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The Great Snowball Escapade

Wilhemena Brooks' cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it? Bud doesn't like girls! In fact, Bud doesn't like anybody. Wil tries to ignore him but he pulls her friend's hair, takes over games, and when Bud is in trouble he making his "you're going to get it" face at her. After a snowstorm closes school, Wil and her friends go sled riding. Bud shows up and starts a snowball fight which lands Wil in her room for the rest of the day for fighting. When her pencil sharpener is found, right where she left it, Wil decides she has to try harder to understand her cousin and stay out of trouble. Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. If Wil treats Bud nicely does that change anything for her?


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Reviewer Wayne S. Walker from HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW calls The Great Snowball Escapade “a heart-warming story about the importance of understanding the problems of others and treating them as we would like to be treated…”
From KidsRead, Book reviewer and librarian, Nancy Mossmore“…an entertaining read for emergent readers that includes a lesson about compassion and judging others. Because of that lesson, I would suggest that teachers in first through third grade use this as a read-aloud in class.” AND “…As a librarian, I would add this book to pathfinders about bullying and friendship…”

From author Terri Forehand: “…This book is a story which includes characters who face a bully, make judgments without facts, and learn to get along together…” AND “…The characters are likeable and the theme is a common one among peers- learning to trust, get along, and compromise. Young readers will enjoy the story and leave with the satisfaction that all is not what it seems. I give the story a thumbs up…”

Editor Jason Toupence at One Zillion Books:
“…my daughter and I have been reading a little each night before bed and we have enjoyed it…” …” AND
“…I think this is a very important story to read with your children. Seeing others through a different perspective can really shed some light on what makes them act the way they do. Just because someone has some bad traits, doesn't make them a bad person…”

From The Maggie Project: “…J. D. Holiday delivers just the right amount of suspense to entice children to turn the pages…” AND “…Perfect for six to eight year old readers and loaded with black and white illustrations, the story shows the effect of bullying and the value of understanding
another’s point of view…”

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth at Adolescent Girls Blog…“This is a great book about how to deal with mean siblings and kids. It offers kids great lessons about how to cope with
bullying-types of behaviour and mean kids. These are important lessons for kids to learn. Siblings can have a difficult time getting along. Many kids will be able to relate to the issues in this book. I really enjoyed getting to know J.D. Holiday and her writing life. She’s such an inspiration to me being a writer myself. I hope
you have followed her tour and learned more about her writing process and books…”

REVIEWER Fran Lewis says~"...This is definitely a FIVE SNOWMAN BOOK! Let’s hope the author brings Wil and Bud and her friends back in another novel.This book should be in every school library, guidance counselor’s office, public library, police youth groups, public libraries and
of course my own..."

Written by Author and Illustrator Carolyn Watson-Dubisch"...this book the Great Snowball Escapade struck a chord..." AND "...Life is full of changes and so often they are challenging ones. This is the story of Wilhemena Brooks, a little girl who's life has hit a bit of a rough patch and her
cousin, Bud Dunphry, who's in more of a tailspin. Together they discover that their new life together can be okay, maybe even good. It's a simply told story with realistic overtones and is the book to buy for any kid going through a difficult life change. The illustrations are gritty but charming and it's a truly engaging novel..."