Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ptaath's Hammer, by Wim Baren, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Ptaath's Hammer is the tale of a man and woman, two children of immortals, who are inexplicably drawn to one another.  Working together on an expedition they discover ancient artifacts which inadvertently throw their worlds into a tumultuous tailspin.  Author Wim Baren's fascination with ancient times is expertly displayed as mythology, fantasy and history merge seamlessly in this epic novel.

Mature young adults will appreciate the author's perspective which brings historical insight and thought-provoking depth to this haunting tale of ancient prophecy and doom.  A highly evocative read, Wim Baren's Ptaath's Hammer is sure to be well received by lovers of fantasy and historical fiction.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Under a Purple Moon, by Beverly Stowe McClure, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Eden has spent her entire life feeling as though she's not good enough.  Her mother, who insists Eden refer to her by her given name, is critical of everything she does.  Her father tries, but he seems to be more concerned with his hobbies than with his daughter's well being.  But what she hates most is the fighting, especially because it's usually her they're quarreling about.

Eden finds solitude in an old abandoned home.  She goes there to get away from the criticism and the feuding.  But what she ultimately finds there is an unlikely group of friends, a motley crew of teens who are also escaping their own struggles at home, who give her the acceptance and encouragement she so desperately needs.  Under a Purple Moon is a book about friendship, and in particular, about one young girl who comes to accept her own self-worth.  Author Beverly Stowe McClure has done a splendid job depicting the wide and varied range of emotions experienced by Eden and her friends.  Under a Purple Moon is a book which young readers will find to be very relatable.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Neither Night nor Day, by Karen Chacek, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Vladimira is about to turn seven weeks old.  On the evening of her seventh week of life she will reach a right of passage.  All young bats go on their first solo flight at seven weeks.  Vladimira can hardly wait for her first solo flight.  But when her grandparents tell her about the magic hour, the time of day when the sky is bathed in orange and violet and it is neither dark nor light, she wonders if she should dare risk being out during this fabled hour.

Neither Night nor Day is a wonderful children's picture book that young readers are sure to love.  Children will delight in Vladimira's story and will relate to her desires to venture out on her own to taste the zest of freedom while exerting her youthful independence.  Neither Night nor Day earns our recommendation and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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The Hollow in the Hill, by Karen Chacek, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



Little Habicht is a skinny, wide-eyed hawk.  He's definitely not the coolest, and by no means the toughest, but he may arguably be the bravest hawk in his school.  Because one day Habicht decided to stand up to the three biggest bullies around.  To prove his fearlessness, the bullies talked Habicht into going to the most dangerous and fearful place imaginable.  But when the four young hawks are inadvertently stranded alone in the creepiest valley in the kingdom, Habicht's bravery is put to the ultimate test.

Karen Chacek's The Hollow in the Hill is a children's picture book which addresses the issues of friendship and bullying in a way that will give young readers lots to ponder.  Lovely illustrations help make this a book which kids will want to return to again and again.  The Hollow in the Hill is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Avian Kingdom children's picture book series earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


The Avian Kingdom series is a delightful collection of picture books with a message of encouragement and empowerment for young readers.  Author Karen Chacek gets to the heart of very real issues children face every day and subtly teaches positive life lessons.  Wonderfully expressive illustrations help further enhance these entertaining books which will captivate young audiences while providing them with valuable tools, helping them to make good choices throughout their lives.

The Avian Kingdom children's picture book series is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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The City, by Lorilyn Roberts, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Eighteen year old Shale's name is discovered on an ancient scroll which dates back over 2,000 years.  The Illuminati are determined to get their hands on the two remaining scrolls to ensure no-one learns about the truths which lie behind these documents.  Shale, and her friend Daniel, risk all to ensure the scrolls won't get into the wrong hands.  As the two travel through time and space they encounter the forces of good and evil as ancient prophecies of the end-times unfold.

