Thursday, December 6, 2012

'Millicent Marie Is Not My Name' Book Tour

Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had. 

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.

But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.

Read an excerpt:
Carrying the grocery bags in from the garage is one of my least favorite jobs. My mother seems to have this irrational fear that we will some day run out of food and other necessities. So whenever anything goes on sale, she feels as if she has to buy the entire available stock – just in case. Our basement looks like some sort of doomsday shelter with its rows and rows of shelves overflowing with paper towels, bags of pretzels, and canned soup. At least I know I will never go hungry.

“Where’s Doogle?” I ask Mom. Why does it seem like my little brother always disappears when there are chores to do?

Douglas is at a friend’s house.”

My mom hates it when I call my brother Doogle. I can’t help it. That has been his name since the first day my parents brought him home from the hospital. I was two and a half years old. In two and a half year old speak, Douglas equaled “Doogle.” Ten years later, it still seems to fit him. At least Douglas isn’t as bad as Millicent Marie.
The bag of groceries I lift feels like a load of bricks: ten supersized bottles of liquid soap. Well, at least we’ll all be clean.

Doogle and I used to get along great. We’d ride our bikes together, play video games against each other, and even make up pranks to pull on Mom and Dad. That was before he turned ten. Now he’s just a royal pest. He wouldn’t be so bad if he would just stay out of my stuff. I’m constantly catching him in my room, and when I ask him what he’s up to he always has an excuse. “Mom sent me up here to get blah blah blah.” Doubt it. I wish I had a lock on my door. After all, I am twelve. A girl needs her privacy you know.
“So Millicent Marie, what’s this I hear about you not trying out for the soccer team this year?” Mom asks.

“How did you know that?”

“I ran into Mrs. Tiller at the grocery store. She said she was talking to Mrs. Nelson who had heard it from Mr. Siegel who was talking with Coach Darden just a few days ago.”

“The gossip mill at its finest,” I mumble.

“What’s that?” Mom asks.

“Nothing. I was thinking of joining the Drama Club instead. They’re doing a musical mishmash of fairy tales and classics called Romeo and Cinderella.

“That’s ... different. But I hate to break it you, your singing voice is not the best – and I’m not sure your acting is much better for that matter.”

Sigh. Gotta love Mom, always so supportive. “I want to be on the stage crew. You know, help with set design and other backstage stuff.”

“But soccer’s your thing. You’ve been playing since you were five years old.”

Soccer was my thing, but honestly, after the experience I had at the soccer clinic last week, I had no desire to hang out with any of those girls anymore. It all started when Haylee Tyler, the girl who has for some unknown reason hated me for years, started a rumor about me liking Dan Holt, which was so not true. Now, Jordan Cowell, he’s another story. Jordan is tall and cute and funny and in the Drama Club. Anyway, back to Haylee. So she told everyone on the soccer team that I liked Dan, who by the way, is the geekiest kid in the entire school. So what if I ate lunch with him the other day? To be honest, I felt bad for him. Everyone else is so mean to him all the time. It isn’t his fault he has bad skin and enjoys a good math problem. Besides, we’ve been friends since kindergarten. He’s a nice kid once you get past the dorkdom. Anyway, Natalie - she’s my best friend - wasn’t in school, so I decided to sit with Dan. What’s the big deal?

Well apparently Haylee and her sidekicks thought it was funny enough to write “geek lover” in lip-gloss all over my locker. I wound up missing half the clinic cleaning it up. This was not the first time, either. For whatever reason, Haylee Tyler takes great pleasure out of making my life miserable. Normally, I’m able to just brush it off, but this year Haylee announced she was joining the soccer team. My soccer team. Rumor has it that Coach Darden had been trying to get her to play for years. I hate to admit it, but she’s pretty good. Much better than me, and I’ve been playing forever. I’ve heard she’s even up for team captain. Still, it doesn’t mean she gets to treat me that way.
“Well, I was thinking I would try something new. Besides, Doogle gets to try different activities, why can’t I?”

