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Book Review: Prince Noah and the School Pirates

Posted by Julie on September 2, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Book Review: Prince Noah and the School Pirates

It’s time for young Prince Noah to go to school. The prince, who starred in the book The Prince Who Was Just Himself, may be a little slower than other students, but he has no less joy in learning. In his kingdom, children go to school on sailing ships. There is a ship for girls and one for boys. There is a ship for children with an eye patch, a ship for children with one leg, and a ship for children who are slower learners. No one knows why there are so many different ships, but it has always been that way.

Then a terrible storm drives the ships into the hands of pirates. The boys and girls realize that they will only escape if everyone does what he or she does best. Through their adventures, they learn that diversity makes us strong and that every person has something to teach us.

This delightfully illustrated fairy tale instills appreciation for children with Down syndrome and other developmental challenges, making it a valuable aid for teaching tolerance in the home or classroom.

I confess that I struggled with this book. I really enjoyed the first book, The Prince Who Was Just Himself, but I felt PRINCE NOAH and the SCHOOL PIRATES missed the mark.

Prince Noah needs to go to school, but he is sent on a ship for schooling. Kids are separated and put on different ships. When pirates seize the ships, the children have to work together, each bringing their unique gift to the solution. I understand the premise, but I guess the dark theme of being captured by pirates bothered me. Like other reviews, I found the wording odd, and I also believe that’s the translation from the author’s native German.

The author has a son with Down’s Syndrome and I love bringing awareness to special needs. I just feel the first book in the series did a stronger job bringing that message to light.

To purchase PRINCE NOAH and the SCHOOL PIRATES, click here.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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COTT: Plundered Christmas by Susan Lytekk

Posted by Julie on February 9, 2015 in Guest blogger |
Pirate legends, unexpected storms, murder.
Will Jeanine discover the truth before someone else winds up


About Plundered Christmas:

Compelled to spend Christmas on a private island with her father’s future
bride and family, Jeanine learns that Margo Banet is descended from a
pirate queen.

Relatives and friends all have their reasons for attending the
festivities—including the legendary treasure. But when Margo’s nephew winds
up dead and a violent storm cuts them off mainland, Jeanine has to wonder
if they will solve the mystery before someone else dies trying.

About the author:

Susan A. J. Lyttek, author of kids’ comedy, “Guzzy Goofball” and the
“Homeschool Play from Outer Space” and the cozy mystery trilogy by
Harbourlight Books which includes the recent Plundered Christmas, is
a wife and homeschool mother who writes early mornings in the shadow of our
nation’s capital. She also enjoys training up the next generation of
writers online through Write At Home, and by teaching middle and high
school co-op classes. Learn more about her and her projects at
What COTT Voters Had to Say:

–Susan Lyttek, you are an amazing and talented writer.

–Susan, I can’t wait to read your new book!

–Looking forward to reading Plundered Christmas!

–Love Plundered Christmas.

–Susan, your work continues to thrive, all for the Glory of God! I’m proud
to know you, and can’t wait to read this one! A. Montgomery.

–Susan Lyttek, enjoy reading your books.

–I really enjoyed Plundered Christmas–between the character dynamics and
the plot twist I never saw coming–well done!

–Great series by Susan Lyttek!

Chat with Susan:Why do you write the kind of books you do? I homeschooled and am
homeschooling. These are the people I’ve been around for the last seventeen
years. That’s also why I weave history in. Every homeschool resource I know
targets multiple subjects and levels of learning.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your
My goal is for today, whatever day that is, to be the happiest.
It doesn’t always work, especially when I get a piece of bad news or
insufficient sleep, but it’s my goal. I want to live contentedly in what my
Lord hands me each day.

What is your favorite season of the year? Christmas. Hands down.
What’s special about it for you?? I love my heritage and the special
traditions that we have. Every Christmas creates new memories that adds to
the woven tapestry of what it is. I also love celebrating the arrival of
the son of God in human form!

What is something that very few people know about you? I like to
read my Bible in French. C’est vraiment la belle langue!

What three things about you would surprise readers? I have a second
degree black belt in tae kwon do. I like LOUD music. (I’m a quiet person,
so the music thing surprises most people.) I earned a marksman ribbon with
the M-16 when I was in the Air Force.

What can you tell us about your current project? I assume you mean
Plundered Christmas. In this mystery, we need to figure out why the
Banet family has hidden their heritage all these years, in addition to
learning who killed Margo’s nephew. Secrets can poison a family and damage
relationships. As the Talbotts uncover the truth about Anne Bonny/Banet, it
leads to healing for those who accept it.


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