Tuesday, September 6, 2016

God Made The Moon ~ God Made The Sun ~ Mary Manz Simon

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824919815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824919818

An engaging die-cut board book that introduces little ones to the concept of moonlight and nighttime
God Made the Moon is a celebration of God's gift of nighttime to the world. Beginning with the first sleepy yawn and ending with a bedtime prayer, this book reminds little ones that God's love shines on us just as the moon shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty die-cut feature, the book will be a welcome addition to any child's bedtime rituals.

My take on this book:
God Made The Moon is a wonderful way to share with your youngster why God made the moon and the reminder that it provides each night. Filled with delightful illustrations the colorful pages will certainly capture the imagination while the words will certainly capture their minds and may even provide a few chuckles as the character of the story goes through the same nightly ritual that they themselves may preform as they ready for bed. Most of all though this book shares the love of God. I could easily see this book becoming a nighttime ritual, and easily a favorite book that youngsters will want to read again and again. There is a bit of rhyming prose with easy to read words that will easily have youngsters wanting to read along with mom or dad. What a delightful way to prepare your youngster for their nightly ritual while also teaching them that God's love is always shining down on them. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824919807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824919801

An engaging die-cut board book that introduces little ones to the concept of sunlight and daytime
God Made the Sun is a celebration of God's gift of daytime to the world. Beginning with the first rays of sunlight and moving through the day, this book reminds little ones that God's love shines on us just as the sun shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty die-cut feature, the book will serve as a welcome reminder of God's presence in our lives.

My take on this book:
A beautifully illustrated book where the illustrations allow the book to come to life. The bright colors really pop from the pages but it's the wonderful message of God's love that really makes this book the perfect read for youngsters. This book is a sturdy board book with rounded edges which is something that I always like to see. The pages are shiny and sturdy enough for repeated use and the words are easy enough that youngsters just might start recognizing the words and even read along. The positive message of God's love is wonderful. I can imagine that this book would become a favorite. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Friday, August 19, 2016


fetching sweetness FNL.inddStanding between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.
But Agnes’s canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.
When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog…thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.
Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

My take on this book:
Loved this book! It's cute little cover had me wanting to read it as soon as I received it in the mail, but it was the storyline that kept me hooked! To be fair I had read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading this one. The storyline really held my attention, because it was funny, while also providing snippets of spiritual insight. The characters seem very realistic and it was easy to be drawn into their story. I always love a book that is also incorporates animals into a story and Fetching Sweetness certainly does that! Anyone who enjoys a sweetly funny story that blends romance, humor and tidbits of inspirational wisdom will certainly want to check this book out. I really can't wait to read the next book in the series. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Dana MentinkDana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
Find out more about Dana at http://www.danamentink.com.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

God Made You Just Right ~ Jill Roman Lord

A bright and cheerful reminder that God made each of us special and unique
Here is a message that every parent will want to share with his or her child: You're brilliantly created and there s no one else like you! With easy-to-understand descriptions and simple, rhyming text, Jill Roman Lord shares the message that God created each of us in just the right way in a manner that even the youngest child will understand. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer pair perfectly with the text and enhance the appeal of the book. Ages 2-5.

  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (August 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824919769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824919764

My take on this book:
If you are looking for a cute little book that will capture your youngsters eye and provides the positive message that they are one of a kind this little book is perfect! I loved the delightful illustrations, and they are paired perfectly with the text of the story. I love that this book is a durable board book, with rounded corners for safety, and shiny, easy to turn pages that will withstand many, many readings!  I think one of the best features of the book is that it ends with a scripture verse from the Bible. Overall this is a lovely little book that put a smile on my face, but more than that it held the attention of my neighbor as we read it together. I think it would make a wonderful gift for any occasion. I would consider it a self esteem building book that helps youngsters realize that they are indeed special and that God made them just right!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Monday, August 1, 2016

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece ~ Carole P. Roman

  • File Size: 10936 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Cardinal Street, Inc. (March 24, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. 

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. 

If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. 

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

My take on this book:
If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece will allow young readers to learn some very interesting information about what it might have been like to have lived in ancient Greece. The first page starts with an illustrated drawing of Greece today and then we get an illustration of what it might have been like during 350 B. C. The author shares what a boy or girls name might have been, a little bit about how the government worked, how someone might have dressed and where their clothes might have came from. The olympics is even touched on, there is even a list of gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece. Very informative and the illustrations really enhance the historical telling, allowing one to really visualize what it might have been like. Perfect for homeschooling but really great in any educational setting. A neat way to teach youngsters about history.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

f You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America ~ Carole P. Roman

  • Series: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1523234075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523234073

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

My take on this book:
Reading a book written by Carol P. Roman always provides an educational experience presented in a fun and easy to understand way. With this book it's no different and readers will learn when Englanders traveled to the New World. More than that though we learn about various characters that lived during that time, and there is even a handy section that allows the reader to learn about six people who lived during colonial times. Along with that is a glossary of words used and their definitions for greater understanding. The illustrations really bring the prose to life allowing me to further visualize the time period. Youngsters are going to learn history in a fun way but older readers just might learn something as well. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Among the Wicked ~ Linda Castillo

  • Series: Kate Burkholder (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250061571
  • ISBN-13: 978-125006157

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.
Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.
Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone... trapped in a fight for her life.

