Category Archives: Young Readers

My Dolphin Friends | Gwen Miller

 

Today I am reviewing My Dolphin Friends by Gwen Miller.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

For most of her life, Gwendolyn has been following Winter’s story.

After writing a letter and a Christmas card (and receiving a very nice card back), Gwendolyn wanted to share how much she loves Winter and the staff of Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

We hope you enjoy her story as much as we have!

Gwendolyn is a sweet young lady who – like the stars of “Dolphin Tale” (one of her favorite movies) – is home-schooled.

She has a deep love of animals. Her dearest wish is to swim with Winter and Hope one day.

 

Read the delightful story… MY DOLPHIN FRIENDS — written by Miss Gwen Miller! Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Young Gwen has a true love for animals – especially dolphins!

When the movie DOLPHIN TALE was first released, Gwen watched it – and fell in love with Winter and Panama. She watched the movie over and over again. She told her friends about Winter. She was excited that she was home-schooled – just like the kids in the movie.

Now, DOLPHIN TALE was written from a true story – and it’s almost unheard of that a second movie is made from the same true life story. But that’s exactly what happens… after Panama dies, Winter must be paired with another dolphin. Just before she is scheduled to be moved to another state, a young dolphin was rescued. Eventually they were paired. What a happy ending!

No, I’m sorry to say, Gwen has not yet been able to visit Winter and Hope, but she’s promised to write about her visit – if and when she gets to visit Winter and Hope – in person.

I’m hoping she gets her wish…

 

Gwen Miller has a love for animals, but especially dolphins! Read her story about Winter and Hope. Tweet this!

 

 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Sam’s Adventurous Birthday | Samuel Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Sam’s Adventurous Birthday by Samuel Miller.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Twelve is a milestone birthday!

It deserves a BIG celebration!

Follow Sam as he visits Parrot Mountain, the Apple Barn Restaurant, the Titanic Museum and more…

WHAT FUN!

 

Read the delightful tale SAM’S ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY — written by Samuel Miller for his 12th birthday! Tweet this!

 

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Young Sam has a way with words…

It is clear that a child has indeed written this adventure.

But seeing it from his point of view should thrill other children. Sam is in a position to give a unique look at how wonderful – and adventurous – a birthday can be. It doesn’t seem like his family has gone out of their way to spend lots of money, or give him expensive gifts.

Instead, young Sam has asked to spend time with a much-beloved lady who is dear to him – and visit a special attraction. What his family does is wonderful indeed… not only does he get to visit Parrot Mountain, but another attraction nearby – the Titanic Museum.

After lunch at a favorite family restaurant – the Apple Barn – his family spends time with their friends in Knoxville.

Truly a remarkable young lad…

 

Samuel Miller has a talent for writing… don’t miss this young lad’s birthday adventures… Tweet this!

 

 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Trouble At Leighton Hall | Sherry Chamblee

Today I am reviewing Trouble At Leighton Hall, the second book in the KerryAnn Dawson Mysteries series by Sherry Chamblee.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Leighton Hall used to be the biggest private mansion in Laketown, but now as the college’s main building, it has its own secrets to keep.

Students are seeing strange things in the main building, things KerryAnne can’t stop from investigating. After all, running the college campus newsletter carries with it a certain responsibility. Her readers want to know what’s going on, and KerryAnne wants to be the one to tell them.

Investigating those spooky noises up in the dark hallways of the third floor of the main building is just part of the job, as well as chasing intruders across campus, of course.

Will KerryAnne and her friends find out what’s going on before someone gets hurt? To what lengths will someone go to keep KerryAnne quiet?

What are the secrets of Leighton Hall?

MY THOUGHTS:

Sherry Chamblee loved reading mysteries when she was a young girl… Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden… she might have even sneaked and read The Hardy Boys! Sherry loved these mysteries so much, when she grew up, she decided to write her own mysteries… and thus was born KerryAnne Dawson Mysteries.

Trouble at Leighton Hall is a clean, cozy mystery. It’s a short novella, so it’s an quick, easy read. It’s written for a young adult audience (ages 11-16).

The main character, KerryAnne, is a Bible-college student and a reporter for the college newspaper. Trouble seems to follow her, but she doesn’t shy away from it – she dives in with both feet.

KerryAnne is a bit more headstrong than I like in a character, but perhaps her attitude will soften eventually. Tim, the editor of the newspaper, steps in as her protector at times – and does his best to make her laugh, although it’s not easy.

I think this could be a good beginning for a YA mystery series…

God bless you!

 

You can find more about Sherry and keep up with her on her website HERE.

And be sure to check out my interview with Sherry on my AUTHOR BLOG.

 
Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones | Jan and Mike Berenstain

 

Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones by Jan and Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones is perfect for young children.

Now toddlers have a padded board book edition designed just for them, with simple text, bright art, and a padded cover.

This cute and durable edition provides an overview of the Bible with ten stories from the Old and New Testaments that follow the Bear family as they explore Scripture.

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Toddlers is fun and enlightening for kids and a great resource for parents and educators.

 
MY THOUGHTS:

I love the Berenstain Bears books — especially the Living Lights books. Mike Berenstain does a tremendous job of teaching good habits in his Living Lights books.

This book is especially for little ones… with specially-chosen stories from the Bible, including the Creation, Noah and the Ark, David and the Giant… and several stories about Jesus.

This is a perfect book for reading to your little ones at bedtime, but it’s sturdy enough for little hands to turn the pages and enjoy all on their own.

Be sure to pick up a copy for the little ones in your life…

 
Young children will LOVE the Berenstain Bears… especially the LIVING LIGHTS faith stories! Tweet this!
 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge | Ginger Solomon

 

Love in Mistletoe Springs is series of Christian romance novellas centered on the The Second Chance Animal Shelter in Mistletoe Springs.

Today I am reviewing Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge by Ginger Solomon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Mistletoe Springs animal shelter loses their grant, endangering the lives of countless stray dogs, cats, even birds and turtles.

The community attempts to save the shelter by running a Christmas in July fundraiser. Groups of volunteers scramble to get all the details together while managing their personal lives.

For ten people, love gets in the way.

“Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge”

She’s his boss and way out of his league, but that doesn’t keep Mitch Silverton away.

At least, not for long. Can he break through Margaret Holberg’s walls to become more than just her employee?

 
MY THOUGHTS:

Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge is a light-hearted tale of what happens when the boss is trying too hard to be professional around her employees – and how one particular employee shows her that it’s all right to relax and trust her feelings.

Meggy and Mitch are two very interesting characters. Meggie is driven to command – almost demand – respect from the others, while Mitch is trying to earn much more from Meggy. Can Mitch convince his boss do the reasonable thing?

If you want to know how it all works out in the end, make time for this fun, quirky story!

Happy reading!

 
Read all about Meggy and Mitch in Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge – by Ginger Solomon Tweet this!
 
God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Secrets in the Land of Cheese | Katiera Pfeister

 
Today I am reviewing Secrets in the Land of Cheese by Katiera Pfeister.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When Maggie moves to small-town Wisconsin she spends the first month of sixth grade failing at everything, but that doesn’t mean life isn’t interesting.

There is a cute boy who seems to like her, people say there are bones in the lake and everyone is obsessed with cheese.

She finds letters that may hold the key to the town’s unsolved mystery and to proving the innocence of a man who has been in prison for thirty years. While she’s investigating, life gets a little sticky.

In the middle of all of this, Maggie begins to learn what it means to talk to God about her fears and struggles. It’s a year full of surprises!

 
Everyone thought they knew the truth… in the Land of CheeseTweet this!
 
MY THOUGHTS:

Cheese Sodaville – what an intriguing name!

Magdelan (a.k.a. Maggie) and her family live in Hillcrest, Wisconsin – population 930 – a town who brags that it’s the home of the delicious cheese soda.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not really too excited about trying a drink called cheese soda… although I bet there are lots of young readers who would be curious enough to want to try it.

Katiera has written a charming story, with endearing characters, that young readers will love, especially the mystery… they probably won’t even notice the history – and the biblical references are just right!

Although the target audience is 10-13, I think it’s a great book for a much broader age group. I’m not giving anything away, so get your copy now and solve the mystery!

 
Secrets in the Land of Cheese by Katiera Pfeister is a great story for middle graders Tweet this!
 

God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

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