Friday, December 23, 2016

New Release - Too-Clever XI: Susan's Shadow

 

TOO-CLEVER XI: SUSAN'S SHADOW

I'm excited to announce the last book in my children's series: Too-Clever XI: Susan's Shadow is being released in January 2017.  This series is only available in print format and will still be 50%. Here's the cover and a brief blurb:





When Susan was little, her one desire was to grow as tall as her brother, Peter. She loved watching Peter and his friends. They were always busy doing things: playing soccer, building things, flying kites, talking to each other in codes that she couldn't understand, or just plain horsing around. She wanted to be part of the fun they appeared to be having, to take part in the games he played with his friends, but alas, all she heard was, “You’re too little, Susan. Wait till you’re older and have grown some more.”

When was this miracle supposed to take place? I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever, poor Susan thought. At the rate I’m growing, I’ll never catch up with Peter and his friends.
  
Why am I not growing? I have to try and figure it out because sometimes, when I look at my shadow, it appears to be quite tall, almost as tall as Peter, come to think of it. Yet he says I’m still too little. Is my shadow trying to deceive me or is there a secret to this shadow thing? 

Susan is determined to get to the bottom of it, but in the meantime, life gets in the way. Did she solve the mystery?




Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Release - Too-Clever X: Megan's Troublesome Pronouns





Overview

Eleven-year-old Megan Moffat was always with her dad. She had been reading with his help since she was five, and he helped her through most of the difficult words. She thought he was the smartest person in the whole entire world, then before her twelfth birthday, her dad passed away, with no warning. One minute he was alive and well, and the next he was gone. Megan is sad. She never got a chance to say goodbye, but more than that she misses her dad something terrible. Also, she now has to do her schoolwork without his help, and it’s proving to be very difficult.
Just in the nick of time, she remembers something her dad had told her about creating a memory trigger, when she had difficulty remembering her schoolwork, especially those troublesome pronouns.
Read Megan’s story to find out how she masters those troublesome pronouns and goes on to win an essay competition. And especially, how she learns to cope with the death of her beloved father.


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All Hallow's Eve-THE FLIES

Just in time for Halloween, grab this short horror-thrilling number THE FLIES from award winning author, Ju Ephraime


 Title: The Flies

Author: Ju Ephraime

Publisher: ENVISION

ISBN: 978-0991187980

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 Back Blurb:

When Jamie Bradshaw’s husband up and leaves her, he leaves a void that can’t be filled. Sick and lonely, Jamie is doing the best she can to cope, but the ghost that resides in her home decides to come out to play with her.

Night after night, Jamie can’t go to sleep because of the ruckus the ghost is making in her home. Desperate for a solution, Jamie seeks help from a local church. What she discovers when the pastor performs an intervention leaves Jamie with bigger problems than she had before.
Can this pastor deliver what he promises, or can a long-suffering entity connect with Jamie in a way she’s never dreamed anyone could in this life or the next?





Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Release - Too Clever IX: Darell and Bobo

This is the ninth installment in the Too-Clever series.





 Here is the blurb:


Eleven-year-old Darell Ruben has been waiting forever for the momentous occasion of turning twelve. That’s when his body changes in preparation for turning thirteen. Then, he will have a hairy body like his dad, though not like his dog, Bobo, which is what he really wants. He can’t wait to see the surprises turning twelve will bring. Will his body really change, as his mom promises? Darell is excited and nervous at the same time. What will being twelve mean to him, especially when twelve soon turns into the terrible teens that his mom was always going on about.

Here's a Five Star Review from Readers' Favorite

Too Clever IX: Darell and Bobo is a contemporary fiction novella for children, grades 4-6, and preteens written and designed by Dr. Julia E. Antoine. Darell and Bobo had been a team ever since Darell's parents had gotten Bobo for him when he was six years old. He loved caring for Bobo and made sure his coat was groomed and shining. Darell would sometimes eat some of Bobo's food or biscuits when his mom wasn’t around. He wanted to have soft fur on his body, like Bobo and his dad had. When his mom noticed him eating a dog biscuit, and he told her his reasons for doing so, his mom said to wait until he was a bit older and then all sorts of changes would happen. She told him that being twelve was a big time for changes, and Darell couldn't wait. He had mentioned to her that he was thinking of becoming a vet when he grew up, and his mom said she'd arrange for him to volunteer after school at the vet's so he could get a feel for what it was like when he was twelve. All too soon, his twelfth birthday was coming up and he was also graduating from middle school.

