Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Let's Talk: Going to the Zoo by Lisa Jacovsky

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Why do you write juvenile fiction? What draws you to it?

That is a very good question and one I have asked myself. I found even when I started a second series that I wrote in the point of view of the character and from a child like voice. I think it is how it comes out when I write but I also think I love to connect with children. I find it easier to connect than with adults sometimes. Helping our children see something different means they will grow to be an adult that has the same values. I think doing that is the best way to make a change in this world. For me writing is about doing something good. I think that is why I gravitate towards children’s books.

What books were your favorite as a youth and why?

Always the supernatural books lol Anne Rice and Neil Gaiman were always my favorites to read. Also, any mystery like Nancy Drew was always a favorite. I have always been drawn to reading thrillers and mysteries, very different than what I write lol. Even today those are my favorite genres to read and even tv shows to watch. I just find those supernatural worlds fascinating. A good mystery is so fun to try to solve before I finish the book. It is so hard to not skip to the end lol. I end up devouring a book if it is that good then to see what the answer to the mystery is lol

What’s your favorite sweet treat?

Oh I'm a total chocoholic lol I love anything chocolate but my favorites have to be reeses and snickers peanut butter cup. Sometimes I'll change it up and want a kit kat or Hershey bar but I definitely have my favorites. I love ice cream too, chocolate peanut butter and mint chocolate chip are my two favorites unless I go down the shore. Then you have to get Kohrs ice cream with the swirl, nothing better on a hot day at the boardwalk.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I always did want to be a writer, never knew what I wanted to write. I also really wanted to be a teacher too. I always loved working with kids and that was the one thing allowed me to do that. I always thought I would do something working with kids but never knew what else was out there besides teaching. Needless to say, I tried it and was not a fan lol I love what I do now in early intervention =)

What book is on your nightstand currently?

That would have to be the second book in the Grishaverse, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I watched Shadow and Bone and was completely obsessed lol Im the type of person I cannot wait for the next season takes too long so I buy the book lol l did the same thing with the outlander series, I love that I love reading so I don’t have to wait 😉

What reality show would you love to be on? Why?

Omg this is a huge one lol absolutely real housewives!! And there is one for my home state of NJ=) I absolutely love the shows, I think they are so fun but also full of strong, entrepreneur women who so are so inspiring. These family women, amazing mothers and wives and who had already or made their own business. I look up to so many from different states and would love to be on NJ or any really, just to be surrounded by these powerful women. I also think they just know how to have so much fun and show that no matter your age you can still have a good time=)

Favorite hot beverage. Why?

Definitely hot chocolate. Im a weirdo and do not drink coffee lol everyone asks me, how do you have energy then? Lol I'm not really sure but I do sometimes drink a protein shake so I know that helps in the mornings =) I live in NJ and having a hot chocolate on a cold winter day is one of the best things and honestly one of my favorite things about the cold. It really makes me feel good and tastes amazing.

You’re stranded on a desert island—which character from your book do you want with you? Why?

Honestly, it would have to be the vampire Lestat from Anne Rice’s books. She is one of my favorite authors and her series is one of my all time favorites. I feel like the Brat Prince is such a character that I would never be bored. He has such stories to tell from his past and present. He also has this personality that won him the title of Brat Prince which I think would just make anything fun lol. Also, being a vampire, he is one of the bunch that can fly so we would not be stranded for long😉 though I would not mind stay for like a year just to pick his brain and get to know his personality more lol.

Favorite pizza toppings.

Oh this is a fun one since pizza is my favorite food lol it depends on my mood but typically cheese is my favorite. I love pepperoni too and lately ive been getting pepperoni a lot on my pizzas. Except when I go down the shore. That big slice needs to be cheese because that’s a shore staple lol. Sausage is always good thought and I love Hawaiian for some reason with bacon and pineapple sometimes too lol

You’ve just won a million dollars and you’re not allowed to save any of it. What do you spend it on?

Oh this is an easy one lol traveling!! I absolutely love to travel and have a few trips coming up. I recently went to Costa Rica and fell so in love with the country. Seeing the world and being immersed in different cultures is such an incredible thing to be able to do. I feel blessed to be able to travel, have these experiences and meet new people. Learning about history, our culture is something I really enjoy and would do more of if I had the money.

Harper and Emma are two best friends who first met at the pool in the summer. Emma has Autism which affected her speech. Harper became determined to find a way to talk with her new friend and learned about Autism. Neither girl would allow anything stand in their way of becoming best friends.

Now, Harper and Emma are excited to go to the zoo for the first time. This is a new adventure for them which they are going on with their daddies. Once they get there, they are amazed at the different animals they see. Then, while admiring them, a group of children come by and begin to laugh and point at Emma. She had been flapping her hands and making noises in excitement watching these new animals. Harper is confused by this but does not allow the bullying to continue. She educates the bullies about Autism and who Emma is. The bullies eventually walk away however, one little boy stayed behind. He apologized for his actions and wants to be friends. The three new friends finish their day at the zoo exploring and meeting new animals making memories with their daddies.

Abou the Author:
Lisa Jacovsky currently is a Doctoral Level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is excited for the possibilities having her Doctoral degree will bring her. She has been in the field of ABA since 2014 where she began her career working with adults in residential group homes. She moved onto working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2018 and is currently working in Early Intervention. It is her experience with children that inspired her to finally fulfill her dream of writing a book. Lisa began writing short stories when she was seven years old. Writing is a passion for her and one of the many things she enjoys. Lisa lives in New Jersey where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working on the next stories of the Rascal Cat brothers silly shenanigans.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Amanda911 by Mark Schreiber

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 What did you do on your last birthday?
Took my son and a friend to an Indian restaurant.

What part of the writing process do you dread?
None. I love writing.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
No. I’ve written over 40 books.

Tell us about your latest release.
Amanda911 deals with the challenges and opportunities of the world’s newest profession – influencer!

“Sixteen-year-old Iowa schoolgirl Amanda Dizon may be the nation’s most unremarkable teenager, until she falls down a well and finds herself instantaneously transformed from irrelevant to influencer. Mark Schreiber’s sly, rollicking masterpiece, Amanda911, follows Amanda’s escapades and sends up the craven, fame-obsessed virtual culture of today’s adolescents. As insightful as Dickens and as innovative as Heller, Schreiber is the definitive satirist of the social media generation.”—Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House




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I can’t believe you guys! exclaimed Nicole. You never heard of MakeItRain? It’s crowdfunding for personal tragedy.

But I only fractured one ankle, said Amanda. The doctor said I can probably go home tomorrow.

But nobody knew that when the story broke, did they?

What is this figure? asked Amanda’s mom. $305,050? Is that the goal?

The goal is ten thousand dollars! Nicole shouted above the music.

$305,050 is the amount pledged. So you can easily afford to buy me a Jaguar. I just want a basic one. And you’ll have money left over to buy a car painted rainbow colors for yourself, and probably a house with a life-size stuffed unicorn.

A life-size stuffed unicorn?

This can’t be legitimate, whispered Amanda’s mother.

Amanda’s mom grabbed her daughter’s arm. Can you please give us a minute, Nicole?

She helped her daughter into a wheelchair and wheeled her into the corridor, where it was quiet enough to talk in normal voices, and bright enough to see each other clearly.

She knelt down so that their gaze was level. Are you OK, darling?

Are you kidding? This is the best day of my life!

You suffered a traumatic experience.

The well? I should have fallen down that thing a long time ago!

Listen, this is all nice and fun, and I’m glad all your classmates have finally taken an interest in you, even if they have ulterior motives...

Mom, cut to the chase.

But none of this is real. It’s just entertainment. The RainMan account, the six million friends...

It’s seven million now!

About the Author:

Mark Schreiber was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, graduated high school at age fifteen and began writing novels full-time. Princes in Exile, which explores a prodigy’s struggle to accept his own mortality at a summer camp for kids with cancer, was published in 1984 and made into a feature film in 1991. It has been published in ten countries, received two awards in Europe and was shortlisted for the Austria Prize. Carnelian, a fantasy, was published by Facet in Belgium. Starcrossed, a rebuttal to Romeo and Juliet, was published by Flux and translated into French and Turkish. His illustrated science book, How to Build an Elephant, was published as an Apple app by Swag Soft. He has written over forty books and received two State of Ohio Individual Writer Fellowships. For the last seven years he has been a digital nomad, living on four continents. He currently resides in Costa Rica.


