John William and the Bandits of Basswood Book Blast

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We already know Alexander Drake’s story. His father, John William started it all years before when he entered Azra’s Pith. This is his story. John William was born an explorer; just like his dad before him. His adventure really began with the worst year of his life. He lived everyday in misery until his twelfth birthday. He set out to turn things around and find his smile again. A new friend gave him an invitation he could not turn down… follow me and change your destiny. He never imagined being captured by bandits and taken to a ship riddled with river rats was part of his fate. Not just any bandits – the Bandits of Basswood; known to be a ruthless and wild crew of thieves. Trying to escape would be a ridiculous idea. No one has ever escaped and lived to tell about it. Someone should have mentioned that to John William before he snuck off the ship. The chase out of Basswood was on. He took a chance to change his destiny and ended up on a wild ride to save his life.

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Author Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellowslizzie

Being the frizzy-haired tomboy with buck teeth gave me a slight case of shyness as a kid. A colorful imagination meant escape and adventure at the drop of a hat.

Over the years I learned that the insecurities I carried around were a waste of time. I still prefer a football game to a manicure any day of the week. That indispensable imagination has found its way into my writing providing a sense of joy and a true purpose.

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Nate Rocks the School by Karen Pokras Toz and Giveaway

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Nate Rockledge and gang are back in the third volume of the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the School by Karen Pokras Toz. Now in fifth grade, Nathan, Tommy, and Sam are glad to take advantage of being older. Mom finally concedes to having Nate’s birthday party outside of the house for once. There’s baseball at recess and a cool Halloween dance to help the class raise necessary funds for the annual fifth grade trip to New York City. But when the trip to NYC is  at risk of being canceled, Nate steps up to help with the fundraising committee. With paper and pencil in hand, Nate Rockledge becomes Nate Rocks, saving the town from evil robots and helping recover stolen paintings and cars.

I’ve enjoyed this series since the beginning. In this latest book in the Nate Rocks series, Toz lets loose her imagination and sense of humor once again to come up with a great middle grade adventure story boys will love. Familiar and new characters blend together in this zany story filled with Nate’s mom’s horrible cooking, whiny complaints from know-it-all Lisa Crane, annoying older sister jabs from Abby, Dad’s poor storytelling, and the adventures of one creative boy stuck in the middle of it all. A neat surprise ending winds down this story that moves along at a good clip.

This series keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to see what Nate is up to next.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press (February 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984860878
ISBN-13: 978-0984860876

A Word from Lisa Crane

Hey everyone – it’s me, Lisa Crane. For those of you who have been following this tour, I need to set the record straight. You know what they say – there are two sides to every story. In fact, the only thing in the book, Nate Rocks the School, that’s actually accurate about me is the part where I tell everyone how Nathan got his black eye last summer. Even Abby said it was true, so it must be, right?

Anyway, Nathan makes it sound like he’s doing all the work to try to raise the money we need for our school trip to New York. Well that’s just not true. In fact, if anything, he’s making even more work for us. Yup, that’s right. For example, it was his idea to have two school events, not one.  He’s the one who made us do things on such short notice, and he also did a lousy job trying to get donations. Then to make things even worse, Nathan’s mom insists on making all the food that we’ll sell at the snack table. (Between you and me, everyone in the school knows to stay away from Mrs. Rockledge’s baked goods – even my mom knows that, and she’s Mrs. Rockledge’s best friend!) We’ll barely make any money from snack sales, and that’s usually a big seller!

If you ask me, my ideas for fundraising are so much better. If only Nathan and that best friend of his, Tommy, would listen to me. We’d be done already. When will those boys learn? Anyway – I guess if you want to see how it all turns out, you’ll have to read the book. Just remember what I told you!

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Karen Pokras Toz lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. Karen’s middle grade childrens’ novels: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name and the Nate Rocks series, have won several awards including First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). Her first adult contemporary novel, invisible, will be released this summer. For more information, please visit www.karentoz.com.

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Website: www.karentoz.com
Blog: http://kptoz.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/karenptoz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/karentoz
Amazon: http://bit.ly/NRTSamazon
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/NRSchoolBN
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5009570.Karen_Pokras_Toz

I received an e-copy of this book from the author through GWR Publicity. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection giveaway:

A Nate Rocks Swag Pack. 

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Rules for the TC&TBC giveaway

1) Visit Karen’s website at www.karentoz.com and leave a comment at this post telling me something you learned while there. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

2) Winners must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States.

3) Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by the author or her representative.

Grand Prize: One reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and Nate Rocks Swag Pack.

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Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia – Review and Giveaway

Family fun, great food, and adventure awaits young readers in Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia.

Aneel’s grandparents have come to live with them, all the way from India. One day, Aneel is eager to hear a story. His Dada-ji (paternal grandfather) tells him the story of a young lad from a village who wrestled water buffalo, tied cobras together, and spun elephants. His strength came from his Badi-ma’s (great grandmother’s) hot, hot roti that “sizzled and wizzled” on her wood hearth. So Aneel decides to whip up a batch of hot, hot roti for Dada-ji to see if he still has the strength of that lad. If only he knew how to make them.

This is a touching book of family, food, and fun. Young readers get a taste of a family together, enjoying each other’s company, and experiencing new adventures together. The love between Aneel and his dada-ji is evident from the start.  Aneel eagerly seeks out his dada-ji to tell him a story, reminding young readers of the importance and pleasure of listening to a more experienced generation. The conflict for Aneel comes in a bit later into the book, when he decides that his dada-ji must have a stack of hot, hot roti, but everyone else is too busy to make them. Not easily deterred, Aneel begins trying to make his own batch, which draws the rest of his busy family into the kitchen.

The artwork of Ken Min is beautiful in Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji. The pictures and the colors capture the family’s culture. Some of my favorite illustrations come from when Dada-ji relays his story of the young lad in the village, but the most touching are the scenes of Aneel and his dada-ji at the end after they’ve eaten their hot, hot roti.

Included at the back of the book is a glossary of terms. I found this very helpful.

Young readers will flip for Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Lee & Low Books
  • ISBN-10:1600604439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600604430
  • SRP:  $17.95

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A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in conjunction with the author’s virtual blog tour. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I received no monetary compensation.

 

Winner of Raccoon Tales by Joy DeKok

 Our congratulations go out to Jenni, winner of a copy of Raccoon Tales by Joy DeKok!

Raccoon Tales is the true-life journey in the first year of the lives of these little “wash bears.” Written in easy-to-read verse, author, Joy DeKok, tells the story with tenderness and energy. Readers will leave the story glad they came, knowing more about raccoons, and what a wild animal rescue and release looks like. Illustrator Leslie Helen Colwin’s art brings the story to life. 

Sad that you didn’t win a copy of this wonderful book? We understand, but don’t fret. Just click on over to Joy’s B4K website to pick up a copy.

Thanks to all who participated in this giveaway.  Look for more giveaways coming soon from The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection!



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