Tuesday Book Review: “The Silver Moon”

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The Silver Moon: Sadie Wheaton

by Charita Padilla

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432798611

Synopsis*:

This book is about Sadie and her three friends, who are very interested to do magic of their own experience. But they are curious: how to do it? What would work or not? Sir Winterland knows that one of the girls does have a very special gift in her and also knows that her parents had been experimenting with the Witchcrafts durnig their lives. Sir Winterland decides to invite Sadie and her three friends to attend his school and to learn an exciting experiment that they never knew before. This story is about Magic, Excitement, Adventure and many sensational feelings. You may see it clearly.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Sadie Wheaton and her three friends have always been close, but they’ve bonded even more strongly during their experiences together in Wizard School.

Now in their third year, young Sadie discovers that she has a rare gift … she can cast a very special spell.

Sadie’s talent is noticed by someone who does not have her best interests at heart … someone who wants to control Sadie and use her gifts for selfish gain.

The Silver Moon is a funny, suspenseful, enchanting story that will have you on the edge of your seat, and eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

reviewed by Beth of Beth’s Book Reviews

 

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

I think it is very detailed. I love their expressions in the book and it is really funny and serious; at points my son actually likes it too cause they’re talking about wizard school and I think he thinks it reminds him of Wizards of Waverly Place in a way, so he has been wanting me to read it more and more and I am enjoying it so far, and I usually don’t read books but this one I must say is very funny and serious and is really well. I hope you guys enjoy it; I’m only on page 52 but I’m a mom taking care of a boy by myself, so, but he has been showing interest in the book and he’s only 6yrs . I hope you guys check it out and buy it I know I’m glad I did 🙂

– Amazon Reviewer Lins B

No one likes to be used, as tempting as it can often seem. “The Silver Moon” is a novel of fantasy, following third year wizard Sadie Wheaton as she finds that she has her own special magical talents, but there are those who want to use her for their own selfish purposes, and Sadie must confide in her friends to keep her will her own. “The Silver Moon” is a riveting read for young adult fantasy readers, much recommended.

– Buhl’s Bookshelf at the Midwest Book Review

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Saturday Book Review: “The Highly Effective Habits of 5 Successful Authors”

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High Effective Habits of 5 Successful Authors

The High Effective Habits of 5 Successful Authors:
How They Beat the Self-Publishing Odds
(and how you can too)

by Outskirts Press

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432760915

Synopsis*:

Meet five successfully self-published authors and discover in their own words what contributed to their success.

How did Gang Chen earn over $100,000 in 180 days? How has Sally Shields transformed herself from a stay-at-home mom to a #1 Amazon.com bestselling author and book marketing dynamo? How did Ronnie Lee become one of the most prolific published authors in the world? How has Charlotte Endorf turned personal hardships into life-affirming successes? How did Andrew J. Rafkin find the motivation during a boating trip to write not one, not two, not three, but four award-winning novels?

Regardless of whether you are just starting to write your book, or exploring all your publishing options with a completed manuscript in your hands, the personal stories and effective habits of these five authors will surely inspire you!

Here they are:

Andrew J. Rafkin is a San Pedro native, a successful entrepreneur, and the current president of Palos Verdes Security Systems. Rafkin has received numerous awards for his books, including the EVVY literary award for Red Sky Morning and a gold, silver, and bronze “sweep” of the Action/Adventure category in the Readers Favorite Awards for his Madness trilogy: Creating Madness, Mediterranean Madness and Mexican Madness.

Charlotte Endorf was recognized as “Toastmaster of the Decade” and is a two-time winner of the coveted “Distinguished Toastmaster” award through her 10-year affiliation with Toastmasters International. She inspires and educates audiences with her professional talks designed to complement each of her many books, including By Train They Came, Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo, and Unsung Neighbors.

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally-acclaimed author of Architectural Practice Simplified, Planting Design Illustrated and several LEED exam guides including LEED AP Exam Guide, LEED BD&C Exam Guide, and LEED GA EXAM GUIDE.

