Sam's Top Secret Journal by Dr. Sean Adelman
I have a mentally handicapped sister, and I loved this book. Sam's character is so well written. Her difficulties, her attitude, and even her personality shine with a real understanding of Down's children. I hope every parent reads this book to their child to encourage understanding and acceptance. I hope every parent of a Down's child helps their child read this book. I hope Sean has great success and keeps writing. All that said, there was even a well written plot!
Dotty and the Calendar House Key by Emma Warner-Reed
Emma Warner-Reed created a lovable young girl in "Dotty and the Calendar House Key." Dotty has spunk and uses her head to figure out how to defeat her new enemies, despite the lack of help from the adults in her life. This book has a slow beginning, but the second half rocks, so just keep reading and you’ll find a well written bit of fun with a very British sound.
Apprentice Fool by Aldred Chase
Apprentice Fool is a lively, funny story, with a dark underside that I believe was written for middle-grade children, but maybe is better as a morality tale for adults. The characters are lively and fun, and the humor is very appropriate to the story’s medieval setting, which is well defined and described. I think most children may appreciate and understand Keth’s situation, but many will be disturbed by his seeing of wraiths and his actions to overthrow the evil prince. A fun book to read aloud to and discuss with to your child.
Riley Flynn and the Runaway Fairy by M.J. Storm
Riley Flynn and the Runaway Fairy captured my interest from the very first pages, and I’m an adult. The story has realistic and delightful characters, lots of humor, action, bad guys, good guys, evil queens, and even wizards. What more could you ask for? I write children’s fiction and read and review children’s books. I give very few 5 stars but this is one of the best I have read all year!
The Mirror of Doom by Bailey Baxter
The Mirror of Doom is a delightful adventure story. The characters are imaginative and relate to one another just as siblings do. The adventure is full of fun, humor, and danger. I’m sure children will enjoy this book. My reason for a four star rating is the ending. I don’t like books that leave a plot twist hanging to force the reader into reading the second book in the series. Especially in children’s books!
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