Tellwell Talent

“Secrets in the Islands” by Lauren de Leeuw
“Secrets in the Islands” by Lauren de Leeuw 640 1024 Reader Views Kids
Sami Johnson isn’t your average twelve-year-old. She has super-famous archaeologist parents for one thing, so her parents’ renowned status casts a unique shadow on her upbringing. She doesn’t even go to a real school. She’s never met her best friends in real life because she studies with them completely through the internet. For her family’s latest adventure, they are off to the island of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the coast of Canada. Sami finds that there is a lot more excitement there than some mere archaeological finds. A “destruction” (construction) company is out to privatize ocean access, taking it away from the natives of the islands and destroying their heritage in the process. With the help of her new Haida friend, Alaya, Sami sets out to stop them before it is too late. read more
“Smelly Begins” by Cindy Lane
“Smelly Begins” by Cindy Lane 819 1024 Reader Views Kids
When Adam and Luke learn that their mom is having a baby, they are so excited in “Smelly Begins: The Adventures of Smelly Rogers” by Cindy Lane. Since they both go by silly nicknames between each other, they know immediately that Victoria needs a nickname to rhyme with theirs. Luke’s nickname is Welly, Adam’s is Jelly, and since they want all nicknames to rhyme, they decide Victoria’s will be Smelly because she produces smelly diapers. Of course, this nickname is meant with the utmost affection from her brothers. But as Smelly grows up and starts attending school and extracurricular activities such as soccer, the boys know they can’t cheer their sister on using her Smelly nickname. So, they come up with a new nickname, Nugget, which will only be used out in public, so as not to embarrass Victoria in front of her teachers, coaches, and teammates. read more
“The Very Different Witch” by Jill Danis
“The Very Different Witch” by Jill Danis 1000 1000 Reader Views Kids
Jill Danis’ “The Very Different Witch” follows a young girl who struggles to fit in at school. Through embracing her differences and sharing them with her classmates, she realizes what makes her stand out is what makes her special. read more
“Badger and Turtle Face the Storm” by Daniel McMillan
“Badger and Turtle Face the Storm” by Daniel McMillan 717 1024 Reader Views Kids
“Badger and Turtle Face the Storm” by Daniel McMillan is the story of two friends who face a storm, literally and metaphorically. Badger and Turtle are outside enjoying the day when an intense storm rolls in quickly and unexpectedly. With similar human responses, the two friends react on impulse in their unique ways – Turtle feels scared, so he digs and hides in his shell by himself; Badger feels angry and upset with Turtle’s reaction, and burrows as well, attempting to get closer to Badger. In the process, he is unaware of how his actions are affecting Turtle. read more
“Ash Moonlight” by Dewalt du Plessis
“Ash Moonlight” by Dewalt du Plessis 640 1024 Reader Views Kids
Dewalt du Plessis’s new novel, “Ash Moonlight,” tells a tale that encompasses layered varying romance tropes amidst adrenalizing situations.  read more
MEET THE AUTHOR! A Conversation with Mikayla Rose – Author of “When June Met July”
MEET THE AUTHOR! A Conversation with Mikayla Rose – Author of “When June Met July” 175 204 Reader Views Kids
Mikayla Rose is a recent English graduate, currently living in the city of Toronto. There, she penned When June Met July, her first YA novel. In trying to make peace with the concurrent feelings of excitement and anxiety that come from living in your twenties, Mikayla found herself wondering what to do with the lessons she’d learned. After much pondering, she landed on a rather literary purpose: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I might just write a book. read more