Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes is our latest and greatest book recommendation. When twins, Shelby and Shauna, are approached by the vice consul of planet Miriax, he asks for their assistance in closing the holes which have appeared between Miriax, Earth and the planet Klodius.  These three planets all co-exist in parallel dimensions and are dependent upon each other for their energy.  The vice consul explains that, in particular, Shelby and Shauna have been singled out from everyone on planet earth because of their positive energy.

Because these two middle-schoolers have the most highly concentrated positive energy of anyone on earth, their energy can be channeled to help close the holes between their dimensions.  But, if the holes are not closed soon, the planets will be destroyed.

They, along with a team of others (mostly teenagers) are recruited to help with the mission.  The twins are soon immersed in adventure in a world where inanimate objects rarely exist.  People on Miriax interact with everything from library books, to modes of transportation, which all possess life-like qualities.  From Lendox, the loveable vice consul, to Loola, the Mirian travel vessel, all of Marchesi's characters are full of life and energy . . . some positive, and some not-so-positive.  And woven beneath this entertaining plot lies a foundation of positive messages about life, love, kindness, forgiveness and acceptance.

Author, P.H.C. Marchesi has created an engaging fantasy thriller which is sure to entice and enthrall young readers.  In this classic tale of good vs. evil,  Dimensional Holes is filled with whimsical moments and edge-of your seat thrills.  This book will keep you guessing up until the end.  With every twist and turn of the plot, you will become further engrossed in this tale which is wildly imaginative and extraordinarily crafted.

After reading this book, one can't help but want to spend a little time visiting the fanciful planet of Miriax.  Thankfully, there is a sequel already in the works; and we look forward to visiting Miriax again soon with Marchesi's next book in the Kitt Twins' fantasy series.

Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes  comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Hellandback Kids: Be Careful What You Wish For, by LL Helland, is an award-winning middle-grade novel which holds great appeal for young readers.  When siblings: Jon, Brittany, Trisha and Chris, embark upon a journey to their great-grandmother's home in Scotland, they quickly learn that things are not as they may first appear in the unusual home where they are staying as first-time guests.  As each of the four brothers and sisters finds themselves in a magical world where they are living the lives they have always wished for, they come to learn that sometimes what one wishes for is not always what is best.

As this story unfolds it gains momentum and eventually becomes quite a page-turner.  Despite young Chris' propensity for sarcasm and insolence, we found this book to have considerable merit in the areas of life skills and character building messages as well as in its entertainment value. A more thorough edit may have helped with the flow of this book, but overall we found The Hellandback Kids to be an entertaining read and we look forward to seeing future works from this budding author.  This book is recommended for middle-school children who enjoy such books as Narnia, Harry Potter, and other fantasy fiction works.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Klampie Mystery, by Luis Rodriguez, is the story of a little girl whose family embarks on a vacation to Australia.  Before they leave, her parents give her a toy Koala Bear.  But once she arrives in Australia, an unusual turn of events takes place, and she discovers that somehow she has in her possession a living, breathing Koala Bear.

The Klampie Mystery is a charming book full of imagination and interspersed with a smattering of educational tid-bits.  Young children are sure to enjoy this picture book which is wonderfully illustrated. 

The Klampie Mystery earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, by Beverly Stowe McClure, Earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Children's Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the young adult book, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, written by Beverly Stowe McClure, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

This historical work of fiction is a literary treasure, and a must-read for young history buffs.  - When fourteen year old Elizabeth's older brothers go off to fight for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, she decides she can no longer sit by and wait for the men to fix everything.  Determined to make a difference, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out to enlist as a soldier.  Guided by a naive, but genuine heart, and armed with the best of intentions, Elizabeth embarks upon an enlightening journey that will educate and inspire young readers.  Ms. McClure portrays the story of Elizabeth and her loving family with historical accuracy and honest emotions as one family struggles to stay together while their nation is being torn apart.

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