Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Twisted True Tales from Science by Stephanie Bearce

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This new kids science book series comes out February 1st, JUST in time for Valentine's Day gift giving!

Why not give your kids something besides chocolate and stuffed toys this year? Give them books that keep on giving, by educating them, and getting them INTERESTED in science?

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These books are perfect for lovers of the gross-but- true legends of the Ripley’s Believe-It- Or-Not! stories (like most kids are!).

Did you know that Nikola Tesla invented a death ray gun and was also afraid of women who wore jewelry?

How about the Chinese scientists from two-thousand years ago who were trying to create a medicine that would make them live forever, but accidentally blew up their lab and discovered gun powder?

Find out more about the strange history of science in Twisted True Tales from Science, a new non-fiction series that introduces kids to some of the most twisted yet completely true stories from science.

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Book Excerpt:

Freaky Facts from Insane Inventors

Tycho Brahe was an amazing scientist. He catalogued the stars and worked on the theory of gravity. But he was also crazy proud and once fought a duel to defend a math equation. He lost the duel and got his nose cut off. He spent the rest of his life doing research wearing a fake metal nose, but he never gave up fighting.

Nikola Tesla was crazy smart. He discovered alternating current, radio waves, lasers and wireless communications, but he was also scared of germs, insects, and women who wore pearls. One time his secretary made the mistake of wearing pearls to work and he sent her home. Tesla also loved pigeons and considered them his dearest friends. He kept so many in his apartment that neighbors complained of the stench. But despite his weird antics Tesla was one of the most prolific inventors in the world and held 700 patents when he died.

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Children's Book Review: The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings by Charles Salter

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And now for a kids book that combines a good tale, with history!

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Twelve year old twins Josh and Hannah travel from the USA to visit their Uncle Olaf in Norway. Olaf runs the Museum of Norse Antiquities in Oslo, and the museum's greatest treasure-the Viking chieftain Leif Erikson's fabled Sunstone-is stolen. Hot on the trail of the suspected thief, the twins ride on a dizzyingly high train through the Scandes Mountains to Norway's largest fjord, a deep waterway which connects directly to the North Sea. While spying on the suspect's suspicious behavior, the twins are suddenly kidnapped on the train! They elude their captors by breaking free, sneaking across the top of the train as it chugs through a tunnel, and tricking the kidnappers. Then they learn the thief's true motivation: to use the Sunstone to interpret the coded Undredal Runes so as to re-create the Viking super-warriors known as Berserkers.

Can the twins defeat the plot, return the stolen treasure, and save the world from the secret of Viking Berserkers which has been concealed for a thousand years?


You might remember the author, from our interview and giveaway, of his earlier book The Secret of Bald Rock Island. This is the 4th book in the Kare Kids Series, and this time they get involved with some of my favorite history- Norse, aka Vikings! Maybe its because I'm part Norwegian, but I've always had a soft spot for all things Viking, so I was thrilled to hand this book over to Miss Grace to read! So here is her review:

"This is a good book! I liked how it had the twins solving a mystery with clues, and history, when adults can't. But I was surprised no one questioned two 12 yr olds running around by themselves, as I know my aunts would never have allowed me to! I don't really think Norwegian uncles would be that different, but I know it was part of the story, so I just ignored the safety part. There is a lot of excitement and I finished it pretty quickly, even though I'm a slow reader. I'd definitely recommend it!"

About the Author:

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Charles A. Salter, Ph.D., S.D. served 28 years in the U.S. Army after seven and a half years as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Spring Hill College.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1973) and a Doctor of Science in public health from Harvard University (1989). He was licensed as a psychologist by the state of Massachusetts, as a nutritionist by the state of Maryland, and was a charter member of the Prescribing Psychologists Register.
He has written on family matters for the newspaper syndicate Scripps-Howard, Today’s Family, Life and Health, Woman’s World and more. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the adult fiction series The Ebay Detective. The Kare Kids Adventures series are his first books in middle grade fiction. Charles currently resides in Maryland

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

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Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman, in this new novel.

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When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. 

But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes. 

Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge. 


I have to admit, that having Anne take over for her father's series, left me as a huge fan of it with some trepidation. But rest assured, Anne learned at his knee, and has not only done the series justice, but given it new life, by allowing the female characters more room to breathe, and to show more of the inner workings of the tribal police. Having Leaphorn recovering from devasting injuries has allowed more understanding for him, as well as allowing the other characters to flex their 'little grey cells' more. It's an interesting change, and in this novel, but to very good use as Bernadette and Chee approach what seems very different cases, in different ways, yet are able to know when the other needs their assist, and how their past work experience can benefit the cases at hand. It's probably the best in the updated series, and I look forward to Anne's next book in it!

About the Author::

Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter, the author of several nonfiction books, and the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman.  Following in the footsteps of her acclaimed father, Anne Hillerman was awarded the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Spider Woman’s Daughter, a prize Tony received twice in his lifetime. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Song of the Lion is her her third novel, since taking over her father's series..

Recipe Weekend: The New Irish Table: Recipes from Ireland's Top Chefs edited by Leslie Conron Carola

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This new cookbook comes out next month, in perfect time for you to try out many of the recipes before St Patrick's Day comes around, so you can wow your family with irish recipes in new ways!

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Ten award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes. 

An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef's restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland's renowned cheeses.

Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.


This is a great book, that introduces the reader, and cook, to MODERN Ireland. By taking the country regionally, the book introduces chefs who are currently the top chefs in the country, and giving you menus from their restaurants and inns. So what you really get is a mini-cultural introduction to the varying regions of Ireland. Those nuances are shown in the different dishes and the subtleties of preparation. One chef may add different ingredients to their lemon curd, for example, or prepare it differently. It's minor, but it's those subtle taste differences, that these chefs are known for. And these recipes are amazing! By using local produce, meat and seafood (which mimics the various American regions), the recipes are a true modern take on traditional dishes. And all are amazing! Some do require a bit of prep work, and cooking time, but the end results are definitely 5 star worthy at home!
This is a great book for those celebrating their Irish heritage, as a gift for a 'foodie', or just to shake up your recipes! Don't miss this one!


From the MacKean House and Restaurant in Blacklion,  Co. Cavan, 
this recipe from chef Neven MaGuire



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About the editor:

Leslie Conron Carola, owner and director of Arena Books Associates, LLC, has produced many illustrated books, including Ireland: A Luminous Beauty; Spectacular Ireland, and Ireland's Treasures with Peter Harbison. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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