Chewie’s News Book Blast: Stellarcardia #childrensbook

Hi Chewie here:

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I’m taking the time to show you the final instalment of an Australian series of books and they are all out of this world!!!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be hosting a Book Blast for the third and final book in the “Adventures of Caramel Cardamom” middle grade science fiction trilogy by Julie Anne Grasso: “Stellarcadia”.

Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

About the Book

Title: Stellarcadia (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom, Book 3) | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Publication Date: December 24, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 128 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Book Description: Caramel Cinnamon is one lucky elf. She can hardly believe she’s invited to attend the first Intergalactic Youth Summit, on-board the Stellarcadia. Her friends can’t wait to go “hyper,” but even the thought of it chills Caramel to the bone. However, nothing could compare to the icy reception she receives upon her arrival. Keen to get to the bottom of it, Caramel stumbles on a dangerous conspiracy, but no one will believe her. In the exciting conclusion to The Adventures of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy, Caramel will have to do more than outwit her enemies, she will have to convince her friends to take her seriously. For ages 8-12.

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The Early Buzz

The book is also a perfect mix of magic, science, and technology. Don’t be surprised if readers get to use their imaginations and learn something. Julie Anne Grasso has proven herself to be an original and versatile author…” ~ 5 Stars, Ilana W., Amazon

“Couldn’t put it down.” ~ Jemima P., Goodreads

 

About the Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Julie Anne GrassoWith a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to encourage and entertain them.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Danny and their little girl, Giselle.

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BIG NEWS #checkitout

The boys are running with excitement!

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So am I!!! I will be revealing my next book very shortly! The cover reveal will be in March! Then hopefully it will be available on kindle shortly after that. The Print versions will take a little longer, but once I approve the Print proof it will all be good to go!

Very exciting, this will be my first adventure into self publishing and I can’t wait! So watch this space and have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Fearless Joe Dearborne #kidsbook

Chewie here:

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Stitch has read and reviewed this book a while ago, but I thought I’d share it again. Check it out…

Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell

 

About the Book

Title: Fearless Joe Dearborne | Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell | Publication Date: July 11, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 198 | Recommended Ages: 8+

Summary: Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.

Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise.

But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home.

A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.

 

The Buzz About the Book

Be sure to check out the Book Review Blitz Wrap-Up for Fearless Joe Dearborne were you can read excerpts from the 40+ reviews generated through the blitz. Here are some of the things reviewers had to say about Fearless Joe Dearborne:

Leigh Shearin: “Children from age 8-12 should love this story. It is full of suspense and excitement, but also provides well-disguised learning opportunities, which should please parents as well. I simply can’t say enough good things about this wonderful debut novel. Lisa Whitney Mitchell has come out fearlessly, treating us all to what could become an iconic novel!”

Heart of a Philanthropist: “This reader was impressed with how many subplots are in Fearless Joe Dearborne. It is a short easy read. The book can easily be finished in just a few reading sessions. If you are looking for a good mystery embedded with humor, this book is for you! Recommended for 9-13 year old readers.”

Identity Discovery: “I thought this was a fantastic book. Each chapter starts with a word being defined and then the word is used within the chapter. I absolutely love this aspect. It not only is an entertaining story, but it helps kids to learn new words and how to use them. The character development really showed Joe’s transformation. I loved it.”

Christy’s Cozy Corners: “There is so much to love about this book…The storyline, setting, characters and pacing make this a great book for your kids to read alone or with you. I know I enjoyed it, so I recommend reading it with your child. I highly recommend it!”

1:25 am Reviews: “I read this entire book in one sitting. I just couldn’t bear to put it down because there was never a dull moment!!”

BeachBoundBooks: “This is such a fantastic story. There is so much going on to keep children entertained throughout the book… The story teaches children about character and believing in yourself.”

Bookworm for Kids: “Of course, I’m always a fan of shorter adventures. The 135 pages invites even hesitant readers to take a peek and get swept away in the fun. In other words, I can recommend this to boys and girls who love adventure, a few chills and tons of fun thrown in.”

Sunshine, Bubbles and Books: “One of the strongest points of this book is how it shows the difference between being brave and being fearless. Often books portray recklessness as a positive trait… as a mother, I love that this paints it in a more realistic light. That there are consequences to actions.”

A Leisure Moment: “This story is filled with adventure and mystery which can be inferred through the book cover… The attention to detail, along with the description of events really creates an atmosphere of a great story that upper elementary/middle level students will truly enjoy!”

Brooke Blogs: “I enjoyed the story as much as my 12 year old daughter did. This was a quick read and a page turner that we didn’t want to put down until we were finished.”

 

About the Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell

Lisa Whitney Mitchell lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she practices law. Fearless Joe Dearborne is her first novel.

 

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Lisa Whitney Mitchell and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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International Love Your Dog Day #shouldbeeveryday

Wow what a day – time to show just how much you love those furry creatures in your lives.

