An adorable story about the troubles of growing your family when you are used to being top dog. It is a delightful and inspiring story about love and family. Kids will laugh at the poopy little puppy and Harold's antics. A read that the whole family will love.
#FirstLine ~ Not to brag (well, this is my story, so I guess if I'm going to brag, this is the place to do it, right?) but my house is the most beautiful , most magical, most jaw-droppingly fabulous place in the world.
A perfect blend of innocence and sweetness and the glamour and excitement of Broadway. This book is certain to be a hit with young readers. There is such a wondrous story that will resonate with kids who love the theater and will inspire those who have always longed for it. With characters that keep you entertained this book will become a new favorite with reader.
I love visiting Butternut Lake. Butternut Lake has such interesting people working through the thing we call life. McNear did such a great job creating a place that now feels familiar to me, as I have read all of the Butternut Lake books that McNear has written. In the newest installment The Secrets We Carried (Butternut Lake, #6) you get to know Quinn while she works through the past and has to figure what the future holds. It is filled with so much love...in various forms. Another sweet and deeply moving novel that is perfect for book clubs. 4.5 stars
This book is FANTASTIC. In our house we love dinosaurs and we try to read every book we can about the long gone creatures of the past. I have loved dinosaurs since I was little and it is a passion I have passed down to my boys. This book is filled with cool new information about dinosaurs. I love that this book isvboth fun to read and entirely fascinating because many of the facts we never heard before. I love the full color illustrations because they pair well with all the facts surrounding the dinosaurs behavior, appearance, habits and so much more. It is a blast to read and one book you will love to have in your house because your kids will be entertained and will be learning along the way!!!
#FirstLine ~ Bringing home a new family member can be a life-altering experience.
I love this story. It is fun to follow and see how things have shook out since the first book. This is a story that is about love and rolling with what happens next. It is sweet and crazy and almost unbelievable!!! I love that these men have taken a strange and life changing situation and done so much to help in so many ways! Love, love, love this story so much!
#FirstLine ~ Twenty-five years ago, I killed my mother.
I really could not get into this book, but that is just my humble opinion. I know that some of you many really love this book. I am not going to say much because I don't want to deter others from trying this read.
#FirstLine ~ In London, Cari Brannigan kicked the door of the empty office shut with one of her killer heels and went over to the window where she stared out the imposing metropolitan skyline.
This book covers a lot of topics and does so in a way that slowly puts the pieces together. It starts out a bit slowly, but as I said the pieces do come together as the book progresses. I loved the setting of the story and although there are a lot of characters I enjoyed them all.
Such a darling book that hits on so many important themes, such as; friendship, conservation, sharing, nature, death, aging, kindness and healthy habits. I loved everything about this book from the beautiful illustrations to the tender and sweet story. This book will aid in creating dialogue with children about all the themes listed above. It will become a cherished book for everyone in the family. A very special story that is meant to be shared.
It book was quite amazing. There were so many elements that came together beautifully...I loved the plot, the pace and the characters. There was suspense and mystery and nothing was predictable. I knew that this book was going to be good right away and was right. It is a perfect book to cozy up to this fall. I also think that book clubs would find lots to chat about.
This book is so great for kids. It is a wild and action-packed adventure that kids (and parents) will love. I adore that The Nebula Secret is book one of seven to be released in this series brand new Explorer Academy Series. The book is based on real-life science, exploration and mission of the National Geographic Society. This is what sets Nat Geo apart from others. With the action packed adventure, code breaking and exploration this group of students will attend the Explorers Academy and get to really dive into a thrilling quest. All kids will be able to relate to the characters, will get immersed in the science and will love traveling the world. This series will be a hit and we cannot wait to continue on the adventures.
This book is sheer joy. I loved it cover to cover. I laughed and smiled the whole way through. I thought it was so clever and sweet. It is a perfect Halloween read. I loved the characters SO much. I wanted to be in the book right along with them. I read this book to my boys and they thought is was so funny too. It is a great book for kid aged 6-9 and for adults that love to read great books to their kids. Adults don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to read a fun book to your kids this Halloween. I know anyone who picks this up will adore it as much as I did!!!!
Beep and his best friend Bob hatch a plan to save Halloween—and their school—in this third book in the hilarious, action-packed Beep and Bob series!
It’s October in space, and Bob is getting excited for his favorite holiday: Halloween. When Bob tells Beep that soon they’ll get to dress up like monsters and get as much free candy as they can carry, Beep thinks he has gone to heaven. But Lani informs them that Halloween isn’t celebrated at Astro Elementary.
Bob cannot imagine life without Halloween! He appeals to Principal Quark, but with no success. Determined to save Halloween, Bob and Lani organize a secret club: SCARES (Scary Costumes Are the Right of Every Student, or, more truthfully, the Society of Candy Addicts who Rely on Energy from Sugar).
As the secret club grows, Halloween fever invades Astro Elementary. Unfortunately, a horde of grotesque aliens, attracted by the treats, also invades the school on the last day of the month. With everyone in costume, no one can tell who’s who. Beep and Bob may have saved the holiday, but can they somehow use their sugar-addled wits to save the school?
