Monday, July 28, 2014

Compass, by Jennifer Gibson earns our Seal of Approval


Compass is book two in Jennifer Gibson's heartening trilogy about Jessie, a young girl who is hearing impaired.  Compass is solid as a stand-alone book, but is a wonderful read when followed by Sway, the first novel in her series which is based upon a true story.  In book two we are reintroduced to Jessie who is plagued by bullies who capitalize on her disability to cause her merciless shame.

Despite her struggles, life is pretty good for Jessie.  She has a boyfriend whom she adores and she enjoys karate, a sport at which she excels.  But when a jealous karate coach and a competitor in a tournament pit against her, they manage to turn her life upside down, leaving her hurt and disheartened.  Jessie is a very genuine and likable character struggling with some pretty powerful emotions, some of which she succumbs to, and some which she rises above.  But all the while she carries herself with dignity and grace as she searches herself for the truths that will help her sort out who she can really trust.

When Jessie and her boyfriend help at a summer camp working with challenged kids, she is able to connect with even the most troubled kids.  These kids sense a true connection with her as she is able to empathize with them and their daily struggles. Compass is delightful, insightful and a joy to read.  - This book comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Motive Games by LD Taylor earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Motive Games by LD Taylor is a fast-paced, high-tech murder mystery.  When Phil Roland's father passes away, he sets out to prove his death wasn't an accident.  Phil garners a job at his dad's company and with the help of his best friend Oliver and his father's detective friend, he channels his grief into finding out how and why his father really died.

Motive Games is an intriguing read that is sure to be a big hit with gamers, but is still a fascinating and enjoyable read for those with no real understanding of the gaming world.  Author LD Taylor harmoniously blends the world of high-tech with the despair of a young man coming to terms with the untimely loss of his father.  The book includes a glossary for those readers who may be at a loss where gaming jargon is concerned.

Motive Games is a Literary Classics Seal of Approval Recipient.


LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tyler the Fish Saves Lake Erie, by author Meaghan Fisher earns the CLC Seal of Approval

Tyler the Fish Saves Lake Erie, by author Meaghan Fisher, is the story of a young fish who comes to the rescue.  One day as Tyler and his pal Jimmy are playing tag, they discover some barrels filled with toxic sludge at the bottom of the lake.  Tyler devises a clever plan to help save the lake and, with the help of his friends, they succeed in cleaning up Lake Erie.

Tyler the Fish will inspire youngsters to help do their part in keeping our environment clean and safe, while reminding them that no matter how small they are they can make a difference.  Illustrations by Sandra Burns are a lovely addition to this children's picture book that is recommended as an educational tool for teachers and librarians.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Dinner at the Panda Palace, by Stephanie Calmenson, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Dinner at the Panda Palace, by Stephanie Calmenson, is the fanciful tale of Mr. Panda and the many and varied guests who arrive at his restaurant for dinner one night. There's one enormously hungry elephant, two royal lions, three pigs hoping to grab a bite while hiding from the big bad wolf, and so on. Each group of diners arrives one at a time wishing to find a table at the Panda Palace. This enchanting book is brimming with captivating and lyrical rhymes which are complemented by clever and whimsical illustrations. This classic is sure to keep youngsters entertained time and time again.

Dinner at the Panda Palace is comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Daisylocks, written by renowned children's book author, Marianne Berkes, is the story of a daisy seed that is carried along by the wind in her quest to find the perfect place to grow.  As Daisylocks floats from place to place around the world she encounters various climates, soil conditions and other factors that will affect her ability to take root and grow.  Illustrations by Cathy Morrison are simply magical in this book that is an excellent resource for teachers in classroom settings, and would be a terrific selection for home and school libraries.

Daisylocks has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gideon's Confession earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Gideon is a self-absorbed young man ambling through life and capitalizing on the generosity of his benefactor, a rich uncle. As Gideon indulges his whims he struggles with the notion that someday the steady flow of money will undoubtedly cease to roll in; yet, he continues to squander the money and his life away.  

Gideon's lack of self esteem is an overall component in this refreshingly honest book.  Author Joseph G. Peterson's expressive voice rings true in this novel in which realism and humor are flawlessly melded to create a symbiotic and resonating narrative.  

Gideon's Confession is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bravo for Jennifer Gibson's Sway! - A Literary Classics Seal of Approval Recipient



Jessie is a hearing impaired high school student who has endured merciless bullying at the hands of her classmates for far too long.  As if that were not enough, some of her teachers are impatient with her because of the additional effort required to accommodate her disability.  All she really wants is to just fit in, but that's not easily done given her circumstances.

Based on a true story, Sway is the empowering story of a young-adult who rises above her circumstances and does so with a charm and finesse that is both touching and inspiring.  Jessie's encounter with a young man named Ethan is a significant component of this story as she finds true friendship with a sweet romantic element that makes Sway all the more appealing.

Jennifer Gibson's depiction of Jessie's story is insightful and moving.  This book comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Even Poop Has a Purpose, by Uncle Paul, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



Even Poop Has a Purpose, by Uncle Paul, is a fun and funny read.  Told in rhyme, this whimsical book about poop and it's role in helping plants grow, is sure to put a smile on the face of readers young and old.  Illustrations by Mr. Book are an excellent addition to this entertaining children's picture book that would be a terrific selection for home and school libraries.  Those with a unique sense of humor may even choose to give this book permanent residence upon their coffee table.

