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Initial post: May 8, 2012 6:20:56 AM PDT
Edward and the Immunizations!
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Follow Edward's whimsical adventure to the pediatrician as he learns about his immune system from unlikely new friends, The Immunizations!

Posted on May 8, 2012 6:55:08 AM PDT
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Posted on May 8, 2012 7:31:59 AM PDT
Glass Dreams ***** is a mystery/adventure suitable for the 7 - 12 age range:

Runaway, Jake, has no idea what adventures are in store when he meets circus performer, Khala, hiding in a ramshackle caravan. Should he tell her about the mysterious box he has been warned never to open? Khala also has a secret to share, but can she trust Jake? Fantazi's circus is a place of danger, but with the help of Cedric the dwarf and his beloved Chihuahua, Audrey, the children unravel the truth and are utterly astounded at the biggest secret of all.

5*Review: 'I read this book to find out if it was suitable for my 10 year old daughter and to be honest I couldn't put it down! It's a brilliant story and so well written - my daughter will also love it I'm sure.'

5* Review: 'Excellent opening to the story. This author does not patronize her young readers by using language that it too simple thereby stretching their imagination. The story moves along well and keeps up the excitement. I was particularly taken by the descriptions of some of the events. For example the laying of the "Dirty" trail, in the caravan by the dog was very well done. Another good feature is the use of just a few important characters in the story thus allowing it to move along without too many red herrings. In all an exciting read.'

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Salt is also a mystery/adventure for 7 - 12-year olds:

For Toby, a holiday at Pirate's Cove is nothing like he expected it to be... With the help of Hattie, a strange local girl, her dog Scamp and Rufus, the intelligent rat, the secrets of Salt Guesthouse are unravelled. Why are there mysterious beach fires and eerie singing at night? What is Hattie hiding? Why has a dead man been spotted in the town and why are the children in such grave danger?

`I completely forgot I was reading a book. It was as if I was really there...' (Mia)

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Still on the mystery/adventure theme, we have Mandrake's Plot for 7 - 12-year olds:

Evie and Mia meet on a train on their way to St.Agatha's Boarding School for Girls. When they are dropped off at a disused railway station in the middle of nowhere with no one to meet them, they trek through the pelting rain and darkness for miles until they find a sign to St.Agatha's which points to an unlikely overgrown track leading up a mountain path. The school is a foreboding place, set high up on a mountain, surrounded by a sea of mist, and overlooking a loch. Coming face to face with the grotesque caretaker, Mandrake, does nothing to allay their fears. What is the significance of the strange rings worn by Miss Blackthorn, the head teacher? Why does Evie not receive any post from her parents? Evie and Mia stumble across a forgotten burial chamber where the skeleton of Sister Beatrice lies, clutching a note. The note details a curse which she has laid on the land. Locked in the chamber as a punishment, the girls uncover an old book within which is the antidote to the curse, but it is hidden in code. The girls then make a terrible discovery. Are they daring and innovative enough to plan a scheme that will foil evil and get them out of a dangerous situation?

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Martha and Mitch is another mystery/adventure:

Martha is humble and unspoilt, despite living a life of utter luxury at Lottery Lodge with her (mostly absent) father and step-mother, Penelope. She has a circular bedroom with ever-changing scenery upon the curved wall and, in the centre, her bed rotates under a silver canopy above which the ceiling is lit like the Milky Way. In Martha's library, a conveyor-belt shelving system automatically files returned books into alphabetically correct spaces and her bathroom is like an undersea kingdom. The most extraordinary toys fill her glass-walled playroom, invented by her father's brilliant employee, the ancient Willoughby Withers, and, from there she looks out onto the playground of dreams. But Martha is lonely. Mitch lives at the boys' orphanage, a dilapidated mansion which is owned and run by the kind Ariadne Scattypants who keeps no record of names or numbers. Ariadne, however, has a heart of gold. She feeds and clothes the orphans and never ever turns any boy away. Neither child has any idea about the life the other is leading. Between Lottery Lodge and the orphanage is a dense wood and it is here that a band of wild boys live, boys who, as a rite of passage, have had to leave the orphanage due to a lack of beds as new, younger boys continue to arrive. Mitch finds himself at their mercy, but somehow manages to scrabble his way out of the woods, emerging at Martha's wonderful home. However, here, too, things are taking a sinister turn. With the aid of Withers' newest invention, Penelope has hatched a devious, failsafe plan to eliminate Martha. She has been concealing a deep secret which must not be revealed at any cost. Will Martha and Mitch uncover the truth or will the devious Penelope succeed in getting her evil way?

