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Book Spotlight: Bridget Wilder: Spy to the Rescue. #2


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About the Author: Middle school meets Mission: Impossible in the second hilarious adventure of a girl whose life is turned upside down when her long-lost father recruits her to be a superspy.

When the top-secret spy agency that recruited Bridget turns out to be a fake, Bridget hopes her superspy father will teach her his tricks, stealth codes, and martial-arts moves (WRONG!). Instead of drop-kicking evil villains and shooting laser beams from her lip gloss, he wants to bond over normal (aka BORING!) stuff like TV, fro yo, and boy talk. But when Bridget gets framed for stealing cheerleading secrets and ruining the most glamorous party of the birthday season, her spy instincts kick in: she’s being set up. And when her spy dad goes missing, Bridget knows she’s the only one who can bring him back alive—official spy or not.

Now Bridget’s back in the spy game and on a plane headed straight to New York City with her best friend by her side and a crafty nanomarble sidekick that does everything from hacking phones to taking down the fiercest enemy agents. Can Bridget ditch her annoying older brother/chaperone, squash a budding crush, and prevent global disaster before her mom texts to check in? Or are Bridget’s days as a spy over—for good?

It is no secret—Bridget Wilder: Spy to the Rescue is part of an explosive new series packed with humor, high-tech gadgets, and best of all: girl power.

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062382696/bridget-wilder-2-spy-to-the-rescue

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Bridget Wilder Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen
  • Cost: $16.99

 

 

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training #1


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About the Book: Middle school meets Mission Impossible in this hilarious tween series about a girl whose life is turned upside down when she discovers her father is a superspy.

Up until Bridget’s birthday, the most exciting moment in her life was when Dale Tookey maybe, sort of smiled at her one time. But that was before—before she found a mysterious gift bag at her doorstep, before she was transported to a covert CIA agency called Section 23, and before she became Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training. Now Bridget’s busting boys out of detention, being chauffeured by a talking car, and infiltrating the popular girls’ clique to steal secret codes, all while under cover as a semi-awkward middle school girl. But will she be able to keep up with her new action-packed life while hiding it from her family and friends? And what if Section 23 is keeping secrets of its own?

It is no secret—Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training is the start of an explosive new series packed with gadgets, humor, and, best of all: girl power. http://www.jonathanbernsteinwrites.com/

 

 

 

 

About the Author: I am the author of Bridget Wilder: Spy-In-Training.
Bridget Wilder is an adequate daughter, an unexceptional student and a mediocre friend. She’s just found out she’s also the biological daughter of one of the world’s most lethal and notorious spies, the legendary Carter Strike.

Now Bridget lives in two worlds. One, where her family forgets her birthday and so-called class clowns call her Midget Wilder to her face. And another world, where she’s trained by a covert CIA department to become a fast, smart, fearless ,gadget-toting secret agent who’s tough enough to take on the most fearsome of bad guys.

How many secrets can she keep? And how many secrets are still being kept from her. When you’re a a spy-in-training, do you ever really know who you can trust? http://www.jonathanbernsteinwrites.com/about-the-author

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: Stick Dog. Tries To Take The Donuts #5


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About the Book. The Stick Dog series continues in Tom Watson’s hilarious Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts!

Stick Dog and his team of strays are off on another outrageous canine caper. To snatch some breakfast treats for his hungry pals, Stick Dog will need to stop a moving truck, outfox a man on a telephone pole, and calm down a very caffeinated Karen. But that’s not all. He’ll also need to manage the greatest confrontation in history when his good friend Poo-Poo comes face-to-face with the ultimate enemy—a squirrel.

With Stick Dog’s smarts, daring, loyalty—and patience—he just might lead his buddies to the best breakfast ever. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books.

It’s morning. The dogs are hungry. It’s time to take the donuts! http://www.stickdogbooks.com/

For reviews visit Goodreads and Amazon

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Mr. PuffBall. Stunt Cat to the Stars


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About the Book: Mr PuffBall. Stunt Cat To The Stars. By Constance Lombardo

In this hilarious illustrated adventure meet Mr. Puffball, a medium-size feline with a big dream! With amazing humor that appeals to both kids and adults as well as funny illustrations throughout the story, Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars is perfect for dreamers, movie buffs, and fans of Timmy Failure and Stick Dog.

