Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Fragments Virtual Book Tour





















GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Fragments and a $50 Amazon gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A copy of Fragments

A $50 Amazon gift card

Four (4) winners receive:

A copy of Fragments

The giveaway begins September 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 6, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Written by Maura Pierlot

Ages 12+ | 126 Pages

Publisher: Big Ideas Press | ISBN-13: 978-0645099805

I feel like I’m a piece, a fragment that’s missing all the good bits, but I don’t know where to find the rest … the parts I need to work properly. I bet they wouldn’t fit anyway. (Lexy, age 17)

Publisher’s Synopsis: Eight young people navigating high school and beyond, each struggling to hold on – to family, to friends, to a piece of themselves. Perhaps you know them. The bubbly girl who keeps telling you she’s okay. The high achiever who’s suddenly so intense. The young teen obsessed with social media. The boy challenged by communication. Every single day they, and others, are working hard to keep it together. So hard, they don’t see their friends are struggling, too. Through eight imagined stories, Fragments moves from a place of disconnection to connectedness.

The action of Fragments takes place in the minds and hearts of an ordinary group of young people. Their stories encompass anxiety, depression, neurodivergence, gender dysphoria, social media, bullying, family dysfunction, cross-cultural diversity, and more, culminating in a sense of hope. Although set in Australia, their stories could take place anywhere.

From the Playwright: Rarely presenting as neat packages, mental health issues often involve feelings and behaviors with jagged edges and blurred origins. Fragments embodies the theme that stress at home, at school, and in life is challenging young people beyond their usual coping abilities, leaving them disenfranchised and vulnerable. So much of adolescent life is spent looking inwards that it’s perhaps not surprising that mental health issues are often internalized. I wrote Fragments to start a conversation. It’s only when we speak openly about mental health issues – without fear or judgment – that we can chip away at the stigma that prevents many people from seeking help. It is my hope that the work will find its way into schools in Australia and overseas. The publication includes a comprehensive Study Guide, detailing activities and curriculum links for English, Drama/Arts, Health & PE, Civics, and more.

A powerful and timely mental health resource for young people and their families. Essential reading for high school.

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gZPBCJ

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780645099805

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Fragments-Maura-Pierlot/9780645099805


MY REVIEW

In Fragments, eight teens each with their own issues such as anxiety, depression, or social awkwardness are all trying to make sense of life and figure out what to do. The monologues show the audience the disconnect between how the characters are perceived by others and how they see themselves. For instance, Freya pretends to be bubbly and happy, but says “if I tell anyone what’s inside my head, that I’m dying inside, that I can’t breathe, they say … ‛Freya, can you just be happy for once?’ Or they laugh, like I’m some drama queen, and walk away. And that’s even worse. So I put on my mask to make everyone comfortable.” Whether it is dealing with the demand to always be perfect and make top scores, struggling with body image or gender identity, or worrying about social acceptance, all the themes presented are common in any group of teenagers.

This book uses some strong language and deals with painful topics, but offers insight into struggles that are all too common in the adolescent world. The characters reflect personalities and situations that are familiar to teens and those who work with them. The flow from the monologues to the group scenes and back again echoes high school life - the feeling that one is alone even in a crowd of classmates and peers. And the final scene as everyone comes together with a common purpose offers hope for resolution and healing. Besides the script there is also a study guide with curriculum links, classroom activities, and a resource list included in the book. This could be used in drama, guidance, literature, and other related courses - or as a tool for discussion in other group support settings. It might also be used in pre-service training for teachers to help familiarize them with some of the issues their students deal with on a daily basis.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Maura Pierlot is an award-winning author and playwright who hails from New York but has called Canberra, Australia home since the early 1990s. Her writing delves into complex issues including memory, identity, self, and, more recently, mental health. Following its sellout 2019 season in Canberra, Maura’s debut professional theatre production, Fragments is being adapted for the digital space, supported by artsACT. The work is published online by Australian Plays Transforms and in print by Big Ideas Press.

