Saltwater Secrets

by Cindy Callaghan

Are you looking for a book that just says summer? Saltwater Secrets is just what your looking for. You got a summer vacation at a fun beachy boardwalk, sisterly bond and a mystery to solve! This book was such a fun read, I got Nancy Drew meets Scooby Doo gang vibes! I enjoyed the local characters that added real flair to book. The environmental mystery was a good one and one that you might be able to solve or you’ll have to wait till it is unveiled towards the end. What really sold me on this cute book was the sisterly bond. They were each other’s best friends! I never had that with my sister so when I was younger, okay even now I love books that have sisters who are each other’s best friends. I know this would be a huge hit at my school library and hope we can get a copy. This would be the perfect kick off to summer reading book! So grab a copy for your middle grade reader, I think even you might enjoy it!

About the book: A story of two sisters, one summer vacation, and one big mystery for them to solve.

Stella and Josie live for their summers at the boardwalk—each one a carbon copy of the last. Josie lives in Australia most of the year; her half-sister, Stella, lives in New Jersey. But every year, they come together for a beach vacation with their dad, and to make more memories. The real excitement for them is their secret special place under the boardwalk, where they hide their sister scrapbook, adding memories from each summer.

But this summer feels different. Josie isn’t the same—she’s turned into one of the popular girls that Stella can’t stand. Despite the rocky start to their vacation, they still go to their secret, special place under the boardwalk, adding memories to their sister scrapbook once again.

That is, until their place is discovered by the owners of the newest store—the Smoothie Factory, which replaced Josie’s favorite sweet spot. Not only have the owners of the Smoothie Factory discovered the cove, they are exploiting the natural habitat, and endangering marine life and everyone at the beach! It’s up to Josie and Stella to figure out how to stop their beloved boardwalk from disappearing for good.

Thank you Netgalley, Simon and Schuster Kids and Booksparks for allowing me to read Saltwater Secrets. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Fly Back, Agnes

by Elizabeth Atkinson

For me I was 10 year old Agnes when my parents got divorced, I moved 1,000 miles away into an aunt’s house with relatives I had never meet. So parts of Fly Back, Agnes really spoke to me. I felt for Agnes and enjoyed the book a lot because of that connection. However the book is such a enduring book that you don’t need that connection and relatable factor to fall for it. I think every kid at some point has experienced either a mean classmate, family conflict or something that has made them want to reinvent themselves and dreams of a better moment. Heck I think even adults want to do that at times. I think Fly Back, Agnes would be one that school kids could relate to and one that would be a library check out favorite. I hope our school library is able to get ahold of a copy. This would be a great book for some summer reading for any bookworm.

About the book: Twelve-year-old Agnes hates everything about her life: her name, her parents’ divorce, her best friend’s abandonment, her changing body . . . . So while staying with her dad over the summer, she decides to become someone else. She tells people she meets that her name is Chloe, she’s fourteen, her parents are married, and she’s a dancer and actor–just the life she wants.

But Agnes’s fibs quickly stack up and start to complicate her new friendships, especially with Fin, whose mysterious relative runs a local raptor rehab center that fascinates Agnes. The birds, given time and care, heal and fly back home. Agnes, too, wants to get back to wherever she truly belongs. But first she must come to see the good in her real life, however flawed and messy it is, and be honest with her friends, her family, and herself.

Thank you Netgalley and Carolrhonda Books for allowing me to read Fly Back, Agnes. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Jasmine Green series

by Helen Peters

illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

The Jasmine Green series has just hit the US soil having started over in the UK, and I’m so glad this series is here! The books are adorable! I know my animal loving bookworms would have just falling in love with them when they were little. They have the sweet enduring quality that made me fall for Charlottes Web. While right now we only have 2 of the Jasmine Green books I really hope we get all of them, there is a total of 6 books so far. Hopefully it won’t be long before we have the whole series. These short sweet stories would make a great addition to any home or school library.

Jasmine Green is surrounded by animals her dad is a farmer and her mum is a large animal vet! So it’s not surprise that Jasmine spends a  lot of her free time taking care of animals. From their daily care to making sure they stay out of trouble, which is sometimes easier said than done. Sometimes though by keeping them out of trouble means she gets in trouble…

Jasmine Green: A Piglet Called Truffle: In the first in the series, A Piglet Called Truffle, Jasmine rescues a tiny little piglet from certain death. But Jasmine’s parents don’t believe in farm animals being pets and insist that Truffle must be sold as soon as she’s big enough. Jasmine is desperate to give Truffle a home for life. Perhaps a heroic rescue on a freezing, stormy night will show that Truffle is truly part of the family?