He’s a hero for today. Or possibly tomorrow. He’s a cat. He’s awesome. And . . . wait for it . . . he’s going to Hollywood to become a famous movie star! Follow Mr. Puffball on his trip cross-country. (Look at all the postcards to Mom!) See him stumble upon Hobowood! (Not as glamorous as Hollywood, but full of beans.) Watch him land at last in Hollywood, where he meets a cast of thousands (or at least half a dozen) and catapults himself into the next best thing to being a famous movie star: working as a stunt cat to his movie star hero, El Gato! http://www.constancelombardo.com/

 

 

 

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About the Author: I got my BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and went on to study drawing, painting, printmaking, picture books and writing. I also interned with a San Francisco muralist. I love to draw and write and I’ve brought these together in my illustrated middle grade series starring Mr. Puffball. The first book, Mr. Puffball, Stunt Cat to the Stars (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) publishes September 29, 2015. I like swimming, New York City museums and going to non-scary movies.  http://www.constancelombardo.com/#!bio/cvna

 

 

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Stick Cat. A Tail of Two Kitties


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A brand-new series from Tom Watson, featuring Stick Cat!

There’s a new pet in town.

Stick Cat.

It’s a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the twenty-third floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley—and around Edith’s peculiar ways—to attempt a rescue.

With Tom Watson’s trademark combination of laughs and adventure, Stick Cat’s high-wire act is sure to please cat lovers and Stick Dog fans everywhere. http://stickdogbooks.com/index.php/stickcat

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Tom is the author and draws the original sketches for all the Stick Dog stories. He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and son. They also have a dog named Shadow. Tom did not want to name the dog Shadow. He wanted to name him ‘Put Your Shirt On.’ It’s a long story. Sometimes when Tom is visiting schools, he shares the story.

Tom’s first jobs out of college were in politics. He worked for U.S. Senator John Glenn and as the Chief Speechwriter for the Governor of Ohio. He has also worked in marketing and advertising. He likes writing books for kids a lot more than writing speeches and other things for grown-ups. He thinks kids are way smarter than grown-ups.

He LOVES writing the Stick Dog adventures.  http://stickdogbooks.com/index.php/stickcat_the_author

 

 

 

 

 

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight/Giveaway: Saga of a Princess. Ends July 1st


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About the Book: Lana is a curious Jamaican princess who travels the world to learn about its people and cultures. While visiting Novgorod a Russian city, Lana learns about the saga of Efanda a brave Viking princess who once lived there. Princess Efanda was at home with her husband Prince Rurik when a group of men arrived from Novgorod a troubled city across the sea. Rurik is offered and accepts the throne of Novgorod but wants Princess Efanda to remain at home until he returns for her. Efanda insists on traveling with Rurik but he thinks that the journey is too dangerous. Efanda sneaked away and managed to make the turbulent journey across the sea. While on his way to Novgorod, Rurik runs into his wife and is stunned to know that she made the trip he initially thought was too dangerous for her. http://www.sagaofaprincess.com/about-the-book.html

 

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Judith Martin (May 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692683291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692683293
  • Cost: $6.87 @ amazon

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Judith Martin is the author of Pantheon of Beauty children’s book series. Ms. Martin’s books combine her love for fashion, geography and world cultures. Each book takes the reader on an enchanting journey to a different country around the world where they are introduced to goddesses, empresses, queens and princesses. Judith’s aim is to help build the self esteem of young girls while educating them about the world at the same time. http://www.sagaofaprincess.com/about-judith2.html

 

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June 17, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Review: Paddington Sets Sail.


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About the Book: Paddington’s first trip to the beach is a day to remember as he explores the sandy shore and is swept off on a grand adventure!

Michael Bond’s classic character will charm beginning readers with his curious nature and heartwarming intentions.

Paddington Sets Sail is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062430656/paddington-sets-sail

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Series: I Can Read Level 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2016)
  • Cost: $16.99

 

My Review: Mr. Brown decided to take his family to the beach and Paddington was so excited as he has never been to the beach. He was so excited that he packed everything he had. As they got to the beach, Paddington was ready to splashed in the ocean and build the biggest castle to win the contest. He built the biggest sand castle. He saw that it was perfect and sat inside if it and fell asleep. And then the tide came in and knocked down his castle and carried him off out to sea. Will the Browns ever see Paddington again or will he be rescued?

The beginning reading 1 is the perfect book for young readers. The sentences are short, the words are familiar which makes it simple for them to read on their own.

 

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: Michael Bond OBE is an English children’s author. He is the creator of Paddington Bear and has written about the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. Bond also writes culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites. http://www.paddington.com/us/home/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Shivers!: #1 & #2


 

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The Pirate Who’s Back in Bunny Slippers.

About the Book: Meet Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas. Along with his best friend, Margo, and his loyal fishmate, Albee, Shivers battles a giant squid, discovers hidden treasures, and gets pooped on by a pigeon to save his parents from the clutches of evil. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never eat snails again. So put on your pantaloons, batten down the hatches, and join Shivers on his first (but still very dangerous) adventure.

Comic book–like illustrations in each chapter bring Shivers to life and invite even the most reluctant readers to join the adventure. http://www.shiversthepirate.com/

 

  • Pages: 192
  • List Price: $ 12.99

 

  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • Hardcover

 

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The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything.

About the Book: Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas, is back. Comic book–like illustrations in each chapter bring Shivers to life and invite even the most reluctant readers to join the adventure. Perfect for fans of such series as Stick Dog, Big Nate, Dork Diaries, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

This time, Shivers must set sail again to get his beloved ship, the Land Lady, back from Mayor Sheila B. President. Shivers won’t be going alone, however. He’ll be bringing his best pal, Margo, and his loyal fishmate, Albee, on a clingy-clam and hot dog filled adventure. Like all good pirates, Shivers will just have to grab his swimmies (and his bunny slippers) and jump right into this epic tale. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062448101/shivers-the-pirate-whos-back-in-bunny-slippers

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Shivers! (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Cost: $12.99

 

 

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Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White graduated from Northwestern University in 2009. When he is not writing books, Connor is a director and producer for the Story Pirates, an arts organization that teaches kids creative writing, then turns their stories into a sketch comedy show. Annabeth is also a producer for the Story Pirates, and her plays have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Louisville. Connor and Annabeth once ran a half marathon together. After that, they decided to never run again.

Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White graduated from Northwestern University in 2009. When he is not writing books, Connor is a director and producer for the Story Pirates, an arts organization that teaches kids creative writing, then turns their stories into a sketch comedy show. Annabeth is also a producer for the Story Pirates, and her plays have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Louisville. Connor and Annabeth once ran a half marathon together. After that, they decided to never run again.

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Darkmouth. #1 The Legends Begin


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About the Book: Darkmouth: The Legends Begin is the first book in a spirited tween fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews called “Ghostbusters meets Percy Jackson as written by Terry Pratchett.”

For generations, Finn’s family has protected Darkmouth from the fierce magical creatures known as Legends. Now the Legends are plotting a major attack, and it’s Finn’s turn to defend his hometown. So it’s too bad he’s the worst Legend Hunter in history.

The world’s unlikeliest hero is also its only hope in this middle grade series full of madcap adventure and mythological creatures—perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062311252/darkmouth-1-the-legends-begin

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Darkmouth (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

29/01/2015 Pictured here is Shane Hegarty at the signing of his debut children’s novel, Darkmouth, in Eason O’Connell Street. Hegarty’s book, Darkmouth, is currently on sale in Eason stores nationwide and online at www.easons.com retailing at €11.99. Picture Andres Poveda For further information, please contact:  Kristin Fox @ Wilson Hartnell 087 221 1916 / 01 669 0030 kristin.fox@ogilvy.com

 

About the Author: Shane Hegarty was born and raised in Skerries, Ireland, where he now lives with his wife and four children but no pets since an unfortunate incident with the family goldfish. He is a journalist with the Irish Times as well as the author of Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062311252/darkmouth-1-the-legends-begin

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Books/Author Spotlight: Elementia Chronicles #1, #2 & #3


 

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 The Elementia Chronicles Book One: Quest for Justice by Sean Fay Wolfe.

