Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Search for the Stone of Excalibur earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, by Fiona Ingram, is the long awaited sequel to Secret of the Sacred Scarab.  Cousins Justin and Adam have barely settled back into a routine following their adventure in Egypt where they found the first scarab.  It was risky business, but the boys received a heroes' welcome after they succeeded in getting the treasured relic to safekeeping.  When the boys learn the second stone's whereabouts may have been discovered they are bound for Oxford, England where they will meet up with others intent on helping them locate the next of the missing scarabs.  The boys are more than a little perturbed when they learn that twelve year old Kim, a girl they've never met, will be joining them on their quest.  Their adventure has only just begun and already they are knee-deep in trouble when a sword rumored to be the famed Excalibur is stolen, and they are the prime suspects.

Fiona Ingram has, once again, crafted a highly engaging book for young readers.  Elements of mystery and intrigue along with a healthy dose of legend help make this an exciting adventure that kids are sure to love.  A smattering of history and geography are loosely woven throughout, making this a book that is an excellent choice for home and school libraries. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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


The Castle, book three in the Seventh Dimension Series, by Lorilyn Roberts, is a fascinating book which immerses the reader into life during the time of Christ.  Daniel has been trapped in the seventh dimension for years now.  When he first found himself trapped in time, living in 1st century Israel he was just seventeen years old.  Now he's a man and he has gotten himself into serious trouble.  Accused of being a runaway slave, a thief and a murderer, the Romans are on the lookout for him.  It doesn't help that he's easily recognized for being the greatest Jewish charioteer in the world.

Author Lorilyn Roberts portrays the characters and scenes in this book with such depth and clarity that one can nearly feel the dust on their feet as they travel along the streets of Jerusalem alongside Daniel.  Seeing this world through Daniel's eye's is an enlightening way to experience life from a Jewish perspective during one of the most pivotal times in the history of mankind. The Castle is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Fiona Frost -- Shillingstone Witch, by Dr. Bon Blossman, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Fiona Frost is looking forward to enjoying her last summer before college when she will begin her studies in forensic science.  But her summer plans are derailed when four children go missing in the town of Shillingstone where it appears the locals believe a witch is to blame. Fiona is invited to participate with a team of students in a paranormal studies program to investigate the mysterious activity.  But she initially resists, refusing to buy into the notion of paranormal activity.

Dr. Bon Blossman's Shillingstone Witch, the fourth book in the Fiona Frost Series, is an absorbing book which will appeal to young readers.  The concept of students who have been empowered to take action make this a highly relatable read for adolescents.  Blossman's ability to breathe life into her characters, making them seem nearly tangible, is a big part of what makes this book an enjoyable read.  Comfortably read as a stand-alone, Shillingstone Witch is recommended for young mystery buffs and for youngsters who are fascinated with the subject of paranormal activity.


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Sherlock and Me, by Jeff Nathan, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



Sherlock and Me, by Jeff Nathan, is a customized interactive book for children which is personalized with a child's name and their school principal's name, making this a truly unique reading experience for youngsters. There are a number of creative stories, all of which are sure to incite giggles, if not riotous laughter, by young readers. The stories are funny and the illustrations include hidden pictures which, when clicked, are filled with color.  Using a keyboard's arrow keys, readers are able to select various options which will determine how the story will unfold.

Sherlock and Me is an innovative way to get kids excited about reading.  With countless different outcomes, kids will be entertained for hours by this fun and engaging literary treat.  Sherlock and Me is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Old Earth, by Gary Grossman, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


In the early 1600s Galileo's views that the earth revolved around the sun were challenged by astronomers. There was a formal inquisition and it was concluded that Galileo's arguments could only be presented as conjecture.  In what was considered an act of heresy, Galileo later published his views, which many believed to be an attack on Pope Urban VIII.  Galileo was tried, and spent the remainder of his life under house arrest.

