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Book Reviews: the importance of setting in your story


Cookbook Review Clouds Food Magazine Lithuanian food blogging...


What we’re reading now…


New books—children’s book author, Joanne Lécuyer


Author Interview Interview with author Merilee A. Kern

Book Sale! Our Bestsellers... Reading Challenge 2014

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Sept. | Oct. 2014


they ready for that age-old question that teachers love to ask at the beginning of each new school year - "What books did you read over the summer break?"

We have some listed for you for those last minute reads, and even some that are great for elementary and early middle grade book reports for the first semester of school! 

Dash by Kirby Larson (ages 8-12)

Steering Toward Normal by Rebecca Petruck (ages 9-13)

Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season by Jessie Haas (ages 5-8)

Millhouse by Natale Ghent (ages 7-10)

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (ages 8-12)

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (ages 8-12)

Pippy Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (ages 8-12)

Also, check out our new Cookbook Review section and the delectable treats we have in stored for you on pages 6 and 7! Happy Reading! More of our reader’s journal entries, reviews, plus author interviews, can be found on our Blog and on Examiner! Do you have a recently published children’s or YA fiction book you would like us to review or promote? Then, write to dbrdesigns1@gmail.com and request our review policy.

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The importance of setting in your story

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response to the Children's Book Examiner's article this August regarding the effective use of the setting in a story, we decided to put it to the test and compare the setting of three books. The books are similar in plot: the main character who is a cook or baker is accused of murder. They are similar in story progression: the main character does some amateur sleuthing to clear her name. They are similar in outcome: the mystery is solved. For setting to be successful in a story, you have to employ the following basic principles. "Your story has to happen: (1) In a place… (2) In a time period or era… (3) In an environment… (4) In a duration of time" - Binghamton Children's Book Examiner. The books listed below were successful in incorporating these fundamental basics of setting within their story. However, in our reading, we noticed that the arrangement of setting for each story differs, and therefore, the reading experience for all three were different. Book Review: Macaron Murder by Harper Lin French native Clémence Damour returns to Paris and to make a good impression with la gardienne, the caretaker of the building, she gives her a box of her family’s patisserie luxury macarons. Only, Clémence was not expecting to find la gardienne dead the next morning. Now Clémence must clear her name of murder. Lin did a great job in unfolding the mystery, almost seamlessly, as main character Clémence delves into the facts to clear her name. The story is not forced and the scenes develop nicely around the main plot. Lin did this by allowing sub-characters to 'drop' tidbits of important information relevant to the case as Clémence interviews her 'suspects'. These tidbits of information helped the setting in this story, as they started to create their own environment! From these clues a new setting emerged within the main setting of the story! In Macaron Murder the first three chapters were too detailed in the construction of the main setting. It would make for a better read of these chapters if the writer had integrated the basics more into the body of the story. This is a common practice for authors, and in some cases it may work (depending on how it's written), but for the most part it makes a bland read since all you are doing is introducing the characters and their environments. In Lin's case, there was a lot of 'telling' and not 'showing' in the first three chapters of the book. As writers, we need to remember that just as our characters have life and they breathe and move between the pages of our books, the place in which they live should also possess the same lively dynamic. If you like light mystery reads with a twist, then you'll like Macaron Murder by Harper Lin. Book Review: Hotcake Homicide by Anisa Claire West The police tagged Ella Michelin, a short order cook in rural New Hampshire, as the primary suspect for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis. Ella knew that to truly relocate and start a new life in Secret Grove Florida, she must first find the real suspect. 4

Ella is a believable character with a very distinct voice. Written in the 1st person, the narrative is realistic, and this transcends into the story plot which makes the events believable. For example, the story brings to light human tendency to misunderstand each other and misconstrue the facts as in the case of Detective Wrigley and Lieutenant Bundt. Readers easily come to know the characters. As you read along, the characters and their environments unfold nicely within the story. By using descriptive narrative, conversations, memories and flashback scenarios, West successfully sprinkled the setting throughout the body of the story. Therefore, the places in which the story happen and the main character's immediate environment were tangible and readers could 'see' how Ella lives in her world. The book, however, is a short read of 106 pages. We were left hanging for more action, intrigue, and mystery. Although the writing is descriptive and in such a short narrative the main character was well-written, we feel that more suspense could be injected into the details of solving the murder. If you like mysteries that are not too much in depth but still an intriguing read, then you'll like Hotcake Homicide by Anisa Claire West. Book Review: A Peach of a Murder by Livia J. Washburn At the Peach Festival Phyllis hopes to “knock ‘em dead” but she never expected a judge to die immediately after eating her Spicy Peach Cobbler! Now she is suspected of murder and must do all she can to get off the suspect list. Set in a small town, A Peach of a Murder is a cozy read. Readers get to 'know' Phyllis and the other characters early in the book, and they help to set the tone of the story. Each character is different in personality and this shows in their dialogue with each other. For example, sub-character Eve is all about her love life, and even in her conversations she stays true to her personality and feels the need to talk about men although it may not pertain to the topic of discussion. The characters' personalities are well-crafted, and they help to set the mood and create a dynamic environment in which the story happens. We especially like the way in which Washburn accomplishes this. Creating a vivid, realistic world by using dialogue, memories, mannerisms, personalities and even by the action of baking; Washburn’s readers are captivated, and can almost taste and smell the peach cobbler pie cooling on the counter top! Her descriptive writing and excellent use of imagery helped to enhance this experience too. Describing Parker County and its peach orchards, the annual Peach Festival, and its inhabitants throughout the story as it unfolds, helps to keep the reader in that created environment. Washburn’s setting appeals to the senses, and so you can walk around in the story; smell the sweet yet pungent odor of the peaches; watch the festival; taste Phyllis' Spicy Peach Cobbler; hear Mattie's constant chatter about the war; and feel Parker County's fear of a killer on the loose. A Peach of a Murder by Livia J. Washburn is a suspenseful mystery you want to lose yourself in. Our Conclusion: We have come to the conclusion that as setting is vital to the life of your story, so is its arrangement. As the story unfolds, so should your setting. It is important, therefore, to take the reader along to experience the place and time and environment in which the characters inhabit. Also, we realize that clues in a mystery can create a setting within the main setting of the story! 5


ummer is almost over, but there is still time to...enjoy a nice picnic with your family on a great day in a park. Pack a picnic lunch, spread a blanket, and enjoy your day.

We've come across a great magazine, Clouds. Clouds is a quarterly published Lithuanian food bloggers' magazine which highlights seasonal foods. Begin your picnic with a refreshing salad of greens and edible flowers! Using the petals of Busy Lizzies (Impatiens Walleriana) and petals of Cloves (Dianthus), mixed with arugula and spinach, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes, Clouds took our palate on an adventure with their scrumptious Rainbow Salad! You can have this salad with a variety of dressings ranging from simple olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper - to the very complex. Then, open up your appetite with Raspberry Blackberry Jam. In this quarter's magazine, Summer 2014, various types of berries and succulent fruits are featured in jams and desserts. Our favorite is the brownie, ricotta and strawberry trifle in a jar! Then onto your main course of Honey and Beer Chicken served with marinated and skewered grilled summer vegetables (cauliflower, zucchini, green onions, and button mushrooms). Marinades are another great way to celebrate the various herbs of summer. Pickled bell peppers can be added to this dish. End your picnic with a cupcake. The Black Forest Cupcake served with whip cream is a great way to enjoy the sunset and watch the birds come to roost in the top of the trees. Enjoy this with the wide assortment of natural fruit juices found in the magazine. Clouds is a free magazine available on Issuu. Readers can savor 168 pages of great tasting recipes that highlight the beauty and simplistic delights of good food while making use of seasonal fruits and vegetables! [Cookbook Examiner] 6



pocket PIES by Pamela Clark

"This cookbook does for pies what cupcakes did for cake: shrink the size so they're easy to cook, freeze, serve, or pack for lunch while keeping ALL the flavor of the original. Featuring 116 recipes both savory and sweet, the delicious choices range from Gooey Chicken Pies, Argentinean Empanadas, and Spiced Apple Parcels to White Chocolate and Ginger Mousse Tarts." - Pamela Clark, Pocket Pies

Do you have a recently published cookbook you would like us to review or promote? Then, write to dbrdesigns1@gmail.com and request our review policy. 7

What We’re Reading Now! This book is our current read for 2014 Reading Challenge, of which readers are challenged to read outside their usual genre! We hope that you will be able to reach your goal for the year! Thanks for participating!

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom Book Description: Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from smalltown Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island. With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species. Product Specifications  Title and Author: Lucky Us by Amy Bloom  Hardcover: 256 pages  Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (July 29, 2014)  Language: English  ISBN-10: 1400067243  ISBN-13: 978-1400067244 8

DBR’s WISHLIST books for Sept. | Oct. 2014!

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Oliver and Jumpy Stories 1-3 by Werner Stejskal

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

The Summer Experiment by Cathie Pelletier

Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman



...this fall by children's book author Joanne LĂŠcuyer!