Sally Shields is an award-winning pianist, composer, speaker, and author. She is also the #1 Amazon.com bestselling author of The Daughter-in-Law Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Make Friends with Your Mother-In-Law! as well as The Collaborator Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Stay Friends with Your Co-Author!

Ronnie Lee is a Chinese poet and philosopher. He has lived and studied in the United Kingdom, but now resides in Hong Kong, where he is working to establish greater awareness of modern philosophy and poetry. As one of the most prolific published authors today, his tomes include The Philosophy of Life, The Genius of the Metropolis, and The Meaning of Life, among many others.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

This book means a lot to me even though I have written 8 books of my own on important subjects such as philosophy, politics, religion and science. Beyond my theories and experience, I realize there are some very kind people in this World. In this book, I can see four authors beside myself that are dedicated to success. This success from all five authors seems to be motivated by four different purposes, one money, one fame, one awards, one personal and one spiritual. Yet it is not what any of us really expected in our early childhood years, but whether this was an accident rather than a destiny seems to be the underlining theme of the lives of us all. We all show signs of some greater path that we reached beyond our own consciousness of our childhoods and we all succeeded in reaching high levels of honor and gratitude in our ambitions. Each path is interesting and each path has its own merits. Throughout the hardships of life, each has a moral and each has a strategy and each has a result. All these morals in this book may seem determined, aggressive and even established, yet throughout the memoirs of each author, there seems to be a single drive that was not supported by any major institution or financial backer, so each success was an independent movement and work in its own right. This shows that anyone can succeed, even if you are individuals with a rejected history. The emphasis of each author shows the cost of experience and the hope of success for others who may learn from the obstacles faced by each author. Each one has an experience that contended with social ignorances of some sort and each wants to open the truths to their specific subjects. The kindness is shown by the motivation and outcome of each author and Outskirts Press has allowed that to be known. Although each author is clear on his or her own success whether in profit, honor or happiness, it is still the process and result of how each came to succeed that makes him or her value their experience and that is through patience, learning and acting on wise decisions. They kept their faith of goodness and acted according to the needs of life so that success was not just for themselves but for society as a whole. Outskirts Press has chosen five authors that seem to resemble a success through low odds, almost as underdogs of this World. It has chosen five successful authors who were not rich to start with but ended up rich with their writings and books. These five authors represent hope in many ways. Mr Chen with an educated background. Ms Shields with a family background. Mr Rafkin with an agricultural background. Ms Endorf with a welfare background. And myself with a business background. This book shows anyone can succeed with a book in any field of living. It is a book that will be seen as an advertisement, not just for the five authors, or for Outskirts Press, but maybe for a rememembrance of a time in history when things took off, not just in books but in fields of information, love and hope. It is a book of intense dedication to following dreams and ideas, for the betterment of life.

– Amazon Reviewer Ronnie Lee

This book is very motivating. It shows you that anyone can publish their book-and be very successful at it. Although the 5 featured authors each start with different goals, the outcome is similar-they learn ways to effectively market their books and have reaped the benefits from doing so. This book is very moving and you come to appreciate the determination of these 5 authors to follow their dreams.

– Amazon Reviewer Elizabeth

 


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Saturday Book Review: “Spiffy Kids Storybook of Feelings Collection”

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Spiffy Kids Storybook of Feelings

Spiffy Kids Storybook of Feelings Collection

by J.R. Robinson

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9780578164960

Synopsis*:

Meet your feelings! Spiffy Kids are the crazy, fun-loving characters that stay by your side every moment of your day-they’re those wonderful things we call feelings. So whether it’s Mad, Happy, Sad, Shy, Worry, or any of the many other Spiffy Kids, at least one is always with you-even right now! This clever little book describes a child’s various emotions in a fun and entertaining way, with bright illustrations and lots of humor. It also gives children ways of dealing with these feelings and lets them know they are not alone. Everyone struggles with being mad, having worry, and sadness, and everyone has moments of being happy. Spiffy Kids is a must-have for any child’s library! The Spiffy Kids were created by a seven-year-old girl who grew up with an important rule of thumb: Never completely lose what it is like to be a child. By using her imagination, she came up with a way to express herself, giving rise to fun characters that children can relate to.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

I really liked this book! From the fun creatures that show all different moods to the fun poems that are catchy and true! This is a great book for kids and adults to read when they are not feeling like themselves! It is also a great tool to get children to talk about their feelings. I am happy to say that there are 9 different feelings covered in this book. From your basic mood of being mad and needing to take a deep breath to the mood of being worried and learning not to sweat the small stuff! This book should be in every library! I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own.

reviewed by Vicky on the Deal Sharing Aunt blog ]

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Sometimes it’s hard for kids to deal with all of the various emotions that go on inside of everybody. One minute you can be happy and the next minute sad. This book doesn’t call them feelings, they’re called Spiffy Kids. Sometimes children don’t know what to do with all the emotions they are feeling. They are given help with that in this book. They get to know their emotions in an interesting and helpful way. They get to see that they aren’t the only ones feeling these things. Everyone does. This is a fun and interesting way for children to get to know their feelings through the characters in the book. They will get to know that the Spiffy Kids are right there with them all the time. The characters are given names of emotions which help the child have fun, such as Mad, Happy, Sad, Shy and Worry along with many others. There are cute colorful pictures of the Spiffy Kids that show their emotions so that the child reading can relate. I particularly liked the quote from the book, “No one’s going to make me feel bad about being me! Because I’m bold! I’m brave! so self-assured! Don’t you agree?! What a wonderful, fun way for children to learn about and deal with their emotions. Every child should have this book on their shelf to read and re-read when those emotions kick in.

– Amazon Reviewer gayle pace

Spiffy Kids is a great imaginative way to introduce children to each emotion, especially ones that they have trouble dealing with or identifying. The characters are cute and adorably goofy with expressions of the emotions that their feeling and with postscript added in. Each Spiffy Kid has a different color that they represent with emotion, each emotion are enjoyable or displeasing, either way it’s  cleverly written in short rhythm to keep young minds interested. The characters suggests readers to try new things and how to deal with the emotions that their feeling, also how the feelings come about and how to recognize the stages of that emotion.

The wonderful fun colors on the characters will keep the children entertain as they stroll through the pages learning about each emotion without feeling that they’re being engulfed with the feeling of overwhelming with emotion. So sit down with your child and I guarantee that you will also have fun with Spiffy Kids as much as the child you’re sharing it with.

– Amazon Reviewer Oh My Bookness

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Saturday Book Review: “God and the Gods”

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God and the Gods

by Genesis Yengoh

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478753568

Synopsis*:

A Fascinating Story of Culture Clash in Contemporary Africa…

Nsiemboh Ngoske is the most successful member of his family. Intelligent, educated, and poised on the brink of a career promotion, he has blessed his parents and siblings with wealth and comfort formerly beyond their reach. His parents, Elias and Lydia Ngoske, want to do all they can to protect and support their son. Lydia Ngoske believes in the Christian God—that wonderful heavenly Father who has so much to give, and who asks only prayer and belief of His followers.

She prays fervently for protection and favor from God, but she knows that won’t be enough in a world where personal agendas are advanced through the powers of the occult. She demands that her son be protected by traditional medicine, and enlists Elias Ngoske’s brother, Nsanen Jude, to find the most powerful protection available. He recommends Mforme Tata, a renowned traditionalist sought after by the most influential men in the country.

