Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay by Shani Muhammad and Patrick Muhammad

Here’s a book that inspires the entrepreneur in your kids.

Patrick loves fishing holes and his grandmother’s lemon meringue pie. When his fishing line snaps and he finds himself short on funds, he remembers his grandmother told him that just because he enjoys doing something doesn’t mean he can’t get paid for it too. This sets Patrick on a journey to turn his play into pay.

Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay by Shani Muhammad and Patrick Muhammad is a fun story that will encourage young people to turn their passion into something that can support them later on. It’s a great idea, so don’t be surprised if you see a few more lemonade stands out there this spring. I’m glad the authors are turning this into a series, because there is so much involved in this topic that this short story can only touch the surface of it.

Proving that creating a rhyming story is a neat concept but not always easy to put into practice, the rhymes kind of took over this story and became a distraction. The character of Patrick is fun enough with out them, so I hope that style is abandoned in future books.

Absolutely loved the artwork by Natalie Jurosky. It’s colorful, engaging, and expressive. Would love to see more from her.

Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay will inspire your children to think of the future and all it can be.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: 5 Star Representatives (October 23, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622096444
ISBN-13: 978-1622096442

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

 

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New from Guardian Angel Publishing

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In 1940 World War II was apparent, so Ed Trettin enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, serving on the cutter the USS Ingham. He would travel over 700,000 miles on that most decorated vessel in the Coast Guard fleet. Little did he know that by following orders “seek and destroy” all subs who would be following the convoys and to “search and rescue” survivors would lead him decades later to one man he had pulled from the icy Atlantic. After all he had rescued many, many men from sunken ships during the war.

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Chickolet Pigolet’s family wins the Crumbles Cookie jingle contest and an all exclusive trip to Hollywood, California. Everyone wants to be a star in Hollywood whether it’s appearing on a popular game show, writing the next screen play hit, or trying on the foot prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Chickolet Pigolet dreams of becoming the next afternoon matinEe idol, but learns sometimes being a good friend can make you more than just a Hollywood star.

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Crow the rooster is an eyewitness the night Peter denied Jesus, but no one has ever heard his account of the story until now. When Crow and his barnyard buddies travel to Jesus’ tomb and discover Jesus has risen from the dead, “Halle Doodle Do Yas” fill the air. Crow finally has something to crow about.!

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Shelby Bradshaw seizes an opportunity to skip fifth grade for all the wrong reasons. She expects to escape the teasing she suffered all last year for being the biggest girl in her class. But her problems follow her, growing even more difficult when she tries to act older than she is.

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Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat! is an inspiring novel about a smart and funny seventh-grade boy who overcomes the challenges of childhood obesity, bullying, girls, and divorce. Teen-friendly recipes are included along with healthy tips and a discussion with a licensed psychologist.

 

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Children on the farm have the experience of a lifetime when they rescue a tiny hungry kitten and discover how cats behave. The children learn about farm life, being responsible, reacting to a need, and the joy of having a pet..

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Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

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Squirrel Superhighway features a dog on a self-discovery mission who is surrounded by many graceful squirrels. This is a vocabulary booster in a series of feel-good stories for children of all ages and those who read with and to them. The story includes squirrels, more squirrels, even more squirrels, and a dog who wants to be a squirrel!

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How did we ever learn to speak English with so many exceptions to the rules? Once, Twice, Thrice is a loving and humorous look at a father trying to explain plurals to his child. Names of groups of animals to learn about, too.

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Three unlikely young friends in ancient Judea – Louis the sheep, Joshua the ferret and Mahmoud the bull – embark on a life-changing adventure to Bethlehem. Can they make it in time to deliver their unique gifts to the newborn King, or will Herod’s evil wolf stop them and alter history forever?

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Phillip, our little honey guide, is the story of a real baby who was abandoned in Arusha, Tanzania and rescued by Neema House. The baby, Phillip, was named for Phillip Wood who was the only American on Malaysian flight 370 that went down in the Indian Ocean on March 23, 2014. Phillip’s story is a happy honey guide bird, leading a honey badger to a honey tree and loses his way home.

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Scott’s friends say there is no Santa Claus. When he wants to know if Santa is real, Mom invites him into the circle of those who keep the dream alive. Will Scott decide to be a Dream Keeper?

For these and more books from Guardian Angel Publishing, visit http://guardianangelpublishing.com.

Rani in Search of a Rainbow by Shaila Abdullah

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Inspired by the 2010 floods in Pakistan, Rani in Search of a Rainbow by Shaila Abdullah is a touching and delightful story of one girl’s determination to help after her family and friends are moved to a refugee campsite.

This is a sweet book with a wonderful message. Abdullah has created a wonderful story to help children deal with life-changing events. The reader watches Rani go through many emotions and be pushed aside in her efforts to help by the busy adults who fear for her safety as they work together to make their temporary home useful to their community. It is such a pleasure when Rani finds a way to help all on her own. Rani in Search of a Rainbow also teaches compassion for others, which makes it a fabulous story for any child.

The vibrantly colored illustrations capture an intriguing culture and, the story not only helps young readers learn about the Pakistani way of life, it encourages them to discover more. While at more than 50 pages it is longer than the typical picture book, the pace of the story keeps the reader moving swiftly from beginning to end. A great read!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 6601 KB
Print Length: 56 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 1st edition (November 7, 2014)
Publication Date: November 7, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00PE34HWU

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. 

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On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second.

She is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt because of a dark secret that dominates her life. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind. But when Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again and suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.

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New Release from Clean Teen Publishing: Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

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Blogger’s note: This book is listed at new adult contemporary romance, but also young adult appropriate.

She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them. 
Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants to do during her final summer before college. For her, the family cabin she spent her youthful summers in, now holds a dark memory that has haunted her every day for the last year.
While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. He’s dark, dangerous and he keeps showing up when Allie least expects him to. She has every reason not to trust him. So why does she find herself opening up to him in a way she hasn’t been able to with anyone?
As pieces of Damien’s identity emerge, answers to a rumored mystery begin to unfold. By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.
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Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007. 
 
Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far. 
 
Erica’s first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and is scheduled to release in early November 2013. 

 

Whiskey Creek Press Launches Wee Creek Press

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I received an announcement earlier this month that Whiskey Creek Press has launched a children’s imprint: Wee Creek Press. How exciting! As you know, I’m a children’s author, so it’s great to see new children’s book publisher’s pop up. Here are the books listed as of right now:

GameFace_lgGAME FACE by Andy Kantar 
Genre: Young Adult
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-808-3
EBook Price: $3.99
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-566-2
Printed Book Price: $12.95

2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Bronze Medal, Pre-Teen Fiction.

Right now, life isn’t so good for eighth-grade point guard Josh Lumley. As anyone in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Orville will tell you, hockey rules. That means Josh and his basketball teammates catch flak from just about everyone—students, teachers, even the locals at Fat Fern’s Donut Hole. But all that’s about to change. Populated by a cast of wacky eccentrics and an unforgettable team of middle-school misfits, Game Face will capture the imagination of anyone who roots for the underdog.

 

BIGFOOT -MONSTER OF THE ICE by Michele Wallace CampanelliBIGFOOT_lg
Genre: Young Adult
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-210-4
EBook Price: $3.99

Trade paperback ISBN:

Frantic about his missing wife, Adam Reese travels to a small island off the coast of Canada with their thirteen year old son, Sean. There the two learn that a major new animal discovery was made while Mary was filming a documentary on polar bears for Planet X. Now members of that film crew are disappearing, one by one. Is it because the documentary is now worth millions? Not any amount of money or new animal discovery drives Adam on. Adam won’t give up finding the love of his life, Mary, especially for the sake of their son. Somehow, Adam must rescue Mary from the fanged creature that has snatched her out of the cold, freezing snow. He must save her from the white-haired Bigfoot, the Yeti…the monster of the ice.

 

TroubleAtTrinity_lgTROUBLE AT TRINITY by Kendal Ashby
Genre: Young Adult
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-610-2
EBook Price: $3.99
Trade paperback ISBN:

Jaclyn Anderson is too pissed off to mourn her brother’s so-called suicide and is determined to figure out what really happened to Sam. She enrolls at Trinity Preparatory College under a false name to get the answers no one else is looking for.

Jaclyn needs help with her growing list of suspects, and with a little pressure, she convinces Sam’s floor advisor, Ryan, and Sam’s roommate, Colin, to help. Jaclyn soon learns she has to question everything she knew about her brother when she uncovers more then she planned. Her investigation leads her into a dangerous world and she soon discovers that some students will do just about anything to succeed.

With too much at stake, she can’t afford to be distracted by her growing attraction to Ryan. If Jaclyn wants justice for her brother’s murder, she’ll have to dig deeper to get the evidence needed to prove to everyone what really happened to Sam.

 

THE PERILS OF PIERRE BOOK ONE, GOLD FEVER by Ian Janssen PierreCover_lg
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-900-4
Ebook Price: $2.99
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-594-5
Paperback Print Price: $12.99

This is a series of children’s books about Pierre the Fox, Polly the Crow and many of their animal friends, who are always finding trouble around Loon Lake. The children from the Green Cabin, and the animal characters in the stories, unknowingly interact with each other, sharing their adventures.

In the first book, The Perils of Pierre, Gold Fever, Polly and Pierre find lost jewellery in the forest, but run into all sorts of trouble as they try to recover the loot. Then, something unexpected happens when they finally have it collected
Recommended Reading Ages: 8 – 10 

Popcorn_lgPOPCORN by Rowena
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160- 901-1
Ebook Price: $2.99
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-595-2
Hardcover Print Price: $16.99

POPCORN, the perfect snack, but maybe TOO perfect if you pop TOO much! See what happens next in this fully illustrated popcorn adventure for children ages 3 – 8!
Recommended Reading Ages: 3 – 8

 

You can visit them online at www.weecreekpress.com.