Author of Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Published by Guardian Angel Publishing December 2014:

Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel
Jeremiah needs a little help and he gets it with the sudden appearance of his guardian angel. Chapter book for ages 7-10.

Jeremiah Lucky Finds Puppy Love
Jeremiah dodges a kiss from a princess and falls head over heels for a lost puppy. Chapter book for ages 7-10.

Watch for these titles coming soon:

The Whispering Chimney
Eleven-year old Bethany finds a stone chimney and discovers a beautiful but terrifying past. (upper middle grade)

(Beyond the) Stone Eagle Gate
David, age fifteen, flees a false accusation and takes refuge in a haunted, abandoned mansion. (YA, historical fiction ghost story)

The Interplanetary Adventures of Yan Sunnara: Book I Rescue on Lato
Cultural scientist Yan Sunnara rescues an unusual child on the planet of Lato with the help of an exotic and beautiful Uvian archaeologist. (Adult, soft Science Fiction, Rescue on Lato is the first of a series of four novellas.)

Cross Over
Three teens are connected by a mysterious and sometimes frightening ability to cross over from one dimension here on earth to another. This YA novel placed in the top three in Florida Writers 2013 RPLA competition. Speculative Fiction.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Children's Literary Classics reviews JEREMIAH LUCKY AND THE GUARDIAN ANGEL

The only thing lucky about Jeremiah Lucky is his name.  But on his way to school one day, he finds a lucky penny; and that's when things start to change for him. After realizing he'd forgotten his library books and his field-trip permission slip, a peculiar little man appears and announces that he's Jeremiah's guardian angel.  Angus McDermit, as the angel is called, helps Jeremiah make good choices while coming to understand and accept that things in life don't always have to be perfect, even himself.

Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel is suggested for youth ages 7-10 and skillfully addresses such issues as latchkey children, dealing with death and loss, and kids being raised by a single parent.  This book is a quick and easy read and is recommended for classroom reading and for home and school libraries.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval

Friday, April 10, 2015

Two Excellent Picture Books

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 I had to read this book aloud, I could not help it, could not, I say. This book called out "Read me today." Okay, my attempt cannot match the legendary Green Eggs and Ham or the gifts of storyteller Joni-Klein Higger in her book Rainbow of Friendship, suggested for ages 2-8. With the catchy rhythms reminiscent of Dr. Seuss and the stunning illustrations by Eileen Goldenberg, Rainbow of Friendship promises to become a staple in pre-school and early childhood programs across the country. That this charming, important story sings a message of tolerance is icing on a very sweet cake! I loved it!

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Erin Liles has written a tender and loving story of a dog with three legs. Freckles has been in an animal shelter for a long time, hoping for a home of his own. The cartoon-style illustrations by Alexander Morris add a whimsical touch to this sweet story suggested for ages 4-8. A Friend for Freckles works well as a read-aloud story by a parent or teacher. Early readers will also enjoy this charming, easy-to-read story. Early childhood teachers may especially value A Friend for Freckles which could lead into important learning discussions about differences and friendship. I loved it!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Daughter of Providence by Julie Drew--A Review

   A newly formed book discussion club in my neighborhood here in Florida happily chose Daughter of Providence by Julie Drew as their March reading selection. Due to my being out of town all of February and part of March, I didn't become involved until four days before the group's monthly meeting. Not a problem. Reading this historical fiction story set in Rhode Island in 1934 was a joy. I finished reading in two days and went to the lunch meeting with clear thoughts as to why I like this book so much.
   First was the strong female character at an age where important life choices are looming. Marriage? Expected for a young woman from an important family, and then, of course, the raising of children. But Anne Dodge dreams of other things besides domestic bliss. She's learning how to build a boat, has her own boat nearly finished. Her dreams are in her design, her careful planing of the wood, her caulking of the seams, her plans for its maiden voyage.
   Anne has lived alone with her father since she was six years old. Told that her Portuguese mother left them to be with another man, the only contact Anne had about her mother Inez was a terse letter from her mother's father telling of Inez's death. The story begins with Anne preparing  to pick up her half-sister from the train station. Maria Christina is coming to live with Anne and her father. Inez's parents have died and Anne is the only family the child has in the world. How can Anne love a sister who is a constant reminder of the mother Anne so missed, so longed for? Despite the dredged up pain, Anne does love Maria Christina and tries to pave the way for her father to open his heart as well. The personal angst and relationships make for a wonderful story, but in Daughter of Providence there is so much more.
   Themes evolve surrounding class struggles, prejudice, capitalism interests versus labor rights, privilege and related expectations--all interwoven with lies and cover-ups. Daughter of Providence provides a rich, historical background as America began its slow rise out of the depression.Our book club discussion closed with what we thought might have happened to Anne after the story ended. It was rewarding to brainstorm: would Anne decide after all to marry Will, her constant suitor from childhood? Or would she somehow find the means to build more boats, form a company, be truly independent? I think the best stories end this way, with the reader continuing to think about the character almost like a friend, hoping for a life continuing with possibilities and renewed choices for happiness.

Some Great MG and YA books

  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Red Blood Road by Moira Young
  • On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Printz 2012)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore