Stitch Says Book Review: Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco #childrensbook

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I’m in disguise because I’m being a detective… Okay I’m reading about one, check this out:

Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco by Julie Anne Grasso

 

About the Book

Title: Frankie Dupont and The Lemon Festival Fiasco | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Illustrator: Alexander Avellino | Publication Date: March 29, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 100 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Hot off cracking his first official case, Frankie Dupont is on the scene when his new teacher takes ill. The pint-sized detective suspects a classic case of sour grapes, but the evidence leads him to the one place he wouldn’t mind avoiding for the rest of his natural life.

Enderby Manor has a few more secrets up her sleeve, and as Frankie begins to unravel them, he uncovers a plot stinkier than a sardine sandwich.

In Book 2 of the Frankie Dupont Mysteries, Frankie will make some new friends, upset some old ones, and of course, there will be lemon meringue pie.

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Haven’t read Book 1 yet? Click on the cover below to grab a copy of “Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor”.

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Early Buzz About the Book

“This is a wonderful book 2 in the Frankie Dupont series. Just be forewarned that you will want lemon pie and lemonade after reading! The Lemon Festival Fiasco has multiple suspects and red herring clues to follow and solve while reading. Twists and turns will keep young readers engaged and thinking. This would be a perfect read for gifted education classes. Characters to love, and plenty of action! ” ~ 5 Star, Carolyn W., Amazon

 

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We are pleased to share with you a FREE Educational Supplement for Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco created by Carolyn Wilhelm from the Wise Owl Factory. These supplements are appropriate for grades 3 and higher and are recommended for a mystery unit and/or gifted education classes to help children develop higher level thinking skills. Please visit the Wise Owl Factory where you can download the FREE Educational Supplement for Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco as well as for Julie Grasso’s other books (or click on the image below to take you there).

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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 courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A science fiction nerd (she even owns a TARDIS), cupcake enthusiast and lover of all things mystery, she lives in Melbourne with her husband Danny and their little girl Giselle. Most days she can be found sipping chai tea and dreaming up wonderful worlds that often involve consumption of cupcakes.

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Here’s my review:

Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco by Julie Anne Grasso
Frankie Dupont is back and this time his teacher has mysteriously become ill. Frankie follows the evidence and ends up back at Enderby Manor to uncover more secrets. It’s another great detective story full of twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing. Julie Anne Grasso brings to life some engaging characters and lots of action. It’s a great read for children of all ages.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

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Stitch Says Book Review: Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand #middlegradebook

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I love magic, especially when it involves food and my dish…

Anyway here is a magical book for you

Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand

 

About the Book

Title: Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand | Author: R.S. Mellette | Publication Date: December 8, 2014 | Publisher: Elephant’s Bookshelf Press | Pages: 284 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Book Description: “E = mc2 is no longer the most powerful force in the universe. Your wand is.” Twelve-year-old Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn’t mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.

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The Buzz About the Book

“What a great read! I must have been under a magic spell reading it – read it in one day, which I only do if the book is very good. I encourage all readers to pick up this book and spend an afternoon with the quantum-physics-knowing, often-bullied, lovable Billy Bobble and his intellectual equal, best friend Suzy Quinofski.” ~ Books4theSoul, Amazon

My inner geek smiled a lot while reading this book. Theories and ideas I had never heard of flew over my head… but at every mention, I grinned. I LOVE a book that tackles tough subjects, embellishes them and embraces it. These characters aren’t afraid of challenges, facing a bunch both personally and scientifically.” ~ Kirstin, Amazon

I think that this is a great book and I think that kids will like it a lot, because I did!~ Alec S., Amazon

 

About the Author: R.S. Mellette

R.S. MelletteBilly Bobble Makes A Magic Wand, is R.S. Mellette’s debut novel from Elephant Bookshelf’s Press. Prior to Billy Bobble, Mellette had Sci-Fi short stories published in the anthologies: The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse, Spring Fevers and Summer’s Edge. Mellette is an Associate Director of Dances With Films (one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top 25 coolest film festivals in the world). He wrote and directed the multi-festival winner, Jacks or Better. He also wrote the first web-to-television intellectual property, “The Xena Scrolls,” for Universal Studio’s Xena: Warrior Princess. On Blue Crush and Nutty Professor II he served as script coordinator. He’s acted in Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Star Trek: Enterprise, Days of Our Lives, Too Young The Hero, and countless stage productions across the US.

Mellette is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of American and a regional board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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I read this book and this is what I thought:

Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R.S Mellette
Science and magic buffs this is the book for you. Billy and his friend Suzy are super smart, they combine the elements of science to create magic. Billy’s magic wand takes them all on an adventure that impacts across all parts of their lives.
While the story is great, the beginning is full of Quantum Physics and lots of detail. The reader can get a bit overawed by it all, but then Billy makes the magic wand and the action starts. It is worth getting through the early chapters because there is a great story hidden there.
Stitch Says gives it 3 woofs!

Check it out – keep reading, keep writing!

Writing is Messy #getwriting

I love working with kids, especially on writing…

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One thing a always tell kids is that writing is messy. There is no way you can write the perfect story the first time, No one does.

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Sometimes what you write will be terrible, we all go through that. The important thing is to make a start. That’s what is so great about writing, you always get second chance. When I work with kids I often show them some of my editing pages. They laugh at the mess, but that is the most important part. From that mess comes my perfect story. Yes it takes time, yes it can be frustrating and yes sometimes I need to take a break. However to get the best story you can possibly write you need to be prepared to have a go and to keep working at it. Kids can learn a lot from this type of activity and it’s always fun to read their final stories. Especially the ones where they made the most mess…

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So go and make a mess, get writing and have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: The True Meaning of Smekday #childrensbook

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I’ve been joining in story time and the little humans are loving this book…

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

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This is the book that inspired the movie – Home. In true style it’s better than the movie, but that is natural and the movie was pretty good (according to the little humans). This is the story of the Boov invasion and how Tip (Earth child) and J-Lo (Boov – called Oh in the movie) join forces to find Tip’s mum. Oh and hopefully save the world.

What’s cool about this book:
It’s written as Tip’s competition essay – kids love that because they get it.
There are comics inside – J-Lo writes his part in comic form, with Tip’s help.
It’s funny.
There are some pictures and lots of action.

The Boov are interesting, they look like this…

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Anyway I am really blasting this book because so many people didn’t know it was a book, they all just thought it was a movie. There is even a sequel, which we will be reading soon.

Would love some other book recommendations for the little humans because I love story time. What’s your favourite kids novel??

Keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Author Interview: Kellie Wallace #Aussieauthor

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One of the best parts of winter is snuggling up and reading – well okay mum reads, I snuggle and that’s after a good run at the park. Anyway today we get to meet an Aussie Author – Kellie Wallace, let’s here what she has to say…

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
Being a writer has greatly improved my life. Its boosted my creativity, networking, writing ability. I never wanted to be a writer when I was a child and I kind of fell into it. I found out I loved it by chance and I haven’t stopped since!

Writing is certainly addictive.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
My latest work is called Edge of Tomorrow.

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It’s a new adult, dystopian novel set twenty years from now. I was on the Hunger Games bandwagon late and when I finished the trilogy, I wanted to write something just as epic.
Writing the novel was a challenge for me and took so much effort to put together. I’m proud of the outcome and hoping to turn into a trilogy.

That sounds great an it is on my review list so watch this space!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
For me, to get an agent and to become well known. Mostly, to live off my writing!

That’s a great aspiration, best of luck.

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
I get asked this question all the time from friends and family. I stem ideas from everything – movies, TV, songs, books, even billboards. My life doesn’t really influence my books, but what surrounds it does. But every author puts a little bit of themselves in their books so I guess my life does influence in some way.

Life experiences creep in no matter what we write.

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
Write, write, write!

Best advice yet!

