The location of the Wisconsin woods is a beautiful backdrop for this tale, one that the illustrator definitely does justice to with her drawings. This is also a book that fits its subtitle perfectly, because this is a laid-back, pleasant tale that readers of all ages (over 6) will have a lot of fun reading. (Personally, however, I really like this one in the hands of an adult who loves sarcasm. Not only can you clarify things in the book for younger readers but also because these characters have a dry sense of humor at times that really makes you laugh out loud.)
This is not a guide for parents who are pulling out their hair trying to figure out what to do about that ridiculous boyfriend who can’t seem to pull up his pants and put a belt on (even though the 80s are so over), or how to manage everything from bullies to “F” grades that are appearing on report cards. No, Mr. Schaefer says that he wrote this book in order for adolescents to be able to calm themselves when chaos reigns in those teen years filled with chaos.
“Knights of the Alliance” is the first novel of a planned YA fantasy trilogy.
“Benny’s Symphony” is the story of a boy named Benny who goes to a place called “The Symphony” with his parents.
By utilizing friendly butterflies, smiling grasshoppers, ladybugs, earthworms and more, children can explore their adoption/kinship journey with their families; while adopted parents and caregivers can answer the questions kids have about their own distinctive paths, and make them feel comfortable.
“Ski Weekend: A Novel” is a YA thriller that will have you biting your nails down to stubs. Life hangs in the balance, but so do friendships and maybe even hope itself. This compelling story follows six teenagers on a weekend ski trip that turns incredibly wrong.
"Illyia (The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial, Book 2)" represents the kind of award-winning, completely immersive work that fantasy fans crave. It’s a character-driven story that takes you on an unforgettable trip into dark places and imaginative spaces. Well-paced and carefully plotted, you will be entertained and mystified as you venture into parts unknown.
“The Nodders” is a story about some little creatures who live in a place that’s hard to find by humans.
This has all the “ingredients” for a fantastical, magical, YA story that also caters to adults who absolutely love the Potter-esque world that happens maybe twice in a lifetime. First, you have that magic number: 13. Yes, there are 13 children in this book who all possess specific extraordinary powers. Are we talking the X-Men here… just in a different package?
There is real emotional intelligence in this one, guys and gals. Fred shows how you get upset, but he also gives you the tools to calm down. Everything from listening to music, to reading a good book, to simply taking three seconds to breathe and clear his head before going any further, Fred does. The author and illustrator even combine to give you information on how to create-your-own “calm down box” that includes supplies for arts and crafts, and more.
“On a Snowy Day” written by Preethi Saravanakumar and illustrated by Juliana Duclos is a poetic celebration of winter and an enchanting bedtime story appealing to all age groups, from toddlers to seniors. The story is all about a little boy’s imagination and the different things he would like to do on a snowy day.
“Here with the Winter” introduces readers to Jessie Conrad, a young widow who lost her husband in a truck accident. Set in the 1960s, in Ohio, the story follows Jessie and her two children as she heads back to her home town of West Emmette to rebuild her life in the new area of Meadow Drive. As they begin adjusting to a new schedule and new neighbors, Jessie relies on her father’s wisdom and support.
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