Book Review: Charles and Hero – Isle of Mist #chapterbook

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Now it’s time for the second of Douglas Quinn’s books:

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Charles and Hero – Isle of Mists
This is a great chapter books for boys (girls will also enjoy it). Charles and Hero the dragon fly into a rescue mission with a difference. They need to save a whole village. This story is engaging, has plenty of action and great characters. Everything you need in a good chapter book.
Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs!
To check it your for yourself go to: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-Hero-Isle-Mists-Douglas-Quinn/dp/1493542885

In the mean time keep reading, keep writing!

Book Review: Gracie the Undecover Beagle and her Sidekick Boston Blackie #amreading

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The Undercover Beagle and her sidekick Boston Blackie – The Egg Thief by Douglas Quinn
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I grew up with beagles, so my labs have always played with them. I was really excited to read this book and my 6-year-old love reading it too. Here is the Stitch Says Review:

I love dog books, as do my kids. However they need to have more than just a dog. Like any children’s book they need a good, but simple story line. The Undercover Beagle has exactly that. It is simple, easy to read and lots of fun. The characters are cute and the farm setting can lead to many more adventures. This is great because I know my kids want to read more stories. The Egg Thief is perfect for dog lovers who are beginning to read chapter books.
Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs!

To check out Gracie for yourself go to: http://www.amazon.com/Gracie-Undercover-Beagle-Sidekick-Blackie–The/dp/1492942405/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392768416&sr=8-1&keywords=gracie+the+undercover+beagle

More great interviews and reviews to come – keep reading, keep writing!

Book Review: Fox Talk #nonfictionbook

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Yesterday we met L.E Carmichael, now it’s time to review Fox talk:

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Fox Talk by LE Carmichael
This was a great book that explains an in-depth scientific research project in simple terms. Children will enjoy reading and having a go at some of the experiments. Kids with a passion for biology and experimentation should read this book!
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

So go and check out your copy today: http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Talk-L-E-Carmichael/dp/0988163853
Lots more to come on Stitch Says – keep reading, keep writing!

Book Review: Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple #amreading

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About the Book

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple (Zoe & Zak Series, Book #3)

Author: Lars Guignard

Publisher: Fantastic Press

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

Number of Pages: 267

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary

Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, Zoe and Zak are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things, however, take a turn for the worse, when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they soon discover what they must do. They have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth — the Tiger Eye of Justice. Finding the Tiger Eye sounds like an impossible mission, and it’s only made more confusing when Zak discovers that he has been given a supernatural power to help them with their task– a power which Zak, for the life of him, just can’t control. But he’s going to have to learn how to use his new ability, because if Zoe and Zak can’t find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak’s time will run out.

 

* Here is the Stitch Says Review:
Zoe and Zak are back at it again. This time they need to find the second noble truth before others get their hands on it. Zak plays a bigger role in this story as his life is in danger. He also gains some powers to control animals. Zoe has to work out how to save his life and uncover the mystery of the Tiger’s Temple.
The Adventures of Zoe and Zak keep getting better. Each story is filled with action, adventure and mystery. They are a fantastic read for boys and girls.

Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs! *

 

Buzz About the Zoe & Zak Series

Book 1: “Awesome! ~ I am 11 and I liked the book because I love adventures. It was a different kind of adventure from what I usually read and it was funny too. ” ~ 5-Star Review from J. Olsen, Amazon

Book 1: “This was a fun read. This book was like a kid’s version of Indiana Jones. It’s also very educational as Zoe tells you real facts about what she sees and the history. I enjoyed it immensely. If you have a 10-12 year old child that loves adventure books, this is definitely a must read. ” ~ 5-Star review from Simone Lilly-Egerter, Amazon

Book 1: “I’m sure this book was written for children who are around the age of the two children in the book, 11 or so. But, this 35 year old loved this book! It had action, adventure and imagination galore! It was exactly the kind of adventure that a lot of kids that age dream of.” ~ 5-Star review from The Novice Christian, Amazon

Book 2: “I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he’s picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It’s a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, ‘every kid should read this series’. ” ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon

Book 2: “I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up “just a little longer” to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost.” ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon

Book 2: “Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard’ & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can’t beat this series. It’s fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he’s chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you’ve yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don’t limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!” ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon

 

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Tiger Temple by Lars Guignard

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About The Author: Lars Guignard

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Lars Guignard

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the Zoe and Zak series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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Tiger Temple Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

January 15

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Mary-andering Among the Pages (Review)

January 16

Jump Into a Book (Review)

January 17

Brooke Blogs (Review)

January 19

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Review)

January 20

Houseful of Chaos (Review)

January 21

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

January 22

For the Love of Books (Review)

January 23

Fiona Ingram (Review)

January 24

Stitch Says (Review)

January 25

Just Thinking (Review)

