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Book/Author Spotlight: Saving Lucas Biggs


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About the Book: Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn’t stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family’s secret—and forbidden—ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man. But with the forces of history working against her, will Margaret be able to change the past? Or will she be pushed back to a present in which her father is still doomed?

Told in alternating voices between Margaret and Josh, this heartwarming story shows that sometimes the forces of good need a little extra help to triumph over the forces of evil. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062274625/saving-lucas-biggs

 

Jacket Cover: To save her father’s future, she’ll have to change the past.

The one thing thirteen-year-old Margaret O’Malley is sure of is that her father is innocent. So when the unthinkable happens and he’s sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, Margaret is desperate to save him. She’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means using her family’s secret—and forbidden—ability to travel through time.

Margaret’s only hope is to stop the chain of events that turned Lucas Biggs into a corrupt and jaded man. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret jumps back in time to a year when everything in her town was going wrong—a year that changed Lucas Biggs forever. Together with a then-thirteen-year-old Josh, Margaret sets out to change the past. But the rules of time travel are strict, and as the forces of history resist, Margaret is running out of chances before she will be pushed back to a present where her father is doomed.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Marisa de los Santos and her husband, picture book author David Teague, this spellbinding story proves that sometimes good needs a little extra help to triumph over evil.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 29, 2014)
  • Cost: $13.59 Hardcover $6.99 Paperback

 

 

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About the Author: Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa began writing what would become her first novel LOVE WALKED IN (Dutton, 2006). LOVE WALKED IN was translated into fourteen languages, was optioned by Paramount pictures, and was a trade paperback bestseller. William Morrow published her second novel BELONG TO ME in April 2008, and it was an instant New York Times Bestseller.

Marisa, David, and their two children, Charles and Annabel, live in Wilmington, where Marisa takes as many ballet classes as she can, volunteers at her kids’ school, and is working on her third novel.

April 29, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mymcbooks Mother’s Day Giveaway. Ends May 10th


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Founded of Mother’s Day Anna Marie Jarvis never married and had no children. After her mother’s death, Anna held a memorial to her mother and thereafter embarked upon a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Jarvis

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April 28, 2015 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 13 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight: The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman


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The Gollywhopper Games: The New Champion

About the Book: The Golly Toy and Game Company is hosting the regional rounds for the next Gollywhopper Games, and this time it’s brother against brother in the physical challenges and mental puzzles. The companion to the popular The Gollywhopper Games will appeal to fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Chasing Vermeer.

Chock-full of puzzles, riddles, and challenges for the reader to solve along with the main characters, this fast-paced companion to The Gollywhopper Games is bigger, bolder, and braver! The Golly Toy and Game Company’s Gollywhopper Games was such a big success the last time, the company’s executives have decided to host the competition again. Cameron and Spencer Schein have scored two highly sought-after slots in the regional round—will one of the Schein brothers make it all the way to the finals? Favorite characters from the first book make guest appearances, and a new cast of competitors, both boys and girls, get set to compete against (and with) Cameron and Spencer. There are twists and turns and complications—as well as lots of great things to eat—in this page-turner of a race to the finish line!http://jodyfeldman.com/books/

 

Jacket Cover: Some people are born winners.

Not Cameron. His older brother, Spencer, is the one who always wins. Cameron is the loser.

So what is Cameron even doing in the second Gollywhopper Games? Solving puzzles, that’s what. Doing stunts. Racing against the clock. But it’s not as if he has a real chance. Not like Spencer. Not like the 999,999 other kids competing—on national TV inside a giant toy factory!—for one million dollars. Plus instant fame. Plus bragging rights for eternity.

Cameron won’t be the winner. He knows that for sure. But there are a few things Cameron doesn’t know. . .

For fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Mysterious Benedict Society, here are brain-scrambling puzzles, nonstop action, and surprises around every corner!

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: The Gollywhopper Games
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • $16.99

 

 

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The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe by Jody Feldman

On Sale: 04/21/2015

About the Book: Chock-full of puzzles, riddles, and challenges for the reader to solve along with the main characters, this companion to the first two Gollywhopper Games books offers readers plenty of action and fun. The perfect choice for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Chasing Vermeer.

Zane is not that interested in the Gollywhopper Games. He’d rather play football and is sure that he’s headed straight for the NFL. But when he gets his second concussion, his parents tell him, “No football for a year.” Instead, to his surprise, he gets a chance to compete in the Gollywhopper Games. Zane’s sense of strategy, his physical strength, and his competitive edge are all assets, and so is his ability to motivate his teammates and get them to work together. Zane becomes particularly close to Elijah, a young and scrawny genius who is friendly, awkward, and funny—Zane’s polar opposite. These two unlikely friends end up head-to-head in the final challenge, where Elijah’s quick thinking and Zane’s physical strength make it a tough fight. This is a fun and fast-paced and interactive read for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society.

