Gary Schmidt – a Total Find

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt Newberry Medal Winner Suitable for Ages 12 + Turner Ernest Buckminster III is the thirteen-year-old son of the Rev. Turner Ernest Buckminster II. When Rev. Buckminster gets offered a job in Phippsburg, Maine, he takes it and moves his wife and son from Boston to Phippsburg. Turner’s life is in … Continue reading

10% discount voucher for The Book Depository

Did you know that The Book Depository is having a pre Christmas sale?   As well as their fabulous prices and free delivery,  you can now get a 10% off voucher for the next couple of weeks.  To receive a voucher, you need someone to recommend you and the person who recommends also gets a 10% voucher.  You can read more about it … Continue reading

Lavender Soap and a Thick Dry Towel

Thanksgiving is a beautiful word.  When we are thankful our attitude changes.  It improves.  And then, as if by magic, our situation looks better.  It’s healthy to give thanks. A day to celebrate harvest and to give thanks is part of different cultures all over the world.  I made a list of some of the thanksgiving dates from around the … Continue reading

The Question We Always Ask Ourselves

What’s the question that we all shake our heads and ask ourselves and each other every November?  What is it that confuses and bewilders us and makes us gasp to ourselves and each other in surprise? We always ask ‘Where did the time go?’  Time seems to pass faster every year, but funnily enough, we never seem to cotton on to this, … Continue reading

Homeschool Planner for American Homeschoolers

This offer is for American readers and it’s time-critical! From now until Midnight Pacific Time, Wednesday, November 10, The Schoolhouse Planner is on sale for $19.50. That’s a 50% savings!  And there is also a special price for the Student Planners at 40% off!   And while I am here I will just let you know that The Old Schoolhouse has launched … Continue reading

The Guardians of GaHoole – reviewed

by Monica, age 15 The Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky is a fifteen-book series about a magical world of owls focusing Tyto Alba Barn Owl called Soren. The first book, The Capture begins in Soren’s nest in the Forest Kingdom of Tyto when he is just a hatchling. Through a series of unfortunate events, Soren finds himself at St. … Continue reading