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The Vanishing Season (2014) by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season (2014) by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2014) Suggested age range: 13 and up (Harper Collins, 256 pages) Rating: 4/5 stars Source: Personal Copy Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Paranormal


The Book:At first glance, this might seem like a ghost story. In some ways it is. In some ways, it isn’t. It’s about Maggie, who moves to Door County, Wisconsin where a bitterly cold winter ushers in a…

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Summer Books n’ Bloggers Show-Off!

Today I’m FINALLY sharing the wonderful package I received in the mail from my Books n’ Bloggers swap partner, Beverly. She blogs over at Booklady’s Booknotesso definitely pay her a visit. It was fantastic to discover Beverly’s blog and get to know her a little more. Her reviews of mysteries reminded me of how much I once read mysteries myself–and though I still love this genre, I don’t think I…

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Adventures in #Disneyland with KL


allfourstars_finalWhen I posted ALL FOUR STARS by TARA DAIRMAN as one of my top anticipated releases for 2014 at the beginning of the year, I had no idea the blog would be one of her interview stops, or that I would write a recipe-inspired post from the book. If you’ve read my review of this contemporary middle grade novel, out July 10th, you will know that it is one of my new favorites, and I absolutely fell in…

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Caramel walnut brownies on the blog today: #brownies #booksandbaking #baking #allfourstars #kidlit #childrensliterature

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman Blog Tour: Caramel Walnut Brownie Recipe & Giveaway!


Welcome to the July 4th stop of The Midnight Garden’s All Four Stars Blog Tour! It’s time to celebrate the upcoming release of the fantastic middle grade novel, All Four Stars…with a brownie recipe. Calling all bakers and aspiring bakers!

When I saw All Four Starson the list of upcoming releases for 2014, I was beyond excited. Three of my passions were combined in one book: cooking, baking, and…

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Christmas in July Book Swap!!

It’s that time of year–halfway to Christmas!

The Book Monsters is hosting a fantastic swap to celebrate, and I couldn’t pass this one up. I’m really excited to make a new blogger friend and send a personalized package. It’s fairly recently that I’ve started participating in different book swaps, and they are definitely worth it–mainly because of the new connections we make!

swapHere’s the info from…

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A True Delicacy: All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Are you interested in a fabulous middle grade novel celebrating all things culinary?!? Today kicks off a fabulous blog tour, hosted by The Midnight Garden, for the new middle grade book, All Four Stars by Tara Dairman!

Don’t worry—the book is out on July 10th, but between now and then, enjoy visiting all the stops on the tour. Spirit of Children’s Literature is on the schedule for this Friday,…

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The Rich Beauty of The Crystal Mirror by Tim Malnick & Katie Green

The Crystal Mirror by Tim Malnick & Katie Green (2013) Suggested age range: 6 and up (Vala Publishing, 96 pages) Rating: 4/5 stars Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Genre: Fantasy, Illustrated, Story Collection


The Book:This is a delightful and thought provoking collection of beautifully illustrated stories that will keep readers thinking long after…

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Working on a conference proposal about picturebooks, spirituality and creativity! #kidlit #bookstagram #childrensspirituality #creativity