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Book Review/Giveaway: Before I Sleep I Say Thank You. Ends March 23rd


Before I Sleep

Before I Sleep I Say Thank You by Carol Gordon Ekster and Illustrated by Mary Rojas

About the Book: Would you like to start a new bedtime tradition that underscores the importance of gratitude? Read Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with your children to begin a nightly routine of saying five things you are grateful for before bed. It will add sweetness and joy before your little one falls asleep. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/

 

 

 

My Review: This is a story about a little boy whose favorite part of the day is tuck-in-time. When night falls, he brushes his teeth and get ready for his mom to take him to bed. He like pretending that she is the train and his is the caboose as they sing “Choo-choo!” on the way to his room. While in bed, his mother tucks him in nicely and they take a moment to think about their day. Mom talks about her gardening and not stopping to help Ms. Nelson and promised next time to stop and help her. And he said he was sorry he didn’t pick up the tomatoes when she asked and promised to cooperate the next day. They talked some more about their day with family and friends, and then together they thanked God for their day, and what He has given them.

What a great way for a child to end their day. By reflecting on their day, recognizing God’s blessings and grace and letting God know how grateful they are for his many blessings. I highly recommend this book for every home. Adults can learn from it too.

Great illustrations by Mary Rojas which helps tell the story with warm and bright colors.

 

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

Carol Ekster

About the Author: Carol Gordon Ekster’s first published children’s book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was inspired by one special former student who lived the schedule described in the book. It was an About.com Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. Another of her stories was in Library Sparks magazine, February 2010. Her second book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was picked up by Character Publishing, for their first list, and came out December 2011. It was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval in 2012. Her newest picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with Pauline Books and Media released January 1, 2015. Her first e-book, Hip Hopping Books, will be out March 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Carol retired after teaching 4th grade for 35 years. She starts her day exercising and doing yoga, then works on her writing and book promotion. She loves to discuss using picture books with all elementary grade students and has presented about this at conferences. She is excited that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/About_Carol.html

 

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: Moore Field School and the Mystery. Ends March 21st


Moore Field School

Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser

About the Book: Moore Field School and the Mystery is the start of an exciting children’s series featuring Samantha, whose parents teach at her school, Moore Field School in Manchester, England. Her best friend is Jessica. But Moore Field School is about to close down. At the last minute, the headmistress, Miss Moore, moves the school to Lakeview, a place she has always liked. Just what is the mystery at Moore Field School? Before the first term starts at Lakeview, the students go to a fun camp where they hear about a local haunted house. Meanwhile, some scary men are searching for long-lost trophies that they will do anything to find. They even search Miss Moore’s office for clues to where the trophies could be hidden. What is happening with the trophies and how is Moore Field School involved? Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/LiamMoiser/

Paperback: 118 pages

Cost: $9.86 @ amazon

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About the Author: Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. http://sbprabooks.com/liammoiser/?page_id=34

My Review: Are you ready to go on an adventure and solve a mystery? Then get ready to read Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser. The first exciting children’s series featuring Samantha and her best friend Jessica, they both attend Moore Field School in Manchester, England, where Samantha’s parents are teachers.

Moore Field School is a private school run by Miss Moore. She has been forced to close down and sell the school at the end of the school term. The school is over one hundred years old and now she has to sell the building to a man who would like the building for his firm. Then strange things started to happen.

Follow Samantha and her friends as they look for their kidnapped friend, dealing with ghosts and strange men searching for long lost trophies. This is a fun book for younger kids.

 

 

 

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Book Author Spotlight/Giveaway: The Sparks. Ends March 21st


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The Sparks by Kyle Prue

“A crackling read. Feud: The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once other worldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a de ft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue’s young age. He’s a voice to be heard.” Scott Bowles, USA Today Could you forgive your sworn enemy if it meant saving your family, legacy and beloved city from the hands of an evil power? The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. Centuries of fighting, however, have turned the families against each other. A powerful emperor now rules and each family has suffered heavy casualties in the feud. Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin in order to impress his overly critical father. Despite a failed mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power will shatter the established order and threaten not only the very lives of these powerful families, but also the once great city of Altryon. http://kyleprue.com/books/

 

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About the Author: The Sparks is Kyle’s big debut. The first book in this action packed trilogy, was conceived late one night when Kyle had insomnia. At just 16 years old, Kyle spent the summer writing the first installment of the trilogy. Kyle is currently working on the second book in the series, The Flames.