Fast forward to present day in Gary Grossman's geological thriller Old Earth . . . Dr. Quinn McCauley, a professor of paleontology, along with a team of his top students, are on a dig in Montana where they hope to find some rare dinosaur bones. Instead, they unearth an artifact which defies common logic and challenges Galileo's story as told by historians.  McCauley and a trusted colleague are determined to reveal the truth behind their discovery of this centuries' old conspiracy. But members of a secret society are bent on keeping the world from learning the truth behind Galileo's discovery.

Gary Grossman has authored a gripping thriller which challenges the dogmas of faith and science as they pertain to a world historical viewpoint.  With a fascinating premise and cerebral substratum, this book keeps a steady pace as the author skillfully vacillates between the past and present while challenging long held beliefs within the pages of this compelling novel.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Winter Tales, by C.F. Crawford, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


When Hallie finds herself mysteriously shrunken in front of a very small door hidden in a tree in her back yard her life is forever changed.  She and her sister Cory are soon whisked into the tiny world of Mr. Snuggywhiskers, an educated mouse who wears a suit and tie.  Before long Hallie and Cory become fast friends with Mr. Snuggywhiskers and his bustling family.

Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Winter Tales, by C.F. Crawford, is the second book in the Snuggywhiskers Chronicles.  Our story begins as Hallie and Cory prepare to surprise Mr. Snuggywhiskers and his family with a bounty of Christmas gifts.  Experiencing the joys and delights of winter in miniature through the eyes of Hallie and Cory is a treat which children will certainly enjoy.  Young imaginations are sure to soar as children are swept up into this delightful adventure.  This fanciful tale brings resolution to some unanswered questions from the first book, while leaving readers wanting for more; as surely the next book promises to lead children further down the path of enchantment in this lovely chapter book series.

Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Winter Tales, is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Breeder, by K.B. Hoyle, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Number 17 (named Pria by her childhood friends) has been experiencing vague, dreamlike visions, coupled with mild depression.  She knows she's not supposed to ask questions, but she just can't help herself.  Did she really see a man in the breeding compound?  Surely it must have been a dream, since men are not allowed anywhere near the women selected for their traits of genetic perfection to repopulate Gaia Earth.  As she seeks to find answers without appearing to be too inquisitive, she begins to question the validity of the Unified World Order's take on the value of humanity.  Yet, her entire life she's been trained to believe that, through the controlled population program, the UWO has created a world devoid of imperfection.  Her role in making this happen is paramount and it is an honor and a privilege to carry out this task.

Author K.B. Hoyle's Breeder is a dystopian treasure.  With characters that are genuine and quite tangible, the story nearly leaps off the pages of this book which expertly holds the reader's attention from the first page to the last.  This book will appeal to a broad audience and is highly recommended.


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Frozen, by Elle A. Rose, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



It is the future and the human race has been virtually annihilated.  Xerceptavodes, alien beings, have taken over the earth, leaving those humans remaining little with which to subsist.  But a bizarre phenomenon causes all the Xerceptavodes to be frozen once a year on All Hallows Eve, allowing humans to scavenge for food and other provisions to aid in their survival.

Verick, a sixteen year old boy, has been training for the upcoming Halloween mission.  He is ready and willing to face the inherent dangers of scavenging on this critical night when those in the spirit world will try to snuff out anyone found foraging.  Verick's success is critical in order to help provide for his family's needs for the coming year.

Author Elle A. Rose has created a fantastically original story in which young Verick comes of age. When Verick turns seventeen he must choose a mate who he will then marry on his eighteenth birthday.  With his birthday just months away, the importance of choosing a wife weighs heavily on his mind.
This  post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel is a wildly imaginative and intriguing page-turner.


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Strays, by Jennifer Caloyeras, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Iris Moody is tired of acting as though everything is fine in her world; because in reality, it's just not.  Her mom died in a tragic accident and her dad has moved her away from everything familiar.  Her father has his own way of dealing with the loss of his wife as he focuses all his time and attention on work, chasing after a big promotion.  Her girlfriends at school never seem to have anything real to say, and while they are patient with Iris, they're beginning to grow tired of her aloofness.

