Happy Birthday Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Today we celebrate the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery. On November 30, 1874, Montgomery was born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island to Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner Macneill. After her mother’s death, when Lucy was only 21 months old, Montgomery’s father left her in the care of her maternal grandparents in Cavendish. He moved away and eventually remarried.

It is said living as an only child with elderly caregivers helped Montgomery to develop her imagination and fondness for nature, books, and writing. Though her first publication came in the fall of 1891, she completed school and earned her teaching license in 1893 – 1894. After a brief teaching career, the sudden death of the grandfather who had raised her caused Montgomery to return home to care for her grandmother. She would remain there for most of the next thirteen years where she continued to write and earn a comfortable income.Anne

She wrote her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables, in 1905, but tucked it away after numerous rejections. In 1907, she sent it out again and it was picked up by the Page Company of Boston, Massachusetts and published in 1908. Montgomery married after her grandmother’s death and bore three sons, one of whom was stillborn. As a minister’s wife living in Leaskdale, Ontario, she was busy assisting her husband, but she still made time to write. Montgomery never lived on Prince Edward Island again, but she was buried in the Cavendish cemetery not far from her old home.

For my eleventh birthday, I received the first three books in the Anne of Green Gables series as a present from my oldest sister. I would not become enamored with Anne’s story, however, until the release of the Anne of Green Gables Canadian mini-series in 1985 starring Megan Follows, Richard Farnsworth, and Colleen Dewhurst. Follows would reprise her role as Anne Shirley in two sequels: Anne of Avonlea (now titled Anne of Green Gable The Sequel) and Anne of Green Gables The Continuing Story. 

I have since gone on to read all eight of Montomgery’s Anne novels, The Story Girl and The Golden Road–which inspired the Canadian-based Road to Avonlea television series, and Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea.

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s work continues to inspire my own writing. It is her feisty, imaginative, red-headed orphan who reminds me a bit of myself–not unlike the other feisty character/historical figure I adore–Laura Ingalls Wilder. Here’s to a talented author whose most famous character continues to gain new fans year after year. May she live in our hearts forever.

 

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Rani in Search of a Rainbow by Shaila Abdullah

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Inspired by the 2010 floods in Pakistan, Rani in Search of a Rainbow by Shaila Abdullah is a touching and delightful story of one girl’s determination to help after her family and friends are moved to a refugee campsite.

This is a sweet book with a wonderful message. Abdullah has created a wonderful story to help children deal with life-changing events. The reader watches Rani go through many emotions and be pushed aside in her efforts to help by the busy adults who fear for her safety as they work together to make their temporary home useful to their community. It is such a pleasure when Rani finds a way to help all on her own. Rani in Search of a Rainbow also teaches compassion for others, which makes it a fabulous story for any child.

The vibrantly colored illustrations capture an intriguing culture and, the story not only helps young readers learn about the Pakistani way of life, it encourages them to discover more. While at more than 50 pages it is longer than the typical picture book, the pace of the story keeps the reader moving swiftly from beginning to end. A great read!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 6601 KB
Print Length: 56 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 1st edition (November 7, 2014)
Publication Date: November 7, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00PE34HWU

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

Hockey Agony by Donna M. McDine

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Hockey Agony by Donna M. McDine displays the importance of honesty and integrity.

In this sports-themed chapter book for tweens, Larry is disappointed that his recent injury has sidelined him from the big game. His coach asking him to be time keeper alongside a member of the opposing team is little consolation. When one of his teammates asks him to cheat, Larry needs to decide if honesty can beat out his bad attitude and habit of bending the rules.

As someone who writes message-driven fiction, I always enjoy a book where a reader has a take away they can ponder long after they finish. Such is the case with Hockey Agony. McDine created a character whose bad attitude and habit of bending the rules finally puts him at odds with doing the right thing. Peer pressure is huge at this age, so the author taps into that dilemma and helps tweens realize honesty and integrity are essential to making us successful in life.

Julie Hammond provided the artwork for Hockey Agony. She has a perfect style to complement this story. I also enjoyed the many background details that I felt relayed the message of the story in a subtle way.

While this award-winning book is sure to be popular with hockey players everywhere, Larry’s story is a great read for any tween looking for a bit of excitement and characters they can easily relate to.

Highly recommended!

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Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (March 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161633360X
ISBN-13: 978-1616333607

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

 

New This Christmas: Joseph’s Cradle by Stephanie Burkhart

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Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (October 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1940310342
ISBN-13: 978-1940310343

BUY LINKS:

4RV PUBLISHING BOOKSTORE: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/burkhart.php

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Josephs-Cradle-Stephanie-Burkhart/dp/1940310342steph7

Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire. Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son’s Cub Scout Den.

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Colonial Comics Edited by Jason Rodriguez

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Colonial Comics is a graphic novel collection of true stories about the colonial period in New England.These illustrated stories focus on tales you cannot find in history books. Includes stories about free thinkers, Pequots, Jewish settlers, female business owners and dedicated school teachers, whales and livestock, slavery and frontiers, and many other aspects of colonial life.

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 4 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (October 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938486307
ISBN-13: 978-1938486302

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Blogging Today at Christian Children’s Authors

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You’ll find me blogging about Thanksgiving traditions today at Christian Children’s Authors. Hope you will share your traditions at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2015/11/20/thanksgiving-traditions/