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Picture Book Saturday: The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids

The Deets:
Audience: small kids
Pages: 32
Publisher: February 7th 2012 by Tanglewood Press
ISBN: 9781933718590
genre: picture book, activity book
Source: e-ARC from Netgalley



On hot summer days, the beaches are packed with all kinds of people swimming, splashing, or lying in the sun. But there are other days—magical ones—when the beach is empty. Whoosh! The wind tosses up the sand in curling eddies. Kazoom! The waves cymbal-crash against the shore. Yes!

Days like these are just right for finding mermaids.


Have you ever walked on the beach and looked for shells or or clams? There are creatures, more like you and me, who are even more interesting to look for. Most people don’t see them, but they might just not know how to look for signs. That sand dollar—why, that could be a mermaid-size surfboard. Those twisted reeds—a bed for a lovely afternoon mermaid nap. And if you peer closely into the water, you might see a mermaid market.

This is a lovely activity for a fun day at the beach…

Minute review: The Savage Blue ( Zoraida Cordova)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 416
Publisher: May 7th 2013 by Sourebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781402282065
Genre: fantast/ adventure
Source: e-ARC from Netgalley


A storm is coming...

The ocean is a vicious place. Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning —and no one is safe.

In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends' support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla — the only girl he's ever loved.



This is going to be short and sweet because this book did not impress me…

Review: Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

The deets:
Audience: middle grades
Pages: 496
Publisher: April 30th 2013 by Walden Pond Press
ISBN: 9780062118455
Genre: fairy tale, adventure


Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses - Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose - to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.

But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening - even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eel…

Announcing June's VBC read along choice

Here it is... that long awaited moment when I deliver more life altering news.

Well, okay, maybe not life altering like winning the lottery or announcing the discovery of a new solar system, but something pretty awesome all the same-- our next read-along choice for the virtual book club.

The poll was a little shady this time around-- not saving votes and all-- so I had to rely on official Facebook posts to determine the June book. Because we know that everything on Facebook is official and totally legit. Duh!  In June we will be reading, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

I'll be announcing more information about the VBC (virtual book club) on the 26th. That gives you plenty of time to get your copy ready! As a matter of fact, just skip the beach Memorial Day and hit the book store (since the library will be closed). Easy peasy.

The offical read-along will begin on June 2nd. If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate the help spreading the word... maybe a Tweet or shar…