Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Noah Zarc Book Blast ~ Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews

 


Paul here today and happy to bring you the Noah Zarc Book Blast hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. This is an awesome looking series, and I know Sher has read these and loved them. I can't wait to jump right in with the first book Mammoth Trouble. We've got plenty of book blasts coming up as well as a book review of Bears or Thimble Down by Lauri and a blog tour for Wonder Light. Make sure to keep stopping back to keep up with all the great kidlit going on here at Sher A. Hart. Now on to the Book Blast!


About the Noah Zarc Books


Book 1


Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+ Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.


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Book 2


Noah Zarc - Cataclysm by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Book #2) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 234 Recommended age: 9+ Summary: Noah becomes embroiled in a mission that could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system. Will his name, Noah Zarc, be forever linked to the most devastating crime in humanity’s existence, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time?





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Book 3

Noah Zarc - Declaration by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Declaration (Book #3) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 1, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 226 Recommended age: 9+ Summary: As battles rage across the solar system, Noah must work to join together a rag-tag bunch of miners, farmers, and scientists who would rather just live in peace. With only a time-traveling ship full of animals and a general from the history books, the Zarc family has to stand against the full might of the Poligarchy. Will the truth about what really happened a thousand years in the past be enough to stop total war, or will Noah and his friends need to find another way to bring down a dictator?


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Special Omnibus Edition

Noah Zarc - Omnibus by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Omnibus (Special Edition) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: November 2, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Number of pages: 630 Recommended age: 9+ Summary: FEATURES ALL 3 BOOKS IN 1 SPECIAL EDITION & INCLUDES 22 PENCIL ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE AUTHOR In a future where Earth has been wiped clean of all life, and humanity has moved on to other worlds, twelve-year-old Noah Zarc and his family have embarked on a quest, in a time-traveling spaceship called the ARC, to retrieve two of every animal and repopulate a dead world.



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The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books


Book 1: "Pease's strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah's excited, fast-paced narration." ~ Publishers Weekly

Book 1: "If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan's Olympians books, I think you'll also like Noah Zarc." ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author

Book 2: "This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results." ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children's Author

Book 2: "A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination." ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer

Book 3: "I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains." ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer
 

About the Author: D. Robert Pease



D. Robert PeaseD. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn't been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer's Sirens. It's not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway

Hi, all, Sher here with April's Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway from I Am A Reader. Since my kindle is the old type without a lit screen, I figure it's time for a new version so I can read at night. I'm not going to say how far behind schedule I am after moving and doing taxes. Let's just say I need a boost, so I'm posting this and entering the giveaway too. Yes, it's allowed. You can do the same thing if you have a blog or website. Let's go for it!

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Okay, that's all for today, but if you have time, take a look at the previous giveaways still open and come back for tomorrow's book blast giveaway for Noah Zarc, one of my favorite middle grade SF series.  Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Life in the Palace Book Blast and Giveaway

Hi, all, Sher here with best wishes for a new start in spring. Taxes are done! Here in panhandle Florida, I've been happy for every day it stays cool because we've just planted an orchard full of fruit trees. The trees need time to put down roots before fruiting, yet my mouth is already watering for the taste of peaches and plums, nectarines, pears, apples, quince, blueberries, and pomegranite. And we have more trees and bushes that haven't arrived yet, things like paw-paws and pinapple guavas. I'm so close to having the edible landscape I've always wanted, I can taste it. Like I said, mouthwatering.

Even so, my favorite hobby isn't gardening, it's reading. This book's blurb makes my mouth water even more than the thought of real food. Sometimes, food for thought it the best kind. Please, read on.

Life in the PalaceLife in the Palace by Catherine Green

“We need to talk,” Tal said. Then I knew it was going to go badly. ‘We need to talk’ is the conversational equivalent of walking into your basement without turning on the light, on a dark and stormy night, when a known psychopath is on the loose. You might as well cut to the chase and slit your own throat.

Chloe Diaz assumed three things: that when Tal said that she was one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance, it was code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo;’ that the gorgeous Seth Wilks would never be her soul mate and that she’d never have to choose between them. Chloe was wrong.

Now the future of the world is in her hands, but what if price is too great to pay?
 

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After a lifetime in the shadow of her sister, Chloe is severely phobic of the chronically cool. Seth is everything she avoids; a pre-med philosophy major who works in a bar, plays in a band and is so good looking that grown women stare at him in the street. But it’s hard to say no to your soul mate. Thinking she’s maxed out her supply of destiny, Chloe settles down to enjoy the happily-ever-after.

Tal says that she’s one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance. Chloe assumes this is code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo.’ Actually Tal’s main extracurricular activity is fighting the forces of Oblivion. The People never need to hide what they are because no one ever believes them. Until Chloe does.


Chloe sets out to help Tal and The People as much as she can as an outsider. Seth says as long as no one wears their underpants on the outside Chloe can do what she likes. What he doesn’t say is that he’s also one of The People, although non-practicing. But as the Final Battle draws nearer, Chloe realizes it’s time for Seth to go collect his regulation sword. The only thing standing in his way is her. Seth says he’ll give up his place in heaven to stay with her. Chloe must choose between Seth’s soul and her own happiness.



Praise for Life in the Palace

An interesting take on the paranormal romance genre. …..While other books in the genre have unrealistic buy in to the acceptance of someone from the outside entering a "new world" Life in the Palace handled it from both the main character looking in and the dwellers of the Palace looking out at this person trying to enter their world. …….I am so happy to hear that there are more books in the series! – Yonit on Goodreads

I loved this world that Catherine Green created. I happily lost myself in the life & deep love between Chloe & Seth …..I loved the attention to detail, the fleshing out of the world around them, the obvious growth of all the characters... Even the heartbreaking choices made at the end.
Book two I cannot wait to read! – Ebon Darkmyth on Smashwords

Loved it, great story line, fun characters and after reading it and thinking deeply about the duality of our lives, it made my prayers come alive! – Rebecca Wittenstein on Amazon.com

This book introduces you to a whole host of characters that you want to meet in real life. ….The action keeps you reading, while the budding love between Seth and Chloe makes you breathless. A great read. – Cypora Cohen on Amazon.co.uk



CatherineAuthor Catherine Green


Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she's not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.










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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sticks N' Stones and the Garden of Phea Book Blast ~ Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Good morning everyone, Paul here today. I hope everyone is doing well. The sun is shining and the weatherman has promised a 70 degree day here in Illinois so I'm very excited. Sticks n' Stones and the Garden of Phea sounds like a really clever book. I can almost picture Phea's garden just from the blurb. I also love rabbits (Watership Down might be my favorite book) so this one is certainly on my list. Now onto the Book Blast!


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Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n' Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+ Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea's garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.

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Angela Burkhead Angela Burkhead is a full time writer and a full time mom. Of the two jobs, she cannot decide which is more difficult and time consuming, but both bring the joys of fulfillment and accomplishment. She and her son currently reside in Richmond, Ky, just north of Kentucky's arts and crafts capital, Berea, Ky, where she was born and raised. Her newest book, Sticks n' Stones and the Garden of Phea, an upper middle grade/young adult fantasy novel, was published February of 2014.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Big Fat Disaster Book Blast

Hi everyone... Lauri here today with a Book Blast! I like stories where the main character has to face real adversity, and this book really fits the bill! Take a look!

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Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.
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 In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.
Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds outThe Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!
Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.
Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs Book Blast & Giveaway

Hi, all, Sher here with a perfect book before Easter, especially for children who might eat too much candy. Not your kids, right? Well, mine sure did when they were young. So please, take a look!


Billy and the monster who ate all the Easter eggsAbout the Book

 

Title: Billy and The Monster Who Ate All The Easter Eggs | Author: David Chuka | Publication Date: March 23, 2013 | Publisher: Pen-n-a-Pad Publishing | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Join Billy and Monster in this third episode of the series titled Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Billy and Monster love all the holidays as they get to spend quality time together. However, their best holiday is Easter as they get to eat their favorite food...CHOCOLATE! This year, they're spending Easter with Grandma Chocalicious who loves Chocolate even more than Billy. She's an expert at making chocolate cake, chocolate waffles and even chocolate pasta. This year Grandma Chocalicious has made a pyramid of Easter eggs for her party on Easter Sunday. Billy and Monster want one of the Easter eggs but Grandma says they have to wait till Easter Sunday. What happens when Billy and Monster tip toe downstairs and the pyramid of Easter eggs comes falling down?

Get your copy of this funny book for kids of all ages that is not only full of laughs but also has a lesson weaved in that you'll love sharing with your loved ones.


