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The Best Intentions
Scotland's Melody
The Secret Society of Salzburg
Secret of the Sonnets
20-40-60-Minute Dinners: Meals to Match the Time You Have
Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild
Secret Santa Claus Club: A Tool to Help Parents Unwrap the Secret of Santa
Mr. Pudgins
Revenge Never Rests
The Best Mistake
Meriden Park
More Inspirational Stories for Young Women
The Great Tree: A Christmas Fable
To Capture His Heart
The Call of the Sea
Esperance
Livvy and the Enchanted Woodland
Come, Gentle Night
The Bad Boy Theory
Guide To Smart Wedding Planning: What You want to know and everything you haven't thought of yet.


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Friday, March 31, 2023

Just Gus By McCall Hoyle-Middle Grade Fiction Book Review



Book Summary

A boy and his dog learn that they are better together. 

Gus is a livestock guardian dog with one job—protecting his farm from coyotes and foxes. He likes keeping the sheep, the chickens, and his humans safe, and he’s very good at it. One day, Diego and his dad come to visit the farm, and Gus immediately connects to the small boy. They both like to sit still and enjoy the quiet, and Gus can tell that Diego likes being around a gentle giant of a dog, that it helps relieve the boy’s constant worry. When Gus detects the scent of a bear in the woods, he rushes to protect his flock, injuring his leg in a fight with the dangerous beast. Wounded, Gus needs to rest and heal away from his sheep, so he doesn’t risk reinjuring his leg. Diego suggests Gus come home with them to the North Carolina coast. Suddenly, Gus is thrust into a new world of saltwater and sand and neighbors who don’t appreciate the presence of a large guard dog, like the neighbor who reminds Gus of his first owner—the junkyard man with the heavy boots. Gus realizes Diego might need a friend as much as his sheep need a protector, but if he can’t learn to control his instincts, like barking and patrolling the neighborhood, Gus might lose his chance to stay in his new home. If he can’t protect the farm or his boy, Gus worries he might never find his place in the world.

 Just Gus is a tender story of belonging and of two friends who learn they are better together than they were alone.

Book Details 

Just Gus by McCall Hoyle 

Publication Date: 4/4/23 

Hardcover ISBN: 9781639930937 

Retail Price: $18.99

 Page Count: 208 

Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction 

Cover illustration: Vivienne To Back cover illustration: nearbirds/AdobeStock 

Book design: © Shadow Mountain Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Garth Brune

****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley,book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****


My Review

I was truly excited to read Just Gus because I've read another book by this author called, Stella. I loved this first book and my 2nd-grade class also loved it a lot. {My review for Stella is on my blog if you're interested.} Just Gus is another wonderful story featuring a dog, this time named Gus, and how he positively impacts a young boy named Diego.


Just Gus has the same people and animals in this book as Stella did. I was excited to head back to Esperanza's farm, with her daughter Cloe, and their dogs Stella and Nando. We briefly met Gus in the other book and we get to know him much better here as the entire story is told from his point of view. All of the dogs on the farm have different jobs and I like the way the author "explains" this in the book without being boring or above the heads of young readers. I also loved having Diego be the main human character who learns to need and love Gus and vice versa. Diego is suffering from social anxiety. Gus helps Diego deal with his feelings and overcome a lot of his anxiety. 


Of course, some things happen to both Gus and Diego that test them and help them become strong and brave. My favorite thing is how Gus and Diego become best friends. It is very heartwarming to see this relationship develop. I feel that all kids and tweens who love animals will take to this book and love Gus just as much as I did. 

****Meet Author McCall Hoyle****



MCCALL HOYLE is an award-winning author and teacher librarian. She writes heartfelt books for kids of all ages and believes one of the best ways to spread hope is by writing about the special bond between dogs and their humans. When McCall isn’t writing or teaching, you can find her training one of her four-legged friends for agility, obedience, or dock diving in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains she calls home. 


You can learn more about her at mccallhoyle.com or visit her on Twitter @McCallHoyle or on Facebook or Instagram @McCallHoyleBooks For author interview requests, please contact Callie Hansen at chansen@shadowmountain.com


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Other Books by McCall Hoyle:

 Stella 


Read my review for Stella HERE:

https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/2021/03/stella-by-mccall-hoyle-book-review-and.html



Advance Praise: “Through Gus’ lightly anthropomorphized thoughts (he carefully reports all human conversations he hears despite not necessarily understanding everything), Diego’s overwhelming anxiety is apparent but is eased through his bond with Gus, and soon the dog realizes he has a new purpose as an emotional support animal for Diego. This is a comforting, quiet tale of a working dog slowly transitioning into a new life. Featuring a lovable animal protagonist, a relatable and persistent child trainer, and dog-training information, it’s a compelling read. A gentle portrayal of a canine protagonist adjusting to a new role.” —Kirkus

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Yesterday's Tides By Roseanna M. White- Historical Fiction Book Review

 


Book Summary

In two world wars, intelligence and counterintelligence, prejudice, and self-sacrifice collide across two generations.

