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October 20, 2014

Mailbox Monday October 20

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued, and now hosted on its own blog.   Another week has flown by but it was a big week for me – I actually finished more books than I received!  Here are the books that showed up in my mailbox:

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What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: Pinkerton, Behave

October 17, 2014

Pinkerton, Behave

A family gets a new puppy and has trouble teaching him to behave.  They decide to take him to obedience school and he still doesn’t get it.  The obedience trainer can’t control him either and kicks him out.

Later that night when a burglar enters the family’s home, Pinkerton and his overenthusiastic behavior saves the day.

Pinkerton, Behave by Steven Kellogg is an adorable story to share with youngsters.  Pinkerton is a sweet dog and his family loves him but he frustrates them at times because he doesn’t obey their commands.  His behavior proves to be just what they need when someone breaks in, proving that sometimes it’s good to be different.

The illustrations in this book are wonderful and Pinkerton’s silly behavior is sure to cause youngsters to giggle.  With it’s straightforward storyline and adorable pictures, Pinkerton, Behave is sure to be a hit with young animal lovers.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

At the movies: Boyhood

October 16, 2014
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Boyhood

I’m sure by now most people have heard of Boyhood, the coming of age story that was filmed over a twelve year period.  It chronicles the fictional life of Mason from the ages of six to eighteen.  Mason’s parents are divorced and he and his sister live with their mother.  Their father has come back into their lives and makes an effort to see them.  In other words, Mason’s life is pretty ordinary.

Boyhood was written and directed by Richard Linklater.  He went out on a limb when he decided to film the story over twelve years and it worked extremely well.  The chemistry between the cast was fantastic and seeing the young actors go through awkward phases just added to the film’s charm.

This movie nails childhood and parenthood.  I saw it with Vance and think it’s a wonderful movie to share with your family.  We both thought the movie was terrific!  Keep in mind, though, that it’s rated R for a reason so it’s not for young children.  I hope to see this movie mentioned during awards season.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 15, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I didn’t read a word while I was at the beach so I had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. malapert – “‘Fair ladies, brave knights, churts, varlets, squires, scurvy knaves, men-at-arms, malapert rogues — all were merry.” — P. G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

Malapert is an adjective that means impudently bold: saucy.

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2. yips – “[Texas manager Ron] Washington’s team has the yips, pure and simple.” —Sam Donnellon, Philadelphia Daily News, October 29, 2010

When I see yip, I think of a dog barking.  Yips means a state of nervous tension affecting an athlete (as a golfer) in the performance of a crucial action.

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3. concatenate – “As part of her presentation, Tiffany created a flow chart that concatenated all of the company’s suppliers and accounts.”

Concatenate means to link together in a series or chain.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Author event and giveaway: Kim Boykin

October 14, 2014

Kim Boykin

Kim Boykin was in town for the launch of her new book, Palmetto Moon, and I was lucky enough to attend the event.   Kim is a South Carolina native who currently lives in North Carolina.  Her first book, The Wisdom of Hair, was the third best selling book at Fiction Addiction last year. In between her two books, Kim’s been writing romance novellas for Jane Porter’s venture, Tule Publishing.  Kim said it’s given her a lot of opportunities and helped her build her audience.

Palmetto Moon took Kim three months to write – it’s about a runaway bride from a high society family.  It’s told from four points of view and is set in Round O, South Carolina.  (For the record, there really is a Round O.)  The executive chef of S. N. O. B. in Charleston created some recipes for the story and they’re included in the back of the book!

Kim is currently working on her next book – A Peach of a Pair – about a girl from Alabama graduating with a degree in music.  A hurricane and tornado hit her town while she’s at school.  The book is due on January 5 and should be out next summer.

Thanks to the generosity of the author, I have an autographed copy of Palmetto Moon for one lucky reader.  To enter to win an autographed copy of PALMETTO MOON, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Wednesday, October 22, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

Mailbox Monday

October 13, 2014

Mailbox Monday October 13

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued, and now hosted on its own blog.  I’m late today because I just got back from the beach about a half hour ago.  I had a great time with my mom and sister and now I have to face reality again. Here are the books that showed up in my mailbox while I was gone:

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review – The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine: Friendship Over

October 11, 2014

Friendship Over

For her tenth birthday, Celie’s dad gives her a punching bag and a journal hoping they’ll help her whenever she’s struggling with her emotions.  Little did he know how soon she’d need that journal.  Celia’s best friend, Lula, was supposed to help her celebrate her birthday by watching movies and eating popcorn and sundaes but, at the last minute, Lula cancels out and Celia can’t figure out why.   Lula seems to have moved on but Celie is lost without her best friend.  When they’re referred to “Friendship Forward,” Celia dreads it but also hopes it will help.

At the same time, Celie’s grandmother is not doing well.  She’s become forgetful and is behaving oddly.  Celie’s mom goes to check on her.  Celie loves her grandmother and is worried about what will happen to her.

Celie shares her fears, loneliness, and frustrations in her new journal and finds a way to cope with all the changes going on around her.

The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine: Friendship Over, by Julie Sternberg is a delightful book that middle grade readers (especially girls) are sure to love the way I did.  They’ll be able to relate to Celie and her problems and will enjoy the journal format the book is written in.  Besides Celie’s entries, it includes notes and cute drawings by Johanna Wright, making it a quick, fun read.

Celie’s parents are present but her mom is busy dealing with her own issues and her dad is busy with work, leaving Celie to mostly cope with her problems on her own.  She finds her journal and working through her feelings really helps.  Since this is for young readers, things turn out well in the end.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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