Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Callie's Contest of Courage Review and Giveaway

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Jan May is a homeschool publisher, author and freelance writer and contributor to The Old Schoolhouse, Thriving Family and Clubhouse Jr. Magazines. Jan has over 20 years of teaching experience, a love for creative writing and a passion for well-educated children with godly character which is why she created the New Millennium Girl book series. Did I mention Jan is a veteran homeschool mom too?

A moms review:
I am always on the search for good literature for my daughter. She is 8 years old and not quite reading chapter books on her own yet so we utilized Callie's Contest of Courage as a read aloud. This is the second book in the New Millennium Girl series. 

Who are the New Millennium Girls? They are girls who are growing up in this generation who believe their God is bigger than all the giants in the land; girls with the faith of Joshua and Caleb; girls with a different spirit. New Millennium Girl Books, was birthed from a desire to write fun and engaging books for girls that would encourage vibrant faith and build Christian character. The Millennium Girl series was written with 8-12 year old girls in mind, though slightly younger and older will enjoy it too. 

The Book:
When I read the synopsis for the book I just knew my animal, nature loving daughter would love this book:

"Eleven-year-old Callie Fleming is a passionate animal lover! She’s been waiting all year to enter photos in theI Love Nature Photo Contest. Her dad, who is the coolest dad in the world, is an award winning photographer and Marine Corps Reserves Sergeant. She is leaning on his help to win. But when her father is untimely deployed overseas and becomes strangely silent to her emails, she finds her whole world crashing down on her. Can she muster up the courage to step out on a journey that whisks her away from all the things she loves? Join Callie on a journey of hope, trust and the power of prayer!"

As I mentioned above I read the book to my daughter. The paperback book is 148 pages long and contains 12 chapters. The chapters are a very reasonable length and keep even the youngest of readers attention. In the back of the book are additional activities and projects to help you dig even deeper. The book was filled with adventure, obstacles to overcome, lovable animals, inspiration and faith! After I finished a chapter my daughter would beg for me to read more...any book that does that gets an A+ rating from me!

We thoroughly enjoyed this wholesome book and it is definitely a book I would recommend to others.

The Literature Study Guide:
Jan just completed an amazing 74 page literature study guide which complements Callie's Contest of Courage. Included in the fun literature study guide are faith building discussion questions, vocabulary exercises, language arts and fun activities. It is perfect for book clubs or individual studies. We haven't had a chance to dive into the literature study guide yet, but I can tell you that it is really impressive. Some of the things you will find in the literature guide include fill in the blank activities, crosswords, word searches, recipes, games, mapping activities and more! The study guide sections are broken up to correspond with each chapter. Each sections contains about 6-10 pages of activities.

The accompanying literature guide will be available on the website soon for $8.95, but you can get it FREE for a limited time when you sign up for the newsletter at the New Millennium Girls website

Links to follow:
-New Millennium Girls Website
-New Millennium Girls Facebook
-New Millennium Girls Twitter
-New Millennium Girls Pinterest

Gwyns review (8 yrs old):
I really liked the book about Callie. It was so sad when her daddy had to leave for the military but I am happy he returned safely home. Callie and I are a lot alike. I also love animals, and want to volunteer at a zoo when I am older. I also like to take pictures. This was a great book for me.

Where to buy:

You can purchase Callie’s Contest of Courage by Jan May through the New Millenium Girls Books Bookstore for $7.95. It is also available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook versions.

The accompanying literature guide will be available on the website soon for $8.95, but you can get it FREE for a limited time when you sign up for the newsletter at the New Millennium Girls website

Now time for the giveaway: 
Jan has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of Callie's Contest of Courage to one lucky reader. Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 48 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. Prize will be mailed via the author.

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