KIDS BOOKS FEATURED THIS WEEK

 
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The Lost Secret of Dragonfire Book 3
Tiffany Turner
Trafford Publishing (2013)
ISBN: 9781466981324
Reviewed by Zoey Crane (age 9) for Reader Views (12/13)

Synopsis: Fairies are real. Don't have doubts. Their world can be dangerous as well. Wanda is too familiar with this. As a Crystal Keeper, she helps the fairies of her realm. But the evil sorcerer Balkazaar has other plans. He's kidnapped her friend and fellow Crystal Keeper Edina. Wanda is faced with the mystery of her disappearance while trying to figure out Balkazaar's next move. Haunted by dreams of dragons, Wanda must find a way to save her friend. But problems don't end with just one path. Will she find the right one to save the Fairy World? Or will Balkazaar have other plans? Join her in the third book of the Crystal Keeper Chronicles.

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Tiffany Turner was born in California and grew up in the San Francisco South Bay in the 1980s. She lived next to one of the many orchards that sprawled through what later became the Silicon Valley. She had a fantastic fantasy world in which she imagined a crystal cave below her house and drew cartoons of unicorns. She had trouble learning to read and write due to hearing problems, and received extra help in school through speech. She overcame these obstacles to go to college and become an elementary school teacher. She has been teaching for 17 years and focuses on writing to bring creativity back into the classroom. 

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The Star Giver
Ginger Nielson
Ginger Nielson Children’s Books (2014) 
ISBN 9780991309337
Reviewed by Miles Cassells (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views Kids (07/14)

Synopsis: Mirabelle always knew that she and her brother Brice were different. They could tell when the other was in danger. Why? They were Shifters and there were more of them out there. Mirabelle, Brice and their group of friends come face to face with danger and they must use all their skills and courage to conquer the forces of evil. Will they succeed? If they don't, all living creatures will be doomed.

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Ginger Nielson lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest in northern New England. There is a magic wand on her desk and a dragon in her basement. Everything else is nearly normal.

Coming to the world of children's illustration later in life, Ginger was an elementary school teacher, an art teacher and a travel agent. Those careers enabled her to connect deeply with many children and many different cultures.

Ginger has illustrated over 50 children's books and is always busy creating illustrations for other authors and writing and illustrating her own stories as well. 

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The Cemetery Sleeper
Susan Griner 
Saguaro Books, LLC (2014
ISBN: 9780692247693 
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 12) for Reader Views Kids (07/14)

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Freddy Pesterfield is certain his aunt’s creaky old farmhouse in TN is haunted, and it’s not long before he begins sleepwalking to the nearby family cemetery. Freddy desperately searches for a way to keep from waking in the graveyard, but he cannot stop a vengeful ghost from luring him there.

With the help of his wary cousin and his superstitious friend, Freddy looks for remedies to get rid of the ghost named Tump. Can Freddy unearth the mystery of Tump’s death before Tump leads him to the cemetery one last time? 

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Susan Griner is an author of children's fiction. She has written short stories and poetry for both Cricket and Babybug magazine. She is currently working on a YA novel set along the Silk Road. She lives in Washington State, but her southern roots have influenced her writing.

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