Wednesday, December 31, 2014


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 About the Books

Book 1: The Secret Sisters Club

The Secret Sisters Club - coverTitle: The Secret Sisters Club (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 1)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: March 18, 2012
Publisher: True West Publishing
Pages: 238
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13

Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs want to be sisters. Tillie’s divorced mom plus Ginnie’s widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters.’
Before long, Ginnie suspects Tillie has turned ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her dead mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about … until Dad takes the journals away.

Your middle aged students, especially girls, will love the adventures of Ginnie as they turn the pages of The Secret Sisters Club.  Ginnie's full of life and action.  Her fiesty ways and shenanigans sometimes get her in more trouble then expected, but she always manages to escape real danger.  The story is entertaining, engaging and interwinded with good values and lessons for all.  You couldn't ask for a better book read for tweenies. 

Book 2: Trouble Blows West

Trouble Blows West - coverTitle: Trouble Blows West (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 2)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: April 13, 2012
Publisher: True West Publishing
Pages: 234
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13

Book Summary: Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. Ginnie is certain that defending her twin brother from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do, but she soon finds out she couldn’t be more wrong.
Bullies don’t like being embarrassed by girls at school—especially when they are being abused at home. When Ginnie figures out Pierce’s awful secret, she switches gears and decides to be his ally, because he won’t let her be his friend.

If you want a book that deals with real life problems then Trouble Blows West it the book for you.  The author writes this realistc fiction with tweenies in mind and their problems they face...bullying is the theme of this middle schoolers chapter book.  The characters will find their way into your heart as the story unfolds.  There's always mounds of adventure to unfold where Ginnie West is concerned. Don't get blown away by all the trouble Ginnie gets into. 

Book 3: Simply West of Heaven

Simply West of Heaven by Monique BuchegerTitle: Simply West of Heaven (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 3)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: True West Publishing
Pages: 288
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13

Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. They schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom. Then Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom’s journals, making life totally awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals.
Ginnie is counting on Tillie’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. When a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers, Ginnie is torn between helping her BFF and having her questions answered.

Book 4: Being West is Best

Being West is Best - coverTitle: Being West is Best (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 4)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: April 19, 2014
 Publisher: True West Publishing |
Pages: 350
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13

Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-birth-father puts in an appearance after a six year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can.
Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.”

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About the Author: Monique Bucheger

Author picture MoniqueWhen Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, sons-in-law, and adorable grandchildren, cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventures series, picture book, Popcorn, and plans to write plenty more.

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About the Illustrator: Mikey Brooks

Mikey BrooksMikey Brooks is an author/illustrator that specializes in children’s art. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Trouble with Bernie and Bean’s Dragons. He is the illustrator of several picture books such as Popcorn by Monique Bucheger, Bongo Flo by Carolyn Quist, and Lucius and the Christmas Star by Jim Long. He is the author of The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis, The Stone of Valhalla the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. You can find more about him and his books at:
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