Book Review & Giveaway: The Mirabal Sisters by Raynelda A. Calderón

Book Title: The Mirabal Sisters: From Caterpillars to Butterflies by Raynelda A. Calderon
Category: Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12​)
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Cayena Press, Inc., 48 pages
Release date: March 2022
Content Rating: G. Suitable for all readers.

Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters lived at a time when the country was under the merciless rule of a dictatorship. Their deaths on November 25, 1960 (at ages 36, 34, and 25), have received international coverage. In their honor, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Mirabal sisters lived in the 1950s when the Dominican Republic was under a dictatorship. When they grew up, they realized that the people of their country deserved freedom, and they fought for that freedom. Three of the sisters were jailed several times and finally killed by government assassins on November 25, 1960. The deaths of the three sisters inspired others to rebel and just six months later, the dictator was executed, and the citizens of the Dominican Republic were free!

The Mirabal Sisters is an important piece of history for children to learn about. It is well written and at the end is a useful glossary and more information about the sisters.

“If they kill me…I’ll reach out through my tomb, and I’ll be even stronger.” —Minerva Mirabal

About the Author

Raynelda A. Calderón, a Dominican native who lives in Queens, NY, is a children’s book author who has worked in public libraries for more than 15 years. She holds a doctorate in leadership in higher education, and she has taught Information Literacy at various colleges, most recently at Bronx Community College. As a librarian, working with children inspires Raynelda to write about the accomplishments of Hispanic women in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions and never take no for an answer. Raynelda is the creator of the first Hispanic Heritage wall calendar that honors the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in the United States. She lives with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.

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Book Review: Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and non-fiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as honest when describing his past. Here is a tome of true stories about the author’s criminal and misspent youth, historical accounts of the United States when She was young, and tales of imagination encompassing every conceivable variety—all presented as though the author is sitting next to you at a bar and you’re buying the drinks as long as he keeps coming up with captivating stories to hold your interest.

Comprised of 218,000 words, you’ll have plenty to read for the foreseeable future. This is a book to have on your night table, to sample a story each night before extinguishing the lights and drifting off to a restful sleep.

Mr. Joyce sincerely hopes that you will enjoy his stories because, as he has stated, “It took a lot of living to come up with the material for some of them.”

Andrew Joyce is the recipient of the 2013 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Western for his novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

These stories are great. I think it was a good idea to put them all together in one book even though they’re different genres. It’s like a surprise bag…you never know what you’re going to get!

Some of the stories are true. One that really got to me is “The Swamp” because it’s a true story, and it was scary and suspenseful. It’s one of those stories that many of us look back on thinking that we were lucky to survive our teens and twenties. Other stories were funny, heartbreaking, short and sweet, historical, romantic. It’s all here.

I almost didn’t accept this book to read and possibly review, but I decided that I could read one or two stories before bed when I had a few minutes. I’ve had the book for quite some time and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it for a few minutes many nights before going to bed. I definitely recommend Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups especially if you’re looking for something that you can pick up and read for a few minutes, read before bed, or read in between longer novels.

About the Author

Andrew Joyce left home at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until years later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written seven books. His first novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was awarded the Editors’ Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. A subsequent novel, Yellow Hair, received the Book of the Year award from Just Reviews and Best Historical Fiction of 2016 from Colleen’s Book Reviews.

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New Release: Expect the Unexpected by Ann-Marie Gilbert

AUTHOR SHARES HEARTFELT BIRTH TRAUMA JOURNEY AS POSTNATAL DEPRESSION TRIPLES IN COVID PANDEMIC

Two in every five mothers suffer with postnatal depression

Postnatal depression has almost tripled in the coronavirus pandemic, with two in every five new and expectant mothers reporting symptoms.

Author Ann-Marie Gilbert is all too familiar with these issues. Her new book, ‘Expect the Unexpected’, accounts the life-threatening, traumatic birth of her now-two-year-old daughter, and how she conquered struggles with postnatal depression, low self-esteem, and bonding with her newborn.

“Motherhood is a beautiful but challenging journey, and coronavirus has made it all the more difficult,” says Ann-Marie. “I want to help people open up, reconnect, and find inner strength by not only embracing the many joys, but also the hardships of learning to become a parent, at a time when they are perhaps missing the usual support networks.

