A Novel That Touches Your Heart – How Far Is Heaven!

How Far is Heaven is a novel I wrote several years ago in between working. It came to me one night in a dream. It kept repeating in a dream nightly until I began to write it down. This is a paranormal/romance/mystery that will capture your heart! Keep the tissues close by.

One thing that all parents are frightened about is anything happening to their children. It was difficult to write this story since I was constantly putting myself in the position of the mother. I poured my feelings into it because I knew how I would feel. Tears were shed during and after this was completed. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. It may make you a believer of angels and help from on high.

This book is also available on Barnes & Noble.

Blurb:

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

I recently received a lovely review from DG Kaye that put me on Cloud 9! Thank you, Debby, and all those readers who have read and reviewed this book or any of my other books. Your reviews are appreciated and needed!

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

DGKaye 5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Family and Compassion April 5, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition How Far is Heaven  offers a great mix of mystery, romance and angelic messages.A seemingly happy couple – Parker and Priscilla are broken up by a tragic incident when Parker ventures out for a business trip but never returns home. Priscilla finds help with trying to find her missing husband from a compassionate police Sargent, Blake, who makes it his mission to solve the mystery of her missing husband.
In the midst of the investigation, more grief fills Priscilla when her 8 year old precocious daughter, Deanna, goes missing. We are left wondering how these two events are connected  and we’re kept hoping through the investigation that Deanna will be found. Through the tragedy that ensues, Priscilla tries to keep it all together for the sake of her missing daughter and for her little boy. As the investigation continues, Blake finds himself taking a great shining to Priscilla as he feels a common bond with Priscilla’s loss and his own recent suffering of a great loss. Blake’s compassion for Priscilla grows into a friendship.Meanwhile, sweet Deanna keeps her hopes of being found alive because of her spiritual connection with her father’s spirit and the ‘promise’ he made her that he’d always protect her.
This book is a moving story of tragedy with faith and love sustaining everyone to keep hope alive while trying to maintain peace and normalcy within a loving family, all the while keeping us glued till the end, as we wait and hope to find out if the little girl will be found and what happened to her father.Love never dies, even after death.

Lorraine Price 5.0 out of 5 star Stunning Portrayal of a Father’s Love and Protection For His Child Even After Death June 14, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition I absolutely loved this story! I even read it twice. It started with a hook and kept me intrigued the whole way through. I really liked the plot, the romance, the danger, and the ending. There was no dragging. It took me a minute to get all of the nasty boys’ names placed with who and what they were doing, but I just had to back up and re-read it to figure it out. There is a lot of action taking place in this book, and I didn’t want to put it down. Get your copy today!

Sarah Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars A Satistfying Read! July 28, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition The ever-talented Janice Spina does it again. Like in her other books, whether written for young children, teens or adults, “How Far is Heaven” hits the mark. You’ll find it all in this entertaining book; suspense, emotions, good values, and a satisfying ending that fills you with anticipation for Spina’s next creation. Highly recommended.

P.S. Winn 5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery suspense connected to a wonderful spiritual journey June 24, 2017 Format: Kindle EditionThis is a beautiful story with a great ending. Patricia Wilfork is a happily married woman. So, when he husband mysteriously disappears she is lost for an answer as to why. Along with her two children, Patricia tries to rebuild her life still not knowing what happened to her husband. When Patricia’s daughter also disappears the story twists and turns with a spiritual edge and readers are taken on a great journey. The author does a wonderful job mixing the spiritual aspect with a mystery thriller that will please readers of all genres.

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars “How Far is Heaven” is a page turner. Right …September 7, 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase “How Far is Heaven” is a page turner. Right from the beginning, I was “hooked.”
Mystery, suspense, family morals, and a bit of romance made this novel well worth reading. Also intriguing, was the supernatural element of the story. I definitely look forward
to the next novel by Janis Spina.
I was also honored to see my name on the dedication page.

Thank you so much for stopping by to learn about my novel, How Far Is Heaven. Thank you for your support.

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is NOW HERE!

I am so excited to introduce my newest book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series – Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, for both boys and girls! As with all Jemsbooks, my husband, John, created the beautiful cover and catchy chapter illustrations that add character to my story. Thank you, John!

This book will be available soon on Amazon as paperback and kindle e-book and Barnes & Noble as paperback.

Blurb:

Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys.

Will Davey and Derek be able to solve the mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

This award-winning (7 awards) series now has six books to enjoy. Here is a collage of all the books including the Abby & Holly series too.

MIDDLE-GRADE/PRETEEN/YOUNG ADULT BOOKS FOR BOYS & GIRLS

This series is dedicated and written for my two middle grandsons who are now 12 and 14. They love to read mysteries. They are my inspiration to continue writing in this series.

All Jemsbooks for young children and for MG/PT/YA carry life lessons. This new book is no exception. Readers will learn that it is important to respect others/elders/parents, be kind to each other, family and friends are important, love one another, believe in oneself and be the best you can be.

I believe that it is important for children of all ages to read daily in order to increase their knowledge, keep them healthy in mind, body and soul, and help develop their creativity. Also, read for the pure joy of it!

Thank you for stopping by to read about my new book! Watch for a new book in Abby & Holly Series, Book 3 coming in the summer. Also, for the younger children in your life keep a close watch for a dragon series coming this summer, book 1 and books 2-6 in 2020! There’s always more stories running around in my head! I just have to find the time to write them all down! Wish me luck doing that!

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Janice

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Happy Easter and Passover!

HAPPY EASTER AND PASSOVER!

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To children everywhere Easter is jelly beans, bunnies, plastic eggs filled with candy and money, baskets full of chocolate and all things that are sweet and delicious.

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To adults it has more meaning – Christ has arisen!

It is a time to reflect on our own self worth.

It is a time to put our best foot forward in God’s image.

It is a time to teach our children the real reason for Easter and Passover.

It is a time to be kind and caring and carry this theme throughout the year.

It is a time to love one another and accept our differences.

It is a time to encourage our children to be the best that they can be.

It is a time to do all we can do to make our world a better place.

It is a time to pray to God to give us the strength and courage and conviction to do all the above.

I pray that everyone will have a blessed and Happy Easter and Passover!

My peace lily has two flowers to share for Easter.

My cactus is doing its best to send along some flowers for Easter. For that I am thankful! It also flowers around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cactus flowering for EasterHere are some Easter flowers to perk up your spirits. In the photo below you can still see some snow patches outside my backyard. I positioned the Easter Lily in front. Hopefully all the snow will be gone by Easter Sunday.

Easter lilies

Here is a lovely Easter Flower Basket that I plan to share on Sunday with my family.

Easter flowers

Thank you for stopping by! It’s always nice to see you! Come by again soon!

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Please excuse the promotion below. Couldn’t help myself. I had to mention how important it is for children to love one another not just today but every day.

A perfect book for Easter is Lamby the Lonely Lamb – about a purple lamb. Check it out on Amazon. I wrote it for my granddaughter when she was only four years old. She is now nine! Time does fly!

This book teaches children to be kind to one another and accept differences of color.

Book Blurb:

Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color. He is very lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamb lives.

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Blessings of the season to you and yours and lots of hugs!

Janice

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My peace lily has two flowers for Easter! First time!

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#Adventure Series for Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series in ghostly stories that will delight all ages!

I first wrote Abby & Holly Book 1, School Dance followed closely by Abby & Holly Series, Book 2, Unfortunate Events in 2018. I wrote these books for my granddaughter who is now nine years old and enjoying them.

Watch for Book 3 coming later this year with more ghosts and adventures, secrets, and surprises that will appeal to all!

These books carry life lessons for middle-graders/preteens/young adults such as: love one another, be kind to others, respect parents and elders and each other, accept differences, help others in need, bullying is never accepted or tolerated, and family and friends matter.

This is a series that is fun to write. It’s like I am a preteen/teen again. I was requested by one of my readers who enjoyed my Davey & Derek Series to write a series for girls. Both series are suitable and enjoyed by girls and boys.

Abby & Holly were first introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost. The girls will appear from time to time in Davey & Derek Series and the boys will appear also in Abby & Holly Series. There is fun for all ages. Even adults are enjoying these books and reviewing them then sharing them with their kids and grand kids.

MG/PT/YA Books

Abby & Holly, School Dance won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Both books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted. The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

Blurb:

Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass.

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time.

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

ABBY & HOLLY SCHOOL DANCE:

Michelle Clements James 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the anti-bullying message. July 8, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition I have long been a fan of Janice Spina’s young children’s books and her middle-grade Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series. I was excited to read the first book in her Abby and Holly series for middle-grade girls, and I was not disappointed.
Abby and Holly are the cousins we met in The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) who helped Davey and Derek solve a case involving a ghost that was residing in Abby’s house. Now they are back seeking the help of their friends Davey and Derek in solving a case of a girl jealously sabotaging another classmate’s chance to go to the 6th-grade dance and plans to do even worse.
The story flows well, and the characters are developed nicely so anyone who hasn’t read any of the Davey and Derek series will have no trouble jumping in with book one of this series. Girls are going to love this series — a touch of puppy love, fantasy, and a mystery to solve all in one book. The lessons of forgiving and forgetting and being kind are well documented in the story, an important reminder for everyone. This is another 5-star book from Janice Spina.

Mrs.D. 5.0 out of 5 stars Say hello to the Abby and Holly series! July 24, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Move over, Davey and Derek? Or maybe not… The duo is back, and the girls and boys are taking the world by the horns with another thrilling adventure! The haunted house! The mysterious ghost! The undying friendship! Good life lessons! And no more bullying!

Abby and Holly are cousins. The girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series.

Janice Spina has beautifully blended two separate series in her new book, which is meant to entertain and educate middle grade readers. This time she sent two girls to solve a mystery that was quite intriguing. While trying to be just normal students, team members are dealing with serious issues so common for sixth graders: jealousy, intolerance, and bullying. The story is fun and adventurous, but the author smartly implants very important seeds that touch on problems so familiar for a middle school audience.

In this new book, Abby and Holly team up with their friends Davey and Derek, two shy but very experienced young detectives. The team needs to find out who is sabotaging one of their classmates, Justine, who plans her sixth grade school dance. Fearing that the girl is being bullied, the team members work closely with each other and their friends.

