Tags: books for young readers, Cheryl C. Malandrinos, children's books, Children's picture books, Christian children's books, Christmas themed books, Guardian Angel Publishing, Holiday themed books, The Little Shepherd Boy
I received word from Guardian Angel Publishing this week that my first children’s picture book, The Little Shepherd Boy will be released in August, a few months earlier than I thought. I’m very excited.
I’ll be looking for virtual book tour hosts in October, November and December, so I hope you’ll consider reviewing this book or hosting me at your blog in some other way.
Thanks to all my online friends who have in the past and continue to offer support and encouragement as I make the journey from aspiring author to published author!
Tags: book reviews, books that teach a lesson, books that teach children a lesson, Chapter books, children's fantasy, fantasy adventure story, Katharine Sohler, Martha & Chip, Middle Grade books
Peace has reigned for a long time in the kingdom of Crabbapple. If anything goes awry, however, they have the White Magi to handle things. But then Mage Mabel’s worst fears are confirmed. The witch Aylis has been capturing the White Magi one by one. Now, only she and Mage Martha are left.
While Martha isn’t afraid of any old witch, she doesn’t know who she is up against. She’ll be forced to look for help in the strangest of places.
What a fabulous and fun fantasy adventure for young readers ages 9 through 12. Not liking how rats were portrayed on TV and in the movies, young Sohler set out to write a story where one of the heroines would be a rat.
Martha meets Chip (the rat) while trying to defeat Aylis and save the White Magi. Together, they can do amazing things, which shows young readers the importance of friendship, cooperation, and working together for the greater good.
While at times I felt the sarcastic banter between the characters was a bit forced, it took nothing away from the sheer enjoyment of reading Martha & Chip’s story. While the main characters are girls, there are enough dragons around to entertain the boys in your house. The book opens with an Introduction to the Introduction, which sets the stage for what you’re going to find the rest of the way through: a great story worth reading time and again.
Sohler also illustrated the book, so I tip my hat to her. Katharine Sohler is definitely a young writer and artist to keep your eye on!
Tags: Beautiful Malice, Bodie and Brock Thoene, book reviews, Bowdancer III, Capturing Karma, Chastity Bush, children's books, Diana M. Raab, Elysabeth Eldering, Evenings on Dark Island, Harvest Moon, Healing with Words, Jackie JOhnson, Janie Franz, Jerry Jenkins, Jonathan Bernstein, K.M. Daughters, Keeping the Wolves at Bay Media Training, Larry Rock, Lingering Spirit, Marilyn Meredith, Plan B, Rebecca James, Rhett Devane, State of Reservations, Steven Verrier, The Last Operative, The Return to Zion, The Third Option, The Zion Chronicles, Vince Flynn, When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty, Young Adult fiction
After almost a month long hiatus, this column is back. North Carolina was wonderful. I worked some of the time promoting virtual book tour clients, read some great books, and wrote two chapters of my WIP along with almost two full chapters of my first ghostwriting project. Since I read the most while we were away, I guess I’ll start with me. This is the list of books I brought with me. I also had my Kindle:
All the titles with an asterisk are ones I read while we were away. I also read the romantic suspense novel Capturing Karma by K.M. Daughters. This is the fourth installment of The Sullivan Boys series. I love these books. Reviews of all those I’ve read are either posted or soon to be posted, so keep an eye out for them.
The Lil Diva seems to be over her desire not to read anything and picked up one of The Boxcar Children books today.
The Lil Princess is moving along with her summer reading program. She goofed off while we were away, but she’s polished off 9 of the 25 books she needs to read by August 5th. We visited the library today and she’s already read all of those, so we’ll be going back tomorrow for more.
That’s it for now. I would love to hear what you’ve been busy reading this summer.
Tags: book reviews, books that teach children a lesson, Elysabeth Eldering, Geography, Junior Geography Detective Squad, Middle Grade books, State of Reservations, Tween fiction
The Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS) returns in Book 3, State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering.
