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Sticks N’ Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela Burkhead – Book Blast!

19 Apr

Today I am taking part in a Book Blast hosted by Mother, Daughter, & Son Book Reviews.

About the Book:

Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+

Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.

What I Thought:

Ms. Burkhead wrote a very imaginative story. Emily is an amazing character. She is bullied for being over-weight and her parents and teachers don’t realize or pretty much ignore how miserable she is. I like that Emily doesn’t try to become someone different – she really likes herself. Her character does make healthier eating choices and gets more exercise after meeting Phea and exploring her garden, but that is only a minor point to the whole story. Emily’s story is told in parallel with the story of another little girl who lived in the past and was bullied (Phyllda) and the two stories connect together in the book. One part of the story was a bit confusing for me – the origins of Phea – how she got to the garden and how Mr. Twinkletoes (her bunny) met her, but it wasn’t necessary for the story to be complete. I do wish it was explained more. The book was a quick read for me but it was a very enjoyable story.

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About the Author: Angela Burkhead

Angela Burkhead

Angela Burkhead is a full time writer and a full time mom. Of the two jobs, she cannot decide which is more difficult and time consuming, but both bring the joys of fulfillment and accomplishment. She and her son currently reside in Richmond, Ky, just north of Kentucky’s arts and crafts capital, Berea, Ky, where she was born and raised. Her newest book, Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea, an upper middle grade/young adult fantasy novel, was published February of 2014.

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Perfect Picture Book Friday! Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia by Michael Arndt

18 Apr

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love onomatopoeia!
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by Michael Arndt

36 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 4, 2014

Theme/Topic- Onomatopoeia

Genre- Nonfiction

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Opening: First page (used with permission from Chronicle Books)

Cat Says Meow_Int_WoofPublisher’s description “Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal’s sound are key elements of that animal’s illustration. With so much to see and to sound out, kids will relish this unique visual and educational experience, brimming with color and letters.”

 

Why I liked this book- I love onomatopoeia and aninalopoeia! This is an awesome book. The whole book is well done. I think it is great for kids learning to read and learning animal sounds. I think that the pictures are extremely unusual and eye-pleasing. I really like how the book is organized, and that the pictures have different fonts for different purposes. It is totally cool. I think that kids and parents will love this book.

Activities and Resources-

I found some great onomatopoeia worksheets for teachers and parents to use HERE and HERE.

Check out this Onomatopoeia video!


 

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Creative Kid Thursday! Meet Kid Author Sophie Quay-Clark!

17 Apr

Today’s Creative Kid I have to tell you about is a kid author who has self-published not one but two books! She wrote her first book at age 7!

Meet Sophie Quay-Clark!

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bloglogoHi Sophie, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

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photo(1)My name is Sophie and I am 9 years old. I live in Berkshire in England with my little brother, my mum, dad and my three cats!
I love playing Minecraft; I play on a server with my friends and also by myself. I belong to our local triathlon club and I train a few times a week and compete in junior triathlons. I also play the viola and I compete in local running races. I love cats and most cute animals. I enjoy basic computer programming like Scratch and Python. I’m trying to teach myself some Latin at the moment. I also love to write and I have now written two books. I started learning to read at 18 months of age; Mummy was a bit shocked. By 2.5yrs old I was reading easy chapter books like ‘Rainbow Magic Fairies’. I liked typing and wrote my first short sentence just before I was 2 years old, I then just carried on writing!