He agrees to give the Ngoske family what they want…but inexorable rules govern the world of the occult, and the Ngoskes find that they are given something unexpected, which neither the dark arts nor the Christian God can control. In a compelling, richly atmospheric, beautifully characterized exploration of how belief shapes destiny, God and the Gods draws you into a world of intricate ritual and family love, where one person’s mistake may have irreversible consequences.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

When a gruff young policeman asks to see what’s in his pouch, traditional medicine man, Mforme Tata, responds, “It is not something you want to see… So are you sure I should open this package?” Brace yourselves, readers: “when traditional values that have been held, respected and unquestioned for several generations are mixed with the complacency and stupidity of of modern rationalism in the contemporary world, the outcomes can be disastrous.” Genesis Yengoh’s story centers around the dramatic coming-together of old and new in the lives of Nseimboh Ngoske and Tayang Emmanuel Tifu. As Nseimboh, the favorite and eldest son of Elias and Lydia Ngoske, moves steadily up the civil service ranks, his family enlists traditional practices for protection. Meanwhile, Nseimboh’s uncle, Tayang, himself initiated into the high ranks of a secret traditionalist society, decides not to bring his twelve year old son forward for initiation. Both men reap the consequences of their actions, as do other members of the family. Mixed with beautiful renderings of landscape and dress, as well as hospitality and village life, Yengoh’s probe into Cameroonian culture is shocking and at times brutal.

reviewed on Mari’s Bookshelf at the Midwest Book Review ]

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“Death celebrations, like other activities, have morphed to reflect the dualism that penetrates the very fabric of social and cultural life in Oku.”
The future looks very bright indeed for Nsiemboh Ngoske. Unlike so many of his colleagues, who seem to spend their time looking for ways to leave the job early, he is a dedicated government employee who takes pride in doing his best on a project. Such diligence does not go unnoticed for long, and soon Nsiemboh finds himself rising in the ranks and being given more and more responsibility. As the firstborn son, he also knows his duty to his family, so in addition to providing for his wife and children he generously passes much of his financial gains to his parents and siblings. Of course, there will always be those who are jealous of someone else’s success, and their envy can sometimes lead them down dark paths. To protect their son from witchcraft or other nefarious attacks, Nsiemboh’s parents seek out the help of practitioners of traditional medicine to safeguard him. But will their efforts result in keeping the family’s chief provider out of harm’s way, or will their opening the door to the occult possibly lead to tragedy?
Yengoh’s well-written and thought-provoking tale of the clash of worldviews in Oku, Cameroon, succeeds on many levels. First, as a story of a family’s love and loss it rings true with universal and identifiable emotions, even for those unfamiliar with the lush African backdrop. Lydia’s pride in her son’s accomplishments as well as her enjoyment of how his success elevates her own status is instantly recognizable irrespective of culture. Likewise, Elias’ overwhelming despondency toward the end of the book when he absorbs the fact that his own inattention to detail has placed the life of his child in peril will be easily understood, even if never experienced, by almost any parent. Second, the book succeeds as a fascinating study of the duality of religious and social thought in Cameroon. While statistics show that over 70% of the country’s population claim Christianity as their religious faith, as Yengoh so clearly illustrates that worldview is often coupled with a strong belief in the power of the spiritual forces and practices associated with the tenets of traditional African religion. Almost every character in the book, whether a professing Christian or not, seems to seek out ways to cover their bases through traditional medicine and rites, and those who opt to ignore the strict rules of the secret religious societies pay the price. Third, the author’s tale stands out as an excellent addition to the rich tradition of West African literature.
Although unique both thematically and narratively, the book fits easily into the ranks of other great novels of the region such as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe or some of the darker works by Wole Soyinka and Bessie Head. Yengoh gilds the lily at times with superb craftsmanship. For example, in one of the final scenes of his book, the author describes in excruciating detail the painstaking construction by a character of the hangman’s noose he will use to commit suicide. The exquisite care and pride that is shown in making something so personally destructive is absolutely haunting and possibly the most poignant moment in the book.
Yengoh is currently a researcher in Sweden but was born and raised in Cameroon and has a deep understanding of the world that he writes about. Filled with believable characters, cultural insights, and intriguing themes, his tale of a family’s descent into tragedy is both powerful and heart-wrenching.

– John Roper of US Review of Books

 


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Weekend Book Review: “The Other Side Continent”

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The Other Side Continent

by Michail Varvarousis

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478772408

Synopsis*:

A book that under a logical procedure examines the case of ancient sea voyages on the world’s great oceans, including all those components that give light to an ancient effort to explore the Atlantic Ocean and probably even the American continent. A 20 year’s effort researching ancient texts, maps, visiting libraries, archaeological sites, discussing with different kind of specialists (archaeologists, traditional shipbuilders, sailors with experience in ocean voyages), studying some of the ancient astronomical mechanisms, and living by the spirit of sailing in the open sea. The book includes 133 photographs, drawings and watercolor paintings that help illustrate the results of this study.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Profusely illustrated throughout with 133 photographs, drawings, and watercolor painting illustrating how seafarers lived and works, and how their ships looked and functioned, “The Other Side Continent” is a compilation of the incredible histories and mythologies of ancient voyages of exploration. Michail Varvarousis has supplemented his own study of primary sources by interviewing archaeologists, traditional shipbuilders, and sailors with experience in ocean voyages and ocean weather conditions, and himself sailing the open sea, many times pushing his boat and crew to the limits to better understand what those explorers of yesteryear experienced.

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “The Other Side Continent” is an impressively informed and informative study that is very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that “The Other Side Continent” is also available in a Kindle format ($9.00).

reviewed on the World History Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

The author tries to research the possibility of Transatlantic crossing during the Pre-Columbian era focusing in Minoan, Pre-Minoan and Cycladic periods. In his enterprising work he gleans clues from ancient Greek and Egyptian literature and makes a diligent study based on a variety of well documented archaeological findings from Minoan and Cycladic civilization, along with philosophical references, historic documents and maps mainly from Classical antiquity and Medieval period. A 20 years delving into rare bibliographic references along with data collected through several contacts with archaeological authorities and field based research, resulted in a very comprehensive and intuitive study. To my knowledge there is no similar research until recently so this book could fill the gap for such a kind of textbook. On the other hand it could be approached as a popular reading. Dates used sparingly mainly on documentation purpose, figures and shapes are of very good quality, carefully and aptly selected.

Conclusively it is a very interesting work that does not aim only at history affiliates but at anyone who is interested in a pretty controversial and not very adequately enough investigated topic.

– Amazon Reviewer TSACHALIS THEODORE

Let me first say that I get many requests for reviews daily and I politely say no. To agree to write a review of this book was a first for me.

This book is FASCINATING! This book is not just for ancient history buffs. It is for history class slackers like me. As a chemistry major, I barely paid attention in history class. All I remember is a map of the ancient world that had a notation where the Atlantic Ocean was, with the words “Beyond here, there be dragons!” For those who still believe Christopher Columbus discovered the “new world”, this is also for you.

This author, a Greek physician, has spent 20 years compiling information, visiting ancient lands, and talking to scholars to amass this treasure trove of information on ancient maritime history. I was reintroduced to Homer and others who wrote of the exploration of the Atlantic. I was unaware of the religious beliefs of the time that inspired, no, compelled the explorers to seek answers to what lay beyond the horizon where the sun went every evening.

The pictures and maps are likewise fascinating, showing details of the world as the ancients understood it to be. Also amazing, are the pictures of the boats, engineering marvels for their time, that took the explorers into the unknown.

Spoiler alert: Very ancient civilizations discovered the continent on the other side of the Atlantic long before Christopher Columbus. Read here about how they did this, and most interesting, why they went in search for it.