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Monday, September 20, 2021

Dread Watch by Jared Agard

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A secret fear.

An antique pocket watch with a tragic past.

When 8th grader Caleb Meyer stumbles upon the old watch at an abandoned railroad museum, he's sure that if he has it, all his fears will vanish.

But the watch is more than just spindles and gears. A twisted ghost lives within, a Dreadmonger, feeding off the fears of his victims.

And Caleb, seeking to finally be rid of his secret, is walking right into the Dreadmonger's trap.

*** Note: This book has a fun companion Reading/Literature Course especially for those who homeschool.

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I was putting the pieces together. “So, you believe that the railroad museum is haunted by the ghosts of the people in the train accident? Do you think they killed that Bradford kid?”

Austin smiled. “I’m not sure what I think. All I know is there’s a dark feeling in there. Especially in that one room. Especially around that chest.”

“Hi Caleb.” I jumped. Lilly had walked up behind me and I hadn’t even noticed.

“Oh, uh… hi.” I could barely string words together. She was talking to me.

“I want to show you something.” She held out her hand. A diamond earring sat in her palm, its facets sparkling in light cast from the cafeteria’s windows.

“What’s wrong with this?” she demanded.

My brain was on lockdown, my pulse pounding in my head. She stood there, only a foot or two away from me, her hand on her hip, waiting for an answer. I’d always hoped she’d talk to me. Now she was and I was totally blowing it. I blurted the only thing my brain would give me.

“Uh, I don’t know. It’s very pretty.”

Her lips cinched together. “It is very pretty. But, there’s only one. There are supposed to be two, Caleb.”

“Oh yeah. Two. That’s right.” What in the world was she talking about? I glanced back at Austin and Hillary for help. Their faces were red, on the verge of exploding with laughter.

Thanks guys.

“Do you know the last time I saw the other one?” Lilly demanded.

I tried to force myself to look at her, but failed and ended up staring at my apple. “Uh, no.”

“It was in my ear when I went into the museum last night, but it wasn’t when I came out.”

Oh. She lost it in the museum. She was blaming me.

“I . . . uh, I’m really sorry about that. I didn’t really want to scare you. I just wanted to scare Blake.”

“You didn’t scare me that much, Caleb. Your little ghost trick was a shock at first, but only someone really gullible would’ve been scared of it for more than two seconds.”

“Blake was scared of it for more than two seconds,” I said. Lilly slipped a quick smile, but then she reverted to being mad at me again.

I glanced over her shoulder and found Blake, glaring at me from across the cafeteria, angrily stuffing his mouth full of cafeteria creamed-corn.

“To be honest, I didn’t even want to go to that museum in the first place. You guys both owe me.” Now she was staring Austin down.

“What about Blake? He was the one who convinced you.” Austin rubbed his chin.

“True. But I don’t want Blake coming with us tonight.”

“What’re you talking about?” Austin asked.

“I need to find my earring. It probably fell off when Caleb scared us, so we’re all going back to the museum tonight so you both can help me find it.”

About the Author:
Jared Agard was writing and illustrating books as far back as he can remember. His mother was a school librarian and knew all the best books to read. Now, he teaches Art and Film at the Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering in Beaverton, Oregon, which is his dream job, besides being an author. He values creativity and always has a new idea rattling around in his brain. He loves watching cartoons, goofing off with his boys, and chili dogs. He is married to the most gorgeous woman on the planet and has three amazing boys, two tiger oscars, and the most pathetic dog you’ve ever seen.


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

A Link Between Two Worlds

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What’s your favorite sweet treat?

My favorite sweet treat is.... CARAMELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Currently, it is my number ONE favorite candy in the whole world. I love caramel because there is something about it that makes me want to keep on eating it. My second favorite sweet treat is...HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It... Is... De....LECIOUS for me!

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

When I was younger, I really wanted to be or become a baker. I wanted to become a baker because I thought it was fun to bake stuff all day. Well for me it is fun when you do it as hobby, but for a living, well that’s a different story….


‘’Hey! Give me a strawberry short cake with extra cream now!’’
‘’Right away sir!’’