Maura is a past winner of the SOLO Monologue Competition, Hothouse Theatre for her play, Tapping Out. Her plays have been performed in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, and Hollywood. A former medical news reporter and editor of Australian Medicine, Maura also writes for children and young adults. In 2017 she was named winner of the CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program, and recipient of the Charlotte Waring Barton Award, for her young adult manuscript, Freefalling (now True North). Maura’s debut picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town won the 2018 ACT Writing and Publishing Award (Children’s category) along with international accolades.

Maura’s poetry, short stories, microfiction, and essays appear in various literary journals and anthologies. Maura has a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate, each in philosophy, specializing in ethics. When she’s not busy writing, Maura visits schools and libraries as a guest reader and speaker, serves as a Role Model for Books in Homes, and contributes reviews for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s online magazine, Reading Time.

For further information on Maura and her work, Fragments please visit: https: //maurapierlot.com and https: //fragmentstheplay.com.


TOUR SCHEDULE


Monday, September 6, 2021

The Children’s Book Review

Tour Kick-Off

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Over Coffee Conversation

A guest article from

Maura Pierlot

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Fairview Review

A book review of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Tales of a Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom

A book giveaway of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Friday, September 10, 2021

A Dream Within a Dream

A book review of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Monday, September 13, 2021

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Life Is What It’s Called

A book review of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

A book review of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

A book review of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Momma Spot

A book review of

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Momma Spot

An interview with

Maura Pierlot


The Fairview Review is participating in the virtual tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Big Ideas Press.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Summer Reading 2021 The Secret Science of Sports

 


Science may not be what comes to mind when people think of sports, but our favorite pastimes wouldn't work without STEM. Without an understanding of body science athletes wouldn't know about carbo-loading to stockpile energy before an event. No technology would mean no improvements in the materials for our golf balls or bicycles. Don't forget wearable technology like fitness trackers. What about engineering? Yes, we need that to design a more aerodynamic football or alter the shape of a tennis racket to create more of a sweet spot. But math and sports? Most emphatically, yes. How else could we track the stats of favorite players or create our own fantasy football team?

Jennifer Swanson, author of Save the Crash-test Dummies and Astronaut-Aquanaut, has put together a fascinating look into how STEM affects all areas of sports from equipment design to league standings. Illustrations and diagrams show the difference between early football helmets and today's gear, why kicking a soccer ball up makes it travel farther, or NBA field goal percentages from various spots on the court. Informative sidebars explain carbon nanotubes and how to test your reaction time. There are even suggested activities like measuring your vertical leap or testing drag in water.

Whether you know someone who is a sports enthusiast and would appreciate this look inside how it all works or a science lover who enjoys seeing concepts applied to everyday activities, this is the perfect book for middle grade readers of either sort. It will also make a great addition to science and STEM classes where teachers can pull pertinent examples to accompany lessons on gravity, friction, and other concepts.

For more information about the author's other books and projects visit jenniferswansonbooks.com or catch up with her on social media: Facebook @JenniferSwansonBooks, Twitter @JenSwanBooks, Instagram @jenswanbooks, and YouTube @jenniferswanson. Jennifer also has a podcast about how scientists, engineers, and experts solve problems. Check it out at https://solveitforkids.com/ to see the topics they have covered so far and the amazing list of guests.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Summer Reading 2021 The Christmas Bookshop

 


Fans of Jenny Colgan will happily return to the Scottish setting of The Bookshop on the Corner and The Bookshop on the Shore, this time nestled in the delightful city of Edinburgh. Protagonist Carmen is the younger sister of Sofia - successful lawyer, wife, and mother. When Carmen loses her job, she winds up living in the basement with Sofia's nanny. But as she slowly gets to know her nieces and nephew and begins to revive the failing bookstore of one of Sofia's clients, Carmen also meets a couple of prospective dates. Will this perpetually resentful younger sister choose the jetsetting author or the quiet guest lecturer at the local university? 

