Andy and Spirit in Search and Rescue by Mary Jean Kelso

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A new Andy and Spirit adventure for kids to enjoy comes to you from Mary Jean Kelso. In Search and Rescue, Andy and Spirit assist in searching through the woods around Joe’s home for a dumped dog Tully is caring for.

What a fun adventure. Tracy’s father-in-law, Tully, is looking for a younger dog to help him around the farm. When his cowboy friend, Joe, calls to tell him about a dumped dog, Tully agrees to stop by. The men find a mother and her mixed-breed pups. Tully takes all of them to his farm, but the mother keeps running off and they don’t know why. They enlist the help of Andy and Spirit to find the mother dog after an escape.

What I’ve enjoyed about this series is that Andy and Spirit are always in the midst of the action. Whether at the fair or the rodeo or rescuing bullies or run away dogs, they are in the thick of things. In Search and Rescue, they actually come into the story a bit later, but it is Andy’s keen hearing and Spirit’s animal sense that saves the day. This is another wonderful addition to Kelso’s Andy and Spirit series.

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the beautiful artwork by K.C. Snider. After this many years, Snider’s work is easily recognizable to me. I love everything of hers that I’ve seen. In this book, it’s the warm colors, the stunning beauty of nature, and the expressive faces on the characters that catch my eye.

At the end of the book, readers find information on rescue groups and suggestions for interacting with cats and dogs:  education and entertainment in one lovely book.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616334088
ISBN-13: 978-1616334086

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.

Goodbye Is Forever by Mary Jean Kelso

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Lynne Garrett’s life changed forever as a result of a horrific car accident that required one of her legs to be amputated. Not wanting to join her family for a trip to Disneyland, Lynne decides to visit her Aunt Pat in the historical area of Virginia City, Nevada. Pursued by strange men she saw on the plane, Lynne must uncover a mystery that threatens her life.

Mystery and history blend together in this suspenseful young adult novel from award-winning author Mary Jean Kelso. Relying on her vast knowledge of the area, Kelso creates an adventure story filled with historical tidbits and locales. The author was wise to make Lynne new to the area, so other characters had a reason to share those tidbits. I enjoyed learning more about the area, too. It was also good to see Lynne having more than the mystery to focus on. She is adjusting to life after her accident while also trying to stay one step ahead of the men who seem determined to harm her. Twists and turns lead to a surprising ending that satisfies.

Goodbye Is Forever is a quick summer read.

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File Size: 520 KB
Print Length: 148 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Wings ePress (April 1, 2010)
ISBN 978-1-59088-511-6 (e-book)
ISBN 978-1-59088-542-0 (paperback)

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

Seasonal Titles: A Christmas Angel and One Family’s Christmas by Mary Jean Kelso, Illustrated by K.C. Snider

Melissa is a young girl who moves with her family to Oregon via The Oregon Trail. She has been allowed to bring one prized possession and she struggles to see that the porcelain angel that has topped the family Christmas tree makes the journey safely.

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Melissa inspected the angel carefully before handing her over to William. She straightened the small gown of white velvet. She carefully arranged the sleeves over its arms that stretched out as if to grasp the season with joy. She felt the downy fluff of its wings. Finally, she adjusted the tiny golden halo and handed the angel to William. She watched as he stretched to reach the top of the tree. William turned and looked mischievously at her. He acted as if he were about to drop the angel.

“William, do be careful!” Melissa shrieked.

