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November 10, 2012

Bloggers Wanted: Middle Grades Tour

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Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack's fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it's great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend "T-Rex" from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he's the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he's destined to be in the family business. Second, that there's a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits...until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the "One?" Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

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GoodReads Choice Awards 2012

It's that time of year again when readers get to vote for their favorite books of 2012 at Goodreads. Actually today is the LAST DAY of voting for the opening round. In case you are still undecided I thought I would share a the books that I've read that have been nominated in each category.

Mystery & Thrillers:

You can read my review here. I didn't really like this book and I hadn't read any of the other books nominated. Instead, I did a write-in vote for this book:

Paranormal Fantasy:

I want to re-read Shadow of Night (see my review). It was a dense read and I don't think I got everything the first time through. It is worthy of it's nomination.
Memoirs & Autobiographies
I have just started reading memoirs and I loved The Watchmaker's Daughter (see my review), so I did another write in vote.


This has been the funniest book I've ever read (see my review). Seriously, laugh out loud funny. It do definitely deserves a nomination, so I wrote it in!

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

Yes, another write-in vote for me. I hadn't read any of the nominated book and I so love this series. It would be great if it get in the next round. See my review.

Middle Grades & Children's:
This was a proxy vote. My niece really liked this book (see her review) and she's not old enough to vote. I did a write in vote for it.
There you have the books I reviewed that are nominated and the several write-in votes I did for this year. There are some really great books on the lists (there are several categories I didn't vote in because I don't read much, if any, in those genres). Remember TODAY is the LAST DAY to vote in the OPENING ROUND. In the next round the top 5 write in titles will be listed as official nominees. The semi-final round of voting begins Nov. 12.
Good Luck, Authors!

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November 9, 2012

Friday Fun with Karlene Blakemore-Mowle

Have you ever read a series and felt as though the characters in them are real? I always used to think it was just me who was a little bit odd that way! But the thing that has made my publishing life so worthwhile is when I hear other people talking about my characters as though they’re real—the way I do! It blows my mind!

I write in a few different genres, but have just recently gone Indie with my romantic suspense, Operation series. My latest two books will finish off the series.

A reader friend of mine became so attached to my characters in my Operation series that she created Facebook accounts for them- I kid you not! There was something a little freaky about sitting at my computer and seeing a friend request from Tate Maddox- a man who, as far as I was aware of at the time, only existed inside my head!!!! Freaked me out a little, I have to say, but then I realised what a cool thing it was to have my characters brought to life. So every now and again, I let Tate, Summer, Chase, Willow, Del and Tupper come out and chat to readers.

It’s never usually a planned event, they usually happen spontaneously, but if you’d like to add them as friends on Facebook, then next time they’re out having a chat, you’re more than welcome to join in the fun!

So if you’d like the Facebook links to the characters in my Operation series, here they are ~

Tate Maddox Who doesn’t love a Marine? What’s worse than being set up for a crime you didn’t commit? Being blackmailed by a woman who claims to have the evidence to clear your name—that’s what!

Summer Sheldon She’ll do anything to save her sister—even if that means facing down one very angry , albeit hunky, Marine to do so.

Operation Summer Storm (Amazon, IndieBound)

Tate Maddox is on the run and running out of time. Summer Sheldon has the evidence to clear his name—but it comes at a price. Summer’s sister has been kidnapped and Tate must go on one last mission to rescue her-- or the evidence disappears…along with his last chance at freedom.

There’s only one way for either of them to get what they want and that is to work together, but how can he trust a blackmailer? And how far will she go to save the only family she has left?

Willow Sheldon In Operation Willow Quest, book two, Willow Sheldon finds herself in a position to repay her little sisters favour, when her terrifying past comes back to haunt her. The problem is Willow has an uncanny knack of attracting trouble…

Peter Delaware Peter Delaware’s only concern is to extract the problematic Willow Sheldon and keep her as far away as he can from the dangerous arms dealer she’s hell bend on revealing in an exposĂ©.

Chase Maloney Everyone around him seemed to be moving on, while he was simply marking time. When he decided to take a short break from groomsmen duties to go fishing, the last thing he expected to catch was a beautiful woman!

Operation Swift Mercy

It wasn’t in his nature to turn his back on anyone in distress—especially not a woman… and especially not one who made him want to rethink his entire future. But protecting Mercy would prove somewhat difficult when she fought him every step of the way. Can they outrun a vicious killer, and hand over the evidence to convict him, in time? Or will he find them first and inflict swift vengeance?

