Song Bird – Superhero Book Review by Jill Smith

Song Bird Book Giveaway UPDATE

Let’s celebrate the release of Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell on Amazon. Comment below to win a FREE SIGNED COPY of Song Bird. Giveaway closes on October 20.

Good luck JILL

karen-t-songbirdBook Review by Jill Smith©Sept16

Title: Song Bird – Superhero

Author: Karen Tyrrell

Publisher: Digital Future Press

Rosella Ava Bird dreams of flying. Will she ever do it? They’d just moved to a new home and she would be starting school nearby. Her new neighbor Frank Furter is mean to her. He points laser light at her and laughs when her flying inventions crash.

Her mum is a health and safety person and obsessed with keeping everyone away from danger. Friends at her old school called her mother hen because her mum fusses over her family. Especially Rosie, because she keeps building flying machines and other things that don’t work. Her dad cooks great breakfasts, and has an embarrassing car horn. He bans her from making anymore flying machines. Disaster!song-bird-out-now

Her sister and brother are both named after birds too.  Little brother Robin and big sister Raven. They start at their new schools the same day as Rosie.

Rosie loves superheroes and longs to be just like them. She watches the news for their acts of heroism. She has posters of her favourite inventors and flyers on her wall. She also loves to sing. Whenever she needs to be a bit braver she sings a song to herself. When she gets ready to go to her new school she packs her lunch in a bag with flying stickers on it.

Once she starts school she her dreams become very realistic. Sometimes they become nightmares with Frank Furter in them. He is in her grade and he turns out to be the bully at her new school. Will she fit in?ktyrrell-songbird-cover

The rules at the new school don’t make it easy;

DO NOT MAKE A SOUND,

DO NOT CREATE A MESS,

DO NOT BREAK A THING.

Even though things go wrong from the first day. Rosie makes friends and the School Science Fair gives her a project to be excited about. Maybe she could make something that will make the other kids like her. That’s if she’s able to enter it.

Her new teacher, Miss Darling, encourages her not to give up. Rosie starts to believe in herself. She discovers her voice can lift her off the ground. It’s amazing and causes her trouble too. When things go wrong at the science fair Rosie saves the day.

This is another great story of self-empowerment for children by Karen Tyrrell.song-bird-out-nowI’m sure it will go well with all her other books for children. I’ll be giving a copy to my granddaughters to read. I look forward to seeing more about how she came to write this book in the blog tour.

Great offer…Karen Tyrrell gives you this too :-

FREE Teacher Resources and kids activities for Song Bird.

Includes STEM science, creative writing, flying history, art, craft, maths, literacy, drama, social skills and bully prevention. Download HERE.

http://www.karentyrrell.com/free-teacher-resources-free-kids-activities/

Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell is now available on Amazon HERE

Song Bird Book Giveaway

Let’s celebrate the release of Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell on Amazon. Comment below to win a FREE SIGNED COPY of Song Bird. Giveaway closes on October 20.

Good luck JILL

Answer this question: Why do you want to win a copy of Song Bird Superhero?

Please answer with a Comment on my blog or go to http://www.karentyrrell.com/

 

 

 

 

Here is the best link to Song Bird Superhero on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com.Song-Bird-Superhero-Karen-Tyrrell/dp/0994302169/

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ktyrrell-songbird-coverBook Review by Jill Smith©Sept16

Title: Song Bird – Superhero

Author: Karen Tyrrell

Publisher: Digital Future Press

Rosella Ava Bird dreams of flying. Will she ever do it? They’d just moved to a new home and she would be starting school nearby. Her new neighbor Frank Furter is mean to her. He points laser light at her and laughs when her flying inventions crash.

Her mum is a health and safety person and obsessed with keeping everyone away from danger. Friends at her old school called her mother hen because her mum fusses over her family. Especially Rosie, because she keeps building flying machines and other things that don’t work. Her dad cooks great breakfasts, and has an embarrassing car horn. He bans her from making anymore flying machines. Disaster!

Her sister and brother are both named after birds too.  Little brother Robin and big sister Raven. They start at their new…

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Song Bird – Superhero Book Review by Jill Smith

ktyrrell-songbird-coverBook Review by Jill Smith©Sept16

Title: Song Bird – Superhero

Author: Karen Tyrrell

Publisher: Digital Future Press

Rosella Ava Bird dreams of flying. Will she ever do it? They’d just moved to a new home and she would be starting school nearby. Her new neighbor Frank Furter is mean to her. He points laser light at her and laughs when her flying inventions crash.

Her mum is a health and safety person and obsessed with keeping everyone away from danger. Friends at her old school called her mother hen because her mum fusses over her family. Especially Rosie, because she keeps building flying machines and other things that don’t work. Her dad cooks great breakfasts, and has an embarrassing car horn. He bans her from making anymore flying machines. Disaster!

