Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Other Side of the Law, by Katelynn Renteria, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Kay is not your average high school student and Henderson is not your typical school.  With a select group of students who are actually spies-in-training, the non-spy students at Henderson have no knowledge of top-secret classes taking place right under the same roof.  But in the game of spies it’s not always easy to discern who’s who, so Kay and her cohorts must always read between the lines to make sense of each scenario as it plays out.

With an elaborate and entirely unique storyline that entices readers from the very first page, this book is one that will connect with young readers on many levels.  Well-written, with complex characters and a sizzling plot The Other Side of the Law is a thrilling page-turner.  Author Katelynn Renteria exhibits true talent as a writer with this, her first novel, which is recommended for home and school libraries.


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Sir Princess Petra’s Mission, by Diane Mae Robinson, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


When her father, the king, decrees that Princess Petra must capture and deliver the fabled car-panther to the castle or renounce her knighthood, she sets about to undertake the task straight away.  Not to be deterred by her father’s excessive rules for this latest mission, she outwits him with an alternate set of decrees also stamped with his royal seal of approval which she asserts cannot be overruled.  After renegotiating the terms and ground-rules of the mission the princess is ready for her next quest.  Driven by boundless confidence and a stubborn determination, the young princess is off.

Author Diane Mae Robinson continues to delight young readers with the ever-witty, always-inspired book series about a young princess who refuses to bow to conformity.  Filled with countless catchy phrases and absurdly entertaining moments, Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is sure to be met with giggles and belly-laughs by young readers who will continue to fall in love with this enchanting series.  Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Quantum Lace, by Bella St. John, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In 1895 Lady Bridgit’s dream is interrupted by a lucid encounter with a man named Markus, a person living in the future.  Shrugging the encounter off as nothing more than a vivid dream she nearly forgets about the incident.  Then one day something happens which calls to question everything she ever believed to be true.  Thus, begins the magnificent tale of Quantum Lace, a novella. 


There are books out there about time travel that we’ve all read and enjoyed.  But this one is so entirely plausible, so highly engaging, that one can’t help but wonder if the concept of time travel is not only possible, but is perhaps undeniably real.  Taking science fiction to a whole new level, Quantum Lace is a book that will have readers packing their bags in preparation for their own expedition to an alternate place in time.  With a strong female protagonist and a cast of other well-developed characters, this book is sure to hit a home run with hard-to-please audiences and will leave them itching to get started on the next installment in the series.  

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Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona, by Garry Rogers, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Garry Rogers lives on a 20-acre farm on the Agua Fria River in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.  Back in 1977 he began making lists of the birds he saw there.  Over time he eventually catalogued 137 species (from1977-2016).  Rogers eventually compiled this comprehensive list into what is now the book Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.  He has included common and scientific names, estimates of species health and stability along with wonderful photographs, all with excellent detail and clarity.  An index, with sightings is included in the back.  This book is intended to be used as a field guide to help with identification and for note-taking.  Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona is recommended for birdwatchers, conservationists and other enthusiasts.  

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The Tower Below, by J.R. Roper, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In Book Three of the Morus Chronicles readers are whisked away to a fantastic fantasy adventure as Ethan Morus and friends experience their greatest challenge yet.  Ethan, a treasure hunter, and his friends are on the run.  Everyone, including the police, are looking for them.  There’s a matter of an artifact which has power beyond imagination.  The Dark want him for treasure hunting, the Light want to keep him from finding anything, and the police are after him for... well... this little matter of blowing up his school... and more.  A fluid read, with back-to-back action-packed moments and vividly penned scenes, readers will be thoroughly immersed in this book which earns our Seal of Approval.  The Tower Below is recommended for home and school libraries.

