Monday, March 30, 2015

Small Review Talks Candidly About SERAPHINA

I thought it was pretty good, but nothing special. It's a neat, though not really unique, world where dragons transform into human form and live in a tense alliance with humans. There's all sorts of heavy handed shades of prejudice, fear, and related racial issues. There was a prior war. There is an impending war.

See? None of that is very unique or amazing, so I definitely am not in the camp that hails the world building as something uniquely special.

Read the entire review of SERAPHINA HERE:

Friday, March 27, 2015

THE NIGHT GARDENER Reviewed by Literary Hoots

With the Irish famine wiping the landscape, Molly and Kip are forced to travel to England to find whatever work they can. They are hired as servants in a creepy, crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be and the locals avoid at all costs. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious, dark specter and an ancient curse that threatens the lives of everyone in the house.

Read more about THE NIGHT GARDENER at Literary Hoots, HERE:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Write Stuff Reviews HERO by Sarah Lean

I have spent the last ten hours at a baseball field about an hour from our house watching our grandson play hard and have a lot of fun with a team other than his regular team that asked him to help them out this weekend. Today they played three games and we were there for all of them and all the time in between. My brain is fried. I'd love to write some brilliant new thing for you, but I'll be lucky if I can cut and paste correctly, but I'll try. Here is the review I wrote for San Francisco Book Review for Hero by Sarah Lean. I like her books and reviewed A Hundred Horses just about a year ago. If you missed it, click HERE to read that review. Here is my review for Hero.

The the complete review of HERO HERE

Monday, March 23, 2015

Times Travel Times Two Loves DINOSAUR COVE

I’ve fallen in love with the covers of the Dinosaur Cove series. Aren’t they just too cute?There are 26 books in all. In addition to the great pictures on the covers, there are line drawings that are exuberant and full of detail on about 75% of the pages. Attack of the Tyrannosauraus (Dinosaur Cove No. 1) (by Rex Stone, 2008, 68 pages) and many others in the series are out of print, but used copies are readily available. Alas, the covers of the more recently written ones partly follow the trend of title-words-as-image and are not quite as cute.

Read more about DINOSAUR COVE at Time Travel Times Two, HERE:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Avi's NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH Reviewed by Puss Reboots

Nothing but the Truth by Avi follows the unfolding events after a teacher has a boy suspended for humming along with the Star Spangled Banner every morning in homeroom. Through "documentary evidence", namely transcripts, letters and interviews, Avi presents the points of view of the different involved characters: the 9th grader, the English teacher, the Principal, and so forth.

My mother in law worked for twenty years as a high school math teacher. She describes teenagers as elementary school children in adult bodies. Clearly that's the case here with Philip Malloy. Being transferred from a rather liberal homeroom where the request for quiet isn't enforced, to a very strict room where I suspect an accidentally dropped pencil during the music would be cause of a trip to the office, is a rather disconcerting proposition for a teenager or for anyone.

Read Puss Reboots' complete review HERE:

Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Thursday, March 19, 2015



$1500 in prizes!

$40 Entry Fee

Any independently published book for children or teens in any genre is eligible. The overall winners in each category (children, middle grade, young adult) will each receive $500 and a year's worth of full-page ads in Middle Shelf Magazine (rate card value $4,500). In addition, more than 100 books deemed by the editors as "notable" entries will be featured in the November/December issue of Middle Shelf Magazine.

"Independently Published" books include self-published books and e-books, and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than 5 titles per year. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book and any publication date is eligible.

The deadline for entry is midnight on August 1, 2015. The winners will be notified by September 4, 2015.

See website for complete details on how to submit.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ms. Yingling Reviews STINKY CECIL

Cecil is a toad who lives in a pond at the edge of town with his friends Sprout (a frog), Jeremy (a worm), Rayray (a lizard) and Reggie (a fly with a five day life span). After visiting Jeff the free-range hamster in his luxurious treehouse and getting picked up by a hawk, Cecil sees that there is a freeway coming right towards his habitat. Gathering his friends (including Jeff with his spiffy radio controlled car), Cecil tries to stop the construction in various ways, all of which prove unsuccessful. In the end, the group is saved when one of them turns out to be an endangered species.

Read Ms. Yingling's complete review HERE: