Sunday, January 31, 2016

Featured Book: If You Were Me and Lived in India by Carole P. Roman

Let's travel to India! Land of bright colors and delicious spices, If You Were Me and Lived in...India, takes young readers on a road trip to learn about this interesting place.

Children will learn how to say mommy and daddy, what type of currency is used, games that youngsters play and a lot of interesting facts about the beautiful land of India.

If You Were Me and Lived in...India adds this ethnically diverse country to the growing, award winning series that is out to cover the entire globe, teaching children about culture and customs all over the world.



About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be. Her new non fiction series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca's Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in ...France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in...France for best in children's non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year. Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.



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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Featured Book: Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning

An old woman who has given up hope and a boy who believes the impossible wonder if life would be perfect at the Westminster Dog Show.

Seventy-year old Bess Rutledge has dreamed of winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life. Despite her decades-long career as one of America's top Standard Poodle breeders, she has decided she's too old to hold on to her foolish dream. She sells off all the dogs in her once famous kennel except for the aging champion McCreery and his mischievous, handsome son Breaker. Part of her senses they might have been the ones to take her to Westminster, if only she'd dared to try.

Bess meets Benny, a teenager with mild autism who attends a therapeutic special school, and learns he has a dream of his own: to impress his self-absorbed mother. Benny is drawn into the world of dog shows and becomes convinced he has found the perfect way to win his mother's attention. If he can win Westminster with either McCreery or Breaker, he just knows she will finally be proud of him. Getting Bess to go along with his plan, however, is not going to be so easy. . .



About the author:

DIANE DANIELS MANNING is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas, which helps children with social-emotional challenges. She is the former Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane and a practicing child psychoanalyst. She learned the inner workings of dog shows by writing an oral history of a Lifetime President of the Poodle Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the WSIFT Short Script Competition.

Up to 100% of the author's profits will be donated to charities serving animals and children. Visit dianedanielsmanning.com.



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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Featured Book: How to Travel the World for Free by Michael Wigge

Michael Wigge is on an adventure of a lifetime. The reporter and journalist has traveled to many countries before, but this time he decided to make it more challenging: he would travel twenty-five thousand miles around the world by foot, bus, train, ship, and plane and not spend any of his own money.

The journey was full of challenges: What would he eat? Where would he sleep? How would he get from place to place? Every day, those questions occupied his thoughts, but he always came up with creative solutions. He tried dumpster diving, eating flowers, couch surfing in the homes of strangers, sleeping under the stars, working on a container ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, offering to pillow fight strangers for a dollar, and after 150 days, he reached his destination. For this, Elite World Records named him the First Person to Travel the World Penniless, and the documentary he filmed about this trip won best feature in the 2011 Accolade Awards.

As much a guide as a travelogue, How to Travel the World for Free will give readers ideas for alternative ways of traveling and will inspire many to go on new adventures. This book is full of surprises, some more pleasant than others. Nevertheless, it’s a journey you won’t want to miss! Traveling can be expensive—why not do it for free?



About the author:

Michael Wigge is an author, filmmaker, and journalist. He began his career as an anchor on the German VIVA program London Calling, and the world has been his newsroom and playground ever since. From reporting for MTV from a prison, to entering the Buckingham Palace in England dressed as King Henry VIII, Wigge has always thrown himself into the most unusual situations, including riding a donkey for more than sixty hours in an effort to obtain a Guinness World Record. He has lived with the native Yanomami Indian tribe in the Amazon rainforest and fought sumo wrestlers in Japan. He is the author of How to Travel the world for Free. He lives in Berlin, Germany.



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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Featured Book: If You Were Me and Lived in Turkey by Carole P. Roman

Number four in a series of world culture, If You Were Me and Lived in... Turkey, explores cultural differences through a child's understanding.

A respectful and lively treatment of the subtle differences of the people from different parts of the globe we share.

Join Carole P. Roman as she travels to learn out the people, culture, and customs of the people Turkey.


About the author:

Former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman's fourth entry in her cultural series, "If You Were Me a Lived in..." takes young readers to Turkey. The series has been embraced by parents, educators, as well as her target audience, children ages 3-8. Her award winning series Captain No Beard, has developed a huge fan base. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.



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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Featured Book: Be FreED by Mallory Faye

Are you beginning to feel like your life has become unmanageable? Has what once served as a meaning of control, begun to turn out of control? Eating disorders begin to take over your life, leaving little room for anything positive.

This self-help book, Be FreED, will take you from that negative place to a hopeful outlook on life and recovery. Mallory's journey of recovery is documented for you to read.

She takes you from the denial stage you may be in right now to how you can fully recover from your eating disorder and live a happy and healthy life.

Yes, it is possible; Mallory is living proof of this. There are techniques and exercises that are shared throughout the book that you can put in to action to begin your recovery process. Be FreED shows that recovery at any age is possible.



