Turtle Pond by James Gladstone (105)

Its hard to say exactly what it is, but there’s something really enchanting about turtles that captivates us. Why else would people, young and old, stop to watch them bask in the sun, climb over rocks or swim idly through the water?

One thing we can say about turtles is that they are ancient. Early species of turtles lived more than two hundred million years ago. Their descendants have adapted to live in environments throughout the world, in deserts, rivers, oceans, and forests. About the only places you won’t find turtles are in the Polar regions.

Today, there are close to 320 species of turtles living in the world. Many of those species are threatened with extinction. So, it may seem odd that this story features a species that is far from endangered–the Red-eared Slider.  In fact, the Red-eared Slider is so successful that it is considered an invasive species in many places.

Perhaps this story will inspire kids of all ages to care for and learn more about the many threatened species of turtles in our midst today.

This book reveals the pleasure and curiosity that come from spending time with turtles. The illustrations are stunningly beautiful, and the transport the story to the marvelous adventure that it is. The book is written as poems, adding to the charm of the story.

I loved this book from start to finish!  I will be recommending it to the families who have young kids in my midst.


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Meet Paddy Bostock

Hi Paddy Bostock.  Than you for being here on my blog today. Its an honour to have you here!

1. Tell us a few things about yourself.

I was born in Liverpool and hold a B.A. in Modern Languages and History, a PGDip TESL, and a PhD in English Literature. Down the years I have been a barman, a road worker, a songwriter, an educational researcher, a translator, a book reviewer, a university lecturer and Chair of Department, and a high school mentor. I live in London with my wife, writer Dani Cavallaro, and Italian Greyhound Cindy. I like animals and bicycles.

2. When you’re not writing, what kinds of books are you reading?

Having been a teacher of literature, at one stage in my life I read an awful lot of books of all kinds, both classic and contemporary and including both so-called literary fiction and genre fiction. These days I read very little in comparison because I’m busier thinking about my own writing.

3. What was the inspiration for your Fubars?

I first came up with the idea for the book after seeing the name “Fubar” on a narrowboat moored along the Regent’s Canal (Primrose Hill, London).

4. Are you a full-time writer? What does your writing day look like?

My work schedule is very regular: I write every day between roughly four and seven in the evening.

5. Do you always write in this genre?

I have played, and tampered, with a variety of genres, including detective fiction, crime, fantasy, and satire, with elements of romance in the mix.

6. Do you have any advise for aspiring writers?

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it” (Amelia Earhart). “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” (Mark Twain). Finally… never give up!

7. When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

Walking the dog.

8. Tell us about your current writing projects?

I have another book, My Kind of Guy, coming out in the spring of this year.

9. What would you like readers to take away from Fubars?

What I wished to capture: i.e. the present moment in history (the earlier part of 2019) as a period in which populism flourishes by asserting that history is best ignored because it was never lived and cannot therefore be proven except by dubious written accounts thereby leaving open the possibility of entirely new and different interpretations suited to its purpose. Gloomy? Sure it is, but it’s happening all around us.

10. How can potential readers get in touch with you? Do you have a website?


11. Where can they buy your book?

Amazon and elsewhere online.

Paddy Bostock was born in Liverpool and holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and History, a PGDip TESL, and a PhD in English Literature. Down the years he has been a barman, a road worker, a songwriter, an educational researcher, a translator, a book reviewer, a university lecturer and Chair of Department, and a high school mentor. He lives in London with his wife, writer Dani Cavallaro, and likes animals and bicycles.

Thank you so much for being on my blog today! You are a wonderful author, one that my readers will love to meet. (Please include a .jpeg of yourself.)

All the best of luck in your future writing endeavours! I can’t wait to read your next book!

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Talk Money to Me by Kelley Keehn (104)

This is a book about how to save well, spend some, and feel good about our money. It is a book that is a must-read for all Canadians.

This book is especially timely because there is so much financial turmoil right now in our country. People are being laid off, and there are others who are fighting for even a bit of a raise. It is a difficult time indeed, where saving money has pretty much gone by the wayside.

No matter what your age, salary, or social or relationship status, money is an important part of your life. So, why doesn’t anyone want to talk about money?

In this handy guide, Kelley Keehn answers our most burning questions about money so that we can gain control over our debt, learn to save for our future, have a life, and feel good about our money all at the same time.  And we don’t need a budget to do any of what she recommends.

In this book, you will learn how to:

  • Build good credit (and get rid of bad credit)
  • Decode those dreaded acronyms and learn how they can work for you
  • Talk about money with your partner and everyone else in your life
  • Save for a mortgage, and then work towards being mortgage-free
  • Splurge once in a while and still save money
  • Invest in your future

In this book, Kelley exposes the most common money pitfalls and how to avoid them so that you can make financial decisions that are right for you and still have fund along the way!

I loved this book and will be recommending it to a lot of my friends.



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Feet First by Beverley A. Hoyles (103)

This is a unique book about surviving all the depths and difficulties in life by believing that you can do anything with God’s help.

Our childhood’s are so important. Beverley Hoyles agrees with Dr. Dobson who says, “Serious mistakes are being made that have lifelong implications for both males and females.”

There are bumps and washed-out bridges on the road of her life journey where she worked the hardest for God and others, beguiled by the greatest fears and doubts while confronting, tackling and battling her addiction to guilt and shame, all amidst a pastoral ministry.

Most will never experience the extreme obstacles she has, but they will desire to listen and share her pain, public humiliation and private torments, seeing a miracle of grace unfold, as a bud becomes a blossom.

In this book, the reader is invited to participate in a courageous journey. What we read is a maze of emotions, events, truths, enlightenment, and splendor. Come join a roller coaster ride that begins in the depths of despair, but then takes you to the heights of the heavenlies.

I loved this book and will be recommending it to a lot of my friends.


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No Days off by Max Domi (102)

This is a book about one person’s life with Type 1 Diabetes and the journey to the NHL.  It is a story that is as inspiring as it is encouraging.

As a kid, when Max Domi was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he always had the same answer. He said he wanted to be a hockey player.

He was the son of a professional hockey player–Tie Domi–so he saw from an early age what it takes to make the NHL.  It was hard word, resilience, and the support of a team. Over countless hours at the rink, on the driveway and in the gym, it can take a lot of work to become great. But Max chased his dream. It seemed that he was born to be on the ice.

But when he was twelve years old, all his aspirations were dashed. Max started getting sicker and sicker. Eventually, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Overnight, Max and his family found their lives upended. All he wanted was to be a normal kid, but suddenly even the simplest things were scrutinized. Would he be made fun of if he carried his glucose meter everywhere with him? Would his teammates think he was weak if his blood sugar went low at hockey practise? How much insulin did he need after a meal? And all the while, Ma felt the fear of what might happen if things went wrong on or off the ice.

Max soon realized that just as hockey required mental and physical toughness, so did dealing with his disease. Bit by bit, he learned, sometimes the hard way, not just to control his diabetes but to turn it into an advantage. If managing it meant that Max had to be stronger, more prepared, and more disciplined than others his age, then he wouldn’t just be good at those things, he’d be the best. he’d do whatever it took to get closer to his dream of playing in the NHL.

This book is inspiring, heartwarming, and exciting. It is a memoir about what it’s like to be a kid whose world is turned upside down, and what it takes to make your dreams become reality.

What a wonderful book, by a fantastic human being!  Kudos to you!

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Africa by Judith Simpson (101)

This is a book that is full of information about Africa for kids of all ages. Again, this book can definitely be used for school projects.

I learned so much reading this book.

For instance, did you know that there are 53 independent countries in Africa?  It means many that there are many different people in Africa. There are also different languages, religions, buildings, and food in Africa. How exciting!

As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a variety of plants and animals who live in Africa such as zebras, elephants, lions, hippopotamuses, hyenas and rhinoceroses that roam the wildlife reserves created to protect them from human predators.

Africa is also a continent of ancient monuments, like the pyramids of Egypt, as well as modern cities. The old and the new tend to exist side by side.

The maps show where each country is located, what it looks like and who its neighbours are. You’ll also find each country’s colorful flag displayed. In the middle of the book is a page of removable stickers and at the end you’ll find an interesting activity and useful glossary and index.

What a great book!  It is informative and a complete guide to Africa.

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**Doing Canada Proud by Colonel Bernd Horn (100)**

This is a historical book for kids of all ages about the Second Boer War and the Battle of Paardeberg. It is a war that isn’t know as well as the other wars. So, it is a book that kids of all ages will enjoy and be able to learn a lot from.

In the fall of 1899, Britain entered the second Anglo-Boer war in South Africa. They were confident that the army would make short work of a collection of armed farmers. However, initial confrontations quickly changed attitudes.

Following a series of humiliating defeats, Britain quickly sought additional troops. Canada answered the call, and its first contingent consisted of the 2nd Special Service Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment.

Fighting their first battle at Paardeberg Drift from February 18 to 27, 1900, the RCR did Canada proud, serving with distinction and demonstrating endurance and tenacity that rivalled the famous British regulars.

The victory came at a cost, though. The RCR suffered 39 killed and 123 wounded, but its accomplishments were impressive. Canadians delivered the first major British triumph, which became the turning point of the conflict. The victory also awakened patriotism and national identity at home and earned Canada recognition as a sovereign power.

I loved this historical book about this unknown war. It is definitely a book that most kids will love to read and use for school projects.


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