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8 This Holiday Season, make a difference in someone’s life by giving to a worthy cause, or inspiring others to give with LIVE TO GIVE by Austin Gutwein.

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Imagine an almost 200 year old house plus a book of clues equals mystery! What would you do if someone left you a book of clues, an old house with its secrets, and a letter which leads to a treasure hunt? Go sleuthing of course! With seven bedrooms, a den, a dark spooky basement, and a creaky old attic to look for a treasure, who knows what secrets this old house has tucked away in its many hidden places! Ten year old Ossie and eight year old Cody are in for an adventure! Their mystery begins with a mischievous cat covered in flour and ends with the treasure of a lifetime! Dawnette Blackwood-Rhoomes, author of The Secrets of Aunt Norah’s House is also one of the proud winners of NaNoWriMo 2012 —National Novel Writing Month, an annual global competition in which participants are encouraged to write 50,000 words or more toward their new novel in the 30 days of November!



hildren’s author Becky Bloom gives a positive reiteration to the importance of reading in her age appropriate Pre-School to Kindergarten book, WOLF!

A lone wolf wandered into a quiet town, exhausted and hungry. His intention to eat the farm animals was thwarted when dog, pig, duck, and cow declared they were reading and should not be interrupted. They declared that the farm was only for educated animals. The issue of reading books seemed so important, that Wolf decided that he too should give it a try, and so he enrolled in school. The plot of this book is simple, but the undertones of the lessons to be learned are resoundingly effective. The animals used intellect to stop the wolf from eating them. The idea of educated animals seems so important that the wolf wasn’t even sure if he should eat them. It is implied that because they read they are educated animals, and therefore they were part of an elite club. The inference to the importance of reading came across to the wolf as an action he too must engage in, therefore reiterating the same idea to the reader. In the end, the wolf gained something far better than a full tummy! The illustrations done by Pascal Biet also lends to the importance of the issue at hand, reading. All the animals were shown engrossed in their books, and their indifference to the big bad wolf image was hilariously portrayed. The illustrations are captivating and they extend the story line remarkably. WOLF! by Beck Bloom is a great read for children ages 3 to 5 who are just learning to expand their imagination through reading. Reviewed by Children’s Book Examiner 

WOLF! By Becky Bloom

Genre: Children’s book

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic (March 1, 1999)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0531301559 ISBN-13: 978-0531301555



emember the Stars by Sanjay Nambiar, as well as the other books in the series - Maybe and Still There? - has in its core the message of peace and happiness employed from several Zen concepts.

The reader can appreciate the author bringing the story to life in modern settings, as most Zen tales are ancient abstracts. Taking the simple, yet valuable life lessons of Zen and breaking them down into impressionable stories children can embrace is very insightful of the author and rewarding for both children and parents. Remember the Stars is about a boy whose parents constantly worry about him and everything around them. Like most parents, they are caught up in taking care of everyday matters and worrying about the future, but here the boy ‘teaches’ his parents the essence of true living. I like that the boy is wise in the story, because there are times in our real lives where it does take the little ones to point out to us what really matters. This concept of ‘enjoying the moment’ and not needlessly worry about the future or lament about the past as you can’t change anything about it, is not a new one but a vital one. Nambiar presents a real inspiring lesson for kids to learn how to better prepare for adulthood. Remember the Stars reminds us that we should slow down and take time to “smell the roses” and savor the moment; well in this case, take time to gaze upon and “remember the stars”! Reviewed by Children’s Book Examiner

Remember the Stars by Sanjay Nambiar

Genre: Children’s book

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Umiya Publishing (November 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0983824339 ISBN-13: 978-0983824336

This Holiday Season, make a difference in someone’s life by giving to a worthy cause, or inspiring others to give with LIVE TO GIVE by Austin Gutwein.

and we’d like to bring it to yours too! Author Austin Gutwein of recently released LIVE TO GIVE, is a teen on a mission of goodwill and hope! He is the founder of Hoops of Hope, a non-profit organization which has raised more than $2.5 million to build the only high school in Southern Zambia, plus four dormitories, two medical clinics, a computer lab, and has funded several water projects. This donation also help to fund a dormitory in Kenya, and a school in India. To know more about Austin Gutwein, click here! Here’s what the author had to say about his book: “Live to give. Those are three words that contain a meaning bigger than us. What does it mean? It means that when we give, we are truly living. In my new book, LIVE TO GIVE, we will explore how God wants to use us with our gifts and our talents. In the sixth chapter of John, Jesus does just that by using a boy and his lunch to feed a crowd of over 5000 people. I believe that all of us have a lunch. We all have incredible gifts and talents that we can offer up to God and He will do a miracle. We don't have to have a master plan, but just be willing to give what we have to the master.” - Book cover excerpt. Austin Gutwein is also the author of Take Your Best Shot, and he has been selected as one of the top 10 “Caring Americans”. Are you inspired to give? Learn more about how you can give to a worthy cause, this Holiday Season. You too can make a difference in someone else’s life!


are more and more engaging books of adventure, intrigue, suspense, and humor (some of which are excellent graphic novels) that are being released every month in order to entice our tweens to read more. Here is a list of newly released books for kids’ ages 8 to 12 which should get your tween out of that reading slump:

1. One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson 2. The False Prince (First book in the Ascendance Trilogy series) by Jennifer A Neilsen 3. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper 4. Applewhites at Wit’s End by Stephanie S. Tolan 5. Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

6. Cheesie Mack is Cool in a Duel by Stephen L. Cotler 7. Captain Awesome to the Rescue! (First book in the Captain Awesome series) by Stan Kirby 8. Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart 9. Never Say Genius (Second book in The Genius Files series) by Dan Gutman

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