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A well-written page-turner

The Madonna Ghost

Written by Linda Marie Frank

This mystery appeals to me on many levels. Annie embarks on summer vacation with her Aunt Jill to Fire Island, but her aunt is a detective secretly working on a case.

Annie hopes to find some people her age. She is excited to learn that Ty is visiting neighbors. He is close to her age and soon becomes a romantic interest. Soon Annie discovers they are both adventurers. They will team up to solve the mystery of a ghost reported to haunt the island.

At first glance, the reader might guess this is a book for a middle-grade or young adult audience, but this is not the case. I found myself engrossed in the story and every character. Frank has a background in forensics which allows her to describes the smallest detail. She paints a vivid picture of the setting. The dialogue between the characters is so authentic that readers can visualize themselves in every scene.

A bit of romance, an intriguing mystery, a touch of paranormal and fast-moving events combine to make the book an interesting and unique read for ages eight through eighty-eight.

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IF YOU LOVE HORSES, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK

The Forgotten Horse – Book 1 in the Connemara Horse Adventure Series for Kids. The perfect gift for children age 8-12. (Connemara Adventures)

Written by Elaine Heney

This is Book 1 in a series. The author has trained thousands to develop and care for their horses. She also creates films featuring the human equestrian relationship.

Primarily intended for a middle-grade audience, Heney creates beautiful characters. Readers learn about a close-knit Irish farming family that faces hard times. Clodagh immediately falls in love with the grey pony that she names Ozzie. Clodagh knows one day she will work with horses.

The book is filled with issues that usually pop up for its target audience like bullying and learning to cope with school peers determined to look down on her. Throughout the book, Clodagh reveals her steadfast determination to overccome these obstacles and find a way to keep Ozzie.

Highly recommended for any reader who loves horses and down-to-earth family stories.

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#MynameisnotEdTugboat virtual blog tour and giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Amy Nielander.

ABOUT THE BOOK

My Name Is Not Ed Tug

Written and Illustrated by Amy Nielander

Ages 5-8 | 32 Pages

Publisher: West Margin Press | ISBN-13: 9781513134871

Publisher’s Book Summary: A sweet, whimsical story about the meaningfulness behind a person’s name and the power of accepting people just as they are.

Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug has a very special name that is all his own. But his teacher thinks it’s too long and hard to say. One day she shortens it to. . . Ed.

But he loves his name just the way it is. So he comes up with a plan—if he can teach everyone his name, maybe they’ll love it too!

Sweet and whimsical, My Name Is Not Ed Tug empowers readers to own their identities and proudly celebrate who they are.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

Bookshop.org

Barnes and Noble

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Nielander is a designer and award-winning children’s book author and illustrator who loves to create playful stories for kids. Growing up, she had her name frequently misspelled by others. My Name Is Not Ed Tug is inspired by this experience and by her time volunteering in her children’s classrooms. Amy lives near Detroit, Michigan.

https://www.amynielander.com/

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BOOK TRAILER

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

JUST CALL ME EDIMORWHITIMORMILIGIMMUS Tug

My Name Is Not Ed Tug

Written and Illustrated by Amy Nielander

Little Ed is so proud of his name. He is named after a grandfather, grandmother, great uncle, and aunt. Each of these family members passed down a particular skill.

Ed’s long name frustrates his teacher, Ms. Mell. She suggests he shorten it to Ed. That bothers Ed because he is proud of each part of his heritage. When a new student enters the class, he takes advantage of the opportunity to explain why every part of his name is important. Can Ed find a way to convince his classmates how important a name might be, even if unusually long. Names are part of a family’s history and the contributions made by those who bear them in the wider community. Being unique is a good thing, right?

I love the way the author included drawings of each member of the class which allows the reader to see the distinctive features of each student. This multicultural picture book encourages children to view themselves as a unique member and valued contributor to family, community, and country.

A highly recommended read-aloud to discuss with children in the primary grades.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of My Name Is Not Ed Tug, the Potato-Noodle-Feel-Better Soup recipe featured in the story, and a Name Journal!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A signed copy of My Name Is Not Ed Tug

– A Potato-Noodle-Feel-Better Soup recipe (soup is featured in the story). The digital download includes an “Ingredient Checklist coloring page” for kids.

– A Name Journal: A 3.5″ x 5″ pocket-sized journal with 32 blank pages (100% recycled paper).

