Monday, August 31, 2015

September is for Sequels Giveaway Hop!

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Rosalind, Lottie, Amina and Isabella are great friends. They have formed a secret club and they call themselves the Rescue Princesses. They came up with the idea when they learned of Lottie’s older sisters adventures of how she and her friends saved animals that were in terrible danger. While raking leaves the Princesses found a mysterious note that told them to look for a lost book called The Book of Ninja. Along with the note there was a beautiful silver necklace with a locket that held a tiny key. In their search for the book the girls also discovered a new little puppy named Patch. They loved Patch and played fetch with him outside. With their new found friend the girls pieced together a clue to find the book. The clue lead them to the clock tower where they discovered the book. Unfortunately, that was not all they discovered. They heard two men talking and realized they had robbed jewelry from the house. When Patch faced the robbers they took him too. Can Rosalind and the other princesses help catch the dognappers and get the stolen merchandise? 

Author Paula Harrison has created an adorable early reader series that young kids will love. These stories have friendly characters, fun and mysteries to solve. Parents and teachers will approve of these fast little reads.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Children's Book Review: With A Friend by Your Side




Title: With A Friend by Your Side
Author:  Barbara Kerley
Photography:  Various
Publisher:  National Geographic Society
ISBN: 9781426319051

Review:

We all have a sidekick. It can be a person, pet or even a favorite toy. The best part of having and being a friend is having someone to share with. These pages are filled with wonderful photography. Author Barbara Kerley has always valued the importance of friendship. Readers will see first-hand by viewing the stunning images of what friends do together. Readers may even recognize similarities in some of the things they do and share with their friends or family. Short sentences put rhyme and focus to what readers will see, therefore connecting the vibrant photography to the meaning of friendship. For example, one image shows a young girl dressed in pink sharing an ice cream cone coated with sprinkles with a large white dog with black spots. Another image has three boys sliding down a muddy slide. The words turn the readers focus to friends being brave together. Another photo shows two girls sitting on the floor in the aisle at a library sharing a favorite book. There is lots to see and ponder.

Author Barbara Kerley wants readers to see and feel what it means to have and be a friend no matter what you like to do. Sharing is caring and this heart felt view into the meaning of friendship would be a very important reminder or tool for any library.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop!

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The Legend of Bob Wire
Sam Skinner
BIBLIO: 2014, Mindstir Media, Ages 5 to 9, $9.99.
REVIEWER: Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Picture Book
ISBN:  9780986214974

Review:
Cowboy legends are often spun sitting around camp fires out in the middle of wide open lands where the night sky is bright with twinkling stars. The Legend and Adventures of Bob Wire stem from stories generations old spun by ranchers, oilfield roughnecks, and leather craftsman. Stories told over time can become bigger than when they were first told. Each legend, at its core, has a life lesson weaved through it. The story of Bob Wire is no different. Supposedly, Bob Wire’s mother was an Oklahoma Chickasaw maiden. Some say she was a Louisiana belle from New Orleans. It’s also rumored that his grandfather was Sam Houston, the seventh Governor of Texas. Bob Wire would ride a black panther and used a rattlesnake for a whip. He learned the oil business and would help when bad weather arose or when foes showed up to rob or create havoc.


Author Sam Skinner’s legend gets bigger and bigger as readers flip through the pages. Young readers will be engaged with old fashioned illustrations that bring the main characters western feel and his world to life. Simple sentences and familiar objects make for a fun read. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Young Adult Giveaway Hop!



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Bruiser
Neal Shusterman
BIBLIO: 2010, Harper Teen, Ages 12 to 18, $9.99.
FORMAT: Young Adult
ISBN:  9780061134104

How much pain would you be able to endure if you could heal and take on someone else’s pain and anguish? Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlings is an outsider at his school. He lives with his uncle and little brother. His mother passed away and he hasn’t seen his father in years. But his life is about to change when he encounters twins, Tennyson and Bronte. Tennyson has been told by his twin sister Bronte that he is a snob. His opinion of her new friend, Bruiser, is one that implies the guy is beneath her. Bruiser has a reputation of being a loser. The rumor is, Bruiser is the type that will more than likely end up on death row. But, Bronte does not see him in the same light. Tennyson takes it upon himself to follow Bruiser home to learn more about him, especially since he saw him in the locker room without his shirt. The bruises and scars are why he suspected the guy went from being Brewster, named after his grandfather, to Bruiser. When Tennyson got a peek inside the life of Bruiser he started to see him in a different light. He also noticed the next day the cuts on his knuckles were gone but Bruiser now had some. Bronte, on the other hand, is attracted to guys she referred to as strays, and felt, for the most part, they were harmless. In spite of Tennyson’s opinion and meddling she made every effort to see Bruiser as much as she could and kept it secret. She was drawn to Bruiser and felt he needed someone to take care of him. On one of their secret dates in the woods, Bronte slipped and hurt her ankle. Bruiser helped her by rubbing her ankle and foot. Soon, there was no more pain. Bronte noticed as they were leaving that Bruiser was limping. His excuse was that his shoes were too small and not made for hiking. Bronte realized how much she was drawn to Bruiser and as a result she invited him to dinner to meet the parents. But, troubles at home divided her family and her relationship with a guy who could take away pain, cuts and bruises from everyone he cared about. How could Bronte calm the storm that is Brewster Rawlings?

Author Neal Shusterman has created a very cool read for anyone who loves a story with lots of points of view and an interesting storyline. The characters are relatable and seemingly very human, meaning they are not exaggerated. At times the story is intense but sometimes life is too. Parents and teachers will approve of this read.

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