Scare-o-Meter: 4

Toads and Diamonds

Posted in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter: 4

Toads and Diamonds

SNATCH A STORY   An Excerpt from the novel Toads and Diamonds: At the well… Diribani dipped her jar into the pool. Full, its weight stretched her tired arms. Grunting with the effort required to lift it above her shoulders, she settled the water jar onto the cloth ring that kept it steady on her head. Tana would be the first to remind her that poor girls earned their every meal, or they didn’t eat. Diribani’s lips twisted in a wry smile. Perhaps she wasn’t as skilled as her stepsister, but she could strive to work as hard. Leaving the pavilion’s shade, Diribani almost tripped over a...

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Secrets of Bearhaven: Book 1

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 4

Secrets of Bearhaven: Book 1

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the adventurous opening to Secrets of Bearhaven, Book #1:     THE WICKED READ   Secrets of Bearhaven: Book 1 By K.E. Rocha Book Published by Scholastic, Inc ISBN-13: 9780545813037 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by Louisa Gummer Age Range: 8 – 12 Years It starts with a chase. When Spencer Plain is pulled out of school in the middle of the day, he never expects to be speeding down the highway with his uncle, trying to outpace the car that’s tailing them. And he certainly never thought he’d...

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Scaredy Squirrel At Night

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 4

Scaredy Squirrel At Night

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the “what’s-that-under-the-bed” opening to Scaredy Squirrel At Night:     THE WICKED READ   Scaredy Squirrel At Night By Mélanie Watt Published by Kids Can Press, Limited ISBN-13: 9781554537051 Audiobook Published by Weston Woods Studios Narrated by David de Vries Music by Scotty Huff Age Range: 4 – 8 Years Scaredy never sleeps — sleep might mean bad dreams about dragons, ghosts, vampire bats and polka-dot monsters. Our wide-eyed hero has a plan: stay awake all night, every night. Between counting...

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Creepy Carrots

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 4

Creepy Carrots

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the amusing opening to Creepy Carrots:     THE WICKED READ   Creepy Carrots By Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Peter Brown Book Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers ISBN-13: 9781442402973 Audiobook Published by Weston Woods Studios Narrated by James Naughton Music by David Mansfield Age Range: 4 – 8 Years In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially...

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Motley Education

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 4

Motley Education

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Motley Education By S.A. Larsen, Kelly Hashway Published by Leap Books, LLC Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire afterlife alive. Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad’s moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go,...

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