Kyle and Corey and the Game-Story Mystery

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Kyle and Corey and the Game-Store Mystery

by Joe Stephens


GENRE:   Juvenile (or Y/A) fiction



Kyle & Corey Holley (15 and 12) live in Fairly Springs, a small southern beach town. Kyle is a budding engineer; Corey is impetuous, funny and sports-crazy. Like most brothers, they fight often, but they also solve crimes—like the rash of recent robberies around town. When Kyle and Corey investigate, they learn that in each robbery, the thieves stole a high-end desktop computer. Why? What are they looking for? And how soon till they find it? Other complications include Corey’s wheelchair-bound math tutor, Kyle’s after-school job in a local game store and a revolutionary new video game launching soon.

Kyle and Corey: Brothers. Best Friends. Detectives. They don’t go looking for trouble; it has them on speed dial!



That night at dinner, sitting at their comfortable round oak dining table at

home, Mrs. Holley said to Corey, “She thinks you’re a pathological liar.”

“He is a pathological liar,” Kyle said, helping himself to more mashed

potatoes and pouring a generous helping of brown gravy over them.

Corey, sitting across the table from him, glared over his plate of sliced roast

beef, steamed broccoli, and a smaller helping of mashed potatoes. “Liar is a

strong word. I know the difference between truth and a lie, you turd.”

“Corey!” his mother said in warning.

“Well, I do. I only lied at the end a little, when I said the whole thing was a


“I know,” Mrs. Holley said. “Ms. Morrison hasn’t lived here long enough to

know what happened this summer.”

“That’s why I did it. If she’d thought it was really true, she’d have asked all

kinds of questions and probably made me write a whole other paper. She’s that


Mrs. Holley looked affectionately at her younger son. Corey had a knack for

picking out the essential personality traits in everyone he met, almost instantly.

He knew things about people after a ten-minute conversation that took therapists

months to root out.

Her husband Donald was proud of Kyle for his math and science abilities, his

kind and forgiving nature, his loyalty to friends and his gift for taking raw

materials and turning them into something new and unexpected. He was proud

of Corey for his people smarts, his vivid personality, and his natural ability as an

athlete. “I wouldn’t trade either of ‘em for a million bucks,” he told his wife

often, and she always answered, “Wait till someone makes you an offer.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

JOE STEPHENS has been a fan of boys’ adventure books all his life, and in

this, his first series book, he’s created two boys as memorable as Frank and Joe

Hardy. He has a background in education and has also visited more than thirty

countries while pursuing his passion for scuba diving. He lives in Georgetown

with his growing family and three thoroughly spoiled cats.

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My Review

Kyle & Corey love to go looking for trouble, and they find plenty of it in the Game Story Mystery. The older brother, Kyle, gets really good grades in school and Corey loves playing baseball. They both love video games and Kyle even gets a part-time job in the local game store. He wonders why so many kids at school were fired after just working there for a short time.

Kyle starts to feel like something there might be illegal. He becomes even more curious when a string of burglaries come to their normally-peaceful town. Corey and Kyle have a history of trying to solve mysteries in their town, and now they begin their own investigation. They even try to get information from the police chief.

After another school-mate is brutally attacked by the burglars, Kyle decides to set a trap and try to catch the criminals. He thinks he knows who they are, but is he right? Could he be in danger? The reader will be in for quite a few surprises in this suspense-filled book for juveniles and young adults.

You’ll find 2-3 mild curse words. This is well-written and a real page-turner that young people will enjoy.

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100 Ways In 100 Days To Teach Your Baby Maths

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100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths: The world is full of maths, and your baby is full of curiosity.

Let your baby lead the way as you explore the wonderful world of maths together through 100 daily activities, stories, and songs.

No flashcards, no worksheets, no right or wrong, and no maths anxiety.

Within this 100-day maths journey, you will discover:

* Maths ability on entry to school is a strong predictor of later achievement, double that of literacy skills.

* Babies seem to be born with an amazing number sense.

* Parents have the power to show their babies that maths is enjoyable and not something to be anxious about.

* Babies can enjoy maths activities while boosting other areas of development.

* The best time to start enjoying maths is in infancy.

What about the effect of gender, culture, sleep, diet—even the type of pushchair you buy? 100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths holds the answers.

“…use this book. It really will be worth it.” – Tony Attwood, founder, The Dyscalculia Centre“I loved reading this book. The approach is imaginative but also tied to everyday life, making the holistic integration of a maths-friendly parenting style something natural rather than forced.” –“The simple and well-researched activities and advice ensure that everyone can give their children the best start in life.” – National Numeracy

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Author Emma Smith

Author Bio – Emma Smith is a Fellow of The Institute of Actuaries and a Chartered Accountant. She is a double academic prize winner with a First Class Maths degree and a lifelong lover of maths. She has worked freelance as an actuarial exam counsellor, an assistant examiner, and a writer. Her front-cover articles include “Your Baby is a Genius!” in Baby London Magazine. While writing, Emma is ably assisted by her dog, Button, her daughter’s cat, Princess Marshmallow, and her son’s cat, Squeezy Paws.

