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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Children's and Teens' Book Connection

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri  

Today’s special guest is Nancy Carty Lepri, author of the tween chapbook, Tiny Angel. This book tackles the difficult issues young people face when moving to a new town and into a new school district. It also addresses the topic of bullying. The Phoebe Prince case, which captured national attention, took place in a town that is barely 30 minutes away from here. For those of you who might not have heard of the case, Phoebe Prince was a young girl who committed suicide after continued bullying at her school and online and by texting. A year prior to this, a young boy from a nearby community took his own life because he couldn’t handle the bullying any longer. He was only 11.

Here, the author shares the basis for Tiny Angel.

You know you want to write a children’s book, but wonder what to write. That was the prevailing question on my mind. Where to get ideas? Where to start? My first college writing course, “Creative Writing 101” answered these two questions. The professor stated, “Write what you know!” Sounds simple, right?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

I always had the “itch” to be creative, whether through illustrating—I think I came out of the womb with a crayon in one hand—or writing, as the other hand must have held a book. This was my life’s goal. One day as I considered what to write, my insight became clear after witnessing some children picking on one of their peers. Thus, I wrote Tiny Angel.

As a child, I was sensitive and shy, which I am happy to say, I’ve outgrown! I kept to myself engrossed in schoolwork and books. Also having terrible eyesight, I started wearing glasses in the third grade. Due to this, some boys in my class started tormenting me. I was called “four-eyes” or “teacher’s pet”. Never did a day go by without receiving hurtful taunts. I often would not respond, but after one classmate crushed my beloved plastic Barbie lunchbox, that did it! I reported it to my teacher. Sadly, that made matters worse. From then on, I wanted to crawl into a hole and become invisible.

Remembering those unhappy days was the impetus to write Tiny Angel. Not only to purge the sadness I felt, but I also wanted to help other children going through similar circumstances. My desire was to let them know they are not alone, that someone else has endured this, and that things can get better. Children being bullied feel isolated and tend to magnify their hurts. After all, they are the center of their own world. When they are bullied, they feel slighted and less of a person.

I also believe we have guardian angels. I can site times when my own (also named Jody, after the angel in my book) has come to my aid. Angels can give children (and adults) comfort.

It is ironic that since I have matured and reconnected with several of my classmates, many of them have admitted their own insecurities and fears as children; and these were children whom I thought back then were the “cool kids” with not a care in the world. Funny that was not the case. No matter how happy or “with it” children may seem, I believe everyone has a fear or aspect about themselves they feel does not measure up.

Needless to say, if one child can learn to feel good about themself or find enjoyment by reading Tiny Angel, I will have accomplished the main goal for writing this book.

 

 

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

In 1995, Nancy and husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the “Wilmington Magazine” as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.

Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.

After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and copy edited and reviewed for “Affaire de Coeur” magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and has completed her sequel to Tiny Angel.

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Here is a short blurb from my review of Tiny Angel:

“In this engaging story, your tween will learn how to appreciate their talents, disarm bullies, and the importance of meaningful friendships.

I love the unique aspect of Macy having a guardian angel who encourages and helps her along her journey through the challenging transition from the school and the best friend she lost to truly coming into her own at her new school and making new friends.”

You can read the full review at http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/tiny-angel-by-nancy-carty-lepri/.

 

Virtual Book Tour - Day 9 (review)

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

 


 This is a cute book for your tweens.  the theme is bullying and friendship along with peer pressure.  Lepri helps the reader see that being in the "in crowd" isn't always what it's cracked up to be.  This is a very good message for those in between years when your child wants to fit in but can't find his/her click.  It can be a hard road to travel alone.  Tiny Angel will help the reader see that sometimes it isn't good to be in the "in crowd".  It's hard to turn the other cheek and take a stand.  While this was a very cute book I must stay true to my language code (see code here) and let you know there are some words in this book that I consider curse words. 

 

When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

Read an Excerpt here... 

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the Wilmington Magazine as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.

Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.

 

After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and was copy editor and reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and is completing her sequel to Tiny Angel.

