Tuesday, April 23, 2019

REVIEWS of 5 NEW picture books for young readers.

REVIEWS of 5 NEW picture books for young readers. Two are from Margaret Wise Brown, best known for Goodnight Moon, and 3 from National Geographic. https://booksforyoungreaders.blogspot.com

Monday, April 8, 2019

My Raccoon Battle Adventure

This spring I’ve been in a battle of wits with raccoons in my back yard.

Years ago, one took up residence inside my brick fireplace chimney and had a litter of babies in there. When the babies were older, I got them out by lowering an old curtain so they could climb out. Then we capped the opening.

But this year was different. Now they were eating all the seeds we'd bought for the birds and threatened to tear up the wooden feeder with their sharp claws.
I tried several things to discourage them including only putting enough seeds out for the day. But every last seed was gone the next morning.

Then I decided to adapt a trash can lid as a barrier since the others I’d used, which were much smaller, didn’t stop the intruders. But night after night, they still found their way to the top of the feeder and emptied everything.

Finally, when I looked closer, I found mud on the pins that held each section of the pole together. The raccoons were using the pins as a sort of ladder. I removed those and used heavy tape to join the pole sections.

The next morning, here is what I saw…muddy paw prints all over the side of the lid. But, to my pleasant surprise, nothing was touched in the feeder. The seeds and the peanuts were still there. And it’s been that way, night after night, ever since.

So now the raccoons will have to raid other feeders in the neighborhood while I save money on the seeds intended for our cardinals, doves, bluejays, sparrows, and other birds.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Middle Grade Adventure and Mystery Books ALERT

Several of my books are recently out of print since I recently lost a publisher. However, if you go to Amazon, trying to order one of my books, and it is listed as unavailable, this will be corrected soon. Stay tuned.
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/s?k=max+elliot+anderson&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Got kids 8 - 12 on Spring Break? Try one of these adventure-mystery books as another form of entertainment.

Got kids 8 - 12 on Spring Break? Try one of these adventure-mystery books as another form of entertainment. 

Not everything has to show up on an electronic device although these are available as e-books too. http://www.amazon.com/Max-Elliot-Anderson/e/B002BLP3EE

Saturday, March 16, 2019

March Madness has begun! Get your young readers into the game with “At The Buzzer.”

March Madness has begun!  Get your young readers into the game with “At The Buzzer.”  


At the Buzzer

Author: Max Elliot Anderson
Audience: Middle School; especially boys

Sam Cooper had rehearsed a thousand times, in the back yard, how he would win the big game, with a three point shot, and be a hero. Still, he wondered what would happen in a real game. Sam’s friends all played on the basketball team at school.
Sam was concerned about his best friend, Perry, for a couple of reasons, and he was going to do his best to help his friend.
On the way home from a survival church camp weekend, the boys’ van is nearly involved in a fatal accident with an eighteen-wheeler on a rain slick road. The boys have to confront life and death for the first time in their lives.
Later, while they practiced basketball at Sam’s house, Perry fell, resulting in a severe injury. Instantly his plans to use basketball as the ticket to his future were changed. Perry was the big man in the middle. Without him, the team had to change the way they played.
Would they be able to win the championship?
Would Chris take the final shot like he’d practiced his whole life?
Did it go in…or didn’t it? The answer will surprise you.

January 14, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition

December 2, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
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