Modern Day Treasure Hunting with Geocaching

 

Mike, the kids and I love to geocache. It allows us a time to get out and do some “hunting” to find a small box to locate treasure.

Hayley and Spencer going geocaching for the first time 2 years ago.

Geocaching is easy to do and is a great low cost way of spending some time with the family.

I signed up on Geocaching.com and set up an account for us to keep track of our geocaches.

Next, I purchased some few small trinkets from the dollar store. I usually grab some small army men. You need small items because when you find a geocache location, sometimes you take an item out and put one in. So I try to have small army men on hand.  When you locate the geocache you also put your name of your group in there. Then on the geocache app mark it as found. Not all geocache locations require a prize drop off.

We also use a GPS from the car or our phone. On the geocache comments, sometimes there is little hints to tell you where it may be too. We found one from reading it and figuring out the clues. The GPS doesn’t give you the exact location just the area that you may find it. We have some that were hard and took us a bit to find them. But that’s what makes it fun, it is like searching for treasure. Once we find it we are excited to go onto the next one.

I recommend starting with the easy ones first so you can get to know how the app works and how you can locate the geocache. We made the mistake of after a few easy we went hard and we couldn’t find it. So we went back to the easy to get use to the “clues” and using the GPS.

Make sure you also bring bug spray, sun screen, a hat, pencil and a camera. If you are going to be out for awhile, pack a picnic lunch or make sure you have some treats. If you want to bring your dog with you while you are going, be sure to have a bowl and a water bottle for them.

Hayley and Spencer after they found their first geocache site. (Spence loves giving a thumbs up in pictures.)

There are geocaches all over the world. More than 2.5 million geocaches are waiting to be found in over 180 countries. It is a great way to discover the area around you. When we head out east this summer for our family vacation, we plan on doing some geocaching out there. What a great way to discover Canada through different means than the traditional way of hitting tourist spots.

Comment below and tell me if you have ever gone geocaching or are you planning to in the future?

Pre-Christmas Kindle Giveaway

 

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Enter the Pre-Christmas Kindle Giveaway from Emma Wright. I would love a new eReader. What about you?

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Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the fun-filled picture book, “Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle” by Elsa Takaoka. Grab a copy of “Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle” and “Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape for FREE, December 8 and 9, 2015.

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About the Book

Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle

Title: Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle | Author: Elsa Takaoka | Illustrator: Catherine Toennisson | Publication Date: February, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 38 | Ages: 3 to 8

Book Description:

4.4 out of 5 stars with over 100 customer reviews. Two time #1 Amazon Best Seller in Manners. Illustratated by former DreamWorks Big Idea storyboardist Catherine Toennisson.

Funny, silly and sweet, Goo and Spot teaches the importance of good listening skills. This amusing riddle educates without sounding like lessons and lectures. Instead, it has a fun and imaginative style. This book about Goo and Spot’s amazing and colorful adventures will definitely hit a child’s funny bone, with a valuable lesson learned along the way!

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How cute and clever was this book. It was like Dr. Seuss has found a friend.” ~ Grafixsus, Amazon

This would be the perfect book to read to a group of wriggly kindergartners. ” ~ Anon, Anon, Amazon

Both the text and the illustrations are rich and dynamic and evoke in both adults and children alike a desire to interact with the text and the images both creatively and consistently.” ~ Margot V., Amazon

The story makes my sons giggle with glee and they gave me a big hug at the ending. Thumbs up!” ~ Torres, Amazon

The words come to life to young readers through the bright and fresh artwork making this a wonderful rhyming book that kids will want to read over and over!” ~ April M., Amazon

 

About the Author: Elsa Takaoka

DSC_8068-EditBudding author Elsa Takaoka puts her pen to paper and creates a fun and heart-warming story. Spinning words with natural creativity, Elsa discovered her love of language at a very early age. She then pursued a career in Speech Language Pathology and English as a Second Language until the birth of her first daughter. Reading to her own little girls sparked her whimsical journey through children’s literature. Her dream to write and publish a picture book was achieved with Goo and Spot and The Do Not Wiggle Riddle, the first in the Goo and Spot book series.
Currently, Elsa lives in Fukuoka, Japan with her sources of inspiration- her loving husband and their two adorable little girls.