In 1942, Evie Farrow is used to life on Ocracoke Island, where every day is the same--until the German U-boats haunting their waters begin to wreak havoc. And when special agent Sterling Bertrand is washed ashore at Evie's inn, her life is turned upside down. While Sterling's injuries keep him inn-bound for weeks, making him even more anxious about the SS officer he's tracking, he becomes increasingly intrigued by Evie, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own.

Decades earlier, in 1914, Englishman Remington Culbreth arrives at the Ocracoke Inn for the summer, never expecting to fall in love with Louisa Adair, the innkeeper's daughter. But when war breaks out in Europe, their relationship is put in jeopardy and may not survive what lies ahead for them.

As the ripples from the Great War rock Evie and Sterling's lives in World War II, it seems yesterday's tides may sweep them all into danger again today.

"Yesterday's Tides has delicious romance, fascinating history, heart-pounding mystery, and wrenching family drama. . . . Please don't miss this novel."--SARAH SUNDIN, bestselling and award-winning author of The Sound of Light and Until Leaves Fall in Paris

"Yesterday's Tides triumphs with raw and real emotion, pulse-pounding action, and romance that pays tribute to the legacy of yesterday to anchor the path of our tomorrows."--KRISTY CAMBRON, Christy Award-winning author of The Paris Dressmaker


Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bethany House Publishers (January 24, 2023)
  • Genre: Historical Book Review
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0764240013
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley,book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****




My Review

Yesterday's Tides is one of those books that you finish reading and need to sit for a while just to take it all in. Everything is beautiful, from the characters whose lives we become immersed in, to the imagery that is so richly used throughout the story. I wish I could choose my favorite characters but they are all written so perfectly whether good or evil. I do have to say though, Remington and Louisa's love story brought out all kinds of emotions in me, along with the toe-curling kisses. 

This duel time period novel covers both WW1 and WW2 eras. Each story is page by page intertwined as the connections to each generation are revealed. The transitions from each time period flow seamlessly and weren't jarring at all. 

One thing I realized after reading the Author's Notes, was that Yesterday's Tides has many Easter Eggs to other books that Roseanna White has written. This is the first book by this author that I've had the privilege of reading. I can tell you that I will be on my way to going back and reading all of her other works. Ms. White has a way with her words that make you feel like you're listening to a symphony, but here it's a symphony of words. Here is my favorite example...

{She tasted of the sea-her tears, or from the salt breeze?-and of a million impossible tomorrows and of every hope he hadn't dared to dream. He kissed her until he couldn't even hear the birds drifting overhead or feel the rush of warm seawater over his feet, until there was no differentiating anymore between her and him, possible and impossible, dream and reality. And when at last he pulled away, he said the only words that would come to his lips. "Will you marry me?" }

Yesterday's Tide is about strong women and men, loyalty to family and country, and showing how war affects families and communities.  If you want to read a story that shows the strength of spirit and character, Yesterday's Tides shows this in abundance. Reading this novel was a remarkable experience that all fiction lovers need to partake in. 




****Meet Author Roseanna M. White****


Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.



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Saturday, March 25, 2023

A Light in the Window: A Charm Wars Fantasy Novel Book 2 By Dan Lutts-Book Review




 Book Summary

Alyse despises magic, even though she has the potential to become one of the most powerful archmages in generations, and can wield all seven kinds of magic. She vows to use only her healing magic.

But vows can be broken, and Alyse breaks hers when brigands attack Rill and his small group of retainers who captured her and are bring her back home to Caldon.

Her fortunes become worse when the battle leaves her stranded with Rill, who is seriously wounded and beyond her ability to heal. Alyse can’t go home even if she wanted to. So she forges onward into an unfamiliar land.

Where can she find refuge and who can she trust? And time is running out for Rill as his condition grows worse and worse each day. Can she find a healer who can wield magic powerful enough to save him before he dies? She fears she won’t.

