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Title: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 3) | Author: Fiona Ingram | Publisher: Bublish, Inc | Publication Date: November 17, 2017| Genre: Children's Adventure | Number of Pages: 318
Description: Continuing the adventure that ended in Britain just a short while ago, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle.When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.
Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?
A guard turned Adam round to face Smoking Mirror again. It was horrible being so close to this evil man. He seemed like a giant, and his gaze bored into Adam as he leaned down from his throne to stare at Adam. His eyes were cold, hard, and utterly pitiless.
“Oh, but he is very … very special. In fact, quite extraordinary. I did not realize the true significance before, but now I see it.” Smoking Mirror spoke in a silky whisper as he stared fixedly at Adam. “You see, this boy has the fire hair and the pale skin of the god Quetzalcoatl who came to my land from far across the sea. This boy also bears the mark of an ancient civilization, yes?”
“Er … yes,” said Dr. Khalid in a sulky tone, shooting a quick, angry glance at Adam that seemed to say, “Now look what you’ve done!”
“In fact, the mark is from your civilization, no?”
“No … er, I mean, yes,” Dr. Khalid gabbled. “It is the ankh, the sign of life.”
“The sign of life?” Smoking Mirror shouted. “Then we will extinguish that life!”
He leaped up and screamed an announcement in the people’s language. The crowd remained silent except for a few women who began crying. But not a minute later, a deep collective groan arose from the gathering. Smoking Mirror’s warriors cheered and clattered their weapons against their shields as he continued with his speech.
Adam turned his head a little to one side, trying to catch Tukum’s eye. “What’s he saying?” he whispered, although he sensed already that it was bad.
Tukum’s head drooped. “He says this is the ultimate battle, because you represent the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, or Kukulkan to the Maya. He says the game will prove who is the ultimate winner.”
Adam could hardly speak. His heart had begun pounding so hard it felt like a hammer against his ribs. He was breathless for a moment. This was the confrontation Kotz had spoken of, but it would be impossible to defeat Tezcatlipoca.
“So he thinks we’ll lose?” Adam asked.
“Yes,” said Tukum.
“What if we win?” asked Justin. “It’s possible.”
Tukum gave him a despairing look. “How can we win?”
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Book One: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
Descriptions: A quest filled with danger... Seven ancient Stones of Power... Two young heroes...
This action packed Middle Grade/tween adventure tests the courage of cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair from the moment they arrive in Egypt. Can they survive a harrowing journey to discover the secret of the sacred scarab while being pursued across the desert by a deadly foe?
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is the kind of adventure readers love! The fast-paced action, the evil villain, the secrets of the past, and the mysterious ancient setting make this a sure-hit favorite for both young and young at heart explorers.
Book Two: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur
Description: A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds! This is a must-read for Middle Graders keen on action, adventure, and Arthurian stories! Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?
Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.
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Blog Tour Giveaway
Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice.
Giveaway ends: March 19, 11:59 pm, 2018
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(Nonfiction, dogs) “A touching, easy-to-read children's story for ages 3 – 7 … based on an actual event pertaining to the author's own dog.” – Stevie Turner, author. Muffy is a little dog who loves people; but after a painful injury she is wary of other dogs. Valor is a lost German shepherd who gets hit by a car. When Muffy’s family brings Valor home to recover, no one is sure what Muff will do. This touching picture book teaches compassion, friendship, trust, and courage (kids ages 3 – 7 including any with a fear of dogs). Includes finding activity (count the different dogs). 700 English words in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning children’s author Karl Beckstrand (Mini-mysteries for Minors [multicultural/bilingual series]), illustrated by Brandon Rodriguez,
28-page, 8.5”x8.5” hard cover, soft cover, or ebook picture book with Hispanic family, minority child, big dogs, and online extras for dog lovers (worldwide rights © Sept. 2017 Premio Publishing) PremioBooks, Amazon/Kindle, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble/Nook, Brodart, EBSCO, Follett, Ingram, , iTunes, Kobo, Overdrive, and Target.com. JNF003060, JNF053060, JNF053050, JNF003170, JNF018030, JNF053220, JNF024070, LCCN: 2017939481, eISBN: 978-1370601592, Hard ISBN: 978-0985398842, Soft ISBN: 978-1479315574
This is a cute true story for Toddlers or very young elementary age Children, about a small dog's negative experience and its intuitiveness when a large dog had a similar circumstance.
