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Author/Book Spotlight: Backyard Witch #1: Sadie’s Story


About the Book: A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine! The first of a new series, starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her–with just the right amount of magic.

Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will she ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who’s looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood–and herself–with new eyes. Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann–writing together and for younger readers for the first time–have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo’s novels for younger readers.



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About the Author: Christine Heppermann grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from an all-girls Catholic high school she went on to study philosophy and literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She has written about children’s literature for many years and currently reviews  young adult books for the Chicago Tribune.

Christine lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her two daughters, two cats, and one husband. She can be reached via email at



About the Author: Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an  American Library Association pick for “one of the ten funniest books of the year.” A two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature, Ron lives in South Pasadena, California.

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | Leave a comment

Author/Book Spotlight: Ms. Bixby’s Last Day



About the Book: Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The good ones. The not-so-good ones. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. But Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like the indignity of school is worthwhile. Who makes the idea of growing up less terrifying. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.

Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand just what Ms. Bixby means to Topher, Brand, and Steve—and what they are willing to go to such great lengths to tell her.

John David Anderson, the acclaimed author of Sidekicked, returns with a story of three kids, a very special teacher, and one day that none of them will ever forget.


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About the Author: John David Anderson is the author of many books for young readers, including Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana.

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Big Nate Doodlepalooza



About the Book:  Big Nate himself would love Big Nate Doodlepalooza by Lincoln Peirce, a super-cool activity book that’s jam-packed with over 150 boredom-blasting activities. Big Nate is a self-described genius. Instead of doing homework, he’d rather do these all-new brain-busting crossword puzzles, mazes, Sudoku puzzles, secret codes, and famous scribble games. Big Nate is the king of cartooning, so he’d love the goofy cartoons of his BFFs, Francis and Teddy, know-it-all Gina, his archrival, Artur, and un-favorite teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, a.k.a. Godzilla. And as a kid who thinks highly of himself, he’d be totally excited to take a trivia challenge all about, well, him. The Big Nate Doodlepalooza is a wonderful addition to the bestselling collection of Big Nate books, sure to be enjoyed by all aspiring cartoonists and fans of Big Nate.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Big Nate Activity Book (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Act Csm edition (May 17, 2016)
  • Cost: $6.99


My Review: This is an awesome activity book which includes Nate – Tastic Trivia. Get to know Nate’s world, with movie madness by filling in the speech bubbles and decide what happens. Mascot Madness by circling the best mascot in each row, Word scrambles, Mazes, Puzzle, Crosswords, Scribble games and many more. Find all the answers to the trivia questions at the end of the last few pages.



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.

August 10, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Fart Squad #4: The Toilet Vortex


About the Book: It’s the fourth adventure from the belly-bloating, plunger-toting, pants-exploding . . . fearless FART SQUAD! This laugh-out-loud chapter book series is perfect for Captain Underpants fans. With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a butt-load of bathroom humor, young readers will be giggling from start to finish.

Something is rotten in the plumbing of Harry Buttz Elementary School, and it’s kidnapped Janitor Stan!

It’s up to the Fart Squad to dive into the toilet vortex to save their scent-sei from the World of the Royal Flush. Grab a match, because this stink just got real. Only the Fart Squad has the guts, the gall, and the gas to flush this round brown mound before he overflows his toilet kingdom on the world.


  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Fart Squad (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2016)
  • Cost: $4.99


My Review: The fart squad are back and this time they are out to find the missing janitor Stan. They discover that he has fallen through a toilet vortex.

When Stan asked Darren for help with a running toilet, Darren couldn’t say no. As they got to the last toilet they notice water just kept running, forming a swirling vortex in the center of the bowl. Stan decided to stick his hand in the bowl then it got stuck. He tried to free his hand, even Darren tried pulling Stan out and lost his grip as Stan’s legs went through, and the janitor disappeared down the pipe.

Now its up to the fart squad to find janitor Stan and save the world from the royal flush of number 2. Fine illustrations by Stephen Gilpin 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.



August 10, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: The Fairy Bell Sisters #6: Christmas Fairy Magic (The Fairy Bell Sisters #6)



About the Book: The Fairy Bell Sisters get in the Christmas spirit in this sixth book in Margaret McNamara’s delightful chapter-book series about Tinker Bell’s little sisters, perfect for kids ages 6 to10 who enjoy Disney Fairies, The Never Girls, and Rainbow Magic.

There are only ten days left until Christmas, and the Fairy Bell Sisters couldn’t be more excited: this year, their big sister Tinker Bell is coming home to visit! Tink says she’s going to treat her sisters to the very best Christmas by bringing presents and decorations from Neverland. Then she makes her sisters promise not to do anything to prepare for the holiday—they work hard enough already!

But as Christmas draws nearer—and Tink still has not arrived—Clara, Rosy, Goldie, and Sylva find it harder and harder not to join in the Fairyland festivities. And on top of everything else, baby Squeak has started acting rather strangely. . . . Will the season be ruined? Or will the Fairy Bell Sisters find enough faith in one another to make this the most magical Christmas ever?



  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Fairy Bell Sisters (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Cost: $15.99


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About the Author: Margaret McNamara is the Christopher Award–winning author of more than two dozen books for young readers, including the Robin Hill School series. The Fairy Bell Sisters series is inspired not only by her love of the classic sisterhood novel Little Women but by her own experiences growing up with older sisters (and a baby brother). Margaret and her family live in New York City, but they spend part of their summer on an island in Maine very much like Sheepskerry Island.

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

Book/Author Spotlight: Escape to California (Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #12)



About the Book: Flat Stanley is back to save the day in the twelfth exciting Worldwide Adventures chapter book, just in time to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary! This time, we follow Flat Stanley as he explores San Francisco, California. The Lambchops are on a family vacation to San Francisco. But when Stanley saves a girl from barreling down one of San Francisco’s steep hills in her wheelchair, he’s shocked to find that she’s actually been looking for him. The girl, Lily, is trying to perform an amazing trick that no one has done before–escaping from Alcatraz prison–and she needs Stanley’s help! Can the famous flat boy help in this sticky situation?


  • Age Range: 7 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures (Book 12)
  • Library Binding: 96 pages
  • Cost: $15.99




About the Author: Jeff Brown created the beloved character of Flat Stanley as a bedtime story for his sons. He has written other outrageous books about the Lambchop family, including Flat Stanley, Stanley and the Magic Lamp, Invisible Stanley, Stanley’s Christmas Adventure, Stanley in Space, and Stanley, Flat Again! You can learn more about Jeff Brown and Flat Stanley at




About the Illustrator: Macky Pamintuan is an accomplished artist who lives in the Philippines with his wife, Aymone; their baby girl, Alison; and a West Highland white terrier named Winter.

August 2, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight: Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine.


Authors: Boaz Yakin, Jennifer Li Shotz, Sheldon Lettich


This movie novelization of the soon-to-be major motion picture tells the story of a canine hero.

When Justin’s older brother, Kyle, is killed in Afghanistan, Justin can’t believe that his brother is really gone. Except there’s one thing that Kyle left behind…

Max is a highly trained military canine who has always protected his fellow soldiers. But when he loses his handler and best friend, Kyle, Max is traumatized and unable to remain in the service.

He is sent home to America, where the only human he connects with is Justin, and he is soon adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. At first Justin has no interest in taking care of his late brother’s troubled dog. However, the two learn to trust each other, which helps the four-legged veteran become his heroic self once more. As the pair start to unravel the mystery of what really happened to Kyle, they find more excitement—and danger—than they bargained for. But they might also find an unlikely new best friend—in each other.

Book written by Jennifer Li Shotz. Based on a screenplay by Boaz Yakin and Sheldon Lettich




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July 31, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author’s Spotlight: Double Vision: #3 The Alisa Men.



In the third installment of F. T. Bradley’s madcap spy series, troublemaker Linc Baker must infiltrate the set of a Hollywood blockbuster in order to thwart a plan for worldwide destruction.

Linc thought his undercover junior-spy days were behind him, with tons of boring studying ahead of him, but when supersecret government agency Pandora wants his help, he doesn’t exactly have a choice. Sinister thief Ethan Melais is on the loose in Tinseltown, and it’s up to Linc to find him.

While on the job, Linc is snagged by a famous director to star in his movie. Add in “trying to impress the cute Hollywood starlet Savannah Stone” to Linc’s to-do list and this mission has suddenly become even more complicated. Linc’s look-alike agent nemesis, Ben Green, is also trying to stop Melais, but time is running out, and Linc can’t let Ben have all the fun!

With high-stakes spy adventure, Hollywood allure, and plenty of twelve-year-old snark, The Alias Men is arguably the most entertaining book in the series that ALA Booklist raves is “hilarious” and “authentic.”





About the Author: F.T. (Fleur) Bradley is the author of the Double Vision trilogy (Harper Children’s), a series of fun spy mysteries for middle-grade readers that School Library Journal calls “a must-read for mystery fans, including reluctant readers.” She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, two daughters and entirely too many cats.

For more information on F.T. and her books, visit or follow her on Twitter. She likes to make new friends.


Mymcbooks Interview F.T. Bradley, Author of Double Vision.


July 18, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

8th Annual Free Back to School Supplies or Box of Books Giveaway. Ends August 10th

Back 2 School


This year I decided to give readers a choice.

They can enter to win a Box of School Supplies or a Box of Books!

Please Note in your comment below your choice of Box #1 or Box #2

School Supplies

Box #1


Gift books

More Books to be added to Box

Box #2


There will be 1 winner  for this giveaway – USA ONLY

School supplies will be for grades Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

Giveaway Ends August 10th   Winner will be selected by

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

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Giveaway Winner for School Supplies – Mindy DeLisi

Giveaway Winner for Box of Books – farmermomwife

July 16, 2016 Posted by | Free Back To School Supplies, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 31 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight/ Giveaway: The Relic. Star Passage. Ends Aug 1st

Star Passage

About the Book: Teenagers Tim and Martie are desperate to end their parents downward spiral. Between their father s PTSD and their mother s depression, their family has reached a breaking point.

Then an ancient Christmas ornament reveals its secrets, sending the siblings across the centuries on a search for hope. But Tim and Martie aren t the only ones hunting through time. They re being watched by dark figures Trackers doomed to haunt history. These Trackers believe the teens ornament is their key to freedom, and they will do whatever it takes to steal it.

What begins as an exciting adventure becomes a deadly race. Can Tim and Martie find the answers they seek before their enemy finds them?


  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Deep River Books (June 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 194026992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940269924
  • Cost: $15.99 at




About the Author: Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the high mountain valleys of the Rockies. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from the University of Utah. Clark and his wife, Leah, live near Salt Lake City, Utah, where they enjoy their blended family of ten children and five grandchildren. The Relic is his sixth book. His award-winning works include the Giants in the Land trilogy and A Piece of Silver: A Story of Christ.



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Giveaway Ends August 1st, 2016

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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.

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Winner is #1 –  jeremy mclaughlin


July 15, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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