What are the names of your books?
Darkness before Dawn, Skylark, Earthwalker, To lean on falling men, Edge of Tomorrow and Her Sweetest Downfall

Where can people contact you?
They can contact me on my website: www.kelliewallacebooks.com

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?
Don’t give up. Critics only make us stronger

Thanks for joining us here on Stitch Says Kellie. We look forward to reading your book and best of luck to you!

If you would like to be a part of Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org in the meantime keep reading, keep writing!

Dark and Stormy Night #ideas #amwriting

Thunder is rolling in and once again it is raining. So much for the dry, sunny week we were forecast to have. It’s not even really winter yet…

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That would be nice, but not an option. I would also just love to spend a day catching up on my writing… Once again not happening.

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It is always when I am the busiest that I get the most ideas. At the moment I really don’t need more ideas, but I will take them and record them. You never know when you will need some extra inspiration. I have a new way of recording. I am using One Note.

The benefits include:
can open multiple folders, files etc which means aI can organise all my ideas in one easy to access place.
can use on multiple devices – can access anywhere
saves automatically – never lose anything
can write anywhere on the page – writing needs to be messy in the beginning

What do you use to keep your notes???

Well the thunder is rolling in, so I think it’s time to hit the bed and get warmed up with a good book or three – have fun!

Ghostnapped #ghoststory #childrensbook

Alex, the world famous explorer, is on a camping trip when her younger brother is mysteriously ghostnapped! As she investigates the grassy hills and rocky cliffs along the campsite, Alex stumbles upon the secret to other disappearances that occurred at the very same campsite – over 50 years ago! With the help of a ghost girl named Susan and her trusty Labrador, Thuds, Alex must solve the mysteries of the present – as well as the past – in order to rescue her little brother from a very strange and unique monster before it is too late!

Ghostnapped!

Check out the photos that inspired the story:

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You can purchase your own copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

Have fun!

Happy Mother’s Day #lovemygirls

We just had mother’s day and my to little snappers celebrated by helping to sell my newest book. They love telling everyone that mum writes books. They have proudly taken all my books to school for their teacher’s to read. It’s a great thing to share with each other. However this blog was about Mother’s day. This is not a day I spend a lot of time thinking about. Sure I love spending time with my girls, but I don’t need a special day for that, they give me the best presents just by smiling! They did buy me something pretty cool though…

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Yep what mother’s day would be complete without a talking Ohhh???

Now if only I could get a day or two off to do some writing they would have more books to share. Still I have to work and life constantly gets in the way. I need to write in my sleep.

What’s the best present your kids have ever given you?

Have fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Starchild #childrensbook

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Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade science fiction series “Starchild” by Vacen Taylor (May 8 to 10, 2015). There is so much to celebrate: not only do the books have NEW covers, but the third book in the series, “The Healing Stone” has just been released!

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About the Books

Book 1: The Age of Akra

The Age of AkraTitle: Starchild: The Age of Akra (Book 1) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date: March 6, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 150 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet of Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength. Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual. The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.

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Buzz About Book 1

“The Age of Akra is a riveting, well-written, and imaginative story featuring an intricate plot and stellar cast of characters that is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by tweens, teens, and even adults who love a great science fiction tale. This is a real page-turner and I highly recommend this book to children aged 10 and older. I just loved it and to think the author has seven books planned for the series … I’m salivating.” ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“What an imagination!! Absolutely fabulous. What a great read. The characters came to life so easily. Their physical descriptions have me a visual idea but their personalities evolved and developed quickly so they were my friends and heroes before very long. I cried when Mia was selected and was on the edge of my seat when it looked like Long wouldn’t make it. I couldn’t put it down. A very clever story with wonderful likable characters in amazing places with fascinating skills and weird animals. I went through a range is emotions with these characters where I wanted to hug them, love them, give them a good slap, protect and spend time with. I cannot wait for book 2. Highly recommend this series of books and hope they make a movie from it would be a blockbuster!!!” ~ 5 Star Review, Dannielle S., Goodreads

“Masterfully told from different viewpoints, Starchild is neither a “boy” nor “girl” book, but rather an everyone book. Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I’m already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought. Outstanding job, Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to continuing my journey through the series.” ~ 5 Star Review, C. Bullard, Amazon

