Bookstores have closed their doors! And libraries are shut down! But never fear, parents, teachers, boys and girls…writers are still writing great stories and publishers are still getting them printed! Many bookstores are taking online orders and shipping for FREE or are enabling customers to do curbside pickup!
So today we are honored to sing a HUGE HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to a brand-new Middle Grade novel from one of my favorite kidlit authors, Darlene Beck Jacobson.
WISHES, DARES, AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY
Written by Darlene Beck Jacobson
Pubished by Creston Books
Here’s a fabulous review from Kirkus that will give you all an idea of what the book is about and why it is such an important book, especially in these times.
With his father missing in action in Vietnam, 11-year-old Jack faces a long, lonely summer at his grandparents’ home. While the enthusiasm for life his younger sister, Katy, displays does much to lift his spirits, it’s the companionship of his new friend, Jill, that makes all the difference. But she’s dealing with major problems of her own. The tale is related in free verse, short lines and spare prose cascading narrowly down the pages, conveying a powerful message of bully management: ‘Bullies need our permission to / rule over us.’ This realization is enhanced by insight Jack’s own dad provides through a boyhood diary, suggesting that even bullies might need friendship. Although it’s set in the 1960s, the story reflects timeless issues that will resonate with modern readers. A fresh, inspiring exploration of a daunting issue.“―Kirkus Reviews
WOW! Here’s another book I’ll need to snag for my 11-year old grandson – with #shelteringathome the word of the day, our kids need books like this to engage, entertain, educate…and inspire them!
I’m grateful to authors who write books like this…and Darlene is sharing even more with us. She’s giving away a copy of WISHES, DARES, AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY. Plus, here are a few words from her:
Darlene: Since birthdays are traditionally celebrated with cake, I thought I’d share one of the poems from the book aptly titled CAKE:
A five-layer cake with pink frosting and
five candles sits in front of Katy
while she closes her eyes and makes a wish.
A quiet, silent one that Fred will never hear.
as we all cheer and the flames go out.
As pieces of cake get passed around,
I remember Katy’s first birthday,
how all of us,
blew out pretend candles, laughing, trying
to get a
one-year-old to blow air,
to blow out her own candle.
She stared at us, like we were the
best entertainment, then
she grabbed a chunk of cake in her chubby fist,
smushing it into her mouth,
I think that was when
I knew I’d love my sister
This is terrific, Darlene…we are getting a sneak peek at a bit of the book!
Remember dear friends, let’s support our favorite books:
- Buy their book – many indie bookstores are shipping for free or are doing curbsite pickup.
- Write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or B&N.
- Ask your library to purchase the book…some libraries have online patron request portals…and even if libraries are closed right now, their online presence remains on and you can get your request in for whenever they are ordering books.
- Tell your friends about the book.
- Take a photo of your child reading the book and post on social media.
And leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of WISHES, DARES, AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY. Most of us have had at least one experience with a bully…can you share yours?
Please stay safe…be kind…embrace this #shelterathome as much as possible.