Book Review: A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine

20755685Title: A Sandy Grave

Author: Donna M. McDine

Genre: Children

Publication Date: January 2014

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach? Suggested age range for readers: 8-12.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I like this kind of children’s book. It’s short, exciting, and teaches at the same time.

I knew that whales beach themselves sometimes or end up on the beach after they die. I did not know that it was illegal to take their teeth after they die, so I learned something from this book.

There is a picture to go with each page of text, mostly of the 3 girls who are the main characters. I like how they are curious and observant and they even help to catch a thief.

I believe children would like this story. And parents should like it, too, since it’s a great way to teach them about beached whales.


About the author

(from Goodreads)

4315195Multi award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine’s creative side had lain dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With several early reader children’s picture books to her credit:

• A Sandy Grave (Purple Dragonfly 2014 Award First Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved and Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014);
• Powder Monkey (Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award First Place Historical Fiction and Story Monster Approved 2014);
• Hockey Agony (Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6 & Older and New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Story Monster Approved 2014);
• The Golden Pathway (Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader 2011 and Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention) and;
• Dee and Deb, Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters (August 2015) all with Guardian Angel Publishing.

McDine’s adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading while she writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, New York State Reading Association and Family Reading Partnership.

One thought on “Book Review: A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine

  1. beeholdn August 15, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Looking forward to reading this. I come across so many kids in this age group who draw complete blanks when I ask them about what they’re reading . . . it’s such a shame, they’re missing out on whole universes of experience. Thank-you for this post.


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