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for the dolphins and other sea animals they find through their volunteer efforts. You never know...it may just spark a new interest for your kids! Have a mystery lover on your hands? SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty transports the reader to a long ago time at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. Kids are vanishing and Serafina is bent on finding out why. As the story unravels, the main characters show how true friendship can triumph over evil and transcend all differences. While some younger children love the rose-tinted fairy tales of long ago, older children may embrace the more realistic of the tales in Adam Gridwitz’s Grimm’s Tales series that begins with A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Old favorite characters like Jack and Jill and Hansel and Gretel come to life with new, darker twists on their adventures, but beware --these stories aren’t by Disney. As kids get ready for summer break, the conversation turns to where you should head for the much needed get-a-way. BEACH HOUSE shares the

very relatable story about the anticipation that builds as you get to your destination, and in this case, then explores the course of events of a family on the beach. Author Deanna Caswell makes me want to drive to the coast and the drawings by Amy June Bates transport me there with my family without even packing a bag. Need something for yourself? Check out THE ESCAPE ARTIST by Diane Chamberlain where a mom is forced to leave town with her son who the courts recently awarded custody to her ex-husband and his new wife. Will she be able to get away with her crime or will she be forced to give him up, tearing the life she knew and made apart? If you’re looking for something more mind provoking, try Jodi Picoult’s NINETEEN MINUTES. As in most of her novels, she creates a world with controversy, filled with questions without clear answers. She shows a world where Peter Houghton is endlessly bullied from the day he begins Kindergarten and what goes through the mind of a teenager bent on revenge.

Kevin is a freelance writer and the stay-at-home father of fraternal twin toddlers. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, attending meet-ups with other dads, and an occasional round of golf. He can be found in the kitchen making lunch and mindlessly singing cartoon theme songs, or on his blog where he shares stories about the struggles and triumphs of raising twins. You can connect with him on his blog or on facebook. multiplicity

Kids across the country can now travel to Faraway Woods, a world of delightful characters and interactive stories, thanks to the release of a podcast by award-winning CLIMB Theatre. For children ages 4-9, the podcast helps them exercise their creativity and develop pro-social skills. Featuring professional actors playing fantasy creatures, kids are introduced to the Whimple Snivel and Pladapellaphant, as well as Sticky Wicky, and Mrs. M, a warm wallaby woman. Children listening to episodes of Faraway Woods not only hear the audio plays, they participate in them physically and imaginatively, hopping far and wide, running from lions, and tumbling from helicopters about to crash. The podcast also offers selfguided games and activities parents and teachers can do with their children after listening. Episodes of Faraway Woods are available to the public for free on CLIMB Theatre’s project website, FarawayWoods.org, and via iTunes and Stitcher. The first season, which launched on March 15, will consist of 14 interactive episodes.

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