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Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway. Jorie and the Magic Stones. Ends Jan 6th


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About the Book: When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn’t imagine the adventures she would have with dragons — good and bad — and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie — for that is what she prefers to be called — finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius.

Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog — stones of enormous power — and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly.

Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day? Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship.  https://ahrichardson.com/jorie-and-the-magic-stones/

 

Pages: 268

 

 

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About the Author: I have done a little of everything – I was an actress for a few years in England; I have loved horses all my life, and have taught Dressage which I loved. I paint in watercolors, oils and acrylics, I sculpt, and now I write…and have found this last activity wonderful, challenging, sometimes frustrating, but always uplifting – there is something about a spoken word written on a page, that brings one to life. It is creativity lived at the max!
My second book is a slight departure from flying dragons and brave little nine-year olds, titled ‘Murder in Little Shendon’ it pulls you into a tiny little village in England shortly after World War Two, and involves the talents of Sir Victor Hazlitt and his actor sidekick Beresford Brandon, along with a host of delectable characters that I feel the readers will love!
I had enormous fun writing this…however pulling all the strings together at the end is quite challenging. I love the combication of Hazlitt and Brandon, and plan a second murder mystery involving this winsome twosome!
I have written a sequel to my first book ‘Jorie and the Magic Stones’ which will be out soon; this had a very good following, and several people have been looking for further adventures of young Jorie and Rufus. https://ahrichardson.com/about/

 

 

 

 

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Winner is #6 – Vicki Wurgler

 

December 15, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: Milestones of Flight.


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About the Book: Milestones of Flight. From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne by Tim Grove.

Milestones of Flight takes readers soaring through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions—such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip—helped move flight upward and beyond. Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight provides an inspiring look at America’s contributions to aviation. The book includes a bibliography, author’s note, and index. http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/milestones-of-flight_9781419720031/

 

 

  • Age Range: 10 – 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 – 9
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
  • Cost: $21.95

 

 

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About the Author: Tim writes about surprising and fascinating topics in history and strives to make the past accessible to everyone (including those people who claim to hate history). His writing combines hands-on experience with research, observation, insider perspective and a conversational style. He lives in northern Virginia and works at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. His newest book is about the first flight around the world. https://timgrove.net/#content

 

 

 

 

December 13, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: Drop the Puck Let’s Play Hockey. Ends Jan 6th


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About the Book: “The Official Adventures” is a new children’s chapter book series that teaches the importance of sportsmanship, persistence, discipline, and most importantly respect – for referees, each other, and individuals with special needs.

In this third book, Blaine and Ann, two characters with Down syndrome, lace up their skates for the first time and play for the Minnesota Bears! You don’t want to miss how Jones and Dohm, have taken their love for hockey, kids and advocacy for children with special needs from pen to paper. This is a story that will steal everyone’s heart! 

Proceeds from book sales will benefit The American Special Hockey Association. ASHA strives to give people with physical and developmental disabilities the chance to play ice hockey in an environment which is adapted to the level of ability which the athletes are able to participate. http://www.officialadventures.org/summary  

http://www.officialadventures.org/fact-sheet

 

 

  • Age Range: 7 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 5
  • Series: Official Adventures (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Cost: $12.59 at Amazon

 

 

 

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About the Author: Jayne J. Jones Beehler proudly wears many “helmets” including college professor, lawyer, author, wife, mother, advocate for children with disabilities, and is a lifelong fan of student athletics. A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, this former live-in nanny, is passionate about children, education, foster care and adoption, and child abuse/prevention public policy. Jones Beehler worked for US Senator Norm Coleman from 2002-2006, then headed to the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House, Steve Sviggum.

