Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Family Friendly Fantasy Fun Fest

Just shooting out a quick note that I will be participating in the Family Friendly Fantasy Fun Fest on Facebook the 20th and the 21st. The first day, I will be featuring Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess and will be very dragon-centric. The next day will be focused on the Cats in the Mirror series and be cat-tastic. We hope you can join us for one or more of the author events. There will surely be games!

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Family Friendly Fantasy Fun Fest

6:00 - 6:30 PM - KAREN MARTIN
6:30 - 7:00 PM - MEG WELCH DENDLER
7:00 - 7:30 PM - HOWARD BAGSBY
7:30 - 8:00 PM - KANDI WYATT
9:30 - 10:00 PM - ALLY SCARBOROUGH
10:00 - 10:30 PM - KAREN EISENBREY
10:30 - 11:00 PM - JOANNA WHITE
6:00 - 6:30 PM - MEG WELCH DENDLER
6:30 - 7:00 PM - PATRICIA LESLIE
7:00 - 7:30 PM - CONNIE WHITE
7:30 - 8:00 PM - CONNIE WHITE/JQM
8:30 - 9:00 PM - LAURA D PALMER
9:30 - 10:00 PM - JENELLE LEANNE
10:00 - 10:30 PM - AUTHOR R D TRIMBLE
10:30 - 11:00 PM - JOANNA WHITE

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Summer Reading

I finally got around to getting my library card in our new city, and I went a bit crazy. I mean, access to thousands of books for free! For my summer reading, I have been working my way through An Echo in the Bone, Book 7 of the Outlander series. These books are seriously long--like 1,000 pages of close text--so I sometimes take breaks in the middle and read some fun kidlit. Here's a few that I have gobbled up already this summer and highly recommend.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by [McAnulty, Stacy]

A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school. This smart and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Fourteenth GoldfishRain Reign, and Counting by Sevens.

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school!

Lucy's grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation?

A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty's smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different.

Wish by [O'Connor, Barbara]

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.
From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by [Potter, Alicia]

Miss Hazeltine is opening a very special school for shy and fearful cats.  They come from all over, and Miss Hazeltine gives them lessons in everything, from “Bird Basics” to “How Not to Fear the Broom.” The most timid of all is Crumb. He cowers in a corner. Miss Hazeltine doesn’t mind. But when she gets in trouble and only Crumb knows where she is, will he find his inner courage and lead a daring rescue?
Filled with adorable illustrations and ideal for fans of Disappearing Desmond and The Invisible Boy, Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats is a story that’s perfect for shy and fearful children as it both helps them face scary situations and accepts them just as they are.

The Problim Children by [Lloyd, Natalie]

With a dash of Lemony Snicket, a dollop of the Addams Family, and a hearty dose of adventure, New York Times bestselling author Natalie Lloyd introduces a new series about seven strange and adventurous siblings who tackle problems together—even when their new neighbors try to tear them apart.
Filled with mystery, humor, and adventure, the first book in this new trilogy is an unforgettable tale of adventure, family, and finding the courage to face any problem heart-first. When the Problim children’s ramshackle bungalow in the Swampy Woods goes kaboom, the seven siblings—each born on a different day of the week—have to move into their grandpa’s bizarre old mansion in Lost Cove. No problem! For the Problim children, every problem is a gift! But rumors about their family run rampant in the small town: tales of a bitter feud, a hidden treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. Their neighbors, the O’Pinions, will do anything to find the secrets lurking inside the Problim household—including sending the seven children to seven different houses on seven different continents!

Up next, I have Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I've never read one of his books before, so we shall see. Everyone was ga-ga over this when it came out. Had to at least take a peek. 

So what are YOU reading this summer?