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Book Review: Ms. Cuddy Is Nutty!


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My Weirdest School #2 – Ms Cuddy Is Nutty! Written by Dan Gutman, illustrations by Jim Paillot.

About the Book: In this second book in the new My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are about to get a wonderful gift—a million dollars! A.J. and the gang vote to create an in-school, state-of-the-art TV station so the morning announcements can be broadcast to all the classes. There’s even enough money to hire Ms. Cuddy, a new digital media arts teacher who knows a thing or two about broadcasting. But soon Ms. Cuddy decides the ratings on the announcements are too low, and the show needs to “get more eyeballs.” What could possibly go wrong?

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062284259/my-weirdest-school-2-ms-cuddy-is-nutty

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: My Weirdest School (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Cost: $4.99

 

 

Book Review: AJ and his gang are back again in this fun book for kids. Their school Ella Mentry School received a million dollars gift from Mrs. Mentry who used to teach at the school years ago. Now they have to come up with a contest to decide what to do with the money. Some students wanted to spend the money on pizzas, ice cream, candy, racing cars, football team, a skate park or flat-screen TVs. But their teacher Mr. Cooper had a better ideal.

Perfect for reluctant readers. Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang. The illustrations by Jim Paillot helps to makes the story even more hilarious. I highly recommend this book.

 

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.

 

 

 

Book Reviews – http://www.amazon.com/My-Weirdest-School-Cuddy-Nutty/dp/006228424X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451399914&sr=8-1&keywords=Ms.+Cuddy+Is+Nutty%21

 

 

 

December 29, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book/Author’s Spotlight: The Jupiter Pirates Book 1 & 2


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About the Book: The Jupiter Pirates. Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry

Treasure Island meets Battlestar Galactica in book one of the swashbuckling sci-fi adventure series SLJ called “space opera in the classic style” in a starred review, from New York Times bestselling author Jason Fry.

The relationship between Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, isn’t your average sibling rivalry. They might be crew members together aboard the Shadow Comet, but only one of them can be the next ship captain. So when the Hashoones find themselves in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy—one that will pit them against space pirates, Earth diplomats, and even treachery from within the family—each sibling is desperate to prove his or her worth. The only trouble is, if they don’t work together, none of them may make it out alive.

Perfect for fans of fantasy adventures like Ranger’s Apprentice and such space-age epics as Star Wars, The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra is a wholly original saga about a galaxy on the brink of war and one unforgettable family caught in the cross fire.

Don’t miss the action-packed sequel, Curse of the Iris.

 

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When you’re a privateer, running a starship is a family business. For Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, the family business is far from easy.

For starters, they have to make a living however they can, all while dodging pirates and Earth’s dreaded warships. Then they have to please the Jovian Union, an alliance of moons that provides the Hashoones their letter of marque against Earth’s merchant fleet. But hardest of all, the siblings have to impress their mother, Captain Diocletia Hashoone, who keeps a log of how they perform on every test, simulation, and mission aboard their family starship, the Shadow Comet. Because while the three siblings might be crewers together, only one of them will be chosen as the Comet‘s next captain.

Talk about sibling rivalry!

Part high-seas adventure, part space-age epic, the Jupiter Pirates is an unforgettable saga about a solar system on the brink of war and one family caught in the middle of it. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062230201/the-jupiter-pirates-hunt-for-the-hydra

  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: 16.99 USD

  • Ages: 8 to 12

 

Reviews from Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18090071-hunt-for-the-hydra

 

 

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About the Book: Curse of the IRIS

Treasure Island meets Battlestar Galactica in Book 2 of the swashbuckling sci-fi adventure series SLJ called “space opera in the classic style” in a starred review, from New York Times bestselling author Jason Fry.

It’s been a tough year for Tycho Hashoone and his family. Hostilities between the Jovian Union and Earth have reached a boiling point. The privateering business hasn’t exactly been booming. And the ongoing contest for the captain’s seat of the Shadow Comet has the three Hashoone siblings perpetually on edge. Then the Hashoones intercept a ship–one with a long-dead crew, its final mission a warning to all who seek their fortunes in space. The Hashoones don’t have time for ill omens; they need a payday. Following clues from the mysterious ship, they embark on a hunt for the long-lost treasure of the Iris–a treasure that Tycho’s own great-grandfather Johannes had a hand in hiding. But in his quest for the Iris cache, Tycho is going to dig up much more than he bargained for. Because like old pirate treasure, family secrets never stay buried for long.

Filled with action, intrigue, and one unforgettable family, The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris takes readers across the depths of space and brings the Jupiter Pirates saga to new heights. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062230232/the-jupiter-pirates-2-curse-of-the-iris

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20783262-curse-of-the-iris

  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 16.99 USD

  • Ages: 8 to 12

 

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About the Author: I am the author of The Jupiter Pirates series published by HarperCollins — visit the official site at http://jupiterpirates.com.

