25 Books of Advent: Day 25 #ChristmasBooks

I am posting this one today because it is another Christmas Eve Tradition. I always read…

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And the Traditional version…


Then we put out the cookies, a beer (unopened Santa can’t drink and drive), on the lawn we add a bucket of water and some carrots.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my 25 books of Advent. Have a fun Christmas!

25 Books of Advent: Day 24 #ChristmasBooks

Book number 24 is one from my childhood. we spent one year in Edmonton Canada and had a white Christmas. while we were over there my Mum introduced me to A Christmas Story…


I have read this to my girls since they were born. Every Christmas Eve we watch the movie. They ask for it every year. It’s nice that something from my childhood has impacted their loves too – have fun!

25 Books of Advent: Day 21 #Christmasbooks

I can almost hear the jingling of Santa’s sleigh… Let’s read another book tonight


This one is for my big kid who needs some science in her magic. Luckily there are answers for everything. This book will help those who are a little bit more curios, check out how Santa’s sleigh works. It’s technology and magic rolled into one! Have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: Frankie Dupont #detectivebooks

Hi it’s Stitch


I have two final books for the year and they are both crackers!!!

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About the Books

ScienceFairCover-CropHiTitle: Frankie Dupont and The Science Fair Sabotage | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Illustrator: Alexander Avellino | Publication Date: May 11, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 134 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Frankie Dupont is less than impressed when he has to attend the Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. Upon his arrival, he learns that Amy’s brothers have had their robotics chip stolen. Keen to recover the chip, Frankie questions the kids in the competition, but everyone seems to have a motive. When baffling clues start rolling in via “Snap-Goss” instant messages, Frankie realises it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case. An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12.

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Here is my review:
The Frankie Series goes from strength to strength. This time Frankie has to solve a crime at a science fair. He has to find a stolen robotics chip before the judges make their final decision. Frankie uses all of his detective skills to solve this mystery.
Once again this book is full of mystery and excellent characters. Young readers will be excited to read another Frankie adventure and this one is fantastic.
Stitch Says gives it five woofs!

FrankieDupont-HighSeas-hiTitle: Frankie Dupont and High Seas Heist | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Illustrator: Alexander Avellino | Publication Date: July 6, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 148 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Frankie Dupont seems to catch odd-ball cases in the most unlikely places. You would think he would be used to it by now. When his next case lands him on a luxury cruise liner full of devious chocolatiers with ulterior motives, Frankie will be expected to solve the crime, even before it’s committed. Although his mind is certainly up for the challenge, Frankie realises his stomach is yet to find its sea legs.

Here is my review:
The forth Frankie book is the best yet. The mysteries continue to grow throughout this series and the characters become more likable in each book. This time Frankie needs to prevent a crime and solve a mystery of the past. This book has everything, chocolate, a cruise ship and a great mystery. Another great read that young readers will simply love.
Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs!

An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12

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The Buzz About the Books

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: “These books are quick and fun to read. They are perfect for young readers who enjoy mysteries and quirky characters. ” ~ Melanie, Amazon

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage:
Like the other books in this series, this is a story written and aimed at kids. The fantasy, thoughts and plot are laid out with lots of love just for this age group, and I think kids will enjoy this completely.” ~ Tonja D., Amazon

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: This fast paced, funny book is sure to thrill and entertain your middle grade reader.” ~ Susan, Amazon

Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist: “With each book, the author manages to think up a completely new, fun, and smart adventure for kids. I’d recommend this to any middle-grade story-lover, especially if they value friendship, perseverance, and learning new things.” ~ Ilana, Amazon


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.

Website | Blog | Facebook

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Lots more books to come in the new year – keep reading, keep writing!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Sweet Dreams #Middlegradebook

Hi, it’s Chewie

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Here’s another book for you…

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for
the newly released middle grade book, “Selah’s Sweet Dream” by Susan Count.


About the Book

Title: Selah’s Sweet Dream | Author: Su
san Count
| Publication Date: December 15, 2015 | Pu
Hastings Creations Group | Pages: 196 |
Recommended Ages:

Book Description:
Twelve-Year-Old SELAH (Say-la) aspires to be an equestrian superstar. That would require a horse.
HER DILEMMA: Grandpa wants nothing to do with horses.
THEN: Selah sees buzzards circling the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They are stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope.

DANGEROUS: The horse is wild and defiant – jeopardizing Selah’s dreams.
FOILED: The legal owner searched for the horse for two years and wants it back.
BUT: Selah is confident that God will provide her heart’s desire.
MEMORIES: Grandpa shows Selah a video, from long ago, of a phenomenal equestrian.
Selah declares that she wants to be like her and Grandpa explains the rider was her grandmother.
HOPE: A world-renowned horse trainer offers to train Sweet Dream and Selah.
FOILED AGAIN: Her parents could ruin everything unless Sweet Dream’s unruly behavior ruins it first.
LOST: Selah’s opportunity to mirror the equestrian talent of her renowned grandmother evaporates when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility.
NEVER GIVE UP: Will Selah gather her courage and face up to the trainer to save her aspirations?