Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Cascarones, by Sylvia Sanchez Garza, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Suzy is a young girl growing up in the 60s and 70s in Southern Texas.  Within the orbit of her very large extended Mexican American family, she is surrounded by a network of aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents, all of whom create a protective nest in which she and her siblings grow and are nurtured.  With a stay-at-home mom and a father who is working to further his education, her immediate family of seven all live together in a humble three-bedroom home, with Suzy and her two sisters sharing a full-sized bed.  When her father announces the family is moving to Houston, Suzy is separated from her extended family along with the many wonderful traditions she's come to embrace as part of who she is.  This heartwarming coming-of-age novel offers a captivating glimpse into the life of one girl as she finds her way through adolescence, into adulthood, while struggling to maintain her cultural identity.  Cascarones, by Sylvia Sanchez Garza, is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 




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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Edge Rules, by Melanie Hooyenga, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Brianna is a spoiled, over-indulged, rich girl.  She's used to getting anything and everything she wants.  Still, she's compelled to give in to her kleptomaniac urges.  When she's caught and subsequently arrested for shoplifting, her dad gets her off on a lighter sentence and she is forced into picking up litter as community service.  When she meets the mysterious, Xavier, on her community service work crew she is instantly drawn to him.  Compelled to face the person she has been, Brianna comes to realize appearances aren't all they're cracked up to be and she begins to learn the value of kindness and generosity of spirit.

The Edge Rules, Book 3 in the Rules Series, by Melanie Hooyenga, is an entertaining and introspective coming-of-age book about romance, atonement and self-acceptance.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Edge Rules has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Premonitions, by Daniela I. Norris, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval





Premonitions, by Daniela I. Norris, is one book with three different story-lines. We follow the lives of Amelia, the wife of a Merchant's son, in twenty-first-century New York, Adele, who has married the wrong man, in eighteenth-century France, and a medicine man dwelling in a small village in West Africa during the fifteenth century. The stories of these three characters are all intertwined in one intriguing story that melds together in a lovely tapestry of life, love and loss. The second book in a series, this reads well as a stand-alone. A study of the complexities of life, riddled with karmic connections woven through different times and places, Premonitions is a compelling novella that will draw readers in from the first page to the very last. With the path clearly laid out for the next book in the Recognitions series, Premonitions will leave readers itching for the third book in this unique series.

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Cooperative Lives, by Patrick Finegan, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Residents in a Manhattan co-op near Central Park, come and go, rarely acknowledging one another.  But each of their stories are intertwined; some more so than others.  At the core of the story is Sheldon, an investment manager, and Wallace who is in IT.  The two have known each other for some time through their daughters. But tragedy and misfortune throw them together in ways they never could have foreseen.  With a generous helping of plot twists and well fleshed-out characters, this book is an intricate study in the forces of human nature.  The story is skillfully woven together to create intricate layers of intrigue that will keep readers enthralled clear through to the unexpected conclusion.  Author Patrick Finegan's Cooperative Lives is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 



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Monday, October 28, 2019

Behind the Mirror, by Dr. Bon Blossman, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Ella was just an average ordinary girl with an overly protective father.  She'd never been in a position to take things for granted.  Not like her friend Finley, who had the best of everything money could buy.  One day Ella and a group of friends were messing around, trying to hold a seance in front of the new gilded mirror in Finley's bedroom.  But then Finley's annoying brother brought everything to a screeching halt just as Ella started to notice something very unusual about the mirror.  And she couldn't be quite sure, but it seemed as though she may have drawn some sort of power from the priceless looking glass. 

