Guest Blogger Glenn Wood, Author of The Brain Sucker

The Brain Sucker by Glenn WoodThe Brain Sucker by Glenn Wood is a book written for middle schoolers (ages 9-12) featuring a Callum McCullock, a unique hero, and his two friends. Callum is confined to a wheelchair – but that certainly doesn’t stop them from moving to stop “The Brain Sucker“. We’re searching for websites, blogs, and other online locations where we can share information, interviews, reviews and much more about The Brain Sucker. The Brain Sucker was originally released by Walker Books Ltd in New Zealand, Australia and the UK and was a Sakura Medal nominee. It is now being released in the US and Canada by the author.

For much more about Glenn Wood and The Brain Sucker, you can visit his website –http://www.glennwoodauthor.com/

The Brain Sucker has been previously released in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. But this is the US and Canadian launch. Callum, his grandmother Rose, his friends Sophie and Jinx and the evil demented scientist Lester Smythe are heading to the US – and are ready to meet you!

The Brain Sucker is a critically acclaimed children’s book that has been published in Australasia and the UK by Walker Books. It follows the story of a disabled boy and his two friends who band together to defeat the evil plans of a demented scientist who has invented a brain sucking machine to rid the world of goodness.

Writing characters with a disability by Glenn Wood

I have an admission to make. I didn’t set out to include a disabled character in my story. While I have a reasonable knowledge of mental disability – my parents worked with intellectually handicapped people for some years – physical disabilities were new to me. I had never used a wheelchair myself or knew of anyone who was confined to one. This is how it came about.

When I first came up with the concept of The Brain Sucker I was confident the idea of an evil genius who had invented a machine that could suck the goodness out of kids was strong enough to explore further. I also knew that having a great central premise was not enough to carry the story. The book also had to be populated with strong and interesting characters.

Lester, my antagonist, came to me fairly quickly. His purpose and personality sprang directly from the book’s premise. But once his character was formed I needed an equally compelling hero. I wanted a character that had the guts to handle whatever was thrown at him, a boy who had already faced adversity and risen above it with strength and humour. The resulting protagonist was Callum, a thirteen-year-old boy who had been born with a spinal injury and was confined to a wheelchair.

This presented me with several challenges. As previously stated, I knew very little about children with disabilities or the restrictions faced by people in wheelchairs. It was vital I handled writing a disabled character with sensitivity and I was acutely aware that my character could never feel like a victim. I also wasn’t interested in writing a story where disability was the central theme. It became increasingly important that my readers saw Callum as a teenage boy first and foremost and the fact he was in a wheelchair became almost irrelevant.

Experts I spoke to confirmed this was the right approach and I quickly discovered that having a hero that was confined to a wheelchair was liberating rather than limiting. The way Callum copes with his disability opened up two very strong character traits. He became fiercely independent but also incredibly stubborn and this developed into one of the main themes of my story – the importance of being able to ask for help when you need it.

Writing a character like Callum has been a rewarding experience for me. The response to the book has been extremely positive with many reviewers commenting on how refreshing it is to see a disabled character in the main role in an action adventure.Glenn-Wood-Author-Brain-Sucker

Glenn Wood
Author of The Brain Sucker and The Bully Chip

 

Glenn Wood is an award winning copywriter and author who has four published books to his credit. These include his popular autobiographical novels – The Laughing Policeman and Cop Out – and two middle school books The Brain Sucker and The Bully Chip.

For more information about The Brain Sucker by Glenn Wood, visit his website http://www.glennwoodauthor.com You can get a copy of the book at http://www.amazon.com/Brain-Sucker-Thunderkit-Chronicles/dp/1512161624/

 

Invisible Jenny May by Dawn Aldrich

Jenny May does everything right. She minds her manners, makes her bed, dresses herself, ties her own shoes and braids her own hair without reminding. Yet, despite her good behavior, no one in her large family notices her, except Granny. With Granny’s help and some “magic” tea cakes, find out how Invisible Jenny May becomes visible.

A signed copy can find its way to your home by ordering on Dawn’ s website, where you may indicate to whom she should sign the book. Otherwise, you may also order through Halo Publishing International, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Invisible Jenny May is also available in Kindle and Nook versions.

You can learn the story behind Invisible Jenny May at Christian Children’s Authors, where Dawn blogs on a regular basis.