My take on this book:
I can't believe that this is actually the eighth book in the Kate Burkholder series, but I will say this I hope this series continues forever! Ms. Castillo keeps the character of Kate Burkholder and her storyline fresh and once I start reading there is no way that I can put the book down until the end! 

Among the Wicked is probably the best book I have read so far this year, and actually it's probably the best book in this series. With this story Kate goes undercover in an Amish community that is several hours from Holmes County in order to figure out what happened to a fifteen year old girl. Thing is it doesn't take Kate long to figure out that there is something isn't right but her questions not only put her in danger but also the people whom has befriended her in the community. The things that she starts to uncover is more than anyone could have ever imagined, and it looks like Kate might pay the ultimate price for solving the case!

Page turning suspense where what I thought I knew wasn't nearly as bad as what was finally revealed. Zig zagging plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what might happen to Kate, but also trying to figure out what was going on in the community. Ms. Castillo knows how to plant an idea in your mind and lead you down a path making you think you are figuring the plot out and then she provides a zinger that takes you in another direction. The surprising twists at the end totally blindsided me and made me feel like I had been on one wild ride! I will admit there were a few poignant moments woven into the story, one could feel the longing that Kate felt as she wondered how her life might have been different if only she hadn't left her Amish roots. The continuing relationship with Tomasetti adds another layer to Kate's story as she struggles to be independent and make her own decisions while also being in a relationship where Tomasetti doesn't always agree with her. I highly recommend this book and the entire series for that matter. Whether you're a fan of Amish fiction or not anyone who enjoys a suspense filled plot will certainly find this book fits the bill.

Another great read provided by my local library. 

Louisiana Saves the Library ~ Emily Beck Cogburn

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617739936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617739934

For Louisiana Richardson, desperate times call for crazy-like-a-fox measures. As the new librarian at Alligator Bayou Parish's struggling library, she's returning to her Southern roots and facing trouble hotter than fresh cornbread out of the oven. Somehow, she's got to draw readers back in and prove the library is still vital--even as domineering parish board head Mrs. Gunderson plans to shut it down for good. If that means Louise has to resort to some unconventional methods--like outrageous inter-library Zumba classes, and forming a book club that's anything but Oprah-approved--well, it wouldn't be the first time she went out on a limb. . .

Soon Louise is doing everything she can to rally the whole community. Before she knows it, she's sparking welcome changes--and uncovering surprising secrets--throughout her new town. And between glasses of sweet tea, bowls of mouth-watering gumbo and the warmth of a tantalizing new love, the newly single Southern mom might find a life she never imagined--and a place to finally call home.

My take on this book:
I am a sucker for an interesting cover and that's just what drew me in with Louisiana Saves the Library, but once I started reading it was the people of Alligator Bayou and the characters of Louisiana and Sylvia that kept me reading! The main character Louisiana (Louise) is a single mother of two whose life is a bit chaotic. When she loses her job at the local college she finds herself, along with her friend Sylvia taking a job at what seems to be a long forgotten, sort of washed up library in Alligator Bayou. It doesn't take long for the pair to shake things up within the library, and actually breathing new life into not only the library but the community as well. But when someone decides they want the library shut  down it will take the entire community to save it!

Along with the story of the library there is also the story of Louise and the changes she is going through. Her role as a single parent is about to change when her dead beat husband finally decides he wants to be a part of the children's lives which forces Louise to not only interact with him but the woman that he left her for as well. The story of Sal was quite interesting and while the romance was there it really was the community feel that I got with this book that made it a winner for me.  A very enjoyable, easy to read, and connect with story that had all the elements that I enjoy. From the small town feel with a really quirky cast of characters to a herd of chihuahuas it was a great little read that I hated to see end. I do think that a few of the other characters have their own stories to tell, and I for one would really love to read a story revolving around Sal's sister Betta. 

Another great book borrowed from my local library. 

NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible

  • Imitation Leather: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Box Lea edition (May 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718076893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718076894

The Bible that allows you to study Scripture in the order of events as they happened
The Chronological Study Bible presents the text of the New King James Version in chronological order - the order in which the events actually happened - with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times. It is the only NKJV study Bible arranged in chronological order.
Features include:
  • The entire NKJV text with translators’ notes, arranged in chronological order, provides absorbing and effective Bible study
  • Full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena give the reader a dramatic, “you are there” experience
  • Fascinating articles connect the Bible text to world history and culture
  • Daily Life Notes explain how people lived in Bible times
  • Time Panels and Charts show the flow of Bible history
  • In-text and full-page color maps of the biblical world assist study
My take on this Bible:
If I had to describe this Bible in one word I think it would be luxurious! Right out of the box I was impressed with the butter soft imitation cover and the overall quality of the binding. There is a presentation page, glossary, concordance, and several reading plans. The color maps and pictures really bring the text to life, and the various articles really aid the user in gaining knowledge about various topics. The font is an easy to read size and the weight of this Bible isn't overly heavy, a very usable Bible. Anyone who has ever wanted to read the Bible in chronological order really will be impressed with this one.  A Bible that I wouldn't hesitate to give as a gift.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

American Woman's Bible

  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718076311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718076313

Discover how biblical virtues in the powerful words and actions of extraordinary American women past and present have shaped our blessed American way of life. By their examples you can develop the same strength of biblical character in your own life. Whether you are a daughter, a mother or a grandmother, you will find this Bible an encouraging and powerful companion for daily living.
Features include:
  • New King James Version
  • Theme articles show how biblical virtues have shaped our nation
  • Biographies of influential American women highlight key points of their lives
  • Inspirational quotes by or about great women, famous and not well known
  • Introductions to each book of the Bible
  • Essays about biblical virtues embodied in women during key chapters of America's story
  • Ribbon marker
  • Presentation page for gift-giving
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles

My take on this book:
The American Woman's Bible shines the spotlight on the many influential women that has influenced history by sharing their brief biographies and quotes. Along with this we also get articles on Biblical virtues and how they  have shaped our nation. As someone who enjoys American history I love that this Bible shines the spotlight on the women who have helped to shape this nation. 

A bit about this Bible, the first thing I always check is that there is a presentation page, especially if I think it would make a good gift, and this one has a very patriotic presentation page. The size of the Bible is easy to use and the print is very readable. The NKJV is one of my favorite translations, and the small concordance is handy. I love that there are handy indexes for the various people and topics, along with the various quotes and the biographies. I found myself turning to particular women to learn more about them. A great way to learn a bit about the godly  women who helped shape our nation. A great tool for homeschool, and the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys history. While this isn't a Bible I would use for my daily study, as someone who enjoys reading history it is one that has a permanent place on my shelf.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Restored ~ Jason K. Macomson

Restored by Jason K. Macomson
  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (July 20, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01J24TM26

What would you sacrifice in order to save the ones you love?

 Within the pages of Restored by Jason K. Macomson shares the continuing story of Eric, Will, and Carol. Eric a rogue vampire,he and his loyal friend Will have been hunting vampires together for years. Their path crosses with Carol's late one night when they save her from a group of bloodthirsty vampires. Thing is this local coven is out for revenge and Eric decides that the only way to ensure that Will and Carol will be safe is to sacrifice himself, but will it be enough!

Restored by Jason K. Macomson takes the battle of good versus evil to a whole new level!It's a simple yet very complex story. On the surface one might mistake it for just another vampire tale but in reality it's so much more! Sure you have the good versus evil plot,but there is also the very positive message of God's love and how if only we will accept and allow him he can and will protect us from the evils that surround us, but ultimately it is our choice!

 I have been anxious to continue this trilogy and the author doesn't disappoint! I felt like I was reconnecting with old friends as I read this story, as I was pulled right back into the turmoil that these characters face as they try and save their friend from the clutches of evil! As a fan of vampire fiction this entire series is second to none.   The author captures the essence of a fantastic vampire tale by painting scenes that provide enough information without becoming gory. It's easy to sense the tenseness of the story and the many twists that the plot takes as we reach the final destination and learn what the ultimate fate of the characters will be. The faith based messages are very well done, they never come off as preachy, instead the author allows us to see the consequences of choices made, whether good or bad! While this book is the third in a series the author does provide enough information that you could read it as a stand alone, with that said I highly recommend the entire series! Whether you're a fan of vampire fiction or you're just looking for a page turning suspenseful read I highly recommend this series.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Valley~ Helen Bryan

