Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Bullies

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Now that I have combined my Little Shepherd blog into this one, I will be posting writing announcements and goals here. This is my Friday to post at Christian Children’s Authors. Today’s topic: How Bullies Changed My Daughter. I hope you will visit Christian Children’s Authors and comment on my post. You will find it at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2015/06/19/how-bullies-changed-my-daughter/

New Release: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion by Dominique Roques

annaThe lovable tyrant from Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is up to no good, and so are all of her beloved stuffed animals. In this adorable sequel to the 2014 picture book, Anna Banana and her stuffed pals set out to make a chocolate cake…and end up making a big, big, big mess.

With all the charm and whimsy that won reader’s hearts in the first book of the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion will give Anna Banana’s fans more of what they love…and win over new readers.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: First Second; Tra edition (June 16, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626720207
ISBN-13: 978-1626720206

Purchase here!

Hot New Releases!

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A certain member of the CCP girls Dork fans know all about has gotten her hands on Nikki’s diary and has decided to share some thoughts of her own…Find out what happens when Nikki’s worst nightmare becomes a reality. Welcome to Mackenzie’s world!!

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Okay, Harry Potter Fans, I Get It

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It seems crazy to try and write a standard review for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because it is so well known. So, here is how my introduction to the Harry Potter series came about and my admission that it is definitely a worthy read.

For many years now, I’ve avoided the Harry Potter series. Not because I had anything against it, but because I won’t read wildly popular books/series. I’m not much of a follower. My son had read the books when they first came out, but neither daughter expressed much interest until it became a reading assignment for the Lil’ Diva.  As I was browsing the library shelves with her a few weeks ago, I discovered an audio version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. So, I figured, what the heck.

After listening to the entire book read by author and voice artist Jim Dale, it’s easy to see why the Harry Potter series took off like it did. Harry is this young orphan boy who is mistreated by the relatives he is forced to live with. He has no memories of his parents, who died when he was a baby; but he does have this nagging scar on his forehead and recollections of a green light.

When Harry finds out that he is a wizard, his entire life changes. Hogwarts is filled with people who admire the one who survived an attack by Lord Voldemort. Draco Malfoy, however, isn’t a big fan and provides some great conflict. With Hermoine Granger as the know-it-all, good girl and Ron Weasley as the dependable best friend, author J.K. Rowling creates a superb and diverse cast of characters for readers to enjoy.

I have to admit I am wholeheartedly looking forward to the next book. Once and for all: I get it!

And Now…For This Announcement

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As you have probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to. Seems I must be a good real estate agent, because I have been very busy and some have told me it’s unusual for a newbie to have such a successful first year. Yay me!

So, after careful consideration, I decided to put my writer’s blog–Little Shepherd–on hiatus for a while. The good news is that the updates I used to make there–announcements of when I blog at Christian Children’s Authors, goal updates, writing news, and the sharing of youth ministry resources–will appear here at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for your readership.

Book Review: Escape Through The Wilderness by Gary Rodriguez

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Action, adventure and friendship fill the pages of this debut young adult offering by Gary Rodriguez.

Escape Through The Wilderness finds Savannah (Savi) Evans, Jade Chang, Rico Cruz, and Conner Swift in peril when a white-water rafting adventure at Camp Arrowhead separates them from their guide. When they finally pull themselves out of the water, the bruised, beaten, and lost teens must traverse twenty-five miles of wilderness to make it back to camp; complicated by the threat of Vexel, a vicious animal that Savi believes is stalking them.

This is one of those books that I could easily see as a movie. Action and adventure fill its pages, while the difficulty of four diverse teens trying to work together to get back to safety provides plenty of conflict. And let’s not forget about Vexel, whose pursuit of the teens as they traverse unfamiliar territory adds suspense.

Though not new to publishing, Rodriguez is new to the YA market. It seems a natural fit for him. His character development and plot will attract many. It would be great if he could find some way to turn this into a series: either keeping the same four teens and using their summer vacations to set them up for additional adventures, or using Camp Arrowhead as the place for new adventures by a different group of teens.

I would definitely recommend Escape Through The Wilderness if you like adventure, action, suspense, and stories surrounding legends.

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

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Books to Film

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Every once in a while, I get to thinking about my favorite television or movie adaptations of books. Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, The Chronicles of Narnia, Little Women, and Matilda come to mind.

For this generation, perhaps it is The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Harry Potter.

But whatever books we are talking about, when a popular book or book series is made into a movie(s), controversy surrounds it. Which characters did they change? What characters did they leave out? How much did they alter the story for film?

I remember the Lil’ Diva complaining for days because a certain character, and therefore, her favorite scene, were cut from Divergent. Gasp! How dare they?

What are some of your favorite television and movie adaptations? Were you ever irked in how they changed it for film?