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bloglogoI’ve read both of your books and was very interested in your stories! FireFall is a school for dragons where they learn how to do dragon things like fly and growl, but they also learn how to be dragon warriors. I thought this was a very unique idea! I assumed dragons already knew how to do these things. How did you get the idea for FireFall?

photo(1)I wrote the first Firefall when I was 7 years old, I had just read all the Harry Potter books, all the Last Dragon Chronicle books by Chris d’Lacey and every Warrior Cat book written at the time! I joined all the books together and came up with Firefall. I like reading lots of different types of books so I used some ideas from them.

bloglogoIt is true that the more you read, the better writer you become! I really like all the different kind of dragons you write about in your book (ice dragons, bloom dragons, rainbow dragons, air dragon, etc.) and all the different abilities they have. Which one is your favorite type of dragon?firefall

photo(1)I really like the Rainbow Dragons as their colours are the best. My favourite character is Flash as she is completely crazy and mad, she was a lot of fun to write about as she is really silly and kept doing daft things. I got the idea for the different types of dragons from one of my favourite game apps.

bloglogoFlash is a very fun character, I liked how she was constantly getting into trouble! The dragons seem to like Pumpermelons. What do they taste like?

photo(1)The taste of a pumpermelon is a mixture of melon, pumpkin and carrot. They are bright red, mixed with dark orange flecks. The inside is white and has a spongy texture. They are quite large, almost as big as a beach ball.

bloglogoSounds yummy! :) When do you take time to write? Do you have to think about a story before you write it or does it come out as you are writing?

photo(1)With the two Firefall books, I had to plan them in detail. I wanted to write the books during NaNoWriMo. I wrote the books mainly in bed or in the car coming home from school. I tend to plan a week before I start NaNoWriMo. The second Firefall book was 12,000 words and took just over 3 weeks of typing. I then had to re-read it and correct my mistakes…then I let Mummy read it. I write lots of other stories when I feel like it, mostly in the car on my iPod using Pages.

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bloglogoThe ending of your second book “Return to Firefall” leave us with quite a cliffhanger when we find out the final battle between the FireFall dragons and the evil HornClaw dragons isn’t really the FINAL battle! Are you currently writing another book in the series? How many books are you planning to write in the series?

photo(1)Yes, I have to finish the story off so I will write the final Firefall book during NaNoWriMo this year. I have some ideas of how to plan the story already but I will plan properly just before NaNoWriMo starts. My friends are wanting to know what happens to all the dragons!

bloglogoI can’t wait to read what happens! What do you want to be when you grow up?

photo(1)At the moment I want to be lots of different things. I’d love to work for Minecraft because I have so many different ideas for the game. I love animals so working as a Vet would be good, but then I might be a writer so I could write about animals.

Thank you, Sophie, for answering my questions!

Check out Spohie’s books on Amazon UK HERE!

Poetry Picks For April – National Poetry Month!

16 Apr

April is National Poetry Month and I have great choices for kids!

depotPoem Depot: Aisles of Smiles
Written and illustrated by  Douglas Florian
160 pages – ages 9+
Published by Dial on February 20, 2014

Summary – Taken from the back of the book

Load up on laughs in this one-stop poetry shop!

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Th s po m is mis ing le ters.
It’s mis ing q ite a f w.
Wh re did th y go
I do n t kno.
I do n t kno.
Do y u?

 What I thought – I love poetry books like this one. Short funny poems that make you smile. I think books like Poem Depot are a great way to get kids to read and think about poetry. The poems are short, fun to read and they all have nice black and white illustrations to go with them. Topics of the poem is anything and everything – from Spacemen to Mermaids – Broccoli to Cereal and beyond! Fans of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein (like me) will love this book. I like how there is an index to the poems in the back and also an index of first lines – very nice touch.

To learn more about Mr. Florian, please visit his website by clicking HERE.

Five out of five bookworms for Poem Depot! fivebooks

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Now some sophisticated poetry.  Nothing says poetry to a kid like me more than farts…

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Judd Goobey: Less Artsy More Fartsy
By M. Tompson Lane
Illustrated by Paige Lane
78 pages – ages 9+
Published by eBookPartnership.com on October 18, 2013

Summary – Taken from the Amazon description -

Many poetry books promise cutesy, eloquent wit and charm. This is not one of those books. This is Judd Goobey.

