Sunday, April 28, 2013


 Nancy Stewart

I have known Nancy Stewart for some years, and we both share a publisher.  Nancy is an oh so talented writer, blogger, and great friend.  Today I have the great  pleasure of being a small cog in a Virtual Tour for  her new book:

Bella Saves the Beach
Illustrations: Samantha Bell

Nancy is the bestselling and award winning author of the four Bella and Britt Series books for children:  One Pelican at a Time (eighteen weeks on Amazon Bestselling List), Sea Turtle Summer (which won the Children’s Literary Classic Gold Award), Bella Saves the  Beach (which won the Gold),  and Mystery at Manatee Key.  The authorized biography of Katrina and Winter:  Partners in Courage, is the story of Katrina Simpkins and Winter, the dolphin.

One Pelican at a Time and Nancy were featured in the PBS Tampa special, GulfWatch.  All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing. 

She is a frequent speaker and presenter at writer’s conferences throughout the United States.  She conducts workshops and seminars and speaks to school children on writing and helping save their planet.  A blogger with a worldwide audience, she writes of all things pertaining to children’s literature.

Nancy’s travels take her extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa. She is US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education.   She and her husband live in Tampa and St. Louis.

                                        Bella Saves the Beach
is part of Nancy Stewart’s award winning beach series. It features Bella and her friend Britt.  The story is simple and charmingly told.  The two girls love their beach, yet something bad is happening - beach goers are throwing their trash all over the place, instead of putting it in the bins provided.

With determination and some thought, plus help from their friends, Bella and Britt find ways to clean up their beloved beach.  The author also introduces some intriguing beach birds, tide pools and crabs.  A glossary at the back explains these creatures.

The illustrations, by Samantha Bell, have that sun drenched feel that yell, “Day at the beach. . .!”  The story and illustrations fit together – like bare toes in sand!

Littering is a huge “green” problem today, and Nancy’s fun story encourages children to clean up around their play area – beach or park.  However, don’t expect your kid’s room to be sparkling clean any time soon. . .

I recommend reading Bella Saves the Beach with your kids or to your class. 
What kids read often hits home. What a parent/teacher SAYS. . .
not so much.

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 Do take time to dabble your toes in the remainder
of Nancy Stewart's Blog Tour

Monday, April 29th
Book review at Hook Kids on Reading
Guest post at The Pen and Ink
Tuesday, April 30th
Wednesday, May 1st
Book review at LadyD Books
Thursday, May 2nd
Book review at Kid Lit Reviews
Friday, May 3rd
Monday, May 6th
Tuesday, May 7th
Book reviewed at The Picture Book Review
Wednesday, May 8th
Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, May 9th
Book review at It’s About Time Mamaw
Friday, May 10th
Monday, May 13th


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  1. Margot, I cannot thank you enough for your kind remarks-both personal and professional! It is such a pleasure being on your vibrant blog, where everything is so alive! I hope your readers enjoy learning about Bella and Britt, and I want to wish you and your followers the best the beach has to offer. Cheers!

  2. Thanks for the fabulous review, Margot. I'm glad you enjoyed Nancy's latest. Readers have a chance to win a copy of this book if they visit

    Thanks again.


  3. Great review Margot. Best wishes Nancy for another great book for kids. Wishing you both much success

  4. Thanks for all the great comments. I am sure this new book in Nancy's beach series will go to bigger and better success than the others. YEA Nancy!!

    Books for Kids - manuscript Critiques

  5. This is such a great series for kids. Thanks for sharing your review with us, Margot. Sounds like Nancy hit another home run.

  6. You bet, Kai. Nancy is riding high at the moment. YEA!!!

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