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Gertrude and Toby are back and have two new adventures. First, they save the gingerbread man then they meet a wolf.

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Gertrude and Toby Save the Ginderbread Man (Gertrude and Toby – 2)

by Shari Tharp

Farmer Sam and his son Ryan are taking their prize pig to the county fair. Gertrude and Toby decide they have plenty of time to sneak off the farm for an extra adventure. But Gertrude and Toby soon discover that a giant has captured their friend, the Gingerbread Man! Gertrude and Toby come up with a plan to save him. But the giant, who is sleeping nearby, wakes up during their rescue!

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My Review

5 stars

Gertrude and Toby are watching Farmer Sam and his son load a prize pig for the county fair when Gertrude gets an idea. Gertrude wants to go on an adventure even though it is not Friday, their usual adventure days. Gertrude and Toby follow Farmer Sam when they are distracted by a bit of color and meet a flying carpet. Then they hear two children in trouble from a witch. After saving them they also hear the Gingerbread Man is in a cage in a giant’s house.

This is a wild, fairytale inspired adventure. Gertrude and Toby wanted an adventure and they sure got one. They save some children and find them a home. Gertrude save the Gingerbread Man by the hairs on her tail. And Toby is there to point out the obvious.

This is a wonderful children’s story, lots of adventure, and some beautiful artwork. This book will appeal to both kids and adults alike.

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Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf (Gertrude and Toby – 3)

by Shari Tharp

Gertrude the goat and Toby the tortoise are going fishing at Trout Lake for their Friday adventure. While at the lake, they see a little boy being dragged off by a hungry wolf! They follow the wolf and rescue the little boy, but the wolf doesn’t give up. He goes after them, determined to get his lunch back!

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My Review

5 stars

It’s Friday once again and Gertrude and Toby plan on going fishing while Farmer Sam is in town. They decide to have a contest to see if worms or beetles will catch more fish. They happen to come across a boy yelling about a wolf. They decide to just fish when sure enough the boy is being drug by a wolf into a cave. Gertrude and Toby go help him but end up leading him to the pigs house.

I love the combination of traditional stories for the adventures that Gertrude and Toby find themselves in. The little boy who cried wolf is surprised to find himself in the wolf’s cave about to be cooked. But thankfully our heroes are there to help him and the pigs. This is a wonderful children’s story, lots of adventure, and some beautiful artwork. This book will appeal to both kids and adults alike.

I received both Gertrude and Toby Save the Gingerbread Man and Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf from eBook for Review for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Shari Tharp

Author’s Bio

Shari Tharp lives in Southern California with her husband and son. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and a former teacher.

Her debut book, Gertrude and Toby’s Friday Adventure, won a silver medal IPPY award for Best Illustrated Ebook shortly after its release in late 2015. The other two books in the series, Gertrude and Toby Save the Gingerbread Man and Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf, were released in December 2016 and January 2017 and are gaining a swift following. 😉

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Lake Town

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Lake Town by Jane Redd/Heather B. Moore

Jezebel James is on the run after her true abilities are discovered by the Legislature, and the only one who can protect her is Sol. In order to survive, Sol sends her into an underground hideout where she quickly discovers all that she thought was true in her dying world is false. Jez reunites with Rueben and his band of insurgents, and together they escape to Lake Town, only to find that the entire island is preparing to invade the City.

But Sol has been left behind and forced to join the ranks of the Faction, who are working against the Legislature from within. As Jez works with the insurgents and their plan to destroy the City, she learns that attacking the City might save thousands of lives, but it will destroy Sol, the man she knows she can’t live without.

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 Heather B. Moore

Author’s Bio

Writing under Jane Redd, Heather B. Moore is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels set in ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She attended the Cairo American College in Egypt and the Anglican International School in Jerusalem and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, and romance and women’s fiction under the name Heather B. Moore. It can be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom.

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My Review

5 stars

Jez’s secret has been discovered and she goes on the run. Sol helps her get out of the City and to Lake Town. Jez meets back up with Rueben and learns Lake Town is planning on attacking the City. She is all for the attack and helping people learn that truth and get their freedom back. The problem is Sol is still in the City and an attack will surely kill him.

I loved Solstice and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen in Lake Town. I was not disappointed. Jez escapes the City and is happy to meet up with Reuben but she is torn apart knowing that Sol is still in the City. Sol has been trying to learn everything he can about the Fraction and fighting the Legislature.

There is so much happening in this book. The fight scenes are amazing, there is happiness, love, betrayal, unexpected twists and turns, and an ending that will leave you wanting more. This is a great young adult dystopian series and one that ranks highest on my ever growing list.

I received Lake Town from eBooks for Review for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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