“Okay, Millicent Marie, I suppose you’re right. It’s good to try different things. Can you do me a favor and put Sparkles’ food in the basement? My back is really acting up today.”


“Thanks, Millicent Marie,” Mom says, walking back into the house.

Sure, I’ll grab the fifty-pound bag of dog food that our tiny eight pound dog-wanna-be will never even eat because we already have ten other bags of it in the basement. Yup, five hundred and fifty pounds of dog food for one scrawny, little mutt named Sparkles. Doogle named him. Welcome to my family.
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Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. 

Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Friday, November 30, 2012

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Affairs of the Mind: Chibi" Book Tour


Book description from Amazon:

Affairs of Mind: Chibi stars little Rose Wood as she does everything in her power to get an apple down from a towering tree. AOTM: Chibi is a poem for kids to enjoy and laugh and see the power of friendship at work. I hope you and your kids will enjoy.

**My thoughts**

The story is cute, though I have to say I was more impressed by the illustrations. I'm not a big comic book reader, but am always willing to check one out for the younger generation.

I do like the message within the story. You can work really hard to make something happen, but it won't until it's meant to happen. At least, this is what I pulled from the story. I also like the message about helping your friends and using teamwork.

Disclaimer: While I did receive an eARC of this book, all opinions are mine.

Monday, November 26, 2012

'The Three Lost Kids and the Christmas Curse' Review Blitz


Christmas everyday sounds like the best thing ever to Bella and her sisters. But when a special Wishing Stone grants her heart's desire, The Three Lost Kids discover the curse hidden in the wish.

Now they have to stop Christmas no matter what--even if that means ending up on Santa's Naughty List.

Will the girls learn the true meaning of Christmas and find a way to break the curse? Or will they be stuck in their self-created Jingle Bells Nightmare forever?


Look for the original Three Lost Kids Trilogy--Lexie World, Bella World and Maddie World--if you like enchanted Dragons, Fairies, and more adventures through magical worlds with great life lessons for kids!

**My thoughts**

I will be honest. My initial thought was, "Oh great, here is yet another story about the problems of having Christmas every day." But I still greatly enjoyed this book. Yes, the idea is not a new one, by any means. But it seems like a natural and necessary addition in The Three Lost Kids series and is well-written.

Bella is the one telling this story. She is the middle child who tends to be full of anger. and had to learn how to control it. It is her idea to make it Christmas every day. At the same time, she is the one who has to figure out how to break the curse. I like how she is shown brainstorming with her sisters and how she has to fail a few times before she is successful. Yet again, a valuable life lesson is taught to readers. This time it is to be careful for what you wish. I can see Kimberly using this story as a way to teach her own kids a lesson in real life, just as they learn one in the story. Discussion questions at the end can help to drive the message home. They make it easy for this book to be used in an educational setting or as a family.

I really do like this series a lot and have read all of the books. It's great for children as young as four or five as a read-aloud. Independent readers of all ages will also enjoy it. More stories are coming and I look forward to them!  

Buy links: Kindle \ Paperback 


Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels ForbiddenMindForbiddenFire and Forbidden Life and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books LexieWorld, BellaWorld, Maddie World, and Three Lost Kids and the Death of the Sugar Fairy, all on Amazon.

She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from Innovative Online Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

'Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle' Blog Tour

Book Description:

Micah and Alicia are excited to meet John Taylor as a child in England. But when their phone won’t let them return to their own time, they’ll follow the prophet around the world, learning some important lessons along the way. Humorous, entertaining, and informative, this book is a wonderful introduction to church history that’s bound to be a family favorite!

**My thoughts**

Fans of The Magic Tree House series will enjoy this book that follows a similar idea. Brother and sister Micah and Alicia use a magic cell phone to be transported back into time to follow important figures in the Mormon faith. In the first book, they apparently met up with Brigham Young. In this one, they follow the prophet John Taylor.

