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An Unconditional Love
By Cassyashton Porter
Illus By Kym Jones
Review By Christina Lewis

When Jami's parents died in the fire Jami and her younger sister Tami were left all alone. While Tami was adopted into a loving family Jami was shuffled from foster home to foster home, carrying a terrible secret of abuse with her. When Jami finally goes to live with her aunt and uncle she is afraid that they will eventually send her away too. Can Jami learn to love and trust again after all she has been through? Will she be able to find peace before it's her time to leave this world all too soon? This is a touching story about love and loss, caring and understanding. Just be sure to have plenty of tissues on hand! (Young Adult)

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Angel in a Bubble
By Melisa Eyuboglu
Review By Christina Lewis

Nine-year-old Melisa has written a delightful and imaginative story young readers will enjoy. The wonderful illustrations bring to life this enchanting tale of a young girl who meets her angel and helps to free her from a bubble. A wonderful lesson in the importance of helping others in need. Hopefully we all have an angel watching over us.

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Being Kind to George
By Jo Dunningham
Review By Christina Lewis

One morning Oliver, the big black dog, was out walking with his best friend Greg when he heard some strange noises in a patch of tall grass. Oliver was frightened when out popped a scrawny goose covered in seaweed. From then on Greg and Oliver would walk down to the park and feed the hungry goose, who Greg named George. They went to visit him every day, and soon other people in the park began to visit George too. George loved all of the attention, until the park ranger told Greg that taking care of a wild animal is not always a good thing to do because George might forget how to take care of himself. Greg knew that the park ranger was right, so he decided to spend less time with George, even though it made him sad. George became lonely, until one day he spotted two boys at the park. He waddled after them honking loudly, but the boys were frightened and tried to scare George away. George got scared and started running all over, people were chasing him and someone tried to grab him. Hurt and frightened George slowly made his way to Greg's café. Greg called the park ranger and together they found a new home for George, a place where George could be himself with other geese. "Being Kind to George" is a wonderful story about friendship and doing what's right, even though it may be difficult. The warm and colorful illustrations bring the story to life. (Ages 4-8)

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Black Fury
By Cassyashton Porter
Illus By Cindy Brock
Review By Christina Lewis

Black Fury" is a wonderful story about one young girl's unique relationship with a very special horse. From the first time 13-year-old Chance Delmar sees Black Fury, she knows she must have him for her own. Black Fury is a beautiful black horse with a silver mane, but he doesn't like anyone to ride him, not even his owner. So when Black Fury allows Chance to ride him in the competition, his owner knows that Chance is a special girl and the only owner for Black Fury. (Ages 4-8)

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Crash!
By Mayra Calvani
Illus By Anna Pylypchuk
Review By Christina Lewis

On his fifth birthday Marcelo got a big yellow box tied with a sparkling red ribbon. There were holes in the box and Marcelo wondered what his mom and dad got him. But when the box shakes and yelps, Marcelo is very excited! Inside he finds the cutest puppy in the world. Marcelo spent the next several days taking care of his puppy and trying to think of a good name for him. His parents gave suggestions, but Marcelo could not think of the perfect name. But as Marcelo gets to know his puppy, he comes up with the perfect name for him - Crash! A fun story about a boy and his puppy. (Ages 4-8)

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Danny
By Denise Gasta
And Gregory Michel
Review By Christina Lewis

To the little boy Danny is more than just a dandelion, he's a beautiful yellow flower. Danny can't understand why the little boy, Kai, is paying attention to him and not the other flowers, after all he's just a weed. Kai explains that the other flowers have prickly thorns and they aren't nice like Danny. They soon become friends and spend every day talking. The grownups think it is odd for Kai to talk to the weed, but Kai doesn't care, he likes talking to Danny. One day when Kai's father runs over Danny with the lawnmower Kai is very upset, but his father says that we have to get rid of the weeds. Kai doesn't understand, but when Danny comes back Kai is very happy. Danny tells him that he will stay as long as he can. Kai knows that dandelions are very special and when he grows up his yard becomes a safe place for dandelions to grow. This is a heartwarming story about unconditional love, caring for something even when other people say you shouldn't. (Ages 4-8)

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Elaine's Amazing Stink
By Valerie Hardin
Illus By Kym Jones
Review By Christina Lewis

Betty notices that Elaine never talks to the other skunks. When she asks her why Elaine says that no one likes her because she lost her stink when she got sick. Betty, Jay and Mick come up with a clever but stinky plan to help Elaine get her stink back, and they label it "Elaine's Amazing Stink." This delightful story of true friendship shows how three friends work together to help another friend feel like she belongs. The adorable illustrations bring a sense of charm and happiness to the story. (Ages 4-8)

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Emma's Masterpiece
By Jennifer Reed
Review By Christina Lewis

