Unit Study Inspired by Spark

When kids are interested in a topic, they’re more engaged and the process of learning is enjoyable. Which, in turn, helps foster a love for learning (and makes teaching fun).

And as both a homeschool parent and a writer, I felt led to combine the two areas to create printable unit studies centered around some of the great books I’ve featured on this blog.

Here’s, hopefully, the first of many. A unit study inspired by J.M. Hackman’s Spark.

Spark Unit Study
Topics: Bioluminescence, Cartography, and Griffins
Plus, don’t miss out on the discussion questions J.M. Hackman provided in the back of her book!

You can also find this unit study, along with other free teaching resources on this blog under Teaching Resources.

Just incase you want to know a little more, here’s a few related posts about Spark and other books in the Firebrand Chronicles series.

Spark (book review on Lands Uncharted)
Flare (book review)
Firebrand Chronicles (world building interview)


Winds of Time

As the little girl traveled through the forest, she fought the wind, trying to hold on to her brightly colored balloon. She tried to keep it safe, but it bounced against the jagged branches. Claws clutched the tender sheath, popping the balloon.

The girl emerged from the forest. A dingy bit of rubber trailed behind her on a string. Her shoulders hunched, head bowed, she continued.

Winding through a park, she discovered a man on a bench holding a photograph of a woman. A silent tear escaped, trailing down his cheek. Having nothing else, she offered him the busted balloon. He smiled, taking her gift.

The girl’s eyes widened, her mouth agape, as the tangled string and bit of rubber transformed in the man’s hands, once more, a brightly colored balloon flying high in the air.


Snow Globe Travelers Cover Reveal!

Today, I’m excited to share the cover for Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel’s Legacy, my debut middle-grade novel releasing this spring!

Somehow, having a cover makes it more real. It’s really happening!

The Story

Twelve-year-old Sarah Ann Reisende’s father left before her third birthday. She longs to find him, but she never expected the path would lead her across the galaxy and force her to confront her deepest fears.

In a darkened alleyway in the heart of Vienna, Sarah wanders into a mysterious shop where each snow globe opens a portal to another world. By mistake, she breaks the globe tethered to Earth. As she searches the shop for answers, she discovers a cryptic note on the back of an old photograph that indicates a link between her father and one of the other worlds.

Unable to return to home, Sarah follows the lead into the world of Elohi. But an invading military force of vicious hybrids led by a genetically-engineered warrior named Malvine now rules the once peaceful planet. Malvine is also one of the figures in the old photograph linked to her father.

Sarah’s presence does not go unnoticed, and she becomes a target. Malvine wants to use the shop’s connections to wage war.

Can Sarah uncover the truth and find a way home before Malvine gains control of the shop?

Pre-order

The ebook is available at a special pre-order price on iTunes, Barnes & Nobles, and Kobo here: books2read.com/snowglobetravelers

Amazon and print pre-orders coming soon!

If you do pre-order, email a copy of the receipt with the subject ‘Snow Globe Travelers’ to snowglobetravelers@gmail.com to get a free digital copy of the Snow Globe Travelers Activity Book after both release on April 30th!