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"Experience is the best teacher as Billy and his "purple shadow" learn a sweet lesson in Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Beautifully illustrated, nicely formatted, this quick, easy story will be read over and over again." ~ 5 Star Review, Julia B., Amazon
"My daughter has really been enjoying David Chuka's Billy and Monster books. This is another fun addition to the "family." As always, the story has a lovely moral (this time teaching the value of moderation - definitely the biggest word in the book)! It's based on the very realistic theme of overindulging in chocolate/sweets, which virtually anyone can relate to and which kids find a lot of fun. And, awesome pictures as always. Definitely recommend it." ~ 5 Star Review, Renee B., Amazon
"I really like the little monster in this book and how they get into trouble together. What child hasn't snuck into the cache of candies that their parents have hidden? Cute story with a lesson for the little ones in your family!" ~ 5 Star Review, Patricia T., Amazon
"This is a cute story about a little boy Billy and his funny friend Monster. They love chocolate so much that they forget about obeying to older. At night, they sneaked to the chocolate egg pyramid, started eating the chocolate eggs and made a big mess. On the morning, they not only got in a big trouble, but they also got a bad stomach pain. They both had to learn a lessons about MODERATION. Nice illustrations, book well written." ~ 5 Star Review, OPV, Amazon
"Billy and his monster friend enjoy lots of fun in this book, filled with great pictures and a cute story. It shares a lot about celebrating holidays, and intertwines humor and family love throughout the story. Hidden in the story is a nice message about eating in moderation, a well needed lesson in our culture of over-eating. Billy ends up being proud of himself and makes good decisions by the end of the book, while all the while sharing some adventures with his cute monster friend. Great read to share with your children or grandchildren year round, not just for the Easter holiday." ~ 5 Star Review, Katie W., Amazon


David ChukaAbout the Author: David Chuka

 

David Chuka lives in London with his lovely wife and two adorable children. His family are usually the first people to hear his funny and quirky tales. He was inspired to write his first book, 'If You See a Doctor' after he struggled to find a book for his daughter who was a beginner reader.
He's gone on to write more books including the popular 'Billy and Monster' series, a funny set of books about a little boy and his Monster who get into all sorts of funny situations and learn about moderation, friendship, self control, bravery etc. Young children can relate to Billy and you'll love sharing his adventures with your children, grandchildren and loved ones.

As a father himself, he has parents at heart when he writes. He recognizes that bedtime has to be one of the best parts of the day for parents and grandparents as it gives them the opportunity to bond with their little ones. He believes you'll enjoy sharing his stories with your loved ones at bedtime.

In David Chuka's books, you can stay rest assured that quality and captivating images will always complement the story to ensure your loved ones are spell-bound as you read to them. Beginner readers will also enjoy discovering new words as they read his books.

He has so many stories to tell and can't wait to share them with you and your loved ones.

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Okay, in case that's not enough, please come back both Friday and Saturday for more book blasts and giveaways. We're going to be posting most weekdays from now on--I hope--because we have a new reviewer and children's book author, Vincent Noot. He'll be posting his bio soon, so keep an eye out. Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Introducing Vincent Noot, Editor and Illustrator

Introduction of Vincent Noot, editor and illustrator

"Hi, as you can see, my name originates from the Netherlands. 'Noot' is pronounced as 'Note.' I grew up in the Netherlands and moved to the United States in 2013. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. In the Netherlands, I did the highest level of high school. I had a few passions: Art, language and sports. That's why I took language courses of Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, and Thai. The last mentioned was to do volunteer work for DEPDC, a school that prevents children from going into prostitution by offering them free education. After high school, I studied art in Belgium and eventually tourism and recreation industries in Breda, Netherlands, from which University I graduated.



So how come I moved to the USA? Well, love makes you do crazy things. I have a few aunts and uncles who live in Utah, so I came here to spend the summer. I met a girl who stole my heart. After one of the best summers of my life dating her and some plans for the future, we started the visa process. It took a whole year! Ughhh... but during that time, I saved up a lot of money by editing texts, translating from English to Dutch, and drawing portraits, cartoons, board games, illustrations, etc. for a child day care center. When I finally received the visa, I flew over and married Celestial, who is now my wife.

