Monday, October 18, 2021

Cover Reveal: The Sherwood Proof by Kristee Ravan

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The next installment of The Lily Chronicles by Kristee Ravan is coming soon! Check out the cover and synopsis for The Sherwood Proof and catch up on the first two books in the series!

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The Sherwood Proof
By Kristee Ravan

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The Sherwood Proof
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
By Kristee Ravan
Middle-grade, Fairytale, Fantasy

Lily Sparrow has finally created an equation for being a good princess. Things are adding up and making sense, and she’s even growing a measurable amount more excited about her future. But unexpected variables keep being tossed into her equation:

1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s Half-Birthday--an important Smythian tradition--is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.

Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation? Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart--subtracting all the good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?

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About the Author

Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, "I want to be a writer when I grow up." She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected - in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Gigi and the Paris Puzzle by Nicole Levin


Jojo has a project to research and give a presentation to her class about the city of Paris. She is very nervous to stand up and speak. Through her research, she becomes intrigued and dreams of visiting Paris - the antithesis of the small town where she lives.

One day, while playing with her Eiffel Tower snow globe, she finds herself transported back to Paris of the 1920s. She is renamed ‘Gigi’ and gets to live in the plush apartment of her dreams, where the furniture and kitchen equipment have a life of their own. Fifi, the French poodle, becomes her dog, and she meets a mysterious boy named Jean Pierre.

While visiting the Rodin Museum with Jean Pierre, the sculpture of The Girl with The Flower Hat challenges Gigi to free her. An amateur sorcerer accidentally turned her into a sculpture while entertaining guests at the opening of the museum. The Girl in the Flower Hat sets Gigi a five-day task to solve a series of interconnected puzzles that will free her. If Gigi fails, she too will be turned into stone.

Gigi and her accomplices (Fifi, Jean Pierre, her new friend Francine and a doll named Amelie) embark on a frenetic journey around different landmarks in Paris. Through finding the hidden clues and solving each step of the puzzle, Gigi finds her confidence, learns to trust in her abilities and discovers her compassion for the trapped girl.

Finally, Gigi and her friends succeed in solving the puzzle and the statue of The Girl with the Flower Hat explodes and leaves the real life girl, Fleur, in the middle of the museum floor. Fleur leaves the museum with the children and moves into Gigi’s apartment.

When her task is over, Gigi has to return home to her family, leaving behind her new friends. Fifi comes home with Gigi and delights her younger brothers. No one in her family knows where she has been, and the reader is left wondering if her visit to Paris was actually real. Gigi gives a spectacular and confident presentation about her adventures in Paris to her class.

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I am an Australian/South African children’s writer, currently living in Cape Town, South Africa with my husband, two children and two cats.

As a writer, I am inspired to capture the world through the eyes of a child. I have written and published six picture books. Four of my books tackle philosophical questions from the perspective of a young child. I have also published many educational readers for primary and middle school children. My writing spans different genres: picture books, fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, poetry and plays. My books are published in South Africa with publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Shuter & Shooters and Imbizo Education. In addition to my published work, I develop learning materials for teachers and work as a freelance Drama and English teacher. Please see my full publication list below.

Educationally, I have a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia, an Honours Degree in Drama and Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama from the University of Cape Town, and a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Inlingua Language School, Cape Town.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Nat Geo Kids Books Fall Prize Pack #Giveaway Ends 10/31 @NGKidsBks @HomeJobsByMom

Nat Geo Kids Books Fall Prize Pack Giveaway

These books are some of my favorites and meant for kids of all ages. Adults, too! And I'm so excited that I was able to find another giveaway to give you a second chance to try to win a set for yourself to use at home or at school. Check them out and then enter to win this great prize pack. Best of luck to you!

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It's a new season and these fall favorites from National Geographic Kids Books are the perfect thing to add to your familys bookshelf, supplement distance learning, or check people off your holiday gift lists!




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The Ultimate Book of African Animals Zeus the Mighty The Trials of Hairy-Clees Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals & Shells National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022, U.S. Edition National Geographic Kids World Atlas 6th edition National Geographic Kids Why Answers to Everything

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Nat Geo Kids Fall Favorites #Giveaway Ends 11/2

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These books are among some of my favorites. And I know they are for a lot of you as well. Check them all out and then enter to win the collection! Best of luck to you!

