Thursday, November 15, 2018

2018 Literary Classics Book Awards Announced

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Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Recipients

Release Date: November 15, 2018
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SOUTH DAKOTA – The 2018 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced.  Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience.  In this highly competitive industry, these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was extremely impressive and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10-12, 2018.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.

Top Honors Award recipients are listed below.  For a complete listing of Literary Classics International Book Awards all awards, categories and levels, please visit the Literary Classics Book Awards 2018 Book Awards Listing


TOP HONORS BOOK AWARD RECIPIENTS


The Enchanted Page Book Award
Monsters
Arlo Guthrie 
Illustrated by Kathy Garren
Rising Son International, Ltd.


Lumen Award for Literary Excellence
The Dragon Grammar Book
Diane Mae Robinson 
Diane Mae Robinson Ink



The Eloquent Quill Book Award
The Great & the Small 
Andrea Torrey Balsara  
Common Deer Press



Words on Wings Book Award
Mourning Dove 
Claire Fullerton 
Firefly Southern Fiction







The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in May, 2019 


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The Aunt Phil’s Trunk Workbook Series earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Author Laurel Downing Bill’s Aunt Phil’s Trunk Series is all-encompassing and a veritable treasure trove of Alaskan history from 1900 to 1985, as compiled by her aunt Phyllis Downing Carlson.  With such a wealth of information, it stands to reason that this series would be incorporated for learning in classroom settings.  Thus, the addendum to this series in the form of student workbooks for use in classroom settings.  These workbooks are all prepared individually as companion pieces to each of the five books in this outstanding series.  For use in classroom curriculum, the workbooks include various themes and an outline with instructions on how to use each section based upon the intended age of the audience.  A rubric for questions is provided to help minimize grading disparity.  Each workbook is broken out in units and includes word-search, crossword puzzles and more.  Intended primarily for middle school and high school students, the workbook can likely be used for a broader audience as well.  Each workbook is uniform in planning and design offering a seamless transition from one book to the next.  The program Is well-thought out making this teaching aide a turnkey process that will make light work of such abundant material.  Recommended for home-school settings and for use as a teaching tool, The Aunt Phil’s Trunk Workbook Series has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.   

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The Rite of Wands, by Mackenzie Flohr, earns the Literary Classic Seal of Approval



Mierta McKinnon entered the room where he would learn his fate at the rite of wands passage ceremony.  A tradition for witches and warlocks on their twelfth birthday, a successful ceremony would allow him to commence casting spells and making potions.  But if he failed, there would be no second chances.  He would live as an outcast for the remainder of his life.   

A powerful perspective with alternating points of view, this book is richly layered with mystery, intrigue, murder and deceit.  It’s impossible to know who to trust in this fast-paced YA fantasy adventure. Author Mackenzie Flohr’s fanciful world of magic and monarchs offers a magnificent tale that brilliantly unfolds in this lovely coming of age adventure.

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Grog Wars, Dos earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In book 2 of the Grog Wars series our protagonist is bound for Mexico where the presiding Austrian Monarch declares himself in need of a brew master.    Sweazy-Kulju can spin a yarn like nobody’s business and that’s never been more apparent than with the hilarious antics of Max and Charlotte: “two of the most unfortunate characters ever snubbed by history”.  In this second book, which reads well as a stand-alone, readers are instantly drawn into the old west town of Portland, Oregon in 1861 for a necktie sociable.  “The media loved a good hanging.”  From one page to the next one can’t help but become immersed in the sites, sounds and dialects of the region, be it the Oregon of the old West, or down south in Mexico.  Sweazy-Kulju adeptly skips from one character to another with perfect aplomb.  Readers are sure to revel in this humorous tale which is a light-hearted and highly entertaining read.

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Sneaking Out is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Oscar had one thing on his mind.  He was bent on sneaking out at two in the morning to meet up with a couple girls from their boarding school.  Nothing ever seemed to phase Oscar.  If he got caught he’d probably just brush it off . . . no big deal.  If Luke got caught, though, he could get expelled.  Luke wasn’t feeling quite so brave, but still it seemed worth it to be meeting up with Pippa, the pretty new Junior at St. Benedicts.  But then, while hiding under cover in the early hours the foursome overheard a hushed conversation, and the next morning they learned the Dean’s wife had been found on campus, dead from unnatural causes.  And this time it looked like Oscar wouldn’t be getting off so easy.  When it looks like Oscar is going to catch the blame for the murder, Luke sets out to find the true killer.


Sneaking Out, book 1 in The Chased series by Chuck Vance, is a suspenseful new YA murder mystery thriller.  This book has all the elements of a good mystery.  And to top it off, Luke possesses some pretty impressive skills to help him as he tries to find the killer.  A solid plot with a strong backstory and well-developed characters helps this book really shine.   Recommended for home and school libraries, Sneaking Out is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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The Ghost Chronicles 2 has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Michael and Sarah are dead, but they’ve been in a state of limbo for some time now.  Michael has a mentor, but a lot of good that does him, since all he seems to do is wait for Michael to figure things out on his own anyway.  So now it would appear that there’s a place where you go after you die . . . maybe.  His mentor doesn’t really know, so there’s that.  But what they’re just beginning to understand is more chilling than death itself.  It would appear they might just have to go to hell, and maybe, just maybe that’s how they’ll reach heaven. 

Author Marlo Berlinger’s The Ghost Chronicles 2 is a paranormal romance that is skillfully written with lot’s of interesting sub-plots and loads of humor for good measure.  This YA crossover will hold great appeal to a broad audience of readership and is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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The Noxhelm Murders, by Dr. Bon Blossman, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



Seventeen-year-old Shana, the child of mobsters, is relocated to Noxhelm as part of the Witness Protection Program.  But the house in which her family is now living is said to be haunted.  Then when a local teen turns up dead, Shana is branded as the prime suspect.  But all Shana wants is to clear her name and settle in at her new school without making waves.  Dr. Bon Blossman continues to entertain youth audiences with her newest book, The Noxhelm Murders.  This paranormal mystery offers an exciting blend of teen romance, high school drama, mobsters and murder.  Blossman’s ability to craft a thrilling teen mystery has never been more apparent than with this, her latest literary achievement.  The Noxhelm Murders is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Deception earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



The Deception, book 2 in The Ascension trilogy, finds the Anchor triplets with little time to bask in the glory of their recent victory over Jane and her army of captive Asterians. What begins as a competition to select the newest member of the Asterian Society quickly becomes a series of adventures that push the Anchors’ powers to their limits. Together, the triplets must cross boundaries of time and space to confront a darkness which seeks to ensnare the human race. Author Lauren Hudson’s The Deception is a captivating tale of siblings bound to one another by blood, loyalty and a sense of purpose.  The three teens, who are gifted with the ability to see past, present and future must stay the course as they confront the evils that threaten to thwart their efforts. Recommended for home and school libraries, The Deception has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is the fictional retelling of Caleb, his role in the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their subsequent wanderings through the desert.  Author Cliff Graham takes artistic liberty in creating a backstory for Caleb and filling in gaps where needed to keep the story seamless.  The finished product does justice to the biblical perspective while fleshing out a story that begs to be told; and the ten plagues are more tangible than ever before, with graphic descriptions that nearly leap from the pages of this riveting book.  Graham Is a masterful story-teller and Exodus is a shining example of his ability to craft an excellent story while remaining true to its roots.  Recommended for home and school libraries, this book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Deepest Cut has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Joshua is trapped in a mining colony on Cypress Grove, a planet infested by creatures so deadly humans have been trapped inside their compound for decades.  One wrong move and he could be dead.  Escape seems unlikely; but if he can make it out alive, he’ll have to contend with the colony’s criminal underworld.  Even then, he’ll likely be ostracized as a social outcast because of his father’s alleged betrayal. 

A serious sci-fi read with grit and substance, this book offers so much more than it would first appear.  Driven to the Hilt: The Deepest Cut, by DG Lamb is a wildly thrilling page-turner that will keep readers in suspense clear to the last page and beyond.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Driven to the Hilt: The Deepest Cut, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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The Language Thieves earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Daniel is none too thrilled to be moving to Ireland.  But when he learns about a centuries-old tribe rumored to steal people’s language, he is determined to learn more.  The Cerebrals, as they are called, live on a remote Scottish island.  They have created a means by which they can drain language directly from people’s minds.  Daniel can’t help but wonder if the Cerebrals have anything to do with his mother’s recent illness.  And now, to make matters worse, it appears the island to which they are moving is inhabited by a tribe called the Cerebrals.

Author Marc Remus’ The Language Thieves is an entirely unique YA Fantasy with Sci-Fi elements. Historical references are beautifully intertwined within the story lending credibility to this thrilling novel which is full of unique plots and sub-plots.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Language Thieves has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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The Raid on Troy, book 7 in the Orfeo Saga, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Little more is known of the raid on Troy than what is gleaned from Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey.  In Murray Eiland Jr’s rendering of this tale, the author takes artistic license as he orchestrates a plausible story, breathing life into an otherwise limited account of the event.  Menmon, a self-made man, is a greedy king.  He longs for the fabled gold of Troy.  He, along with his brother, Menas, king of Sparta, assemble an expedition intent on amassing great wealth.  Telemon, whom we’ve followed since book 1 in the Orfeo Saga is now an old man, but he is motivated to action when his daughter Elena is taken.  Odysees, also acting on greed, joins the expedition.


Eiland has regaled us with six former books in the Orfeo Saga.  Each one is singularly significant and entirely magnificent.  As an author who clearly knows history and painstakingly researches his subjects, we continue to be enthralled by his work. Eiland is an exceptional writer, but we are equally dazzled by his adept ability to weave various historical components together to craft one seamless tale.  The Raid on Troy, book 7 in the Orfeo Saga is no exception and we are thrilled to recognize this literary achievement which has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Unleash Your Inner Super Powers: and destroy fear and self-doubt earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


You dream of being comfortable in your own skin. You dream of going after what you want with confidence and feeling happy with your everyday life. But your fear and self-doubt are holding you hostage, causing you to feel trapped and powerless to change your situation.  What if there was a way to change all of that?  Author Jacqui Letran’s book Unleash Your Inner Super Powers: and destroy fear and self-doubt is one of the most powerful books you can read in regard to conquering fear and moving beyond self-doubt.  Letran’s down-to-earth approach to unleashing the powers of your mind are truly life-altering.  By applying the principles in her book, teens can quite literally change their lives.  This book, the third installment in the Words of Wisdom for Teens series is one of Letran’s most rewarding books yet, with useful ideas that can be put to work immediately.  Highly recommended for home and school libraries, Unleash Your Inner Super Powers has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Recognitions has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Amelia, a recent divorcee and mother of two teenage children, seeks hypnotherapy to help her deal with insomnia.  But she’s surprised when her session reveals a past life, that of an 18th century French girl at odds with her mother and resistant of the life set before her.  Soon after, she encounters a man with whom she feels a familiarity which she cannot explain.  And then there’s the Shaman in a small African village.  Amelia finds a sense of calm in accepting these parts of her past, if in fact that is what they are.  Fragments of lives once lived that she’s never before considered in her present life, all of which seem comfortably intertwined.
Recognitions, by Daniela Norris is a pensive tale, one of reflection and introspection. Well written, genuine and entirely riveting, this book is a fascinating read and one that will appeal to a myriad of audiences, most especially those fascinated with the topic of past lives.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Recognitions has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Richard Streicher Jr. Murder earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




A seven-year-old boy is reported missing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the following day he is found frozen to death under the Frog Island footbridge.  Upon examination, the coroner determines the cause of death is foul play.  Author Gregory A. Fournier’s The Richard Streicher Jr. Murder sheds light on a mystery 80 years in the making.  A well-written and thoroughly researched account of the events leading up to and following a young boy’s tragic death and the resulting probable conclusion.  This book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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Judas Son of Simon, by Daniel Molyneux




Judas Iscariot is one of the most well-known characters in the bible, yet little is known about the man who betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He was arguably one of the most educated of Jesus’ disciples.  But at a time when Rome was waging war against the Jews, as fear that Jesus might lead his followers to rise up against Roman rule, many popular conclusions about Judas are in conflict with what we now presume about this lesser-known disciple.  Daniel Molyneux’s Judas Son of Simon is a work of fiction, and as such, much of the content in this book is mere speculation, but the author does provide fascinating insight into a time and place in biblical history that is not often represented.

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The International Family Guide to US University Admissions earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.




For international parents and students trying to navigate the muddy waters of U.S. university admissions the task can be daunting at best.  Author Jennifer Ann Aquino’s The International Family Guide to US University Admissions can be an invaluable tool for making sense of the processes involved.  This guidebook offers step-by-step guidelines along with a timeline of the U.S. University’s admission cycle, helping users pace themselves as they prepare to perform critical tasks such as submission forms and visas.  Covering everything from evaluation processes to selecting the best school and even what to include in essays, this easy to read and well-organized book is thorough and insightful.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The International Family Guide to US University Admissions has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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Blood’s Song earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



Anya is a vampire plagued with amnesia.  As with most vampires she does not age, but unlike many she only consumes the blood of animals, as she considers humans to be protected.  Anya has no interest in harming humans and because she will be forever-young she enrolls in high school.  She befriends a select group of humans with whom she shares a special bond.  And she does her best to keep her powers at bay as she does not wish to make others bend to her will.  Author Tempest O’Riley has crafted a unique rendition of the vampire story in which vampires and humans peacefully co-exist.  This element makes for a fascinating and entirely unique spin on typical vampire stories, lending a level of friction as caused by Anya’s desire to control her urges in order to maintain a relationship with her human friends. We look forward to the next installment in this series to see how Anya’s story progresses and to hopefully learn more of the backstory leading up to Blood’s Song. Recommended for home and school libraries, Blood’s Song has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Wired has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Maggie, an up-and-coming literary agent, succumbs to her room-mate’s urging to attend the opening night release for a new tech device.  But it doesn’t hold much appeal for her as she’s seen the ill-effects such devices have on people and she’s not impressed.  But after further prompting she decides to give it a try anyway.  Once she experiences a trial of the Vertix she’s immediately hooked by the intoxicating experience.  And it doesn’t take long for her addiction to turn on her.  Soon the device is taking over, and she is unable, or unwilling to disconnect from the Vertix high.  

Author Caytlyn Brooke’s Wired is a chilling sci-fi adventure so breathlessly intoxicating readers will fall along with Maggie as her growing need for greater high-tech highs consumes her every thought.  Brooke’s ability to paint astonishing worlds via the written word is truly inspired.  Wired is a powerful story that resonates with brutal honesty of tech addictions experienced by so many people today; this book has a powerful message that speaks volumes to YA audiences.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Wired has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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What if Dinosaurs Were Pink? earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Much of the information we presume to know about dinosaurs can be chalked up to theoretical speculation.  Of course, there are many factors about which we can be fairly certain; but there are so many other considerations which we may likely never know definitively.  For instance… what if dinosaurs were pink?

Author Jarrett Whitlow’s What if Dinosaurs Were Pink? addresses this question along with a plethora of other absurdly preposterous ponderings.  Written in rhyme and overflowing with witty conjecture, this children’s picture book is sure to incite lots of giggles and belly-laughs.  Replete with page after page of whimsical illustrations by Daniela Dogliani, this book is sure to be a big hit with children and their adult counterparts.  Recommended for home and school libraries, What if Dinosaurs Were Pink? has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Where Did Panther Go? has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval





Katie’s kitten had lived a long life, but after her Funny Face kitty passed away Katie was quite sad.  That was until one day when her uncle surprised her with a new kitten which he hoped might make her feel better.  Katie loved her new kitty which she named Panther.  As Panther grew, the two became the best of friends and Katie even made up a song which she often sang to her little black cat.  But one day Panther slipped outside and disappeared.  Katie was beside herself with worry.  She didn’t know if or how she might ever find her little black kitty again.

Where Did Panther Go?, by Vivian Zabel is a sweet story about the bond between a little girl and the pet she adores.  This memorable tale will tug at children’s heartstrings as they sing along with Katie’s song in this lovely children’s picture book.  Musical notes and lyrics are printed in the back of the book along with an interesting section on fun cat facts.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Where Did Panther Go? has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Welcome to the Symphony earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



When three little mice attend the symphony together, two for the very first time, the novices look to their more experienced friend to help them understand what they are about to see and hear.  Together they witness first-hand, the anticipation and excitement that comes from attending such a magnificent event.

 Adults looking to introduce children to the sights and sounds of the symphony will certainly appreciate this interactive book.  Sure to keep youngsters returning again and again, this delightful introduction to the symphony, via Beethoven’s Fifth, will thrill music lovers and novices alike.  Through this fun and engaging book, readers will learn about melody, harmony, and tempo.  And with nineteen different interactive sound buttons kids can learn the difference between a variety of instruments, helping them to discern the subtle nuances in each one’s sound.  Recommended for home and school libraries Welcome to the Symphony has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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Recommended for home and school libraries, Valiant earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Saville, the daughter of a tailor, has no desire to follow in her father’s footsteps.  Unfortunately, though when her dad becomes ill, she must do whatever necessary to care for her ailing protege.  Her only solution is to dress as a boy, so she can gain a commission to be the king’s tailor.  But when Saville unwittingly saves the kingdom from giants the King offers his sister’s hand in marriage to her.  Author Sarah McGuire has crafted a lovely reimagining of the beloved tale, The Brave Little Tailor.  This book is beautifully crafted with a subtle eloquence that won’t soon be forgotten.  A strong female protagonist, evil villains, and delightfully enchanting plots and sub-plots help make this book a real page-turner.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Valiant has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Tinsel in a Tangle earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Tinsel has really done it this time.  After accidentally destroying all the gift reserves in Santa’s workshop she’s going to have to work especially hard to prove herself.  Unfortunately, as punishment, she’s been assigned to muck the reindeer stalls where she’ll have to answer to Santa’s grandson Niklas.  But everywhere she goes Tinsel seems to attract trouble and her future as an elf is looking mighty bleak. 

Author Laurie Germaine’s Tinsel in a Tangle is an absolute gem of a read.  With delightfully witty puns and the sweetest blundering elf this side of the North Pole, Tinsel is sure to warm the hearts of readers of all ages.  This priceless Christmas romance is certain to become a holiday favorite and one that can be read again and again for the sheer joy of revisiting this enchanting Christmas tale. 

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The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In the book, The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show, author Anders Roseberg has compiled a collection of colorful circus posters.  These vintage illustrations were all created over one hundred years ago and the resulting compilation is a sheer joy to behold.  But the crowning glory of this expressive children’s picture book is the clever and witty rhymes which serve as a narrative for each page of this captivating book.  Children will be enraptured by page after page of fanciful illustrations which are both entertaining and wonderfully nostalgic.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Trees Have Hearts earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



When a young girl moves from a different country, unable to speak the language of the children in her new neighborhood, she feels sad and very alone.  But then she befriends the trees in her new yard and finds joy in the most unexpected of places.  Each of her new friends has a different personality and each offers her their own unique perspective.  As the seasons change, so does the young girl as she slowly becomes acclimated in her new country. The Trees Have Hearts, written by Mrs. D., is lovingly penned and offers insight into the heart of friendship while encouraging compassion and an appreciation for nature.  Children are sure to enjoy this tale which earns our Seal of Approval, and is recommended for home and school libraries.  

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Shadows from the Past (book 9) earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Author Wendy Leighton-Porter’s Shadows from the Past (book 9) is a delightful addition to The Shadow of the Tutor Rose children’s book series.  When twins Joe and Jemima and their talking cat Max, travel in time along with their friend Charlie, they dive head-first into a pivotal time in history.  Their plight is made all the more intriguing due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding their journey.   With the Spanish Navy geared up to invade England and overthrow the queen, this group of friends must work together in a time and place entirely foreign to them.  Meanwhile there is a mystery to solve, and there is, of course, the ongoing quest to locate the twin’s parents who remain lost in time.  With a well-developed cast of characters and a plot that sizzles, Shadows from the Past (book 9) is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Trail Rules earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In Melanie Hooyenga’s The Trail Rules, sixteen-year-old Mike (Mikayla) decides to give mountain biking a try, and in the process, she finds a group of people with whom she feels a strong connection.  In this, the second installment of The Rules Series, we see some of the same characters from the first book, but with Mike taking center-stage.  Hooyenga continues to deliver an exciting story with page-turning plots and sub-plots and an underlying theme of genuine female characters who are likeably flawed.  The mountain biking elements in this story helps give this book substance as readers are introduced to the thrilling aspects of the sport.  Mike has a series of personal growth experiences as she works on developing her biking skills while also addressing her own insecurities.  This book will resonate with YA audiences and is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Stump earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Terry Braddock grew up in the ghettos of Chicago in the 60s and 70s.  He had a loving family, but life wasn’t easy for the Braddock family.  In those days, life for an African American boy in his neighborhood didn’t hold much promise.  The only encouragement offered by his teachers was to aspire to be a janitor.  Under other circumstances, he might have bought the lies offered him--that his future was bleak.  Things might have been very different were it not for the stump.  The stump represented the one mentor who offered hope to Terry and the other kids in his neighborhood.  Mrs. Hannaberry lived in an old run-down apartment with crumbling steps and a stump of a tree out front.  That’s where she could always be found.  Terry L. Braddock’s The Stump is the inspirational true story of one man’s journey out of the ghettos of Chicago.  This coming-of-age tale is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Legend of Oescienne series earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



