Weekend Links: Past Book Adventures Worth Revisiting (Part 2)

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It’s time for Weekend Links and OH, what a busy week it’s been. So much going on at JIAB and so much on the way.

I’ve been in the mood lately to look back on past posts here at JIAB and let me tell you; it’s like visiting old friends! I am so blessed to be able to review and “jump into” amazing children’s books while encouraging families to pull books off of shelves and stories off of pages.

Last weekend I had so much fun sharing my past  Past Book Adventures Worth Revisiting that I thought I would do it again! This is my opportunity to take moment this weekend to re-share some of the older, but still wonderful, book reviews that I have created. These books are unique, inspiring and something that is a “must read” for families. The accompanying crafts and activities have been a hit too!


Creepy Castles and Dark Dungeons: Haunted Histories

Back in 2013, my dear friend Marilyn Scott Waters has teamed up with J. H. Everett and created a fun book for middle readers called Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces! Here’s my review PLUS an in-depth answer to the question, “What is gruel?”


Holes by Louis Sachar (And some Holes-inspired Activities)

Holes is my favorite Louis Sachar book. The history of Kate Barlow and Stanley’s great-great grandfather woven into the story brings a new dimension to a children’s chapter book. He gives children the ability to make connections between history and Stanley Yelnat’s story. He pulls you into the harsh conditions of Camp Green Lake and keeps you captivated with the mystery surrounding it. None of the camps I ever went to had buried treasure. I read this with my mom when I was ill. It’s not just a story for kids, but for kids and parents to enjoy together.

Cootie Catcher Nickname Generator

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms BookJump Adventure review can be found HERE. Ten year old Stuart stumbles on a note daring him to find his great-uncle’s hidden workshop full of wonderful mechanisms, trickery, and magic.



“I have to go away, and I may not be able to get back. If I don’t return, then my workshop and all it contains is yours if you can find it- then you’re the right sort of boy to have it.


Your Uncle Tony

P.S. Start in the telephone booth on Main Street.

The Thief Lord Book Review & Activities

Set in Venice, Italy, this magical tale took us on a whirlwind visit to a mysterious and unknown destination.

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the “Thief Lord.” Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.-Goodreads


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is yet another amazing book I review and I have to say, the book extension activities I created are pretty amazing as well.

Lynne Farrell Stover has written a simply wonderful extension activity guide for Librarysparks. 

Inkheart Library Lessons

What “edgy” fun and intriguing books have YOU discovered this week?

****Some of these links are affiliate links. That means if you click and buy, I may get a very small commission. This money goes towards postage and supplies to keep books and ideas in the hands of young readers!

The day has come! The much-anticipated release of Ascension by Hannah Rials is finally HERE!

Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.


Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.

What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit

This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F

The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B


Grab your copy of Ascension HERE and visit Hannah on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.

A Happy 100th Birthday! A National Parks Booklist and More

Happy Birthday to our National Parks! 100 years ago on August 25th, the National Parks were created to preserve the unique and wild areas of this vast and beautiful country. Author Terry Tempest Williams says, “Our national parks are memory palaces where our personal histories reside.” No truer statement can be said as my family […]

Creating a Hero’s Journey Activity for Kids

Recently I reviewed a wonderful book from author Alexis York Lombard called  The Conference of the Birds. Inside this inspiring tale, virtues such as humility, patience, detachment from our worldly goods, and courage are taught and shared through beauty, kindness and encouragement. This book is a fantastic teaching tool regardless of one’s race or religion in […]

Naked Birds? Feathers for Peacock by Jacqueline Jules

Feathers for Peacock by Jacqueline Jules book review and Extension Activities Did you know that birds used to not have feathers? They used to be naked, while all the other animals got to walk around with fur–how is that fair? So they decide to talk to the full moon, who is supposed to be wise […]

Weekend Links: Past Book Adventures Worth Revisiting

It’s time for Weekend Links and OH, what a busy week it’s been. So much going on at JIAB and so much on the way. I’ve been in the mood lately to look back on past posts here at JIAB and let me tell you; it’s like visiting old friends! I am so blessed to […]

The Conference of the Birds review and a look at Sufi Poetry

This month I seem to have an unintentional “bird book-theme” going on! But, I really like it. Birds are both beautiful and mysterious and are often rooted in many legends and children’s fables. But some, like Moonbird, are just fascinating in their normal state. Recently I review Jacqueline Jules’ new book Feathers for Peacock; an […]

2nd Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Giveaway!

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Giveaway and KidLit TV is teaming up with Pragmatic Mom, Jump into a Book, Franticmommy, The Educators Spin On It, What We Do All Day, Teach Mama, and Multicultural Children’s Book Day to give parents, teachers, and librarians in need, a chance to win a multicultural book bundle for their school library. Libraries play an important role in everyone’s […]

Weekend Links: Have You Been Reading Kids’ Classics?

For the past 6 months I’ve been embarking on a personal mission to revisit and re-review some of the many children’s classic books that have graced the shelves of my bookcase for many moons. The desire to do this prompted me to created a monthly re-occurring campaign called #ReadKidsClassics (search this hashtag on Twitter and […]

Notable Women- Celebrating Nature with a Nicola Davies Booklist

****Some of these links are affiliate links. That means if you click and buy, I may get a very small commission. This money goes towards postage and supplies to keep books and ideas in the hands of young readers! I’ve been having so much fun sharing my Notable Women series with readers here at JIAB! […]

#ReadKidsClassics- Heidi

Hello reading friends! As you know I am a huge fan of the classics and have been sharing that love here at Jump into a Book in my reoccurring series #ReadKidsClassics.  This year, I’d like to discover, and even re-discover, even more classics and I thought it might be fun if I delved into a favorite classic […]

Weekend Links: Bite-Sized Reading Tricks That Keep Kids Inspired

Welcome to Weekend Links! This is my favorite part of the week because I get to share the goodies, finds and resources that I have discovered over the course of the week during my online travels. This week, I want to focus on a unique idea when it comes to reading; simplify. Simplify as in; […]

The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein Book Review

In the wonderful book, The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein, the young boy living in the mountains of Tibet lived a wonderful life of flying kites, hard work, a loving family, and peace. When he died, which is the natural progression of life, he rose into the sky where he was given the choice […]