Elves, clones, healing powers, space travel, and tasty treats are all part of the fun and fast-paced adventure that is Escape From The Forbidden PlaneElves, clones, healing powers, space travel, and tasty treats are all part of the fun and fast-paced adventure that is Escape From The Forbidden Planet (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom #1). Caramel Cardamom is not your average, ordinary, everyday elf. Her special healing powers and ability to read minds are just the beginning. She's also sweet, brave, and feisty; all traits she'll need to help her family, friends, and even her planet survive!
Ms. Grasso's detailed descriptions of the characters and their surroundings really bring you close to the action and make you fall in love with the many interesting people you'll meet... well, except for the bad guys. You'll be rooting against those horrible, and often bumbling, meanies.
Middle grade readers will feel like they are part of a great adventure and won't want to put this one down!
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Imagine not being able to read or write. How would you fill out an employment application or a medical form? How could you help your child with his hoImagine not being able to read or write. How would you fill out an employment application or a medical form? How could you help your child with his homework or read the instructions on a medicine bottle?
People who struggle with literacy issues don't usually volunteer that information to anyone. Many devise ingenious ways to hide their lack of reading and writing skills from everyone, including family and friends. They are smart, intelligent, productive, successful adults who want to do some of the things the rest of us take for granted. They want to be able to read their Bibles, or bedtime stories to their children or grandchildren. They want to get their high school diplomas, better jobs, or start a company using their unique skills, but all of that is beyond their reach.
Rob Shindler knows some people just like this and his book Hot Dogs & Hamburgers: Unlocking Life's Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age will give you a glimpse into their world and their literacy journey.
At a very early age, Rob Shindler's son, Oliver, had a "situation." That's how the preschool teacher put it. That "situation" was a learning disability. First there was the shock and then the wish to disappear, which Rob did for a while. He didn't actually leave, he just checked out when it came to dealing with the dreaded "situation." His wife took up the slack and that was okay with Rob... but not for long.
When he decided to reappear, Rob took it upon himself to teach Oliver to read. Maybe the closet wasn't the best place to hold class, but it was quiet in there and there would be no distractions... or at least that's what Rob thought. After a few tries this dad, who didn't want to quit on the child he loved with every ounce of his being, realized they were going nowhere fast.
What Rob needed in order to teach his son to read was for someone to teach him how to teach his son to read.
(You may have to read that sentence again. I know I did!)
That would appear to be a selfish reason to volunteer as a tutor at Literacy Chicago, but in fact it turned out to be a selfless act that Rob would see duplicated by his son at the moment when he needed it most.
Rob's sense of humor and talent for storytelling makes Hot Dogs & Hamburgers a great read. You will most definitely feel every emotion, and one thing's for sure, you'll be glad you picked up this inspiring book! Unique and colorful characters surround Rob at home, and in the Literacy Chicago office and classroom. And when it comes to writing about himself Rob tells it like it is, warts and all. And how can you not love a dad who just wants the best for his son; a dad who, in the end, brought out the best in his son and those whose lives he touched through tutoring?
When you finish this book you'll want to run to your local literacy initiative and sign up to tutor. As a former adult literacy tutor, I can tell you that you will be rewarded beyond belief for your service. Don't be surprised if you learn as much from your students as they do from you--possibly even more.
Thank you, Rob, for sending me a copy of your wonderful book. I enjoyed getting to know you, your family, and your students immensely. They are very lucky to have you and I'm sure you already know how blessed you are to have them! ...more
Reading this book was more like sitting with Mr. Dawson and listening to him tell the story of his one true love. At times I felt like anecdotes wouldReading this book was more like sitting with Mr. Dawson and listening to him tell the story of his one true love. At times I felt like anecdotes would just pop into his head and he had to tell them before he forgot, much as one does when having a conversation. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book and I think it really brings readers in closer.
Jeff pours his emotions onto the page with ease, making the story an honest look back at the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful aspects of his relationship with Debbie and others who are, and who are to become, close to him. It's heart-wrenching and uplifting all at once and a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing your story of love and hope! ...more
He's back and he's got his Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot with him. Will the "magical" charm help him out this time (do you remember what happenedHe's back and he's got his Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot with him. Will the "magical" charm help him out this time (do you remember what happened last time? http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...) or will it make things worse?
Lionel is excited about going to sleep-away camp for the first time. It'll be a good break from his mean mom and brother. He's been dreaming about it for so long that it's all he can think about (well, that and the lovely Carrie). He's sure it's going to be a great summer!
Oh, no, guess who Lionel has to room with at camp? None other than that bully, Troy! Lionel is determined not to let Troy ruin his summer. Maybe his "magical" charm will cooperate this time. Maybe...
Lionel Turns the Other Cheek is another wonderful beginning chapter book by Mr. Hewlett. He captures kids, both the nice ones and the mean ones, perfectly and always makes sure that Lionel and all kids reading his books learn valuable lessons about life and how to treat others.
It's a great book for children to read on their own but parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians will also enjoy reading it aloud to the kids.