Behind the Mirror, by Dr. Bon Blossman, is a gripping tale that is sure to entrance young adult audiences.  With a unique and suspenseful plot, this book will keep readers engaged clear through to the unpredictable finish.  With mystery, intrigue, lots of twists, and a smattering of teen drama, this book is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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The Rose Queen, by Alison McBain, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Princess Mirabelle was a striking beauty with wit and wisdom to match.  She was young, and defiantly brazen, despite the duties to which was bound.  Just one year after her mother's death, her father the king announced her betrothal to a man twice her age.  It was a marriage of alliance, arranged by a man who regarded her only as a pawn to use to his advantage to seal a treaty.  But despite her obligation, she defiantly refused to marry the duke, an evil sorcerer, and entirely grotesque man.  Taken aback by her refusal to marry him, the duke cast a spell upon the princess, turning her into a hideous beast.  Only love could reverse the spell, and she had only three-years-time before it would all be too late.

Author Alison McBain puts a clever spin on the familiar Beauty and the Beast tale with this utterly enchanting retelling of the classic story.  Wonderfully penned and altogether a joy to read, The Rose Queen, is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Life Force Preserve, by Courtney Leigh Pahlke, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Anna has had a series of near-death experiences.  It seems at every turn there's an accident waiting to happen, with her as the target.  She's becoming far too familiar with hospitals, but even more than that, she feels as though she's being watched.  And the faces of those watching her seem eerily familiar.  But learning the truth behind the accidents and the full realization that she is indeed being followed is even more unsettling.  Anna soon learns she's at the center of a mystery that transcends continents and defies medical science.

Author Courtney Leigh Pahlke's Life Force Preserve is an eerily suspenseful book that will keep readers guessing with every turn of the page.  Recommended for home and school libraries, this book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Remeon's Destiny, by J.W. Garret, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


At almost 16 years of age, Thomas is nearly a man.  Growing up in the late 1940s it is presumed he will soon begin helping his father run the farm.  In rural Virginia, there's not much hope for the boy to escape the simple life of a farmer, but he dreams of more . . . of seeing the world.  Thomas' father is ready to introduce him to other aspects of the business, but first, he expects the boy to get his head out of the clouds.  When Thomas turns ill, it would appear his dreams of liberation are shattered. Then, through a remarkable turn of events, the young man finds himself transported to an alternate world, a planet on which he is the only hope for the survival of its inhabitants.  This unlikely hero has much to learn as he tries to find his way towards fulfilling an extraordinary destiny.

Author J.W. Garrett's Remeon's Destiny, is a marvelous coming-of-age tale that will appeal to readers of all ages.  With an engaging plot, characters that are fleshed out in very real and tangible ways, and fascinating sci-fi elements, this book has much to offer a YA audience.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Remeon's Destiny has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Sealed With a Twist, by V.A. Givens, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


15-year-old Ricki has never had a boyfriend and she is determined to experience love.  Madame Dupre has seen it countless times, foolish youngsters in search of their romantic destiny.  She is, quite frankly, done with it.  Happy to take the young girl's money though, she gazes into her crystal ball before sending Ricki on her way with the promise of a gift.

Sealed With a Twist, by V.A. Givens, is a witty, wise, and edgy YA read.  With a stellar cast of characters, loads of laughs and a plot that will keep readers enthralled, Sealed With a Twist, comes highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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The Melancholy History Of Mayfly, by ​Mutch Katsonga, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



A prisoner condemned to death, persuaded by a priest to put his thoughts on paper, compares his life to that of a Mayfly. In the mere 24 hour lifespan of a Mayfly, it does not live in regret, wishing it had more time. Rather, it takes great pleasure in the simple acts of living. Plagued with a speech impediment, most people believe him to be mute. But beneath the shadow of his impending death, this young man wields a pen to tell his life story. Waxing poetic, he shares his innermost thoughts just days before he is to be executed.

Author Mutch Katsonga is a gifted writer and storyteller. The Melancholy History Of Mayfly, is a powerful and gripping tale. An introspective study of the complexities of life, this thought-provoking novel is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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In the Shadow of War, by Patrick Garry, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Glen, a recent high school graduate, blames himself for his brother's death as he and his close-knit family deeply mourn the loss of their dearly departed.  Meanwhile, Corcoran, the town in which they live, has become nearly extinct.  Glen's grandfather, determined to save their beloved town, urges his family to stay even while most residents have taken their leave.  In a wildly eccentric scheme to breathe life back into the town, he invites the wives of soldiers serving in Vietnam to make Corcoran their home.