Jones Beehler teaches political science classes at Concordia University-St. Paul where her students have gained national attention and praise for their legislative activities and involvement.  Jones Beehler is proud of her work with Margaret’s Missions, ensuring travelers with disabilities get access to see the world and enjoy life’s greatest adventures!  In 2013, Jones Beehler was the co-author of Capitol Hell, an eleven time national and international fictional book award winner. http://www.officialadventures.org/the-team

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Giveaway Winner

#1 – Annette Rochelle Aben

 

 

 

December 12, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Giveaway: Be One of 10 to Win a Book. Ends Dec 8th


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Be one of the first 10 people to win a book by commenting below with your

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December 7, 2016 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , | 26 Comments

Book Review: Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids


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About the Book: The first-ever Christmas collection from the #1 bestselling series Laugh-out-loud jokes for kids! A perfect stocking stuffer, this modern classic is chock-full of brand-new seasonal jokes perfect for caroling, holiday parties, and decking the halls together-merriness guaranteed! http://laughoutloudjokesforkids.com/books/

 

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Cost: $5.99

 

 

 

My Review: If you love telling or hearing jokes then you are in for the laugh of your life. Knock knock jokes, questions and answers jokes. Laugh Out Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids is so funny adult. s will love it too.

Question: What did the Christmas tree say to the ornament?

Answer: “Quit hanging around.”

Question: Where does Santa keeps his ?

Answer: “In a snowbank”

 

Question: How does a monster like his coffee?

Answer: With scream and sugar!

Question: Why don’t lobsters give Christmas presents?

Answer: Because they’re shellfish!

 

This classic holiday joke collections will keep you and your family rolling with laughter throughout the holiday season.

 

 

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

 

 

 

About the Author: Rob Elliott has been a publishing professional for more than 15 years. He lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and four children. http://laughoutloudjokesforkids.com/about/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 3, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: The Naughty List


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About the Book: When Bobbie’s hilariously bumbling efforts to save her brother’s Christmas actually land him on Santa’s Naughty List, she must travel to the North Pole to make things right again and save Christmas. Bobbie suddenly finds herself on an epic holiday adventure complete with rogue elves, dysfunctional reindeer, a lazy Santa, and more.

Fans of the Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will love this laugh-out-loud funny Christmas adventure packed with comic illustrations.

 

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24331458-the-naughty-list?from_search=true

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Naughty-List-Michael-Fry/dp/0062354752/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

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About the Author: Michael Fry has been a cartoonist/writer/entrepreneur for over 30 years.

In addition to The Odd Squad middle grade series of illustrated novels for Disney/Hyperion, Fry has created or co/created four international syndicated comic strips including Over the Hedge which runs in over 150 papers worldwide. Over the Hedge was nominated for Best Comic Strip in 2006 by the National Cartoonist Society Rueben Awards. The strip can be seen at http://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge.

Over the Hedge inspired the 2006 hit DreamWorks Animation feature animated film that grossed over $336 million dollars in worldwide box office. The film featured the lead voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling and Steve Carell. The film originated at Fox where I co-wrote the screenplay.

Another comic, Committed, was produced into a prime time animated series by Nelvana. It debuted on CTV in Canada in 2001 and later on the WE Network domestically. Committed featured the lead voices of Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Dave Foley. It has appeared in over 30 countries around the world. I was the Executive Producer.

He is also the co-founder and President of RingTales, a new media company that animates print comics for all digital media. RingTales produces short (15-30 second) ad-supported animations for the web, mobile and portable digital devices. RingTales has the exclusive rights to animate Dilbert, The New Yorker cartoons, Over the Hedge, Pearls Before Swine and many other popular properties. RingTales has produced over 1000 animations that have been viewed over 260 million times since 2007. Most can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/ringtales.

Fry writes and draws from his studio in the Hill Country near Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife, Kim, their dog, Jack and several shrub-eating cows.

 

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

Book/Author Spotlight: Moo a novel


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About the Book: Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.  http://www.sharoncreech.com/books

 

 

 

Book Reviews: check goodreads

https://www.amazon.com/Moo-Novel-Sharon-Creech/dp/0062415247/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480796284&sr=1-3

 

 

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About the Author: I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of us Creeches, but also full of friends and visiting relatives.
In the summer, we usually took a trip, all of us piled in a car and heading out to Wisconsin or Michigan or, once, to Idaho. We must have been a very noisy bunch, and I’m not sure how our parents put up with being cooped up with us in the car for those trips. The five-day trip out to Idaho when I was twelve had a powerful effect on me: what a huge and amazing country! I had no idea then that thirty-some years later, I would recreate that trip in a book called Walk Two Moons.
One other place we often visited was Quincy, Kentucky, where my cousins lived (and still live) on a beautiful farm, with hills and trees and swimming hole and barn and hayloft. We were outside running in those hills all day long, and at night we’d gather on the porch where more stories would be told. I loved Quincy so much that it has found its way into many of my books–transformed into Bybanks, Kentucky. Bybanks appears in Walk Two Moons and Chasing Redbird and Bloomability. Bybanks also makes a brief appearance (by reference, but not by name) in The Wanderer. To read more visit her website http://www.sharoncreech.com/meet-sharon-creech

 

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

Book/Author Spotlight: Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog


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About the Book: From a compelling new voice in middle grade comes a reimagination of The Odyssey told from the point of view of Odysseus’s loyal dog—a thrilling tale of loyalty, determination, and adventure.

