The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram

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Hold onto your hats. The long-awaited sequel to The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab has arrived!

Following their Egyptian adventure, Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail for the second Stone of Power. It seems the stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur.

The boys journey to Scotland to search for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. Aunt Isabel has sent her house guest, Kim, to tag along with them. Tensions rise, but the boys can’t worry about Kim’s interference. Their enemy, Dr. Khalid, has followed them to Scotland. And little do they know, the deadly Eaters of Poison are on a mission of their own that will place all of them in danger.

Fascinating, exotic, and packed with adventure, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram is even better than the first book in The Chronicles of the Stone Series. New characters join familiar faces to create another exciting and fantastic journey. Ingram has the ability to draw her readers in quickly and fully. This book–just like the first one–is impossible to put down. Adam and Justin experience some growing pains in this novel; and it certainly doesn’t help that everything unfolds in front of Kim, who they barely know. Ingram’s skillful creation of unique characters mixed with an engaging plot wrapped around a beloved legend, truly makes this a book that tweens and teens shouldn’t miss.

Highly recommended!

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Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: Biblio Publishing (October 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622492188
ISBN-13: 978-1622492183

Fiona Ingram was born and educated in South Africa, and has worked as a full-time journalist and editor. Her interest in ancient history, mystery, and FionaIngram-794310legends, and her enjoyment of travel resulted in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series—The Chronicles of the Stone. This was inspired by a family trip the author took with her mom and two young nephews aged ten and twelve at the time. The book began as a short story for her nephews and grew from there. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is a treat for young King Arthur fans. Fiona is busy with Book 3 entitled The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, set in Mexico.

While writing The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, Fiona fostered (and later adopted) a young African child from a disadvantaged background. Her daughter became the inspiration for the little heroine, Kim, in The Search for the Stone of Excalibur. Interestingly, the fictional character’s background and social problems are reflected in the book as Kim learns to deal with life. Fiona’s experiences in teaching her daughter to read and to enjoy books also inspired many of her articles on child literacy and getting kids to love reading.

Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com

Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fiona.robyn.ingram

Amazon Purchase Page: http://www.amazon.com/Search-Stone-Excalibur-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00O97QG94/

 

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.

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Guest Book Review: The Vanishing Frogs of Cascade Creek by Emma J. Homes

frogsPublisher: Spark Street Communications Pty Ltd (June 25, 2014)
Print Length: 44 pages
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, wildlife, environment
Age Level: 8-11
Five stars

Something is killing the waterfall frogs of Cascade Creek. Ten-year-old Ruthie, along with her mum and dad (Tom and Kate who are wildlife scientists), and Ruthie’s younger siblings, Liam and Bella, as well as their pet wombat, Womble, are headed off to the rainforests of Northern Queensland in their big green bus to investigate. The family has just spent 6 months helping to catch and tag shy rock wallabies. Cascade Creek promises a brand new adventure. Sadly, when they get there, the frogs have all but disappeared. Luckily the kids manage to find a frog (whom they call Wanda) but Wanda looks very sick. When they find a few tadpoles, the same situation prevails: the tadpoles are thin,  not plump and healthy as they should be. They get Wanda and the tadpoles back to the Wildlife Research Station so Kate can take a better look. Wanda seems to have some kind of skin condition. Is this killing the frogs of Cascade Creek and how can it be cured? Luckily, naughty Womble’s playful antics offer a surprising possible answer!

What a life Ruthie and her family enjoy, spending time away from the city and experiencing the wonders of nature. The kids do their lessons via school of the air and spend their days travelling with their parents around the beautiful Australian countryside. They learn about plants, animals, insects and a variety of indigenous creatures. They also learn about caring for the environment and the animals, and how important it is to preserve even the smallest of creatures, such as a little frog, because each creature has its part to play in the ecosystem. Author Emma Homes has a lovely way of inserting information about various animals, their habitats, food, and threats to their existence into the text. Ruthie is a wonderful role model for young readers and she is both compassionate and mature in her outlook. Hopefully this fascinating series will inspire young readers to look up more information about the animals that Ruthie and her family encounter. A delightful read that I highly recommend to all.

Purchase here.

 

Reviewer’s bio: Fiona Ingram is an award-winning middle grade author who is passionate about getting kids interested in reading. Find out more about Fiona and her books on www.FionaIngram.com. She reviews books for the Jozikids Blog.

New Reviews Coming Soon

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I’ve been falling asleep early lately. Guess my body is gearing up for that major surgery next month.