Johnny Tupperoni Johnny Tupperoni, a US Marine, ladies’ man and perpetual smartass, has found himself naked and tied to a bed with no memory of how he got there! The one memory he does have though, is of a sassy woman, in the red satin dress with Destiny wings tattooed across her back.

A common enemy will unite them…but will Destiny’s secret be the weapon that ultimately destroys them?

About the Author:

Karlene lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW in Australia. A certified small town girl, she is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grand parents were. She writes women’s fiction – everything from romantic suspense to family sagas and life in rural Australia. She has romantic suspense titles published with The Wild Rose Press and Eternal Press under Karlene Blakemore-Mowle and her latest release, North Star is available now.

A wife and mother of four children, working part time as a pathology collector by day, she manages to squeeze in her writing whenever and however she can. She is a proud member of the RWA Australia.
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November 8, 2012

Tips on Thursday: Post Ideas

This post kind of ties in with last week's post on scheduling. There are only 6.5 weeks until Christmas. Do you know how fast that time will go? Holidays can be stressful enough on there own, no need to add to it with worry over keeping up with your blogging. I thought I would give you some ideas of "filler" posts. Just because they are what I consider filler, it does not mean they aren't traffic generators. If done right, these posts can be extremely helpful to your readers and can lift some of the burden of continuous posting off your shoulders. I recommend keeping 5 filler posts in your draft folder for whenever things get crazy or you need to take an extended break from your blog.

  1. Lists: Lists can be extremely popular. My holiday buying guide last year remained a top viewed post for months after I first posted it. There is even a weekly meme that promotes Top Ten Lists. Even if you don't want to link up with the meme, it can offer topic inspiration. Like my holiday buying guide, you can tie your list in with what is going on - books about/by presidents would have been an appropriate list to post during the election season or for Presidents Day. There is practically a Day or Month for everything. Here are just two sites that list crazy and wacky holidays (as well as some more serious dates): Holiday Insights and Holidays 2013.
  2. Author interviews: Gathering up guest posts can be stressful, so if you don't already have a lineup I wouldn't try starting it during the holidays. You can do simple features though. If you are friends with or belong to  a group with authors you might be able to quickly get them to fill out a 5 question interview that you can schedule. Alternatively you can go to an author's website and gather enough info to put together an author spotlight. A quick email to the author to let them know you are featuring them and would like to use their photo and bio from their website is all you need. Most authors also link to past interviews and guest posts. You can check those posts to gather a few quotes.
  3. Book Features: I like book features. If you know the author you might be able to pair it with a giveaway or excerpt. Book cover, synopsis, and a few review quotes.  If you read the book, you may include a few of your favorite quotes/lines (be careful not to infringe on copyright by including too much). 
  4. About you: We are usually too busy promoting others to think about promoting ourselves personally. However, letting your readers know a little bit about you can help connect you to them more. Last fall when I did some work on my front porch I posted before, during, and after pictures. People liked them. A recent Flash Friday post was about house and I showed off some of my favorite pictures from inside/around my house. If you go all out with holiday decorations - show them off on your blog. Set a beautiful table for Thanksgiving? Snap a quick photo before everyone digs in.
  5. Generic topics: Got literary pet peeves? Have an opinion on the changes in vampire mythos by contemporary authors? What is your favorite childhood memory involving books? There are a number of topical posts you can write up and tuck away for a rainy day. They have no expiration dates pull them out when feel pressed for time or perhaps something will come up that makes it news worthy at a certain point. They can also be a great way to generate discussion on your blog. 
Do you have other time saving post ideas? Please share them in the comment section. 
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November 7, 2012

Giveaway: Playing the Genetic Lottery

Caitlin Kane knows more about the impact of schizophrenia than most people could imagine. Both her parents were afflicted with the devastating mental illness, a disease that tends to run in families, and Caitlin and her brother grew up trying to navigate the chaos of living with two schizophrenics. Her tumultuous childhood left Caitlin determined to forge a peaceful and serene life for herself. Now 32, she is living her dream. Married to her best friend, she and her husband are raising two bright young children in the suburbs of Seattle. While her unusual upbringing has left Caitlin with emotional scars, she enjoys the love and support of her extended family and her challenging career as a pediatric nurse. But no matter how hard she tries, she can't shake the obsessive fear that the family illness will strike again, robbing her of her mind or stealing away the sanity of one or both of her children. From

paperback & ebook
Published: November 2011
ISBN13: 9781465925558
Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

Praise for Playing the Genetic Lottery 

The characters speak to the reader immediately, and it is hard not to sympathize with their situation and their fears." ~ Allizabeth Collins,

"a roller-coaster ride of emotions" ~ Sandra "Jeanz",

"I would highly recommend to anyone male or female." ~ Claire Carey,

About the Author:

Terri Morgan is a book junkie and freelance writer from Soquel California. She reads at least 3 books a week, and gets nervous if she doesn't have new reading material available. When not reading, she is often found writing. Over the past three decades, her work has appeared in hundreds of different magazines, newspapers, newsletters and on websites. The author of 4 non-fiction books for young adults, and the co-author of four additional non-fiction volumes, Terri released her first novel, Playing the Genetic Lottery, as an e-book in late 2011. Now, Playing the Genetic Lottery is also available in paperback. From

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Becky Banks: Plotter vs. Pantser (guest post)

Donna, I’d like to first thank you for hosting me today for your Writer’s Wednesday piece. Today, I’d like to dive into the Plotter vs Pantser writing styles, is one better than the other? And can an author have both?

For those who’ve not heard, there are two styles of writers that exist, the Plotters and the Pantsers. Plotters are a type of writer who methodically outlines their entire manuscript before writing a single descriptive word. Pantsers write, as the name suggests, by the seat of their pants, as the story unfolds in their mind, they write it, in chronological order or not.

I’m the author of two romance novels (The Legend of Lady MacLaoch and the newly released, Forged) and am a Pantser. As a Pantser, the characters and scenes rush out at you, waking you up in the middle of the night with their vividness. The visions we get are striking, as if we’re replaying a movie in our mind but get just pieces at a time. They’re written in the moment and have a raw emotional quality that is tangible. The Pantser’s dilemma is not starting a story, or creating character dialog, or character profiles, it’s the ending. We have a hard time ending our stories. Not just the final scene where everything comes together and the hero and heroine live happily ever after, no, the last five chapters. Or the last ten. Those are the hardest. Those are the ones that tie everything together, the point of the story that provides the glue for the rest you’ve already written.

In my first novel I wrote like the dickens for three weeks straight and completed the first rough draft. It was, as Anne Lamott says, “a shitty first draft,” but there it was. It was done. After the first round of edits, it became obvious that I was going to have to write an outline. I had characters walking into town bars the same day they were supposed to be out of town. It was a mess, despite the emotive dialog.

Plotters. As a plotter, you don’t run into end-of-story issues. Everything has its place. Plotters, I’m convinced, have a touch of OCD. Every character is outlined, profiles are made and the story from beginning to end has been planned. I listened to the NYT Bestselling author Phillip Margolin speak at Wordstock (the literary festival that is held in Portland, Oregon each year) a few years back and this is his preferred writing style. Make an outline and stick to it. When asked what he does when a character doesn’t abide by his outline, he said to simply update your outline. His feeling was that an outline could be just as creative as winging it. Up until my second novel I wasn’t convinced.

Writing my second novel I realized that, as an author, you carry a lot of your work in your head as life happens around you. Characters, plots, scenes, and dialog. To ensure that none of it was lost I began writing it down, like you would an outline, so I wouldn’t forget. The next thing I knew I was creating scenes then double-checking that they went with the storyline and the intricacies that I’d notated at each chapter. I was Plotting.

As I sit here in this Southeast Portland coffee shop beginning my next novel, one that I will write over this winter, I’m doing something I thought I’d never do. I’m writing an outline first. I’m Plotting. In the same breath, though, I’m writing down scenes, dialogue and characters as they flood in, you know, as a Pantser would do.

In the end, the general rule of Plotters and Pantsers applies to the author population. There are those who will wing it and there are those who will outline it. However, I believe now that there are the few, the fringe, who abide by no writing rules – we are the Pant-otters.

About the Author:

Becky Banks grew up, like the generations of Bankses before her, in the Hawaiian Islands. With the Islands as her roots, Becky was raised within the time-honored tradition of “talking story” amid a backdrop of grassy fields, blue waters, and cloud-clad mountains. She moved to the mainland after high school to attend Oregon State University, where she studied forestry, natural resources, and science education.

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Keith.

Becky’s first novel, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, received Night Owl Reviews’ Top Pick Award and achieved #8 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Historical Romance.

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November 6, 2012

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Watch Now: Nate Rocks the World

Find Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz at Goodreads, IndieBound, and Amazon.

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Want to travel: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
audio book, Narrator Emily Durante
Published: December 2010 by Harper Teen
ISBN13: 9780062071620
Source: Georgia Digital Library
Listened: October 2012
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I saw this book on several blogs and thought it sounded like a fun read. When I saw 13 Little Blue Envelopes at the digital library available in audio, I was excited. 

Maybe I built up my expectations too much. It was a good listen, but not as great as I had hope.

As far as teen books, it was fun. It made me want to backpack through Europe. In several ways, 13 Little Blue Envelopes embodies "wishes" I have. I wish I was a little more of a risk taker just to pack up and take off to Europe. Actually, Ginny probably could have been me at 17. I think a lot of teen girls would be able to relate to her. She is your average teen. She has a comfort zone and doesn't break out of it without a bit of a push.

I listened to it and at a couple of points I must have spaced out because I wasn't always sure how Ginny got to the point she was at. Like, how did she end up with the Nabs (not sure of the spelling) in Amsterdam?

13 Little Blue Envelopes really did make me want to just pack up and hop on a plane with no real plans. Oh, to be that spontaneous. But in the end, much like for Ginny, I'm afraid of the what ifs. And I don't have someone to bail me out.

I recommend 13 Little Blue Envelopes to teen girls. It made me think a bit of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

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November 5, 2012

Meet the Author: K. J. Jackson

Let me first start by mentioning the most important things in the world to me, because if we were stuck in an elevator, this is the spiel you’d get. I live in Minnesota with my husband of sixteen years who still makes me laugh (almost) every day, two delightful kids (a four and two year old) who make me laugh (almost) hourly, and a twelve-year old fluffy puppy, who manages to hit the delete button on my computer with his stump tail and make me laugh (another critic!). I’m the author of Flame Moon, published in August 2012.

Although I started writing novels some 13 years ago, life hit, and I took a hiatus from writing for 10 years after my husband and I decided to buy a house in a neighborhood we loved – mature trees and a little bit of land – but still convenient to where we worked.

Buying this particular house meant that we would gut it, rip off the roof, add a second level, and – save for the new roof and outside studs we paid a contractor to put up – do all the work ourselves. Studs, mechanicals, electricity, drywall, siding, mudding/plastering, trim, tile, floors, paint – my fingers have been on every piece around me.

So years passed, and every spare moment we weren’t off on vacation (we did have to have fun, after all!) went into construction, and the writing went to the wayside. But in the 10 months that I have been writing again, I’ve realized I wouldn’t trade any of that time away, because here’s what I’ve learned about myself during all those years, all of which helps me with my writing.

1. I’m a tenacious bugger. I can pound nails into siding or sand a wall smooth for hours on end. Would I want to do it full-time? Heck no. But I’m tenacious enough to plow through monotony to get the job done. This skill is especially useful when the muse goes on hiatus. Just keep writing.

2. I can concentrate on the details. Without measuring twice and remembering that measurement during the walk to the saw, a straight line of siding can quickly turn to a sloping line of cedar shakes. And believe me, if you step back after twelve hours in the hot sun, and look at the outside of your house, and realize it looks like a fun house at a carnival, you start paying close attention to the details. Like proper measurements. Same thing with plotting. One detail can butterfly effect a plot for good or for bad pretty easily. Better to pay attention and use the detail for good.

3. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, gooey, even. Mortar, plaster, grout, paint, caulk – it all cakes and dries in globs on your hands, arms, feet, cheeks, hair, knees, shoulders – any bare skin hanging out there. And let’s just say my “working clothes” wardrobe is by far larger than my regular wardrobe. But there is something quite freeing about getting lost in muck. Same for writing. I know I used to have a filter that would say, “should I go there?” especially when it came to violence or sex. I still have that filter, but now I answer with a “sure, why not?” And it usually turns out pretty well. Besides, if the words get too gross or crass, I can always call over the stump-tailed dog to hit the delete button.

4. Let it go. I’m my own worst critic. I don’t have that magical ability that some do to say, “eh, that’s good enough.” Kudos to you, if you do. Houses, by their very nature, are not perfect. There are too many materials coming together to ever achieve flawless precision. So that trim that isn’t level, that grout line that wavers – I’m just a little bit horrified every time I pass those flaws. But I have yet to find one person that could tell me those flaws existed before I pointed them out. The human eye sees what it wants to see, and it naturally likes to gloss over flaws. While I refuse to knowingly sacrifice quality in my writing, I’ve accepted the fact that there will always be things I or editors miss. A sentence structure, a missing word, a homophone, I am guilty of all, and more. I just have to trust in the good grace of the reader to give me the benefit of the doubt, and enjoy the whole of the story. Because believe me, I see a mistake post-publishing, and I am more horrified than a reader ever will be (how many editions can I upload?). And then I have to let it go.

Wow, I learned more about myself than I thought! All the best and happy reading!

About the Author

K.J. Jackson’s debut novel, Flame Moon, is the first in The Flame Moon Series. She specializes in paranormal romance, will work for travel, and is a sucker for a good story in any genre. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, two children, and a dog who has taken the sport of bed-hogging to new heights.

K.J. is currently working on the second novel in The Flame Moon Series. Flame Moon is available at Amazon.

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What are you reading?


I went to my first local bloggers meet up on Sunday afternoon. It was a lot of fun. Many of them are lifestyle bloggers, but that's okay. It was still fun to meet everyone.

Kid Who Reads gave her first 5 rated review and it wasn't just any 5, it's a BIG 5. Read the review.

My fellow blogger at Living, Learning, and Loving Life is hosting a Review-a-Thon fundraiser to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief.

While I'm behind on reviews, I did get some reading done.


Tara and Sky are as different as two sisters can be.

Sky, obedient and cautious, has worked hard to build her dream life: In her ideal job as a lawyer and married to handsome Troy, they live with their beautiful three-year-old daughter, Rachel, in a house on the beach.

Rebellious and impetuous, her younger sister,Tara, devotes herself to her music, falls in love with the unsuitable but irresistible Aaron, becomes pregnant, and embarks on a rollercoaster of a life as a musician.

But when tragedy besets Sky her life is turned upside down. Meanwhile, to Tara's astonishment, instead of facing a future destined to be foolhardy and risky, Tara suddenly finds herself on the brink of. With this reversal of fortune, everything changes between the two sisters. 

Sky is at a loss until Tara offers her to help her start over and move home. And so begins a road trip where tensions between the two sisters erupt, loyalties are tested and long hidden secrets revealed. From
 Read my review. Find A Gift for My Sister at Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon.

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel. From
Find 13 Little Blue Envelopes at Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon.


Tucker Lee Anderson’s boss needs him to check out a story over on the beachside. Not earth- shattering, it’s more of a follow up to the Ed Ventara case, he says. When Anderson, a staff reporter for a local Southern newspaper hears this, a red light goes off in his head. But wait, wasn’t Ventura the serial killer convicted of killing five children, even though they only found four bodies a few years back? Following the discovery of a child’s skeleton, what at first appears to be a straightforward case of suspected murder is anything but, when Anderson finds himself not only investigating the case, but also dabbling in ancestral research.

This laid-back divorced dad’s ordinary life soon takes a turn when in the process, he soon discovers family ties that bind him to both the present and the past—but what does this have to do with the child? Set in the Central Florida community of Brevard County, Beneath the Dune features an interesting cast of characters, and what Anderson uncovers is bound to shock a few upper class residents to the core. Steeped in suspense and blended with humor, the book has all the ingredients necessary for the making of mystery that is sure to hold you in its grip to the very end. From
 Find Beneath the Dune at Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon.

Clinical psychologist Tony Hill has had a good run. He and police detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals and have a clearance rate that colleagues envy or resent. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, a person whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, an ex-celebrity and sociopath whose brilliance and utter lack of remorse have never left Tony’s mind in the ten years Vance has been locked up. Now Jacko has broken out of prison and, with a mind even more twisted and cunning than before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol for the years he has spent in prison. They don’t know when Jacko will strike, or where. All they know is that he will cause them to feel fear like they’ve never known. From
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Before Robert Littell vaulted onto the bestseller lists with The Company, The Amateur, which has been long out of print, established him as a contemporary master of the espionage thriller. In this sleek and murderous novel, Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the CIA, a quiet man in a quiet back-office job. But when his fiancée is murdered by terrorists and the Agency decides not to pursue her killers, Heller takes matters into his own hands. The fact that he is an amateur makes him all the more dangerous. Mind-blowing in its intelligence, pulse-pounding in its suspense, The Amateur is a stunner. From

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November 4, 2012

Kid Who Reads: Maya Papaya

Maya Papaya by Hunter T. Castle
Published: September 2012 by White Sun Press
Source: Author
Read October 2012
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Maya Papaya is about a girl with a monkey tail and how she goes to India and finds other kids like her and how she saves them.

My favorite part was when they find the place with all the animal children.

I did not like the man that put Mr. Norbert in jail.

The cover is great and I love the pictures above Maya's name.

Maya Papaya is exciting and fun. Anyone would love it. It is an enjoyable book. I give it a BIG 5.

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