Can Grace find a way to bring her family peace, or will a message from the past destroy their future?

 

 

Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada (The Canada 150 Collection) by J.R. Miller  (Author)

Highly acclaimed when the first edition appeared in 1989, “Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens” is the first comprehensive account of Indian-white relations throughout Canada’s history. J.R. Miller charts the deterioration of the relationship from the initial, mutually beneficial contact in the fur trade to the current impasse in which Indians are resisting displacement and marginalization.

 

This new edition is the result of substantial revision to incorporate current scholarship and bring the text up to date. It includes new material on the North, and reflects changes brought about by the Oka crisis, the sovereignty issue, and the various court decisions of the 1990s. It also includes new material on residential schools, treaty making, and land claims.

 

 

150 Things To Do In Canada: Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary By Discovering Things To Do Across Canada (#Canada150) by I Backpack Canada (Author)

Celebrate #Canada150 with 150 Things To Do in Canada!
2017 marks Canada’s 150th Anniversary. In celebration of this monumental year, award winning travel blog “I Backpack Canada” has released a detailed summary of 150 Things To Do In Canada! Plan your upcoming travels to Canada and do your best to include a handful of these insightful tips on Canadian destinations, Canadian food, outdoors, adventure, and attractions.

What’s in this eBook?
I Backpack Canada has explored Canada from coast to coast and written about some the most unique and engaging destinations across this nation. With so many amazing things to do when you visit Canada, this travel guide filled with summaries will help point you in the right direction. This eBook includes things to do in every province and territory in Canada. Meaning no matter where you’re planning on traveling this summer, you can celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with an itinerary filled with jaw dropping adventure.

A simple guide to things to see and do in Canada
Wow your friends with local travel tips to destinations across Canada. Find the perfect beach in Vancouver for a warm summer’s day, discover the best places to escape Calgary’s urban sprawl, or escape the concrete jungle of Toronto to some of the most pristine trails, beaches, and activities to keep you entertained all year long.

Who is this book for?
With a population of just over 35 million people, Canada may be small in numbers, but you will be astounded with the incredible distances and land mass of this stunning part of North America. Whether you’re backpacking, RVing, Camping, or driving across Canada, this eBook will help provide some superb options in every province and territory. Perfect for reading on the long drive to your next Canadian destination.

Read this small novella on things to do if you’re a:

 

  • Backpacker

 

  • Weekend Travel Enthusiast

 

  • RV / Campervan cruiser

 

  • Outdoorsy person

 

  • Exploring your own backyard

 

  • Discovering cities across Canada

 

  • Lover of food, drink, and fun

 

  • Want to know more about different provinces and territories

 

 

A Chapter for Each Province & Territory
150 Things To Do In Canada is sure to provide you with hours of reading. Each thing to do is formatted into a chapter dedicated to it’s parent province or territory. Making it the perfect travel guide to flip through and see what interests you.

Learn more about I Backpack Canada
Don’t forget to visit the award-winning travel blog “I Backpack Canada” for more travel tips and an even larger amount of things to see and do in Canada.

 

 

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!: The Birthday Party by Graham Harrop (Author)

A whimsical and affectionate look at Canada’s

150th Birthday, by cartoonist Graham Harrop.

Find out what the animals REALLY think about

the ongoing anniversary celebrations!

 

 

Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present by Conrad Black  (Author)

Masterful, ambitious, and ground-breaking, this is a major new history of our country by one of our most respected thinkers and historians — a book every Canadian should own.
From the acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black comes the definitive history of Canada — a revealing, ground-breaking account of the people and events that shaped a nation.
Spanning 874 to 2014, and beginning from Canada’s first inhabitants and the early explorers, this masterful history challenges our perception of our history and Canada’s role in the world. From Champlain to Carleton, Baldwin and Lafontaine, to MacDonald, Laurier, and King, Canada’s role in peace and war, to Quebec’s quest for autonomy, Black takes on sweeping themes and vividly recounts the story of Canada’s development from colony to dominion to country. Black persuasively reveals that while many would argue that Canada was perhaps never predestined for greatness, the opposite is in fact true: the emergence of a magnificent country, against all odds, was a remarkable achievement. Brilliantly conceived, this major new re-examination of our country’s history is a riveting tour de force by one of the best writers writing today.

 

 

Celebrating Canada: Decorating with History in a Contemporary Home by Peter E. Baker (Author), John A. Fleming (Foreword, Contributor)

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, Quebec author and antiques professional Peter E. Baker brings life to Canadian history and demonstrates how antiques and folk art can successfully be incorporated into a contemporary lifestyle, providing a home with a unique identity.

 

 

Canada 1867 – 2017 by Paul Taillefer (Author)

Bilingual Edition: English-French

In compiling, writing, and illustrating the most important event that marked the History of Canada each year since Confederation, the author restricted his choices to history, political, economic, and cultural phenomena.

 

In the 1960s, the author acquired hundreds of clippings, magazines, encyclopaedias, and history books pertaining to Canada’s history. He had contemplated preparing a special project for Canada’s Centennial with them, but was forced to drop the idea for lack of time.

 

In retirement, he was urged by his wife Pierrette, who saw his archives lingering in filing cabinets and his personal library, to get to work on his project. He did so at the end of 2012. This is the result.

 

Dans ce livre, pour chaque année depuis la Confédération en 1867, l’auteur présente et illustre le moment qui a marqué l’histoire sociale, politique ou économique de notre pays.

 

Depuis les années 1960, l’auteur a constitué ses archives personnelles à même les journaux, les magazines, les encyclopédies et les livres d’histoire. Il avait envisagé de publier son livre pour le centenaire de la Confédération, mais le temps lui a manqué. C’est son épouse qui l’incita à reprendre la plume pour le cent cinquantenaire ou à abandonner l’idée!

 

C’est ainsi qu’à la fin de 2012, maintenant à la retraite, l’auteur se mit au travail et en voici le résultat.

 

 

Have a Canada, Canadian History or Canada 150 book to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

Where to Start If You Are Thinking About Writing by @DianeMoatAuthor #amwriting #FridayReads #kidlit


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Throughout your life you’ve thought about writing, but it seemed too overwhelming. I’m here to tell you it’s not. That old cliché about everyone having a story to tell? It’s true. Your story may be true, or it may be one you’ve only seen in your mind, but it’s there.

 

When I turned 50, all of my friends were doing spectacular things to celebrate their big birthdays. One friend even trekked the Himalayas. Another parachuted for the first time. So along with the stress of my milestone birthday, there was this invisible bar set for me. I had to come up with something amazing.

 

I hadn’t written anything since my High School essays. Most of my adult life, I had been involved in dog rescue. There were countless times when I’d heard of an animal abuser who’d done something terrible to an animal. I (or another rescuer) would say, “If only I could get my hands on that person, he/she would never do that again.”

 

Over time, I had halfway created a story in my mind, where I was able to stop an animal abuser. Could I write that story? Could I? I began researching how to write, then how to publish a novel, and here’s what I found.

 

Anyone can write, and publish, a book. Really. Whether you put together your family recipes, write about your struggle with weight loss, or create an entirely new world. There are resources out there which can help you every step of the way.

 

The only thing you really need is desire. If you just know you could write something great, you are already there. The internet is a wonderful thing. You can find technical information on writing, support groups for writers, and every type of advice imaginable. Websites like POTL are invaluable.

 

But I would caution you, don’t research yourself to death. The most important thing to do it WRITE. Notepad, iPad, laptop, desktop, chalkboard, stickie notes. It doesn’t matter. Just write. I had only written a few paragraphs to Dog Gone when I fell in love with writing. Do your research when you have a question or hit a bump. Don’t let anyone actually tell you how to do the writing itself.

 

So whether you are 15 or 50, you have a story to tell. Take that leap; I promise you will be glad you did.

 

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Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief

Author: Diane Moat

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

Excerpt:

Luna focused on the candle to her far left. Ten minutes later, the candle was still going strong. Pepper bit her lip, feeling sorry for Luna. She turned to stare at the uncooperative candle, and imagined a little wind blowing the candle out. Puff.

 

Suddenly, the uncooperative candle blinked out as if someone had snuffed it with their fingers.

 

Amazon 5 Star Review:

“Pepper Neely is a very special pet sitter because not only is she a little different in and of her own self—she’s a gnome—but the animals she’s responsible for are rather unusual, too. Most are witch’s familiars, and they’re magic. Now someone is trying to mess with them, and thirteen-year-old Pepper is on the case. This is a fun book with no rough edges for parents to worry about. The action is sweet but with many exciting twists and turns that show Pepper’s sterling qualities—and the gnome family is decent and tightly knit. Definitely something young people will enjoy and with nothing for a parent to worry about. Good story and I’m looking forward to the sequel.” – G. Miki Hayden

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34320532-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

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Author Biography:

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DianeMoatAuthor/

Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

 

 

Friday Book Round-Up Discovers 9 Fantastic Upcoming #KidLit #Books! #FridayReads #MG


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. The theme for today on the POTL Blog is children’s books. There’s so many books coming out in the next several weeks that look incredible so I thought I’d highlight which ones I’m look forward to reading. Have one to recommend? Share in the comments below.

 

 

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular by Mayim Bialik (Author)

 

Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, puts her Ph.D. to work as she talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. A must-have book for all teenage girls.

Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interests and school…sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is little information.

Want to know why your stomach does a flip-flop when you run into your crush in the hallway? Or how the food you put in your body now will affect you in the future? What about the best ways to stop freaking out about your next math test?

Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she has learned from her life and her many years studying neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically.

Want to be strong? Want to be smart? Want to be spectacular? You can! Start by reading this book.

 

 

Rise of the Isle of the Lost (Descendants, The) by Melissa de la Cruz (Author)

 

In this follow up to New York Times #1 best sellers The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay face their biggest challenge yet as a rotten villain from their past returns. They’ll have to do everything in their power-good and evil-to keep Auradon safe.

 

 

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell (Author, Illustrator)

 

From #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell comes the second book in an all-new series about Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs in middle school.

When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School—and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals!

Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom?

Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?

 

 

Karina Garcia’s DIY Slime by Karina Garcia (Author)

 

Create your own slime at home by following these 15 easy, borax-free slime recipes from YouTube sensation Karina Garcia.

Get ready to become a slime master with these fifteen DIY recipes from YouTube sensation Karina Garcia! This full color book, with step-by-step instructions, will teach you how to make Liquid Gold Slime, Glow-in-the-Dark Slime, Balloon Slime, and more! Along with four brand-new recipes, this book also includes tips on how to store your slime, all the amazing things you can do with slime, and fun, cool facts about Karina. All recipes are borax free.

 

 

Real Friends by Shannon Hale (Author), LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

 

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it’s worth the journey.

 

When best friends are not forever . . .

 

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

 

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?

 

 

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018 (National Geographic Almanacs) by National Geographic Kids (Author)

 

Kids can have fun keeping up with our quickly changing world with the New York Times best-selling Almanac, packed with incredible photos, tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, and more. New features include three chapters on engineering and technology, space and Earth, and life sciences; a guide to New Orleans, just in time for its 300th birthday; an updated Fun and Games chapter filled with all-new games, jokes, and comics; all new weird-but-true facts, crafts, and activities; 18 Facts for 2018 feature in every chapter; updated reference material, and much more.

 

 

 

The Ship of Secrets (Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #10) by Geronimo Stilton (Author)

 

I, Geronimo Stilton, was called to the Kingdom of Fantasy for the tenth time! A fairy princess had called me there. She needed my help: The most powerful and dangerous wizard in the realm wanted to capture her — and conquer the entire kingdom!

The wizard was hunting for special magical objects to increase his powers — fairy dust to make him fly, the precious gold of the gnomes, the dazzling egg of fire, and more. It was up to me to foil his plans, with the help of magical friends new and old. Could we save the Kingdom of Fantasy?

 

 

The Door Before (100 Cupboards Prequel) by N. D. Wilson (Author)

 

Readers everywhere were transported by the 100 cupboard doors leading to 100 worlds of adventure in the bestselling 100 Cupboards series! Now, whether you’ve read 100 Cupboards and can’t wait to learn where the cupboards came from or are new to the series, you’ll want to open the cupboard door to this action-packed fantasy where friendships are forged, dark forces are challenged, and the adventure begins!
 
Hyacinth Smith can see things that others miss, stop attack dogs from attacking, and grow trees where no trees have grown before. But she’s never had a real home. When her father tells them they’ve inherited a house from their great-aunt, Hyacinth sees trouble brewing. Their great-aunt has been playing with forces beyond her control, using her lightning-tree forest to create doors to other worlds. When one door opens, two boys tumble through . . . bringing with them a battle with the undying witch-queen, Nimiane. Hyacinth, together with the boys, must use her newfound magic and all of her courage to journey straight into the witch’s kingdom in a daring plan to trap evil and kill the immortal.
 