 

Jacket Copy: Everyone loves the Gollywhopper Games!

Everyone except Zane. What Zane cares about is football. He dreams of heading straight for the NFL . . . until he gets his second concussion. Now his parents say no football for a year.

Then along come the Games—a chance to solve puzzles and riddles, win a million dollars, and show up on TV. Zane will need speed, smarts, and strategy. He’ll face tougher rivals than he ever did on a football field. Does he still have what it takes to win when he’s playing a whole new game?

Are you ready for action that never quits and surprises and brainteasers at every turn? Then let the Games begin!

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: The Gollywhopper Games
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • $16.99

 

 

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About the Author: Jody Feldman has always loved riddles and brainteasers and word games, and she lives in a city on a river whose name contains four s’s, two p’s, and four i’s. Jody has written as many books for young readers as there are players in a doubles tennis match. To find out how many brothers she has, take the number of bases on a baseball diamond and divide it by the number of times Grover Cleveland was president of the United States. http://jodyfeldman.com/about-jody/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister


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The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Clarire Legrand and Emma Trevayne

About the Book: A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories by the acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. The Cabinet of Curiosities is perfect for fans of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and anyone who relishes a good creepy tale. Great for reading alone or reading aloud at camp or school!

The book features an introduction and commentary by the authors and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

 

Welcome to The Cabinet of Curiosities

Please enter.

No, really, come in. The Curators are delighted you are here. They invite you to turn a page, pull open a drawer, peek inside a room, slither into a nook. In fact, they insist.

Sometimes visitors to the cabinet find it rewarding to dive right into the middle. You could try that. You could flip back and forth. Start your exploration at the very end. Or the beginning.

The important thing is that you are here. Oh, do come in! The Curators guarantee you will find something . . . curious.

The Cabinet of Curiosities is a collection of eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short short stories presented by the cabinet’s esteemed Curators, otherwise known as acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire Legrand, and Emma Trevayne. http://www.stefanbachmann.com/books.php

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  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

My Review: The Cabinet of Curiosities is an imaginative collection of tales collection of scary stories. The stories are creepy but not too gory. The stories may give middle grade kids nightmares but fun for the older kids. They are great stories to read during camping or on Halloween night. If you love creepy mystery stories, then this is the right book for you.

The authors did a great job coming together to write a scary book. And the beautiful pencil or ink Illustrations by Alexander Jansson helped to bring these stories to life.

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.

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About the Author: Stefan Bachmann is a writer and musician. He was born in Colorado and now lives with his family in Switzerland. He is currently studying composing at the Zürich University of Arts, and writing his fourth book. His debut, The Peculiar, was published when he was nineteen years old. http://www.stefanbachmann.com/about.php

April 7, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Book Spotlight: The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez by Peter Johnson


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The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez by Peter Johnson

This heartfelt story about school, friendship, and family is perfect for readers who can’t get enough of such middle grade favorites as Jerry Spinelli and Gary D. Schmidt. From acclaimed author Peter Johnson, The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez is a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate your family all the more.

About the Book: Everyone thinks Benny Alvarez is Mr. Negativity. According to Benny, he’s just realistic about seeing the “other side” of things—when it comes to just about everything. But maybe there’s another way to deal with the things Benny can’t control—like his ailing grandfather, his wild younger brother, and the know-it-all girls at school. In this poignant novel about acceptance, Benny Alvarez will have to decide . . . Is the glass half empty or half full? http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062215963/the-life-and-times-of-benny-alvarez

 

Interesting novel that boys will enjoy reading.

 

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.

 

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 24, 2014)
  • Cost: $16.99 Hard cover

 

About the Author: Peter Johnson grew up in Buffalo, New York, at a time when they had a good football team, which seems like fifty years ago. Similar to Benny Alvarez and his friends, Peter always loved words, knowing he was going to be a teacher or a professional baseball player. Also, being from a long line of Irish storytellers, he loved reading and telling tales, and when he realized that his stories changed every time he told them, and that he could get paid for this kind of lying, he decided to become a novelist. His first middle grade novel, The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini, was named one of the Best Children’s Books by Kirkus Reviews, and he’s received many writing fellowships, most notably from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

April 7, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Prairie Pictures by Shirlee Smith Matheson


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Prairie Pictures by Shirlee Smith Matheson

For twelve-year-old Sherri, moving is a way of life. Her family has lived in seven different places in as many years, three in the last year alone. But no place has ever been as strange as Gardin, Alberta, a ranching community right out of the Old West and struggling to accommodate new industries.