#FirstLine ~ If Sara had known what was waiting to greet her that morning, she would've stayed in bed.
Meier has done it again. She has written a book that has both moved me and made me think. She continues to write stories with characters that captive and enthrall. Each character lends themselves to the story and helps built upon the beautifully fleshed out plot. I love that the story is deep and multi-layered. I enjoyed it cover-to-cover and know the characters and story will stay with me for quite sometime. It is a story that is easy to relate to and oh so memorable. A hit and a must read!!!
This book is ABSOLUTELY awesome. My son cannot stop reading it. He loves it. I am being 100 truthful when I say this book was instantly picked up and read by my son at every opportunity that he has had. I would even go as far as to say this is one of my son's favorite books to come to the house in a long time. He is 11 years old and is hungry for knowledge. This book really fills that need. It has so much interesting and fun information, which lead to us having a lot of fun conversations. He loves the attached bookmark and has been making his way through this book since it has arrived at the front door. He especially loves the there is a lot of information presented in a well organized way. He loved that he can read all the way through or focus on topics of interest. I love hear, "Did you know that...". It makes me happy that he is learning and having fun doing so! This book is perfect for your home library or for a gift to the classroom.
This book is a sheer and utter delight. I loved it cover-to-cover. I think that Mo Willems is a genius and knows how to get to the heart of what children, and their parents, love. This book is so funny and original. I was smiling the whole way through. I love the illustrations and the way the enthusiasm and the emotions of the characters come through the drawings. This book (and series) is sure to become a hit and your families new favorite.
#FirstLine ~ The call comes in just after five in the morning.
First I must say that I loved Nora and her dog, Whisper! It was an emotional read, but one that also grabs you right away and holds on tight! This story was driven by time and place with characters that begged to be paid attention to. It was dark, but light, deep and moving! A great first in what hopefully will be a long series!
This book was quite spectacular. I thought it was brilliantly plotted and paced, with a premise that was both engaging and original . The characters are all complex and the back stories are also quite intriguing. You never really know where the story is going to take you, which is fantastic! A fast paced, intense and emotionally charged read that is perfect for fall and book clubs! A must read!
Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?
In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.
As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets…
Twelve years later Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.
And atone for the part she played in it.
Marianne Holmes was born in Cyprus to RAF parents but is now firmly based in London. After a sensible career in marketing, Marianne is now focusing on her love of language and writing.
#FirstLine ~ Prologue: They say I'll never find her.
A book steeped in mystery, a coming of age story that will leave the reader satisfied. A story that has some twists and turns, with a sweet and tender side. It has a great plot, great characters and a setting that cannot be missed. A story you will long to talk about!
The BurnZone (October 9, 2018; https://reneelinnell.com) — a cult survivor’s story, filled with inspiration and encouragement for anyone struggling to find a sense of purpose, spiritual fulfillment, or the answers to their problems.
How did an accomplished actress like Smallville star Allison Mack get sucked into a secret cult? Renee Linnell knows—from experience. Despite achieving success as a surf model and professional dancer and traveling to nearly fifty countries alone before she turned thirty-five, Renee continued searching for…something.
In The BurnZone, Renee shares the story of her quest for truth and peace, her nearly seven-year detour into hell at the hands of her spiritual teachers, and her ultimate awakening.
With honesty and courage, Renee recounts how she got sucked into the University of Mysticism and gave away her cherished possessions, tens of thousands of dollars, and all of her power. Dominated and manipulated, Renee cut ties with loved ones (including her twin brother) and obediently followed command after command. Renee got entangled in a romantic and business mess—and wound up losing over $500,000.
While lying on the floor sobbing, she finally admitted to herself: “I am in a cult.” Then, she began the hard work of healing, forgiveness, and rediscovering and accepting herself.
Written as a work of catharsis and cautionary tale, The BurnZone speaks directly to anyone who feels alone, lost, or worthless.
This book is so good. I was simply fascinated the whole way through. I could not stop reading. I love memoirs that pull you in because they are gritty and raw. I know all of us have searched for the right path, searched for comfort and searched for belonging. Honest and real Linnell shares her story in order for all of us to learn from her missteps. We can all afford to embrace our imperfections, flaws and learn what self-love really means!
Renee Linnell is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and cofounded five companies and has an Executive Masters in Business Administration from New York University. Currently she is working on starting a publishing company to give people from diverse walks of life an opportunity to tell their stories. She divides her time between Colorado and Southern California.
This is such fun twist on the beloved Stone Soup fable!
One Halloween morning three witches are looking for a tasty treat and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their Bone Soup. No one in the village is convinced that soup can be made from a bone, until the littlest monster reveals just what the special ingredient should be.
This book is a new twist on a long told tale. I love that this book shows how you can make something from what seems to be nothing at the start. With the help of many friendly monsters they all pull their resources and make something very yummy. I love that it only take a little bit of each thing to make something fantastic for all to share. This story is perfect to teach cooperation, the beauty of working together, the power of giving small gifts and the delight of being a small part of something bigger. I just love this story. It is perfect for the upcoming Halloween holiday!