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This 6 Book Collection from National Geographic Kids! 

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Ultimate Book of African Animals by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert (ages 8-12, hardcover)

Ready for an adventure of a lifetime? With National Geographic photographer-filmmaker duo Beverly and Dereck Joubert as their guides, readers are transported to the plains of the Serengeti, the sands of the Sahara and the shaded nooks of the rainforest. Dereck and Beverly are eight-time Emmy award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and wildlife conservationists who have been filming, researching and exploring Africa for over 35 years.  By sharing their stories of life on safari and Beverly's jaw-dropping photography, this dynamic duo gives the reader unique, behind-the-lens access to Africa's wildlife, how they live, play and hunt and how they have adapted to their wild, one-of-a-kind environments.  A big, beautiful guide to animals that roar, race and "totally rule," this gift-worthy book is overflowing with facts, stats and photos of animals of all behaviors, shapes and sizes -- including the tiny bombardier beetle, the sneaky desert viper, mischievous monkeys, elusive Ethiopian wolves, as well as fan favorites like lions, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos, gorillas, rhinos, and so many more.   

Zeus the Mighty Series: The Trials of Hairy-Clees (ages 8-12, hardcover) 

Attention Percy Jackson/Greek Mythology Fans!: 
"Readers will appreciate the overlay of this mythological world atop the real-life operations of a pet rescue center and how Boyer manages to fit all the plot pieces together perfectly. Great characters, action, adventure, and lots of humor" -- School Library Connection

"A treat for proto–Percy Jackson fans.” — Kirkus Reviews

Welcome to Mount Olympus, a pet supply and rescue center that sits high on a hill in Athens, Georgia. The overconfident hamster Zeus, wise cat Athena, and other rescued pets live there under the watchful eye of their caretaker, Artie, who's obsessed with Greek mythology. The pets overhear her favorite podcast, Greeking Out, and believe themselves to be the actual megastars of mythology! Get ready to laugh, cheer, and learn with Zeus and his minions in their rollicking romps through Greek mythology and unforgettable adventures. Check out the Zeus the Mighty website for books, fun printables, games, fun Greek facts and episodes of the real life Greeking Out podcast.

Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals and Shells (ages 4-8, hardcover) - This new addition to the wildly popular Little Kids First Big Book series introduces a fascinating variety of Earth’s rocks, minerals, gemstones, fossils, and shells -- from granite to gold, marble to malachite, and conchs to clams. Discover how rocks are formed, the three kinds of rocks, and the difference between rocks and minerals. Learn how rocks and minerals are used in art, architecture, industry, and science. Then journey to the oceans to explore seashells and the amazing animals that once inhabited them. Packed with more than 200 stunning photos, including closeups of each specimen, this colorful book showcases breathtaking natural sites such as the Giant’s Causeway and human-built structures like the Great Wall of China. Filled with fun facts, this book is designed for interactive learning, the Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022 (ages 8-12, paperback) - The number one selling kids almanac on the planet!

 "...this gathering of upbeat, vividly illustrated, browser-friendly dips into topics ranging from black holes to blue-footed boobies to Bolivian street food is hard to put down, and the pop quizzes and research guides at each chapter’s end will give studious sorts a leg up, too." - Kirkus

The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions that kids know and love, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that's in it.  Tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation help kids keep up with our quickly changing world and is why this is the number one selling kids almanac on the planet.  There's a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2022 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste.  

NG Kids World Atlas 6th Edition (ages 10+, hardcover)

"No one does maps or atlases with as much panache and knowledge as National Geographic" - Washington Post

This Fall, the map experts at National Geographic debuts the sixth edition of their Kids World Atlas -- the perfect reference for kids to learn about lands close to home or oceans away. This title is an authoritative and well-designed with completely updated maps, stats, and facts about the people, places, trends, and developments of our world.  Highlights include the latest geographic and political information, a new map on global migration that introduces kids to the movement of people around the world, new graphics that present facts in an easy-to-read format, a place-name index with more than 3,000 locations, colorful photography that shows the beauty and diversity of our world and more than 120 maps, each one telling a story.   Now more than ever, kids need to understand the world from a global perspective -- this is an invaluable resource for using in the classroom or reading at home.