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Still on mystery/adventure books for children, how about Song of the Moon ****?:

Isadora Wellington, known as Izzy, befriends Titania Moonsong, a wheelchair bound old lady who lives at 13 Arnison Road. Rumour has it that Mrs Moonsong is a witch, which is hardly surprising: she has a black cat, Macbeth, and an array of herbs in her garden from which she makes peculiar concoctions. She also has an uncanny aptitude for pre-empting whatever Izzy is about to say, or, indeed, is thinking and her favourite piece of music is `The Sorcerer's Apprentice'. As Izzy is helping Mrs Moonsong one day, she discovers a hidden door blocked by a cupboard. Mrs Moonsong mysteriously disappears. In her place is a strange hippie, Dylan, her nephew. He is unwilling to engage in conversation with Izzy and Joe, her cousin, so they are forced to spy on the house from the track at the back of the garden. They discover Mrs Moonsong's wheelchair in the garden shed. Without it she is stranded. Believing he has something to do with his aunt's disappearance, the children continue to spy on Dylan who seems to be engrossed in collecting strange ingredients for a `recipe' which turns out to be a spell. It seems that Mrs Moonsong's house was built where ley lines meet, and that, if a witch should happen to live in such a place, then evil is magnified. The spell requires that the house should be burned down at full moon. A potion needs to be secretly administered to Dylan. The plan succeeds, but only partly. Dylan has locked himself in the secret room with Mrs Moonsong when he falls into a drugged sleep and blocks the door. He has already set the house alight at this point. It is a race against time to get the key...

4* review: '
I enjoyed reading The Song of the Moon. Helen has a clear voice, it is as if I can hear her reading to me.
I loved the names of the characters, and thought that Titania Moonsong sounded a lovely woman. Izzy made me think of a more sensible Pippi Longstocking. I liked the way Helen gradually built up Dylan the nephew into an every more wacky character (especially the bit at the end with the white coat - read it and see).
Helen scatters a few unusual words into her prose, and it was fun looking them up using my kindle. This book has a satisfying plot and is very tidily linked together. I enjoyed the colourful description of the hippy festival, and the exciting climax to the story.
I hope Helen gets lots of readers. I've just downloaded another of hers.'

Posted on May 8, 2012 7:38:04 AM PDT
And, changing the genre slightly...
If you'd rather something a little more light-hearted, you could read about Mr Charlie Chumpkins *****:

Imagine Sam's shock when he discovers that a tiny man, Charlie Chumpkins, has been living under his bed for some time and imagine, too, the pressure of keeping his little friend a secret. Sam manages to come to the rescue each time Charlie gets himself mixed up in a mishap...and there are plenty of them, from being catapulted into a tree, to being dyed blue to falling into a supermarket freezer.

But what will happen when a campsite bully discovers Charlie on holiday and sends him up in a model aeroplane? Can miniature Charlie ever survive the immense power of the sea?

And what surprise does the magician have in store at Sam's birthday party?

5* review: 'An enjoyable and exciting read. This unbelievable event (the appearance of a tiny man under Sam's bed) is very cleverly introduced in a way which makes it seem quite ordinary; most young boys have rubbish under their beds, ask their mothers, and it would not seem surprising to most of them that Charlie has existed on the leavings from Sam's breakfast. The little man moves into Charlie's life and his adventures in the larger world are portrayed in an exciting but realistic way. The reader is carried along through a series of problems which would exist if one was as small as Charlie and when the end of the story approaches it becomes obvious that we must wait for the next book to resolve his latest escapade!'

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And, the sequel (a must-read as the first book ends on a cliffhanger) is The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins:

Charlie Chumpkins, Sam's miniature friend, has now settled very well into the big world, yet wherever he find himself he seems to meet with adventures. From being delivered with a pizza, to surfing on a ray, to getting into a tizz at the hospital, he manages to emerge unscathed every time. But what happens when he is carried off by a magpie or lost in deep snow? And, when Sam himself is in trouble, of what use can such a tiny friend such as Charlie actually be?

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And, finally, if you like children's poetry, here is...a children's poetry book called A Mouthful of Chuckles ****:

Health Warning!
Kids, don't read this with your mouth full... You may choke on a chipolata!

This is a rib-tickling book of rhyming children's poetry with illustrations, to be enjoyed over and over again by school children, teachers, parents and grandparents. And your pets if they're interested!

4* Review: 'I love this book! Helen has a lovely way of writing, and the rhythms in the poems are infectious. I love the glass eye, the mouse curled asleep in the trainer, and much more. Please write some funny poems for grown-ups too :). '

You can see all these books - and more - on my author page:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Helen-Laycock/e/B006PGFVL6

>*>*>*>*ALL PRICED AROUND $1.60/£1.00<*<*<*<

Happy reading!

Posted on May 13, 2012 11:25:07 AM PDT
Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to post.

