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Book/Author Spotlight: Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome.



About the Book: “This is LIFE, people! You’ve got air coming through your nose! You’ve got a heartbeat! That means it’s time to do something!” announces Kid President in his book, Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. From YouTube sensation (75 million views and counting!) to Hub Network summer series star, Kid President—ten-year-old Robby Novak—and his videos have inspired millions to dance more, to celebrate life, and to throw spontaneous parades.

In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends (he has interviewed Beyoncé!), and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer. Grab a corn dog and settle in to your favorite comfy chair. Pretend it’s your birthday! (In fact, treat everyone like it’s THEIR birthday!) Kid President is here with a 240-page, full-color Guide to Being Awesome that’ll spread love and inspire the world.


  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 3, 2015)
  • Cost: $21.99


My Review: This is one book all kids should have and read.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.








About the Author: Robby Novak is known to millions as Kid President. He is 11 years old. He loves corndogs and basketball and has kissed Beyoncé. Together, he and his brother-in-law, Brad Montague, are on a mission to inspire kids and grown-ups to make the world more awesome. Robby has osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a brittle bone condition that has resulted in his having more than 70 breaks since birth. His condition doesn’t keep him from living large, busting out sweet dance moves on a daily basis, or honoring his presidential writing duties alongside Brad. This is their first book.






November 28, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Alien In My Pocket #6 Forces of Nature.


About the Book: Zack and Amp get a serious surprise in Forces of Nature, the sixth installment of this fun intergalactic chapter book series by Nate Ball, the host of PBS’s Design Squad and Design Squad Nation.

Ever since Amp crash-landed his spaceship through Zack McGee’s window, Zack’s life has gone in some unexpected directions. But when everything goes wrong on the McGee family camping trip, Zack’s going to need Amp’s alien scouting skills to navigate the great outdoors and find their way back to civilization!

Like every book in the Alien in My Pocket series, Forces of Nature mixes Common Core–aligned science with safe, hands-on experiments that young readers will love. This installment includes a build-your-own compass experiment.

Publishers Weekly said of Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off!: “With its screwball comedy and lively dialogue, the novel gives readers the opportunity to laugh as they learn.”


  • ISBN: 9780062314901
  • ISBN 10: 0062314904
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/01/2015
  • Pages: 144
  • List Price: 15.99 USD
  • Ages: 6 to 10
  • Cost: 4.99


My Review: The sixth installment of Alien in My Pocket, Zack’s parent are taking him on a camping trip. He has decided not to take Amp, a little blue alien who crashed his spaceship through Zack’s window. But Amp suddenly had a love of camping. He thinks it going to be an adventure. A chance to battle the elements, the opportunity to encounter wild animals and a daily struggle to find food, why would he pass that up? But Zack instructed him to stay at home and out of trouble. But Amp found a way to be a part of the camp adventure. With Zack’s friend Olivia tagging along, what type of adventure will they come across in the Crooked Forest and what role with Amp play? Check out the last few page about Do-It- Yourself Science Experiment.

As always, great illustration by Macky Pamintuan which helps tell the story.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.






November 17, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Mars Evacuees


Mars Evacuees #1 by Sophia McDougall

About the Book: The fact that someone had decided I’d be safer on Mars, where you could still only sort of breathe the air and sort of not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well. I was worried that I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so that when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm.

And, despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterward, I’d do it all again. Because until you have been pursued by terrifying aliens, been taught math by a laser-shooting robot goldfish, and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say you’ve really lived.

If the same thing happens to you, here’s my advice: always carry duct tape.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Cost: $16.99


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About the Author: Sophia McDougall (born 1979) is a British novelist, playwright, and poet, who studied at Oxford University in England.

She is best known as the author of the series of books: Romanitas in which she creates an alternative history, one where the Roman Empire still exists in contemporary times.


November 17, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: The Last Dragon Charmer. Villain Keeper


The Last Dragon Charmer. Villain Keeper

About the Book: Unexpected magic, villainous teachers, and dragons in disguise await readers in the first book of a delightful new tween adventure series by debut author Laurie McKay.

All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of being sent on a quest to slay a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons. But a prince must always complete his quest. And the longer Caden is in Asheville, the more he realizes there is magic in this strange land after all. More important, there may just be dragons here, too. But what if Caden’s destiny isn’t to slay a dragon, like he’s always believed?

Fans of Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil and Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories will be transported by this first book in an epic new series for middle grade readers about a brave young prince’s quest to find answers, honor, friendship—and what it really means to be a hero.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Last Dragon Charmer (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 3, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99




About the Author: Laurie McKay lives in Durham, NC, with her family and two elderly dogs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in biological oceanography from North Carolina State University. She’s taught at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science and in the North Carolina community college system. When she’s not dodging students and prepping lab activities, she’s sitting at a local coffee shop and daydreaming about all things fantastical and science fiction.

November 16, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Nuts To You.


Nut to You by Lynne Rae Perkins


About the Book: Jed, TsTs, and Chai are the very best of friends. So when Jed is snatched up by a hawk and carried away to another realm, TsTs and Chai resolve to go after him. Mysteriously, the hawk has dropped him. They saw it. Jed could be alive. New communities are discovered, new friends made, huge danger is encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety) and the mysteries of squirrel culture are revealed. It turns out that squirrels are steadfast and fun-loving. It turns out they adore peanut butter. It turns out they love games and really good stories. And nuts.

Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins loves peanut butter, too. And one day, while she was sitting on a bench enjoying the sunshine and a peanut butter sandwich, a squirrel asked for a smidgen of peanut butter in exchange for a story. Was it Jed? Well, readers will have to figure that out. Nuts to You is wholly original, funny, lively, and thought-provoking. It is a deeply satisfying piece of storytelling about the power of stories to save the world; about the power of friendship and the importance of community. Illustrated in black-and-white on every page by the author. Includes an introduction, epilogue, and footnotes throughout.

  • Pages: 272
  • List Price: 16.99 USD

  • Ages: 8 to 12






About the Author: Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels—All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.


November 16, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Masterminds



Masterminds by Gordon Korman

About the Book: Eli Frieden lives in the most boring town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Only thirty kids live in the idyllic town, where every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a basketball hoop. Honesty and kindness are the backbone of the community. There is no crime in this utopia.

Eli has never left town…. Why would he ever want to? But everything changes the day he and his friend Randy bike to the edge of the city limits. Eli is suddenly struck with a paralyzing headache and collapses. Almost instantly, a crew of security—or “Purple People Eaters,” as the kids call them—descend via helicopter. Eli awakens in the hospital, and the next day, Randy and his family are gone.

As Eli convinces his friends Tori and Malik to help him investigate Randy’s disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. As the clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, the kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents. So they hatch a plan for what could be the greatest breakout in history—but will they survive? And if they do, where do they go from there?


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Masterminds (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Cost: 16.99





Korman wrote his first book, “This Can’t be Happening at Macdonald Hall”, when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in “The Sixth Grade Nickname Game”, wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While in New York, he met his future wife; live in Long Island with their three children.

He has published more than 50 books.

November 16, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: The Genius Files: License To Thrill


The Genius Files: License To Thrill by Dan Gutman


About the Book: The wackiest road trip in history comes to an action-packed conclusion in book five of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series.

When we last left our heroes, twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald were in Roswell, New Mexico, and they had just seen a strange beam of light. Now their cross-country road trip is about to take a detour that’s out of this world—literally!

Once the twins get their feet back on the ground, they embark on the final leg of their trip, which will take them from the Hoover Dam all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Chased by nefarious villains, the twins will be trapped with a venomous snake, pushed through a deadly turbine, and thrown into a volcano. And craziest of all, their parents might finally believe them!

With the real-kid humor that has earned him millions of readers around the world and featuring facts and photographs from the weird-but-true locations in the story, this fifth and final book in the Genius Files series is the most thrilling adventure yet.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Genius Files (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 27, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99




About the Author: The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of baseball books, including The Green Monster from Left Field. From hopeful and very youthful presidential candidates to stunt men, nothing is off limits in Gutman’s fertile imagination. As he noted on his author Web site, since writing his first novel, They Came from Centerfield, in 1994, he has been hooked on fiction. “It was fun to write, kids loved it, and I discovered how incredibly rewarding it is to take a blank page and turn it into a WORLD.”