My Friend Merlin: Two boys who changed history through the great legend that has been passed down for generations! One destined to be King Arthur and the other, Merlin the Great Wizard. This is the tale of the meeting of young Arthur and the young druid, Merlin. It's Merlin's quest to show young Prince Arthur that magic can be used for good!

The Witch, the Cat and the Water Dragon: It's here! The sequel to the book The Witch, the Cat and the Egg. The egg has hatched! The last magical water dragon Tarak, has emerged! Juliane and the dragon will learn, not everything is as it seems as they try to save the magical Forest of Ennyar.

eBook and print versions - Available this Fall! Follow Joanne LĂŠcuyer:



ith a little bit of MAGIC anything is possible...

I’ve always enjoyed fantasy and sci-fi in books, art, and movies – especially magic, wizards, fairies, and dragons. Even now, I love to read about them or watch animated movies like How to Tame Your Dragon, Epic, The Sword in the Stone, and the BBC television series Merlin. They take me away from the day-to-day routines. They allow me to imagine and explore other possibilities. In 2009, I started writing my own fantasy stories for kids. My chapter books are full of magical characters and creatures sprinkled with real life challenges and lessons that are dealt with in positive ways. I like to create characters that use their wits and imagination and enjoy helping others and doing good deeds. Adding some images makes the story really come to life, and more fun to read! One of my favorite characters is the wizard Merlin. I decided to create a story around him, with a few twists on the legend, to make him more accessible to kids. In My Friend Merlin, a young druid boy named Merlin shows a young Prince Arthur that magic can be used to do good despite what King Uther and his followers have come to believe. It’s the tale of the meeting of Arthur and Merlin and how they changed the fate of magic. The book contains over 20 amazing color images by a Canadian illustrator, Rich Lauzon. Rich and I met at a Geek Market in Ottawa, Ontario a few years ago. He was drawing an image of a young boy and a dragon, which gave me the inspiration to start writing the story. I used it as the first image in chapter 1. I’m sure the kids, even adults, will love his illustrations. When I first wrote The Witch, the Cat and the Egg in 2009, I had no idea that it would turn into a series of books. Juliane and Magicus, and the forest creatures, remind me of the magical stories that I read when I was young. In the sequel, The Witch, the Cat and the Water Dragon, Juliane is a young witch and forest guide to the magical Forest of Ennyar. The egg she had transported has now hatched and Tarak the last magical water dragon has emerged. As Juliane and the dragon will learn, not everything is as it seems. Friendship and courage will be required to face the unknown, and help save magic and the forest. For the images, I worked with another local illustrator, Brooke Alexander. I watched her drawing with colored pencils while I was at a book fair. I needed to find a new illustrator for the sequel and Brooke was a perfect fit. My goal is to write books that make kids feel good and smile. I also teach writing workshops in schools and libraries with the hope that I might inspire some kids to become future writers and illustrators. My other books include The Witch, the Cat and the Egg (2010), Kaptain Vamp (2011), and The Tales of Anex and Bit (2012). You can read more about me and my books, and purchase copies on my website at www.topsybooks.com. The first three are also available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. I hope that you will make Topsy Books part of your reading collection. 11


...bestsellers in our store! Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Regular Price: $26.95 Now: $19.95 Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . . A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads...

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica Regular Price: $24.95 Now: $17.95 "I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will." Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life. Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter. An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami Regular Price: $25.99 Now: $18.99 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages. 12

DBR Book News Weekly

The following book news clipping was featured on DBR Book News Weekly, of which the excerpt was taken from The Guardian. Author Haruki Murakami talked about his life in an article written by Marta Bausells for The Guardian on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Haruki Murakami: 'My lifetime dream is to be sitting at the bottom of a well' The Japanese author talked writing, heroes, domestic life, dreams and how his life informs his novels at a Guardian book club at the Edinburgh international book festival – and he answered some of your questions When you start reading Murakami novels, life starts being like them. That’s their special magic. So said Guardian book club host John Mullan, introducing this month’s guest, the revered and multi-selling Japanese writer, at Edinburgh international book festival Mullan told of having that very experience as he ordered a coffee on the train to Edinburgh. “You like Haruki Murakami!” exclaimed the waitress, noticing his copy of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. “So do I, what a coincidence!” You and 27 million other people, he was tempted to say – but instead he couldn’t help but mention that he would meet the author later the same day. Rarely seen in public or in the media, Murakami was cheerful, relaxed and very funny as he answered all the questions in English (“I’ve lived in Hawaii for a while, so my English is different than yours”, he warned). However, a translator was on hand to help out – a woman who, he revealed, was once upon a time a waitress at a bar he and his wife Yoko ran in Tokyo. The author of 13 novels and many short stories admitted to having completely forgotten what he has written – or indeed why – when asked about specific plot points, without seeming bothered at all. “Really?” and “I don’t remember that” were two of his most frequent answers, and he had the audience laughing at his frankness every time. Read more… Visit DBR Book News Weekly for more information and news on books and authors. 13

author interview Making Healthy Choices

A Story to Inspire Fit Weight-Wise Kids

by Merilee A. Kern kidsmakinghealthychoices.com


Are you a first time author?