Iris has her own way of dealing with the anger and frustration she's been bottling up, but it doesn't seem to be resolving her issues.  Things come to a head when her English teacher finds her journal and an altercation ensues, resulting in mandatory community service for Iris.  Unfortunately for her, she is placed in a dog rehabilitation program, even though she is desperately afraid of dogs.

Strays is a coming of age story that is as original as it is revealing with a heroine who is highly relatable. Author Jennifer Caloyeras' depiction of a young girl's struggles to find a way to move beyond her angst is a refreshingly honest tale which will appeal to readers of all ages.  Caloyeras' comfortable writing style makes reading this book feel a bit like curling up with a fuzzy blanket.  - This book is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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Shadow of the Hawk, by K.S. Jones, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Sooze is a sixteen year old girl growing up during the great depression in an era when many girls her age are dreaming of starting a family.  For most of her life, David has been wooing Sooze with marriage proposals.  In the past, she had always declined his offers, but now things are different.  Along with the jobs, most everyone has left their small town of Coaldale.  Times are hard, and Sooze's parents are determined to keep their farm; but it's becoming more difficult every day to make ends meet.  Sooze knows she's not in love, but she accepts David's offer of marriage which comes with his assurance that her family's needs will be met.

But Sooze' family has far greater problems on the horizon. When Sooze' brother is wrongfully accused of murdering her uncle it seems there's little hope that he will be acquitted.   But in a family where no one "has ever been short on spunk" they barrel forward with fierce determination to save Henry from being hanged for another man's crime.

Author K.S. Jones exhibits great skill as a writer in her book Shadow of the Hawk.  Jones vividly portrays the story of the tight-knit Williams clan with roots planted firmly in their faith, family, and the land which they hold so dear.  This work of fiction, which maintains its historical accuracy throughout, is a compelling tale and offers a glorious glimpse into the tenacity of one family as they demonstrate the unconditionality of love beneath the shadow of adversity.




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Friday, September 25, 2015

Lessons in Saving a Girl, by Leighla Graham, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Emily has had her share of personal struggles.  Her mother suffers from a debilitating mental illness and has been placed in a sanitarium.  When Emily, her father, and two sisters move to a new home, she becomes the target of derision from the students at her new school.

Nothing makes Emily more uncomfortable than to be at the center of attention.  Above all she simply wishes to fade into the background . . . to be invisible.  So it pains Emily that her gym teacher is on to her.  He is keenly aware of her outstanding ability to run, and fast; and he's bent on getting her to join the track team. She wants nothing to do with organized sports.  So when Edin, another new student at school appears to be the only person capable of beating her, he challenges her to give the track team a try.  But her natural instincts are to push him away, as she does with everyone and everything in her life.

Lessons in Saving a Girl, by Leighla Graham, is a refreshingly honest glimpse into the life of a family trying to find a semblance of normalcy in the midst of their frenzied existence.  Free of pretense, this book exposes the stains caused by mental illness as it tarnishes the lives of those in its wake.  Graham is a gifted writer whose style is as fluid as it is direct.  Her book, Lessons in Saving a Girl, offers a glimmer of optimism wrapped up neatly within this affecting story which is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Kinyamaswa, by Andreas Morgner, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Kinyamaswa - An Epic Poem is the exploration of humanity as seen through the eyes of Rwandan refugees and soldiers following the horrific genocide of 1994.  Poet Andreas Morgner follows the harrowing lives of those valiant individuals who struggled to maintain hope in a time and place where boys fought men's battles, and optimism was fool's folly.

Heartwrenching scenes of courage and tenacity bring the realities of war to light alongside the bleak and mundane in this honest rendition of endurance beneath the shadows of conflict. A pensive study of the souls of man, this book offers a rare glimpse into the lives of individuals holding on to the shreds of their withering prospects of survival.

Kinyamaswa is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.




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Grog Wars, by Anne Sweazy-Kulju, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



The wild west was wild but offered challenges to those brave enough for the adventure. Burke Kaufman, a young German who has been sent by his father to America to expand the family business, is one such man.  Burke’s father and another man, who has fallen on hard times financially, arrange for their son and daughter to marry.  After crossing the Atlantic by ship, they traverse the Oregon trail and finally reach Portland to open a brewery.  Grog Wars covers the trials and tribulations of this tenacious young man as he endures the rigors of travel in the 1800s, settles in a strange new town, and struggles to make his arranged marriage work.

Author, Anne Sweazy Kulju’s novel, Grog Wars, is a real treat for historical fiction buffs. One minute the author has the reader laughing, the next minute anxious and fearful for the characters, when suddenly a touching event stirs the heart.  Her characters come-to-life with detailed descriptions and genuine personalities. With danger always around the corner and lots of twists and turns, this book is a highly engaging read. We hated to see the story end.  The author has a marvelous handle on subtle humor. Her characters are unique, believable and full of depth. Whimsy abounds within the pages as she introduces historic events and fictionalized accounts in a manner which keeps the interest level high.

Historical fiction buffs are sure to love this book which is highly recommended for a young adult / mature audience.

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Unreal City, by A.R. Meyering, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Sarah's twin sister, Lea, was mysteriously murdered just months before they were to start their freshman year of college.  Instead of sharing her new university experience with her twin, Sarah now finds herself going through the motions of college life and feeling hopelessly adrift.  Sarah can't seem to shake the feeling she is being watched, even drawn towards a darkness, which for some reason she is compelled to act upon.  When she does, she is introduced to an other-worldly spirit and a place which helps her find a release from the reality she so desperately wishes to escape.

At a mere 200 pages, Unreal City is a powerhouse of a novel.  Author A.R. Meyering deftly builds momentum in this surreal tale which feels a bit like a young adult version of Alice in Wonderland.  Meyering's comfortable and genuine writing style draws readers in from the first page, holding them captive as she works her literary magic upon them, clear to its superb finish. This book is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Outdancing the Universe earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Outdancing the Universe  is a lucent compilation of free verse poetry which is highly deserving of praise. Even more so, when one learns it was penned by a teenage girl.  Elements of contrasting light and darkness are poignantly depicted in this raw glimpse into the soul of a young woman along with those whose lives have etched their mark upon her very being. Poet Lauren Gilmore is genuine, eloquent, and insightful as she paints vivid pictures through the written word in this chiaroscuro of human strength and frailty.

We look forward to reading more work by this talented young writer who has certainly left an impression upon the world of poetry.  Outdancing the Universe is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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The Crimson Emperor, by Wim Baren, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


The Byzantine era was one of strife, struggle, & war. Battles were frequent and violent.  Life expectancy was short and death was always just around the corner. Accordingly, people seized the opportunity to find enjoyment whenever possible. This was a time when trust was a precious commodity and family was of ultimate importance. The church was incredibly powerful and involved in most everything; and traditions and protocol were of the utmost consideration.

In The Crimson Emperor, author Wim Baren chronicles the lives of a few notable families of the Byzantium Empire. The main characters and families involved in this book are all of the upper classes.  Emperors, some members of the business class and the elite, as well as a few servants add to the mix of colorful personalities woven throughout. The tales are based on fact but are presented in the framework of fiction, making this an incredibly interesting novel.

This is not your typical beach read, (by no means would it be considered “brain candy”) and yet it is hard to put down. The Crimson Emperor is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in history, and in particular that of the Byzantine culture. The story is riveting, the characters vibrant and complex, and the tale often puts the reader on the edge of their seat. Details which seem mildly obscure in the beginning of the book become woven into the fabric of  this story which is supremely well written and comes together seamlessly at its finale.


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My Big Tow, by Kyle Chirgwin, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


When children are at play, their youthful imaginations transport them to places far beyond the constraints of their back yards. Author Kyle Chirgwin portrays this concept perfectly in his children's picture book My Big Tow.  When Darren plays in his back yard sandbox, he's not just playing with a toy tow truck and a toy airplane.  He's coming to the rescue as Captain Recovery.   Little Darren's imaginative exploration takes him to an airport runway where an airplane has run off the tarmac and it's up to Captain Recovery to save the day.   So immersed is Darren in his play that he only returns to the real world around him in his sandbox after having successfully completed his mission.

