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That Curious Sign on Aisle Nine

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Kyle Morey is a guy full of life and imagination, and he’s at it again in this clever children’s book! The author of Ask GodKyle is proving he is diverse and talented as an author.

In That Curious Sign on Aisle Nine a young boy goes to a pet shop and finds that he already has all the pets that are available…but there’s a sign on aisle nine that piques his curiosity. The pet shop’s secret is a purple gorilla, but the boy is warned not to poke his new pet. You know what kids do when they’re told not to do something, right? Well, the boy pokes his new, large, purple friend. What ensues is an adventure!

Your kids will be sitting on the edge of their seats as they find out what happens as this ferocious beast does what ferocious beasts do…all in a melodic rhyme that hearkens to those of Dr. Seuss.

I loved this book and I’m sure your children will, too! This is one of those books you’ll read over and over again.

*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Prince Noah and the School Pirates

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Prince Noah has learning differences (he’s based on the author’s son who has Down Syndrome). This story takes Prince Noah and his friends to school. They go to school on boats, and the boats are highly segregated. When the boats are all blown off-course by a storm, they’re captured by pirates and the children are all imprisoned — together. There, they use their various skills and abilities to work together to free themselves and thereafter they’re schooled all together.

As the mother of three kids with special needs, I love the premise of this book (that children shouldn’t be pigeonholed because of their differences), but the implementation in this case just feels ‘off’. Maybe it is the translation from the author’s native German, but the story just feels strange. The wording is awkward and choppy.

I’m really disappointed since I loved the original Prince Noah book. This one just didn’t do it for me.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Wood’s Edge

The Wood's Edge

 

I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, so when I got the chance to review The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton I was thrilled. The book didn’t disappoint! The Wood’s Edge is the first in the Pathfiners Series and it left me eager to read book two!

From the back cover:
At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both–Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

The Wood’s Edge is a story of faith, repentance, redemption and of God’s power to heal us from our wounds. I love Lori Benton’s writing. It is descriptive and conveys the tone of the scene quite well. I found myself really empathizing with all the characters as their stories unwound.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, especially if you’re interested in the events preceding the Revolutionary War, you’ll love this book. I highly recommend it!

*I received a complementary proof of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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