HEAVEN-BOUND OR HELL-BOUND? (THE ZON TWINS) - Don't let the title fool you. There's humor in these nine short stories even though they are about the vital truth that Christ within us is salvation.

As we know, rivalry between peers often runs deep, especially between twins. The rivalry between nine-year-old twins Rosie and Josie Zon intensifies after Rosie accepts Jesus Christ as Savior. The bickering between the twins will delight young readers and at the same time introduce them to the concept that Jesus Christ is the way to heaven. Though written for juvenile readers, adults in my church are saying they could hardly wait to get to the end of these short stories to see if Josie ever became a Christian. The short stories averages about 1550 words each. Kindle price $2.99.

TIME IS TICKING - Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.

If you want to instill character building traits in children, I think these fables will help. When writing fables, bunnies can be handicapped and sad, but learn perseverance. Squirrels can stop being miserable after exercising courage. Beavers can have a hard time using good judgment, and monkeys can tell so many lies, they can endanger their families. The other stories that teach character building are about kindness, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and working together. Time is ticking because if children fail to learn good character traits early in life, when young thy may walk on your toes; when older they may walk on your heart. My daughter Gina Langston, a teacher, helped me with these short stories. Kindle price $ 2.99.

Posted on May 13, 2012 11:27:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 11:29:19 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 21, 2012 7:25:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 4, 2012 10:05:19 AM PDT
Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to post, and thanks readers for using your valuable time to read about my short stories for children. I like the Zon Twins best, but some grandmothers are saying they like TIME IS TICKING best for their grandchildren. THE LITTLE ONES AND GOD Series is a new release.

SHORT STORIES FOR CHILDREN

HEAVEN-BOUND OR HELL-BOUND? (THE ZON TWINS) - Don't let the title fool you. There's humor in these nine short stories even though they are about the vital truth that Christ within us is salvation.

As we know, rivalry between peers often runs deep, especially between twins. The rivalry between nine-year-old twins Rosie and Josie Zon intensifies after Rosie accepts Jesus Christ as Savior. The bickering between the twins will delight young readers and at the same time introduce them to the concept that Jesus Christ is the way to heaven. Though written for juvenile readers, adults in my church are saying they could hardly wait to get to the end of these short stories to see if Josie ever became a Christian. The short stories averages about 1550 words each. Kindle price $2.99.

TIME IS TICKING - Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.

If you want to instill character building traits in children, I think these fables will help. When writing fables, bunnies can be handicapped and sad, but learn perseverance. Squirrels can stop being miserable after exercising courage. Beavers can have a hard time using good judgment, and monkeys can tell so many lies, they can endanger their families. The other stories that teach character building are about kindness, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and working together. Time is ticking because if children fail to learn good character traits early in life, when young thy may walk on your toes; when older they may walk on your heart. My daughter Gina Langston, a teacher, helped me with these short stories. Kindle price $ 2.99.

DEVOTIONS FOR LITTLE ONES - Illustrator Frances A. Wainwright

THE CREATION (LITTLE ONES AND GOD)

The creation story done in pen and ink and water colors with rhyming verses is based on the Bible. The first drawing with the verse is the illustrators imagination of each creation day. The second illustration to each days creation shows little ones relating to God's day of creation. We start and end each of the four books in the series the same way since repetition is important to little ones. It is our sincere belief that the four books in this series will give your toddles or little ones a head start to knowing the God of the Universe, our Heavenly Father. Kindle price $2.99

GOD'S WAYS (LITTLE ONES AND GOD)

This story done in pen and ink and water colors with rhyming verses in the LITTLE ONES AND GOD series is about God's ways. Using scriptures, we introduce God's characteristics in illustrations that will teach your child that God is kind, good, holy, mysterious, all-powerful, just, wise, ever-present, worthy, truth, eternal, and love. Just imagine how it will benefit your toddler to start learning these fundamental truths now. Frances and I hope they grow up and fall in love with God as we have. Kindle price $2.99.

TEN COMMANDMENTS (LITTLE ONES AND GOD)

Just imagine how much easier raising a child to adulthood would be if they learn and obey the ten commandments from their youth. Writing the ten commandment about adultery was quite a challenge, but I think you will be pleased at the way we handled that commandment. Enjoy the illustrations, rhyming verses, and scripture that tell about the rules God gave to Moses so man could have a happier life on this earth. Kindle price $2.99.

HIS GIFTS (LITTLE ONES AND GOD)

As parents, we know the greatest gift God gave was His only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins. Using pen and ink and water color, Frances illustrated my rhyming verses about God's other gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, wisdom, time, strength, and life. Our hope is the LITTLE ONES AND GOD series will make your little ones grow up with the knowledge that he or she is loved by an awesome God. Kindle price $2.99.
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