– Amazon Reviewer Carol Lynn

 

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Saturday Book Review: “I Love Me and the Skin I’m In”

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I Love Me and the Skin I’m In

by Jessica N. Crutcher

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478770602

Synopsis*:

Love yourself no matter what others say. Follow Jessica on her journey to understanding what it means to love yourself despite how others may view you. See how Jessica handles the challenges of bullying, and learns to love the skin she is in.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

“I Love Me and the Skin I’m In” is a sensitive, yet practical story about girls finding ways to react to racist bullying by their peers. Jessica is a lovely, beloved girl with cafe au lait colored skin. One day as her mother took her home from school, she was upset. Further questioning revealed that Jessica had her feelings badly hurt by fellow students, who told her she was not black, so they did not like her. The story that follows presents some positive options about reactions to racism and bullying among children. Realistic colored illustrations reveal children with different skin and hair colors. Jessica is able to figure out a strategy for going on with her life in elementary school even though her feelings have been badly hurt. She finds new friends who are supportive of her, who share her experiences of bullying. Best of all, their teacher notices and cares about what has happened. She expedites a teaching encounter between Jessica and her new friends who have also been bullied, and the girls who hurt their feelings. Apologies ensue, and Jessica forgives each of the girls who bullied her. “I Love Me and the Skin I’m In” ends with a positive message of self empowerment for kids who experience similar bullying behavior: Learn to love the skin you’re in.

reviewed on the Social Issues Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

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I absolutely adore the concept of this book and enjoyed reading it.

Jessica has her first experience with bullying and discovers through, family, teacher, and true friend support, that bullying can’t get the best of her.

The book is short, as is typical with children’s books, but I feel like this one could have been just a bit longer. The conflict and resolution happened so fast. It was well written and the concepts and emotions were expressed wonderfully. I simply wish there had been a bit more. Perhaps delving more into the motives of the bullying children.

Also, the illustrations were beautiful, but again, there just didn’t seem to be enough of them.

Recommended to children, fans of children’s books, and anyone wanting to bring awareness to bullying.

– Amazon Reviewer Toinette

Thank you Jessica. I am happy there is a book relating to bullying, etc that shows young children of all races that name calling, etc is NOT the avenue to take when someone hurts your feeling. Jessica was smart enough to tell her Mom what happened, go seek new friends, and accept the apologies of the girls who bullied her. Of course the response of the teacher was A+. Hopefully you know a Male that can write a book for the male population.

– Amazon Reviewer Quilter Patricia

 


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Saturday Book Review: “Sheila: Quest for the Golden Sapphire”

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Sheila: Quest for the Golden Sapphire Shawn Caldwell

Sheila: Quest for the Golden Sapphire

by Shawn Caldwell

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478771036

Synopsis*:

Sheila Domino is turning 15 . . . and her life will never be the same again. On the twilight of her 15th birthday, while blissing out on the screaming guitar of a Jimi Hendrix tune, tomboy Sheila Domino and her best friend are attacked by a clan of werewolves. Even worse, while fending off the mangy mongrels, Sheila realizes that her body is transforming into the likeness of her attackers… What the hell?! A dark stranger rescues the girls, ushering them into a new land called Thera. Once unsurpassed in elegance and beauty, Thera is now scarred by darkness and poverty. The stranger informs Sheila that her destiny is to save Thera from the tyranny of Benan, leader of the lycan clan called The Devil Dogs, but Sheila is unimpressed. She only wants to know how to make the physical changes stop before her boy crush realizes that they share the same interest in food and movies-as well as an abundance of back hair. But when her foster parents are brutally murdered by The Devil Dogs, Sheila must learn to use her gift of transmogrification to fight back. Will she be able to locate the golden sapphire and save Thera from total annihilation? Find out in Sheila: Quest For The Golden Sapphire, an enthralling new novel with a fun, fierce heroine.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

 “Sheila: Quest For The Golden Sapphire” is a riveting read from cover to cover and clearly showcases author Shawn Caldwell as having a genuine flair for original and deftly crafted storytelling, making this fantasy action/adventure novel unreservedly recommended for school and community library YA Fantasy Fiction collections in general, and the personal reading lists of dedicated werewolf fans of all ages in particular!

reviewed on the Fantasy/SciFi Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

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This book was awesome! Full of adventure and excitement! Could not put it down. I cant wait to read more from the writer!

– Amazon Reviewer Sheri

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