Special Feature: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

quiltAs a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation–and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land–a freedom quilt–that no master will ever suspect.

“A particularly effective way to introduce the subject to younger children, adding a trenchant immediacy to their understanding of a difficult but important chapter in the country’s past.”– (starred) Horn Book.

“This first-rate book is a triumph of the heart.”— (starred) Publishers Weekly.

Purchase here!

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Elliott was abandoned at the hospital in Tanzania, Africa weighing only 1.65 lbs. His first four months were spent in a hospital bed because he was so tiny. Elliot was Neema’s Baked Potato Boy in this true story. He has thrived at Neema House Orphanage and has now been adopted by a great Tanzanian family.

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Bolt, a passenger train, increases his speed between Boston, MA and Washington DC so his favorite passenger Daniel can have more time to spend with his Meemaw on the weekends. The railway superintendent notices Bolt’s speed and efficiency and renames his line the Amtrak Acela. Bolt reaches speeds of 140 mph.


Samuel is a brave little firefighter. His special angel will carry him to Heaven very soon. His sister Gracie finds it hard to say goodbye. Mama teaches Gracie to fill her memory with special moments of Samuel. On windy days, she can hear him whisper to her when she listens with her heart.

To view these and other new releases, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Bullies

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Now that I have combined my Little Shepherd blog into this one, I will be posting writing announcements and goals here. This is my Friday to post at Christian Children’s Authors. Today’s topic: How Bullies Changed My Daughter. I hope you will visit Christian Children’s Authors and comment on my post. You will find it at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2015/06/19/how-bullies-changed-my-daughter/

New Release: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion by Dominique Roques

annaThe lovable tyrant from Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is up to no good, and so are all of her beloved stuffed animals. In this adorable sequel to the 2014 picture book, Anna Banana and her stuffed pals set out to make a chocolate cake…and end up making a big, big, big mess.

With all the charm and whimsy that won reader’s hearts in the first book of the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion will give Anna Banana’s fans more of what they love…and win over new readers.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: First Second; Tra edition (June 16, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626720207
ISBN-13: 978-1626720206

Purchase here!

Hot New Releases!

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A certain member of the CCP girls Dork fans know all about has gotten her hands on Nikki’s diary and has decided to share some thoughts of her own…Find out what happens when Nikki’s worst nightmare becomes a reality. Welcome to Mackenzie’s world!!

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Okay, Harry Potter Fans, I Get It

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It seems crazy to try and write a standard review for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because it is so well known. So, here is how my introduction to the Harry Potter series came about and my admission that it is definitely a worthy read.

For many years now, I’ve avoided the Harry Potter series. Not because I had anything against it, but because I won’t read wildly popular books/series. I’m not much of a follower. My son had read the books when they first came out, but neither daughter expressed much interest until it became a reading assignment for the Lil’ Diva.  As I was browsing the library shelves with her a few weeks ago, I discovered an audio version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. So, I figured, what the heck.

After listening to the entire book read by author and voice artist Jim Dale, it’s easy to see why the Harry Potter series took off like it did. Harry is this young orphan boy who is mistreated by the relatives he is forced to live with. He has no memories of his parents, who died when he was a baby; but he does have this nagging scar on his forehead and recollections of a green light.

When Harry finds out that he is a wizard, his entire life changes. Hogwarts is filled with people who admire the one who survived an attack by Lord Voldemort. Draco Malfoy, however, isn’t a big fan and provides some great conflict. With Hermoine Granger as the know-it-all, good girl and Ron Weasley as the dependable best friend, author J.K. Rowling creates a superb and diverse cast of characters for readers to enjoy.

I have to admit I am wholeheartedly looking forward to the next book. Once and for all: I get it!

And Now…For This Announcement

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As you have probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to. Seems I must be a good real estate agent, because I have been very busy and some have told me it’s unusual for a newbie to have such a successful first year. Yay me!

So, after careful consideration, I decided to put my writer’s blog–Little Shepherd–on hiatus for a while. The good news is that the updates I used to make there–announcements of when I blog at Christian Children’s Authors, goal updates, writing news, and the sharing of youth ministry resources–will appear here at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for your readership.