Riff Raff Sales the High Cheese by Susan Schade


In this I Can Read! adventure, Captain Riff Raff leads a rowdy group of mice pirates to recover their stolen booty—a giant hunk of cheese!

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Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate by Susan Schade


Ahoy, mateys . . . and mice! Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate is setting off on a treasure hunt with his cheese-loving crew, but before they can find the treasure, the bold swashbucklers must find the missing clue!

With colorful, detailed illustrations from Anne Kennedy and lively text from Susan Schade, Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate strengthens reading skills for beginning readers and young buccaneers. The mouse pirates use rhyming words to find their destinations, which help early readers recognize phonics sounds!

Join in on the fun in this hilarious Level 2 I Can Read story, geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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Exclusive Julie Lessman’s Surprised by Love Chapter Excerpt


“My favorite scene is a very heated and emotional exchange between Logan and Cait when she tells him she’s decided to court his arch enemy and ex-best friend, the man who destroyed his engagement to Cait the first time around. I’m one of those authors who loves LOTS of drama and angst, and trust me—this scene has in spades. :)”

A SURPRISED BY LOVE_HIGH-RES COVERI just had to have the privilege of sharing this scene with you! However as Julie says, it is a bit long, so I’ve posted it in a separate post for those that wish to throw themselves into the emotion and read it now. :) You can find that post HERE.

It’s pretty long—six pages…

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Coming Soon from the PEN, Please Welcome Julie Lessman!


I love my PEN posts, and this is perhaps the one that I’ve been most excited about all year. I have a handful of favorite authors, not just for their writing, but for my personal relationship with them as well and dear Julie is one of them. I feel blessed to have her here on my blog and in my life and I’m delighted to share her thoughts with you today!

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Huff and Puff Have Too Much Stuff by Tish Rabe


Huff and Puff can haul a lot together, but what happens when the best friends realize that they have collected too much stuff?

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In the Rainforest by Kate Duke


Kate Duke, author of Archaeologists Dig for Clues, is back with a new Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out book on rainforests that is a perfect introduction for children in the primary grades and is filled with fascinating facts, illustrations, and diagrams.

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The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy (12 Brides of Christmas, #1)

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Melanie Douglas attempts to connect with a troubled student using an advent box with hidden rewards. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a remarkable change in his son, he has to meet the new teacher. Will more than one prayer be answered in the small Nebraska town?

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KEEPERS OF THE COVENANT Kindle Giveaway and Live Author Chat with Lynn Austin!

Lynn Austin is back with the next book in The Restoration Chronicles series, Keepers of the Covenant. Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God’s unwavering love for His people. Lynn is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and a live author chat webcast on October 21st. … Continue reading

Aw, Nuts! by Rob McClurkan

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Aw, Nuts! by Rob McClurkan Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover Date Published: August 26th, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Squirrel loves acorns. When he spots the perfect one, he must have it! But it bounces away.… So he jumps into a taxi, but the taxi runs out of gas. Aw, nuts! He bounces on a pogo stick, but it lands in a hole. Aw, nuts! He hops on a boat, gets shipped away, hitches a ride on a little girl’s bike, and more! Will Squirrel be able to catch … Continue reading

Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander


Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander Illustrated by Craig Cameron Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Transportation / General Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 40 Jacketed Hardcover 10×10″ Date Published:  September 16th, 2014 Publisher: Harper Nolan’s always wanted his own backhoe! So when he finds a stray backhoe in the street, he can’t wait to adopt it. But this backhoe is not very well behaved. As Nolan tries to train his new pet, he learns that maybe this backhoe already has a home. This delightful story of a boy and his construction vehicle is brought to life with Craig … Continue reading

Columbus Day


Today is Columbus Day, and while I meant to get a post of recommendations out earlier, I suppose today is better than never! I have a few links for you and then a few pictures, please enjoy. Follow Margaret’s board Calendar – October on Pinterest. http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2012/11/10/columbus-by-demi/ http://www.thenina.com It was a hot hot hot hot hot day and my blossoms were not very photogenic by the end of it. But we were there! And we now have proof they have seen the replica ships. … Continue reading