Praise for the 100 Cupboards series:
“A must-read series!” —The Washington Post

 

 

 

Framed! by James Ponti (Author)

 

Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.

So you’re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help…What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country?

If you’re Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both.

Florian is twelve years old and has just moved to Washington. He’s learning his way around using TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things. It’s a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries such as: where to sit on the on the first day of school, or which Chinese restaurant has the best eggrolls.

But when he teaches it to his new friend Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn’t little. In fact, it’s HUGE, and it involves the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate known as EEL.

Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case?

 

 

Have a children’s book to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

Talking Tales: Puppy’s Bubble by Speech Therapist Erica Graham is Delightful! #kidlit #books


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Title: Talking Tales: Puppy’s Bubble

 

Author: Erica Graham MS, CCC-SLP

 

Genre: Children’s Picture Book for Speech Development

 

Publisher: Skyrai Publishing

 

 

Book Blurb:

When Puppy wakes up from a nap, he sees a bubble. When it disappears, Puppy begins his long journey to find the missing bubble. Will Puppy find the bubble, or has it vanished forever? This engaging story is a fun way to read to little ones while promoting babbling, early words and language skills. It provides over 90 examples of some of the earliest developing sounds in their most common word positions including “p”, “b”, “m”, “n”, “d” and “h”. This book also includes tips to encourage speech development.

 

Vine Voice Review on Amazon:

Author/illustrator/ Speech Therapist Erica Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology: she also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition to creating delightfully entertaining and fun books Erica focuses each book on a few sounds used in the English language. She also provides the illustrations.

The story revolves around a Puppy who one day sees a bubble that disappears and Puppy is off to find it – it is not with his daddy or his mama or his nana – but then Puppy encounters many bubbles and upon biting one it pops and so he tries another and it also pops until there are no more bubbles. Where did all the bubbles go? In Erica’s creative way she offers a fun way to read to little ones while promoting babbling, early words and language skills. It provides over 90 examples of some of the earliest developing sounds in their most common word positions including “p”, “b”, “m”, “n”, “d” and “h”. At first glace it seems the book is just a cute simple story, but when read to a child ages 0 – 3 it offers the opportunity to show words such as pop, bubble, mama, nana, daddy and happy in the atmosphere of an adventure in which youngsters can participate and learn!

The story itself is a fine little idea, a very fine lesson in phonetics and speech therapy that introduces a whole new level of importance to children’s books! Grady Harp, March 17

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Tales-Puppys-Erica-Graham/dp/0997855533/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489273970&sr=8-1&keywords=talking+tales+puppys+bubble

 

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Author Biography:

Erica Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother, Erica understands the difficulty parents have finding time to work on speech with their children. In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language. Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Erica enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricaGrahamAuthor/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16058804.Erica_Graham?from_search=true

 

If You Were Me and Lived in… #Germany by @CarolePRoman #kidlit #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog


 

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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in…Germany: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Kelsea Wienrenga (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, European History, Nonfiction

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the beautiful land of Germany in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the central Europe to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place.

Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

 

My Review:

Carole P. Roman is back and this time, we’re traveling to Germany. Did you know that Germany is the second most populated immigration destination in the world? Let’s learn more about Germany:

 

The capital of Germany is Berlin and it’s been an important city for hundreds of years. Berlin is located at the crossroads between two huge trade routes.

 

Germany is part of the European Union so the currency Germans use is the Euro.

 

If you visit the Port of Hamburg, you’ll get to see the world’s largest model railway. It has more than 800 trains and is quite impressive.

 

Oktoberfest is a huge festival in Munich that takes place in the fall. It has amusement rides, games and attractions. The food is quite filling and the adults love drinking beer. This festival is over 200 years old and it traditionally celebrates the harvest.

 

I enjoyed this book on Germany. While it focuses mainly on modern-times, Roman does sprinkle historical facts and events throughout. The pronunciation guide is very helpful and the illustrations are delightful. If you are of Germanic descent or want to teach your child about Germany, I recommend this book.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “The word Germany comes from a Germanic word meaning folk or people.”

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XWHXW1Y

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XWHXW1Y

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XWHXW1Y

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34140099-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-germany

 

Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

 

The Supernatural Pet Sitter by @DianeMoatAuthor is Imaginative and Fun! #bookreview #MG


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Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief

Author: Diane Moat

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

 

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

 

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

 

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

My Review:

Pepper Neely is not your typical thirteen-year-old girl. She’s a gnome who, in her spare time, pet sits for all the familiars (magical pets for witches/warlocks) in her town. She can communicate with animals and takes care of these pets when their owners are away. It’s only when she gets a phone call from a frantic warlock that Pepper realizes someone is stealing local familiars’ magic. Now, with the help of Pepper’s best friend and witch, Luna, and her brother Jax, Pepper tries to figure out who’s doing this dark magic and save the familiars. Will she be able to stop the magic thief in time or has Pepper put herself in mortal danger?

 

I loved this book! Filled with a magical world trying to co-exist amongst humans, it reminded me of Harry Potter but with gnomes, witches/warlocks, wood sprites and even werewolves. There’s family drama, supernatural elements, life lessons and a mystery to solve all rolled into one story. There’s plenty of action and the characters are fully developed. I’d rate it PG because there’s certain situations in which younger readers might not understand. Overall, a clean fantasy adventure both boys and girls (and adults) will enjoy. I highly recommend and can’t wait for the next installment in this series!

 

Favorite Character: Pepper. I love everything about her from her inner thoughts to her impulsive nature but it’s her love for animals that endears her to me. She cares not for herself but does anything she can to help those pets she sits for. Her caring spirit and her loyalty to her best friend, Luna, bursts from the page and I chuckled to myself each time she got in “trouble”. A true thirteen-year-old in every sense.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34320532-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

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Author Biography:

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

Enter to win a copy: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/229341-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

Social Media Links:

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Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Friday Book Round-Up Celebrates All Things #Irish and #Ireland! #FridayReads #Books


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We hope you’re channeling your inner Irish nature. Today, we’re highlighting some terrific books (children to adult) celebrating all things Ireland. Enjoy!

 

THE LITTLE LEPRECHAUN WHO LOVED YELLOW! (Absolutely Delightful Bedtime Story/Picture Book About Following Your Heart, for Beginner Readers, ages 2-8) by Sally Huss

Patrick, a young leprechaun, liked the red

of the beach ball in his basket of balls and the roses outside his window. He liked the blue of the sky and the boat he sailed in the bathtub. He liked oranges to eat and the orange of his schoolbooks. He liked purple grapes and purple snakes and purple fish. Yes, he liked all the colors of the rainbow, but most of all he loved YELLOW! This love causes him to follow the rainbow to its end in hopes of finding the pot of gold — the finest yellow of all. What he found was far better than gold.

 

*Over 25 delightful illustrations.

 

*Wonderful message for every child.

 

*If you like the books of Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, Sandra Boynton, the Berenstains, Suzy Spafford, Felicia Bond, Laura Numeroff, and P.D. Eastman, you will love THE LITTLE LEPRECHAUN WHO LOVED YELLOW!

 

 

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace (Author), Andy Elkerton (Illustrator)

A New York Times Bestseller!

 

You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you’ll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with this fun and lively children’s book.

 

How to catch a leprechaun?

It’s tougher than you think!

He’ll turn your whole house upside down.

He’s quicker than a wink!

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons (Author)

The story of Patrick’s life and how the day is celebrated.

 

 

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola (Author)

This beautifully illustrated book from the award-winning author of Strega Nona tells the story behind St. Patrick’s Day.

 

The story of Patrick’s life, from his noble birth in Britain, to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits, to the “dreams” that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith. DePaola also retells several well-known legends, including the story of how Patrick got rid of all the snakes in Ireland. Full color.

 

This fixed-layout ebook preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

 

 

The New Irish Table: Recipes from Ireland’s Top Chefs by Leslie Conron Carola (Compiler), Neven MaGuire (Contributor), Darina Allen (Contributor)

Ten award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes.

An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef’s restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland’s renowned cheeses.

 

Starred-studded contributors include Kevin Dundon (host of PBS’s Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Table), Darina Allen (founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School), and Neven Maguire (celebrity chef and TV personality).

 

Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.

 

Mrs. N’s Review: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/the-new-irish-table-recipes-from-irelands-top-chefs-by-imagine_cb-bookreview-irish/

 

 

Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney (Author)

In the winter of 1951, a storyteller, the last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O’Mara in the Irish countryside. For three wonderful evenings, the old gentleman enthralls his assembled local audience with narratives of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland’s enduring accomplishments before moving on. But these nights change young Ronan forever, setting him on a years-long pursuit of the elusive, itinerant storyteller and the glorious tales that are no less than the saga of his tenacious and extraordinary isle.

 

 

101 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle by Ryan Hackney (Author), Amy Hackney Blackwell (Author), Garland Kimmer (Author)

Discover the truth behind the myths of the Emerald Isle

 

Forget about shamrocks, leprechans, and all that blarney; 101 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish History dispels the myths and tells the true story of the Irish.

 

Inside, you’ll learn about:

 

Lives of the ancient Celts before the British invasions

Famous Irish including Michael Collins, Charles Parnell—and Bono!

The potato famine and emigration (were there really gangs of New York?)

Irish music and dance

 

 

Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide, 101 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish History is an informative reference for anyone who loves the Irish.

 

 

How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History Book 1) by Thomas Cahill (Author)

The perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history — the untold story of Ireland’s role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.

 

Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become “the isle of saints and scholars” — and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians.

 

In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization — copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost — they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

 

As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated.

 

In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, How The Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage. But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization.

 

 

A Slanting of the Sun: Stories by Donal Ryan (Author)

An old man looks into the fearful eyes of a burglar left to guard him while his brother is beaten; an Irish priest in a war-torn Syrian town teaches its young men the art of hurling; the driver of a car which crashed, killing a teenage girl, forges a connection with the girl’s mother; a squad of broken friends assemble to take revenge on a rapist; a young man sets off on his morning run, reflecting on the ruins of his relationship, but all is not as it seems.

 

Donal Ryan’s short stories pick up where his acclaimed novels The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December left off, dealing with the human cost of loneliness, isolation and displacement. Sometimes this is present in the ordinary, the mundane; sometimes it is triggered by a fateful encounter or a tragic decision. At the heart of these stories, crucially, is how people are drawn to each other and cling on to love, often in desperate circumstances.

 

In haunting and often startling prose, Donal Ryan has captured the brutal beauty of the human heart in all its hopes and failings.

 

 

Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke (Author)

Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hope of claiming the life promised to their father over twenty years before. After surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died. His family, refusing to own his Civil War debt, casts her out. Alone, impoverished, and in danger of deportation, Maureen connives to obtain employment in a prominent department store. But she soon discovers that the elegant facade hides a secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city.Despite her family’s disapproval, Olivia Wakefield determines to honor her father’s debt but can’t find Maureen. Unexpected help comes from a local businessman, whom Olivia begins to see as more than an ally, even as she fears the secrets he’s hiding. As women begin disappearing from the store, Olivia rallies influential ladies in her circle to help Maureen take a stand against injustice and fight for the lives of their growing band of sisters. But can either woman open her heart to divine leading or the love it might bring?

 

 

The Woman Who Upped and Left: A laugh-out-loud read that will put a spring in your step! by Fiona Gibson (Author)

The laugh-out-loud Sunday Times bestseller is back. Perfect for fans of ‘Outnumbered’ and Carole Matthews, Fiona writes about life as it really is.

 

Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind.

 

Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back – but she can’t possibly do that.

 

She is a single parent. She is needed. She has a job, a home, responsibilities…and a slothful teenage son’s pants to pick up.

 

But no one likes being taken for granted – Audrey least of all – so the time has come for drastic action. And no one’s going to stand in her way…

 

Have a favorite Irish writer, St. Patrick’s Day book and/or celebrating Ireland books to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

#ReleaseDay — The Supernatural Pet Sitter by @DianeMoatAuthor #paranormal #kidlit #MGlit


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Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief

Author: Diane Moat

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

Excerpt:

Luna focused on the candle to her far left. Ten minutes later, the candle was still going strong. Pepper bit her lip, feeling sorry for Luna. She turned to stare at the uncooperative candle, and imagined a little wind blowing the candle out. Puff.

 

Suddenly, the uncooperative candle blinked out as if someone had snuffed it with their fingers.