“These are incredibly tough and potentially lonely times, and it’s okay to admit you’re struggling. I’ve been there. I’ve overcome the problems affecting so many mothers and fathers, and hope that by documenting and reflecting on my experiences, I can help others do the same.”

High anxiety symptoms in new and expectant mums have risen from 29 to 72 percent during the pandemic, while six in ten parents have had significant concerns about their mental health. However, less than one third felt confident they could find the support they needed.

Ann-Marie completed writing “Expect the Unexpected” in the first coronavirus lockdown, and describes the book as an “honest, heartfelt story about the impact of traumatic births on new parents”.

Gwyneth Eanor, Chair of the Birth Trauma Association highly recommends the book and describes it as “essential reading for any parent who has experienced a traumatic birth”

She says: “At its heart “Expect the Unexpected” is about a survivor, about going through the unexpected and coming out the other side, about hope, growth and re-finding happiness. “She expresses that the book “offers a refreshing reminder that not all journeys into parenthood are smooth sailing”

Gwyneth also expressed the value for healthcare professionals working with women in this space “Healthcare professionals who work with women who have been through a traumatic birth will gain so much from her experiences and insights.”

Due for release on 14th of March 2021, ‘Expect the Unexpected’ is available to order in hardback and paperback from £9.99 on Amazon. Get your copy here: http://amzn.to/38y2Ard.

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She says: “This book is my way of telling them: you are never alone, and that things can, and will, get better.”

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

Addicted Child: Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse by Richard Capriola

Publisher:  Book Baby (November 24, 2020)
Category: Self-help, Parenting, Adolescence, Substance Abuse, Drug Dependency Recovery, & Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-09832-728-1
Available in Print and ebook,  107 pages


The Addicted Child is a resource for parents. It addresses adolescent substance abuse. Readers learn the extent of adolescent substance abuse in America, how drugs impact the teen brain, warning signs every family should know about, assessments and tests important for a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, how eating disorders and self-injury can accompany substance abuse, how to recognize street drugs being used by teens, and resources to help identify treatment options.

Parents will learn from Richard Capriola, a mental health and addictions counselor, the importance of comprehensive assessments – and what to look for in a counselor to know you’re getting the right help.

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When you discover that your child is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, it can be difficult to decide what to do next. This book, ‘The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse’ by Richard Capriola, is an excellent resource for answers to that question. Capriola is a mental health and addictions counselor who has dealt with many cases of teenagers facing substance abuse in his professional line of work.

Although this is a guide to getting help, there are lost of chapters on the ins and outs of different drugs and substances that your child may be addicted to. Things like that many of us don’t consider that serious like marijuana use or vaping can have long-lasting negative affects on not only physical, but also mental health if started at a young age.

In the book, Capriola states that drugs like amphetamines, cocaine and morphine produce a surge of dopamine in the brain that delivers a pleasurable feeling. This overrides the prefrontal cortex, or the part of our brain that assesses risky or dangerous behavior. However, the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the age of 25, so drug use in children has a tendency to be even more dangerous than drug use for people of older ages.

The chapters of this book are filled with helpful graphs and checklists for things to assess whether or not your child is at risk for developing an addiction and, if they have already developed one, the best way to help them is to seek treatment.
This book is quick and an easy read for parents who may not have time to sit down and read a full textbook on the subject. All of the pertinent details are there and anything unneeded is left out. This is a great resource and concise. Five stars!

About the Author

Richard Capriola has been a mental health and addictions counselor for over two decades. He has been licensed in Illinois and Texas and has treated both adults and adolescents with substance abuse disorders.

Website: https://helptheaddictedchild.com/
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Praise for the Addicted Child

Literary Titan Book Award (Gold) 2020

In this pragmatic and accessible text Rick Capriola has distilled the wisdom he accrued from decades of experience on the frontlines of substance use treatment. He provides a valuable resource to all parents attempting to find their bearings in the often confusing and frightening world of intertwined adolescent psychological and substance use problems.”-Major R. Bradshaw, Ph.D  Department Of Psychiatry, Houston Methodist Hospital

“Rick has written an invaluable tool for parents. The Addicted Child helps parents understand how alcohol and drugs influence their child’s behavior, offers resources to help parents find effective treatment options, and explains which assessments are important for a diagnosis and the professionals that should be involved in making those assessments.”-Jamison Monroe, Founder and Chairman Of Newport Healthcare

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New Release

Similar to Jenny Worth’s “Call the Midwife”, this book reveals a different, still hidden medical field, the world of x-rays. This story follows a shy, sixteen year old girl, as she attempts to become a professional radiographer from 1962 into the 1990’s. All the incidents and cases are true, for they are Patricia Toulson’s real-life memories. She is thrust into the harsh disciplinary world of a general hospital, ruled by barbed tongues of nursing Sisters’ and ridiculed and harassed by experienced male staff. She experiences horror and tragedy, sadness and joy but also humour abounds in unexpected places. She encounters child abuse, infertility and teenage terminal illness, countered by the wonders of the healing body and the splendor and radiance of pregnancy.

