Friday, January 16, 2015

Best Books for Kids - book suggestions!

Looking for more to read? Check out my lists of Best Books for Kids, my kids own kids favorite books over on my E.S. Ivy blog, at

If you've just read the Miri Attwater books, a good place to start would be the list of the Best Books for Girls in 3rd Grade or the list of Best Books for Girls in 4th Grade.

Give some of them a try and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Miri eBooks 1 & 2 Both Free One Day Only

For one day only, Book 1 - Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret - and Book 2 - Miri Attwater All That Glitters - are both free in the kindle store. Today only!

All that Glitters will have a few more free days, but it's the last day for Ocean's Secret. So pick them both up now while you can!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Is a Kindle going to be in your child's stocking? It's never too soon to start adding free ebooks to your account so they'll have lots of cool stuff to read right away.

Trip to Grandmother's house? Keep them busy reading on the long trip over the river and through the woods.

For a limited time, the Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret ebook edition is free on Kindle!

This new ebook kindle edition has been restructured to match the chapter structure of book 2, Miri Attwater and All that Glitters, but it's still the same great story. It will match the print edition of Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret. Amazon no longer makes updated versions available to previous purchasers, but you can do so during this free promotion. If you already have Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret, I'm not sure if it will load along-side the original copy or if it will replace it. If it replaces it, please note that you will lose your notes and reading location in the book.

This free fun through Kindle is only 5 days, so don't miss picking up your free copy of Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret!

Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret
Free on Kindle for a limited time!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mermaid Party Ideas

It would be fun to have a mermaid birthday party or a Mother-Daughter book club meeting where you read a mermaid book. (Hint: Like Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret!) Here are a bunch of mermaid party food, craft, decoration, and party favor ideas to get you started!

mermaid party ideas

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret featured on blog, What We Do All Day

I'm so excited that What We Do All Day has featured Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret

There are lots of great crafts and other great books, too. So if you're looking for some "cool" fun for this summer when you can't actually get wet or just looking for a great read, head on over and check it out!

While you're there, look around for other great ideas for books and things to do. If you enjoyed Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret, you might enjoy the chapter books from the list of Favorite Dragon Chapter and Picture books. There are some good ones in there!

Friday, April 4, 2014

An ad trial...

On Saturday, an ad for Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret will be appearing in the Fussy Librarian's Newsletter. The Fussy Librarian's Newsletter,, lets you choose from 40 genres and select your content preference such as the amount of violence and emails you daily deals.

The Ocean's Secret is still in Amazon Kindle Select, which means you can borrow it through Amazon Prime. It will remain there until mid-June. (Miri Attwater and All the Glitters was also in Kindle select for a short period of time. Borrowed books, even when removed from new borrows, will remain available to anyone who borrowed it previously, so long as they maintain their Prime membership.) After that, both books will go back up at other retailers. I really like having the books more widely available.

~ Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

As I explained in my last two posts, further research about cleaner fish led me to make a correction to one scene in Miri Attwater and All That Glitters. Here's the corrected excerpt.

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Miri Attwater and All That Glitters

Excerpt from Chapter 9, Better than a Bathtub

Miri followed Fisk to the very edge of Kai Kaona, out past the kelp fields. Next to the cavern wall there was a sea turtle doing the oddest thing. It was standing on its head. Not only that, yellow tangs and another type of fish that was black with an orange ring around its eye, a gold-ring surgeonfish, were swarming all over it.

“Don’t those fish annoy the turtle?” asked Miri.

“Naw, they’re cleaner fish. See all that green stuff on the turtle’s shell? That’s algae growing on it. The fish are eating it off.”


“Yeah, you know, tiny single-celled plants. Actually, it’s more like seaweed, because seaweed is algae. It’s just multicellular algae, meaning it’s made up of multiple cells. Get it? Multiple cells, multicellular algae. Unlike the algae that’s growing on you. That’s colonial —”

“Wait!” Miri interrupted him. “You mean I’ve got algae growing on me?” Algae was that green scum that grew on ponds. “How disgusting!”

“It’s no big deal. Algae grows on everything around here. You have to clean it off every once in a while. This is the perfect way,” said Fisk.

Oh great. As if living at the bottom of the ocean where everything was damp and fishy wasn’t bad enough, now algae was growing on her. And she was supposed to let slimy fish nibble on her to get rid of it? Yuck! She pulled back.