My Big Tow is a wonderfully original book with which young children will most assuredly relate.  Fantastic illustrations by Joshua Otero are a perfect match with this children's picture book which is highly recommended for home and school libraries.


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Monday, September 21, 2015

We Are Whoooo We Are earns the CLC Seal of Approval


When a young owlet starts questioning his father about all the birds of the forest, the wise father owl has plenty to say.  But with each explanation his father wisely reiterates the mantra we are whoooo we are, leaving the young owl to ponder the deeper meaning behind these words.

Author Melinda Chambers provides much food for thought as she teaches youngsters about animals in the wild while providing meaningful allegorical insights into human nature.  Whimsical illustrations by Sue Ann Maxwell Spiker help further enhance this book which belongs in home and school libraries everywhere.  We Are Whooo We Are is highly recommended and has earned the CLC Seal of Approval.


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Chilly Billy by Melinda Chambers earns the CLC Seal of Approval




When a newborn lamb was the first to make an appearance one snowy night in early spring, Farmer Lynn decided to name him Chilly Billy. Chilly Billy's introduction to the world on this blustery night would soon be followed by the births of many more baby lambs.  One day, soon after, all the other little lambs decided to sneak under the fence to go exploring.  But Chilly Billy decided there must be a reason Farmer Lynn put the fence there, so he stayed put while the other lambs wandered about.  Chilly Billy was sad that all the other lambs teased him and called him Silly Billy, but still he stayed safely behind.

Author Melinda Chambers' lovely depiction of life on the farm includes a wonderful lesson for youngsters about making good choices and doing what is right, even when others may not.  Serene watercolor images by Sue Ann Maxwell Spiker help set the tone for this pastoral tale of a little lamb with the good sense to do what was right.

Chilly Billy is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the CLC Seal of Approval.



Chilly Billy is the tale of one young lamb who dares to make the right choice, even if that choice goes against what all the others are doing.

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Can We Keep Him? earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Buddy and Ali show up at home one day with an adorable little puppy in hopes of persuading their mother to let them keep him.  Their mother resists, explaining that puppies require lots of work, love and attention. But Buddy and Ali insist they are ready and able to take on the responsibilities of caring for this little black ball of fur.

Author Ann Dwan warmly depicts this timeless tale which is sure to be a hit with young readers.  Vivid illustrations are a wonderful addition to this simply sweet book.  Can We Keep Him? is recommended for home and school libraries, and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Wishing Away, by Ann Dwan, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Ali is your typical youngster, always wishing and hoping to be older so she can do the things she's too young to do.  When Ali is one, she wishes to be two, when Ali is two, she wishes to be three, and so on.  Author Ann Dwan has created an endearing counting book which provides a tender reminder that every day is to be cherished and that life should not be spent wishing away the present.

Wishing Away is highly recommended and is an excellent choice for gift giving.


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A Friend for Freckles earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Freckles has lived in a shelter for quite some time.  In fact, he has been there longer than any of the other dogs.  But Freckles isn't like all the other dogs; he has only three legs.  After watching all his friends be selected for adoption Freckles begins to wonder if anyone will ever give him a loving home.

A Friend for Freckles is an endearing story that will touch the hearts of readers young and old.  Ever so subtly teaching children about kindness, compassion and acceptance, author Erin Liles has written a book which will inspire young readers to seek out what's really important in a friend.

A Friend for Freckles is recommended for home and school libraries as well as for use in clinical settings.


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Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse and Her New Shoes earns the CLC Seal of Approval




Penny, a young Palomino, lives in an idyllic setting surrounded by snow-capped mountains.  She loves to chase butterflies and play with the dog which shares her home on Mr. Dollarhide's ranch.  One day she overhears Mr. Dollarhide visiting on the phone about getting new shoes for her.  But the young quarter horse cannot fathom what sort of shoes she could possibly wear.  Penny's imagination goes wild as she envisions all the types of shoes Mr. Dollarhide might have in mind for her.

Author Gary Scogin's fanciful depiction of a horse and her new shoes is an absolute delight.  Young boys and girls will be enraptured by this whimsical tale which is beautifully illustrated and eloquently penned. Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse and Her New Shoes is recommended for home and school libraries.

Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse and Her New Shoes , written by Gary Scogin and illustrated by Alex Ray, has been selected to receive the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Red Socks Go with Absolutely Anything, by Darla Woodley, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Red Socks Go with Absolutely Anything is a children's picture book inspired by one family's splendid tradition of wearing red socks to show support for their loved ones.

In this book we find a young boy, whose mother calls Sunshine, experiencing a series of events over the course of his young lifetime.  Some are bigger than others, but all are seemingly monumental in the eyes of the boy going through them at the time.  And at each turn, when our boy Sunshine begins to doubt himself, he notices his mother's ever-so-subtle gesture of wearing a pair of red socks to show her support.  With each event he comes to realize that with love and encouragement he feels strong, he is ready, and he can do anything.

The message in this book is one that will speak to youngsters from their earliest and most intimidating moments, and will carry them throughout their lives in a wonderfully empowering way.  Red Socks Go with Absolutely Anything is perfect for gift giving, especially for milestone events.  We recommend pairing this book with some red socks, as they will most certainly be wanted after reading this delightful book which is sure to be returned time and again.


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Little Bird Lost earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Little Bird Lost is a literary labor of love brought on by a lucky encounter.  Steve Larkinson happened upon a nest with some baby birds and was able to capture some winning photos of a mother and father bird caring for their little ones.  Inspired by these photos, Kate Larkinson penned a lovely poem which is perfectly paired in this wonderful little book.  Delightfully uncomplicated, remarkably simplistic, Little Bird Lost  is likely to warm the hearts of readers young and old as they witness the love and care exhibited for four little birds.

Little Bird Lost is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Pelican Sky, by Karen Chacek, receives CLC Seal of Approval


Pelican Sky, by Karen Chacek, is the story of Wellington, a young pelican whose father, Admiral Pelicanous, expects him to attend the academy and become a warrior.  But Wellington is not so sure he wants to be a warrior, even if that is what everyone in his family has done for generations.  It doesn't help that his little brother, Pouchy, always says and does exactly what their parents want him to, which only makes Wellington look worse.  But when Pouchy is in danger, Wellington finds the inner strength to do what he never knew he could.

Pelican Sky is a book with several important messages folded neatly within the fabric of this classic tale of finding one's purpose.  Author Karen Chacek continues to entertain and educate young readers with this delightful addition to her Avian Kingdom series.  Pelican Sky is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Two Hoots and a Holler, by Karen Chacek, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Two Hoots and a Holler is the story of twins, Hootsie and Tootsie, young owls which never seem to get along with one another.  One day the twins' father, the wise doctor to the Avian Kingdom, devises a plan to help the two youngsters see eye-to-eye.  He cleverly helps one feathered friend resolve a problem while encouraging his children to find common ground and a reason to work together.

Youngsters with siblings are sure to relate to Hootsie and Tootsie in this tale of sibling rivalry.  Author Karen Chacek's creative rendering of this story provides a multi-faceted tale in which kids will experience a delightful "ah ha" moment.  Two Hoots and a Holler is one book in the Avian Kingdom Feathered Tales series.  This book is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Birds of a Feather, by Karen Chacek, has earned the CLC Seal of Approval


Jake is a young golden eagle whose father, Captain Eagle, has a stellar reputation in the Avian Kingdom.   Usually Jake loves being the son of Captain Eagle.  But some days it can be pretty exhausting fulfilling other's expectations to follow in his father's path.  It seems he must always be on his best behavior to uphold the family name. So when Jake's dad goes on a long visit to see his grandfeather, Jake decides to take a break from being good for a day.  And when he does, things don't turn out quite as he had planned.

Karen Chacek's Birds of a Feather  is a delightful children's picture book and part of the
Avian Kingdom series of books.  Children will love reading about Jake as he seeks to find his own way, all the while discovering gems of truth on his path to discovery.  Illustrations by Emilio Hern├índez are a lovely addition to this book which is sure to find a treasured place in the hearts of young readers.


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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Charley, by Donna Marie Seim, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Charley might be street-smart, but he also has a tender heart.  Life in the early 1900s is hard on most everyone it seems, and Charley is no exception. He lives in a tiny run-down apartment with no running water along with his two younger siblings, an older brother and their father, who hasn't been able to hold a job since his mother's death. Charley's father concludes the best he can do for his kids is give them an opportunity to find a home with a good family while he finds work.  So he leaves a note with Charley's oldest brother asking the Home for Little Wanderers to take in the three youngest siblings.  Twelve year old Charley is pretty sure he can get along just fine continuing to steal bread on the streets to make do, but his older brother encourages him to stay with his siblings so they'll all be together.  With a compassionate heart he begrudgingly agrees to go with little Minnie and Clarence to the orphanage.

Author Donna Maries Seim vividly depicts the story of a young boy's hopes, fears and dreams as he struggles to find purpose as an abandoned half orphan.  History buffs will appreciate this book for its authenticity.  And this genuine story is sure to work its way into the hearts of readers of all ages.

An excellent selection for home and school libraries, Charley, comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Star of the Team by Beverly Stowe McClure earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Last year Kate was one of the best players on her team.  But now the new girl, Emily, has joined the Angels. When Emily stops bragging long enough to play, she proves she's actually pretty good, which really gets under Kate's skin.  Kate wants nothing more than to be the star of the team; and she's willing to work hard to make that dream a reality. But when Kate has an accident on the court, her dreams are put on the back-burner.  As she takes a break from basketball, Kate finds time for some insightful introspection.

Author Beverly Stowe McClure continues to captivate young audiences with her book, Star of the Team, which speaks to girls on many levels.  Her ability to portray the myriad of hopes, fears and frustrations of her young characters is a big part of what makes McClure an exceptional writer.  Fans of McClure's writing will not be disappointed with this book which will appeal to young readers, even those who may not follow basketball.

Star of the Team comes highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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To Swallow the Earth earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Wade Foster has returned home after a long absence only to find his ranch has been taken over, his sister is catatonic, and it would appear everyone in town is out to get him. When he meets a young lady who is new to town the two get off to a rough start, but eventually they become cohorts and come to rely on each other for their ultimate survival.

To Swallow the Earth is a western mystery turned love story. This intensely thrilling novel boasts a healthy dose of action interspersed throughout.  With great skill and finesse, author Karl Beckstrand has brought completion to this book which was a partial manuscript inherited from the late Ransom Wilcox.

Beckstrand’s mastery of the written word provides such tangible moments you can nearly feel blood splashing in the fight scenes in this dramatic novel which is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  The story transports readers to the magnificent landscapes of Nevada, California, and Montana. Extreme shoot-outs, brawls, and challenges of strength and endurance are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. While the book does have some strong graphic scenes, for the most part this is a book which we wholeheartedly recommend for mature young readers.

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The Gift of Sunderland, by J.E. Rogers, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



Brothers Waylond and Morlund are numbats . . . marsupials indigenous to western Australia.  The two have long been estranged since a tragic accident which tore them apart as young boys.  But now it’s time for the next Guardian in line to be announced and the brothers find themselves in a classic struggle of wanting the same thing knowing that only can have it.

Young readers are sure to love these fanciful characters which are subject to daring adventures. They have relatable problems including family rifts, battles of good and evil, and near death experiences, including a thrilling journey into a volcanic mountain. The book has multiple heroes and genuine personalities we all can recognize.

Author J.E. Rogers paints a vivid picture with a little magic of her own as she conjures delightfully colorful characters and engaging scenarios. Illustrations by Guy Atherfold are marvelous and help to bring these enchanting characters to life.

Provided at the end of the book is an educational introduction to Australian flora and fauna (including the extinct Thylacine).  The descriptions and pictures are a fantastic addition to this book which is both enlightening and entertaining.

We loved the messages tucked neatly within this fantasy fiction adventure: Everyone has problems. No one is perfect . . . but everyone also has their own strengths. And above all, don’t let having made a mistake stop you from moving forward to achieve your dreams.