The story is sweet. It flows smoothly, just like other books from this wonderful author, which manages to surprise the young readers with perfectly developed characters and a wise plot. Even if the readers haven’t had the chance to get familiar with the Davey and Derek series, they won’t feel lost or have a hard time connecting the new story to Davey and Derek. And just like me, I hope the girls and boys will jump into the new adventures with a touch of fantasy, mystery, and some stronger feelings like love, forgiveness, and being kind to each other.

“Abby and Holly: School Dance” is one of those books that will make children feel good about themselves. The lessons of friendship and kindness are nicely incorporated into a fun story, which will put a smile on children’s faces. Trouble. Solution. Sweet first love. Friendship. And kindness. All of these qualities are in one book for young readers to enjoy. Yes, Justine is bullied, but she has a strong group of friends behind her, which helps her to overcome the fear of bullies. And with the help of her friends, the bullies may change their attitude too.

I am delighted that this book carries strong messages about the importance of being compassionate, kind, loving and accepting. It teaches teens to remember how they would feel if their places were reversed. Another entertaining and teaching series for middle schoolers by Janice Spina* I received this book as a gift from the author and chose to review it without compensation.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining book with a valuable lesson!July 19, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI loved Janice Spina’s new book “Abby and Holly, School Dance.” The writing style made you feel like you were enjoying the adventures of Abby, Holly and their friends. You’re sure to smile at the twins Derek and Davey’s shyness around Abby and Holly. It’s a delightful story. Trouble comes when one of their classmates, Justine, mysteriously becomes sick. How is the mystery solved? When Justine is bullied, how does the group of friends encourage the bullies to change their behavior. This is an enjoyable book teaches, families, and teens are sure to love and they are likely to remember not only the entertaining adventures, but the important message the story shares. Another wonderful book by Janice Spina.
* I received this book as a gift from the author and chose to review it without compensation.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

SM 5.0 out of 5 stars The First in A Wonderful New Series July 9, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition The prolific author, Janice Spina, who introduced the lovely duo, Abby & Holly, in the fifth installment of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, has given their friends, first cousins Abby & Holly, their own adventure.

In the first book of what will no doubt be another entertaining series for middle schoolers, Abby & Holly are excited to attend the 6th-grade dance. But not everyone is happy at school. Abby & Holly discover that their friend Justine is being bullied. The two girls, helped by their sixth-grade dance partners (no other than Derek & Davey), and the girls’ resident ghost, come up with a plan to protect Justine and bring bullying to a stop.

Michele Rolfe 5.0 out of 5 stars Newest detectives July 4, 2018 Format: Paperback Thrilled to see the girlfriends of Davey & Derek having their own adventures, too!! Abby & Holly were introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” Abby & Holly are 1st cousins. Their moms are sisters!
Abby’s house is haunted & the resident ghost & Davey & Derek help the girls help Justine with her being bullied. It was pretty fun seeing the Ghost back again.
Love how Janice seems to pick up where she left off with book 5 of the boys’ story. It was fun “watching” the kids get ready for their 6th grade dance, also! Such innocence..

John Spina, as he is known to do for all of Mrs. Spina’s creations, enhanced the book with a lovely cover and wonderful illustrations.
It was a joy to read!!

Reader Mom 5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Series Starter March 13, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition This clean, wholesome book is a fun starter to a series about two 6th grade cousins that should appeal to both girls and boys. The book features cousins, Abby and Holly, and the dates to their first dance, twins, Derek and Davey Donato, who have their own series for young readers. I thought the “twin telepathy” elements were a nice touch and enjoyed the messages on friendship and anti-bullying that the book portrayed.

ABBY & HOLLY SERIES, BOOK 2 UNFORTUNATE EVENTS:


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Book With Important Lessons October 20, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition I am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.
As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.
I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The storyline is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!

Michele Rolfe 5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate Family Events October 16, 2018 Format: Paperback Poor Holly, Abby’s cousin on their mom’s side, is having to deal with alot of unfortunate events with her family. Thank goodness she has Abby, Davey & Derek the Junior Dectives neighbors, & 2 awesome ghosts, Felicity & Minerva, to help her get through it all! Holly is thrilled her mom (Abby’s mom’s sister) & dad have come home for a visit from their overseas job, but things go downhill when mom gets sick. Great book to read with your youngsters about dealing with family issues. The ending is a nice twist & could lead to the next book!

5 out of 5 stars Girl power! October 16, 2018 Format: Paperback Another fun read from Janice Spina! So nice to see Holly and Abby back again in book two. The girls continue to face new issues, friends, and adventures together. A great read for pre-teens!

Thanks for stopping by to learn more about my MG/PT/YA books. I hope you will check out these and other books by Jemsbooks. Thank you for your support!

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#Magic #Mystery #Fun Adventures with Davey & Derek Junior Detectives!

Read Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-6 for #fun #adventures #magic #mystery for both boys and girls. Adults love them too! They are good wholesome fun for all ages! Watch for Book 6 coming soon!!!

I began writing these books in 2015 with Books 1 & 2, in 2016 came Books 3 & 4, in 2017 along came Book 5 and in 2019 I completed Book 6. All these books carry life lessons that encourage children ages 9+ to be kind to one another, love one another, show respect to parents, elders and each other, family and friends are important, bullying should never be accepted or tolerated, and accept differences.

My inspirations for this series are my middle two grandsons. They love mysteries and enjoying reading. I will continue to write more of these books with their inspiration.