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“This is a lovely book about friendship between two very different people from opposite cultures. It is also a tale about hope and the magic of Christmas. Children will delight in the colorful illustrations as they learn about the Oregon Trail and the pioneers, their hardships and dreams of a better life. At the end of the book there’s a section with activities and information about the pilgrims, as well as a game and a map. The Christmas Angel will make a lovely Christmas gift to any child as well as an excellent tool for teachers to teach this era of American history.” –Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review

“The Christmas Angel is a very heartwarming story that I think not only children, but people of any age will delight in. This poignant tale not only touches the heart but allows the reader to be a part of the wonderful journey. The magnificent illustrations, along with the tender tale, are truly captivating. It is one that I know I will treasure. I can tell Ms. Kelso really put her heart into this wonderful read. I fell in love with The Christmas Angel.” –Linda L. Lattimer, Author/Reviewer and Literacy in the Schools Advocate

“In The Christmas Angel Mary Jean Kelso writes about a girl traveling westward with her family in a wagon train. Her adventures are related in a lively, colorfully illustrated tale that brings the frontier to life for young readers.” –Eric N. Moody, Author/Publisher, Curator of Manuscripts, Nevada Historical Society

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After a family’s star for their Christmas tree is destroyed they search for another ornament to top the tree. They resurrect the treetop angel carried across The Oregon Trail by a young pioneer and bring the story of The Christmas Angel full circle.

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Derrick turned the bright red glass in his hand and looked at the elf ’s big ears and mouth. The elf ’s painted lips smiled at him.

During the previous holiday season, Derrick had been two years old. This year he couldn’t remember what a real Christmas tree looked like. But he remembered that Mom had set him on some strange man’s lap. He hadn’t liked that at all. He had screamed and stiffened his body until he slid off the stranger’s red clad legs. Somebody flashed a picture and shoved a candy cane in his hand. He heard laughter when his mother whisked him away.

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“I have been anxiously awaiting the sequel to The Christmas Angel, and One Family’s Christmas is certainly worth the wait. I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in the series as it reminded me so much of myself. I have a love of history and could appreciate this family’s excitement over finding the angel heirloom in their attic, and the pride they felt in being able to display it on their Christmas tree. These two books together will make for some great discussions in your family. I especially appreciate the extra pages at the end, explaining genealogy and how to learn more about your own family lineage. As a homeschool mother, I’m always looking for those added “extras” that make a book more educational.”Reviewed by Heidi Strawser

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Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre’ author. Besides Cowboy James, RV Mouse, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel, One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy & the Albino Horse series, she is the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series: Goodbye Is Forever, Abducted!, and Sierra Summer. Also Kat’s Cradle, Blue Coat, and The Homesteader series.

Mary Jean wrote for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults. Mary Jean recently received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News. She is a member of Made in Nevada– www.madeinNV.com
Visit Mary Jean on the Web at www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso

 

KC Snider, a prominent award-winning Oregon artist, has branched out into a variety of styles and subjects. Her collection of oil paintings, lithographs, and pencil drawings include the All-American Cowboy and Cowgirl and their historical lifestyles with magnificent wolves, buffalo herds, eagles and birds of prey along with horses and domestic animals. Her artwork has won numerous awards including the Snaffle Bit Award and the Pioneer Award.

Snider lives in the high desert with majestic views of the Cascade Mountains’ snow capped peaks. K.C. also illustrates children’s books: Cowboy James; A Star in the Night; Alleycat; The Christmas Angel; Preston, the Not-So-Perfect Pig; One Family’s Christmas; Cartwheel Annie; The Magic Violin; Does Heaven Get Mail?; Andy & The Albino Horse Series; Baby Jesus is Missing; Katydidn’t; A Short Tale About a Long Tail; Monster Maddie; RV Mouse; Frederico, the Mouse Violinist; Stilts the Stork; The Milk Horse & Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind. Visit KC at www.kcsniderart.com and blog.kcsniderart.com

Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen by Mary Jean Kelso

Another great installment to the Andy and Spirit series by Mary Jean Kelso!

Andy and Spirit visit the Nevada State Fair where they get in a ride and then watch the day’s events. Andy gets to meet the rodeo queen and learns how to handle a lasso. Despite an unfortunate accident, the rodeo is a fun time for all.

Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen is the latest book in Kelso’ popular Andy and Spirit series. What is great about this book is that the main character is a wheelchair bound kid who doesn’t let his handicap stop him. In addition, even the people he meets don’t focus on his wheelchair. They see Andy for Andy.

Kelso creates an excellent picture in this book for what it is like to attend a rodeo. Despite the fact that I’ve never been to one, I feel like I have after reading Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen.

The artwork for all the Andy and Spirit books has been drawn by K.C. Snider. I like the pairing of Kelso and Snider, and hope it continues.  When an artist and writer work together on multiple projects it certainly makes a difference in the overall quality of the book and how enjoyable the reading experience is.

At the end of this book, the reader finds information on rodeos and rodeo events. There is also a short list of some popular rodeo websites.

What adventures will Andy and Spirit find next? I guess, I’ll just have to eagerly wait and see.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc 
  • ISBN-10: 1616330317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330316
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    RV Mouse by Mary Jean Kelso

    What trouble one little mouse can get into!

    A hungry little mouse at the campground is searching for food. He wiggles his way into a tent, but all he does is frighten two girls. Next he discovers a way into a motor home, but soon finds himself trapped with people trying to catch hin.

    RV Mouse by Mary Jean Kelso is an adorable story. An excellent addition to the Guardian Angel Animals & Pets line, young readers are treated to the story of one hungry little mouse’s search for food and all the troubles he gets into.

    Artist K.C. Snider, whose work I absolutely love, provided the illustrations for this one. From the screaming girl to the sleepy mouse dreaming of peanut butter, Snider’s artwork brings this story to life visually for the reader.

    At the end of the story is information on RVing, which includes resources and website links.

    If you and your children like to RV or if your kids love fun stories, then RV Mouse is for you. As with all books from Guardian Angel Publishing, it is available in various electronic formats and paperback.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330255
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    One Family’s Christmas by Mary Jean Kelso

    One Family's ChristmasExperience the joy of a prized possession rediscovered in One Family’s Christmas by Mary Jean Kelso. The sequel to Kelso’s The Christmas Angel, this story finds ten-year-old Jessamyn and her three-year-old brother Derrick journeying up to the attic with their father to find ornaments for the Christmas tree. 

    Derrick isn’t too fond of the attic, or Santa Claus for that matter, but after the family rediscovers the Christmas angel that had once traveled The Oregon Trail, Derrick decides Christmas and that guy in the red suit aren’t too scary; and he and Jessamyn vow to protect the Christmas angel from harm, just like their great-great-grandmother once did on The Oregon Trail.

    There is so much to love about One Family’s Christmas. I didn’t know until today that this was a sequel to The Christmas Angel, and now I want to read the first book to find out how the angel traveled from Philadelphia to Oregon by wagon.  This is a wonderful, moving story about family, ancestry, and cherishing the past. Many young children can relate to Derrick’s fears about the dark, noisy attic and how imposing it can be to greet a large man in a bright red suit with most of his face covered by white hair, who has a hearty laugh.

    The illustrations provided by award-winning artist K.C. Snider are outstanding. She also worked with Kelso on The Christmas Angel, and this pairing should continue, as they bring forth charming stories for young readers through their words and pictures. My favorite illustration has to be the one of the family driving in their red car through the neighborhood with a Christmas tree tied to the roof. The trees are bare and the snow is falling, and I just want to walk right into that picture and be a part of it.

    Also included is information on genealogy, including helpful links, a pedigree chart and a family history sheet.  All these turn this book into an oppportunity to teach your child about their family and its ancestors.

    A heartwarming tale that could lead to projects to keep the kids busy over the long winter breaks, One Family’s Christmas is the perfect holiday story.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Publisher:  Guardian Angel Publishing
    • eBook ISBN: 978-1-933090-32-0
    • PRINT ISBN: 978-1-933090-58-0
    • DVD ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-30-6
    • SRP: $11.95 for PRINT, other prices available on the Guardian Angel website.



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