Emma loves to draw, but when nobody seems to be able to figure out what she's drawing, she begins to wonder if she's any good at it. Emma shows her pictures to her mom, her dad, her neighbor and her brother, but none of them can see what she sees. And they all have suggestions on how to make her drawings better. Emma becomes discouraged and throws all of her drawings in the trash. When Emma goes to Grammy's room later to tell her dinner is ready, she finds Grammy standing on the bed taping something to the wall. Emma looks around at the crumpled pictures on the wall and smiles, someone likes her drawings! But Grammy has a big surprise for everyone, and soon they will all see how special Emma's drawings are. And Emma realizes that she truly is an artist, because her drawings come from the heart. "Emma's Masterpiece" is a beautiful story about following your heart and doing what's important to you. (Ages 4-8)

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How to Write a Children's Book in 30 Days or Less - FREE
By Caterina Christakos
Review By Christina Lewis

Have you ever dreamed of writing for children? Did you think it would be too difficult? Well, it's not! You just have to want to do it and make the decision that you are going to do it! This handy resource offers some great advice on writing your first (or next) masterpiece. You'll find tips on how to get past procrastination, studying the market, age groups, stopping your inner critic, how to start your story with zing, creating incredible and believable characters, creating dialogue, keeping your readers interest and much more! You can get all of this for free! Download your copy today. Visit the link below and click on the link that says "free ebook." http://www.howtowriteachildrensbook.com. (YA-Adult)

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I Can Grow
By Mrs. Mouse
Review By Christina Lewis

More than anything Little Rock wants to grow like the beautiful flowers in the garden. Through wind and rain, sunshine and snow it tries really, really hard but nothing happens. One day a tulip starts growing under Little Rock, lifting it higher and higher in the air, and it was happy because it felt like it was growing too! But when a strong wind knocks Little Rock to the ground it sinks into the wet muddy earth, and there it sleeps until the bright warm sun comes out. Little Rock is wakened by a voice telling it to "grow" and it realizes that it's not a rock after all, it is a beautiful summer flower named Freesia. This wonderful story will delight children as they experience Little Rock's happiness about growing and the amazing illustrations bring the story to life! (Ages 4-8)

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I'm With My Mom on Sunday
By Valerie Hardin
Review By Christina Lewis

Divorce is hard on everyone, especially the kids, but it makes it a little easier if mom and dad don't say mean things about each other. When families are divided it is important that children know they are loved by both parents. This story shows a little girl who is sad about her parents divorce, she lives with her dad and her brother and sister leave with their mom. The little girl is with her mom on Sunday's and they do special things together. She also does special things with her dad. She still gets lonely but she knows that both her parents loves her very much. (Ages 4-8)


Kelly's Baby Brother
By Rita Toews
Illus By Karin Falk
Review By Christina Lewis

Kelly's not very happy about having a new baby brother. Before he came along Kelly used to get all of the attention from Mommy and Daddy, but all of that has changed now and Kelly thinks that Mommy and Daddy don't love her anymore. But when Kelly discovers the she can help take care of the baby, she realizes that it's fun having a little brother and that Mommy and Daddy love them both very much. Ms. Toews has written a wonderful story from the older sibling's point of view and Ms. Falk's great photographs bring the story to life. "Kelly's Baby Brother" addresses many feelings and concerns that most older siblings experience when there is a new baby in the house. Highly recommended for parents and children to read together. This ebook is also a good tool to help children with word and color recognition. (Ages 4-8)

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Martha the (Confident) Mouse
By Karen Lang
Review By Christina Lewis

Now Martha is a confident mouse, but it wasn't always that way! Martha lived way up in the branches of a tree where no one could see her, but she often thought of going to the house below to visit the mice she was sure lived in the beams and rafters. Martha was lonely all by herself and decided the next day to go. But soon fear and worry took over, and Martha was afraid the other mice wouldn't like her. Soon Martha conquered her fear and her worries, and her bravery made her new friends! A fun rhyming book about the importance of not letting fear and worry dictate our lives. (Ages 4-8)

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McClellan's Bluff
By Mary E. Trimble
Review By Christina Lewis

Seventeen-year-old Leslie Cahill has the same problems as many other teenagers - school, boys, too many rules, and an overprotective older brother. In the first book, "Rosemount," Leslie ran away from the boarding school her father wanted to send her to, she finally made it home safely but now has a new set of problems to face. She's fallen in love with an older man, twenty-eight-year old Sloan Stroh, but her father won't let her date him. Her dad and brother keep saying he's too old for her, but Leslie doesn't see it that way. She's flattered by the attention Sloan gives her and the way he makes her feel. But when Leslie learns a tragic secret about his past and how what he did affected her whole family, she feels foolish for ever liking him. She tries to tell Sloan she doesn't want to see him anymore, but he refuses to go away, and Leslie finds herself in a dangerous situation. "McClellan's Bluff" is an exciting story, and one I couldn't stop reading! Ms. Trimble once again does a fantastic job pulling the reader into Leslie's life, making us experience fear, sorrow and happiness right along with her. (Young Adult)

