Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tears for Nanertak, by Skip Hofstrand

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What Happens When Your Home Disappears?
For most of us, it's hard to imagine our home vanishing. But for Nanertak, a polar bear cub, the melting of her Arctic homeland means that she has nowhere to live. She and her mother, Nanuck, are forced to escape. Their exit by iceberg is full of danger - the beginning of an incredible journey of survival. Many tears are shed along the way, but there is unexpected hope for Nanertak's future...along with a solution to the problem of her disappearing Arctic homeland. Join Nanertak and Nanuck as they search for their new home in this beautiful story that is both educational and inspiring for children and adults alike.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478720812
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

*A beautifully-written book for any age, really getting to the core of a real problem*

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sounds of a Coo by Kelly Lambert

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The sound of a Coo is very special. And if we really take time to hear, We will soon learn about the world you see And how to you it may appear. So listen very closely when your baby starts to coo. He is telling you about the wonders of life, which to him are very new. This heartwarming and expressive collection of poems perfectly captures the way babies first experience their environment. Sounds of a Coo features poems that celebrate the magic and wonder of a baby's world, and help us focus on the way our babies communicate. So cuddle up with your little one and share the rhythmical language of poetry. Your baby will enjoy it as much as you do!

  • Hardcover: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432783165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432783167
  • Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker

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    Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical “B” celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460922638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460922637


    The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas

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    It is 1863 and Emily Blue Hatchett has been told by her father that, come spring, their family will leave their farm, family and friends in Quincy Illinois and travel the Overland Trail to a new home in Golden, Colorado. Emmy and her mom have mixed feelings about the trip and are saddened by all they must leave behind.

    When Emmy s grandmother comes to say goodbye, she gives Emmy a special gift, something to occupy her time along the trail.

    The journey by wagon train is long and full of hardships and Emmy s experiences along the way bring the period of westward expansion, as well as issues facing women, to life for young readers.
    New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Sandra Dallas brings her much-admired storytelling talent to middle-grade readers for the first time. She is the author of eleven adult novels as well as ten nonfiction books. Sandra s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films. Sandra is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award.

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    They Stood Alone by Sandy McLeod Humphrey

    Imagine this: For centuries everyone has believed that the sun and all the planets revolve around the earth. But by studying the old books and observing the heavens, you have concluded that the earth and all the other planets revolve around the sun. Your theory is so radical that you are hesitant to tell others about it. Your name is Nicolaus Copernicus. Although at first your beliefs are denounced and ridiculed, your observations are eventually proved correct. In time, you come to be called the founding father of modern astronomy.
    Or imagine this: It's the early 19th century and women have few legal rights. Married women can't own property, their wages belong to their husbands, and they don't even have the right of guardianship over their children. You know the laws are unfair, but as a young woman yourself, what can you do? Your name is Elizabeth Cady Stanton. You spend your life fighting for women's rights, and later many give you credit for being the architect and founder of the Women's Rights Movement.

    What a great job Sandy McLeod Humphrey did with this book!

    An easy read.  I had a great time reading all the stories about so many wonderful people in our history today!

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616144858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616144852

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    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Delia's Dull Day by Andy Myer

    What a fun book for kids!  My kids very much enjoyed this book journey.  The illustrations are amazing!  Lots of color in this fine book.  A must read for a young child.

    Poor Delia, nothing ever happens to her. Her life is so dull, dull, dull. But perhaps if Delia decided to look up or turn around, she'd see… the elephants marching through her house… the pirate sitting behind her on the school bus… or even the submarine that rises to the surface right after she leaves the pool! If Delia ever paid attention, she'd realize her life is quite exciting after all.

    Purchase HERE at Barnes and Noble!
    ISBN-13: 9781585368044
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Thursday, May 3, 2012

    Operation Seeding by Michael Andrisano

    Rain Rain Go Away, Come Again another Day In the spring of nineteen forty nine from lower Virginia to the Alabama coast it rained. Those who had heard the sirens were still alive. Those who fled the flood waters born from once slow flowing creeks were saved. Those that paid it no mind were now lost, or maybe alone this night praying to stay alive. Josh sat in the Civil Defenses headquarters and had no idea as to what he would do next. Sitting there he watched through swollen and darkened eyes as the Red Cross volunteers continued to work around the clock bringing in food and water. Things right now were insane to him and to all those who sat around him staring blankly into the bare floor. They were wondering what would life would be like when it all came to an end. It had been raining; torrential, miserable cold wet rain for the last four months. It seemed as if the rain was never going to end. He had already lost his house, his crops in the fields, and his livestock as he watched it all wash away one day right before he himself was rescued. His mother and father are still listed among the missing. No one could figure out why God was punishing everyone.
    A must read!
  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432781189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432781187
  • Baby Rose by Carol Short

    As a young woman, Lily loses her husband and is faced with raising a baby on her own. She manages to make ends meet and provides a loving home for her daughter, always missing her beloved husband, Paul.