In the Shadow of War is a nostalgic coming of age tale which takes place in rural America in the 1970s.  Author Patrick M. Garry's depiction of life in the Midwest during this pivotal time in history is highly relatable.  This beautifully penned love story is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Why Water's Worth It, by Lori Harrison, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Why Water’s Worth It,  by Lori Harrison, is a wonderfully informative children's picture book about water's importance and how and why we can keep our water supplies clean and safe.  The body of the book is written in rhyme, and the book also includes an interesting and educational afterword which offers suggestions on how everyone can make a difference in reducing waste while eliminating pollution to help preserve water supplies.  Whimsical watercolor illustrations by Jon Harrison are a lovely addition to this book wich is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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No Fish For Charles, by Tracy Detz, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Charles, the crocodile, loves to take it easy, just chilling on the rocks and fishing from his canoe.  One day he gets a taste for fish and decides to play hooky from school so he can go fishing instead.  But the fish know better and they outwit the school-skipping-crocodile.  Told in rhyme, this whimsical book is wonderfully entertaining with an underlying message that school is important and skipping is not to be done.  Written by Tracy Detz, with expressive and vibrant illustrations by Monika Suska, No Fish For Charles is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Aspiring, Part 1 of the Siblings’ Tale, by Astrid V.J., earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Fourteen-year-old Elisabeth has returned from school to see her terminally ill mother after a long absence. On her deathbed, her mother tells the girl it's not safe for her to be there. Rocked by an overwhelming sense of loss, Elisabeth feels ill-equipped to carry on without her mother's guidance. She knows she's a witch, but she fears she lacks the knowledge to use her powers. But her mother assures her she already possesses all she needs, and when the time is right she will be ready. Now with her mother gone, Elisabeth doesn't know how she'll find her way. Especially when the witches responsible for her mother's death are bent on taking over the kingdom.

Aspiring, Part 1 of the Siblings’ Tale, by Astrid V.J.is a well written and utterly charming coming-of-age tale. With excellent world-building in a realm where magic, elves, and unicorns exist, we are introduced to perfectly flawed and highly relatable characters.  In a tale replete with clever twists and a satisfying ending that will leave readers yearning for the next book in this highly engaging series, Aspiring, Part 1 of the Siblings’ Tale is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Running with the Wolves, by J.E. Reed, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Kiuno woke up one morning in a mild state of amnesia with nothing but the clothes on her back and a bracelet with her "name" on it. While she can vaguely recall her life back home, the forest she now finds herself in seems somehow familiar as well.  She comes to remember that Kiuno is her online ID for a video game she plays, called Chronopoint.  She also remembers she has a husband and an ordinary life back home. Eventually, she decides to look for civilization, hoping to find some of the other players she knows through their shared online experience. Instead, she meets strangers with whom she forms an alliance and they set out together to find her online friends and her real-world husband. Ultimately, she wants nothing more than to find her way out of the game, which is comprised of ten realms. But in her new reality, the one which takes place in the very real world of Chronopoint, everyone is a potential threat who may be willing to kill to survive so they can find their way to the tenth realm and get back home.

Running with the Wolves is an action-packed thriller with complex characters and an unpredictable storyline.  Author J.E. Reed has created a mysterious fantasy world in which monsters and magic seamlessly intertwine.  With captivating plots and subplots which keep readers guessing throughout, Running with the Wolves is recommended for home and school libraries, and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tricycle and Friends, by Lester Aradi, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Tricycle and Friends, by Lester Aradi, is the story of the true-life adventures of a three-legged golden retriever and his rescued farm animal friends. When Tricycle arrives at his new home he's more than a little nervous.  But his worries vanish as he soon makes lots of new friends at the farm he now calls home.  Much to Tricycle's surprise and delight, he meets another dog who, like him, only has three legs.  And soon he will become a service dog to help kids with their own share of physical challenges find hope and happiness.  Tricycle and Friends, is a wonderfully uplifting and encouraging book that addresses topics such as adoption, bullying, physical challenges, and loss of a loved one.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Tricycle and Friends, earnds the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Ramadan Around The World, by Ndaa Hassan, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


In the book Ramadan Around the World, kids of all ethnic backgrounds and abilities celebrate Ramadan . . . from the United States, to Mexico, to Egypt, and beyond.  Each region has its own unique foods and traditions, but all share a singular goal, to celebrate and show thanks for their many blessings.  With creative and colorful illustrations by Azra Momin, Ramadan Around the World is a beautiful book about this special time of year. 

