FADING INTO THE SHADOWS Review
By Kelly Hashway
In the news we hear of missing children or teens, and we wonder how they can just disappear without a trace. Surely someone knows what happened to them. People don’t just vanish into thin air? Or do they?
That is the question readers will be asking themselves in Author Kelly Hashway’s latest YA novel FADING INTO THE SHADOWS. Sixteen-year-old Avery is missing. Ella, his best friend, saw him just a short time earlier. So what happened? Where did he go? Was he kidnapped, as several other teens had been recently? Officer Bobson, the cop that questions Avery’s parents, along with Ella, the last person to see him, doesn’t act too concerned. So begins the mystery of Avery’s disappearance, and Ella soon finds herself in another world, where she learns the fate of the missing teens, including Avery.
Kelly Hashway has created a fantasy world that will enchant you and yet leave you wondering who are the good guys and who are the bad. Add a touch of romance between Ella and Avery, along with Hercules and Melanie, as well as the handsome Gabe, and you have a story of adventure, family, and the lengths some people will go to in order to achieve their goals. And sometimes, people are not what they seem. Fading into the Shadows is a great read for teens and also for the young at heart. The novel would make a great addition to high school libraries. Recommended.
PIPER MORGAN TO THE RESCUE Review
By Stephanie Faris
Illustrations by Lucy Fleming
Children. Dogs. Cats. A perfect combination. They just go together. In PIPER MORGAN TO THE RESCUE, the latest story in the Piper Morgan series by Author Stephanie Faris, Piper has always wanted a dog. When her mother starts a new job at a rescue center, trying to find homes for homeless dogs and cats, Piper is excited. Maybe now her mother will let Piper have a dog of her own.
I was hoping with every page I read that Piper would soon be the happy owner of the puppy of her dreams. And when she meets Gonzo, a little Maltese, it’s love at first sight. The perfect puppy for Piper, I thought. I could picture them together. I’m not going to give anything away, but moms and kids sometimes disagree about what the family needs.
Speaking of pictures, Lucy Fleming’s black- and-white illustrations throughout the book are adorable and just right for the story. Also, at the end of each chapter the reader learns “Fur Facts” about dogs and cats. Did you know that a “Dog’s nose is so unique it could be used to identify him, like human fingerprints?” I didn’t, but I know it now, along with other interesting facts about our furry friends.
Stephanie Faris has written a touching and fun story about family, moms and daughters, friendship, and learning how to take care of your pet. This book would be a great addition to elementary school classrooms and libraries, public libraries, and your own library, of course. Highly Recommended.###
So now you have some great stories to read on the cold, snowy, winter days that lie ahead. Books make wonderful Christmas gifts too. Remember these as you shop for family and friends. PIPER MORGAN TO THE RESCUE is perfect for young readers on your list. And teens and older folks will enjoy FADING INTO THE SHADOWS. Yes, we don't have to be a teen to like to read about them. We were there, once, you know.