Chick wants to feed all the animals. The little giraffe needs help reaching the leaves. The bear loves honey, and the dog gets a big bone to chew on. And then . . . Chick gets hungry too!
A sweet and gentle book to satisfy your appetite. For little nibblers ages 12 months and up, with a focus on the child’s world.
Age Range: 1 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Clavis (August 6, 2019)
Growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls – a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place – Jake Baker spends most of his time with his uncle Calvin, a kind but eccentric enthusiast of occult artifacts and conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turns twelve, he befriends a pair of siblings new to town, and so Calvin decides to initiate them all into the “Saturday Night Ghost Club.” But as the summer goes on, what begins as a seemingly light-hearted project may ultimately uncover more than any of its members had imagined. With the alternating warmth and sadness of the best coming-of-age stories, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a note-perfect novel that poignantly examines the haunting mutability of memory and storytelling, as well as the experiences that form the people we become, and establishes Craig Davidson as a remarkable literary talent.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (July 9, 2019)
Bubba, the goat, and Bridgette, the horse, escape their boundaries to venture out into the world to visit a nearby subdivision. The rooster, Roadie, climbs on the goat’s back to ride along on the adventure.
Age Range: 6 – 12 years
Grade Level: 1 – 6
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (February 26, 2019)
Guardian Angel Publishing
Barnes and Noble
A novel about loss, loneliness, and friendship that tells the story of the spring break that changes seventh-grader Amelia Albright’s life forever.
Amelia Albright dreams about going to Florida for spring break like everyone else in her class, but her father–a cranky and stubborn English professor–has decided Florida is too much adventure.
Now Amelia is stuck at home with him and her babysitter, the beloved Mrs. O’Brien. The week ahead promises to be boring, until Amelia meets Casey at her neighborhood art studio. Amelia has never been friends with a boy before, and the experience is both fraught and thrilling. When Casey claims to see the spirit of Amelia’s mother (who died ten years before), the pair embarks on an altogether different journey in their attempt to find her.
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 19, 2019)
New resource for all my writing friends…and a chance to win a great prize too!
As writers, we all have our favorite writing methods. For instance, some swear by Scrivener, while others write in Word or Google docs. Some prefer to draft longhand, using colorful gel pens and notebooks.
Most of us have a favorite writing book (or ten), too. These books have helped us understand storytelling better, demystifying certain aspects of writing. Well, today I’m taking part in welcoming a new writing guide into the world: The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition).
You may have heard of The Emotion Thesaurus before, or even have a copy. The original’s lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations for 75 unique emotions made brainstorming character expressions and reactions so much easier. It quickly became a bestseller.
Now, there’s a bigger, better second edition. Angela and Becca have added 55 NEW emotions such as Euphoria, Vindicated, and Schadenfreude. (And that’s not all that’s new, either…the book is almost twice the size as the original.)
Anyway, if you’re interested in checking it out, you can read some of the reviews on Goodreads or find information here.
One more thing to tell you about…are you ready for this?
Wish you could attend a free writing retreat, go to a conference, snag a seat at a workshop, or have your professional membership to a writing organization paid for? Of course you do!
Well, at Writers Helping Writers, one lucky winner will get one of the above, up to a $500 US value.
This is the giveaway of a lifetime, so hurry over to enter!