However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction. Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens of whom she is secretly afraid.
As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self — even as she falls in love for the first time. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.
Visit her website at www. Be a part of the team! Will loves Kyra, but he know he can never be with her. He is Guardjinn and she is Djinn. Their love is forbidden. He has a duty to his people. Will is a palace guard and after the Blooders attacked he is needed more than ever. Will knows he should stay away from Kyra, but then why does he keep ending up at her house, watching her from a distance? A choice is coming.
What will Will choose? Love or duty? Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads. Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Get more information on her website — www. To read more reviews and posts on Lisa M. In the freezing pits of Hell, Ray is beaten and tortured, pushed to her breaking point. A strength she will need once she uncovers the evils that await on Earth. Q: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you begin writing? What inspires you to write?
I first began writing in my early teens, when all the feelings were too much to handle. I picked it up again in High School when an English teacher assigned the class to write a short story then provide feedback. Mine got pretty decent feedback. In my early twenties, after not being able to decide on a career path that satisfied me, I started to notice how, when things got hard, I returned to writing.
So, return to writing I did, and have been writing full-time ever since. I write for people who love to read. Of course, the Young Adult genre is intended for young adults, but so many people read YA these days, including adults just looking for a great story. So, I write for people who love to read YA. Angel Sight was one of them.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Have you seen the trilogy of covers together? Hands down, Kade, the Fallen angel with oil-slick wings and a smart mouth is my favorite not just to write, but to read, too. His mood swings keep the readers on their toes. I have several irons in the fire, as they say.
YA is always my first love. Nothing compares to the glorious love readers have for books. Literally nothing. The best part of my job is getting a message from a reader who enjoyed one of my books. So, thank you. You guys make me all kinds of mushy inside. The more places the review posts, the better. Every review helps us get the word out to possible fans. Your voices matter. Q: Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
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Work hard. Never give up—and eat lots of chocolate. Thank you so much for having me today. Q: And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:. The walls no longer closed in the way they once did. Now they only screamed; the jagged, shattered sound of souls and wills being ripped away. Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California.
She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking not baking with animals though. As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S. Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria.
But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves.
He has too many questions and they must be answered. Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own. Silent Orchids by Morgan Wylie caught my attention not only with the beautiful cover, but the intriguing story line as well. I love books about Faeries and this one did not disappoint.
Silent Orchids is about Kaeleigh, an orphan living in Missoula, Montana. Her only sentimental thing of value is a locket in the shape of an orchid, which came with her to the orphanage when she was two. I really enjoyed the world building and character development. Silent Orchids is an action-packed book that will keep you on your toes as you get to learn more about Alandria and the race to save the realm. I enjoyed the book so much; I had to find out what happened next, which turned into reading the entire series! Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile.
She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends. A choice must be made. A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give. Her pawn, Maleina has made a dangerous move and severed her communications with the dark mistress. Now as dueling dark forces, master and willing initiate, they begin to jockey for power as the stage is set for the coming war.
Kaeleigh and her small band of loyal companions have escaped the dungeons of Elnye and found their way to the secret home of the Ehsmia. The darkness is fractured, but its relentless quest for power goes unabated. A war is coming. However, the power of the Sol-lumieth has finally come together and found its light.
A blinding light of freedom, that may be the salvation for all of Alandria. Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad! Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. On closer inspection, however, the the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing. Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage and write in her journal while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame.
Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey. Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago.
Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him.
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From nine to five, Kenley is a home insurance agent. At all other hours of the day she is a young adult author, singer, dancer, cat lady, fangirl, wife, bookworm, and internet enthusiast. Her favorite pastimes include crying over really good books, riding with her husband on their motorcycle, and binge-watching seasons of television shows.
With the help of an invisible hero, a beast, and an owl, she sets out to free Madeline from a deadening sleep. She must make the ultimate choice — align herself with her enemies or live on the run forever. I rested the mug on my knee and let the cool breeze sway me back and forth while I waited. Most of us lead relatively dull lives and are content but never satisfied. I wanted my life to be epic. Who was I kidding? Only characters in our favorite stories experienced magical lives. Players begin the game as either Rook or Alette, depending upon the choices from the first game.