The adventure continues with the third book in this fabulous series for middle grade students. When Matt gets a surprise visit from Jolene, they decide to use his Junior Geography Detective Squad video game to study for an upcoming test. As usual, they place their bets, and the loser has to do whatever it is the winner has chosen–in this case, Matt will have to carry Jolene’s dance bag and participate in warm ups at her ballet class or Jolene will have to come to the skateboard park dressed in grungy clothes and watch Matt’s team compete on Saturday. Neither seems appealing and they are both determined to be the first one to figure out the clues and correctly guess the state in question.
I’ve been a fan of this series since it began. It’s a great way to help children learn interesting facts about the United States and it encourages them to learn more once the last page is turned. New characters pop up alongside the regular cast of characters in each book, which keeps readers eager to pick up the next book in the series. The bets are funny and it’s entertaining to read along and see who ends up winning and witnessing the losers’ reactions. As with other books in the series, there is a section that includes additional facts about the state covered in the current book. There is also a set of discussion questions at the end.
I have a couple of tiny nitpicks for this one. I wasn’t as pleased with the illustrations in this book as compared to the previous two. There was one illustration I didn’t understand at all and another where I couldn’t even identify what the object in the illustration was until I read the text. I also noticed that the back cover spells Jolene’s name wrong twice. The word “Detective” was also left out of the series name on the back cover. Perhaps I received an ARC, but the book isn’t identified as one.
Those small challenges don’t take away from a great story that will entertain and educate your children. State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering is just another reason for me to love the Junior Geography Detective Squad series. I’m looking forward to the next book.
Tags: Fourth of July, Independence Day, summer holidays
Happy Fourth of July everyone!
Happy Fourth of July everyone!
Tags: Beautiful Malice, book reviews, books that teach children a lesson, Bowdancer III, business books, Chapter books, Chastity Bush, Christian thriller, Diana M. Raab, Elysabeth Eldering, Evenings on Dark Island, Fantasy, Harvest Moon, Healing with Words, Jackie JOhnson, Janie Franz, Jerry Jenkins, Joantah Bernstein, Junior Geography Detective Squad, Keeping the Wolves at Bay Media Training, Larry Rock, Lingering Spirit, Marilyn Meredith, Plan B, Rebecca James, relationship books, Reservations, Rhett Devane, romance novels, Steven Verrier, supernatural, The Children's and Teens Book Connection, The Last Operative, thrillers, vacation time reading, When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty, Young Adult fiction
Here’s what I’ll be reading while we’re away:
- Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith
- The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins
- Keeping the Wolves at Bay Media Training by Jonathan Bernstein
- Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
- Plan B by Steven Verrier (this review will appear at this blog)
- Bowdancer III: Warrior Women by Janie Franz (providing back cover blurb)
- When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty by Jackie Johnson
- Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey by Diana M. Raab
- Harvest Moon by Chastity Bush
- Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering (this review will appear at this blog)
- Evenings on Dark Island by Rhett DeVane & Larry Rock
Unless noted, these reviews will appear at my main blog, The Book Connection.
I hope you have a great couple of weeks. I’ll try to post at least once while we’re away.
Thank you for all your support!
Tags: Indiana Jones, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Outer Banks
We’re getting ready to take our annual trip down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina tomorrow night. I still haven’t packed and I’m beating back alligators with a stick right now.
I’m not sure how much updating I will be doing while we’re away for the next two weeks. My other blogs, The Book Connection and Book Tours and More, however, are scheduled to run several items during that time.
The picture above is taken at one of the many mini-golf courses on the Outer Banks. This one is in Kill Devil Hills, which is the town we stay in. This one is very neat and the girls enjoy going there every year. It’s actually two courses. You take a motorized line of carts that look like those seen in the first Indiana Jones movie up to the top level and work your way down. You can choose the diamond mine or the gold mine and both have 18 holes.
Unless you are a glutton for punishment, you really can only golf in the evenings in July. It’s just too hot during the day. The caves throughout the courses heat up quickly.
I hope you enjoy the next two weeks!