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Lisa A. Maddock "Author of A Tale of Two Guinea Pigs--www.teddyandpip.com" RSS Feed (Shakopee, MN USA)
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The Girl Who Loved Rocks!
The Girl Who Loved Rocks!
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?, June 14, 2014
The Girl Who Loved Rocks is a sweet story of a young person’s passion for collecting (which so many kids share) - in this case, rocks. As always, Mr. Bentrim creates a story with ups and downs, but one that ends well - and the illustrations are lovely. I especially enjoyed this story because, years ago, my little girl had a thing for rocks, too. They were everywhere and would often turn up in her pockets (and thus in the washing machine). Her dad, on the other hand, used to and currently, loves big rocks (boulders). So, I think if she had insisted on a huge rock being delivered, for free, to our yard, he’d be fine with that. Check out this story and all of Bill’s work!


Hardy Belch and The Predator: Addressing Internet Safety (The Adventures of Hardy Belch Book 7)
Hardy Belch and The Predator: Addressing Internet Safety (The Adventures of Hardy Belch Book 7)
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important messages for our times and a good suspenseful story!, June 11, 2014
Mr. Bentrim addresses a very timely topic, internet safety, through an engaging and suspenseful tale. It is fun to follow Hardy Belch and his dog Tiny through their various adventures, but this one is more than fun. The story delivers a very important message about trust and caution in regard to strangers. People are not always who they seem on the internet. I also like Tiny's take on the amount of time kids spend with games, using their thumbs versus getting some fresh air. Plus the inserted message about time spent on addicting games causing backup with school work. I recommend this book!


Jack's Diabetes: Dealing with Type 1 Diabetes
Jack's Diabetes: Dealing with Type 1 Diabetes
by William G. Bentrim
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.91
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes some of the 'scary' out of Type 1 Diabetes, December 4, 2013
What a great idea to present a topic like Type 1 Diabetes in story form through the eyes of a young boy. I think anyone can read through the book and learn a lot, I know I did!


The Boy Who Loved Sharks
The Boy Who Loved Sharks
by William G. Bentrim
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.75
14 used & new from $9.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!, September 12, 2013
I think we all know or have known a little boy or girl with a certain special hobby/obsession whose dream, at least in part, comes true for them. If your early reader has a special interest of any kind, (but especially if it's sharks!) he/she will really enjoy The Boy Who Loved Sharks. Will loves sharks, not only loves them, has taken the time to learn all about them. His knowledge comes in handy, but I will stop there so I don't give away the story. Bill Bentrim, as he always does, has written a good children's story with positive messages. The illustrations are fun and there is enough suspense/drama to keep you turning those pages. I recommend it for the earliest reader on up. Check it out!


Hardy Belch and The Gold Train (The Adventures of Hardy Belch Book 4)
Hardy Belch and The Gold Train (The Adventures of Hardy Belch Book 4)
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fun story about solving problems with modern-day treasure hunting, June 24, 2013
A fun story that connects a long-ago less than successful treasure hunt with a current day treasure hunt. After telling the tale of a gold-bearing train, Bentrim reintroduces twelve-year-old Hardy Belch, his big dog Tiny, and his best friend John. John's family, due to the current economy, is facing serious financial problems; problems that will lead to Hardy losing his best friend if a solution cannot be found. So the boys put their heads together, and with Tiny's help solve the problem - which is lots of fun to see. I recommend this and all of the Hardy Belch stories for youngsters - good clean fun!


Hardy Belch and The Green Man (The Adventures of Hardy Belch Book 3)
Hardy Belch and The Green Man (The Adventures of Hardy Belch Book 3)
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and positive messages for middle grade readers!, May 7, 2013
"Hardy Belch and The Green Man" takes a piece of the author's childhood and turns it into a modern-day tale combining adventure and mystery with Mr. Bentrim's ever-present positive message. In this story, the message is acceptance and tolerance - also kindness and compassion. Hardy Belch and his dog, Tiny, are co-main characters who communicate telepathically - adding a fun twist to the Hardy Belch stories. Young readers get to see the world through the (color-blind) eyes of a benevolent dog as well as through the eyes of a good-hearted twelve-year-old boy. It is the idea of both to do a kindness to the Green Man, who all others fear and run from. I won't give the story away, but will end by saying please have your young readers check out William Bentrim's work.


Enchanted Home (Saderia Series Book 4)
Enchanted Home (Saderia Series Book 4)
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action - a good read for ages nine on up!, August 7, 2012
Once again, Sarah Renee has woven a complex and exciting tale about the animal world that will draw readers in and keep them on the edge of their seats.