Ten minutes later…

‘’Ahh! This is taking too long give me my money back!’’
‘’What! It’s only been 10 minutes!’’
‘’Give me my money!!!!!!!!!!’’

End of example.

So uh…. Now, I think I want to become an architect because of all the cool house design you could make.

What candy do you give out at Halloween?

I don't really know what it is called, but they are mini candies that are in a strawberry wrapper and taste kind of like strawberries. Sadly, (and fortunately for me) because of corona or covid -19, I'm not giving anyone candy!!! Who knows who has corona right? Yay! THE CANDY IS FINALLY ALL MINE!!!!!! MOI-HAHAHAHAAAAAAA! (You didn’t hear anything...)

What superpower would you love to have? Why?

I would love to have the power to manipulate water because it would be magnificent to make huge waves with the flick of a wrist. Or save someone and yourself from drowning. You could even make an air bubble when you are doing underwater exploring.

  What book is on your nightstand currently?
The book or books that are currently on my beside table are...the bible and my bilingual book series, "A link between two worlds / Un lien entre deux mondes".

Ideal summer vacation:

My ideal summer vacation would be to go to PARIS! I've always wanted to go there , but because of CORONA, we have to wait until it is over!!! WHYYYYYYY! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!?

Favorite pizza toppings:

The toppings that I like on my pizza are:

1. Pineapple
3. Pepperoni
4. Olives

You’ve just won a million dollars and you’re not allowed to save any of it. What do you spend it on?

If I won a million dollars, the first I would spend it on is.... A POOL!!!! I NEED ONE! I REALLY WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love swimming so having a pool in my backyard would be great.

The second thing I would spend it on is give some to the poor people so they don't have to live on the streets ever again. The final thing I would spend it on would be...well I actually don't know yet.

Three book bilingual series

Book 1:

Two worlds, one goal. The story will all be revealed. Hey, my name's Alaura. In this story, I found out that there's a parallel universe to Earth's called Aliese. I also have a long-lost relative, my sister Alia. But not everything is as great as it seems; there're evil forces called the Gaulris out to destroy the worlds with their leader, Lord Zefron. My friends, my sister, and I must find a way to stop this force before they reunite the two parallel universes, which will be total destruction.

Deux mondes, un objectif, l'histoire va ĂȘtre rĂ©vĂ©lĂ©e. Bonjour, mon nom c'est Alaura. Dans cette histoire, je dĂ©couvre qu'il y a un univers parallĂšle Ă  la planĂšte Terre qui s'appelle Aliese. J'apprends aussi que j'ai une soeur, nommĂ©e Alia, perdue depuis longtemps. Mais tout n'est pas aussi beau qu'il n'y paraĂźt, il y a Ă©galement les forces du mal : les Gaulris et leur roi Zefron. C'est pourquoi mes amis, ma soeur et moi devons arrĂȘter le roi Zefron avant qu'il ne rĂ©unisse les deux univers parallĂšles, ce qui serait une destruction totale.

Book 2:

The future is never a straight path.

Hey, my name is Alia. In this story my friends, my sister and I find out that we cannot destroy Lord Zefron because of his mechanism. We also find out the exact date that the parallel universe will merge. We later make it to Bartha's place. She has a solution to how we can stop the universes from reuniting. But with every good thing comes a price to pay. We collect a load of items to prepare ourselves for this mission. So, we need once again to find a way to save the galaxy before the total destruction caused by the parallel universes.

Le future n'est jamais un chemin droit.

Hey mon nom est Alia. Dans cette histoire mes amies, ma soeur et moi ont découvert que nous ne pouvons pas détruire Le roi Zefron à cause de son mécanisme.

On a aussi dĂ©couvert la date exacte Ă  laquelle les deux univers parallĂšles vont se rĂ©unir. Quand nous sommes arrivĂ©s au chĂąteau de Bartha, Bartha avait une solution comment empĂȘcher les deux univers parallĂšles de se rĂ©unir. Mais pour toute bonne chose il ya un prix Ă  payer. Nous avons donc collectionnĂ© beaucoup d'objects pour prĂ©parer Ă  cette mission. Une fois de plus mes amies, ma soeur et moi doivent trouver un moyen de sauver la galaxie avant que les univers parallĂšles causent une destruction totale.

