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Book/Author Spotlight: Milestones of Flight.



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.



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




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.





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

Book Review/Giveaway: Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight. Ends April 19th.

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Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight by David Anderson

About the Book: Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight is an illustrated chapter book for kids ages 6-9 about a young bird’s quest to discover who he truly is. Charlie doesn’t know he has wings. How could he? The adults of Tree City have taught him all wrong. They’ve never even heard of birds flying. They clip their feathers short to keep them out of the way and build big winding staircases up to their nests. Charlie is sure there’s a magical secret behind his feathers that his parents, his friends, his doctors, the geese police, the Safety Inspector and every other bird in Tree City is missing. Can he figure it out before Doctor Nightingale straps him in the plucking chair and plucks his beautiful feathers?

My Review: Charlie went with his dad to the top of the tree to help repair the long staircase that coiled around the tree. Mr Sparrow set Charlie down and started to hammer along the wood of the steps. When he looked up Charlie was no longer with him for he has climbed to the top of the stairs.  Then there was a snap and Charlie came falling off the banister. Mr Sparrow leapt up the stairs to catch Charlie but it was too late as Charlie started to fall. You will think they will both fly to each other being a bird but neither sparrow knew how to fly. Then to Charlie surprise, he found he was floating and landed below the tree.

His parents became worried and called the doctor, who diagnoses him with having Leaping Syndrome and the only cure was to cut off his feathers. Will Charlie allow the doctor to remove his feathers?

An interesting chapter book for children ages 6 and up with 98 pages.

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.

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Giveaway Ends April 19th , 2013

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April 3, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mymcbooks Interview Author David Anderson

David Anderson

About the Author: David Anderson is a kids’ chapter book author who also doodles pictures. He enjoys reading and collecting vinyl records.


David Anderson is the author of Charlie Sparrpw and the Secret of Flight.


I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog


What is the last book you read? The Umbrella Man, a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl. Dahl is famous for his children’s books, but his stories for adults have the same genius, only with darker subject matter.


What was your favorite children’s book? I’m embarrassed to say that as a child I did not read many books. Yes, I grew up to be a writer, but only started loving books when I was in my teens. That said, I’m still allowed to have a favorite children’s book, even if I came across it late. It’s a toss-up between The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Matilda by Roald Dahl.

What were your earliest memories of writing? My earliest memory of writing is being about five and filling blank foolscap pages with chains of deliberate scribbles. I felt I was writing, even though it was illegible nonsense. My next earliest memory is of writing a one-page fiction piece for a Seventh or Eighth Grade class. It was called “Nightmare” and I still have it. Writing that piece was the first time I ever felt a rush of enjoyment from writing a story.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural? I had the idea to take up writing on my own, with little influence from outside, including from books, since I didn’t read much. I just decided I wanted to write, and began working on a novel for a year without telling anyone. I was sixteen and really should have been doing so many other things besides trying to write a novel. I was secretive, and I was determined, and I was a very bad writer.

Do you generally get a story idea first or does the main character develop first? I get the story idea, then develop the characters as I go. I don’t usually know much about my characters until they’re written down.


What inspired you to write Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight?  In 2007, I took a children’s book publishing class from Michael Katz, the publisher of Tradewind Books, in Vancouver, Canada. He tasked us with writing a children’s picture book that could fit into a standard 32 page spread. I had the idea to do my book about a city of birds that don’t know they can fly. Mike liked the idea, and he encouraged me to develop it into a longer work – a chapter book. That took a few years and many drafts to do.


Are you working on a new book? I’m working on a middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy thriller called The Maker. It’s kind of a Jim Henson’s Labyrinth meets Star Wars (the original Star Wars) type of thing. I’m also working on a second Charlie Sparrow book, because I keep getting the comment from readers that they want to see more of Tree City.


What is the most difficult part of writing? Have you ever felt that the only thing keeping you from feeling joy all the time is the fear of feeling joy all the time? Well, for me the most difficult thing about writing is something similar. I love writing so much that the hardest part about it is getting up the courage to go to that wonderful place, probably because the freedom and the thrill of it is frightening.


Do you write full time or do you still have a day job? I have a full-time job, so I write in the gaps between all the other stuff going on in my life. I did recently quit a PhD in English Literature so the gaps between other stuff wouldn’t be filled with academic work and I could fill them with writing instead.


How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block? Reviews are one kind of feedback that it’s useful for a writer to have, whether they’re bad or good. It’s an ongoing struggle to keep from taking reviews, or any feedback, too much to heart. The trick is knowing which parts to listen to and make use of to improve one’s writing, and which parts to ignore. Writers are kind of forced to learn this skill, and it’s a tough one.

I haven’t had writer’s block.


What do you hope that readers will take away from your book? I hope readers will be entertained by the story and connect with the characters. Charlie, Fanny, and Doctor Percy are my very good friends, and I hope they will be friends to other people too. Particularly to children.


Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with? In February, I attended the annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference in New York City, where Mo Willems, author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, gave an electrifying speech filled with hilarious tidbits of advice for writers. Now that I’ve seen him speak, I think Willems would make excellent company at a meal. He’s just so full of energy and humor, and he’s got an infectious kind of genius that is fun to be around.


What author inspires you the most and why? Without a doubt Roald Dahl. Dahl’s brand of storytelling is something I crave. I’ve tried to put my finger on what it is that he does so well but can’t. All I know is it’s genius and it makes me want to be better at writing stories.


What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.? I tend to create short-term goals for myself, and meet them if I can. I wish I had a writing schedule and stuck to it. Say, one hour every day. But I don’t, and have never been able to keep one for an extended period of time.


What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read? I’m not a parent, so I don’t know. If I did have kids, I would probably start by giving them stories I loved, and then seeing what they liked and getting them more of that stuff.


What advice would you give to new writers? I’ve been writing for almost twenty years now, but I still consider myself a new writer. Charlie Sparrow is the first book I’ve ever finished to the point where I felt I could share it with others. I guess my advice would be: if the urge to write won’t go away, then go on, write. Also, stay open and attentive to the feedback of others and to your own instincts about your work. I’ve found that writing is learning about two things: what my reader wants, and what my voice is.


Thank you for this interview. Thank you.

April 2, 2013 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments


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