Saving Halloween

Saving Halloween


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When book-smart Anne Parson meets Halloween Spavento, she sees exactly what she wants to see -- a friend. Halloween waves away trouble, magically silences school bullies and offers Anne unfailing friendship. But, when the Spavento family's enchanting exploits are exposed, will Anne face her fears and save Halloween?

A spellbinding tale of outcasts who find acceptance, a girl who discovers the true meaning of family, and characters who are not always what they seem.

2012 Kay Snow Award Winner
2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Amazon Bestseller: #1 Children's Halloween Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479257379
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2012
Pages: 146
Sales rank: 1,083,232
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Lisa Ard leads a charmed life in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children. Her first book, Fright Flight, Dream Seekers Book One received the FlamingNet Top Choice award. Saving Halloween won a 2012 Kay Snow Writing Award for Young Readers.

In addition to writing, she loves visiting schools and hearing from readers. Already she's presented her fabulous writing workshops to a gazillion young students (okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but you can check her website counter for the current number).

For school visits, book information, contests, games, puzzles, or just to chat, you may contact Lisa via her website:

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Saving Halloween 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
  Anne Parson has a very structured life. Her parents see to it every moment is filled with educational material.  One day though, she is able to slip away and she meets Halloween.  Time spent with Halloween and her family really opens Anne's eyes.  What has she been missing?      Ms Ard wrote such a wonderful story here I'm sure your children will enjoy it. It's colorful, sweet and full of all the Halloween things children love.  Well written and lively characters make this a book your children will read again and again.      I found no issues.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because there's a lot to be said for all work and no play.  ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review
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RavenaierKP More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I found this book to be a great read for middle-graders, at a time when they are starting to become socially awkward and peer acceptance is starting to become central to them. Anne seeks acceptance from her parents by excelling in school, going to tutors, learning different languages, musical instruments, always sticking to the schedule. Unfortunately, that schedule is bereft of the one thing that children need most in their lives: their parents' presence and love. That being the norm for her, she doesn't realise what she is missing until she meets Halloween, the girl across the orchard. Halloween couldn't be more different from Anne, she's a free spirit who is home schooled and has all the parental love and affection in her life that she could want. When Anne and Halloween start going to school together, they are immediately the object of the class' bully, and Halloween seems to wave away the trouble. As the book progresses, Anne sees what she is missing in her parents' absence and lack of affection. The only part I didn't agree with or like was the ending where Anne's parents just walk away from her. How can parents do this? I'm not saying its unrealistic, because god knows, parents do this all the time, but is this something you want to show middle-grade children, that parents can walk away from their children without some sort of consequences? Despite that ending, I still thought it was a pretty good book and perhaps the ending can open up discussion between children and their parents.