I am a professional writer and have authored many articles and also ghostwritten book projects. The book, “Making Healthy Choices ­ A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids,” is the first paperback children’s book I authored and published un­ der my name. 2. Tell us a little about your book Making Healthy Choices. “Kids Making Healthy Choices” is the name of the APP that launched earlier this month, which is based on my award-winning illustrated children’s book “Making Healthy Choices - A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids.” Both the boy and girl edi­ tions of the book are included in the APP along with other valuable resources for children as well as parents and educators, physicians, etc. In this first-of-its-kind book, the important health themes “served up” in an easy-toread style are intended to help overweight kids get on a healthy track, as well as motivate those within a healthy weight range to not only continue making wise lifestyle choices, but also better understand and empathize with peers currently struggling with 14

a weight problem. In this fictional tale, which garnered acclaim from Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer Bob Greene and Sally Jessy Raphael among a litany of others, the main character changes his/her life from one of unhealthy choices and negative ramifications in the first half of the book, to one of sound choices and positive lifestyle impacts that ensue in the second half of the book. This is a story of empowerment written in a relatable tone and style that engages kids with a “voice” and perspective that resonates. 3. We've read that you are an health advocate for children, tell us more about that and some of the projects you're working on. In an effort to reach as many children as possible to inspire thought and dialogue on the issue of making healthy lifestyle choices (and how to be more empathetic toward kids struggling with weight issues), I am reaching out to individual schools and school districts that are utilizing iPads to facilitate student learning suggesting they utilize and leverage this APP (the resources contained therein) as a turnkey health or physical education lesson plan as part of the overarching health curriculum. Educational institutions are being offered 50% off the APP price to best assure it’s a budget friendly line item. I also envision and am reaching out to pediatric offices, youth group organizers and others who are on the “front line” with children, who would also provide great benefit and value by sharing this APP with their respective networks. 4. Many parents struggle in getting their kids, especially the picky eaters, to eat fruits and vegetables. What have you tried, that have worked, in preparing these foods that would make kids want to even try them? Inspiring Children to Eat Nutritiously is NOT Rocket Science! A wise man – or woman – once said that “it’s the small things in life that matter.” This phi­ losophy could not ring more true than when applied to the health and well-being of our nation’s children. There is no one thing that, no matter how consistently done, will assure good health. Rather, it’s the culmination of many single, relatively small behaviors that, alto­ gether and over time, will help children foster a healthy body. When asked what choices ‘my’ family makes relative to nutrition and fitness that keeps us all healthy and fit, a specific answer often varies, but it always simply conveys easy ways to make healthy options the norm in a family’s daily routine rather than the exception – and without the family feeling any sense of loss or deprivation. With this in mind, here are a few sure-fire, yet simple, success strategies to help children eat more nutritiously: 15

First and foremost, require that your child finish his or her healthy meal before any “treat” type foods are made available. Simply put, the child can NOT have that even occasional cupcake if (s)he has not eaten those veggies! End of story.

We live in an age where food manufacturers are the most health-conscious in history. Take full advantage of these healthy alternatives. It’s simply not an option to choose those refined sugar-loaded gummy bears when dried fruit and trail mix snacks of every sort are a mere aisle or two away.

Make fresh fruit an exciting dessert. Yes, dessert. Low-fat and low-calorie whipped cream with just a touch of colorful sprinkles atop sliced strawberries or other berries can make children squeal with delight. Rainbow Jell-O jam packed with citrus fruit is always a crowd pleaser. When it comes to nature’s dessert, get creative, build the anticipation in advance, and offer it up with as much excitement and reverence as you would a chocolate cake.

Don’t expect utter perfection of yourself as you work toward your family’s collective health goal. Do what you can to make healthy changes, as doing “something” is better than doing nothing. No time to make homemade oatmeal? Go for those instant bags instead! Any oatmeal is better than no oatmeal, and it’s certainly better than skipping breakfast or opting for any of those sugary cereals. You can’t get all the way there if you never get out of the starting gate!