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Oregon Trail Activity Guide, by Jeannie Panchal, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


The Oregon Trail Activity Guide, by Jeannie Panchal, is more than just an activity book.  It provides fascinating historical facts that readers of all ages will enjoy learning about.  With pages including topics such as "Packing the Wagon," youngsters are encouraged to choose what to bring and what to leave behind based on wants, needs and weight restrictions for loading a covered wagon.  Kids are given a real-life perspective into the challenges faced by the pioneers who braved the trail back in the 1800s.  With mazes, coloring pages, paper dolls, and much more, this book has enough activities to keep youngsters engaged for hours on end.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Oregon Trail Activity Guide has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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It's Grief, by Edy Nathan, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



It's Grief, The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss is a must-read, self-help book for anyone who has suffered from grief, trauma or loss in their life.  Author Edy Nathan describes the process of grieving as an evolution, or dance, within one’s self.  She explains that honoring loss is a way to comfort the soul.  The author validates grief and acknowledges that the grieving process is highly personal to each individual and their circumstances.  By validating one's feelings and emotions those suffering from grief can open themselves up to healing.

Nathan offers practical, thought-provoking exercises readers can implement at their own pace.  Specific steps to work through grief are provided with the Grief Recovery Tool Kit, a step-by-step guide for those suffering from grief, trauma, and loss, along with techniques to enhance focus and emotional stability.

This enlightening and insightful book is a comprehensive resource with powerful principles on how to navigate the complex journey of grief.  Recommended for home and school libraries, It's Grief, The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Mistress Suffragette, by Diana Forbes, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Following the panic of 1893 Penelope Stanton's family has fallen into hard times financially.  Whoever said money can't buy love was not thinking of Penelope's fiance who, upon learning of her hardship, called off the wedding.  Now her mother expects her to find a wealthy suitor to make all things right again with the family.  But instead, she falls for a philandering philanthropist, a married man named Edgar Daggers. In the 1890s, a time when the women's suffragette movement is just beginning to gain traction, Penelope tries to find her own way as she sorts through her ideals and the harsh realities of life, which she comes to realize are often at odds with one another. 

Author Diana Forbes has penned an entirely compelling novel with historical relevance, exceptional prose, and enough conflict to keep this story moving along at a nice clip.  Mistress Suffragette is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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Crisanta Knight, Inherent Fate, by Geanna Culbertson, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



In the enchanted realm of Book, wherein resides Crisanta, daughter of famed Cinderella, taking charge of one's character is not encouraged.  That is meant to be left to fairy godmothers and of course, the Author.  But to a young girl who wishes to control her own destiny, that simply won't do.  Crisanta has attended Lady Agnue's School for Princesses & Other Female Protagonists, so she is fully aware of what's expected of her, but being demure and subservient really isn't her thing.  Prophecies be damned, Crisanta won't let things go down without a fight. 

Crisanta Knight, Inherent Fate, by Geanna Culbertson, is an entirely unique and wonderfully creative tale of princes, princesses and other leading characters in an otherworldly fairytale realm.  Unlike any fairytale you may have encountered, this book is full of page-turning surprises.  From the entertaining and informative prologue, which sets things up nicely even for those who have not read the earlier Crisanta books, this novel draws readers into its delightfully enchanting story.  With strong character development, a plot that sears, and a tenacious female protagonist, this book is sure to become a favorite with readers of all ages.  Inherent Fate reads well enough as a stand-alone, but we can't imagine why anyone would deprive themselves of starting at the beginning with the first book in this highly engaging series.  - Recommended for home and school libraries, Crisanta Knight, Inherent Fate has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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The Shadow of Camelot, by Wendy Leighton-Porter, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Joe and Jemima Lancelot continue to search for their parents who have been missing for quite a while.  But for this family of time-travelers, the brother and sister must search everywhere and in every time as they persist in their quest to bring their parents home.  They, along with their friend, Charlie, and their talking cat, Max, encounter grand adventures as they search for their lost parents.

