Thursday, December 31, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Saturday, December 05, 2015
Are there young readers 8 - 12 in your family, or circle of friends, who love reading good mysteries and adventures? If the answer is yes, then here are several ideas for you this Christmas and on into next year.
"Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!" Bill Myers - Author
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The turkeys were snacking on fallen seeds from a bird feeder in our back yard earlier. One of their relatives is currently baking in our oven.
If you look at the bird out front, he seems to be looking for his long lost uncle or someone. Sniff...snnnif. What's that I smell?
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Let humor put you on a fast track to healthier, happier living.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I hope this will become its new, permanent home. We’re even looking into ordering a toad house for the little guy.
By next spring, I’m also hoping to find a lot of his relatives around the yard and garden. Maybe this cement frog will make him feel a little more at home : )) Might have to write a story about them sometime.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Get a copy for your young reader today!
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Recently I learned that Focus On The Family did an in-depth review of one of my books: When The Lights Go Out.
With another anniversary of 9/11 upon us soon, I thought you might be interested in this middle grade book.
Thanks for taking a look!
Friday, August 21, 2015
Gold coins are still being found. Here's an article today, August 21, about a find worth millions in gold coins just discovered.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Here's what people are saying about Captain Jack's Treasure; book #2 in The Sam Cooper Adventure Series.
This book is written for ages 8 and up. and the author has a great gift, to offer stories that appeal to those who love adventure, and to adults who will love the way the story leads youngsters to think how this may relate to their lives, and in a way they will enjoy reading it.
I highly recommend this book ! I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
This time, they meet an old sea captain by the name of Captain Jack. He has a whole bunch of interesting stories that keep the boys, and the reader, wanting more. But he also has a secret that the boys – especially Sam – want to know.
What is his secret? You’ll have to read it to find out!
The author once again keeps things exciting, while giving lessons on love, trust, obedience, and realizing what’s really important in life. This is a great book for both the young and the young-at-heart! Enjoy!
This book was good to read as an adult, but I can't wait for my son to read it also. It is written well enough that I didn't get bored, and my 9 year old will be able to not only read every word, but will be able to understand it.
Sam, Tony, and Tyler learn a great lesson about money and greed. They also learn about what is really important in life, Family.
Kids will be able to read this book and not know they are learning really good lessons. This book gets 5 starts from me!!
6. This book has a great story that will really appeal to boys as well as adventuresome girls. It has a very good plot. The characters are believable and entertaining. Mixed in with the fun and action is a wonderfully developed and clearly spelled out lesson that is important for everyone to learn.
7. I found this book refreshing and I am sure young boys and even girls will find this book exciting.
8. These books by Anderson are a treasure to have. The format is clear and easy to read. Each chapter has a great ending to pull you into the next chapter and before the youth knows it they have read a book!
You don't have to read the stories in sequence but I would recommend it. This story refers to the boys harrowing adventure in the first book that I'm going to have to read now! And I'm sure Book 3 will be just as good.
What I, as a parent and grandparent, like best about this book is how the author wove all the important things young boys should learn while growing up into their everyday lives. He built the base of a faith filled life without pushing it on you. It is a very easy book to read, flows very nicely.
I would recommend this book and this author to every grandparent, parent or child to read or give as a gift.
11. This is a book that both boys and girls, and parents will enjoy. I love the gentle message of laying up treasures in Heaven. All of Max's books have a Christian theme to them. The reason I really like them is that I can put them on my shelves at school. I put them there not only for the Christian students, but also for ALL students. They are clean cut with great messages. They have adventures and mysteries to carry the reader from the first sentence to the end of the book. I would say it is a must read.
CAPTAIN JACK'S TREASURE is a book that will appeal to juvenile boys and older. Girls will like these books too. If you have a reluctant reader, be sure to pick up any of Max Elliot Anderson's books. You'll be glad you did. Instructions are included tying sailors' knots.
I recommend this book to kids, especially those who like a good adventure!
16. My boys absolutely LOVE pirates...treasures and adventure!
While my boys are a bit young for this story, at the same time this was a delightful, clean and adventure filled story that was packed enough to hold their attention for a chapter a day, reading time. As a parent that is always looking for quality literature that my boys can grow with (and doesn't include vampires and magic and demons, yuck!) this was a refreshing read indeed. One I am sure we will revisit too as they get older.
What little boy doesn't want to be a pirate or a sea captain at some point in their young life? I really liked how the three friends worked together with Captain Jack, their comradarie, and the amount of respect they showed to him and each other. Not only is this a captivating tale but it has spiritual concepts in at as well!
Nicely laid out in short chapters so they aren't overwhelmed, and not too many pages, it keeps a good pace going. They're sure to be enticed to read it just from the cool cover! I recommend this to any parent who has a child struggling with interest in books. Try this one. They just might become hooked on reading for life!
18. There isn't a lot of good, modern (lots of classics though) books for boys to enjoy that aren't riddled with witches, magic and other sinful behavior, so to read this was a breath of fresh air. There was no violence - although an old sailor did tell a pirate ghost story - but even that was VERY brief and I know my oldest would write it off as fanciful and not to be believed. I'm looking forward to maybe reading this with my son but may need to wait a few more months.
19. One can tell that Max Elliot Anderson knows the hearts and minds of young boys. The characters, Sam, Tony and Tyler, were typical all-American, adventure-seeking, conclusion-leaping boys full of curiosity and impatience, yet each has his own distinct personality. I highly recommend this book to all adventure-loving (especially pirate-adventure loving) 8 to 11 year old boys or girls.
Book 4 - This Property Is Condemned
Book 5 - At The Buzzer
Book 6 - Ghosts In The Old Attic
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Friday, July 31, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
5A Great Adventure Story!
This is a great book for teenage and younger boys, or for anyone who enjoys an adventure!
You will love getting to know Sam, Tony, and Tyler, as you follow them taking scuba lessons, testing out their new skills without permission, and then suffering the consequences, along with making an unexpected discovery.
The author weaves an exciting story while giving good old-fashioned moral lessons on obedience to parents, not submitting to peer pressure, and the fact that we may have the freedom to make decisions, but we may not be able to control the consequences.
This is a 5-star book! Enjoy!
I received this book from The Book Club Network in return for my honest opinion.
What a great first in this series for teens! The author knows how to keep the suspense going to keep the reader intrigued. The story was a good mix of danger, suspense, dialogue and mystery. You feel for the new kid who has the dilemma of peer pressure to make friends or doing what is right. This story also teaches that each decision has consequences and you have to live with those. What a great teaching tool for teens who are in the middle of these peer pressure years. This well written story will gently remind them that God sees everything and will be with you always. I recommend this for any teen and even pre-teens as a great story with wonderful morals.
I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.
4A great read
The book reminds me of a more modern Hardy Boys story with more current problems and a tidy solution. It is something I would like to have my boys read.
4Good story for boys
It is quite interesting to read. I'd like to tell my 7-year boy the story. Main characters are typical and educational.
Actually, my 12-year-old son read this book and loved it. He is already asking me to buy the other books in the series.
5Anderson writes for the young person
I bought these books for a young reader who has just begun to enjoy having his own story to read. The chapter are exciting and short. The print and format are very clear making it easy to read. The young person feels a nice feeling of accomplishment when finishing the books by this author.
5My son who wouldn't read, read this book straight through!
My son has refused to read books, instead wanting me to read to him. He is now 12 and needs to be reading some books on his own. A friend who knew of my reading struggles with my son saw these books advertised for boys who don't like reading and told me about them. I bought 2 and he read them both in under one week! He loved these books!! It was just a matter of finding a book that kept is interest and these books did it! Another good set of books is the Trail Blazer series by Dave & Neta Jackson.
5Couldn't Put It Down
This is the review that my teenager wrote up after reading Lost Island Smugglers.
***The Lost Island Smugglers was an extremely enjoyable book. I felt that each character was well-developed and I could feel what they were feeling. I enjoyed the struggle against the storm, how they gradually got weaker as the storm progressed. I really like how Sam took charge and was able to help them survive. The book, in all, was very exciting and it really kept me at the edge of my seat.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Lost Island Smugglers" by gifted Author Max Elliot Anderson. This fictional novel reminds me of my youth and the pleasure I received in reading both the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery series. My twelve year old grandson would be intrigued by the adventure that Sam Cooper and his two new friends, Tony and Tyler, face in this well-written suspense novel.
Sam Cooper is an eleven year old boy who moves around more than the average boy of his age. His father is a biologist and must go where his job takes him. This occurs more than Sam likes. His latest move takes him to Harper's Inlet in Florida and once again Sam must seek out new friends. He does so at Sunday School where he meets up with Tony and Tyler. Tony's father owns a marina and many opportunities arise for the boys to spread their wings. After taking scuba diving lessons, they decide to venture out into the ocean on their own and put their skills to the test. An unexpected storm is brewing and the three boys manage to survive and end up on Lost Island. The adventure that ensues is most enjoyable and sure to capture the hearts of many younger readers.
There is an added thread throughout this novel, that intertwines lessons to be learned, as well as the importance of morals and values in the lives of these youngsters. "Lost Island Smugglers" can be seen as a valuable educational tool in teaching these ethics as well as stressing the role parent's play in shaping the lives of their children. I'm sure many young boys and girls can identify with the desire to be popular with their friends and the tendency to be disobedient to their parents in order to attain that popularity. Sam is faced with this challenge. This thought-provoking novel, demonstrates the sometimes peril consequences of ignoring the warnings of concerned parents. The illustrations in this book also add to the reading pleasure of the young audience it will appeal to.
5Christian contemporary Hardy Boys
Lost Island Smugglers by Max Elliot Anderson is about Sam Cooper and his family's latest move. Sam's dad's job has them moving frequently. While Sam has learned to adjust and makes friends quickly, it's hard to leave relationships behind over and over. When the Cooper family visits a local church, Sam meets two boys who seem to know how to find all the excitement. Tony's dad owns the marina and Tyler is Tony's sidekick. After getting all three boys free scuba lessons, Tony borrows one of his dad's boats so he and his friends can do some real scuba diving. The boys learn a lot about themselves as well as a few secrets of the island that someone else wants kept secret.
Growing up I loved reading Hardy Boys (preferred them over Nancy Drew) and this reminded me of a Christian contemporary version of Hardy Boys. There is definitely action, adventure and suspense for both boys and girls 8-12 years.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Books #1 and #2 of the
Sam Cooper Adventure Series
have been re-released by Elk Lake Publishing.
These will be followed by #3 River Rampage, #4 This Property Is Condemned, #5 At The Buzzer, and #6 Ghosts In The Old Attic.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Book Fun Magazine - circulation 480,000 -
with a feature article inside.
I'll post details when the issue is out.
Watch for it, and please send the information on to middle grade readers, your family members, teachers, librarians, and circle of friends.