Britfield & the Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart

In Britfield & the Lost Crown, C.R. Stewart invites readers into a fantastic adventure of a daring escape that winds up uncovering secrets no one could imagine.

Having spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, Tom is excited to learn his parents may be alive. Armed with only one clue, Tom plans a daring escape with his friend Sarah that will put them in more danger than they could ever have anticipated. They travel from town to town in search of answers with many people hot on their trail determined to make sure Tom never learns the truth.

Wow! What a great way to start a series. With the help of his friends, Tom and Sarah wind up on a journey where they don’t know who is friend or foe while on the run from a multitude of people. Stewart is wise to create sympathetic characters from the start. With a well-rounded cast of good guys and bad guys, this phenomenal adventure engages the reader from beginning to end.

While the editor in me would like to see less passive voice, it didn’t detract much from the story. I’m also not a personal fan of third person omniscient point of view, but that didn’t slow down my desire to keep turning the pages.

With a great ending that will lead nicely into the next book in the series, I am eager to see what is coming next!

 

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 6
Lexile Measure: 700 (What’s this?)
Series: Britfield (Book 1)
Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Devonfield Publishing LLC (August 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1732961212
ISBN-13: 978-1732961210

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I received a free 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.

 

Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson

An incredible based on real life story of faith and survival is what you’ll find in Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson.

Everyone breathes a sigh of relief once Hitler is defeated. But, for young Josie Trollmann and her older brother, Andreas, the horrors are just beginning. When the communist leader of Yugoslavia attempts to wipe out the ethnic Germans, four-year-old Josie and twelve-year-old Andreas are separated from their family and sent to a concentration camp. Then Josie finds herself at the death camp, Rudolfsnad. Scared and alone, she must keep praying for her survival and to be reunited with her family again.

Wow! Every once in a while a story touches your heart and you know you won’t soon forget it. JosieΒ is that story. This amazing little girl endures so much on her journey. To think of a four-year-old girl being ripped away from her parents and grandparents and then finding herself alone in a death camp, it makes my eyes well up. Each time you think things will be okay, that safety and security Josie grasps for only moments is ripped away from her. Yet, she prays and prays and focuses on her survival and her desire to see her family again. Through mistreatment and undernourishment and illness, Josie prays for God to get home safely.

This inspiring story is written by Josie’s daughter and niece. What a touching tribute to a person I am so glad I got a chance to meet through the pages of this story. The Epilogue provides additional information about Josie and her family, which draws the reader even closer to them.

 

Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson is a must read for history lovers and those who enjoy incredible stories of faith and courage.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

File Size: 1260 KB
Print Length: 137 pages
Publisher: Susan Lowe; 1 edition (December 20, 2015)
Publication Date: December 20, 2015
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B019MEN4SE

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

‘Twas the Night by Marin

β€˜TWAS THE NIGHT is a wordless book that β€œtells” a heartwarming and inspirational Christmas story. The illustrations gift each reader, young and young at heart, the opportunity to re-imagine the Season’s wonder, and the freedom β€œto script” (if they choose to) their own lines to go with the images. Keep dreaming big!

In this book filled with stunning artwork, the reader discovers a story of their own making. A young boy finds an injured bird and brings it back to full health, leading to a magical experience for both of them.

This is an interesting concept for a children’s picture book. There is no doubt the artwork is beautiful and weaves a magical story. I’m not sure younger readers will grasp the concept since they are still learning to read but, with a parent’s help, they can be guided along. The artwork lends itself to many possibilities and your imagination can run a bit wild with backstory for the child and the bird.

β€˜TWAS THE NIGHT is unique and meaningful, I would like to see more from this artist.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Publisher: Fontreal
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
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I received a digital 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.

Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat by Regan W. H. Macaulay

Regan W.H. Macaulay and Alex Zgud team up again to bring you a sweet Christmas story titled, Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat.

Myrrh is born to the barn bats, Mr. and Mrs. Raft. Named after a gift from the Magi, the Rafts have enjoyed visiting the farmhouse each Christmas to peer in at the Nativity scene in the window. When Myrrh asks to join them, they tell him he will be old enough next year. With the help of Sensa Squirrel, Myrrh hatches a plan to visit the farmhouse on his own and ends up needing the help of the family who lives there.

Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat is another charming story by Macaulay. Curiosity and Christmas make a great combination to find the little brown bat inside the family’s farmhouse. Young readers will love watching this story unfold as much as they enjoy Zgud’s beautiful artwork. I hope this author and illustrator plan to team up again. When they work together they create beauty and magic.

This is a sweet seasonal story everyone will enjoy.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (July 27, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616339357
ISBN-13: 978-1616339357

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

Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay

What a delightful and fun story you will find in Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay.

Sloth had become out of shape and lazy as he guarded the pile of treasure. When one brave Dwarf named Radish decides to help him change his habits, Sloth is finally able to take flight.

Macaulay has crafted a story that encourages healthy habits without preaching. Young readers will enjoy reading how Radish helps Sloth work hard, eat right, and set goals for himself. As progress is slowly made, Sloth feels better and is so overjoyed with what he can do he rewards Radish in a special way.

Accompanying the story is artwork from talented Canadian artist Alex Zgud. This versatile artist has brought Sloth, Radish, and their world to life with stunning details that fit perfectly into the story.

Sloth the Lazy Dragon might just make it easier for you and your children to have the discussion of creating healthy habits. Kids who enjoy fables and fairy tales or stories of mythical creatures will get a kick out of this one.

I look forward to more of Macaulay’s work.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; Large type / large print edition edition (May 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337621
ISBN-13: 978-1616337629

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.

God Squad Mission Him-Possible II, the Giant Slayers by Darlene Laney

The God Squad tackles a new mission in God Squad Mission Him-Possible II, the Giant Slayers

Angel takes the lead on this mission of helping a fellow student coping with being bullied by her former best friend. When Taylor ends up in the hospital after a suspicious accident, Angel fears she is not up to the task. Her fears and odd dreams of battling giants leave her wondering if she’s not cut out for the God Squad, but a mysterious encounter might get the mission back on track and help wipe out bullying at Carver Preparatory.

One of the most challenging issues facing today’s schools is bullying. In the sequel to The God Squad: Mission Him-Possible, The Distorted Mirror, author Darlene Laney tackles bullying head on. Using the armor of God, Angel and the other members of the God Squad find a way to help Taylor make changes in her own life and in the lives of the other students. The side story of how what happened in Angel’s past impacts her ability to help Taylor adds even more conflict. At the end, each member of the God Squad is featured sharing what piece of God’s armor she uses and how. Finally, Angel has a few words of advice for the readers about bullying.

I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. A story of friendship, facing your fears, and empowerment, young people will find much to draw their interest. Sure hope there is another God Squad story in the works.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

File Size: 2411 KB
Print Length: 123 pages
Publisher: Halo Publishing International (January 28, 2019)
Publication Date: January 28, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07N7QBTXN

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.

Book Review: Purr-Fectly Home by Kimberly Palmucci


Author Kimberly Palmucci is back with the next book in her shelter animals series,Β Purr-fectly Home. Teaming up again with artist Brandi McCann, this book is about Lucky and Princess. Lucky had found his new home, and he enjoyed every room and scratching post in the place. But, that basement was too scary for him. One day, he notices a new scent in the house. Come to find out, Princess has moved in. She had struggled to find her forever home. Together, they overcome their fears and form a close bond.

If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, you’re going to love this one. Purr-fectly Home is such a sweet story, and it is inspired by real life animals, which makes it even more meaningful. The pairing of Palmucci and McCann is sheer perfection. McCann’s illustrations capture every adorable moment. Her colorful illustrations will capture the eyes of all readers. Though a total stand alone story, readers will love to follow these shelter animals along from book to book.

Any pet lover will want to read Purr-fectly Home. It is also a wonderful way to help kids celebrate differences and learn how to thrive in new situations. I’m eager to see what Palmucci has planned for the future.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Independently published (June 2, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1070967378
ISBN-13: 978-1070967370

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