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Operation Redwood

imagesI’d like to share a review from my son. I just can’t keep up with reading all the books he reads and this one has been on my list for a long time. I love that it is about a young person who wants to make a difference. Which I believe is what really changes the world. I couldn’t have said it better. Here is my son’s review for his kid newspaper:

I just recently read this book and I wondered if our audience would like it. The name of this book is Operation Redwood By S. Terrell French. This book is a good book because although it is fiction, it tells about real events. Such as Julia Butterfly Hill who… Ha ha ha. I can’t tell you what she did because you haven’t read the book. But you’re going to like it because in the story she inspires the main character to go for the GUSTO and reach high. This is a story about friendship, loyalty, hacking (just a little), disappearing forests and little sisters. But mostly it proves that if you go far enough (even if you’re a kid) you can make the difference that can change the world.

Thanks Wes. A great review!


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Tuesdays At the Castle

images-3images-4Who knew a castle could have new rooms added every week? And it knows who will be the next heir. This is no ordinary castle who takes a liking to only the purest of hearts and to those whom only have the kindest nature. Celia the young princess knows this all too well. She also knows every detail, twist and turn the castle takes and she awaits each Tuesday for the new room to add to her map. Befriending the castle is all too easy for Celia but her troubles increase when her parents are no where to be found and some evil doers try to overtake the castle. Celia and her siblings have to learn to trust the castle walls and find favor by doing what is right and true. They of course find themselves trapped for a time but with the help of the castle they purge the dastardly with daring and humorous bravery.

I do love a story that talks about virtues and the importance of manners. You’ll find this a magical treat. It takes enough twists to keep you wanting to turn the pages and you will want to read the next one too! Wednesdays At The Towers. Oh my there is one more title too! Thursdays with the Crown. A delightful series. Enjoy!

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Books at Christmas

Oh bummer, I missed sharing the holiday books that I love to share at Christmas time. Call me a scrooge but I did pull my favorites out for my own coffee table. I like to change the scene even in the book case or shelf to get my readers reading fun Christmas classics or just fun books for the season. I must have got caught up in the holiday bustle to tell you all. Even with this year as quick as it was, I made several trips to the local bookstore to get my essentials for Christmas giving.

Here are a few classic novels and picture books I think of this time of year:

Swiss Family Robinsons, Johann David Wyss (5th-8th)

Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder (2nd-4th)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson (3rd-5th)

The Light at Tern Rock(Newbery) by Julia L. Sauer (2nd-4th)

Stanley’s Christmas Adventure, by Jeff Brown (1st-2nd)

Pirate School Yo-Ho-Ho, by Brian James (1st-3rd)

The Donkey’s Dream, by Barbara Helen Berger (toddler-5th)

Snowmen at Christmas, by Caralyn Buehner (toddler-5th)

They all share about the Christmas miracle that sends hope and inspires a sense of family. I think they are great to read aloud together and they are good fast reads for the independent reader. It is an excellent time to get these books on sale for next year, plan ahead, or enjoy the Christmas time a little longer. Especially if we were too busy to take time to sit and share during the holiday rush, try one of these to help you make it through the new year transition.

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