About the Author:

Patricia Toulson born in London in 1946, moved to Essex aged sixteen to train as a diagnostic radiographer. She married in 1967 & had 2 sons.


Aged forty-four, she graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a BSc (Hons) Health Studies working with people with multi-disabilities then with the charity Home Start, supporting families with small children.


She wrote stories for her grandchildren publishing “Mr. Bear & His Friends” with Authorhouse, available with Amazon, publishing many poems with Random House. Her first adult novel is “Inside Out” revealing the harsh disciplinary world of Hospital life in the 1960’s. Patricia writes of her experiences training in an x-ray department with many memorable patient scenarios.


Patricia became deaf in her thirties & last year had wonderful surgery for a cochlear implant. She has become Patron for St. Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Sierra Leone, a charity educating 250 children aiming to make the school self-sufficient.

Reviews of the book:

Kev from Colchester

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight into life in an X-ray department in the 60s

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“A well written and interesting account of life within a London NHS xray department. Interestingly it shows how different it was then with the emphasis clearly on patient care, not on targets! Really enjoyed the mix of social as well as hospital life. Would recommend as a good read.”

 

Patricia Richards

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

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“This book could have been written for me and all my fellow student radiographers of the 1960s/70s”

 

Sandie McAleavy

5.0 out of 5 stars A charmingly written book which transports you back to the 60’s.

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“Pat’s carefully detailed experiences whilst working within the radiography are both amusing & poignant. An easy-to-read book which my 98 year old Mum is also enjoying!”

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Pupy Love

South Yorkshire Author pens autobiography in lockdown in memory of his wife who died shortly after the birth of their son in 2018

“Pupy Love” – a heartfelt autobiography about love overcoming grief

About the Book:

Pupy Love tells us how author Ric Hart tragically lost the love of his life but found inner peace, taking major steps through his grief to find extraordinary strength, resilience and hope for his future with Hugo Jaden Hart, Ric and Jade’s only son.  

Ric Hart met Jade Hazelgrave on Valentine’s weekend in 2002 and they became childhood sweethearts.  They conquered many of life’s challenges that would defeat allbut the most resolute of couples, getting through sixth form, college, University and Jade leaving to go travelling. They still always found each other again and as time went on, they became truly close and connected. Their love they found aged 18 was to stay with them; it never grew old. 

They had so much to look forward to in life: their careers, home plans, marriage and the final piece of the jigsaw, starting the family they both dreamed of.  Their dreams were cut tragically short and Pupy Love tells us how Ric found a way through his grief to find a brighter future once again for himself and his beloved son Hugo.   

Ric shows us, through his precious memories of Jade, how love truly conquers all.

About the Author:

Ric Hart is father to Hugo Jaden Hart who lost his mummy shortly after birth in July 2018.  Ric lost his best friend, wife and soulmate. He is two and a half years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books and finding new hobbies and projects that he knows will make Jade so very proud and keep the fire inside him alight. 

For more on the life and love of Jade, see:  www.jadehartpupylove.co.uk  

Excerpt from the book:

“I remember sitting in my room in my apartment, and something came over me, all our special memories, our bond, our cuteness together as a couple and also one thing came to mind “Pupy Love”, which I guess was building up over the summer in my mind. It was as though I had turned my back on Jade, and it was like I had forgotten about us and all the reasons why we were always meant to be. She was my soulmate, and I had turned my back on the most important person to me, and it was like I had contact lenses in and couldn’t see properly. The following day, I went onto my brother’s computer and saw a picture of Jade, sat on a step, sucking her thumb, stroking her nose, and at that point, everything had come back with floods of feelings. I went into my bedroom and broke down for a while but realised I could do something about this or at least try. So at that moment, I said, “Right, bollox to this, I’m going to fight for the girl I want for the rest of my life.” So, I jumped in the shower and threw my jeans and jumper on and called for the earliest taxi to drive me to Jade’s parents in Wakefield, as at this point, my car was in the garage due to me smashing it up in the B&Q car park. The taxi man charged me £90. I said, “Deal just get me over to Wragby.”

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Not For All the Tea in China

Entertaining autobiography of a well-seasoned traveler

About the Author:                      

Chris Burrows was born in 1947 to a mother from Barnsley and a father from Essex. He has three great loves in his eventful life: Barnsley FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and his wonderful wife. His wife is his rock; Yorkshire CCC is his summertime passion; the Super Reds break his heart year after year- but he wouldn’t swap them for any other team in the world. 

Excerpt from the book:

“The sales manager suddenly turned to me and said, “Don’t look out the door now, but all I can see is smoke.”  And I did look out of the door and there on the 19th floor of this very large hotel was smoke so thick you couldn’t see anything.  And we didn’t know where it had come from.  We had no idea.  Now the staff were I’m afraid typical of the Chinese.  They panicked immediately and just simply did what you shouldn’t do, because at the side of every lift it’ll tell you in a hotel ‘in case of fire do not use lift’.  The Chinese, on a rather lighter note, don’t put ‘if’ they put ‘when’.  In other words, they’re expecting a fire.  They always put ‘when there is a fire do not use the lift’.  The staff just shouted, “There’s a fire,” ran to the lift, got in the lift and went down and chanced their arm.  We were left. 

There were the four of us and I recall there were two other men there who turned out to be two Dutchmen who were on business.  And the six of us headed towards the fire exit at the far end of the corridor, which we could just about glimpse as the smoke was increasing.  It was a very funny smoke.  It smelled.  It was a very odd thing.  And we went on to the end where the fire door was and I was thinking… “Well, all fire doors should not be locked, but since we’re in China it’s a very fair bet that this fire door will be locked.”  And we got there and somebody pushed it and thank goodness it wasn’t locked, but it let us out onto the fire exit which was a series of staircases going all the way down to the ground; stone staircases with a green painted bannister to guide you.  And on each floor as you went down, in green, was the number of the floor.  Well, I, with my poor heart and what have you, was not too sure whether I could manage this. 

We thankfully were going down and not up and we began to go down and down and we put handkerchiefs over our mouths to keep out this awful smelling smoke.  And we went down and down and down and eventually we got down to – and I could see it – just – the number 8 and I felt that that was it for me.  I just felt that I couldn’t go any further.  And I remember saying to…  I don’t know where the Dutch people were, but they’d gone.  They’d disappeared.  Whether they’d gone quicker than us, I don’t know.  I presume they must have done.  And I just said to the two people who were with me, “You go on lads because I’m not going to get out of this.  I will not get out of this.”  And they were most encouraging and said, “Come on, come on, get up, get up, get up.  You must.  You must try.  Get up.” 

 

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Flower Song

A celebration in poetry and pictures of the beauty of flowers

About the Book:       

In times of frenetic demand for instant gratification, where habitual haste often blinkers us from the splendour of the world around us, the author conjures an unhurried perspective on the most beautiful of all nature’s gifts, the flower.

With images captured by his camera and captioned by his words, FLOWER SONG is the third book of poetry by the author. His other two books “REFLECTIONS: Mirror of my Mind” and “REFLECTIONS: Rhyme and Reason” are both available from Amazon.

Foreword from the Author:

There are literally thousands of flowers to choose from; why did I pick these few for the purpose of this book?  My reason for the selection is that perhaps we are generally familiar with these in average modest English gardens, woodlands and meadows.  I suppose an element of personal bias, unwittingly, might have crept in.  Numbers are also somewhat restrictive considering the size of the book.

This is the second edition of the book with many more new titles added and also few original ones revised.  All photographs are my own except “Buddleia and Butterfly” beautifully captured by my granddaughter, Jessica, at the age of twelve.

Excerpt from the book:

“Daisy

Weather’s warm and fair, sky’s clear,

Spring’s in the air and Daisies appear

In the fields and on the meadows

Under the sun and in the shadows

Countless blooms and many more

Pure white petals and a golden core;

Few imposters in painted petals, colourful,

Mingling, dancing together and playful.

As the morning sun begins to rise

Daisies, slowly, unfolding their eyes

Greeting walkers and joggers joyfully,

Then, pleading ‘please tread carefully’.

Unbending and enduring plucking pains

As children, unaware, making Daisy chains;

And when the sun sets under the sky west

At day’s end eyes closed for night’s rest.”

“Flower Song” by Omar H. Malik is available in hardback from the major book retailers including Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwells and Amazon at:

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Spotlight: Life, One Big Existential Crisis by Kerry Louise Stalker

This book explores the great ontological question, namely, what is the meaning of life?  We’re educated to believe the scientific impossibility that everything came from nothing, and our brains, the most complex structure in the universe, evolved from pond scum.  It’s credible to believe that incredibly sophisticated DNA codes randomly organised themselves?  Or maybe not.  Maybe life is far more complicated than we imagine.  Like, our physical world is couched in a far larger spiritual world.  Hence, modern physics is now confirming the wisdom of the cabala, ancient Jewish mysticism, that we live in a multidimensional universe.

We live in an age where we no longer trust ‘the news’, our governments, our education, and even our doctors?  We live in an age of conspiracy.  Like, 9/11 was an ‘inside job’, and the Iraq wars were sold to us on lies and a mountain of propaganda.  President Richard Nixon famously said, ‘The American people don’t believe anything until they see it on television’.  Like, the moon landings?  We believe men landed on the moon in 1969 in a tin can?  Really?  We’re also living in an age of despair.  It seems we’ve never been so miserable, lost and apathetic, as reflected by depressing mental health statistics.  Suicide rates are obscene. 

So, this book is a journey.  It takes us from questioning ‘what’s the point?’, (if there is no point), to a trip down the mesmerising rabbit hole and out the other side to a new ‘red-pilled’ lens.  The book is in two parts.  Thus, in Part One, we consider psychological, sociological, philosophical, and spiritual theories to account for our existence.  As it transpires, there’s ample evidence of ghosts, poltergeists, aliens/UFOs, and ‘shadow people’, who visit people at night and even molest them, to elucidate that we live in a supernatural world.  Part One sets the stage for Part Two. 

And then in Part Two, it gets infinitely more interesting, as we consider what’s really going on.  Like, the very real conspiracy that there is a dastardly cabal that dictates the direction of society via secret societies.  Secret societies evolved from mystery schools, which harboured the esoteric arts that enable access to the spirit world.  The end goal for these infernal fraternities is the infamous one world order, which the Bible has forewarned us about in the Book of Revelation.  And we’re on the brink of this ‘great plan’ being fulfilled.  It’s happening now!

I wrote this book to wake up the sleepers to the truth about our insane reality (which includes those who consider themselves ‘woke’).  So, I invite you to join me down the rabbit hole.  Why not.  It’s infinitely more interesting than the surface.  But at your peril, since depending on what you know, life may never be the same again.

“Life, One Big Existential Question” by Kerry Louise Stalker is available in paperback from the Book Depository at:

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Book Review & Giveaway: It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak

Book Title:  It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12),  57 pages
Genre:  Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher:  EduMatch Publishing
Release date:   November 14, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.


Book Description:

It’s Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s Me is an amazing book that teaches children that we are all individuals and that it’s okay to be different. Whether it’s a medical condition such as ADHD or autism, having a different skin color, speaking a different language, or anything else that makes someone “different,” that’s okay. We’re all people with feelings, and we all want to be accepted and loved.

Each person in the book has two pages. The first page has a picture with their name and what makes them different. The second page has text about what makes them different and what they want:

I definitely recommend It’s Me. Accepting people for who they are with all of their differences is important and something that our culture is finally (slowly) recognizing. For those who, like me, think they’re alone in their uniqueness, this book is wonderful confirmation for them that they’re not alone!

About the Author

Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner

Book Title:  Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

In this bighearted book, the real story of a young boy with deafness in his ears is aided by his mother and teachers in navigating new school experiences. Mickey is just like everyone else, except he wears cochlear implants and has to do things just a little differently than most. This charming tale reminds us that we can all find happiness if we lean on and support each other.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Mickey on the Move is the story of a boy who is deaf but with cochlear implants, an amazing mom, good teachers, and a close friend, he has a happy life and goes to school and is involved in other activities just like any other kid.

This story is not only an inspiration, but children will enjoy it while learning about Mickey and that he is a kid just like them. The illustrations are colorful and will help keep the attention of younger children.

What a wonderful book to share with children! I definitely recommend Mickey on the Move.

About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Michelle Wagner was always a very positive and outgoing woman. Her energetic love for children and zest for life was admired by everyone who knew her. Michelle is a realtor whose career background involved restaurants and always helping other people. She has dedicated time and support to charities and events to help other children with hearing loss and assist families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special needs child in a typical environment.

connect with author: website ~ instagram

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New Releases

A Touch of the African Sun

This saga is led by that complex character von Tabis, a psychopath, whose monumental ego, and fantasies of power and grandeur, were given fortuitous reign by his unexpected transfer to tranquil Tanganyika (Tanzania) just before World War II. His South African co-conspirators who fell under the spell of von Tabis, illustrate how his charismatic and compelling personality stimulated their latent dreams and ambitions. A colourful diversity of characters adds atmosphere and mystery that is unique to Africa. Despite a remarkable degree of success towards his madcap schemes, von Tabis, blinded by reality, stumbles inexorably towards his ultimate destiny.

Excerpt from the book:

“The gaunt, pasty sweating body lay quietly in the vast bed. Georgio was alarmed and took the weakening pulse. He realised that nothing short of a miracle could save Jeremy now. The sheets were sodden, but Jeremy’s lips were dry and cracked. Georgio tried lifting his head and helping him to some water, but his lips barely moved. Then suddenly he opened his eyes and gave Georgio a happy smile before again shutting them. He gave a heavy sigh and left this world to join his beloved Cynthia.

Karumba was stunned. He stood there silently, but huge tears coursed down his shiny black cheeks. Georgio lifted the sheet and pulled it over the dead man’s face.

“Where is Straker?” he demanded.

“I will fetch him, bwana,” said Karumba.

 He hurried from the room and across the yard to the manager’s house. He banged on the door, and Straker came bleary eyed to open it, his pyjamas hanging obscenely open in front as he fumbled with a threadbare dressing gown.

“What the bloody ‘ell are you doing waking me at this time of night, eh?”

“It’s Bwana Forbes,” said Karumba tearfully. “He is dead, bwana.”

“A Touch of the African Sun” by P. H. Newall is available in paperback from Amazon at:

This exceptional book is also available to download in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (literary agent for P. H. Newall)
Tel. 0208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

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Memoirs of a British Bobby

PC155, Les Morris looks back over his time in the police force and how much things have changed over the years, not just in the force itself but in the wider world beyond.

Technology, communication, new laws and legislation have changed policing, almost beyond recognition, and this unique insight reveals much about how the force used to run and the changes that made it into the organisation we recognise today.

These memoirs are based on the personal experiences of a young man making his way through the ranks and those characters and challenges he meets along the way.

The author hopes the book will give anyone interested in joining the police force a real insight into the recent history of this organisation.

Two excerpts from the book:

“One of the first jobs I was given was to investigate the theft of eggs from a broody grouse. I had more success with the next incident, when I was sent to investigate the theft of a bayonet that had been taken from a school house at Wootton. I questioned a few boys and noticed that one of them kept avoiding me and refused to look me in the eye. He was 14 years old and a foster child under the care of one of the teachers. I took him aside to question on his own and he then admitted that he had taken the bayonet. I asked him to accompany me in the car so that he could show me where he had hidden it. We retrieved the bayonet and, after telling him how foolish he had been, I drove him home to his foster parents.  I was convinced that this was his first theft and told his foster parents of my decision not to take things further, but that I would be making a note of the event.  I then returned the bayonet to its rightful owner.” (pgs. 58 – 59)

“A call came through from a police sergeant at Oxford city to assist in the arrest of a murder suspect and I drove straight to Green Road in Kidlington. When the interim detective sergeant from Witney and our detective inspector arrived, I was already at the house. The inspector ordered a search of the premises and instructed the interim detective sergeant to arrest the man and take him to Woodstock Police Station. The necessary paperwork and charge sheet could be completed, as the suspect had admitted the offence. On questioning, the man, who was in his 60s, told us that he lived with his mother, who was in her 90s. She had taken to using her walking stick to lash out at him whenever he got anywhere near her. Finally, he had lost his temper and decided that he could take no more, so killed her by smothering her with a pillow.” (pg. 71)

“Memoirs of a British Bobby:  PC155 – Les Morris” is available in paperback from Amazon at:

www.amazon.co.uk/Memoirs-British-Bobby-PC155-Morris/dp/1786235994

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (literary agent for Les Morris)
Tel. 0208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com