 

Book 2: The City of Souls

The City of Souls by Vacen TaylorTitle: Starchild: The City of Souls (Book 2) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date:October 14, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: In The City of Souls, the pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts continues. Having already triumphed against dangerous adversaries in The Age of Akra, the four children — Mai, Long, Akra and Sahib — now face the evil melkarie and must escape to the City of Souls. When they reach the safety of the land of Naroan, in a city hidden under a blanket of living green, the children are confronted with the challenge of locating the Singing Soul. But the underworld is searching for it too, and will do anything to stop the young pilgrims from finding it. The prophesy is at risk of being extinguished unless the children succeed in their quest.

 

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Buzz About Book 2

“The City of Souls is the second book in a science fiction fantasy featuring an intricate and engaging plot, well-developed characters who are faced with new challenges, a well-described setting reminiscent of Star Wars with a hint of Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones-style action and suspense. I’m in this series for the whole haul as I feel completely invested in what happens next as the prophecy continues to roll forward. I highly recommend this book as well as the series to science fiction aficionados ages 10 years and older looking for something a little different. ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“The author graciously sent a signed copy of this 2nd book in her series to my daughter Emily. Emily read Vacen Taylor’s first book in the Starchild series: The Age of Akra. She very much enjoyed the adventure and getting to know the characters. Emily eagerly anticipated the next book! Emily was thrilled when her copy of The City of Souls arrived and did what she could do to avoid her homework so that she could sneak and read The City of Souls. She read the book with much interest and said that she loved every bit of it. As a parent, it’s a big comfort and joy to me when my kids find stories written for their enjoyment! The Starchild series captured the heart and imagination of my daughter. And she very much looks forward to book three.” ~ 5 Star Review, Vonda N., Goodreads

“Ms Taylor provides masterful descriptions that don’t bore the reader. Thank you. I think the writing is at its best in the action, but the character building, backstory and forewarning is all there and relevant to the overall building of good storytelling. I’m assuming the introductions to some of the other multifaceted characters will have relevance in future books. I do hope so. Overall, a great read for children who are looking for something refreshingly new and unique.” ~ 5 Star Review, Kirt T., Amazon

 

Book 3: The Healing Stone

The Healing Stone by Vacen TaylorTitle: Starchild: The Healing Stone (Book 3) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date: April 10, 2015 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: After finding the Silvershade and escaping the attacking forces as the Wilder Forest city was scorched to the ground, Mai, Akra and Kalin must now face the evil that has consumed Long. When they reach the land of Cruscar and enter the ice city of Algus, the children are confronted with an ice challenge to win an audience with Queen Isolda. A treacherous journey now awaits them if they are to reach the Healing Stone to save Long. But Piceptus, the underworld king, will not give up his search and he will do anything to bring the pilgrims’ journey to an end. The children grow stronger as they begin to master their powers, but will this be enough to escape this danger and continue on their pilgrimage to fulfil the prophecy?

 

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About the Author: Vacen Taylor

Vacen Taylor AuthorVacen Taylor is an Australian author, writer, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She loves creating stories for children and reading to her young readers. She is a happy person with a zest for life and exploring the world at large. Vacen collects comics and loves superheroes. Her favourite superhero is Spider-Man. Vacen also believes in expressing the uniqueness of self. She has had several short stories published for adults online. Starchild is her first novel for children and is the first book in a series of seven.

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It’s here, now the real work begins #nextbook

I got home this afternoon to find two boxes on my doorstep. Inside…

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Which means I get to sign my new books and start to get them out there. It’s so exciting, but also brings a load more work. I need to market my books and I haven’t had time to do anything. Will be a few long nights, but I am now working on a press release, poster and other marketing ideas. This is one of my least favourite parts of writing, mainly because I have no idea what I am doing. Still there is no point in writing if I don’t get people to read my books. Does anyone have any tips for me???

Would love to hear, for now though I need to get back to work. More soon – have fun!