Gutman was born in New York City in 1955, but moved to Newark, New Jersey the following year and spent his youth there.

November 16, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing



About the Book: From Jarrett J. Krosoczka comes Last Panda Standing, the third installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Jarrett’s own Lunch Lady series.

The Kalamazoo City mayoral race is heating up, and Frank Pandini Jr. has been threatened by a mysterious assailant. He requests a special Platypus Police Squad protection detail: Detective Rick Zengo. This leaves O’Malley to be partnered up with Jo Cooper, the newest detective on the force. Can Zengo get to the bottom of the attacks—without O’Malley backing him up?


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Platypus Police Squad (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Cost: $12.99


My Review: A fun book for kids who like to read crime fiction.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.




About the Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the author and illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award, as well as many picture books. He can be heard on “The Book Report with JJK,” his radio segment on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live. Jarrett lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife, two daughters, and their pug, Ralph Macchio.

November 16, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish. Ends Dec 5th



About the Book

“A gift should be big,
And a gift should be bright.
And a gift should be perfect
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have meaning
Plus a bit of bling-zing,
So I’ll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing!”

Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list? Will he finish his shopping in time?

Swim along with Mr. Fish on his holiday shopping quest. He might just discover that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.


  • Age Range: 2 – 6 years
  • Series: A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Cost: $9.10 at amazon


My Review: Its the holiday season and Mr. Fish  is looking for the big, bright and perfect gifts that would bring delight to his friends. The gifts has to be meaningful and has a bit of bling-zing, but he is running out of time. He has gone from one store to another and they are all sold out. What is he going to do? Miss Shimmer come to the rescue and suggested home made gifts, the best gifts that comes from the heart.

I like that this story will inspire children to create gifts that comes from their heart that will be appreciated by their friends and family. The illustrations are colorful and bright bringing each page alive. I highly recommend the book for your home libraries.




FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from prbythebook  in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


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November 14, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: Fart Squad Book 1 & 2


Fart Squad by Seamus Pilger and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

About the Book: It was an average day at Harry Buttz Elementary until . . . KABLAM! The five-bean burritos churning in Darren Stonkadopolis’s stomach exploded in a fart so volcanic it melted his desk seat, knocked out his whole class, and got him sent to the nurse—and he’s not alone.

Something fishy is going on in Buttzville. And it’s up to Darren and his three farting friends to combine their potty powers to get to the bottom of this evil plot—before it’s too late. With their scent-sei, Janitor Stan, at their side, the Fart Squad has to learn to harness the powers between their butt cheeks. And then let it RIIIP.


  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Fart Squad (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 21, 2015)
  • Cost: $4.99







Fart Squad: Fartasaurus Rex by Seamus Pilger, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin


It’s the second adventure from the smelt-it, dealt-it, you-can-fasten-your-seat-belt-but-they-might-melt-it . . . fearless FART SQUAD! This laugh-out-loud chapter book series is perfect for Captain Underpants fans. With black-and-white illustrations throughout and port-a-potties full of bathroom humor, young readers will be giggling from start to finish.

When Darren Stonkadopolis and the rest of the Fart Squad are bussed off to the Natural History Museum, Darren melts a petrified tar pit with a volcano-hot fart. And when he does, he lets out what the pit had been holding in—the deadliest farter in all history, the ferocious Fartasaurus Rex. Now it’s up to the Fart Squad to chow down, power up, and blast this prehistoric beast back to the Flatulent Age before the whole town becomes fossil fuel!


  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Fart Squad (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 1, 2015)
  • Cost: $4.99


About the Author: Seamus Pilger is an award-winning fartologist and a burrito enthusiast. He first became interested in superfartabilities while studying the alternate forms of propulsion for space travel. While intergalactic gastroenterological propulsion failed, Seamus has made many discoveries in the fermentation of foods in humans. Seamus is a graduate at FRT. He is a lifelong vegetarian and lives on a bean farm in Minnesota.



November 13, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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