By Mark Myers
211 pages – ages 9+
Published by Pelican Hater Books on December 19, 2013
It all started with a ball game between four kids, an army veteran out for a walk, and the little town in Georgia called Portsong in the 1920’s. When Virgil Creech (the youngest in the nasty Creech family), and his friends Henry Lee, Joe, and Willie, are playing a ball game, and Virgil’s team is losing, he starts throwing a temper tantrum, kicking the ball at Henry. It went over Henry’s head, and it hit a retired military man from England, the Colonel Clarence Birdwhistle, injuring him and knocking him unconscious. The boys get an ambulance, but don’t tell how the Colonel got in that condition. Through a misunderstanding, the boys think that the Colonel was blinded by the accident. So, Henry, Joe, and Willie decide to get him a seeing-eye dog. They take a dog from the junkyard and give him a night’s training, and then Henry drops it off in the Colonel’s hospital room. Unbeknownst to the boys, the dog was once owned by nasty Virgil, and he’ll do anything to get that dog back, no matter how happy the dog makes the Colonel.
This was a great historical fiction novel about friendship, being a good person, and about community. The story was very well done, and I think that Mr. Myers got the feel, language, and authenticity of the time period down pat. Virgil is a character you come to care for, but, to me, it seemed like Henry was the real main character. I didn’t mind that. Virgil still played an important part. I loved to read about Virgil plotting to get his dog back. The cover of the book is magnificent and goes well with the story. I would really like to read other books by Mr. Myers. I think that this book is a lot of fun to read and kids who wouldn’t normally read a historical fiction-type book will enjoy reading this story.
To read an adults view on this book, check out Michelle Isenhoff’s review HERE.
Let me start the New Year off right with a review of a great book! :D
By Michelle Isenhoff
244 pages – ages 9+ (ebook reviewed)
Published by CreateSpace on January 1, 2014
Taylor Davis is back, along with Elena Camila Velasquez Cartahena, and their guardian angels/agents, Mike (short for Amikim) and Ranofur! They need to save the world from chaos and destruction, before a third World War erupts! The team is sure that Bartholomew Swain (a horrible pirate who ate a rotten piece of fruit from the Tree of Life who they thought they got rid of in the first book – Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul – see my review HERE) is behind several hypnotized students, friends of Taylor, who have tried to beat him up, but they have no proof. The trouble isn’t just at Taylor’s school though. The whole world is going wonky. When the European Union, British Parliament, and the United Nations erupt in violence, Taylor knows something very bad is up. How will he and his team stop it – whatever it is?
This was a great second book in the Taylor Davis trilogy. I love how Mrs. Isenhoff writes an exciting adventure appropriate for middle grade kids. The action kept me on the edge of my seat and the story kept me wanting to read more. Taylor and Elena are great characters that I enjoy reading about. I love the mix of angels/villains/humans in the series. Taylor seemed to have changed at the end of the book, more mature, I think, but in a good way. I guess saving the world will do that to a character! I like the sounds (but not the looks) of Simgali the Trickster – very interesting character. Mrs. Isenhoff writing style gave me a great picture of the story without being dragged down with too many details. It made the book enjoyable to read. I could have done without the tad bit of romance (Elena has a boyfriend, and a thing at the end of the book), but that’s just me. ;)
To learn more about Mrs. Isenhoff and her other books, please click HERE.
To find where to buy Taylor Davis 2 – click HERE.
I am very excited to tell you that one of my favorite authors, Michelle Isenhoff, has a new book out and you can get it on Kindle today (May 10) and tomorrow (May 11) for FREE! CLICK HERE for the free kindle book!!!
Book description from Mrs. Isenhoff’s website –
Taylor didn’t want to follow his parents to the Caribbean. When he’s sucked into a world of angels and their supernatural adversaries, he wants the mission assigned to him even less. The Flame of Findul–the sword that guards the Tree of Life–has been allowed to burn out. The only way to avoid worldwide disaster is to relight it in the forge of Findul the Firesmith. Taylor has been chosen for this task. But there is One who stands in his way.
I can’t wait to read it! The Flame of Findul is the first book in a 4 – book series. Mrs. Isenhoff’s writing style is great for kids and she always packs lots of excitement in her books.
If you miss the free version you can get a free sample HERE! Please visit Mrs. Isenhoff’s website to learn more about the Taylor Davis Series and her other books (click HERE). If you need the book in other formats, please visit Mrs. Isenhoff’s website to learn where to get it (click HERE)!
Stay tuned to my blog for a Taylor Davis review coming soon! :D
Mission control we have a book launch!