Dr. Julia E. Antoine's contemporary fiction novella for children and preteens, Too Clever IX: Darell and Bobo, discusses growing up in a way that will help preteens who are too timid to find out from the adults in their lives. Puberty is a great mysterious divide, and, like Darell, most kids are wondering when their bodies will start to change and how. Antoine also addresses domestic abuse and the impact it can have on the victims' lives, in this case Jonas and Jonas' mom, who has no idea her boyfriend is physically abusive to her son when she's at work. The story shows how sometimes just telling a friend about a big, embarrassing problem can lead to the help that seems so far away. Darell and Bobo also teaches lessons in loyalty and friendship, and shows young readers how they can incorporate new friendships and interests into their lives as they grow up, without sacrificing old ones. Darell and Bobo is an entertaining and interesting tale, with marvelous illustrations, and it's highly recommended.

 

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/too-clever-ix
 
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Release: Too-Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings


I'm so excited to announce the release of the 8th book in the Too-Clever series, Kacie’ Chicken & Dumplings. Early reviews have been awesome - I'm told they love the chapter book format and readers love how the character grew and developed from when she was first introduced. Here's a bit about the book:




Back Blurb:

Ten, almost eleven, year old Kacie went on a no dinner strike when her parents refused to prepare her favorite meal, Chicken and Dumplings. She had tried tears, tantrums, being a goody two-shoes, but nothing worked. So now, she has resorted to this hunger strike.
After two days on the strike, she would have given up already had it not been for the time she spends on the telephone with her best friend, Holly. Holly gave her encouragement which kept her going. She didn’t know what she would have done without Holly. She shared everything with her. They were inseparable, that is until a new boy, Paul, moved into the neighborhood and began attending their school. Now Holly had no time for her, she was more interested in talking with Paul. Unfortunately, Paul was interested in talking with Kacie, what a dilemma. All Kacie wanted was to have chicken and dumplings for dinner and have her best friend back. Why do things have to be so difficult?
In this eighth installment in the Too-Clever series, young readers will once again relate to Kacie’s growing pains as she copes with everything, from learning to make do, to almost losing her best friend to secret crushes.
 

Read a Five Star Review:

Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings is a contemporary fiction novella for preteens and children, grades 4-6, written and designed by Dr. Julia E. Antoine. Kacie had been promised chicken and dumplings on the night before her birthday, and she had been looking forward to that treat all day. She was what her parents called a picky eater, but it wasn't her fault that she didn't like the same things that her parents and older sister, Sandra, liked. When she got to the dinner table and found fish stew with root vegetables waiting for her, she had had enough. It was time for a food strike. She still had a bit of breakfast in the morning and as little as she could of the awful school lunch, but no dinner. After a few days, she was starting to feel weak and tired all the time, but still no chicken and dumplings. Her mom and big sister were not terribly sympathetic, but her dad was concerned enough to get her something she had wanted for an awfully long time -- a puppy. She was thrilled with little Callie and promised to take care of her properly, train her, and take her on walks, but she still wasn't ready to give up on the hunger strike until her dad told her that her mom was thinking about taking her to the doctor.

Dr. Julia E. Antoine's contemporary fiction novella for children and preteens, Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings, captures the sometimes chaotic and confusing world preteens find themselves in. Kacie can't wait until she's 13, her big sister's age, and the first of the teen years. Things seem so much simpler for Sandra who has taken it upon herself to be Kacie's minder, tormentor, and arch-enemy. Worse yet, Sandra seems so poised and perfect, and it’s all so effortless. Kacie's world quickly changes when she gets Callie, who's her dream come true, but also a challenging new responsibility. Also, her best friend, Holly, seems more interested in the new kid, Paul, who seems to be smarter than Kacie -- something else she's not at all comfortable with. Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings is an entertaining and well-written story that kept my attention and interest throughout the tale. Antoine's illustrations are polished and professional and work so well to bring this story to life. The vocabulary used is age-appropriate with a few challenging words thrown in from time to time, and the story touches on a few important preteen issues, such as sibling relationships, first crushes, friendship, and academic competition. Too Clever VIII: Kacie's Chicken and Dumplings is highly recommended.


You can pick up a copy at:

Too-Clever.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and ENVISION School Publishing.