The Legend of Oescienne is an exciting fantasy adventure series that encompasses dragons, prophecies and heroes of mythic proportions.  Humans have been extinct for centuries. So, when the dragon, Jaax, learns that a human infant has been found in Oescienne, he is skeptical.  But upon seeing the blonde haired, blue eyed baby girl he takes responsibility for her, never revealing to her or anyone else the true nature of her existence.

All her life Jahrra has heard stories pertaining to the legends of Oescienne, but never could she imagine she might have anything to do with them. She’s far too busy avoiding bullies at school and seeking adventure with her friends to worry about what her dragon mentor, Jaax, might be keeping from her.  It most certainly never dawned on her that she might somehow play an integral role in the legendary prophecies of Oescienne.

Author Jenna Elizabeth Johnson’s Legend of Oescienne series delights and entertains with each captivating book in this exciting collection.  With powerful imagery, we are introduced to an enchanting world with a colorful array of mystical characters.  Each book leads seamlessly into the next, leaving the reader eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series.  Finishing with an epic conclusion that does not disappoint, people who love fantasy fiction will thrill at the Legend of Oescienne series which is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



After twelve-year-old Marco makes some solid investments trading stocks on the internet he profits nearly ten thousand dollars.  He comes up with lots of ideas for how to spend the money, like buying a large-screen television or a ski-board.  But soon after, a friend asks him to put his mind to helping the brother of a pen-pal who has been wrongfully imprisoned in Italy.  Marco, being a bright and resourceful kid, pools the efforts of friends on a world-wide group chat and comes to the rescue.  As Marco continues to make more money on the internet, nearly a half million dollars to be specific, he begins to see that people around the world are not as fortunate as him and he learns that helping others can be the greatest reward of all.  Author Ginger Heller has penned a captivating book that will thrill and inspire young readers.  This multi-faceted book has much to offer young readers who are sure to enjoy this page-turning adventure.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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The Great & the Small earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Humans have been destroying rats for generations.  Now the rats have decided that it’s time for a revolution.  With plans to exterminate the humans who have caused nothing but grief and misery for so long, the rats are staging a high-stakes war.  But when Fin, nephew of the rat’s beloved leader, is injured and a human comes to his rescue, he has a change of heart and the rat colony becomes divided.  Author A.T. Balsara is an extremely gifted writer who has skillfully crafted an insightful novel about courage, loyalty and social responsibility.  This gripping tale speaks volumes on many underlying themes which add greater depth and symbolism to an already powerful story.  Highly recommended for home and school libraries, The Great & the Small has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Dragon Grammar Book earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Most people who enjoy reading do so because of their love for stories, real or imagined.  It is indeed rare to find a person who loves reading who also delights in breaking sentences down into their grammatical parts.  Fortunately for young knights and princesses, author Diane Mae Robinson has addressed the subject of grammar in a way that will help kids (and even adults) enjoy the topic.  Imagine studying syntax in the context of fire-breathing dragons, ogres and the like.  In Robinson’s The Dragon Grammar Book readers are introduced to terminology before diving into meatier topics such as dangling prepositions in this enchanting book which ends with dragon grammar skill tests to help youngsters assess what they’ve learned.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Dragon Grammar Book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Claimed earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



Grace lives in an orphanage where she’s essentially a loner.  She is fully aware that her chances of being adopted are slim, as only the younger children tend to find forever homes.  But then one day a woman named Jerra appears, intent upon removing Grace from the orphanage, but not under circumstances Grace could ever have imagined.  Grace soon discovers that she possesses latent talents that Jerra and her colleagues intend to help her discover and hone.  Quite unexpectedly, and with little warning, Grace finds herself in an alternate dimension which is entirely unlike anything she has ever known.

