Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Introducing Ellie Mae on President’s Day and Ellie Mae on April Fool’s Day by Hillary Homzie

President's Day and April Fool's Day are both just around the corner...and you have the chance to get two fun chapter books for the 6- to 9-year-olds in your life. Scroll down to read all about Hillary Homzie's Ellie Mae on April Fool's Day and Ellie Mae on President's Day...and to buy your copies!


Ellie Mae on President's Day

Just how far will Ellie May go to be chosen as class flag leader during the exciting week leading up to Presidents' Day?

Quirky and funny, second-grader Ellie May enjoys learning about US presidents. But she absolutely loves the idea of being class flag leader during the week before Presidents' Day. Tired of not being chosen to hold the flag, she makes it her mission to finally get picked. Along the way, Ellie May ends up karate chopping the class plant when she tries to determine whether George Washington actually chopped down that cherry tree. Next she takes apart the class pencil sharpener when she learns that Abraham Lincoln liked learning how gadgets work. Ellie May may not be perfect like Miss-Know-it-All Ava or calm like her best friend Lizzy, but she's good-hearted and eventually realizes that honesty and patience go a long way.

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Ellie Mae on April Fool's Day

How far will Ellie May go for a laugh--and a little revenge--when her class is allowed to celebrate April Fools' Day?

Quirky and funny second grader Ellie May can't believe her class is allowed to celebrate April Fools' Day--so long as it's done in good fun. She absolutely loves the idea of targeting a certain someone--the practically perfect Ava. Practicing on her parents and sisters, Ellie May begins to brainstorm harmless pranks. Soon enough, good intentions turn the classroom and her home upside-down when fake ants, trick tape, and hidden surprises don't go as planned. Ellie May may not be perfect like Miss-Know-it-All Ava, or calm and rational like her best friend Lizzy, but she's good-hearted and eventually realizes that the best trick is to make friends genuinely laugh--at no one's expense.

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Hillary is the author of chapter books, including the new Ellie May series (Charlesbridge), as well as contemporary middle grade novels. Her novels set in middle school include Apple Pie Promises (Sky Pony Press), Pumpkin Spice Secrets, Queen of Likes (Simon & Schuster/M!X), a PJOurWay selection https://pjourway.org/story-central/queen-of-likes, The Hot List (Simon & Schuster/M!X) and Things Are Gonna Get Ugly (Simon & Schuster/M!X. She is also the author of the humorous chapter book series, Alien Clones From Outer Space (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin), a Children’s Book-of-the-Month selection and listed as one of the 30 recommended funny books for kids in The Children’s Literature Lover’s Book of Lists by Joanna Sullivan Ed.D. Suppertime Entertainment (the creators of the twice Emmy-nominated Todd World) and Telescreen (Lizzie McGuire) developed the books to become an animated television series. She lives in Napa, California, with her family. You can visit her website at https://www.hillaryhomzie.com/.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Introducing Beep and Bob 4 by Jonathan Roth

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the elementary school-aged child in your life, check out Jonathan Roth's Beep and Bob series. Today, the latest book in the series releases, and it has Beep and Bob cloning themselves during the school science fair! Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy.


Beep and Bob accidentally clone themselves for the school science fair in this fourth book in the hilarious, action-packed Beep and Bob series!

What’s twice as fun as Beep and Bob? Two Beeps and Bobs!

While up too late working on his science fair project, Bob accidentally points a duplication ray at Beep. To his shock, another Beep appears! Beep decides the more, the better, so he points the ray at Bob and PRESTO: it’s Bob 2 (or Backwards Bob).

At first Bob thinks their clones are creepy, but it doesn’t take long to realize that having duplicates comes with perks: they can sleep in while their clones go to class!

Then the real Beep and Bob discover a hitch: the Beep and Bob clones are EVIL, and are planning to duplicate an EVIL Earth to rule! How will they possibly get themselves (and themselves!) out of this one?

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Author-illustrator Jonathan Roth is a public elementary school art teacher in Maryland who likes reading, writing, drawing, cycling, and napping. Though he has never left Earth, he has met four of the astronauts who have gone to the moon. Beep and Bob is his first series. You can visit his website at beepandbob.com.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito

Can there be any better way to learn history than through a beautiful picture book? My friend Dee Romito brings a very important historical event to life in Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Georgia Gilmore was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement, and now we get to see her story with Dee's beautiful prose and illustrator Laura Freeman's vivid illustrations. Scroll down to read all about this new picture book and to buy your own copy.


This stunning picture book looks into the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal.

Georgia decided to help the best way she knew how. 
She worked together with a group of women and together they purchased the supplies they needed-bread, lettuce, and chickens. And off they went to cook.
The women brought food to the mass meetings that followed at the church. They sold sandwiches. They sold dinners in their neighborhoods.
As the boycotters walked and walked, Georgia cooked and cooked. 

Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. Called the Club from Nowhere, Georgia was the only person who knew who baked and bought the food, and she said the money came from "nowhere" to anyone who asked. When Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for his role in the boycott, Georgia testified on his behalf, and her home became a meeting place for civil rights leaders. This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. It also includes one of her delicious recipes for kids to try with the help of their parents!

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Dee Romito is an author and former elementary teacher. Her middle grade books include THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, POSTCARDS FROM VENICE, and co-authored BEST. NIGHT. EVER. She blogs about writing at WriteforApples.com and is Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children's Writers and Illustrators. While she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. You can visit her website at DeeRomito.com.

Originally from New York City, Laura Freeman lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two children. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and began her career working for various editorial clients. She has illustrated over twenty children's books, including Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, the Nikki & Deja series by Karen English and Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal. In addition to illustrating books and editorial content, her art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards. Visit Laura's website at lfreemanart.com.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Introducing The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig: A Love Story by Don Zolidis

There's nothing as exciting as seeing your book on shelves for the first time--even if you're an acclaimed playwright. Don Zolidis has published 97 plays which have been produced over 10,500 times in 61 countries. But today is the day he gets his first book in print everywhere. And it looks like a must read! Scroll down to read all about The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig (A Love Story).


Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God) 1994.

The worst thing that's ever happened to Craig is also the best: Amy. Amy and Craig never should've gotten together. Craig is an awkward, Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek, and Amy is the beautiful, fiercely intelligent student-body president of their high school.

Yet somehow they did?until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Then dumped him again. Then got back together with him again. Over and over and over.

Unfolding during their senior year, Amy and Craig's exhilarating, tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy, pain, and laughter as an uncertain future-and adult responsibility-loom on the horizon.

Craig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a quirky college, while Amy's quest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig's girlfriend?and sometimes doesn't.

Seven heartbreaks. Seven joys.Told nonsequentially, acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis's debut novel is a brutally funny, bittersweet taste of the utterly unique and utterly universal experience of first love.

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Don Zolidis grew up in Wisconsin, went to college in Minnesota, and is mostly known for being a really funny playwright. For the past five years, he's been the most-produced playwright in American schools. His more than one hundred published plays have been performed tens of thousands of times, and have appeared in sixty-four different countries. He currently splits his time between New York and Texas, and has two adorable boys who will someday read this book and have a lot of questions. He aspires to owning a dog. The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig is his first novel. He's hard at work on the next one. Visit Don at http://www.donzolidis.com/.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Halloween Ride Guest Post

I'm so excited to welcome Sammy and Gregory to my blog today. Who are Sammy and Gregory? They are the fun main characters in Elaine Kaye's latest picture book, Halloween Ride: A Gregory Green Adventure. Today, Sammy is interviewing Gregory about Halloween. Scroll down after the interview to read all about the book and buy your copy!

Sammy: What’s your favorite holiday?

Gregory: Halloween! I love dressing up, getting LOTS and LOTS of candy, and scaring you.

Sammy: Me?

Gregory: Yeah, you. You scare easily.

Sammy: So, do you. And let’s not get into all that again.

Sammy: You looked really cool in your pirate costume. When can we hunt for treasure?

Gregory: We can go as soon as this interview is done!

Sammy: Okay, it’s done!

Gregory: No, Elaine Kaye wouldn’t be happy with us if we quit now.

Sammy: Right. And we should make the author happy. Okay, so when we saw the broom and got on it, did you think you’d have to fly it yourself? You’re many years away from getting your learner’s permit, and there wasn’t even a steering wheel!

Gregory: I didn’t think it would be too hard.

Sammy: Well, it’s a good thing it could fly on its own. *snickers*

Gregory: Hey!

*Sammy laughs harder*

Sammy: We all know you love pea soup. Do you really think that was pea soup in the witch’s pot?

*Gregory shivers* Gregory: I sure hope not!

Sammy: It smelled like pea soup.

Gregory: And looked like pea soup.

Sammy: Until she added her secret ingredient.

*Both boys stick out their tongues in disgust*

Gregory: That’s one soup I’ll never try!


BLURB: One Halloween night, Gregory and his teddy bear Sammy go trick-or-treating, hoping for lots and lots of candy. But Sammy is scared of everything and is constantly asking, “What’s that?” Gregory gets annoyed until one of those things turns out to be a flying broomstick. And this broom wants them to go for a ride. Where will it take them? 

*Story picture book Ages 4-8.




Pea Soup Disaster: Amazon / Nook / Kobo

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Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.
She is a grandmother of three boys.


Enter here to win a signed paperback copy of Pea Soup Disaster, a hand-stitched bookmark, and a pea pod key chain! Open to all from September 16, 2018 – October 1, 2018!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Friday Night Stage Lights by Rachele Alpine

Rachele is my publishing sister times three. We have the same agent, same publisher, and same editor! So the fact that I love all her books is a bonus. Today she has a new book out that I can't wait to download to my Kindle. Scroll down to read all about Friday Night Stage Lights and buy your copy! 


The Cutting Edge meets Step Up in this hilarious M!X novel where the worlds of football and ballet collide.

Brooklyn Gartner eats, sleeps, and breathes ballet. But after her mom gets remarried and moves them to Texas, everything changes. Thanks to her star football player stepbrother, her family is football obsessed. And thanks to a new conditioning program, the middle school football team starts to take classes at her dance studio—the only place Brooklyn felt like she belonged.

She has a chance to escape if she can get into her dream high school, The Texas School of the Arts, where she’ll be able to pursue her passion for dance. Brooklyn just has to get through the big All-City showcase first, where a ton of scouts will be there, including one from TSOTA.

But when Brooklyn’s dance partner gets injured, she has to turn to an unexpected ally—Logan, a boy on the middle school football team—to help her get through the showcase. With some fancy footwork, teamwork and a little understanding, can Brooklyn make her mark, and dance her way onto a bigger stage?

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One of Rachele Alpine’s first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. Rachele is a high school English teacher by day, a wife and mother by night, and a writer during any time she can find in between. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes middle grade and young adult novels. Visit her at RacheleAlpine.com

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Introducing A Tuba Christmas by Mary Uhles

It's been a busy month for this author, who released The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee on September 4th. A Tuba Christmas is another holiday-themed picture book and the illustrations are beautiful. Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy.


With a family that loves music as much as hers does, it was only a matter of time before it was Ava's turn to pick out an instrument. Her mother plays the piano, her father plays the violin, and one brother plays the cello while the other plays the clarinet. As soon as Ava selects an instrument, she will be able to join them as they practice for the annual holiday concert. And her family has definite ideas on what instrument Ava should select, from the piano to the flute to the violin. But Ava isn't interested in any of them. Ava wants to play the tuba. And she gets her wish. But playing the tuba isn't as easy as it seems. And there is no place for a tuba in the annual concert. But with the encouragement of her music teacher, Ava finds a place for her and her tuba in a special holiday celebration.

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Helen loves to write for kids. Her books for children’s publisher Sleeping Bear Press include M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet, Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet, Lily’s The Victory Garden and Little New York, E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet, F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet, T is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis/St. Paul Alphabet, Finnegan and Fox: The Ten Foot Cop and B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet. Helen L. Wilbur has been a librarian, run a catering business, acted, taught school, and worked in the electronic side of the publishing world. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and an M. L. S. from Columbia University. Visit Helen's website at http://www.helenwilbur.com/

Mary Reaves Uhles has illustrated several books, including The Little Kids’ Table by Mary Ann Riehle, A Tuba Christmas by Helen Wilbur, and the poetry collection Kooky Crumbs by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, TN. Visit Mary's website at maryuhles.com/.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Introducing The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee by Alice Faye Duncan and Mary Uhles

Usually when I profile a book on this blog, it's because of the author. In this case, though, I'm highlighting a new release by a very talented illustrator. Mary Uhles is a fellow Middle Tennessean who has a very impressive portfolio of work...and her latest book, written by Alice Faye Duncan, reminds us that the most wonderful time of the year is on the way! Scroll down to read all about it and get your copy.


The Volunteer state is GREAT! When Carly visits her cousin Teddy in Tennessee for Christmas, she discovers how amazing it is. She hikes the Great Smoky Mountains, dances to bluegrass music, tastes Nashville’s famous hot chicken, and meets more than one Elvis Presley. Every day, Teddy gives her a special Tennessee gift, from 12 rockers rocking and 11 eagles nesting to a mockingbird in a tulip poplar tree.

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Alice Faye Duncan graduated from library school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK). She is a native Tennessean who works as a librarian in Memphis and has written multiple children’s books including Honey Baby Sugar Child and Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop. Learn more about Alice Faye online at alicefayeduncan.com.

Mary Reaves Uhles has illustrated several books, including The Little Kids’ Table by Mary Ann Riehle, A Tuba Christmas by Helen Wilbur, and the poetry collection Kooky Crumbs by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, TN. Visit Mary's website at maryuhles.com/.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Introducing The Story Collector by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb was the first author to make me feel welcome among my local SCBWI chapter members, so I'll always have a special place in my heart for her. I couldn't think of anyone more deserving for the honor of writing the true story of a young girl who grew up in the New York Public Library. And it's no surprise that the book is getting a LOTTTTT of buzz! Today is the day you can get your own copy. Scroll down to read all about it and click to buy!


In the tradition of E. L. Konisburg, this middle-grade mystery adventure is inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public Library.

Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler has spent her whole life in the New York Public Library. She knows every room by heart, except the ones her father keeps locked. When Viviani becomes convinced that the library is haunted, new girl Merit Mubarak makes fun of her. So Viviani decides to play a harmless little prank, roping her older brothers and best friend Eva to help out.

But what begins as a joke quickly gets out of hand, and soon Viviani and her friends have to solve two big mysteries: Is the Library truly haunted? And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection? It's up to Viviani, Eva, and Merit (reluctantly) to find out.

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Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different, Selling Hope, and The 13th Sign. She lives in Tennessee with her family. Visit her website: www.kristintubb.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Introducing Potion Problems by Cindy Callaghan

If you have kids and Amazon Prime, you may have heard of the popular streaming series Just Add Magic. It's based on a book written by the very talented Cindy Callaghan. Now there's a Book 2 in the series, and it releases today! Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy.


Kelly Quinn and her friends must figure out a way to save a beloved local store and find their infamous Secret Recipe Book, which has gone missing in this sequel to Just Add Magic (the inspiration for the family-friendly TV series)!

Kelly Quinn and her best friends, Darbie and Hannah, are having the worst day ever! Their Secret Recipe Book accidentally gets included in frenemy, Charlotte’s used book drive. Not good. 
As if that’s not enough, the girls find out that their cooking program is on the chopping block at school, thanks to big budget cuts. 

Kelly & Company decide to take matters into their own hands and apply for famous TV chef Felice Foudini’s Recipe Challenge. The prize? $10,000 and webisodes on Felice’s site. With the Book and the special ingredients from their beloved mentor, Senora Perez’s, store LaCucina, the girls are sure to win.

But when they turn to Senora Perez, for help, they discover La Cucina is in danger of closing!

Then Kelly gets a mysterious delivery—a package with the missing Secret Recipe Book with a note: “From KE.” KE is one of the Book’s authors, but who is KE exactly?

It’s up to Kelly, Darbie, and Hannah to get to the bottom of the mystery, save the cooking program, and help Senora P. keep her store!

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Cindy Callaghan is both an award-winning writer and business professional. Her writing niche is ‘tween girls. Few other writers today match Cindy’s prowess in this genre. “I just ‘get’ them,” she says. “Somewhere inside me, I think maybe I still am one.” Her books: JUST ADD MAGIC (2010), LOST IN LONDON (2013), LUCKY ME (2014)/LOST IN IRELAND (2016), LOST IN PARIS (2015), LOST IN ROME (2015), LOST IN HOLLYWOOD (2016), the award-winning SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS ‘EM DEAD (2017), JUST ADD MAGIC 2: POTION PROBLEMS (2018) and SALTWATER SUMMER SECRETS (2019) magically capture the tween voice and experience. Cindy holds an MA and MBA, and has over twenty years of business experience. The Delawarian (by way of Los Angeles (USC)) is a Jersey girl at heart. She lives in Wilmington, and escapes to her PA mountain retreat whenever time will allow. Visit her at https://cindycallaghan.com.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Introducing Power Play by Beth McMullen

I've been eagerly awaiting today's book release since I heard there were going to be more books in the Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls series. Beth McMullen made book #1 in this series SO fun! Scroll down to read all about Beth's new book and make sure you buy a copy!


Abby and the rest of her friends go international as they embark on their first “official” Center mission in this second book in the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series.

After discovering the truth about her spy school/boarding school—and her super-spy mom—Abby Hunter is ready for her next adventure, but what’s about to happen is something she never would have guessed…

Everyone at The Smith School is obsessed with Monster Mayhem, the latest reality video game craze. But when Drexel Caine, the mastermind behind the game is suddenly kidnapped, it becomes clear that the kidnappers are playing for more than just special badges.

After Drexel’s son—who is Abby’s friend, Toby—receives a cryptic message, Abby and her friends discover the kidnapping is part of a bigger scheme that could take down The Center for good.

With the help of Abby’s frenemy (and reluctant mentor), Veronica Brooks, the group tackles their first official Center Mission. They tangle with the world’s most notorious hacker, get in trouble for the possible theft of the Mona Lisa, and prepare for the ultimate showdown in London. But not before they have to contend with one more hurdle: the agonizing Smith School Spring Formal. Along the way, they discover they are much stronger as a team they can ever be alone.

And with a little luck, they might just save the world.

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Beth McMullen is the author of the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series and several adult mysteries. Her books have heroes and bad guys, action and messy situations. An avid reader, she once missed her subway stop and rode the train all the way to Brooklyn because the book she was reading was that good. She lives in Northern California with her family, two cats and a parakeet named Zeus, who is sick of the cats eyeballing him like he’s dinner. 

Visit her at BethMcMullenBooks.com.