Saturday, September 24, 2016

How Three Brothers Saved the Navy

How Three Brothers Save the Navy is the third book in the Kare Kids Adventures.  Matt, 12, and his younger brothers Ryan and Jack like to play Force Recon Marines.  Their interest in this game was due to their father being a Captain in the U.S. Navy.  He was currently deployed on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Maryland, the state where they lived.
The boys often made "recon missions" to an abandoned airfield near their home.  One day, however, they spotted skydivers using high-altitude military tactics to land on the airfield.  Learning the team was not military and planned to attack a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the boys had to outwit the enemy agents and try to get word of the impending plot to their dad.  The fast action and high tension make this book an exciting read for middle graders.
Writer Charles A. Salter has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, adult mystery and juvenile books, and is new pre-teen series, the Kare Kids Adventures.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mysterious Vanishing Place

In the second installment in Charles A. Salter's Kare Kids Adventures series, Kelcie is all grown up.  Her daughter, Charlotte, has inherited her mom's independent spirit and her dad's sensitivity to premonitions.  


Charlotte regularly enjoyed a walking trail near her hilltop home.  One day she made two discoveries on her walk, a lost puppy and an area of the forest that seemed to be slowly disappearing.  Somehow the two things were linked and Charlotte was determined to help.  


A driving rainstorm puts Charlotte's life in danger as she tries to rescue the pup again, along with another puppy from the same nearby kennel.  Will the messages she left bring help in time?  You'll have to read this nail-biter to find out.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bald Rock Island

If you want to guide your kids toward books with strong, independent, responsible  characters, you'll want to share this good book with your middle grade readers.


Main character, Kelcie, who's 10, wants to find out what happened to her dad who disappeared while lobstering eight years earlier.   She gets some information from Mr. Bartleby, a friend of her parents, but he warns her about the dangerous Bald Rock area of the island on which they live.  A storm, a dangerous climb, and a rescue take place on Kelcie's quest to find answers.


This is an easy read and only 86 pages.  I think your 8-12 year olds will enjoy this adventure.  Stay tuned to the next review in this series.



Friday, September 9, 2016

Reading to Your Preschoolers


 Teachers have long been proponents of reading aloud to children and encouraging parents to do the same.  In the classroom we can see the difference in attention span between those children who have and have not been read to at home.


Here is a fascinating article with the hard evidence to show the benefit to a child's developing brain.  It's well worth your time to read it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bible Journaling

This is a good thought for those first few important weeks
of school when we are trying to instill procedures into our students.
If we get discouraged and give up during this crucial struggle,
we'll be fighting the battle all.year.long!

Although this has nothing to do with students, teachers, or school, it is something I wanted to share with you.  I overhead a Bible Journaling class while I was cropping at my local scrapbook store.  I followed up by buying a couple of lettering books, getting a few supplies, creating a Pinterest board, and giving it a whirl.  

Needless to say, I fell in love with it!  I hope I get better as time goes by.  It's a wonderful way to reflect on a single verse while you are working the design.


If you are a Bible journaler too, I'd love to hear from you.



Thursday, September 1, 2016

StarPassage: The Relic

You may remember I reviewed Clark Burbidge's trilogy, Giants in the Land, on my blog here, here, and here.  Recently the first book of his new series was released, StarPassage: The Relic.


This page-turner is a young adult fantasy that revolves around the Carter family.  They are struggling to deal with the parent's PTSD and depression that threaten  to tear the family apart.  A unique ancient relic guides them through several time travel experiences in the family's search for healing.  Dangerous events in history and frightening shadowy figures who are after the relic create a highly suspenseful story.  


Put this on your must-read list.  I can't wait to read Burbidge's second book in this series.