    The Valley
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Left suddenly penniless, the Honorable Sophia Grafton, a viscount’s orphaned daughter, sails to the New World to claim the only property left to her name: a tobacco plantation in the remote wilds of colonial Virginia. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a handsome young French spy—at gunpoint— she gathers an unlikely group of escaped slaves and indentured servants, each seeking their own safe haven in the untamed New World.
What follows will test her courage and that of her companions as they struggle to survive a journey deep into a hostile wilderness and eventually forge a community of homesteads and deep bonds that will unite them for generations.
The first installment in an epic historical trilogy by Helen Bryan, the bestselling author of War Brides and The SisterhoodThe Valley is a sweeping, unforgettable tale of hardship, tenacity, love, and heartache.
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My take on this book:
I was drawn to this book for two reasons, first this historical aspects really intrigued me, the book takes place while Virginia was still part of the colonies,  and the storyline around the tobacco plantation. I grew up on a working tobacco farm so this was an interesting connection for me. With that said I was a bit intimidated by the size of this book, one that I would call a chunkster at over 600 pages, and as I started reading the story I really just couldn't get drawn in immediately, I felt like there was a lot of information that was just filler, and didn't enhance the story. The story did start picking up after many chapters when  the descriptions of the journey to the plantation started to pull me in. Overall there were things that I enjoyed about the book, the author did a good job of allowing me to visualize the wilds of Virginia, and the difficulties that settlers faced trying to carve out a home and life in a New Country. Once I was drawn in then I was anxious to find out what would happen. For me it just took too long to be drawn into the story, and to be perfectly honest I probably wouldn't have finished it had I not been given a copy for review. . Overall a middle of the road for me basically because the first half of the book really drug for me. Fans of historical fiction that takes place during the late 1700's just might enjoy this story. 
rating 3/5

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

About Helen Bryan

Helen Bryan is a Virginia native who grew up in Tennessee. After graduating from Barnard College, she moved to England, where she studied law and was a barrister for ten years before devoting herself to writing full-time.
A member of the Inner Temple, Bryan is the author of four previous books: the World War II novel War Brides; the historical novel The Sisterhood; the biography Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty, which won an Award of Merit from the Colonial Dames of America; and the legal handbook Planning Applications and AppealsThe Valley is the first in a planned trilogy based on her childhood stories of ancestors who settled in Virginia and Maryland before Tennessee became a state.
Bryan resides in London with her family.

Helen Bryan’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, July 19th: Just Commonly
Tuesday, July 19th: West Metro Mommy Reads
Wednesday, July 20th: A Book Geek
Thursday, July 21st: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, July 22nd: View from the Birdhouse
Friday, July 22nd: Reading is My Superpower
Monday, July 25th: WV Stitcher
Monday, July 25th: FictionZeal
Friday, July 29th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, August 1st: A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, August 2nd: Broken Teepee
Wednesday, August 3rd: Lavish Bookshelf
Thursday, August 4th: Just One More Chapter
Monday, August 8th: A. Holland Reads
Tuesday, August 9th: Laura’s Reviews
Wednesday, August 10th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, August 15th: BookNAround
Wednesday, August 17th: The Maiden’s Court

Mr. Zip and The Capital Z ~ Kimberly Bryant-Palmer

After a terrifically hard and terribly disappointing day before the Fourth of July, Peanut Johnson, wandering aimlessly down Main Street, stumbles upon The Capital Z, a This and That Shop. Stepping inside, he meets Mr. Aloysious Zip, the kind and eccentric shopkeeper, who introduces Peanut to a most extraordinary place. There are toys and trinkets, model cars and miniature wagon trains, even memorabilia from days gone by. Discovering the wonders of The Capital Z, Peanut finds not only anything and everything a young boy could imagine or want, but also history unfolding before his very eyes. Touching a Kentucky rifle hanging on the shop wall, he is transported to the wilderness where he sees his Great-Great-Great-Great Uncle Milkweed Johnson fighting in Andrew Jackson's regiment during the War of 1812. George Washington's sword brings Peanut onto the battlefield where the General, on horseback, dodges bullet after bullet. And while staring at a beautiful stained-glass window depicting the building of the Tower of Babel, Peanut finds himself in a crowd of angry and confused spectators, all speaking a different language! But Peanut's visit to The Capital Z turns out to be much more than a journey through history. As he peers into the past with his Uncle Milkweed and some of America's greatest leaders, he finds courage and hope to face his own mistakes, taking his first steps from boyhood to those of a young man.

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Z Books LLC (June 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996254609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996254601

My take on this book:
What an interesting book! I always enjoy stepping back in time when I read a story and Mr. Zip and The Capital Z made me feel like I had. It's truly one of those books that allows the reader to learn history as they are pulled into the story. Vivid imagery allowed me to feel like I was actually looking through the eyes of Peanut Johnson a young boy who isn't having such a good day after getting into trouble and missing the festivities of the day. As he wanders through the small town he comes to a shop called the Capital Z run by a man named Mr. Zip. When Peanut steps inside the store  he has no idea how much better his day is about to become! This book sort of felt like a coming of age story with a twist! The illustrations that are peppered through the story really were fantastically paired with the story. Each chapter ends with a Did You Know page that adds a bit of historical information about the chapter, this feature along with the footnotes provide additional historical tidbits that are great! Great for young readers but I think anyone would enjoy reading this fast paced book that provides adventure while being entertaining as well as educational. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.