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The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Necklace


Janna walked into the bedroom and found Harmonie standing in front of the mirror. Harmonie, who was Aphrodite’s daughter, had the power to make people feel happy. But today, tears slid slowly down Harmonie’s cheeks. Janna saw that Harmonie was staring at her neck in the mirror.

“Where is your heart necklace?”

“I don’t know. I’ve looked everywhere. How will I reach my brother Eros without it?” The necklace had a spell on it, which allowed Harmonie to call Eros if she needed to see him.

The remaining Mystic Princesses, Catie, Coral and Breanna heard them talking and came into the bedroom. When Catie asked why Harmonie was crying, Janna told the others that Harmonie’s necklace was missing. They weren’t used to Harmonie being upset and wanted to help her.

“When did you last see your necklace?” Coral asked.

“Yesterday morning.”

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A Mystic Princesses Gift To You

I’ve set up a Giveaway on Facebook for people in the Continental United States who download The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool and review it. The rules are as follows:

The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool ebook is free 12/16/14 and 12/25/14 & 12/26/14.

Prize package:
1. Signed copy of The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool print book.
2.The Mystic Princesses tote bag as shown below.

Contest Rules:
1. Open to readers in the Continental United States.
2. A book review at least 5 sentences long must be posted on BOTH Amazon.com AND Goodreads.
3. The links for your reviews on Amazon.com and Goodreads must be posted in the Facebook thread on the event page, at http://on.fb.me/138AuxR.
4. Reviews must be dated between 12/16/14 and 1/31/15.
5. The winner will be chosen 2/1/15 using a random number generator.
6. No purchase necessary, as the ebook is free on the dates noted above.
7. The expiration date of the contest is to allow time to read and review the book.

Thank you!
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Odd Sock’s BIG Scottish Adventure by Melinda Kinsman

Odd Sock's BIG Scottish AdventureThe Mystic Princesses looked up from reading Odd Sock’s BIG Scottish Adventure to talk to PJ for a moment.

“PJ you have to take us hiking with you like Odd Sock went with M,” Janna said.

“Yes,” Breanna added. “Janna and I have seen mountains and waterfalls, but the others haven’t.”

“But first, you have to make sure and go over all the hiking rules with us like M does for Odd Sock,” Harmonie said a little cautiously. She was a city girl from New York and wasn’t sure about crossing rivers using just three ropes.

“Oh, and I forgot to say that I was happy when M explained the saying ‘take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints,'” Janna added. “I wish people would do that in my home, Yellowstone National Park.”

“We will be okay,” Coral said. “Just think of all the fun we could have if PJ were to take us on vacation the way M took Odd Sock.”

“Aren’t we supposed to go to Yellowstone some time?” Catie asked.

“Finish reading your book for now, and I’ll think of when to take you hiking,” PJ answered as she smiled at the girls.

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Little Green by Arnold Rudnick

Little Green

The Mystic Princesses are on a reading streak this week. They’ve just finished reading Little Green and are chattering away as normal.

Janna started the discussion by saying, “Any book with animals, fish and birds is cool!”

“I agree,” Coral said. “I liked it even though it was meant for younger children.”

Harmonie said, “Books teaching children self-acceptance and acceptance of others could help bring about peace.”

“Yes,” Catie added. “Children would know that everyone is important and has a place in our world.”

“And the book has beautiful pictures, too.” Breanna said.

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Book Blast: Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating this Book Blast on behalf of author Jourden Cleghorn who writes under the pen name of Teddy O’Malley.

Jourden was recently involved in a serious automobile accident resulting in severe injuries just days after her new book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy, was published in May 2014. The indie author community has come together to support this young author/illustrator during this challenging time. Please read below to see what you can do to help in a small way.

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Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy! by Teddy O’Malley

“PJ, we loved Destiny and Faith’s Summer Adventures,” Catie said. “But we read the books out of order. The first book is Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy! Please, please, please buy us that one, too!”

“You girls know that I love when you read. I’ll download it right now if you write a review as soon as you read it.”

“Okay. We promise,” Catie said as the girls hurried to get their ereader.

Destiny and Faith Twincentric Academy 5-18-14 8 PM EST“A school for twins is cool,” Janna said starting the conversation after the princesses read the book. “What did you think, Catie?”

“Destiny and Faith are bi-racial, and they still get to fit into the school because they are twins.”

“Yes, everyone wants to have friends,” Coral said. “I liked that they switched twins. How about you, Breanna?”

“I might have thrown a fireball near Jourdonna’s and Jourdana’s feet. They were so hateful!”

“You know you can’t do that!” Harmonie said. “Besides, you are missing the main point of the story. People need to learn to get along with other, even if they are different.

“I know. They just made me so mad,” Breanna said.

“Harmonie’s right,” Janna said to wrap up the discussion. “I want to read more books by Teddy O’Malley. Let’s find PJ and ask her to buy them for us.”

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Culloo by Murielle Cyr

CullooThe princesses read Culloo by Murielle Cyr today. It has created a discussion about cultural heritage and respect for the environment.

“I was sad that Tala’s and Dason’s father was missing,” Harmonie said.

“But, Tala did a great job taking care of her brother while they looked for their father,” Catie replied.

“I think they should have trusted their neighbor and asked for help,” Coral said.

“I don’t! She thought their neighbor would have them put in foster care,” Breanna stated as she st0mped her foot.

“I liked the message of conservation,” Janna added.