There is adventure as they go along their quest to find all of the missing components of a puzzle that is programmed into the phone. Suspense builds as obstacles fall into their path. Faith builds as they believe that they will be taken care of and find their way home again. The children learn lots of lessons along the way, as well.

Even though this book is geared toward children in LDS families, I think other middle grade readers would enjoy the adventure and the story. Everyone can learn about merely living live as a good person by reading the lessons that Micah and Alicia learn on their quest. I am curious about other books in the series.

Meet the Author:

My grandmother lived with us when I was young. She loved to read me stories. I would curl up in her lap or sit on the bed next to her and listen to the tales spin out before me. We cried together over Lassie Come Home and loved Madeline and her adventures. That was a magical time for me in my life. When my children were little, I loved reading to them because it kept the magic alive. Now my children are grown, I can keep the magic by writing stories for others to read.

I love to read and write stories about the pioneer prophets.

Pioneers live all over the world. I still have family in Switzerland and Poland. Where do you and your ancestors come from? Write and tell me.

I am like the pioneers because I love:
  • Old fashioned cooking—making butter
  • Pioneer games—button, button, who’s got the button?
  • Crafts the pioneers enjoyed—drying wild flowers
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Friday, November 9, 2012

'Kris Kringle's Magic' Book Tour Review

About the book:

Kris Kringle is often in trouble for his beliefs. But in a world where elves are slaves, he is determined to make things right, even if it means standing alone. With the help of his friend Rebecca, Kris starts with the children. But can a pile of gifts on Christmas Eve really change anything?

Told from Rebecca’s perspective, Kris Kringle’s Magic is the story of a boy who devotes his life to the service of the poor, hungry, and destitute—and by doing so, becomes the legend of Santa Claus. This instant holiday classic is sure to captivate kids of all ages.

**My thoughts**

I enjoyed this book. It was yet another way of showing how Kris Kringle symbolizes love for humankind, regardless of age, race, or beliefs. He is able to teach Rebecca so much and in turn teaches the reader how to be compassionate. My hope for kids who are reading this is that they will be moved to do something in their own communities to help the less fortunate. I hope they will also realize how horrible it is to judge someone based on their size or race. I think this book is inspirational in that regard.

I would recommend that independent readers be in later elementary before reading it. If they are younger, it definitely should be read with an adult. I also think it is apporpriate for older readers. It can easily provoke conversation, whether in the home or in the classroom.

Meet the Author:

Diane Stringam Tolley was born and raised on the great Alberta prairies. Daughter of a ranching family of writers, she inherited her love of writing at a very early age. Trained in Journalism, she has penned countless articles and short stories. She is the author of four e-books and the recent Christmas story, Carving Angels, also by Cedar Fort. She and her husband, Grant, live in Beaumont, Alberta, and are the parents of six children and grandparents of twelve.  To learn more about author Diane Stringam Tolley you can visit her website:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

'The Earth Child's Handbook: Volumes 1 & 2'

The Earth Child’s Handbook - Crafts and Inspiration for the Spiritual Child
Books 1 & 2
Brigid Ashwood

Genre: Pagan Parenting, Pagan Kids

Book 1
ISBN-10: 1479265519
ISBN-13: 978-1479265510

Book 2
ISBN-10: 147927108X
ISBN-13: 978-1479271085

Book Description:
The Earth Child's Handbook is a primer, reference, craft and activity book series for families that follow Pagan, Wiccan and Earth Based spiritual paths.  Designed to appeal to all age groups (and grown-ups too!), the books address common Pagan beliefs and practices, explaining the principles and traditions behind them. 
Each chapter features:
  • Recipes
  • Instructional craft projects
  • Coloring pages, mazes and word searches
  • Color, cut and assemble projects
Younger children will delight in the coloring pages and paper crafts. Older children will find educational fun with word searches, mazes, connect-the-dots and instructional crafts. And parents might find it a lifesaver with easy recipe ideas and inspiration for teaching and building Pagan traditions.
The Earth Child's Handbook - Book 1 features chapters on the joy of family and diversity, honoring the earth and the principles of the four elements, the universe and Pagan beliefs regarding the Sun and the Moon, explanation of Deities, and an introduction to Magick and Ritual with simple spells and exercises.