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Castine Press (October 28, 2022)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 178 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735359289
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley,book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****


My Review

A Light in the Window is the second book in the Charm Wars Fantasy series. I liked how this book starts right up where the first book ended. Alyse and Kate are on the run to get away from Troy Estati who Alyse is being forced to marry. These two young women stand out in the rough world. They soon find themselves in a terrible circumstance and will depend on others and their own strength to get away.

I really liked how much action and character development there was for Alyse and Rill. Alyse is still my favorite character and I admire her fortitude against those pursuing the wrong things. The magic system is different in this series but it's not over the top. It is easy to follow the different magical people and their spells. I still dislike Troy and his mother. The Estati family is not my favorite except for Troy's sister. This book is shorter and reads more like a novella attached to a series. It was still enjoyable but I wanted more and look forward to book three. 

~~3.5-4 Stars

Excerpt

Standing by the embedded ax, Rill shot an arrow at the lead brigand chasing the girls. From the corner of his eye, he noticed a group of outlaws had almost reached the woodpiles. He pivoted, releasing three swift arrows.

A mage cast a spell at them, but Troy countered it.

And then the brigands were too close for spell casting or arrows.

Rill backed into the space between the piles, dropping his longbow and drawing his sword with one hand and his dagger with the other.

Troy’s shout sounded behind him. “Here they come, Freya!

Yells and the clanging of steel on steel rose from beyond the charging brigands as Kate, Yall, Jade, and Magnus desperately fought a huge pack of bandits.

Rill didn’t hold out much hope for them, or for Troy, Freya, and himself. But an unexpected peace settled over him. As long as Alyse and Livia made it to safety, his death would be a small price to pay for keeping them alive.

And then Rill’s inner peace shattered when the outlaws arrived and surrounded the woodpiles.

A woman thrust a spear at him.

Rill banged it away with the flat of his blade, then thrust his sword into her belly.

Another brigand pressed in, stepping on the dead woman’s chest.

Rill cut him down too.

An angry voice rose above the shouts and clangs of steel on steel. “Alive! I want them all alive!”

The remaining bandits backed away from the entrance. Some disappeared, but many stood at either opening, weapons in hand, making it impossible for Rill, Troy, and Freya to escape.

Rill exchanged puzzled looks with Troy and Freya.

Suddenly wood from the split kindling pile toppled into the passageway. Rill jumped backward, mumbling a profanity. The brigands were shoving the kindling into the opening between the two piles. This was something Rill hadn’t anticipated. He traded anxious looks with Troy and Freya. “We gotta get outta here!”

More split logs landed between Troy and Freya. Troy slashed at an exposed arm. The blade cut all the way through. The victim screamed, “We’re hemmed in.”

More and more firewood came tumbling down while Rill slashed at exposed hands and arms that were shoving the kindling.

“Push from the middle!” a voice cried. “We’ll bury ’em under the wood.”

“Idiot!” another voice shouted. “Didn’t ya hear Palquo say he wants ’em alive? Push from the top and flush ’em out.”

Rill stepped back as several pieces of firewood fell on the spot he’d been occupying. He traded desperate looks with Troy and Freya. “We gotta make a run for it!”

Troy stepped back from a hail of kindling, almost tripping on wood scattered behind him. “How? We’re trapped in here.”

“We ain’t got no choice.”

“Running is suicide.”

“So is stayin’.”

Just then a voice said, “Are you sure he said we can do it?”

“Yeah,” another voice responded. “Palquo said he doesn’t care now if they’re half dead. He’ll still get his revenge.”

Hoots and hollers followed the words.

“Now,” the voice yelled, “all together . . . heave!”

Horror overwhelmed Rill. It was too late to run. And he was going to die.

Wood all along the pile began toppling over.

****Meet Author Dan Lutts****

Dan Lutts was brought up in Quincy, Massachusetts, and began addictively reading Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman comic books at an early age, much to his mother's distress. In junior high school, he switched to reading science fiction novels. While in high school and college, he wrote science fiction short stories.

Dan taught history and archaeology in high school for ten years. After being laid off because of budget cuts, he used his love of writing to retrain and became a software technical editor and writer. He worked for several computer companies, taught technical writing at the college level, and worked as a freelance writer.

Dan loves to read and has varied tastes, including Young Adult, historical fiction, mysteries, 18th-century sea epics, and history. He especially enjoys Young Adult fiction and decided to try his hand at it. Charm Wars, Dan’s first novel, is the result.

Dan lives in rural Maine with his wife, Lisa. When he’s not working or writing, Dan can be found reading, making and shooting medieval arrows with his longbow, or playing with his two cats—both rescue animals.