In addition to Jupiter Pirates, I’ve written or co-written more than 30 novels and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy, including The Essential Atlas, The Essential Guide to Warfare, The Weapon of a Jedi, and the Servants of the Empire quartet.

I spent more than 12 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, where I wrote or co-wrote the Real Time and Daily Fix columns. My non-fiction work has appeared on ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports, Poynter.org, Deadspin and Baseball Prospectus. I blog about the New York Mets at Faith and Fear in Flushing and live in Brooklyn with my wife and son.

December 24, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: The Buccaneer’s Code


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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. The Buccaneers’ Code by Caroline Carlson

 

About the Book: Humor, magic, and adventure abound in the third—and final—book of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series.

Hilary Westfield is now a freelance pirate. After trying to prove herself to the VNHLP, she realized many members of the League weren’t all that honorable—not even very nearly. With Captain Blacktooth in cahoots with the Mutineers, the kingdom of Augusta and all its magic are at risk.

What the League needs is a very honorable pirate to be their new president. So Hilary—with the help of her friends, including the always spirited gargoyle—challenges Blacktooth to a High Seas battle. Winner takes all. Loser, at best, will be exiled.

Caroline Carlson has created a world where magic is currency, pirates are more charming than alarming, and a girl can choose a life as a pirate instead of a life in petticoats. And she once again delivers a story of high stakes, High Seas, and High Society in the hilarious and charming conclusion to the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062194398/the-buccaneers-code

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

Review Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23866208-the-buccaneers-code

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 23, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight of Seven Wonders.


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Seven Wonders Journals. The Key. An Original Novella by Peter Lerangis

 

About the Book: Discover the history behind the mystery of the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series in this original novella.

Follow the tale of Aliyah and Osman, twin treasure hunters pressed into a life of crime. For them, every day is another desperate death-defying adventure until they stumble upon the key that may lead to the greatest treasure ever. But to take home this magical orb, they must first battle their way out of the Tomb of Shadows.

With crucial historical details and plenty of backstory surprises, this is a perfect addition to the library of new and continuing fans of Seven Wonders, the epic adventure series by Peter Lerangis, author of three stories in the 39 Clues series. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062238924/seven-wonders-journals-the-key

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Seven Wonders Journals (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Cost: $2.99

 

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About the Book: The Curse of the King

THREE BATTLES
Thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley and his friends have already defeated the Colossus of Rhodes, visited Ancient Babylon, and outfoxed legions of undead all to recover three of the lost Loculi. But if they don’t unearth the last four Loculi soon, the powers that made these victories possible will overwhelm the Select—and destroy the world.

TWO RIVALS
Not only do Jack and his friends have to battle these seven ancient wonders, but they also have to contend with the Massa, who have taken over the Karai Institute and convinced Marco to switch sides. Outnumbered, underequipped, and growing weary, Jack, Cass, and Aly soldier on to find the long-lost Statue of Zeus.

ONE ENEMY
But as time is running out, our heroes must confront gods, relive old battles, and face down their greatest enemy yet—their destiny. Old enemies become new friends and sudden victories turn to certain defeats as the time nears for everything to change. The stakes grow impossibly high in this latest adventure from master storyteller Peter Lerangis. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062070494/seven-wonders-book-4-the-curse-of-the-king

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Seven Wonders (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Cost: $17.99

 

Book Reviews – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22535397-the-curse-of-the-king

December 23, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Todhunter Moon Book One. Pathfinder


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 About the Book

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062272454/todhunter-moon-book-one-pathfinder

Book Reviews – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17070125-pathfinder

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: World of Septimus Heap (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Cost: $17.99

 

 

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Angie Sage (born 1952) is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the final book which is scheduled to come out later in 2013. Also, she wrote The Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus’ world. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children’s books, and is the new writer of the Araminta Spookie series.

Angie Sage grew up in Thames Valley, London and Kent. Her father was a publisher. He would bring home blank books that she could fill with pictures and stories. Sage first studied medicine, but changed her mind and went to Art School in Leicester. There she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. She began illustrating books after college. Then she progressed to writing children stories, including toddler books and chapter books. Her first novel was Septimus Heap: Magyk. Angie Sage is married and has two daughters, Laurie and Lois.

http://www.septimusheap.com/author

 

December 23, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

6th Annual Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop. Ends Dec 31st


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Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop


Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Bookhounds

December 21st to 31st

2 winners for this Hop.