Special topics include Shapeshifting, Runes, Book of Shadows, Animal Guides, Chakras, Meditation, Astrological Signs, The Elements, Cycles of the Moon, Magickal Correspondences, Sun Deities, Moon Deities, Triple Goddess and Triple God, The Four Quarters and Casting a Circle.

Featured activities include making a Chakra shirt, rain stick, homemade face paints, herbal infusions, bath salts, a moon phase wheel, moon cake recipe,  a complete "color, cut and assemble" paper altar and much, MUCH  more.

The Earth Child's Handbook - Book 2 features chapters on the Seasons, the 8 Pagan Sabbats and the Wheel of the Year. Each Sabbat chapter includes facts, traditions, correspondences and information about that holiday as well as recipes, altar decorating ideas, rituals and crafts, coloring pages, mazes and word searches.

Special topics include Seasonal Altars, Solstice Sabbats, Equinox Sabbats, Quarters and Cross Quarters.

Featured activities include cinnamon ornaments, Yule wrapping paper, Brigid's cross weaving, handmade paper, flower beads necklace, Beltaine masks, prayer flag, magickal broom and much, MUCH more.

Preview a few activities from these books:


About the Author:
Brigid Ashwood is an artist, illustrator, blogger and author of various and sundry titles such as The Earth Child's Handbook (Books 1 & 2), Oracle of the Tarot Deck and more.

She is a core contributor to Wired's GeekMom Blog and creates freebies for Geeky Kids with her monthly Printable Fun feature.

Her artwork ranges from New Brow contemporary, Pop Surrealism, Steampunk, Fantasy and Fairy illustration, Celtic Knotwork, Witchy Pin-up to New Age, Pagan and Goddess imagery.

Facebook page for book:
Art & Blog

Wired Blogger author Page

Tour wide Giveaway features: Both volumes of The Earth Child's Handbook, signed by the author. A one of a kind Pagan Kid's tote bag to hold your books. Your very own craft kit bag that includes safety scissors, glue stick, tape, colored pencils, crayons and 7 tubes of glitter glue. A $90 value!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

6 free Halloween books for kids

Halloween is just around the corner! Check out some of these freebies that I found today.

Please note that the free status of books can and often does change without notice. Please verify that the actual buy price still says $0.00. The Prime price is something different. You can click on a book cover or the indicated link to order it and other books on Amazon.

Three Twigs for the Campfire (The Miller Family Album)

Billy is more than a little nervous. Even with all the excitement of his first kid only camp out, there is something truly bothering him. Listen to the fire crackle as the Miller children, in their campfire tradition, each tell a story. Will the fire last till Billy can fall asleep? Worse yet, what will happen when it is his turn to tell a story? Lastly, why won’t the fly and mosquito buzzing around the campfire leave him alone?

In traditional Twilight Zone style, that the author grew up with, Mr. Cognard creates three unique and unpredictable stories, that both children and adults will all enjoy. 

Click here to download for Kindle. 

Halloween for Kids/Halloween Para Ninos

Now you can enjoy Andrew Miller’s best-selling “Halloween For Kids” in a bilingual English-Spanish version!

That’s right, this fun Early Readers Book is now more educational than ever. Your child can now read the original English version and the newly translated Spanish version side-by-side.

If you have ever wished your child could learn Spanish in an easy, enjoyable way, this is it!

Each sentence is meticulously translated to retain the original meaning and tone. Your child will associate familiar Halloween terms and facts with their Spanish counterparts.

