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We’re thrilled to be talking to Leah from Donna McDine’s tween chapter book, A Sandy Grave. She is taking a quick break from enjoying the beach. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
BTB: Thank you so for this interview, Leah. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Leah: My personality definitely flows from the pages and I enjoy how my creator portrays me as a curious individual.
BTB: What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Leah: I trust my gut instincts.
BTB: Worse trait?
Leah: I can exhaust others by asking too many questions.
BTB: If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Leah: Drew Barrymore
BTB: At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Leah: When the men began chasing us. I was scared what they would do to us if they caught us.
BTB: If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Leah: Either of the men that stole the whale’s teeth. They were both grimy and deceptive.
BTB: How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
BTB: What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Leah: Portray me older in the next book, because I’m growing girl and want even more exciting adventures.
BTB: Thank you for this interview, Leah. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Leah: I hope so, but that’s up to my creator. Maybe if I keep yelling at her in her mind she will have to write about me again.
About the Book
The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had–especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?
Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.
Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.
Donna McDine is giving you a chance to win a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.
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Title: A Christmas Kindness
Genre: First chapter reader
Author: Cheryl Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
ISBN – 978-0985266141
Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?
Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvW-tUyxDq8
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C.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married. Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com
A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear
By Mayra Calvani
Illustrations by KC Snider
Guardian Angel Publishing
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616334345; $15.95
Softcover ISBN: 9781616334352; $10.95
eBook ISBN: 9781616334369; $4.99
Little Bear offers Mama Bear various items to make her feel better, but she’s too busy to notice—until he gives her his super, so good, so very special dolly. Silly humor, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia make this a fun read-aloud story. A celebration of the special love shared between mother and child. For ages 3-7.
Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications both in print and online. She lives in Belgium with her husband, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets.