The Trip Over: “Last Roll Call” Excerpt

13:  The Trip Over

So now we knew that we were not going to be joining the illustrious 8th Air Force in England. We were not going to be in an English-speaking country with friendly neighbors and pretty local girls to date. We wouldn’t have local pubs to visit or weekend passes to London. There was little chance that Andy Rooney or Walter Cronkite would be paying us a visit. The war correspondents wanted assignments where they had access to comfortable hotels and good meals. No chance that Major Clark Gable would grace us with an appearance. He was a glamour boy who had been assigned to the 8th to help boost their glamorous reputation. Bob Hope’s USO Shows probably wouldn’t make it to our area either. No, we were headed to the not-so-glamorous 15th Air Force.

The Last Roll Call written by Kenneth Tucker and Wanda Tucker Goodwin.

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“Fun Kid’s Book” —Gary Roen, Reviewer

Frozen Floppies
John Hope, author
Mark Wayne Adams, illustrator

“Floppies are little creatures who have many different adventures. The author and artist bring to life in two art forms the world of the Floppies. They also teach kids many valuable lessons that are subtle within the body of the work. “Frozen Floppies” is a fun kid’s book for all ages to enjoy.”

—Gary Roen, Reviewer

Read more at The Midwest Book Review…

Summer Reading List: “Frozen Floppies”

Frozen Floppies

Written by John Hope and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-159616-018-7

Retail Price:  $14.95

The Floppies are frozen flopsicles! Fellow Floppies must flex their Floppy brains to rescue their frozen friends. But how can they, with Floppyland borders separating them? Find out how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies, in this Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

Frozen Floppies is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at your local library. If it’s not available at your library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List for Students

Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.

This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR* (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!

  1. Kilpatrick McMurray McFrownSarah Sproles
  2. G’DAY: Aints*M. W. Adams
  3. DOWN UNDER: Kussins*M. W. Adams
  4. OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters*M. W. Adams
  5. Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series*—Linda Smigaj
  6. Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series—Linda Smigaj
  7. Eli’s BalloonCandace Ruffin
  8. Frozen FloppiesJohn Hope
  9. Parts of Speech Parade: New York CityIrina Dolinskiy
  10. Polly and Her PigtailsDebra Latiolais
  11. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy*Christa Carpenter
  12. Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl*Christa Carpenter
  13. Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog*Christa Carpenter
  14. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!*Eddie Price
  15. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!*Eddie Price
  16. Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their ParentsKaren Spruill
  17. Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends*Karen Spruill
  18. King for a Day, the Story of Stories*Mark Wayne Adams
  19. Good NightMareMark Wayne Adams
  20. Miss Mary’s Missing Book BagMark Wayne Adams
  21. Field of DreamsMark Hoog
  22. Treasure IslandMark Hoog
  23. Dream MachineMark Hoog
  24. Your SongMark Hoog
  25. Magic MountainMark Hoog
  26. Johari’s JoyCarol Hensel
  27. Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes—Derek Sabori
  28. Guinea in My Cap?Wanda Hughes
  29. Lost in Boston*Jane R. Wood
  30. Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country*Jane R. Wood
  31. Trouble on the St. John’s River*Jane R. Wood
  32. Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure*Jane R. Wood
  33. Voices in St. Augustine*Jane R. Wood
  34. Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden ForestDiane Harper
  35. Jace’s Adventure at Crystal LagoonDiane Harper
  36. A Dolly, A Dog, and A Camper—Kay Whitehouse
  37. Dolly Becomes a Scout—Kay Whitehouse
  38. A Hand Truck Named Dolly—Kay Whitehouse
  39. Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?Jayne Rose-Vallee
  40. The Rocket Ship Bed TripN. Jane Quackenbush

The Midwest Book Review: Frozen Floppies

Frozen Floppies
John Hope, author
Mark Wayne Adams, illustrator

Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, Frozen Floppies is a rhyming children’s picturebook with an underlying moral. In Floppyland, the Floppies (who appear to be anthropomorphic burros with floppy ears) have been separated by borders for as long as they can remember. But then a terrible winter cold freezes floppies into flopsicles. Can the floppies learn to cooperate and work together before they’re all frozen stiff? Gentle color illustrations add a delightful touch to this heartwarming tale, enthusiastically recommended for storytime. The inside of the dust jacket also has cut-out patterns for a simple “make your own floppy” sewing project!

Read more at The Midwest Book Review…

Meet John Hope

Forever seeking new adventures, John Hope lives a life of energizing enterprises. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida , John earned his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and since 1999 has developed and designed software for simulators, websites, traveler information systems, and numerous other technical widgets. All the while, he has quenched his creative hunger with writing a few novels, hundreds of poems and short stories, several short plays many of which he’s acted and/or directed, puppeteered in countless skits, and built a number of toy train layouts. To keep a steady rhythm in his life, John has run almost 30,000 miles in hundreds of road and trail races through the years, including captaining the UCF Men’s Cross Country team, achieving TAAC all conference, managing 5k races, and at times traversing entire states in relay teams and triathlons.

Currently at home in Central Florida, John loves spending time with this family and friends. Whether he’s traveling thousands of miles in a car or playing board games on the living room floor, he loves the company and conversations and laughs with the ones he loves. He often pulls from these times with his family and loved ones to create wonderfully tender moments and hilariously vivid characters in his writing.

Frozen Floppies, John Hope’s latest release, shows how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies. This book is a Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

Learn more about his other books…

“You did a wonderful job. So good, in fact, I can’t thing of a single thing to say other than, wow! You’ve really interpreted the story expertly and created a new world.” – John Hope

“Frozen Floppies” Book, Pattern, and Toy Giveaway

The Floppies are frozen flopsicles! Fellow Floppies must flex their Floppy brains to rescue their frozen friends. But how can they, with Floppyland borders separating them? Find out how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies, in this Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

Frozen Floppies is one of MWA, Inc’s newest book releases. To celebrate, MWA,Inc will give away one Frozen Floppies book, one 0628 Floppy Toy Pattern (Medium), and one handmade Floppy Toy (Medium). (Total retail value: $155.00) To qualify for our giveaway; like, share, or post a kid friendly comment about friendship on this blog before February 1, 2015. Persons posting must live within the continental United States. Giveaway will not be shipped outside the continental United States. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via the blog by February 5, 2015.

Items Given Away:
Frozen Floppies Written by John Hope and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  9781596160187
Retail Price:  $14.95
ISBN:  9781596160914
Retail Price:  $9.95
Custom made-to-order Floppy doll created from pattern 0628 Floppy Medium Pattern. Made with washable Minky Cuddle fabrics, Silky soft stuffing, Poly pellets, and black bead eyes. (Note: Eyes are secured. Not meant for small children.)
Retail Price:  $125.00