Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday's Riddle: Deep Songs...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? It will be fun learning about these ocean mysteries. ; ) ~ F

Unearthly tones from the deep sing songs that lull you into sleep. Giants swimming in the blue drift on Mother Nature's cue. Romantic mysteries, destinations unknown; grouped in pods or all alone. The largest seen of its kind, albeit notoriously hard to find.

What am I referring to? Stop by Wednesday for the answer!

I gave you a clue!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Can They Escape the Wave?

Thirteen year old Kyle is excited for his family vacation. He gets to fly on a plane for the first time and see the Pacific Ocean during their visit to Oregon's coast. As they are checking into the hotel Kyle sees a bully, Daren, from school. When Kyle’s parents go to an awards ceremony out on a large ship off the coast, they leave him to watch his sister, BeeBee, for the night. An earthquake hits and the hotel is on fire. They see Daren and try to help him get outside. Free from the flames, they feel safe. Kyle remembers a sign he saw at the beach about giant waves that can come after an earthquake. The sign said to get to higher ground. They had to get moving! Kyle tries to convince Daren to go with them, but he won't listen. Kyle and BeeBee start to trek up a nearby mountain. He's not sure how high up they need to go, but he knows they need to get away from the ocean. Along the way they find an elderly couple who is out walking their dog, trying to get to a safe place. Will a tsunami hit? Can l Kyle and BeeBee survive if it does? What will happen to their parents and Daren? You'll have to read this fast paced book to find out how it all ends.

Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret was a page turner. I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed them all. I thought Kyle and BeeBee both seemed like characters I could relate to and because Kyle was 13 it made sense that his parents left them alone for the evening so they could go to the ceremony. It was easy to relate to Kyle’s disappointment when he found out that someone who was mean to him at school was staying at his hotel. From what I could see of Darren he didn't act very kind! I can’t imagine how scary it would be to be in a major earthquake. This is a great book for kids who like realistic fiction and lots of action! I learned a lot of survival tips from the story too! I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Has anyone else read Escaping the Giant Wave? Or have you read another book by Peg Kehret? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Ride the Wave!

Excellent guessing, Riddlers! Friday, Lizzy's review will make a splash, so stay tuned! See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

Surface friction gets me going, depending on which wind is blowing. I'll slip softly onto shore or rush in crashing at your door. Carrying treasure from the deep, I'll drop it off for you to keep. I may be ridden or left in tow- I come, and then I go. I'm the whole fluid space, caught up in a ripples pace. Not at hand for hi and bye; greetings met are low and high.

What am I? Answer: Wave!

Fairday's Riddles: Volume I 
Make time to riddle and rhyme!

62 original riddles and illustrations
Available in all e-book formats

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday's Riddle: Fluid Space...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? I spent some time over spring break watching these. The motion is very relaxing. ; ) ~ F

Surface friction gets me going, depending on which wind is blowing. I'll slip softly onto shore or rush in crashing at your door. Carrying treasure from the deep, I'll drop it off for you to keep. I may be ridden or left in tow- I come, and then I go. I'm the whole fluid space, caught up in a ripples pace. Not at hand for hi and bye; greetings met are low and high.

What am I? Stop by Wednesday for the answer. 

I gave you a clue!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Break and Ways to Win!

Spring Break is here and we'll be away for the week! We'll still be stopping in to blogs and catching up with all of you. While we're gone we thought we'd leave you with some ways you can win. Have a lovely week!

Catch Fairday in the Wild

Snap a photo of Fairday in the wild. If you see her in a bookstore, shop, or at someone's house, simply take a photo and share it via social media (or email the picture to

Winner of our last "Fairday in the Wild" Contest

Make sure to tag us! For each share you will be entered to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. Contest is open internationally and runs until 5/5/17. Happy character spotting!

Drawing Contest

The drawing contest is wrapping up soon. Draw a scene or character from The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow and you'll be entered to win a cool prize pack. Don't miss your chance! For more information see the Drawing Contest Rules. Contest ends 4/30/17.

Winner of the last drawing contest: Mario C. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Margo's Musings: One Plastic Bag Solution

"People thought I was too young and that women couldn't be leaders. I took these things as challenges; they gave me more power. I didn't call out the problems. I called out the solutions." ~ Isatou Ceesay 

The true story of how one woman looked at the plastic bags littered around her and came up with a way to make a difference. When Isatou Ceesay was growing up the bag she was using to carry items through her village ripped, and when she released it into the wind, she knew it would once again become part of the dirt. All around her she saw people using plastic bags and began to use them herself. Over time she noticed plastic bags on the ground, hundreds discarded by people when they were ripped or broken. As a grownup, Isatou looked around and saw the beautiful Earth with colored bags everywhere. When she finds out that farm animals have been swallowing the bags and dying she decides to act. Grabbing at first only a few bags, and then as many as she can carry, she brings them home. With the help of her friends she washes them and hangs them to dry. Once her sister teaches her to crochet Isatou and her friends begin cutting the discarded bags into long strips and they crochet them into bags. People laugh at them and call them names. But, when they bring the bags to the market place they begin to sell. Isatou earns money and the garbage piles continue to shrink.

The bright colors and textured illustrations really draw in the reader. My sister, Margo, was fascinated by the pictures. The crinkled plastic bags and the scenes really popped on the pages. I loved seeing how Isatou saw a problem and instead of complaining, she decided to make a change. The change started with her, but her friends helped and together they made our planet prettier. This is something we can all do! Looking around we all see trash and things that are falling apart. It is amazing to think that if we all decide to clean up our area that eventually we will have a clean Earth.  When Margo and I finished reading we walked around our yard looking for things we could clean up. Luckily, there wasn’t much, but I plan to walk around some busier areas of town with my friends and I know we will find trash that didn’t make it into the garbage or recycling bin. Who knows- maybe one of us will come up with a clever way to transform something we see!

One Plastic Bag Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia  is a wonderful book for anyone who likes to learn about people who are making the world a better place. Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and this would be a perfect book to read together to get ideas for cleaning up our planet. Books like this make you want to look around you and see how you can make a difference!

Happy reading! ~ F

*Some people have wanted to see the bags and learn more about the story. Here is the website that goes with the book. You can see the pretty bags and meet Isatou. I originally didn't post a picture of the bags because I wasn't sure if it was okay with copyright laws. :)