Packed with thirty disgustingly hilarious poems and deftly uproarious illustrations, Judd Goobey: Less Artsy More Fartsy explores the rich and universal culture of childhood in its purest and funniest form.

What I thought – BWAHAHAHAHA!!! :D

First I love how the book is divided into “Gross, Grosser and Grossest” sections. The poems are just that! If you have a kids who loves booger and fart jokes – get them into poetry with this book. The book is written and illustrated by a father and daughter team. The illustrations go along with the poems very well (many make the poems even more gross). There is nothing offensive or any bad language in any of the poems – they’re just gross. Okay a few of the poems really grossed me out – but that’s what it’s supposed to do. :)

Please visit the book’s official website by clicking HERE.

Four out of five bookworms for Judd Goobey! fourbooks

The Merman and The Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill

15 Apr

merman and the moon forgottenThe Merman and The Moon Forgotten

Series: Nikolas and Company: Episode #1

By Kevin McGill

Illustrated by Carlyle McCullough

233 pages (ebook reviewed) – ages 12+
Published Aero Studios on January 2, 2014

14-year-old Nick desperately wants to get off Earth (a dystopian/futuristic Earth). His parents are crazy, he sees injustice all around him and he feels drawn toward the moon, as if it’s his real home. Nick tries everything to run away and hop a ride to the moon even though life there is much less comfortable compared to his privileged life on Earth. And then there’s the voice in Nick’s head that keeps repeating the same warning message.

Yeri is a driver for the Fungman, Zedock and Josiah Stagecoach Company. He lives on the moon. Not the moon you see in Nick’s world, but the moon from tens of thousands of years ago, when the moon was tethered to the Earth through a magic force. The moon was packed with life, both human and other, and magic. Yeri was responsible for trying to save the lives of a group of Mermen (or Merrows as they are called) who inhabit the moon and walk on its surface in automaton legs.

These two worlds are destined to collide – only first Nick has to figure out how he’s going to explain to his parents that he blew up their shed, dismantled his dad’s Validate (some sort of futuristic vehicle) and set Hiker’s Canyon on fire.

First of all the book gets bonus points for an awesome cover. The story is really what is depicted on the cover – excitement – danger – steampunk meets Harry Potter meets Doctor Who. The story plot, characters and setting are so good, I can’t get it out of my mind.  The book is one where you literally have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. The steampunk (mixing of old and new technology and lifestyles) feel to the book was an extra for me. The alternate world Mr. McGill created is incredible! The story is totally unique and one that I found fascinating. There are a couple of creepy things that go on in the book (for example the government runs refugee camps where the people who live in them are actually owned by an organ donating company) that may not be appropriate for younger kids, but there is nothing graphic about it and there is no bad language. I’d rate it at a 12+ age level.

This book is so close to total and complete awesomeness – like Percy Jackson/Redwall awesomeness, but it made me mad too. I actually yelled at the book when it ended because it didn’t end in a cliff hanger, it ended in the middle of the story!  >:/  The reader (me) had no sense of completion. I know it’s the first book in the series, but in my opinion, it needed some kind of end. The beginning chapters were a bit confusing and they drug down the rest of the book a bit. I had to reread in a couple of places. After getting past them the rest of the book flowed easily. Mr. McGill’s writing style is a joy to read. His imagination is incredible. I actually went back and forth on giving this book 3 (good) or 4 (great) bookworms (mostly because I was mad at the ending), but I literally can’t keep the story out of my head. Any book that can do that gets the extra worm. I will be reading Episode 2!

Four out of five book worms for The Merman and The Moon Forgotten.fourbooks

 Check out the book’s trailer!

Little Dog in the Middle of the Road by Sharon P. Stanley

14 Apr

Happy Monday!

Before my review today, I get to announce the winners of Mo Willems’ newest book, “The Pigeon Needs A Bath!”

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The lucky winners were chosen by putting all the names in a hat and my sister Josie picked them out.

