Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Explorer Academy: The Falcon’s Feather by Trudi Trueit

My author friend Trudi Trueit gets to go on so many adventures with her books. Her latest book, The Falcon's Feather, is part of National Geographic Kids' Explorer Academy series. I know I would have loved these books when I was a kid, wouldn't you? Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy!


It's an adventure of a lifetime when Cruz Coronado sets sail for the shores of Iceland and Norway aboard the Explorer Academy ship to continue his studies at sea. But, things take a turn while exploring the icy north, when he embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover the first piece of an important puzzle his mother left behind.

In the exciting follow-up to The Nebula Secret in the 7-book Explorer Academy series, Cruz, Sailor, and Emmett, along with their new ally Bryndis, embark on their first globe-trotting mission aboard the ship Orion. Cruz jumps right back into school and starts using the latest technology in submersible underwater dives, but is soon reminded of the dangers of exploration when his equipment fails and he almost drowns. Determined to keep his eyes on the prize, Cruz sneaks away to try to find answers, but unknowingly lures his friends into bigger trouble. When a friend of Cruz's mom meets an untimely end, Cruz's luck really seems about to run out and the questions multiply. What does the message mean? Where will it lead? Who is following him? And why? 

This captivating book is the sequel every Explorer Academy fan is waiting to read!

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Trudi Trueit writes the kinds of books she loved to read as a kid; stories packed with adventure, mystery, friendship, and hope; stories that reminds us to forge our own path and be our own hero! Her more than 100 titles include the EXPLORER ACADEMY series (National Geographic), MY TOP SECRET DARES & DON'TS, THE SISTER SOLUTION, STEALING POPULAR, and THE SECRETS OF A LAB RAT series (all Aladdin). And yes, Trudi Trueit IS her real name. Learn more about her and her books at her website: https://www.truditrueit.com/.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Introducing Writing for Kids: The Ultimate Guide by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey

I love when my author friends have new books out! Even better, when those author friends are so amazing and accomplished. Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey together authored the best-selling Bailey School Kids series, which now has multiple generations saying, "I grew up reading those!" Their latest collaboration is a book to help YOU write the children's book you've always wanted to write. Even if you've already written one, you'll definitely learn from this book. Scroll down to read all about Writing for Kids: The Ultimate Guide and order your copy.


New from Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey, authors of the BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS series, this truly is the ultimate guide to getting started on your career of writing for children.

Regular people write children’s books all the time. Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey should know. They did it! They’ve traditionally published 171 books with over 43 million copies in print! WRITING FOR KIDS is everything they wished they’d known when they first started writing over twenty-five years ago. 

Each section of this book targets a specific stage of the writing process. The first section, GETTING STARTED, introduces types of markets and focuses on generating ideas that resonate with kids. PLANNING THE PERFECT BOOK, targets effective writing skills and options for shaping your ideas. DEVELOPING IDEAS explains how to complete and market your book, as well as promoting both your work and yourself as a writer.

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Marcia Thornton Jones has been an elementary school teacher of First and Third grades, Computer Lab, Writing and Reading, and Gifted & Talented. She is the author of more than 131 titles, including the Bailey School Kids series and Ratfink. Read all about her books on her website: http://www.marciatjones.com/.

Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 150 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Sevierville, Tennessee. Learn more about Debbie on her website: https://www.debbiedadey.com/.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Introducing The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams by Jenny Lundquist

I've been reading Jenny Lundquist's books since before I was even published...I think that makes me an official "fan!" Her latest book just screams summer. I think that's something we all could use a little of right now. Scroll down to read all about The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams and to buy your copy!


The small town of Clarkville has seen better days. Ever since the Cohen factory burned down a few years ago, jobs are scarce and unemployment is high. But each year for one night the Carnival of Wishes and Dreams comes to town and everyone gets to indulge in a little wonder and delight. And for three girls who each receive notes asking them to meet the anonymous sender at midnight at the Ferris Wheel, it’s an evening that promises to be truly magical.

Audrey McKinley can’t believe someone would ask her to ride the Ferris Wheel. Everyone in town knows she’s afraid of heights; the last time she rode the Ferris Wheel it ended with her having a panic attack. But ever since her dad lost his job after the Cohen factory burned down he’s been working too little. The carnival gives him a chance for some seasonal work, and she plans to spend the evening checking up on him and making sure he does his job. Maybe she’ll face her fears tonight, after all.

Grace Chang isn’t supposed to go to the carnival. It’s too close to the burned remains of the old Cohen factory—the place where her firefighter father lost his life. And they always rode the Ferris Wheel together, so that’s also something Grace isn’t supposed to do. But since her mom just announced they’ll be moving away from Clarkville the day after the carnival, Grace is sick of only doing things she’s supposed to do. She’ll be at the carnival. And she is definitely riding that Ferris Wheel.

Harlow Cohen is surprised anyone would want to ride the Ferris Wheel with her. Harlow used to be popular. But ever since her grandparents’ old factory burned down and so many people lost their jobs, many of the kids at school blame her—and her rich family—for their own parents’ worsening economic situations. Harlow can never resist a dare, but when a note arrives asking her to meet an anonymous person at the Ferris Wheel at midnight, she’s far from certain it will be a friend waiting for her.

Can these three girls put their differences aside long enough for their wishes to come true? And is it possible to save a friendship that once seemed lost for good?

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Jenny Lundquist is the author of The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, Seeing Cinderella, and Plastic Polly. She grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and earned a degree in Intercultural Studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world’s whiniest cat.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Introducing Cotton Candy Wishes by Kristina Springer

These Swirl books just jump off the shelves at you, and some of my favorite writer friends are writing them! That means I get to read them. The latest in this food-driven series is Cotton Candy Wishes, written by a writer whose books are always inspiring. Scroll down to read all about Cotton Candy Wishes and buy your copy!


Is achieving the social status of your dreams really all that sweet?

Taylor wishes she were popular. It's not like she doesn't have any friends, but when she tries to throw a giant cotton candy–themed birthday bash, it ends up a huge flop—no one shows up.

So when her dad gets a new job and they have to move, Taylor sees it as an opportunity to reinvent herself. As luck would have it, in the first week of her new school, she's partnered on a project with the queen bee of seventh grade herself, Elle. Soon, she's one of the popular crowd. She's even on her way to a date with the cutest boy in school! All her dreams are coming true!

But Taylor starts to learn that being with the in-crowd involves a lot of gossip and backstabbing—and she realizes that her favorite part of the day is actually hanging out with Colin, her nerdy math partner. However, Elle is not a fan of Colin—and ultimately, Taylor has to choose between them. Will she risk alienating Colin and his friends to maintain the social status she always wished for?

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Kristina Springer is the author of Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker (Sterling Children's); My Fake Boyfriend Is Better Than Yours (Macmillan/FSG), a Scholastic Book Club Bestseller and 2012 YALSA Quick Pick book; The Espressologist (Macmillan,/FSG), a 2010 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book and 2014 Illinois Reads Book that has been purchased for film by Michael Eisner's Vuguru; and Just Your Average Princess (Macmillan/FSG). She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children. Visit her at http://www.kristinaspringer.com/.