“Oh, come on,” said Fisk. “They won’t hurt you.”

Well, if it was the only way to get rid of the algae she’d have to give it a try. She made herself swim up slowly to get a better look when – below, on the edge of her vision – she spotted a gray, triangular, fin. She felt a shock and jerked back, screaming loud enough to pop her talking gum bubble and twirled around to high tail it out of there.

Fisk grabbed her hand to stop her. “Ziggady! They’re just fish.”

Miri looked down nervously to make sure the shark wasn’t chasing her. It wasn’t, but it was still there. She could only point down silently.

“Oh, that?” said Fisk. “That’s just a nurse shark. Besides, it’s being groomed. It’s definitely not looking for a meal. Otherwise, the cleaner fish wouldn’t get near it.”

Her hand trembling in Fisk’s, she sneaked a peek at the shark again, as if scared that looking at it might make it attack her. A fish was actually swimming into the shark’s mouth! Then it swam out. And in again! She couldn’t believe it. But there it was, right below her, a little fish going in and out, in and out, of the shark’s mouth around all its sharp teeth, while other fish darted around the rest of the shark’s body. The shark looked practically asleep. Still…

Fisk squeezed her hand and pulled her toward the turtle. “Come on. Really, it’s fine, I promise. There’s no reason to be so jittery.”

Miri let him pull her, but paused every half-stroke to look down and make sure the shark wasn’t moving. The buzzing and shaky feeling slowly subsided. Up close, it looked like the cleaner fish were giving the turtle big smootches. Their little fish lips pooched out and stuck to the shell like tiny suction cups, then pulled away leaving a little clean patch behind.

“Go on, you gotta stand on your head. That’ll let the fish know you’re ready to be cleaned – and won’t eat them,” Fisk added with a grin.

Eat them! Miri couldn’t imagine anything more disgusting than eating a live fish. That would be even worse than eating raw oysters. Boys. She looked over at Potato. Like Natasia said, groupers didn’t have to put up with little brothers.

As if to show her how it was done, Potato slowly ambled up in front of Miri. She angled her head down, opened her gaping mouth wide, and waited. Hovering. Pretty soon, several little fish with black stripes down the length of their bodies, a type of wrasse, swam up to her. They started darting nervously in and out of her mouth, pausing to pick things out of her gills. Miri still wasn’t too excited about letting little fish nibble on her. But she did want to get the algae off. And at least they wouldn’t be swimming into her mouth.

She moved up to the cleaning station, turned upside down and tried to hold very, very still. A yellow tang appeared and hovered at the edge of Miri’s view. It darted in a couple of times, testing things out. But when the fish got brave enough to barely touch her with its lips, Miri couldn’t help flinching. The yellow fish vanished in a blink. After a couple of seconds, it came back. But it stayed just out of range, waiting, its fins idly fluttering.

Miri forced herself to hold still. Finally, it ventured closer. It took a tentative peck, darted away, and then when Miri didn’t move, swam back. Another fish joined in, nibbling on the inside of her elbow. Miri couldn’t help it. She giggled. The fish disappeared in a flash. But she stayed upside down and one fish returned. Its bravery soon prompted others to join in. It wasn’t so bad to get kissed by fish. It tickled more than anything.

Miri and Fisk were both on their heads, trying not to giggle, when Fisk’s sister swam up.

“There you are!” said Natasia. “I’ve been looking all over! What in the ocean are you two doing?” she asked as she got closer.

“Miri was having a bit of an algae problem so I’m showing her how to take care of it.”

“Boys,” said Natasia to Miri. “They’ll do anything to avoid taking a bath.”

“A bath?” said Miri swishing right-side up. The yellow tangs scattered like fall leaves kicked out of a pile and caught on the wind.

“Yeah. A bath, you know, where you get in a tub with soap and scrub all over,” said Fisk. “Boring.”

“Of course I know what a bath is,” said Miri. She had wondered why there was a bathtub next to the sink in her room. It hadn’t made any sense to her since mermaids spent half their time in the water anyway. Mermaids take baths. Who knew?

Natasia wasn’t paying any attention to them. She was studying Miri thoughtfully. “You probably just need a scratchier sponge. Come on. We can stop by the bath shop on our way home.”

best books for girls : All That Glitters cover 188 x 250 If you'd like to read more about Miri's mermaid adventures, you can read a free sample and get your own copy of Miri Attwater and All that Glitters at Amazon!