Coming in October: Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Welcome back to the irresistible world of Greenglass House where thirteen-year-old Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem. There are fresh clues to uncover as friends old and new join in his search for a mysterious map and a famous smuggler’s lost haul.   This exciting sequel to a beloved book that was praised in a starred review as “an enchanting, empowering read” is sure to thrill both fans and newcomers. Like its predecessor, it’s a smart, suspenseful tale that offers ghosts, friendships, and a cast of unforgettable characters, all wrapped up in a cozy mystery.

Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7
Lexile Measure: 800
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (October 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 054499146X
ISBN-13: 978-0544991460

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First Chapter Review: Transgression by Jannette Fuller

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Transgression (Book One of Ambrosial Acres Series) is a YA/Mystery/Suspense on tour with Pump Up Your Book.

transgressionBlurb:  Agent Yagil faces the fight of his calling as a Guardian Angel. His newest assignment is going to take every bit of perseverance and patience he has.

Seventeen-year-old Amber Reynolds is looking for some freedom and independence from her rigid lifestyle. Going behind her parents’ back, she takes a part-time job at the renowned inn located within Ambrosial Acres.

As Agent Yagil watches over Amber, he discovers things are not what they seem. Despite its wondrous beauty, Ambrosial Acres hides a dark and supernatural secret.

Between Amber’s new coworker crushes, her menacing stalker, a mysterious online stranger, and the evil agents out to lead her down a path of self destruction, Agent Yagil struggles to keep her safe. To keep her from using her freewill that will bring harm to herself–and others.

Will Agent Yagil succeed?

Or will his shortcomings get in the way?

COVER: Not bad. A bit plain for a story that seems to be intense. I would have liked to see Ambrosial Acres in the background.

FIRST CHAPTER: Agent Yagil gets to meet his charge: Amber Reynolds. A rebellious teen, he is perplexed by some of her odd behaviors…well, odd to him anyway. Racing from church to school to Ambrosial Acres, Amber has a plan.

KEEP READING: Definitely. Fuller paints some great pictures that draw the reader in and the pace of her text is in line with the speedy Amber. She captures the heartbeat of teens in this first chapter and definitely creates a character others will relate to. I’m eager to see what happens next.

Series: Ambrosial Acres
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Solstice Publishing (October 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1625264623
ISBN-13: 978-1625264626

Available in printed and digital formats.

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

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Jannette Fuller loves spending time with the Lord and her family. She’s a fangirl of everything lovely, and always tries to see the best in everyone, except for the villains in her YA series Ambrosial Acres.
 
When she’s not blogging or writing her latest article, she listens to sermons while sweating away unwanted calories, cleans the house until it sparkles, laughs at the silliest things, and enjoys the outdoors, especially her daily walks through the enchanted forest.

Of course there’s more to be said, but then her bio would end up being a memoir.

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All Because of Chickens by G. L. Miller

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Returning to the family homestead intensifies twelve-year-old Sammy’s longing for the family heritage—farming. But Dad’s ultimatum, “… no crops, no animals, no barn…” shows Dad wants nothing to do with farming, for himself or Sammy. Then why did Dad insist Sammy join a farming club?

Permission slips for Ag club summer projects are due. Sammy defends his project choice with, “Technically, Dad, chickens are birds not animals.” Miraculously, he wins Dad’s approval.

Sammy’s problems begin with the early arrival of his peeps and the loss of his best pals.   His ingenuity to care for his chicks, make a new friend, and design a compost bin win him a new name. His biggest challenge—can he butcher his roosters?

Summer’s many adventures include solving a mystery, fighting a hawk, and being disqualified at the County Fair.

At the end of the project, has he won…or lost…the thing he wanted most—Dad’s change of heart about farming?

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During a lull in the suppertime conversation, Sammy found the courage to broach the subject. “Dad, Mr. Conklin said we had to bring our signed summer project paper to next week’s meeting.”

“And what have you chosen to do?” asked Dad, sipping his coffee.

“Raise chickens,” mumbled Sammy. Afraid of Dad’s reaction, he toyed with the last of the peas on his plate.

“What?” Dad almost sloshed his coffee as he set down the mug. “I thought you understood there would be no animals.”

