Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Memoir Pete Springer, #History Paul Edmondson #Thriller Mary Anne Edwards

The first review today is for the memoir of retired teacher Pete Springer. They Call Me Mom

About the book

Who Will You Inspire Today? Teachers face this challenge and responsibility each day, but in the process, the author discovers that his students can also have a profound influence on him. Pete Springer takes you on his memorable thirty-one-year journey in education as an elementary school teacher and offers the many valuable life and teaching lessons he learned along the way. Get ready to laugh out loud at some of the humorous and memorable experiences that all teachers face, feel inspired by the inherent goodness of children, and appreciate the importance of developing a sense of teamwork among the staff.

Learn valuable tips for working with children, parents, fellow staff members, and administrators. This book is ideal for young teachers, but also a reminder to all educators of the importance and responsibility of being a role model. This book is a must-read for all new teachers and those teachers that need a reminder they are human! Mr. Springer educates others in his easy-to-read, story-like, first-hand manuscript. You will laugh, cry, and get motivated to be the best educator you can. After reading this, I have a better outlook on relationships with my colleagues and am reminded to savor every moment. -Tami Beall (Principal, Pine Hill School)

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jun 26, 2020 Stevie Turner rated it Four Stars really liked it

As a youth, Pete Springer tried several jobs but found each one unfulfilling. By chance he agreed to help a disabled child and found his calling in life…to be a teacher. By reading this book I could tell that Pete really cared about his students; he made time for them outside of lessons, encouraged, rewarded and praised them, and involved parents. He encouraged self-confidence by inviting the children to share their stories and talk in front of the class. There is some humor too, as he describes incidences when teaching grammar and also sex education.

A woodwork teacher my son Leon once had would send him outside at the start of the lesson, stating ‘You’ll play up sooner or later so you might as well stand outside now’. I’m sure that if Leon had been taught by Mr Springer instead, he might have had a more illustrious school career. It takes a dedicated teacher like Pete to really strive to inspire and educate students in a fun and interesting way, and Pete had many tactics up his sleeve to ensure that his students enjoyed learning.

This is an enjoyable read, and also could be a reference book for new teachers as it contains helpful hints such as teaching methods and how to set up a classroom. I think my son’s old woodwork teacher could have benefited from reading this!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

Read more reviews: Goodreads

Connect to Pete via his website/blog: Pete Springer WordPress

The next review is for  Paul Edmondson for his recent release Great Spirit of Yosemite: The Story of Chief Tenaya

About the book

Now in his old age, Chief Tenaya’s life and the lives in his tribe are changed forever…

In the Mariposa Indian War of 1850/51, the venerable Chief Tenaya is catapulted into leading his people into conflict against white man’s plunder of their land and culture during the California Gold Rush. His story is a tale of family love, death, tribal lore and spirituality, all of it torn apart by a lust for gold. In Chief Tenaya’s world, the pillages of war are set against the backdrop of daily rhythms of Indian life in the familiar landscape of Yosemite.

Through the interweaving of historical events with imagined and gripping storytelling, Great Spirit of Yosemite chronicles the extraordinary true struggle of the original inhabitants of Yosemite Valley, their determination to cling on to their heritage, and their ultimate sacrifices.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jun 22, 2020 Mary Crowley rated it Five Stars it was amazing

Set in a natural backdrop of mountains capturing the Indian way of life. The Story of Chief Tenya is a refreshing insight of historical events interwoven with a skilfully written story. Most books tend focus on tales of new settlers whereas The Story of Chief Tenya offers an awareness of tribal life, resulting in being both an educational and compelling read. We learn of the sacrifices Indians were forced to endure as their heritage was threatened by greed and violence. The book not only offers literary insight but is also filled with beautiful photographs. A fantastic and beautifully written novel which I highly recommend reading.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Amazon author pages: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Paul: Goodreads

Connect to Paul via his website: Paul Edmondson Author

The final author today is Mary Anne Edwards with a review for How Deep is the Darkness: A Charlie McClung Mystery (The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 6)

About the book

Are you afraid of the darkness?

Charlie McClung has always known about darkness, it’s part of being a police chief.

But now it’s spreading throughout the town and creeping into his life.

With each body found, the killer deepens the darkness and McClung must put an end to it.


One of the recent reviews for the book

Carolyn Hindel 5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller through and through!  Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020

I always look forward to the next book in this series! And this one was no exception. The thrill and mystery was on until the end. If you love mysteries full of life, love, and excitement, this one’s for you! Two thumbs up 👍

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

AndAmazon UK

A selection of other books by Mary Anne Edwards

Read the reviews and buy the Books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – Follow Mary Anne on: Goodreads

Connect to Mary Anne via her website: Mary Anne Edwards

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm…thanks Sally.

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