Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Christmas #ShortStories Silent Night by @WendyClarke99

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Today’s team review is from Jenny, she blog here

#RBRT Review Team

Jenny has been reading Silent Night by Wendy Clarke


My review:

I have long been an admirer of Wendy Clarke’s short stories; she writes with great delicacy about the deep emotional truths found at the heart of seemingly everyday lives.

Christmas is a time of heightened emotion and this collection explores themes of loneliness, loss and love, all with the constant thread of the real meaning of Christmas running through.

In ‘Finding Santa’ we sympathise with a family stranded at Gatwick Airport as the festive season starts and in ‘All I Want for Christmas’ we feel for the new step-father desperately searching the shops for the elusive must-have-toy late on Christmas Eve.

The most original story of the collection in my opinion is ‘Silent Night’, but my favourite is ‘Christmas Strike’, for its humour and for the tenderness of…

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Goodreads Giveaway coming in November!

Do you love Janice Spina’s books? There is a giveaway on Goodreads and you can read about it here.


Hi everyone! I am happy to announce that I willl be doing another Goodreads Giveaway this year. This giveaway will begin NOVEMBER 20, 2017 and end DECEMBER 20, 2017 just before Christmas. If you win, it will make a fabulous Christmas gift for someone on your list or you can keep it for yourself. I will be giving away THREE AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS! I will do my best to mail out the books as soon as I receive notification of the winners!

Drum roll please…the book I will be giving away this time is…




Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away. Aunt…

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A deeply heartfelt essay on the cost of war in the last century, by Sue Vincent. The price is immeasurable.

The Silent Eye

Paper poppies bloom, as fragile as the lives they represent. Every year it is the same, I try to find some way of saying what is in my heart and the words will not come.  I was not there, I have no right to speak of war and its atrocities. I have not seen it with my own eyes. I have never aimed a gun at another human being and been faced with the choice whether to kill or be killed. I have not tried to sleep in cold mud made from the earth of a foreign land mingled with the blood of my comrades. I have not lost my child to war.

I have no right to speak, but nor have I the right to remain silent when the price of my freedom to speak was so high. I have a duty to my own conscience and to all…

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Sixty-six (66) 5-Star Reviews for Award-winning Picture Book AMAZING MATILDA!

Congratulations to Bette Stevens on receiving 66 Five-Star reviews of her phenomenal children’s book AMAZING MATILDA. If you’re looking for a gift for your special 5-11-year-old, I highly recommend AMAZING MATILDA.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

MATILDA expertly as a cirus acrobat... 2016

About the book

This “Gem of a Tale” about a Monarch Butterfly teaches kids lessons in friendship, patience and persistence as AMAZING MATILDA transforms from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. (Children’s Picture Book/Ages 5-11).

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Treats only, Please

Lauren Scott of Baydreamer posted a fun Halloween poem. Please enjoy and while you are at her blog, check out some of her other wonderful poems.



Creepy cackles from the trees
startle their hearts as they walk
Shadows follow the echoes
as they ensue down the block

They loyally repeat to each other
it’s a night for entertainment
There’s nothing to be afraid of
as they stare down at the pavement

They know they’re not alone
many follow in their footsteps
Eager to push the door bell
but afraid of the special effects

They see goblins and witches
ghouls, pumpkins, and ghosts,
Super heroes of all different kinds
while owls hoot from their posts

Some faces seem a bit too real
one even looked like old granny
Ignore the screeches and simply focus
on taking home a load of candy

Lauren Scott © 2017
Photos: Google

Aurora Alexander is holding a Halloween poem contest, inviting all to participate. It’s been fun reading all the wonderful entries, and the competition is tough. This is my entry, and…

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Monster Ballet

Written by Curtis L. Cornell
Illustrated by Christopher Chico

Book Blurb

For the first time ever, human beings of all ages have a chance to witness the Monster Ballet. It is a rare spectacle indeed, for only one night a year do the monsters dare be so bold. Peek behind the curtain to see the Monster Ballet. It is one show you won’t want to miss!

Monster Ballet is a fun, rhyming 36-page picture book with a unique, interactive ending. It is excellent for ages 3-7 and makes for a memorable read aloud.

My Review

Monster Ballet is a delightful story about witches and goblins and all that are scary, but are they really? Once a year they hold a Monster Ballet.

The rhyming lines tell the story of the once a year ballet performed by monsters in a fun way that is sure to have children giggling. The story is well thought out and written in such a way to soothe children’s fears and give them something to laugh about. The book is beautifully illustrated depicting charming monsters on each page. This non-scary book is sure to become a favorite with both children and their parents.

I highly recommend Monster Ballet to children from three to seven years of age and to their parents and teachers.

This book was gifted to me by the author.

About the Author

Curtis L. Cornell is an elementary school teacher and founder of Generations Legacy, a nonprofit that will serve as a school to provide a high-quality education for low income families in Los Angeles. Curtis is also the author of exciting youth fantasy adventure novels that comprise the Serenium Series, and additionally has created many educational resources. You can find out more about Curtis and his works at

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On the 31st

Pam Wight posted her delightful Halloween poem on her blog, Roughwriting. The bewitching hour is nearly upon us. Read if you dare.


autumn, HalloweenDark is night, night is just right
As I set my broom aside
with a thought so candle bright
My glowing eyes I can’t hide.

On the date of this fall month
I’m allowed to be my self
even eating my best lunch –
can of worm warts on the shelf.

But maybe I’ll surprise them
My witch cousins and witch friend
I’ll knock on doors because I can
Pretend to be a small human.

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Would You Read It? – Susanna Leonard Hill

My thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill for this feature. All of you authors who are thinking about writing a book or have a WIP from picture books to YA, this is a fun way to test the waters with a pitch for your idea.

Would You Read It is a weekly feature, posted on Wednesdays.  It is a chance for writers to try out pitches for their Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, or Young Adult Works…

Source: Would You Read It? – Susanna Leonard Hill