“Yes,” Sammy admitted, “but I thought—”

Sammy saw Dad’s angry frown and tightly drawn lips. He decided to try a different approach. “Dad, I’m confused. You’re the one who wanted me to join the Ag club of CAYC, the County Agriculture Youth Club. You said you belonged as a boy. Surely you remembered there were summer projects?”

In silence Dad swallowed another sip of coffee. “I remembered,” he said. “But, I was hoping you would get interested in growing flowers for your mother or vegetables for the kitchen. Couldn’t you do that as your project?”

“Well, you said there would be no farming, either,” Sammy pointed out.

“What I meant by that was fields of plants, not just a few around the house or in a small garden.”

“In that case, yes, I probably could.” Then, with heroic effort he blurted, “But that really wouldn’t be any fun. All plants do is sit there. You have to water them and feed them and weed them. And they still…just sit there.”

“You have to feed and water chickens, too,” Mom gently reminded. “And clean their house and take care of them.”

“At least they move. And I could play with them. I know they’d be work, but I hope maybe some fun, too.”

“What made you decide on chickens?” she asked.

“Well,” said Sammy, “first I thought of a foal, but I knew Dad wouldn’t approve of that,” he added quickly, stealing a glance at his father. “Besides, we don’t have a barn or any place to put a young horse. True, during the summer he wouldn’t need much more than a lean-to. Still, I would hope to have him longer than just this summer…” Sammy’s voice trailed off.

“Then I considered a puppy.” How am I going to explain this to Mom? Sammy took a drink from his water glass and quickly got his thoughts together. “I would probably want to have him in the house, though. You know, to play with and sleep on my bed.   But dogs get fleas and shed their hair so I didn’t think you’d permit that.”

Mom’s smile confirmed his supposition. “So that’s when you thought of the chickens?” she asked.

Sammy nodded.

“But they’re still animals,” prodded Dad.

Turning his attention back to Dad, Sammy defended himself. “Not really, Dad. Technically, they’re birds.”

Sammy watched the astonishment in Dad’s face turn to amusement.

Technically, they are not birds, they are fowl,” Dad replied.

Embarrassment tightened Sammy’s jaw. “You’re laughing at me.”

Sammy felt Dad’s hand gently clasp his own, causing him to focus on what Dad was saying.

“Never, Sammy. I would never laugh at you. I love you. You are growing up and using words that surprise me.   I enjoy your ingenuity. I’m laughing in delight of you, but never at you.”

Sammy grinned and ducked his head.

Mom pushed back her chair and stood up. “Let me get dessert, and then you can tell us more about this project.”

“I’ll get my stuff.” Sammy ran to his room for his club materials and the form he and Gran had filled out earlier. He also swooped up his drawings and the copies of the Internet pages. Spreading everything out in front of his dad, he explained what Mr. Conklin was encouraging them to do.

“And Gran said I could use that old lumber behind her shed to make the house.   I mean, coop,” Sammy corrected himself.

“I thought I smelled my mother in this,” muttered Dad.

“Oh no, Dad,” Sammy hurried to set things straight. “I thought of all this myself. When I told her today, Gran asked me the same things you did. All she did was help me to look up some information on her computer and to fill in my form.”

Sammy looked through the papers he’d put on the table. Choosing two, he placed one before Dad.

“See, I’ve even drawn some plans for their coop,” Sammy said. Putting the second page on top, he explained, “And I have enough money in my bank to pay for the chicks, their equipment, and part of their food. I plan to sell their eggs to get more food money.”

Sammy watched Dad’s face for signs of approval. He didn’t realize he was holding his breath until Mom spoke.

“How many peeps are you thinking of getting?” she asked.

“Mr. Conklin said we can buy as few as twenty-four or twenty-five,” Sammy answered. “He’s bringing catalogs to the next meeting so we can see what breeds are available. But, I think I already know what kind I want.”

Sammy searched through his computer printouts. Pulling a couple of pictures from the stack, he handed one to Mom.

