Simple Things by J.D. Holiday – #ChristianChristmas, #MiddleGrade

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The Cameron children worried that they will not get the toys they asked for for Christmas because their mother is a last minute shopper. The uncle that Trisha Frankel has lived with most of her life with has died. The only option she has is to find the father she does not know, even though her uncle said, “He was no good.” Trisha takes her dog, Mitch to search out her father and find out what he is like for herself. Along the way, her dog is stolen. The most likely suspect in the dog’s disappearance is a man connected to the Cameron children Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby. Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby are busy trying to figure out if their Christmas gifts will arrive. But helping Trisha makes them realize that sometimes the lives of others are more important than their own interests, especially at Christmas time.
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The Great Snowball Escapade – by JD Holiday – #ChildrenseBooks, #GrowingUp&FactsofLife, #Family Life, #ChapterBooks

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Wilhemena Brooks,’ cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it?
Bud doesn’t like girls! In fact, Bud doesn’t like anybody. Wil tries to ignore him, but he pulls her friend’s hair, take over games, and when Bud is in trouble, he made his “you’re going to get it” face at her.
After a snowstorm closes school, Wil and her friends go sled riding. Bud shows up and starts a snowball fight which lands Wil in her room for the rest of the day for fighting.
When her pencil sharpener is found, Right where she left it, Wil decides she has to try harder to understand her cousin and stay out of trouble. Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. But what does Will learn?
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Sherry Ellis

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Sweet Story about Treating Each Other with Kindness

Wil Brooks has a new visitor at her house. It’s her cousin, Bud. Bud is going through some tough times because his parents are divorcing. As is the case with many kids in that situation, he’s acting up and being mean. Wil can’t stand it! Why does this nasty kid have to live with her and ruin her life? Things are pretty bumpy until Wil decides to try to be nice to him. Then she discovers that Bud isn’t so bad after all.

The Great Snowball escapade is a sweet story that encourages kids to try to put themselves in the other person’s shoes. It teaches them to think about why someone might act the way they do, and it helps them think about how their own actions might affect the other person. It’s a story that encourages empathy. The Great Snowball Escapade is an excellent chapter book for kids ages 6 – 8.

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Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot by J.D. Holiday – #ShortStories&Anthologies, #ShortStories, #SingleAuthor

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In Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot, A Short Stories Collection For Adults

The Cemetery Affair ~ This is a tales from here to eternity about love, hate, envy, vengeance, death and, maybe murder. Well, not murder, but revenge is sweet!
Dangers of the Wilderness, New York, 1755 – What was it like in a young country where the lack of understanding causes people so different from one another to fight for the land, or flee in hopes of surviving.
Spiders ~ Terminal or not, under the right conditions would a little time with your loved ones be asking too much?
Too Many Bobs – When a cat named, Bob has his tail bobbed by a remorseful landscaper, Stephanie is sent to return the cat and collect the money for the vet bill. The wounded cat’s injury proves more troublesome than Stephanie could have conceived of.
The Name Game ~ A young boy named, Kelly becomes famous for ‘one day.’ Having the same name as a famous singer, Kelly is asked to appear on a game show taking the singer’s place. Kelly worries that his bullies don’t need any more rocks to throw.
Where The Heart Is – Annie is a cat, and she and the eight-year-old from next door, Ally make Mae’s decision to move into the Mountain View’s Retirement Home difficult.
Trespasses – Life has been a gamble for Jacqueline. People she counted on have left her scarred and wanting solitude. Deciding to avoid any entanglement as her goal she fights an internal conflict when Craig strolls up the deserted beach she considered to be her own.
Inside – Left the beach cottage owned by her grandfather in the block leading to the Atlantic ocean, Cheney had no idea selling it would change her nightmares of the Sci-Fi warrior.
Captive Memories ~ Sometimes the unthinkable happens in war. No, not just death.
The Boy In The Leaves~ Max’s friend Tony has a problem. Max believes this problem is a killer like it was for “the boy in the leaves.”
The One-Eyed Wink~ Angie never thought to see Joe again after so many years. After all, he was long died, wasn’t he? So the day she sees him on TV returning from a lost war, her life comes up against a new problem.
Cherished Dreams – Dreams can bring with them memories of loved ones gone. Their visits sometimes are a prized gift.

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BookLover

Delightful Collection of Short Stories

I like short stories, and during the summer I enjoyed reading this delightful collection by J.D. Holiday. The author is also an artist and includes original sketches as an added bonus and treat. If you like reading short stories as well, give yourself a treat and buy this book.

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The Spy Game by J.D. Holiday – #Children’seBooks, #Action&Adventure, #AnimalCare&Pets, #Crafts, #Hobbies&Home

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The Spy Game, written and illustrated by J.D. Holiday
Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with. A puppy would pull on a rope, catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named after a famous spy.
What can you do with an old dog? It probably could not learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare. It’s what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends!

J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture books- JANOOSE THE GOOSE and THE SPY GAME, and the chapter book for 6 to 8 year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. She is the host on It’s Story Time & Halo Kids Tales, children’s reading radio shows, and The Authors’ Words on the Book Garden Radio at Blog Talk Radio. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Her sites: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/

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Marie V. Cole

The Spy Game is Fantastic

The Spy Game takes Eddie and Sidney, a large black older dog on an
adventure from their first meeting. Although large, Sidney is a sweet
dog. Eddie’s Uncle Reese brings him this dog (who he has rescued,) to
Eddie who was reluctant at first, having his heart set on getting a
puppy to play with. Sidney soon changes Eddie’s mind on that as they
help Eddie’s friends find a missing cat and her kittens. I love the
remarkable illustrations which bring the characters to life. Eddie,
Sidney and Eddie’s friends, Dana and Joel are like ‘real’ kids you
might know. I’ve read other stories by this author, and like J.D.
Holiday’s other stories, The Spy Game is a wonderful story about
friendship and love of a pet.

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Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair by J.D. Holiday – #ChildrenseBooks, # Action&Adventure

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A Sequel to Janoose The Goose: The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose. How will the fox get his revenge?

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A GREAT STORY FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

Janoose and the Fall Feather Fair: J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski

Something has gone terribly wrong for Janoose. Someone has been stealing two bags of feathers from her delivery truck and that is making her boss Mr. Rooster wonder why and it might mean she will lose her job. Now, anyone that knows Janoose knows she is diligent, careful and always has the right total of bags she is to deliver at all times but somehow things have been going down hill and for some reason she loads ten bags on the truck at Free Range Farm and when it is delivered there are only 8! Why? How?

This is serious and she just might need the advice of someone else to help her solve this problem before the Fall Feather Fair. What is they do not have enough feathers? Who could be stealing her feathers and who wants to discredit poor Janoose? Enlisting the help of the Mallard and Margie as both were perplexed, Margie shook her head and Mallard asked how the Fall Feather Fair’s parade float is coming but Janoose was sad and although they were trying to cheer her up by saying how excited they were about the fair and what they would have it did not change things for her. Austin the Horse, Gertie the Hen and of course Dee Dee Duck would be on the float but what about the feathers?
Janoose is observant and as she looks at the Feather Wear Truck she sees something that is supposed to be a painter but just who is it ? So, taking a picture with her camera and realizing that the factory did not need to be painted she had a photo of the painter? But, just who was it and oh my! It’s the fox who just got out of jail for stealing feathers and is supposed to be in a reform program. But, is he reformed? Deciding to collect more bags she drove back to the farm to get more feathers. There were many barnyard friends working in the barnyard on the float for the parade. However, Poor Janoose was out of feathers and once again stated that she was out 2 bags of feathers. But, Gertie is smart and realized that this is serious as does Austin. Well, fox is out of jail and she thinks the painter looks like him but she could be wrong.
Someone wants her job and someone is hoping to get her fired. Someone as Austin stated is stealing her bags of feathers and wants her job or is it someone that was fired and is trying to take what they lost from poor Janoose? This might take a touch of detective work as Gertie uses her head and tells her that they can mark the bottom of each bag with a J for Janoose and if someone steals her bags she can prove it with this special mark. So, instead of brooding and pouting she and her friends collected more feathers, marked the bottom of all the bags and loaded them on the feather factory’s truck and she drove back to the factory.
However, someone got there first and when Mr. Rooster wanted to know if she all the bags this time she said yes but wait until you see what happens to poor Janoose again. How could two bags be missing this time when they were right there? Why is he disappointed in her and what will be her fate? Will he let her go back for more feathers and she tells her friends what happened that the two bags were gone. But, her friends were out on a nature walk for a science project and maybe just maybe that might have captured the thief in one of their pictures. You won’t believe what they saw and who it was but seeing them getting into their old truck just where do you think they were going? You got it to the feather factory but first they stole some of the wheels from her truck so she could not get there before the them.
Poor Janoose was stunned when she saw Mr. Rooster paying someone else for her feathers and he refused to listen to what she had to say and fired her on the spot. Not listening to her will her friends come to her aid? Will they show him the proof and the pictures of the thieves? Sometimes people jump to the wrong conclusions as authors J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski bring to light this story of trust, loyalty, understanding and friendship. Confidence in someone you never had to doubt is something that Mr. Rooster might have to learn. Will he look at the photos that her friends took? Will the Fall Feather Fair be a success? Check out the amazing life like illustrations by author J.D. Holiday making the story come to life for readers of all ages. So, will there be enough pillows for the fair? Will Janoose ever forgive Mr. Rooster and will he realize he was wrong or does she have to get a new job? The only way you are going to find out is to read this outstanding book that teaches so many things: Honesty, being truthful, owning up to your possible mistakes, asking for help when needed and hoping that the end result will be positive. Teachers, parents, discussion groups and peer readers can really enjoy talking about the many issues presented in this FIVE GOLDEN FEATHERS BOOK.

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Janoose the Goose by J.D. Holiday – #ChildrensBooks, #Animals, #FarmAnimals, #Ducks&OtherWaterfowl

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Janoose the Goose by J.D. Holiday, is visiting her cousin, Molly the Duck on the farm. Janoose likes the barnyard very much but she must go home because there are no job openings there. When her flight home arrives, the fox has begun a crime spree, and Janoose is the only one who can stop him.

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A sweet, charming story with adorable, colorful illustrations.

Meet Janoose the Goose, Molly the Duck and her little Duckling, DeeDee and a brood of other adorable barnyard friends, enjoying the simple life on the farm. But …Wait! Here comes a naughty, pesky visitor to disrupt their peaceful existence. A wicked fox who is up to his usual mischief. Janoose has to fly home to her job, otherwise, she will be fired…but who will protect her barnyard friends from this wicked fox? Find out by buying this sweet, charming book with adorable, colorful illustrations for your young ones between 3-8.

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Simple Things by J.D. Holiday – #ChristianChristmas, #MiddleGrade

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The Cameron children worried that they will not get the toys they asked for for Christmas because their mother is a last minute shopper. The uncle that Trisha Frankel has lived with most of her life with has died. The only option she has is to find the father she does not know, even though her uncle said, “He was no good.” Trisha takes her dog, Mitch to search out her father and find out what he is like for herself. Along the way, her dog is stolen. The most likely suspect in the dog’s disappearance is a man connected to the Cameron children Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby. Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby are busy trying to figure out if their Christmas gifts will arrive. But helping Trisha makes them realize that sometimes the lives of others are more important than their own interests, especially at Christmas time.
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