Smorgasbord Bookshelf 2022- Share an Extract from your latest book – #Children’s – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle

In this series you are invited to share an extract of 500 words from your most recent book published within the last 12 months. Details at the end of the post.

The aim of the series

  1. To showcase your latest book and sell some more copies.
  2. Gain more reviews for the book.
  3. Promote a selection of your other books that are available.

Today an extract from a children’s book by Miriam Hurdle – Tina Lost in a Crowd. A book that I can highly recommend.

About the book

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

An extract from Tina Lost in a Crowd

The musicians took their seats. The conductor came from backstage to the front of the orchestra. The audience clapped their hands to welcome the conductor. When he lifted his baton, the audience kept quiet, and the music started. The first half of the concert went by quickly. Tina recognized the music from the animated movie, Swan Lake.

Then, it was time for a twenty-minute intermission. Mr. Tyler got up to buy some snacks.

“Mom, I need to go to the restroom,” said Tina.

“Me too, Mrs. Tyler,” added Erica.

“Go catch your dad, Tina. He’ll show you the restroom. Hurry and catch him!” Mrs. Tyler helped the girls get past the other people sitting in their row.

“Hurry, Erica! Dad is right there,” said Tina.

Erica held Tina’s hand tight and kept up the pace. They soon caught up with Tina’s dad.

“Dad, Dad….” Tina called as she pulled on her dad’s jacket.

“Uh oh! … Sorry…” As Tina lifted her eyes, the man turned around. It was not her dad.

“Where did your dad go?” Erica asked.

“He was right in front of us. Where did he go?” Tina looked at all the people coming and going from many directions.

“What shall we do? Should we go look for your dad? Should we go back to your mom?” Erica held Tina’s hand even tighter.

“I don’t know where Dad went. I can’t remember where Mom is.” Tina looked anxiously toward the direction where they had come from and tried to spot her mom.

“What are we going to do? How can we get to our seats?” Erica worried.

“Wait, we should not go anywhere. We should stay here. I remember Mom told me a long time ago that if I could not see her, stay where I am, and she would come to find me. She said don’t be afraid. Don’t run around looking for her or Dad. I might go further away from them.”

Tina squeezed Erica’s hand a little and pulled her back against the wall to get out of people’s way.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Marsha Ingrao 5.0 out of 5 stars If You Are Lost Remember to Do This..  Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2022

Miriam writes about a very important topic for a parent to teach their children at a very young age – what to do if they are lost. This young girl and her friend got lost at Hollywood Bowl. I’ve been there with adults, and it’s scary even then to be separated in a crowd of 10-20 thousand people. Cell phones help, but what if the child doesn’t have one? Miriam has a simple rule she shared in the book, so this would be a great book to read with your child and then discuss your own ideas with your children. All in all a great story based on a true event.  

Head over to buy the book: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

Also by Miriam Hurdle for adults

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112

About Miriam Hurdle

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. Sally

What will be in the post and how to get in touch

      • I will top and tail in the usual way with your other books and links, bio, photo and social media.
      • I will also select a review from Amazon or Goodreads that I feel has the best selling pitch for the book.
      • If your book is very recent and as yet has not received a review then I will share one from a previous book.
      • This series is open to all authors both those on the Bookshelf or new to the blog
      • I suggest an extract of approximately 500 words or a poem that you feel best reflects the theme of your collection.
      • If you have an illustration or images you can attach to the email for me to include. No need to send the cover as I will have that or will access from Amazon.
      • If you have not featured on the blog before then I will need Amazon link, Goodreads, blog or website plus your social media links (main three you use)
      • Please send your extract and any accompanying images to

92 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Bookshelf 2022- Share an Extract from your latest book – #Children’s – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle

  1. Congratulations to Miriam on the wonderful spotlight. Tina Lost in a Crowd sounds like a fantastic story for young readers. I’ve read her Songs of Hearstrings, and found it both beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for sharing, Sally!

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  2. I also loved Miariam’s “Love of Heartstrings”, and this newest book of her is so wonderful for children to be tought keeping calm in such really stressful situations. I think, Miriam has practically applied a lot of child psychology here,to write a great children’s book. Thanks for the reminder Sally! Best wishes to Miriam!. xx Michael

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting me and sharing an extract of Tina Lost in a Crowd, Sally. The thought of losing a child in a big crowd still frightens me. Thank you for including Marsh’s review. I appreciated her insightful thoughts. Have a wonderful week!. 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on The Showers of Blessings and commented:
    I’m over at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Magazine. She features me today and shares an extract of Tina Lost in a Crowd with an insightful review from Marsha Ingrao. Please hop over to visit her blog. She invites authors to share an extract of a poem of your book.

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  6. As someone who vividly remembers being lost as a child AND losing one of my own for a few minutes, this is a lovely way to encourage parents and children to come up with a strategy to put in place should it happen to them. Love the extract and the great review! xx

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  7. A wonderful peek into Miriam’s book. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, and what a great way to teach children about what to do if they get lost. Congrats on the feature, Miriam, and on the excellent review. Thanks for sharing, Sally. 🙂

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  8. Not only do I own this book, but it’s autographed by Miriam. I was happy to see her make this come to fruition.

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  9. That’s a great extract, Miriam – and I also love the illustrations. This is such an on-point and important story that would be good for all children to read. Toni x

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