The winners are -

DEBBIE AUSTIN (who really, really, really wanted to win)

KIMBERLY (and her hot-dog obsessed toddler),

and,

STACY JENSEN (which is good because apparently Enzo needs a bath too)!!!

Congratulations!!!

I’ll email you guys so you can claim your prize! :)

 

little dog cover finalLittle Dog in the Middle of the Road
by Sharon P. Stanley
Illustrated by Deidre Carr
28 pages – ages 4+
Published by Silver Tongue Press on November 3, 2013

Little dog’s owner is going on a trip and she tells him to stay put. Don’t worry, Mrs. Thistleberry is going to come look after him. But Mrs. Thistleberry doesn’t like Little Dog very much. She doesn’t play games with him. Little Dog decides there is only one thing to do  – go look for his person! Little Dog wiggles out of the yard and sets off to search. After a while, Little Dog decides this wasn’t such a great idea. Will he ever find his person?

Who doesn’t love a good “lost dog” story? :) This is a very good book for young kids to read by themselves and I think it would also make a great read-aloud. I think that Ms. Stanley’s writing style is one that kids will enjoy. The words are simple so younger kids will be able to read it by themselves. The illustrations are very cute and will make you smile. The cover image is a bit “smushed” but I think that was just a publication problem. The interior illustrations don’t have that problem. This book would make an excellent bedtime story.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

This book was nominated as a perfect picture book by Susanna Leonard Hill! Check out Ms. Hill’s review HERE.

Sue Morris of Kid-Lit Reviews, reviewed the book too – Click HERE!

Check out the book’s trailer!

Easter pick – God’s Amazing World by Eileen Spinelli

13 Apr

Here’s a great book for Easter by one of my favorite authors!

 

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God’s Amazing World
by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Mélanie Florian
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Ideals Children’s Books, an imprint of Ideals Publications on March 1, 2014

Cousins Gracie and Bo are amazed by the world around them. Gracie tells Bo about the 7 Days of Creation. Together the children discover how great and beautiful the world is.

This is an extremely cute book! The illustrations are just beautiful and a perfect fit for the story. I love the two little cats in the background of  pretty much all the pictures. They are funny. Gracie and Bo are great characters. I like the happy feeling the story has. I like how Gracie explains the 7 Days of Creation to her younger cousin by just playing outside. It is very simple and fun but not “preachy”. Mrs. Spinelli has done it yet again! :D

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Mrs. Spinelli and her other books, please visit her website HERE.

To learn more about Ms. Florian and her illustrations, please visit her website HERE.

Creative Kid Thursday! Guest Book Review by Rena Marthaler!

10 Apr

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Welcome to Creative Kid Thursday where I like to feature the awesome things kids are doing and also host guest kid book reviewers. Today Rena Marthaler is going to review —

 

The House of Hades
By Rick Riordan
608 pages – ages 10+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 8, 2013

Reviewed by 4th grader Rena Marthaler, author of the adventure novel “Magic The Crest” (click HERE to go to Rena’s blog).

The first sentence is my favorite: “During the third attack, Hazel almost ate a boulder.”

This book is perfect for people who like Greek gods and goddesses, sword fighting, giants, titans, and more monsters. It is the fourth book in the series “Heroes of Olympus.” (I recommend reading the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series and other three Heroes of Olympus first.) This book is really good.

In the book, Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Jason Grace, Piper McLean, Leo Valdez, Frank Zhang and Hazel Levesque go on a quest following the Prophecy of Seven in a heavily armed warship called the Argo II.

But only five of of the seven are on the ship. In the earlier book, Percy and Annabeth fall into a very dangerous place called Tartarus, and the only way to get out is to through the “Doors of Death.”

Piper, Jason, Leo, Frank, Hazel, and their rescued friend Nico Di Angelo go through many adventures to reach the Doors of Death and rescue their friends.

Meanwhile, Percy and Annabeth struggle through Tartarus, half dead, to reach the same destination.

Stay tuned for the fifth book in the Heroes of Olympus series, “Blood of Olympus,” coming out in Fall, 2014. I assure you it will be awesome!

 

Be sure to check back because I will be interviewing Rena about her book “Magic The Crest” on April 24th!

Remember on Tuesday, the Writing Process Blog Tour and I tagged Rena? Well, Rena has already responded! Click HERE to go THERE!

Faery Swap by Susan Kaye Quinn

9 Apr

faery-swapFaery Swap
by Susan Kaye Quinn
280 pages – ages 8+
Published by CreateSpace on December 16, 2013

Finn didn’t know what had happened. All he knew was that there was a strange kid in front of his sister’s school and the kid wanted Finn to hand him a coin that was laying on the road. Finn picked it up and gave it to him. The next thing Finn knew, his aman (his soul) was sent to a timeless world and the strange kid (a faery named Zaneyr)took over his body, impersonating him. Finn, with help from the faery Liranna, plans to get back to Earth. But all is not as it seems…

Well, if it takes a rocket scientist to write a good book, Dr. Quinn fits the bill. ;) Dr. Quinn has a PhD in Engineering and she combined Faeries, adventure, math and science into a fabulous story. Hmm I wonder if she can help me design Tomato and Pea’s rocket ship they need to get back to planet Oarg in my next book… – but that’s not the point! This is a great book! I really like Finn. He’s a good boy, practically being a parent to his younger sister, because after their mom died, their dad became reclusive. Zaneyr is actually pretty cool. You can understand why he does what he does. I really like the ending of the book – it was well done, and no questions are left with answers floating around. The story is well done and encourages math – this book is a winner in my book blog!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Dr. Quinn also has a ton of parent and teacher resources on her website. Teachers can even get free ebook copies or discounted paperbacks. On the official website, you’ll find:

a “9-minute Virtual Author Visit video called “Warrior Faeries and Math Magick” as well as a Teacher’s Guide for Faery Swap. [Dr. Quinn's] hope is that it will help teachers bring the story into the classroom and use it to show students the power of math and equations (in the story and in real life). You can find the video and the teacher’s guide, as well as a card-based Knowledge Seekers game designed for the classroom at [the official website].” CLICK HERE to go THERE!!!

Check out the book’s trailer!

Writing Process Blog Tour

8 Apr

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Joanna Marple, kid-lit blogger, author of Snow Games (see my Review HERE), and all-around awesome person, recently tagged me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour. Please visit Miss Marple’s blog by clicking HERE to learn more about her.

Following are my responses, and at the bottom you’ll find the three four wonderful people who’ll post next week!

 

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Leonid Pasternak – Wikimedia Commons License

What am I working on?

Right now I am working on the next book in the Tomato and Pea series. In the first book: The evil villain Wintergreen, while trying to destroy super crime-stopper, Tomato and his sidekick, Pea, and take over planet Oarg, made a huge mistake! In a plan gone wrong, Wintergreen traps himself along with his arch-nemesis in a runaway rocket ship that crashes on a strange planet called “EAR-TH”. Now these perennial enemies must learn to work together to survive the dangers on this strange world. Hungry birds, enormous snakes and the giant inhabitants of EAR-TH stand between this brawling bunch of aliens and finding a way home. In the second book, to give you a hint, Wintergreen (the villain), is up to no good and is loose on EAR-TH (Earth). Tomato and the gang have to ask for help from some locals to get Wintergreen under control.

I am also working on several picture book drafts too. One I wrote while taking Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic class (it’s awesome, people!) and a couple of others that I am writing during Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 challenge (this is awesome too! :D ).

I am planning on submitting a poem for Dr. Niamh Clune’s upcoming anthology on the subject of “Mother” (published by Plum Tree Books). FYI they are looking for poetry and art submissions from adults and kids, click HERE for details.