NG Kids Why?:  Over 1,111 Answers to Everything (ages 8-12, hardcover, 192 pgs) - The concept is simple. Got a question? Well now you have an answer! 1,111 of them, in fact. Want to know why your snot is yellow? Flip to the human body chapter. What's on the inside of a turtle shell? The animal section's got you covered. What's in the deepest part of the ocean? Why doesn't Earth just float off into space? Check, check, and check. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, this book has the expert information kids need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep them digging for answers. 

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Review of Trygg the Dinosaur by Paula Louise Salvador illustrated by John Bindon


Welcome to the review tour for Trygg the Dinosaur, written by Paula Louise Salvador and illustrated by John Bindon. Today I am sharing my thoughts about the book with you as well as an excerpt. You can also read an author interview at my site Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Please follow the tour and leave your questions and comments along the way. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Trygg and Alta are two young dinosaurs from opposite sides of the floodplain.

He's small in size and all alone in the world. He's looking for some meat to eat.

She's large and tall, and she hasn't seen her parents in days. She's looking for some plants to eat.

Could they really become friends?

This story takes place seventy-six million years ago, but good friendships can last forever.

Not that it is ever easy.

The hardest part is to stay loyal to each other in spite of what the rest of the herd thinks.

Read an excerpt:

On the other side of the lake, the surrounding cliff quivered. A chunk of dark grey earth slid off the slope and gushed through the water. Barely ahead of the mud, another Troödon was running, kicking water into the air. He jumped onto the sand just before the sludge buried the shore behind him. The animal lurched forward then pulled up short. He was huge, bigger than the whole nest.

The little Troödon stretched both arms out. “Take me with you!”

The big Troödon leaned over, but instead of lifting him up, he placed a long clawed finger on his small head and pushed him roughly down, right on top of the closest egg.

“Hey!” the little dinosaur sputtered from the mess of smashed shell and sticky yolk. “That’s no way to help a friend.”

The big Troödon fixed his fierce yellow eyes on him, quickly sizing him up. “I got no time for friends,” he yelled as he sprinted off the island. His deep voice carried back over the water.

“You’re on your own, runt.”

The little Troödon knew that he had to save himself. A mass of clay, stones and broken sticks was rising fast around him. He planted one foot in the base of his nest, then he hooked the strongest toe claw of his other foot into the rim. He pushed off and jumped out just before the mud surged over the edge and buried all the other eggs.

“Run!” he cried. “But where?”

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**My thoughts**
This story reminded me of a Land Before Time installment for older kids. You have these two young dinosaurs who have been orphaned soon after they hatch. Trygg is a meat-eater and Alta is a plant-eater. There's no way that they should be friends, and yet they strike up a friendship in spite of what their respective herds believe. And it's not easy to do so. You learn a lot about friendship and being kind.

I also learned some new dinosaurs! Even after 20 years of teaching, I'm still learning new dinosaurs. So that was fun for me. At the back of the book, you get some facts about the various ones represented in this story.

And the illustrations are just stunning. I have one friend who is able to draw like that and I am always blown away by them. It's a talent I'll never have! 

Chapters are nice and short which will keep children's interest. I think it could make for a good read aloud.

Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for providing me with a requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Paula Louise Salvador has had great adventures as a documentary film maker and writer. The scariest was when she stood under the ribs of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton – in the dark! The most fun was filming dinosaur dig-sites from a helicopter. On the dangerous side, she had to dodge alligators in Mississippi – and keep all fingers and toes out of the water.

Paula has met fascinating people, particularly jazz legend Oscar Peterson and composer Philip Glass, who performed in her show on electronic music.

In “BUILD GREEN” for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “THE NATURE OF THINGS”, Paula and Dr. David Suzuki visited rock star Randy Bachman’s super sustainable house. (He played his guitar for us.)

Finally, it was a tiny dinosaur that captured Paula’s heart. For her documentary “DINOSAUR BABIES The North American Story”, Paula held the fossilized egg of a little Troödon. He was curled up inside, just about to hatch. (His leg bones looked like a chicken’s.) That’s where Paula’s story of Trygg begins.

Paula has a Masters in French Literature from l’Université de Provence, France and a Bachelor of Arts (including Children’s Literature) from McGill University, Canada.





