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Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% pure magic from beginning to end. I finished the book in two days and could not put it down. Cassie Beasley beautifully weaves a story full of magic and heart with a little mystery tied in! I can’t wait to re-read […]

At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base is an absolutely breathtaking new picture book that celebrates love, bravery, and the unwavering support that family provides. This is a gorgeously illustrated poem that would make an incredible addition to a study on Native Americans or World War 2. At […]

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

 

Some books have a way of simultaneously breaking your heart and making it swell. All The Impossible Things was a gut-wrenchingly beautiful story that captured my heart and attention.  I hope that my words can do this book justice because it is just so special! I can’t wait to share it with you!

All The Impossible Things

Ruby “Red” Byrd is a young girl that is trying to find her way while navigating the foster care system. Red has been moved from home to home and is counting down the days until she is reunited with her mother. 397 days. 397 days until Red’s mother is released from prison and they can be a family again. In addition to the turbulence of being moved from place to place, Red has an inner turbulence. Whenever she is angry or scared, the wind begins to blow. Red is struggling to control her power over the wind, the more she pushes it back, the more it tries to come to the surface. The more and more Red’s life spirals out of control, the more control she loses over her wind!

After being removed from another home, Red is finally placed with the Grooves. Jackson and Celine Groove are sunshine on a stormy day. They greet Red with open arms. The Grooves run the Groovy Petting  Zoo and they are just as quirky and loveable as their zany array of animals. Red seems to be settling into her life at the farm and makes friends with a  tree-climbing goat named Billie, a donkey named Fezzik, and Tuck the tortoise! Not to mention sweet Marvin and his family! Just when things seem to be running smoothly, the tornado that is Red’s mother returns. Red has been so eager to have her mother back…but will things be different this time? Will Red finally have the family she has always dreamed of?

My Thoughts

To say that this book blew me away would be an understatement. I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in the story and the characters that I HAD to know what happened. Let’s just say very little laundry got done and my kids may have eaten cereal for dinner…but it was worth it!

Author Lindsay Lackey writes in such an incredible way that it made the characters come alive for me. I felt the emotions right along with them. Anger, fear, sorrow, happiness, disappointment, joy…I felt it all! As someone who has no experience with the foster care system, I was worried that I  might not have a connection to the book. The opposite was true. I felt so connected to the story and to the characters. Lackey tackles several extremely heavy topics in the pages of the book, such as loss and addiction, and she handles them so beautifully and gently but without minimizing their seriousness.

About halfway through the book, I decided I had to get my hands on every other book that Lindsay Lackey has ever written. I fell in love with her writing style. You guys…this was her debut novel! MIND.BLOWN. I hope that this will be the first of many amazing books to come! She is a gifted storyteller and I think this is going to be the first of many beautiful books!

If you are looking for a beautiful story with elements of magic, adventure, heartache, and love, then this is an absolute gem you don’t want to miss. I would like to thank Macmillan for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

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Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at the public library, and for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. Now, she writes magical novels for middle-grade readers and unabashedly believes in impossible things. Born and raised in Colorado, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dog.

Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel, ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, released on September 3rd, 2019 from Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press.

For more information on Lindsay Lackey, you can find her website here.

To order your own copy, click right here.

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The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Bolt Wattle is an orphan. He has spent most of his life at Having spent most of his life at the Oak Wilt Home for Unwanted Boys, all Bolt wants is to find his real family. One day Bolt learns […]

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children Review

How to Teach Art to Children is another incredible resource from Evan-Moor! I am consistently so impressed by the quality of the educational resources that Evan-Moor produces, and this book is no exception! If you are a homeschooler or a parent that is looking for […]

2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

2 Must-Have Books Arriving This Fall!

I am always on the lookout for amazing new resource books to add to our homeschool library. I was thrilled when Quarto Kids sent me 2 samples of new books they have coming out this fall. They are incredible!!! Quarto consistently knocks it out of the park when it comes to incredible nonfiction books, and these 2 titles are no exception!

Encyclopedia of Animals

First up is Encyclopedia of Animals. This is another gem from Wide-Eyed Editions, which is an imprint of Quarto that creates mind-blowing nonfiction! They know the key to creating nonfiction books that kids LOVE! This is a huge and beautiful book that is packed to the brim with crazy gorgeous illustrations and interesting animal info! This will be a wonderful addition to any zoology study in your homeschool. I also know my kids will love to use this book as inspiration for our nature journals!

