Showing posts from September, 2016

Want a Great Middle Grade Book? Then you need to read Stone Faces.

School is back in session, and the weather is getting cooler. So, it's time to read a great book, and "Stone Faces" is just the one for you. It's the first book in a new series called Alice and Friends, by the husband and wife team of authors, Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks.
STONE FACES is the story of a ten-year-old girl named Alice who notices one day that her parents’ faces have turned to stone. Soon afterward, they tell her they are going to get divorced and, in reaction, she allows her own face to turn to stone because she doesn’t want anyone to know how much this hurts her. It is easier to deal with her friends when her stone face is in place, but she also begins to find herself alone more and more.

While on her summer vacation at her aunt’s house on Cape Cod, she sees a stone on the beach in the shape of a laughing man’s face (called Mr. Happy Man). She soon discovers that this stone can talk and that it has friends among the other beach stones, who play …

Kids: You can be an Olympian even if you are not an athlete.

The Olympics are over. The world's fastest, strongest, and smartest--so it appears--took home the gold, the silver, and the bronze. They demonstrated their athletic perfection, their stamina, their endurance, and their single desire to win, and win big. After all isn't that what being an Olympian is all about? Or is it? Did you know that you do not have to be an athlete to be an Olympian? 
The Olympic games are a present day version of the ancient Greeks Olympic games. The games were held as an honor to Greek gods who the Greeks believed governed mankind from Mount Olympus. They were to honor humans who had the qualities of their gods. Today, like then, the games put an emphasis on physical ability and stamina, but YOU--every kid in the world--possess the same qualities every Olympic athlete has even if you are not an athlete yourself. 
No one is born with a sticker that states, "This is an Olympian." Instead, somewhere in their life to are introduced to something t…