In her newest book in the dynamic Shadows from the Past series, author Wendy Leighton-Porter continues to deliver exceptional literature for a youth audience. With exciting plots and historically relevant scenarios, Joe and Jemima enchant young readers with their thrilling adventures. In this book, The Shadow of Camelot, we are introduced to the idealistic land of Camelot, with King Arthur and Merlin the Magician taking center stage along with a cast of other interesting characters of lore and legend.  Young audiences are sure to delight in this tale, replete with magic and prophecies, which is sure to engage even the most reluctant reader.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Shadow of Camelot has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Man & Horse, by John Egenes, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


John Egenes was always a bit of a loner. He felt more at home hanging out in a stall with horses than he did with most people. Growing up in the 60s and 70s he was a musician before it was cool to be in a band and he would often hitch rides to neighboring towns, sometimes staying away for days at a time.  So it was probably no shock to those who knew him best when he decided to travel by horse from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast.  At a time when there were no cell phones, no GPS, and shamefully few reliable maps beyond those showing main roads and highways, Egenes set out, with a mere $100 in his pocket, to take on a grand adventure of epic proportions. 

Man & Horse, The Long Ride Across America, is John Egenes' personal account of his experience traversing the United States on horseback.  Weathering storms, drought, and a myriad of other natural and unnatural threats, he and his trusty sidekick made their way through some of the harshest conditions imaginable.  His genuinely humble and introspective narrative makes for a fascinating and entirely enlightening read.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Man & Horse, The Long Ride Across America earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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The Woodland Adventures of Lucy and Will, by Christina Pages, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



The Woodland Adventures of Lucy and Will, by Christina Pages, is the second book in the Lucy Series inspired by Wordsworth's Wild Child, Lucy Gray.  Lucy has found love and comfort from those who have come to accept her for the wildly unique child that she is.  She hopes she has found a forever home with people who will embrace her love for nature and her need to commune with the creatures who inhabit it.  But with the return of her cruel and unloving step-father, who only wants her for the money, and the legalities which arise regarding her formal adoption by Rose and Sam, she is forced to live in an orphanage for a time.  Pages continues to delight and inspire with the magical tale of a young girl who has a deep and meaningful connection with the woods and its inhabitants.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Woodland Adventures of Lucy and Will, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Yellowstone, The Bears of Caldera, by Chad-Michael Simon, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


John and his not-so-identical twin sisters are fairly typical siblings.  They have a bit of a love-hate relationship.  Maybe a bit more hate than love to be fair, but there's love in there somewhere too.  John has been struggling with growing pains, the kind that come from being nearly a teenager.  And although he would never admit it, he still loves it when his mom reminds him he'll always be her baby.  With one foot in his childhood, and one precariously testing the waters of young adulthood, he teeters between both worlds with some trepidation.  So when John and his mom go "on a bear hunt," there are no real expectations of finding a bear.  But John does indeed find a bear, only this grizzly red beast can talk, and soon the boy finds himself separated from his mom in a land where bears and ants and other creatures can communicate with him telepathically.  John wants nothing more than to get back to the other side.  But soon, his sisters are whisked away as well and all three siblings find themselves in a land entirely unlike anything they've ever known.