Introducing an unofficial Minecraft-fan adventure series inspired by the bestselling game!

Fans of the bestselling video game Minecraft, middle grade readers, and action-adventure story enthusiasts of all ages are about to embark on an exciting journey that will take them far beyond the world they know.

Dark forces are at work on the Elementia server, and when new players Stan, Kat, and Charlie arrive on the scene, they quickly find themselves in peril. Targeted by more experienced players, the noobs must band together against the king, battle the natural forces of the game, and unravel the mysteries of Elementia in the name of justice.

Written when he was sixteen, Sean Fay Wolfe’s Quest for Justice is the debut novel by an unstoppable young storyteller and the first book in The Elementia Chronicles trilogy.

 

 

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The Elementia Chronicles Book Two: The New Order.

The quest continues… Follow Stan, Kat and Charlie in the second action-packed instalment of The Elementia Chronicles: an unofficial MINECRAFT-fan adventure series, inspired by the bestselling game.

President Stan has led his people through an epic battle and brought peace to the Republic of Elementia. But dissent is rippling through the countryside. King Kev’s loyal followers are still at large and a new organization, the Noctem Alliance, is poised to strike terror throughout the land. With new threats on the horizon, and citizens of the Republic dividing between two loyalties, Stan must stop the Noctem Alliance before it destroys them all.

 

 

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The Elementia Chronicles Book Three: Herobrine’s Message

Fans of the bestselling video game Minecraft, middle grade readers, and action-adventure story enthusiasts of all ages will experience an exciting journey that will take them far beyond the world they know.

The Republic of Elementia is in ruins after the Noctem Alliance wages war on Element City. President Stan and his council are scattered across the server, trying to find their way back to one another to continue their fight for freedom. And a mysterious figure has joined their world—one with the power to save or destroy them all. In the stunning conclusion to the Elementia Chronicles trilogy, Stan, Kat, Charlie, and their friends make a last stand for the world they love in an epic battle of good vs. evil.

Written when he was seventeen years old, Sean Fay Wolfe’s The Elementia Chronicles Book III: Herobrine’s Message is the third and final novel in The Elementia Chronicles trilogy.

Disclaimer: This book is not authorized, sponsored, endorsed or licensed by Mojang AB, Microsoft Corp. or any other person or entity owning or controlling any rights to the Minecraft name, trademarks or copyrights. Minecraft is a registered trademark of Mojang Synergies AB

 

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Paperback: 512, 490 & 771 pages

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062416322/quest-for-justice

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062416346/the-new-order

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062416360/herobrines-message

 

 

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Hi, I’m Sean Fay Wolfe, the author of the Elementia Chronicles and the head of my company Diamond Axe Studios. I recently graduated high school, and have just started college at the University of Rhode Island (USA).

I love story telling and have been writing most of my life. The three books of The Elementia Chronicles are my first published books. I have several other action-adventure books in the works and am anxious to share them!

I am also an avid gamer. It was my love of the Minecraft game and the platform that it provides for endless creativity that inspired me to create the tale that I tell in the Elementia Chronicles. The story stays true to the game while being packed with action and adventure. I was inspired by some of my favorite books, such as “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games”, as well as my favorite animated TV series “Avatar The Last Airbender” and it’s sequel “The Legend of Korra.”

In addition to playing games, I love to create them. I taught myself to program in the Scratch online programming environment when I was 13. The link to my Diamond Axe Studios page has some of my games including fan games of Fruit Ninja and Super Mario Elements, and original games such as From the Ground Up and Ninth Force. They are free and play right in your browser! To read more click on the link http://sfaywolfe.com/about-me/

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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