Thursday, August 20, 2015

All the Skies I will not See earns the CLC Seal of Approval


David Medwin is not unlike many young people in that he wrestles with thoughts of confusion and self-doubt.  As he strives to live his life well while coming to terms with the contradiction of who he is and who he wishes to be, he allows indecision to dictate his life's journey.

Author Petra March is a truly gifted writer.  The way in which she has crafted this raw and genuine story exhibits rare talent.  Lovers of the written word will enjoy Petra's writing long before they fall in love with her message.  Exquisitely penned, brilliantly told, All the Skies I will not See packs a powerful punch in this short and touching novella which has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The 11th Year of Christopher Arthur McDaniels earns the CLC Seal of Approval



Christopher Arthur McDaniels is a precocious 11 year old boy.  He means well, yet somehow he appears to find more than his share of trouble.  While he always seems to have the best explanations, calamity seems to find him at every turn.  Fortunately for Christopher (or not so fortunately, depending on how one might look at the situation), his mother is a judge and his father is an attorney.  Subsequently, he is put on trial in his home almost daily.  The consequences of his actions usually amount to doing "hard time" in his bedroom in solitary confinement.

Christopher is a lovable louse.  His wit and charm don't seem to do much to get him out of trouble, yet he continues to take his lumps as he struggles to do better the next time.  Author Marc Kuhn has created a genuinely likable cast of characters in this deliciously amusing book which is sure to engage even the most reluctant of readers.  This book is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Yakamali's Gift earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Yakimali’s Gift is the story of 15 year old Fernanda Marquina, a girl who embarks upon a grand expedition in 1775. Fernanda, who is half Pima Indian and half Spanish, is in a tug-of-war between the desires of her youthful heart and the expectations of her mother. More than anything, she loves to spend her days on horse-back as she thrills from the exhilaration of feeling the wind in her hair. Her thirst for adventure is quenched when King Carlos III of Spain orders Juan Bautista de Anza to lead a party of settlers from Mexico to California. Much to Fernanda's delight, she and her family join the group on the four month journey. Along the way she searches her heart for answers to the many questions which consume her troubled mind. The greatest of which is the most pressing question of all; should she marry Nicolas, the Spanish soldier who hopes to win her affection? On her quest for personal discovery, Fernanda finds resolution as she unearths truths that will forever alter her former perceptions of her family, heritage and her own identity.

Well researched and beautifully told, Yakamali's Gift is a literary treasure. Historical fiction buffs will delight in Linda Covella's depiction of Yakimali and the eclectic group of travelers who join her on her journey. Rich in culture, and resplendent with vivid depictions of the arduous trek embarked upon by these spirited travelers, Yakimali's Gift is sure to be loved by readers young and old.

Yakamali's Gift is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Hunter Awakens earns the CLC Seal of Approval


After a freak tornado hits Ethan's home he, along with his sister and their dog, are sent to live temporarily with their grandparents.  Soon after they arrive at their grandparent's farm, Ethan's world is turned upside-down as he discovers he may possess the very rare and highly coveted power to discover the location of hidden and much sought after artifacts which possess great power.  Ethan is forced to test his abilities in order to protect his family; and when he does, he uncovers a legend which leads him into a battle and ultimately puts the fate of the world into his hands.

Roper's natural writing style sweeps the reader into this riveting story, daring his audience to join the hunt in this action-packed adventure.  Readers will be holding their breath in anticipation as this story masterfully unfolds, all the while sharing every sensation and emotion along with Ethan.  The overall message of this book branches off into several points: -Adventure comes in many forms, and often when it is least expected.  -Destiny can be re-shaped only if a chance is taken.  -Not everything is as it appears.  -Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

The Hunter Awakens is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Jacob's First Day: Sharing is Caring earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Jacob's First Day: Sharing is Caring, by Ayanna Mitchell, is the story of a young boy as he begins his first day of school.  Six year old Jacob had experienced some issues in kindergarten, it seems sharing had not been his strong suit.  But now Jacob is going into first grade and a lot has changed for him.  Jacob has a new baby sister, and he has learned that to share is to show you care for others.  Now Jacob takes sharing to a whole new level as he repeats the mantra: "Sharing is Caring".

Youngsters will delight in this book which focuses on all the fun of school and making new friends, while emphasizing the importance of sharing. Vibrant and expressive illustrations help make this a book which children are sure to love.

Jacob's First Day: Sharing is Caring, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Genius Summer earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Millie Olson is top in her class, but her social life has been nearly non-existent as a result of her academic dedication.  When she graduates as valedictorian of her high school at just 16 years of age everyone expects her to go to a top college.  Torn by indecision and feeling pulled in different directions, she must choose between the lure of scholarships, the expectations of her parents and her desire to volunteer at the history museum.

Following graduation Millie and her younger siblings go away to spend the summer with their grandmother in Oklahoma.  When she discovers a mysterious diary in her grandmother's attic everything begins to change for Millie.

Author Pamela Woods-Jackson has crafted an exceptional coming of age novel which is full of mystery and intrigue.  The author paints a vivid picture, drawing readers into Millie's story which has a heart-warming ending.

Genius Summer is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Castle Blues Quake earns the CLC Seal of Approval



The Castle Blues Quake is the story of Pepper, a young girl whose family moves across the country to Santa Cruz where she knows no-one. Her mom is thrilled to be moving into her dream house, while her dad is happy to be starting his dream job in California, but Pepper is just sorry to be leaving the big apple and her best friend Chrissie. Soon after settling into their new home Pepper meets a mysterious boy, Corey, who is living in her backyard shed. He tells her he needs her help to find his lost grandfather, a traveling musician, before Social Services finds him.  

Linda Covella has written a teen mystery full of unique twists which keep this story moving at a pace that will keep readers engaged clear through to the suspenseful finish.  The Castle Blues Quake is the first book in the Ghost Whisperer Series.  Even the most reluctant readers will find this book intriguing and are sure to anxiously await the next book in this series.


The Castle Blues Quake is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Monday, August 10, 2015

Final Call - Book Award Entry Deadline August 15

It's a proven fact . . . Award Seals Help Sell Books 

Don't leave your literary success to chance.  Award seals help consumers, book-store buyers and librarians select your book over the countless others out on the market today.  

Literary Classics offers the CLC International Book Awards in addition to the CLC Top Honors Book Awards.  Both awards are judged separately. Award entry deadline is August 15th (but you have until August 25th to have your entry postmarked).  So don't delay, enter your book today!  

Click on the links below to get started . . .




ENTER CLC INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS



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Final Call For Entries - Youth and YA Book Awards


It's a proven fact . . . Award Seals Help Sell Books 

Don't leave your literary success to chance.  Award seals help consumers, book-store buyers and librarians select your book over the countless others out on the market today.  

Literary Classics offers the CLC International Book Awards in addition to the CLC Top Honors Book Awards.  Both awards are judged separately. Award entry deadline is August 15th (but you have until August 25th to have your entry postmarked).  So don't delay, enter your book today!  

Click on the links below to get started . . .




ENTER CLC INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Amazing Animal Alphabet earns the CLC Seal of Approval


The Amazing Animal Alphabet of Twenty-Six Tongue Twisters is a picture book full of mind-numbing, tongue-twisting phrases for each of twenty-six different animals from A to Z.  All with wildly imaginative word combinations created to joggle the mind and confound the tongue, this book will provide countless hours of giggling fun for children and parents brave enough to tackle this challenging read.

Written and illustrated by Robert Pizzo, The Amazing Animal Alphabet of Twenty-Six Tongue Twisters offers a brilliant display of whimsical characters and vivid backgrounds, with each page more wildly extravagant than the one before.  This book is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

When a Dragon Moves in Again earns the CLC Seal of Approval


When you're a young boy and your mother is expecting a new baby, it's only natural to be less than thrilled at the prospect of sharing your home with a new little person.  But everything is better when you have a pet dragon, even dealing with the annoyance of accepting a new sibling. For instance, it's a given that your dragon will want to play in the baby's new crib.  And when your sister keeps insisting the baby will be a girl, even though you want it to be a boy, your dragon can't be blamed for spilling your sister's juice.  No matter the issue or area of frustration, a dragon can help.  But mostly, when you come to realize that babies aren't so bad after all, your pet dragon will always be there to help you sing your new baby to sleep.

Jodi Moore's When a Dragon Moves in Again is a lusciously imaginative children's picture book laden with fanciful scenarios that will entertain and delight young readers.  Illustrations by Howard McWilliam are the crowning glory of this lovely book which is highly recommended for home and school libraries.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Nickerbacher the dragon loves to make people laugh so much that he aspires to one day become a comedian. Nickerbacher's father, however, expects him to fulfill his duty as a dragon to guard the fair Princess Gwendolyn.  Torn between duty and the desire to follow his dreams, Nickerbacher must make some big decisions.

Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon, by Terry John Barto, is an enchanting tale about family, friendship, duty and dreams.  Interspersed with funny jokes, as told by Nickerbacher, this book is sure to inspire children to follow their destiny while honoring family.  Expressive and whimsical illustrations by Kim Sponaugle are perfectly paired with this lovely book which will entertain and delight young readers.  

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sheila and the Magnificent Tail, by Jeremy Shapiro, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Sheila and the Magnificent Tail, by Jeremy Shapiro, is the story of a Leopard Gecko that is enormously pleased with her colorful and sparkly tail.  She so loves the admiration her tail brings her that she becomes exceedingly jealous whenever anyone else receives any sort of attention.  Her pride becomes her downfall when she suffers an accident in which she loses her tail.  Fearing she has lost the one and only thing that makes her special, Sheila becomes very sad.

Over time Sheila befriends Harriett, another gecko whose tail was also lost.  Sheila and Harriett come to find happiness as they realize the many things for which they can be grateful.  Eventually Sheila learns her tail was not what made her magnificent at all.  Now, rather than being known for her tail, she is known for being kind and considerate.

Sheila and the Magnificent Tail is a heartwarming story that will speak volumes to young children about humility, gratitude and kindness . . . and above all, cherishing the things that really matter. This book is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Pitter and Patter, by Martha Sullivan, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Pitter and Patter are two little raindrops which fall simultaneously from a rain cloud.  Pitter lands on an oak leaf before making his journey to the sea.  Patter finds her way to the soil where she eventually makes her way to an underground stream.  Throughout their travels the two raindrops encounter various creatures along the way.  They greet each one cordially with a friendly hello, or howdy before continuing on towards their final destination.  Eventually Pitter and Patter reunite in the sea where the warm air draws them back up into the sky to begin their journey once again.

Pitter and Patter is an enchanting book for children which provides a lively and uplifting story that is entirely unique and fun to read.  Kids are sure to enjoy this story which clips along at a happy pace, introducing youngsters to various creatures while briefly eluding to the science of rain. Illustrations by Cathy Morrison are a joy to behold in this book which is highly recommended for home and school libraries.  Pitter and Patter has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, is the story of Alex, a young boy who was born with Spina Bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.  In addition to his physical setbacks, Alex also suffers from learning disabilities.  He and a group of friends from his special education class form a tight bond after a series of events occur, starting with the murder of their teacher.  Alex has a special ability to heal and take pain from others.  There are those who would capitalize on Alex's unique talents including the house mother from his foster home who aims to sell him out to the highest bidder.

Bowler has created a tangible cast of characters who nearly leap off the page as they come to life in this highly suspenseful book in which murder abounds.  This book is extremely graphic at times, but the overall theme of good vs. evil makes this a book which is sure to keep readers enthralled clear through to its finale.


LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org