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The Single Dad’s Holiday Match

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The Single Dad’s Holiday Match

Author Tanya Agler

Publisher Harlequin Heartwarming

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‘Tis the season… For unexpected love!

Officer Jonathan Maxwell is just as devoted to his job as he is to his two young daughters, leaving zero time for a social life. Until he meets Brooke Novak. The newly hired community center director is a single parent, too, and also part of his latest investigation. Jonathan needs Brooke’s help if he’s going to close his case by Thanksgiving…but she might be the biggest distraction from keeping his mind on his job.

My Review

Although not a terribly long book, it’s filled with adventure and love. The beautiful cover shows a pose that gives the reader a glimpse of what they’ll find in this romance. But this love story has two main characters that have a very hard time getting together.

The policeman, Jonathan Maxwell, has a lot of grief to deal with. His two daughters are keeping him busy, since his wife died in a car accident. He loves his job, but is determined not to let his job be more important than this family. Brooke Novak has had a very hard road and doesn’t want to be hurt again. She’s not always trusting because of her past.

She’s taken a new job in a new small town, managing a community center. She’s put herself fully into making it a success and a center that really makes the community a better place. With a 6-month trial contract, she’s under tremendous pressure to be perfect. But, what happens next could destroy her dream.

She finds signs of criminal activity happening right in the center and contacts the police. Jonathan is given the case and the two of them do everything they can to find the culprit. As the case takes many twists and turns, there are signs that even Brook’s son could be a suspect. If he’s involved, the romance between Jonathan and Brooke would be doomed. Can love shine through all the darkness of these circumstances? Or will this new beginning be over for Brooke?

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Circumvent Blog & Review Tour

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Circumvent by S. K. Derban, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Circumvent Title: Circumvent Author: S. K. Derban Publisher: TouchPoint Press Release Date: November 9, 2017 Genre: Clean Ready Mystery When perfection turns to panic an isolated couple must learn:“For we walk by faith, not by sight…” Imagine living in a quaint, beach-front cottage on the Hawaiian island of Maui. You have an amazing job, combined with the pleasure of working from home. Lunch breaks become a daily picnic on the sand. Dessert is always included because of your marriage to a famous pastry chef. Life could not be any better. Or so it seems… French-born, Nikki Sabine Moueix travels to Hawaii for a special work assignment, but the job of writing an article about a famous Swiss pastry chef generates more than a magazine piece. They fall in love, get married, and Nikki Moueix becomes Mrs. Ruggiero Delémont. When another assignment calls for Nikki to spend three weeks in France, Ruggiero’s schedule prevents him from joining her. She travels alone, advancing straight into danger. After a threatening confrontation, Nikki wakes up in a French hospital with no knowledge of her past. After she fails to check in, Ruggiero panics and pushes for an immediate investigation. But as he closes in, Nikki’s new found friend moves her to another city. It becomes a game of hide and seek with Nikki as the prize. CIRCUMVENT allows readers to form a bond with Nikki as they yearn for her to remember. They will cheer for Ruggiero and his relentless determination to locate his beloved wife. This is a story about two people who never lose their faith in God, and find amazing friends to help them along the way. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub


S.K. Derban

S.K. Derban resides with her husband in Southern California. Although born in the United States she moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the Second World War. Her British mother was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. After returning to the United States, Derban’s life remained filled with a love of the theatre, and a passion for British murder mysteries.

S.K. Derban’s personal travel and missionary escapades are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters. Readers are often transported virtually across the globe. She has traveled to Hong Kong on five separate occasions to smuggle Bibles into China, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips. Derban’s other adventures include visits to Bangkok, Greece, Egypt, Italy, and the Caribbean. Beginning with her faith in the Lord, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life when writing. She hopes her books will allow readers to go on holiday without having to pack!

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Ruggiero checked the copy of Nikki’s itinerary, gripped the receiver, and dialed the telephone number for her airline. Then, after pressing a series of number commands, an automated voice instructed him to hold for the next available representative. While waiting, Ruggiero opened the refrigerator door and withdrew a bottle of spring water.

He sipped and paced for at least ten minutes before a live agent finally answered. Then, it took less than two minutes to be cut short. Under no circumstances was passenger information available to the general public. Ruggiero stood motionless as the drone of the dial tone sounded in his ear.


(4) winners will receive a signed copy of Circumvent and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Circumvent JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 27, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on October 4, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Little Giants Book Tour

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reading a short collection of biographies about Hispanic women and the impact they made in the world!

By Raynelda Calderon

LITTLE GIANTS: 10 HISPANIC WOMEN WHO MADE HISTORY, Juvenile Biography, Cavena Press, Inc., 64 pp.

