The Unlucky Seed by Caroline Locher–Review by Bethanie

The Unlucky Seed by Caroline Locher

Children’s Picture Book

 

This is a cute little children’s picture book. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the book cover or I would put it on here.

I must apologize to Ms. Locher for getting to it so late. You know life, it sometimes won’t get out of the way.

This book is very reminiscent of The Ugly Duckling. The one exception to this book is it is about a little sunflower seed. It doesn’t understand why it seems to have to work so hard when all the other little seeds stayed in the little girl’s basket. It was a little sad, but turned out to be a great thing that it fell out of the basket. It became the strongest and most beautiful of all the other flowers.

It just goes to show that though we may struggle to find our place in the world, when we finally do, it becomes one of the strongest  and most beautiful of all.

Thank you Ms. Locher for sharing your sweet book with me.

~Bethanie

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by: Iain Reading–Review by Bethanie

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

by: Iain Reading

Genre: YA Adventure / Thriller / Mystery

Wow, was this a long book. However, worth every page. I loved the pictures and maps that were in it. It added to the book. If you like adventure and mystery then this is a great book for you to read. It was great for any age. Pull up your armchair Sherlock Holmes, your Amelia Earhart theories, and begin.

Although I wish the print had been about two font sizes bigger, I could understand why it wasn’t. It would have been about a four hundred page book. Sometimes I like long books and sometimes I don’t. This book kinda of fell in the middle. I have never read a book with two prologues before, but with all that was in the book I can see why they were needed. There were actually two parts to this book, not really marked as such, but when you read it you will find them.

What a wild bunch of adventures for a young woman. However, I liked her strong character. She was one that wouldn’t quit, no matter how dire the circumstances. I like books with strong female characters. Thank you for sharing your book with me.

~Bethanie

 

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The Dead Club by Manuel Ruiz–Review by Bethanie

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The Dead Club

by: Manuel Ruiz

Genre: Middle School Sci-Fi

 

First of all, don’t let the title sway you away from reading this great book. When I was first asked to review this book, the title caused me to question it. However, I am so glad I read it!

It is not very often I run across a book that has so many different elements mixed in it and yet made an easily flowing story out of it. Mr. Ruiz did it! I was very pleased!

There were parts that made me laugh and parts that made me a little teary and still others that kept me riveted to my seat. I loved this book! Another Bethanie’s Fave has been found. Thank you Mr. Ruiz for sharing your book with me!

The thought of eternity scares many people. In this book it was turned into a continuing adventure. I loved going with the young characters in this book as they fall into a Ghost Town, meet a character named Elvissarian whom was a Memphus and be able to ride in a Cadillac Convertible with the Grim Reaper at the wheel. Grim was my favorite character! Some of the things he did in this book were nothing like what one might associate with him. I loved the spin on the underworld. Reality and Mythology mix and make it one of the best stories I have read in a long time!

I would recommend this book to anyone. Even told my son he would probably enjoy it too.

Thank you Mr. Ruiz for sharing your fantastic book with me!

 

~Bethanie

 

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New Idea

I have decided to start adding reviews about the books that we read in our homeschool. Some I believe other young readers will like. For instance we just finished a book titled The Map to Everywhere. It was really good. I will continue to spotlight Indies, and I have two coming up soon. Happy reading!!

~Bethanie

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Annalise’s Up and Down Day by Denise Jenne–Review by Bethanie

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Annalise’s Up and Down Day

By: Denise Jenne

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Such a sweet little book. We all have those days and little Annalise is no exception. The illustrations are beautiful watercolor media and the story is the perfect length for the attention span of a young child, which is who this book is written for.  I would definitely reccommend this book for parents of young children. It is a cute picture book. Thank you Ms. Jenne for sharing this book with me!

~Bethanie

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Bees Like Flowers by Rebecca Bielawski–Review by Bethanie

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Bees Like Flowers is precious.  Each of the Mummy Nature books is very child-friendly. The colors are bright, and that alone would keep a child’s interest. This little book gives a good child-perfect explanation of how honey is made and what happens in a beehive. I love the little bees’ face. It makes them seem friendly. The choice of flowers she used were some of my favorites, the sunflower especially.

