About

I am a minister and homeschooling father. After a bad experience with an inappropriate book, I began previewing the books that our boys read and posting my reviews on an e-mail list. This led to doing children’s book reviews for several different magazines and websites, and ultimately to this weblog.

6 Responses to About

  1. Dear Editor,

    I read about your homeschoolbookreviewblog website on Linked-In. If you are interested, I would like to send you my award-winning book for children about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape. Sylvan Dell Publishing originally published the hardcover edition in 2006, followed by the first paperback edition in 2007, the e-book and Spanish e-book in 2008, and the third paperback edition and iPad app in 2012. I hope that you will review my book on your website.

    How the Moon Regained Her Shape is a legend influenced by Native American folktales that explains why the moon changes shape and helps children deal with bullies. The sun insults the moon, and the moon feels so badly hurt that she shrinks and leaves the sky. The moon turns to her comet friend and her many friends on earth to comfort her. Her friends include rabbits and Native Americans. Then she regains her full shape, happiness, and self-esteem, and she returns to her orbit. An educational appendix gives advice about bullying, scientific information about the moon, and ideas for related activities for children.

    Illustrator Ben Hodson won a Benjamin Franklin Award for this book’s artwork in 2007. How the Moon Regained Her Shape also won a Book Sense Pick (2006), a Children’s Choices award (2007), and a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (2007). The book was also a finalist for the Oregon Reading Association’s 2009 Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award.

    I have a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. I have published poetry, fiction, literary criticism, and essays. Anaphora Literary Press published my poetry book Folk Concert: Changing Times (2012). Finishing Line Press published my poetry book Traffic Stop (2011). My scholarly book, Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama, was published by the University of Missouri Press (1990). I teach English and Women’s Studies courses for Western Michigan University. I am President of the Michigan College English Association.

    I can send you a link to the e-book, or I can send you a hard copy if you give me a good address for you. Just let me know which you prefer.

    Best wishes!

    Sincerely,
    Janet Heller, Ph.D.
    Portage MI 49024
    e-mail is janetheller@charter.net
    Website is http://www.redroom.com/author/janet-ruth-heller

  2. Janet,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. The Home School Book Review Blog at WordPress is not new. I transferred it recently from another host site. I actually reviewed your book previously on January 24, 2011. I have reviewed several books for Sylvan Dell over the past few years. My review may be found at:
    https://homeschoolbookreviewblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/how-the-moon-regained-her-shape/ .
    Wayne S. Walker

  3. Hi Wayne,
    I get your reviews in our HSList. I have shared your website in my blog before, and I did it today once more. Thanks for sharing your reviews.

    http://www.silviacachia.com/2013/04/book-reviews-website.html

  4. J.J. Parsons says:

    Wayne-
    Excellent blog for home schoolers. I’d be happy to send you a review copy of Dead Chest Island, my just-published adventure story for middle-grade readers. When I write my goal is to engage readers with an action-packed story and sprinkle it with useful information so readers learn something even while they are being entertained. I see my books as a bridge from the current trend toward fantasy/magic/supernatural to a more pragmatic reality where there are “secrets” in science and “magic” in technology.

  5. I would love to submit my book, The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby. It’s a Christian allegorical dystopian book for middle-grade kids and I wrote it especially with home-school kids in mind. Is there an e-mail address to send submissions?

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