The illustrations, although reasonably colorful were slightly abstract and a couple of times blended into the scene and not easily differentiated.
The images were filled with emotion but appeared blotchy.
I offer a Three Stars rain for this book
*This was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author of 18 multicultural titles and more than 50 e-books (reviews by Kirkus, The Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Once a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Beckstrand’s early work was produced by two publishers (the first died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books. An engaging speaker and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, film, and broadcasting. He teaches media at a state college—including TV/radio scripts and Web content—and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing. His Y.A. fiction, short stories, kids’ e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guides), and wordless books feature characters of color and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and speaks on diversity. He enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand has presented for SUECON (education conference), Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, California's Capital Book Festival, Utah Educational Library Media Association, Called to Learn conference, Salt Lake City Book Festival, PCI Webinars, Utah Humanities Council, Profnet, Murray City Writer’s Workshop, Utah Housing Coalition, LUW, Midvale City Reading Program, Utah Office of Education, professional groups, and schools.
His racially diverse work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Brodart, Costco, Deseret Book, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine, LDS Film Festival, EBSCO, Follett, iBooks, Kobo, SCRIBD, various broadcasts, and PremioBooks.com. Find: “Karl Beckstrand” on FB, Twitter, KarlBeckstrand.com, and https://karlbeckstrandblog.wordpress....
This double-sided foldout book takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside. The underground scenes include tunnels and pipes, creatures' burrows, layers of rock and the planet’s molten core, and run seamlessly into the next. Mixing urban and rural settings, covering subjects such as geology, archaeology and natural history, The Street Beneath My Feet offers children the opportunity to explore their world through a detailed learning experience. And its fold-out, 'laperello’ style, which extends to eight feet in length, is ideal for spreading out on the floor to pore over for hours.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This is an informative fascinating book describing-the many layers of earth and what "lies beneath our feet"!Written with children in mind, many adults will find this fascinating as well!
This very instructive book simply states each layer of the earth with various illustrations of the things which exists in each layer.
At the end of the first oversize eleven pages of layers, the reader then goes back through he other side of the fold-out pages, continuing to discover more layers of information.
The illustrations, by Yuval Zommer, are very creative and colorful..
This is an excellent book for parents & educators to use in teaching students 5 to 12 years of age about our earth. It is also a great book for Library Reading Programs.
The only problem I found is the print is slightly difficult to read as it often blends in with the page illustrations.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted to me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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BOOK TOUR, REVIEW, GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY for THE ADVENTURES OF POPCORN AND JELLYBEAN by Robert Gillespie! [Ends 2/19/18]
The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean
by Robert Gillespie
58 pages, Children's
Published July 24th 2017 by Page Publishing, Inc.
Popcorn and Jellybean had never ventured down the path beyond the big tree. But since they never really did anything exciting and even though it made them a little nervous at first, they decided it would be a fun adventure for a couple of days since. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out, if the explorers were not prepared! Join them as they took on new challenges each day, learn how to survive by following the behaviors of the animals they encountered, and go where Mother Nature led them. And who knows, maybe we would learn as well!
Join in this fun "survival" adventure directed at a younger elementary age audience.
Popcorn and Jellybean are feeling bored so decide to go for a two day nature adventure. They get prepared with camping equipment, food, water, paper and pencil placed inside their backpacks. Although they feel they have everything, events do not go as planned.
This is a very cute tale with great survival skill ideas but not great for the age group the story would interest.
The illustrations are simple, colorful and very good.
^Spoiler: The first questions the children will ask is, "Why did nobody come looking for them?"
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
The Birth of a Story
What an amazing journey this has been. As a first-time author, I really had no idea what to expect. And to be honest, it was more for fun, than profit.
The goal was to share a simple bedtime story that was created by me and my seven-year-old son Colton. I asked him to come up with the characters, and being the creative soul that he is, he came through quite adeptly.
I also wanted to present the adventure through the eyes of young boys, and my son was very instrumental in giving me his thoughts and perspectives in many areas. The more the story evolved through our nightly sessions, the more we wanted to bring it to life.