Two (2) winners receive:

A signed copy of My Name Is Not Ed Tug

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, October 10, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Tuesday, October 11, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Wednesday, October 12, 2022Book Zone ReviewsA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Thursday, October 13, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview with Amy Nielander
Friday, October 14, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Monday, October 17, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Tuesday, October 18, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Wednesday, October 19, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Thursday, October 20, 2022Because I Said SoA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Friday, October 21, 2022Celebrate Picture BooksA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Monday, October 24, 2022Me Two BooksA My Name Is Not Ed Tug book activity
Tuesday, October 25, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersAn article by Amy Nielander
Wednesday, October 26, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Thursday, October 27, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug

DETERMINATION AND PERSEVERANCE

Agnes’s Rescue: A True Story of an Immigrant Girl

Written by Karl Beckstrand and Veara Southworth Fife

Illustrated by Sean Sullivan

This book is book one of a series for children about young immigrants.

Agnes was born in Scotland and lived there with her siblings. After her father’s disappearance at sea, her mother turns to the Mormon faith. When Agnes turned nine in 1856, her mother had saved enough money to sail to America and become a part of the Latter-Day Saints community in Utah.

Their journey contained numerous perils. After sailing to New York, they took a train to Iowa. There the hardships began. The family must walk pulling a cart with their possessions. Their food supplies became depleted, and the weather turned frigid. Agnes and her family faced frostbite and near annihilation.

The story is biographical and written by a descendant. Sean Sullivan does a marvelous job with emotive illustrations. I like the interactive aspect of the book allowing readers to revisit the story by answering questions and voicing their opinions. This series is sure to inspire readers in elementary and middle school.

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ELIJAH GOES TO CLEVELAND – VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY #elijahgoestocleveland

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Mark Darden

ABOUT THE BOOK

Elijah Goes to Cleveland

Written by Mark Darden

Illustrated by Anh Bui

Ages 4+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Buckeye Muscle Media | 9871736703007

Publisher’s Synopsis: Elijah is in Cleveland visiting his grandparents when he finds out that his favorite music band will be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The tickets are free, but there is a catch: You have to do a scavenger hunt to find band members at various landmarks throughout Cleveland. With the help of his grandparents, will Elijah be able to secure tickets to see his favorite band perform? Pick up a copy of Elijah Goes to Cleveland to find out.

https://buckeyemuscle.com/shop/elijah-goes-to-cleveland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Darden is an author, sports travel blogger, and Chief Content Creator for Buckeye Muscle Media, LLC. Since 2017, Mark has documented his sports travel adventures on his blog, buckeyemuscle.com. Originally from Cleveland, Mark’s first book is IT’S GAME TIME FOLKS!: Quest for 30, a travelogue of his journey visiting all 30 MLB ballparks during the 2017 season. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

For more information, visit https://buckeyemuscle.com.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

SEEING THE SITES

Elijah Goes to Cleveland

Written by Mark Darden

Illustrated by Anh Bui

Elijah is so excited to be visiting his grandparents in Cleveland, Ohio. After he arrives, he views a commercial for a concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elijah notes his favorite band will be performing and there is a contest to win free tickets. He immediately asks his grandparents to help.

They will have to scour the city because to win the prize the contestant must follow the clues to a scavenger hunt. During their mission, the family visits the town square, a museum, the zoo, a theater, a park, and the Hall of Fame. Will Elijah win the prize? What does he learn about Cleveland?

I enjoyed the beautiful multicultural illustrations, the map, and the warm family relationships portrayed in the story. Recommended for young children as a picture book, a travel guide for Cleveland, and a beginning reader.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win one of ten autographed copies of Elijah Goes to Cleveland—5 books will have a gift card to one of the following places: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, West Side Market, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Karamu House!

Five (5) winners receive:

A signed copy of Elijah Goes to Cleveland

A gift card to one of the following places: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, West Side Market, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, or Karamu House!

Five (5) winners receive:

A signed copy of Elijah Goes to Cleveland

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/2022/03/elijah-goes-to-cleveland-awareness-tour 

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 7, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Tuesday, February 15, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Tuesday, March 9, 2022The Momma SpotA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Wednesday, March 10, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withAuthor Mark Darden
Tuesday, March 15, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Wednesday, March 16, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Thursday, March 17, 2022Because I Said SoA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Friday, March 18, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Wednesday, March 23, 2022Tales of a Wannabe Superhero MomA beyond the book activity forElijah Goes to Cleveland
Thursday, March 24, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA guest article byAuthor Mark Darden
Friday, March 25, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland

A GLIMPSE INTO THE SERIES…

The Scenic Route: An Nsibidi Scripts Short Story

Written by Nnedi Okorafor

The author has written a short story based on the characters of his science fiction and fantasy Nsibidi scripts series.

The book series features friends Sasha and Sunny who live in Nigeria. They have special powers that allow them to see lots more than the average person. In this short story, the two friends land at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. They go on a short jaunt to visit the highlights of Chicago. Readers are treated to a tour of familiar sights seen through their unfamiliar eyes.

The book can be enjoyed by those who have not read books in the series but will probably whet their appetite to learn more about life in Nigeria and the mysterious powers they possess.

The series is recommended for ages twelve and older but this book is appropriate for younger children as well.

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 ROUND AND ROUND WE GO

Where Did Grandpa Go? (Grandpa’s Stories)

Written by Mrs.D

Illustrated by Saima Malik

This book is Part One of a two-part series about a beloved grandpa. Grandpa wants to oblige and help, but he has his way of doing things. When his wife makes a simple errand request, he immediately offers to comply. There is one problem, he has a unique way of achieving that goal.

In this tale, Grandma asks her husband to perform four simple errands to purchase ice cream, pizza, soil, and oranges, but in each case, Grandpa causes great anxiety by disappearing. Grandma is frantic. She calls the family, neighbors, hospitals, and police. Ultimately, Grandpa calls from a different destination each time telling her he is unharmed.

This book has a unique message. Not all people follow the accepted way of achieving our goals. It is okay to be different. Mrs. D’s beginning chapter book contains beautiful, color illustrations, and an important life lesson. I would recommend the book for elementary school readers and would also be an excellent choice for families with members afflicted with early Alzheimer’s disease. Looking forward to Grandpa’s adventures in Book 2.

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FROM THE HEART #jesúsmaryandjoseph

IN PARTNERSHIIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW AND KATHLEEN T. PELLEY

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jesús, Mary, and Joseph

Written by Kathleen T. Pelley

Illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic

Ages 3-7 | 32 Pages

Publisher: Journey with Story Press | ISBN-13: 9780578651965

Publisher’s Synopsis: After Jesús finally lands a part as an innkeeper in his school’s Nativity play, he asks God to help him be the best innkeeper ever. Day by day, he grows more and more confident in his role, but on opening night, he finds himself so swept up in this long-ago world, that when Mary and Joseph asked him, ”Do you have any room at your inn?” he comes up with his own answer, causing chaos on the stage.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3lYbq8y

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780578651965

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KATHLEEN T. PELLEY is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents’ farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the radio during the BBC children’s story hour. She is the award-winning author of seven other picture books and hosts her own storytelling podcast, Journey with Story.

For more information, visit https://kathleenpelley.com.

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK:

This is a sweet story of a boy named Jesús who yearns for a part in the Nativity play. When his teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez chooses him to be an innkeeper, Jesús is ecstatic. He tries hard to learn his lines, but he is so nervous. Jesús takes us through the typical feelings faced by a child in his situation. Will he succeed? There is a surprise ending that reveals the depth of Jesús’ character.

Children learn about the Nativity story through the eyes of a child as Jesús relates his hopes and fears through prayer. All types of children are represented. The soft colors and simple drawings correspond well with the mood of the narrative. Recommended highly for preschool and primary grade children. A nice book for families to share during the Advent season.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a Jesús, Mary, and Joseph prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A paperback copy of Five Little Angels

An Audible copy of Five Little Angels

A $25 Barnes and Noble gift card

A Nativity sticker book

A shoutout on the Journey with Story podcast

Five (5) winners receive:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A Nativity sticker book

The giveaway ends November 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, November 1, 2021The Children’s Book Review Book Tour Kick-Off
Tuesday, November 2, 2021Over Coffee Conversations An interview with Kathleen T. Pelley
Wednesday, November 3, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s blog A book review ofJesús, Mary, and Joseph
Thursday, November 4, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Friday, November 5, 2021Life Is What It’s Called A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Monday, November 8, 2021The Momma Spot A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Tuesday, November 9, 2021The Fairview Review A book giveaway of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Wednesday, November 10, 2021Book Bug CA A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Thursday, November 11, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Friday, November 12, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph

#sixthousanddoughnuts


In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Thomas Tosi

ABOUT THE BOOK

Six Thousand Doughnuts

Written by Thomas Tosi

Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi

Ages 8-12 | 284 Pages

Publisher: Dooney Press | ISBN-13 : 978-1954782013

Publisher’s Synopsis: Why would anyone need six thousand doughnuts?

