Reading Now: The Unruly Curse by Sunayna Prasad

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear.

In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Uncontrollable Curse” in April 2019, “The Unruly Curse” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful paranormal Magical Missions series.

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Two cousins embark on an exciting mystery to solve the riddle of their grandfather’s will. The boys from diverse backgrounds must work together to overcome natural and cultural obstacles. Can they save the ranch in time?

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear.

In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful “Magical Missions” series.

 

This exciting entry in Lee & Low’s “Story of” line of chapter-book biographies introduces readers to Robert Smalls, an enslaved steamboat wheelman who commandeered a Confederate boat during the Civil War and escaped with his family, crew, and their families to freedom.

Growing up enslaved in South Carolina, Robert Smalls always dreamed of the moment freedom would be within his grasp. Now that moment was here.

Robert stood proudly at the Planter’s wheel. Only seven miles of water lay between the ship and the chance of freedom in Union territory. With precision and amazing courage, he navigated past the Confederate forts in the harbor and steered the ship toward the safety of the Union fleet. Just one miscalculation would be deadly, but for Robert, his family, and his crewmates, the risk was worth taking.

The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls is the compelling account of the daring escape of Robert Smalls, an enslaved steamboat wheelman who became one of the Civil War’s greatest heroes. His steadfast courage in the face of adversity is an inspiring model for all who attempt to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.

This Chapter Book edition includes black-and-white illustrations as well as sidebars on related subjects, a timeline, a glossary, and recommended reading.

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Currently Reading: The God Squad: Mission Him-Possible II, The Giant Slayers by Darlene Laney

The God Squad invites you to come along with them in this exciting and sometimes mysterious mission. Angel is assigned as leader in this episode. Their mission: rescue a fellow classmate being targeted by bullies and help make Carver Preparatory a safe place for all students. However, before the God Squad can help Taylor, the mission quickly unravels and takes a dramatic turn when after meeting with the God Squad, Taylor ends up in the hospital due to a suspicious accident. Angel finds herself overtaken with doubting her abilities to lead the mission and battling the giants in her dreams. She ends up at odds with the other members of the God Squad and questions if she should continue in the group. Just when all seems lost, Angel has an encounter with a mysterious stranger and is introduced to the “just in case clause.” But, is it enough to get the mission back on track and defeat the giants overtaking Carver Preparatory?
Join the God Squad as they take on this new and exciting mission in Mission Him-Possible II, the Giant Slayers!

Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: Halo Publishing International (January 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161244721X
ISBN-13: 978-1612447216

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From the Family Bookshelf – July 2016

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Not a lot of reading–or blogging–going on these days. Real estate has taken over my life. I miss my nightly bath time ritual of reading for at least an hour in the tub, but sometimes I can’t stay awake that long.

This week we are on vacation in Kill Devil Hill, NC (the Outer Banks) so I am getting more reading done than I probably have all year. Won’t get to read all the books I brought with me, but I am hoping to read at least half of them.

Just finished A Loaded Gun by Jerome Charyn, a biography of Emily Dickinson. I’ve also been reading Portrait of Conspiracy: Da Vinci’s Disciples by Donna Russo Morin. I’ll be starting A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard soon. Other books I brought with me on vacation:

  • Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman
  • Anna’s Healing by Vannetta Chapman
  • Joshua’s Mission by Vannetta Chapman
  • The Strangers on Montague Street by Karen White
  • When Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown
  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

Dad bought four books to take with him on vacation:

  • Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift-June 1948-May 1949 by Richard Reeves
  • In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton
  • Trudy’s Promise by Marcia Preston (already read)
  • Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, Book 1) by Bodie and Brock Thoene

The Lil’ Diva brought a bag full of books with her, but not sure she will actually read them. Chatting online with friends seems to have taken over her life. The Lil’ Princess is taking a break right now.

That’s it for this edition of From the Family Bookshelf. Hope you’re all keeping up with your reading. Please feel free to share what you’re reading right now.