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Sweet T and the Turtle Team Book Review

Sweet T and the Turtle Team Book Review

A big thank you to Stacie Theis at BeachBoundBooks who put together the materials for this post and coordinated the blog tour for Sweet T and the Turtle Team. I’m happy to join the fun and to present my Sweet T and the Turtle Team book review. This children’s book is written by Cat Michaels and beautifully illustrated by Irene A. Johns. The tour will run from July 12 – August 9, 2017.

Note: I received a PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sweet T and the Turtle Team Book Review

About the Book

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Title: Sweet T and the Turtle Team
Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator:
Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date:
July 2017
Publisher:
2101 Ink
Number of Pages:
72
Recommended Ages:
6 to 11

My Review: I have to say right off that this Sweet T and the Turtle Team book review will be one of the easiest I’ve ever written.  This children’s book by Cat Michaels appeals to me on many levels! Ms. Michaels gently weaves life lessons as the story unfolds. These lessons include environmental consciousness, acceptance, bullying, and helping others overcome issues are deftly covered. Although Sweet T and the Turtle Team is the 3rd book in the series, each book can be read independently.

In this book,  Tara who is nicknamed Sweet T, is  vacationing at her Great Aunt Mae’s home in Gull Island. She is lonely because she hasn’t made friends yet.  The other children make fun of her accent. And what is up with the neighbor, Billy, who is sometimes mean to her? Sweet T learns that Billy has a secret, and hasn’t shared it with her yet.  Will they ever truly become friends so that Billy is comfortable enough to confide?

Sweet T, her sister Jenna and others are asked to watch a sea turtle nest to ensure its safety from sea gulls and other predators. Will the nest survive when a hurricane comes through? And why did Billy crumple the Turtle Team Guidelines and refuse to help?

The book’s treasures don’t end when the charming and educational story is finished. Ms. Michaels added discussion questions for the readers to answer to ensure they understood and retained the story. She also added a glossary of abbreviations used when texting, a glossary of story related terms and a photo gallery of a real sea turtle nest and hatchlings.

I love and highly recommend this story!

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About the Author

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Author, blogger CAT MICHAELS, M.S., Ed., has more than two decades of experience helping students from kindergarten to college with learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome.

Her chapter books and Sweet T Tales series for beginning readers tell of every day life with a twist of magic and mischief.  Cat’s books encourage young and reluctant readers to use their imagination and solve kid-sized dilemmas as they enjoy reading.

Cat lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys digital photography and graphic design, creates pocket gardens, works out as often as she can, and writes.

Find Cat’s books on Amazon and iTunes

 Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card or $75 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: August 9, 11:59 pm, 2017 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cat Michaels and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party

Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party Book Blast

 

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to coordinate the Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party Book Blast. This book is a children’s adventure book written by P. T. Evans. The blast will run June 20 – June 22, 2016.

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About the Book

Title: Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party | Author: P.T. Evans | Genre: Children’s Adventure | Number of Pages: 108 | Publisher: Montage Publishing | Publication Date: February 21, 2016

Book Description: OBSESSED WITH EMOJIS? LOL with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary. amazon2 What others have to say about the book… “I LOVE this book! The dialogue is witty (and LOL funny); the characters are endearing; and the theme is universally sweet. The author has created a unique experience, blending modern inventions of emojis with classic lessons for kids (and, truly, all of us). It would make a fun read-aloud as well! Definitely a winner.” – Robin (Amazon)

“This book is darling! My girls fell in love with Annie and her emoji buddies! We can’t wait for the next installment so we can laugh and keep on reading!!!” – Amazon Reviewer

“The Emoji Adventures combines things that a lot of kids love- silly characters, fun storylines and emojis!” – Amazon Reviewer

Montage Publishing Summer Reading Program

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“We at Montage Publishing are committed to creating quality books for children; as parents and educators, we’re also aware of the academic backslide that can happen during summer. We’ve created some worksheets, a reading log, and a certificate of achievement to be used alongside our EMOJI ADVENTURES series. Feel free to use them as they are or adapt them to your specific needs. To further encourage summer reading, we’re having a drawing for two sets of EMOJI ADVENTURES books – one for the winning student; one for his/her library.” To print worksheets and enter the drawing visit montagepublishing.com.
 

About the Author: P.T. Evans

Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party Book Blast P.T. Evans has been writing books for children under various names for two decades. With seventeen novels, numerous author visits, and state reading awards, Evans’ books have been translated into two dozen languages.

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Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: July 4, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, P.T. Evans and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

 

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Her Angel Wings – Battling Ovarian Cancer – Part 3

Her Angel Wings – Battling Ovarian Cancer – Part 3

I have been putting off writing this last segment, because it is the hardest part to write. I have to tell you that my mom didn’t make it and the cancer took her from us. But  she didn’t pass the night that her intestines split. She made it another three months, although her quality of life was limited. She couldn’t eat and had to be fed through tubes. She rotated between the hospital and various rehab facilities until her CA-125 blood tests reflected a rise in her cancer cells.

At that point, my mom made the toughest choice of her life. She stopped all treatment and requested to move to the Hospice facility in my home town where she was treated with the utmost dignity and was given plenty of medications to ensure she wasn’t in pain.

Mom was at Hospice eight days. We stayed there with her day and night leaving only to get food shower at relatives homes.  My mom requested Charlotte Church‘s Voice of an Angel music.  We listened to the same tracks over and over because they were so soothing. I’ll forever be grateful to Ms. Church for easing my Mom’s passing.

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She lingered for several days until my husband, Terry, told her that he would look over all of her children. He told her that he’d see to it that we would all be okay. She was unconscious, but I believe she heard him.

The night my mom passed, was a blessing for her and turned out to be a night that I’ve cherished forever. She passed peacefully with my older brother, my younger brother and his wife, Terry and I all present. I truly believe she earned her angel wings as soon as she made it to the pearly gates.  It was a tear-filled night, but we new we needed to let her go. She wasn’t living like we wanted her to be able to live.  So to say that I have grown to support the current Death With Dignity movements is an understatement.

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Through all of this I have mentioned friendship, and there was one particular friend who is still a part of my life today. She’d lost her mom the year before and knew exactly what I needed. She listened, handed me Kleenex or sometimes told me a funny joke so that I’d remember to laugh. To my friend, I know you may read this, I’ll always love you for being there for me.

Another reason I’ve been putting this off is that the Mother’s Day following my mom’s passing, Terry and I were given a  quite timid Russian Blue that we named Sasha. Well, we just  had to have Sasha euthanized two weeks ago because she had cancer. I spent the last few weeks of her little life dreading the final outcome, but knowing I needed to do it. And knowing she was a link to my Mom that would never come back.

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Dealing with the emotion of letting my beloved little cat who helped me through each Mother’s Day passing away at the same time I’d started these posts was too much. So I apologize for the delay in finishing the posts. I know you’ll understand.

These weren’t upbeat posts, but I wanted to write them so that others who may be facing ovarian cancer or the loss of their beloved pets will know they are not alone. I also wanted to post some links for more information about ovarian cancer. The biggest point is that many people believe ovarian cancer to be a “silent” killer because it doesn’t have early warning symptoms. But that isn’t true. Many women suffer from severe gastrointestinal issues before the cancer has advanced to its killer state. So, if you take nothing else away from these posts, it is this: Pay attention to your body and know what is normal for you. If it isn’t normal get checked.

The second thing I’d  like you to know is that an ovarian ultrasound could save your life. I get one every year because I didn’t want to undergo elective surgery to have them removed. I’m not afraid of a test, but I am afraid of going under going anesthesia when it isn’t absolutely necessary.

Please take a moment to check these links. They could save your life or the life of someone  you love.

Mayo Clinic

Johns Hopkins University

WebMD

May peace and health be with you.

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Her Angel Wings – Battling Ovarian Cancer – Part 1

Her Angel Wings – Battling Ovarian Cancer – Part 1

This post is about how my mom earned her angel wings battling ovarian cancer. But first, I’d like to tell you a little about my mom. Her name was Sandi, and she was born in Hawaii before Pearl Harbor was attacked, but was too young to remember that. Purple was her favorite color and she hated it when I’d pick flowers for her because the flowers would die before their natural deaths.

Mom was raised in Missouri and moved to Florida when she was about eighteen. She eloped with my father when she was nineteen. She stayed with my dad for nineteen years even though he was an alcoholic who sometimes abused her. She said she never regretted eloping with him because she wouldn’t have had the three of us if she hadn’t married him. She taught me to look for men who would treat me right, not how she was treated. Then she finally left my dad and married my step-father when I was fifteen. She had some good years with my step-dad. Twenty-one to be exact. He treated her like she should have been treated during the early parts of her life, but wasn’t. Of course, they had some issues, what couple doesn’t? 

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My Step-dad, Harold, with my Mom, Sandi

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An Early Frost by Jenna Brooks

An Early Frost

An Early Frost by Jenna Brooks is the sequel to October Snow.  While October Snow is more about how three women’s friendship is challenged and grows once two discover the other is being abused,  An Early Frost is a love story where domestic violence is a subplot.  Ms. Brooks artfully continues the story of Dave and Sammie and develops the newly formed relationship between Will and Maxine.

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