A recipe for soup (a real soup with substitutions--e.g., "eye of a giant," is really an onion, "earthworms" are fusilli pasta, etc) is included at the end! Plus there's a darling activity kit here.
Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck series and the bestselling Biscuit series, which has sold over twenty-eight million copies. A professional dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. To learn more, and to download a free story hour kit for Bone Soup, visit her website: alyssacapucilli.com.
How can one boy with a limp stop the Maya god of death, disaster, and darkness from destroying the world?
Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno – for his one good leg.
What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he's destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in--unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father.
To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can't even walk well without a cane?
This book is jam packed with adventure,,,from cover to cover you will be sucked in. It was one of those books that you loved instantly. There were thrills, heroes, monsters (who are quire scary), twists and turns, with depth of story and perfect potting. This book left me and my boys wanting more! Beware you will do nothing else once you start this thrilling and magnificent book!
The Rick Riordan Presents imprint is dedicated to providing entertaining middle grade fiction based on various world mythologies. Rick Riordan is involved in the selection, editing, and promotion of these books, working with great authors to tell exciting stories inspired by the mythologies of their own heritages. Learn more about the imprint and its current and upcoming titles on their official site.
About the Author
J. C. Cervantes is the author of Tortilla Sun, which was called "a beautiful and engaging debut" by Kirkus, an "imaginative, yet grounded novel" by Publishers Weekly, and "lean and lightly spiced with evocative metaphor" by School Library Journal. Tortilla Sun was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and it was named to Bank Street's 2011 Best Book List. When Jennifer isn't reading or writing, she helping her husband with his gubernatorial campaign
MYTHOLOGY 101: RICK RIORDAN PRESENTS
One (1) winner will receive a trio of introductory mythology tales from a variety of cultures, including:
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes;
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi;
and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan!
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.
Leave a comment with your email address (so I can email you if you win) about what mythical creature you wish were real! GOOD LUCK!!!!
I love this book. I love everything about it. I have learned as I grow older that all my greatest lessons learned and virtues that I come to appreciate came only after I have failed or lost at something. This book is a gift for all as you get to see how 35 famous people succeeded only after great defeats, disappointments and suffering. It shows what great lengths some must go through to be successful and that failure is only a failure if you refuse to learn from it and get back up. Kids will love this book because it is real, practical, funny and worthwhile. It is told in a way kids can relate to it and really let the messages resonate with them. A true gift to give to our young.
#FirstLine ~ No one has seen. This book is beautiful and filled with family, love, loss, and so much more. This book is also seeped in history with elements of so many things woven together wonderfully. Is is atmospheric and moving. A book that will pull the reader in and hold them tight throughout.
SYNOPSIS: “I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .”
Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.
And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty, Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream to win her over will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.
Having already sold over a million copies in Italy, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered the Italian The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.
This book is about living your best life. It was an original and unusual read, but one that I enjoyed. It is a book that makes you think, wonder and focus on the gifts you have in this one life you live. View all my reviews
Alessandro D’Avenia, born in 1977 in Palermo, holds a PhD in classics and is a high school literature teacher and screenwriter.
D'Avenia nasce il 2 maggio 1977 da Rita e Giuseppe D'Avenia, terzo di sei figli. Dal 1990 frequenta il liceo classico Vittorio Emanuele II di Palermo, dove incontra padre Pino Puglisi che insegnava religione nello stesso istituto e dalla cui figura viene fortemente influenzato, così come da quella dell'insegnante di lettere. Nel 1995 si trasferisce a Roma per frequentare all'Università La Sapienza la facoltà di lettere classiche. Nel 2000 si laurea in lettere classiche. Nel 2004 consegue il dottorato di ricerca in letteratura greca con specializzazione in Antropologia del mondo antico, terminandolo con una tesi sulle "sirene" in Omero e il loro rapporto con le Muse nel mondo antico. Mentre è impegnato col dottorato, insegna per tre anni nelle scuole medie. Finito il dottorato, preferisce l’insegnamento alla ricerca e frequenta la scuola di specializzazione per l’insegnamento secondario, al termine della quale insegna greco e latino al liceo. Fonda una compagnia teatrale dilettante e gira un cortometraggio. La sua attività di scrittore inizia contemporaneamente a quella di insegnante. Il successo arriva per D'Avenia con il romanzo Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue, che diventa presto un best-seller e viene pubblicato in 20 paesi stranieri. Il successo del romanzo d'esordio viene parzialmente confermato dal secondo titolo di D'Avenia, Cose che nessuno sa. Collabora come pubblicista con alcuni quotidiani italiani (Avvenire, La Stampa). Come sceneggiatore, nel 2008 ha firmato alcuni episodi della terza serie di "Life Bites - Pillole di vita" presso Disney Italia. Nel 2011-2012 lavora alla sceneggiatura del film tratto da Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue, prodotto da Rai Cinema, che esce nelle sale cinematografiche nel mese di aprile 2013.