Monday, October 20, 2014

Penguin Kids Halloween Costume Contest


Come celebrate Halloween with Penguin Kids & enter to win a library of Penguin Kids Books & a $100 gift card! Penguin Kids is hosting their first annual costume contest! Share a photo of your literary inspired costume for a chance to win. Go HERE to find out more and to enter! 

What are you going to be this Halloween?

*Image and information about the contest from Penguin Kids's Facebook page.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vampirina Ballerina by Countess Anne Marie Pace, Book Review



By: Anne Marie Pace
Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: 8.7.12
Ages: 6 & up
Rating: 4 Owlets
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Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets at night. Then you have to figure out how to perfect your form when you can't see yourself in the mirror? And then there's wearing pink (not the most flattering of colors if you happen to be undead) and that nagging urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers. And worse of all STAGE FRIGHT!!!

Simply adorable! Who would have thought a young vampire would want to learn ballet? Vampirina does. Though it's a little hard at first for her to learn it, she never gives up. Before she knows it, the big night to show off what they've learned in ballet class is here.

Vampirina Ballerina is a cute, really fun read. I love the mix of vampires and ballerinas. The vampires and monsters are illustrated in nice, friendly way, making this a book young readers will enjoy looking at, and not get scared with. I loved the vintage like illustrations and felt like they completed the story. They were adorable. I never thought I call a vampire adorable, but Vampirina is. 

I would definitely recommend picking this up this Halloween season. Vampire book doesn't get much cuter than this! Plus there's a great message within the story about not giving up. You can't go wrong. 

* I received a free copy of the book from the publisher to review. Reviews are my own. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: Last Panda Standing by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hello & welcome to today's cover reveal for the PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: LAST PANDA STANDING!!


I think this might be my favorite Platypus Police Squad cover yet! Here's a little bit about the book, which is releasing in May 2015. 

The Kalamazoo City mayoral race is heating up, and Frank Pandini Jr. has been threatened by a mysterious assailant. He requests a special Platypus Police Squad protection detail: Detective Rick Zengo. This leaves O'Malley to be partnered up with Jo Cooper, the newest detective on the force. Can Zengo get to the bottom of the attacks-without O'Malley backing him up?


Find out more about author Jarrett J. Krosoczka and his books, here

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Winter Train by Susanna Isern, Book Review



By: Susanna Isern
Illustrated by: Ester Garcia
Published by: Cuento de Luz
To Be Released on: 11.11.14
Ages: 4 & up
Rating: 4 Owlets
Source: book from publisher to review
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Winter is drawing near, and like every year around this time, the forest animals catch the train that will take them to warmer lands. The trip is going smoothly, until one passenger suddenly yells: “We’ve forgotten Squirrel! We’ve got to go back and find her!” 

A delightful tale of friendship and solidarity, Winter's Train takes young readers on a touching touching journey that brings out the very best in everyone.


A great story with rich illustrations, The Winter Train is book young readers will enjoy. 

Winter is upon the animals of the forest. Those who hibernate are preparing to leave the Northern Forest for the Southern Forest via the Winter Train. Not all the animals leave. Those who stay behind, say goodbye to friends, knowing they'll them again when Winter is over. As the train leaves taking the animal friends who are in need of warmer weather to the Southern Forest, one friend realizes they've left Squirrel behind. 

The Winter Train takes readers on a journey about friendship, while also in a very subtle way, teaches them about hibernation. Whether children are a fan of trains or woodland animals, this is a story they'll love. The illustrations are simply adorable. Isern and Garcia's works compliment each perfectly. I'm looking forward to reading more of their books. This is a book that would make a great addition in any home, school or classroom library. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

World of Reading: Stars Wars: Escape from Darth Vader, Level 1; Book Review


By: Michael Siglain
Illustrated by: Stephane Roux
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: 9.16.14
Series: Star Wars/ World of Reading
Ages: 6-8
Source: book from publisher to review
Rating: 4 Stars - I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase it from: DisneyAmazon | B&N
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C-3PO and R2D2 must keep Darth Vader from discovering the Rebels’ secret plans! This fully-illustrated level 1 reader retells the classic scenes from A New Hope where the droids crash land on the desert planet of Tatooine and meet a young farmer named Luke.

Finally, my love of beginning reader books, and Star Wars have collided! This is a book I wish I had, had for my son when he was learning how to read. It's not only a great introduction to the world of Star Wars, it's also a great beginning reader book. The illustrations perfect for little readers. The worlds are easy to read, and understand. I definitely recommend adding this to your collection of beginning reader books. Whether it's a home library, public library, school library or classroom library, this is a book both boys and girls will enjoy reading.

I'll be honest, I'm not beginning reader, and but I'm a Star Wars fan, and I loved reading this with my daughter.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney, Book Review



By: Daniel J. Mahoney
Illustrated by: Jef Kaminsky
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Released on: 7.2.13
Ages: 4-6
Source: book from publisher to review
Rating: 3 Owlets - It's A Good Read
Purchase it from: Amazon | B&N
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Patrick is worried about his first day of monstergarten. Everyone knows you have to be SCARY in monstergarten. Patrick’s friend, Kevin, offers to show Patrick how to be scary – they roar, they sneak up on people, they bare their teeth. But Patrick still isn’t ready. His parents tell him to just be himself. But what if he’s not scary ENOUGH?

It's Patrick's first day of Kindergarten. Like many kindergarteners on their first day of school, he's nervous and worried he won't be scary enough for school. All little Monsters are scary right? At least that's what he's been told, and now believes. Thankfully Patrick has his friend Kevin, and his family to help him, and calm his fears. After a little bit of research in a book, and a little bit of scaring practice with Kevin, Patrick soon realizes that he has nothing to worry about. He's fine just the way he is, and he'll have a lot of fun on his first day of school.

This was a fun read. This is a great book for Kindergarten teachers to read on the first day of school, as well as for parents too. The story itself is simple to read and easy for kids to understand, while at the same time they'll be able to relate to Little Monster, Patrick and his friend Kevin. The bright, bold colors in this book will definitely grab a young reader's attention. I think kids will appreciate a story about a cute little monster, whom like them, also has some fears and worries. Like them, he learns to over come them, and realizes he's great just the way he is, and that the first day of school is indeed a lot of fun, and nothing to be scared or worried about. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Book Review


By: Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler
Published by: Penguin (Puffin Pictures)
Released on:
Ages: 4-8
Source: purchased
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
*This book also comes in a board book version

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

A fun, whimsical story with great illustrations and rhyming words make this a story that readers of all ages will enjoy.

 This story follows that of a friendly witch, and an unlikely group of animals, as they go on an adventure on her broom. When trouble finds them via a dragon, the friends rally together to save the Witch. What I loved leading up to that point, is how the Witch and the cat met the dog, the green bird and clean green frog. Each of their differences plays an important part in the story, and the immediate acceptance the Witch has for each of them. 

From the creators of The Gruffalo, fans of all ages will love Room on the Broom. This is definitely a must have! It's a timeless tale about friendship, and love. I recently reviewed the Room on the Broom dvd here, and I highly recommend watching it after reading the book. I watched it before reading the book, and love it just a little more than the book. I know that's a little back wards, but I love that the movie stayed true to the story itself, and elaborated a little more on what the story offers readers.


I highly recommend picking up both the book and the dvd this Halloween season!

Go here to find out more about Room on the Broom.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Star Wars Reads Day III



STARS WARS READS DAY is back!! I am so excited about this announcement from Disney Hyperion! I took my kids to our local Indie Book store the first year Star Wars Reads Day kicked off, and it was a blast! I highly recommend joining in the fun. Here's the announcement from Disney:

From the youngest Stormtrooper to the wisest Jedi, this October 11th, artists, authors, educators, librarians, book retailers, and readers will join forces to celebrate the global phenomenon of Star Wars Reads Day!  
THIRD ANNUAL STAR WARS READS DAY STRIKES BACK ON OCTOBER 11, 2014 Franchise Events Will Include Star Wars Rebels for the First Time 
Celebrating a love of literacy and all-things Star Wars, Disney Lucasfilm Press, along with its publishing partners: Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing, will join forces with fans, authors, and artists to celebrate the third annual Star Wars Reads Day. Last year, authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America, but, for the first time, this year’s festivities will include Star Wars Rebels!   With the debut of the animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD October 3rd, this thirdStar Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time! 
Booksignings and panels featuring Star Wars Rebels have already been scheduled for October 11th during New York Comic Con, and the robust list of talent confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events around the country include: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Adventures of Luke Skywalker: Jedi Knight), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return), Pablo Hidalgo (Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero), Michael Kogge (Star Wars Rebels: The Rebellion Begins), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star WarsA New Dawn), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel). 
An official Star Wars event kit (free of charge), including reproducible activity sheets and trivia, is available as a printable PDF in colorand black and white, and for event updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook and the #starwarsreadsday on Twitter.

May the force of reading be with you!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Disney Planes Fire & Rescue: Dusty's Big Job, Book Review



By: Disney Book Group
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: June 3rd, 2014
Ages: 3-5
Purchased from: Amazon | B&N
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Follow the thrilling adventures of Dusty Crophopper and all his pals in this exciting storybook. Plus, download the Planes Storybook Deluxe app!

Dusty, the beloved plane fans loved getting to know in Disney's Planes, is back! This time he has a new job, and that's as a firefighter. With new friends, and an exciting brand new adventure, Dusty learns to conquer his fears, be a team player and help his friend save others from the fires that devastate the neighboring woods and hotel where guests are staying at. With a little help, Dusty learns how to be a firefighter, and how to properly drop water from high in the sky.

Dusty's Big Job is a story that is full of adventure, has a great message, and is a fun story to read about. After readers check out Dusty's story, they can go see the movie in theaters! Disney Planes Fire & Rescue: Dusty's Big Job is a book that is sure to be a hit with pre-school and kindergarten age kids. With it's exciting story, and sturdy pages, this is a book little hands will love looking through. Parents will like the free digital download that comes included in the back of the book.

This is a must have for fans of Disney Planes. 4 owlets!

Monday, September 22, 2014

#BannedBooksWeek: 15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America

ALA Banned Books Week: Celebrating The Freedom To Read!

Image from here

I'm kicking of this week's BANNED BOOKS WEEK with Buzzfeed's list of the 15 Classic Children's Books That Have Been Banned in America. Yes, you read that right, CLASSIC CHILDREN'S BOOKS that have been banned. You know the books that many of us grew up reading. Yeah, those. 







Wait till you read some of the reasons why these books were banned. I'm having some issues with why there is even a list of classic children's books that were/have been/are banned. HERE are the reasons why each of these books was banned (via Buzzfeed). 

My thoughts on this article are this:

Who bans CLASSIC children's books!?!? Seriously?! I am having a hard time not posting snarky comments here for some of the banned reasons. As a parent, yes, I understand some of the reasons to ban these book (notice I said understand, not the I agree with the public banning). I personally feel these reasons for banning these books are PERSONAL reasons, and as a parent I respect that These however are NOT reasons that should publicly ban a book. Hence the reasons my snarky comments. 

There is a book on here that got banned, and that reason alone is why I, as a parent, will not let my kid read the book. I never liked the book as a kid, and I don't like it as adult, nor is it a book I want my kid to read. BUT, that is my personal reason. Since I don't like the book, I personally don't feel that, that is justifiable for me to make it so that on one else is allowed to read it. That is why I have an issue with banned books. Just because someone else doesn't like the book, does not give them the right to tell me or my kids what they should be allowed to read. 

The beauty of reading is this: 
There are books out there for everyone. Not everyone is going to like every book. If you don't like book, you choose another one. At some point you'll find the book that is right for you. No one should have the power to take that right away from someone else. Banning a book doesn't make that book go away. It just prevents a reader from finding a story that was meant for them. 

Maybe that next book that gets banned was written for someone who's been trying to find a story that may help them through a situation they otherwise won't find a way out of. Or maybe that story is one that opens the door to possibilities. Or maybe that story is one that will allow a creative mind to realize that writing is their dream. Or maybe, just maybe, that story is meant to bring comfort to child who is dealing with a scary reality. You never know what stories will impact readers.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Halloween Reads from Random House Children's Books!

Check out these spooktacular Halloween reads from Random House Kids!

Trick-or-Treat!
Happy Halloween from
Random House Children’s BOOks!

978-0-385-74425-6
NIGHTMARES!
By Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller;
Illustrated by Karl Kwasny
Published by: Delacorte BFYR
On-sale September 9, 2014
Ages 8-12

Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!
Multi-talented actor, Jason Segel, teams up with New York Times bestselling author, Kirsten Miller, for the hilariously frightening middle grade novel, Nightmares! The first book in a trilogy about a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town. And any chance of a good night's sleep. 

978-0-385-37103-2

GABRIEL FINLEY & THE RAVEN’S RIDDLE 
By George Hagen
Published by: Schwartz & Wade
On-sale August 26, 2014
Ages 9-12

Impress your friends with some riddle knowledge!
A fast-paced, exciting--and emotionally rich--fantasy novel for middle graders that reads like a cross between Harry Potter and The Phantom Tollbooth.
How can 11-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin--a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature--he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father... or to his death.