    After finding love again, marrying and having a second child. Lily once again faces bad news.

    This story is about two sisters, Heidi and Ali, (Lily's children) continually facing twists and turns in and out of happiness and hardships. Each time you think you know what is about to happen, the story changes. The plot continually thickens. The suspense will keep you turning pages.

    Heidi and Ali help each other try to succeed through every trial and tribulation that life throws in their paths. They stand strong in the tough situations and they rejoice together in the celebrations.

    Adulthood separates them geographically but not emotionally, each in their own world but both still bound by sisterly love.

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432765868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432765866

  • Surviving Mental Illness

    The Road to Recovery
    Written from the perspective of someone whose life has been challenged by mental illness, this book offers help, hope, and inspiration to others struggling with psychological disorders. It provides information about mental illness in general—and mood disorders in particular—valuable tips about treatment and medication, and resources and organizations dedicated to helping those suffering from these disorders.

    Surviving Mental Illness helps break through the fear and stigma of mental illness and focuses on how to find health and happiness. The author shares her personal journey: the heartbreak and challenges of bipolar disorder, and the joy of making her way back to mental health. Through her own story, she shows that help is out there, and with a little faith, recovery is possible.
    I really enjoyed this honest account of this author's life.  Exposes mental illness and gets rid of the stigma of mental illness in our society. A must read!

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    The Miles Between

    Book: The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson Release date: September 1, 2009 Publisher: Henry Holt and Company From: Author Summary: Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping her distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. Her number-one rule: Don’t get attached. But one day, unexpectedly finding a car at their disposal, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip. They’re searching for one fair day—a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just and right. Their destination: Langdon, a town that Destiny’s unsuspecting companions hope will hold simply a day of fun. But, as Destiny says, “Things are not always what they seem.” Only she knows that Langdon holds far more than that—a deep secret she has never shared with anyone. The Miles Between explores the wonder and magic of a very real world where chance, mystery, and secrets abound.

    I thought this was a great book and the book was on the best of 2009 list. Must read!

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Jon Bonnell's Texas Favorites


    In Jon Bonnell's Texas Favorites, the owner/chef at Forth Worth's premier restaurant bearing his name shares his favorite dishes for parties and family gatherings.
    Holding back no secrets, Bonnell gives easyto-follow directions on how to make Tex-Mex essentials like tortillas, salsas galore, guacamole and tamales. His recipes for family-style fiestas, Fort Worth fancy foods, seafood, and wild game are sure to please any size crowd. Fabulous ideas for tailgate parties will let you host with ease while making your tailgate the hottest one at the game. And then wind down any party with a variety of liquor-infused desserts or Sweet Biscuits with Cactus Jelly.
    There's nothing intimidating about cooking with Chef Jon. From Texas-style ribs and potatoes to southwestern twists on fish, fresh veggie salads, and sweets, you'll be whipping up delicious meals for your family and friends-in the kitchen and on the barbecue!

    Product Details

    • ISBN-13: 9781423622598
    • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
    • Publication date: 3/1/2012
    • Pages: 224

    This book is awesome, a massive hard back cookbook.

    Peanut Butter Sweets, by Pamela Bennett


    Whether you like creamy or crunchy, there's no denying that peanut butter is a favorite pantry staple, and Peanut Butter Sweets offers you 70 tasty ways to enjoy it.

    From smoothies, cookies, pies, and cakes to candies, dips, sauces, and toppings, here are recipes to help you create luscious sweet treats for parties and special events, luncheons, desserts, or for eating all by yourself while watching a favorite movie. You can also indulge your creative genius and package up some of these yummy morsels in cute ways for gift-giving.

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    The Returned by Dr. Laurence B. Brown


    From Dr. Laurence B. Brown, author of the critically acclaimed best-seller, The Eighth Scroll, comes an exhilarating adventure of surprising depth and extraordinary resonance.

    For brothers Nathan and Mark Jones, the best summer vacation they can imagine is one of wild adventure. That is why they join their college geochemistry professor on a prospecting trip to South America. But what begins as a simple expedition rapidly devolves into a life-altering trip into the darkest corners of the human soul. The brothers’ lives soon morph into a kaleidoscope of the best and worst that lawless human nature and untamed wilderness can dish out. They quickly realize...

    Interesting, fast read! highly recommend!

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Travel Doodles for Kids, by Anita Wood

    A great travel companion for the kiddos this summer!

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    Check out POCKETDOODLES.COM for more fun doodles!

    Exploring the world one doodle at a time.

    ISBN-13: 9781423624547
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher

  • Publication date: 2/1/2012

  • Pages: 272
  • Frog and Friends Best Summer Ever by Eve Bunting

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          ISBN-13: 9781585365500
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

  • Publication date: 4/1/2012

  • Pages: 40

  • Age range: 6 - 7 Years

  • About the Author

    An author of more than 250 children's books, Eve Bunting has won nemerous awards and honors.

