Ella’s Toys by Karen Kilpatrick

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Ella’s Toys 
by Karen Kilpatrick is another wonderful book in the Pumpkinheads series. Ella refuses to share her toys, but when she discovers her friends are having fun without her, she decides sharing might be more fun.

This is the second book in the Pumpkinheads series that I’ve read. I’m truly enjoying them. An easy to read book, Ella’s Toys reminds youngsters how much more fun it is to share than to hoard your toys and keep them only for yourself. The vibrant colors and bolded words will catch your child’s eye, but it will be how this book touches the heart that you’ll remember. I can’t wait to read more in this series.

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Series: Pumpkinheads
Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Nina Charles (May 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193844700X
ISBN-13: 978-1938447006

 I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

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Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick

Danzas-Message-21-267x300Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick will remind your youngster how truly special she is. After imaginative play, Danza and her friends goof around in front of the mirror and remember how special they are. At the end of the book each of the girls from the Pumpkinheads series answers the question: What do you like about you?

In this short and sweet book, girls are reminded of the importance of appreciating who you are inside and out. This rhyming story is fun and whimsical, but it holds one of the greatest lessons that can be imparted on a child. Artists Matthew Wilson and Tara Louise Campbell use vibrant colors to bring Kilpatrick’s story to life. The size of the book and the glossy, stiff paper will make the book stand out on the bookshelf. It won’t remind on the shelf long, though, because your child will want to read it again and again. Danza’s Message is just one book in the fabulous Pumpkinheads series. I recommend you check out all of them. Look for our review of Ella’s Toys tomorrow.

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Series: Pumpkinheads
Paperback: 22 pages
Publisher: Nina Charles LLC (September 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938447026
ISBN-13: 978-1938447020

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.

 

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The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell

The-Boy-Who-Couldnt-Cry-Wolf-2-300x300A touching story with a powerful message is what you’ll discover in The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell.

Byron is a young werewolf who can’t howl. No matter what he tries or whose advice he follows, he simply can’t howl. On the night of the full-moon ceremony, Byron learns a valuable lesson about believing in himself.

This is a great book. Imaginative and engaging, young readers will enjoy learning more about the werewolf who can’t howl. It teaches children about the importance of believing in yourself no matter what and to not let yourself get so concerned with what others think about you.

The charming illustrations by Emma Phillips are the perfect complement to this story. She captures many emotions with them.

I look forward to sharing this book with some of the neighborhood children.

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Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Icasm Press (November 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1942318006
ISBN-13: 978-1942318002

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K-9 Cop by Erna Mueller

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Put together a sarcastic, arrogant cop and an angry, computer savvy teenager and you get a good idea of what you’re in store for in K-9 Cop: Case #1 – The Dreck Report.

While on a stakeout, a police detective named Spencer Watley meets Justin Andrews, who is often in trouble with Principal Hammersmith. When Spencer is killed in the line of duty, he comes back to life as a dog and is sent to help out Justin’s family. Meanwhile, a group of cyber-killers are on the search for our detective turned pooch because he’s accidentally swallowed a microchip that will allow them to hack into computers and steal millions. While Spencer and Justin continue to butt heads, the Cyber Killers close in, kidnapping them. How will Spencer get them out this mess?

While I found the opening chapters a bit confusing, K-9 Cop is a funny, adventure-filled mystery for tweens and young adults. Spencer’s interactions will leave them in stitches. His comeuppance of returning as a dog and needing to earn entry into heaven will intrigue them. And the touching ending will warm everyone’s heart. Justin has a difficult story all his own, so to see Spencer and Justin connect on any level is rewarding. Though not what one might consider as your typical tween/young adult read, the content and some of the banter definitely places it into this market. I would say you’re looking at 14 and up for this one.

K-9 Cop is a fast-paced story with engaging characters that many will enjoy.

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File Size: 391 KB
Print Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Erna Mueller; 2 edition (September 18, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B009D6WZVY

I received a free digital version 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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K-9 Cop: Case #1 – The Dreck Report by Erin Mueller (Giveaway)

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Author: Erna Mueller
Publisher: Erna Mueller
Pages: 220
Genre: YA
Format: Paperback/Kindle

No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.