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Horror Pack Subscription Review

Horror Pack Subscription Review 

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Do you or someone you know love horror films?

To be scared at night while you are watching one of your old favourites?

Now there is a subscription box that is for you!

Horror Pack is a subscription based service that allows you to sign up for either Blu-ray or DVD Horror movies that come in a 4 pack. (you can also pay for both packages and end up with 8 movies a month) These movies are brand new and in shrink wrap packaging.

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I received the first pack that Horror Pack sends out.

My package included: The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Orphanage, The Barber and Pro-Wrestlers vs. Zombies. 

I was very excited to see The Exorcism of Emily Rose since that’s one I have wanted to see but keep forgetting to get it at the store to check it out.  It was intense and the fact it was based on real events made it more interesting.

Pro-Wrestler vs. Zombies was really funny and great to watch since a lot of my favourite wrestlers from when I was a child was in this movie. (Rowdy Roddy Piper and Kurt Angle)

The Orphanage was intense and I had to close my eyes a lot watching it. Guillermo Del Toro never lets you down with this movies. They deliver the fright you want. I have never seen this one before either but I think I found a new favourite!

The Barber was good and Malcolm McDowell was the perfect actor for this film.  I wish there was more scary moments where you didn’t know if you should hide your eyes or watch. It needed more but it was good movie.

All in all I enjoyed the Horror Pack Subscription I received and can say that I will be signing up to enjoy this again. I wonder what my next 4 movies will be?

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$25 Amazon or Paypal Cash Giveaway from Sons of the Sphinx Author

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the young adult book “Sons of the Sphinx” and “Tutankhamen Speaks”, The Quest Books companion to “Sons of the Sphinx” by Cheryl Carpinello.

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Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl CarpinelloTitle: Sons of the Sphinx | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: October 10, 2014 | Publisher: Beyond Today Educator | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Book Description:

Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Though Hesena’s ba inhabits part of Rosa, finding the whole spirit of Hesena so that she and Tut can be together for the first time in over 3000 years proves to be a harder task than Rosa first thinks. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb – who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic – if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

 

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Awards:

2015 Readers’ Favorite Finalist YA
2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA
2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction
2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval

 

Tutankhamunfinal2 copyTitle: Tutankhamen Speaks (The Quest Books Companion to Sons of the Sphinx) | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: January, 2014 | Publisher: Beyond Today Educator | Pages: 80 | Recommended Age: 10+

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2014 EVVY Finalist & Merit Award for Historical Fiction from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.

Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. None of that mattered because the scrolls in question could not be found. Scholars labeled it a hoax, something that never existed. It was ludicrous to imagine someone speaking from the grave. They were wrong on both accounts.

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Sons of the Sphinx:

Sons of the Sphinx is a time-travel thriller featuring a race against time with the stakes being King Tut being separated from his beloved Queen Ankhesenamun for all of eternity as well as the history books forever portraying King Tut’s family as traitors to the people of Egypt. I recommend this exciting story to children ages 11 and older who enjoy reading stories about ancient Egypt or who are just looking for their next great adventure.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“The author has done a marvelous job of negotiating the disputed points of this era and woven them into a seamless time travel historical adventure for middle grade, teen readers and adults. Her characters are well-developed and manage to appear authentic in both the ancient and modern time periods.” ~ Amazon, Barbara Ann Mojica

“I am a fan of historical fiction and I really enjoyed Sons of the Sphinx. It is a well written tale that gives readers a glimpse of ancient Egypt and the lives of Pharaohs who reigned thousands of years ago. The author does a wonderful job of filling in details, where historians are uncertain, that add to the believability of this captivating story.” ~ Amazon, Stacie T.