I thought I would try to self-publish and give it a little exposure, but it turns out that route is a difficult road to follow. It just didn’t have that professional look or quality that I wanted. At that point I could either settle, or explore other possibilities.
And we’re talking about an absolute rookie when it came to knowledge of the industry. But I just figured I would throw it against the wall, and see if anything would stick. Through a little research I came across a publisher in New York, and sent them a query.
We set up a phone meeting, and after giving them a brief synopsis of the storyline, I was told that they would be interested in seeing the manuscript. They were very upfront about the realities. They said I shouldn’t get my hopes too high as they get more than eight thousand submissions each month, and only a small fraction gets beyond the first stage.
As promised, I was contacted seven days later, and informed that they would be interested in working with me, much to my delight. I was assigned a coordinator, and things were expertly, and professionally handled throughout the entire process.
Needless to say, my son and I are extremely proud of the finished product. I have circulated several copies to friends and family for feedback, and have had wonderful, and helpful, feedback.
My son Colton and I also decided that this could not be just a beginning and end to our adventure. We have come up with several sequel ideas, and are currently in the publication process, with the same publisher, on the second book. The third of the series is being written as we speak. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!
Bob has spent more than 13 years as a wildlife conservation educator sharing information and animal encounters with audiences of all ages. He has a passion for teaching about a wide range of topics nature related and loves passing it along to his two sons. His youngest son, Colton, was the inspiration behind The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean, where it all started as a simple bedtime story. Bob currently resides in Carlsbad, California, and works as a professional interpreter guide at a world-renowned conservation organization.
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Boxed Book Set Level 1 Description:
A1 Edutainment takes you to the world on an amazing new reading programme with Purple Turtle. The first level of Purple Turtle Graded Readers includes a set of 12 books with interesting stories and activities and 150 word count. This level is exclusively for learners who have just started reading. It is based on ATOS and Lexile reading level system.
Boxed Book Set Level 2 Description:
Welcome to a world of fun-filled learning with Purple Turtle. Purple Turtle Graded Readers by A1 Edutainment is an amazing new reading program that is ideal for emerging readers. The second level includes a set of 12 books with 12 interesting stories and several engaging activities that is likely to make learning an enjoyable experience. The book has a word count of 150-250 and is based on the ATOS and Lexile reading level system. This level is for readers who have just learned to read.
Boxed Book Set Level 3 Description:
A1 Edutainment is all set to take you on an adventurous journey to the amazing world of Purple Turtle and his friends. Purple Turtle Graded Readers by A1 Edutainment is a new reading program especially for emerging readers. The third level includes a set of 12 books with engaging stories and fun-filled activities. It is based on the Lexile and ATOS reading level system and has a word count of 250-350. This level is for learners who have started reading with confidence.
If you are looking for a perfect gift for an older toddler or a young elementary student, do not look any further!
This is an attractively boxed set of 12 early reading books starring Purple Turtle and a cast of fun, entertaining characters!
I can only wish I had seen the other two levels! I am certain they are ideal for the very young!
In level three,It has subjects of : a magic show; sailing; Birthday calendar; all types of jobs; growing a garden; birds; treasure hunt;imagining "If I Were"; rhyming; the rainbow; different types of homes;and when someone feels bad.
Each book is simply, cleverly written. Each also contains two or three pages of various activities to increase learning and cognitive skills.
They are all colorfully illustrated with animals and scenery to accompany the book's subject matter.
The set comes with helpful instruction to the parent/teacher ways to help student gain the most benefit from these tales.
This earns a Five+ Stars rating!
*This was gifted me with no expectations of a positive review. Thiis is my honest review.
Meet the Publisher:
Purple Turtle is India’s 1st International brand with its educational content in several languages sold in more than 30 countries including Russia, China, US and UK. The character of Purple Turtle has delighted children across the globe through beautifully created Purple Turtle books, rhymes, and videos available on YouTube.
Purple Turtle was created with the idea to spread education through a wide range of innovative books for children. To give them the experience of convenient online learning, Purple Turtle also brings both learning and entertainment on a common platform to give a wholesome learning experience to young minds.
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Sticks 'n Stones 'n Dinosaur Bones: Being a Whimsical "Take" on a (Pre)Historical Eventby Ted Enik, G F Newland (Illustrations)
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published September 28th 2017 by Schiffer Publishing (first published May 2nd 2013)
ISBN: 0764353942 (ISBN13: 9780764353949)
The first book in the Unhinged History series is a ripping yarn--full of adventure and deceit--that brings to life the best-known public spat in all of paleontology: the bitter rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. This frenzy of discovery and one-upmanship--known today as the Bone Wars--was a gold rush-like scramble to find the most and "best" din The first book in the Unhinged History series is a ripping yarn--full of adventure and deceit--that brings to life the best-known public spat in all of paleontology: the bitter rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. This frenzy of discovery and one-upmanship--known today as the Bone Wars--was a gold rush-like scramble to find the most and "best" dinosaur fossils, thus bringing to glory to their respective home-base universities. Lively and witty rhymes plus wonderfully demented illustrations reveal how the paleontologists' infamous rivalry began, and how--despite making genuine and lasting contributions to the field--their mutual obsession with outdoing one another spun out of control.
This is a slightly humorous tale about the first two men who instigated the collection and promotion of Dinosaur bones discoveries.
Edward Drinker Cop and O. Charles Marsh, were the paleontologists w"who used unethical methods" in competing against each other during the years 1865 and the 1890s.
Several methods used are comically addressed through word and illustration.
The poetry and prose, throughout the tale, was well-written.
The slightly abstract illustrations by G.F. Newland, were colorful and well done, but not the type this reviewer is a fan of.
The Book Title and Cover are very well done and a "good fit". The book is made of a Covered Hardcover with heavy, quality paper pages.
This is recommended for children ages 8 to 12.
This earns a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted to me with no suggestion of a positive review.. This is my honest review.
Author: Author/illustrator Ted Enik has worked for most of the well-known publishing houses in New York, applying his versatility to both original art as well as classic and current children's book characters. The artist for the beloved Fancy Nancy “I Can Read™” series, Enik was tapped to fill Hilary Knight’s venerable shoes by illustrating the latest Eloise hardcover, "Eloise in Hollywood." He is happily at work writing a series of Seuss-inspired “unhinged” history and science books
The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinezby Burt Kempner, Stephanie Richoll (Illustrations)
Hardcover 29 pages
Published November 16th 2016 by Wavecloud Corporation
ISBN: 1535605006 (ISBN13: 9781535605007
Rosa Martinez is seriously ill. She has the loving support of her mother and grandfather and a doctor who takes good care of her. But she also has a secret weapon. Rosa can summon five tigers to come to her aid when she's sailing or in big trouble. Her disease may think it has the upper hand for now, but wait until it encounters Gautama, Airk Vashti, Selena and Quan--the f Rosa Martinez is seriously ill. She has the loving support of her mother and grandfather and a doctor who takes good care of her. But she also has a secret weapon. Rosa can summon five tigers to come to her aid when she's sailing or in big trouble. Her disease may think it has the upper hand for now, but wait until it encounters Gautama, Airk Vashti, Selena and Quan--the five fierce tiers of Rosa Martinez. Young readers will delight in their daring adventures and who knows: they may even be able to call forth guarding animals of their own when they need them.
This was a delightfully unique tale, especially for when a child is struggling with illness or traumatic situations..
The Five Tigers each have a very special purpose. Some may say they are imaginary but to Rosa Martinez they are very real!
These Tigers are only to be summoned at rare times but they can create miracles!
The Illustrations by Stephanie Richoll are very colorful, effective and well-done.
I offer a Four & a Half Stars rating.
*This was sent as a gift with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Writer-Producer Burt Kempner has worked professionally in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Florida. His work has won numerous major awards, and has been seen by groups ranging in size from a national television audience in the United States to a half-dozen Maori chieftains in New Zealand. Spurred by his love for young people, he started writing children's books in 2015. Join him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/burt.kempner) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/burt-kempner-9867581?trk=hp-identity-name).
Larry the Lazy Blue Whale was his first published book, followed by Monty the Movie Star Moose and his latest, The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez.