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A YOuth Column
By Beverly Rowe

This month:

  • Recommended Reading
  • An Exciting Contest for Teen Writers

Spring begins March 21, and I am more than ready for spring here in the frozen north.
Publishers are presenting many new children's and teen books that make great reading.
Think fuzzy critters and fantasy.

Unicorn Races
by Stephen J. Brooks
Illustrated byLinda Crockett
Ages 4-8

A story every child is sure to love. Young Abigail wakes each night, dons her princess crown, and travels to a magical glade to oversee the great unicorn race. Brilliant illustrations bring this beautiful story that is written in rhyming verse to life.

Priscilla Superstar!

by Nathaniel Hobbie
Illustrated by Jocelyn Hobbie

In this third adventure starring Priscilla, she sees the glamorous Princess Rollerina perform up on stage, and has dreams of herself in the spotlight. Who will be the star of The Rolleret School show? Jocelyn Hobbie and Nathaniel Hobbie are a dazzling duo whose text and art illuminate this enchanting Priscilla story.

It's Not Easy Being Mean
by Lisi Harrison

Massie Block is up to her usual tricks as the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day. Claire Lyons: Has finally arrived! She's in the Clique and adored by super-cute Briarwood boy Cam. Alicia Rivera is as sneaky as she is beautiful and would love to take Massie's throne one day. Maybe she will make it. The Clique... The only thing harder than getting in is staying in.

Septimus Heap, Book 3
by Angie Sage
Illustrated by Mark Zug

With heart-stopping action and a dash of humor, Angie Sage continues the fantastical journey of Septimus Heap. The wacky, exciting characters that made Magyk and Flyte so memorable are back and Silas Heap unSeals a forgotten room in the Palace. That action releases the ghost of a Queen who lived five hundred years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and she's still up to no good. Her plan to give herself everlasting life requires Jenna's compliance, Septimus's disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous Alchemist and Physician. Fantasy at it's best!

Barbaro: America's Horse
by Shelley Mickle

A wonderful nonfiction book about the Kentucky Derby winner who won the hearts of America, this book is sure to please all the animal lovers.

April is National Poetry Month. Many of the younger children's stories are written in rhyming poetry and are so much fun to read aloud to the little ones. When my children were small, we read Ogden Nash's poems aloud until we all had some of them memorized. My personal favorite was The Tale of Custard the Dragon. Check it will love it too.

Here are some other links for poetry for kids sites that your family might enjoy....

Forms of Poetry for Children

Poetry for Kids - Funny Poems for Children by Poet Kenn Nesbitt

Children's Poetry in the The Poetry Zone

Teen writers - here is a contest that is open to students grades nine through twelve. The challenge is to write a chapter book for tweeners (ages 8 through 12) with a minimum of 15,000 words. The first place prize is a $20,000 scholarship over 4 years - 2nd and 3rd place winners each win a $10,000 scholarship over 4 years, and 4th and 5th place winners will receive a $6,000 scholarship over 4 years. Baker Trittin Press will publish the winning manuscript and will provide a $1,000 advance royalty. The teacher of the winning student will receive a 7-day educational tour of Paris as a gift from Joshua Expeditions. Here is a link to the complete details:

Get busy teens, this one is worth the effort!


January/February Contest Winner:

N. Budd from Bridgewater, MA

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