Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with books for ages up to twelve years old.
The first author featured today is Eloise de Sousa and her book Scat the Black Cat
About the book
Scat has had enough! Every morning, Bruiser, the bully from No. 62 Busby Lane, strolls over to his house and eats all of his breakfast.
Scat decides it is time to teach Bruiser a lesson. But things are not always as they seem and sometimes a bully is not necessarily an enemy.
One of the reviews for the book
I bought this for my daughter and then liked it so much that I got more for my friends’ children! Has a lovely message about why bullies may not be all they seem and how kindness can change them back into being nice.
The next author is D.L. Finn with her book for older children An Unusual Island.
About the book
When Janine’s parents win a vacation to a private island, it’s the same week as her and her twin brother’s 16th birthday. Cool! She can’t wait to lounge on the beach and let the staff pamper her! Much to her disappointment, though, they leave the island to go sightseeing on a boat. Unlike the rest of her family, bouncing around the ocean isn’t her idea of fun. Even when her brother gets their dad to stop the boat to investigate the neon sea creature that he is sure is following them–nothing. Losing her new red hat is the highlight of her trip until an unexpected storm hits, and they shipwreck on an uncharted island. After tending to some wounds from the crash, they search the island in hopes of finding human civilization. Although they don’t find what they are looking for, it appears they aren’t alone. When they return to their campsite—a fully cooked dinner is waiting for them! Why? And a better question is why did they eat it? It was as if they stepped into a fairytale– or nightmare. Who is on the island with them and what do they want?
One of the reviews for the book
An Unusual Island written by D.L. Finn is a fantasy sci-fi novel. It was written for the younger generation, but anyone who is young-at-heart will enjoy this story.
Justin and Janine are fifteen-year-old twins who are on a sailing adventure with their parents somewhere around the Hawaiian Islands. They run into a terrible storm at sea and are shipwrecked on an uncharted island. They are shaken up, but no one is seriously injured.
When they get off their damaged sailboat to explore their surroundings, they soon find that the island is most unusual. It doesn’t take them long to find that they are not alone on the lush tropical isle. The people they find are about the same size as they are, but though they speak English, they aren’t quite human. The animals, some of which you won’t expect, also speak English and are able to communicate with the twins.
Janine and Justin learn that they were purposely brought to the island by their not-so-human friends for a special purpose… that the storm was generated by the inhabitants of the island for the sole purpose of bringing the twins to the island to save their species’ way of life.
But, there are forces of evil at work here as well. Some of the inhabitants of the island are against the old ways. The Freedom Fighters want change, and the twins are torn between the two factions. Which side do they choose? Will Janine and Justin survive the ordeal? Will they ever leave the island?
I won’t include any spoilers. Read the story for what it is—a wonderful tale of family, adventure, and suspense set on a remarkable tropical island. I only found a single missing period and the book is wonderfully written. I highly recommend this book to the young as well as the young-at-heart.
Other children’s books by D.L. Finn
The final author day with a lovely book that introduces the wonder of nature to children is Bette A. Stevens with Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale
About Amazing Matilda
(Ages 4-11 + grownups love it too) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring an amazing monarch butterfly.
This award-winning picture book adventure follows the monarch butterfly’s life cycle as Matilda embarks on a quest to make her dream of flying come true. Matilda emerges from her egg on a milkweed leaf—she stretches and yawns and knows she wants to fly. Sparrow tells her to follow her dreams. Toad and Rabbit laugh at a creature without wings who wants to fly. You’ll be as amazed as Toad and Rabbit are as you follow Matilda from egg to imago. Science, art and wise lessons for children—all wrapped up in a tale the kids will want to read/hear again and again!
One of the recent reviews for the book
Matilda wants to fly. I love her determination and how her friends cheer her on. The story is easy to read with delicate illustrations breaking up the story into bite-sized reads for young ones. My favorite part is how hard Matilda works for her dream. And I learned about the monarch chrysalis, too!
Also by Bette A. Stevens for Children
Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you will be leaving with some books .. thanks Sally.