Sherri makes friends with Jamie, another newcomer, who suffers with the burden of his father’s alcoholism. Like Jamie, Sherri and her younger sister, Bonnie, must adapt to life in a small town divided between new and old residents and urban and rural lifestyles. While they miss many aspects of city life, the girls also come to appreciate the advantages of life in a small town. Suitable for readers aged nine to eleven.

http://www.ssmatheson.ca/

  • Series: Wandering Fox
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Cost: $9.95

 

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About the Author: Shirlee Smith Matheson has written many books for young people and adults, including numerous junior novels and non-fiction works. Currently living and writing in Calgary, she is the author of “Keeper of the Mountains” (Thistledown), “Fastback Reach” (Orca), and “Lost: True Stories of Canadian Aviation Tragedies” (Fifth House).


Shirlee Smith Matheson a native of Winnipeg, has written more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction Canadian adventure books for readers of all ages, bringing to life the stories of real Canadians for young and old alike. During a distinguished writing career that spans more than fifteen years, Matheson has served as a writer-in-residence in several western-Canadian cities, taught numerous courses on writing, and conducted popular writing workshops in schools and libraries across the west. http://www.ssmatheson.ca/

April 7, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: No Place for Kid. Ends April 25th


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No Place For Kids by Alison Lohans

About the Book: Sisters Jennifer and Sarah were once part of a happy, stable family, but their idyllic life comes to an abrupt halt with the death of their mother. Unable to cope with his grief and the needs of his two young daughters, their father finds comfort in alcohol, gets fired from his job, and loses his grip on his family.

As twelve-year-old Jennifer approaches maturity, she starts to develop a tough exterior, especially when she attracts unwelcome attention from one of her father’s friends. With nothing left to lose, the two sisters decide run away to their mother’s sister in Vancouver, setting out with very little money and no clear plan. Along the way, they must overcome fear, loneliness, illness, and the conflict inherent in their sibling relationship. This emotional story deals with mature themes, but is ultimately about the enduring bonds of family. Suitable for readers aged nine to eleven.

Juvenile Fiction (ages 9 to 11)
Heritage House • October 2014
5 x 7, 144 pages

Paper back $9.95

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About the Author: Award-winning Canadian Alison Lohans has published 26 books with presses in Canada and New Zealand. Many of her books have been finalists for awards such as the CLA Young Adult Book Award, three different categories of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the High Plains Book Awards, and the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. This Land We Call Home (Pearson Education New Zealand) won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA Literature. Her latest novels for readers of various ages include the newly re-released No Place for Kids(Heritage House, Wandering Fox Imprint, 2014); Leaving Mr. Humphries (Your Nickel’s Worth, 2013); Crossings (Bundoran Press, 2012); Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn, 2011); and Dog Alert (Pearson New Zealand, 2011).


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Award-winning Canadian Alison Lohans has published 26 books with presses in Canada and New Zealand. Many of her books have been finalists for awards such as the CLA Young Adult Book Award, three different categories of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the High Plains Book Awards, and the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. This Land We Call Home (Pearson Education New Zealand) won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA Literature. Her latest novels for readers of various ages include the newly re-released No Place for Kids(Heritage House, Wandering Fox Imprint, 2014); Leaving Mr. Humphries (Your Nickel’s Worth, 2013); Crossings (Bundoran Press, 2012); Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn, 2011); and Dog Alert (Pearson New Zealand, 2011).


Alison was first published at age 12. Realizing from an early age that it must be difficult to make a living as a writer, she decided to follow her second passion–music–as well, and taught instrumental music for a few years before “retiring” to start a family and concentrate more on her writing.
Alison’s first book was published in 1983, and since that time she has given more than a thousand author talks in schools and libraries across Canada. She has taught writing and has mentored many other writers; in 2002-2003 she served as Writer-in-Residence for Regina Public Library. She was thrilled to serve in this role, and to be able to give back to the community, after she benefitted enormously when Canadian writer Janet Lunn served as Writer-in-Residence 20 years earlier. Many of Alison’s former students have gone on to publish their own books, and have sometimes won awards. Alison was awarded the 2012 YWCA Jacqui Schumiatcher Woman of Distinction for her contributions to the arts, and her name has been placed on a City of Regina list for potential names for new streets. Alison Lohans lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. http://www.wanderingfoxbooks.com/no-place-for-kids/

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March 31, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Books Spotlight. Giveaway: The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking. Ends Apr 14th


