She spins tales of everyday life, with a twist of magic or mayhem, that open young minds to new ways of looking at the world. She spent more than two decades helping students from kindergarten to college overcome the challenges of learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome. Her books encourage students to use their imagination and problem-solving skills while enjoying and interacting with a story.
Watercolor artist Irene A. Jahns illustrates the Sweet T tales, Cat’s series of chapter books for early readers about the adventures of three sisters. Book 1, Sweet T and the North Wind, will also be available as an e-book in winter 2014. Finding Fuzzy, a You-Decide tale where children write or draw the story’s ending, earned second place honors in the Purple Dragonfly Book Award. Both Cat's stories earned the Readers’ Favorite five-star review and are available on Amazon http://goo.gl/vF2kcn
He was polite, though. He waited until I could get out, dry off, and get dressed.
Then all bets were off.
From that moment on, John Bloom talked a blue streak. He rode with me when I ran errands, distracted me from my work, and interfered with my social life. I even had to scold him once or twice, (which was hard, since he's such a good boy). I reminded him that I had 4 children of my own who needed my attention. They needed to be fed, after all.
John is real; yet not real. He is a part of every boy and man I've ever loved. He is my father, he is my son. He is my husband, and the neighbor boy down the street. He is all my cousins, nephews, uncles and grandfathers. He is the sum of the best of all of them, with a little spice from me thrown in.
He called to me from 1941 and wouldn't stop until I answered.
John Franklin Bloom lives in idyllic, self-sustaining Appleside, NJ. His father, Al owns the town hardware store, and his mother, Mary Beth takes care of John and his brother Edward, along with her flock of butterscotch-colored chickens. John loves his mother more than he knows how to describe. He loves her food even more.
John has brown hair and moss-green eyes. There are a smattering of freckles splayed across the crooked bridge of his nose. When he was 2, he tripped and fell off the porch- right into the woodpile. Once the blood dried and the scab healed, a lump remained that made young John look like a ring-worn prizefighter.
A great comfort to me, John has a way of seeing the best in everyone, even at their worst. As I got to know him, I caught myself reacting to things just as he might: I stopped short of impatience and intolerance. I started to put myself in the shoes of others more often. I had compassion. In other words, I reverted to a child's way of thinking. That's not to say that John is perfect. Far from it. He's insistent and can be demanding. But he won't put up with meanness or cruelty. There are times when he feels defeated by what feels like an overwhelming amount of injustice and fear in the world. This feeling vexes him and makes him feel weak; it causes him to lose faith at times. Every morning, he rises with hope for the day- and fear for the day. This, he feels, is a flaw within himself. But it guides him, and for that he is grateful. Gratitude is the map he uses to help others; to make the world a better place. Every now and then his best friends Joe Riccio and Chewie Slovinsky accuse him of being a "goody two-shoes", which makes John cringe. The last thing a 10 year-old boy wants to be is a "goody two-shoes"!
So with his friends by his side, and his internal compass to navigate by, John sets out at the beginning of 4 years of battle between Axis and Allied powers. He follows the events of the war, but begins to be more concerned about how he can rally his own town, and in the process, contribute to ultimate Victory!
John Bloom and the Victory Garden will be released Nov. 1 on Amazon Kindle. Please check back to this website, or at Amazon.com for purchase availability.
John Bloom and the Victory Garden- Digging In will be available Nov. 1 of 2015! Look for max adventures with Doolittle's Raiders, Betty Bombers and lots of Appleside hijinks!
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