Ms. Bielawski has once again created a colorful and fun way to teach your little ones about nature. The Mummy Nature books will keep a child’s interest by the rhythm and beautiful colors. I would recommend these to anyone who has little children in their families.

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Traveling Seeds by Rebecca Bielawski–Review by Bethanie

 

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Ms. Bielawski has once again created a colorful and fun way to teach your little ones about parts of nature. This book discusses in a fun, child-like perfection the ways a seed can travel and make new plants. I love the color and the rhythm to the books. Young children and toddlers’ will love this book.

The Mummy Nature books are part of a series that  will keep a child’s interest by the rhythm and beautiful colors. I would recommend these to anyone who has little children in their families.

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Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point by Jodi Auborn–Review by Bethanie

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Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point

By: Jodi Auborn

Genre: Middle School  Mystery Thriller

 

I love mysteries, especially those that have ghosts in them. I must say that this is one of the best I have read this year. Considering this year is almost over, I would have to say that is really big. Another Bethanie’s Fave has been found. Ms. Auborn has brought to us a timeless story that brings the beauty of Maine into it. Lighthouses have always had a mystery to them, in my opinion, and Ms. Auborn’s story has brought this to life.

What makes it another reason for being a fave is the star is a young boy. She brought the natural boy curiosity to the table in this book. Tell me one boy who wouldn’t want to know of a secret treasure found in the backyard of his summer home next to a lighthouse in Maine. Better yet how about finding your best friend in the ghost that is the keeper of the lighthouse.

I am a southern girl, myself. Born and raised in the state of Alabama. I have always wanted to visit Maine and to see its timeless beauty for myself. This book allowed me to somewhat take myself there. I could imagine being the one who discovered the ghost. I could also imagine becoming friends with him. I can also imagine being the mother or the daughter wanting to just go back home, and the Father just trying to bring his small town where he grew up back to the place it once was.

I love the many aspects in this story. Although most that try to put a lot into their book can’t really bring it together in a good reading flow, Ms. Auborn was definitely able to bring everything together and make it flow perfectly for the reader. There is a ghost story, a treasure hunt, a kidnapping, and yet it all fits together like a beautiful puzzle.

I am so impressed by this author that I plan to get her other books and read them. I also hope that she continues this particular mystery type. Adventure is always fun and exciting. Throw a couple of thrilling moments in it and you have a rather, well-written book. Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would.

Thank you Ms. Auborn for sharing your book with me! Happy Reading!!

~Bethanie

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Welcome to the new Bethanie’s Books

This site is dedicated to those indie authors who love to write books for middle-schoolers. The contact form is on the ABOUT page. Have a book you think would be great for this age group? Let me know by filling out the contact form. I currently have reviews all the way out through March, but if you don’t mind the wait, let me know about your book so I may review it. I look forward to hearing from you!

~Bethanie

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The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave by Brydie Walker Bain–Review by Bethanie

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The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave

by: Brydie Walker Bain

Genre: Middle School  MYSTERY

At first I wondered how  Ms. Bain knew so much about the caves in this book until I read where she lived and that told me all I needed to know. Need an adventure? Dive in and find the excitement. It begins with something even I, as a 44 year-old wife and mother of two (ages 12 and 14), would love to find one day.

What child or adult for that matter would not like to find a secret passage or hidden room in their own house? Things like this have always fascinated me. It adds to the adventure and mystery of the story. Take six adventurous young minds and set them loose with what is found, along with some amazing legends. The next thing you find is high adventure, mystery, and danger lurking around every turn. Throw in a few magical beings or incredibly “insightful” adults and the next thing you know . . .

Well I won’t give that away. I’d hate to ruin the story for someone. It’s kind of like a movie you really want to see and someone ruins the ending for you. So I will just say, read the book for yourself. It is a great middle-school mystery.

The comradery of the children in this book is what I find to be my favorite part. Although I like the story–there is no story without the characters. They are what makes this one so good.  Nothing better than a group of friends with the same goal in mind and ready to do anything to get there. Thank you Ms. Bain for sharing your book with me and treating us all to the legends of Sinbad’s Caves!

~Bethanie

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