For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the walls of Troy, he begins the long journey back home. He defeats monsters. He outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He struggles to survive and do whatever it takes to reunite with his family.

And what of that family—his devoted wife, Penelope; his young son, Telemachos; his dog, Argos? For those twenty years, they wait, unsure if they will ever see Odysseus again. But Argos has found a way to track his master. Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s voyage—and hope that one day his master will return. Meanwhile, Argos watches over his master’s family and protects them from the dangers that surround a throne without its king. http://ralphhardyfiction.com/books/

 

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26244566-argos?from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/Argos-Story-Odysseus-Told-Loyal/dp/0062396781/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

About the Author: Ralph Hardy graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in English and received his MFA from Columbia College, Chicago. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and children and a dog named Harvey, who is nothing like Argos. He is the author of The Cheetah Diaries, Lefty, and a number of short stories. http://ralphhardyfiction.com/author/

 

 

 

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

Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: The Whizbang Machine. Ends Dec 5th


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About the Book: After years of running from his tragic past, Jack Yale
books a flight home. With him is a typewriter that is intended to be a gift for his granddaughter, Elizabeth. The minute Elizabeth’s fingers cradle the large black and cream keys the machine responses: popping, sizzling, and roaring to life with a Whiz-Whiz-BANG! Elizabeth quickly discovers the typewriter has powers beyond anything she has ever seen. The more she types, the more the machine spells out guarded secrets that need to be revealed in order to set history straight and remove a curse that has been on their family for centuries. To solve the mystery, Elizabeth Yale, alongside Jack, will have to crack the code of the Whizbang Machine. What they find challenges their most basic assumptions of their family, the history of the typewriter, and even Elizabeth’s father’s death. The ultimate goal is to remove the curse. The question is: will Jack and Elizabeth be able to carry out their mission? http://authordanielleavann.com/books/

 

 

 

Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28591745-the-whizbang-machine?ac=1&from_search=true

 

https://www.amazon.com/Whizbang-Machine-Danielle-Vann/dp/1943847924/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

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About the Author: Danielle A. Vann grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As the only child, she loved to write stories and create wild characters. That love of writing sparked her career in journalism. Her career as a news reporter and anchor earned her an Associate Press Award.  Her book genres span a wide-range from children’s books, fiction, and now non-fiction. Danielle is the author of Gracie Lou and the Bad Dream Eater, The Very Tall Tale of Ranger, the Great Pyrenees and his Adorable Friend, Miss Keys, The Whizbang Machine and the Whizbang series. http://authordanielleavann.com/bio/

 

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Giveaway Ends Dec 5th, 2016

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Winner is #8 – Leela

November 15, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Gratitude Giveaway Hop. Ends Nov 30th


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Welcome to Gratitude Giveaway Hop

November 15th – 30th  

Hosted by BookHounds

There will be 2 Winners for this Hop USA ONLY

Prize Pack is 2 books

List Your Choice of 2 Books in Your Comment

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My Weird School Fast Facts Geographer by Dan Gutman

My Weird School Fast Facts Sports by Dan Gutman

If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China  by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In…Poland  by Carole P. Roman

Forward My Story by Abby Wambach

Big Nate Doodlepalooza.  by Lincoln Peirce

Ellie’s Fun Day at the Farm  by Marci Fair

Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Double Down by Jeff Kinney

 

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Giveaway Ends  Nov 30th

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

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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/2016/10/spooktacular-giveaway-hop-win-10-int.html

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Winners are

#18 – Vicki W

#3 – tmy56

The following has been selected also via random.org to win whatever books left.

#19 – Penny O

#21 – Carol l

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November 14, 2016 Posted by | Giveaway Hops | , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

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