Stitch is already enjoying a cuddle!

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Chewie, yep he’s having fun too…

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It’s also time to remember how much we loved (and will always love) this old boy – Obi

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This afternoon we will celebrate by getting the boys together with Tug and having a dog party at the park!

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They will also get a chicken dinner! How will you show your do you love them???

Have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast – The Maisy Files #childrensbook

Chewie here

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My girls love to be spies and I get to be their sidekick, which is pretty cool. Here is a great detective book for you all!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast (February 17 to 18, 2015) for the second book in “The Maisy Files” mystery chapter book series by Elizabeth Woodrum, “Maisy and the Money Marauder”. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Book 1, you can grab a Kindle copy for FREE from Amazon February 17 and 18, 2015!

Maisy and the Money Marauder by Elizabeth Woodrum

About the Book

Title: Maisy and the Money Marauder (The Maisy Files, Book #2) | Author: Elizabeth Woodrum | Publication Date: February 17, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 90 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 12

Summary: Lunch money has been stolen at West Valley Elementary, and everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective in on the case. With a cherry lollipop in hand, her fedora, and her trusty notebook, Maisy steps into her black-and-white mystery world to search for clues. Join Maisy on her quest to unmask a thief in Maisy and the Money Marauder.

Book 2 Available from Amazon

PLUS, Grab a FREE Kindle Copy of Book 1, Maisy and the Missing Mice

from Amazon February 17 and 18, 2015.

Maisy and the Missing Mice

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The Buzz About Book One

Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun chapter book featuring a smart and sassy tween girl as the title character; a solid and interesting plot featuring age-appropriate intrigue and suspense; and some terrific writing that carries the reader on a journey as a detective uncovering clues and solving the mystery of who stole the missing mice. I highly recommend this book as a read aloud book for children between the ages of 6 and 10 or for independent readers between the ages of 7 and 12 who love to read mysteries.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review

“The delights from this book start with the cover art and continue with a fun story that is well-written.” ~ 5 Star Review, R. Johnson, Amazon

“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon

“What an Amazing book. I totally love it. I admire the author dedication for writing an incredible book. While reading this book, it was very clear that author understand kids. I’ve always been an avid reader and this book is one of the best books I have read in 2014. This book grabs my attention from the very start of the book and couldn’t put it aside till I finish it.” ~ 5 Star Review, KristinT, Amazon

“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon

 

About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

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Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

 

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Elizabeth Woodrum and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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The best thing about reading is… #lovetoread

I grew up reading books everyday and I have been able to share that with my kids. So what does this do to you well…

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Okay so it’s a bit lame. Still the point is clear. I grew up with amazing stories and turned out to be a creative, intelligent and caring adult (I hope, some is still a working process). My kids are also growing up with these stories and many more. They get to live in their own fantasy world and are taken on many adventures while still wrapped up in their quilts!

What books did you read as a kid? Have you shared them with your own kids?

Have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast with a difference #bestkidsbooks

Chewie here:

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As you know Stitch and I enjoy story time, the kids have been reading more and more lately. This is cool because we get more cuddles. Anyway we found this awesome list of kids books:

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The kids and our mum have read 39 of these books. Our all time favourites include the 39 storey treehouse (Actually we love all the tree house books!), The Magic Faraway Tree and Where the Wild things Are.

Mum is reading The Famous Five to us at night and we all love Timmy!!!! Every book needs a helpful dog.

So what are you waiting for – get reading!!!!

Oh yeah keep reading, keep writing!

Friday the 13th!!!! #bestday

I turned thirteen on Friday the 13th!!!!

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Maybe that’s why my first book was a scary one???

Ghostnapped!

I guess in all of my writing there is an element of mystery, adventure and yes some scary parts. It’s all in good fun though. Nothing that would give you nightmares – I hope. It’s fun to be taken on those adventures where you are perfectly safe and can just enjoy the thrill.

Do you like scary books?

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Enjoy your Friday the 13th – have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: Surviral #bookreview

Stitch here:
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Putting on my adult hat for this review:

Surviral by Ken Benton

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This was an interesting read, one that is different to my usual choice. It centres on what could happen is a virus broke out in America. Society collapses and the doomsday preppers fight to survive.
The story has some interesting characters and the premise is engaging. I found it a little long-winded and repetitive at times. However if you like this theme then this is worth a read. You can check it out here;
http://www.amazon.com/SurviRal-Ken-Benton-ebook/dp/B00R4VD7PS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Stitch Says gives it 3 woofs!

Lots more to come, keep reading, keep writing!

Life long learning #neverends

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Had to blog this. I’ve done a lot of professional development lately about learning and this is so true. I learn things every day and so often I learn from the kids I am surrounded by. I really can not imagine working in a stale place where nothing changes. I need to be around people, animals and be actively doing things. I have so much to learn as a person, teacher and author.

Have fun!