Welcome back, Lionel. I hope to see you in a new adventure soon! And thank you Mr. Hewlett for another wonderful book! ...more
Paz Kirkegaard, the 19-year-old daughter of a newly-elected United States senator, literally bursts onto the scene in the first sentence of this part-Paz Kirkegaard, the 19-year-old daughter of a newly-elected United States senator, literally bursts onto the scene in the first sentence of this part-fantasy, part-mystery novel when she bursts through the back exit of a trendy Washington dance club. She's running for her life!
Who would want to kidnap Paz, and why?
In The Foolish and the Weak, you'll criss-cross the country with Paz and her family as they try to evade those seeking to do them harm. And when it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad, even an extended family member is suspect.
This story of family, faith, politics and intrigue will keep you guessing at every twist and turn. Our average teenager, Paz, turns out not to be so average after all. What is it about her that may just save this family? And is it from this realm?
This is a terrific, action-packed book that will appeal to young adults and adults alike. References to much of the modern technology we use every day and to many actual locations throughout the United States along with great characters and descriptive scenes make for a wonderfully entertaining read.
Don't leave us hanging Mr. Albrethsen, give us book two now! ...more
Andy Holloman's debut novel is just plain terrific!
John Manning, a single dad trying to keep his travel agency afloat after the 9/11 tragedy, is broadAndy Holloman's debut novel is just plain terrific!
John Manning, a single dad trying to keep his travel agency afloat after the 9/11 tragedy, is broadsided by the news that his precious little girl is very ill. What began as a quest to keep his business running becomes a fight for his daughters life. To what lengths will he go to pay for her medical treatment?
This book is full of twists and turns. The lines between the good guys and the bad guys become blurred. Every character is important and unique. And they all come with plenty of baggage that is interconnected in one way or another.
Although I am not a fiction reader I have to say that Mr. Holloman had me hooked right away. It's a quick read because you won't want to put it down. Can't wait to read more from Andy! Congratulations! ...more
"Adventures of One Sock: The Lion" is a very cute picture book that kids will definitely relate to and love! Many times in life, things are not as the"Adventures of One Sock: The Lion" is a very cute picture book that kids will definitely relate to and love! Many times in life, things are not as they seem. On the morning of his first day of school, a little boy named Racer sees a "lion" behind Mr. Anderson's gate. He becomes very scared and is worried about walking past the house again on his way home from school. Fortunately, Dad is there to comfort him and to show him what the lion really is.
All the characters are loveable and the illustrations paint a great picture of the story. A wonderful first children's book by Mr. Ruiz. I look forward to more books about Racer and his adventures....more
Lionel Snodgrass, is a happy-go-lucky kid who isn't very lucky at all. With an older brother who picks on him and a mother who yells at him, he enjoysLionel Snodgrass, is a happy-go-lucky kid who isn't very lucky at all. With an older brother who picks on him and a mother who yells at him, he enjoys having time to himself.
When the family moves to a new town, Lionel finds an interesting item on the top shelf of the closet in his new room. Immediately, he suspects that it may have magical powers. An interesting story told to him by Mr. Jardean of Jardean's Mercantile and Confectionery confirms his suspicions about the three-toed potbellied Walbaun foot. Lionel tests the "lucky charm" on his brother, two neighborhood troublemakers, Mrs. Weathersham's dog, a girl he likes, and at his baseball team's championship game, to name a few. He makes a wish on the charm each time and each time the charm responds but not in a way Lionel or you would expect.
This is a wonderful story about a nice kid who always tries his best and follows The Golden Rule. Lionel's Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) is a great beginning chapter book. Short chapters make for a fun read-aloud and kids 7-10 will be able to read the book on their own.
I look forward to reading more from Mr. Hewlett! ...more
Patrick is a twelve year old boy who is able to experience dreams as reality. His mom, who has the same ability, reminds him of the DREAM rules to folPatrick is a twelve year old boy who is able to experience dreams as reality. His mom, who has the same ability, reminds him of the DREAM rules to follow in order to be a successful Dream Seeker. As boys will be boys, Patrick is still trying to perfect his unique ability and forgets to follow the rules from time to time.
Fright Flight, the first book in the Dream Seekers series, introduces us to Patrick and his family and friends. We get a glimpse into some of the things he likes to do, like play baseball and video games. We also get the opportunity to go along with him on a dream adventure that takes place in outer space. How interesting that he and his friends just watched a movie about Star Fighters and here he is in his dream commanding a fleet himself! It's a wild ride!
Although the protagonist is twelve, the book is written for 7-10 year olds. It's a great read-aloud for seven and eight year olds and perfectly appropriate, with a few challenging words, for older kids. As a parent, I always encouraged my children to learn new words and discover new concepts and this book will help them do just that.
The story is fast-paced and a quick read, mostly because the kids won't want to put it down. I look forward to learning more about Patrick, his family, and all the intricacies of Dream Seeking in future books. I'm sure Ms. Ard can't wait to tell us all about them!