Kyle is a high school student at Seacrest Country Day in Naples, Florida. Kyle splits his time between Naples and Los Angeles, where he is an actor with Snow Entertainment. Kyle loves to do Stand Up Comedy and trains at Second City in Chicago. Check out some of his youtube videos for a good laugh. Kyle is currently writing, directing and acting in his new web series, Mockalypse.

 

Q&A with Kyle Prue, author of The Sparks,

Book One in the Feud trilogy

 

Where did you get the idea for the Feud series? 

This is a coming of age story for young adults and I am a teen in that demographic. Everyone struggles to find their path in life and my characters are all struggling with not wanting to let people down and to find their way; forgiveness and hope is a part of that journey as well. One night, at the age of 15, I had terrible insomnia and I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about the different personalities of my siblings and myself and how we will all follow different paths. That gave me the idea to create three different families loosely based around our differing personalities. I decided it would be fun to take these families and place them in a fantasy world where the obstacles we all face could be magnified to a whole new level. I wrote out the plot for the three books that night.

 

What drew you to write YA Fantasy?

I wanted to write for me. Recently, I’ve hit an “in-between” zone where it’s harder for me to find books I want to read. I wanted to write something that I would want to read and that would appeal to other kids my age. I wanted to appeal to boys who have lost interest in reading and I also created strong female characters that girls will love.

 

When did you first start writing? 

Like a lot of kids, I was bullied in middle school. I doubt you will ever find a kid that says, “I rocked 7th grade! That was the best time in my life.” I was short and fat and had a bowl haircut with braces. This was not a great time in my life. But I discovered I could come home and pick up a pen and create a whole fantasy world that I could control, when the rest of my life felt out of control. I learned that I loved to create characters because their potential is limitless.

I was lucky because I learned to use writing as an escape at an early age. I was in a multi-age program from 1st-3rd grade where I had the same teacher for three years. She had an experimental writing program where she gave us an hour a day to write in our journals. She told us to just write freely and not worry about punctuation or grammar, just let the creativity flow. So by the end of that program, I had a stack of notebooks filled with an adventure series. I also did a series called Three Rings that I wrote from the age of 12 to 14 when middle school was really rough. It was a 200-page manuscript. It wasn’t good, but it was good practice.

 

What are your other interests besides writing? 

I love stand up comedy because like writing, it requires an ability to look at the world in a unique way and find the humor in that. I’m a varsity swimmer for my school. I’m involved with mock trial, I’m in a number of plays every year, I started an improv club at my school and I’m really involved with our film club—we spend our weekends writing scripts and filming. We are currently working on a web series called “Amockalypse” that I’m really excited about. I pretty much gave up on sleeping after middle school.

 

I understand you still have the acting bug. What are you doing now? 

Currently, my whole focus is on college auditions. I’m crazy enough to be applying for programs where thousands of kids audition and they literally accept only six boys. So it’s kind of like trying to win the lottery, but I’m giving it my best shot. As I mentioned, I’m writing, directing and acting in my web series and we are launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund that this week. I spent last fall in LA and I was so lucky to take acting classes and perform improv at LA Connection. It was like what I imagine grad school is like. I spent 40 hours a week in acting classes and seminars—and still had to keep up with schoolwork online. It was intense but amazing.

 

What’s your favorite part of acting? Favorite thing about improv?

My favorite part of acting is initially stepping into the shoes of a character and just beginning to break them in: finding out what they want, how they talk, how they move, etc.

My favorite part of improv is when you are easing into a scene and the really good lines just start flowing, especially when you’re working with a talented partner.

 

Were you a big reader as a kid?

In 5th grade, I started at a new elementary school when I moved to Naples. They had a reading contest for whoever read the most books. I ended up reading like 200 books, which was a bit of overkill as the next highest kid read about 75 books, but apparently I’m more competitive than I realized. I just really wanted to beat this girl in my class who told me she was a better reader.