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The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking by Andreas Oertel

About the Book: Life is getting more dismal by the minute in the town of Sultana, Manitoba. Thanks to a dry season that nearly dried up the river, no one wants to camp there anymore. There aren’t enough tourists to keep the local restaurant busy and, if Cody’s best friend’s mom loses her job there, the family will have to move away. Cody, his best friend, Eric, and Eric’s twin sister, Rachel, concoct an elaborate hoax that transforms this tiny town into a hotbed of activity-a hoax involving an “ancient Egyptian” tablet discovered in Sultana. Soon the tourists come flooding back, but Cody, Eric, and Rachel discover that they should have been more careful about what they wished for. This quirky caper will appeal to children aged eight to ten.

 

 

Andreas Oertel

About the Author: Andreas was born in Germany, but lived most of his life in Canada. He’s travelled all over the world and had a hundred different jobs — everything from rickshaw driver to health inspector — but his favourite occupation is writing.

His middle grade fiction is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for several awards (Silver Birch Award, Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, Charlotte Award). Andreas spends much of his free time visiting schools, and in 2012 and 2013 he was Writer in Residence at Lac du Bonnet’s Centennial School. To read more http://www.andreasoertel.com/biography.html

 

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: And in the Morning: Field of Conflict – The Somme, 1916. Ends Apr 14th


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And in the Morning: Field of Conflict – The Somme, 1916 by John Wilson

About the Book: Fifteen-year-old Jim Hay believes that war is a glorious adventure and cannot wait for his turn to fight. But as his father boldly marches off to battle in August 1914, Jim must be content to record his thoughts and dreams in his journal. All too quickly, however, Jim’s simple life begins to unravel. His father is killed in action, his mother suffers a breakdown and, when he does at last join up, it is as much to find refuge as it is to seek glory. What Jim discovers in the trenches of France is enough to dispel any romantic view of the war. Soon, his longing for adventure is replaced by a basic need to survive and the final tragic outcome is one he never could have imagined. The first installment in the Fields of Conflict series, “And in the Morning” will appeal to young readers aged fourteen to sixteen.  http://www.wanderingfoxbooks.com/and-in-the-morning/

 

 

 

My Review: A story about a young man’s life fighting for survival.  He couldn’t wait for his turn to go off to war and fight. After his father was killed in action and his mother suffering a breakdown. Jim decided it was time to join the fight. But his views about the war wasn’t what he taught. He wrote in his journal  the horrors of the war and the loss of innocent lives. Now he must fight to stay alive long enough to return home.

 

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

 

 

John Wilson

About the Author: I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but I grew up on the Isle of Skye (I could speak some Gaelic when I was four), and in Paisley, outside Glasgow. I was troubled teen and only applied myself in high school when someone said I couldn’t do something. One time I was in the Principal’s office for some forgotten reason, and he said I would never amount to anything. That annoyed me and I set out to prove him wrong, (was he smart?). Anyway, I went to St. Andrews University and did an Honours Degree in Geology. I worked in Zimbabwe, but there was a war on, so I came to Alberta and worked in Edmonton for ten years. I started freelance writing in 1989 and moved out to Vancouver Island in 1991 to write full time.  Read more about the author http://johnwilsonauthor.com/page5/page5.html

 

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March 27, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Turtle Of Oman. Ends Apr 8th


 

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The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

In this brief novel, told in short chapters by the acclaimed poet and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye, Aref Al-Amri says good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is Naomi Shihab Nye’s first novel set in the Middle East since her acclaimed Habibi.

Aref Al-Amri does not want to leave Oman. He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Siddi. He does not want to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents will go to graduate school. His mother is desperate for him to pack his suitcase—but he refuses. Finally, she calls Siddi for help. But rather than pack, Aref and Siddi go on a series of adventures. They visit the camp of a thousand stars deep in the desert, they sleep on Siddi’s roof, they fish in the Gulf of Oman and dream about going to India, they travel to the nature reserve to watch the sea turtles. At each stop, Siddi finds a small stone that he later slips into Aref’s suitcase—mementos of home.

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062019721/the-turtle-of-oman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19321409-the-turtle-of-oman

 

  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 16.99 USD
  • Ages: 8 to 12

 

My Review: A story about a boy leaving his home in Oman, friends, and his grandfather to move to America. He doesn’t think the kids in Michigan would like him and why should he move when he has everything he needs in Oman.  A story most kids can relate too.

 

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.

 

Naomi Nye

About this author:Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. She is a novelist, poet and songwriter.She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.

 

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Winner is #3 – Carol L

 

March 24, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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