Congratulations on your first book, Ms. Ard! It's a winner! ...more
This is the true-life account of Julie and her daughter Samantha, who was born with several heart conditions. As you journey through the book with JulThis is the true-life account of Julie and her daughter Samantha, who was born with several heart conditions. As you journey through the book with Julie you will feel every emotion possible: a mother's joy at the birth of a beautiful child, her anxiety when she realizes how delicate her little girl's body is, and the horror of watching her daughter become confined to a bed; twisted and unable to communicate.
How does a parent cope with the death of a child? What if her child died not once, but twice? As Julie says in her introduction, "Many will not want to read on..." but I suggest that you do. A powerful book! ...more
A terrific book! No politically correct mumbo-jumbo. Greg is hilarious and tells it like it is. Laughed out loud on just about every page. If you likeA terrific book! No politically correct mumbo-jumbo. Greg is hilarious and tells it like it is. Laughed out loud on just about every page. If you like Greg, you'll love this book!...more
The Path to Tyranny literally walks us through a history of tyranny in places like Ancient Greece, Rome and Israel as well as Russia, Italy, Germany aThe Path to Tyranny literally walks us through a history of tyranny in places like Ancient Greece, Rome and Israel as well as Russia, Italy, Germany and even the United States. It brings to light how, through the ages, many have traded liberty for tyranny when promised wealth and equality.
Mr. Newton takes an innumerable amount of facts and arranges them in a straightforward way making for an interesting, educational and easy read. If you love history, you'll love this book and if you don't love history, this book will change your mind.
I look forward to reading more from Mr. Newton! ...more
Charley is a woman who is burdened with immense emotional pain. She has suffered for herself and for her daughter, Jenny, for many years. Doctors areCharley is a woman who is burdened with immense emotional pain. She has suffered for herself and for her daughter, Jenny, for many years. Doctors are able to keep Jenny alive after her heart stops, but to what end? Confined to her twisted, silent body, Jenny is, for all intents and purposes, gone.
Gone is a fantasy novel based on the true story of Julie Elizabeth Powell and her daughter Samantha. In the novel, Charley is thrust into a sometimes strange, sometimes comforting other-world where she meets new friends and foes alike. She wonders where she is and how she got there. Is her mind playing tricks on her or is this real? Is she dead or alive?
In this alternative world, Charley meets a beautiful, sweet and gentle young woman who turns out to be her daughter, Jenny. She feels great joy at the sight of her daughter, now healthy and vibrant after so many years of pain and silence. But Charley has to make a decision. Will she choose to stay in this strange place where her daughter is full of life or will she return to the Jenny who is gone?
This book could only have been written by a parent who has been through the torture of watching her child's life slip through her loving arms. The emotions that Charley experiences on her fantasy journey are those that any parent would experience in her situation; love, hate, frustration, bravery, and guilt, to name a few.
Ms. Powell takes us on a great adventure with Charley. Her feelings are raw. They make us fear for her life in one instance and push her to accept another harrowing challenge in the next. The path is long and tiring for Charley but it's well worth accompanying her. What will she learn about herself and about life along the way? Will she decide to stay or to leave?
One thing I really like about this book is that, even with all her emotional pain, Charley has a sense of humor, especially when she talks to herself. We've all had that "laugh or cry" moment and sometimes Charley goes for the laugh. She might describe it more as losing her mind than having a sense of humor but that's part of the charm of the character.
I recently read Jeremy Rodden’s book, Toonopolis: Gemini and loved it, so I was very excited to learn that Jeremy had written a novella about one of t I recently read Jeremy Rodden’s book, Toonopolis: Gemini and loved it, so I was very excited to learn that Jeremy had written a novella about one of the characters in that book. What a great way to meet this interesting character, to learn his back-story and to see how he fits into Toonopolis: Gemini.
Toonopolis Short: Anchihiiroo is the story of Yoshi, later known as Anchihiiroo and even later known as Han’Eiyuu. The novella introduces us to five-year-old Yoshi at the moment he becomes an orphan and we follow him until he becomes a man. Throughout his life, Yoshi suffers at the hands of evil men and is cared for by gentle ones. There’s an underlying tug-of-war in his heart between good and evil. He wants to protect his town from evil so the townsfolk won’t have to suffer as he has. He trains for years to be the hero they need. But, he also feels a need to avenge the death of his parents and the training he receives at the hands of his sensei will prepare him for battle.
Will he ultimately be a hero or an anti-hero? Will he use his mind, body and spirit strength for good or evil?
As in Toonopolis: Gemini, the characters in this novella are extremely well structured. They are so real that you forget that you’re reading about cartoon characters… well, until one of them says something wildly sarcastic and you quickly remember that you’re in a toon world! That’s the great thing about Jeremy’s writing, just when you think something is very serious, he gets all goofy on you. The comic relief is perfectly placed and always welcome. And just as quickly, you’re back in the action and loving it.
The story stands steadily on its own but, trust me, you’re going to want to know what happens next and what happens next is in Toonopolis: Gemini. Read separately or together, these are two great stories that everyone will enjoy.
You’ve done it again, Jeremy! I can’t wait to read more about your great characters. Keep the stories coming because we want to keep reading them!