978-0-385-74337-2
HEXED by Michelle Krys
Published by: Delacorte Press
On-sale June 10, 2014
Ages 12 up

It's Bring it On meets The Craft in this spellbinding witchy series debut. A stolen book. A deadly plan. A destiny discovered. If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won't stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn't want to be her?

978-0-449-81375-1
MAGIC IN THE PARK
By: Ruth Chew
Published by: Random House
On-sale January 28. 2014
Ages 7-10

There's something SPOOKY about that tree. . . .
Ruth Chew's classic chapter books full of everyday magic are a perfect introduction to fantasy--now in print again as Stepping Stones.
For decades, Ruth Chew's chapter books about matter-of-fact magic have enchanted early readers. Now a new generation of fantasy fans can discover the magic in these Stepping Stones books.

978-0-449-81379-9
A MATTER-OF-FACT MAGIC BOOK: THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC
By Ruth Chew
Published by: Random House BFYR
On-sale January 28, 2014
Ages 7-10

How do you hide a wizard in the attic?
When Barbara and Rick Benton find a wizard named Harrison Peabody in an old bottle, they quickly discover that magic isn't as simple as it looks. But even tricky magic is better than no magic, and soon the Bentons fly around Prospect Park with a large black umbrella and befriend a sea serpent in the lake. How can they keep Harrison a secret, though, when he's living in their attic?

978-0-449-81563-2
A MATTER-OF-FACT MAGIC BOOK: THE WITCHAT AT THE WINDOW
by Ruth Chew
Published by: Random House BFYR
On-sale September 23, 2014

Why did a witch appear at Nick's window?
Could it have something to do with a mysterious tree in Prospect Park? Ever since Nick and Marjorie discovered it, strange things have been happening. First, they find an odd spoon with no owner. Then a spooky bird follows them home--and talks to them! It must be the witch's magic!


978-0-449-81567-0
THE WOULD-BE WITCH
By Ruth Chew
Published by: Random House BFYR
On-sale September 23, 2014
Ages 7-10

A little bit of magic can mean big adventure!
Andy and Robin are stuck doing chores with an old bottle of silver polish. But when they use it, incredible things happen. The salt and pepper shakers don't get shiny--they turn into birds! The dustpan doesn't clean--it starts flying! And when Andy and Robin tuck the birds' feathers behind their ears, they shrink until they're small enough to fly the dustpan out into the night. Where will their magical ride take them?

978-0-385-36999-2
SHIVERY SHADES OF HALLOWEEN
By Mary McKenna Siddals
Illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
Published by: Random House BFYR
On-sale August 5, 201
Ages 2-5

A rollicking, rhyming Halloween romp--in every color!
 What color is Halloween? Why, it's as green as an "eerie glow, evil grin, vile brew, clammy skin," as white as "cobwebs clinging, a misty trail, a skull, a spook, a face gone pale . . ." Children will learn their colors as they follow a cute little creature on his adventure through haunted halls, moonlit forests . . . perhaps even a Halloween party! Jimmy Pickering's stylized settings and adorable monsters add a blast of colorful creepy-crawliness that will make kids giggle. Who knew that learning colors could be such spooky fun?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EVIL SPY SCHOOL by Stuart Gibbs, Cover Reveal

Hello & welcome to today's cover reveal for Stu Gibb's EVIL SPY SCHOOL, which will be released on 4/21/15 from Simon & Schuster. 
Stu has really been skyrocketing in terms of his popularity with kids and EVIL SPY SCHOOL is the third in a series featuring SPY CAMP and SPY SCHOOL. 

Check out the cover!!


EVIL SPY SCHOOL
During a spy school game of Capture the Flag, twelve-year-old Ben Ripley somehow accidentally shoots a live mortar into the principal’s office—and immediately gets himself expelled. Not long after going back to the boring old real world, Ben gets recruited by evil crime organization SPYDER.

And he accepts.

As a new student in SPYDER’s evil spy school, which trains kids to become bad guys with classes like Counter Counterespionage and Laying Low 101, Ben does some secret spying of his own. He’s acting as unofficial undercover agent, and it becomes quickly apparent that SPYDER is planning something very big—and very evil.

Ben can tell he’s a key part of the plan, but he’s not quite sure what the plan is. Can Ben figure out what SPYDER is up to—and get word to the good guys without getting caught—before it’s too late?

What do you think of the cover? This cover gets a big thumbs up from us! 

The Tour
Stu will be on tour promoting SPACE CASE (on sale now!) with Will Alexander, the National Book Award-winning author of AMBASSADOR. Check out where you can meet them at:

Monday, 9/22: Addendum Bookstore in St. Paul, MN at 7pm (165 Western Ave. N. #14, St. Paul, MN)

Tuesday, 9/23: Oconomowoc Public Library in Oconomowoc, WI at 6:30pm (200 South St, Oconomowoc, WI)

Wednesday, 9/24: The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL at 4:30pm (811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL)

Thursday, 9/25: Anderson’s in Downer’s Grove, IL at 7:00pm (5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL) 

Saturday, 9/27Tweens Read Festival in Houston, TX from 10:30AM—5:00PM (South Houston High School, Pasadena, TX) 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz: Blog Tour: Guest Post: DIY Pirate Costumes


Arrr! Welcome to the next stop in the HOOK'S REVENGE blog tour! Today I'm thrilled to have the fabulous, dreaded pirate, Heidi Schultz, also known as the author of HOOK'S REVENGE, here on the blog! She's stopped by to tell us how we can dress like a pirate!! 

DIY Pirate Costumes


Arrr! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is in just two days! Yesterday I shared some piratical words to get your speech shipshape, but now we need to do something about your clothes. No self-respecting pirate would be caught dead wearing jeggings and flip-flops! You’ll want something to inspire a bit more terror in your friends and loved ones this weekend. But who has time to shop with all the pillaging you’ve got planned?


DIY Pirate costume to the rescue!


Follow these three rules and you’ll have a pirate costume in no time:


  • Pillage your own closet, keeping a weather eye out for black and red.
  • The hallmarks of any DIY pirate costume are these three things: scarves, belts, and jewelry.
  • Attitude is everything.


Pillage your own closet


Last Halloween, I decided, two hours before going out, that I wanted to dress up. I generally put on a costume every year, planning weeks in advance, but last year we had some other things going on and I didn’t think I would want to. When I realized I really did, it was almost too late!


I opened my closet to see what I could come up with and saw my old forest fairy costume hanging next to a long denim jacket. Eureka! I decided to be a pirate fairy.
See photo here.


For a straight-up pirate costume, I could have easily ditched my wings and replaced my fairy dress with a long, white men’s dress shirt under my jacket, perhaps tucking the collar under and adding a short red or white scarf, a la Disney’s cartoon Captain Hook.


Or, I could have turned myself into a lesser crew member with an oversized t-shirt, (striped would be great), belted at the waist with a long scarf. I’d wear it over leggings and boots or loose fitting, cut off khakis and sandals.


Once you start looking over your closet with the dead-eyed stare of a pirate, you may be surprised at the treasure trove that is there. Keep a particular sharp eye out for anything red or black, the most swashbuckling colors there are. And if you don’t see what you are looking for, perhaps you could move on to another closet in your house—a roommate or significant other’s? I mean, you are a pirate, after all, right?


Scarves, belts, and jewelry

Pirates love to accessorize. Scarves can be worn around the waist, draped across the body, or on the head.


Layer on some belts. Use different widths and colors. Fasten a couple together to wear across your body. If you have an old one you don’t want to wear any more, consider cutting it short and adding a new hole. It’s now a wrist cuff.


And bring on the bling: Oversized earrings, necklaces, and bracelets of all kinds. Show off your hard won booty. (Um, not that kind of booty. I mean, unless you want. Who am I to judge?)


Attitude is everything


In Hook’s Revenge, the pirates in Jocelyn’s crew weren’t very experienced (you’ll learn more about them later this week), but that didn’t keep them from acting the part.


They knew that much of being a fierce pirate is how you carry yourself. Sneer, growl, shout out “ARRRR!” and “Bucko!” at random moments.


Battle scars and injuries also help lend an air of danger. If you have an eye patch lying around (and who doesn’t?), go ahead and don it. But if not, you could simply adopt a squint. No peg-leg? Exaggerate a limp. No hook for a hand? Just do what One-Armed Jack, one of Jocelyn’s crewmen, did and tuck an arm inside your shirt.


Now that your pirate costume is complete, I’d love to see it! Tweet me a picture @HeidiSchulz or tag me on Instagram @HeidiSchulzBooks. And don’t forget the ARRRR, Bucko!

About The Book

Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn’s hopes of following in her father’s fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.
So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn’t hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she’d bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland’s most fearsome beast isn’t enough to deal with, she’s tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
The crocodile’s clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz’s debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?
Purchase Hook’s Revenge: Powell’s | IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon



Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, will be published by Disney•Hyperion on September 16, 2014. A sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE, will follow in fall 2015. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in 2016.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~