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A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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Title: A Sandy Grave
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 24
Language: English
Genre: Tween chapterbook
Format: Paperback, hardcover & eBook

The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had–especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

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GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING: http://guardianangelpublishing.com/sandy-grave.htm

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Sandy-Grave-Donna-M-McDine/dp/1616334541/

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sandy-grave-donna-m-mcdine/1118285403

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzzVjJWd4hM

 

In my own life, it is becoming ever apparent that I have been getting too caught up in all the technology at our fingertips. I am making it a point to disengage from technology at a certain point each day and not to turn the technology on until I’m ready to begin my day. 

Guest post at My Sister is My Best Friend

A book like this empowers children to make a difference while educating them about their world in a fun way.

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

…McDine shows that children can respect authority without fearing it and parents and those in roles of responsibility can respect the contribution that children can make to society.

Rebecca’s Writing Services

I love this book. It’s well written, timely, edgy enough to keep a tween on the edge of his/her seat, (me too!) and fun to read.

Farm and Fru Fru

I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

Mymcbooks’s Blog

What a remarkable book for your kids (and you, too).

My Devotional Thoughts

Encourage your children to be the best they can be with their own expectations and not those of others and watch them soar!

Guest post, Strands of Thought

Even though a fiction story is made up from the imagination, research is necessary to stay true to the subject matter.

Guest post, Lori’s Reading Corner

A Sandy Grave has a message of standing up for what is right, the correct way.

A Leisure Moment

With a suggested reader age of 8-12 A Sandy Grave is an excellent book to introduce the tweens in your life to the concept of poaching.

Blooming with Books

It tackles one of the bigger issues that still plagues us today but with tact and tenderness…

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

…it will show the children who the real heroes are and that they are the good guys and they should get their respect.

Mary’s Cup of Tea

I can easily see this book leading to further reading and discussion, with the new words and concepts presented — a plus while trying to keep readers engaged over the summer months.

By the Book

A nice summer read for students about girls who do the right thing…

4 the Love of Books

A fast moving chapter story that captures the imagination with a bit of mystery and suspense…

WV Stitcher

Donna McDine is giving you a chance to win a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

Terms & Conditions:

  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
  • This giveaway begins March 3 and ends on April 25, 2014.
  • Winner will be contacted via email.

Good luck everyone!

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Donna McDine HeadshotDonna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.

Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership. 

Visit Donna online at www.donnamcdine.com or her blog at www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

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Book Review: Bella Saves the Beach by Nancy Stewart

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A true story of try and try again can be found in Bella Saves the Beach by award-winning children’s author, Nancy Stewart.

Bella is sad when her beloved beach is loaded with trash. But with her best friend Britt away on vacation, it’s harder to clean up the beach than she planned. Each new idea doesn’t bring about the desired result, but Bella is determined to make the beach safe and clean for her animal friends.

As someone who loves learning, a book like Bella Saves the Beach is so wonderful. This book has two messages. There’s the environmental one about how dangerous trash is to wildlife. Then there’s the “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” message. Combining them makes for a superbly told engaging story about one girl’s determination to make a difference.

From the beginning, Stewart’s Bella and Britt series has shown young readers that their ideas matter and how they can make a difference when it comes to caring for our planet and its creatures. In this new book, the author takes that message to a new level by leaving Bella to face the challenge without her best friend Britt’s support. Now it isn’t two kids making a difference. It’s one determined young girl.

At the end of the story, the author shares information on beach trash, facts about creatures mentioned within the book’s pages, and encourages readers to have a Green Picnic on the sand, leaving behind only footprints.

One can’t forget to mention the stunning watercolor artwork of Samantha Bell. She has illustrated all three books in this series. With warm colors and rich details, she brings Bella’s story to life in pictures. A perfect complement to Stewart’s story, the artwork is so lovely you can almost hear the waves hitting the sand and the caws of the birds.

Bella Saves the Beach is a fine addition to the Bella and Britt series. I can’t wait to see what Bella and Britt are up to next.

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (February 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616333715
ISBN-13: 978-1616333713

Available at: 

NANCYSTEWARTBOOKS.COM

GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING

AMAZON 

BARNES AND NOBLE

The author paid me to promote this book through a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. This fee did not include a review. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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Pump Up Your Book Announces Nancy Stewart’s Bella Saves the Beach Book Tour

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Join Nancy Stewart, author of the children’s picture book, Bella Saves the Beach, as she virtually tours the blogosphere April 22 – May 17 on her fifth virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

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ABOUT BELLA SAVES THE BEACH

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Bella and Britt are worried about all the trash appearing on their beautiful beach.  But what can they do?  Britt is leaving on vacation, and Bella can’t solve the problem alone.  Without adults to lend a hand, can they possibly save their beach?

View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZiedtAQlW8

PURCHASE BOOK:

NANCYSTEWARTBOOKS.COMGUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING

AMAZONBARNES AND NOBLE

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ABOUT NANCY STEWART

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Nancy is the bestselling and award winning author of the four Bella and Britt Series books for children:  One Pelican at a Time (eighteen weeks on Amazon Bestselling List), Sea Turtle Summer, (which won the Children’s Literary Classic Gold Award), Bella Saves the  Beach (which won the Gold)  and Mystery at Manatee Key.  The authorized biography, Katrina and Winter:  Partners in Courage, is the story of Katrina Simpkins and Winter, the dolphin. One Pelican at a Time and Nancy were featured in the PBS Tampa special, GulfWatch.   All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

Nancy is a frequent speaker and presenter at writer’s conferences throughout the United States.  She conducts workshops and seminars and speaks to school children on writing and helping save their planet.  A blogger with a worldwide audience, she writes of all things pertaining to children’s literature.

Nancy’s travels take her extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa. She is US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education.   She and her husband live in Tampa and St. Louis.

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Miss L’eau

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Miss L’eau
Author: T. Katz
Publisher: Windstorm Creative, Inc.
Rating:

Reviewed by: Cheryl Malandrinos

 

Miss L’eau by T. Katz is a delightful chapter book with an excellent message. 

James and David like their teacher, Miss L’eau.  She’s a lot like the other teachers at their school, yet, there’s something different about her too.  And she has the most amazing eyes.  One day, James seeks shelter from a storm in the boys’ secret hiding place by the old lighthouse.   James thinks he sees something, but certainly that can’t really be what he saw.  Suddenly Miss L’eau is more mysterious than ever.  The boys are determined to figure out her secret.  They don’t know, however, how much that secret will change their lives..and perhaps, the world.

In this exciting and fun short chapter book, the story focuses on two young boys and their teacher.  While there are other characters popping in from time to time, in true chapter book format the number of characters is limited, allowing young readers to easily grasp everything that is going on.

The mystery surrounding Miss L’eau and why she is in Grant Harbor keeps readers turning the pages.  In a short amount of time, James and David go from giving little consideration to the ocean that they have lived next to all their lives, to strong proponents of protecting the ocean and marine life. 

The soothing cover art works well with the topic of the book, a mixture of darker and paler oceanic blues; though I have to admit that the one big eye in the middle of the cover creeps me out.  Perhaps an animated version of an eye or a smaller picture of two eyes might have made it less jarring.

Miss L’eau will show young readers how easy and fun it can be to take care of the world around them and to encourage others to do the same.

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