Yellowstone, The Bears of Caldera, by Chad-Michael Simon, is a wildly imaginative tale of three siblings and their adventures on the other side of Yellowstone National Park in a hidden world shrouded in magic and mystery.  The three must learn who they can and cannot trust as they work towards a common goal of being reunited with their parents.  Yellowstone, The Bears of Caldera, is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Greg's Fourth Adventure in Time, by C.M. Huddleston, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Greg's mom is worried about her son's safety and has grounded the boy from time travel. Greg is fairly certain that, while he may be safe from the Pirate, he will now die from boredom.  But soon after, the Pirate is seen in their time dimension and Greg's dad lifts the ban so the boy can help his father track down the elusive time-traveling bandit. But before long, it would appear the Pirate would instead find them; and Greg, his family, and their friends would all be forced to travel to the 1800s with no way to return to the present.

The stakes are high in this fast-paced thrilling adventure as Greg's friend Rose must find her friends who are struggling to survive in another time. History comes to life once again in C.M. Huddleston's Greg's Fourth Adventure in Time.  Huddleston continues to delight young readers with the fourth installment in the Adventures in Time Series.  Prepare to be enthralled by this highly entertaining and fascinating foray into the past.  Greg's Fourth Adventure in Time is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Britfield & The Lost Crown, by C.R. Stewart, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Tom has lived at Weatherly Orphanage for most of his young life.  Run by a miserable lot, Weatherly is more like a prison than an orphanage and the kids there are deprived of many things, including books to read.  The kids at Weatherly, who are all referred to by numbers rather than names, take turns sneaking books from the main house where the owners live.  This worthwhile but dangerous task is done in the dark of night and each of the older kids takes a turn to ensure the orphans will have a fresh supply of books to read.  But when it's Tom's turn to sneak a book he soon becomes suspect and is interrogated by one of the thugs who runs the place.  That's when Tom's world is turned completely upside down, because he soon learns, to his surprise, that his parents may still be alive.  Determined to discover the truth about his past, he and his best friend, Sarah, make plans to escape Weatherly. With the help of the other orphans, Tom and Sarah are soon off on a grand adventure where the two will experience places and things beyond their wildest imaginations.

Author C.R. Stewart's Britfield & The Lost Crown is a thrilling tale with loads of adventure and unexpected twists that will captivate youth audiences.  Recommended for home and school libraries, this book earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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Monday, October 21, 2019

The Traveling Javelinas, by Laura Bullock, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


The Traveling Javelinas is an engaging and entertaining children's picture book about a family of Javelinas traveling from the deserts of Arizona up to the snowy mountaintops.  Told in rhyme, this simply sweet book is one that children will enjoy reading at bedtime and beyond.  Expressive and vibrant illustrations by Rondi Kutz are a wonderful addition to this book which has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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The City of More, by Sonya Song, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



The City of More is a children's picture book about a city where people valued "stuff" above everything.  The acquisition of things was so important, so all-consuming, that the residents of the City of More soon became overwhelmed with all the "stuff."  When they had finally reached their threshold, they went to the City of Less where they hoped to unload some of their "stuff," but the residents of the City of Less had less by choice and therefore, did not want the City of More's surplus "stuff."  So off they went to the City of Not, where the residents often had to do without.  The residents of the City of Not were thrilled and quite thankful for the kind gifts offered them by the City of More and the residents of all three cities had a grand celebration. 

Author Sonya Song's City of More is a wonderfully insightful and highly engaging children's picture book.  Written in rhyme, somewhat reminiscent of the late-great Dr. Seuss, The City of More is a book that will not soon be forgotten.  Sure to be a hit in home and school libraries, The City of More has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Mirror, Mirror, by Barbara J. Freeman, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Tina was a young girl with brown hair, brown eyes and brown skin to match.  One day the mirror in her bedroom began to shake and rattle, as it posed a question to the girl, "Mirror Mirror on the wall, wants to know who is the prettiest girl you can recall?"  Tina thought about it and determined the prettiest girl must be an actress she'd seen on TV.  The mirror rattled and shook, and told Tina she'd be back another day to see if the girl could correctly answer her question.  The mirror came back day after day until finally Tina's search for the answer to the mirror's rhyme came to her.  Ultimately, to the mirror's satisfaction, Tina acknowledged the beauty she possessed both inside and out and stated that she was the prettiest girl she could recall. 

