The same stuff as stars by Katherine Paterson

Hi everyone, this next post features a lovely book I found by a happy accident. Acclaimed Newbery medalist Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia had always been a favourite read of mine growing up as a child, so when I saw her name linked to this one, I had to read it. If you’re like me and enjoyed her award-winner of a read, then you’ll love this one too!!

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Hi everyone, this next review post is on a book that had a profound impact on my life. I was at a crossroads and after completing this book I found myself wanting to find a ‘happiness project’ of my own. If you want to know how to start one for yourself, have a read of my review below.

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A million ways home by Dianna Dorisi-Winget

Hi everyone, welcome to the first week of September. The title I selected for this week was one that reduced me to tears when I read it. Filled with heart, courage and ….well…you’re just going to have to continue and start reading the review to find out the rest!!

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Welcome to September

Hello everyone and welcome to the month of September!! The spring thaw is slowly melting the cold days down into warmer ones here in Auckland. Along with changes in the weather, the selections for my blog are in a state of transition. To find out more, press the button below…

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Growing up a Buddhist abroad

Hi everyone, I thought I’d take this month to fill you all in about my faith: Buddhism. It sort of ties in with kindness and compassion; so I’m going to try my best to describe how I grew up as one in the 1980’s and 90’s in another country, and how I continue to practise it everyday…

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Fish in a tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Hi everyone, this next read moved me in many ways. It tells the story of one young girl’s journey through the depths of middle school as she struggles with her dyslexia and finds a way to accept herself as others see her. I hope this read touches you the way it did me…

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Six extra stories on kindness

banner shaoed image. middle large image of five children in silhouette holding hands with orange sun behind them. top three images parts of book covers. top left part of roof and Because of You in white. top middle kids walking with dog in woods. top right blue sky and mockingbird in black. bottom left part of image of girl with arms outstretched. bottom middle white writing Stella by Starlight dark blue starry sky. bottom right bowl with orange goldfish and The Fourteenth Goldfish cramped under it.

Hi everyone, this extra post includes six titles that I really enjoyed reading. A few have even awards for their story and writing. For me, the young protagonists here embody all that falls under the umbrella of kindness and compassion. Without sounding too preachy…I would encourage you and your tween to check out the post below and start talking about what kindness means to you…

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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Hi everyone, this week’s post is actually a Newbery Honor medalist!! When I first read it, and promptly completed reading, I thought it would win something and I was right!! Set in the shadows of both World Wars in Pennsylvania, this read takes the reader on an emotional journey and well…why don’t you just read the rest to find out…

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The power of harmony by Jan L. Coates

Hi everyone, welcome to my first post for this new month. In this read I’ll be asking you to delve into the not-so-distant past and travel to a region of this world that I would like to travel to someday: Canada. I had read this title a few years ago but the message it gave out still remains in my heart. Check out the post below if this interests you…

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