Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Homeschooling and Snow.

Do you homeschool on snow days?

Well yes, technically.  We have a unique situation.  Not unique maybe but not the most common homeschool situation.  My oldest and youngest are in public school.  My middle child is the one I homeschool.  So on snow days all three kids are home.  And when all three are home, no one wants to do school work.  AHHHHH.  I compromise.  I do little bits of homeschool work that she can take to her room.  We don't do formal lessons like we would normally do.

Today was actually a snow day.  See.  Actually the last two weeks have been snow weeks.  And because we live in the south of the us, our state is totally unprepared to deal with snow so everything shuts down.   That's okay because I feel safer with all three kids home and not out riding on icy roads.  Unfortunately the two children that go to public school are not so happy being home.  They are very social, outgoing children that   enjoy the school environment.  My middle daughter is not.  She's more like her mom.  :)

So on homeschooling on snow days.  We do alot of math worksheets and practical life skills.  They bake.  Measuring out ingredients for recipes, learning to fold and put away laundry, lots and lots of reading, lots of documentary videos (thank you netflix and youtube), and art (love pinterest!).  I could go on with a big list.  Once the snow is gone and school starts back we will go back to our regular homeschool list.

Hope you are all enjoying your week!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels for the Pre-Teen Girl



My daughter who is 8 and fixing to turn 9 has developed a passion for graphic novels, comics and manga.  I probably should research to see what the difference in all of these terms are.  Or I could ask my 15 year old son who loves to correct me.  His favorite correction is when I try to pronounce Naruto!  I can't for the life of me say that word.  I literally give up.  Ok back to the daughter who doesn't correct my mispronunciations.

I've had a couple people say they have trouble finding things their children would be interested in reading.  This genre is perfect.  Easy, quick and fun.  Even the non-reader likes a comic section sometimes.  And they tend to be fun for the boy or the girl reader.  Although as the kids (especially girls) get older its harder to find age-appropriate books.

Our library needs a bigger section or I need a new job to support her habit.
Here are some of the series she has devoured:

Yotsuba&!, Vol. 01 (Yotsuba&! #1) by Kiyohiko Azuma

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1 (Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll #1)
by Yumi Tsukirino

Sonic Select: Book Two
by Archie Comics, Ian Flynn, Patrick Spaziante (Illustrations), Sonic Scribes

Minecraft Comic Book: Herobrine's Quest for Justice - Edition 1 by Minecraft Novels, Minecraft Comic Books
Minecraft books note:  Some of the books you will find are actually chapter books.  There are some that are comics such as the one I will be sharing here.  Double check if you are just wanting comics. :)

Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi (Goodreads Author)

Tiny Titans: Penguins in the Batcave!
by Art Baltazar

Queen of the World! (Babymouse #1)
by Jennifer L. Holm (Goodreads Author), Matthew Holm

Smile (Smile #1)
by Raina Telgemeier (Goodreads Author)

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea(Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1)
by Raina Telgemeier (Goodreads Author), Ann M. Martin

Big Nate and Friends (Big Nate: Comics)
by Lincoln Peirce

Note on Big Nate!  We were just approved to read an advanced copy of the book below (amazon link) which will be available March 17th, 2015.  So she is super excited about that.

 Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City (amp! Comics for Kids)
AND

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton #1)   by Geronimo Stilton

NOTE: This series is not a comic book.  The Geronimo Stilton series is like a mix of comic and chapter book.  Almost every page in the book is decorated.  Its a very entertaining read for the kids that get bored easily.  Plus the series is huge so there are lots of books to keep them busy.

Wow. I didn't realize how many series she has actually read.  If you would like to see a list of all the books she has read I will include a link to our homeschool good reads account.  I'm normally good at keeping it updated.  You are more than welcome to follow us or even add us as a friend on goodreads. We love interacting with people.  See even homeschool kids socialize.  :P

Our main goodreads link:  Sweet's Family Bookshelves

The Comics shelf:  Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga

If you know of any books that she might like, feel free to let me know.  Always looking for more options.

I hope that someone will find this list helpful in getting their child started in reading.  I will do an updated reading list when she gets a little older.  Or perhaps one for my 15 year old son's list.  If you would like to see this, let me know in the comments.  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cover reveal and All new look for Synsk series by K.C. Finn


A NEW LOOK FOR THIS BEST-SELLING SERIES:




In anticipation of the upcoming release of the third book in the Synsk series by K.C. Finn— A Place Halfway— the entire series got brand new covers. Read below for information on the upcoming release of A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn and find out how you can start reading this young adult series for FREE today! 


