Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


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Author: Ryan Graudin

Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers

Year: 2015

Pages: 388

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Synopsis: The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball. Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer…

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The Only Girl in School


Finished The Only Girl in School by Natalie Standiford.

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the acclaimed author of The Secret Tree comes the story of a girl who finds herself a sudden outsider in the loneliest place in the world–middle school.

When Claire’s best friend moves away just before the start of fifth grade, Claire suddenly becomes the only girl in the entire elementary school. While the boys are resentful that she gets a bathroom all to herself, Claire soon sees the lonelier side of things–until a few incidents put her quite literally in the spotlight.”

I am a huge fan of Natalie Standiford’s and have been since I read her YA novel How to Stay Goodbye in Robot.  Lately she’s been writing more MG than YA, but they’re still amazing.  This one is no exception.

I feel so awful for Claire: she’s the only girl in her elementary…

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The Children of the Red King Book Review

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Midnight For Charlie Bone is the first book of the series Children of the Red King. The author who wrote this book is New York Times bestselling author Jenny Nimmo. The main protagonist is Charlie Bone, a child with the ability to hear the people in pictures and photographs. There are even some occasions where he can travel into them too.The other characters are Olivia Vertigo, Manfred Bloor, Fidelio Gunn ,Emma Tolly ,Maisie Jones, and Alice Angel. Charlie starts to notice voices in is head, but its not voices its pictures. His mom decides to finally tell him about his dad being a descendant of the Red King. So he gets shipped off by his grandmother to Bloor’s academy for endowed children(Don’t get it mistaken for Charles Xavier’s academy for gifted students) .While he’s there Charlie gets asked by a book store owner Julia Ingledew to find her long lost niece that…

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Star in the Forest

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Author: Laura Resau

Published Date: March 9, 2010

Pages: 149

Publisher:Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Genre: Middle Grade (7-10)

Zitlally’s family is undocumented, and her father has just been arrested for speeding and deported back to Mexico. As her family waits for him to return—they’ve paid a coyote to guide him back across the border—they receive news that he and the coyote’s other charges have been kidnapped and are being held for ransom. Meanwhile, Zitlally and a new friend find a dog in the forest near their trailer park. They name it Star for the star-shaped patch over its eye. As time goes on, Zitlally starts to realize that Star is her father’s “spirit animal,” and that as long as Star is safe, her father will be also. But what will happen to Zitlally’s dad when Star disappears?

I thought some aspects of this book were cute. The growing…

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Writer Promotion: Appearances

Peter Fritze

Blog 85 ImageIn traditional publishing, events where writers meet readers have long been a staple of book promotion. As part of their promotional strategy, self-published writers can do some of the same.

The usual events are book launches and signings as well as library and book club readings. These are wonderful opportunities for writers to connect with readers, spark some sales and support word-of-mouth endorsement. Self-pub writers, though, will bear all the costs of these events themselves. So which should they focus on?

Here are my thoughts.

Be Careful with Book Launches. From the anecdotes I’ve read, even in the traditional publishing world, book launch events are on the decline. The costs for publishers add up and may not be recouped from additional sales. Social media can be more effective because it’s cheaper and the marketing message lasts longer.

Most attendees at the average self-pub’s launch will be family and friends who’ll probably buy the writer’s book anyways. While the launch is a way…

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Writer Promotion: Having a Plan

Peter Fritze

Blog 90 ImageThis is the last post in my blog series on How to Self-Publish. In previous posts, I described ways a self-pub can promote her book. But rather than dipping into every strategy and seeing which, if any, sticks, a writer will find it useful to have a promotional plan.

There are several reasons for this. First, there are many other writers promoting their books and, for the most part, in very similar ways. A well-thought-out plan that builds interest in an upcoming book gives a writer a better chance of finding an edge. Second, many self-pubs write while holding down day jobs. Their time for promotion is limited and a plan can make them more efficient. Finally, a plan can keep marketing costs under control. It’s already a challenge for self-pubs to cover editorial and cover design costs, let alone clear a profit. And when it comes to promotion, it’s…

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7 Steps for Effective Short Story Writing

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School is back in full swing. Forget Snapchat. There’s no better time to break-out the keyboard and write a story. Our Short Story Contest is officially open to all middle school and high school students in Ontario.

Writing fiction can be tough for both established and aspiring writers. Here are seven short story writing steps to help you write your first masterpiece.

  1. Start with Brainstorming

It’s always important to brainstorm before bringing a creative writing piece to life. Brainstorming helps you think through different story ideas and narrative threads. It allows you to think about many possible storylines and alternative outcomes. Brainstorming is also a good time to take notes on other story components, such as characters, themes, tropes and symbolism, title, etc.

  1. Pick a Good Title

Just as important as the first paragraph of your story, titles can “make or break” a reader’s interest. If you know what you…

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Fall 2015 School Visit Booktalks


We’ve been lucky enough to dramatically expand our school outreach at my library this year. I’ve been behind on blogging everything, but here’s a list of the books I booktalked to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the fall (if you click on the book’s title, it will take you to my full Goodreads review). Coming soon: a blog post talking about how we set up these outreach trips, and how great they’ve been for us!

Nest, by Esther Ehrlich (5th). This was also a This Book is My Jam pick, because I absolutely loved this book. I was happy the kids asked about this, and I hope they loved it as much as I did.

SmekSmek for President, by Adam Rex (4th & 5th). A lot of the kids didn’t realize the movie Home was based on a book, so they were excited to learn that this was…

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Supernatural Hero, By: Eran Gadot


Supernatural Hero(Childrens Paranormal Fantasy)


Andy is the nerd everyone makes fun of. He’s really skinny, wears glasses and talks to himself, but he falls in love with the prettiest girl in the class. One day Grandpa dies and turns into a ghost. Then, Andy discovers a new power, he can see ghosts and talk to the dead.
Join Andy’s journey and find out how a nerd can become a hero.
Supernatural hero is a great children’s book with an outstanding story, for the whole family to enjoy. This book series will stay with you forever.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Supernatural Hero is an extraordinary story revolving around a wonderful boy named Andy. He has a rather sad life because he is ignored by his parents, bullied by kids at school and even by his own sister. But…he doesn’t let that bother him, just as long as…

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How to Edit Your Novel Like a Boss (And Stay Focused While You’re Doing It)

Vivien Reis

What do we want?!

To be published!

When do we want it?!


How do we get it?!


So you’ve finished your first draft and you’re super duper excited. What now? How do you dive back in with the mindset of polishing this jumbled mess of words?

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First off, I think it’s important to understand the difference between writing and editing. This difference may be obvious, but more specifically I want to point out one particular thing that changes for you, the writer. Have you ever heard this quote before?

“You should write first for yourself, then for others.”

In a nutshell it means that you should first write the story you want to read. If you’re a proponent of this thought, then this should highlight the difference that I’m talking about:

“You should edit first for your reader, then for your reader.”

Once you’ve written a story

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