Middle Grade – Molly Bell and the Wishing Well

Molly Bell and the Wishing WellMolly Bell and the Wishing Well
by Bridget Geraghty
Published: December 2016
ISBN: 978-1541034006
ASIN: B01MU58M3S
Pages: 138
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Molly Bell is an eleven-year old girl who used to be a whimsical, sporty type of a child with a zest for living. All that has been turned upside down by the untimely death of her cherished mother two years ago. To make matters worse, her father is getting remarried to a high-maintenance beauty that Molly seemingly has nothing in common with, and she comes with an annoying six-year old son, Henry, who finds a way to wreck everything in his path.

Molly can’t find anything about her new circumstances to be excited about, until her Aunt Joan tells her about the wishing well at Molly’s grandparents’ farm. According to Aunt Joan, every wish she ever made there came true. And it just so happens that Molly and Henry will be staying at the farm for a week while their parents are on their honeymoon. Molly is convinced if she could just find that wishing well, she could wish for her mom to come back to life and everything will be okay again.

But Molly is in for a few surprises, and more that a few hard lessons about being careful what you wish for when the consequences of Molly’s selfish desires wreak havoc on her entire family. Can Molly make things right again through the wishing well? Or will she need to find it within herself to bring back the joy in her life that has been missing all this time?

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Molly Bell and the Wishing Well Author Bridget GeraghtyAbout the Author:
Bridget Geraghty lives in northern Illinois with her husband and three children.  She taught elementary school for eight years before focusing on writing.  It is her sincere hope that her stories inspire and uplift the minds and spirits of her young readers.

 

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Young Adult – Precious Bones

Precious BonesPrecious Bones
By Mika Ashley-Hollinger
Publisher: Penguin/Random House
ISBN: 978-0307930705
ASIN: B005NKHB7W
Page: 338
Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Historical

Meet ten-year-old Bones, whose playground is the Florida swamps, brimming with mystical witches, black bears, alligators and bobcats. Bones’ father, Nolay, a Miccosukee Indian, is smart and mischievous. Her Mama, practical as corn bread, can see straight into Bones’ soul.

It’s summer, and Bones is busy hunting and fishing with her best friend, Little Man. But then two Yankee real estate agents trespass on her family’s land, and Nolay scares them off with his gun. When a storm blows in and Bones and Little Man uncover something horrible at the edge of the Loo-chee swamp, the evidence of foul play points to Nolay. The only person that can help Nolay is Sheriff LeRoy, who’s as slow as pond water. Bones is determined to take matters into her own hands. If it takes a miracle, then a miracle is what she will deliver.

Praise for Precious Bones:
“…a tale that will already hold high interest for nature-loving readers longing for their own wild playgrounds.”—The Center for Children’s Books

“The names of the characters alone make this a novel worth reading. How can you resist Bones, Little Man, Nolay, Soap Sally and Mr. Speed?!? Each character is as distinctive as the name they carry and the adventures they have.”—Random Acts of Reading

“Precious Bones is a novel filled with adventure and mystery, as well as fascinating glimpses of its distinctive setting.”—Kevin Delecki, BookPage

“I won’t be the last person to compare Mika Ashley-Hollinger’s amazing debut novel, Precious Bones to Harper Lee’s iconic To Kill A Mockingbird.”—Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink

“An intriguing debut, written lovingly to a way of life now lost.”—Booklist

“It’s a rich stew, including hearty dollops of mystery and suspense.”—The Horn Book

“Her voice is strong and lyrical, mixing regional syntax and dialect with lovely descriptions of the beauty she sees as she hunts, fishes, observes and explores in this mystical place.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Like an age-appropriate To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s Bones’s interactions with well-developed, often-eccentric characters that shape this story.”—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
“Mika Ashley-Hollinger’s debut book is full of suspense and surprise…I love Bones’ easy-going nature and adventurous spirit. She’s ready to rush off into battle to defend herself and those she loves, no matter the dangers. And I want her pet raccoon, too! “—Jack and Jill Magazine

Precious Bones Author - Mika Ashley-HollingerAbout the Author:
Mika Ashley-Hollinger was born and raised in the small community of Florida.  PRECIOUS BONES is written in tribute of a time and a way of life that no longer exist.

 

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Juvenile/MG/Young Adult – Rose Red and the Seven Elves

Rose Red and the Seven ElvesRose Red and the Seven Elves
By G. L. Strytler
Publisher: Xlibris
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 978-1524503574
ASIN: B01GOZ5XAQ
Pages: 74
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult

A Princess in servitude.

Rose Red, the younger sister of Snow White, lives with her stepmother the evil Queen. She works, cooks and cleans night and day without reward, but the evil Queen has a beautiful throne Rose Red greatly admires and on which longs to sit—if only for a moment—but is forbidden to do so.

The evil Queen also has a longing for majestic objects, including a beautiful royal red robe, which can only be stitched from Rose Red’s heartstrings and dyed by the girl’s young rich blood at midnight on the night of the Blood-Moon after Rose Red has been poisoned by the thorn of the cursed rose.

Rose Red escapes only to find seven curious elves living in a life-sized dollhouse. To her surprise and delight she finds out the elves, as slaves once themselves to the Queen, were the tiny craftsmen that constructed the throne.

As young Rose Red and the seven elves run for their lives through the Dark Forest, she asks the elves to build her a similar throne. The elves gladly oblige, but instead build for her three other gifts that might just save her life. Will that be enough, or will the evil Queen’s lust for greed be Rose Red’s downfall?

Rose Red and the Seven Elves authorAbout the Author:
Grant Lee Petersen, also known as writer G. L. Strytler, is the author of Xtoriez, a book series for young adults. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he was raised in Mid and, Texas and Rogers, Arkansas, but returned to Utah to attend Snow College and study business management.

Grant Lee enjoys playing any and all sports. He also enjoys movies and has been a featured extra in several movies filmed in Utah including High School Musical and The World’s Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins, in which he played Binocular Boy, among many, many others.

In 2004 he made national news when he paid for a traffic ticket with 8,200 pennies. The stunt was mentioned on CNN as well as radio shows such as Paul Harvey.

In January 2012, Grant’s novel, Dragons vs. Dinosaurs, reached #3 on Amazon’s children’s Kindle edition.

Recently, in March 2012, Grant appeared on TruTV’s Top 20 Most Shocking Videos, Pranksters Gone Wild 7, in which he plays a funny prank on a former roommate.

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Middle Grade Mystery – Bess’s Magical Garden

Bess's Magical GardenBess’s Magical Garden
By M.E. Hembroff
Publisher: Friesen Press
ISBN: 978-1460268032 (hc)
ISBN: 978-1460268049 (pb)
ASIN: B0172HWPQU
Pages: 90
Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Bess’s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She’s in a sad and lonely place.

From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters.

During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 where Bess meets her neighbor Josie:

A half hour later Mrs. O’Toole a hug, before heading outdoors with the small picnic basket. She peekid inside, surprised by how full it was. “Why so much?” Bess asked.

“Your’re always hungry, and you didn’t eat any breakfast.”

“Kitty always likes pieces of bologna,” Bess aid.
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About the Author:
When M.E. Hembroff retired she started to pursue her dream of writing her book. It wasn’t until she retired to a small scenic town that she followed through with self-publishing her book.

 

 

 

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Children’s/Middle Grade Sci-Fi Adventure

Time TrapTime Trap
Richard Smith
Publisher: FastPrint Publishing
ISBN: 978-1780353852
Pages: 322
Genre: Children, Middle Grade, Sci-fi Adventure

Who was the mysterious Hector Lightfoot? What was he up to when he disappeared, and who were the two ghosts once seen in his house? School friends Jamie and Todd are destined to find out when they go to London to spend a weekend with Jamie’s Uncle Simon, who now lives in that very house. Soon after they arrive, Jamie has a frightening encounter with the two ghosts. Hector, a veteran from the First Afghan War, joined a covert expedition to China, and afterwards worked on a secret Government project in an underground lab at the British Museum. He vanished suddenly, and was never heard from again. Simon takes the boys to the lab, where they find a strange contraption – which, unknown to any of them, is a time-travel device. When the building is struck by lightning, the device is energized, and sends the boys back in time to the year 1862. There, surrounded by danger and exposed to disease, they are sucked into a life of crime in order to survive. Only if they can find Hector will they have any chance of getting home again, but he’s gone into hiding. As Jamie and Todd struggle to find him, Jamie becomes convinced that the two ghosts he saw earlier are following them…

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Time Trap Author

Richard Smith’s motto is: Never give up; it can happen. And his first book, Time Trap, is proof of that.

Born in London, the youngest of three children, Richard has loved writing stories since he was nine; and regularly got top marks for his essays at school – where his favourite subject was English. After leaving school, he worked in a succession of dead-end jobs. None brought him as much satisfaction as writing – which he kept up, with his mother’s constant encouragement. Richard credits her father, a taxi driver, who enjoyed writing as a hobby, for his talent with words.

Researching and writing Time Trap took many years of hard work – which Richard describes as a labour of love. One of his proudest moments came when he returned to his junior school to read extracts of the story to 9-year-old pupils, who loved it. He polished up the MS, self-published in 2012, and created the Time Trap Trail for young readers to follow and convinced both the British Museum and the Museum of Childhood to stock the book.

Another success has been finally finding a job he enjoys – working as a building manager, which gives him the opportunity to work on his second book: The Darziod’s Stone.

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Time Trap Trail

Imagine reading a book, then visiting the very places where the story happened; it would almost be like going on a virtual-reality tour. With Time Trap, you can do just that, and see the London locations where this exciting adventure is set.

The Trail is an adventure, too – but not just anyone can go on it. You will have to read the story first, and find in it two keywords that will unlock the code, and allow access. So read the book, crack the code and follow in Jamie’s and Todd’s footsteps as they were hurled back to 1862, when the streets of London were shrouded with smog, and danger lurked at every turn.

Following the Time Trap Trail will show you a very different London – one that few may know. You’ll visit the scenes of all the crimes that Jamie and Todd were involved in when they had to join the Holton Gang, and see where the gang’s hideout was. You’ll go to the church they took refuge in, and find the location of the Secret Operations Bureau by the Thames. (And beside the river will be a great spot to stop and enjoy a packed lunch!) On the Trail, you will also see the real Temple Bar, which has been moved from its original spot. You’ll follow the getaway route the boys took when Billy stole the case from the coaching inn. And you’ll get to see magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral – and many, many more locations featured in the book. Plus, there’s an added guide to other attractions along the way.

Although not all the landmarks in the book are still here, while you travel around London, you will learn more about the city. See the contrasting parts of the metropolis – the grand buildings of Bloomsbury, including Bedford Square and the British Museum; the bridges over the River Thames, and the big, bustling shops on Oxford Street.

There are two Time Trap Trails. ‘The Trail’ which will take around 1.5 hours to complete and is perfect for school trips or those short on time! Then there is ‘The Grand Trail’, which will take about 5 hours. This is for the adventurers among you and is a full day out. These times are without taking breaks, so factor this in to your day. You’ll need sharp eyes too – because on each Trail through London, there are questions for you to answer relating to some locations. If you complete the quiz correctly you’ll receive a certificate.

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