Emma has a Dilemma! by Dana Wall & Amber Wall; Illustrations By Philip Orozco

Dana & Amber Wall

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Emma Has A Dilemma! makes learning fun. The Emma Series was created specifically to take a subject like grammar and make the ins and outs of learning it something to look forward to; rather than something to avoid.

emma4Although, the lessons are somewhat sophisticated, the writing and illustration with vibrant characters make it understandable for Children 4-8 years old. The repetition of reading the book will eventually have young children knowing grammar.

The characters are by far the best part of the book. Emma is an 8 year old tomboy who doesn’t really like school, but she’s always willing to listen to the whimsical Wizard Jake.  Wizard Jake is precious with his lined note paper cape, pencil with an A on top wand, and a dunce cap with a place to write letters.

They meet when Emma get an F on her first easy grammar exam about nouns and pronouns and as she is crying Wizard Jake appears to encourage her that this is an opportunity to really learn nouns and pronouns.

Jake is a genius at grammar and exactly what Emma needs to overcome her situation which could lead not only to detention, but disappointment from her parents. She listens to Jake and he uses his wonderful wand to create chalk boards in the sand for her to learn the difference between a noun and a pronoun. Emma finally figures out what she needs to do for her make up exam so the F won’t go on her permanent record.

emma2And only with hard work, dedication and a fantastic tutor, Emma is able to overcome her dilemma and turn that F into an A like the one on Wizard Jake’s wand. Although Emma can be negative, Wizard Jake is upbeat and believes in her.

The general tone of the book is upbeat even though Emma can be stubborn. And eventually during the Emma Series (a total of 4 books) Emma and Wizard Jake form a glorious friendship where two people from completely different worlds come together.

Emma Has A Dilemma! is unique because it takes something difficult like grammar and simplifies it in lyrical rhymes. And Wizard Jake and Emma are two vibrant and special allies.

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BOO! You Might Meet on Halloween

E. M. Lane

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When summer is gone and the air gets a chill, we know Halloween is drawing near. The leaves turn color and fall to the ground. There’s a special feeling all around. Ghosts and goblins come out to play, because once a year it’s their special day.

The air smells fresh, and we play in the leaves, tossing them up where they float on the breeze. It’s getting closer, oh can’t you see? We’ll start counting the days till it’s Halloween.

Oric and the Alchemist’s Key

Lesley Wilson

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Esica Figg crept from his hiding place behind a dusty wall-tapestry. Blinking in a shaft of early-morning sunlight, he surveyed the bodies that lay strewn across the floor. Marauders had struck at dawn. After a night of carousing, the inhabitants of Dunburton Manor were too befuddled to offer resistance. The invaders cut them down without mercy, stole everything of value, and left a pyre of furniture burning in the centre of the Great Hall. Anger replaced Esica Figg’s fear. He cared not one jot for the murdered people of Dunburton, but he did care about the silver he had loaned the incumbent Lord. Now it was gone – stolen along with everything else of value in the manor. Figg’s business was money lending and he stood little chance of recovering his loss.

Frustrated, he beat his fist against the wall. His desire to become the wealthiest man in the realm had taken a huge step backward. Smoke from the blazing furniture seared Figg’s throat. Poised to make his escape, the sudden slam of a door arrested his movements. Hastening back to his hiding place behind the tapestry, Figg peeped through a hole in the fabric. A tall, thin boy raced into the Great Hall and came to an abrupt halt beside the still form of an old man.

“Master Deveril! Master Deveril!” The boy dropped to his knees and rubbed the man’s blue-veined hands. “Are you hurt?”The Dunburton alchemist’s eyes flickered open.

“Praise the Lord!” the boy gasped. “I thought you were dead.”

Deveril fluttered his hands. “Pay attention, Oric, for I have little time left.” His voice was surprisingly strong for one so near death. Figg, hiding only feet away, could hear every word. From around his neck Deveril took a chain with a key hanging upon it and pressed it into Oric’s hand. “This key unlocks the secret to great wealth. You must promise to keep it safe. If it falls into evil hands, untold disasters could occur.” Oric curled his fingers over the key.

“I promise, Master Deveril. But I am confused. What kind of disaster? And where is the wealth you speak of?”

Billy Plonka and the Grot Laboratory

Ian Billings

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INTRODUCTION
THE TRUTH ABOUT RONALD DAFT!!

Anyone who has ever picked up a book in their life will know of a very famous story by Ronald Daft. It sold squadrillions of copies. Yes, squadrillions! It is loved and admired by children of all ages and all sizes and heights throughout the world. But I can now reveal his most famous book of all was A SCAM, A SCHEME, A FALSE, FAKE, FRAUD!! It was all a LIE!! A LIE!! I can now reveal the 100% truth behind the story and expose the devious Ronald Daft as the naughty story teller he was!

After years of research I can now PROVE he changed every aspect of the story to make it make more cuddly and lovely and cute. And why did he do that? So he could sell more books and make more money – That’s why! Obvs! He changed everything. EVERYTHING!! Now, at long, long last, it can be revealed what really happened that famous day. It didn’t happen in a factory, at all, it happened in a laboratory.

This is the true story of BILLY PLONKA AND THE GROT LABORATORY

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