Her sister and brother are both named after birds too.  Little brother Robin and big sister Raven. They start at their new schools the same day as Rosie.karen-t-songbird

Rosie loves superheroes and longs to be just like them. She watches the news for their acts of heroism. She has posters of her favourite inventors and flyers on her wall. She also loves to sing. Whenever she needs to be a bit braver she sings a song to herself. When she gets ready to go to her new school she packs her lunch in a bag with flying stickers on it.

Once she starts school she her dreams become very realistic. Sometimes they become nightmares with Frank Furter in them. He is in her grade and he turns out to be the bully at her new school. Will she fit in?

The rules at the new school don’t make it easy;

DO NOT MAKE A SOUND,

DO NOT CREATE A MESS,

DO NOT BREAK A THING.

Even though things go wrong from the first day. Rosie makes friends and the School Science Fair gives her a project to be excited about. Maybe she could make something that will make the other kids like her. That’s if she’s able to enter it.

Her new teacher, Miss Darling, encourages her not to give up. Rosie starts to believe in herself. She discovers her voice can lift her off the ground. It’s amazing and causes her trouble too. When things go wrong at the science fair Rosie saves the day.

This is another great story of self-empowerment for children by Karen Tyrrell.song-bird-out-nowI’m sure it will go well with all her other books for children. I’ll be giving a copy to my granddaughters to read. I look forward to seeing more about how she came to write this book in the blog tour.

Great offer…Karen Tyrrell gives you this too :-

FREE Teacher Resources and kids activities for Song Bird.

Includes STEM science, creative writing, flying history, art, craft, maths, literacy, drama, social skills and bully prevention. Download HERE.

http://www.karentyrrell.com/free-teacher-resources-free-kids-activities/

Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell is now available on Amazon HERE

Song Bird Book Giveaway

Let’s celebrate the release of Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell on Amazon. Comment below to win a FREE eBook of Song Bird. Giveaway closes on October 20.  Good luck J

Answer this question: Why do you want to win a copy of Song Bird Superhero?

Please answer with a Comment on my blog or go to http://www.karentyrrell.com/

 

 

Song Bird Superhero launch …

I’m happy to be able to announce the latest offering from Karen Tyrrell, Song Bird Superhero. I’ll be posting my book review soon…

Amazon launches Song Bird Superhero

song-bird-out-nowAmazon launches Song Bird Superhero across the World.

On Saturday I launched Song Bird Superhero  at Logan North Library as a interactive pantomime to a crowd of kids and grown-ups.

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Today Amazon launches Song Bird Superhero, an empowering children’s book in print and eBook on Amazon.

NEW Release Song Bird Superhero received an fantastic Kirkus Review.

A young girl realizes she’s much more powerful- and avian – than she thought.
Uplifting work about conquering bullies and staying true to oneself …

It will inspire kids to stand up for themselves and make the bullies stand down.’ Kirkus Review

Can Song Bird defeat the evil boy- genius?

What positive messages does Song Bird transmit?

“Girls can do anything”, follow your dreams, bully prevention and STEM science.

MORE PRAISE

‘Rosella Bird is inspired by two things: the flying machines of her hero, Leonardo Da Vinci and music.

Song Bird is a story about following dreams, persisting despite frequent failures, and taking down the town’s evil genius to save the day. Watch this Song Bird soar! Readers are in for the ride of a lifetime.’

Alison Stegert:  Assistant to SCBWI Qld ARA, Autho Song Bird Now on Amazonr, School Counsellor

‘Song Bird lets you soar on the wings of song, science and superhero powers.’

Jacqui Halpin: Author, Write Links Group Leader

Where is Song Bird Superhero available on Am
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Order your Amazon book from Australia, USA, GB, Europe, Canada, Japan, India, Brazil and MORE countries.

Song Bird is available at these stores: Riverbend, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, and indie book stores: The Really Good Book shop, A Lot of Books, Big B Books. ISBN: 9780994302168

 

The Ten Penners Colouring comp finalists…

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The Ten Penners Colouring competition finalists…

At Broadbeach State School, on the 22nd August. We had a huge response to the PETAL colouring competition! These are the finalists. Go into this PDF: petal-comp-finalists-bb-state-school

The winners announced. Their copies of Fan-Tas-tic-al Tales awarded at the school assembly on the 15th September.

Wonderful entries and well deserving winners!The Ten Penners Aug16

This is Kate Russell on the 22nd August. Her little talk to the children on the day.

Go to the YouTube link –

 

The Ten Penners school visit…

The Ten Penners Aug16The Ten Penners had a wonderful time at marion BB primary school visit 22Aug16Broadbeach State School on Monday 22nd August. We had a room beside the library where even my small voice could be heard.

The children were from Grades 4, 5 and 6 and we had our biggest audience in the last session. So over 250 students enjoyed hearing about Fan-tas-tic-al Tales!marion BB primary school visit 22Aug16 pic

We’ve have had lots of entries in the Petal colouring competition. Results will be announced shortly. Stay tunned!