About the author:

Mallory Faye is a young woman from Chicago, Illinois. She is recovered from an eating disorder and now devotes her life to helping others overcome eating disorders and shed a positive light for those struggling. At the young age of seventeen, Mallory began speaking to middle school and high school students on recovery from anorexia and bulimia. She later hit the road with NEDA, the National Eating Disorder's Association to share her story of hope and her original music. Mallory continues to write music, Speak nationally on the topic of eating disorders, and volunteer with many non-profits like NEDA to show others that life beyond their eating disorder is possible and to always keep hope alive.



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Featured Book: Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience by Carole P. Roman

The crew of the Flying Dragon are sailing again. 

This time, new crewmember, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. 

Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.


About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.



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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Featured Book: If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya by Carole P. Roman

Let's travel to Kenya! 

Number five in this exciting series travels to Africa to learn about the thrilling country of Kenya. 

This extraordinary book "If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya- A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" explores life for children on a new continent. 

The book touches on many familiar topics such as names, money, games,and food as well the sites and sounds that come with living in Africa.



About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.



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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Featured Book: Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson

Deep in the Shenandoah Valley, the present and the past are as restless as the river mists. And when they collide, the heart is the only compass pointing home. 

For nurse Ginger Martin, her late husband’s farm is both a treasured legacy and the harbinger of an uncertain future. Since he was recently killed in Iraq, every day is fraught with grief that won’t abate. Keeping the farm going and nourishing her children’s hopes without him seems as impossible as having dreams for the future—or going back into the past.... 

By a curious coincidence, a stranger appears in Ginger’s life, always showing up to help in unexpected and much-needed ways. He says he’s a soldier, lost and trying to make his way home, but Ginger understands that Samuel is a kindred spirit, longing to repair a life interrupted. The challenges of their hopes and longings will test who they really are in the most heartbreaking of ways. And only by coming to terms with their losses and the necessity of change will Ginger and Samuel be able to each make a future of their own—and discover at last where their true home lies....



About the author:

Nicole R. Dickson currently resides in North Carolina with her daughter, two dogs, and an unforgiving yard of acorns. When not attending to her other responsibilities, she can be found in some far corner of the library buried in history, racing the ghosts in her local Revolutionary War battleground, or discussing the clutter of leaves with the lightening bugs in the forest of her backyard.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Featured Book: Captain No Beard by Carole P. Roman

Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. 

Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures! 


About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.



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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Featured Book: If You Were Me and Lived in Mexico by Carole P. Roman

"If You Were Me and Lived in ...Mexico-A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" is the first entry in an exciting new children's series that focuses on learning and appreciating the many cultures that make up our small planet. 

Perfect for children from Pre-K to age 8, this book is a groundbreaking new experience in elementary education. 

Interesting facts and colorful illustrations help children realize that although the world is large, people all over the globe are basically the same.



About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.



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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Featured Book: Brood X by Michael Phillip Cash

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.

During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast. Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.

During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.

Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.

Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you’re sitting outside listening to the cicadas sing.



About the author:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He's written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Featured Book: The Crew Goes Coconuts! by Carole P. Roman

There is a storm brewing on the Flying Dragon, and it's not about the weather. 

When the crew finds themselves parched and not enough juice to go around, blame falls on Matie the goat, Hallie's friend. 

Divided, they square off, ready for a fight and Captain No Beard must teach his crew that not only is bullying wrong, they must learn to value and respect each and every member of the crew. 

Watch the crew of the Flying Dragon learn an important lesson about being a true friend.



About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.



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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Featured Book: If You Were Me and Lived in Norway by Carole P. Roman

Join Carole P. Roman on a trip to the Northern Hemisphere and learn about Norway- The Land Of the Midnight Sun. 

In this exciting series, children are able to read about the many things we share in this great, big world of ours. 

If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway describes many things that make that country unique and fun. 

Readers will be able to learn about the capital, common names, a beloved holiday, as well as favorite food and other fun facts. 

This book is an excellent introduction for those beginners who want to learn about the many thrilling places and great people who share our planet.



About the author:

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.



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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Featured Book: The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller

Sometimes you just need to get away….

Marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is counting down the days to summer, eager to reconnect with her workaholic husband at their cozy rental cottage in the Hamptons. But soon a mysterious crisis at Dave’s work ruins their getaway plans. Paige is still figuring out how to handle the unexplained chill in her marriage when her troubled sister suddenly returns after a two-decade silence. Now, instead of enjoying the lazy summer days along the ocean, Paige is navigating the rocky waters of a forgotten bond with her sister in the sweltering city heat.

As she attempts to dig deeper into Dave’s work troubles and some long-held family secrets, Paige is shocked to discover how little she knows about the people closest to her. This summer, the self-proclaimed relationship expert will grapple with her biggest challenge yet: Is it worth risking your most precious relationships in order to find yourself?



About the author:

Alison Heller is a lawyer and the author of The Love Wars.

She lives with her family in New York City.


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