Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Book Bites for Kids

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The Destineers, a Review

It is my pleasure to tell you about a great book just out from my dear friend, Nancy Sharpe and her son, Bobby.


By N. A. Sharpe and Bobby Sharpe

When William Derrnz becomes the new headmaster at Greenbrier Academy, he brings new professors and a new curriculum with him, and school suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. Kylie O’Conner, one of the students, introduces the reader to her friends and classmates, Ryan, Sean, and Brady, and tells about this unusual school they attend.

The new curriculum is known as a “directed study” program, and one of the classes is Interactive History taught by Professor Fritz Fitzwilly. He invented a machine known as an incarnation chamber that lets you travel to any world in any time period. Also, there’s Cosmic Kingdom, a video game with knights and dragons in a Camelot kind of setting. Kylie and her friends even traveled to the realm of the Neatherscape, a beautiful realm where elves, globins, and centaurs live, but where some kind of trouble is brewing. Wow! Who wouldn’t enjoy classes like this? The odd thing is Kylie and her friends are the only students in the program.

The Destineers’ Journal of Fantasy Nations, is a field guide to the Nations of Fantasy, the lands that were forced from our world into a realm of their on when the “Old Ways” that once were predominant in human culture disappeared. Kylie records information she learns from her lessons and from personal observation of what she encounters in the magical lands of fantasy.

Come along with Kylie and her friends and take a look at a few of her recordings. They are listed alphabetically to make it easy to find them. She starts with the Afanc, monstrous lake dwelling creatures of Wales that prey on anyone foolish enough to swim in the water. From the description Kylie gives, razor sharp teeth and the strength of ten warriors, they aren’t someone or something you’d want to meet on a dark night.

From Alchemist to Banshee, Bodach to dragon, and Yeti to Zombie, the authors give us a glimpse, sometimes with humor, sometimes with chills, of the inhabitants of the Nations of Fantasy. I recommend this guide for writers, readers, and everyone who loves fantasy novels and movies. Even those who aren’t really into magical worlds will enjoy reading about the Dullahans, Mooncalves, and Thunderbirds.

No, I’m not telling you what they are, but once you read the book you’ll be happy you did.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Great News!

Hi, Everyone,

Suzanne Lieurance is interviewing me on Book Bites for Kids Blog Talk Radio, Monday, March 30, at 2:00 PM Central Time. If you have questions or comments or something you're just dying to know about me, I'll be happy to tell all. (Well, almost all.) The call in number is 1-646-716-9239. Or you can listen later at your convenience at Book Bites for Kids.


Also, I'm Lynn Tincher's Guest Author in her March 30 The Literary Lynnch Pen newsletter. Her blog is The Literary Lynnch Pen.

It looks like an amazing Monday.

Happy reading and writing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bruce Atchison, Guest Author at Write What Inspires You!

Join Donna McDine today at http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/ when children's author, Bruce Atchison, joins Donna as her guest author.

Bruce Atchison, a legally blind writer, has written scores offreelance articles since 1996. Their topics ranged from a visit to the Voice of Russia World Service in Moscow to a hilarious April Fools joke played on his class by his grade 3 teacher. Bruce's articles have appeared in an eclectic mix of publications, from glossy magazines to photocopied underground "zines."

He has also written 2 books. When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) relates his adventures and misadventuresof having rabbits as house pets as well as the fascinating facts he learned about them. It was published in 2006. A year later, he wrote Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School). it's his memoir about what it was like to be sent 500 miles from home for months at a stretch, beginning when he was 7 years old. Bruce is currently working on How I Was Razed (and How I found Authentic Christianity), an account of his spiritual journey through various betrayals of his faith to the eventual discovery of what genuine Christianity is. He lives in a tiny hamlet in the western Canadian province of Alberta with 4 house rabbits.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Children's Choice Book Awards

About the Children's Choice Book Awards widget

The Children's Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children and teens to read. Children and teens will be able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at http://www.bookweekonline.com until Sunday, May 3, 2009.

Close to 15,000 children and teens from around the US spent months reading and evaluating books submitted by publishers. The five favorite books published in 2008 in each of these categories are open for a nation-wide vote in March and April 2009 in each of four grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and Teen as well as Favorite Author, and Favorite Illustrator. The winner in each category will be named at a gala during Children's Book Week on May 12th, 2009 in New York City as part of Children's Book Week (May 11-17, 2009), the oldest national literacy event in the United States.

Get and Customize the Children's Choice Book Awards Widget for your Blog or Website The Children's Choice Book Awards Widget displays a different book every time it loads on your website. There are links where your site visitors can visit the Children's Choice Book Awards website or click to learn more and VOTE at bookweekonline.com.

Click on the Widget in the sidebar to get yours.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hint of Spring

The mulberry and wild plum trees are budding out. The sun warms the earth. A gentle breeze whispers against the windowpane. And a purple Iris blooms in the flowerbed. Hints of spring are in the air. Will put out feeders for the hummingbirds next week.

Son has left for the airport. I pray for his safe journey home. We enjoyed every minute of his visit; it was just too short. But business calls. My writing calls to me, reminding me I'm in the middle of the "big" scene. Son even gave me some great thoughts on how to deal with the problem I was having. I'm anxious to get back to it.

I finished reading To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee. I know, most people read it years ago, but remember, I was a nonreader until I got old enough to realize what I was missing. The book tells a beautiful story. Highly recommended to all.

Happy reading and writing.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Simon Rose - Guest Author at Write What Inspires You

Join Donna McDine at http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/ on Thursday, March 12th when Simon Rose will be her guest author.

Don't miss this opportunity to interact with Simon and pick his brain (so to speak) with your questions.

Not only is Simon a well accomplished novelist, he offers writing workshops.

Stay tuned and learn more about Simon and his illustrious career.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Done! Done! Done!

Edits for Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, my YA historical fiction, are done. At least for now. Unless I made a major goof. Look for its release this fall/winter. When I was a kid history was so boring. Memorizing dates and explorers and who did what, where, and when was not my favorite way to spend my time. I never pictured these people as being real, live beings. They were names and sometimes pictures in a book.

When I started researching my family tree, I made a startling discovery: history was fun. These people actually lived. They cooked, went shopping, worked in the field or in town. They loved, they hated, they made mistakes. They were farmers, boot makers, teachers, parents, children. They fought in the Revolutionary War, the War Between the States, AKA the Civil War, WWI and WWII. We visited King's Mountain, SC, where the backwoodsmen helped turn the tide of the Revolution. We toured battlegrounds from the Civil War and the War of 1812: New Orleans, Fort Sumter, Shiloh, and Vicksburg. There are many more I'd love to see, some day. I loved the old, old town of Vicksburg. When I heard how the people lived in caves during the siege of 1863, I knew I had to write their story. So I did.

Caves is Lizzie's story. I'll introduce you to her in the weeks ahead. Her life was quite different than Rebel's modern day life is.

Happy reading, everyone.