 

Broadbeach Ind Primary School visit …

The Ten Penners Aug16Today we did our final preparations for the Ten Penners visit to Broadbeach Independent Primary School visit tomorrow, 22nd Aug.

We’ll be there early to start Book Week for the students in Grades 4 and 5.

With a fined tuned our Power Point presentation. We should wow our young audience!

Again there will be a colouring comp for the kids to win two copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.

 

Robyn Lee Burrows is speaking today…

Robyn and I GCW LL 2016Gold Coast Writers Meeting Today will be treated to the expertise of Robyn Lee Burrows speaking about research.robyn_lee_burrows_bio pic

I had to go hunting for my book reviews of her works. I found that despite loosing all my data twice with computer break downs, Drop Box and the old fashioned paper copies came to the rescue. I have copies of my reviews of ‘When Hope Is Strong’, ‘Tea Tree Passage’, ‘Where the River Ends’ and ‘Song From the Heart’.

For those who are able to join me at Fradgely Hall in Burleigh Heads, opposite the Bowls Club this afternoon. 1.30 arrival for 2 pm start.

I’ll give you a taste of her books with excerpts of the reviews I wrote.

Tea_Tree_Passage cover

In ‘Tea Tree Passage’, Robyn has masterfully told a sad yet intriguing tale. It takes the reader through two World Wars and the Great Depression. Depicting how these monumental events affected the lives of one family. Robyn writes drawing from factual information with skill she creates a world the reader becomes submerged in an era and place.song_from_the_heart_cover

The depth of the characters in ‘Song from the Heart’ is so real the reader feels that they are people you know and love. The country town life at the early part of the century is vibrant and alive.

When Hope Is Strong Cover‘When Hope Is Strong’ – At the outset this book shows the daily struggles and choices people made to forge a living in an untamed land. Pioneer Australian women made friendships that become real and personal. I enjoyed the way Bridie, Maddie and Kitty saw their world. Bridie, with her visionary outlook. Maddie, who sunk into sullen resignation of her world turned upside down. Kitty, with her youthful excitement for the future, yearning to escape the drudgery of the world she’d come to know.

‘Where The River Ends’ is another example of Robyn’s evocative work. The image of a where_the_river_ends coverbustling Adelaide city in 1889. To the vast expanse of station life at Wirra Downs, near Bourke, in New South Wales is vivid. You could close your eyes and you’d be there. The best accolade I can give this book is simply that I couldn’t put it down once I’d started it.

So if you can, join me in appreciating the talent and generous knowledge shared by this talented lady.

7 Editing Rules That Will Totally Transform Your Next Post.

Great writing tips. Love it!

A NOT SO JADED LIFE

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1. DON’T PAD YOUR PROSE WITH EMPTY FILLER WORDS

(Or: Avoid Using Grammar Expletives)

Grammar expletives are literary constructions that begin with the words ithere, or therefollowed by a form of the verb to be.

(Expletive comes from the Latin explere, meaning to fill. Think smelly literary landfill).

Common constructions include it is, it was, it won’t, it takes, here is, there is, there will be.

The problem? When ithere, and there refer to nouns later in the sentence or – worse – to something unnamed, they weaken your writing by shifting emphasis away from the true drivers of your sentences. And they usually require other support words such as whothat, and when, which further dilute your writing.

Let’s look at an example:

There are some bloggers who seem to have…

The there are expletive places the sentence’s focus…

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Gold Coat Writers Literary Luncheon 2016…

GCW LL groupSaturday 23rd July, at Southport Yacht Club, members and guests enjoyed the sunshine and stimulating company of guest authors and keynote speaker Madonna King.

The guest authors were Elaine Ouston, Karen Tyrrell, Dimity Powell, Angela Sunde and Brett Alegre-Wood. 

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The meal was delicious and the everyone enjoyed the day.

Terrific raffle and door prizes were drawn.

Books were signed and sold by the authors. It was a successful day all round.

guest authors GCW LLRobyn and I GCW LL 2016

Madonna and Gavin cutting cakeMadonna spoke about her interviews and writing both memoirs of Ian Frazer and Joe Hockey. meal GCW LL 2016
me with Andrea Grigg

 

Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 17, Kate Russell

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 17

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Well, I took a bit of a sideways step today – still editing etc, but on a different manuscript! After the Gold Coast Writers’ Association meeting on Saturday, I decided to bite the bullet and enter the 2016 Novel Award. The draft I’m working on for Camp is nowhere near ready – so I decided to spend today polishing up one of my other manuscripts which is in much better shape, especially as I only need to send in the first few chapters.

As the competition finalists have the chance to be reviewed by Annette Barlow, editor at Allen & Unwin, it was just too good an opportunity to pass up. So, sorry, Camp manuscript, you will have to wait for a couple of days – but I will get back to you soon, I promise!

The competition closes at midnight on 31 July 2016, so if you, like me, want to give it a shot, you’d better hurry! See the GCWA website for details: http://www.goldcoastwriters.org/competitions-gcwa/