Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Barbara Bamberger Scott is talking with Tricia Johnson, author of Sway.
Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Barbara Bamberger Scott is talking with Jo Ann Kiser, author of The Guitar Player and Other Songs of Exile.
Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Barbara Bamberger Scott is talking with Beth Franz, author of Ndalla's World.
Nine Ways to Empower Tweens
By: Kathleen Boucher
Publisher: Tellwell Talent inc.
Publication Date: November 2019
Reviewed by: Barbara Bamberger Scott
Review Date: August 30, 2022
Children’s self-help consultant Kathleen Boucher turns real life situations into affirming action through the voices of two fictional tweens seeking help and offering it to others of their age and aspirations in her book Nine Ways to Empower Tweens.
There are two “speakers” in this carry-with guide: identical twins and, at age 12, tweens, Emma and Elliot. They have learned some techniques through the assistance of teachers, parents, and other adults, and through observing life as it is lived. Passing this assistance along, they have devised nine rules, each of which carries a set of instructions based on the advice of wise counselors and underpinned by examples that have the feel of tween truth. Each chapter focuses on one of the nine “ways” and includes space for writing one’s thoughts and practices.
The book begins with a typical situation that might make even an adult feel nervous – talking in front of a group. The writing space allows for positive affirmations and solutions – what strengths one can emphasize in a public presentation, with “key points” listed and expectations for audience reactions. Words of encouragement complete this segment. Other guidelines, all with accompanying examples and exercises, encompass starting each day with gratitude, creating “vision boards,” defusing anger, understanding time and how to use it to best advantage, devising a solid work ethic, making an excellent first impression, talking to oneself about one’s special challenges, and finally, an exhortation to “Start Each Day with Love in Your Heart.”
Boucher is an award-winning children’s writer as well as a medical and wellness practitioner, as she indicates when describing the determination of comedian Jim Carrey, who struggled with dyslexia but was sure he could become a success. In one story episode, a school acquaintance, Jenny, mocks Emma’s hair style, so she rushes home, cries – and begins writing, until she is ready to approach Jenny and realizes that it was Jenny’s own self-directed negativity that made her attack someone else. Apologies all round - and by such mechanisms and self-examination many other dilemmas are resolved. The book is illustrated with sketches, graphics and special fonts that enhance the text on every page. Exemplars for tweens include Einstein, Carol Burnett and Eleanor Roosevelt, and there is a bibliography of resources for readers and their teachers/parents/counselors to rely on for further study.
Quill says: Kathleen Boucher, author and lifestyle coach, has created this colorful manual for young people of all ages, in a mission to help them analyze their problems, correct any misguided thinking, and remain highly positive in all they take on.
For more information on Nine Ways to Empower Tweens, please visit the author's website at: www.boucherbooks.com
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
The Black Hole Debacle
By: Keri Claiborne Boyle
Illustrated by: Deborah Melmon
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: August 15, 2022
Reviewed by: Katie Specht
Review Date: August 29, 2022
From author Keri Claiborne Boyle comes her fourth children’s book entitled The Black Hole Debacle. Illustrator Deborah Melmon provides the adorable images that accompany the tale. The out-of-this-world story follows Jordie, a young girl who is fascinated with all things related to space, as she encounters her very own black hole in her desk during geography class one day.
Jordie watches with amazement as the black hole gobbles up everything within its reach as she tries to keep it a secret from her classmates and her teacher. Before school concludes for the day, she manages to coax the black hole into her backpack so she can transport it home safely. As the black hole settles into Jordie’s backpack for the ride home, it proceeds to scarf down her water bottle, her library books and her friend’s softball glove. Upon arriving home, Jordie shoves the black hole into her closet, where it promptly continues to scarf down more of Jordie’s belongings, this time including her soccer ball, sweatshirt and favorite hat. The situation escalates as the black hole grows bigger and bigger and continues swallowing items from her room, including all the light that had once been there. When Jordie notices her dog, Neptune’s, empty collar lying on the floor, she knows the black hole has gone too far with its voracious snacking. Jordie decides that she will do whatever is necessary to rescue her beloved Neptune from the ever-expanding black hole, and when Neptune is safe again, she will send her cosmic friend into space where it can freely roam.
The Black Hole Debacle is the whimsical story of a young girl who experiences quite an adventure when a black hole takes up residence in her desk at school one day. The story itself is funny, entertaining and interspersed with facts about black holes. Kids will laugh their way through the story, not even realizing that they are learning along the way. This book would be a perfect addition to an elementary school classroom. The illustrations are simply delightful and accompany the story perfectly. A nice added touch to the story is the alliteration that the author includes throughout the book. The book concludes with a lovely ending that will leave the reader smiling. The author also provides two informational pages at the end of the book so the reader can learn more about characteristics of black holes.
Quill says: Author Keri Claiborne Boyle has penned a true winner in The Black Hole Debacle. Young readers will enjoy the vibrant, colorful illustrations alongside the amusing story, while parents and teachers alike will appreciate the educational aspect of the narrative.
To learn more about The Black Hole Debacle, please visit the author’s website at: https://kericboyle.com/
Friday, August 26, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Barbara Bamberger Scott is talking with Lyman Ditson, author of Desert Angles.
Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Barbara Bamberger Scott is talking with Rhonda Harris Slota, author of By Fire.