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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review - Eclair Goes to Stella's by Michelle Weidenbenner plus $25 Amazon/Paypal Necklace & Book Giveaway

Book Review
Eclair Goes to Stella's


Hi, I’m Éclair and I’m seven. My sister Meggie is two. When mom got sick we had to go live with Stella, my dad’s mom, the one with maroon colored hair. I begged Dad not to make us stay with her because she beat her horse and was going to eat her rooster, but he didn’t believe me. Even after I pretended I was going to barf, he left us with Stella.

So there we were, Meggie and me, on a strange pink farm with a skinny horse, a mean rooster, and Stinky Stella who had a living room filled with dead deer heads.

What would she do to us?

Would we end up on her wall too?

Book Reading Age
First – Third grade GIRLS. 5 – 9 year olds

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“Do you want to name her?” Stella said. 
I squeezed my eyes to think again. “Star. She looks like a movie star.” 
I love it.” Stella reached up to give me a high-five. “Star, it is.” 

Our Book Review
Eclair is a cute lovable seven year old who you cannot fail to smile and laugh along with at some of the things she thinks or says and even misunderstands, just like a typical seven year old.  She will also make you feel a little sad too but not for long as you soon start smiling again.

Eclair and her sister Meggie face a tough time as their mom has to go away because she is poorly so they have to go and live with her Grandma Stella for a while, until her dad can find another job.  It's the important issues Eclair worries about like leaving behind her BFF (best friend forever) which is her first thought!

Yet with two simple words, horse and farm, as dad tells her about Grandma Stella's farm Magical Meadows, things just seem that little bit brighter.  Stella has to be brave for now and learn to trust her Grandma and get used to her new surroundings living on the farm, you can feel her insecurities and sadness but her happiness shines through.  Animals make the greatest friends and two lost souls, Eclair and rescued horse Lightning, help each other through their new adventure in life together.

I like how the author has also included a few little animal facts within the story itself that children can pick up without even thinking about it and the sketches in each small chapter are so much fun.  The author treats you to a glimpse of the next book too, it looks like Lightning gets a new friend and maybe one for Eclair too.

A fun easy to read book that I really enjoyed , maybe that's because I'm a big kid at heart.

Our Rating

About the Author

Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.  She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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1st Prize - $25 or Paypal Cash (WW) plus Sterling Silver & Brass Horse Charm Necklace and Signed Eclair Book 
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  1. Hi Sharon -
    Great review. I'm so excited for girls to read and enjoy this story. I'm working hard on editing the next one. My illustrator is trying to push ahead with the pics too. (She got married on Saturday so she's been crazy busy.) Thanks much for the awesome review and the time you spend to help authors!

    1. She is such a cutey pie, I liked the way she touched on a few different emotions too. Looking forward to the next adventure!! :-)

  2. Sounds like a great book!

  3. sounds like a great read for that age group - I like the artwork too!

  4. This would be a great book for kids. Giveaway too. The necklace is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Aww! This book sounds like it really goes into the mind of a child. It reminds me a bit of the story Long Way From Chicago.

  6. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book-it is perfect for a young girl to read or to have read to her!

  7. This looks like such an adorable, warmhearted book. My kids would love to get their hands on this1

  8. I have been seeing a lot of Eclair recently. It certainly sounds like a great book!

  9. This sounds super cute. I think I may give those to my niece for a holiday gift.


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