Angelica and Clara are twins living in a home that is supposed to be of some historical note except for one thing: it's falling apart! Seacrest is a glorious, mysterious and (literally) haunting mansion that the girl's father inherited, but they soon discover their family is cursed! In the delightful and adventurous novel The Warlock's Curse by C.B. Oresky, the twins must travel through dimensions to help their grandfather fight evil and get to the bottom of the curse that the villain has placed on their family!
Molly wants to participate in the Winter Ice Show but she worries that lack of practice and little know-how of ice skating will stand in her way. Her father takes her to the frozen pond in the park the following day to practice, but every time she tries to leap and spin around hoping to land on one foot like her experienced friend Sarah, she fails terribly. Constant encouragement from her father lightens up her disheartened attitude and even causes her to train harder by having a skating routine at home with her friends. Along the way, she faces various challenges but does not give up. She finally arrives at the arena with her Papa, scared at first but delivers a phenomenal show much to the excitement of the audience in the hall.
Fourteen-year-old Mathew has just one wish: to get away from his parents and annoying younger brother, and to have his own adventure. On a family camping trip, Matt meets a strange looking magical dog while walking through the woods. Before he realizes it, Matt finds himself transported to an ancient medieval realm full of witches, spells, and dangerous rivalries, kings, knights, and enchanted castles. But unfortunately, not all is well in the Kingdom! When Mathew finds himself going up against a powerful enemy only he can defeat, you might say it would be wise to heed this warning: be careful what you wish for!
Mystical and expressive, Michael Bialys' fantastical feat follows a young teen who, with the help of her friends, endeavors to seek back her father's soul and protect her two siblings from the threat of a vengeful villain. "The Chronicles of The Virago: Book III the Triumviratus" is the third volume in the series and can be read as a standalone novel. Makenna Grace Gold, The Virago, and a "Protector of Protectors" had just conquered an enormous seven-headed dragon, lying high in the sky over Shanghai's Huangpu River in China.
“What Does “Fine” Feel Like?” is a whimsical children’s picture book that provides young readers with a revolutionary and realistic outlook on how to attach the right vocabulary to different feelings as well as come to terms with the cognitive growth of one’s emotions. Also, the luscious text invokes a keen desire for the benefit of slowing down, taking a sober interest in others as well as honestly assessing how we are doing.
The Stonehart family embarks on a trip to Nova Scotia during the winter break. Beyond the excitement of visiting, they learn some sobering facts about Nova Scotia's history. The Harbour Explosion was a formidable beast, killing thousands and injuring even more. Further, an unshakable sadness felt by little Tori sends her and Ronni back to the explosion scene, where they must help a helpless stranger.
“Gracie and the Radar Girls,” written by Karen J. Moore and illustrated by Lyn Meredith, is the story of Grace Hudlow and her experience during WWII as a Radar Girl. The story tells about the pivotal role of the WARD (Women’s Air Raid Defense) in the war efforts. Gracie was only 16 years old the day she learned Pearl Harbor was under attack. When President Roosevelt declared war, everyone was called to do their part. After graduation, Gracie heard of efforts recruiting women to assist with vital top-secret jobs in the Hawaiian Islands. Gracie was interviewed and investigated by the FBI and accepted for the job! She became part of the Women’s Air Raid Defense, and she and the other women recruited worked in an underground bomb-proof tunnel that was code named LIZARD! The training was intense, and the women had to learn a new technology: RADAR: Radio Air Detection and Ranging. Known as Shuffleboard Pilots, the women of WARD played an essential role for the United States and were respected and celebrated when they returned home after the war ended.
I love to read a book that is well written, fun, enchanting, and has a purpose for being written. In her first book, Natacha Belair has successfully given me all of these reasons to read, plus some, and I am thrilled. In “A Stellar Purpose,” we are introduced to Avery, who is a normal 15-year-old with all the normal problems and enjoyable moments. Avery has a boyfriend she adores but cannot quite figure out why he is with her, a best friend who she adores but finds out cannot always be trusted, a great family with an annoying younger sister, and a love for animals which leads her to a wonderful job – or so she thought. In addition to all of this, each time that Avery falls asleep she is led to an alternate dimension on earth where she finds out there is a whole group of people, her grandmother who passed away years ago included, whose goal is to save the planet. Avery finds herself among them and learns that her purpose in this life is to protect animals.
"Fight or Flight: Double O'Two Mysteries" by twin sisters Ja'Naya and Jay'Den-Alexis, otherwise known as Double Blessing, is a beguiling children's mystery chock-full of witty dialogue, drama, and action. The authors carve out the storyline in such a professional but comic manner that leaves a longing for the next chapter in anticipation and advent.
"Where the sand shifted underneath, the water looked silvery white, as grainy as an old photograph of the desert. Where the turtle grads waved in the tide, it was the bleached green of a hazy summer morning." That lyrical description and impressive imagery of the tropical islands open up Peter W. Fong's wonderfully atmospheric text "The Coconut Crab".
"A Bowl Full of Blah" by Terry Varner tells the story of a little boy named Zeke and the unexpected pet he wins at a county fair, which is a fish. You know, the kind you win at a ring-toss game. While a lot of children wish their first pet could be a puppy or kitten to call their own, this story explores what it would be like to have an unconventional pet.
Paranormal fantasy fans take note—author Billy Kramer makes an impressive entrance into the world of YA fantasy with his explosive debut novel, “The First Assignment.”
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