With her death haunting Rook at the beginning of the game, the choices suddenly become more grey and I was less interested in saving my clan than I was in exacting revenge on those who took Alette from me. The dialogue options have less to do with directing the narrative and more to do with reflecting on how the game is making you feel. The game quickly divides the clan and players also assume control of Bolverk, a Varl mercenary who was introduced at the very end of the first game. This is the dark middle chapter, remember? Bolverk is the embodiment of the nastier tone as he leads his team of mercenaries called The Ravens on a bloody journey with a task given to him from the magic-wielding Valka, Juno.
Bolverk is the perfect character to play when juxtaposed against Rook or Alette. The Banner Saga 2 not only gives us more variety in characters, but it also continues to flesh out one of the most interesting worlds in video games, adding new locations, races, and politics. Do you want to take on the feared and alien horseborn as allies? Mechanically, The Banner Saga 2 is very similar to the first entry.
The game lets you import your save from The Banner Saga, including your stats and levels. The combat itself feels less difficult compared to the previous game. This might be in-part to how familiar everything feels. There are some new enemies to keep things interesting, like the four-legged Dredge that can turn invisible and ambush your movements. There are also upgrades to regular enemies, like the Slag, who can now summon these four-legged foes.
Much like the last game, some encounters have special objectives. There were times when the length of a fight would take far too long just because I was unsure of how to resolve it. A couple of times these misunderstandings led to defeats that altered the course of the narrative. There he goes, through the town, round the building site, the car park and into the mountains.
White arrows show us the road to take, avoiding various obstacles and road blocks — mind those sheep! At last Mouse catches up with Gorilla — why?
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Young readers will adore this interactive adventure story. Gorilla, crouched over the wheel of his car in natty stripy sweater and hat is an irresistible quarry, while the pages are packed with exciting or comic scenes, and every type of vehicle. Great fun! There's so much to spot and find, and boys will love looking for their favourite cars on every page. Can Tagg thwart her evil plans and save his family? This proves very useful especially when Walker discovers local bully, landowner Arlington Wherewithal is up to something quite nasty.
How many kids would like to be able to read minds? Imagine what it would be like to know whether your friend really likes you better than anyone else, or if the teacher is planning a surprise test. Great fun. Having two sets of grandparents is turning out to be very good for me. Even Delia wants to come.
I can always ignore her. In this episode, Isadora is excited to be going to a human fair, but when she and her family arrive, they find the rides are looking very battered and forlorn. A few touches of magic turns the fair into something very special indeed, but for Isadora the best fun of all is simply spending happy times with her family and friends.
The illustrations are full of charm and the short chapters makes this truly accessible to newly independent readers. A message from the author about her inspiration for the character of Isadora Moon : There is actually quite a bit of history behind Isadora Moon. About ten years ago, on my art foundation course, I created a character called Victoria Stitch and wrote and illustrated a picture book about her. She was a grown up, naughty, slightly gothic, fairy type character and she had a Pink Rabbit who she always dragged around with her. Victoria Stitch became like my alter ego and I always kept her close to me and worked on her in my spare time.
Over the years she evolved. She started with pink hair and then she turned even more gothic looking with black, messy hair and with bat wings instead of fairy wings. As my style of illustration changed, she changed too. She is extremely special to me. So Isadora Moon was born! I also gave Isadora Moon fangs unlike Victoria Stitch as when I started to think about the backstory for her why she has batwings, what species is she etc… it made sense that her mum was a fairy and her dad was a vampire.
This is why Isadora Moon is so special to me — because she was born out of a real passion project of mine. I absolutely adore her. July Book of the Month Bobbie is thrilled that a golden eagle has settled in the forest near her family's farm. She loves to walk the hills with her granny and watch the bird soar through the sky. But not everyone shares Bobbie's awe for the spectacular bird. When her granny's beloved dog is killed by poisoned bait, it soon becomes clear that someone is out to get the eagle - and they're ready to take down anything, and anyone, that gets in their way.
Bobbie is determined to save the eagle but is it worth the risk? A stunning new wildlife adventure from multi-award-winning author Gill Lewis. This new book, part of the Prehistoric Beasts Uncovered series, brings us hot off the press scientific information on Triceratops, one of the most recognisable of all the dinosaurs. The discovery of a Triceratops tooth in proved that the animals lived in Appalachia, now the eastern part of the USA, far outside the area they were thought to inhabit.
