Thursday, September 18, 2014

Interview with Jerilyn McIntyre for Paws in the Piazza

 Come and join me as I talk with author Jerilyn McIntyre about her chapter book Paws in the Piazza on Stories From Unknown Authors 
http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 2 pm EST today.



Book Blurb:

“Back home, I was content to be just an ordinary house cat.
I didn’t get out much.
But it’s different here in Venice.”
How different? Harley quickly finds out after his family arrives in Italy.
He takes up with a group of local cats who roam wild in the alleys and neighborhoods of Venice, and meets the mysterious Angela,
a beautiful white Angora who steals his heart.
Then he becomes embroiled in a fierce and ongoing war between his friends and a rival band of cats, and discovers the magical order that underlies life in the enchanting and historic city that is his new home.


Summary:
“Back home, I was content to be just an ordinary house cat. I didn’t get out much. But it’s different here in Venice.” How different? Harley quickly finds out after his family arrives in Italy. He takes up with a group of local cats who roam wild in the alleys and neighborhoods of Venice, and meets the mysterious Angela, a beautiful white Angora who steals his heart. Then he becomes embroiled in a fierce and ongoing war between his friends and a rival band of cats, and discovers the magical order that underlies life in the enchanting and historic city that is his new home.


  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bristlecone Books; First edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989375323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989375320
Book can be purchased through Amazon here at Paws in the Piazza

Review:
Harley is a sleek black cat taking a vacation with his human family in Venice. Not really traveling much before, Venice opens Harley's eyes to many enchanting adventures. He becomes involved in a war between his new friends and a rival band of cats. He roams about the city in alleys and other neighborhoods. He learns much, but when his eyes fall upon a beautiful Angora cat whose mysteriousness enchants him, somehow stealing his heart, he does everything he can to know more about her. But will his vacation end in happiness or despair as his adventure leads him into one disaster after another?

Children between the ages of 10 and 14 will enjoy this 96 page chapter book animal adventure with Harley. This story will teach the reader about loyalty and courage, but also about the eternalness of love and how it can create a bond that is unbreakable. 



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review for When a Spider Came to Stay by Rebecca Crosdale



Summary:

She appeared one day next to the chair, right there on the floor. She looked strange and didn’t speak my language, yet there she was, just looking up at me. I didn’t know why.


  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499619014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499619010

Review:

When a Spider Came to Stay is a simply told story of a girl who has a spider in her room. At first she finds it freaky, but then she erases her fear and looks at the spider in a different way. Not as something to be feared that might bite her, but something that creates beautiful artwork with it's webs in means of catching food. She talks to it and tries to become friends, and in so doing, the two coexist in an amazing way. 

Spiders can be scary, there is no doubt, and frankly most find their end being squashed by a shoe, a thick book, or a vacuum cleaner, but in truth we can coexist with spiders because all they want to do is find food same as us, they just find it in a different manner other than a grocery store. Spiders can amaze and the author creates an opportunity for the reader to look at them in a different way then what they are portayed by movies and cartoons. Just don't make friends with the poisonous ones cause they will bite you.

Many children will enjoy this 32 page picture book, where the illustrations by Charles Berton are bright and colorful. Parents will appreciate the in-depth questions in the back of the book. The author not only brings up questions about spiders and such, but more in-depth questions that a child can relate to in their lives and how they can handle them or perceive certain events. A great added educational tool!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More Teamwork Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson Teamwork Quotation:
"No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. "
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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H.E. Luccock Team Building:
"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. "
~ H.E. Luccock
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Children's Interactive Book Release and Awards

Finally it is here. The new release of the 6th book in my Crypto-Capers Series. It is called The Mystery of the Circus For Hire. I hope everyone has been enjoying my difficult problem solvers to earn a free book. I will be posting more soon. They are certainly challenging.


This new book is a whirlwind of an adventure where the Crypto-Capers travel to Russia to save Max and Mia's parents, Mitchem and Martha Holmes, from going to prison for a crime they didn't commit. Finding themselves caught up in a scandal that is beyond their control, they use their skills and talents to try to outsmart the most notorious criminal of all time, but can they do that without sacrificing one of their own? Lies become intermixed with truth, yet, with the help of a new ally, the Crypto-Capers find themselves ahead of the game, but will they find the ending they're looking for? Puzzles of varying degree of difficulty challenge the reader in this award-winning interactive mystery series.

In this book I use an Ottendorf Cipher and teach the reader how to use it to solve the puzzles in the book. Lots of fun. The story is based in Russia so the reader will learn alot about it's history. I chose different topics so many may not know the information that is represented, which in turn will be a great learning experience. I hope everyone enjoys it. 

