Discover More in New Multi-Platform Non-Fiction Series from Scholastic

  Each graphically-rich print book comes with free downloadable and whiteboard-ready digital content to enhance learning in school and at home In the age of eye-catching apps and online video, today’s kids are looking for a different kind of reading experience. Now kids ages 4 and up can dig deeply into the topics that pique their curiosity – from the planets to penguins – with a new multi-platform non-fiction series from the most trusted source, Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL. Scholastic Discover More™ includes non-fiction print books with rich graphics and stunning photographs along with companion digital content downloadable from the web – all clearly marked for different ages and reading levels so parents and teachers can choose just the right book for every child. The series launches with two books for each age level: Farm and See Me Grow< for Emergent Readers (ages 4+); Planets and Penguins for Confident Readers (ages. . .

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Threads of Hope (Fabric of Time) by Andrea Boeshaar {Preview}

Kristin Eikaas has her hopes set on a new life in America.

The year is 1848, and Kristin Eikaas has traveled from Norway to Wisconsin with dreams of a new life. But when she arrives, she finds one disappointment after another. Worse, her superstitious uncle now believes that his neighbor’s Oneida Indian wife has put a curse on Kristin. Everyone knows the Sundbergs put spells on people…

Everyone except Kristin. Her run-ins with Sam Sundberg only prove that he is a good man from a Christian family. But when her uncle discovers she’s been associating with Sam, his temper flares. To escape his wrath, Kristin gratefully accepts a job as the Sundbergs’ house girl, finding solace at the family’s spinning wheel.

In the time Sam and Kristin spend together, their friendship develops into much more, and Sam prays about a match between them. But opposition threatens to derail their newfound love. Will they have the courage to stand up for what is right—even against their own families?

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Franklin’s Christmas Gift by Paulette Bourgeois

Franklin’s Christmas Gift by Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark Genre: Children’s FICTION – JUVENILE: Animals & Nature: Animals Pages: 32 eBook Date Published: November 22nd 2011 by Kids Can Press (orig. 1998) Publisher: Kids Can Press, an imprint of Open Road In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin can’t decide what to donate to his school’s Christmas toy drive. At first, all of his toys seem too special to give away, then nothing seems special enough. With some inspiration from his Great Aunt Harriet, Franklin finally comes up with the perfect gift. I can remember some Franklin books from my childhood. This book is very special in being a discussion starter even for your younger kiddos in learning part of the meaning of Christmas and giving to others in need. It is exciting for Open Road to be making available this and many other Franklin titles for eBooks. *Thanks to Open. . .

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The Newbery Medal for Best Children’s Book

The Newbery Medal honors the year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The medal was established in 1922 and is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The recipient must be a citizen or resident of the United States. 2012 Newbery Medal Winner • Dead End in Norvelt (Hardcover | Kindle book) by Jack Gantos Honor Books • Inside Out & Back Again (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Thanhha Lai • Breaking Stalin’s Nose (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Eugene Yelchin 2011 Newbery Medal Winner • Moon Over Manifest (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Clare Vanderpool Honor Books • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Joyce Sidman • One Crazy Summer (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Rita Williams-Garcia • Heart of a Samurai (Hardcover | Kindle edition) by Margi. . .

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A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana by Murray Pura

Join the chase as an unlikely foursome, threatened by a ruthless gang of ne’er-do-wells, strives to reach safety. Montana ranchers Zephaniah Parker and Charlotte Spence are determined to get two Amish children, who witnessed their family’s massacre, back home to relatives in Pennsylvania. Will they succumb to the plans of blood-thirsty outlaws or reach Bird-in-Hand alive?

Along the treacherous trek, Charlotte and Zephaniah’s friendship blossoms into love. Will wedding bells soon chime, or will Charlotte’s startling admission forever silence potential peals? How will God redeem outlaws and law-abiding citizens in this epic Old West adventure?

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Have you checked out The Gates of Heaven Series from C.S. Lakin?

About The Gates of Heaven Series

Eons ago . . . heaven decreed seven sacred sites to be established throughout the kingdom: the sha’har sha’ma’yim or Gates of Heaven. These sites were placed to prevent evil from gaining a stronghold in the world of humans, and were guarded by Keepers. Yet, over time these stone structures have been destroyed, vandalized, or abandoned, and thus evil has now spread. However, evil is no match for heaven, and so as those living in the realm confront evil in its many forms, they experience heaven’s hand guiding them, as is traditional in classic fairy tales.

Fairy tales have an uncanny staying power, and the need for the archetypes of myth has never been greater. Most traditional tales carry the message that blessings follow those choosing honorable principles and seeking heaven’s will. Fairy tales inspire hope, while at the same time impart life lessons as a hero or heroine ventures out into the world on a classic “hero’s journey.” Those of us raised reading fairy tales have had these values inculcated in us from early on, but it seems no one has taken the path of reinventing traditional fairy tales and turning them into full-length, original novels.

This is the aim of The Gates of Heaven collection of fairy tales: to draw from traditional, well-known classic tales and combine these elements with new storylines and deep characters. Designed to follow in the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (but for a more adult and sophisticated audience), these tales meld humor, purpose, and inner struggles as characters seek heaven’s will for their lives.

The series is set in a world not unlike our own. Central to the many various villages and lands is the kingdom of Sherbourne, which is also the hub of the series. Each tale is set in a different land, featuring different characters and one of the sacred sites, although in all the books an occasional character will wander off the page and appear in another’s story.

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Hugs & Kisses, God from Kids Around the World by Allia Zobel Nolan

Read the rhymes, lift the flaps, and let little ones discover God as the source of every good thing as children from around the world recognize God’s everyday gifts—from yummy pancakes to daisies on the hill and rainbows in the sky. It’s time to cuddle up together and count our blessings.

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Threads of Hope by Andrea Boeshaar In Stores Now!

When Kristin Eikaas arrives in America, she encounters prejudice and destructive superstition that is infecting the town. Will she have the courage to stand up for what is right—even against her own family? The year is 1848, and Kristin Eikaas has sailed from Norway to make a new life for herself in Wisconsin. It doesn’t take long for her Uncle Lars to warn her about the Sundberg family. When she asks why, Lars tells her that Karl Sundberg’s second wife is an Indian who “casts evil spells on the good people of this community.” Having just left the old country where superstitions abound, Kristin believes her uncle and heeds his warning. On the day after her arrival, the family attends the wedding of a fellow church member. At the reception that follows, Kristin meets Sam Sundberg and thinks he’s charming. Still, she can’t help but remember her uncle’s warning. After. . .

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What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life by Edward Welch {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Edward Welch and the book: What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life New Growth Press (October 1, 2011) ***Special thanks to Audra Jennings – The B&B Media Group – for sending me. . .

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The Loom by Shella Gillus in stores now!

A slave owner’s wife harbors a secret that threatens to unravel her marriage and the lives of those around her.

Caroline Whitfield lives in the world she dreamt of as a child. Married to Jackson, a plantation owner, in the quiet hills of 1835 Montgomery County, Maryland, she enjoys a simple life, until new slaves, seven-year-old Sadie and her father, arrive.

When Sadie’s daddy is taken from her, the young girl is forced to serve the master and mistress she holds responsible for her loss. With her grandmother, fellow slaves in the “Loom Room,” and a young man bent on obtaining his freedom, Sadie struggles to make sense of God’s will in the midst of pain.

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Guess How Much I Love You Pop-Up Book by Sam MacBratney

Guess How Much I Love You

When Big and Little Nutbrown Hare show off how much they love each other, don’t you wish you could watch them stretch out their arms, hop as high as they can, and tumble upside down with their feet in the air? Well, now you can! Beautifully designed flaps, tabs, and pop-ups respect the integrity of the original story and illustrations while adding a delightfully kinetic 3D element that is truly irresistible. Featuring a beautiful cover, this treasured tale is the ideal gift for anyone who loves someone more than they can measure.
Loving someone to the moon and back takes on a whole new dimension! The cherished classic is even more enticing in a pop-up edition.

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Love Out Loud: 365 Devotions for Loving God, Loving Yourself, and Loving Others by Joyce Meyer {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Joyce Meyer and the book: Love Out Loud: 365 Devotions for Loving God, Loving Yourself, and Loving Others FaithWords (November 2, 2011) ***Special thanks to Sarah Reck, Web Publicist | FaithWords & Center Street | Hachette Book Group, for sending me a. . .

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The Juice Lady’s Weekend Weight-Loss Diet: Two days to a new dress size by Cherie Calbom, MS {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Cherie Calbom, MS and the book: The Juice Lady’s Weekend Weight-Loss Diet: Two days to a new dress size Siloam (December 13, 2011) ***Special thanks to PUBLICIST’S NAME of PUBLICIST’S COMPANY for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cherie Calbom,. . .

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