Tuesday, July 16, 2019

If I Were Human Awareness Tour



GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of If I Were Human, by W.B. Tyler, and a set of 2 adorable plush toy dogs!
One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of If I Were Human
  • An 8″ plush toy Scottie dog
  • An 8″ plush toy Westie dog
Nine (9) winners will receive:
  • An autographed copy of If I Were Human
Giveaway begins June 24, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 24, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Open to the legal residents of Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are thirteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
W.B. Tyler is responsible for prize fulfillment.

OFFICIAL LINKS


MY REVIEW
As a dog owner, I often wonder what goes through their minds. What do they think about? What are they dreaming of when they curl up for a nap?

In this delightful story, readers find out the answers - at least for Brina and her friends. Brina imagines that she would go to school, even doing homework in the evenings. Her friends imagine themselves working in an office (complete with hands-free phone headset), becoming a cook, or starring in movies. The illustrations show each of the friends in their imagined human roles - giving presentations, chopping vegetables, or taking selfies with fans on the red carpet. But as they reach the end of the day, they realize that perhaps a dog's life is best.

A fun read for the parents and youngsters, If I Were Human offers a dogs-eye view of human activities and contrasts it with the simple pleasures of naps, treats, and belly rubs. Which life would you prefer?


ABOUT THE BOOK

Written by W.B. Tyler
Publisher’s Synopsis: Brina, a Scottish Terrier, has lots of fun thinking about what she would do if she were a person! But when she shares those ideas with her friends, she begins to realize just how special it is to be a dog. The simplicity of If I Were Human makes it ideal for early readers, but with its imaginative story and entertaining illustrations, adults and children alike will love it. And who knows―you just may discover that you’d rather be a dog!
Ages 5-6 | Publisher: wbtylercom, llc | July 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1543972351
PURCHASE LINKS



TOUR SCHEDULE


June 25, 2019
Word Spelunking
Interview
June 26, 2019
J.R.'s Book Reviews
Book Review
June 27, 2019
Rosco's Reading Room
Interview
June 28, 2019
Mommy Ramblings
Book Review
July 8, 2019
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book Review
July 9, 2019
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review
July 10, 2019
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
Book Review
July 11, 2019
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Review
July 12, 2019
Inspired by Savannah
Book Review
July 17, 2019
The Fairview Review
Book Review
July 18, 2019
Confessions of a Book Addict
Book Giveaway
July 23, 2019
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Review


Fairview Review is participating in this blog tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and W.B. Tyler.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Summer Reading 2019 Pippa Park Raises Her Game

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Publisher's Synopsis:
A Contemporary Reimagining of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for Middle Graders

Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a surprising basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself.

At Lakeview, Pippa struggles with popularity and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and family’s laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. Juggling jealous Queen Bees, old and new friends, her own place at Lakeview, and an unrequited crush on the school's most handsome— and most haughty— 8th grader is hard enough. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media that threaten to unmask her carefully built persona, things begin to spiral out of control. 

With pressure mounting, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview Private, and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.

My Review:
Even if readers have never heard of Great Expectations, they will enjoy Pippa's story. Just imagine how it would feel to be forbidden to do the one thing you excel at. That is how Pippa feels when her older sister says she cannot play on the school's basketball team because her math grade is too low. And when Pippa learns that she has to see a math tutor once a week - it's like pouring salt on the wound. As she thinks, "No amount of Choco Pies or chestnut cakes could fix this." But things don't seem so bad once she meets the tutor and find out he is really cute, even if he does live in a fancy house and have very stuffy relatives. 

Then she learns that she will be attending the same school as her tutor due to an anonymous scholarship offer. Pressure mounts as Pippa struggles to fit in with the rich kids at Lakeview, keep her math grade up, and do her best on the basketball team. It is similar to what many students feel when they transfer to a new school, but since Pippa is trying hard to create an "interesting, confident, private school version" of herself, she has turned her life into a pressure cooker. The threatening messages she receives keep her constantly on edge, worried that her school life and home life will collide, adding to her already frazzled nerves.

When the big explosion happens, it throws open all the secrets Pippa had tried to hide, but it also releases all that pressure and makes it possible to start setting things straight. As her brother-in-law says, "the lower you fall, the more room you have to rise." Maybe she can meet those great expectations after all, at least those that are worth the effort.

The contemporary setting, the diverse mix of characters, the contrast between rich and working class, and the typical teen issues of friends, crushes, and deciding what sort of person one will become all mix together for an entertaining story that has something to offer a variety of readers. 

Highly recommended for middle grade readers who enjoy realistic fiction

I read an advance reader copy provided by the publisher for review purposes. Any quotes are from that copy and may change before final publication.

Monday, July 1, 2019

LOVE BIG Awareness Tour


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Kat Kronenberg’s Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg, and a school visit from the author valued at $550! Plus, everyone can be a winner by visiting Kat’s website and collecting all of the fun downloads.
One (1) winner receives:
  • A school visit from Kat Kronenberg*
  • A copy of Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg
  • Kat’s new Light-Up Heart of Stars plush toy
  • All of the downloadable activities and extras from Kat Kronenberg’s website
Five (5) winners receive:
  • A copy of Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg
  • Kat’s new Light-Up Heart of Stars plush toy
Giveaway begins June 20, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 20, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 17 and older.
Kat Kronenberg is responsible for prize fulfillment. *Date, time, and school for the visit is to be worked out between the winner and author Kat Kronenberg. The school must be within 2 hours driving distance of any major airport and on the mainline. Parent’s at the school must be offered a chance to buy Love Big so that their students have the opportunity to take home an autographed copy with their name in it – thrilling. Kat Kronenberg must be able to set up at least one more school visit in the area. Click here for the giveaway rules.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Written by Kat Kronenberg
Publisher’s Synopsis: The once thriving, African savanna has turned dry and desolate. Baboon watches animals who are so hungry that they seek only their own interest. Rhinoceros destroys Termite’s castle in his race to find food. Hare chooses not to share food with her family, and Lion steals from his pride. But after Baboon sees Rhinoceros give Hare his snack-on-a-stick, everything changes! Baboon realizes that a transformative power exists between the animals and the stardust that surrounds them once they share smiles and truly believe in themselves and each other. Read on to see if Baboon can save the savanna with this new secret and a very stinky, unlike hero…
Ages 3-10 | Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press | January 8, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1626346000
PURCHASE LINKS



TOUR SCHEDULE


June 20, 2019
The Children's Book Review
Book Giveaway
June 21, 2019
Word Spelunking
Book Giveaway
June 24, 2019
Jrsbookreviews
Book Giveaway
June 25, 2019
Heart to Heart
Book Giveaway
June 26, 2019
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Giveaway
June 27, 2019
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book Giveaway
June 28, 2019
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Giveaway
July 1, 2019
Confessions of a Book Addict
Book Giveaway
July 2, 2019
The Fairview Review
Book Giveaway
July 3, 2019
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Giveaway
July 8, 2019
Rosco's Reading Room
Book Giveaway
July 16, 2019
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
Book Giveaway
July 18, 2019
To Read, or Not To Read
Book Giveaway

The Fairview Review is participating in the blog tour and giveaway in partnership with The Children's Book Review and Kat Kronenberg.