You can visit Nancy’s website at:
http://nancycl.webs.com.

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A copy of this book was provided for review by Virtual Book tours.

Virtual Book Tour -- Day 8

Chrissy's World Of Books

12/15/10

Tiny Angel - Review

Tiny Angel By Nancy Carty Lepri
Details: Paperback, 104 pages – Children’s Book
Suggested age group 8 - 11 yrs

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Author Web Site: http://nancycl.webs.com.

Description: When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

My Thoughts:
Tiny Angel is about a little girl who has to deal with moving from her town to a new one and leaving all of her friends. She finds her by herself and the others bully her. She meets Jody a guardian angel who helps her deal with all of this.

I think this is a nice book for children to read especially if they find themselves as the new kid. The author does a great job keeping your interest in the story all the way to the last page. I sat down to read this and before I knew it, I was through the book. I found it easily readable for the age group it was designed for. I would not have a problem recommending this chapter book for any child in the age group.

What a good story I really enjoyed reading this one... I can relate to this book because I know exactly how Macy feels being the new kid all alone. My dad was in the military, which made me an Army brat and we were always moving from base to base so I was always the new kid. I hated being the new kid going to a new school every year or every two years depending on where my dad was assigned. I wished I had this book when I was a kid it might of made me feel a little better knowing I wasn't alone.


About The Author:

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the Wilmington Magazine as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.

Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.

After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and was copy editor and reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and is completing her sequel to Tiny Angel.

* I have been provided a complimentary copy of Tiny Angel for review by the Author Nancy Carty Lepri threw an opportunity from Pump Up Your Book. By receiving a complimentary copy it in no way obligates me to write a good or bad review. I am an honest reviewer and my reviews are based on my own opinion and only written by me.*

Virtual Book Tour -- Day 7 (review #2)

Ellis (Reviews and Life)

 

 


Book Review- Tiny Angel

 

After moving to a new town and feeling completely alone and bullied by her classmates, Macy discovers she has a guardian angel that she can see and talk to. This guardian angel gives her confidence where she lacks it and becomes the friend that she needs to make the transition to a new town.


I enjoyed reading this book. I think any child that moves around a lot would easily identify with Macy. She does not have an easy go of it in her new school and has difficulty making new friends. This is an encouraging read to any child who lacks confidence in their abilities. Macy is a smart child but lacks the confidence to stand up for what she thinks and knows.

I think that the author, Nancy Carty Lepri, added a few extra things in the last few chapters that could have been left out and not affected the storyline at all. I really did enjoy reading this and will recommend it to teacher friends of mine who have a student like Macy in their class who is dealing with moving to a new area or potential bulling in the classroom.

Thanks to Guardian Angel Publishing via Pump UP your Books for a free copy of this book for review.

 

Virtual Book Tour -- Day 7

Tiny Angel
by Nancy Carty Lepri
Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (first published 2009)

Synopsis:
When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she’s the new girl…alone and bullied.
An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in become a forever friend.

Tiny Angel is the story of Macy, who has moved to a new town leaving behind her best friend and everything she knows. In this new place and in the new school she is struggling to adjust and being bullied doesn’t help at all. When her guardian angel Jody appears, she has difficulty in beliving in the existence of her angel. Jody however teaches Macy the little things which will make her adjust, face her bullies, let go of what she has left and embrace the now and make new friends.

“Star light, star bright. First star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight….Please send me a friend.”

-pg. 12

What I really like about this book is that Jody is in no way doing magic and helping Macy, she is there as a support system, which Macy likes and dislikes all the time. A very sweet book aimed at 8- 12 year olds, which helps kids a lot. It talks about facing bullies, facing world with self-confidence and standing up for your values, which you should never be ashamed of. The characters are real, believable and lovable as well.

I think this one will be a great gift for the little girl you know and will help her a lot.

Book Provided via Pump Your Book Promotions by the author.

About the Author -

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.
 
In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the Wilmington Magazine as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.
 
Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.
 
After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and was copy editor and reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews forReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and is completing her sequel to Tiny Angel.

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4 Responses to Kid Konnection: Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri
  1. Veens, this does sound like a great book for young adults, especially girls in the age group you mentioned. Bullying is a problem at our schools, and this book could help girls learn some coping skills. Terrific review. :)

  2. sounds like a sweet little book..I must read more YA !:-)

  3. This sounds like such a sweet book!

  4. Thank you so much for hosting me today and for your lovely review! Happy holidays to you too!

Virtual Book Tour -- Day 6

Pump Up Chats with Nancy Carty Lepri

Nancy C. Lepri

Nancy Carty Lepri, a North Carolina transplant, was born and raised in Massachusetts. She, along with husband, Art and daughter, Danielle, have also lived in FL and LA.  While in MA, Nancy worked as an editorial assistant for a publisher and continued her studies, earning an AA degree from Cape Cod Community College and a BA from Western New England College. In 2006, she became a certified editor through Cape Fear Community College in NC. Nancy freelanced writing for several local newspapers, local, national and international trade magazines, taught online writing and art courses, illustrated children’s books, and started four mainstream novels.  A senior editor for a national publisher, Nancy edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, as well as copy editing and reviewing for “Affaire de Coeur” magazine. Currently, Nancy edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books. She just completed her sequel to Tiny Angel, her children’s chapter book, published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. in November 2009.  

Visit Nancy online at http://nancycl.webs.com.

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Thank you for this interview, Nancy. Do you remember writing stories as a child or did the writing bug come later? Do you remember your first published piece?

As a child, I was more apt to read than write and always had my nose in a book. I did dream up stories though I didn’t actually start writing until I was in school completing English assignments. I was first published as a freelance reporter writing articles for a freebie newspaper called “The Tightwad Times” advising readers on how to save money. 

What do you consider as the most frustrating side of becoming a published author and what has been the most rewarding?

I think the most frustrating aspect of being a published writer is the marketing and promotion. I am NOT a salesperson and find it very difficult selling myself. The most rewarding aspect is seeing my name in print and the hope that my story has an impact on others.

Are you married or single and how do you combine the writing life with home life?  Do you have support?

I am very much married, having just celebrated my thirty-ninth anniversary! My husband sometimes leaves me alone while I’m working, but he likes to “check up” on me to make sure I’m okay, or just come into my office to talk, which at times I must to admit, drives me crazy and ruins my concentration. However, if I nicely (or sometimes not so nicely!) ask him to leave me alone, he will. I think there are times he would like to throw my computer out the window, but I admit I spend too much time on it. <G>

Can you tell us about your latest book and why you wrote it?TA2x100

I started writing Tiny Angel in 1995, before I moved to North Carolina. I was working full time and taking college courses, tackling as many writing courses as I could. One day out of the blue, the subject of bullying came up, which was something I endured as a child. Because I was very shy and wore glasses, I was constantly taunted, being called “Four-eyes” and “Teacher’s Pet”. I felt alone and as though I never fit in. I took that situation and decided to write about it, not only to purge my unhappiness at what I went through, but also to share it with other children, so they would not feel alone and apart from their peers. Kids often think their problems are insurmountable and do not realize everyone has some kind of problem, so if my story gets through to just one child to let them know they can overcome shyness, bullies, and adversity, then this book will have done its job. 

Can you share an excerpt?

This is from the first chapter… 

A thwack to the back of her head reminded her that her misery was endless. She grabbed the runaway pencil from her lap and held it up. 

Kenny reached and snatched it from her. Macy blinked hard to keep the tears away. Please don’t let me cry in front of the other kids. 

“Hey, I think Macy forgot her pencil. She’s trying to steal mine.” He leaned in with a nasty smirk and whispered, “Hey, chubbo, do you get a royalty every time someone up-sizes their burgers at Wendy’s?” 

Choking with anger, Macy balled up her fist, but before she could give Kenny the pounding he deserved, a blazing ball of bright, pink light blasted through the room. It passed between them, looking like a tiny comet zinging around Kenny’s head. 

“What the…?” He swatted at it, his eyes nearly bulging out of his head. The little pink fireball dodged at him again. Kenny lost his balance, and his butt hit the floor—hard.

