Five Books – Five Authors – One Genre
Looking for a new book for the youngsters to read this weekend?
Try one of these…
I have three books for older children (and the young at heart) plus two for younger children!
Title: The Dragon Dreamer
Author: J.S. Burke
The Dragon Dreamer is a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unexpected friendship. It’s a young adult science fantasy layered for ages 9 to 99+.
Arak is different, a worthless dreamer, bullied by other young dragons. Determined to prove himself he leaves the clan and flies far over the sea on a dangerous quest. He’s caught in a fierce storm and crashes, suffering serious injuries and the loss of his trance-stone. A fearless, shape-shifting octopus named Scree finds and heals him and an unexpected friendship begins. Arak returns to the Winter Festival, where dragons carve glaciers with fire and toss lightning bolts in the clouds. When an undersea volcano erupts, it triggers a towering tsunami and a deadly chain of events. Can Arak use his secret gift to save the dragons?
Book 2 – Dragon Lightning also available
The author cleverly mixes fantasy with fact in this delightful and original story which is appropriate for all ages, including adults.
The friendships between the different species are as engaging as they are inspiring. They learn to communicate, respect and trust each other as they experience some tough and demanding adventures
The world(s) in which they live are wonderfully described as are the creatures that inhabit them. The characters have human qualities and emotions, and are easy to relate to.
Title: How Maxwell Grover Stole My House
Author: C.E. Vance
Book 1 in the exciting new kids trilogy!
What if every fear you ever had about your creepy next-door neighbor turned out to be true?
10- year-old Zeke Langley has become the target of his nasty new neighbor, Maxwell Grover. For reasons known only to him, the unsavory stranger seems determined to make Zeke’s life miserable and force his family out of their home.
Inevitably, Zeke and his best friend Winks set out on a journey to discover what Grover is hiding. What they find sends them down a road they never imagined … and on a mission they may never return from.
Although aimed at an audience much younger than I am, I enjoyed every minute of this book.
It was well-written, with age-appropriate language and some great gross-out moments.
The children in the story were likeable and acted their age during their adventures. The villain of the piece was disgusting and scary, but not too much for the younger reader.
A fun read that you and your kids will love.
Title: Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon
Author: H.L. Burke
Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard’s “gift” results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.
Grandious, the dragon, doesn’t care about anything besides himself. He wants to be left alone with his treasure. However, there is something about Thaddeus that has him entranced. He finds himself opening his home and his heart to the little cat.
Thaddeus is a small creature in a big world. Between him and his beloved Princess stand conniving wizards, would-be-step-mothers, and rampaging rats. However, when danger threatens both Clarice and Grandious, Thaddeus won’t allow his size to get in the way of saving his friends.
A delightful story for youngsters, although I believe we are never to old for a good fairy tale.
It has all the elements of a great fantasy story… a sweet natured princess, an eternally young kitten, a ferocious/friendly dragon, an evil queen, an incompetent wizard and much more.
A wonderful read for the young and the young at heart.
Title: Girlie and the War of the Wasps
Author: Claire Plaisted
Girlie is a young blue ladybug who sees her best friend kidnapped. Venturing after her, she discovers some naughty wasps who need to learn about healthy eating. Along the way, Girlie meets many different characters, some who are helpful and some who aren’t.
*40% of sales going to ‘chasing a cure for type 1 diabetes.’
Book 2 – Girlie and the Quest for Pedi’s Family & Book 3 – Girlie’s Circus Adventure also available
A thoroughly enjoyable book, for children of all ages.
The story is adventurous and interesting, and the illustrations were delightful.
I liked how the ‘lessons’ in healthy eating, bullying and discrimination were worked into the story without being preachy!
Title: Gloria and the Unicorn
Author: Wanda Luthman
Adopted by a loving owner of a children’s home, Gloria still has a lot to overcome. She has a droopy cheek on one side of her face. Then, she overhears a terrible secret about her past that she doesn’t want anyone to know. To protect her from bullies, she is kept out of school. But, Gloria wants to learn to read more than anything in the world. She feels she has no one to turn to until a magical unicorn named Sir Louie befriends her. Can he help her learn to love and accept herself? And when Sir Louie suddenly disappears, will Gloria think he has rejected her like everyone else or realize his life is in danger and he may need her help?
A lovely children’s book with a wonderful message.
The book encourages its readers to be happy and to love themselves.
Gloria looks different from other children, but thanks to Sir Louie, a magical unicorn, she learns to accept that it’s ok to be different.
If you do pick up one of these books and read it, please leave a review.
It doesn’t have to be long and detailed, a few words will do 🙂