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Book Review: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper


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Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper

About the Book: When her best friend is moving away and her mom has arranged for some strange little girl to come and stay with them, Ash—who is petrified of change and new people—is expecting the worst summer of her life. Then seven-year-old Claire shows up. Armed with a love of thrift-store clothes and an altogether too-sunny disposition, Claire proceeds to turn Ash’s carefully constructed life upside down.

While every part of Ash’s life seems to be disrupted, she must protect a carefully hidden secret: She has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It’s a wish jar, full of someone’s old wishes—and it has the power to send her back in time and provide a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls’ story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062026750/dreamer-wisher-liar

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

Book reviews from Amazon  and goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18089943-dreamer-wisher-liar.

 

My Review: When Ashley found out that her best friend is moving away and was unable to join her at camp. She knew she was going to have a bad summer when her mother arranged for 7 year old Claire to come and stay with them.  She found out that Claire was a demanding little girl, but she went out of her way to help and teach Claire.  While going through her mom’s junk down in the basement, Ashley stumbles upon a magic jar full of wishes. She read out one wish which magically transported her to the past, where she views another friendship between another Ashley and her friend Shue, experiencing their own funny, strange, and painful summer.

While becoming a silent observer into the relationship of these two best friends she learns a few things about herself and friendship along the way.

 

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.

 

 

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About the Author: Charise Mericle Harper is the author of the Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series and picture books such as Cupcake, Mimi and Lulu, and If Waffles Were Like Boys. She lives with her family in Westchester, New York.

 

 

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Anatomy of a Misfit


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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

 

About the Book: In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose—ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations—and tear at your heart.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.   http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062313645/anatomy-of-a-misfit

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 2, 2014)
  • Cost: $11.24 at Amazon

 

 

My Review: I really don’t know what to say about this book as I hate giving bad reviews. So my two stars says enough.

 

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.

 

 

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About the Author: Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel, Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasília, Texas, Rio de Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College. She attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English literature. She then earned her master’s in fine arts degree from UC San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks. Currently, she lives in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, in Los Angeles.

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight: The Luck Uglies #1 and #2


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About the Book: The Luck Uglies is the first in a tween fantasy-adventure trilogy brimming with legends come to life, a charming wit, and a fantastic cast of characters-and is imbued throughout with the magic of storytelling.

Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has Rye O’Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned.
Now Rye’s only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can’t be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning’s maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she’ll discover the truth behind the village’s legends of outlaws and beasts…and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.

The first in a series, The Luck Uglies is an altogether irresistible cross of Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, Stefan Bachmann’s The Peculiar, and Chris Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, overflowing with adventure, secrets, friendship, and magic. http://www.pauldurhambooks.com/the-luck-uglies.html

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Luck Uglies (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 29, 2014)
  • Cost: $16.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Book: It’s not easy being the daughter of the High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies.

Now an insidious new lawman in Drowning has declared Rye an outlaw, and she’s stuck on the strange and remote Isle of Pest. But the island quickly feels much less remote when the battle to control the future of the Luck Uglies moves to its shores.

To defeat the Luck Uglies’ bitterest rivals, Rye must defy a deranged earl, survive a test meant to judge the grit of the fiercest men–and uncover some long-buried family secrets. And when Rye leads the charge to defend the island, she and her friends will meet an eerily familiar enemy. http://www.pauldurhambooks.com/fork-tongue-charmers.html

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Luck Uglies (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (March 17, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Paul Durham was raised in Massachusetts and attended college and law school in Boston. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck. http://www.pauldurhambooks.com/about.html

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Arbordale Publishing 2015 Collection


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This Land Is Your Land by Catherine Ciocchi, illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Take a trip around the world to discover a wide variety of Earth’s landforms and geological features through the rhythmic verse in This Land is Your Land. On the journey encounter plains, plateaus, and rolling hills. Find out how a stream can make a canyon or lava creates an archipelago. Read aloud and discover new terrain with the flip of each page. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!books/cnec

 

My Review: Follow Author Catherine Ciocchi, as she takes you around the world and discover the variety of Earth’s landforms with its geological features. What a great way for children to discover how lands are formed by massive movements like weather, wind, water and more.

