In Memory of Dad by Maranda Russell

A touching story of how to learn to live again after tragedy can be found in Maranda Russell’s short children’s story, In Memory of Dad.

This fictional story is loosely based upon true events from the author’s life. Kaley Jergins was blessed with a wonderful family, good friends, and the talent and passion to succeed on the basketball court. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack, everything changes. Mom doesn’t smile anymore; they eat lots of takeout; and Kaley can’t seem to face playing the sport that she and her father loved so much. It feels like nothing will ever be the same again.

If you’re looking for a short and simple way to help a child deal with the loss of a parent, In Memory of Dad can certainly help. At a little over 2,100 words, it provides a way for young readers to get a glimpse into Kaley’s world without getting too overwhelmed by a complicated storyline. While it is mostly telling, not showing, the story flows nicely and has a superb ending. Readers who have lost a parent will realize what they are feeling is normal, and hopefully things will get better. The touching author’s note at the end will connect with the reader.

Russell has also written two children’s picture books and contributed to Weres in the City.I would definitely check out her other books.

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  • Format:Kindle Edition
  • File Size:85 KB
  • Publisher:Maranda Russell; 1 edition (August 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • ASIN: B005JQBIII
  • SRP:  $.99 (Also available at Smashwords)

I purchased this book from Amazon for my Kindle. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Short Story Review: Throw Like a Girl, Catch a Date by Christen Anne Kelley

A fun, light short young adult read is what you’ll find in “Throw Like a Girl, Catch a Date” by Christen Anne Kelley.

Lacey has built up a reputation as the girl who can knock them out of the park. Right now, though, all the girls are buzzing about prom and Lacey doesn’t have a date. Who needs a stupid prom date anyway. When she literally runs into Tom–a guy who hasn’t spoken a word to her in four years–for some reason she can’t get the nerdy Dungeons & Dragons playing guy out of her mind.

This is the first Little League Short Story by Kelley that I’ve read, but it won’t be my last (I have another on my Kindle). The author has blended a great plot with two characters you are wishing and hoping will get together. Lacey’s attitude and Tom’s awkward behavior make for several funny moments. What I enjoyed most is that Kelley really seems to understand this market, what’s on their minds, and things that are important to them.

I’ll definitely be on the look out for other stories by Christen Anne Kelley!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Blue Cedar Publishing
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language:English
  • ASIN: B005C20A1U
  • SRP:  $.99

I purchased a Kindle version of this short story from Amazon. I received no monetary compensation to provide this review.