The City, the fourth book in the Seventh Dimension series of books, is an exciting page-turner which will keep readers engaged from beginning to end.  Fans of author Lorilyn Roberts' work will continue to be enthralled by this intense supernatural thriller in which religion and science go head to head.  The City is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Blood Dolls, by Bon Blossman, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Fiona Frost will be going to college in the fall.  The summer following high school graduation she has procured an internship at the FBI training academy. While attending the academy she and a group of friends are met with resistance when a serial murder case arises and their age is called into question when they try to step in to help solve the crime.  Proving themselves capable will not be easy.  But everyone needs to work together to solve the mass murder plot which must be stopped.  Our young protagonists experience the usual teenage jealousies and dramas, but they are driven to overcome their youthful tendencies to outwit the serial killer before he takes his next victim.

Author Bon Blossman's Blood Dolls is full of twists and adrenaline-pumping excitement.  This is a "stay up all night to finish" read.  Teens will love this book which encompasses computer technology, the occult, and medical science along with drama and age-appropriate romance.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Blood Dolls has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Aunt Phil's Trunk, by Phyllis Downing Carlson and Laurel Downing Bill, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



The late Phyllis Downing Carlson was a pioneer in collecting and recording facts pertaining to Alaska's rich and diverse history.  When Laurel Downing Bill inherited her aunt Phyllis' trunk full of documents and other treasures recounting Alaska's history, she was inspired to share this incredible collection of information.  Thus began a literary labor of love which spans generations. The Aunt Phil's Trunk series of books contains five complete volumes.  Each book covers a particular time-span, with the series wrapping up in the year 1984.

Laurel Downing Bill brings Alaska's history to life in this fascinating compilation.  People with an interest in Alaska's history will thrill at the unique and extensive array of information offered within this series.  Photographs, newspaper clippings and other images help complete this series which is highly recommended for home and school libraries.


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Author Spotlight, C.F. Crawford on her award winning children's book series Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers



WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER AND WHY? 
I’ve been writing off and on for years, but never published anything. As the Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers grew and became more complex through telling the stories to my children and having them tell variations on the stories back to me, it became more important to write them down so Mr. Snuggywhiskers would survive their childhoods. 
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ASPIRE TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? 
What I wanted to be when I grew up changed day-by-day. It still does!  
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE?
Mr. Snuggywhiskers came to life one day when my eldest daughter was about three years old. I was tucking her into bed and she asked me to tell her a story. She liked to hear stories about herself doing fantastic things like riding dragons or visiting angels on clouds. She was also a big fan of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and listened to the opening chapters about Mr. Tumnus over and over. I started to tell her a story about herself, with a vague idea of giving her an adventure that ended with a tea party – kind of like Lucy’s tea with Mr. Tumnus. Mr. Snuggywhiskers just stepped into the story dressed in his blue suit and green vest with a tea tray in his hand. 
TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER: 
For me the funniest thing about writing the Mr. Snuggywhiskers stories is the sound of the characters talking in my head. I don’t actually write their dialogue. They talk and I just write it down. Sometimes they even make me laugh, which is sort of funny since most of the time I write while riding on a train. 
WHICH AUTHOR HAS MOST GREATLY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE?
There have been several authors that have influenced my writing style in different ways. The most relevant to the Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers would be Robert Lawson, author of Ben and Me; C.S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia; Edith Nesbit, author of The Enchanted Castle, and Beverly Cleary, author of Beezus and Ramona
WHAT BOOK HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
The Bible 
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT?: Winning the CLC award for Best Chapter Book Series has been my greatest literary accomplishment so far. Hopefully, there will be even greater accomplishments to come! 
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF BECOMING PUBLISHED AND ANY TIPS YOU MIGHT OFFER FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS?
The biggest challenge to publishing the first book was figuring out how to pull all the elements together to turn the story into a book. My daughter did the illustrations, which provided a fascinating insight into how she imagines Mr. Snuggywhiskers to look. After several failed attempts at getting artwork for a cover, I ended up creating the cover myself using an actual tree in my backyard – so it is, in fact, Mr. Snuggywhiskers’s house. My advice would be to keep asking questions and trying different approaches until you find one that works for you.  
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?: 
My youngest daughter designed the imprint for Lauco Press. 
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?
Yes, Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Spring Tales, is in draft form, and I’m working on the first draft of Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Summer Tales, in which the mystery of Mr. Snuggywhiskers’s father will be resolved. 
Both books will be available on-line at www.Amazon.com and at www.BarnesandNoble.com. 