As fun as the story is with its misunderstandings, rivalry between Carmen and nanny Skylar for the notice of the guys, and carefully revealed backstory of the bookshop's owner - what really captured my attention was the strong sense of place. Edinburgh is one of my favorite places, and the city comes through as almost another character rather than just the setting of the book. The castle high above, Holyrood Palace at the other end of the Royal Mile, the way so many of the homes and shops in the Old Town seem to grow organically from the hillsides...every description captures the city perfectly. 

It was also a pleasure to have Ramsay and Zoe from The Bookshop on the Shore make appearances. After all, it makes sense that a rare bookdealer like Ramsay would know a collector and merchant like Mr. McCredie. Colgan's stories always have an element of getting a second chance at life (and love) for her characters. This one is no exception and has the added charm of happening in a lovely city at Christmas. 

Summer Reading 2021 Jingle Bell Wolf

Terry Spear's shapeshifter romances are always full of adventure and attraction. This time around Gabrielle works on overcoming her bad memories of a ski trip wtih her parents by heading to Colorado with a couple of friends. When her friends are held up by work, she has to force herself to try out the activities rather than sitting by the fire in the lodge all day. Landon owns the resort with his siblings and has no patience for rule breakers - until he finds Gabrielle taking an after hours swim in the lodge's pool.  Suddenly the wolf from sunny Florida and the ski expert find themselves spending a lot of time together. Between late night swims, ski lessons, and rescuing an avalanche victim the pair grow closer by the day. Will they find a way to stay together when their careers are on opposite sides of the country?

Like the first Wolff Brothers story, this takes place in Silver Town, so the pack there shows up - Darien and Lelandi,  Silva and Sam, Doc Mitchell, and the rest of the Wolff family.  And since it is set at Christmas time, the traditional Silver Town competitions for the best snowmen, snow sculptures, gingerbread creations, and lighting displays are included. Gabrielle's friends are jaguar shifters on a JAG mission, one that will remind readers of Ashley Judd's "Double Jeopardy" role. And, of course, the Wolff's lovable St. Bernard - Rosco - is there for all the petting and belly rubs he can get.  

Longtime fans of Spears and newcomers to the world of her shifter stories will all have an enjoyable read just in time for the holiday season. (Publication date October 26)

Monday, August 23, 2021

We Can Color! Virtual Book Tour

 











We Can Color! Coloring Book Giveaway

GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a set of the We Can Color! coloring books, as well as a Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set!

One (1) grand prize winner receives: A set of the eleven We Can Color! coloring books, as well as a Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set.

One (1) winner receives: A set of six We Can Color! coloring books.

ABOUT THE BOOK

We Can Color! Fun & Facts Coloring Books

Created by Daniel Gershkovitz

All Ages | 70 Pages

Publisher’s Synopsis: Who doesn’t love to color beautiful illustrations and learn interesting facts that enrich the mind?

If you also like amazing drawings and cool facts and believe it’s important to impart knowledge and broaden your child’s horizons, the We Can Color! series was created especially for you!

These eleven books cover topics that will interest anyone at any age: Dinosaurs, Vehicles, Aircraft, Space, and Animals from around the world in their natural environment: Farm, Jungle, Ocean, Savannah, Forest, and Desert!

Did you know that the most dangerous animal in the savannah is the hippopotamus? That the oldest koi fish lived to be 226 years old? That some goats can climb trees? And that the terrible T-Rex was not the biggest dinosaurs predator?

How big is the Sun relative to the Earth? What was the first man-made object to reach space? What is the fastest land animal? The tallest? The heaviest?

Did you know that scorpions glow in ultraviolet light? That male seahorses are the ones that get pregnant? That one of the astronauts lost his glove in space? That one of our planets was given its name by a girl in elementary school? And that there is an aircraft that takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane?