Carpinello is masterful in her descriptions of ancient Egypt and makes this time travel fantasy very enjoyable indeed. Sons of the Sphinx is highly recommended.~ Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

Full of adventure, self-discovery, and packed with historical facts, this novel is a perfect read for any girl who’s going through puberty. If I were still there in my life, I would have given it 5 stars for sure!~ Amazon, Erika G.

Sons of the Sphinx is an engaging work of fiction that incorporates many fascinating historical facts that are skillfully intertwined within the pages of a truly terrific read. Sons of the Sphinx comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.” ~ Literary Classics Book Reviews

Tutankhamen Speaks:

“A delightful way to bring history to children. The author, Cheryl Carpinello, reveals the young ruler’s feelings. The same feelings any of us may have had. We are also shown an interesting way of life peaking anyone’s curiosity to read on. Highly recommend for any age.” ~ Sharon, Amazon

Young adult author Cheryl Carpinello has created an imaginative yet historical retelling of King Tut’s full life story in her new novel Tutankhamen Speaks.~ Tyler T., Amazon

 

About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello AuthorI am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview children’s/MG/Tween/YA authors; my home website Beyond Today Educator, and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

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25 Amazon gift card or Paypal Giveaway from Africa's Big Five Wild Animals

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for “Africa’s ‘Big Five’ Wild Animals”, the fourth book in the “My First Travel” book series by Anna Othitis.

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About the Book

Title: Africa’s “Big Five” Wild Animals (My First Travel Book #4) | Author: Anna Othitis | Illustrator: Cecelia Morgan | Publication Date: October 27, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 39 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 9

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Welcome to Angelic Airlines! Are you ready to take to the skies? Children come join us this time on a wild adventure with Captain Frankie on Angelic Airlines as we travel across the world to learn about, visit and see Africa’s Big “5” Wildlife Animals. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to these amazing animals in the savannahs of Africa. Most of these beautiful animals are about to become Extinct. We have to save our Wildlife animals, this earth belongs to them as well. My First Travel Books. This is another one of Anna Othitis’s trip with Captain Frankie. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her travels have taken her a far across the world.

 

 

 

The Buzz About “My First Travel Books”

“This would make a great present to give a child at any time of the year and is sure to give them hours of entertainment and get those minds thinking and asking questions which can lead to further exploration!! ” ~ MikiHope, Amazon

969159_10151641344217184_2105071370_n (2)“I wish that I’d had books like this when I was little. I think it would have made me more interested in Geography. I would have paid more attention in class!” ~ Cinnamon Hollow, Amazon

“An amazing way to learn about the world beyond our own borders from the comfort of their own home, Anna has carefully composed the pages to make them fun and entertaining. It is books like these that children learn and may one day decide to travel abroad.” ~ Sheryl, Amazon

“Very informative and easy for kids to understand! Really works their imagination and would recommend this book to all parents for their kids. Very well written.” ~ Michael S., Amazon

Adorable travel and coloring book for young children. It’s never too early to spark a child’s imagination for what is out in the world.~ Jessica., Amazon

 

About the Author: Anna Othitis

Anna OthitisAnna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children’s book titled “My First Travel Book“, inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna’s favorite saying is “Be Bold Be Brave”.

She was inspired to write her children’s books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe “The Mighty Victoria Falls” All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.

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The Search for the Stone of Excalibur $25 Amazon gc or Paypal Giveaway

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade adventure series “The Chronicles of the Stone” by Fiona Ingram.

Book 2 “The Search for the Stone of Excalibur” is available for FREE from Amazon (e-copy) between November 18 to 20, 2015.

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About the Books

Book 1: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona IngramTitle: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

Author: Fiona Ingram

Publication Date: December 30, 2008

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 272

Recommended Age: 10+

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Summary: In this exciting Middle Grade adventure set in Egypt, a 5000-year-old mystery comes to life. A scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out!

