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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Counterfeit Father by PV Lundqvist

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers....the place where READERS RULE and non-readers, well...they just haven't found the right book to hook them yet.  ^_^

Five years ago, he gave us Not Just for Breakfast Anymore.  Now, author PV Lundqvist is getting ready to release his latest work on the Kids Fiction world and not only is it the first in a series, but it happens to be today's featured title.  Interested?  You should be because it's a lot of fun with a bit of mystery and a curious cast of characters.  Ladies and gents, today's book of choice is....



by
PV Lundqvist
Stick Raven Press
9780996108805


About the book....
From the outside, 13 year old Tony looks like he has quite the life:

A whole estate to himself.

A fangirl he flirts with online.

A pet monkey. (His third!)

Until you notice the wheelchair. Or that he only speaks with his mother by intercom. Or that he doesn't seem to know who his real father is.

And now, to save his home from a mysterious trust, Tony will have to ride in a broken-down motorcycle with someone who may not be who he seems, and solve the biggest mystery of all—Who he really is.



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You can't help but love AND hate Tony.
Think I'm being too harsh?
Think again.

Tony may have it all (to some degree) but he acts the role of a spoiled rich brat to a "T".  True, he has limited mobility thanks to a childhood incident.  True, his mother lives her life as a shut in, not even IN the same house as him.  True, he can't even get a trained monkey to "serve" him (no really...their are trained monkey's) without sass.  Are these enough reasons to strike out with your witt and knowledge at everyone that presents an opposing idea?  Is that a reason to put everyone through their paces so much that they turn away from you because it's simply not worth it?  Okay....so maybe it seems like it is but in reality, it's not and some of what he gets, he really deserves.  What do I mean?  Well, Hawes for one...but more on that in a second.  

Mr. Lundqvist has a certain knack for making less than remarkable characters....shine.  What I mean is, there's nothing especially grand about our leading little man, and yet he is memorable.  He's snarky and quick, arrogant and yet still likeable (underneath it all...promise).  Though obstacles mount against him (with a little support), he doesn't give in.  When all else fails, he relies on his vast knowledge to pull him through...and usually, it does.  Then there's Hawes, Tony's latest caretaker, though that fact that he even cares after everything Tony does to him says A LOT about his character.  He's not your average male nurse and he has a past (though what it is remains behind virtual doors) but does that stop him from using unconventional means to get this bratty patient up and at 'em?  Nope.  In fact, by book's end he has his wheeling about in an antique motorcycle and jumping rampless stairs as they chase after....well, let's just call it LIFE.




When all is said and done, it's a grand time filled with mysteries you didn't know existed, meetings you never say coming, and a conclusion that leaves you satisfied yet ready for me (and the twist, LOVE the twist!).  In short, it was a great adventure I only half anticipated and throughly enjoyed.  Guess what?  I think you will too. ...the "enjoyed" part at least.  All I can say is that I hope the next book isn't FIVE years in the making, but even if it is...I'll be waiting.




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About the author....

PV Lundqvist loves his family, pot-bellied pigs, and baseball — in that order. PV Lundqvist is his nom de 'net. Has a Master's in Creative Writing from Emerson, member of SCBWI, and a former social worker. Blogs about his life and his writing.


SITE   |    FACEBOOK



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Special thanks to author PV Lundqvist for the review copy as well as the chance to bring this fun read to all of you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as his other works, be sure to check out his site.  This title is set to release 10/06/14 via Stick Raven Press, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing very soon!  Or you know, you CAN preorder it....no rule against that.  ^_^

Until next time...happy reading!



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tumblehome Learning presents....G.A.S.!

!!!!    ATTENTION READERS   !!!!
I've just been made privy to some EXCITING news (thanks Sami!) and simply HAD to share.  It's about G.A.S. (no...not THAT kind... *shakes head*) and it encourages readers to explore the technical side of our favorite past time, while giving them twice as many reasons to celebrate (can we say contest?)!

READ ALL ABOUT IT.....


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Spread the Word!

Tumblehome Learning announces a
GAS Science Book and Activity Club Contest
$1,500 in prizes!

A science book and activity club is a club where kids read science-related books and then get together to talk about the books and try some related activities.  If you run such a club, or if you want to start one, you’re eligible for the contest. Visit our Club Contest web site for more info.
On our Book Contest Web Site, you’ll find:
  • Contest rules
  • Entry forms
  • FAQ
  • Tips on starting a science book and activities club
  • A recommended book list to get you started

Join our Science Book & Activities Club
Facebook Group.


You can pick up more ideas about science book and activity clubs, and you can connect with other clubs!
First prize: $1,000 in cash and gift certificates for buying books
Second prize: $500 in cash and gift certificates for buying books
We also have prizes in several special categories!
Are you curious? Are you creative? Are you energetic?

Are you up to the exciting challenge of saving the future?

Learn more about the Galactic Academy of Science, with academy cadets Quarkum Phonon and Selectra Volt, in this video!
 

Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Future Flash by Kita Helmetag Murdock

Hi gang!
Welcome back to the place that simply can't get enough of those pages and pages of enjoyment out there we call books....Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the review spotlight on a Middle Grade Fiction release that really delivers.  Delivers what you might ask?  Well, to be precise...the storyline, the characters, and the curious concepts introduced.  There's tension and uncertainty.  There's danger and misfortune.  There's surprises from several angles and messages that develop over time.  Don't worry though, it's not all edge of your seat moments, there are also times laced with so much happiness and love that they'll truly warm your heart.  Interested in meeting your next potential read?  Ladies and gents, may I introduce today's book of choice....



by
Kita Helmetag Murdock
9781628738223
Sky Pony Press

About the book...
For as long as she can remember, Laney has been having “future flashes”—visions of the future that she sees when she makes physical contact with another person. Left on a doorstep as a baby, Laney’s past has always been cloudy to her, despite the clarity with which she can see the future. Her caretaker, Walt, claims to be her father, but Laney has a nagging suspicion that he isn’t quite telling her the entire truth. And when a new kid, Lyle, moves to her small town, Laney is dreading meeting him—she almost always gets a future flash when first meeting someone new, and the flashes aren’t always good. Unfortunately, her meeting with Lyle isn’t just bad; it’s painful. Engulfed in flames, Lyle’s future flash is the worst Laney’s ever experienced. But what does it mean? Is there anything Laney can do to change the future? And will she be able to save Lyle not only from a fiery death but also from the merciless class bully without becoming a victim of his antics herself? Follow Laney as she works against the clock to understand her past and prevent the disaster looming in the future.




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I really loved Laney's character.  Her personality made her endearing but not in the classical sense.  She was more rough and tumble, keep to herself and fly under the radar (if it were possible), all understandable considering her life thus far. You know what though?  She doesn't let it get her down or at the very least, she doesn't count herself out.  She knows what could happen when she touches someone's hand and yet she doesn't simply lock herself away from the world or refuse to interact with others.  She's stronger than that, even in her young years.  I think the way that her gift works assisted in that growth to be honest.  I mean it can't be easy to remember as if it were yesterday the feelings of abandonment and confusion that must come along with being left on a doorstep of a stranger.  Yep, that's right.  Imagine that.



As the story builds, we meet other characters that add their own unique flavors to this literary stew.  There's the eccentric but caring local cat lady and her ever growing brood of fur babies (love little Frida!).  There's the bully who wasn't always that way but if you can see it beyond his current persona, than you are VERY wise beyond your years....or psychic.  He's a fire bug in the dangerous sense because he's curious without the understanding of the consequences of his actions.  He's a bully that steps beyond intimidation and words, and into physical harm.  He's a troubled young man that really needs a guiding hand to steer him in the right direction.  Good thing SOMEONE wasn't completely put off by him or he might never get the chance to turn that leaf of his over.  Then there's Lyle, the one that kicks off all Laney's recent troubles...though it's truly not his fault.  

I have to commend Laney for trying so hard to make things right between her and the new boy when they started out so horribly wrong.  It seemed no matter what she did to try to bridge the gap, it went three ways to Sunday.  Luckily, she's plucky and persistant so try-try-again was not as daunting an idea.  Her attempts lead her to a tentative friendship but also on a road of discovery she never anticipated and one step closer to the smoke filled future that lies ahead.  I really appreciated how the author made sure that it wasn't simply a story about a girl who could see the future (sometimes) and was headed for a final curtain call.  She made it about the girl, her life and times, who happened to also have a gift and a shady future but hey, there were other things that mattered, others that she cared for and happiness to be gleaned from the most unlikely of places.




In conclusion, a much bigger read in story and message than one might perceive at first glance.  It speaks to how to handle bullying, doing the right thing, speaking up for others, and lending a hand, ear, or whatever else might be called for to those in need.  The author gives us a story that's believable and from the heart, filled with heart and just a tinge of magic to keep you on your toes.  Recommended read for those in the upper end of the intended Middle Grade audience and beyond; there is true bullying at its "finest" to handle here, just want to be sure the reading audience has the proper guidance to handle the issues presented and ask the questions they may have afterwards.



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Author Kita Helmetag Murdock 


Special thanks to author Kita Helmetag Murdock for the review copy and the chance to bring this amazing read to all of you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as the author herself, feel free to click through the links above.  This book is available now via Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!


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