Do you know the speed of the fastest truck in the world? Or how much does the heaviest tractor weighs?

What is the price of the world’s most expensive fighter jet? How much does an Air Force One flight hour cost?

What is the most venomous snake in the world? The most venomous jellyfish? The most poisonous frog? And do you know how to distinguish between a mammal and a fish in the ocean? Or how to tell a jaguar from a panther?

Next to each of the 330 full-page illustrations you can color, there are interesting facts: over 1,375 facts throughout the 11 books!

  • All the books contain full-page original coloring pages that are not repeated!

  • The extra-large pages are 8.5 x 11 inches in size!

  • All the illustrations are single-sided to prevent bleed-through and can be torn out and displayed without losing the images on the back!

  • All the illustrations and information are suitable for ages 5 and up. Children, teens, and adults will enjoy relaxed moments while coloring and learning fun facts!

The We Can Color – Fun & Facts Coloring Books series includes the following books:

The Great Dinosaurs of the Earth!

Space Technology and Our Solar System!

The Coolest Aircraft in the World!

The Coolest Trucks in the World!

The Coolest Vehicles in the World!

The Great Animals of the Farm!

The Great Animals of the Ocean!

The Great Animals of the Jungle!

The Great Animals of the Savannah!

The Great Animals of the Forest!

The Great Animals of the Desert!

PURCHASE LINK


https://amzn.to/3lrUtnt


MY REVIEW

The Coolest Aircraft in the World! features 125 facts about aircraft of all sorts from the earliest history of aviation through future technology innovations. Let me tell you just a few highlights from within its pages. Each spread includes a page of facts and a full-page illustration. The book begins with a quick overview of early aviation - the myth of Icarus, the Montgolfier balloon, and the Wright brothers. Other spreads introduce various helicopters like the Chinook shown carrying heavy equipment in slings and the MI-26 used at the Chernobyl fire fighting operation. Hot air balloons are shown in several shapes (including a honeybee), and airships from th Hindenburg’s time are also covered. Airplanes of all shapes and sizes fill many of the pages. There are World War I Fokker triplanes, a B-52 Stratofortress, a Concorde, and the X-15 rocket plane. The facts include details about the size, development cost, or various uses of the craft. For the F-14 Tomcat it explains that the plane “became famous worldwide following the movie Top Gun starring Tom Cruise.” Some illustrations show the aircraft in flight across the sky while others show takeoff and landing, firefighting, or other operations. Whether users are interested in coloring or learning about the craft, they will enjoy all the content about these awesome machines.

TOUR SCHEDULE


Monday, August 9, 2021

The Children’s Book Review

A book series review of the

We Can Color: Fun & Facts Coloring Books

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Lisa’s Reading

A book series review of the

We Can Color: Fun & Facts Coloring Books

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A Dream Within a Dream

A book review of

The Great Animals of the Jungle! Fun & Facts Coloring Book

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Crafty Moms Share

A book series review of the

We Can Color: Fun & Facts Coloring Books

Friday, August 13, 2021

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book series review of the

We Can Color: Fun & Facts Coloring Books

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

A book review of

Space Technology and Our Solar System! Fun & Facts Coloring Book

Monday, August 23, 2021

Library Lady’s Kid Lit

A book review of

The Coolest Vehicles in the World! Fun & Facts Coloring Book

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Fairview Review

A book review of

The Coolest Aircraft in the World! Fun & Facts Coloring Book

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Life Is What It’s Called

A book series review of the

We Can Color: Fun & Facts Coloring Books

Thursday, August 26, 2021

J.R.s Book Reviews

A book review of

The Great Dinosaurs of the Earth! Fun & Facts Coloring Book

Friday, August 27, 2021

Heart to Heart

A book review of

The Coolest Trucks in the World! Fun & Facts Coloring Book


The Fairview Review is participating in the virtualtour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Daniel Gershkovitz.