Learn that where land meets sea, there’s a coast; sandy beaches cover most lands. Some of the highest mountains peak are capped in snow and cooler than the base. Read about the plateau, canyon, tranquil valley, volcano lava and many more. The last four pages includes learning activities: Earth Movers, Landform Sorting, Landform Matching, and Map Skills.

The illustrations by Cathy Morrison show great geographic details. Colors are bold and bright with clear text. I recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

 

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

 

 

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About the Author: Born and raised in New York in the beautiful Hudson River. She is the youngest of 6 children in the Muller family who spent alot of time camping and hiking in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Her father, George and her mother, Ruth, taught her 3 brothers ad 2 sisters to appreciate the wonders of nature. I was fascinated with Earth Science in high school so much that I went on to study geology and I’m happy to say that I am an Earth Science teacher today.   Rhyme is something else I love and use it to explain science concepts to my students. It takes a lot of practice and perseverence to get a rhyme just right. Fifteen years ago, I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Through this organization, I was able to find a fun local writer’s group. This dynamic group  has established another organization called Children’s Writers of the Hudson Valley. Being part of this group has inspired and motivated me in my writing. Every writer needs the support of a writer’s group. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!bio/c1ktj

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Achoo! Why Pollen Counts by Shennen Bersani

About the Book: Spring has arrived and pollen is in the air. Baby Bear does not like the pollen—it sticks to his fur and makes him itchy and sneezy. He’s allergic! Achoo! He just wishes the pollen were gone. But when his friends gather to tell him why they need pollen, Baby Bear learns that pollen is good for the forest and provides food for many animals, including him!

My Review: It was interesting to know that pollen is good for the forest and also provides food for many animals. Some types of pollen are light and float in the air, while some are heavier and cling to flowers. Many insects ear pollen, the spiders catch pollen in their web and eat it for dinner. The bees use pollen and nectar to make beebread. Ladybug snack on pollen in the fall, they find that it has plenty of protein to help them hibernate in the winter.

Also, it’s interesting to know that pollen floats high in the cloud. It clings to water, freezes, and form ice crystal. They grow, fall and form snowflakes. Pollen makes some humans and animals sneeze but it also provides food for many animals.

The last 4 pages include learning activities from understanding allergies, flower parts, pollination process, bees are the great pollinators pollinator matching – animals spreading pollen from flower to flower. Great illustrations which helps tell the story.

 

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

 

 

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About the Author: Shennen Bersani is a children’s book author and illustrator. Interests: She love the ocean, and drawing, and bike riding. She is an avid reader, researcher, writer, and painter. http://www.shennenbersani.com/

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Fibonacci Zoo by Tom Robinson

About the Book: When Eli and his father visit an unusual zoo, they count the creatures in each exhibit. Eli sees one alligator, then one bison, and next two camels. Soon a number pattern emerges and Eli thinks he can predict how many animals will be in the next exhibit. Explore the zoo with Eli as he runs ahead to test his hypothesis.

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About the Author: Tom Robinson is a high school math teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. He wrote Fibonacci Zoo to introduce young readers to numbers and patterns. Tom is also the author of The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book, The Everything Kids Magical Science Experiments Book, and Forcing Out: A Guide to Better Physics Fitness. Tom lives in Chelan, WA, with his wife and two children.

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Wandering Woolly by Andrea Gabriel

About the Book: Little Woolly leaves her mother behind as she chases a toad down to the river. When the glacial ice breaks, she is swept away in the rumbling, rolling water. Now alone, the mammoth calf struggles to survive. She must sneak past cave lions, bears, saber-toothed cats and humans. Exhausted and afraid, she must even hide from stormy weather as she fights her way back to her herd. How can she find them? Will she ever get back? http://bigbearillustration.com/books/

My Review: Wandering Woolly wondered about her surrounding and beyond. She makes her way down to the river to splash water over her head when suddenly the ice splintered and toppled off the glacier throwing woolly into the rolling water sweeping her away from her family. She tried to call out for her mother, but the mammoths couldn’t hear her. The water swept her pass a hunting lion and a giant beaver. Back on land, she came across bears, humans and their hunting dogs and the saber-toothed cats. She desperately needs to get back to her mother and aunties. Was Woolly able to locate the other mammoths? You need to buy the book to find out.