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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Review of Kyle & Corey and the Game Store Mystery by Joe Stephens


It's a new middle grade/YA series for all of us to enjoy! And I did enjoy this one a lot. Read on for my full review and an excerpt from this fun mystery story. Let the author know your thoughts in the comments as you follow the tour. Best of luck in the giveaway!

Kyle & Corey Holley (15 and 12) live in Fairly Springs, a small southern beach town. Kyle is a budding engineer; Corey is impetuous, funny and sports-crazy. Like most brothers, they fight often, but they also solve crimes—like the rash of recent robberies around town. When Kyle and Corey investigate, they learn that in each robbery, the thieves stole a high-end desktop computer. Why? What are they looking for? And how soon till they find it? Other complications include Corey's wheelchair-bound math tutor, Kyle’s after-school job in a local game store and a revolutionary new video game launching soon.

Kyle and Corey: Brothers. Best Friends. Detectives. They don't go looking for trouble; it has them on speed dial!

Read an excerpt:
That night at dinner, sitting at their comfortable round oak dining table at home, Mrs. Holley said to Corey, “She thinks you’re a pathological liar.”

“He is a pathological liar,” Kyle said, helping himself to more mashed potatoes and pouring a generous helping of brown gravy over them.

Corey, sitting across the table from him, glared over his plate of sliced roast beef, steamed broccoli, and a smaller helping of mashed potatoes. “Liar is a strong word. I know the difference between truth and a lie, you turd.”

“Corey!” his mother said in warning.

“Well, I do. I only lied at the end a little, when I said the whole thing was a lie.”

“I know,” Mrs. Holley said. “Ms. Morrison hasn’t lived here long enough to know what happened this summer.”

“That’s why I did it. If she’d thought it was really true, she’d have asked all kinds of questions and probably made me write a whole other paper. She’s that type.”

Mrs. Holley looked affectionately at her younger son. Corey had a knack for picking out the essential personality traits in everyone he met, almost instantly. He knew things about people after a ten-minute conversation that took therapists months to root out.

Her husband Donald was proud of Kyle for his math and science abilities, his kind and forgiving nature, his loyalty to friends and his gift for taking raw materials and turning them into something new and unexpected. He was proud of Corey for his people smarts, his vivid personality, and his natural ability as an athlete. “I wouldn’t trade either of ‘em for a million bucks,” he told his wife often, and she always answered, “Wait till someone makes you an offer.”

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**My thoughts**
It's been a while since I read a middle grade/YA mystery novel. Even though this is a lot more modern because it deals with gaming and technology, it did take me back to my childhood when I was reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. 

These two brothers apparently have a knack for solving mysteries that tend to stump the police and other adults. In fact, in this story, it's their second go-round. So I admit that I was looking for the first book in the series, though this is actually the first book. We get an overview of the first mystery that they solved and I would love to see that fleshed out in its own book some day. Maybe a prequel then? That's the one that sets up their reputation. And this mystery is the one that cements their status.

People are getting robbed in this normally sleep little town, and they all seem to be big ticket items like desktop gaming computers. There's also something fishy going on at the new gaming store that opened up in the past several months. And the brothers are determined to get to the bottom of both of these mysteries.

I admit I had a lot of it figured out pretty quickly, but there were a couple little twists thrown in that kept it entertaining. We also get a good look at the boys' normal lives, between the gaming and the sports and interactions at school, which helps them seem quite realistic and relatable. I felt like I went to school with them. 

They make a lot of new friends during this adventurous investigation, and I feel like these other people, including Matthew and the twins, are going to play bigger roles in future cases that may pop up.

Overall, it was quite an entertaining mystery read that I think older kids and teens are going to enjoy. I know I am looking forward to future installments!

