Mysteries for Kids

Thanksgiving-Xmas-Winter Solstice: It’s That Time Of Year Again!

Thanksgiving is now a memory in Canada, fast approaching in the USA, and soon to be followed by Christmas for all—yes, I’m using the word “Christmas” but I’m thinking of all the seasonal celebrations, religious and otherwise, surrounding the winter solstice. We know it’s the time of year to reflect gratefully on the good things in our lives, particularly our family and friends.

To be able to reflect with pleasure, we have to be careful not to get caught up in the endless purchasing and worrisome preparation tasks ahead and, instead, take time to enjoy what we have and can share, and allow ourselves to be inspired by the beauty and love around us. It’s there under all the work and to-do-lists surrounding us. {Read More}

How To Keep An Unhappy, Reluctant Reader From Giving Up

It is common for children to be unhappy now and then, but prolonged misery over something as simple as not being a good reader can make a child feel angry, sad and unpopular, and can make a child want to give up trying to learn to read. The question is, what can a parent do before the problem escalates?   {Read More}

Spooky Halloween Stories Can Help Make Reading Fun For Kids

Friends camping in the wood

Kids love Halloween and you can capitalize on their enjoyment of this fun, spooky season by introducing scary-fun books, stories, jokes, and cartoons to make your child’s home reading fun, too. ‘Tis the season to be frightened—is that a bad thing for children?

Are Scary Stories Harmful for Kids?

According to experts, children, by age seven, know the difference between make-believe and fact, lies and truth, and real horror and “pretend” horror. There is merit in exposing children to frightening tales for several good reasons, but only within acceptable boundaries. In other words, you should make your decision about how spooky or frightening a suitable story should be on a child-by-child basis and book-by-book basis.

What is acceptable for a child at age ten differs from what is acceptable for a child at age seven; what is acceptable for a strong, adventurous child differs from what is acceptable for a child who is timid. Guidance should come from the child himself, and frightening tales should never be forced on anyone. {Read More}

Ten Easy Ways To Help Your Child Read Better, Faster, Sooner

young mother and her daughter

How to help your child if he is experiencing difficulty learning to read is a worry that can weigh heavy on your mind as a parent. We all know that being able to read well is the key to good grades in school and to success in all areas of life. It is very stressful for a parent and child if reading is a problem, and so we have listed ten simple ways you can help your child become a better reader with the least amount of hassle. 

The purpose of reading practice at home should always be enjoyment—it should be the driving force behind what you are doing to help your child. Reading at school is not fun for anyone who has difficulty reading, and your goal should be to make it fun at home. As reading becomes a less stressful activity, it becomes easier for your child to learn and more enjoyable. From time to time, remind him that reading is not only useful, but also fun and, by practicing, he’s learning how to break the code to unlock the story through word recognition. {Read More}

Children’s Mystery Stories Teach Problem-Solving Skills

Chemical Ali

Children’s mystery stories teach problem-solving skills and help youngsters practice rational thinking, which has practical applications in real life. As young readers think of solutions to a mystery and follow along with the reasoning presented in the story, they are actually practicing the techniques they need to understand and resolve their own real-life problems.

In Someone’s Trapped, a sports mystery for ages 8-12, three youngsters have problems to deal with during the summer soccer season, and one of the children becomes involved in an actual crime. When there is a series of thefts from the dressing room of Rebecca’s soccer team and she is one of the suspects, she realizes that if no one finds out who is responsible, some people will always wonder about her honesty. This is a serious problem for anyone of any age. {Read More}

The Kids’ Mystery, Someone’s Trapped, Is A Good Summer Read

Girls Reading in a Tent

The time has come to update your children’s summer reading lists, and a good choice for an eight to twelve-year-old is the kids’ mystery, Someone’s Trapped. If your child likes sports—soccer, in particular—and enjoys mysteries, too, Someone’s Trapped, a sports-themed mystery, is perfect. {Read More}

Help Children Discover Summer Reading Fun With A Kids’ Whodunit

boy reading a book in the park

It’s time to dig out some good summer reading for your children, and nothing is better than giving the gift of a kids’ whodunit as a reward for solving the mysteries presented by another year of school. Our children are now facing a long stretch of free time where they risk losing some of their language skills—and we don’t want that!

You can plug daily reading into an overall summer plan that includes sharing family chores as well as fun activities such as daily reading and possibly summer camp programs. Offer a prize to be awarded at the end of the summer for the child’s degree of participation—a chart and stars can help. {Read More}

Author Launches Kids’ Whodunit, Urges Parents To Make Reading Fun

(This story appeared in our local newspaper after my launch party for “Someone’s Trapped.” It was so much fun!)

A launch party was held on the weekend for Someone’s Trapped, a sports-themed mystery for children aged eight to twelve, by author Maureen Grenier, resident of Tsawwassen, BC. This is the second in the Viking Club Mystery series, and the mystery is spun out against the backdrop of kids’ summer soccer.

“I love writing sports-themed mysteries for children because the sports world is a microcosm of life itself,” explained Ms Grenier to the gathering of friends and fans. “Through sports experiences—good and bad—children learn how to cope with life, and learn that winning is fun and losing is no disgrace and simply part of the learning process. {Read More}

The Children’s Book Review Interviews Maureen Grenier, Part II

This is Part II of the interview of author Maureen Grenier by Bianca Schulze from The Children’s Book Review for The Author Showcase. 

Bianca Schulze: Your latest book, Someone’s Trappeda kids’ soccer “whodunit”—is the second book in your Viking Club Mystery series.Is it important for readers to start your series from the first book, Something’s Missinga hockey themed book—or will readers be able to pick up any of the books as a stand-alone read?

Maureen Grenier: The books are all ‘stand alones.’ I loved discovering a new series to follow when I was a child—still do, come to think of it—and I am familiar with how much repeat information is necessary for new readers without boring previous fans to death. (I don’t want to lose any of them!) {Read More}

The Children’s Book Review Interviews Maureen Grenier, Part I

This is Part I of the interview of author Maureen Grenier by Bianca Schulze from The Children’s Book Review for The Author Showcase.

Bianca Schulze: Your latest book, Someone’s Trapped—a kids’ soccer “whodunit”—is the second book in your Viking Club Mystery series. Can you tell us a little about the series and how you originally came up with the idea for these books? Were you inspired by any of your 3 children’s personal sporting experiences to write sport themed mysteries?

Maureen Grenier: My usual job of writing information articles and editing is fun, but writing fiction is even more fun. I’ve loved mystery stories all my life, and when I started writing a short mystery story for children with a hockey theme, it somehow blossomed into a book. {Read More}

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