Latest from Guardian Angel Publishing

 

“Lovely things are all around in each season, sight, and sound; gifts so wondrous, pure, and true- lovely things for me and you.” This touching poetic picture book expresses thankfulness for the beauty, wonder, and joy that each season brings. It helps children develop appreciation for the majesty of God’s creation and gratitude for the simple things in life.

 

As Sapphire and Ruby learn the joys of the garden, they have a secret Visitor. The girls listen to His prayer and watch as His tears water their garden in Gethsemane. From the Garden of Eden to the garden tomb, their lives are forever changed when the Master Gardener redeems the garden. This book includes 2 editions of the same play; One for larger churches or schools and a simpler version for a smaller cast with less performers.

Also available a CD with the musical tracks for kids to learn to sing the songs for this play.

When Mom told Peggy to babysit her siblings, she had no idea what lay in store: giant floating goldfish, chatty birds and demanding bees. Not to mention dirty diapers— and all because of a piece of gum and a fish? Will Peggy get the kids home safely before Mom comes home? Help! Suggested age range for readers: 3-8

A poor young girl yearns for a beautiful party dress to wear to the ballet. A magical butterfly generously gives the girl his vibrant colors which turn her drab dress into one fit for a princess, while he is left with gray wings.

Contar del uno al diez no es fácil para los niños, sin embargo, la cabra Paisley hará las cosas mas fáciles para los pequeños. La cabra Paisley descubre muchas cosas diferentes que pueden ser contadas en la playa en una noche sin dormir.

Halle and Grant take a long stroll down Memory Lane with Grandma as she recalls the lessons she learned in childhood. In Heiser’s third bedtime storybook, Grandma remembers some happy times like when she got her first bicycle, but remembers a sad time when her house burned down. There is always a lesson to be learned and Grandma is never short of reminding her grand-treasures how great God is.

From cicadas singing to eating popsicles at the summer cottage, from sleeping on fire escapes to dashing undercover during a summer thunderstorm, and weaves a tale of summer nights as they were experienced in the 1930’s. In poetic format with watercolor illustrations, you’ll find yourself taken back to a by-gone era.

There are many kinds of heroes and heroines. Some are strong and brave. Others are helpful and smart. What is your hero like? The students in Mrs. Jett’s class find out about the hero who has it all; strength, bravery, and so much more.

For these books and more from Guardian Angel Publishing, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

Alexander Drake Blog Tour & Giveaway with Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows

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Today I’m reviewing the first two books in the Azra’s Pith Series. This is a middle grade fantasy series by Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows.

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In Book 1, Alexander Drake’s Extraordinary Pursuit, we meet young Alexander Drake. He lives alone with his distant father and has recurring dreams of his mother who has passed away. When his father leaves on another trip, Alexander is sent to stay with his grandmother. In his father’s old room, Alexander discovers a box in the bottom drawer of the dresser. Inside is an odd-looking key and maps and pictures drawn on a tweed fabric. His curiosity gets the better of him, leading him into the forest near his grandmother’s home and on an adventure that will change his life.

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The second book, The Return of General Drake, picks up immediately where the first book left off. Alexander makes it to Verhonia, which angers the evil Imperius. His minion, Roman, prepares his murk army to attack the city. With the safety of the realm in jeopardy and Alexander under a spell that has placed him in grave danger, General John William Drake returns to Verhonia. Can evil be defeated or is all lost?

The premise of this series is a great one. A young boy without friends, who is feeling neglected by his only living parent, is sent away and ends up on a life-changing adventure. In Alexander Drake’s Extraordinary Pursuit, Alexander discovers many surprises about his destiny and his family. The book ends with a cliffhanger that leads into the next book.

By Book 2, Alexander is starting to put some of the pieces together. What he underestimates, however, is how far the evil Imperius is willing to go. With his plan to stop Alexander from reaching Verhonia a failure, Imperius wages war on the city and casts a spell over Alexander, sending him on a journey to Cantilonia. Though General Drake had vowed never to return to Verhonia, with Alexander in danger he has no choice.

What I feel Parkinson-Bellows does well in these books is create a series set primarily in a mythical land filled with quirky characters like Ferdinand, a talking frog and Cozmo, a cunning wolf. These are exciting adventure books filled with action that middle grade readers will devour. Where the books fell a bit short for me was in the stilted dialogue and lack of depth in character development. My feeling is that the focus on creating quirky characters might have led to how the dialogue didn’t flow well to me. The conversations didn’t seem natural. There are also places in both books where resolutions came too quickly for the characters, so there isn’t a digging into the characters’–primarily Alexander’s–emotions and thought process.

