The first book I read this year is a Cyrano de Bergerac tale from an author who is new to the Aladdin M!x line, Joanne Levy.
Every little girl loves mermaids. Even as an adult, the idea of an entire world taking place beneath the ocean is fascinating. So it's no surprise that Debbie Dadey's Mermaid Tales series is so popular. This month I read book #16 in the series.
In Flower Girl Dreams, all Pearl wants is to be a flower girl. When she hears her school's cafeteria worker is getting married, she may just get her chance. He's already chosen three of her friends to be flower girls. So she sets to work trying to win a spot--along the way her goals change, though. She finds herself dedicated to helping make it the best wedding ever. You just want to hug little Pearl. She has such a big heart and the lesson of the satisfaction we get from giving instead of receiving is one that we all can learn from.
I don't get to read picture books very often, so when I had the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of this book from Susan Eaddy, I jumped at it!
Poppy's Best Paper is a beautifully illustrated picture book about a young rabbit who wants to be a writer when she grows up. She gets her chance to try it out when her teacher assigns a paper. When she finally turns in her paper, she's sure it will be a huge hit with the teacher. Instead, her friend, who doesn't even want to be an author, is the one whose paper is read to the class. This book has a very important message about friendship and jealousy--and it's something every single one of us will experience throughout our lives from time to time.
Stories about disappearances are always my favorites, so I couldn't wait to read Kelly Hashway's latest book. But this one was such a pleasant surprise!
Fading into the Shadows is an action-packed story about teens battling falling constellations. The shadows that lure the teens into this world creeped me out in a way few stories have in my life. And once there, the action didn't stop until the end. Plus, there's a love triangle with two guys that will win young readers' hearts. But what really keeps the tension going throughout the book is the race to stop the constellations before the people Ella cares about fade into shadows.
I always look for any excuse to read Sandra Cox's amazing books. Her recent re-release of a romantic suspense gave me a reason to read it and tell all of you about it!
At the center of The Crystal is a crystal ball that allows its owners to see the face of their one true love. For Gabriella, that face is a man she just happened to bump into before entering the store that is selling the ball. She buys the crystal globe in question and adventure ensues. That stranger just happens to want the globe for himself...and a chase ensues. There is plenty of tension between the main characters and enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages until the end!
Next up is a book by one of the most supportive blogger-authors I know. If you haven't read Beverly Stowe McClure's blog, definitely head over and subscribe. This month I read her September 2016 re-release of a 2013 book:
I love ghost stories...and I also love children's adventures in the style of Peter Pan. A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat satisfies both of those loves, with a young boy and his friends discovering a ghost ship near an old lighthouse. Over the course of the story, this world provides a form of escape for the main character, who is going through a tough time at home. Kids will be able to relate well to this touching adventure.
What are you reading now?