 

Were you drawn to a certain genre as a kid?

When I was younger, I really disliked reading. My mom would read me the books that my brother liked and I just never got into them. One day she was at the bookstore picking out books for us, and she mentioned to the owner that I didn’t seem interested in reading and he asked her about my personality and interests. He recommended that she try some fantasy books for me. She brought home a few of those books and from then on, all I did was read and write. I love young adult fantasy.

 

Were there certain authors that you really liked?

I’ve always loved Rick Riordan, and every kid in my generation loves JK Rowling. My mom started guarding the Harry Potter books and reading them aloud to us, because otherwise I would read one whole book in a night and then tell my siblings what happened. We would barely leave the house until we had finished each book. Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series has been phenomenal.

 

How have those writers influenced your writing?

I think Rick Riordan introduces and writes characters very well, which is something I kept in mind, because I have a group dynamic with my book. But I really like the way JK Rowling set up the overall plot and carried it through, intertwining a lot of different elements. She knew how to set up a big, epic adventure and finished it beautifully. That is what I hope to do with this trilogy.

 

Do you work with an outline or do you just write? Do you ever get stuck? 

Normally, I have a basic idea of where the story is going when I start writing a chapter. But there have been times when I am writing the chapter that I suddenly decide to take it in a new direction. Sometimes I struggle with writing a chapter or a character in the book, so to overcome that I’ll take a break and work on another project.

 

Do you have a favorite character in The Sparks?

It alternates a lot. In general, I’ve always been a fan of characters that are only around for one book and that are very big and eccentric. I really like Michael Taurlum because he’s kind of the epitome of what’s wrong with the Taurlum family and he’s just such a child. So it was really interesting to write about him and make him such an aggressive, haughty character.

 

If your book was made into a movie, which actors would be cast as the main characters?

I’ll try my best at this one. (Disclaimer: this would be one expensive movie . . . )

Neil: Brenton Thwaites (or Kyle Prue, if Brenton Thwaites is not available)

Saewulf: Michael Fassbender

Darius: Luke Bracey

Lilly: Alexandra Daddario or Emma Watson

Rhys: Dane DeHann

Jennifer and Victoria: Teresa Palmer

Bianca: Leven Rambin

Michael: Chris Hemsworth

Carlin: Mark Strong

The Emperor: Benedict Cumberbatch

Jonathan: Rico Rodriguez

Sir Vapros: Mads Mikkelsen

Quintus: Jonah Hill (Cameo Role)

 

 

What can you tell us about the challenges of getting a book published? 

I went to the New York Pitch Conference and Writer’s Workshop and got the opportunity to pitch my book to Random House, Penguin and McMillan Press. Each requested the manuscript (it was the most requested manuscript at the conference!), so I felt like I had a sound idea. The conference director advised me to use the publisher interest to try to get an agent. So, I began the process of sending query letters. I got some good advice from the agents I talked to. One advised me to hire a well-respected editor, as publishers expect manuscripts to be perfect, so I did that. Then another agent took the time to really ask me about my goals. I wanted the book to be read by as many people as possible and I wanted to get it published in a timely manner. She explained that—if I was lucky—the publishing process would take 3-5 years. She recommended that I meet with a small, independent publisher with a good reputation. They could meet my timing needs and I would have more input in the process, ensuring that I could retain some creative control of the final product. I met with the publisher she recommended (Barringer Publishing) and we hit it off immediately. So far, I’ve been thrilled with the process.

I’m hoping to publish Book 2, The Flames, in late summer 2015.

 

Do you have advice for other high school students wanting to write a book? 

Yes, never stop writing. Write, and write and write, until you’ve got something that you like. Don’t be afraid to have a very rough copy of something. The editing process is terrible and long and arduous, but it’s something you have to do. What matters is getting something on paper and then really shaping it into what you are looking for.

 

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans? 

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. The series only gets better and more intense from here and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of it all.

 

Tell us where we can find your book and more information about you.

You can find more info on my website, http://www.kyleprue.com, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kyleprue, Twitter@KylePrue and Instagram @KyleStevenPrue.

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? Ends March 21st


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Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? By Cheryl Sturm

“Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You?” is one way to express love–beyond an inch, foot, yard, mile, the moon, stars, and Mars–to anyone dear to you. It was written as a bedtime story. But given that it teaches children some fun facts about measurements while reinforcing how much you love them, this book is an ANYtime story. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and friends can buy this book as a gift and enjoy telling the children in their lives how much they are loved. The author wrote the book for her four nieces and nephews. When asked “Do I love you this much?”, the youngest, who is almost four years old, delights in answering, “Not just this much.” He starts saying it with his two index fingers an inch apart, and he enjoys repeating the phrase with his hands one foot apart and again with his arm stretched as far as they’ll go. Then he starts again. On occasion, his grandfather has joined in. It’s a fun, quick read with both basic and profound lessons. http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/

 

Pages: 46

Cost: $9.26 on amazon

 

My Review: Kids will enjoy reading this book as it’s not only fun but educational as well. The illustrations are bold and colorful. Although, it shows how much we can be loved by our love ones, it also teaches children about measurements. The author shows in the first few pages how things are measured in inches, like a quarter, macaroni, strawberry, and hammer.

The incremental measurements start to expand from the size of a quarter, hotdog, golf putter and even the moon. We can love far beyond the planets but guess what?

So do you love an inch or lot more than an inch? As we read on we find out in the book that love is immeasurable and that love has no limit. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

 

 

About the Author: Cheryl Sturm works with a great team of people at R. Crusoe & Son to develop unusual, cultural journeys. The daughter of an Army major, she was born in Berlin, Germany, raised in Manawa, Wisconsin, and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career as a television reporter in Wisconsin, but a professional detour happily lead her to international travel. “Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You,” is the first book published by Knowing Going Kids. More books are on the way for thoughtful families curious about our world.  http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/about.html

 

 

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Black History Month 2015 Giveaway. Ends Feb 25th


Martin L King DVD

Martin Luther King Jr. – I Have a Dream – DVD

I Survived

I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

Anyia

Anyia “Dream of a Warrior

Sounder

Sounder

In keeping with the celebration of Black History Month, Mymcbooks is giveaway 3 books and 1 DVD to 1  lucky winner. Please list your comment BELOW.

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Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series. Ends Feb 20th


DreamersLotus_BookLayout_Full_Brighter The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series by Mike Dickenson What if you could speak directly to nature? What if it spoke back? A young outcast followed by crows finds a flower in the forest one night – it is the Dreamer’s Lotus, a powerful hallucinogen that opens the mind to the meanings of the symbols. This can be helpful, especially when you live in a world where everything is symbolic. Corvus suspects the Elders of The White Village have rewritten the meanings of the symbols somehow. They say the forest is a perilous place, a land of madness and illusion. They might be right, after-all, inexplicable things have been seen there… They say the boy is a bad omen, part of a prophecy that will destroy the village. Only a brave and curious girl is willing to help him, even though she knows he is playing a dangerous game. If Corvus finds what he is seeking they will kill him, but he has to know the truth. Why is he the only one who can hear the voices in the forest and why is he followed by the most feared sign of all? The Dreamer’s Lotus holds the answers, but if he consumes it, the crows will be the least of his concerns. Pages: 206 Cost: $12.89 @ amazon For reviews visit Amazon.com   Mike+Dickenson   About the Author: My biggest shifts in writing have come to me during times of tremendous inner-change. Most of this change has been self-induced and has almost always involved travel. After graduating with a degree in English Education at Montana State University, I left Elko, Nevada on a hitchhiking adventure which would culminate in Argentina almost two years later. This journey gave me a much needed perspective about our world and where we are going, both globally and individually. My experiences have shown me that humanity yearns for positive change, that people are inherently good, and that anything is possible. Our perception of the world can transform our reality before our eyes, and it is this message that permeates my novels and films. My writing is part satire, part literature, part humor, part parable. In an effort to change this world for the better, I strive to create works of fiction that both inspire and captivate others to find their truest potential. http://www.mikedickenson.com/author/

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Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Paddling to Winter


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Paddling to Winter by Julie Buckles

About the Book: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to the Canadian North.

Julie Buckles and Charly Ray built a wood and canvas canoe, exchanged marriage vows, and paddled away from their front yard, planning to travel 2,700 miles to the Arctic Ocean and winter over in a tiny cabin. What a honeymoon! Told in Julie’s page-turning style, their story is full of humor and humility, rapids and relationships, love and life.

 

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Productions, Inc (September 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983518920
  • Paperback $13.50 on amazon

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About the Author: Julie Buckles was born in the driftless region of Wisconsin and raised on a 47-acre dairy farm. She now lives near Washburn with her husband, Charly (spoiler alert, they are still together), two children and a team of Siberian huskies. She studied history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Buckles has worked as a reporter and freelance writer and as an adjunct professor at Northland College, where she currently works in the communications office as the public and media relations specialist. She is a regular contributor to Lake Superior Magazine and WPR’s Wisconsin Life. “Paddling to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada” was published in September 2013 and was recently awarded the Next Generation Indie Award, the Independent Publishers Award, the Foreword Book of the Year in Adventure and the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award for cover design.  http://www.juliebuckles.com/p/presentations.html

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Book Review/Giveaway: My Yellow Balloon. Ends Feb 20th


My Big Yellow Balloon

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

About the Book: It all started at the carnival. That is where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joeys wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader. Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, this book will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

My Review: This is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his favorite Balloon. It also gives an insight to the meaning of grief and loss, and how children handle both.

The carnival had come to town and Joey was so excited that his parents could barely keep up with him. Then he saw hundreds of big, bright balloons and couldn’t wait to get one. The balloon man handled him a big bright yellow balloon with a string tied to Joey’s wrist. Joey spent every moment with the balloon playing until one day the balloon slipped off his wrist and floated away. He called for his big bight yellow to come back and watch it as it disappeared into the sky. Joey was angry, confused and sad for days and wish this balloon would come back. Not even a new toy will make him happy until…. You will have to buy the book to see if there was a happy ending.

This is a great book to help children with situations like this whether it’s their favorite toy, pet or a loss of a love one.

The illustrations by Erwin Madrid are wonderfully beautiful, bright and bold. The brightness of the colors help tells the happy days and the dark gray colors, the not so happy days which general help tell the story and bring it to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

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

Hardcover

48 pages

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5th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop. 2015


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5th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

January 16th to 26th

Co-hosted by Reviews by I’m A Reader

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Prize Pack is 3 Children’s books.

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Weather: Whipping Up a Storm! (Basher)

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Planet Earth: What Planet Are You On?

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Giveaway Ends Jan 26th, 2015

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This giveaway close at midnight on January 26th and the winners will be selected at random.org and post January 27th 2015.

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Winner is #31 – Seyma Shabbir

January 15, 2015 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , | 37 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: The Phony Farkleberry #1. Ends Jan 31st


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The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives #1)  by Michael Scott Miller

 

About the Book: When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?

http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/

 

My Review: The author, Michael Scott Miller, does a good being descriptive in each chapter of the book to enable young readers understand the story.  I also like the diversity in the main characters which is needed in more stories for our youth. A mystery develops when a forgery is discovered at the local art museum. The schoolmates turned detectives set out to solve the mystery.  Each friend utilizes their unique strength to help. There was several questionable methods in which some of the kids gathered information to solve the mystery, like hacking into the network.  Overall, a good story.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author 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 Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as “a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith,” and as “a fun, feel good story.”

In Michael’s second novel, The Book of Sylvia, a city girl from London and a priest in rural England confront their inner demons as they attempt to solve a mystery together. This novel  has been described as “a journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery,” and “a wonderfully  fun tale.”

Following these two novels, Michael decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children.  This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series.  Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters–Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler–and he is excited about taking them on more adventures. To read more click on the link http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/about-the-author.html

 

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

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Giveaway Ends Jan 31st, 2015

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

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Winner is #1 – Colleen

Thanks to all those that took part in this giveaway.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

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