I am so EXCITED to be the first stop on a month-long book launch tour for Michelle Isenhoff’s newest book – “Beneath The Slashings”! The book officially launched yesterday (August 1st) on Mrs. Isenhoff’s blog – Bookworm Blather, (click HERE to go to it)! I’ve been waiting for the final book in her Divided Decade Trilogy and HERE IT IS…
By Michelle Isenhoff
129 Pages – ages 9+
Published August 1, 2012
Grace was so happy when she heard her Pa was finally coming home from the Civil War! Grace and her brother Sam had been staying with their Aunt and Uncle while their Dad was away. Her happiness soon turned to anger when she found out her Dad sold their farm and was taking them to live on a lumber camp in Michigan. Grace tried reasoning with Pa to not sell the farm, but it didn’t work. She grows so angry with her Dad that she stops talking to him. When they arrive at the camp, Grace is less than thrilled. The only people in the camp that Grace likes are Ivan the Russian cook who she and Sam were working for and Johanson, the blacksmith. Grace finally starts to open up and enjoy living at the camp but she still doesn’t forgive her Dad. Things in the camp start to fall apart and break down and things start to get dangerous. Grace realizes someone is sabotaging the camp! Grace tries to investigate to try to figure out who is doing the sabotage while also trying to have a better relationship with her Dad. Will Grace uncover the saboteur and finally forgive her Dad? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT!!
Beneath The Slashings is the third book in the Divided Decade Trilogy (the first book was “The Candle Star” – click HERE for review and the second book was “Broken Ladders” – click HERE for the review). It isn’t a secret that I am a HUGE fan of Mrs. Isenhoff’s historical fiction books! I did an interview with her where she told me about how she does the research for her books and her writing process (click HERE to read it). Beneath The Slashings was an exciting and emotional book! The time period it was set in was very interesting. It is in the time just after the civil war (a time in history I haven’t read too much about). I liked learning about how some people felt about their relatives and country just after the war. It was also cool to learn about the lumberjacks and their camps. Grace is a great main character. She is nice and thoughtful yet very stubborn. I was surprised to find out that one of the lumberjacks, Jefferson, was related to Malachi (the son of a freed slave), a character in Mrs. Isenhoff’s book “The Candle Star”. That was a cool connection. I really like how Mrs. Isenhoff adds a lot of detail and lots of action and adventure and makes it totally appropriate for kids. I also like how I learn history from her books. Mrs. Isenhoff also has teaching resources for her books at her website (click HERE).
The blog tour continues for this whole month!
Check out the dates of the rest of the tour!
3 Susan at http://lovez2read.blogspot.com
4 Stephanie at http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com
5 Paige at http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com
6 Michelle at http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com
7 Robyn at http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com
8 Abbey at http://abigailboyd.blogspot.com/
9 Karen at http://karenelange.blogspot.com
10 Heather at http://wwwburiedinbooks.blogspot.com
11 Erik at http://www.thiskidreviewsbooks.com
12 Christine at http://thecrookedword.blogspot.com
13 Cara at http://yummy-books.com/
14 Maggie at http://magwunderlich.wordpress.com/
15 Patricia at http://childrensbooksheal.com/
16 Daniel at http://readersandwritersparadise.com
17 Laurie at http://kidsebookfinder.wordpress.com/for-authors
18 Vera at http://chatwithvera.blogspot.com
19 Audrey at http://www.audreybarnett.com
21 Heidi at http://geolibrarian.blogspot.com
22 Chase at http://bookreaper.blogspot.com
24 Chase at http://bookreaper.blogspot.com
25 Joanna at http://www.thecreativepenn.com/
26 Chase at http://bookreaper.blogspot.com
27 Sara at http://sosimplesara.blogspot.com
29 Jack at http://thegirlnamedjack.wordpress.com/
31 Lindsay at http://www.lindsayburoker.com/
Today I have another AWESOME guest kid book reviewer – MICAH! Micah is ten years old and he is also a kid blogger! He and his brother, Taylor are “The Story Boys”! You can check out their blog HERE. Micah is also the son of children’s novelist Michelle Isenhoff (a pretty talented family huh? :) )!
I really like the book Micah chose to review because it is also one of my favorite books/characters!
Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC 1987
This is a comic book. There are a bunch of stories in one. The stories are funny. The characters are Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin is a little rotten boy. Hobbes is a stuffed animal tiger. He comes to life when he is alone. They like to play pirates in their tree house. They love to have wagon rides and they always wipe out. He gets in trouble a lot.
I love how Calvin is so funny and naughty. I love how Calvin hates baths and he gets out and runs around naked. He also hates the doctor and he screams his head off. I don’t like all the snow ball fights and how he thinks he is a super hero. I recommend this book.
Thanks Micah for the great review!!
PLEASE READ ON :)
One more thing – I was invited to do a guest post by Myra Garces-Bacsal over at Gathering Books in the Quill Junior part of the blog! The theme of the blog posts for May and June is “Festival of Asian Literature and the Immigrant Experience.” Please check it out by clicking HERE!