Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What I'm Reading/Watching Wednesday--And A Giveaway!

I am so happy to be part of the blog tour for The Christmas Project. This is a fun Christmas movie you will want to own and watch with your family every Christmas season!

This movie is about four brothers---the Buckley boys, who have bullies to deal with at their middle school. When their mom tells them they are going to be Christmas elves to the family of bullies, well, it's a pretty bitter pill to swallow. There are lots of funny moments with the four brothers, (my kids were laughing pretty hard!), but there's such a good message about how to love those that hurt you and how your heart can change through service. It's a great family movie that really brings home the Christmas spirit.

Here's more about the movie:

Even with Christmas around the corner, for the Buckley boys, payback almost always wins out over brotherly love. That is until the four brothers join forces against a common adversary—the Hagbarts—the meanest bullies at their middle school. But now Mom has decided that the Buckley family is going to Elve the Hagbarts this year for Christmas. Eleven-year-old Matthew can hardly stand it. By day the Hagbarts torture the Buckley brothers into submission, and by night the Buckleys secretly deliver Christmas treats and gifts to their sworn enemies. Soon the war of wits escalates to an incredible scheme designed to get the ultimate revenge on the Hagbarts. But now that Matthew has been learning that he's supposed to do good to those who hate him, what will he do when a little push becomes a great big shove? The Christmas Project is a heartwarming comedy the whole family will love.

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Need a good Halloween book?

Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern is a perfect Halloween book---and so much more. It has several twists and turns that entertain, but it also has an underlying message of hope that will make you think.

We are initially drawn into the story by a dream Abigail Van Winkle has about a baby in a graveyard. She convinces her husband to go there with her and they save the baby after an encounter with a pumpkin scarecrow. They name the baby Rip and start to become a family. Rip has some special powers that he must learn to control, and the Van Winkle family takes in other children that also need a place to belong. The world can be harsh and cruel and it is easier to bear when you have a family to help you along the way.

Rip has several amazing adventures that will keep readers enthralled and there are several parts that were downright creepy. I wouldn't let my eight-year-old read this one, but I would let my young teen because I know it would be perfect for him. The characters are relatable and well-drawn, and the writer has an appealing style that keeps the story moving quickly. There isn't any real violence or language, which was refreshing, and it is a book that will give the reader an experience in history they won't soon forget!

You can download your Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Chased by a vengeful witch, hunted by an undead corpse, and guided by a secretive preacher, a boy must protect a magical lantern that can either save Boston . . . or destroy it.

In October of 1730, young Rip Van Winkle sneaks into a graveyard and comes face-to-face with the ghost of William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston. Warning Rip that the city is in danger, Blaxton gives him a mysterious gift: a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death. Before fading into midnight, the ghost tells Rip to take the lantern to Feathertop, a mythical pumpkin-headed scarecrow.

Pursued by Mistress Hibbins, a witch of terrifying power, and hunted by the nightmarish Midnight Minister, young Rip must rely on the aid of Jonathan Edwards, a stern and secretive preacher, and Nathaniel, a talkative, know-it-all raven. Guided by the magical light of the lantern, Rip races across New England to find Feathertop, save Boston, and become a most unlikely hero!

From the bestselling, award-winning author Seth Adam Smith comes The Pumpkin Lantern--a fantasy novel influenced by the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lloyd Alexander, and C. S. Lewis. Loaded with humor, action, suspense, and fascinating American history, The Pumpkin Lantern is also a poignant fable about faith, family, and the power of life over death.

1 comment:

Alyson said...

Thanks for the great reviews, I am so excited to share these with my niece and nephews!