This book has also received a 2014 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine. I'm so excited. 

Also another blogger provided me with this award. 


Her name is Elizabeth Varden and she is the author of The Fourth Wish. This book is a wonderful and fun book that will delight children. It is a chapter book. Below is a summary:

Eleven-year-old Melanie persuades her brother, Cory, and their little sister, Erin to go to a magic show. Arthur, their pesky neighbor, joins them, a recipe for disaster.

They encounter Mrs. Seraphina, who claims she can grant wishes. Erin mentions all the magic The Great Mondo will do at the show. Cory says, "I wish he could...."

The four children are soon running from Mondo, after he is fired for creating a stampede of rabbits and making the theater manager really float.

At Daisy's Do-nuts, they worry how to undo the wish. When Mrs. Seraphina shows up, one wish leads to another. Mondo ends up driving a cab. Daisy's Do-nuts is on the evening news.

Melanie is sick of wishes. She has other worries--the new boy in sixth grade; her parents' divorce; the fact that Mondo is giving her mother rides home from work.

Ultimately Melanie learns the difference between "cool" and reality, tricks and magic, and what makes a real family.


Thank you so much for everyone's support. You can check out and buy my new release through Amazon through this link. The Mystery of the Circus For Hire. I know that you will enjoy it! Also check out The Fourth Wish if you would like.

Don't forget my 0.99 kindle release The Secret of the Missing Arch. This is a science based mystery chapter book for children in 3rd grade and up. It has also won some awards as well and a great Kirkus Review.  



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teamwork Quotes

Teamwork Saying from an Unknown Source:

"It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit. "
~ Unknown
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Amber Harding Team Work Quote:
"Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an "I" in "team." It is the same "I" that appears three times in "responsibility." "
~ Amber Harding
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Monday, September 1, 2014

New Interactive Mystery Released!





The Mystery of the Circus For Hire is now released! It is the 6th book in the Crypto-Capers Series where the reader will need to solve puzzles using an Ottendorf Cipher. Children will learn what this cipher is and how to solve it using the book. The story is also history based. 

THE ASSIGNMENT: The Circus for Hire is a whirlwind of an adventure where the Crypto-Capers travel to Russia to save Max and Mia's parents, Mitchem and Martha Holmes, from going to prison for a crime they didn't commit. Finding themselves caught up in a scandal that is beyond their control, they use their skills and talents to try to outsmart the most notorious criminal of all time, but can they do that without sacrificing one of their own? Lies become intermixed with truth, yet, with the help of a new ally, the Crypto-Capers find themselves ahead of the game, but will they find the ending they're looking for? Puzzles of varying degree of difficulty challenge the reader in this award-winning interactive mystery series.

I hope you enjoy this new release.

The Mystery of the Circus For Hire

Thursday, August 28, 2014

0.99 Kindle Science Based Mystery Chapter Book For Children

Just wanted to let everyone know about a 0.99 kindle deal of  my science based chapter book The Secret of the Missing Arch. Children will learn about Arches National Park in Utah. Also about weathering, erosion, and art all in a fun way. The book includes various activities in the back including experiments, terminology, the water cycle, and more. Check it out if you would like. For 0.99 you can't beat it. I hope you enjoy. This book starts at 3rd grade and goes up into middle school.




Description:

 The elementary school at Acorn Valley holds an art fundraiser to help local animals whose homes were lost due to natural disasters. Four famous local artists--Claude Monet Mongoose, Georgia O'Giraffe, Vincent Van Goat and Pablo Picasso Peacock--have generously donated their weather-themed paintings for a charity auction. But a monkey wrench is thrown into the proceedings when distinguished Gila monster Dr. Ced E. Meant discovers, in a presentation at the Metropolitan Museum before the event, that his invaluable research has been stolen! His findings are so important that they cannot be leaked to the world at large! Meanwhile, more mysterious and fishy things are going on at the art auction, which Detectives Nut and Bill are determined to unravel. Geared for older children (and appealing enough for adults), this third entry in the series once again paints a delightful world of animal protagonists--teachers, scientists, etc.--using colorful illustrations with the lively black-and-white cartoons of Karwoski. Each of the animals--garbed like humans--has personality to spare, and they make amusing references to bills, hooves and tails. A genuinely crafty, complex mystery (including secret panels, art theft and characters who aren't as they appear) combines seamlessly with info about weather and art.

Touch the link to be sent to the Amazon page to check it out further.

The Secret of the Missing Arch

I hope everyone enjoys this great deal.