Author: Amanda Lynch

Amanda Lynch is a writer, editor, and blogger who grew up in Florida knowing she belonged somewhere else. She now lives in the DC Metro Area with her husband and three amazing little boys. She is the Eco-Friendly/Green Living Contributor over at the Prime Parents' Club and strives to live earth friendly in a world of disposable diapers. When not writing about Anabel and Jared or chasing around a curly-haired boy, she cheers for the Gators (in all kinds of weather) and occasionally remembers to sleep. You can also find her on Facebook, or on Twitter as @thebookprincess.

By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review Published: November 23, 2009 Shiver by  Maggie Stiefvater Reading Level: Teens Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2009) What to Expect: Werewolves, Romance, Poetry I’d been looking forward to reading Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver for awhile–it came highly recommended, so when I sat down to read it I carved out an afternoon and figured I would finish it the following day. Afternoon quickly became evening, and I was up until the wee hours of the morning because I absolutely HAD to know what happened.

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By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review Published: October 21, 2009 The Youngest Templar: Trail of Fate (Book Two) by Michael P. Spradlin Reading Level: Ages 10 and up Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (October 29, 2009) What to Expect: Action, Drama, Suspense, Mystery, Orphans, Historical Fiction I always worry about sequels.  It’s especially hard when you liked the first book so much, as I did The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail.  What if the characters change?  What if I don’t like the outcome?  And the first book in Michael Spradlin’s series ended on a perilous cliffhanger–will all of…

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By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review Published: July 30, 2009 As I mentioned back in April, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Michael Spradlin’s The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail. The book seemed so well-done, so well-researched, I couldn’t put it down–or stop recommending it to anyone and everyone who I thought might have even a passing interest in it! Needless to say,  I was extremely excited to interview Mr. Spradlin on the newest installment in Tristan’s journey, which comes out in September:  The Youngest Templar: Trail of Fate.

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Amanda Lynch Discusses Why Reading Harry Potter Is So Popular | The Children’s Book Review Just as a warning, there are spoilers in this post. For me, it was the third book. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed the first two.  I loved the premise.  Don’t we all sometimes wish we could be plucked from obscurity and tell us our true destiny?  From the moment Hagrid says, “You’re a wizard, Harry”, the picked-on, poorly-attired, lonely Harry Potter suddenly feels his life falls into place. It’s not without obstacles, of course:  Harry has a terrible time in Potions class (mostly due…

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