My goal with this series is to encourage middle-graders, preteens and young adults to realize the importance of family values. These books are all about family relationships between the main protagonists, Davey and Derek Donato, twin detectives by their own design.

Chapter illustrations and covers by John Spina.

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Also available on Barnes & Noble.

MG/PT/YA BOOKS

BLURBS:

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Reader’s Favorite Book Award Honorable Mention)

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical, who love to play detective. They are always ready for adventure living in the sleepy little town of Lindon where nothing happens. The twins overhear about a sixth grader who lost her cell phone. The fifth grader twins kick into detective mode to solve their first case with the help of their friends, Mickey Catonni, aka cat. Things don’t seem to add up when a bully gets into the mix.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards)

Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum.
There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft.
Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 4, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Finalist in Red City Review Book Awards)

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 5, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells (coming soon!)

Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys.

Will Davey and Derek be able to solve this mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

These books can be read by any age from MG to adults. Many parents and grandparents have reviewed them and mentioned that they look forward to sharing these books with their children and grandchildren.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES BOOK 1

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsThink! Learn! Imagine!January 22, 2018Format: Kindle Edition“The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is the first in the Davey and Derek junior detective series, where two twin boys are trying to solve the mystery of a missing expensive cell phone. I love the fact that this story is for both boys and girls. It makes readers think, act, and discover. It’s also very engaging and entertaining, with an emphasis on teaching superb life lessons in a very delicate way. While reading this story, children are encouraged to communicate and learn how to crack problems and develop their creativity.

David and Derek are two twins, but they are very different from each other. David is a logical kid and Derek is all action. Supervised by their assistant named Cat, the two young detectives are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone. As they untangle the mystery of the missing phone, they realize that the job of a detective is very tough and sometimes uncomfortable, such as when they question their classmates and the people they know.

This is a very interesting read for middle school-age students that will keep them tickled and predicting. I love that the author touched on a few very important issues that accrue in every school: the bullying, stealing, and credulity. These are very important subjects for children who are that age. In her book, Janice Spina nicely conveyed these very important messages. Her story sparked some needed discussion about theft, bullying, and teamwork. It is full of interesting twists and turns, details and clues. It really keeps young readers’ attention as they turn page after page.

It is also a fantastic acknowledgment of friendship and what is all right and wrong, which is extremely important for that age, when children know that they’re all different and should be treated equally. Their own unique personality would shine if you gave them the chance.

“Davey & Derek, Junior Detectives” is intriguing for my taste, and I am sure that young readers will agree with me. The exciting story line will leave them wanting to know more and to see what happens next in this engaging series. A great mystery read for middle-school children!

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES BOOK 2

Robert5.0 out of 5 starsGreat StorySeptember 1, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseBeing a grandparent and an avid reader I am always on the lookout for good clean books for my grandkids. Davey and Derek’s Aunt and Uncle settle in town after years of worldly travel, but there is something different about the Aunt that sets her apart from most Aunts – she is a good witch blessed with the gift of magic – one of which is her long deceased cat whoes aura lives on in a crystal ball and still tries to help people. Davey and Derek learn they to have a few magical powers of their own one of which is the cat trying to communicate with them and warn them one of their friends is going to get into serious trouble. The question is can they use this magic and prevent a catastrophy? Cute story – clean- refreshing – and not preachy. The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat will keep a young mind intrigued and reading way past their bedtime.

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES BOOK 3

Robbie Cheadle5.0 out of 5 starsAn action packed magical adventureFebruary 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis is book 3 in the Davey & Derek junior detective series and it is the best one we have read to date. Michael loves these two adventurous boys and the addition of some real magic in their lives really added to his enjoyment of the tale. Magic wands and books in the hands of 11-year old boys really captivated him and my Dad has made him a wand out of wood, painted metallic blue, so that he could have one too. 

Davey and Derek learn the history and story of Aunt Gigi’s ivory elephant and discover some of this figurines magic. They are concerned for the safety of this figurine when they hear that a similar type of figurine has been stolen from the local museum. Certain local boys seem to be implicated in the crime and when a school peer asks the twins to help solve the case, Davey and Derek are thrilled to oblige. The boys embark on an exciting adventure to unwind the clues relating to the case, with some help and some confusion being provided by their magic books birthday gifts.

I would recommend this book for middle school children. My rating is five out of five stars.

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES BOOK 4

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsShare the Magic!February 8, 2018In her fourth book, “The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog: Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series,” Janice Spina has created an impressive mystery story that carries on the thrilling adventures of two brothers, Davey and Derek. The friendly leading characters and thrilling adventures provide plenty of excitement and magic to young readers.

Davey and Derek are now experienced young detectives who have a few solved mysteries under their belts. But this new mystery about the scraggly dog would be not so easy to solve if not for Aunt Gigi and her crystal ball and her magical way of teaching boys how to travel.

What the boys discovered at the end of the story surprised me the most. Well-executed ending of the gripping mystery!

As in her previous books, the author provided plenty of life lessons for children. Janice completed her goal with the most valuable teachings about respect, compassion, and understanding. She wisely underlined the purpose of her series, lessons that are very needed for middle school children.

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES BOOK 5

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Winner!August 9, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThe wonderful and prolific author, Janice Spina, continues to entertain children with another terrific installment in the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” In this, the latest installment, Ms. Spina introduces the twins’ new cousins, Abby and Holly, who moved into a neighboring house that is haunted by ghosts. The frightened girls entreat the help of the now famous junior detectives. The twins, Davey and Derek, are not only excited about their new assignment but are also happy for the friendships developing between themselves and the lovely cousins. The story is most engaging and will entertain young readers going along for the ride, as the junior detectives, helped by their fabulous Aunt Gigi, tackle this new adventure.
Highly recommended!!

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Janice

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #reviews – Janice Spina, Terry Tyler and Marina Osipova

I am thrilled to be included in this post on Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore along with these talented authors! Thank you so much, Sally! I am honored!

Thank you, DG Kaye, for the beautiful review of my book! I am on Cloud 9!

Check out all these authors and their entertaining books on Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore. There is something for everyone! Happy Reading!

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Children Learn with Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab that it’s Okay to be Different!

I wrote Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab in 2016. This story is based on a real life hermit crab that lived in a salt-water fish tank in our home. Clarence was a different kind of crab. My husband, John, purchased him from an aquarium store. He came to us minus a claw and one leg on the right side. In the book cover below you can see a small claw beginning to grow on his right side. Having only one claw did not stop Clarence Henry from doing all that a crab can do.

He was a joy to watch in action and quite a character. He is no longer with us but is missed for all that he did to keep our tank clean. This story is written in rhyme to delight children and has colorful illustrations throughout the book plus bonus photos of Clarence Henry himself.

Book cover and illustrations by John Spina. Available also on Barnes & Noble.

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab

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CLARENCE HENRY THE HERMIT CRAB

There once was a hermit crab named Clarence Henry.

Who lived in a tank with fish aplenty.

He came to his new home missing a leg and a claw.

But fortunately for this there is no law.

Now Clarence Henry stays deep in his shell.

Until one day he’ll be whole again and well.

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Clarence Henry is different from other hermit crabs. He came to his new home minus one claw and a leg. He needs to protect himself until he can grow new appendages. Will Clarence Henry be able to meet the challenges in his new water world?

Clarence Henry was a real aquatic hermit crab who lived in a saltwater fish tank in our home. We watched him interact with the other creatures in the tank.

He was resilient, intelligent, and a joy to have as a pet. We took some photos of him as he grew his claw and leg and changed shells. 

We shared these photos and facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. I hope you will enjoy them. This book will make a wonderful resource for classrooms.

Children will learn an important lesson when reading about Clarence Henry. They will see how hard he works to do his job cleaning the fish tank of debris at the bottom. They will learn that it’s okay to be different even when others do not accept you. You just work harder to prove yourself and be proud of who you are.

Reviews on Amazon:

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsIn the Water WorldJanuary 28, 2018Format: Kindle Edition“Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab” is a wonderful story, based on a true story supported by real pictures. Apparently author Janice Spina and her husband, the illustrator, took real pleasure in observing this resilient creature in their fish tank.

The hermit crab was their pet, which was missing a claw and one of his legs. The story disclosed a few challenges that newcomer met while growing his new claw and leg. Smart, hardworking, and tough, the courageous crab dealt with his disabilities bravely as he moved ahead to his full recovery. He worked hard, keeping himself busy cleaning the tank and getting along with other occupants in his new home.

The photos and facts about hermit crabs that the Spinas share with the readers are educational and entertaining. The facts about the life of these resilient water creatures are an extra bonus. This book will make a good, useful source for teachers and homeschooling and readers like me, people who have no knowledge about the crabs.

Clarence Henry teaches children to have patience, dedication, and stay strong while going through their own tests. The ailing crab did not give up. Instead, he worked hard and bravely overcame his obstacles. He may have felt different from the other occupants in the tank, but it did not stop him from focusing on his goal.

As in other inspiring books by the Spinas, children will enjoy this book for many reasons: a true teaching story, educational facts, fascinating photos, and the message this book conveys. Never, never, never, never give up!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsAnother wonderful book by Janice and John Spina!January 25, 2018Format: Kindle EditionJanice and John Spina are a great team. You won’ t be disappointed in their latest book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab. When you first meet Clarence Henry, you’ll see that he’ shy because he doesn’t have one of his claws so he’s different from everyone else in the tank. But Clarence is focused on his job, keeping the tank clean. Even when Clarence Henry is losing is shell and isn’t feeling well, he concentrates on his work. What happens after Clarence Henry gets his new shell? Young readers will love the story and the bright illustrations, while they learn lots of important facts. After children finish the story, they’ll find interesting things at the back about hermit crabs. It’s a fun, educational book you won’t want to miss.
* I received an advance copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

SM5.0 out of 5 starsThe hermit crab’s challengeJanuary 28, 2018Format: Kindle Edition”Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab” is another lovely creation by author Janice Spina and illustrator John Spina, whose relatable stories entertain young children while they also convey important messages. The protagonist in the Spinas joint venture is a hermit crab challenged by a lost a leg and a lost claw, who must manage until his missing appendages grow back.
Added bonus: Interesting facts about hermit crabs at the end of the book.
A wonderful addition to the JEMBOOKS growing library of books for children.

Thank you so much for stopping by to learn more about my books and the life lessons that are incorporated in each one. We parents need all the help we can get guiding our children in the right direction so that they will one day become kind and respectful adults.

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Janice

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Mariah’s Revenge Featured at Local Library! Book Clubs Wanted!

I was thrilled to learn that my novel for 18+, Mariah’s Revenge, was featured at our local library recently. A good friend of mine frequents the library often and noticed it sitting on a shelf by itself on a stand. This is the way they feature certain books each day, month, year, etc. My friend was excited for me and graciously took a photo of it. Here it is below.

Hunting Mariah featured here by Londonderry Leach Library

I have donated to this library, over the past six years, 22 of my books. I have my newest book to share with them soon, The First Star, A Fairy Tale.

The two books about Mariah, Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge, would make exceptional book club books if you love mysteries, thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. If you purchase these books or borrow from your local library please contact me and I will send along book marks for each member of your book club. Take a photo of you and your book club with the books as proof that you are reading them together. Happy reading everyone! Don’t forget reviews are welcomed and appreciated!! I will even share all your reviews here on my blog with your permission after they have been posted to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and/or Goodreads.

Here are the bookmarks I will send along.

Jemsbooks Bookmark

Here are all my novels in case you would like to check them out too for yourself or your book clubs.

Jemsbooks Novels for 18+

Reviews on Amazon:


Clark Slomin
5.0 out of 5 starsA heart-pounding thrillerMarch 28, 2015Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseI had known Janice Spina as the author of charming, award-winning children’s picture books. So when her thriller novel “Hunting Mariah” hit the market, I was quite surprised! The next surprise (shock, in fact), came in reading the book’s opening. Raw and brutal, yet Spina tells it like it’s completely natural –thereby setting up getting the reader into the mind of the killer. This book started off with a bang!

The twists and turns this tale takes keep the reader off-guard as Mariah retells the events she slowly recalls after surviving her attacker – a man (and there are several men in Mariah’s life in the story) whose identity the reader is unsure of for most of the book. Devious poetry accompanies the text, as the killer verbalizes his justification for his savage desires, intentions, and actions.

This story runs the reader through the gamut of human emotions as Mariah, her friends, and family experience and endure what would be life’s normal course shattered by tragedy at the hands of a psychopath. I found myself deeply moved at one completely unexpected tragic point in the story.

I won’t give much more of the story away. After all, it IS a mystery/thriller, and I want you to be as surprised and entertained as I was.

Tina Frisco5.0 out of 5 starsA Mystery Fan’s DelightJanuary 21, 2015Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseThis book held me on the edge of my seat from page one. The serial killer is introduced in a blood-curdling prologue rife with suspense, leaving the reader most eager to turn the page. When Mariah makes her appearance, she finds herself in a strange place, terrified and suffering from amnesia. This spawns the question: Is she already in the clutches of the “school girl killer”?

The author impregnates her story with intrigue by shrouding her main characters in mystery. Unknown to Mariah, their lives are intertwined and bear on each other significantly. Suspense builds as the veil is slowly lifted on each one’s secret, closely guarded for the sake of Mariah’s safety. Deeply rooted in the past, these secrets now threaten to explode into the present.

With a shocking introduction and seeding her story with crumbs of revelation, J. E. Spina captures and holds the reader’s interest throughout this action-packed tale of mystery and suspense. She gives nothing away until the very end, and then adds an epilogue that will delight horror fans.

I closed this book feeling that I’d just seen a very entertaining movie ~ and wearing a smile of utter satisfaction.

Trish5.0 out of 5 starsFull of suspense! Hard to put down!March 14, 2018Format: PaperbackA great read! I am a beta reader and was lucky enough to already read this book. The sequel to Hunting Mariah, is in my opinion, even more suspenseful and action packed than the first book. We find Mariah in danger again but this time, she will take matters into her own hands. I truly think this is Janice Spina’s best work to date.One person found this helpfulHelpfulCommentReport abuse

Cold Coffee5.0 out of 5 starsRevenge Comes In Many FormsJune 1, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseMariah’s Revenge is the thriller/suspense/crime fiction sequel to Author Janice (J. E.) Spina’s book titled ‘Hunting Mariah’. If you remember in book one, we traveled with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories, as she lived with the consequences of living life with a maniac.

Jump right into book two as we get a better understanding of Sage’s killing spree across New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. While police officers, FBI agents and others are looking for Sage, Mariah buried herself in her studies, as she is determined to move forward.

Sage has encountered an enemy of his own, beyond his wildest imagination. While he is dealing with injuries of his own, he is unaware that someone is watching Mariah and ready to “take over where he left off”. When a body of an old woman, a dog and then another body at Tambor Lake is discovered, the authorities know they are dealing with a psychopath and the body count is sure to rise.

Author Janice (J. E.) Spina uses a full case of supporting characters in this suspenseful, action-driven drama where Mariah finds the courage to take things into her own hands. Mariah is not one to give up. Her heart is open for lasting love when her grandmother shows support for her and Tony.

Mariah showed her courage and determination to handle any situation and I quote. “Mariah pushed open the door and moved her light back and forth. She saw a mess of broken down furniture piled up in one corner of the room and a bed in the other. The covers appeared to be piled up under the bed. She moved closer to look under the pile. She kept her gun out in front of her and the light sweeping back and forth. Mariah wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”

This is a must read if you believe in the kind of fortitude that Mariah uses to work through her tragedies and the kidnapping to forge a friendship and embrace whatever life has next in store.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Mariah’s Revenge by Janice (J. E.) Spina as an adventure that is not over. I now wait for the third book in this series to find out what life has in store for Mariah. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 1, 2018

Here are the book trailers to go along with these books that will get you into the mind of the killer and wanting to read more!