The last four pages include learning activities. Learn about the Ice Age, about mammoths and elephants, the Clovis people as they were the first humans in North America and the extinct ice age animals that Woolly met along the way.

This is a very good educational book. Teaching kids the importance of having to stay close to their parents and that wandering off doesn’t make them safe.

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

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About the Author: Andrea Gabriel lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she spends a lot of time making pictures for kids and grown-ups alike. In addition to a busy studio schedule, she loves illustrating books for children and presenting in the schools. http://bigbearillustration.com/about/

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About the Book: Gorillas using iPads, lemurs finger painting, squirrel monkeys blowing bubbles…these primates are pretty smart! Could you make the grade in Primate School? Learn how diverse the primate family is, and some of the ways humans are teaching new skills to their primate cousins. Author Jennifer Keats Curtis is once again working with organizations across the country to share fun facts about primates through this photo journal.  http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/projects/primate-school/

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About the Author: Children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis wants to help bring children closer to the animals in their own backyards. By diligently researching her topic and interviewing real experts, including children working to help preserve and protect local wildlife, the long-time journalist has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to help. To read more http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/about-the-author/

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About the Books: What are some things we can learn about animals from the shape of their mouths, beaks, or bills? What can we infer about animals with sharp teeth compared to large, flat teeth? Are there any animals that don’t have mouths? In this second book of her “Animal Anatomy and Adaptation” series, award-winning nature photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland shares fascinating animal mouths with readers of all ages.    http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=AnimalMouths

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About the Author: Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist, and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s work in environmental education has included directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, being a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont, and compiling Vermont’s Rare Bird Alert for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. In addition to writing a natural history newspaper column and magazine articles, Mary has written and photographed a children’s book, Milkweed Visitors, which introduces young and old alike to the insects that visit a milkweed patch.

http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookhome.php

 

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Cost: Paperback $9.95

 

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August 18, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Back To School Sneaker Giveaway. Ends August 19th


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7th Annual Free Back to School Supplies Giveaway. Ends August 10th


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Author/Book Spotlight: The Forget Me Not Summer by Leila Howland


 

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The Forget Me Not Summer by Leila Howland,  Ji-Hyuk Kim (Illustrator)

About the Book: This charming story about the summer three California sisters spend on Cape Cod is perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and The Mother-Daughter Book Club. Full of moments both humorous and reflective, The Forget-Me-Not Summer is a story about three girls facing their fears, adjusting to change, and learning how to band together as the strongest version of themselves: sisters.

Though Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily Silver couldn’t be more different, they’re all excited about their various plans for summer vacation. Twelve-year-old Marigold is hoping to get her first kiss from her big crush, while Zinnia, eleven, will most likely spend her time in Marigold’s shadow. And little five-year-old Lily, though angelic, has a knack for stirring up mischief wherever she goes.

But any expectation of summer fun comes crashing down when the sisters’ parents send them to Cape Cod to visit their aunt Sunny. Small-town life is not what these L.A. girls had in mind. They must adjust, however, to things like sharing a room and living without a TV. With the help of Aunt Sunny’s zany disposition and yummy brownies, though, the girls are quickly won over, and before Marigold, Zinnie, and Lily know it, they’re cracking lobster shells at clambakes, making new friends, and even organizing a local talent show.

 

Jacket Copy: Sisters Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily Silver can’t wait for summer even though it’s warm all year in L.A. Twelve-year-old Marigold, an aspiring actress, has boys on the brain and is hoping to become more than friends with her crush. Zinnia, eleven, having failed at trying to tame her unruly curls, has plenty of time on her hands during summer vacation and will most likely spend it in Marigold’s shadow. Five-year-old Lily, whom everyone adores, is content to play with her beloved nanny all day. But when their parents announce they’re sending these California girls to their aunt Sunny’s house on Cape Cod for several weeks, it’s a complete disaster.
They’re forced to adjust to a much simpler way of life—no TV, no Wi-Fi, and, worst of all, sharing a room. Could their summer get any more awful? While at first reluctant, Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily are charmed by their warmhearted and quirky aunt Sunny, whose cheery attitude is contagious. Resolving to make the most of their situation, the sisters decide to spice up this quiet town by organizing a local talent show. As they start to make friends—like Peter, the Red Sox–loving sailor boy with an eye for Marigold—and see the magic of the Cape, the summer becomes one of firsts, fun, and plenty of sun . . . all while they learn how to band together as the strongest version of themselves they can be: sisters.

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062318695/the-forget-me-not-summer

Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22934470-the-forget-me-not-summer

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Cost: $11.39 Hardcover $9.99 kindle @amazon
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 5, 2015)

 

 

 

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About this author: LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and have funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husba LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and have funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. http://www.leilahowland.com/about/

July 10, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: If You Were Me And Lived In CHINA. End July 17th


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If You Were Me And Lived In CHINA. A child’s introduction to Culture around the World. By Carole P. Roman

About the Book: I have always wanted to visit China and thanks to Ms. Roman’s book she had made it more exciting and interesting to know what to look for and see

China which is officially known as the People’s Republic of China which has a population of more the 135 billion people living there which is the most populated country in the world.

You might of learned about the Yangtze River which is in the South, or the Yellow River which is located in the North. Although the capital is Beijing many people called it Peking, China has major highways, trains and expressways and the second busiest airport in the world.

Children’s names are picked because they have meanings so boys who are called An which means peace or Bao which is another word for treasure and Fu for happiness. Girls are called Hong because they like the color red, Yu which stands for Jade which is a gemstone or Zi which is the word for smart. What would you like to be called if you lived in China? I think I would like to be called Zi.

China has some amazing places to visit like the Great Wall of China. It is a stone barricaded which was built thousands of years ago to keep strangers out of China. Nobody is sure but they believe it is about 5,500 hundred miles. Another very famous tourist site is the giant clay army that was only recently discovered that had been buried underground for more then two thousand years. You will be told that there are over eight thousand individually sculpted soldiers and about 520 statues of horses and 130 of just chariots. You will love explore the many tourist sites as you will have an opportunity to learn so much.

The New year is a very fun holiday to be part of and begins at midnight with fireworks which hope that the noise will chase off the evil spirits. It is a very important day to honor your grandparents. You would receive red envelops filled with good luck money. Because the celebration last fifteen days you will get to enjoy many delicious meals but better learn how to use the chopsticks because if you drop them it could bring you bad luck. They are very superstitious people.

Pages: 30

Cost: $9.99

Read more of Carole P. Roman’s books http://caroleproman.com/books

My Review: This book gives readers an inside into the culture of China, a place you never taught about visiting but now can. Imagine standing on the Great Wall of China taking a long walk or visiting the famous tourist site, the giant terracotta or clay army that was recently discovered that had been buried underground for more then two thousand years. Visit the Forbidden city were their emperors lived with over 4,000 rooms and hidden cambers. Learn about their currency, food and their favorite spot table tennis or ping pong. Join them as they celebrate the New Year with fireworks and making as much noise to chase off evil spirits. What a great way to end the story. With only 30 pages the author did her best to give readers a lot of information including 3 pages of  pronunciation guide.

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

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About the Author: 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. It has followed with four more books to the series.
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.
She has just finished the first of six books in a groundbreaking new nonfiction series about culture around the world. “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.

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. http://caroleproman.com/About_Carole

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Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: Professor McNitt and the Journey to Gambit. Ends July 17th


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Professor McNitt and the Journey to Gambit: Book One by Alison Kentta (Author)

About the Book: Twelve-year-old Corabelle Quinn is positive she doesn’t have a single living relative, much less a quirky great uncle named Professor McNitt. But after ten months of sharing a bedroom with a biting toddler and a money-obsessed boy genius named Aiken, she gladly moves in with him anyway.

As it turns out, Professor McNitt is not only an inventor of bizarre and marvelous things, but the only person who knows two very important secrets: the real story of Cora’s family, and the hidden passage to Gambit Island. But just when he begins to reveal how these two things are closely intertwined—he suddenly vanishes.

If Cora wants to save her uncle, she will have to forge through the unexplored, unpredictable land of Gambit. Her only aids? A little black book of codes and symbols, and smug, know-it-all Aiken.

In Gambit, Cora and Aiken certainly do not expect to find a technologically advanced city of sprykes (fairies who are not allowed to use their wings), a coalition of civilized animals, a tribe of mermaid descendants in a golden city, or a clan of lost Vikings. But at least they are friendly.

Have you ever been chased by hornet-riding cavemen? By the half-dead in a cavernous labyrinth? By shark-human hybrids? Consider yourself lucky. But even they aren’t as terrifying as the person holding Professor McNitt hostage.

As Cora and Aiken race across Gambit Island, they slowly piece together the mysteries of its origin—and how closely they are each tied to it. http://alisonkentta.com/

 

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499227833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499227833
  • Cost: $10.99 paperback
  • Kindle: $4.99

 

Goodreads reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22008673-professor-mcnitt-and-the-journey-to-gambit

Amazon reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Professor-McNitt-Journey-Gambit-Alison/dp/1499227833/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1435755297

 

 

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Biographies are boring. Instead I will tell you why I like to write middle grade fiction.

Fourth grade was the year that things became unfun. We stopped doing dioramas of Roald Dahl books or dressing up like pilgrims. Egg drop? Forget it. Now we read serious books, like Where the Red Fern Grows, and Johnny Tremain. I liked these books, but there was something scary about them: something real, something grown up. The fun, the adventure, the possibility…it was gone. Just like that. Poof.

There was no Harry Potter at the time, and I was getting too old for Ramona Quimby. Gone were the days of reading for enjoyment, for fun, for escape, for adventure. Reading was now for the exclusive purpose of educational, historical, and emotional development. And if I were lucky, it would be slightly less boring than a dental exam.

I’m not saying that things don’t have to be unfun. They do. There are things that need to be learned, disciplines that must be practiced, worldviews that need to be understood, and work that needs to be completed. And once you get the hang of it, learning can be fun. After all, I enjoy using history, science, culture, and geographical tidbits in my books. It’s neat. Because eventually, I found my own magic when studying all of those things.

But frankly, as a kid, I would have liked an easier transition. I could have benefitted from the knowledge that magic and fantasy don’t completely vanish immediately at the age of nine.

I remember all of this, and I remember how I felt. And that is why I enjoy writing middle grade fiction. After all, most of us need a bit of adventure at any age.

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Book Review: Mice & Spiders & Webs . . . Oh My!


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Mice & Spiders & Webs . . . Oh My! by Sherrill S. Cannon (Author), Kalpart (Illustrator)

Is your child a good listener?

Rosemary is a little girl who is worried about returning to school after her teacher warns the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders, and webs in the classroom. Could Rosemary have misunderstood something?

How can mice and spiders and webs belong at school? Full of “Computer Speak,” this story introduces young readers to basic computer terms in a delightful way! See if your child can discover the mystery of the misunderstood words, and learn about the fun of computers with Rosemary.

This is the seventh rhyming children’s book by this award-winning author, whose other bestselling books include My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, and Santa’s Birthday Gift. https://sherrillscannon.wordpress.com/

 

My Review: This book is very educational in so many ways. First, learning not to jump to conclusion which is a psychological term referred to as a communication obstacle. Rosemary has decided not to go to school because she didn’t like mice, their noise or smell. She was also frightened of spiders and heard her teaching talking about their web. Her mother tried t convince her that they must be a part of a science project. But Rosemary didn’t want anything to do with it.

So her mother promised to talk to her teacher when she drops her off at school. Her mother told Ms Eddy about Rosemary’s fear of mouse and spider webs. Ms Eddy went on to explain to Rosemary and her mother what a computer, mouse and web means.

Teach your kids that before they jump to conclusions, they should make sure they have enough information to be sure they’re right. A must have.

 

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

 

Pages: 30

Cost: $13 paperback

Kindle: $4.99

 

 

 

June 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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