Thank you to Goddess Fish and the author for providing me with a requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the author:
JOE STEPHENS has been a fan of boys’ adventure books all his life, and in this, his first series book, he’s created two boys as memorable as Frank and Joe Hardy. He has a background in education and has also visited more than thirty countries while pursuing his passion for scuba diving. He lives in Georgetown with his growing family and three thoroughly spoiled cats.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Review of Sophie Washington: Lemonade Day


Welcome to the book tour for Sophie Washington: Lemonade Day by Tonya Duncan Ellis! My followers know how much I love this series and I can't wait to share with you the latest installment! Check out an excerpt and my book review and then follow the tour for even more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

When Life Gives You Lemons…Make Lemonade

Sixth-grader Sophie Washington and friends learn lessons about entrepreneurship and team work when they sign up for a city-wide, Lemonade Day event. Sophie wants to buy her mother something special for her birthday, but she’s short on cash. Her bestie, Chloe, comes up with the perfect solution. Build their own lemonade stand to raise money at Lemonade Day! The girls add friends Carly and Nathan, and Sophie’s little brother, Cole, to their team, and decide to donate some of their earnings to a local animal shelter to help save stray animals. Things are going great, until the family dog destroys their supplies. They get worse when Sophie tries to impress another boy in their class and upsets Nathan. Can they save their business in time for the event?

Read an excerpt:
Mom just started her own consulting company, where she gives advice to people starting their own businesses. And already, I'm messing it up.

My mother's main job is helping out in Dad's dentist office and taking care of me and my eight-year-old brother, Cole. But before she got married and had us, she worked at a bank. Now that we're getting older, Mom wants to start working on her own again. This new consulting business is her chance.

"I'm sorry, Mom." I wring my hands when she crosses her arms around her chest. "We didn't mean to wreck your work. I'll fix these."

I set some files on the table, not sure what order they go in. Paper crinkles as Alexis imitates what I'm doing and mixes things up even more.

Mom rushes over to stop her.

“Why don’t you girls sit on the couch?”

My mother is meeting with Alexis' mother, Mrs. Gentry, to talk about ways to sell more of the scented candles she makes. Since Mrs. Gentry couldn't find a babysitter for Alexis she asked me and Chloe to keep an eye on her.

Mom made the big announcement about her consulting company at dinner last week.

"I know so many women with great business ideas who aren't sure how to get started," she explained to my father. "I want to help them get bank financing so they can be successful."

"Is that like Shark Tank?" asked Cole.

"Sort of." Mom smiled and rubbed his afro.

"What's Shark Tank?" I asked.

"That television show where people try to get investors to pay for their business ideas," Dad explained. “We watched it when you had a sleepover with your friends last weekend.”

It's a good thing that my father took my brother to his basketball practice this morning. If Cole saw this mess in the family room, I'm sure he'd have jokes.

I'll admit, the one he told at breakfast this morning made me laugh.

"What's a nosy pepper do?" he read from his joke book. "Get jalapeno business!"

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**My thoughts**
Tonya Duncan Ellis knocks it out of the park once again with Lemonade Day. You become immersed in the world of Sophie Washington and her friends as their latest adventure is learning how to become young entrepreneurs with a lemonade stand. It's quite different than when I was a kid! This group has to come up with a business plan, get a sponsor and a mentor, and donate part of their earnings to a charity. It's incredible the amount of work they have to put into it and they learn a lot. Kids reading this will also learn a lot about working hard and working together to achieve their goal. They may also feel encouraged to try to do something like volunteering with shelter animals!

As always, there are also lessons on friendship and how to navigate some sticky situations both with peers and with families. There's even a moment between Sophie and her mother having a brief, but real conversation that parents could learn from.

It's no secret that this is one of my favorite middle grade series to read and I often recommend it. This installment is no different and I continue to look forward to what's to come with Sophie and her friends.

Thank you to Goddess Fish and the author for a requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tonya Duncan Ellis is author of the award winning, bestselling, Sophie Washington children's book series, geared toward readers ages 8 to 12, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her independently published books have been featured in the Houston Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun and have seen over 70,000 downloads and sales in the United States, India, Canada, and Great Britain. She has worked as a journalist and a freelance magazine writer, and is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and holds an M.B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

The twelve book Sophie Washington series stars a sweet and sassy African American preteen from Houston, TX and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness, and perseverance.

Tonya loves to travel and has visited 49 American states, 20 countries, and three continents, but some of her best journeys have been between the pages of a novel. As a girl she could always be found with a book in her hand, and reading is still one of her favorite hobbies. When she's not reading or writing, the author likes to ride her bike, swim, and spend time with her husband and three children. She lives in Missouri City.

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