Staff Book Picks: July

Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780979230400
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure continues the escapades of the Johnson family. Five-year-old Katy meets a pirate—is he real or imagined? Bobby and Joey visit a cemetery and a 19th century fort, as Bobby searches for buried treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the island. Local legends and tales of ghosts add to a story filled with colorful characters, humorous situations, and a youthful spirit of adventure.

 

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Written by Eddie Price and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN:  978-1-59616-026-2
Pages: 32
Retail Price:  $14.95

Little Miss Grubby Toes tries to be a good girl, but when she doesn’t obey her parents, she gets herself in trouble!

One day, her mother warns her to keep her shoes on outside, because the bees are out collecting nectar. But Little Miss Grubby Toes loves to run around barefoot! She starts playing and ignores her mother’s warning.

What do YOU think will happen?

 

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Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon

Written by Diane Harper
ISBN: 9780984873678
Paperback Retail Price: $4.99

Summer is almost over and Jace isn’t happy about starting the new school year… until he meets his teacher, Ms. Merwin. The two fourth grade classes depart for a field trip to the Crystal Lagoon Aquarium, when the school bus breaks down at a National Park near the Lagoon. While eating their picnic lunch, Jace and Rocco’s new friend, Mia, disappears beyond the trees. Jace goes to look for her. When he arrives at the edge of the water and finds Mia, he can’t believe what he sees!

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Who is Gulia Brown?

Moment Two: Perspective

“Oh, I understand! There are some real haters in this town. I’m Gulia. Spelled with a G instead of J. Kids call me Goo-lia, Gruelia, Moolia, and a list of bloody hurtful and ignorant combinations,” said Gulia. “What’s yer name, mate?”

“You’re a girl!”

“Too right, mate! Don’t I stand out like a shag on a rock?”

“What’s with your pirate talk, mate? Does everyone here talk like you or is it Talk Like a Pirate Day?” asked Driew.

“I adopted words when visiting Australian relatives,” said Gulia.

I need an Australian dictionary to understand her, Driew thought. “That makes sense. My name is Driew; also misspelled, with an ‘I’ after the ‘R.’ My bothers tease that an odd baby needed an odd name,” said Driew, with a crooked grin.

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters by M. W. Adams

Summer Reading List: “Treasure Island”

Prepare to get wet as you embark on a magical boat ride through this Growing Field adventure where personal responsibility is the leadership message. With the help of Nightingale, Pete learns to adjust the “set of his sail” to successfully navigate wind, rocks, rain…and life!

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

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

Summer Reading List: “Adventures on Amelia Island”

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure continues the escapades of the Johnson family. Five-year-old Katy meets a pirate—is he real or imagined? Bobby and Joey visit a cemetery and a 19th century fort, as Bobby searches for buried treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the island. Local legends and tales of ghosts add to a story filled with colorful characters, humorous situations, and a youthful spirit of adventure.

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. AugustineTrouble on the St. John’s RiverGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

FAPA President’s Letter: February

February is “Love to Read Month.” A holiday designed to inspire the love of reading in children. If you’re not a children’s book author, this is not much help, or is it.

Question: “How can I keep readers engaged all year?” Answer: Give readers a reason to celebrate reading.

Most people are familiar with the standard holidays:  Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.  What many of us don’t realize are the numerous National U.S. Holidays in-between. There may be a holiday just for your readers!

My favorite example is Jane R. Wood’s book, Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess, and a Buried Treasure. Jane promotes her book annually on Talk Like a Pirate Day. During September she not only increases awareness for this book, but her entire series. Could you use holidays to promote your book?

Readers annually choose topics associated with holidays or seasons. That’s why Christmas books are not popular in July. Finding holidays involves planning. The reward to planning may be repeat success annually.

I believe many FAPA members can benefit from celebrating their books throughout 2015. Jane R. Wood is a FAPA Board Member. Connect with FAPA members online and in person to learn something new!

Mark Wayne Adams,  2015 FAPA President