Now scientists can look for Triceratops fossils in whole new areas, and new discoveries will certainly be made. Other pages show how modern technology has revealed new information about Triceratops eating habits, but that scientists learned lots too by recreating battles between Triceratops using plastic models.
Full colour throughout and with a useful glossary, this is an inspiring information book. It was also fascinating to work with the artists, from around the world, who created the life-like 3D artworks of the animals featured in the series. Every year new fossil discoveries are made, or advancements in technology allow us to gather more evidence from bones that were dug from the ground decades ago. This means the books are just jam-packed with the latest information on these incredible animals.
From seeing T. A brilliantly funny odd couples comedy from one of our very funniest authors for children. The Primms and the Weirds are totally different: fish-eating, hedge-trimming, neighbourhood-watching, the Primms are as strait-laced as they come, while the Weirds are just, well, weird! Despite their differences, when the Weirds move in next door, Pinch Primm becomes friends with Ott Weird, and their adventures make wonderfully comic reading.
There are three different stories, each is short, very funny and with a momentum that keeps the pages turning right until the end. In a Nutshell: Guffaws, giggles and gags aplenty By a curious twist of fate Daniel Kendal - the self-confessed NOT-brainiac - has been chosen to represent his school at the National Brainiac Championships. An honour indeed and his headmaster Mr Biggend has high hopes of success, promising a party for the whole school hurray! There's just one problem Daniel doesn't have the skills. In a family of high-achievers the only thing Daniel wins at is being tall.
He's exceptionally tall but that really isn't going to help him here. Through fair means or foul, Daniel realises he must somehow win the competition to avoid national humiliation - and the wrath of the rest of the school! With short chapters and lots of fun cartoon illustrations this is a great choice for the more reluctant reader.
But she still feels a bit homesick. When the school decides to enter a film-making competition set by the local council, Dani is in her element - back at home she often makes videos with her friend Arch. Amongst the fun and crazy adventures, there are subtle messages about being yourself, and developing confidence. A great take on the boarding school genre. Or are these problems just too big for Funfair Moon? Verbal and visual jokes about in this fantastical adventure.
Tim and his family move to the country when his dad decides to become a farmer. Bankruptcy is looming when Tim persuades his dad to take in a pack of llamas. For various unlikely reasons, the llamas turn out to be footballing geniuses, the Ronaldos and Messis of the animal world, and are soon competing at a very high level. Silly, and as satisfying as stories of unlikely champions always are, the book is also full of quality descriptions of the footballing action as Llama United progress up the league.
And what a time they have, passing all the planets from Mercury to Pluto before returning home, navigating their way through an asteroid belt on the way. Each short chapter is full of information about the galaxy, and packed with illustrations by Tony Ross too. Lots to learn, and lots of fun to be had while publisher Barrington Stoke makes sure that this is a book that is particularly easy to read.
Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range. Rover, star of The Giggler Treatment and others, is back for a new and equally hilarious dog-poo centred adventure. As ever, Rover needs to collect dog poo to keep the Gigglers well-supplied. Probably not, but a camping trip certainly allows for lots of comic adventure. The jokes come thick and fast and mostly from the nether regions and the story is told as much through cartoon illustration as through the text making this a super accessible read for everyone.
Danny Dingle does just that with it's all-singing, all-farting, larger-than-life characters and irreverent tone.
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It is a treat to work on a book that's so genuinely funny and full of personality, which can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The book's universal appeal is something that is mentioned over and over in reviews, and it is one of the reasons it is so brilliant for engaging reluctant readers. Danny's witty, imaginative and relentlessly optimistic personality is infectious: you can't help but love him despite his many flaws.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this book is indeed packed with things for kids to do with science and the great news is that all of them are fun and generally easy to do, and that they can be created from craft materials or items that all of us will have readily to hand. Diagrams and colour photos make it more accessible and attractive to look at too. With activities that can be carried out indoors and outdoors, this will be great for the Easter and summer holidays. British Science Week is 10—19 March - find out more at www.
She wishes she could take Neil, her puffin, with her. In a nice touch we see that mum is feeling a bit sad about it too. Fortunately, the teacher sees a way to make things right. Children will understand exactly how Polly feels while guest appearances by Neil and Skittles the parrot add excitement and more humour.