After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But – what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?

He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.

But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog.  He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.

And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.

Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.

But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.

Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?

Can a selfish man find a heart?

You bet.  He just has to become a dog first.

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k-9 Erna-MuellerI was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.

I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.

My new book, “K-9 Cop”, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay.  The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by awomenswrite.com.

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Adelita’s Secret by Christopher Cloud

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Author: Christopher Cloud

Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform

Genre: young adult fantasy romance

Format: paperback copy, kindle 

Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita Noé is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune. Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.

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Award-winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels. Chris graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Chris lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking. 

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It’s This Monkey’s Business by Debra Máres

It's This Monkey's Business 2Cabana is a young spider monkey who leaves in search of a new family when the fighting between her parents gets too much to handle. When tragedy strikes, Cabana’s parents learn they must put her best interest at heart.

This rhyming story is geared toward youngsters ages 4 to 8. Author Debra Máres, a veteran county prosecutor, turns her passion for helping families into a sweet story of triumph. I applaud the author’s desire to help children impacted by violence and abuse. It’s This Monkey’s Business teaches the important lesson of how some parents are better living apart and that single parent families can thrive when the home environment is safe.

The vibrant colors of Taylor Christensen’s illustrations bring the rainforest to life alongside the unfolding of Cabana’s story. I found the rhyming stilted in spots, but overall it worked. The one thing I missed in this book design is a back cover blurb. I was also a bit bothered by how tight the binding is, but in one reading it came lose enough that the binding tape became visible, making it stand out glaringly against the vibrant green of the inside covers. Those things aside, I’m thrilled to see books for children tackling subjects that matter to them.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Justicia House; 1st edition (October 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985089385
ISBN-13: 978-0985089382

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

 

For Independent Author Debra Máres, violence against women is not only a topic in today’s news, it’s a topic in her crime novels, cases she handled as a county prosecutor, and now it will be the topic in her first children’s book It’s This Monkey’s Business.  Debra is a veteran county prosecutor in Riverside currently specializing in community prosecution, juvenile delinquency and truancy.  Her office has one of the highest conviction rates in California and is the fifteenth largest in the country. You name it – she’s prosecuted it – homicides, gang murders, domestic violence, sex cases, political corruption, major fraud and parole hearings for convicted murderers. She is a two-time recipient of the County Prosecutor of the Year Award and 2012 recipient of the Community Hero Award.

Debra is the granddaughter of a Mexican migrant farm worker and factory seamstress, was born and raised in Los Angeles, was the first to graduate college in my family, and grew up dancing Ballet Folklorico and Salsa. Her own family story includes struggles with immigration, domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and teen pregnancy, which she addresses in her novels. She followed a calling at 11 years old to be an attorney and voice for women, and appreciates international travel and culture. Her life’s mission is to break the cycle of victimization and domestic violence.

Debra is also the co-founding Executive Director of Women Wonder Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization implementing creative intervention and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.  In 2012, Debra self-published Volume 1 of her debut legal thriller series, The Mamacita Murders featuring Gaby Ruiz, a sex crimes prosecutor haunted by her mother’s death at the hands of an abusive boyfriend. In 2013, Debra released her second crime novel, The Suburban Seduccion, featuring “The White Picket Fence” killer Lloyd Gil, who unleashes his neonatal domestic violence-related trauma on young women around his neighborhood.

To bring to life “Cabana,” Debra partnered with 16-year-old Creative Director Olivia Garcia and Los Angeles based professional illustrator Taylor Christensen.

16-year-old Creative Director Olivia Garcia attends high school in Panorama City, California, is the Los Angeles youth delegate for the Anti-Defamation League’s National Youth Leadership Mission in Washington D.C., an ASB member and AP student and enjoys reading, crafting and knitting.

Taylor Christensen is a Los Angeles-based illustrator holding a BFA from Otis College of Art & Design, focuses on fantastical creatures and surreal imagery, and produces artwork for illustration, character and concept design.

 

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