Month: January 2014

Have you ever heard of International Book Giving Day?

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International Book Giving Day’s effort is encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. They invite individuals to:

1) give a book to a friend or family member.
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read.
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

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I heard about International Book Giving Day via Emma at http://www.mybookcorner.com.au (who is one of the volunteers helping to organise it).

It is a really lovely idea. I am going to take part and probably blog about it next month. Last year (before I started blogging) I sent some of my books to some children’s hospitals around England. The Children’s hospitals were so happy and grateful that it made me smile – it is definitely worth doing. If you want to do this though you need to check with the hospital first, as some hospitals cannot accept second hand books.

To find out more information about International Book Giving Day please check out this link http://bookgivingday.com/

heatherellisbooks.wordpress.com has been nominated for another award!

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I am excited to announce that heatherellisbooks.wordpress.com has been nominated for another award!

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Thank you to my friend in America Jackie Smith http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com for nominating me!

Here are the rules for The Sunshine Award:

  • Display the Award on your Blog.
  • Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded      you.
  • Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively      and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being      awarded.
  • Write 10 interesting things about you

I hereby present the Sunshine Award to the following bloggers:

http://stephaniedikey.wordpress.com
http://tcomegna911.wordpress.com
http://dominikmikula.com
http://chickenspics.wordpress.com
http://getreadingnow.org
http://sunnysleevez.wordpress.com
http://www.analogyoflife.com
http://cathydlaws.wordpress.com
http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com
http://joshualloveday.wordpress.com

Congratulations!

Now… 10 interesting things about me…

1) I published my first children’s book on Amazon when I was 10 years old called ‘The Sugary Sherburts’.

2) I have watched the film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days more times than I want to tell people on this blog.

3) I talk a bit loud.

4) I have two cats. I have had my first cat called Toby since he was a tiny kitten; he was the only black cat in a litter of ginger cats – so cute. He used to be the size of my hand and now he is a massive grumpy beast (but I love him)!

5) I rescued my second cat from being put to sleep; she couldn’t be rehomed for a long time. No one would take her because she was in a bit of a state. She is a lovely cat and we are all very happy now.

6) I like One Direction. My favourite member of One Direction is Zayn Malik.

7) My favourite holiday place is Turkey.

8) My favourite ever book is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

9) My favourite subject at school is………. Maths! You were expecting me to say English weren’t you?

10) I won a goldfish when I was three (from a fair) and he lasted for many years. Secretly my parents kept replacing the fish with similar looking ones when they died, so that I didn’t know or get upset!

Deneb does Dot and Santa Claus [Tales of the VHS Part 1]

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dot and santa claus

“You can set the world on fire / with chewing gum and a yard of wire! / How d’you do it? / Fiddly-dee! / With ingenuity!”

The Scoop: 1981 G, directed by Yoram Gross and starring Drew Forsythe, Barbara Frawley, Ron Haddrick, Anne Haddy and Ashley Ayre.

Tagline: That I’m aware of, none.

Summary Capsule: Santa and a little girl who can talk to animals go on a round-the-world trip to try and find a lost baby kangaroo. It’s… really not as schmaltzy as it sounds.

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HOW TO GET A BOOK PUBLISHED WHEN YOU’RE A KID

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HOW TO GET A BOOK PUBLISHED WHEN YOU’RE A KID

Hello everyone – I did a guest blog post for the kind people at “KIDSBLOGCLUB”, who are really supporting me and my writing. 

I wrote about how to publish a book, when you’re a kid! Check it out ! =)

The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch

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I think that it’s AMAZING that a 12 year old blogger (studying in India) has just reviewed my book from a Kindle!
Thank you – Everyone check out Sookthi’s BLOG here: http://sookthisbooknook.wordpress.com

5 Preschool Activities for the Weekend

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The Liebster Award

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Last night, I got an early birthday present as well. =) I found out that I was nominated for The Liebster Award! Thank you so much to the wonderful Jackie Smith for nominating me!

Here’s a link to her blog: http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com

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The rules for Liebster Award are as follows:
•Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
•Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
•Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
•Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
•Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

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My answers to the ten questions I was asked are…

1) What is your favorite book? Last year I would have said The Twits by Roald Dahl, but today I say The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

2) If you could do anything in the world, what would you do? I would really like to publish another book or raise money for my local Hospice.

3) If you had one superpower, what would it be? I would love to be invisible, that would be pretty cool!

4) If you could visit a fictional world (i.e. Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, etc…) for a day, where would you go? It’s probably not safe but I would love to visit the fictional world of The Hunger Games!

5) Where is your favorite place in the world? I love Ölüdeniz in Turkey, it is pretty and hot weather!

