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My Top 10 Favorite Middle-Grade Clean Fiction Books!

Hey!! Welcome back to my blog on the Clean Fiction Blog Tour!

This week I am going to share my top 10 recommendations for Clean Fiction!

The Category: Middle – Grade Fantasy & Sci-Fi with a dash of steampunk!

I love Middle-Grade Books! I love that they are usually clean, humorous, and light-hearted! I love that you can use words that would be silly in an older-age book like Splendification or Fantasticalness! I love that characters can be larger than life or speak with ridiculous speech patterns. I love that I can read them to my kid (Ages 8,9,11,&14) and not be bored!

Here is my 1-liner description of each of my faves!

Starting with the most recent I have read:

1. The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness! – Andrew Peterson

Three kids named Janner, Tink, and Leeli get into more trouble than you could shake a toothy cow at!

https://amzn.to/3tCP4uy

2.Keeper of the Lost Cities Series – Shannon Messenger

A girl named Sophie isn’t exactly human or Elf, but she has to save both races and finish elven highschool.

https://amzn.to/30WbF8W

3.The Green Ember – S.D. Smith

Two Rabbits with swords, Pickett and Heather, are the key to bring peace back to the wood if they don’t get eaten by hawks or wolves first.

https://amzn.to/2ORfsBV

4.The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

A boy named Milo drives his toy car through a Phantom toll booth and the rest is what happens when you mix Alice in Wonderland with a Thesaurus!

https://amzn.to/2Qnyws5

5.The Secret World of Og – Pierre Burton

Five Children follow their brother under their playfort into a land with little green people who only say “Og” and I’ll write the rest in their Language so Og og og og-og OG Og og og -og-og-og…OG!

https://amzn.to/3s5X8Ds

6.The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Series – Cathryn M. Valente

Have you ever wanted to leave our world behind and spend some time with a Wyvern that is part library while not having a clue what was going on and trying to remember the advice the wind told you?

https://amzn.to/3tGGR8m

7.Airborn Series-Kenneth Oppel

An Alt-history where a Boy named Matt and a Girl named Kate have WAY too many discoveries and mischief aboard an air balloon!!

https://amzn.to/2P7bbdE

8.Leviathan Series- Scott Westerfeld

Also an Alt-history with an Airship, but this one is about a girl disguised as a boy and is set in WW1 where the Germans have steam-powered mechs and the Brits have bizarre genetic-engineered mechs like an airship that is part whale!

https://amzn.to/30Z8cXf

9.The Chronicles of Narnia- you should have already read this!!

A Lion, A Witch, and a Wardrobe walk into a book.

https://amzn.to/3f15uIW

10. Charlie Thorne & The Last Equation – Stewart Gibbs

If you are already as smart and sarcastic as Charlie, then you don’t need this book to tell you how to stop baddies from getting Einstein’s formula called Pandora and saving the world.

https://amzn.to/3cTOxgO

March 1st    Story Quest Academy – Why Clean Fiction Is Important + Top 10 Clean Indie Books

March 2nd    Ellie Naomi – Why I Write and Love Clean Fiction + Hannah Anderson Mysteries

March 3rd    Julie C. Gilbert – Many Flavors of Kid-Friendly Clean Reads

March 4th    Jasmine Natasha – Author Interview with Laurie Lucking

March 5th    Liz Delton – The Alchemyst’s Mirror

March 6th    Mark Hansen – Why We Love Fantasy

March 7th    Ian Vroon – Ayphae • A World Beyond Your Imagination

March 8th    Story Quest Academy – Author Interview: Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

March 9th    Nicholas Kotar – Two Excellent Pirate Books Set in Gorgeous Fantasy Worlds

March 10th    J.M. Hackman – Spark: Firestarting & Neurodiversity

March 11th    Mark Hansen – Excerpt from A Tale Of Heroes

March 12th    Courtenay Kasper – Why I Write Clean Fiction + West & Windy Book

March 13th    Debbie Schreffler – Excerpt from A Farmer’s Wife: A Biblical Retelling of Ruth

March 14th    Story Quest Academy – Author Interview: Mollie E. Reeder

March 15th    Steven Guglich – Why I Write Clean Fiction

March 16th    Laurie Lucking – A Story Snippet from Traitor!

March 17th    Julie Gilbert – Clean Fiction Audiobooks

March 18th    Meg Dendler – Middle Grade and YA Clean Fiction

March 19th    Nicholas Kotar

March 20th   Courtenay Kasper – Clean Fiction Books I Love

March 21st    Story Quest Academy – Author Interview with Jasmine Natasha

March 22nd   Molly Casperson

March 23rd    D.J. Edwardson – The Last Motley

March 24th    Marty C Lee – YA fantasy with dragons, princesses, or magic

March 25th    Molly Casperson

March 26th    Mark Hansen

March 28th    Story Quest Academy – Interview with Heather Love Fitzgerald

March 29th    Debbie Schreffler – Clean Fiction Books I Love

March 30th    Nicholas Kotar

March 31st    Molly Casperson

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Books, homeschool

Why I write Clean Fiction!