Don’t ask if your family wants a certain veggie or fruit with dinner. Make an execu­ tive [chef] decision and just serve it up! Knowing that such choices are not an option per se removes the possibility that your family may choose to eat a given healthy item or not. Praise the child who enthusiastically eats his or her healthy fare or at least tries it and does “well enough.” And, leverage your kid’s competi­ tive spirit. Offer an eating challenge that he or she simply cannot resist, such as “I bet you can’t eat all of your peas in the next 10 minutes". You’ll be surprised how far this will take you.

Be willing to concede for the greater good. My son will only eat a healthy tuna fish sandwich with low-fat mayonnaise in a wheat pita if it has about four potato chips placed inside the pocket, too. I figure 2 or 3 potato chips is a fair concession to make for a wheat pita full of Omega-3 fatty acid-packed tuna. With kids, all or nothing doesn’t work – be willing to find that middle ground!

Ensuring a child eats nutritiously is not about denial which, especially with the younger set, will surely prove self-defeating. Rather, it’s about strategy, systems, consistency and moderation to establish a balance of what is, and is not, health-promoting. It’s not rocket science…it just takes some forethought and some good old common sense. [Kern, Kids Nutrition: Simple Changes, Big Rewards] 16

5. Some parents are a little hesitant about their kids in the kitchen. But we notice that you encourage this with your kid-friendly recipes. What is your suggestion to the parents? Kids love to be a part of the planning/shopping and meal preparation process. When they are more vested in these procedures, they are far more apt to eat the end result. It’s also great bonding time with children and often a learning experience (about the benefits of various food items, etc.). So, yes, it’s wise to bring your kids into the kitchen. 6. We especially liked the questions and discussion prompts at the back of the book. From your experience, do you find that this works effectively in preparing children or a family in their transition to a healthier lifestyle? Parents are also encouraged to read this book, especially aloud with younger kids, so they can key in on those specific depictions that resonate with the child. Generally, it’s expected that the majority of overweight or obese kids will relate to one or more of the main character's “bad choices”, as well as the implications of being an overweight child. The Discussion Questions effectively use non-confrontational methodology to present this vital subject to better ensure kids don’t get defensive in discussing the character’s struggles, and they can genuinely feel inspired by his achievements. If parents have yet to establish dialogue with their child[ren] regarding their health, or are simply at their wit’s end having seemingly “tried it all”, this fictional story offers a non-combative opportunity for children to see that someone “does” understand their struggle and that relatively easy changes can be made that WILL result in a better lifestyle. 7. What's next? Are you currently working on another book? Right now my efforts are focused on getting the newly launched APP to as many parents, caregivers, educators and physicians as possible. From there, I’ll further develop the APP with new and exciting features. [More about the APP on Examiner] Children’s health advocate, health industry veteran and two-time fitness champion, Merilee Kern, is the creator of the ground-breaking “Kids Making Healthy Choices” APP for children, parents/caregivers and educators (available on iTunes), which is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids.” She may be reached online at: www.KidsMakingHealthyChoices.com.


2014 Reading Challenge Join in the FUN!

b00k r3vi3ws invites you to participate in its 2014 Reading Book Challenge! So you want to read books by authors you’ve never read before? Well here’s your chance to do it!

Here's what you need to know about b00k r3vi3ws 2014 Reading Challenge: 1. Read as many books as possible, by authors that YOU haven't read before. 2. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. 3. Books read may be in any form (audio, print, e-book). 4. The books can overlap with other reading challenges. 5. Post your links to your reviews each month to share with other participants. 6. The challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014. It’s never too late to Join In! Challenge Levels are: Amateur : Choose to read 1 - 25 New Authors Lover : Choose to read 26 - 50 New Authors Expert : Choose to read 51 - 75 New Authors Fanatic : Choose to read 76 or above New Authors To know more about this Reading Challenge and to join in with countless readers and authors, sign up for free on b00k r3vi3ws website and begin today! 18

Reading Challenge Books you might be interested in!

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

In the Kingdom of Ice By Hampton Sides 19

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is a list of newly released books to keep your kids busy! These are now available in local libraries nationwide or anywhere books are sold:

For Ages 8 to 12: 1. Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli 2. Messenger by Lois Lowry 3. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka 4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

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For Ages 3 to 7: 5. Beautiful oops! by Barney Saltzberg 6. Peppa Pig: Ballet Lesson by Elizabeth Schaefer 7. If Animals Kissed Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul

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The Books Magazine - Sept. | Oct. 2014  

A bi-monthly books magazine featuring helpful book reviews, author and illustrator interviews, and book sales.

The Books Magazine - Sept. | Oct. 2014  

A bi-monthly books magazine featuring helpful book reviews, author and illustrator interviews, and book sales.