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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My Friend Merlin by Joanne Lécuyer

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This is the story of Arthur and Merlin in a way it has not been told before.  My Friend Merlin by Joanne Lécuyer tells the story of how Arthur and Merlin met, and how together, they changed the fate of magic. Merlin is a druid who has a vision that will bring him into the life of Arthur, the King’s son. The King has forbidden the use of magic, but when the pixies cast a spell that puts the kingdom in danger, it is the fast actions of Arthur and Merlin that could save the day.

Lécuyer is the author of positive fantasy books, so it should come as no surprise that in My Friend Merlin she has created an engaging story of friendship and acceptance. It is an entertaining story that gently teaches children about not jumping to conclusions and the importance of standing up for what you believe.

The stunning and colorful artwork by Rich Lauzon is the perfect complement to Lécuyer’s fascinating, magical tale.

Highly recommended.

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Paperback: 121 pages
Publisher: Topsy Books; 1ST edition (2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1927353440
ISBN-13: 978-1927353448

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

Book Review: ‘Cinderella’s Secret Slipper’ by Alinka Rutkowska‏

Does your child love Cinderella and fairy tales? What happened to Cinderella after she got married with the price and started a family? What is her regular day like? What does she do with her time?
This delightful children’s picture book follows the Cinderella story after she’s married the prince and they have a little son.
The tale begins with the announcement of their son’s fourth birthday and their plans for a celebration ball. Cinderella is excited and goes into her closet to select what she’ll wear. She finds the perfect golden dress, but lo and behold, there’s only one glass slipper! Where’s the other one? To her shock, her little darling son is smashing it against the wall, trying to kill a mosquito.
Thus embarks Cinderella on a little quest to repair her slipper in time for the ball. Unfortunately, she’s not having much success. Then, something surprising happens when she enters the enchanted forest and meets her fairy godmother.
This is a charming little fairytale that not only children but adults will enjoy. It is humorous and kept me smiling throughout. I also loved the modern, childlike illustrations, which add to the humor. Children will love this upbeat tale at storytime or before going to sleep. Delightful!
 
Reviewed by Mayra Calvani
 
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Find out about the author, Alinka Rutkowska.

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.

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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.

Register for Write2Ignite Coming March 27 – 28!


Write2Ignite! is just a few weeks away — March 27-28, 2015!

Write2Ignite! 2015 – March 27-28, 2015 at North Greenville University near Greenville, SC.
The Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults.
Key Note Speaker – Tim Shoemaker – author of 11 books for kids and parents.
Other speakers include Karen Whiting, Jenny L. Cote, Cheri Cowell, Kim Peterson, Tony Snipes, Vonda Skelton and Torry Martin.

Two tracks – one for adults and one for teens who write.
Interviews with editors and agents. Scholarships available.
Information and Registration at www.write2ignite.com

Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies by Alyssa Gangeri

Mimi's Adventures in Baking COVERMimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies by Alyssa Gangeri is an interactive book for your little baker.

Mimi’s dreams of ingredients leads her to ask Nonni to help her bake chocolate chip cookies for everyone to enjoy. This delightful and educational book will help you create fun time for you and your child in the kitchen. Readers can follow along with Mimi and Nonni as they make chocolate chip cookies, then flip to the end where the recipe for Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Cookies appears. There is also a page with substitutions, so readers can get a creative with their cookie recipe.

I loved this book from beginning to end. Adorable illustrations, baking, learning, and the love of family blend together in this book that will be read time and again. I can’t wait to check out Mimi’s future adventures.

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Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies releases in March 2015!

 

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

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ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch

ITGIRL4LIFE-3ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch inspires young women to embrace who they are so they can charge ahead with self-confidence.

“You are magnificent. You are important. You matter.” These are the first few sentences that open this motivating short book by professional model and actor Tamara Branch. Her goal is to show young women how great they really are so they are poised to succeed in life. With advice about choosing wisely, loving yourself, accepting responsibility, celebrating your unique beauty, protecting yourself from wordly dangers, building character and more, Branch gives young women a strong foundation to build on.

Perhaps a young woman has never considered her true worth. Maybe no one has ever told her how extraordinary she really is. Or maybe it’s time for a reminder of how much potential she has. No matter the reason, if you are looking for a book that will inspire greatness in a young woman you know, ITGIRL4LIFE is an excellent choice.

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Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: Heart Project Publishing; 1 edition (June 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985964804
ISBN-13: 978-0985964801

I received a 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.

 

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