The short text, lively adventure and frequent illustrations make this just the thing for readers at the start of their own schooldays. Along with a bowl of fruit, six batteries and a wind-up meerkat. Terrific fun. Author: Gareth P. Why, our pets. When Dung Guzzler beetles arrive from the former star Dun-Glowing, things look bad: these things thrive on rubbish, and as they get bigger will happily trample whole cities to produce more rubble.
How will agent Biskit and his new partner Mitzy the cat stop them? Garth P Jones has a deservedly dedicated fan-base and they will love this new series. A fast-moving adventure ensues, a mix of daft but exciting action scenes, wisecracks, slapstick and some proper character development too.
Black and white illustrations by Tim Wesson add to the all-round appeal. All these things are put to good use to stop a wicked landowner, whose plans to turn the library into a carpark are actually cover for something even more despicable. This will be great fun for children who like stories overflowing with magic, and Kit and her friends are very appealing characters. They are as lively a pair of protagonists as you could hope to meet and there are twists, turns and surprises galore as the story unfolds.
Each chapter opens with a Komodo Jones comic front cover — someone should publish those stories too! Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a car park and Leicester City football club winning the Premier League.
The link between the two? A family of foxes! When Daddy Fox finds the ghost of the king and helps to release him from an unseemly grave he is granted one royal wish. What will it be? As a mad-keen footballing family the Foxes have one over-riding wish; that Leicester City can go top of the League. Can the King do it? You bet he can! Michael Foreman captures the spirit of this entertaining adventure perfectly.
There are shades of Watership Down in the story of Shylo, the runt who embarks on a daring adventure, but it brings to mind Wind in the Willows too, in the depictions of the English countryside and the creation of eccentric yet believable animal characters. Funny, surprising, original, it unfolds as smoothly as treacle dripping off a spoon, but much much faster.
I did NONE of these things. Stay awake in lessons it helps. AVOID the class bully to stay out of trouble. Technically not a school issue - but still important. In 3 : invisible goodies — dastardly baddies — killer chickens poultry-geists! In a nutshell : noble kings — evil laughs — chocolate Good versus evil is given a very funny workout in this the first book in what should become a very popular series. As kings go, Edwin is lovely, always distributing chocolate to his subjects. Andy Riley cleverly lampoons comic book conventions while simultaneously constructing an action story that will thoroughly satisfy their readers.
Karen has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant of readers turning the pages. Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat is a magical story bursting with adventure and excitement. Walter is woken on his 10th birthday by his cat Sixpence, and as he opens his presents he receives a rather special hat, with some rather special abilities.
Black and grey illustrations bring the story to life, and Sixpence in particular looks very real and more than a little mischievous. Amusing, imaginative and entertaining, this story is a perfectly magical treat. This really keeps me on my toes well, fingertips I suppose… and the great news is that every one of my readers wins. I also often get comments about how refreshing it is to have a book that can be read in a short space of time due to its manageable length.
Many children who are not natural bookworms get a great sense of achievement from this — and those that read regularly find time to easily fit in my books alongside all the other distractions available to them. So I hope I am doing my small part to inspire and support a love of reading. In a Nutshell: silliness — disguises - dogs Jeremy Strong continues to set the standard in comic writing for children and his Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog series is a tour de force of silliness. Trevor is determined not to let this happen and with his NOT-girlfriend Tina works out a clever plan.
Meanwhile, someone is kidnapping dogs, the fancier, the better. The plot proceeds at the kind of speed even Streaker would be pushed to match and this is joyfully, inspiringly ludicrous. Fans will be more than satisfied. Superfairies is a sweet new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others. In this springtime story the fairies are working together to clean their home inside the cherry blossom tree, when they get a call that one of their animal friends needs help.
They climb into the fairycopter and fly to the rescue as always. Little Basil the bear cub has got into trouble in the river and things are scary until the fairies manage to help him out. With just the right amount of risk and reassurance, and a gentle message about the danger of playing near water, this will charm young readers.
I also had a wonderful illustrated book about the tooth fairy that included, most importantly, instructions on how to ensure my tooth was not missed in exchange for some pocket money. So when Curious Fox was introduced to Rose, Berry, Silk and Star, we knew we wanted to bring the Superfairies to the next generation of girls and boys!
The Superfairies live in a cherry blossom tree in Peaseblossom Woods, alongside their animal chums. A celebration for the changing seasons and the beauty of nature is always round the corner, and with summer fairs, petal parades and winter feasts, their active social lives alone could keep their calendar full all year round.
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