I just signed up to write a short story for the “Lucky Draw” project. Here’s a description -

Lucky Draw is a shared venture project for authors, coordinated by Sally Odgers of Affordable Manuscript Assessments and Workshops.

The goal is to write an anthology of stories for young readers.
Each member of the project will be given a story title + a character name/bio or a line drawing of a character or a premise.
Members will then write a story to match the title and character assigned.”

Ms. Odgers still has a couple slots open, click HERE to learn more.

I also have several novels I am working on (but I wait for the inspiration to hit me to write those).

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That’s a good question. Maybe because I am a kid writing for other kids it makes it different. Sometimes I think I write my stories for myself and hopefully other kids will like it too. I also believe my writing style is unique, just like everyone else. ;)

Why do I write what I do?

I write when I have the urge to do it because I like it. It seems like I can write (or type) things down faster when I get inspired to do it. I write because I enjoy it. I love reading stories and I love learning about the writing process. Writing for me, teaches me a lot. I also love to tell stories – any kind of stories. I don’t really limit what I write about or what genre I write in. I just write about what I like or what I have an idea about.

How does my writing process work?

I tend to work better if I put goals or deadlines on myself. If I didn’t do that I would probably just read all the time. :)

I write whenever I get in the mood. I write an average of 2-3 hours a week. I plot certain parts of the books ahead of time, but if while I’m writing it goes in a different direction, that’s okay.  I also make a very vague outline of the book to keep me on track (I don’t want to spend 5 chapters describing a minor point! ;) )

I have tons of journals and idea books. I carry one with me at all times (my idea journal) so I am always able to write down what I find that inspires me. When I get an urge to write I look through my journal and see what I might like to write about.

I read a lot of articles and books on writing and I took classes on how to make your writing better. I also ask for help from other people to critique my work. I think it helps to have others cheer you on and give you good advice (not necessarily what you want to hear, but honest, but polite, advice). That helps keep you motivated. It pays to have very good friends to have your back ~ Thanks everyone! :)

WHO’S UP NEXT Week?

I’m a kid so I am tagging my fellow kid-writers (and one kid at heart)!

Felicia Maziarz - Kid-author extraordinaire of “The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets,”  and Neighbor Girl to Stanley and Katrina (click HERE to go to the blog). Felicia and I did the interview with Rick Riordan together for HuffPost Live. It says on the Stanley and Katrina website that-

[Felicia] loves writing, reading, acting, singing, reading, gymnastics, doodling, reading, ice skating, painting, reading, doing computer stuff, oh… did we mention reading? Her latest creative project is organizing the D.I.R.T. Kids. (FYI: DIRT kids is a group of kids who love theater and raise money for charity click HERE to go to their website).

Rena Marthaler – Fourth grade writing whiz who wrote her novel “Magic The Crest” as part of NaNoWriMo. Click HERE to go to her blog. A guest review of Rick Riordan’s book “House Of Hades” by Rena will be featured on my blog this week on Thursday’s Creative Kid post and I will be interviewing her on the 27th about her book and being a writer. Be sure to check back to learn more about this young author!

Daniel Johnston – This 16-year-old  aspiring author runs the blog Readers and Writers Paradise (click HERE to go THERE). Daniel recently posted a short story he wrote on my blog (click HERE to read it) and has published more of his writings on his own. Daniel is an avid reader and also reviews books for his site (he’s also a chess champ :) ).  Check out some of his writings, you won’t be disappointed!

Dr. Niamh Clune – Dr Clune is the author of several adult and children’s books (check out my review of her Pa Dug and Rosie series HERE). She is also one of my biggest supporters and encouragerers (I know that’s not a real word). She is the founder of Plum Tree Books (click HERE to go to the blog and HERE to go to the official website). Her latest project is the poetry anthology I talked about earlier. You can check out her Amazon author page HERE. In addition to being a great author, Dr. Clune does a lot of good work in the world, working to help people less fortunate. She’s a great lady. :)

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