Such a wide collection of animals are included…from the biggest to the smallest! In addition to the gorgeous illustrations, each entry includes information about the animal such as diet, size, where it is located, and it’s scientific name. This is a must-have for your home library!

Encyclopedia of Animals hits shelves October 1st, 2019! You can pre-order now!

 

Atlas of Ocean Adventures: A Collection of Natural Wonders, Marine Marvels, and Undersea Antics from Across the Globe

This book is in-cre-di-ble! Atlas of Ocean Adventures is the 5th book in the Atlas of Adventures series and it might be my favorite yet. It is absolutely stunning and the perfect book for an ocean-loving family. If you are familiar with the other books in this series, like Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World or Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures, then you know just how amazing these books are. There is so much information presented in such a fun way. The pages are a feast for your eyes. I notice something new every time I flip through these books! The scenes are deliciously illustrated and also present so much information.

Atlas of Ocean Adventures will take you on an adventure below the surface of the ocean. You will learn all about the diversity of life that lives in the ocean. You will visit the Man-O-War in the Atlantic Ocean, the Leatherback Turtles in the Pacific Ocean, Seahorses in the Indian Ocean, Elephant Seals in the Southern Ocean, and Walruses in the Arctic Ocean. There are more than 30 scenes throughout this book that will introduce you to some truly amazing creatures!

I can’t wait to incorporate this book in our next Oceanography unit. This is the perfect resource for your homeschool library if you have little ocean lovers or plan to study the ocean! Another home-run from Wide-Eyed Editions and Quarto! Atlas of Ocean Adventures arrives on November 5th, 2019!

 

I have a flip through of the samples saved in my story highlights on Instagram! You can check it out over at Homeschool by the Beach on Instagram! Thank you so much Quarto for sharing a sneak peek at these books with us! We can’t wait until their book birthdays!

 

 

 

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

I have a new hobby. You might even call it a sport. It takes great skill, determination, and endurance…I stalk Amazon for upcoming new book releases. Oh, it’s a thing. So, instead of just stalking alone and creating beautifully long wishlists, I have decided to […]

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

We are just at the beginning of our astronomy and space unit! The kids have been looking forward to this unit for months! I have spent so much time collecting resources, books, supplies, and organizing activities and I can’t wait to share it all with […]

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

You guys…have I got a hysterical book recommendation for you! What was the last laugh-out-loud hysterical book that you’ve read? I can’t remember the last book that had me cracking up as much as this one did. Llama Destroys the World is a brand new release that I KNOW your kids will find irresistible!

Llama Destroys the World

Now, you might be thinking…HOW…how can a llama destroy the world? Well, I will give you a little hint…it *might* involve lots and lots of cake, some extremely tight pants (from the aforementioned cake…don’t judge, we’ve all been there), and an overenthusiastic tango. Chaos and hilarity ensue. Follow Llama day by day to see everything that leads up to the end of the world. Will the world really end? Can it be stopped?

Llama Destroys the World is written by Jonathan Stutzman, author of Tiny T.Rex and The Impossible Hug. Llama Destroys the World is the first book that we have read by Stutzman and I can promise that it won’t be the last. We were laughing out loud at his witty writing and all of the antics that llama gets up to.

Fantastic illustrations are created by Heather Fox. She creates the most loveable yet mischievous Llama. Her ability to create the perfect facial expressions to tie into the story was just brilliant. Such an amazing complement to the story.

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We have fallen in love with Llama…I’m not sure if it is his dancing pants, his love of cake, or the way he “cha-cha’s real smooth” but he is for sure a character we hope to see more of!

And now, for the ultimate compliment…my son said that Llama is as funny as the pigeon. Yep, THAT pigeon. We have been longtime fans of Mo Willems and his Pigeon books, so this is a super duper big heap of praise from my 8-year-old!

 

Llama Destroys the World is published by Henry Holt and Company which is a part of Macmillan Publishing.

To grab your copy of Llama Destroys the World click here!

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Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

Summer: My New Favorite Book to Teach Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- Aesop   Friends, have I got a wonderful new book for you. Teachers, homeschool families, parents…this is a book you are going to want to read with your kiddos. Summer, is a new release […]