Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: The Hunt Is On!


Excellent guessing, Riddlers! Friday, Lizzy's review will take us on a scavenger hunt, so stay tuned! See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

A list to find hidden treasures. You're the sleuth in these endeavors. You'll search for things all around- up in trees, underground. Perhaps behind an ancient wall or stuffed inside a wardrobe drawer. Once you've got a clue in mind, seek, and you shall find. 

What am I referring to? Answer: Scavenger Hunt! 


Fairday's Riddles: Volume I 
Make time to riddle and rhyme!

62 original riddles and illustrations
Available in all e-book formats

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday's Riddle: What Are You Looking For?


Hello, Riddlers! It's good to be back! We've had some fun in the sun, and now I've got my riddle hat on. Can you guess our theme this week? The DMS has a lot of experience on these types of missions- we were recently put to the test in the case of The Talking Library- keep an eye out for clues about the next mystery, coming this October! ; ) ~ F
  
A list to find hidden treasures. You're the sleuth in these endeavors. You'll search for things all around- up in trees, underground. Perhaps behind an ancient wall or stuffed inside a wardrobe drawer. Once you've got a clue in mind, seek, and you shall find.

What am I referring to? Stop by Wednesday for the answer.

I gave you a clue!


Monday, June 26, 2017

BREAK FOR SUMMER FUN!


The DMS is taking time off for summer fun. We'll be popping in on social media and visiting our friends around the book block. Fairday's Riddles and Lizzy's Book Review will resume once we've returned. We look forward to hearing from you!



We'll be back in full swing at the end of July with more stories and clues about the next book in the Fairday Morrow series, The Talking Library, coming this fall! So, stay tuned.  

In the meantime, if you're looking for a good book to read, stop by our Book Review Index and check out Lizzy's middle grade reviews, Margo's Musings: children's picture books, as well as a few interesting surprises!

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See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ DMS


Authors, Stephanie Robinson & Jessica Haight 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mysterious Fire in Hartford!

In the summer of 1944, people near Hartford, Connecticut were excited to attend the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which was coming to town. Being distracted for a couple of hours by entertainers and animals was just what people thought they needed. Unfortunately, a massive fire broke out and tragedy struck. What happened as a result of the fire was a lesson for the Ringling Brothers and the local emergency department. Reading this narrative nonfiction book about a true event that happened not far from where I live really hit home. My heart broke thinking about all the people and animals trapped inside the tent. Fire isn't the only damage to worry about during an emergency, when people don't stay calm- more people get hurt. Have you ever heard of the Hartford Circus fire of 1944? 

I discovered Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth on Rosi’s blog; The Write Stuff. I was lucky enough to win a copy of the book. The story intrigued me because I live a state away from Connecticut and had never heard of the fire (or any other circus fire for that matter). Reading about the mystery that surrounded not only how the fire started, but what happened to the people lost during the tragedy, peaked my interest. I was shocked to learn that the pieces of the puzzle were never put together, and the exact cause of the fire, along with a list of all the people who died, have yet to be determined. Each chapter was filled with careful research. The photos made the story even more real. Although the book includes information that's horrific, it's based on true events, and none of the details are gory; they're just sad. When we understand things that went wrong in history, and how common sense and safety precautions weren't in place, we can be thankful for lessons learned. This was my first book by Laura A. Woollett, but I plan to read more by this author!

Have you read Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth? Or have you read another book by Laura A. Woollett? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~L

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: A Trip to the City...


Excellent guessing, Riddlers! Friday, Lizzy's review will take us on a trip to Hartford. So stay tuned, because Connecticut really is full of surprises! See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

Capitol of the Constitution State, sprinkle nutmeg on your plate. A charter hidden in white oak, kept secret from a bloke. History stamps its free mark, take a stroll through Bushnell Park. A city rises, topped in gold; here safety nets are sold. 

Where am I referring to? Answer: Hartford, Connecticut



Fairday's Riddles: Volume I 
Make time to riddle and rhyme!

62 original riddles and illustrations
Available in all e-book formats