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R.P. BenDedek

What's in the Book Basket This Week? - Kids Books!
By R.P. BenDedek
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:13:41 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two books titles worthy of attention but which are not currently being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors have not provided us with any other material to publish.

We can't do a book review for every book, but we do assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" service in which we invite authors to give us something to publish in which their promotional details can be included.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun Dec 8 to Sat Dec 14)

  1. 5 Facts About Bullying So We Can Move Beyond Judgment and Fear by Nicky Rolland author of Stepping into Consciousness
  2. The Map of Our Lives By Michelle A. R. Hydeck author of "Wings Up: All With A Little Help From Our Angels"
  3. Ernst Vahi recalls departure from Insula - Island of Hope by Ernst Vahi: Excerpt from "Insula - Island of Hope" by John and Ventis Plume
  4. Excerpt from: "The Travelers: The Wonders of Journeying in the Afterlife" by J.L. Sconce
  5. Life Lessons from Sir Isaac Newton by Michael Wright author of 'Death of a Green Soldier'

There were no book reviews published December 7-14th

R.P. BenDedek

"What's in the book basket this week?"

No. 1

Mert, The Anxious Evergreen by Claire Bowman

In "Mert, The Anxious Evergreen" professional musician and children's author Claire Bowman brings her original Christmas carol to life for parents, grandparents, and kids. Mert is an anxious tree troubled by encroaching land development; he hopes to be chosen as a Christmas tree so he can save Hickory Flats farm and forest - but he's not quite sure how. He'll need help from his friend, John the cat, to find his true Christmas spirit and save his home.

Beautifully written and illustrated, Mert, The Anxious Evergreen offers lessons on friendship and camaraderie, finding humor in challenging situations, responsible land usage and environmental preservation, and what it means to have a true Christmas spirit. Bowman and her sister created the book with help from a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Claire Bowman writes, paints, draws, creates things, and performs music with her super-talented twin sister, Sarah. Claire and Sarah perform and tour internationally as The Bowmans.

For more information please visit:  (view some of the illustrations) and Mert, The Anxious Evergreen is available at

No. 2

"David's Miracle" by A.D. Erving

A.D. Erving has a good following in Israel with his series of basketball books designed to help kids understand the realities of life and the need for team spirit. He is a former professional basketball player, children's coach and now author. The first book in the series is called "David's Miracle"

David Malone is an average 12-year-old boy who loves basketball and dreams of playing for the Raymond Hills Warriors, the elite club team in his hometown. But when he doesn't make the team because of his below-average height, he considers giving up the game for good.

Then, over summer vacation, David meets a group of local boys who share his love for the game and a fierce determination to overcome the Warriors' rejection.

From a promotional standpoint, the book has two great things going for it. The first is that you get to read the first chapter of the book for free in PDF format. The second is that he has NBA Star Stephen Curry as an Ambassador for the Dream Ten Basketball Book Series.

No. 3

Travels with Gannon & Wyatt by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet

The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA), the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award program, recently recognized Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana, by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet, as the winner in the Children's Category.

The book series currently includes, Botswana (June 2013), Great Bear Rainforest (Oct 2013) and Egypt (Jan 2014). Future adventures in the series will take place in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Tanzania, and the American West. With each expedition, young readers will discover new things about the world--and their place in it--that will stay with them for years to come.

For years, it has been Patti Wheeler's goal to create children's books that instill the spirit of exploration in young people. Travels with Gannon & Wyatt is the realization of her dream. Patti lives in Aspen, Colorado with her husband and sons.

For every book sold, they will donate a book to a child. Their goal is to donate 10,000 books across the United States.

No. 4

The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery by Madeleine Carroll

The Defense Manpower Data Center states that there are over 3,000,000 people actively involved with the U.S. military. Many of these people have families who are forced to alter their living arrangements in order to survive.

Author Madeleine Carroll spent over 20 years as a Navy wife and another 20 years as a soldier's mother, making her more than familiar with the necessity of acclimating to a non-traditional family format. Her experiences have inspired her new book, "The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery."

"The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery" follows a young boy who has to move with his mom onto his grandpa's ranch out west, as his father leaves for active duty. He must abandon his city ways and take on the duties of the ranch in order to discover the cause of the mysterious cattle deaths.

"I want my book to help children realize that the change in their family set-up will not be the end of the world," Carroll said, "I want them to be inspired to take the challenge head-on and gain some strong morals in the process."

With a "Hardy Boys"-style curious sense of investigation, "The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery" addresses many issues facing children today such as bullying, an over-reliance on technology and the misconceptions kids have about older generations.

About the author

Madeleine Carroll has been married for 42 years and spent 20 of those shuffling around to support her husband's Navy career. She has three sons and two granddaughters. After teaching language arts for many years, she is currently teaching math, but continues to be passionate about her art and writing. Madeleine and her family are very active in their church community.

"The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery"
By: Madeleine Carroll
SC-Retail price: $15.99
E-Retail Price: $3.99
Available at and

No 5

The Adventures of Ruy Diver by Miriam Salinas

Author Miriam Salinas' son was an avid swimmer, passionate about the ocean and the wide array of life one can find there. She has written her new children's book, "The Adventures of Ruy Diver," to instill that passion and other great lessons in children around the country.

"I want children to enjoy the fun story and photos," Salinas said, "I also want them to get a strong positive message about the pollution of our oceans."

Salinas is a member of the SPCA, Green Peace, Polar Bears International and other conservation activist groups. She is a mother, grandmother, child psychologist and author.

The final statement of a person who reviewed this book at Amazon states:

  • The dialogue is very well written and easy to follow, sometimes hard in longer picture books with many characters. The author did an excellent job keeping the story moving, and entertaining while teaching and equipping the readers.

About the Author

Miriam Salinas was born in Mexico City in 1937 and, while raising her children, wrote nine screenplays that were produced for the Mexican film industry. While traveling through Mexico looking for locations, she was inspired to invent stories to keep the children entertained. Her move to Los Angeles, California, opened a longtime desire to study psychology, and that led to a deeper interest in history. In 2008, she published a book of short stories about women and a brief tongue-in-cheek study of women and men in history. Returning to her native country in 1985 to live among flowers, traditions, and warm family ties, she travels continuously to see for herself the multitude of cultures that come alive through reading history.

No. 6

Grandma's Yarn by Waneta Worstine

Waneta Worstine has written her first children's picture book, "Grandma's Yarn," to help bring the family together during the holidays, especially Christmas.

"Children are only small and impressionable for such a short period of time," Worstine said. "This is the time to share our beliefs, before worldly attitudes, behaviors and consequences swoop in to influence their thoughts and values."

This new picture book was written to help share intimate moments, enjoy one another’s company and to help escape the struggles and distractions of everyday life.

About the author

Waneta Worstine received her Bachelor's degree from Bluffton University, Ohio and her Master's degree from University of Findlay, Ohio. She enjoys being a pianist for the Arlington United Methodist Church. Worstine is a retired intervention specialist, teaching students with special needs at Findlay City Schools. She is a loving wife, mother of 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

"Grandma's Yarn"
By: Waneta Worstine
ISBN: 978-1-4497-6661-0
Retail price: $16.95
Available in paperback and e-book.
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