Coming in October: Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Welcome back to the irresistible world of Greenglass House where thirteen-year-old Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem. There are fresh clues to uncover as friends old and new join in his search for a mysterious map and a famous smuggler’s lost haul.   This exciting sequel to a beloved book that was praised in a starred review as “an enchanting, empowering read” is sure to thrill both fans and newcomers. Like its predecessor, it’s a smart, suspenseful tale that offers ghosts, friendships, and a cast of unforgettable characters, all wrapped up in a cozy mystery.

Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7
Lexile Measure: 800
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (October 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 054499146X
ISBN-13: 978-0544991460

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A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen must be one of the most beautiful, magical tales of the season ever written.

As has long been a family tradition, once the season is over the Christmas tree is taken out to the yard and placed in the garden to lay until spring. After this particular Christmas, the trees around the garden wake from their winter slumber to hear the story of the young fir and the important part he played in the family’s lives.

Once in a while a seasonal story touches your heart in such a way you can’t help but share it. That’s certainly true of A Tree’s Christmas. I smiled. I cried. It truly warmed my heart. This is a book that will be treasured for years to come. The reading of A Tree’s Christmas would be the perfect tradition to start in your home. I know I’ll be starting it in mine.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


Hardcover: 68 pages
Publisher: Clearview Communications Publishing; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979359317
ISBN-13: 978-0979359316

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

New from Guardian Angel Publishing


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.


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.


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.!


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.


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.



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..


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?


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!


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.


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?


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.


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?

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New This Christmas: Joseph’s Cradle by Stephanie Burkhart

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Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (October 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1940310342
ISBN-13: 978-1940310343




Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire. Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son’s Cub Scout Den.

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Santa Claus All About Me compiled by J.J. Atkinson


I received this book unsolicited, but have to share it because it is such a beautiful book I plan to display it on my mantle this season. This thumbnail doesn’t do the cover art justice. The beautiful, rich colors instantly caught my attention, as did the red ribbon that holds the book closed.

Inside the reader is treated to what is being called Santa’s private diaries  with personal details and festive anecdotes from across the centuries. Without giving too much away, I have to tell you about this stunning seasonal book that is a must have for anyone who loves Christmas.

Open the book and first page–in addition to the inside pages behind the back cover picture bookshelves lined with books. Then the book opens talking about Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. The books shares some of Santa’s letters and cards, the various names Santa is called around the world, a page is dedicated to the Spirit of Christmas, and there are even pages talking about how the appearance of Santa has changed over the years. There is so, so much more, but way too much to describe.

Santa Claus All About Me is a beautiful hardcover that has pop-ups, flip-up flaps, stunning illustrations, crafts, and more!  I’m so thrilled this book made its way to me.

Highly recommended!

Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: minedition (November 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9881512654
ISBN-13: 978-9881512659

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

New from Wee Creek Press: Mr. Poot’s Christmas by Emma Wildes

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Snow is falling, there is a sparkling tree in the living room, and Mr. Poot wonders just what he might get for a holiday treat. Surely a dashing feline like him needs deserves something unique. Little does he know his family has something very special in mind…

Recommended For Ages 3 – 7
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-925-7
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-926-4



An Interview with Ernest from DEAR SANTASAURUS by Stacy McAnulty


Ernest B. Spinosaurus tries to stay on Santasaurus’ nice list, but he’s good at breaking stuff and really, really good at getting caught.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590788761
ISBN-13: 978-1590788769

An Interview with Ernest from DEAR SANTASAURUS

ernestMeet Ernest B. Spinosaurus. He’s a young dinosaur from the Cretaceous period. He’s here today to answer some of my questions.

The book, DEAR SANTASAURUS, is a collection of your letters that you wrote to Santasaurus all year long. Most kids write one letter. You wrote 16. Why?

I really wrote like a million. These were just my favorite. I think Santasaurus likes getting my letters. He’s never said it, but I’m pretty sure that I’m his favorite Spinosaurus.

Do you write letters to other dinosaurs?

Yep! I like to write my dad notes when he goes to the grocery store, so he remembers to buy Chocolate Meteor Bite cereal. (He always forgets!) I also write letters to my gram, and my best-friend Ty, and to the president, and to my favorite stuntdino Pteranodon the Terrible.

Do you think you will be a writer when you grow up?

No. I want to be a mail carrier. Maybe a stuntdino mail carrier.

In your letters to Santasaurus, you admit to getting in trouble often. Why do you think this is?

Adults have sooooo many rules. I forget a lot of them a lot of times. Like I forget I’m not supposed to eat off the floor. I’m not supposed to play near active volcanoes. I’m not supposed to paint my sister. Like I said, there are a lot of rules. I wish Mom and Dad would make a list.

Besides the Jurassic Turbo Scooter X9 that you’ve asked for in your letters, do you have another Christmas wish?

I hope all kids gets what they want! And maybe moms and dads too. We can all be happy at the same time. That would be awesome.

Merry Christmas everyone!


This interview with Ernest B. Spinosaurus is part of Stacy McAnulty’s DEAR SANTASAURUS blog tour. And with each stop on the blog tour, Stacy is making Christmas cookies.

Today’s cookie is a Snickerdoodle.


(visit for the recipe)






Stacy lives in North Carolina with her three children, two dogs, and one husband. She loves writing letters, Christmas, dinosaurs, and cookies. DEAR SANTASAURUS (Boyd Mills Press, 2013) is her first picture book. For more information on Stacy, please visit