Enchanted Home is a multi-layered adventure story which introduces the new main character named Jeb. What sort of animal Jeb and his family actually are is a mystery as the story unfolds. What we know immediately is that these creatures are living in an intriguing place, a forest in the middle of a desert, where terrible things have happened and continue to happen. There seems to be a mystical force at work - and then there is a possibly evil emperor.... When the story begins, we find that new mysterious (dangerous?) creatures are aboveground. And they seem to be making themselves at home with no intention of leaving. What are the underground dwellers to do?

The parallel story is the continuing saga of Saderia, the Tiger Princess, and her family. The animal kingdom, ruled by Saderia's parents, has moved from their former forest home to a new forest, a strange and eerie place where bad things seem to happen constantly as the animals attempt to adapt. Saderia herself struggles to deal with the loss of her friend Dingo, while watching her royal parents deal with crisis after crisis.

Sara's descriptive writing sends readers on a roller coaster ride of fear, desperation and hope as the animals work to rebuild their lives, recreate their former home, and deal with obstacles aplenty - not only because of the frightened underground creatures - but because of the mysterious forest itself.

Recommended for ages nine and up, young people who like an in-depth read with lots of action.


The Wicked Good Stepmother: When Daddy Re-Marries!
The Wicked Good Stepmother: When Daddy Re-Marries!
by William G. Bentrim
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.79
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! A thoughtful story about a sensitive topic., December 2, 2011
Once again, I am impressed with Mr. Bentrim's ability to deliver, in a sensitive way, a story that takes on a difficult topic and will appeal to youngsters. The beautiful illustrations add to the emotion of the story. Even though you know it will turn out all right, as a reader, you sense the anticipation and worry of the kids and feel for them. I recommend this book to anyone with young children, especially those in a blended family situation.


Hunted Home
Hunted Home
by Sarah Renee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A non-stop adventure story for middle-grade readers!, October 1, 2011
This review is from: Hunted Home (Paperback)
At the start, it seems that life is good for the royal family. They have gotten through a rough time and Dash is now one of them. He and Saderia - brother and sister as well as best friends - are in school and the family is content. But things soon take a dark turn for Saderia, her family and friends - for all of the animals of the forest, in fact. In 'Hunted Home', book three of the Saderia Series, all are on the move, leaving behind the only home they have ever known. Why? What unseen danger is driving them out? The animals must decide which is worse - the known or unknown that they fear. What lies beyond the forest, anyway?

The desert. The story introduces Tiger Princess readers to the cruel desert life of a pack of dingoes For these characters, life is all about survival, survival of the fittest, and with that kind of life comes cruelty, pain and violence. There is no room for being different, having original thoughts or going against the grain in any way in a dingo pack. Dingo is different - and his life has always been hard because of that difference. He has been and is always fighting for his life, waiting for his own cruel end, ever tormented by his brother Bone, who is, unfortunately, in a position of power within the pack. Add to that the lingering pain of losing his sister a year ago. Claw was different too - and then she was dead. Because of being different? Maybe. Dingo is starting to think possibly that that is so.

Saderia's Dreams are at work again and, along with twists of fate, lead her and Dash to cross paths with the cruel dingo named Bone - but also with Dingo who, lucky for them, feels compelled to help. Amidst violence and fear, there is also friendship and caring - and therefore - hope.

Another non-stop adventure by Sara Renee!


Dash
Dash
by Sarah Renee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.21
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting follow-up to The Tiger Princess!, August 22, 2011
This review is from: Dash (Paperback)
Dash, the second book in the Saderia Series by Sarah Renée, continues
the story of Saderia, the Tiger Princess. This story introduces a new
major character, one we caught an anonymous glimpse of in the first
book; a young lion named Dashenirus - Dash.

Saderia is happily beginning regular school for the first time in her
life, but is facing challenges because she is not a regular animal;
she is a princess. In addition to the expected adjustments of starting
anything new, she is also facing prejudice - not only from students,
but from teachers and administration - because of her royal heritage.
Everyone expects her to act like a spoiled, pampered princess,
something she has never been or wanted to be, and she is greeted with
varying amounts of unearned or deserved anger, suspicion and distrust.

But Saderia shows her toughness and unwillingness to give up, proving
once again to be a positive main character role-model. She finds a
real friend, and also reaches out a paw to lonely, sad and mysterious
Dash. And then the adventure begins.
Dash is a story of friendship and acceptance. But there are sinister
undertones and Saderia's confusing prophetic dreams seem to indicate
trouble ahead for the two young animal friends. As a reader, you will
find yourself rooting for both Dash and Saderia, and crossing your
fingers for a happy ending.

The cover art, also by Sarah Renée, is wonderful!


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