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Blog Tour: My Life as a Ninja +GIVEAWAY

Very excited to be a part of this blog tour!  

My 9 year-old loves these books, so I knew I had to help promote this one!  

Watch for my review in the next couple of days! 

About The Book:

Author: Janet Tashjian 
Pub. Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages: 240
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Book 6 in the bestselling My Life series!

Derek Fallon has expanded his taste in cartoons to the world of manga and anime. Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto, Derek has fun learning about all the cool aspects of ninja culture. When someone starts vandalizing their school with graffiti of a mischievous troll-like figure, these ninjas-in-training are convinced they'll be able to crack the case. But it turns out that being a ninja is a lot more work than they thought, and this adventure brings about new opportunities for Derek to embarrass himself. For once, can he be the hero that saves the day?

A Christy Ottaviano Book

About Janet:

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, and My Life As a Cartoonist are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with My Life As a Ninja coming April of 2017.

Janet lives with her family in Los Angeles, enjoying her respite from the long Boston winters. When she isn’t writing, she’s rewriting. Learn more about her and all her books at!

Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her at for details.

Check out the rest of the tour
Blog Tour Schedule

4/17/2017A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
4/19/2017- BookHounds YA- Review
4/20/2017Margie's Must ReadsReview

Giveaway Details:
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of MY LIFE AS A NINJA, US Only.
Ends on April 25th at Midnight EST!

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Blog Tour Book Review: Missing by Kelley Armstrong

Today I'm excited to kick of a blog tour for Kelley Armstrong's new book Missing! I love a good mystery/thriller, so I was excited to be offered a spot on the tour.  

About the book
Winter Crane knows all too well that Reeve’s End is not a place where kids stick around if they can help it. Scores of teens—her sister and best friend included—leave the Appalachian mining town behind as soon as they can and are smart enough to never look back. But when Winter stumbles across a battered boy in the woods, she begins to doubt if everyone who left did so voluntarily. Luckily, growing up on the wrong side of the tracks has left Winter tougher than most. Equipped with a quick mind and hunting skills, Winter is a formidable opponent for anyone lurking in the forest shadows.

If you only have a second: Twists, turns, tension and a bit of romance.  Love it! 

If you have a few minutes:

I haven't read a good thriller mystery in awhile, and this was a good one.  It honestly had me hooked right from the beginning, and I pretty much tore through it in two days.  I'm a sucker for a good mystery filled with tension, and this one had it.  It starts right away with Winter finding Lennon.  I wanted to know who he was, why was he there and could he be trusted.  That feeling continued throughout the whole book.  At different times throughout the book I didn't know who I could trust! I think I question every single main character except for Winter.  Wait! I did question her at once! It just kept me guessing right up until the end.  I thought I had a few things figured out, but nope they twisted one last time on me! 

Besides the great plot, I loved both Winter and Jude the two main characters.  They had depth to them.  I cared about both of them and wanted them to be ok both physically and mentally.  There were a few times I didn't like Winter's choices especially when she went investigating on her own, but I got why she did it.  And of course it really really added to the tension in the story when she did!

Lastly the ending - well done! Everything wrapped up as well as it could.  I felt satisfied although I'd love to know more about their futures! I just hope they are done having to play detective! 

Best stick with you image:  Anything with the feral dogs! 

Best for readers who: Love mysteries and can handle tense scenes! 
Best for ages: 13 up I think - if they can handle tension and some graphic scenes.

*Book provided by publisher in return for an honest review.*

Book Review: I Survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis

Title: I Survived Hurricane Katrina
Author: Lauren Tarshis

Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.

At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?

The short story:  I'm glad I finally read one!  I see why my students read them.

The details: My students love these books.  Once they get started on one, they keep coming back to get another one until they've read all we have in the library.  My own son is exactly the same way.  I love them because of this an because they give kids an appropriate look at historical events.  This one did just that.

 It was a quick read.  I read it in one evening, so I know that's one reason why kids read them.  I liked how it gave a clear look at some of the events of hurricane Katrina.  It didn't go into all the events instead focusing on one family and their story.  I think that's what kids need because it lets them see how someone their age might get through a difficult event, and it might help them connect to the story - an in turn the historical event - better.  Barry's story let me, as an adult even, see what the first days of hurricane Katrina were like for people still there.  I got to see a more personal story, and that was good.  Was it simplified - yes, but it needs to be with the audience it's intended for.  If a child is interested in learning more they can.  This just opens the door for that.  

To add about the series in general - I was talking to my son about them.  He told me each story jumps right into the part where the kid is in danger and then backs up so you hear what led up to it.  He said he really liked that they did that.  

Audio Book Review: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach

Title: Thanks for the Trouble
Author: Tommy Wallach
Narrator:  Francisco Pryor Garat

Tommy Wallach, the New York Times bestselling author of the “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) We All Looked Up, delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.

“Was this story written about me?”
I shrugged.
“Yes or no?”
I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.
“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.
I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm.
I can’t, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?

Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

Short story: Wow what a story.  

Now the details: I don't even know where to begin to review this story.  It was amazing.  Frustrating.  Hopeful.  Sad.  Funny.  Real - or was it?  What I mean by the last one is the ending!  But I can't comment much because I don't want to give things away.  All I know is that I adored it way more than I ever expected it to.  I grew to really really like Parker.  I felt for him.  The story was more complicated and complex than I ever thought it would be. So many times while listening I had to make myself leave the car.  (I only listen in the car) I just wanted to know more, and why and how.  I questioned things - could I believe Parker?  Could I believe Zelda?  Where is this story going?  The whole package was great.  I'm so glad I picked it up and listened to it.  It has really stuck with me. 

Thoughts on the audio book: I LOVED the narrator.  He did such a great job.  I loved his accent because it made Parker come to life even more.  He just did a wonderful job.  I hope to find more books he has narratored.  

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