But never fear, new reviews are on the way. Here are some books I’ll be reviewing soon:

My Friend Merlin by Joanne Lecuyer,

ItGirl4Life by Tamara Branch,

Ella’s Toys and Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick.

Keep checking in for more updates.

Coming January 6!: I Live in A Doghouse by Beverly Stowe McClure

ILiveInADoghouse200x300Eleven-year-old Nick Cassidy’s stepsister delights in calling him gross names. His half-sister loves for Nick to push her in the stroller, to his embarrassment. What if the guys from school see him? All Nick wants is his father to come back and take him away from this crazy family. Is it any wonder he sometimes lives in the doghouse?

I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE is the story of a boy’s struggles to accept his new family while he longs for the old. When his father finally returns, will Nick’s dreams come true? Or will he discover that memories sometimes are faulty, and it’s best to forget the past and treasure the present?

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Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. To some of her friends, she is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats.

For twenty-two years Beverly taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Now, she teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.

Visit Bev online at:

Website: https://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com/

Blog: http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/beverlymcclure

 

 

 

Asia: Its People and History by Bonnie Rose Hudson

asiaFilled with stories, activities, and tons of information, Asia: Its People and History by Bonnie Rose Hudson is a wonderful resource for Christian parents seeking to introduce their children to the people of Asia and the wealth of history about the area.

With her desire to bring history to life, Hudson has created a phenomenal, engaging, and informative resource designed for children ages 8 to 12. The curriculum is divided into sixteen weeks that can be stretched or compressed to best fit your schedule. Each section contains a story, discussion questions, and activities to make learning come alive. Links to downloadable information make it easy to find what you’re looking for more of. After the Answer Key, you’ll find a list of resources that includes suggested reading, in addition to a special free offer from the author. I plan to share my copy with a homeschooling mom I know.

This curriculum will inspire children to learn more. Highly recommended.

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Print length: 95 pages
Publisher: Bonnie Rose Hudson
Language: English
ISBN: 9781496041258

You can purchase a paperback or digital copy of this book from the author’s website at http://writebonnierose.com/products/ or the Kindle version at Amazon.

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.

The TRUTH: Diary of a Gusty Tween by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

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In this updated version of THE TRUTH, My Secret Diary, I’m Ten, I’m Smart and I Know Everything positive psychologist Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein provides a glimpse into two years in the life of a girl starting at ten years old. Told as a series of diary entries, the reader follows the girl as she falls in love for the first time, deals with troubles at home, attempts to fit in with her peers, and watches her body begin to change. As young girls move along through this young journalist’s life, they will be reminded of their inner strength, their talents, and their future potential.

The TRUTH: Diary of a Gusty Tween contains references to modern technology that all tweens and teens use on a regular basis. This is the second update of this book for teens and tweens. I like how Holstein works to stay in touch with her readers and keeps abreast of what is important to them. However, the messages of this book remain the same: you aren’t alone and you are special. Because these messages are so important when reaching out to this age group, I am happy Holstein continues to focus her work here. Bringing up girls to have a healthy image of themselves is vital to future happiness.

Definitely a great book for those ten and up to read alone or with a parent for discussion.

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File Size: 1614 KB
Print Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (July 1, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00K4JVUPQ

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

Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell

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Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell is the story of a boy regaining his courage after a near death experience.

After the death of his mother, Joe Dearborne has become known in his community as Fearless Joe. His father, however, feels he’s being reckless. When Joe rushes into a burning house to rescue some puppies, he knows he’s broken the promise he made to his father to stay out of harm’s way. But breaking that promise is soon the least of Joe’s worries.

When the mysterious Mrs. Chill arrives to care for Joe while his dad is away on business, he discovers she will unleash a devious plan that will ruin his family. Can Joe push aside the fears from his near death experience to save them?

What a great book. Mitchell has created a fascinating cast of characters and placed them within the setting of an imaginative, captivating story. After his near death experience, everything Joe has ever known changes. With his father away on business, he’s left to deal with uncovering and stopping Mrs. Chill’s evil plans all by himself, despite now being afraid to do things he never would have thought twice about doing before. It’s great to see Joe’s development through the story. Secondary characters like Aunt P., Mrs. Darcy and Meg add humor and a sense of community.

I easily read this book in one sitting, and would love to see Joe, Aunt P. and others featured in new stories. Fearless Joe Dearborne is a page-turning middle grade novel filled with mystery and adventure. You won’t want to miss this one.

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File Size: 894 KB
Print Length: 135 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495933598
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing (October 14, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00OJ9M6BE

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author through Mother Daughter & Son Book Reviews Book Promotion Services. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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