 

Amazon 5 Star Review:

“Pepper Neely is a very special pet sitter because not only is she a little different in and of her own self—she’s a gnome—but the animals she’s responsible for are rather unusual, too. Most are witch’s familiars, and they’re magic. Now someone is trying to mess with them, and thirteen-year-old Pepper is on the case. This is a fun book with no rough edges for parents to worry about. The action is sweet but with many exciting twists and turns that show Pepper’s sterling qualities—and the gnome family is decent and tightly knit. Definitely something young people will enjoy and with nothing for a parent to worry about. Good story and I’m looking forward to the sequel.” –

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34320532-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

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Author Biography:

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DianeMoatAuthor/

Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient #Mali Empire by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #kidlit


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Ancient History, Mali Empire

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you.

 

Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler.

 

My Review:

Carole P. Roman is back with one of her most informative and insightful books in her historical/cultural series to date. She’s thrusting us into the ancient empire of Mali in the 1330’s AD. So sit tight and travel back in time to 14th century Sudan.

 

Mali started as a small part of the kingdom of Ghana but soon rebelled against the government and became their own kingdom.

 

With strong leadership, Mali took control of trade routes and soon became a mecca for trade and wealth.

 

Many in the Mali Empire followed the religion of Islam.

 

Houses were made from mud bricks and adobe plaster. The earthen walls cooled the inside which was handy since there wasn’t any air conditioning.

 

Since there was no written language, history was told by storytellers (griots). They were well-respected among the people and the king.

 

The most respected job was that of the farmer. They tended the fertile land near the river and provided food for everyone.

 

Although Mali was known for its gold, it did not produce or mint coins. Instead, salt was traded for goods in the marketplace. Only the king could use gold nuggets for trade.

 

When I first saw this book, I had no prior knowledge of the Mali Empire. It intrigued me and I’m so thankful to Carole P. Roman for spotlighting this ancient empire. I learned so much, more than I ever thought possible, and I know many children and adults will enjoy this book, too.

 

While this book is almost eighty pages, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It’s stuffed with many fascinating facts about what life was like in Mali and a fantastic educational resource. Both classroom and homeschool teachers will want this as part of their curriculum. I highly recommend this one!

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Were-Lived-Ancient-Mali-Empire-ebook/dp/B01N7OT0PM

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33405623-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-ancient-mali-empire

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Dance of the Violin by @TheKathyStinson #bookreview #kidlit #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: The Dance of the Violin

Author: Kathy Stinson

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Music

 

Book Blurb:

As a young student of the violin, Joshua Bell learns about an international competition to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests may be too difficult, but Joshua is determined. It’s a piece of music he loves. At the competition, Joshua experiences the usual jitters. Once his name is called, he strides to the stage and begins to play, but almost immediately, he makes a mistake. As he is about to walk off the stage, he asks the judges if could try again. They agree, and this time, the playing is impeccable. Dušan Petricic’s brilliant illustrations full of movement and color, capture the sounds made by Joshua’s violin, from the missed notes to the swirling, uplifting strains of the perfectly executed piece. Children will readily empathize with Joshua’s misstep, but they will also learn that there is always a second chance.

 

“When I learned how 12-year-old Joshua Bell dealt with failure at a competition he’d prepared hard for, I knew it was a story that would inspire anyone, young or not so young, who has dared, or might dare, to try doing something difficult.” — KS (author)

 

My Review:

Joshua Bell loves music and he takes anything he finds around the house and creates music. He’s also learning to play the violin. When he learns of a competition, he chooses a composition many feel is above his head. Does that stop him? No way! When he walks on stage and begins, he makes a mistake. Swallowing hard, he asks the judges if he can try again. Will he embrace his inner musician or will his performance be an utter failure?

 

Based on the real-life story of Violinist Joshua Bell, The Dance of the Violin is beautiful. Failure is something that all of us can relate to, especially children. Learning a new instrument, especially a violin, can be tricky but when you have a musical heart, it’s a matter of letting the music take over.

 

This inspirational story of persevering touched me deeply, as much as the colourful illustrations did. There’s a musical lilt to the illustrations that pair wonderfully with the words to create a masterpiece. I highly recommend this book, especially for those who love music.

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Annick Press Ltd. Via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/1554519004/?tag=kathystinson

Amazon CA http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1554519004/kathystinso0a-20/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31213576-the-dance-of-the-violin

 

Author Biography:

Kathy Stinson, author of internationally acclaimed Canadian children’s classic, Red is Best, also writes novels, short stories, and nonfiction for young people of all ages.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.kathystinson.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathy-Stinson/50430045523

Twitter https://twitter.com/TheKathyStinson

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/TheKathyStinson

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thekathystinson/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N