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Monday, September 14, 2015

The Crossings, by Barry Kienzle, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



George Martin, or Georgie, as his friends call him, is an inquisitive and energetic twelve year old boy growing up in the 1930s. Wherever Georgie is you will likely find his best friend Schmitty, who seems to possess a bit more common sense than his counterpart.  Yet more often than not, Georgie seems to wrangle Schmitty into joining him in stirring up trouble of any kind.

So when Georgie decides to hitch the rails from their home-town in northern Kentucky to Louisiana for Mardi Gras, Schmitty’s instincts tell him it’s a bad idea.  But he soon realizes Georgie is determined to go with or without him, so Schmitty decides to tag along.  But things don’t go quite as planned, and soon Georgie finds himself alone and without food, supplies or money.

The Crossings is based on the true story of the author’s father’s personal experience as a young boy.  Author Barry Kienzle brings to life Georgie’s thrilling, but terrifying travels as experienced through the eyes of this daring young man. Young boys especially will relate to Georgie’s thrill-seeking whims. Along the way he has many close calls including run-ins with the notorious railroad “bulls” (hired to keep hobos off the trains), being chased by a gang of ruffians, and finding himself penniless during an era when few had anything to spare.

Despite his dire situation, he encounters people who are willing to help in whatever small ways they can while offering advice to help him along his journey.  While Georgie doesn’t always heed the warnings of others, he does manage to listen and learn from the many people he encounters on his amazing adventure.

The Crossings is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Christmas Nevermore earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Polik and Nika are young siblings who live in an Inuit village in the Great North with their grandfather, Ikkuma, the village Shaman.  When magical stones are discovered, Ikkuma insists they must be returned to the Mother of the Sea or their village will be cursed.  But when the stones are hidden instead, their grandfather becomes gravely ill.

The brother and sister team up to find and return the stones in hopes of saving their grandfather and village. Polik and Nika discover the crisis has been caused by the disruption of their delicate ecosystem at the hands of an oil exploration team; they soon learn that global warming's impact has reached beyond their village.  Realizing something must be done to thwart the efforts of the oil drilling company they set off on a grand adventure. While on their quest, they encounter Santa Claus, who is also suffering from the affects of global warming.  Polik and Nika work together, and solicit the help of others, to preserve the earth and save Christmas for children everywhere.

Authors Marc Cadieux and Herve Bastien, have artfully blended Alaskan folk stories and the legend of Santa Claus into a magical combination while adeptly addressing the subject of global warming.  Page after page of beautiful illustrations, by Christina Zakhozhay, further enhance this story which is sure to become a cherished holiday treasure.


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Oathtaker, by Patricia Reding, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Oathtaker, the first book in a series by Patricia Reding, is the refreshingly unique novel about Mara, a trained oathtaker living in the land of Oosa.  The sacrifices made by oathtakers are great, but those sworn to fulfill the task have willingly accepted the burden of their responsibilities.  Oosa, a world full of rich traditions and powerful legends, is the setting for this fantasy fiction novel of epic proportions in which ancient prophecies are revealed and good wages war upon evil.  This highly engaging book boasts a robust plot paired with a healthy share of life and death struggles and a delightful love story woven throughout.

In this adventure-filled tale Reding incorporates devious characters and charming heroes, cunningly beautiful ladies, and enchanted buildings.  Each character is distinctive, believable and well developed.  We loved the story, the flow, the excitement and can’t wait for the next book in what promises to be a great series.

Oathtaker comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Time to Love in Tehran, by C.G. Fewston, earns the LIterary Classics Seal of Approval



A Time to Love in Tehran is a thrilling adventure which takes place in pre-revolutionary Tehran.  Author C.G. Fewston provides a unique glimpse into this important historical city and its rich culture during a pivotal time in its storied past.  This book is so much more than a love story.  Skillfully paired with a suspenseful tale of espionage, A Time to Love in Tehran is a riveting study of humanity.  Replete with turns & twists and a powerful finish, Fewston  has intimately woven a tale which creates vivid pictures of the people and places in this extraordinary novel.

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