 2 Books each

List your choices of 2 books in your comment

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#1The Christmas Village by Melissa Ann Goodwin

#2Ordinary Baby Extraordinary Gift (including CD) by Gloria Gaither

#3The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald

#4Santa’s Birthday Gift by Sherrill S. Cannon

#5Santa Claus Vs The Aliens by James Cardona

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 2 winners

This Giveaway is Open to the USA

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Dec 31st, 2015

Please HELP promote this Hop on your blog, twitter or facebook etc. Thanks.

Giveaway Guidelines and Disclaimer  

Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

 

To win more books please check out the other OVER 100 blogs taking part by clicking on the link below to enter more goodies.

http://www.bookhounds.net/2015/11/midwinters-eve-giveaway-hop-sign-ups-now-open-2.html

This giveaway close at midnight on Thursday, December 31st  and the winners will be selected at random.org and post January 1st 2016.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winners are

#7 – Kristie

Books given to a second winner Ronda Six

Thanks to all who took part in this giveaway hop.

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2015 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , | 20 Comments

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Casey’s Bright Red Christmas. Ends Dec 20th


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Casey’s Bright Red Christmas with Casey & Friends by Holly Dufek, illustrated by Paul E. Nunn

About the Book: It’s Christmas time at Happy Skies Farm! Tillus the worm, Big Red, Sammy and the rest of the team are excited to celebrate the season. But Casey the farmer is busy working: feeding animals, repairing fences and planning for the year ahead. With so much to do, Casey wonders if she’ll have time to prepare for the holidays. That’s when Tillus and the team unite to make this Christmas extra special for their busy friend.

 

  • Series: Casey and Friends (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Octane Press (October 1, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1937747611
  • Cost: $13.50

For reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27819265-casey-s-bright-red-christmas?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

http://www.amazon.com/Caseys-Bright-Christmas-Casey-Friends/dp/1937747611/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449607364&sr=1-4

 

 

 

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About the Author: Holly Dufek has spent nearly 15 years writing and editing educational curriculum for publishers such as Holt McDougal, National Geographic Education and Riverside Publishing. Holly has worked to develop content to enrich the National Common Core Standards for elementary through high school classrooms. Born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her bachelor’s degree, double majoring in English and History. Her first classroom experience was substitute teaching while in graduate school at DePaul University for her Master’s in Education. Holly did her practicum in U.S. History. Licensed to teach History and English through the 12th grade, Holly decided to turn her focus on curriculum development. A Year on the Farm is her first published children’s book. Working with an amazing design team to bring agricultural education to life has been one of the most enriching experiences for her. Holly lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin with her husband, Matt, and their three children. https://octanepress.com/author/holly-dufek

 

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Dec 20th, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

Giveaway Guidelines and Disclaimer  

Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #3 -tmy56

 

 

 

December 8, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. The Midnight Visitors


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The Midnight Visitors by Juliet David, illustrated by Jo Parry

 

About the Book: Miriam was glad to be warm and cozy. There were so many people in the town but it was nice and peaceful inside her cowshed. Little did she know that she would soon be joined by Midnight Visitors . . . and not just any old visitors!

Snuggle up and enjoy the warm, soft feel the art and narrative bring to this delightful Christmas picture book with a difference. http://www.kregel.com/childrens-story-books/the-midnight-visitors/

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books
  • Cost: $14.99

 

 

My Review: It was cold outside and Miriam the cow is so glad to be inside the cowshed keeping warm. It was time for bed as Dan the herdsman has left for the day. As she settles in for the night she heard a knock on the door. It was Rita Rabbit and her little family. “It’s a bit late for visitors,” she complained. But since it was freezing cold outside she let them in. And not long after, there came several knocks, Freddy Fox stopped by and so did Dan’s boss, the innkeeper. He was showing a really tired looking man and his wife the cowshed. He told them to make themselves comfortable. Miriam thought to herself, “is this a cowshed or a hotel?’. Then she realized the woman was expecting a baby.

This is a story about the birth of Jesus. After their long journey to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary realized that there was no place for them to stay because the inn was already full. They ended up spending the night in a stable, a place where animals were kept.

The message from this book is about sharing and caring for others. Miriam was able to share her warm cowshed with others, even the fox was on its best behavior. But to her biggest surprised she shared her cowshed with the baby Jesus, welcoming his birth into the world. The illustrations by Jo Parry is not only bright and bold but helps tell this wonderful story.

 

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

 

About the Author: Juliet David has written many children’s stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and travel to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family.

 

 

 

December 1, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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


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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. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062358684/kid-presidents-guide-to-being-awesome

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22552567-kid-president-s-guide-to-being-awesome

 

 

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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. http://www.kidpresident.com/whoweare.html

 

 

 

 

 

November 28, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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


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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

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