Happy New Year readers and bookworm friends!
I hope you enjoyed some time off over the holidays ideally with family and friends during Christmas and New Year, and found a good book to read in between! It's summer here in New Zealand and it was great to have some hot days by the beach with the kids during the break. I had my own book to enjoy while the kids were braving the waves or playing with their new beach toys by the shore. I can highly recommend "Then She Roars" by New Zealand author Vanessa Evetts. You can find more details below as you read on.
I'm so hopeful for the future and I believe this year is the start of something really good where we all will be able to start planning when to travel and see our loved ones again in other parts of the world as many countries start to roll out the vaccine for COVID.
Thank you so much to all of you who wrote back to us with Christmas greetings! So very sweet, and Ben was very happy to receive the messages. Thank you.
We have put together a few promotions and book ideas for you and your children below, as well as a reminder of our social media platforms. Please follow us through the links below and if you know anyone who would enjoy Ben's books, please share his Amazon page where they can purchase any of his books!
Take care and talk soon.
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Introduce the kids to The Super Twins with a fun Activity pack which includes word searches, a maze, colouring sheets, make your own Superhero mask and more!
This educational book presents facts along with full color photographs and carefully chosen words to teach children about the 50 States of the USA.
This is a FREE book teaching children how to overcome their fears themselves. Click below to get your copy now.
‘Morning or Evening Riddle’ is an excellent choice for little explorative toddlers who are curious about everything under the sun. Get your copy from Amazon clicking below.
Below is a children's book about the power of kindness, celebrating diversity, and friendship. 'Jake the Growling Dog' is available from Amazon.
For the parents: 'Then She Roars' was my favourite read over the holidays. This is a powerful book. I cried, laughed and raged along with the protagonist. So many emotions from the beginning to the end of the book. Loved it! Learn more about the book and New Zealand author Vanessa Evetts by clicking below.
And talking about New Zealand authors, check The Underground Bookstore - a collective of independently published authors from the Wellington region, including Ben's books. Click on image below.
Also, by New Zealand authors, there's a new online retailer that we have recently joined featuring great children's books ranging from picture books to young adult.
Check out the selection by Kiwi Kids read Kiwi Books below.
And... another store selling exclusively New Zealand made products is Chooice. Click below to discover an amazing world of New Zealand artists, crafters, authors and innovative small businesses.
Ben's books make great gifts for children aged 7 to 14 years old. His books are available from Amazon and can be delivered to any address worldwide. For a description of each book and recommended reading ages have a look at the blurbs below.
BEN'S BOOKS BLURBS HERE:
Meet Ugine. He is a right, proper weirdo. But with great weirdness comes great responsibility...
Ugine recently lost his parents. He now lives by himself. He has no friends at school, and everyone thinks he is weird... but when a school trip to Brazil ends in disaster, Ugine's weirdness might just come in handy. Will Ugine save his classmates? Or will they all be lost in the jungle forever...
'Weirdo' was written when Ben was just nine years old. Ben started writing his own stories to entertain his peers with the authentic, peculiar and hilarious voice only a child can have.
If your children love the funny stories by Dav Pilkey and the Tom Gates series they will enjoy this book.
Buy Ben's first book 'Weirdo' here!
THE MAGIC PENCIL
A school boy. A magic pencil. One chance to save the world.
When Bob finds an innocent-looking pencil on his way to school, little does he realize his life will never be the same again. Anything it draws magically comes to life.
Unknown to Bob, a dangerous gang of villains are not far behind. Desperately searching for the Magic Pencil, the Fakeys want to use the power of the pencil to take over the world, and they will let nothing stand in their way.
In a race against time, can Bob and his friends stay one step ahead of the Fakeys to save the world?
'The Magic Pencil' is an extraordinary adventure full of action, unexpected time-travel and imaginative scenarios.
If you like Roald Dahl and David Walliams' books, then you'll love this novel by Kiwi young author Ben Spies.
'The Magic Pencil' is written by 10 year old author Ben Spies. The true point of difference in Ben's books is that they are written by a child, for children. Through a child's eyes and with a child's voice.
Order your copy of 'The Magic Pencil' here and embark on Ben's latest adventure.
THE WORLD OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY
Ever wondered what the Greek myths look like through the eyes of a child?
Eleven-year-old author, Ben Spies, writes his version of some of the most thrilling tales from Greek mythology.
From Titans to Olympians, 'The World of Greek Mythology' delivers an action-packed retelling of the myths, from how the world was created to a personal take on some of the greatest and mightiest gods and goddesses.
Ben adds his quirky humour to each chapter as we follow the drama of the legendary Trojan War and the epic voyage of Odysseus.
But be warned: the gruesome world of Greek mythology is not for the faint of heart… get ready for bloody battles and horrible deaths.
If you love Greek mythology, or you’re keen to learn more, this book is sure to delight and captivate your imagination.
The World of Greek Mythology was the bronze medal winner for the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in 2019.
If your children enjoyed the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan they will love this book!
Get your copy of 'The World of Greek Mythology' here.
Earth's orbit is moving closer to the Sun and our planet is heating up at an alarming rate.
The spacecraft sent by NASA to find a new home for the human race has been destroyed by an alien force.
Twelve-year-old Jacob and his mother Susan are fighting for survival while witnessing the horrors of an apocalyptic world. With so many threats to our planet, the enemy may not come from outer-space, but from right here among us.
Susan and Jacob are quickly running out of time. However, hope might be on its way after all... just not from where they expected.
Will Susan and Jacob survive? Or will they fall prey to this dreadful, chaotic world?
'2020' is the fourth novel from teenage author, Ben Spies.
If you like heart-pounding action, high-stakes drama, and all things alien and sci-fi, you’ll love Ben’s new book.
Get your copy today here!
To our Brazilian readers
We have published our first Portuguese book!
Esquisito, eu? is the translated version of Ben's first book - Weirdo. We have it in e-book format for ONLY R$4.99 and in print for R$36.00 available from Amazon.com and Amazon.com.br
Order your copy today!!
Eugênio é um menino de 10 anos que tem vários motivos para estar triste...
Ele perdeu os pais recentemente, não tem amigos na escola e todo mundo acha que ele é meio esquisito. Será que Eugênio vai conseguir ser feliz de novo? Embarque nessa divertida e emocionante aventura e descubra o lado doce e companheiro de Eugênio.
Esquisito, eu? é o primeiro livro de Ben Spies e foi escrito quando ele tinha apenas 9 anos. Ben tem um senso de humor peculiar e prefere os personagens com nomes engraçados. Mas, acima de tudo, Ben adora fazer as crianças rirem com suas histórias.
Ben Spies vive na Nova Zelandia com sua familia.
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