Friday, October 22, 2010

The Familiars Halloween Blog Tour

We are thrilled to be the next stop in The Familiars Halloween Blog Tour! Authors, Adam and Andrew have a special treat just for us.

Mundie Moms/Kids
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We are also having a special Familiars-themed Halloween Scavenger Hunt! At each stop along the blog tour, we will be asking a trivia question from our book. After you fill in your answer, the letter that falls in the place of the * can be placed in the corresponding number of the larger puzzle. So for example, since this is question number 15, the letter that lands in the space where the * is can be filled in where the 15 is in the larger puzzle. The larger puzzle will form yet another clue, and anyone who answers it correctly will be entered into a drawing for an autographed book as well as a few other Halloween treats!

Be sure to visit The Familiars blog at to find links to all other blog stops and find out where to send in your answers! All entries must be entered by November 15.

15. How many brothers and sisters does Gilbert have?

___ ___ ___ ___ _*_ - ___ ___ ___

Hint: Chapter Nine, Page 162

11 5 18 8 15 1 9 7 19 14 23 2 25 16 10 12 20
__ __ __ __ __ __ ' __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

17 3 22 6 21 4 24 13
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Happy Halloween everyone!
Andrew & Adam

Book Review- Hope Is An Open Heart & Eight Days, A Story of Haiti

These newly released books are fantastic for kids of all ages to read. They are heart warming and encouraging, and will leave a lasting impression of hope and courage with those who read them.

By Lauren Thompson
Published by Scholastic
Released on September 1st, 2010
Source- Scholastic
5 stars- A Wonderful Read

Hope is a heart that is open to the world around you. Hope is knowing that things change-and that we can help things to change for the better.

Wanting to help her son cope with the after math of the September 11th attacks, Lauren Thompson wrote an inspiring book about Hope. With simple, yet powerful words, young readers will be able to understand the verifying degrees of Hope. Filled with pictures from around the world, Lauren captures hope in various degrees including those who survived Hurricane Katrina, those who gathered as families during the 2007 elections in East Timor, to surviors of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

This is a moving, powerful, read that is a perfect addition for elementary school class rooms, libraries and at home. This book will be a great tool in helping Children cope with the things around them, and help them find the Hope that lies within them.

My favorite quote from the books is: "Hope is a heart that is open to the world around. Hope is knowing that things change-and that we can help things to change for the better."

This edition is part of the Help for Haiti/ Save The Children organization.

By Edwidge Danticat
Illustrated by Alix Delinois
Published by Orchard Books
Released on September 1st, 2010
Received by Scholastic
5 Stars- A Fantastic Story of Courage & Survival

Through simple, surprising language and vibrant artwork, hope comes alive in this tribute to the beauty of Haiti and it's children.

Highly acclaimed author Edwidge Danicat elegantly tells us the story of Junior, a seven year old boy trapped beneath his house after the Port-au-Prince earthquake, and his joyous rescue. Junior's sparkling imagination help s him find the strength to survive. And his courageous sprit will forever inspired readers of all ages.

What an inspiring, uplifting book about survival and courage. The vibrant illustrations to this story are so stunning and captivating. Edwidge Danticat did a wonderful job at crafting a story about a courageous little boy who survived being stuck under the rubble of his house for 8 days after the Haiti earthquake. This little guy is a true survivor, as he tells his story and what he did each day he was stuck under the rubble.

It's a touching story with a wonderful tribute to the vibrant, resilient spirit of Haiti.
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 ~