Book Review: The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Book Review: The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore (MG) for reading level, (YA) for content 5 Stars *****

What a terrific book for sophisticated MG and YA readers! This book is totally modern with its Harlem slang, supportive lesbian mother, mostly absent caring father with a new girlfriend, an idolized older brother who was shot to death in a nightclub in the Bronx, gang bangers who terrorize the younger, unassociated kids, conflicted desire for a better life, friends who teeter on the edge between right and wrong, friendship with an autistic girl which started out as dislike, rivalry, then evolved into a healthy cooperation to achieve excellence and fame, and a helpful community center counselor. This book has it all.

Twelve -year-old Wallace (Lolly) Rachpaul, who  lives in Harlem in the upper east side of Manhattan, is obsessed with keeping his possessions from being “confiscated” by the thugs who frequent 125 St. Despondent over the death of his twenty-year-old brother, Jermaine, Lolly begins to give up on life and loses interest in his school work. His only interest is constructing buildings with his individual Lego kits. When Steve, a young man who serves as a positive role model for the neighborhood boys, gives Lolly a book for Christmas entitled A Pattern of Architecture, Lolly is inspired to innovate. He combines all the Lego pieces, integrating the blocks from all the kits, with his imagination on fire. His mom’s girlfriend brings bags full of Lego pieces from her job at a toy factory. Ali, the counselor at the community center, encourages Lolly to build with his Legos and gives him a private room to construct the imaginary alien world of Harmonee. From this activity, Lolly utilizes math and creative writing. The other kids become involved and Lolly’s mutually beneficial relationship with autistic Big Rose begins. Lolly and Big Rose find a common area in which to gain public recognition.

At the end, Lolly is able to come to terms with his brother’s death, his parents’ separate lives, his loyalty in friendships that don’t always run smoothly, and his desire to excel in life and avoid the trappings of the life around him. Lolly tells us how much he has changed from the beginning of the story, “Since then I had learned the most important thing: the decisions you make can become your life. Your choices are you.”

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Kudos to B & N Stamford, CT For a Successful Book Signing Event

Kudos to Barnes & Noble Stamford, CT for a Successful Book Signing Event!

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                                     Today Is the Last Day

Sunday, August 19, 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm

Stamford Town Center  
100 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT
203-323-1248

 My Book Titles
The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Please visit my website elainedonadio.com for study guides aligned with state standards for science, social studies, and literacy.

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Please Join Me! East Hampton Library Children’s Fair, Long Island, NY

Book Signings & More 

Sunday, August 12  1:00-5:30pm

East Hampton Library Children’s Fair

Free Admission

Carnival Rides, Games, Book Signings, Raffles, Crafts, Treats

555 Field, 555 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, NY

easthamptonlibrary.org or 631-324-0222

Many Authors Including Me, Elaine Donadio!

It’s A Happening Place

Guess Who’s Doing a Book Signing at Barnes& Noble, Stamford , CT Aug. 18-19?

Guess Who’s Doing a Book Signing at Barnes & Noble Stamford, CT?

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                                     Saturday, August 18, 2018 
                                           12:00pm-6:00pm

Sunday, August 19, 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm

Stamford Town Center  
100 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT
203-323-1248

 My Book Titles
The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Please visit my website elainedonadio.com for study guides aligned with state standards for science, social studies, and literacy.

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Please Join Me! E. Hampton Library Children’s Fair, Long Island, NY

Book Signings & More 

Sunday, August 12  1:00-5:30pm

East Hampton Library Children’s Fair

Free Admission

Carnival Rides, Games, Book Signings, Raffles, Crafts, Treats

555 Field, 555 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, NY

easthamptonlibrary.org or 631-324-0222

Many Authors Including Me, Elaine Donadio!

It’s A Happening Place

Chapter Book Review: Magnificent Mya Tibbs-The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen

Chapter Book Review: The Magnificent Mya Tibbs- The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen- 5 Stars *****

This book is perfect for 8-10 year old readers.

What a delightful book! We meet 4th Grader Mya Tibbs from Bluebonnet, Texas who is filled with a zest for life and a cowgirl spirit that keeps her going through all situations. When Mya is challenged by the class mean girl, Naomi, to participate in the school Wall of Fame Game Mya is motivated by the challenge as she thinks, ‘Everybody is looking at me. Naomi just called me out like the bad guys called out Annie Oakley, back in the Wild West, for a duel in the middle of the street.’ “I have no choice,” Mya announces to her best friend, Connie. Yee-haw!

Mya’s competitive spirit leads her to study daily for the Wall of Fame Game. Mya  also practices every day to re-create her mom’s chili recipe until she gets it right so she may win the community contest. Mya’s mom has won the last two years, but her baby girl is due to be born any day, and she must stay off her feet. Mya accepts this challenge so mean Mrs. Frazier won’t win. Cowgirl Mya is intent upon stealing the show at the chili contest by performing a cowgirl chili song.

Mya, her brother, and their friends all help to prepare the room for the new baby girl, Macey so it will be ready when she is brought home from the hospital. All of the friends also display a generosity of spirit in helping without expecting anything back.

Mya wins one contest, but not the other. Her mother explains that the beauty of entering both contests gives a reason for the family to work together as a unit so they can help one another practice to accomplish their goals. While Mya is determined and has a one track mind about winning, her older brother, Nugget, is a wonderful example of another way to handle challenges. Nugget tries repeatedly to make the baseball team, but once he realizes his strength lies in coaching, he graciously announces to his family, friends, and coach that he excels at coaching and would like to act as an assistant coach to bring his team to victory. And that’s what he does.

I loved this book for showing readers how a functional family and community work with healthy competitiveness and a generous spirit in helping loved ones achieve their goals. Everyone in this story worked hard for what they wanted to achieve. No whining allowed!

Lesson Ideas—

The author included the following website as provided by Mrs. Heather Renz who provided information from the Mastery Club as a reference for anyone interested in playing the Wall of Fame Game or looking for other teaching tools to use in the classroom or at home. Click here .

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

My Books Are Now Available for Borrowing from Manhasset Library, NY!

Great news! Printed copies of my books are now available for borrowing from Manhasset Library, LI, New York. 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset. 516-627-2300.

Printed copies of my books are also available for inter-library loan at Queens Library, Nassau County Library, and Suffolk County Library in New York.

The digital copies are available in Queens Public Library and may be available in other library systems throughout the country. If your library cannot provide access to these books, please ask them to purchase in digital or paperback formats to add to their collection.

My Book Titles

Middle Grade…(8-12 year olds )

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion

12 – Adult…

Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

In New York, this is where you can find my printed books:

The physical copies are available from the Queens Library system at Central Library, Jamaica; Bay Terrace Library in Bayside; Whitestone Library in Whitestone. Or, you can borrow through inter-library loan if you’re a Queens County library patron.

Also, the physical copies are also located in the East Hampton Library and Port Washington Library. Suffolk and Nassau County library patrons can borrow through inter-library loan online.

Happy reading! If you do decide to borrow my books from the library, please remember to write a review on the library website.

Thanks,

Elaine

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

Great News! My Books Are Now Available at Port Washington Library, LI, NY!

Great news! Printed copies of my books are now available for borrowing from Port Washington Public Library, LI, New York. 1 Library Drive, Port Washington. 516-883-4400.

Printed copies of my books are also available for inter-library loan at Queens Library, Nassau County Library, and Suffolk County Library in New York.

The digital copies are available in Queens Public Library and may be available in other library systems throughout the country. If your library cannot provide access to these books, please ask them to purchase in digital or paperback formats to add to their collection.

My Book Titles

Middle Grade…(8-12 year olds )

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion

12 – Adult…

Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

In New York, this is where you can find my printed books:

The physical copies are available from the Queens Library system at Central Library, Jamaica; Bay Terrace Library in Bayside; Whitestone Library in Whitestone. Or, you can borrow through inter-library loan if you’re a Queens County library patron.

Also, the physical copies are located in the East Hampton Library and Port Washington Library. Suffolk and Nassau County library patrons can borrow through inter-library loan.

Happy reading! If you do decide to borrow my books from the library, please remember to write a review on the library website.

Thanks,

Elaine

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

Please Join Me! April 29 Authors Fair-Port Washington Library, LI, NY

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

 

 

Literacy Scores Down? I Can Help

Welcome to my blog!

Literacy scores down? I can help. ElaineDonadio.com is an invaluable resource.

Need ideas for using my middle grade books? Please click here to visit my website/blog for lesson ideas and study guides. Tie-ins with science, social studies, and literacy.

*Whole class reading activity, much like a text book. I’m still a proponent of the balanced literacy and whole language movements where students imitate the activities of the characters in the books. The science presentations can act as a springboard to an actual student activity.

*Small group discussion. Each book can be presented to the rest of the class as a play, Readers Theater, science fact presentation according to chapter contents, individual reports, a multimedia presentation, chart presentations, etc.

*Independent reading and/ or book reports.

*Supplemental classroom reading can serve as material for class discussion, report or presentation.

*Multiple intelligences can be addressed by allowing presentations of the book plots or actual science or social study facts through the visual or performing arts. How bout a dance of the dolphins? Or a play about how creatures interact in their environments? A song telling the life cycle of an insect? A watercolor representation of the underside of a horseshoe crab? Creating a costume to demonstrate how creatures can be camouflaged in their worlds? A news flash detailing the dangers of fracking on the environment? A puppet show detailing the swamp biome?

*Instead of traditional text –books, use my books. Perhaps, the students can write letters to one another or to friends and family telling what they’ve learned. Create a class newspaper account of a day in the life.

*Brainstorm a combination of modalities to be presented at a school assembly.

*Utilize the formula poems found in The Ocean’s Way and The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion as a model and have the students present facts in this same format.

*Conduct an author study to compare and contrast my books with one another or with books by other authors.

* Create a diorama or model to show relationships, life cycles, or habitats.

*Design a travel brochure for the places the book characters visit.

*Vote for a class president using the book characters as candidates.

 

Book Titles The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo?,
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, 
Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

All titles are available for preview and purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Available in digital and paperback formats.

Questions? Call 718-746-0758 or click here to email.

All rights reserved April, 2018.

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