Book 3:

A light in the darkness . . .

Hey, my name is Lily and in this volume the nightmare truly begins. So, I, Alia Reven, and the rest of the group finally prepare a plan to stop the two worlds from merging. We had everything planned out, or so we thought . . . When The Telepathies sisters did the spell of Senyria, they awakened a hidden dark force that is out to destroy the world, which goes by the name of the black mist, or Devoile. Friends get possessed, new worlds are unlocked, hidden mysteries are discovered, and, worst of all, our friends, the world and realms are all in danger, 'cause in this volume the nightmare begins!

Une lumiĂšre dans le noire . . .

Bonjour mon c'est Lily et dans cette tome le cauchemar a commencĂ©. Alors moi, Alia, Reven et tout le rest du groupe ont finalement trouvĂ© un plan pour arrĂȘter les deux mondes de se reunir. Nous avons prevu chaque etape ou on pensait avoir . . . Quand les soeurs Telepathie ont fait le sortilĂšge de Senyria, elles ont rĂ©vĂ©lĂ© une nouvelle force du mal qui s'appelle la brume noir ou Devoile. Nos amis deviennent possedĂ©s, deux nouveaux mondes se montrent, des secrets inconnu sont rĂ©vĂ©lĂ© mais la plus mauvaise. Nos amis, l'univers et tout le monde sont en danger car dans cette tome le cauchemar a . . . vraiment commencer!

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Origin of the species

A long time ago, there lived five different types of creatures: Velious, Oniras, Eveliques, Telepathies and Pheltia. These four creatures (Velious, Oniras, Eveliques, Pheltia) that lived in harmony were divided through anger, rage, and pain. One day, a new type of species appeared in their most vulnerable moment: two girls known as the species of telepathies. They appeared to be sisters. One wore moonlike necklaces and the other wore ice-like earrings. From that day forward, the four other species found a comet where they met the two sisters. Little did they know that this comet would divide the world in two: one where magic and sorcery existed, and the other where regular beings could live.


The black hole

Ding ding ding ding ding! Alaura — What the? Ahh, oh, it’s just my alarm, but why did I even set up an alarm? Oh, yay, I completely forgot; it’s SUMMER BREAK! Oouhh ouhhh ouhhh ouhhh! So Apricot what do you think of a nice walk in the park? Well, it’s a beautiful day. Mom, me and Apricot are going out. Eva (Mom) — Ok, honey. I’m just taking care of your baby brother. While Alaura was walking down Greenwood Park with chipmunk Apricot, she encountered one of her friends.

Alaura — Hey, Reven, over here.

Reven — Huh? Oh hey, Alaura; it’s always good to see you. Hehe!

Alaura — So what are you doing and why are you acting so weird?

Reven — Isn’t it obvious? I’m walking in the park. Hehe.

Alaura — Reven. Reven — Ok, I’m trying to pull a prank on Emma. She got me so good last time, and now I have to return the favour. Oh wait! You brought your chipmunk!.

Alaura and Reven — Hahahah!

Reven — So, did you hear the news?

Alaura — What news?

About the Author:

I am an eleven-year-old girl from Ontario, Canada. I speak both French and English. At the age of 11 I wrote my first book in a series called A Link Between Two Worlds. I like gymnastics, dancing, singing, swimming and drawing characters. I also love writing fantasy stories. One day I decided to write a story about a magic galaxy, friendship, hope, courage and fantasy.


Je suis une fille de 11 ans. Je viens de l'Ontario, Canada. Je parle le français et l'anglais. À l'Ăąge de 11 ans, j'ai Ă©crit le premier tome de la sĂ©rie Un lien entre deux mondes. J'adore chanter, nager et faire de la gymnastique. J'aime aussi dessiner des personnages et raconter des histoires originales et amusantes. Un jour, j'ai dĂ©cidĂ© d'Ă©crire une histoire sur une galaxie oĂč se mĂȘlent magie, amitiĂ©, courage et de la fantaisie.













Book 1: A Link Between Two Worlds / Un Lien Entre Deux Mondes : Volume 1 & 2



















Book 2: A Link Between Two Worlds / Un Lien Entre Deux Mondes : Together Forever / Ensemble Pour Toujours - Volume 3



















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