Showing posts from July, 2016

Kids: Get Ready for School Conflicts

Wouldn't it be awesome if you never had to worry about anyone picking on you, trying to start an argument, or even bullying you at school? School could be a happy place then. A place where everyone got along like the picture below. 
But, unfortunately things happen, and before you know it, you are butting heads with a classmate or a teacher. When that happens, what do you do? The first thing you can do is remain calm. Remember, arguments and disagreements are part of everyday life. They can be small or big, but your reaction can either increase the fire or leave it at a low burn. Staying calm allows you not to engage in the disagreement. It also allows you to listen--really listen--to the complaint. There is always the chance that you misheard or misunderstood what the other person was saying. You can take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and then let it out slowly. Repeat it if you need to. Calming your breathing will help you to mentally and emotionally step back from …

One of the Best Books for YA Summer Reading: The Into The Fire Trilogy!

If you follow my blog, you know Kelly Hashway is one of my favorite children's and middle grade authors, and I have been privileged to feature several of her books. This time, however, I would like to introduce you to the other side of Kelly--the Young Adult author! And, the best way to introduce you to her is through her Into the Fire Trilogy. This is not your everyday boy meets girl story. Well, it is sort of, but with a twist that has never been done before, and I promise it will keep you turning page after page. You see, in this trilogy, 17 year-old Cara is fighting for her life--literally. No it's not another book about a sick and dying girl like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Instead, Cara's battle is with the hunters who want to steal her essence. You see, Cara is about to be reborn as a Phoenix, and when that happens Cara and her whole family will be in danger of dying at the hand of an unknown hunter. Who will she turn to? Who can she trust? 
Meet Cara …