New Release: Thornhill by Pam Smy

Parallel plotlines, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.

Mary is an orphan at the Thornhill Institute for Children at the very moment that it’s closing down for good. But when a bully goes too far, Mary’s revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.

Years later, Ella moves to a new town where she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute. Determined to befriend the mysterious, evasive girl she sees there, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s history and uncover its secrets.

Ella’s story is told through striking, bold art; Mary’s is told through diary entries. Each informs the other until the two eventually intersect to reveal the truth behind Thornhill’s shadowy past, once and for all. Strikingly told and masterfully illustrated, Pam Smy bends genres and expectations alike.

Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 29, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162672654X
ISBN-13: 978-1626726543
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Pam Smy studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art, part of Anglia Ruskin University, where she now lectures part-time. Pam has illustrated books by Conan Doyle, Julia Donaldson, and Linda Newbury, as well as Bob Cattell’s Butter-Finger series for Frances Lincoln. She lives in Cambridge.

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Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra

Have you ever tried counting sheep to sleep? Sammy Jo does each night, but she only needs to count ten before falling fast asleep. When ten more arrive, chaos ensues and she must find a way to make everyone happy and get some rest.

Oh my gosh, this is the cutest book! This creative little girl tries finding a new home for the ten extra sheep that invade her bedroom. Every time she comes up with a solution, something goes wrong. But she keeps trying until the problem is solved. Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra teaches problem solving, encourages kids not to give up, and tosses in some counting for a super fun book.

Eugene Ruble provides the colorful artwork for this story and his zany sheep make this book even more enjoyable. Pick up a copy for your little one and find out for yourself.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Paperback
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (June 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616338601
ISBN-13: 978-1616338602

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Alphabet Forest by Lori Galaske

In this charming and adorable book for preschoolers, a young girl has lost her name. Her brother agrees to help her find it and their journey takes them through their house and yard and into a wonderful alphabet forest where trees, birds, and animals of every letter play along the path.

The Alphabet Forest by Lori Galaske is such a sweet story. Galaske’s adventurous tale is filled with alliteration that helps children learning to read recognize recurring letter sounds.  I’m already a fan of Eugene Ruble’s artwork and he did a fine job with bringing The Alphabet Forest alive for readers with excellent use of color and details. I’ll be sharing this one with my friends who have preschoolers.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (July 31, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616338660
ISBN-13: 978-1616338664
SRP: $10.95

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

Megan is bullied because she has rabbit ears. She writes her diary about her problem. But her friend Tory convinces her instead of always hiding them under hats to learn to love herself for who she is and not let anyone else’s opinions make her hide.

Tootsie is a little dog who pees a lot and in all the wrong places. He pees in the library, the grocery store, the café, and anywhere else he pleases. When his mischievous behavior catches up with him, Tootsie must make a decision, but will it be too late?

In the early 600’s, a baby found on the steps of a monastery becomes a kitchen boy for the fearsome Father Pieter. Beggar boys, a monster oven, and mystery bread lead us to a new understanding of Lent. Includes a recipe for pretzels.

An easy-to-sing-and-stage children’s Easter musical created to help children understand the power of the cross and resurrection of our Lord. The simple drama and kid-tested songs make this book a valuable ministry resource for Christian schools and children’s choirs. A must-have for churches with limited resources.

Kitsy and her two brothers grew up in California’s Mojave Desert during the 1940’s. In Mischief and Horses Kitsy recounts some of the hardships, struggles, and joys faced during their childhood of moving from one foster care farm to another.

It’s Groundhog Day in Amazing Grace Acres! Gracie Groundhog holds the spotlight as the official forecaster of spring. Her brother, Grover, devises a plan to steal the show! Will Grover succeed? Will Gracie find a way to forgive him? Will spring come early or will the animals have to hunker down for six more weeks of winter?

Visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com for these and other children’s books.

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Buying Books with a Purpose

 

It’s my Friday at Christian Children’s Authors. Today’s topic: buying books with a purpose. As if I need an excuse to buy a book. 🙂 Check it out at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2017/08/18/buying-books-with-a-purpose

New Arrival: The Runaway Dandelion by Jill Regensburg

A once idyllic meadow, home to animals, birds, insects, wildflowers and ancient apple trees is clear cut by a bulldozer to make way for new construction.

Miraculously, there is one survivor…a lonely little dandelion.

When her golden petals turn to white fluff, she takes flight in search of a new home. We get a bird’s eye view of her journey over many big houses and manicured green lawns. When she spots a lush green meadow, surrounded by wetlands, we follow her down to earth, and cheer as she puts down new roots.

We meet all the inhabitants of this small Family Farm and observe their daily life.

Age Range: 5 – 12 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: EarthWardProject (May 12, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998459615
ISBN-13: 978-0998459615

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Look for my review coming soon!

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Making Peace with the Past

This is one of the Fridays that I blog at Christian Children’s Authors. I’m talking about how I made peace with a part of my past. You can find the article at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2017/08/04/making-peace-with-the-past. Have you ever had a chance to make peace with your past? How did it turn out?