Books of the Week! Recommendations for everyone in the family!


Called “informative and gripping” by Booklist and “[a]n engaging middle grade read” by School Library Journal, A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE is the second novel from Beth Vrabel (author of Pack of Dorks, also published by Sky Pony Press).


Before Stinkville, Alice didn’t think albinism—or the blindness that goes with it—was a big deal. But after moving from Seattle to Stinkville, Alice feels different fir the first time in her life, like she’s at a disadvantage. In Stinkville, Alice finds herself floundering, but when her parents start looking into schools for the blind, Alice takes a stand. And as Alice confronts her own blindness, everyone else seems to see her for the first time. This is a stirring small-town story that explores many different issues—albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more—with a light touch and lots of heart.

I really recommend this one for all middle school age readers! I love that it addresses so may different issues and in a way that older children will be able to relate to.

This great book can be purchased at the following:

Amazon, B&N, IndieBound

Do you watch YouTube?  You may have heard of this feline star!

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STAMPY’S LOVELY BOOK (Random House Books for Young Readers; available since 1/5/16), the first and only official book by YouTube superstar Stampy Cat. With more than 6.5 million subscribers and 4.1 billion cumulative views on YouTube, Stampy Cat is one of the biggest names in online gaming and family-friendly content today.

STAMPY’S LOVELY BOOK captures the essence of Stampy’s fun personality and contagious enthusiasm. It allows readers to join Stampy on his adventures—including games, activities, tips, jokes and exclusive info about Stampy and his friends.

I received this book and it’s a lot of fun! The games and activities are my favorite and I highly recommend for young readers especially if they are a fan of superstar Stampy Cat!

Joseph Garrett aka Stampy Cat is a YouTube sensation averaging over 47 million views a month. His videos have more hits than the likes of Katy Perry and One Direction and his Stampylonghead YouTube channel was in the top 10 most viewed channels worldwide in 2014. Stampy Cat has been making videos since 2006 and is well known for his Minecraft content. He is also the co-creator, with Maker Studios, of the Wonder Quest YouTube channel featuring three original series attracting 35 million views in less than two months, and was featured in the original series “Meet Me At The Reck” alongside Jack Black and Andrew W.K. Stampy has been featured in The Guardian, BBC News, The Independent, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Forbes and, among many others, was coined “The Mister Rogers of Minecreaft” by EW. To check out all things Stampy Cat visit and follow him on Twitter andFacebook. @StampyLongNose.

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The next one is a wonderful one for the New Year!


“The Planet Friendly Diet” by Cat Smiley.

Your 21-Day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health.

2016 will be off to a great start as readers begin a journey to optimum health with a unique, all-inclusive program for a greener, healthier lifestyle based on responsible dietary choices. They will be able lose weight, feel great, and minimize the impact of their eating habits on the environment with leading body-transformation expert Cat Smiley and her simple step-by-step program for a complete detox and reboot which can all be found in her new book.

THE PLANET FRIENDLY DIET [January 2016, $29.95 US / $29.95 CAN] motivates, educates and empowers readers to kick start their change with clean eating and easy-to-follow recipes. Targeted specifically to those who know it’s time to make a change but unsure where to start, the book opens with an all-inclusive 21-day meal plan which enables readers to dramatically cut back on meat and animal by-products while working towards a leaner, healthier self. They will then be able apply all they learned during the program to everyday life using the accompanying nutrition guide to transform short-term success into sustainable, lifelong results. The diet is meat, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, and comes with a weekly shopping list to ensure zero-waste. The book includes all single-portion recipes and every meal shares the following benchmarks:

  • Designed to eliminate food waste
  • Fresh, every day ingredients
  • Costs less than $5
  • Is under 500 calories
  • Takes no more than 20 minutes to prepare
  • All meals fit a variety of healthy lifestyles including diabetic, kosher and halal dietary needs

Fully illustrated with mouthwatering images of each internationally inspired recipe, it’s like having a dedicated nutrition coach and a personal chef while you not just learn how to cook, but also how to understand the science behind your food choices. Whether readers are looking to give their eating patterns a complete makeover or start a change towards a healthier life, THE PLANET FRIENDLY DIET will help them lose weight, get fit and feel great – while contributing to the wider good of our delicate planet as well!

This one is a great one for any adult! What I like the best is that it is simple to follow and uses fresh, every day ingredients. This is not just your average diet book!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. 



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