Sunday, December 20, 2015

December Book Giveaway and 2016 Preview

December Book Giveaway

December is winding down, but there is still time to enter to win these books.
A Writer's Reference 2nd Ed by Diana Hacker
Who couldn't use a handy dandy desk reference? This book has side tabs for quick viewing. Are you looking for effective sentences? Word choice? Punctuation? This book has it and is light weight so it's easy to take with you where ever you go to write.
It also has an index in the back.

The Odd Squad Bully Bait by Michael Fry This is a hilarious book of one twelve year's battle with a bully. When the guidance counselor assigns him to mandatory safety patrol, things get a lot worse. The bully is talking to Nick's alternate universe girlfriend Becky and he collapses in an ant mound.
With the help of teacher, Mr. Dupree; Molly, Karl and Nick learn how to defend themselves against the bully.

2016 book giveaways

These are the books I have lined up for 2016 giveaways.
Please spread the news!

Please leave a comment if you have won a book this year.
If you have a book coming out next year, I would like to feature it here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
See you next week.
I will the winners January 3rd 2016.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split Book Review

Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split  by Anica Mrose Rissi
Illustrated by Meg Park
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
2015 110 pages. Black and white illustrations

I was reading The Writer, January 2016 issue article: One True Rule by Anica Mrose Rissi. She was talking about her debut children's book. She came up with the title first. Which told her it would be a chapter book, target age 6-10, the tone would be funny and even had the conflict there. Anica said even with all that she still felt something was missing. While walking her dog she had an idea: add a dog!
Now all she had to do was write the thing, and boy did she!
Two best friends, one a little bossy and one a little passive. Anna has her birthday wish all planned out, but somehow Sadie talked her out of it at the last minute and it came true!
Sadie told Anna to wish for a pony. Where was she going to put a pony? She got a necklace with a pony pendant. Sadie tried it on and wouldn't give it back. They have a fight and Anna is miserable. She tries to apologize the next day, but Sadie is having none of it. Things go from bad to worse. Finally Anna is mean back to Sadie. Anna has a new best friend and things are just fine. Or is it? Will Sadie and Anna ever be friends again? And now that Anna has a new friend can she have two best friends?
This is written in first person POV and it really draws the reader in. Good job Anica on your first book. And if you like this one there's another one on the way! Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle.

The illustrations are right on target too! The eyes are so expressive, even Banana's.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win books!
See you next week,

Monday, December 7, 2015

Contests and Book Giveaways

I'm excited to tell you about this contest. It is fun, short and you add your story with a link to your blog so you get blog exposure as well. Head over to Susanna Leonard Hill
blog to enter the Holiday contest or just to enjoy the stories. Starts today and ends on the 12th. No fee! 350 words with theme.

Next up is the WOW contest. I love these because you can actually get your story critiqued. The cost is $10 and an additional $10 for critique. This is an open prompt contest 250-750 words.

This months' giveaway:
The Odd Squad by Michael Fry
A Writer's Reference 2nd Ed by Dianna Hacker

See you next week!