Awards:

  • Finalist Children’s Fiction USA Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009 Awards
  • Winner Pre-Teen USA 2009 Readers’ Favorites Awards
  • Number 2 in the USA Children’s & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens
  • Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards
  • Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards
  • Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards
  • Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards
  • Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards
  • 2nd Place in the 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards
  • Winner Gold medal 2013 Wise Bear Book Awards

 

 

Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur - coverTitle: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 2)

Author: Fiona Ingram

Publication Date: October 6, 2014

Publisher: The Educational Publisher / Biblio Publishing

Pages: 376

Recommended Ages: 10+

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Summary: A modern-day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds!

Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur.

However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.

Awards:

  • 2015 Children’s Literary Classics Award Seal of Approval and finalist
  • 2015 Children’s Literary Classic Silver Medal (Pre-teen & Tween)

 

The Buzz About “The Chronicles of the Stone”

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab:

“Wow! That was an action-packed story! I loved how Ms. Ingram just dove right into the story. From the time that Adam is given the scarab to the time that Adam and Justin return home, there is non-stop action. Through Ms. Ingram’s fantastic writing skills, I was able to visualize all of the events as they were occurring. I can totally see the story in this book transformed into a screenplay for the big screen. I think it’s a fabulous story filled with mystery, intrigue, and action.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“Author Fiona Ingram mixes history and legends in this fast action adventure that keeps you reading till the very end. The characters are cleverly written. Young readers can easily step into the shoes of these two cousins and experienced this exciting adventure that takes you into the heart of Egypt. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery…” ~ 5-Star review from Coffee Ramblings “Billy”, Amazon (US)

“This story ROCKED! It was exciting, action-filled, adventurous and history filled book! It pretty much had everything me (as a boy) would want in a book – danger, mystery, legends, exciting setting, myths and much more. The story was written really well and it kept me reading page after page. I really liked the simple pencil illustrations in the book. I liked the characters of Justin and Adam. They were both nice, smart and brave. The book has no bad language or graphic violence in it…” ~ Tween Review, Erik @ This Kid Reviews Books

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur:

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is an enthralling sequel to The Secret of the Sacred Scarab and features strong character development; an exciting, action-filled adventure; an unpredictable plot featuring many twists and turns; and many interesting and educational historical facts seeking to clarify Arthurian legend and folklore.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“Character development is the key to the story, and the dialogue is snappy… If there are young reluctant readers in your family, this might just be the kick they need to get over that hump. (5 Stars)” ~ Lit Amri, Readers Favorite

“Fiona Ingram has once again taken myth and legend and blended it into an exciting page turner. The mystery will keep the reader on the edge of their seats as they follow the cousins in their search for clues in old books and on the grounds of a Scottish castle. The story is well told and is suitable for tweens and up. (5 stars)” ~ K. Springs, Amazon

 

About the Author: Fiona Ingram

Fiona Ingram, Author Fiona Ingram is the author of the middle grade adventure series The Chronicles of the Stone, which includes the multi award winning The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and soon to be published The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

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The Storytellers

 

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Title: The Storytellers | Author: Laurisa White Reyes | Publication Date: October , 2015 | Publisher: Skyrocket Press | Pages: 234 | Recommended Ages: 10 to 14

Summary:

12-year-old Elena Barrios’ father has AIDS, a new disease in 1991 with a 100% fatality rate. Rather than face certain ridicule and ostracism, Elena tells her friends anything but the truth, fabricating stories about her father being a writer and researcher. But the reality is that Elena resents her father’s illness and can’t face the fact that he is dying.

When she is befriended by a woman named Ang who tells stories about her own father, Elena is transported into these stories, allowing her to experience them first hand. With Ang’s help, Elena gains the courage to stand up to the bully at her school, mend her relationship with her father, and finally say goodbye.

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Elena stood at the street corner, the toes of her sneakers timidly peeking out over the curb. Waves of heat rose from the asphalt, warping the air like water ripples. She took off her glasses and wiped them with a tissue. Then she put them back on.

No, it wasn’t her glasses. The air really did seem to move. Elena had never seen that before, not in Idaho where October mornings were cool and crisp. But now the term ‘Sunny California’ made sense to her. It was as hot as a July afternoon back home.