Author D.E. Partridge’s The Claimed, is a wildly imaginative and thoroughly engrossing tale of one young girl’s journey of self-discovery in a magical realm.  Full of fascinating plot twists, with other-worldly dimensions and alternate realms, this book will keep readers enthralled from the first to the very last page.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Claimed has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Blessed Bananas earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Rico, a cranky old monkey, was blessed with an abundance of bananas.  So great was his selfishness that he failed to consider the needs of others even though he had more than enough to spare.  But when tragedy befell Rico, he came to realize that his own careless and selfish ways were to blame.  When the same animals he had turned away helped Rico he soon learned that performing small acts of kindness can bring great joy to others as well as to himself. 


The Blessed Bananas, by Tayyaba Syed, is a lovely book with a powerful message about sharing and caring for others.  Lovely illustrations by Melani Putri, help further enhance this book which is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Askren Boys earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Ten-year-old Ray looked up to his older brothers Ralph and Floyd more than Captain America or even the Lone Ranger.  He longed to follow in their footsteps by helping their dad out in the field, but he never could seem to get out of the kitchen where he was expected to set the table like a girl.  Then in 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor everything began to change.  The United States was at war and soon after Ray’s brothers enlisted in the Army.  The ensuing loneliness seemed unbearable to young Ray as the family waited for news of the two oldest Askren boys.

Author A.J. Reilly is a truly gifted writer.  From the very first page of this heartfelt book, readers are swept away to an era when family was of the utmost importance, and a man’s word was his honor.  Skillfully penned, with historical accuracy, The Askren Boys tells of simpler times when you could enjoy a burger with fries and a soda for fifty cents.  This book is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Alphabet Thief earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Imagine if someone were to go around stealing letters from words one at a time.  Just think of the confusion that would arise if the letter “C” were stolen from a chair, and you had only “hair”, or if the letter “A” were stolen from the word fair, and it suddenly became a “fir” instead.  The Alphabet Thief, written by Bill Richardson and illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff, is a wonderfully whimsical book in which a masked bandit runs amok with his letter-stealing antics.  Brace yourself for the laughter that will surely arise as children discover the changes caused by the omission of a single letter when the letter thief is in town.  This book is an excellent selection for children who have a firm grasp on reading basic words.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Alphabet Thief has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Tamara Turtle’s Life so Far earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Pets can hold great appeal for youngsters until the reality of caring for one sets in.  As too often happens, pets are frequently abandoned because a pet-owner decides to ignore their responsibilities, and the consequences can be more dire than one might presume.  Such is the case of Tamara the turtle, a Red-eared Slider released into the wild in an area where she simply does not belong.  Fortunately for Tamara a kind-hearted man takes her to a shelter where they will care for her specific needs while protecting the environment around them. 


Tamara Turtle’s Life so Far, written by Regan W.H. Macaulay and illustrated by Javier Duarte is a book that belongs in homes, class rooms, and libraries everywhere.  Children and even adults can learn from this story that is both endearing and enlightening.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Tamara Turtle’s Life so Far has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Summer Tales has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Summer Tales, by C.F. Crawford is the fourth installment in the Mr. Snuggwhiskers children’s book series.  In this book, sisters Hallie and Cory are determined to reunite Mr. Snuggywhiskers with his long-lost parents.  When the girls discover their mother has been invited to attend her class reunion, they persuade her to take them along.  Of course, the two have an ulterior motive and their plans include finding Cap’n and Helen Snuggywhiskers along the way.  As with previous books in the Mr. Snuggywhiskers series children are introduced to a delightful world, in miniature, in which a family of mice prospers.  There’s never a dull moment when these bright and inquisitive mice are in tow.  Adventures abound and imaginations will flourish as children delight in this fanciful children’s book which is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Tales from a Crowded Pet Room earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Sarah is an articulate guinea pig with an outstanding sense of humor and a positive outlook on life.  She and her sister, Molly, are owned by Katie.  But not surprisingly, they are typically cared for by Katie’s mom, lovingly known as “Moozie”.  Thankfully, Sarah has a terrific sense of adventure, otherwise life for her might seem to be a bit out of control.  Tales from a Crowded Pet Room, by Theresa Cones, is the true story of one very loved guinea pig, along with the humans and non-humans who live together in the Cones’ household.  Genuinely funny, with occasional tender moments, this book is sure to resonate with pet lovers of all ages.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Tales from a Crowded Pet Room has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Sweet T and the Turtle Team earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Tara, along with her baby sister and their mom, have gone to stay with great aunt Mae in North Carolina. The nine-year-old’s big sister is back at home with their dad and she’s certain she’ll be bored without the companionship of her older sibling.  But her concerns are soon overshadowed when Tara learns of an impending storm.  It’s turtle nesting season on Gull Island and Tara is worried what will become of the hatchlings when a tropical storm threatens to harm the island’s tiny inhabitants. 

Cat Michael’s Sweet T and the Turtle Team, is an exciting book for young readers.  Offering elements of adventure and drama, along with a smattering of well-hidden educational tidbits, this book is sure to be a hit with kids, parents and educators alike.  Light and breezy watercolor illustrations by Irene Jahns provide a lovely background for this book which is has earned our Seal of Approval and is recommended for home and school libraries.

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Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



After returning from the planet Miriax, following a successful mission to close a hole between earth and an alternate dimension, things for Shelby and Shauna Kitt just haven’t been the same.  Shauna has been plagued by visions of butterflies and Shelby is experiencing excruciating migraines.  The unfortunate results are that their grades are suffering as well.  On the plus side, however, the twins are thrilled to discover new and exciting talents.  If only they could share their burgeoning skills with Lendox, but their friend and mentor seems to have disappeared entirely. 

It’s been several years since PHC Marchesi’s Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes first captured our hearts and imaginations.  The long-awaited sequel to her first book does not disappoint.  From early on we are reminded of Marchesi’s ability to create magical worlds as we are introduced to new and entirely wonderful experiences together with this dynamic twin duo.  Prepare to be wowed by Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons.  But we highly recommended you start in order, beginning with Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes.  And make sure you have some time on your hands when you can really dive into these books.  If you don’t, please remember we warned you; these books are sure to find you enraptured from the first to the very last page.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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Selah’s Painted Dream earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval





Riding for thirteen-year-old Selah is everything.  She can imagine nothing better than feeling the wind in her hair as she rides her horse, Sweet Dream. So, when her father announces the family will be moving to Austin, she feels utterly distraught.  How will she keep up with her riding?  Moving would mean her dreams of going to Nationals could be shot.  And what about her friends?  Selah is determined to stay; all she needs is a good plan.  Lucky for her, she has one. But it’s not going to be easy with Grandpa’s new lady-friend Katie around always distracting him from Selah.  Author Susan Count’s Selah’s Painted Dream is a telling coming of age tale.  Young girls are sure to find Selah’s story to be engaging and highly relatable.  Count delivers another action-packed drama that is certain to appeal to youth audiences.  With a message of hope and a nod to Christian values, this book is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Secret Keeper earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Emily's fragile sense of security is about to be shaken. Her mother has been released from rehab and her father intends to bring the family back together again. The threats of her past once again cast dread as she braces herself with a resolve to protect her younger siblings from the horrors she once endured. Knowing that she cannot hold onto her secret much longer she returns to a world of escapism in which she may very well be her own worst enemy.
In Secret Keeper, Author Jane Alvey Harris has created a world in which real-life and fantasy merge into one mind-altering realm.  The characters and other-worldly elements in this story are all expertly developed, and the premise of this book gives cause for much personal introspection as one considers the ways in which we all deal with our own realities.  This book offers a powerful perspective on a subject that is rarely addressed with such bold conclusion.

Secret Keeper, is the second book in the My Myth Trilogy, following Riven.  We do not recommend reading these books non-sequentially as there is a great deal of development and back-story that is essential for reading book 2. 

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