Showing posts from April, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Claude at the Beach by Alex T. Smith

CLAUDE AT THE BEACH by Alex T. Smith Peachtree Publishing, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-56145-703-8 Early Chapter Book Grades 1-3 Source: Publisher for review (Thanks!) All opinions expressed are solely my own.

In the third installment of Claude's hilarious adventures, Claude and Sir Bobblysock pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-bulding competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shineyshoes come in from work.


Claude is a dog who to his clueless owners appears to live a rather  uneventful life while they are away at work. But unbeknownst to them, Claude has many adventures including visiting a circus, a city, and now, the beach.  He takes his good friend, Sir Bobblysock with him to the beach, as well as a suitcase full of things he might need.  The book is a lot of silly fun with highly exaggerated illustrations that will undoubtedly induce giggles in younger rea…

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Beneath the Sun by Melissa Stewart

BENEATH THE SUN written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum Peachtree Publisher, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-56145-733-5 Nonfiction Picture Book Source: publisher for review (Thanks!) All opinions expressed are solely my own.

When the sun is shining brightly, people put on sunscreen or scurry inside to cool off. But how do wild animals react to the sizzling heat? Journey from your neighborhood to a field where an earthworm loops its long body into a ball underground, to a desert where a jackrabbit loses heat through its oversized ears, to a wetland where a siren salamander burrows into the mud to stay cool, and to a seashore where a sea star hides in the shade of a seaweed mat. In simple yet informative language, Beneath the Sun shows young readers how the animals who live there survive the hottest time of the year.


Melissa Stewart is the author of more than one hundred children's books including When Rain Falls, A Place for Butterflies, and A Place …

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan

It's finally here!
Fractured Truth, the final novel in the paranormal, YA Fractured Light trilogy, was just released! Follow the blog tour to find out more about Fractured Truth and enter below for a chance to a signed copy or a $25 Amazon gift card!

FRACTURED TRUTH by Rachel McClellan Sweetwater Books, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-4621-0803-9 YA Fantasy Source: Author for review (Thanks!) All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Llona is determined to end the fight with the Vykens once and for all. All she needs is to find and destroy the Shadow—the ultimate source of dark power. But when she makes a startling discovery about someone she loves, Llona has to fight the toughest battle yet in this exciting conclusion to the Fractured Light series.
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Monkeys, monkeys, and more monkeys!

100 Hungry Monkeys! by Masayuki Sebe Kids Can Press, 2014 ISBN13: 9781771380454 Picture Book Grades K and up Source: Publisher via Netgalley (Thanks!) All opinions expressed are solely my own.

One hundred monkeys are hunting for food in this colorful counting book, but something else -- something big and scary -- is hungry, too! Young readers will find page-turning action on every page -- and more than 100 reasons to take a second look.


Seeing as search and find books are quite popular in my library, I'm pretty sure this one will be too.  I liked how the book both tells a story and asks the reader to find details in the pictures.  Children will enjoy the humor embedded in the illustrations. There is a sweet message in the story about friendship and assumptions which is a nice feature since most search and find books don't have a story at all. Plus monkeys are a naturally funny animal to children.

MONKEY ME AND THE GOLDEN MONKEY Monkey Me #1 by Timothy Roland Scholasti…

MIDDLE GRADE BOOK REVIEW: Wonder Light: Unicorns of the Mist by R.R. Russell

WONDER LIGHT Unicorns of the Mist by R.R. Russell Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-4022-7989-8 Middle Grade Fantasy Source: author for review (Thanks!) All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered.

Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for "troubled" girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her.

Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn.

A baby unicorn.

Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island's mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig's to care for. That she needs Twig's love and protection. Because there's so…

YA COVER REVEAL w/ GIVEAWAY: Rewind to You by Laura Johnston

Cover Reveal, About the Author, a Sneak Peek of REWIND TO YOU and Rafflecopter Giveaway Goodreads * Amazon * Barnes & Noble
Author: Laura Johnston Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. Genre: Clean Contemporary YA Romance Release Date: September 15, 2014; Available for PREORDER now
One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.
But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.
When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the futur…

BLOG TOUR: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff

written by Mara Rockliff, illustrated Eliza Wheeler Peachtree Publishing, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-56145-729-8 Picture Book All ages Source: publisher for review (Thanks!)

No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.

Ruffled feathers, petty snits, minor tiffs and major huffs, insults, umbrage, squabbles, dust-ups, and imbroglios-the Grudge Keeper received them all, large and small, tucking each one carefully away in his ramshackle cottage.

When a fierce wind blows through Bonnyripple, the residents are forced to rescue Cornelius and deal with their various disputes.


Old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper, holds onto the grudges of everyone in his town of Bonnyripple. Every toe that gets stepped on, prizewinning flowers destroyed, and misbehaving students all add to the growing collection that Cornelius houses at his home.  But when a storm blows through and changes everything, can the townfolk find the wi…

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

ROSE AND THE LOST PRINCESS by Holly Webb Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014 ISBN13: 9781402285844
Middle Grade Fantasy Reviewed from digital ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Now an apprentice magician, Rose is asked to help find a very special missing person

Turning the worn pages of her spell book, Rose can't believe how much her life has changed. Once a poor orphan, she is now an apprentice to the king's chief magician. But when the country's beloved princess vanishes, everything changes. As rumors of dark magic fly through the city, the king asks Rose for help. She must find the missing princess, before all is lost.


Holly Webb is the author of Dog Magic, Cat Magic, and Lost in the Snow. She has always loved animals and owns two very spoiled cats. They haven't said a word to her yet, but she's always listening, just in case! She lives in England.

Rose's magical abilities have been d…