Together with my wife, we came up with a book which, we think, fills up a gap in the market. Of course most people have heard of "Where is Waldo." I loved those find and seek books, but they were lacking a more child-friendly approach, with kids as the main characters in daily situations children are in. We invented a family called "The Cutes". The first book is finished and will be available for sale soon. It's called "Find the Cutes - Playtime," and will be the first in a series of 10. Feel free to spread the word about our upcoming book series, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. The books will be amazing quality products that children can enjoy for hours. (www.findthecutes.com).

My services: You may hire me as an illustrator, an editor, or request for reviews. I like children's books, and book with a moral lesson or psychological dilemma. I mostly enjoy books in which the main character turns out to be a hero/heroin who makes a tough decision. As an artist, I love quality artwork, so books with pictures appeal to me more than the one without them.

Thank you for reading about me. Feel free to contact me at vincentnoot@gmail.com

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The Girl with the Gold Coin Proofreading Contest

Hi, all, Sher here, so happy to be done with my taxes that I want to jump for joy! But I'm way behind, so I'll settle for catching up on my blog, starting with a proofreading contest for the second of a middle grade fantasy book series, Norm and Burny. I enjoyed the first Norm and Burny book a lot, and you can find my review here. I loved the illustrations almost as much as the story.

But if you want to jump right into book two, The Girl with the Gold Coin, you can do it FREE if you help the authors proofread. You might even win your own signed print edition, so go ahead, give it a shot. Even if you don't win the book, you'll become a new Norm and Burny fan--unless you don't like reading fun and wild magical adventure books.

I took a few liberties with the text below because the information came from the authors' website, and they're the ones offering the prize. Please, read on.
 
Welcome, proofreaders!


They say no book is ever perfect -- but they haven't heard about our
  April 2014 proofreading competition!   Read The Girl with the Gold Coin free!
Win your own free signed copy!

  The print-ready copy will be available during April on the Norm and Burny website, NormandBurny.com for proofreading. If you are the first to report an error, the authors will send you a signed first edition paperback of The Girl with the Gold Coin with their thanks.

"We will give away as many books as our sharp-eyed proofreaders earn!"
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Okay, that's all for the contest, but in case you didn't notice yet, there's a new blog contributor on the sidebar. Vincent Noot joined our blog last week. He's about to launch his first children's book, Find the Cutes, and he already posted his first two book reviews. Cool beans!
 
Franklin Bean would say "Cool frijoles!"  What? Well, if you want to know what, scroll down to the last post or click here and read all about the frijoles in Vincent's book review. I'm going to ask him to introduce himself here, and he'll be on our "About" page soon, so please come back and read all about this talented illustrator who authored a children's search book with his wife, Celestial. I love that name! 
 
Now on to the Kid Lit blog hop hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
 
 
See the new logo? I love that too. I'd also love to hear your comments, and then if you have time, please scroll back through a few more posts to read book reviews and find open giveaways before you go hopping. Thanks for visiting!
 
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review by Vincent Noot of "Franklin Bean"



The story starts out with a boy who just moved to a new house and is nervous about making friends and adjusting to his environment. I can relate, because the first time our family moved, I wasn’t too happy with the change either. I hated it. So for all the children who have a hard time adapting, I think this would be a book they can relate to. After a while, the main character finds a dog that can talk, with which he surprises his peers. The rest of the book is a compilation of adventures of him and his dog, like saving a fishermen. I guess you can compare this story with the phenomenon of an imaginary friend, or the bond between a child and a pet. In that way, a lot of children could relate to the main character, either because of the first or the second reason.

The expression “Cool beans” appears a lot as half English, half Spanish, namely, “Cool frijoles.” It might be hard to pronounce for some native English speakers, but with the growing population of native Spanish speakers in the US, I think many parents and children will be happy to find somewhat of a cross-cultural reference in the book.


A well-written book with many themes children would enjoy, like moving, coming to the rescue, talking animals, having a best friend, etc.
Review by Vincent Noot of "The Note Hunter - Case of the Haunted Swamp"



The artwork: Can I just say that at a first glance, I LOVE the illustrations? I am an illustrator myself and I sense a Disney-like style in the way the artist drew the animals. Still, it seems to be not an exact copy of Disney characters, but he made it his own style. Seeing that he worked for several tv cartoon series, it’s no surprise. Definitely a book that has beautiful pictures to enjoy!