Even Poop Has a Purpose has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Without Me, by Kayleen West, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Without Me, is the whimsical tale of a young boy who decides to run away from home.  But as he contemplates his departure, he begins to think of his pets and everyone in his family who needs him.  One at a time, he counts down the list of people, pets and things he will need to bring along with him on his journey.  Delightful illustrations depicting his exodus while joined by an ever-growing entourage are sure to incite a giggle or two as kids read along in this counting journey towards one boy's discovery of being loved, wanted and needed.

Without Me is an excellent book for youngsters and would be a terrific selection for home and school libraries.  

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Saturday, July 12, 2014

First Fire earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



First Fire, by Nancy Kelly Allen, is the retelling of a Cherokee folktale recounting the mythical events that unfold as a variety of creatures attempt to capture fire.  When a bolt of lightning strikes a sycamore tree on a nearby island, the animals decide they needed fire for themselves.  These animals, whose unique characteristics are developed as a result of their encounter with the elusive fire, endure a number of trials as each, one at a time, attempts to retrieve a burning ember.

Author, Nancy Kelly Allen, has taken a timeless folktale and given it wings in this lovely retelling of the first fire encountered by the creatures of this land.  Illustrations by Sherry Rogers are vividly depicted and offer vibrant and expressive renderings of this classic tale.

First Fire comes highly recommended to classrooms, home and school libraries and for gift giving.  This book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Beaver's Busy Year earns the CLC Seal of Approval



A Beaver's Busy Year is an excellent, and quite informative, book about beavers that will satisfy the inquisitive minds of even the most insatiable young reader. Engaging and educational, this book has a lot to offer without feeling "text-book-ish."  Author Mary Holland has left no stone unturned in regards to the fascinating lives of this elusive creature.

The main body of the book covers interesting facts about beavers and includes some terrific photographs which help support the content of the book.  In the back of the book, the author provides even more informational tidbits that will satisfy most any questions kids might have about beavers.  Youngsters with an unquenchable desire to find answers will not be left hanging after reading this book which comes highly recommended.

A Beaver's Busy Year is a great selection for classrooms, home and school libraries, and gift-giving for youngsters fascinated with animals.  This book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

When I See Grandma Earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Oh, what pure joy and delight we discovered within the pages of this lovely children's picture book.  Fans of Love You Forever, make room for a new favorite... and while you're at it, grab a box of tissues, because you're going to need it.  This book is so beautifully written and the illustrations are a perfect addition to author Debra Tidball's telling of a little girl's visits to her ailing Grandmother.  With the turn of each page, prepare to catch your breath as you see through the eyes of a beloved grandmother who may no longer be as full of life as she once was, but who is still very much alive in her dreams.

This book will offer insight and encouragement to youngsters while helping teach compassion.  When I See Grandma is a literary treasure that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.  This book comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

What Do They Want From Me? A Gift Guide for Kids earns the CLC Seal of Approval



What Do They Want From Me? is a terrific book that has lots to offer readers, both young and old.  Author Kristina Kumar has covered every aspect of gift giving (and receiving).  -Everything from selecting the right gift, to how much to spend, and even when you should not get someone a gift.  She's covered all the bases and she's done it in a way that is interesting and entertaining.  Gift-giving craft projects, gift-giving trivia, and more are all neatly compiled in this book that is chock-full of fun photographs and illustrations.

Wondering if you should ever re-gift a gift?  She has even covered this topic in a straight-forward, common sense sort of way.   No gift giving stone has been left un-turned in this whimsical book that would, in fact, make a great gift.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews
International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Scratch and Mouse, by Kathryn England, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



There are those occasional books that tell a powerful and emotional story to children without sounding preachy or insincere.  Scratch and Old Mouse is one of those joyously rare tales.  When Scratch, a young mouse, finds himself hungry and without a morsel to eat, he sniffs his way to Old Mouse's home where his nose leads him to a fat chunk of cheese.  Hungry and unable to resist the delectable cheese, he hoists it upon his back and returns with it to his home.  But as his conscious catches up to him, Scratch begins to think of Old Mouse and what the consequences of his own actions might mean to the aging mouse.

Author Kathryn England has written a timeless children's story that is sure to become a treasured favorite with children, parents, caregivers and teachers.  Illustrations by Kimberly Soderberg are masterfully created to enhance this delightful children's picture book.

Scratch and Old Mouse comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews
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The Santa Spy, by Patrick Bates earns the CLC Seal of Approval


When young Darren questions the validity of Santa Claus, he is met with incredulous stares and audible gasps from his parents.  When he explains to his parents the improbability of a man in a sleigh delivering that many presents around the world in one night, their response is that he shouldn't question it, or Santa might not bring him any more presents.

But Darren concludes that finding answers outweighs the risks.  So being the bright and inquisitive boy that he is, he devises a master plan to get to the bottom of the situation and find out once and for all if Santa really exists.

Author Patrick Bates has written a book that is as funny as it is engaging.  Sharp-witted Darren is a remarkably likable character whose personality practically jumps off the page.  Colorful illustrations, by Kimberly Soderberg are a great addition to this picture book which will most definitely be a hit with young readers.

Bravo for The Santa Spy!  This book comes highly recommended for home and school libraries, classroom settings and for gift giving.  The Santa Spy has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews
International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org