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CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them, by Fiza Pathan, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



Fiza Pathan is a school teacher and an adoring devotee of classic literature.  She speaks passionately and with purpose on matters of reading.  In her book CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them, she touches on many key points in her arguments in favor of classic literature.  With solid examples and sound reasoning one would be hard pressed to walk away feeling anything but inspired after reading this book.  Well-written, and a quick study, this should be required reading for all educators (. . . and parents for that matter).  CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Crime Cats, The Dusenbury Curse, by Wolfgang Parker, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Crime Cats is an entirely entertaining chapter book series about a boy detective and his two cat friends, CatBob and Neil Higgins, with which he communicates whilst wearing an old chicken suit.  In Crime Cats, The Dusenbury Curse, the second book in the series, Jonas Shurmann’s good friend, Orville, is being watched.  There’s something spooky lurking outside his mansion and whatever it is has CatBob scared.  He won’t leave his post at the window and he keeps spraying inside the house.  With an abandoned old amusement park and a hundred-year-old curse there’s lots to keep kids mildly spooked as this suspenseful story unfolds.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Crime Cats, The Dusenbury Curse has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Calamity Jane, How the West Began, by Bryan Ney, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



With the help of a ghostwriter Calamity Jane once published an autobiography of sorts which she sold in later years to support herself.  However much truth this thin booklet may have held, it did not include any background on her formative years.  Calamity Jane, How the West Began, by Bryan Ney, is the author’s attempt to speculate upon the relatively unknown earlier years of this well-known historical figure.  This is Jane’s story, from when she was a young girl, doing her best to help raise her little sister, Lana.  With a father who gambled and a mother who turned to prostitution, she did the best she could with the life she was given.  Presented as a spirited tomboy with a compassionate heart, this intriguing story of a young Martha Jane Canary will be well-received by history buffs.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Calamity Jane, How the West Began has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Guardian, by Katy Newton Naas, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Kinsey has epilepsy.  Her condition is so severe it affects nearly every aspect of her life.  Things other kids take for granted are simply not safe for her, like riding a bike. And friendships are hard to form when other kids just don’t understand.  Her parents want what’s best for Kinsey, but sometimes knowing the right path for their daughter is just a guessing game.  So, when things have reached an all-time low for Kinsey they take a big risk both personally and financially when they decide to get a service dog for Kinsey.  Their hope is that this dog will be able to anticipate a seizure before it even happens, giving Kinsey the opportunity to be prepared before an epileptic event strikes.  From the moment Kinsey meets her new service dog, Drake, her life turns around for the better.  But before long she is facing yet another problem.  When she starts middle school, a bully turns her happy new life upside down.   It’s just not fair that just when Kinsey was starting to feel normal, Taylor Thompson has to go and make her life miserable.


Author Katy Newton Naas’s Guardian is a wonderful and entirely engrossing book.  Readers will feel an instant connection with Kinsey and her loveable dog, Drake.  Kinsey’s story highlights the issues so many kids experience when they suffer from health concerns.  It’s not easy when all they want is to be like other kids.  Young readers will feel Kinsey’s pain as she is first left out, and later shunned by students who just won’t give her a chance.  A compelling story that will warm hearts and inspire positive change, Gaurdian is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Fifo 50 States, by Hayley Rose, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Fifo, a lovable bear, satisfies his urge to travel across the country.  Starting in Alabama he makes his way through all fifty of the United States.  As young readers travel along they learn the capitals, state flowers, mottos and other interesting facts unique to each state.  Rhyme and repetition, and a fun sing-song sort of cadence make this book one that children will want to read again and again.  With wonderfully expressive illustrations by Jessie B. Orlet, kids will love learning about the many sites and experiences the United Sates have to offer.  Highly recommended for home and school libraries, Fifo 50 States by Hayley Rose, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Whizbang Machine: Tunney’s Curse, by Danielle Vann, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Elizabeth Yale is back in The Whizbang Machine: Tunney’s Curse.  She and her grandfather have barely escaped the collapsing factory, but already they are on a race with time.  In this, the second book in the Whizbang Series, Elizabeth must save the Whizbang machine and put an end to the family curse before it ruins the lives of the people of Leiden.  But the clock is ticking and they must stop the curse before her mother’s fortieth birthday which is just days away. 