She shifted her backpack from one shoulder to the other. Would the light ever turn red, she wondered? This neighborhood was nothing at all like Idaho, everything concrete and brick, the only patch of earth being a vacant lot squeezed in between apartment complexes. And the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Lake Avenue seemed as wide as the Grand Canyon, with cars zooming past in all directions. Elena wanted to cover her ears and run all the way back to the farm where she had spent her entire life until now, but unfortunately that was something she just could not do.

Everywhere Elena looked, there was movement. Across the street in front of a café, a man wearing a white apron around his waist held up a large square of red and white checked fabric. He snapped it in the air before letting it glide down onto a round table. At a florist shop next to the café, a woman arranged bundles of roses and lilies in long, black canisters. Across the street on the opposite corner, a large man with a thick brown mustache stiffly swept the sidewalk in front of a drugstore. And there were people everywhere, men in business suits, women in high heels or active wear, kids with backpacks—everyone walking or jogging or even running. Elena suddenly missed Idaho more than ever.

“Off to school, are you?”

Elena started. Was someone speaking to her? She glanced around. On the steps of the building next door to Elena’s sat an old woman with skin the darkest shade of brown Elena had ever seen. She wore a flowered bandana tied around her head, and in her hands a strand of yellow yarn twitched between two long, metal needles. Elena wondered what she was making. Mittens? A sweater? No, not in this heat, she thought.

The woman looked up from her knitting and spoke again, a little louder than before. Her accent sounded slanted and round, like people who came from the South.

“I said are you headin’ off to school?”

Elena allowed herself a brief glance in the woman’s direction but then quickly looked back to the street. This was the city after all, and Papi had warned her about strangers.

The light turned red and the flow of cars stopped, their engines grumbling and growling like animals pulling against invisible leashes.

Elena reached into her pants pocket and pulled out a brown plastic tube the length of her palm. She held the inhaler to her lips and pressed the button on the bottom of the canister. A cool mist filled her lungs. She felt a little better now, but the cars still snarled at her, and the street loomed in front of her like a black void that could swallow her whole.

Elena knew she should cross. She would be late to school if she didn’t. There was nothing epic about it, really. She just had to take one step after another. But the longer she waited the harder it was to pry her feet from the curb.

“What’cha scared of?” said the woman. Elena felt her staring at the back of her head. “Cars don’t bite, y’know. The way you jus’ standin’ there, you’d think they was a pack of alligators.”

The woman was talking to her, but why? What could she possibly want?

Elena stiffened. She had to get to school. It was her first day, after all. As she willed herself to step off the curb, she tried to picture her farm and the way the fading daylight cast lacy shadows across the barley fields. She took a deep breath and lifted her foot.

Suddenly, the street rippled. Elena leapt back with a start. Scrunching her eyebrows, she peered curiously at the street, which swelled and sloshed like water in a bucket. Then the color of it shifted from black to a sickly shade of green.

Elena looked up at the city’s squat concrete buildings with their sharp, straight edges. She watched with astonishment as her new neighborhood, section by section, began to transform—the café, the florist shop, even the apartment buildings all melted into mud, street lamps sprouted leaves and became trees, and where the cars had been appeared the ridged backs of alligators half submerged beneath the murky water.

Soon the entire city had vanished, replaced with a hot, humid swamp that smelled of earth and damp moss. Elena listened to the sound of croaking frogs and swatted at a mosquito buzzing in her ear. For a single moment, she forgot about the cars, and the city, and school, and just stared. She was too amazed at her new surroundings to be afraid. Then, curiosity getting the better of her, she dipped the toe of her left sneaker into the water.

All of a sudden, a monstrous gray gator sprang up like a giant mousetrap and snapped its tooth-filled jaws, missing her by inches. Elena threw her arms in front of her face and screamed.

The frog sounds and the mossy smell vanished, and the all too familiar stench of exhaust fumes filled her nose. Elena lowered her arms. She was back on the corner of Fair Oaks Boulevard, the woman’s knitting needles clicking away.