The style: The book is obviously written for children with a big vocabulary, for older kids, or who would like to expand their vocabulary. Sentences like, “Another bluster ruffled his double-breasted trench coat” or “as he plummeted toward the pavement” and other long descriptions are not uncommon. Sometimes French or Italian words are expressed, and typically some characters speak with a heavy accent, expressed in the different spelling of the words they say. It makes it a little harder to read, but It brings the characters to life. I like it.


The story: I am sure this book will be enjoyed by the more intelligent youngsters who like to read mystery books.  The plot unravels slowly when one keeps on reading. It’s a lot of fun to see the characters come to life. All kinds of animals with different accents cross paths with the main mouse detective (a wink to Disney’s movie). And as a real detective, he always “senses” there is something off, something to be investigated. The book is 79 pages, which is good for a long time of reading enjoyment.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold Book Review

Good Monday morning everyone! It’s Lauri again… and yes, you guessed it… I have another book review to start your week. I approach every book I read with excitement—anxious to begin the journey with the main character. I long to be taken away, leave reality for a brief period of time, and totally immerse myself into another world full of intrigue and adventure.
“Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold” by Iain Reading didn’t disappoint, although it took awhile to get going. The main character, Kitty, is an engaging, adventurous nineteen-year-old with shades of Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking. She’s an accomplished pilot, and the book begins with her setting out on her first adventure. She has secured funding to study humpback whales and she will be flying solo on this one. (Okay… yes, it was a bad pun.) Nevertheless, at the tender age of nineteen, she is leaving her home in Canada and heading to Alaska to begin her quest.

When I agreed to read/review books, I made two promises to myself. First, I would read every book, in its entirety, before writing and posting a review. Second, I would stay true to my own code of ethics… that is, I would not give rave reviews if the books weren’t worthy of such. “Kitty Hawk” is an enjoyable book, but there are a few issues that must be addressed. First and foremost, the author advertises this book as teen and young adult. Kitty (the point of view character) is nineteen years old, which automatically classifies this book on the outside edge of young adult. She is out of school, and is essentially living life as an adult. In children’s literature, young adult books feature main characters between the ages of fourteen and eighteen.  Secondly, the book gets a little bogged down with what I like to call “information dumping.” Yes, there are vital pieces of information we as readers need, but in many cases, Reading gives us more than we needed (and wanted). And yes, we needed a little background about the gold (essentially important to the plot), but in this case, less would have been more. In my opinion, the story really begins in chapter four.

Once the story started, however, Reading hit his stride. Kitty “came to life”, and I found myself rooting for her. I loved her sense of adventure and her independence. I remember being nineteen (and no, I will not tell you how long ago that was)—I applaud a character that takes life by the horns. Life is meant for living, and that sentiment is fully embodied in Kitty’s outlook. The author does a good job relaying Kitty’s enthusiasm and maturity… she makes sound decisions in the cockpit while still retaining the exuberance of her youth in other places, like when meeting young men and seeing the whales for the first time. Her inner monologue was off-putting at times, but then again, it served to remind me that this seaplane pilot is still on the teen side of twenty. Reading’s use of first person brings us closer to his main character and the action of the story. He writes first-person POV well.

When Kitty notices a suspicious boat riding very low in the water, she remembers the campfire stories about the lost gold. A light bulb goes off in her head and she thinks (to paraphrase) gold is heavy—the boat is laden with gold! Being the adventurous sort, she flies in for a closer look, lands her plane in an inlet, and hikes through the forest to find out what’s really going on. Here’s where I became totally invested… anxious to read more. (Reading truly hits his prime at this point.) Kitty is “kidnapped” by four brothers, and journeys with them through the remainder of the book. While Kitty suffers a slight case of Stockholm syndrome, all isn’t what it seems, and good does triumph over evil.

I do recommend this book, but any young teen readers should be cautioned—the writing style and level of “Kitty Hawk” are more complex than most children’s literature on the bookshelves. However, Iain Reading gives us a character that is refreshing in this day and age—a young person without a sense of entitlement or over-dependence on her parents to provide everything for her. She also appreciates, loves, and safeguards our Earth’s natural treasures.  If you have always dreamed of flying, seeing whales, experiencing the wilds of Alaska, and have a thirst for adventure… this book will interest you.

You can find the book at amazon.com at this link Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold.

Have a great day everyone!

About the Author, Iain Reading

I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and reveled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can't really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.


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