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cryptogram Chaos, by Linda Covella, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Cody is a truly gifted 14 year old.  He has a natural inclination toward developing and tweaking gaming software.  Not the coolest kid in school, he's really more of a techno-geek.  So when two of the most popular girls in school come to him with an idea for a virtual reality game, he thinks at first it might be a joke.  But the more he considers their concept, the more he realizes the technology is already in place and the timing is perfect to tap into this dramatically different twist on video games.  The concept is really quite fascinating.  Gamers can virtually experience all sorts of high energy, dangerous and thrilling adventures like sky diving and such.  In order to reach the next level and move on to a new adventure they must solve a puzzle.

After their game becomes wildly successful, Cody and his friends run into troubles which none of them could have ever foreseen.  Cryptogram Chaos, by award winning author Linda Covella, is an exciting and exhilarating book which will appeal to a broad tween audience, even those who may not have an interest in gaming.  The puzzles which must be solved to reach the next level of the game offer a unique and fun element to this wonderfully imaginative book.

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A Place to Call Home, by G.A. Whitmore, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Toby, a mixed-breed German Shepard, is rejected by his breeder because of his coloring.  After being abandoned by a dumpster he is discovered by a young couple, but they are unable to keep pets, so they find a family who agrees to take him in.  As the story progresses Toby is moved around from place to place with nowhere to call home.

The story, which is written from Toby's perspective is a heart-rending tale. Readers will laugh and cry as they share in the heartache, joys and fears of this lovable dog. Author G.A. Whitmore's A Place to Call Home is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Crime Cats: Missing, by Wolfgang Parker, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Cats are disappearing in Jonas' community in alarming numbers.  But Jonas has his own share of troubles.  On the top of his list is the absurd chicken costume his father got for him to wear to school on Halloween.  So when the young boy, who's not particularly fond of cats, learns he can somehow communicate with felines, he soon finds himself teaming up to find out the mystery of the missing animals.

Author Wolfgang Parker's Crime Cats: Missing, is a delightful preteen mystery that young readers are sure to love.  Jonas is a kindhearted and lovable character with whom kids will connect.  His struggles to fit in and his desire to please his father are ones to which all kids can relate.   Crime Cats: Missing is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse and the Triple Crown Mystery earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Mr. Dollarhide has his sights set on Penny racing the Triple Crown.  But Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse can't quite make sense of what that means.  The one thing Penny does know is that she loves flowers.  And as far as Mr. Dollarhide is concerned that's all that really matters.  This delightfully engaging children's picture book is a wonderful new addition to the Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse series of books.  Children will love the kindhearted Mr. Dollarhide who is as quick to turn a phrase as the endearing Penny is around the racetrack.  Illustrations by Alex Ray are a wonderful addition to this fabulous children's book.

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The Rain of Blood, by S.P. Kumar, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Claire, Jason and Zac are humani (earthlings) charged with solving quests which will enable them to save earth and the parallel world of Zarion.  They are each gifted with unique mystical talents.  Using their powers and creative intellects the three join forces to fight evil.  The survival of two worlds depends upon their ability to prevail over evil.

 Author S.P. Kumar creates delightfully detailed descriptions of a fascinating world of amazing beauty and wonder.  Fantasy enthusiasts will thrill at the entirely unique world of Zarion and young readers are sure to enjoy this highly relatable book.  The Rain of Blood is the second book in The Champions of Zairon trilogy.


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The Darkness, by Justine Avery, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


What if being afraid of the dark was founded in a very real sense of self-preservation?  Brothers Lux and Lunem live in a world where the shadows of darkness hold the power to snuff the very life from a living being.  The boys have been taught, from a very young age, to fear the darkness with every fiber of their being.

Justine Avery's The Darkness is a spine-tingling short story that is pure magic and mysticism. The quality of writing, development of characters and imagery are all spot on.  This short story packs a powerful punch as readers are drawn in and then thrilled with its rousingly good finale.

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