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Mieradome (ebook)
By Kate Hegarty
Review By Christina Lewis

Fifteen-year-old Amavia has a recurring dream that a black raven tells her she must die, and that her parents failed to dispose of her like they were supposed to. Then one morning her mother receives a letter telling her that the wind wants what is rightfully hers - the female faerie child she has hidden away. Then one day while in the garden with her friends Thewlis and Inocian Amavia spots the black raven from her dreams. She decides to follow it to see if she can understand the meaning of her dream, and soon they come upon the entrance to the Grandmother Tree. Suddenly the air is filled with pixies and faeries with sharp bows pointed right at their faces. The faeries tell Amavia they need her help in Mieradome, the royal universe of faeries. Trouble is brewing along the lines of the faerie kingdom and having The Light is the only way the can save the kingdom. The faeries believe Amavia might know where The Light hides. Slowly Amavia begins to learn the truth about who she is, and the magic she holds, and that she may be the evil that threatens the faeries. This is the first novel in the Mieradome series in a unique fantasy world of faeries and magic. (Young Adult)

http://www.mieradome.com

No More Gooseberry Pie
By Dorothy Thompson
Illus By Kym Jones
Review By Christina Lewis

The little peasant boy loved pies - especially gooseberry pies. One day his mother baked a delicious gooseberry pie. Even though his mother told him not to touch it, he couldn't resist, and he ate the whole pie! When she asked what happened to it the little boy told a tale. So she baked another one. The little boy ate that one too and told his mother another tale. That night he had an unusual dream about The Land of Tall Tales. The place where children who tell too many tales are sent. The boy is told to make several gooseberry pies for the King, and then has to eat them all himself to prove they are not poisoned. He soon begins to feel very full and finds out what the King's true intentions are! (Ages 4-8)

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Old Turtle, New Moon
By Valerie Hardin
Illus By Anne O'Konski
Review By Christina Lewis

As Ying-Ying is tucked snugly in her bed, the moon smiles down on her. But sometimes the moon likes to hide on the beach and eat bread and jam with her friend Old Turtle. Old Turtle and the Moon talk about how shy Ying-Ying is, so they ask the fairies to play with her. The fairies bring Ying Ying to the moon to eat bread and jam while Old Turtle sings and the Moon tells stories. Soon it is time to go to bed and the fairies look forward to playing with Ying-Ying again. The deep and vivid illustrations pull the reader into the fun and magic of this story. At the end of the story are pictures to print and color. (Ages 2 and up)


Pepperoni For Sale: Book Two
By Tabatha Jean D'Agata
Illus By Ray Ferguson
Review By Christina Lewis

Peter's back with another fun adventure! He really wants the new handheld video game, "The Time Master." His birthday is coming up soon but Peter can't wait, he wants the game now. So Peter tries to come up with a plan to make some money. While chewing on his favorite food, pepperoni, Peter has an idea, he'll open up a pepperoni stand. But sales are slow. And when Mr. Connor's spends his money on pepperoni for his dog instead of on the newspaper he wants, Peter learns that giving is just as nice as getting. (Ages 4-8) The Pepperoni Adventure ebooks can be purchased through www.ChildrenzBooks.com.


Pepperoni to the Rescue: Book One
By Tabatha Jean D'Agata
Illus By Ray Ferguson
Review By Christina Lewis

It's Peter's first day of second grade, but he doesn't want to eat the eggs his mom made for his breakfast, he want pepperoni! Peter has craved pepperoni ever since he tasted his Grandpa John's homemade pepperoni pizza, and he just can't get enough. When Peter gets on the bus with a backpack full of strong smelling pepperoni, the other kids start teasing him. But when a mean looking dog is waiting at the bus stop, Peter has an idea that just make take care of two problems. "Pepperoni to the Rescue" is the first in a series of four fun Pepperoni adventures that all kids will enjoy, especially if they like pepperoni! (Ages 4-8) The Pepperoni Adventure ebooks can be purchased through www.ChildrenzBooks.com.


Peter's Pepperoni Palace: Book Four
By Tabatha Jean D'Agata
Illus By Ray Ferguson
Review By Christina Lewis

Peter really wants a secret hideout. A place where he can be king. So Peter decides to build his own palace, right in the big tree in his backyard, a perfect place for a palace. Peter, his dad, and his friend Randy make a trip to the lumberyard to buy the supplies they need. The construction begins! And at the end of the day Peter has a terrific Pepperoni Palace! A delightful story about making your dreams come true by trying and working hard. (Ages 4-8) The Pepperoni Adventure ebooks can be purchased through www.ChildrenzBooks.com.


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