Book of the Week: W.A.R.P Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin Review & Giveaway

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Many of you might know that I am a big fan of good Middle-Grade (MG) and Young Adult (YA) books.  In fact, on our trips to the bookstore you can usually find me in the pre-teen and teen section.  I pay no heed to my husband's raised eye-brows when I head off into that direction at the bookstore.  My argument is that good MG and YA books have fun characters, a good storyline and usually entail some adventure-taking.  And I am all about adventures!  When I was asked to read and review best-selling author Eoin Coffer's latest book W.A.R.P Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin I knew I was in for a fun ride.  I really enjoyed reading Colfer's Artemis Fowl series which some say are like Die Hard with fairies. Early this month Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, released WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin with a first printing of 750,000.   Eoin Colfer will help bring the … [Read more...]

App of the Week: Brush of Truth

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The Brush of Truth storybook app, written by Julie Landry Laviolette, is quite delightful and full of wonderful adventures for children ages 8-12 years of age. The story allows the reader to choose different paths you would take in the story and has 65 decision points that offers 20 different endings. The story places you and your sister, Erin, at a beach where you discover a magical paintbrush that once belonged to a medieval sorcerer. I bet you are intrigued now! As you uncover the magical powers of the paintbrush, you encounter a sea goddess, explore along the ocean floor and even get trapped in a sand castle. Middle-grade children will love the chance to chose different paths for the story and will keep coming back to try-out different story-lines to see what will happen! I know I went back several times to see where the story would progress. It is full of magic, adventure and … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Celtic Run by Sean Vogel

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This week we are featuring  Celtic Run, a middle grade novel by Sean Vogel and published by MB Publishing.  I am always game for a book that writes about adventure and treasure hunting and this one is sure to satisfy those interested in" action-adventure" books.   You feel like you are on the journey with Jake and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Ireland, where the story takes place.  I had a chance to speak to Sean this week about his middle-grade book that recently won a Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Award! Tell us how the idea for Celtic Run came about.  As a kid, some of my favorite stories featured ordinary kids who found themselves in extraordinarily harrowing situations, where all they had were their wits and each other to survive.  Growing up, I decided that someday I would write a series starring a gadget-oriented boy who, despite his own faults, would be able to lead his … [Read more...]