Monday, September 29, 2014

Sara Barnard's "The Saga of Indian Em'ly" two-part series!

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The first book in the series, "The Saga of Indian Em'ly:" The Apache and The Pale Face Soldier by author Sara Barnard, is a fascinating story about Indian Em'ly who died near Fort Davis, Texas trying to protect her children. She was married to a pale faced story who was one of her two children, Cactus Flower. Her other child, Wind that Knocks Down Lodges, is a young warrior, only age twelve, who fiercely protects his younger sister. This middle grade book is wonderfully told by the author. I was reminded of the elder storytellers in the Indian tribes who passed down stories through generations. This book will captivate young readers while teaching them the customs and traditions of the Apache Indians and the ways of the pale face settlers and soldiers.

This is a book that your middle grader will love reading.

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The second book in the series, "The Saga of Indian Em'ly:" On the Colorado Trail  by author Sara Barnard, is the continuing saga of Cactus Flower and her older brother, Wind That Knocks Down Lodges, who are left orphans by the death of their mother, Indian Em'ly. Indian Em'ly is a legend told by the Indians and white settler ancestors around Fort Davis. Cactus Flower is the daughter of a pale-face soldier who Indian Em'ly married after the death of Wind That Knocks Down Lodges, father, Shining Waters. After their death, the soldiers take the two Indian children on the Colorado Trail. Their adventures while travelling with people whom Wind That Knocks Down Lodges considers the enemy, is a page-turner! It's also educational.

The author is a gifted storyteller, and your middle grader will love this series!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014


Rude Dude’s Book of Food is a delightful book written for Middle Grade, but any adult will thoroughly enjoy it. I know I did. The author relates a humorous history of food, so funny that the I forgot that I was learning about history in the process. Every page is full of funny tales, illustrations, and even some poems. But the author never strays from the subject of food—specifically, chocolate, noodles, hamburgers, pizza, egg rolls, and fortune cookies. Mr. Myers reminds the reader that a diet of only these foods wouldn’t be healthy and to eat our vegetables.

There is absolutely no way that I could do this review justice. The book is chock full of so many funny, sweet, interesting, and helpful information that I can’t imagine writing an accurate review. In a word, the book is flawless. In the beginning, the author wrote this warning to the reader:

This book will probably make you very, very hungry! Good luck with that.

It did exactly that. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to order pizza or Chinese food for dinner or both.

Run, don’t walk. to order this book from Amazon. Whether you have children or not is entirely irrelevant. You will laugh and smile the entire time that you are reading it. If you do happen to have children, then they will enjoy it, too!