HUNTING MARIAHBOOK TRAILER BY CHRIS GRAHAM aka thestoryreadingape.com
MARIAH’S REVENGE – Book trailer done by J.E. Spina aka Janice Spina

Here is a video I made for International Women’s Day with many other authors on March 8, 2019 showcasing my two novels.

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your kind support. Come back again real soon!

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Learn How to be Brave Like – Award-Winning Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe!

I wrote Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe in 2017 when a grandmother I met at one of my books signings asked me if I would write a book for her grandson who was having some difficulties about being brave. Unfortunately, I have not been able to reach this woman. I left a message at her home but never heard back from her. I’m sure by now her grandson is much too old for this book. But if you have children ages 3-7 this is the perfect book for them for any occasion.

Jeffrey will teach them how to be brave and the importance of helping others. As in all Jemsbooks this book carries these important life lessons. Children will have fun as they learn these lessons.

Jeffrey won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! He is available also on Barnes & Noble.

JEFFREY THE JITTERY GIRAFFE

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Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth. He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him. His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks.

One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help. Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

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Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe

There once was a giraffe named Jeffrey.

Loud noises and sounds made him jittery.

His mother told him, “You’re strong

No matter what might go wrong.”

Now Jeffrey is no longer stressed and jittery.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsAn Important Lesson Is Learned!January 22, 2018Format: Kindle EditionJeffrey is a scared little giraffe who worries too much. Afraid of his own shadow, he clings to his mother. But smart Mama taught him a little trick: a poem he could say when he was frightened. It did not help until one day, something unpredictable happened. It changed Jeffrey’s attitude and provided the solution that the little giraffe needed.

I must admit, I love Janice Spina’s books, and I am sure children love them too. In this particular book, children will learn how to solve problems and find solutions.

Through the strong narrative, the author conveys a great message to young kids, teaching them how to overcome their insecurity and self-doubts, while building self-esteem and self-confidence. It is a great reminder that there is no limit to improving yourself, and that it always pays to be kind and sensitive to the needs of others.

Children will relate to the simple illustrations done in a child-friendly manner, created by John Spina. They complement Janice’s story, which flows easily and effortlessly.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsAnother delightful story by Janice SpinaMay 29, 2017Format: Kindle EditionJeffrey is a nervous young giraffe because he constantly remembers the day when he was born. There was a loud, scary thunderstorm that day so any noise at all made Jeffrey afraid. His mama taught him a little rhyme to repeat whenever he was scared, but it didn’t seem to help. One day something happens that changes everything for him and Jeffrey learns an important lesson. This is another delightful book by Janice Spina and children will love it. They’ll enjoy learning about Jeffrey’s problem, and especially about the valuable solution. I highly recommend this entertaining story.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsA self-confidence boost for kids!June 20, 2017Format: Kindle EditionMs. Janice Spina, a prolific writer of children’s books as well as books for young adults and adults, does it again. In “Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe”, she created a lovely character, through whom she imparts a wonderful message to young kids and teaches them how to overcome self-limiting jitters and reminds them of the reward inherent in being kind to others. Lovely illustrations by John Spina. Great husband and wife teamwork!

Thank you for stopping by to read about Jeffrey. I hope you will check him out and other Jemsbooks on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Janice

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Cover Reveal – New Book from Jemsbooks – The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6!

I am excited to introduce you to a new book coming in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series! Here is the cover for The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives!

The cover and all illustrations of the Chapter headings were done by my husband, John. This book will be coming out in late April or early May. Watch for the links posted here and on Jemsbooks.com.

As in all Jemsbooks for children of all ages there are life lessons to be learned. In this series and the Abby & Holly Series, the boys and girls learn that it is important to be kind to others, respect one another, listen to parents and elders, love one another, bullying is never accepted or tolerated, family and friends are important.

As a parent and a grandparent I like to see children reading wholesome books that encourage and promote good behavior in them. Do you parents out there agree? You will never see anything in my books that is not suitable for children, no foul language, no situations or other things that you do not want your children exposed to at their tender age. I do approach and discuss tough subjects like bullying and some family matters.

You can relax and let your children enjoy these clean books while they learn important life lessons. Read them yourself to find out what I mean. I welcome any feedback from you and your children on my books. Thank you for your kind support.

THE CASE OF THE MYSTERY OF THE BELLS

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Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys.

Will Davey and Derek be able to solve the mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

This series is dedicated to my two middle grandsons who are now 12 and 14. They love these books and enjoy reading about mysteries and adventures. They have done book reviews for their schools with this series. This series is enjoyed by both boys and girls!

This series has won several awards and continues to delight MG and PT. Check out all the other books in this series Books 1-5 on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I will continue to write in this genre because it is a joy to be a kid again. That is how I feel as I write the dialogue and imagine I am a preteen and teen once again. It was a fun time! I hope all MG/PT/YA and adults will enjoy this series. I have received many wonderful reviews from adults about how they love these books and will pass them on to their children and grandchildren. That is lovely music to my ears! Thank you!