6) If you could meet three people from any time in history, who would they be? I wouldn’t really want to meet anyone from history really, other than my nanny who died last year. I would like to meet her again =)

7) Why did you start keeping your blog? I don’t know really, because I like writing and journalism and wanted to learn more.

8) What do you hope to accomplish in 2014? I hope to do well in my school exams in 2014 =)

9) What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Annoy my mum and dad!

10) If you could be any Disney Character, who would you be? I like the princess from Aladin!

 

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I nominate the following bloggers for this award…

Alana Munro
http://www.alanamunroauthor.com

Aman
http://amandeepmittal.wordpress.com

trinitygrau
http://trinitygrau.wordpress.com

doncharisma
http://DonCharisma.org

Cristian Mihai
http://cristianmihai.net

Damyanti
http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com

PAULSON LOVES BOOKS
http://getreadingnow.org

Elyse Lindsay
http://theonewithelyselindsay.wordpress.com

Stephanie Dikey
http://stephaniedikey.wordpress.com

mylibrarians
http://mylibrarians.wordpress.com

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My ten questions are…

1) What is your favourite book of all time?
2) Have you ever met anyone famous?
3) Do you like sports, what is your favourite?
4) What is your favourite, juice, tea or coffee?
5) Where is your favourite place in the world?
6) What was the last movie you watched?
7) Do you have any new years resolutions?
8) Have you stuck to your new years resolution?
9) What is your favourite music band?
10) Do you plan an instrument?

Kids Review of The Hunger Games Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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I enjoyed the first ‘Hunger Games’ book, by Suzanne Collins so much that I had to pick up the second book of the shelf straight away. The Second Book is called “The Hunger Games – Catching Fire”.

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The comment in my school book (from my teacher) this time was, “Excellent that you have been reading this book. What fantastic descriptions of what you are reading.”

The Hunger game’s series of books is fiction, and written in the first person. It is about the two main characters called Katniss Everdeen and Peter Melark. At the end of first book, Katniss forces the changes of the rules in The Hunger Games. In the second book intruders go into District 12 (the district where they lived) and it was completely destroyed by the intruders, many of the people died. Anyway – Katniss Everdeen and Peter Melark (still the main characters from the first book) had to go back into the games again because President Snow has an evil plan to destroy Katniss. I don’t want to ruin the story but she breaks the Hunger Games, Peter and a load of others launch a rescue mission. Then next… well… next, I don’t know because the book leaves you on a cliff hanger, which forces you to read the next one! Argh!

It is a superb book! I normally only read a chapter a night – It took me about two weeks so read! When the chapters end, you just want to read on and on!

Another tough book for someone my age to read. There are still lots of technical language and many characters to try and remember (like the first book). There is a lot going on in the book, which keeps you interested at every page turn.

The writing flair and the different feelings it makes you feel are astonishing. As a reader it makes you feel happy, dangerous and blue all at the same time.

I would recommend this book for ages 13 + It’s a bit more gruesome than the first book, in my opinion though. If the person is passionate about reading though and wants a good read then I would have a go.

I wouldn’t change anything about The Hunger Games Catching Fire. I should have another review for the next Hunger Games book (called MockingJay). I am desperate to know what happens to them next time!

My review of the Kindle Fire HD 7″

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I love the Kindle Fire HD 7” 16GB, it’s literally the best thing ever for kids my age.

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You can surf the internet on it, you can download and play games (there are loads of free ones). You can download and read Kindle books (there are loads of free ones as well if you search for them – the first thing I did was download The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch!) You can setup and send e-mails and store contacts on the Kindle. The Kindle Fire HD has a camera; you can take nice pictures and watch YouTube and even LoveFilm and Netflix on it. You can even do your shopping if you wanted to over the internet!

The Kindle Fire HD has Parental Controls on it which makes it both safe and annoying for kids.

Parental controls are good for parents but not good for me! :-/

My parents gave me my kindle, it works but it is setup with Parental controls. I understand that they want me to stay safe, but it is a bit annoying. At the moment I can’t listen to music. Nor get e-mail and on the internet. Well, I can, but I have to ask then for a pin number to unlock these things. Your parents can even turn off the wireless if they want.

If you have LoveFilm or Netflix, you can download the LoveFilm or Netflix app onto the Kindle and watch movies. LoveFilm has a feature to enter a pin code on it, as well. The pin is setup from the web-site and on the Kindle. For me it is setup from anything that is above a PG and U. This keeps me from accidentally watching anything I shouldn’t do. I can browse film but as soon as I click, ‘Play’ it asks me for my parents’ permission.

One annoying thing about the Kindle, it didn’t come with a plug charger only a USB charger. You have to buy the plug charge separately. Luckily we found an old phone charger that happens to work.

I love the fact that you can take the Kindle anywhere, it fits in your handbag.

Adults would like the Kindle Fire as well.

The Kindle Fire HD 16GB rocks!