In this way, your child will absorb the Spanish language effortlessly and quickly, and it won’t even feel like “learning.”


Is your child REALLY into Halloween? Then this will be the perfect picture and early readers book.

You and your child will discover fun and fascinating facts about this unique holiday, its mysterious traditions, and its intriguing history.


* FULL-COLOR pictures and illustrations of Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns, masks, witches, black cats, and much more - your child will love them.

* Why you should look out for spiders on Halloween.

* When you should expect a full moon on Halloween.

* What the most popular Halloween colors really mean.

* What 3 names do monsters call humans? Hilarious answer.

* Did you know that "Jack-O-Lanterns" were not always pumpkins? Find out their surprising origins.

* What do you call a skeleton that won't work? You’ll laugh at the answer.

* Why do people wear masks and costumes on Halloween?

* Where does the Jack-O-Lantern tradition come from?

* What kind of witch lives at the beach? Your child will love this joke.

* Who were the first trick-or-treaters?

* Want to see a witch on Halloween? Here's the secret.

* Kids: watch out for "hungry" parents! Here are the candies that parents like to snatch from kids' trick-or-treat bags.

…and so much more!

Includes FULL-COLOR photos and images of Halloween skeletons, candy, cemeteries and more to make you and your child laugh and learn about this holiday.

So get ready to spend quality time together with your child as you enjoy seeing Halloween pictures and learning fun and intriguing facts about Halloween. 

Click here to download for Kindle. 

Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective (The Chronicles of the Monster Detective Agency)

Will Allen may be one of the smallest boys at Ashford Middle School, but he is also one of the smartest. But cleverness alone isn't enough to help him when monsters infest his room!

Together with his friend Jeannine Fitsimmons, Will searches fruitlessly for help, until a strange business card appears, instructing them how to summon Bigelow Hawkins, the Great Monster Detective. With Bigelow's help, along with the use of his very special monster-fighting instruments, the RevealeR and the MonsterScope, Will must learn how to conquer his monsters and reveal the secret of the dreaded HIDDEN BEAST before it's too late...

**Please note that this book is NOT free. However, at a mere 5 cents, it may as well be free!**

Click here to download for Kindle.

No Way Out - And Other Scary Short Stories

Includes two free additional short stories.

That's three 'terrorific' short stories for one low price.

No Way out - Mike takes a bet to go inside a haunted house, but will he live long enough to collect?

Also includes:
The Price of Friendship - How much is a best friend worth? Joey finds out the hard way.

Hobgoblin Horror - Jake only volunteered at the retirement home because Shelby works there. So, it's no wonder he's doesn't hear Mr. Fitches' warnings about a local homicidal hobgoblin--too bad for him.

Click here to download for Kindle.

Haunting at Heidelburgh Mansion (A Hot Ticket Short Story)(Hot Ticket Trilogy)

When twelve-year-old Juliet Robinson isn't invited to Cindy's Un-Halloween Party at a possibly haunted mansion, she can't resist crashing. But after her best-friend, Lucy, disappears, Juliet has to find a way to get her friend back from the headless bride -- or risk losing her friend forever.

Haunting At Heidelburgh Mansion is a 35 page, middle grade short story. Also includes the first chapter of HOT TICKET, a middle grade mystery.

Click here to download for Kindle.

Children's Haunted Stories

A short collection of fun, scary stories for children 8 years of age and up. Fun for Halloween or anytime you want a little scare.

Click here to download for Kindle.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

'Mr Hookumbacker and the Yella Yella Yum Yum Tree' Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the Mr. Hookumbacker and the Yella Yella Yum Yum Tree Giveaway hosted by Pea of Sweetness

 As always, I am on the lookout for quality books for you to share with the kids in your life. This one looks likes a good one! Read the review by Pea of Sweetness and then enter the Rafflecopter below for your own copy!



Mr. Hookumbacker and the Yella Yella Yum Yum Tree is a children's adventure story. The Forest of the Cracking Stone is full of wonder and natural beauty. It is also a place of magic as well as honey tickles, bumbletums, sapling shines and a kindly old tree master called Mr. Hookumbacker. 

Read my full review HERE.

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Giveaway dates: 10/19 at 12:01am - 10/31 at 11:59pm (all times are EST)

Prize: One lucky will receive a copy of Mr. Hookumbacker and the Yella Yella Yum Yum Tree e-book

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

'Three Lost Kids and the Sugar Fairy' Review

Join award-winning author Kimberly Kinrade for the month of October to celebrate Halloween and All Hallow's Read with a big giveaway for her launch of The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy.

What's All Hallow's Read? Author Neil Gaiman started this tradition a few years ago as a way to encourage the act of giving a book for Halloween. 

About The Three Lost Kids & The Death of The Sugar Fairy

Halloween is here and Lexie, Bella and Maddie couldn't be happier. But why does everything feel so different? Fewer houses are decorated and fewer kids are out trick-or-treating. Still, that's not going to stop the three girls from eating as much candy as they can before their parents can stop them, even if that means fighting each other for it.

When they finally discover a haunted house worthy of their favorite holiday, they forget their parents' warnings and go in alone, only to discover that the house really is haunted, and not only that, but they've been transported to a whole different world!

A dying Sugar Fairy in one of the abandoned rooms send them on a quest to find her Sugar Baby and the magic Sugar Flower in order to save her and Halloween. If they fail, Halloween will be gone forever, and they'll never return to their family.

But with Sugar Bug attacks, the Cavity Caves where they must face their deepest fears, and giant gummy bears armed with candy cane swords, the girls aren't sure they'll make it.

Their only chance is to work together, using each of their strengths to help each other. Can they stop fighting over candy long enough? Or will they be trapped in the dying Sugar Land forever?

**My thoughts**

I really liked this story. I was transported back in time to about third grade, sitting in the cozy book corner in elementary school. This is the kind of book my friends and I would have adored back then. There are girls just like we were, dressed up for Halloween, who found themselves on an adventure with a sort of mystery to solve. This is what we did when we were kids; kids still do it today.

This book also brings back some of the magic of Halloween, that feels lost in today's society. I remember that sense of awe as I put on a costume, like I really was that character. The girls in this story actually have the opportunity to do that. Along the way, they learn a lot of important lessons.

This book is one that I would like to share with my class during this holiday season. I think they will enjoy the suspense and mystery, without getting too scared. It will probably also lead to some classroom discussions about helping each other, working together, being friends, and even a bit about making healthy choices. 

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.
She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review of the 'Three Lost Kids Trilogy' by Kimberly Kinrade

Welcome to the tour for the Three Lost Kids by Kimberly Kinrade!

Join award-winning author Kimberly Kinrade for the month of October to celebrate Halloween and All Hallow's Read with a big giveaway for her launch of The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy.

What's All Hallow's Read? Author Neil Gaiman started this tradition a few years ago as a way to encourage the act of giving a book for Halloween. 

Today's stop on the tour features the original trilogy in the series.

About The Three Lost Kids

The first three books in this series (Lexie World, Bella World and Maddie World) were inspired by Kimberly's three little girls of the same name, who discovered their own worlds where they had magical powers and wanted their mom to write about it!

This special edition trilogy includes full color illustrations and each book is told from the first person perspective of that little girl's world. The paperback editions of these books are 7x10 full color with a coloring book in the back of each. They also include discussion questions to get kids and parents talking about the important themes in each book, such as caring for the planet, emotional maturity and handling bullies.

In The Death of the Sugar Fairy, the Three Lost Kids start a whole new series of chapter books, told from all three kids' point of view. Moving forward, the series will not include illustrations, but will include the same fantastic stories that have made the special edition trilogy so popular.

About The Three Lost Kids Special Edition Trilogy

Lexie World

On Amazon
(a finalist in the Global e-Books award!)

5-year-old Lexie is tired of getting in trouble for leaving her stuff and trash outside. She doesn’t mean to litter or ruin her shoes, but it’s just so hard to remember sometimes.

When she, her two big sisters and their dog TayTay find a portal to Lexie World, Lexie discovers the consequence littering has had on her special world. Garbage Goblins have taken over and are destroying the Earth!

To save Lexie World, the girls (and TayTay) must travel with their new Unicorn friend through the Waters of Waste and over the Mountain of Lost Clothes to retrieve a piece of the Mirror of Ice in order to remind the Garbage Goblins of their true form and break their curse.

On this journey, Lexie learns about courage, love and the importance of taking care of her world.

Bella World

On Amazon

Bella is tired of getting blamed every time her sisters lose something. It's not her fault they misplaced something important, so why does everyone assume she took it? It makes her blood boil that no one appreciates all the things she does to help and protect people. Sometimes her anger makes her do things she regrets later.

When she, her two sisters, and their dog TayTay find a watery portal to Bella World, they're surprised to discover a town ravaged by Dragon attacks. But not all is as it seems, a lesson Bella learns when they are sent to stop the Dragon.

Together, Bella and Emerald the Dragon learn to control their Dragon Fire, make amends to those they have wronged, and in the process find the appreciation and acceptance they'd sought all along.

Maddie World

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When a girl at school starts bullying Madelynne, she decides she doesn't want to go to school anymore. Too scared to stand up to the bully or tell the teacher, Madelynne confides in the only one who will understand, her best four-legged friend TayTay.

After an especially bad day, Madelynne hides in her room and refuses to play with anyone. In an effort to cheer her up, her sisters accidently discover the portal to Maddie World, sweeping them all into an epic adventure!

But Maddie World is suffering from some bullying of its own. The Lava Fairies and Bubble Fairies are at war, and now even once nice Fairies have been mean bullies, locking the Three Lost Kids up in the dungeon.

Madelynne and TayTay escape, but can't free the other two until the retrieve a precious necklace that once belonged to the Bubble Fairies.

To save her sisters and make peace between the two Fairy factions, Madelynne must first face her own fears and learn to stand up for herself even when she's scared, but without becoming a bully herself.

**My thoughts**

I thought this series was absolutely adorable! I especially love how each book was inspired by each child's fantasy world and dreams. That in and of itself makes the books special, as each girl now has a keepsake to remember their childhood dreams. It could easily inspire other children to create their own worlds and to make them into books.

Each book has its own lesson. In Lexie's World, Lexie learns the importance of taking care of the Earth and the environment by keeping her things picked up. She also learns a lesson of independence and how she can do anything she sets her mind to. Bella's story helps kids to remember to control their anger. Maddie's story is another much-needed lesson in handling bullying, which is way too prevalent today.

As I read these books, I tried to decide if I would read them with my class of 4s and 5s in the afternoon. I think these books would be best handled at that age in a one-on-one setting, or a very small group. They really lend themselves to many discussions, especially in the later two books. They're also just fun fantasy stories. Older children will enjoy reading them on their own. I look forward to checking out the rest of the upcoming books in the series!

Enter the Three Lost Kids Giveaway!

The giveaway includes:

$25 Amazon GC plus signed copy of all four books (Lexie's World, Belle's World, Maddie's World, Sugar Fairy} bookmarks and surprise swag include one of the posters and bookmark {USA/Canada Only}

RUNNERUP to two winners:
Signed copies of The Death of the Sugar Fairy with swag {USA/Canada Only}

RUNNERUP to three winners:
Poster of The Sugar Fairy cover and bookmarks

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Disclaimer: Andi's Middle Grade and Chapter Books did not receive any compensation other than free ecopies of each book in the trilogy. All opinions in the review are my own. This blog is not responsible for prize shipment.