COMING SOON: A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn

(Book #3 in The Synsk Series)

Release Date: October 24, 2014









A struggling psychic girl steps out into the big, wide world amidst the murky depths of racial segregation in England, 1961.



As a teenage psychic, Josephine Fontaine knows what it’s like to be different. At Peregrine Place, a school full of youngsters with gifts just like hers, sixteen-year-old Josie is growing tired of her life and looking for excitement beyond the grand manor house’s walls. When an opportunity arises to work in a local music bar, she jumps at the chance, learning to balance her new job with the pressures of studying the ways of the Synsk.



There she meets the charming Tommy Asher, a fellow psychic with a talent for music, and Jake Bolton, a handsome, surly stranger with coffee-coloured skin. Throw in the return of her old crush Dai Bickerstaff, and Josie finds herself embroiled in a drama much bigger than she could have imagined, especially when certain parties take issue to her developing a friendship with a boy who isn’t white-skinned. When a mysterious record mogul offers Josie help to improve her psychic gifts, her world turns totally upside down, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her family, and even herself.



Coming of age was never so intense as it will be for Josie in the winter of 1961.



FREE BOOK: The Mind's Eye by K.C. Finn

(Book #1 in The Synsk Series)




A girl with a telepathic gift finds a boy clinging to his last hope during the war-torn climate of Europe, 1940.





At fifteen, Kit Cavendish is one the oldest evacuees to escape London at the start of the Second World War due to a long term illness that sees her stuck in a wheelchair most of the time. But Kit has an extraordinary psychic power: she can put herself into the minds of others, see through their eyes, feel their emotions, even talk to them – though she dares not speak out for fear of her secret ability being exposed.









As Kit settles into her new life in the North Wales village of Bryn Eira Bach, solitude and curiosity encourage her to gain better control of her gift. Until one day her search for information on the developing war leads her to the mind of Henri, a seventeen-year-old Norwegian boy witnessing the German occupation of his beloved city, Oslo. As Henri discovers more about the English girl occupying his mind, the psychic and emotional bonds between them strengthen and Kit guides him through an oppressive and dangerous time. 









There are secrets to be uncovered, both at home and abroad, and it’s up to Kit and Henri to come together and fight their own battles in the depths of the world’s greatest war.




Leighton's Summer by K.C. Finn

(Book #2 in The Synsk Series)




A teenage boy with something to prove gets caught up in a web of crime and deceit in England, 1945.



In the weeks leading up to his sixteenth birthday, gifted psychic Leighton Cavendish finds himself suddenly packed off to Blackpool, a glittering teenage paradise filled with plenty of opportunities for amusement—and trouble—to ensue. With only a preoccupied grandmother to keep an eye on him, Leighton’s desperation for adventure leads him out into a world of holidaymakers, candy and carnival rides—the ideal place to spend six weeks away from home.



But Leighton’s psychic visions are encroaching on his fun, trying to warn him of the danger that lurks beyond the shimmering lights of the Golden Mile. Who are the mysterious thieves Leighton sees in his head and what do they want with the children they seek? A girl called Faye holds the answer, but she has enough problems of her own. 



Amid the climate of a tourist town recovering from the impact of the Second World War, two lost teenagers will discover a shocking truth about human greed and together they will try to fight against it. For Leighton and Faye this will be a summer to remember—a summer filled with challenges that must be overcome.



A summer that turns a boy into a man. 





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:





Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it'd be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first three novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga, the time travel adventure The Secret Star and her new urban fantasy epic The Book Of Shade.







As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.









K.C. Finn signed with Clean Teen Publishing in late 2013. Her books The Mind's Eye and Leighton's Summer were released in early 2014.



 http://www.kcfinn.com













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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: Finding Willow (An Unspeakable Novella) by Michelle K. Pickett (Bonus: Goodreads Giveaway to Enter)




Cover Reveal: 

FINDING WILLOW by Michelle K. Pickett

(An Unspeakable Novella)









Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction) YAm

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Release Date: October 2014


“Finding Willow” is the prequel to “Unspeakable,” the touching romance between Brody and Willow that explores one girl’s quiet strength to survive the unbearable weight of a family secret alone, and the love and resolve of a boy determined to help her.



Brody Victor lives life on the fringes. Moving from school to school with each transfer his mother’s job requires has taught Brody well: If there’s one thing harder than making friends, it’s saying goodbye to them. So he’s learned to close himself off. He’s a loner, and that’s how he likes it.



When his mother accepts a permanent position in Wisconsin, Brody begins to slowly open up. But old habits die hard and, for Brody, making friends doesn’t come easily. That is, until he meets Annabelle. Brody loses himself in her. Their connection runs deep and, for the first time, Brody truly lets someone inside. But life can be cruel. An unexpected job transfer uproots Brody from his home in Wisconsin, and Annabelle.