Audiences who enjoyed the first book in this installment will thrill at the newest book in the Whizbang series.  Author Danielle Vann continues to enchant and enthrall readers with compelling scenes and intensely suspenseful moments throughout this exciting book.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Whizbang Machine: Tunney’s Curse is a dynamic fantasy adventure with mystery, action, suspense and intrigue.  This book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Once Confronted, by Lynne Stringer, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Madison’s best friends are on the trip of a lifetime spending part of their gap year in Europe.  Meanwhile her parents feel it just isn’t safe; so instead, she’s in Sydney, only an hour plane ride from her home in Brisbane.  Working in a coffee shop that doubles as a book store wasn’t exactly what she’d had in mind for her big year.  But hey, at least one of her co-workers is nice to look at.  Then, irony of all ironies, one night at work she’s robbed at gunpoint.  So much for a safe gap year experience.  Following the incident Madison returns home, hoping to put the horrifying memories of the robbery behind her.  Easier said than done when an overwhelming sense of fear has all but consumed her.  But when she has the opportunity to meet with her assailant for a restoration conference she’s not sure what to do.  She knows she needs to find a way to start healing from her trauma, but she just doesn’t know if this is the best way, or if she’ll even be ready to see him ever again.

Once Confronted is a moving story that sheds light on the trauma experienced by victims of assault.  Author Lynne Stringer has crafted a powerful book with an important message of healing and forgiveness.  Readers will be drawn to Madison’s story as she struggles to move on despite an overwhelming urge to hide from her fears.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Once Confronted has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

A Family for Leona, by Beverly Stowe McClure, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In the year 1921 life was challenging, but times were especially hard for Leona and her family who had recently lost their mother.  At ten-years-old Leona is just one of six siblings.  With her mother gone, her father is unable to provide and care for his children, the youngest of whom is just a baby.  With nowhere to turn, he takes them to the Brooklyn School and Home for Destitute Children.  At first Leona believes it will be just for a short while.  Expecting her father to collect them any day, she’s always on the lookout for his return.  But he does not come back and eventually, one at a time, her siblings are gone.  First her fourteen-year-old brother runs away in hopes of finding a job.  Next, with the opportunity of becoming a nurse, her older sister leaves as well.  Eventually her other siblings are adopted, leaving just Leona and the baby.  Determined to hold on to her last remaining family thread, she’s devastated when, against her will, she’s put on an orphan train to Texas, leaving her baby sister behind. 


Author Beverly Stowe McClure is a skilled story-teller.  As with all her books, she writes with a depth of emotion that helps readers connect instantly with her characters.  With a page-turning plot and a story which begs to be discovered, A Family for Leona is a book which rises to the occasion for fans of her work and will certainly draw new fans who will come to want more from this exceptionally talented author.  Recommended for home and school libraries A Family for Leona is a wonderful book that will speak to the hearts of readers of all ages.  

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Grocery Store Alphabet Game, by Teresa Stern, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



Kayla is none too pleased to be shopping at the grocery store.  She... is... bored.  But when her mom offers to play a game with her the idea of shopping soon becomes a fun adventure.  Starting with ‘A’ and going all the way through the alphabet Kayla and her mom seek out different things in the store that start with each letter.  They pass the time quickly and as they fill their shopping cart Kayla and her mom end up sharing special memories and happy thoughts during their outing at the store.

Illustrations by Henry Chavez are a delightful addition to this book which will no-doubt inspire many fun family outings at grocery stores and beyond. Recommended for home and school libraries Grocery Store Alphabet Game is a fun and engaging read which has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Glint, by J.D. Harper, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Dan loves to rock-climb, but one day he’s stuck indoors unable to explore his favorite activity because of rain.  As his mom works in the attic to clear out some old junk he starts looking curiously at all the things in the give-away pile.  When he discovers a mismatched set of engraved silverware he asks his mom if he can keep a butter knife from the collection.  There’s something about the knife he’s drawn to and he wants to add it to his knife collection.  With time to kill he absent-mindedly polishes the knife to a silver sheen when suddenly he disappears from his home and finds himself in Civil War era Tennessee. 

Glint is an exciting book which will intrigue middle-school audiences with a bit of mystery, Civil War history and time travel elements.  As Dan hops back and forth between present day and Civil War times readers are drawn into his adventures both in the present and the past.  When Dan and his friends make a pact to return a lost treasure to its rightful owners they are embroiled in some pretty intense moments in history including a real-life battle at Missionary Ridge.  Recommended for home and school libraries Glint is a fun and engaging read which has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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