January 27

Bound 4 Escape (Review)

January 28

Fantasy Fun With Kirstin Pulioff (Review)

January 29

We are the DinoFamily (Review)

Cheryl Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Review)

January 30

Pragmatic Mom (Review)

January 31

Giveaway Breaking News for Indonesia (Review)

February 1

The Dragyn’s Lair (Review)

February 2

Kids Book Group (Review)

February 3

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

February 4

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

February 5

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

February 6

Best Kids’ Reads (Review)

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

February 7

InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

February 8

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

February 9

The Omnibus Publishing (Review)

February 10

Geo Librarian (Review)

February 11

Books, Reviews, Etc. (Review)

February 12

Victoria Simcox (Review)

February 13

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

February 14

Dalene’s Book Reviews (Review)

Cassandra Lost in Books (Review)

 

* Tiger Temple Blog Tour Giveaway *

Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash).

Contest runs: January 15 to February 21, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Worldwide

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author Lars Guignard and Fantastic Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Book Review: Dragon Defender #amreading

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About the Book

Title: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)

Author: J.A. Blackburn

Publication Date: October 19, 2013

Publisher: Pip & Grey

Number of pages: 242

Recommended age: 10+

Summary (Amazon):

For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . .

Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance.

What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined – where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter’s uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it’s Peter’s turn.

* Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *

 

* Stitch Says Review!
Dragons are filled with mysterious potential, as is this story. The characters were engaging and the plot was well structures. Kids of all ages (adult kids too) will enjoy this book. There was plenty of action to keep the reader interested. I can’t wait for the next book!

Stitch Says gives Dragon Defender five woofs!

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More Buzz About the Book

“We read an advance copy of this book on kindle earlier this year and our 5th grade son read it twice and is anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Great adventure, really kept our interest reading it together at night. This was one of the kids books I most enjoyed reading myself as well. The characters and the plot are well developed, and appealing to a wide range of kids (both genders). The writing is sophisticated but easy to understand, not ‘dumbed down’ like many kids books. The subject of dragons was so well crafted that it’s easy believe that dragons just might exist, after all.” ~ 5 Star Review, Leigh A., Amazon

“Reminiscent of the Fablehaven series (with just the right touch of Harry P.) this middle grade book is both an adventure and a pleasure…Fast-paced and full of wonder, this book takes middle grade readers on a vivid journey from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; where jungles, ancient ruins and local folklore add to the enchantment that Peter finds when he discovers that dragons are in fact, real. As a former elementary school teacher, my strong feeling is that kids will eat this book whole, and then turn to searching for dragon eggs in their own backyards!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grace W., Amazon

“Dragon Defender was an absorbing action packed read! The author pulls you in from the first page and I’m not sorry to say I read it all in the first day. I’m 33 but still! This is a fun book for a chapter a night with your 5 year old (my son is loving it so far) or for yourself. The characters are well developed so you feel like you’re really there, and the dragon is so believable. I’d venture so far as to say I had to remind myself that dragons don’t really exist…. or do they?” ~ 5 Star Review, MGC, Amazon

 

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Dragon Defender by J.A. Blackburn

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About the Author: J.A. Blackburn

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J.A. Blackburn

 

J. A. Blackburn lives in Seattle, Washington in a small white house overlooking the sea with her husband, Jason, her son, Camden, and their dog, Bella. Dragon Defender is her first novel.

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Stitch Says will post an interview with J. A shortly so watch this space – in the mean time keep reading, keep writing!

Open for interviews and reviews! #amreading

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Stitch and Chewie are looking for some cool children’s authors!

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If you would like an interview or a review feel free to email me at Ashley@ahowland.org I am open for both at the moment. Read my guidelines here in this blog to make sure this will work for you. I am also keen to find some other authors who are able to trade reviews as I have three children’s books and am seeking more reviews.

I am also interested in doing some book blasts and guest blogs for the Chewie’s news segment. What a great way to start 2014.

Watch this space, some fantastic reviews coming soon! In the meantime keep reading, keep writing!

The Best of 2013 #amreading

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Stitch Says only started this year and already I have met some wonderful authors and read some fantastic books. I can’t wait to continue this blog in the new year. While there have been far more books and authors here than I ever imagined I thought I’d wrap up the year with some of the books and I interviews I loved the most:

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Stitch met the Sock Kids in a really fun Character interview:

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One of the best books I read was:
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We met another really cool dog!
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Read some heart-felt rescue stories

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And travelled into the realms of Science Fiction:
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They were just a few great moments here on Stitch Says. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took time to contribute and join us for some fun. It is after all about authors helping authors. I am looking forward to seeing what Stitch and Chewie bring to this blog in the new year!

Stitch is already for a fun party night!
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Watch this space in 2014, email me at Ashley@ahowland.org to be involved and remember always keep reading, keep writing!

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