Book Reviews

TITLE: The Dream Keeper
AUTHOR: Mikey Brooks

Mikey Brooks brings his dreams (and nightmares) to life in the pages of "The Dream Keeper". Both young and not-so-young readers will enjoy this book as Brooks' imaginative writing takes you on a journey through adventure, suspense, and intrigue.

Mikey Brooks is the talented author/illustrator of several children's books. The Dream Keeper is his first novel and is sure to be a hit among middle-grade readers.

Thanks for letting Say This Write be a part of this great adventure, Mikey!


TITLE: The Super Spies and the Pied Piper
AUTHOR: Lisa Orchard

Author Lisa Orchard has done it again! "The Super Spies and the Pied Piper" is the third in her Super Spies Series. Say This Write was thrilled to spotlight Lisa with the first two books, and we're honored to have her back to help announce the third installment.

To celebrate this new release, the first two books in her series are on sale for $.99. This is a series you don't want to miss! Click on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble links above for your copy.


TITLE: Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune
AUTHOR: Craig Everett

In a time when the term economic stability is more of an oxymoron, author Craig Everett seized the opportunity to teach young readers about money and interest rates and makes math fun and exciting with his creative new book, TOBY GOLD AND THE SECRET FORTUNE. This 256-page book is sure to fully captivate even the most picky readers.

"Money is the most dangerous magic."

"Unique children’s lit that cleverly tackles interest rates, endowments, fluctuating commodities, bullying and identity." 

- Kirkus Reviews

An infant is discovered one night on a commuter train from New York City during a stop in the sleepy town of Wallingford, Connecticut.  The local police are summoned, but are unable to locate the boy’s parents, despite painstakingly questioning each person on the train.  For some strange reason, none of the passengers can remember seeing his mother falling from the train – after falling victim to an assassin’s bullet.

Assigned the name “Toby Gold” by social services, the mysterious child grows up in Wallingford, moving from foster home to foster home, not knowing who his real parents are - or why he was born with such freakish skills with math and money.

Now a teenager, Toby’s money skills are noticed by the wrong people, and thus he is unwittingly sucked into a high-stakes financial conspiracy that puts his life, and the lives of his two closest friends, in great peril.  Ultimately, Toby solves the crime, saves his friends, and even saves his school—all in one harrowing afternoon.

About the Author:

Craig Everett received a B.A. in Economics from Tuft University, an MBA from George Mason University, and Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.

Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and entrepreneurial finance. He also volunteers in public schools teaching financial literacy principles.

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TITLE: Defenders Of The Covenant
AUTHOR: Angie Lofthouse

I'll be honest, I am not usually one to cozy up with a sci-fi novel. And I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first saw the cover of this book ~ well-designed as it was; however, I found myself continually wondering what was going to happen next. The character development and plot were so well-written that I was pulled in and immediately bonded with the main characters.

Hannah and Derek are the heroes from the beginning. Both are apprehensive about breaking the rules, but  when Hannah is willing to risk her own life to ensure the safe return of her best friend, McKenzie, Derek does the same to keep Hannah out of harm's way. McKenzie is so blinded by love that when her rebellious boyfriend, Jeremy, wants to find out what's really beyond the walls of their refuge, she agrees to go with him. This is where the frightening and dangerous adventure begins for the four refugee fugitives.

The "watchers" bring the science fiction storyline into the picture. They are out-of-this-world invaders that try to take over the world. The reader follows the four young fugitives as they are separated by the watchers and take on their own storyline. Three of the four find they must rely on their faith, use their talents, love their enemies, and be willing to forgive if they are to have any chance in saving their world.

Angie Lofthouse succeeded in bringing together two very different genres into one captivating storyline. It's a clean book that can be enjoyed by young adults and adults, alike. Keep an open mind and read this religious sci-fi adventure through to the last page. You'll find yourself wondering how this epic battle ends.

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This book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in bookstores.

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