“I want to see the Culloo bird,” Catie said toward the end of the discussion. “It sounds scary, but fun.”

“Sometimes learning our cultural history is a little scary,” Harmonie replied. “I’d like to know more about mine.”


Culloo is an early reader chapter book that younger children will enjoy if you read with them.

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Butterflies: Miniature Beauties of the World by Reno’s Mom

Butterflies Miniature Beauties of the World What girl doesn’t like butterflies? The Mystic Princesses are in awe of Butterlies: Miniature Beauties of the World by Reno’s Mom.

“This book is magical,” Breanna said.

“Yes, it is so colorful,” Harmonie agreed.

“The butterflies are so beautiful.” Janna said softly. “They are like flying flowers.”

“You would say that,” Catie said teasingly to Janna. “I have to agree with you, though.”

“I’ve never seen anything like these pictures.” Coral said. “I want to see the butterflies like these in real life, too.”

“I’ll see what I can do about that,” Janna replied laughing.


Butterflies: Miniature Beauties of the World is a picture book written with a high level of information about butterflies. The princesses recommend that you read it with your children to help them with some of the concepts and vocabulary. It is very educational with fantastic illustrations.

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Sticks N’ Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela Burkhead

About the Book

Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+

Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.



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Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! by Christin Berger


coverfinal.inddExcitement is in the air. The princesses just read Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! by Christin Berger.

“What if one of us were the first female president?” Breanna asked.

“That would be so cool!” Janna replied.

“That’s a long time to wait,” Harmonie added.

“Yes, but I agree with what Jacqueline says,” Coral replied. “Girls can do anything they want to do.”

“And she has a boy for her Vice-President,” Catie said. “That’s because girls and boys should be treated equally.”

“We can dream of the day when a woman is president,” Janna said. “Or we can work to make it happen.”

“President Harmonie, come quick!” Coral teased. “Can you please help bring peace to the world?”


Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! is the second book in the Jacqueline picture book series aimed at empowering girls without denigrating boys. It is great for both young girls and boys.

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The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The Battle For Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The princesses finished reading The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff. It is the second book in the Princess Madeline series.

“Ooh, I liked this book even better than the first,” Harmonie said. “Because Princess Madeline learns more about her mother.”

“Well, I liked it because it talked about fire breathing dragons,” Breanna said.

“Of course, you’d like the dragon, since you throw fire balls,” Coral replied.

“I bet I could throw one at the dragon and make it leave the Kingdom of Soron alone,” Breanna added.

“Maybe that’s not the real answer,” Harmonie said quietly.

“I like these books so much, I think they should be made into movies!” Catie said.


The Battle for Princess Madeline is the second book in the Princess Madeline trilogy. It is a middle grade fairy tale that adults will love, as well. The princesses liked it so much, they recommended that PJ buy the series for her niece’s birthday present.

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Mrs. D’s Picture Books Blast

About the Books

Carlo the Mouse Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse by Mrs DTitle: Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse | Author: Mrs. D | Illustrator: Chanoa | Publication Date: October 21, 2013 | Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing | Number of pages: 33 | Recommended age: 4+

Summary: Grab your boots and hold on to your hat, because you are in for an exciting trip! The new series of Carlo the Mouse has been born. Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse is the first in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. Each book will give readers an entertaining look into the life of a little mouse born inside a hospital’s walls. Clever, curious, and very impatient, Carlo the mouse dreams of the world outside the hospital. His parents teach him how to follow the rules and how to survive on his own, but Carlo’s insatiable desire for adventure constantly gets him in trouble. Will the little adventurer manage to survive when he leaves home? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next books on Carlo the mouse. Let your imagination soar in this full series of Carlo’s adventures!


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Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore by Barbara Ann Mojica

Little Miss History Goes to Mount Rushmore by Barbara Ann MojicaThe princesses read Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore by Barbara Ann Mojica in school today. What did you read?

“History is so much more fun when you can relate to it,” Coral said.

“I think Little Miss History got her hiking boots at the same place as you, Janna,” Breanna teased.

“Hmm, they do look like mine,” Janna agreed. “But let’s get back to talking about the book.”

“Mount Rushmore is cool,” Harmonie said. “Let’s ask if we can go there sometime.”

“Hey, maybe when we go to Yellowstone, your mom will take us,” Catie said to Janna.

“They aren’t very close together,” Janna replied. “But she might take us, anyway.”

“Aren’t you going to say anything about the pictures, Catie?” Janna teased. “You are the art critic of the group.”

“I happen to love the pictures,” Catie replied. “Thanks for asking.”


Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is an educational picture book for both pre-school and young school aged children.

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Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm (Mr. Pish Educational Series) by K. S. Brooks

Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm by K. S. Brooks has generated a lively discussion in the Mystic Princess book club.

Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm by KS Brooks“Mr. Pish is so cute!” Janna exclaimed.

“I know. I want a dog like that,” Coral agreed. “I’ve never been able to have a dog since I’ve lived underwater most of my life.”

“Let’s get back to the book review,” Harmonie laughed.

“I love the format of the book,” Catie said.

“You would. You are the artist,” Breanna joked.

“I agree. It’s so original,” Janna added, defending Catie.

“Yes, the way Mr. Pish goes on a trip and sends postcards home that describe his adventure is a fun way to read,” Harmonie agreed.

“It is very entertaining and educational,” Catie said.


Mr. Pish goes to the Farm is a picture book for young children. But the Mystic Princesses think others will have fun reading it, as well.

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