Abby & Holly, School Dance

Abby & Holly, School Dance

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ISBN-13: 9780998240480
Publisher: Janice Spina
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Abby & Holly , #1
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina is an award-winning author with twenty-one published books ranging from infants to adults and in multi-genres. She has been writing since the age of nine. Janice always dreamed of being an author but did not realize this dream until after she retired from an administrative secretarial position in a public school system in Massachusetts.
In 2013 she published two children's books, followed by three more children's books and one novel in 2014, two children's books, and two middle-grade/preteen detective books 1 & 2 in 2015 and one novel, a children's book, and Book 3 and 4 of her MG/PT series in 2016 and a short story collection, children's book and a MG/PT detective series book 5 in 2017, and two children's books and the sequel to her first novel were published in 2018 along with this girls' Abby & Holly series. Her husband, John, illustrator and cover creator, is working on illustrations for Janice's first fairy tale which she hopes to publish later in 2018. A YA fantasy needs to be edited and will be published as a series in 2019 and beyond.
Janice submitted an article to an anthology collection by author Kristina Stanley and published a short story in The Writers Newsletter. Janice's books have won a total of eleven book awards - seven Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, one Mom's Choice Awards, two Reader's Favorite Book Awards an Honorable Mention and a Silver Medal, and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest, and her first novel, Hunting Mariah was a finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest in 2018.
Her goal is to write for all ages and encourage children to read which will cultivate a love of reading and carry them throughout their lives.
Janice's motto is Reading Can Give You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks.com! Her logo is Jemsbooks - Books for all ages. Her husband, John, illustrates her children's books and creates the covers for all her books.
Janice plans to write more children's books, middle-grade, young adult fantasy and novels over the next few years. As the author says, "There is always another story running around in my head just waiting to be written down."
Janice's hobbies are crocheting, exercising (walking, hula hooping to keep in shape), and reading, reviewing books, blogging, traveling, going out to the movies and dinner with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren who are her inspiration to write.

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Abby & Holly, School Dance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 10 months ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite School Dance by Janice Spina is book one in the new series, Abby & Holly. Some readers might already know the two girls from one of the author’s earlier books: they were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. However, you do not need any knowledge of that novel to understand what is happening in the new series. I never read the other book, and had no issues with understanding and enjoying the girls’ story. Abby and Holly are excited because the sixth grade school dance will be soon. They are wondering whether twin boys Derek and Davey will invite them to go with them, but soon they discover a bigger problem. A girl called Justine is being bullied in the meanest way – a way which threatens her health and mental well-being at the same time. The two girls decide to become friends with Justine and find a solution to the situation so that everyone can enjoy the ball. But it seems like the bullies have come up with a new plan just a few days before the ball! While School Dance by Janice Spina is obviously aimed at younger readers, I did enjoy the light, but quite serious read. It took me back to my own school time, but bullying then was something nobody every really talked about. And not much was done about it. So it’s delightful to see books like this in which the characters make sure that one message comes across: Bullying, no matter the reason, is not okay. The story encourages kids to be brave and stand up for the victims, and it shows that everyone will have a lot more fun if they all just get along. The language and reading level is suitable for pre-teens and young teenagers. The topics will feel familiar to them and it will be easy for kids to be drawn into the plot. It’s also clever to use a bigger font and many white spaces to create a book that makes kids feel like they have read a couple hundred pages. It will feel like an achievement to them, and will encourage them to tackle even more books.
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
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 lesson of forgiving and forgetting is well documented in the story, an important reminder for everyone. This is another 5-star book from Janice Spina.