Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Oct 6 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

I discovered a new publisher, and local too. This small press publisher is situated just north of Montreal in Quebec. Launched in 2011, Domnizelles Publications publishes both fiction and non-fiction works and they are interested in fostering new, Canadian born talent.

I met with Genevieve Rossignol, owner of Domnizelles, and we hit it off as we sat down for tea and talked about books, authors, promotion and the challenges of starting our own businesses. Domnizelles has published several children's, middle-grade and two YA titles so far. I wanted to share them with you.

Here are the titles Domnizelles generously gave me:

Kika the Upside-Down Girl by Jessica Tudos

Kika the Upside Down Girl is an entertaining and empowering story about an adventurous girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world. Written by Olympic gymnast, educator and mom Jessica Tudos, Kika's message inspires kids to explore and celebrate their unique interests, despite the pressure they may feel to conform. "Kids like me just wanna be free, upside down, you and me" is Kika's theme song, and it truly sets the stage for some incredible upside down adventures and heartfelt explorations at home, school, outdoors, and in a most fliptastic place...the Gymnastics Emporium!

Pepper by Danielle Findlay

Mr. and Mrs. Greene get the surprise of a lifetime when they discover a baby girl in their prized pepper patch. Pepper blossoms into a beautiful girl with fiery red hair, emerald eyes and a kind and caring spirit. Aside from her unusual introduction into the world she grows up rather ordinary, with a deep love for gardening and the outdoors. Then one evening in the garden with a simple prick of her finger Pepper realizes that she may not be so ordinary after all. It isn't until her town is hit with a horrible drought that Pepper realizes she just might have what the townspeople need to overcome their misfortune.

Dear Bully of Mine by Vicki Fraser

Self-worth, confidence and self-esteem are three qualities that can give children the strength to stand up for themselves and others. Join these three characters as they share their honest feelings with their dear bullies. Watch their internal battle as they begin to question the power that their bullies have over them. Witness their quiet evolution as they take back what is rightfully theirs; freedom to live in peace.

I'm not going to let this continue.

What you are doing is wrong.

I have every right to be happy.

I am




Everyone can benefit from daily affirmation that they have value. This book does just that.

Domnizelles also encourages and inspires young writers. Here are two titles written by a group of kids:

When I Think of the Alphabet... : A Collection by Young Authors

When I think of the alphabet, I think of Amazing Babysitters, Crazy Dogs, Expressive Flamingos, Gorgeous Hats, Important Janitors, Kind Leopards, Massive Ninjas, Original Packages, Quick Rats, Sarcastic Tigers, Ugly Veins, White X-rays, and Yellow Zippers. When I think of the alphabet, I think of twenty-six letters mixed in a song. You can make a lot of words with the letters of the alphabet. Letters build words. Words produce sentences. Sentences construct paragraphs and paragraphs create stories. Now read this book from A to Z...
-Megan Baker

What do you think of?

When I Am Older: A Collection by Young Authors

Childhood dreams and beliefs are sometimes forgotten, but they are always real.

What were yours? What are yours?

Here is an sample of what our authors had to share:

When I am older, I want to be a great dad, like the one I always wanted.
- Malik-Aja Merisier

When I am older, I see myself as a famous hockey player.
- Corey Horwood

When I am older, I see myself being very rich and living in a mansion. I see myself walking the red carpet for my movie premiere; my fans cheering for me and looking at me.
- Meyghan Goodman

When I am older, I'll see people I love go their separate ways.
- Stephanie Cucuzzella


Bluebella by Linda Purdy

It was getting darker very quickly. Knowing it was still a full day’s journey before she could reach her home in Snowcreek, Bluebella knew that she had to find shelter before the moon rose in the night sky. She leaped over rocks and fallen branches as quickly as she possibly could. “Oh, how I wish I had wings,” she murmured more to herself than to the tiny creature she held in the wooden cage.

Follow Bluebella in her great adventure as she proves to the rest of the Moufies that being smaller and different doesn’t make you any less courageous.

YA Titles:

Journey: Book One of the Jane Saga Series by G. Rossignol

What would you do if you knew you had outgrown the place you'd always called home, that the meaning of "family" had escaped you, that your strong feelings for your best friends had flourished at the wrong time...Would you leave or would you stay?

"What happened that evening was something I never expected in a million years, but was the event that triggered my departure. I will try to be as detailed as possible, as this was my last night on the island." -JANE

Jane drowns herself in her new found feelings for her best friend since birth, Chad, after becoming an orphan at nineteen years of age. All is well until a blat from the past reminds her of all she has lost fand her father's dying wishes; for Jane to see the world and make it to Hollywood!

Adventure: Book Two of the Jane Saga Series by G. Rossignol

“Now I was scared. What scared me was not Leo’s laughter but the truth in his eyes when he said those words “I thrive on a good challenge!”. It seemed so obvious that the challenge was me.” -Jane

After leaving behind her true love Chad and small town life, Jane discovers surprising new challenges. Namely Leo, a desirable bad boy holding the key to her career debut.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and Reviewed:

Whiny Whiny Rhino by McBoop (absolutely adorable!)
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin (one of the best autobiographies I have read)

Up Next:

Who Knows Tomorrow by Lisa Lovatt-Smith

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Have a great reading week!

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