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Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine
Written by: Sands Hetherington
Illustrations by: Jessica Love
Dune Buggy Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9847417-2-4


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This is a humorous and adventuresome juvenile fiction chapter book. This is Sands Hetherington second book in the Night Buddies Series and it is even funnier than the first book.

The story opens with John unable to sleep. So, he tries to get Crosley’s attention. But he seems to be asleep under John’s bed. Finally, John wakes him up and they head out of the house on their adventure, out into the night. When they get out of the house, Crosley starts looking around on the stoop. John can’t figure out what is wrong with him—he doesn’t seem to know what adventures they will be getting into. Crosley doesn’t have a program? Now that’s really something! But as time goes on, Crosley finds a real adventure for him to get into. Is he getting a reputation for all the adventures that he takes part in? Hopefully, he won’t get into too much trouble. What will John do if there are no more night buddies?

What child doesn’t dream of escaping at bedtime because she is not ready to go to sleep? Sands’ book could be the escape that all parents are looking for. Reading this book to their kids at bedtime will sure make them want to roll over and go to sleep.

Thank you for such a wonderful book Sands! I look forward to your next book in the series and to see all the adventures that Crosley can go on next time around.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


JD Holiday web

The World of Ink Network will be touring author and illustrator J.D. Holiday’s children’s
read along picture book, The Spy Game throughout January 2013.

What happens when you end up with a dog you don’t want and only stares?

About the Book: 

The Spy Game Book Cover_edited-1 for posting 9-13-12Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with. A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a
ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named after a famous
spy. What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn’t learn new tricks and the only
thing this dog did was stare. It’s what they find to do together that makes them the best of

Publisher: Book Garden Publisher, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-98186-144-9
Publication Date: August 2012
Places available for sale: Amazon, B&N

About the Author: J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of four children’s books. Picture books: JANOOSE THE GOOSE, THE SPY GAME, and Matt Shelley’s Halloween Misadventure

with Award-winning author, Christy Condoleo, and the chapter book for 6 to 8 year olds,
THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. J.D. Holiday is a co-host on It’s Story
Time, Gather ‘Round with Christy Condoleo on Blog Talk Radio’s World Of Ink
You can find out more about J.D. Holiday, her books and WorldofInkAuthor/Book
Tour at
Follow J.D. Holiday at The Book Garden 
J.D’s Writers Blog
Twitter: @JDHoliday
Facebook Fan:
Publisher Website:
To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit
Full Media Kit, Photos and more are available upon request electronically.


Guest Blog on Writing for Adolescents
Judy Snider

Everyone seems to ask me how I got started writing. I have always

loved books and I think that was the key for me to start writing. I

always wondered who were these people who wrote books, and

where did their ideas come from.

I started writing in third grade a mystery, and then I kept writing

after that. I wrote poems in high school, wrote lyrics to songs, and

began to get an idea of what I liked to write. I found writing

relaxing, and when I was younger we did not have computers to

work on, so most of my writings were on paper. I had piles of my

writings in a container.

When I got married and was in my thirties, I decided to write

children’’s books. I guess after reading so many to my kids, they

inspired me to take a course and start writing. I picked usually

funny and heart warming books to write ……and still love those

kind of books. I got my ideas from real life. I am the mom of two

grown children, so lots of their adventures and daily life gave me

fun story ideas.

So if you want to write…….start…….if you write……continue.

Find the subject or type of book you love writing about!

Please don’’t think that the first time you write something it is

perfect and ready to send out. I say that because I did that at first,

and did not take time to show it to my family, friends, etc. and get

their opinion and suggestions. Of course, it is your writing for

your story or book, but it is nice to have people you know give

their thoughts to you. If one person does not love your story,

don’’t give up. Everyone has different thoughts on things when

they read. Like some people like mysteries, and others non-

fiction……. It is also important to edit, edit edit. Thank goodness

for spell check and some of the new great things on the computer,

but read your work over and over, put it away and bring it out

and read it again.

If your family is good at editing, again ask for their thoughts. I

also found friends who liked writing, and think that it is fun to

talk over story ideas, or in the case of my sister, we wrote this

book, I Love You, Be Careful together. It was very fun, but it took

work to share ideas, visions for the book, and work with our great

illustrator, Cady Driver, who lives in a different state.

In most libraries and in bookstores in the reference section they

have books that tell how to write, and how to get published

someday. They can be very helpful along the way. When you

think of it if you are writing: e-mails, papers for school, etc.

etc……you Are Writing. Don’t stop. Writing is Fun!


       Skin Deep
       Sandra Diersch and Gerri London
       James Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
       Rating: 4 stars
       Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
       Skin Deep is a sincere examination of a
       teenager’s struggle to come to terms with her
       mother’s mortality while struggling with her own
       ideas of beauty. It is a wonderfully transforming
       book about an adolescent girl, Cori, whose life
       gets turned upside down because of her mother’s
       sudden diagnosis of breast cancer.
       Before Cori became aware of her mother’s
       diagnosis, she had the same plans and ambitions
       as any other adolescent going into the summer
       holidays. Cori was looking forward to endless
       free days to do as she pleased, with no classes,
       homework or other responsibilities. She just
       wanted to spend more time with Romi, her best
       friend. However, none of this was going to
       Cori’s summer was anything by tranquil. She had
       to help her mother to cope with the surgery, and
       to remain strong during all of the difficult
       times. She had to help around the house after her
       mother’s surgery and treatments. Nothing was
       predictable. But the experience couldn’t come at
       a worse time for Cori.
       This novel is heartbreaking, yet inspirational
       at the same time. It shows how we could all
       survive difficult experiences and grow as a
       result. And sometimes, a negative experience such
       as this can actually help adolescent girls to
       learn more about breast cancer and that
       appearances are not the only mark of beauty.
       I would recommend this book to any adolescent
       girl who is already struggling with her own
       difficulties of beauty and self-acceptance. It is
       definitely an eye-opening book. 
        Irene S. Roth is a freelance writer for kids
       and teens. She has more than 200 published Ezine
       articles and 300 book reviews in different genres
       from adolescent and kids books to academic books.
       She is a reviewer for Stories for Children
       Magazine, Booksneeze, Tyndale Publishers, Voice
       in the Dark, and Humane Medicine Internationa.
       For more information about adolescent health,
       self-esteem and self-confidence, please visit her
       website at:

Hi girls,

This is a passionate topic for me. I hope you enjoy the video. Please let me know by leaving a comment.

Here is what Alison Poulson has to say about the topic.

If you suffer from poor body image, these books are a must read for you. I found them so important that I decided to list them here for your enjoyment.

Enjoy, and until next time!

 You’d Be Pretty If …
Dara Chadwick
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
Rating: 5 Roses

Chadwick’s book is about a very important
topic: how we can help our daughters accept their
bodies, even if we don’t have a perfect body
ourselves. What a wonderful and empowering
message to give adolescent girls and their

When I started reading the book, I couldn’t put
it down until I read it from cover to cover. I
found Chadwick’s approach of the subject very
honest and forthright. I wish every adolescent
girl and mother could read this book. It would
really help to strengthen their relations with
each other.

The dominant themes and ideas in the media
reinforce the notions of beauty and health as
super thinness. In fact, if you’re not thin,
you’re not healthy. But this attitude is far from
right. In fact, it has created a neurosis among
women in our society that has been passed on from
generation to generation. Somehow, women always
feel that they aren’t thin enough or beautiful
enough. They look for any kind of outside
approval to validate themselves. And this
precisely where we all go wrong.

Beauty is based on our internal barometers of
ourselves much more than an external assessment
by others. Beauty is based on self-love and
self-acceptance, and it should have very little
to do with what society says about us or how we
should ‘ideally’ look.

We are deeply influenced by our mothers. It
would be great if mothers would simply show their
daughters unconditional love and acceptance,
regardless of how thin they are. It would also be
wonderful if mothers would show girls how shallow
and fickle the media is and that they should not
allow their self-esteem and self-love to be
victimized by the media.

We all need to help our daughters love
themselves more. Perhaps by taking a few small
steps towards showing them the importance of
self-love and self-acceptance, mothers can take
that first small step towards stopping the cycle
of self-hated that has been ravaging our
adolescent girls for a long time.

Irene Roth

Irene S. Roth, Freelance Writer for Teens, Tweens, and Kids

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