The signal turned green, and the cars at the intersection lurched forward. Elena turned and ran as fast as she could up the front steps to her complex. Then she rushed inside, down the hall to her apartment, and slammed the door shut behind her.

 

About the Author: Laurisa White Reyes

Laurisa White ReyesLaurisa White Reyes is the author of The Celestine Chronicles and The Crystal Keeper series. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine, a digital publication about books for middle grade readers.

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Title: Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence | Authors: Lisa Cohn & Michael Cohn | Publication Date: September 10, 2013 | Publisher: Canines And Kids Publishing | Pages: 34 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: “Bash and Lucy,” whose authors were featured on the “Today Show,” is a Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner, and Finalist, 2013 USA Best Book Awards. In this contemporary boy-and-dog tale, talkative Bash has a big problem in soccer: His beloved dog, Lucy, is a pro at nabbing the ball, but sometimes at the wrong moment. Coach wants to ban Lucy from soccer practice and games, separating Bash from a companion who boosts his confidence in sports–and life. In this picture book for kids age 4-8, Bash and friends help Coach understand that with Lucy by their side, they feel more confident, laugh more often, and are comforted when they make mistakes.
Award-winning author Lisa Cohn and her 5-year-old son (now 7), Michael, wrote the book and started “Michael’s Dog Blog” to help overcome their grief over the sudden death of their dog, Lucy. Watch them on the Today Show here: http://www.today.com/video/today/53985936#53985936

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“Bash and Lucy,” an endearing story about a boy and his soccer-loving dog, is a book that kids (and the adults who read it to them) will enjoy. Any kid who plays soccer, any parent who’s watched or coached soccer, and anyone who’s loved a dog will find something to love about this book! ~ Susan Moshofsky, teacher, parent, and former soccer mom

“Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence” is a wonderful story that teaches kids and their families about the important relationships we can have with dogs and illustrates beautifully how there can be more than one way to do something…and that the best way isn’t always the obvious way! It promotes relationships above results and creative thinking above the status quo. A great read for any dog lovers! ~ Phoebe Spier, Musician and Child/Youth Development Professional

In this charming and humorous tale about a boy and his dog, the authors cleverly show us, through the eyes of the boy and his dog, the beautiful life lessons learned about friendship, love and sportsmanship. Lucy-dog embodies the spirit of teamwork as she builds confidence in a boys’ soccer team and encourages them to work together without saying a word! Age-old values such as respect, love and non-violence punctuate the pages. Young or old, one cannot help but smile at the antics of Lucy and her teammates. Bravo! ~ Laura Stipkala, teacher and parent

Such a cute book…awesome illustrations, too. I really like the idea of using the dog to help teach the concept of teamwork, the importance of confidence, and how the dog represented to the boys these ideas. I also enjoyed the flow of the book…It’s a nice story that can teach some great lessons to kids in sports. ~ Kirk Mango, National Champion, Hall of Famer, & author of “Becoming a True Champion”

“Bash & Lucy Fetch Confidence” is a winning picture book that teaches children about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship while also revealing the close bond between children and their beloved pets..a. great choice for kids age 4-8. ~ Erin MacLellan, author and parent

“Bash and Lucy” drives home a valuable lesson — kids will have the best opportunity to thrive in sports and life if their adult role models provide a comfortable environment that engenders confidence. I highly recommend including this book in your family’s bedtime collection.” ~ Jack Malley, youth sports coach and author

 

About the Authors: Lisa Cohn and Michael Cohn

Lisa Cohn and Michael CohnLisa Cohn and her son, Michael, age 7, are co-authors of the Bash and Lucy book and audiobook series. They have appeared on the Today Show, on SiriusXM Radio, in Disney’s Babble, in The Oregonian and other media. Their audiobooks feature the voices of Michael and friends, age 7-10. Lisa and Michael’s mission is to share their love of books and dogs. They recently launched www.RovingReaderLeaders.com, which features YouTube book reviews by kids, KidLit author interviews by children, and a kids’ reading club. You can also visit them at www.BashAndLucy.com.

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