“Gran and I looked at different kinds on the computer,” he said. “These Golden Comets seemed to be the most interesting. You can see in the picture that the roosters are white and the hens are red.” Sammy chuckled, and then added, “With that sort of help, I won’t be asking a rooster why it isn’t laying an egg.”

“Good thinking,” agreed Dad. “A beginner needs all the help he can get.”

“That’s what Gran said,” admitted Sammy.

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Ellie & Ace: The Case of the Bedtime Bandit by Tangerine Toodles and Wednesday Whistlehoot

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Looking for a book for your mystery-loving reader? Look no further than Ellie & Ace: The Case of the Bedtime Bandit by Tangerine Toodles and Wednesday Whistlehoot. In this humorous mystery, soon-to-be world famous detective Ellie and her canine companion, Ace, begin searching for clues when strange things start happening in their neighborhood.

This is such a fun book. Not only do you have an amateur sleuth on your hands, but also a brother with smelly sneakers, a police detective dad for some inspiration, and neighbors with silly names. As more things disappear, Ellie and Ace work to uncover the mystery and apprehend the culprit. And you won’t believe who the culprit is.

Toodles and Whistlehoot have created an engaging and imaginative humorous mystery for young readers that will keep them turning the pages and yearning for more Ellie & Ace.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 3295 KB
Print Length: 38 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Rogor Publishing (February 27, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00IPQFZWO

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I received a copy of this book from the author through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Book Blasts and Book Tours. 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.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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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Book Spotlight: Bone: Out of Boneville by Jeff Smith

boneAfter being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.

One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures…

Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever left home for the first time only to find that the world outside is strange and overwhelming will love Bone.

Age Range: 11 and up
Grade Level: 6 and up
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: GRAPHIX; First Edition edition (February 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439706408
ISBN-13: 978-0439706407

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Guest Blogger: Michaela MacColl, Author of Always Emily (Giveaway)

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Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they’re not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.

What’s Up with That Title? by Michaela MacColl

This week my new book Always Emily comes out. It’s the next novel in my series of literary mysteries – this one is about the Bronte sisters.  Charlotte Bronte (who would write Jane Eyre) is 18 and her sister Emily (of Wuthering Heights fame) is 17. The sisters get involved in a mystery on their very own moors – a mystery that threatens their peace of mind, their brother and father and even their lives.

If my story is about two sisters, what’s up with that title? Always Emily? I’ve had lots of  people ask me (especially my husband who gets this book mixed up with my last one about Emily Dickinson).  The truth is this book was originally written in alternating chapters, first Charlotte then Emily. These sisters, despite having an identical upbringing, were completely different from one another.

Charlotte was the eldest sister and she assumed responsibility for the family. She’s the one with the plan – to keep the family solvent, to find employment and to get the sisters published.  Emily, on the other hand, had zero ambitions other than to wander the moors and write her wild, uninhibited poetry and stories. Naturally Charlotte wrote about the repressed and moral Jane Eyre, while Emily penned a gothic melodrama of illicit love and revenge.

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Ultimately I found the alternating narration way too confining. It didn’t seem fair to the reader to leave Charlotte locked in a trunk about to suffocate and then shift to Emily doing the most mundane of chores.  So I switched to a third person, but let each sister own their own chapters.  It worked so much better but I had to answer that pressing question, who is the main character?

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I’m the eldest in my family and I’m the one who likes to plan – so my preference was Charlotte of course. But Emily was so much more fun! And if there’s to be a romance (and in these literary mysteries there is always a hint of some love in the air) Emily seems the more likely candidate. So Emily won out by a hair – Charlotte has adventures, but Emily is the main player.

Charlotte quite reasonably resents her sister’s lack of responsibilities. And how aggravating that Emily is the sister that attracts the masculine attention that Charlotte craved. More than once Charlotte mutters, “Emily, it’s always Emily.”

My editor and I liked this as a title because it sounds so romantic – but really it’s the lament of the plainer, older, duller sister. It’s always Emily!

Thanks for reading. I’d love to have you visit at www.michaelamaccoll.com , or follow me on Twitter at @MichaelaMacColl or check out Author Michaela MacColl on Facebook.

 

Read an excerpt at http://www.scribd.com/doc/198642656/Always-Emily

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