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Bodacious Blues, by Whitney J. LeBlanc

    Bodacious Blues completes the saga-trilogy of a Creole family from Estilette Louisiana. From the depression on, three generations of this family have struggled in the midst of blues music, religious conflicts, lust, lynching, murder, voodoo, and racism. Now comes the grandchildren of Martha Broussard, who carve out paths through the changing world, and their stories emerge as they experience the rites of passage into adulthood. Ann Martel develops into the doctor that her grandfather hoped her brother would become. Disappointed in love, she finds contentment and happiness with an older woman-partner.

    Meanwhile, her brother, Les Martel, defies all who challenge the man he desires to be. Believing in an eye for an eye, he kicks the ass of anyone who stands in his way. He protests racial intimidation in Estilette, takes on an abusive lover in Chicago, fights a Paul Bunyan giant in the backwoods of Bemidji, kicks the ass of a contemptible womanizer in Nashville, and gives comeuppance to a backstabber in Hollywood. Living life on his own terms, he soon discovers that Hollywood is not the place he thought it would be- the values were not his values- the truth was not his truth- trust was deception- honesty was weakness and loyalty was an unknown word.

    In Bodacious Blues, Les Martel brings the saga of this proud family, to a final conclusion in the 1980's. In a milieu of religious controversy, sexual cross-identification, and the racial exploitations of Hollywood, he discovers that coming of age as a man was not as easy as he thought.

  • Paperback: 372 pages

  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 22, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1432773798

  • ISBN-13: 978-1432773793

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

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    A Giraffe Did One, by Jerry Pallotta

    A worm did it underground.

    A bird did it in the air.

    A bear did it on the hilltop.

    A whale did it deep in the water.

    Walking, running, skipping, or jumping. Sometime, somewhere, someone around the world is doing this. Maybe even you! So, what can it be?

    Young readers will giggle and smirk as they try to guess just exactly what it is that these animals are doing. And, the ending may just surprise them!

  • Hardcover: 32 pages

  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (March 3, 2012)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1585366412

  • ISBN-13: 978-1585366415
  • Surviving the Hindenburg, by Larry Verstraete

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    this fabulous book.

    On May 6, 1937, the giant German airship the Hindenburg exploded in a ball of fire as it attempted to land at Lakehurst Navel Base in New Jersey. Of the 93 people on board, a remarkable 62 survived, including Werner Franz, the ship's 14-year-old cabin boy.

    In Surviving the Hindenburg, writer Larry Verstrate recounts young Werner's story of the airship's final voyage. Through Werner's memories young readers will explore the inner workings of the giant airship, marvel at the breathtaking vistas from its observation windows, and hold their breath during Werner's terrifying escape from the fiery devastation.

    "My mind didn't start working again until I was on the ground," Werner said, later. "Then I started running."

    Captured in detailed, dramatic artwork, the story of the doomed airship comes alive for readers and history buffs of all ages.

    Product Details
    ISBN-13: 9781585367870
    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
    Publication date: 2/2/2012
    Pages: 32
    Sales rank: 1,173,088
    Age range: 6 - 10 Years

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Track that Scat! by Lisa Morlock

    ISBN-13: 9781585365364
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

  • Publication date: 2/1/2012

  • Pages: 32

  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years

  • When Finn and her dog Skeeter set out on a hike to cure their restless feet, they literally take a step into nature. A big gooey step...right into scat (also known as poop). And just like the animal it comes from, scat comes in all shapes and sizes. Scat, along with foot or paw tracks, can tell a lot about the creature who produced it.

    As Finn's hike takes her further into the woods, she happens along some scat and tracks from a variety of woodland creatures.

    Pairing punchy rhyme with science writing, Lisa Morlock has created the perfect nature guide, providing detailed descriptions of the prints, diets, and behaviors of the animals that Finn and Skeeter encounter along their hike.

    Watch your step!

    The Creation. A Letter. By Donald Jordan

    It's been a while since I've had any books to review, but I recently finished this book and wanted to put up the review for it!

    First I want to show you where you can buy this lovely book. Click HERE to purchase.
    Lately, I'm all about B&N. I'm banning Amazon lately. ~long story LOL.


    The realistic, yet compassionate view of life that Donald Jordan passes on to his grandchildren in The Creation: A Letter encourages all of us to share our beliefs and faith with our offspring and serves as a simple model of how to do so. Coupled with short, illustrative anecdotes, Jordan’s encouragement to be kind, responsible and honest, to express gratitude and to forgive, and most of all to love provides genuine and humble guidance for any child or grandchild.

    Mr. Jordan does a fabulous job with this quick little read. Encouragement. A great read for anyone young (over 14) or old. Inspiring. Makes the reader want to write their own story for generations to come.

    I really enjoyed this book. Well worth the read!