Angels, Angels Everywhere by Michelle Beber

Angels Angels Everywhere 2 In this beautifully illustrated book about angels, certified spiritual teacher, archangel life coach and angel intuitive Michelle Beber lets kids know angels are here to help and love them.

Angels, Angels Everywhere is a wonderful way to share the gift of angels with your child. Featuring angels that are culturally diverse allows the reader to feel that these spiritual beings are like them in many ways. The melodic prose flows along with the story and the illustrations are lovely. A great book that can be a source of comfort and joy for many.

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Publisher: Balboa Press (October 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1452518947
ISBN-13: 978-1452518947

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.

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Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom (Book 1: Kingdom Fantasy Series) by Nirit Littaney

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Candy is young girl who likes sweets…especially chocolate. She enjoys it so much, she even dreams about it. But when her dreams reveal something important, Candy knows she has to change her ways.

Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom is an adorable story about taking things a bit too far. Candy wants chocolate morning, noon, and night, but her dreams show her a problem or two she hadn’t thought of before and she changes her eating habits. It’s a great lesson for kids. And it’s delivered in a subtle way, so it’s easier to hear.

The colorful illustrations by Abira Das are a fabulous complement to Littaney’s story. This is a sweet book you won’t want to miss.

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File Size: 4899 KB
Print Length: 26 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: April 6, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00VS4JHYC

 

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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. 

Nirit Littaney is a fresh, imaginative author who weaves vivid images and important life lessons into endearing stories for children. After being confined to her bed for years by an incurable illness, Nirit experienced the same triumph of spirit that many of her characters undergo in their journeys through lands near and far.

Nirit’s commitment to personal and physical healing, along with her story-like travels around the world, have inspired her to pen inventive tales for families in search of humorous, insightful bedtime stories. She writes for children in hopes of making them giggle while they also learn a lesson or two.

Today, Nirit lives in Israel with her angel of a husband, who champions each of her new books as if he were the wide-eyed child she wrote them for. When Nirit isn’t dreaming up new characters, she works as a nutritionist, medical coach, and spiritual leader. She is eager to inspire and help others with the lessons her own challenges have taught her—and what better way is there than through books?

Her latest children’s book is Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom.

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The Baked Potato Boy by Dorris Fortson

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A delightful story of Elliott and how he thrives.

When Elliott was left at the orphanage, he was small, like a baked potato. He drank milk from a dropper and was carried in a Khanga to stay warm. Dorris Fortson, a missionary in Africa, tells Elliott’s story, explaining terms like orphan and kangaroo style, and helps the reader to see through her descriptions just how tiny Elliott used to be so they can appreciate as he grows.

The endearing and fun illustrations are by Chance Alvis and Julia Treesfeld of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Applied Design Studio. Love the cover art on this one.

Something important to point out is that all the proceeds from the book go to an orphanage for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa.

A great book with a unique story. The Baked Potato Boy by Dorris Fortson is entertaining and educational.

 

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Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (May 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616336463
ISBN-13: 978-1616336462
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Ben’s School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom

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Ben’s School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom is an excellent resource to raise awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Ben finds daily sensory experiences overwhelming. But with the help of those who understand, he can get through the day.

This short, rhyming story focuses on SPD and how having people around you who understand it can make a huge difference. Kids will enjoy reading about Ben and discovering how the adults in his life help him. The opening page of this book shares ideas on how to use it before and after reading the story. At the end, it defines what SPD is; let’s you know how we can help; and provides a list of online resources. There is also a page with Classroom and School Concepts.

Helen Devenish’s fine artwork is an excellent complement to a great story. I’m sure Ben’s School Daze will be helpful to many.

 

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Title: Ben’s School Daze
Authors: Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom
Publisher: Peence & Rogue Designs Pty Ltd
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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  • Ben’s School Daze is available at the authors’ website.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

I received a free PDF version of this book from the authors through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I was not compensated for in any way.

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New Release: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion by Dominique Roques

annaThe lovable tyrant from Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is up to no good, and so are all of her beloved stuffed animals. In this adorable sequel to the 2014 picture book, Anna Banana and her stuffed pals set out to make a chocolate cake…and end up making a big, big, big mess.

With all the charm and whimsy that won reader’s hearts in the first book of the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion will give Anna Banana’s fans more of what they love…and win over new readers.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: First Second; Tra edition (June 16, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626720207
ISBN-13: 978-1626720206

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