Around December 2018, I signed up to be part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day! It raises awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity in children’s book and getting the books itself in classrooms and libraries. As a person who is from a cultural background. I had to share and open up to it too.2019 Multicultural Children's Book Day Poster by Julie Flett

You can find out more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day at multiculturalchildrensbookday.com


Mystery of the Min Min Lights (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure - Australia 1)

Title: Mystery of the Min Min Lights (A Pack-N-Go Girls Adventure)

Author: Janelle Diller

Genre/Demographic: Mystery / Middle Grade

Publisher: WorldTrek Publishing

Release Date:  December 15th, 2016

Description:

Welcome to Australia!
It’s hot. It’s windy. It’s dusty. It’s the Australian outback. Wendy Lee arrives from California. She’s lucky to meet Chloe Taylor, who invites Wendy to their sheep station. It sounds like fun except that someone is stealing the sheep.

And the thief just might be something as crazy as a UFO.

Thoughts:

It was the closest read I have to my reading-root. I have read Nancy Drew growing up and it sure didn’t fail to bring out feelings of nostalgia, out of me and more!

The Mystery of the Min Min Lights immediately injects curiosity and interest in a reader. I would know, it did have that effect on me. It features aspects that compelled me, it features a number of cultural diversity. An Asian character, Wendy, who’s from the U.S. to stay in Australia, and meets Australian bred and born, Chloe. I liked how sneakily educational it has been, recognizing both cultures. It captured me and has been educated by something foreign and familiar to one and could be understood from a better point of view.

The formed friendship and family dynamics are dominantly noticeable. The introduction we had with Wendy Lee and the Taylors. And relations with their family. The development of the character was a pleasure to witness too. Throughout their adventures outside in solving the true mystery of the min min lights.

The plot and mystery in the story were crafted by hard work and research. Made it very close to the reality; with the setting in Australia. It leveled up with such intrigue. And would definitely hook the young audience and adult alike, at it would form a bond between.

Rating:

four

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Title: Mystery of the Rusty Key

Author: Janelle Diller

Genre/Demographic: Mystery / Middle Grade

Publisher: WorldTrek Publishing

Release Date: January 19th, 2019

Description:

Welcome to Australia!
Wendy, Chloe, and Jacko must unravel four spooky clues: an ancient letter, a rusty key, a missing box, and a curse. The kids race against time to solve the mystery before the clock strikes midnight.

2017 Literary Classics Gold – Best Series – Young Reader
2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Silver – Best Chapter Book Series
2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner – Best Chapter Book Series

About Pack-n-Go Girls
Designed by girls for girls who love to play and travel, Pack-n-Go Girls engages the imagination of children ages 6-9 by introducing them to different countries around the world. Pack-n-Go Girls early chapter book adventures are packed with spooky mysteries, international friendships, and lots of fun and easy multicultural learning. Check out the Pack-n-Go Girls website for more learning fun and FREE learning activities: www.packngogirls.com

Thoughts:

I was fortunate to have advance access to the next book in the Pack-N-Go Girls Australia. Immediately after reading The Mystery of Min Min Lights I read The Mystery of the Rusty Key. Because the Pack-N-Go Series is really something to explore out more.

It continues in The Mystery of Rusty Key. It highlights the mysteries of a curse, an old letter, and a rusty key.

Wendy, Chloe, and Jack return in a much adventure packed trip in getting the bottom of the mystery. Diller had placed the sneaky education theme throughout the book. And these educational facts woven once again adjunct to the worldly and timely setting, these characters are in. And the illustrations in the books were wonderfully expressive.

Rating:

four

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Disclosure: Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the author, the author’s work, the publisher, nor any other group of people, nor I received any monetary compensation for doing this review. Booklinks contain affiliate links in which the blogger receives a tiny commission on all successful purchases.


About Author

Janelle DillerJanelle Diller has always had a passion for writing. Early on, she polished her writing skills by passing notes to her friends instead of paying attention in math class. Her resulting time in detention gave her lots of time to write more notes. As a young child, she wouldn’t leave home without a pad and pencil just in case her novel hit her and she had to scribble it down quickly. Sadly, she eventually lost this naiveté. However, as a result of her love of writing, she has an unusual variety of books published. The list includes books for the construction industry, grammar textbooks, and books for early and middle readers. Her latest writing adventure is with Pack~n~Go Girls, which has launched a line of travel and adventure books for young girls.

Janelle loves to travel and is lucky enough to have a job that takes her to fun places. She and her husband divide the rest of their time between living on a sailboat in Mexico and on land (in a house) in Colorado.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

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Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

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