Curses For Sale: Ravens Pass by Steve Brezenoff

Mar 08

Curses For Sale: Ravens Pass by Steve Brezenoff

Curses For Sale (Ravens Pass) by Steven Brezenoff is a fun, easy read for young adults and older children. For me, it was reminiscent of the Goosebump series of my childhood. Scary danger just around the corner but the main characters usually do the right thing, even if it means having to face their fears or let go of something I want. This story follows that pattern–it is one in a series of four books, I believe, though I haven’t read any of the other books yet. I definitely will. You can read them all or you can read just one, you will enjoy the experience, at least with Curses For Sale, you will! This is the story of Jace who loves cars. He gets a little red toy car from a garage sale and it takes on a life of its own. Things start to “happen” and he soon, he and his best friend decide they must know where the car came from and how it became so extraordinary. And an adventure they have… I won’t spoil the fun but rather encourage you to pick up Curses For Sale (Ravens Pass) and I will get the other three in the series and see what else happens… at Raven’s Pass. =) *I received a free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review of this...

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It’s a Book by Lane Smith

Feb 04

Shop Indie Bookstores What a wonderfully honest, real book I stumbled upon, It’s a Book by Lane Smith. It is a book about books, about how the children of this day are far too ‘plugged in’. It is a statement about technology and how it should be an added tool, not a replacement for books, reading, the ability to think and do for yourself. Here is a trailer for the book (oh! the irony!)… Can we save the printed book? This year I am going to give books for every holiday, every birthday, every gift will include a printed book. Wish me luck! And try doing the same yourself. =) Let’s stay proactive so we never have to look back at the demise of the printed book. Ideas could include reading aloud a favorite book and recording it as a gift. Read some one’s favorite book and discuss it with them. Gift a collection of books. Make a donation to the local library or donate books to public schools. Read a book every week. Read more often — shut off the TV. Make a commitment to read more to yourself and to others. Read to children in your life. Volunteer to start a reading group at a local public...

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Read books for charity

Aug 27

Ohhhhh! Two of my favorite things… reading and doing something positive… have now been combined. We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation.1 Easy-peasy. You go to their website http://www.wegivebooks.org/ and you choose from one of the campaigns, sign up, read the FREE books online to yourself, to others, to anyone who will listen. Read them once, read them twice, read them a dozen times over. Each time you read a book, a book is donated to the campaign you chose. So simple, so thoughtful, so fun. SO! What are your waiting for? Go read a couple books tonight… they are not difficult reads. A few of my favorites were School Days Around the World by Catherine E. Chambers, Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis and David Soman, and Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. The first is a compilation of stories depicting a typical day at school for 7 different children in 7 different countries. It was interesting to read how similar school is for children around the world and how it is different. The second was about a little girl who is all dressed up like a ladybug and is left to her own devices for entertainment… which she achieves with style. The last is a familiar story to many in a series of Llama Llama books. It is cute particularly when read out loud with animation. I read this one to everyone right before they went to bed… I read each and every book offered so far at least once. And I even read aloud to teenagers and my dearest friend! =) Hahahaha… but they enjoyed it. I intend to read them again and again and read all the new ones (until they make me stop!) I think this is a great cause and want to be part of it! =) Join the fun… you know you want to! http://www.wegivebooks.org/p/about...

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Big books…

Jun 16

Never underestimate the impact, the fun, the enjoyment, the sweetness of a big kid’s book… no matter your age…

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