Drew Farthering Gentleman Detective

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering {a review} A perfect, cozy read for you and your teen Drew Farthering and his wife are back in this sixth wonderful mystery by Julianna Deering. As Drew begins to investigate the death of his host at Thorburn Hall in Scotland, he quickly realizes that the death is in fact a murder. Is it Nazis or just plain criminals? The mystery that Drew must untangle goes beyond a simple death. The more he investigates, the deeper the danger becomes so after stashing his intrepid wife, Madeline, in a local hotel, Drew gets down to the gentlemanly business forRead More →

The Hidden Village by Bonnie Rose Hudson, A Review, A Unit Study, & A Giveaway Learning to Step Up, Even When You Are Little The Story begins with a little boy Manju is a young boy who lives in a village at the edge of a mangrove forest in India. One morning he takes his new bible to the top of his favorite tree to spend time as close to God as he could climb. The forest he lives near is a place where, “trees linked arms,” and mangroves with roots that stick out of the ground, “grew that way to catch boys who aren’tRead More →

Showing Your Teen She Is Adored

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women – A Review for FlyBy Promotions Showing Your Teen She Is Adored First Impressions This book is roughly the size of a bible. It feels perfect in your hands. The artwork and cover design appeals to teen age girls, as well as adult women (at least me!) When you first open the pages, you are drawn into an introduction by the author which begins with love and ends with a simple statement: you are God’s adored daughter. I felt instantly drawn in by the author and knew this book would be perfect for any teenage girl, especially mine. TeensRead More →

Top 11 Terrific Homeschool Products for 2017

Top 11 Terrific Homeschool Products for 2017 This is our Top 11 Pick Post of all the terrific new homeschool products we used this past year. My kiddos and I spent the year trying out more than 40 products designed for homeschooling families.  We were so blessed to be a part of a crew – The Homeschool Review Crew – who get the opportunity to try loads of products at home and then write reviews. My kids and I are also so grateful to the wonderful companies who allowed us to use fantastic products! We explored traditional curricula, online art classes, books, and even someRead More →

Jump Into Adventure With Addison Cooke

[amazon_textlink asin=’0399173781′ text=’Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan by Jonathan W. Stokes’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’dowt-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’32d24096-d020-11e7-8830-0dbec03eb93b’] I had not heard of Addison Cooke before I began to read this book, but the story is a fun and exciting adventure that any child will love! There are not many books these days that capture the imaginations of boys, but this book certainly does. The story begins as Addison Cooke, a cocky boy with a fantastic ability to talk his way out of nearly any situation, talks his way out of detention and heads home for summer vacation. He meets up with his little sister,Read More →

HERE WE ARE: A Review & A How-To Using A Picture Book To Learn Together Who Is This Book Good For? This is a fantastically-sweet story for young children. The story by itself could be read to babies easily. The author’s gentle love for his own baby shines through like a beacon in the text. If you have preschool-aged children or even kids as old as 7 or 8, this is a wonderful teaching book to give young hearts an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the world we live in.   “This is a wonderful sweet story and I am keeping this bookRead More →

Digging for Trouble – The Devlin Quick Mysteries {a review for Penguin Random House} Devlin Quick is that girl we all wish we could be like: spunky, smart, and insatiably curious. She is always up for a challenge and in this third book in the Devlin Quick Mysteries series, we find Devlin on a paleontology dig in Montana. When her friend Katie finds a rare dinosaur on the dig, the two girls end up in the middle of an adventure that leads them back to Manhattan and eventually to discover the identity of a thief. Ever wonder what it would be like to be aRead More →

True Identity

True Identity by John C. Majors {a review for Bethany House} True Identity is the kind of book you can safely give your teen. It is the kind of book that he will read and then come to you to talk about his ideas about love, marriage, and identity. Teenagers today are engulfed in a sea of messaging. They get it in school (unless you homeschool them). They get it in movies and books, the news and most especially from each other. These days I think (and hope) children and their parents are realizing that they need to find their heroes in different places. ChildrenRead More →