You can learn more about Dan and the world of Charm Wars at www.danlutts.com/.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Fiction Kitchen Trio Cookbook: Novel Recipes From Your Favorite Novels By Sarah M. Eden, Sian Ann Bessey, and Traci Hunter Abramson-Cookbook Review


 

Book Summary

"For fans of the trio's fiction, this is a feast." -Publishers Weekly

Experience the thrilling and heartwarming world of popular fiction as never before―right in your own kitchen.

Countless readers have lost themselves in the heart-pounding thrills of Traci Hunter Abramson’s books and been delighted in the bygone world of dazzling ballrooms and courtly romance in the works of Sian Ann Bessey and Sarah M. Eden. Now you can join beloved characters from some of the most popular tales of romance and suspense, along with their Fiction Kitchen Trio authors, for a unique culinary journey through fiction.

From the favorite fare of the Jonquil and Lancaster families to the top-secret recipes of the Saint Squad and Guardians to the best-loved foods of the Georgian Gentlemen, more than 100 delectable dishes are featured alongside passages of the books where the foods are found. No matter your skill level in the kitchen, this charming cookbook will inspire book lovers and aspiring cooks alike.

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications (March 13, 2023)
  • Genre: Cookbook
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524421324
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****


My Review

I always love to get my hands on a new cookbook. The Fiction Kitchen Trio Cookbook: Novel Recipes From Your Favorite Novels is extra special. I have loved reading the novels written by Sarah M. Eden, Sian Ann Bessey, and Traci Hunter Abramson. This new cookbook has recipes from their novels that various characters made and ate. Along with each recipe is a passage from the novel where it's from talking about each recipe/food. Here are some examples from the book.

    -Apricot Glazed Salmon from Tripwire by Traci Hunter Abramson. {Tonight, they wouldn't have his favorite meal but rather the apricot-glazed salmon Jane's mother had assured him was her favorite.} I haven't gotten to try this recipe yet but it is easy to throw together and sounds amazing!

-Katy's Brownies from Cover of Darkness by Sian Ann Bessey. {Joe reached out, grabbed Katy's wrist, and took the knife. "Can I lick it?" he asked, just to torture her even more. Rob roared with laughter, and Katy, valiantly trying to keep a straight face, snatched the knife back and said, "No, and if you don't start behaving better, you're not having any brownies either!" }

-Katie's Irish Soda Bread by Sarah M. Eden. {She found leftover soda bread from the evening meal and sliced it thin and even. Mr. Archer had already set out a small bowl of eggs and strips of bacon. Katie cooked up both, then browned the bread in the bacon drippings. "Twas only one half of a true Ulster fry but would make a fine breakfast." }

Some of the easy recipes that I and my family tried in the last few weeks were...

    **Jocelyn's Scrambled Eggs that you cook in the microwave. These come in handy in the morning before work.

    **Even Amy Can Make It Meatloaf. This was a huge hit at our house.

    **CJ's Chicken Salad. This was perfect for lunches to eat on bread, rolls, or lettuce leaves.

    **Welsh Cakes were loved by my kids.

    **Cheddar Chowder was very yummy for the cold winter weather we've been having. This was good for dinner but also for left-over lunches.

We still have so many recipes that we want to try. My daughter is planning on trying the Blueberry Muffins. My son wants to make the donuts and Saint Squad Sliders. The recipes next on my list to try are the smoothie recipes, the Curry Chichen, and Charlotte's Flank Steak. 

The best thing about most of these recipes is that they use items that are already in your pantry. They are easy to make and all family members will love them. The categories in the cookbook are Appetizers and Beverages, Breakfast and Breads, Soups, Salads and Sides, Main Dishes, and Desserts. Also, these recipes are tried and true recipes from all three authors. 

 I know this is one cookbook that we will be using over and over again at our house. You definitely will want to purchase this cookbook and I know you'll be using the recipes a lot like I have. 



***Meet the Authors***


Sarah M. Eden

  • Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs.
  • Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.
  • Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.
  • Learn more about Sarah and her books HERE:
  • https://www.sarahmeden.com/
  • Sian Anne Bessey

    Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend university in the U.S., where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
    She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books. She is a USA Today best-selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.
    Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

    Learn more about Sian Ann and her books HERE: https://www.sianannbessey.com/

    Traci Hunter Abramson

    Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. She added two additional awards in 2019 (Mistaken Reality - best mystery/suspense and Sanctuary - Adult Novel of the Year.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming. 


     Follow Traci on BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/profile/traci-hunter-abramson and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tracihabramson/   



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    Monday, March 20, 2023

    Graysen Foxx and the Treasure of Principal Redbeard By J. Scott Savage-Middle Grade Action Adventure Book Review


     



    Book Summary

    Join Graysen Foxx on a wild, treasure-hunting adventure!


    Ordinary Elementary is anything but ordinary. Below the classrooms are winding, abandoned, underground passages filled with lost treasures. Fifth-grader Graysen Foxx, aka The Gray Fox—finder of secrets, solver of mysteries, and explorer of the unknown—is hot on the trail of the legendary treasure of Principal Redbeard, which includes decades of confiscated gadgets, rare comic books, first-edition Pok√©mon trading cards, an original Rubik’s Cube, and a retro handheld video game.


    Graysen is determined to find the treasure and share it with his fellow students. His nemesis, Raven Ransom—nicknamed “Red Raven”—plans to stop him and claim the prizes for herself, just like she did with the game-winning home run kickball everyone thought was lost on the roof of the school.


    Wearing his adventurer-iconic fedora, journaling in his field notebook, and wielding his elastic stretchy hand, Graysen is ready for action. But can he avoid the second-grade spy network working for Raven? Could the third-grade twins, Maya and Jack, give him an advantage? Can he avoid the ruthless sixth graders while trying to protect the innocent first graders? And who is the mysterious Midnight Moth who is leaving cryptic notes and riddles?


    It's a battle between courage and cunning, smarts and shrewdness, charity and cheating. With the treasure on the line, can Graysen trust his rival—or is it just another one of her traps? May the best treasure hunter win!




    Book Details

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shadow Mountain (March 6, 2023)
    • Series: Graysen Foxx, School Treasure Hunter, Book 1
    • Genre: Middle-Grade Action Adventure
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639931031
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639931033
    • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
    • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 6
    • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley,book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****


    Official Book Trailer


    My Review

    Graysen Foxx is the kind of kid I think I've taught before. You know, the one with a huge imagination, lots of energy, and a perchance to often take the road less traveled. The minute I started reading this new novel by Author J. Scott Savage I knew I'd found a new book my students were going to love. This middle-grade adventure novel is full of humor, action, and great mysteries to solve. What kid doesn't dream about looking for lost treasure? This treasure happens to be somewhere at Graysen Foxx's school. 

    Some things that I know will resonate with kids between the ages of 8-13 are:

    -puzzle solving

    -friendship

    -standing up to bullies

    -sticky hands (they are always the things that go first in my class store!)

    -rumors about teachers and principals: present and past

    -cafeteria food

    -looking for secret treasures

    This creative and imaginative read will keep kids reading as Graysen is searching for former principal Redbeard's treasure. His arch nemesis, Red Raven, is always there to mess up Graysen's plans and steal his thunder and his prizes. With the help of third-grade twins Maya and Jack, Graysen always has great back up whatever situation he finds himself in. There are other groups involved in the excitement like the Second-Grade spy network working for Raven, and the fierce sixth graders that run the school.

     Boys and girls will find the novel a lot of fun. This book will make a great class read-aloud. It will be fun to see what other adventure Graysen Foxx goes on in the next book.  

    ****Meet Author J. Scott Savage****

    J Scott Savage is the author of 19 novels including the Mysteries of Cove series, the Farworld series, and the Case File 13 series, and the Lost Wonderland Diaries.

    He has been writing books for over twenty years. His books have received various recognitions including Junior Library Selection, Starred reviews from PW and Kirkus, Amazon Book of the Month,
    Barnes and Noble Select book, and several state award nominations.

    He has visited over 2500 schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and seven grandchildren. He lives with his wife Jennifer in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.
    Learn more about him and his books at his

    website: https://www.jscottsavage.com/



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    ***Other Books by J. Scott Savage*** 

    The Lost Wonderland Diaries series 

    The Lost Wonderland Diaries

     Secrets of the Looking Glass



     Farworld series 

    Water Keep

    Land Keep

     Air Keep 

    Fire Keep



     

    Mysteries of Cove series 

    Fires of Invention

     Gears of Revolution

     Embers of Destruction 












    Case File 13 series

    Zombie Kid

     Making the Team

     Evil Twins

     Curse of the Mummy’s Uncle



    What is your favorite J. Scott Savage book or series?

    It's hard for me to decide. Which ones would

    you like to read or buy for your kids or grandkids?

    Comment Down Below!