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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 games
in the sand when people aren’t around.
Together with Mr. Happy Man and his
friends, Alice develops an ingenious scheme to help her parents resolve their
differences. Their plans are thrown awry when a woman finds Mr. Happy Man in
the sand and walks off with him. Alice decides to rescue the stone and sneaks into
the woman’s house where she learns that the woman is actually a witch.
Meet the Authors:
Anne Rothman-Hicks and
Kenneth Hicks have been married for well over forty years and have lived in New
York City for most of that time. Their
first writing collaboration was a student project while Anne was a student at
Bryn Mawr College and Ken attended Haverford. Since then, they have written a
total of twenty books and have plans for a lot more. Many of their books are
set in New York City. Check out all of their books at their Website.
Available as an ebook or in print. Where can you get your copy?
"What is sexual harassment?" my granddaughter asked after listening to the news last week. It's a good question, and one that all kids should be asking.
Basically, sexual harassment is another form of bullying. Only with sexual harassment the comments, gestures, suggestions, threats or unwanted physical contact is aimed at your body parts, your appearance, of your sexuality. It can occur at school, after school, on your job, or even at your home, and it is NOT just an adult problem.
Both boys and girls can be victims. In fact, some experts believe that 1 out of every 7 boys and 1 out of every 4 girls will become victims. Why so many? One of the answers is social media. Kids as young as 5 years old are now carrying smartphones, and smartphones offer an easy and efficient way to intimidate, bully, and sexually harass other kids.
Kids with smartphones and computers can now receive unwanted texts, emails, and even pictures, and since some texts now disappear shortly afte…
EEK! I didn't realize I ad been gone so long. But I am back with a series of books for the fantasy reader in you.
It's from one of my favorite fantasy authors, Kevin Hopson, and it's all part of the Vargrom series. The Fire King is the first book, and here's a hint--there be dragons.
The planet Oabrora faces a perpetual winter after a human mage, Vico, causes all the volcanoes in the dragons' homeworld to erupt. Three dragon siblings survive the blast and set out on a journey to bring the Vico to justice. But there is a far worse enemy on the horizon.
You can get your copy as an ebook or in print at Amazon.
P.S. I loved this book. The personalities of the three dragons combined with an adventure that could end both them and the world around them kept me turning page after page.
When you see a picture of a knight fighting a dragon do you think, "Now that's courage?"Depending on the circumstances, you may be right. But what is courage really? And, do you have to be a knight in shinning armor before you can be courageous? The answer is "NO!"
Courage is the ability to do something even though it scares you. It's being bold, brave, and determined to face a situation that might make your knees shake and your palms sweat. Courage is that part of your mind and heart that says, "I have to do this," and it takes all forms.
I see kids just like you show their courage every day. There are kids who stand up for a friend when another kid tries to be the bully. There are kids who know when to back down from a fight. There are kids who know words cannot hurt. There are kids who raise their hand in class even though the thought of answering in front of their peers makes their stomach queasy. There are kids who walk up to the new kid an…