Had I known this review was out there, I would have shared much sooner! I edited this book with Tim Shoemaker. It was the book that got me hired at Zondervan. Tim and Code of Silence were originally acquired by Kathleen Kerr, then read by YA editor Jacque Alberta. When I called to talk to Tim about the edits, I first told him, “You’ve had the benefit of three authors working on this!” Then I said, “Do you have time? You might want to sit down…”
The result? Code of Silence was named one of the Top Ten Mysteries for Youth its pub year. Code of Silence and the next two books in the series all received starred Booklist reviews.
Don’t take my word for it. You can look at the other reviews. And the books speaks for themselves. Look for more on the creation of this story in upcoming Slush Pile stories on ChildressInk.com.
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Books by Tim Shoemaker
Books Everyone Should Read
One of the reasons I launched ChildressInk.com was to share books that couldn’t fit in Girls’ Life. Space is so limited, and there are simply too many great books–which is why I don’t write negative reviews. Anything you see listed on my sites are some of what I consider the best in new releases, or all-around great books.
Juliette and I put in many late nights to get this done in time.
Perhaps one of the greatest blessings in the editing profession is you really get to know someone. Editing a person’s work is editing a part of that writer. When a writer shares a story, he or she is putting out a part of themselves for the world to see, and that’s scary.
Breathe, Pray, Give: Dr. Alice’s Guide to the Universe
Okay, that’s my title for the bits of wisdom I have learned over the past ten years from my friend and counselor, Dr. Alice. She has guided and mentored me and many others in so many ways, that they can never be counted. She has helped me through many of the Murphy’s Law Moments in my life, as well as the normal chaos that comes with life, work, marriage, parenting four children, and all the unexpected (such as falling off a longboard–see previous post).
To me, she is one of the wisest, godliest, kindest women I have ever met, and I thank God for bringing her into my life. May her wisdom be spread. But as she would say, “It’s all from God.”
Today’s wisdom from Dr. Alice:
“Practical Suggestions for Teaching Moments”
Each of these ideas can enhance the life of you and your teen.
1. Keep your promises: Let your word be your honor! Keeping a promise that you made is one of the ways you demonstrate integrity and the value you place on your relationship with your teen.
Big Magic for Little Hands, by Joshua Jay
Have you ever been to a magic show and thought, “Wow, I could never do these!” This book tells kids just like you how to do tricks at your house.” From Laurel C., age 10.
Big Magic for Little Hands came in the mail, and my 10-year-old daughter picked it up, read through it, and started doing easy tricks with string, which she proceeded to share with everyone in the house, then with the neighbors, and today she took it to school. I’d say that’s pretty big magic.
Kid friendly and accessible
Develops public speaking skills
Encourages interest in science and how things work
On sale November 4, 2014
Big Magic for Little Hands: 25 Astounding Illusions for Young Magicians
by Joshua Jay
Workman Publishing, $19.95
Take a look at the latest ChildressInk.com updates, including an interview with author, Christa Kinde.