Saturday, August 24, 2019

Review & Activites: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr #middlegrade #history #nonfiction #multicultural

Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic--the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again.

My review:
Growing up and being a historian, I have always know about the bombing of Hiroshima. I knew it was dropped to end WWII. This is a known fact the world over. What is not always known, nor thought of, is what long-term effect it had on the people (the innocent) of Hiroshima. 

This is the story of a young girl and her family who lived through such an atrocity. It saddens me on a different level than the Japanese people but also gives me hope for world peace.

Many of the children in the Red Cross hospital that Sadako eventually ended up at, never left. They were all inflicted with leukemia and other diseases that ravaged their small bodies. One boy mentioned in the book contracted leukemia due to his mother carrying the disease before he was born, well after the bomb dropping.

Sadako's friend told her the legend of the  thousand paper cranes and gave her the first one which was golden. Sadako prayed every time she made a crane, paper given to her by many different people.  Many were hung on her ceiling and some in her hospital room. Eventually she got too weak to make them and before dying had made 644. 

Her classmates made the rest of the cranes in her honor. Today a statue stands in honor of Sadako and every year on " Japanese Peace Day" thousands of cranes can be seen at the foot of the statue. I would like to see this statue someday and maybe leave my own crane there.

In the back of the book, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to make a paper crane.

Disclosure: I purchased this book for my own collections. The view here is 100% my own and may vary from yours. ~Michelle

1. Attempt to make 1000 cranes before International Peace Day which is Sept. 21st.
2. Read more about Japanese Peace Day
3. Visit the Sadako Statue in Japan

4. Make your own "shrine" for peace
5. Read more about International Peace Day

Where to find the author:
The author died in 2010. She was totally fascinated with the Japanese culture. She had a friend in High school that was Japanese and taught her about origami and many traditional things of the culture.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Read-a-thons to join!

I have just signed up for this week long read-a-thon. Join if you want to. Also the annual High Summer read-a-thon is also going on now. It is mid-way done but You can also sign up for Fright Fall and Castle Macabre read-a-long here.

#Spotlight: The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna #mystery #cozies


Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (June 3, 2019)
Paperback: 204 pages
ISBN-10: 0578503018
ISBN-13: 978-0578503011
Digital ASIN: B07SKB5YX7
My review to come soon!
ABOUT THE BOOK: Mystery with a splash of romance…Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.
Purchase Links –  Amazon  –   Barnes & Noble

About the author:

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life during her teens and twenties. The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances.
Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Reintroducing Author Wally Runnels #Giveaway: $25 Amazon GC & Book, "Twisted Love" @wallyrunnels2 @mmmhudson1968

Reintroducing Author Wally Runnels #Giveaway:
 $25 Amazon GC & Book, "Twisted Love" 

This giveaway is hosted by Reading Authors Network.
Thank you to all of the bloggers who are helping to promote this giveaway.

Reintroducing, author Wally Runnels.  Wally is the author of several published books. Each book  is considered "Border Pulp" and has complex characters mostly with grit."Rocky" appears in these books and is a character to be reckoned with.

Wally was born in San Diego, traveled through Mexico, and Latin America. He was 
raised on the border at his family's ranch, whose original deed was recorded in 1870. 
Hanging out between two countries, he met a lot of unusual people: Hollywood types, 
border patrol officers, professional trackers, smugglers, and people he won't mention 
by name. He'll remind you no matter how weird a story can get, it'll contain some 
grain of truth.

Wally Runnels hung out between two countries, he met a lot of unusual people: Hollywood types, 
border patrol officers, professional trackers, smugglers, and people he won't mention 
by name. He'll remind you no matter how weird a story can get, it'll contain some 
grain of truth.

For more information visit:


Here is a synopsis of his latest book, Twisted Love

Twisted Love explores the redemptive power of love even amidst the most brutal and privileged echelons of contemporary society. Julietta Aguilar, a young archaeologist with a dark past shrouded with sordid family secrets, discovers a hidden chamber under the ruins of the Templo Mayor, in the heart of Mexico City. She soon finds herself enmeshed in an ancient mystery even as she tries to solve her father's senseless murder.

Now followed by cartel killers, deadly supernatural spirits and thwarted by her own family, her quest for peace seems almost insurmountable – until she meets a man in black with a nefarious background who goes only by one name, Rocky. 

A fast-paced, gripping read reminiscent of fifties pulp, the characters in Twisted Love offer a dark study in human nature.

Get the book on Amazon now!

To reintroduce himself and his books, author Wally runnels is hosting a giveaway. The giveaway is for a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of his latest book, Twisted Love. See below for details. 
Rules and Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Wally Runnels, who is responsible for prize shipment, and by Reading Authors Network. Any other blog helping to promote this giveaway is not responsible for the giveaway prize. 
The giveaway is for U.S. only participants and runs from 8/8/19 through 8/24/19.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Swing by Kwame Alexander Part 2 Activities #BLINK Summer Reading Tour

From the Urban dictionary: "HUG LIFE-
A way of life in which rather than let someone push you around, you hug anyone who stands in your way..."

Recently, I wrote a REVIEW about the book, Swing. I will wait while you check it out. *play elevator music*  I suggest you get you a copy if you would like to. This is marketed as a YA book but I think an older preteen would understand the concepts here too.

Today I want to follow up with the book by giving you some ideas/activities you could do to go along with the book.

1. Start a petition about something that is unjust. Get signatures for it and send it to your local congressperson.

2. Visit your grandparents or visit a nursing home. Video a conversation with them asking about events in their life that you might not know about. Make sure to ask how they might have met their spouse or significant person in their life. Revisit as you can.

3. Research love letters back from the 19th century or before. Make some art based on those letters.

4. In the book, "Swing" embraces the "HUG LIFE" and has it tattooed on his arm. Write some positive  messages on some sticky notes along with #HUGLIFE and post them around your town.

5. Start a conversation on social media simply by posting the poster below. Remind people that this is a positive only post.

6. Volunteer to work with veterans. Talk with them what is important to them.

7.. Start a club...even with just two people. Read the book Swing and discuss how you can make a difference in your school. Or how you can be a friend to someone who needs it. Invite others to join.

8. Learn about different cultures and religions different from your own.  Plan a bbq at a local park, ask your neighbors to come, Ask local police departments if they will host the bbq and promote it around town. Have information via posters about what you learned around the park.

9. Make a poster that says, "Free Hugs" on it. Stand out on the street somewhere and give them out.

10. Be a friend. Simply remember that everyone is different and that you can learn something from everyone.

Happy reading and living the #HugLife,