Vowing not to get involved with another girl after the heartbreak of losing Annabelle, Brody returns to life on the outside looking in. A loner by choice. Until the night he finds Willow. Friendly and beautiful, a guy can’t help but notice her, but Brody notices more than her beauty. When she flashes her full smile, a spark is missing from her hazel eyes and for reasons unknown to him, Brody needs to find the reason.



Along the way, he stumbles across a secret bigger than both of them.






SPECIAL FEATURE, Read FINDING WILLOW Early!



Finding Willow will also be featured in our CTP box set: WORLDS ENTWINED. This means you can get your hands on this novella as early as September 19, 2014 when this box set releases!










UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett












Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction) YAm

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Release Date: February 10, 2015












Goodreads Book Giveaway


Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett   



Unspeakable


by Michelle K. Pickett


Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.





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“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”




On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. 




She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just… but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.




When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.




Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?




ABOUT MICHELLE K. PICKETT:









Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.




Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.​





Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014. 




Keep up-to-date on her current and future projects at www.michelle-pickett.com.






 




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire book trailer and another CTP Giveaway!

I am super excited to finally reveal the book trailer for


Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.


Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.


Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.






What people are saying about Queen of Someday:

"Love, betrayal, adventure and hard decisions that have no "right answer"... Russian Court is an exercise in "survival of the fittest" and Queen of Someday is a beautiful start to the journey of an innocent young girl growing into one of the greatest leaders of all time." ~June Stevens, author


"I was caught hook, line and sinker with this novel about a young girl's battle in a world that seems perfect on the surface, but is sinister and twisted underneath. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no fantasy or paranormal element the book. I would have loved it just as much if there had been, but to see that somewhere seemingly so safe could be so deadly, without a hint of magic or witchcraft, was haunting." ~Bonfire Book Reviews


"Queen of Someday" is a guilty pleasure read. Just like CW shows and Lifetime movies, it's full of drama, scandal and betrayal. And I just couldn't look away. I found myself gasping and grinning maniacally at every turn. Sophie's schemes delighted me in a way that made me question my own sanity. I enjoyed "Queen of Someday" in the same way that one enjoys CW shows; the melodrama is strangely addictive, but I'm embarrassed to admit exactly how much I enjoyed it." ~The Nerdy Journalist reviews


And be sure to enter the giveaway!






Can't wait to see more? Queen of Someday is available for pre-order here, and will be available everywhere October 7th 2014.

*The footage is courtesy of KK Studios, and the layout and transitions are by Courtney Knuckles and Clean Teen Publishing.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Clean Teen and Crimson Tree Publishing Giveaway!

I recently joined the Clean Teen Publishing Street Team.. Which means I get to share fantastic books and their giveaways with you!  This is not my giveaway so I won't be responsible for sending out the prizes.   I hope you will all enter to win and share around. :)




Our team at Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing has a big reason to celebrate! We just signed our 65th Title! That's big news for our company after just celebrating our one-year anniversary a few months back. To celebrate, we are giving away not one, but two $65 Amazon Gift Cards (or Paypal Cash)! We decided one wasn't enough so Clean Teen Publishing will be giving away one and Crimson Tree Publishing is giving away the other.

Here is the big list of our 65 titles in alphabetical order:

A Place Halfway, Aftermath, Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, Burden of Sisyphus, Concealed in the Shadows, Current Impressions, Descending, Double Star, Ending ELE, Exposing ELE, Fall of Icarus, Finding ELE, Flame, Flame Caller, Haunting Zoe, Hidden Monster, Kindling Flames (Flying Sparks), Kindling Flames (Gathering Tinder), Last Orphans, Leighton's Summer, Lingering Echoes, Losing Logan, Moonflower, Never Forgotten, Night Marchers, Project ELE, Purge of Prometheus, Queen of Someday, Red, Redemption, Released from the Darkness, Reluctant Guardian, Rising, River of Bones, Rumors, Secrets, Smoke Rising, Spark, Surviving ELE, Sweet Contradiction, The Awakener, The Bionics, The Eye of Tanub, The Hunted, The Key, The Mind's Eye, The Power to See, The Wall, The Wanted, The Woodlands, The Wounded, Titanium, Unspeakable, Voodoo Moon, War, Water Shaper, Wicked Glory, Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wind Warrior, Wolves of the Northern Rift, Wonderstruck, Worlds Between, Worlds Entwined, Worlds Undone


Here is the big list of our 65 titles in Mr. Squirrel's order:


Now it's time to enter the giveaway! This giveaway runs through September 30 2014. Good Luck!