Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Shadow of Atlantis Blog Tour & Book Review

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About the Book

Title: The Shadow of Atlantis 
(Shadows From the Past, Book 1)
Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing
Pages: 196
Recommended Age: 8+
Summary (Amazon): Ten-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book which had belonged to their father holds the answer… and so begins an unusual quest to discover the truth.

Together with Max, their remarkable Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis. Once there, however, they soon run into problems.

Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever?

And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it’s too late?

Cool Mom's Review

This book is excellent. The Shadow of Atlantis, seriously, is a wonderful book and I look forward to reading the remaining books in the Shadows of the Past series. Wendy Leighton-Porter has crafted an adventurous and magical tale that will capture the reader right from the start.  This book acquaints us with the story of  three friends, and a precocious cat as they journey to a new an old world where they make new friends. Yes, they make a few enemies as well and, oh yeah, they happen to save some people while they are at it, too. 

I am not one to re-summarize a book or give too much away but I will include one of many lines that made me chuckle.

      "Being rather a fastidious cat he hoped they'd soon be going home to civilisation, where he had his own litter tray fitted with a lid and a door. He was definitely of the opinion that cats need their privacy where certain matters are concerned."

I was reminded of The Magic Tree House series as I read this book. I appreciated and enjoyed that the author took the time to include notes at the end, which explained some of her decisions in writing about Atlantis. 

I highly recommend this book to boys and girls ages 8 and up. I also will strongly recommend it to my own, ten-year-old daughter. I am positive that she will adore it. Katrina, I believe, may simply fall in love with Max, should she read this enchanting story.

No doubt about it, this is a five star book. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Wendy!

I look forward to reading the other books in the series. Well done.

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"Shadows of Atlantis is a well-written story with a collection of likable main characters, a solid plot line, snippets of educational facts about a historically important location and event, and, is filled with mystery, magic, and suspense. This book grabbed me at the prologue and had me hooked until the end." 
"... Shadow of Atlantis is an imaginative tale that will draw children in right from the get go. The characters are deftly and warmly established, and Wendy shows a sure touch in enabling these characters to interact in a fun but believable fashion, each playing their own part in the plot's development...." ~ 5-Star review from John C., Amazon US


Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter

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About The Author, Wendy Leighton-Porter

Wendy Leighton-Porter, Author
Dividing my time between homes in England and South-West France, I live with my husband Simon and our two beautiful Tonkinese cats. I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them. 

The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series of 15 planned time-travel stories, featuring 3 children and, unsurprisingly, a rather special Tonkinese cat. Having recently completed number #7, The Shadow of the Norman Arrow (coming soon!), I’m currently working on the eighth book in the series.

As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m also hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. Personally, I’m enjoying the journey so much, I don’t ever want it to end! Why not come along with me for the ride?

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The Shadow of Atlantis Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

October 14
October 15
October 16
October 17
October 18
October 19
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 23
October 24
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28

*** The Shadow of Atlantis Blog Tour Giveaway ***

Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash
Contest runs: October 14 to November 5, 11:59 pm, 2013
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Friday, October 25, 2013

It is Word of the Week Time: Katrina believes Zorg is an ENIGMA.

You may listen to the live official WOW announcement broadcast each Monday at 7:20AM on WEEU 830AM from "The voice of Berks County and Beyond." Links to broadcasts may be found on the Muhlenberg School District website. Click here to go there.
Are you ready for the free printables? Visit Kid Lit Printables to find these free printables:

  • ENIGMA vocabulary word cube
  • ENIGMA free printable mini book
  • Word of the Week blank page to fill out

Now tell us, how will you use the word enigma this week? Have you seen it used anywhere? Is your school using these words? What fun activities do you have for the word? I want to know and so do my friends - please share your creations and let us know if you are using our printables - that makes us happy!
If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto!

Word of the Week with free printables.” (Click to Tweet:)

As always, thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NaNoWriMo is Almost Here! Are you participating?

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As we write this, there is only a little over a week until NaNoWriMo begins! We participate in the Young Writers Program, due to our young ages. I wonder if we are the first dog and cat writing team to participate in NaNoWriMo? Hmmmm...

Stanley and I will be working on our second book, "The Animals Will Now Attempt Agility," during this year's NaNoWriMo

It all begins on November 1st, and you may sign up, right now, to write your own book. 

What story is inside of you?

Stanley and I, both, enjoyed the pep talks, last year. Check out the great group of authors lined up for this year's set of pep talks

NaNoWriMo also has an entire section, just for educators, with plenty of resources for your classroom. Click here to visit the resources now.

Na - National 

No - Novel

Wri - Writing 

Mo - Month

Will you join us in NaNoWriMo, this November?

Are you in? Let us know in the comments below.

StanleyNKatrina invite you to join in the NaNoWriMo fun this November:” 

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Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday Writing Prompt: Yay, it is fall!

Poem? Story? Haiku? Question? What does this picture bring to your mind?
Write it below in the comments and have an amazing day!

A special thanks to Snuffles, the hamster, for assisting us with our writing prompts.

We participate routinely in the following Wordless Wednesday Blog Hops.
We encourage you to visit them as well.
Thank you to all of the fabulous hosts!

Create with Joy's Wordless Wednesday
Amanda's Books & More Picture Perfect Party Linky
That Suburban Momma's Not so Wordless Wednesday
The Jenny's Evolution: Wordless Wednesday
Crafty Spices: Wordless Wednesday

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge