Archive for August, 2011
Most people assume the grass is greener on the other side. The harsh reality is that is not always true. In the case of Wang, the main character in Walking Through Walls, he learns a valuable lesson. Walking Through Walls is a fantasy chapter book based on an ancient Chinese tale, providing a magical adventure.
Wang quickly gets tired of working in his family’s wheat field. Twelve-year-old Wang craves wealth and power. Instead of helping his father in the field, Wang spends most of his daydreaming about becoming a wealthy person.
Despite his father’s plea not to leave, Wang decides to go off in search of wealth.
After dinner, Wang speaks to his parents. “Mother, Father, I am twelve years old. The time has come for me to leave and seek my own way. Your life is not the life I want. My life will be full of riches and power. The Eternals live in the Lao Mountains, and that is where I am going.”
Off to the mountains goes Wang, but much to his dismay, he learns things are not as easy as he had pictured them to be. He began to wish he was back home with his parents and sister.
There are many lessons to be learned from this delightful story, and not just for child readers.
As parents we can’t always control our children, but the values we teach our children are the one thing they can always fall back on when they encounter hardships. This is exactly what Wang does, as soon as he realizes life with his parents wasn’t as bad as he had previously thought.
It is not easy to let our children venture off on their own, but this is the only way they will learn what is important in life.
The soft black-and-white illustrations by Willow Raven enhanced the story, and the reader can get a feel for the characters.
This well-written story is a must-have for every classroom, for the lessons it teaches are very valuable.
Thanks Karen for sending me an ARC for review.
What do you do when you suspect your dad’s job is in jeopardy? What can you do to help prevent terrorists from carrying a possible deadly mission?
Max Elliot Anderson’s newly released When the Lights Go Out is an intriguing tale of captivating suspense designed especially for boys ages 8-12.
The main character, Peyton Aldrich, idolizes his father, who believes that after what happened on 9/11 , somebody has to help keep the country safe.
Peyton decides to train as a ranger just like his dad. He befriends two boys, Gill and Dave. Together they venture out to become rangers. Thus begins an adventure of a lifetime for the three boys.
The three boys overhear what they are sure is a terrorist plot to deliver secret weapons to the base where Aldrich’s father works.
What will happen? Will Aldrich tell his dad about what he heard? Or will he take matters into his own hands?
Aldrich and his friends react just like typical teenagers; they decide to keep what they know a secret . They are convinced with their plan of action they will expose what the terrorists are planning to do.
As I read the book, I kept thinking about the safety of the three boys. Are they going to get killed? The author does a tremendous job keeping the reader in total suspense.
What resonates well with the story is the underlying message of how well Aldrich respects his father. In our world today, that is a lost art. Too many dads or even moms do not fulfill their responsibility to be involved in the life of their children; consequently children do not have a good role model that they can look up to.
Aldrich’s respect and love for his dad is what compells him to try to take on the terrorists on his own. His decision, in my opinion is based not on being defiant, but on his desire to help his dad. This is commendable.
The author delivers a well written story that will shock the daylights out of you once you read the ending.
Cover of my newly published Ebook. Can you imagine giving birth on September Eleven, 2001? I am sure there are a ton of kids born on that terrible day. I know two who were born on 9/11, this inspired me to write a story titled: My Birthday is September 11. It is a thought-provoking story for all readers. The Ebook titled My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories is available on Kindle. See description below:
Growing up is filled with new experiences and they partner emotions. Our trials in life teach us compassion and help us to empathize with others. Our difficulties make us who we are, helping each of us to find our place in the world.
In this collection of short stories, simple acts of kindness make a world of difference in the lives of individuals. The theme of compassion weaves through all five stories, inspiring readers to discover this important lesson in life; we were created to help others.
My Birthday is September Eleven- A story about a boy who was born on 9/11. When the reader steps into the world of Matthew he or she will recognize the undercurrent of mourning that will help all to never forget 9/11.
Zebra Boy – A biracial boy is spared further teasing when his best friend comes to his rescue.
The Good Samaritan – A group of fifth-graders raise funds to help a fellow classmate who needs money for a life-saving surgery.
No More Hunger – Ronald, a Haitian boy whose village was virtually wiped out by a devastating hurricane, becomes a victim of abject poverty. He is later rescued when the well-respected Madame Wilson takes it upon herself to nourish him back to health.
A New Life – A biracial boy experiences many hardships before being adopted by a caring couple.