That said, both books were enjoyable light reads. Though, I don’t like it when a book ends in a cliffhanger that forces you to buy the next book in order to see how it all plays out, these are short and economically-priced stories, so it doesn’t prevent the reader from continuing.

Rating (for both): 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Alexander Drake’s Extraordinary Pursuit
File Size: 1169 KB
Print Length: 110 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing (June 6, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0054RFVTY

The Return of General Drake
File Size: 269 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing (April 25, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00CK12HEE

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Being the frizzy-haired tomboy with buck teeth gave me a slight case of shyness as a kid. A colorful imagination meant escape and adventure at the drop of a hat.

Over the years I learned that the insecurities I carried around were a waste of time. I still prefer a football game to a manicure any day of the week. That indispensable imagination has found its way into my writing providing a sense of joy and a true purpose.

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My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories by Nicole Weaver

My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories by Nicole Weaver is a moving collection of stories that tackles tough issues. From a boy struggling with his birthday coming on the same day as the worst attacks on American soil, to a biracial boy coping with being teased, from a group of children helping to pay for a classmate’s life-saving surgery, to the rescue of a young boy whose village is nearly wiped out by a devastating hurricane, and more, this collection will show young readers the importance of compassion and how simple acts of kindness can make a difference.

Considering that English isn’t Weaver’s native tongue, this collection flows nicely. While the book is heavy on narration and sparse on setting details,  the message of each story is clear. I would have liked to see an editor round out some of the rough edges, but overall this collection will be a nice way for parents and educators to open discussions on topics that are so prevalent today.  Though this book is geared toward middle grade students, I think adults will enjoy it too.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Paperback:80 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace; Lrg edition (September 4, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1466275995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466275997
  • SRP:  $5.99

I received a free electronic copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

In Memory of Dad by Maranda Russell

A touching story of how to learn to live again after tragedy can be found in Maranda Russell’s short children’s story, In Memory of Dad.

This fictional story is loosely based upon true events from the author’s life. Kaley Jergins was blessed with a wonderful family, good friends, and the talent and passion to succeed on the basketball court. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack, everything changes. Mom doesn’t smile anymore; they eat lots of takeout; and Kaley can’t seem to face playing the sport that she and her father loved so much. It feels like nothing will ever be the same again.

If you’re looking for a short and simple way to help a child deal with the loss of a parent, In Memory of Dad can certainly help. At a little over 2,100 words, it provides a way for young readers to get a glimpse into Kaley’s world without getting too overwhelmed by a complicated storyline. While it is mostly telling, not showing, the story flows nicely and has a superb ending. Readers who have lost a parent will realize what they are feeling is normal, and hopefully things will get better. The touching author’s note at the end will connect with the reader.

Russell has also written two children’s picture books and contributed to Weres in the City.I would definitely check out her other books.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Format:Kindle Edition
  • File Size:85 KB
  • Publisher:Maranda Russell; 1 edition (August 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • ASIN: B005JQBIII
  • SRP:  $.99 (Also available at Smashwords)

I purchased this book from Amazon for my Kindle. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Short Story Review: Throw Like a Girl, Catch a Date by Christen Anne Kelley

A fun, light short young adult read is what you’ll find in “Throw Like a Girl, Catch a Date” by Christen Anne Kelley.

Lacey has built up a reputation as the girl who can knock them out of the park. Right now, though, all the girls are buzzing about prom and Lacey doesn’t have a date. Who needs a stupid prom date anyway. When she literally runs into Tom–a guy who hasn’t spoken a word to her in four years–for some reason she can’t get the nerdy Dungeons & Dragons playing guy out of her mind.

This is the first Little League Short Story by Kelley that I’ve read, but it won’t be my last (I have another on my Kindle). The author has blended a great plot with two characters you are wishing and hoping will get together. Lacey’s attitude and Tom’s awkward behavior make for several funny moments. What I enjoyed most is that Kelley really seems to understand this market, what’s on their minds, and things that are important to them.

I’ll definitely be on the look out for other stories by Christen Anne Kelley!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Blue Cedar Publishing
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language:English
  • ASIN: B005C20A1U
  • SRP:  $.99

I purchased a Kindle version of this short story from Amazon. I received no monetary compensation to provide this review.