Jasmine Green: A Duckling Called Button: When a nesting duck is killed in a terrible accident, Jasmine and her best friend Tom rescue the eggs and try to hatch them in an incubator. It’s a risky business but soon Button is running around, getting into scrapes. Until the day he gets into a scrape with no escape…

Thank you Candlewick Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read the first 2 books in this adorable series! All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.

Magic Treehouse: Narwhal on a Sunny Night

by Mary Pope Osborne

Magic Treehouse series book #33

 

 

I just love Magic Treehouse the series is so cute. I loved reading them with my daughters when they were younger. They were always my favorite when I’d go up and read aloud to their classrooms as well. It never fails I always learn something in each book. This book was about Vikings, Narwhals and Greenland. I remembered that Leif Erikson actually discovered America 500 years before but was reminded of it while reading it. I learned a lot about Narwhals they are such a neat and interesting animal. Jack and Annie head to Greenland where they meet up with young Leif Erikson and he helps them save a Narwhal after they talk him out of killing it that is. Thank goodness Annie and Jack were there. 🙂 In the end Annie teaches the Erikson family and the narwhal what Thank you means and they complete their mission and head home. This book also has a seperate fact tracker book: Narwhal and Other Whales. She also includes facts about everything you just read about in the last few pages.

 

About the book: When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to Greenland they’re not sure what time they’ve landed in, but they immediately know what there mission is: save a narwhal! Then, they meet a young hunter named Leif Erikson and they ask for his help. But Leif has other ideas…

 

Fairy Unicorn Wishes

Fairy Mom and Me book 3

by Sophie Kinsella

illustrated by Marta Kissi

 

Fairy Mom and Me is such a cute chapter book series. Each book includes 4 spell stories as well as fun activities in the back of the book. This series is perfect for Preschool to Younger elementary that are starting to read chapter books independently or would make fun read alouds at bedtime. Fairy Unicorn Wishes is book 3 in the series and it is just as cute as the previous books before it: Fairy Mom and Me and Fairy in Waiting.  Each book starts with a Meet Fairy Mom and Me so you don’t have to read them in order. You can grab any book and start reading. I love that they include that introduction each time. The illustrations are in black and white and through out the book.  This series would be a great gift for a birthday, holiday or would make for a really fun summer reading basket with some fun fairy items as well. I know my youngest loved making fairy gardens!

Spell 1: UPERIDOO – The Day We Flew To School: This one has Ella needing to get to school before everyone else especially her next door neighbor who is not her friend. It is Be On Time Day at school ( they must have a lot of kids late that they made it a special day with a sticker reward). Ella wants to be first so she can get the extra special extra glittery sticker. However her mom is a bit scattered and none of the spells work they way they should. They are running late and Ella is very upset so mom decides to use magic. Long story short it is a mess and they are way of course. Eventually Ella makes and is first so she gets the sticker. This one I didn’t enjoy as much because they cheated they used magic to get to school before anyone else. Cheating is never good and I don’t know I’m probably making to much out of it but she didn’t deserve the sticker in my mind.

Spell 2: SPAGHETTERIDOO – The Great Pasta Playdate: This one has Ella having an afternoon playdate with her 2 best friends from school. They want spaghetti but the mom picked up something different at the store to serve. In comes the magic, mom tries to just poof in spaghetti but it takes over the whole kitchen. The friends are almost arriving and they got to get the spaghetti out of the house or the friends might think what mean Louise said about her house being weird is true. By good old fashioned non magic team work they get the spaghetti out of the house and the playdate goes just fine. I liked this one it was cute and I like that it showed teamwork at getting  a job done.

Spell 3: TWIRLIDOO – Sheep Don’t Dance, Do They? : Ella learns 2 things in this chapter, first fairies should never do magic when there is a rainbow it makes it go extreme and wacky. Second thing she learned is she was finally going ot take dance! She wants to twirl like all ballerina’s but she isn’t good at first. Ella, her mom, brother and aunt go on a picnic near a farm and the aunt uses a spell to twirl like a ballerina for Ella. There is a rainbow and soon all the farm animals are ballerina’s as well. A little rainbow magic lands on Ella’s ballet shoes she brought and next class period she is an amazing twirler till the magic wears off. Long story short practice might not be fun but it’s the only way you can always twirl good!

Spell 4: GLITCHIDOO – A Unicorn in the Kitchen: Ella’s mom buys a new app for her fairy wand, it reads minds so you don’t have to say spells anymore. Problem is Ella is the one who read the instructions so it’s reading Ella’s mind not her moms. So everything Ella thinks about is what appears before their eyes and what little girl or boy doesn’t want a unicorn. Then the app transfers to baby Ollie and a dinosaur appears. They get the app out of the wand and send it back and learn that it was using bad magic so fairies could be lazy and not have to work for want they want. Good magic might take time to learn but in the long run it’s the best way to go!

About the book: Ella’s one wish is to become a fairy like her mom. She dreams of the day she will have her sparkly crown and Computwand. Ella even imagines what her first spell would be: a glittery unicorn of her very own.

But Ella knows that spells are often harder than they look, even with the special fairy apps available…and being a fairy in waiting is not all rainbows and butterflies.

Will Ella learn more magic to help her become a fairy someday? Or will she learn she doesn’t need to be a fairy yet for all her wishes to come true?

Thank you Delcorte Press Books for Young Readners for sending me a copy of Fairy Mom and Me #3 Fairy Unicorn Wishes. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

Diana Princess of the Amazons

by Shannon and Dean Hale

illustrated by Victoria Ying

 

I love mythology, taken as many classes as my college would allow me to take so I was really suprised how much mythology is in Diana Princess of the Amazons! I guess I shouldn’t have been if I had seen the Wonder Woman movie but it’s next on my list of movies to watch now. This graphic novel has chapters and reads just like a book. The illustrations are bright and vibrant. You learn so much about Diana before she becomes Wonder Woman. It was fun to see this super hero as a child. Her life is like most kids playing outside, playing ball games, going to school. Except she lives in Themyscira, and her mom is a Goddess.  It’s a lonley life being the only kid. Everyone is full grown on the island and doesn’t age,  so Diana creates a friend out of clay ( or so she thinks). However she is tricked and her “friend” gets her into a lot of mischief and does thinks she wouldn’t normally do. In Diana Princess of the Amazons you will be introduced to many people and locations in greek mythology like Tartarus and Circe. I really enjoyed this graphic novel and would love more as Diana grows up and becomes Wonder Woman.

About the book: Eleven-year-old Diana leads an idyllic life on the island of Themyscira. Cut off from the rest of the world, she’s beginning to feel more and more isolated. Though she has a loving mother and many “aunties,” she is an only child. THE only child child on the island, in fact.

After an escapade goes wrong, Diana gets in trouble for not living up to the Amazonian standard. She just can’t seem to measure up no matter what she does. Every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly good at anything. She’s not Wonder Woman … yet. What Diana needs is a friend; someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, she may just make a monster instead of a friend.

Thank you so very much Netgalley and DC Comics for allowing me to read Diana Princess of the Amazons. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free graphic novel.

Read To Your Toddler Every Day

by Lucy Brownridge

illustrated by Chloe Giordano

On Sale March 2, 2020

 

Classic folk tales, fairytales and fables are complied into one collection with pretty hand sewn illustrations. This collection will introduce your toddler, preschool or even elementary child to tales from around the world. They are fast little tales some coming in at 1 page while other’s are several pages long. They are great to be read at bedtime or anytime really. There are some many “lessons” learned in the tales and many will become favorites I’m sure. Some of my favorites: The Scruffy Duckling ( we know this one as The Ugly Duckling, I think I like Scruffy better) , The Magic  Pear Tree, The Mice and The Elephants, Snowflake, The Snow Child ( I wonder if the adult book The Snow Child is based off of this? If so I might need to read it asap!) to name a few…

This book would be a wonderful baby shower or first birthday gift, and as the book says we should read to our toddlers ( babies, preschoolers and children) every day!

About the book: Every tale is the perfect length to read aloud to your toddler before bedtime and carries a message of empathy, friendship and care for the world around us. Bond with your toddler and help them grow as you read to them these timeless stories

Thank you Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for allowing me to read Read To Your Toddler Every Day. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.