Big family…little house… Fifth-grader Abe Mitchell is fed up with sharing. All he wants is something to call his own. And he just might get it when he finds a loophole in the fine print of a doughnut shop coupon. Abe thinks it entitles him to a fresh-baked mountain of crullers, dunkers, and chocolate-frosteds. But cashing in means war with Marlene Paczki, the daughter of the doughnut shop owner and Abe’s new crush.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/3fdV47n

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781954782013

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

Six Thousand Doughnuts

Written by Thomas Tosi

Illustrated by Meghan Tosi

Abe Mitchell is tired of sharing. He lives in an attic space with his two older twin brothers. His sisters must also share. When his cousin Celia temporarily moves it, he is unhappy to learn that he and his brothers will now be sharing the attic with his sisters as well!

One day Abe is sharing a doughnut with his two sisters when he notices a coupon on his father’s coffee cup. He has won a free doughnut, one that he will not have to share. Abe’s dad refuses to return to the shop, so he decides to return another day.

Now Abe is a clever fifth grader. He notices the fine print that says prize may be exchanged for 1/20 of a cent. Abe quickly calculates that would be the equivalent of six thousand doughnuts. When Abe returns to the store to collect his prize, the owner demurs informing Abe that is just legal jargon. To make matters worse, Marlene Paczki, the owner’s daughter starts a food fight that nearly destroys the shop. Add to that, the fact that Abe develops a crush on Marlene, his problems continue to mount.

Read the rest of this hilarious, coming of age middle-grade novel to find out what happens to Abe, his family, and the doughnut shop. The black and white illustrations enhance this fun read and make it a perfect choice for a reluctant reader.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas Tosi is a writer/filmmaker who, together with his wife, Heidi, has produced an award-winning children’s website, educational multimedia games, and dramatic films which have aired on national television, PBS affiliate stations, and screened in numerous film festivals. He was born and raised in New Hampshire, where he and Heidi still reside. He takes pride in the fact that they now live in a solar-powered home where they grow and can organic vegetables.

For more information visit thomastosi.com.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Meaghan Tosi, after being born on April Fools’ Day in New Hampshire, has collected a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. She illustrated this book and the graphic novel Squashed alongside author Thomas Tosi. She has also self-published DWEEDY: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, for the art, coffee shops, vegan food, and the constantly lingering smell of rain.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a hardcover Six Thousand Doughnuts prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of Six Thousand Doughnuts, autographed by Thomas Tosi
  • A high-quality ceramic Six Thousand Doughnuts diner mug featuring the Sweetly Crisp doughnuts logo.

Three (3) grand winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of Six Thousand Doughnuts, autographed by Thomas Tosi

The giveaway begins May 19, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 19, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 19, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Thursday, May 20, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Friday, May 21, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Monday, May 24, 2021Shooting Stars MagA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Tuesday, May 25, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Wednesday, May 26, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Friday, May 28, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Monday, May 31, 2021A Dream Within A DreamA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Lille Punkin’A book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Wednesday, June 2, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Thursday, June 3, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Friday, June 4, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Monday, June 6, 2021Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts

POIGNANT AND POWERFUL

The Boy Who Painted the World: A Middle Grade Novel

Written by Melody J. Bremen

While the subtitle of this book indicates a middle grade novel, this book can be enjoyed by adults as well. It tells the story of Indigo, a ten-year-old boy who is abandoned by his mother. He finds a friend with Jade, an older teen, who tries to take care of him until fate intervenes. They are separated and Indigo is forced to fend for himself. Indigo has a passion for painting. It fuels his desire to survive. He is resilient and resourceful. While Indigo is wary of trusting others, he gradually learns to reach out and experience a connection to others.

Bremen does a marvelous job of painting her characters and developing them for her readers. Each page reveals a different layer. This book is addictive, once opened the reader will have difficulty putting it aside. Readers cannot wait to discover what will happen to Indigo and his newly found friends and enemies.

This is a powerful story about resilience, homelessness, and adoption. These issues are addressed within a moving novel that encourages deep thought and discussion. Highly recommended for readers aged ten and older.

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