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Kids Movie Trailer | The Book of Life | 2014

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

THE BOOK OF LIFE (2014)

Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.  (IMDB)

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Book Review | The Camelot Kids (Part 1) | Ben Zackheim

Camelot Kids 1THE CAMELOT KIDS (PART 1)
by Ben Zackheim  ★★★★★
Kindle edition purchased from Amazon

If you ask Simon Sharp how his parents died, the 14-year-old New Yorker will tell you King Arthur killed them. Obsessed with Camelot, the two scholars perished in a plane crash en route to an archaeological dig in England.

Simon spends two awful years in an orphanage before his uncle surfaces. He offers Simon residence at a creepy mansion in Scotland where every shadow hides a surprise— including a girl, Maille Rose, who flickers in and out of view like a ghost. Maille warns Simon he’s in danger and, oh yes, he’s a descendant of King Arthur’s powerful knight, Lancelot.

Uh. What?

That’s Simon’s response too.

But she’s right about the danger. Simon’s life becomes a battle for survival when his teacher is killed in front of him. Accused of murder, Simon escapes into the wilderness…

… where he gets kidnapped by a drunk troll. At this point, Simon’s tired of surprises. Which is too bad because then he’s saved by a 7-foot elderly man claiming to be Merlin. Maille Rose, Merlin’s apprentice, arrives swinging her bat-wand and leads them to a hidden castle.

This, she says, is New Camelot.

Which is when the fun begins.

Join The Camelot Kids in Part One of a four-part series. Written by the author of the Shirley Link mystery series, with cover art by Nathan Fox (Batman, Iron Man, Dogs of War). (Goodreads)


 My Review

This is part one of a new series from author Ben Zackheim (author of the Shirley Link series). The first thing that grabbed me was the cover art and illustrations – they are awesome and eye-catching.

Part one does a great job to set up the series and introduce us to the main character, Simon. He’s quite a mischievous kid, who has unfortunately lost his parents to tragedy as they chased their lifelong dream. An underlying challenge for Simon is his sense of belonging. He is pushed from home to home, and his rebellious side surfaces. Being a strong lad, he has made the decision that he can’t rely on anyone else. One day he is plucked from his troubled life by a distant uncle in Scotland, who had never really been in touch before, or approved of his parents’ career. It’s when he arrives at the ‘family’ digs in Scotland that the tale starts to move into an exciting and original setting. We are embarking on his journey to discover his past and his future purpose.

The story describes his difficulties at his new school in Scotland, and of his meeting a mysterious girl, who joins him on his journey of discovery. Simon finds himself struggling with his long-term beliefs and doubts about his parents work, and the reality of his new surroundings. Part one has many interesting characters and ends at a point in Simon’s quest, which teases with the promise of exciting adventures ahead.

In a nutshell

This is an original spin on and age-old legend, which has me hooked. I will continue to read this series of four (I think) parts. Great job. Recommended for kids (and adults) who are fans of King Arthur  and Camelot with a twist.


Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


If you’re keen to know more, then click below to head on over to Ben’s website.

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Time Square | UFO – Paperback giveaway

TIME SQUARE | UFO follows our new favourite heroes from the first of the TIME SQUARE books as they embark on their first exciting mission. It’s brimming with great humour, quirky characters and plenty of edge-of-your seat action.  You won’t believe that so many twists and turns are in the one book.

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The effects of the Shift have caused havoc at Time Square. Time itself is in danger of imploding and Operation Slingshot has been activated to save the day. Team ELMR embark on their first mission to locate and rescue the first of the missing travellers.

To celebrate the release of TIME SQUARE | UFO in paperback, I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads. So, if you would like to be in the draw to win your own hot-off-the-press paperback copy of my newest adventure, click on the cover above or the link below to enter. But hurry, this giveaway only lasts for 10 days. You only have until 22nd October 2014. Don’t miss your chance to win a piece of history.

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Kids Movie Trailer | Home | 2015

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

HOME (2015)

When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.  (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


While you’re here, please check out my edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure books by clicking the pic below.

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Kids Movie Trailer | The Penguins of Madagascar | 2014

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (2014)

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


While you’re here, please check out my edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure books by clicking the pic below.

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TIME SQUARE | UFO – Released to an adoring world on Oct 1st

It’s a monumentally exciting day for a little author from down under. The second book of my new TIME SQUARE series, TIME SQUARE | UFO, is now on sale at Amazon all around this big world.

Not since man landed on the moon has a launch been so widely anticipated. It gives me goose bumps when I think of the billions of waiting fans who have almost certainly camped out for this book. Please help me celebrate by grabbing yourself (and everyone that you know) a copy, so that it races to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. According to my calculations it can be done, as long as enough people buy it. You could help me break all records and you may even be featured on the news, right in the middle of frenzied fans crowded around an Amazon website. I promise I’ll even say hi to you when I’m on EllenGood Morning America and the Today show.

TIME SQUARE | UFO follows our heroes from the first book as they embark on their first exciting mission. It’s brimming with great humour, quirky characters and plenty of edge-of-your seat action.  You won’t believe the twists and turns that are in this one.

TS - UFO - Final 2The effects of the Shift have caused havoc at Time Square. Time itself is in danger of imploding and Operation Slingshot has been activated to save the day. Team ELMR embark on their first mission to locate and rescue the first of the missing travellers.

  • Mission: ELMR-01
  • Date: 8-July-1947
  • Location: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America

Mission Brief: Readings indicate that the target traveller has possibly been captured by a brilliant, but eccentric, scientist who is investigating reports of extra-terrestrials that have crashed in the Roswell area. Due to this, it is essential that the target is located and rescued before he unwittingly reveals our secret. If the secret of time-travel is revealed to such a random mind, then it could spell disaster and have a huge impact on the world.


GRAB AN EBOOK COPY NOW, BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT!

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BIG NEWS – THE PAPERBACK WILL BE OUT SOON

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Then, jump over to my TIME SQUARE site to learn more exciting details about my popular TIME SQUARE series, which includes
TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT and TIME SQUARE | UFO.


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Kids Movie Trailer | Big Hero 6 | 2014

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

BIG HERO 6 (2014)

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


While you’re here, please check out my edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure books by clicking the pic below.

4 books

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