Mirror, Mirror, by Barbara J. Freeman is a children's picture book with a powerful message of self-love and acceptance.  Captivating illustrations by Ruth Araceli Rodriguez are perfectly paired with this book which will resonate with young readers who are sure to appreciate the message within the pages of this book.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Mirror, Mirror earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

 

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Moonlight Dancer, by Lisa Calhoun-Owen & Matthew Scott Reilly, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


A tiny mouse burrows below the ground by day, then comes out at night to do the things mice must do.  He gathers nuts, tidies up, and busies himself by the light of the moon.  But when his chores are all done, he gathers his friends together and they dance and twirl until the sun comes up.


The engaging children's picture book, The Moonlight Dancer, by Lisa Calhoun-Owen & Matthew Scott Reilly, with lovely illustrations by Jordan Wray, will enchant and delight young readers.  Perfect for bedtime stories, The Moonlight Dancer is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  

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I Campaigned for Ice Cream, by Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


When 9-year-old Josh Lipshaw learned ice cream trucks could not legally operate in his town, he set out to make positive change.  This determined youngster set the wheels in motion to put an end to the outdated laws which kept his neighborhood from enjoying the peddling of frozen confections.  He started by passing around a petition to allow ice cream trucks in his town.  But he didn't stop there.  Josh went so far as to present his case at town hall meetings.  After hours of research and practicing his presentations, this brave and enterprising young man's passion and drive helped bring ice cream trucks to his town.

The true story, I Campaigned for Ice Cream, by Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw is an entertaining book that will educate and inspire young readers.  Packed with lots of fun puns and a message of empowerment, this book is sure to be a favorite with readers of all ages.  Recommended for home and school libraries, I Campaigned for Ice Cream has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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SAM: The Cat Without a Tail, by Gloria Lintermans, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Sam, a precious cat with just a fluffy puff of a tail, was adopted into a new home.  But soon after, to his supreme embarrassment, Sam began to experience mockery by those who looked down upon the poor, sweet cat because he had no tail.  Feeling ashamed of himself, Sam began to hide from others.  He didn't like being teased for being different.  But then one day Sam learned that what made him unique was actually quite special, and his lack of a tail was nothing to be ashamed of.  In fact, Sam learned to be proud of his tail... or the lack thereof.

Sam: The Cat Without a Tail, by Gloria Lintermans, is a wonderful children's picture book with a beautiful message of self-acceptance.  Illustrations by Kristina Tosic are a wonderful addition to this delightful book.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Sam: The Cat Without a Tail earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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Daydreaming Danny and the Pirate Treasure, by Joseph Ruder, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Danny is a precocious boy with a wildly vivid imagination.  When he 'discovers' a pirate map, he sets out on an exciting caper to find the hidden treasure.  Living in a typical suburban neighborhood, Danny finds creative ways to pursue the treasure, all the while maintaining a picture of the life of a true pirate in his mind's eye.  Fanciful illustrations help to depict Danny's world as it is, versus how he actually sees it.  This wonderfully clever children's picture book is one that will open up worlds of imagination for young readers who are sure to delight in this whimsical tale.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Daydreaming Danny and the Pirate Treasure, by Joseph Ruder, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Pirate Bear, by Sonya Song, Earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Pirate Bear was a hard-hearted pirate who showed no mercy to the sailors on his ship who lived in constant fear of the dastardly Bear.  He would order them to swab the deck and do as he commanded with nary a please or thank you.  But then one day he found an oh-so-sweet kitten, and that furry little creature found its way into Pirate Bear's hardened heart, helping him learn the importance of being kind to others. 

Author Sonya Song's Pirate Bear, penned in rhyme, is a fun book for youngsters that will surely help them understand the importance of being kind.  Illustrations by Javier Giménez Ratti are perfectly paired with this whimsical children's picture book which is recommended for home and school libraries and earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 

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The Enchanters' Child, by Navya Sarikonda, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Wren is the last of the Arobols, a group of magic-wielders. Her parents were murdered when she was just a child and she has devoted her young life to finding her parents' killer. Through a series of events, she is forced to flee her home and soon finds herself joining efforts with two young men who, along with her, wish to find the Dark Sorcerer whom she now believes was behind the untimely death of her parents. Wren must keep her identity to herself, but unbeknownst to her, her new cohorts Quinn and Zayne have their own share of secrets.

Teen author Navya Sarikond has crafted an intriguing tale of magic, honor, and friendship. This compelling story, rich with vivid imagery and solid character development, is one that will enthrall readers of all ages. Recommended for home and school libraries, The Enchanters' Child has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
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The Unhuggables, by Kena Sosa, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Young Oliver was having a bad day.  His mom wanted to make things better with a hug, but Oliver would have none of his mother's love or affection.  Every time his mom would try to wrap him in her arms, Oliver would threaten to become entirely unhuggable.  Assuming the role of various animals, he would persist in pushing aside his mother's attempts at an embrace.  Oliver's mother would insist that no matter how bristly he became, she could take it, until finally his resistance wore down and he succumbed to his mother's embrace. 

Kena Sosa's The Unhuggables is an entirely relatable and all-together heart-warming tale of the enduring love of a mother.  Illustrations by Alexis Braud are perfectly paired with this book that is sure to become a favorite with youngsters and parents alike.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Unhuggables has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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One Small Spark, by Jackie Minniti, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Life in 1769 was far different than we know it to be today. Benjamin Pembroke was just eleven years old, and in those times people his age were already working and taking on very adult roles. Benjamin's father wished for his son to join him in the family import business. But the boy only dreamed of becoming a soldier. With tensions building in Boston over taxation and unfair representation from Britain, Benjamin soon received a firsthand lesson on the value of liberty and the importance of standing for what is right.

Jackie Minniti's One Small Spark is a beautifully penned work of historical fiction that chronicles a pivotal time in our nation's history. This book includes well-known figures from the past, helping bring history alive in this powerful tale.  One Small Spark is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fighter in Velvet Gloves, by Annie Boochever, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Elizabeth Peratrovich, a native Alaskan Tlinget woman, was a powerful force to be reckoned with. Back in 1945, many years before the U.S. government enacted the US Civil Rights Act of 1964, Elizabeth was determined to put an end to discrimination against Native Alaskan Indians. Never resorting to anger or bitter tactics, Elizabeth managed to rock boats and make waves, effectively influencing positive change. Determined to create a better future for her children, she traveled around Alaska in an effort to empower and educate natives. Then at 34 years of age, she delivered a powerful speech before the Alaskan Territory Legislature, effectively tipping the scales in a vote that would ultimately lead to the passage of Alaska's landmark Anti-Discrimination Act. Demonstrating grace and grit, coupled with determination and tenacity, this Alaskan trailblazer's story is one that will inspire and educate young readers. Recommended for home and school libraries, Fighter in Velvet Gloves has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
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Hidden Scales, by A.M. Robin, Earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval






Young Mira is a precocious 11-year-old child. She tries to stay out of trouble, but her curiosity and sense of adventure always seem to get the best of her. Adopted as a baby, she has been raised by Appoline, a woman for whom Mira has a great deal of love and respect. When rumors that a man and a young boy have been kidnapped and whisked away on a winged horse, Appoline insists Mira stay close to home. When Mira and her best friend disobey Appoline's wishes things begin to spiral out of control. But Mira's troubles have only just begun, as she comes to realize she might just be a merrow, a water-breathing creature believed to have been extinct for over a century.

Merrows, Book 1, Hidden Scales, by A.M. Robin is a skillfully crafted tale with much to offer a youth audience. This suspenseful story is one that will keep readers entranced clear through to its satisfying ending which is perfectly set up for another exciting book in this series. With outstanding character development including a strong female protagonist, an intelligent sidekick, and caring and insightful adult role-models, this book has undercurrents which provide many meaningful messages for young readers. Recommended for home and school libraries, Hidden Scales has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.




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