Little Giants: 10 Hispanic Women Who Made History is a short collection of biographies about Hispanic women and the impact they made in the world. Some of the women featured in this book are iconic figures such as ballet dancer Alicia Alonso; others are less known heroines such as indigenous leader Dolores Cacuango, founder of the first bilingual school in Ecuador. Beautiful illustrations accompany the text to bring these women to life and inspire the young generation of readers to be leaders tomorrow.

This book is a great resource to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reading about the history and accomplishments of these courageous women and their contributions in Latin America.


“This is what every Hispanic household needs. Finally a powerful book that we can share with our next generation ( and even adults).” – Amazon reviewer

Alicia Alonso

International Ballet Legend

Can you imagine being a dancer and going almost blind all of a sudden? How would you dance if you could barely see? This is what happened to Alicia Alonso, one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.

Born in Havana, Cuba on December 21, 1922, Alicia began to dance when she was only nine years old, and she made her first presentation in the ballet Sleeping Beauty. At 16, she moved to New York, where she started to be well-known and praised

as a rising ballet star.

Just when her career was starting to take off, Alicia began having sight problems when the retinas of her eyes detached. She underwent surgery to correct the problem and was ordered to spend three months in bed. Can you imagine being in bed for three months without being able to move?

When the blindfolds were removed, Alicia was disappointed that the operation had not worked and she still could not see. Determined not to give up, she underwent a second surgery, again without success. After these two failed surgeries, the doctors gave up and told her that she would never be able to completely see again. Alicia felt very sad. How was she going to be able to dance?

Instead of accepting the medical diagnosis, Alicia went to Cuba to undergo a third surgery; this time, she was ordered to rest for an entire year! During that time, she was not supposed to move her head, laugh, cry, or eat anything hard. She had to lie completely still, like a corpse!

When at last Alicia was able to move again, she returned to New York. Although she had not yet fully recovered, she accepted the lead role in a famous production called Giselle. Her performance was a success! Although she would eventually regain her sight, she could mostly see shadow.

Alicia became one of the best dancers in history. She danced in the most famous ballets of the world and won many awards, such as the coveted Dance Magazine Award. She became a prima ballerina assoluta, a rare honor given only to the very best ballerinas. 

Raynelda Calderon grew up in the Dominican Republic, on a healthy diet of romance novels, comic strips, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books, and the strict watch of her mother. She has a doctorate in leadership in higher education and works as a public librarian.

As a librarian, working with children inspires her to write about the accomplishments of Hispanics in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions.

Raynelda lives in New York with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.

You can visit her website at Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Journey To The Moon Blog Tour

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Journey to the Moon by Ed Goodwin

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107 pages

Children’s Fiction – age 9 – 12 years

Fantasy, reality and humour are blended in three adventures. 
Nothing is as it seems as two young girls go to the moon, present a unique style of Punch and Judy and try to look after a unicorn.
In ‘Journey to the Moon’, with the help of a possibly over-optimistic dad and practical mum, two young sisters make their dream visit to the moon and back despite numerous setbacks. 
In ‘Punch and Judy’ the question of what would happen if violence was banned in Punch and Judy shows is explored. In the story ‘Unicorn Tale’, looking after a unicorn presents more challenges than expected, especially when it disappears into a dream world.

My Review

One of the best parts of being a young child is the vivid imagination they possess. Imagination can turn any object into a magical thing and any day into an unforgettable one. The two young sisters in the book, Suzy and Connie, live a life filled with the unlimited adventures of imagination.

In this book, the reader will discover three charming stories. Each story involves Suzy, Connie, and their parents, who live in a village outside of Nottingham, England. The little girls are typical sisters. They sometimes argue, and always want things that they can’t have. Their parents go the extra mile to help them have a very special childhood.

The first story is my favorite of the three. In Journey to the Moon, the little girls want to take a trip to the moon. After telling them over and over that it’s impossible for children to go the moon, the girls don’t give up asking. What could parents do? You’ll love the story and the lengths the parents will go to embrace their daughters’ imaginations.

Punch and Judy might be better understood by British readers, but most of us know a little bit about the classic puppet duo. This story is cute and shorter than the other two.

Unicorn Tale will be a favorite with children because….unicorns! I love how these stories are fun for adults to read and not even they can’t tell how the story will end. I plan to read these stories to my grandchildren when they get a little bit older. These will be perfect for bedtime stories and I plan to read a chapter each night until the book is finished. I know that they’ll beg me to read more.

Author, Ed Goodwin

Ed Goodwin is a retired IT project manager who lives in Coventry. He is a chess coach working with schoolchildren and adults. He also helps blind and partially sighted people to use computers and in creative writing classes. During the first Covid lockdown his five young grandchildren were his inspiration to start writing and recording children’s stories. Ed is also a keen but slow runner, having completed five half marathons. 

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