Why I write Clean Fiction!?

Hey! Welcome to today’s stop on the Clean Fiction Blog Tour!

I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember and won my first writing contest when I was 8. It was for a tall tale about what happened to all the books at the library. I literally made up the most ridiculous things I could think of and won! The coolest part was that I got to have lunch with an author, and it was super inspiring! I didn’t even like his book, but I realized I wanted to tell stories. If people could love the ridiculous, I had found myself a career!

I write clean fiction because that’s what I want to read. I have a difficult time picking books. I love speculative fiction from middle earth to the most epic steampunk dirigible! I like the idea of YA books, but have such a brutal time finding ones that aren’t so dark and creepy or full of romance that goes waaaay beyond what I am comfortable with. I typically read middle-grade books because they are less likely to have that, but even in younger books, there can be some pretty evil stuff!

I have 4 kiddos from 8-14 and I want them to enjoy the most incredibly imaginative worlds without worrying that they are being stained with things that don’t belong there. Romance and horror are genres that many enjoy, but I don’t.

So, I write fantastical adventures that are fun and clean so you can read them to very small children, but adults still enjoy them.

I thought I’d tell you about one today and save another for next week when y’all are stopping back here for another blog tour day! Yay!

The first full-length book I wrote is called West & Windy! I did a challenge called NANOWRIMO where you a write 50, 000-word novel in November! And I finished!

Meet West & Windy:

Fox siblings West and Windy are on the run from Bruin King Rancid who will stop at nothing to capture them and strong-arm them out of their kingdom. With the help of their rabbit aunt Dandelion and her heliox-balloon airship, they must learn to work together to rescue the true King and Queen. With an unforgettable crew of insane critters, monkey pirates, and ninja bats, this Steampunk adventure is perfect for fans of Narnia, Redwall, and The Green Ember! Hold your breath! You’re in for a wild ride!

Don’t miss out on the other awesome Blog Stops on this clean fiction tour!!

March 1st Story Quest Academy

March 2nd Ellie Naomi

March 3rd Julie Gilbert

March 4th Jasmine Natasha

March 5th Liz Delton

March 6th Mark Hansen

March 7th Ian Vroon

March 8th Story Quest Academy

March 9th Nicholas Kotar

March 10th J.M. Hackman

March 11th Mark Hansen

March 12th Courtenay Kasper

March 13th Debbie Schreffler

March 14th Story Quest Academy

March 15th Steven Guglich

March 16th Laurie Lucking

March 17th Julie Gilbert

March 18th Meg Dendler

March 19th Nicholas Kotar

March 20th Courtenay Kasper

March 21st Story Quest Academy

March 22nd Molly Casperson

March 23rd D.J. Edwardson

March 24th Marty C Lee

March 25th Molly Casperson

March 26th Mark Hansen

March 28th Story Quest Academy

March 29th Debbie Schreffler

March 30th Nicholas Kotar

March 31st Molly Casperson

homeschool, special needs, Uncategorized

BIG FAT LIST of Sensory Bin Fillers

We love sensory bins!! They are so much fun and so good for helping with a sensory diet. When our oldest was little she wouldn’t touch anything icky or crunchy or rough. She poked a finger at her 1st Birthday Cake and sobbed. It was just too icky for her. That was the beginning of our journey into figuring out all things Sensory!

One of our favourites was sensory bins. We bought some deeper trays at the dollar store and filled them with utensils and rice or magnet letters and that was our start! From there we experimented with all sorts of things. We started with dry things and moved to sticky icky things until the main things weren’t so tough to deal with!

I put together a HUGE list of Sensory Bin Fillers for you! I included our top 2 Bins as well as some tips and even a recipe for edible playdough!

Download this Freebie Here!!

If you haven’t already, snap up Last weeks Free Printable Sight Word Game – Water Words!
Includes Pre-K to Grade 3 Dolch sight words, but written in a font that is specifically designed for use with kiddos who have dyslexia!

Get Water Words!

homeschool, Uncategorized

Free Printable Sight Word Game!

I love making printables! I live in the middle of nowhere, so everything has to be ordered or planned for in a long drive to the Big City! lol. So I like making printables for our homeschool so we can get started right away!

This week I made a Printable game for Sight words. You will need something to use as a fishing rod and line, a magnet that you can tie or attach to the line, and paperclips! A laminator is handy too, but not required.

The cool thing about this game is that you have all the Dolch Sight Reading words for PreK-Grade 3, BUT they are done in a font that is specifically designed for kiddos with Dyslexia! Win-Win!

Printing Instruction included in the PDF.

If you like Free Printables, maybe you will like our Free Homeschool Scheduling Made Easy Guide

Animals, Essential Oils

Want your Puppy to stop chewing things? Here’s How!

Charlie has been pretty good about not chewing things that he shouldnt but the other day he found an edge of exposed drywall and went to town on it! yuck! Aside from it wrecking the house, it isnt good for him!

We used Cinnamon Oil a couple times on it, but a drop at a time doesnt cover enough area, so today I mead a spray with a few other oils to get him to leave it alone! And…He Hates it. So it works!

I grabbed a little spray bottle and my stash and got creating!

Recipe:

10 Drops Cinnamon
5 Drops Ginger
10 Drops Cardamom
5 Drops Lemon
1/2 Tsp Witch Hazel
Fill the rest with water.

Shake before using and spray the whole area you are trying to get him to leave alone. Also, hubby thinks I made a super nice room spray! haha!

I wouldnt use this to get a dog to stop licking its paws though, since there are hot oils in it.

Sometimes your beloved pets get owies. It wasn’t even something I had thought of when getting first aid supplies! The animals might need first aid too! Get my FREE Doggy First Aid Kit Checklist

I didn’t chew nothin Mama….

homeschool, Uncategorized

Free Printable Christmas Boardgame!

Introducing Jinglebelloretto!

The Kids helped me change a popular board game – Zooloretto into a Christmas themed Game! They drew concept art, gave ideas and helped print and laminate our copies.

We want to share that with you! Free! All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter and you are good to go!

Books, Uncategorized

Author Update Magazine!

I put together an Author Update Magazine for ya! This has ALL my Books and where they are currently at in production. I also added some fun things like a bit more Flimsy Whipperwhirl info, Fan Art, and some Behind-The-Scenes on Here There Be Griffins!

Merry Griffsmas y’all!

Essential Oils, Uncategorized

Free Bible Oils Webinar

I love chatting all things Bible and all things Oils, so combine the two and I am there! I taught a class last week that turned out to be perfect for putting together as a webinar. I want to share some of my stories about my trip to Israel a few years ago.

It was absolutely a life-altering trip. Being in Israel brings the Bible into full colour! You can see where Jesus walked on water and even swim there. You can smell the aromatic plants. You can run your fingers through the desert sand and pray you are obedient and don’t have to live in the desert for 40 years! I’m not even 40 yet, that would be my whole life!

You can also feel the emotions caught up in a land where there is seldom peace. Truly, although the north of Israel was being bombed while we were there, I felt 100% safer than I ever feel in Vancouver. It was a very cool feeling.

Plus, the food! Oh right…remind hubby to make more hummus! Pronto! I could have hummus and pita EVERY SINGLE DAY for breakfast. It is soooo much better in Israel though. Hubs is perfecting his recipe and it is getting yummier and yummier, so I’ll share that with you whenever he decides it’s ready. There were these pastries in the Old City of Jerusalem and they were like a combo donut and bagel! What?! So good. Now I’m hungry…

In this season of Christmas, I thought it would be perfect to share this class with you! It was an incredible trip and I think you will enjoy learning some about oil presses in ancient Israel and both the practical and historical uses for the oils of the Bible!

Free Bible Oils Webinar Here!

Books, Uncategorized

Book Launch Day! Here There Be Griffins!

I am so excited to share Here There Be Griffins with you today! I started this project 4 years ago. It is the book that has taken longest to finish out of all my main 5 books. The Rigs and West & Windy I wrote in a month. The Thunder Creek Gang and The Peregrinating Door both took 4 days, so 4 years is a bit excessive. But here we are! Just in time for Christmas too!

This is a story that is close to my heart. Not only does it start within 5 Km of where my 5th Great Grandpa first settled in BC but it is about a girl who reminds me of my Tall Girl.

Being a parent to kids with special needs let’s you look at the world differently. It’s not always easy but you can find ways to figure tough things out. Moly in this story is a girl with ADHD, Sensory Issues, some OCD and coordination issues too. She is her own person and as is often the case, our world isn’t built for extraordinary kids.

Moly gets picked on in school and is BFF’s with the school Librarian, so when she finds this griffin egg and discovers she isn’t even from our world she is thrown from comfort and safety into a journey to find her mom but to also find herself.

It a journey we need to take at some point even if we aren’t all lucky enough to travel beyond the North Wind!