Reviews on Amazon:

Robbie Cheadle4.0 out of 5 starsA fun read for middle school readersNovember 25, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseMy son, Michael aged 11 years old, and I read this book together. The Case of the Missing Cell Phone is the first in the Davey and Derek junior detective series and it really appealed to Michael. He loved the idea of two twin boys taking on a mystery and being able to solve it. The fact that this book is very modern and has an expensive cell phone at the center of its story delighted him. My Michael can certainly relate to the anxiety of losing such an expensive piece of technology and the consequences of that. Michael felt that he would certainly be prepared to speak to boys in a younger class if it would help him recover a lost cell phone.

The book is entertaining and pushes the right buttons for its target audience of children aged 9 to 12 years old. It touches on the themes of stealing and bulling and had teaches some excellent life lessons in a subtle way.

Robert5.0 out of 5 starsGreat StorySeptember 1, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseBeing a grandparent and an avid reader I am always on the lookout for good clean books for my grandkids. Davey and Derek’s Aunt and Uncle settle in town after years of worldly travel, but there is something different about the Aunt that sets her apart from most Aunts – she is a good witch blessed with the gift of magic – one of which is her long deceased cat whoes aura lives on in a crystal ball and still tries to help people. Davey and Derek learn they to have a few magical powers of their own one of which is the cat trying to communicate with them and warn them one of their friends is going to get into serious trouble. The question is can they use this magic and prevent a catastrophy? Cute story – clean- refreshing – and not preachy. The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat will keep a young mind intrigued and reading way past their bedtime.

***** Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant is the third book in the Davey & Derek: Junior Detectives series, written by Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina. While celebrating their eleventh birthday at the Pizza Palace, Davey and Derek Donato’s festivities are suddenly interrupted when restaurant staff discover a would-be thief breaking into their gaming machines. The twins later visit their Aunt Gigi, where they learn the story of Tamba – the beloved elephant of an African village, which died after living a full life. Aunt Gigi’s living room is filled with mementos of her visit to Africa, including a magical elephant figurine, carved from the elephant’s ivory tusk in honor of Tamba’s incredible life. On returning home, Davey and Derek find Peter Reynolds – the party-crasher from their pizza party – waiting at their front gate. Peter asks for the twins’ assistance regarding the theft of an ivory figurine from the local museum – carved from the same tusk as Aunt Gigi’s figurines. With so many suspects to choose from, all with alibis, Davey and Derek are pushed to the limit, trying to solve the case. Janice Spina’s adventurous tale of twins just coming into their magical powers is one of excitement, suspense and mystery. With each chapter’s header carrying its own unique illustration, the story is one which can easily be enjoyed by children and adults alike. No stone is left unturned as Davey and Derek are given all the tools they need in order to fully investigate the case. Many exciting surprises are brought to light in The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, with more and more magical characters being disclosed as the story progresses. Having read all three of the Davey and Derek novels, I find myself being lured into the story more and more, almost as if … by magic! I thoroughly enjoyed The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, and recommend it to readers of all ages who enjoy the fun, thrill and adventure of two gumshoe detectives, each of whom has the world of magic at their fingertips, whilst trying to solve the most difficult of cases..

Review #1: Review by Emily-Jane Hills OrfordReviewed By: 
Emily-Jane Hills Orford
Review Rating: 
5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review! 
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
Davey and Derek are twins. They do just about everything together, including solving mysteries and learning a little bit of magic from their Great-Aunt Gigi. On a recent visit to their great-aunt, the boys learned a new magic trick and discovered “a large brown scraggly dog with frightened eyes.” There was nothing to identify the dog, but it did have blood on its paws. So the mystery was definitely bigger than just finding the dog’s home. They conjectured whether there was a murder involved. Just as they were attempting to connect with the dog, it took off. And the mystery deepened.

Janice Spina has a knack for writing mysteries. Her recent addition to the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog, is another good twist on what might appear to be a simple mystery. Like the ever popular young boys’ mystery series, the Hardy Boys, Davey and Derek, the two protagonists, make a great team of amateur sleuths. The basic plot of a boy team working together solving the mystery develops simply, mixed in with a little bit of magic, a little bit of boyish fun and a little bit of humor. The reader can’t help but like and even relate to these active youngsters whose minds never stop working. The plot is developed primarily through dialogue, which makes this a good story for an early chapter book reader. There’s nothing better to encourage the reluctant young boy reader than a Hardy Boys-like series mixed with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsGhostly Mystery…February 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionBoo! Another amusing middle grade mystery from accomplished author Janice Spina! The author’s standard for instilling the love of reading in children is impressive and proven.

Davey and Derek are two humble detectives who are very thoughtful of their friends and the people around them. Always helpful, they don’t hesitate to step in when their friend Abby announces that something unusual is happening in their old Victorian house. The twins immediately jump on the new case. What would an old house be without a ghost?

As in the previous books in this series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost” meets the readers’ expectations. The young detectives face some challenges while unraveling the ghostly mystery, but with help from their mysterious Aunt Gigi and some other friends, they untangle it very professionally.

The twins are growing with her stories, and surprisingly they are that age when boys are noticing girls … and sweet friendships are developing between the twins and the pretty cousins.

Thank you so much for stopping by to learn about my new book. Watch for it coming next month!

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