Macy blinked and her mouth flew open. What the heck was that? It sounded like an insect, but was much bigger than any bug she’d ever seen. It was almost as if one of those fireworks she’d seen at Greenwood Park with her parents last summer had come to life and was waging war on Kenny.

She didn’t want to smile, but just then, Macy couldn’t think of a good reason not to. 

“What did you do, you little dweeb?” Kenny hissed. 

Everyone in the class was either laughing or whispering and pointing at him. He got up from the floor and brushed the dust off his pants. 

“What’s the matter, Kenny,” Joey Martin mocked. “You let a girl push you?” 

“Didn’t you see that?” Kenny’s freckles popped out like raisins all over his nose. 

“See what?” Joey asked.

“You…you didn’t see that light buzz through here?”

The other kids laughed harder.

Macy refused to say anything. Let them think Kenny was seeing things. She didn’t know what had happened—what that little fireball was—but she couldn’t keep from grinning, picturing Kenny sprawled on the floor.

God had not only answered her prayers, but kept her from punching Kenny out and getting suspended. It was like a dream come true. Something finally put Kenny in his place.

Where’s your favorite place to write at home?

I have a wonderful wall-unit office system that consists of bookshelves, a lateral file cabinet, a CPU cabinet and large writing desk, which I have set up in my third bedroom. My reference books and music are all within reach and have plenty of space to spread out and work to my heart’s content. Also, the room has a door that I can close if I want privacy. <G>

What is one thing about your book that makes it different from other books on the market?

The fact that I wrote it! Ha ha… I’m kidding, of course. I guess it is different because most of the story comes straight from my heart and my history. I am also a huge believer in guardian angels—in fact, I truly believe my own angel, Jody, which is the name of my main character’s angel—is constantly watching over me and guiding me, giving me great comfort. I felt using my situation and an angel would give children hope as well as a bit of fantasy. 

Tables are turned…what is one thing you’d like to say to your audience who might buy your book one day?

First of all, thank you! I realize finances are tough now and I can’t expect people to rush out and buy my book on my say so. But I hope those who do buy it don’t feel they’ve wasted their hard-earned money. My wish is that they enjoy my story and find they can either relate to it or know of a child who is hurting who could benefit from reading it. It was not only written to teach children lessons in faith and confidence, but to offer a chance for them to escape into someone else’s life and learn they are not alone.  

Thank you for this interview, Nancy. Good luck on your virtual book tour! 

Thank you! It has been a pleasure and I hope those who do read my book get in touch with me to give me their feedback. I’m always eager to hear what others think about my story.

Virtual Book Tour -- Day 6

Pump Up Chats with Nancy Carty Lepri

Virtual Book Tour -- Day 5 (Book Tours and More)

BOOK TOURS AND MORE

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Author Spotlight: Nancy Carty Lepri and Tween Chapter Book Tiny Angel

 

When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.


Read an Excerpt!

“Hey, chubbo quit hogging the sidewalk!” Kenny Thompson yanked the front of his bike off the ground, circled around eight-year-old Macy Carver, and stuck out his tongue.



“Don’t,” she yelled. Kenny cut the bike’s front wheel, covering her with dirty water. Laughing, he sped toward school.

“Creepazoid!” Macy said, brushing mud from her jeans, which made a worse mess. Mud even splattered her favorite top. Tears filled her eyes. Stupid North Carolina! Why did her dad have to move here? She hated being the new kid in class. Thanks to Kenny, the kids either ignored her or were mean. To make things worse, she had to sit next to him. Sighing, she trudged on, hoping that when she got to school, Kenny would have sprouted huge warts on his nose.

The first bell rang. Macy walked to her desk and tripped over Kenny’s outstretched foot.

“Hey four-eyes.” He laughed when she stumbled. “Are you a klutzo, too? Aw, poor Macy, dirty and klutzy.”

Macy grabbed the side of her desk to keep from falling. She glared at Kenny, ready to stick out her tongue, but decided he didn’t need anything else to tease her about. Biting her lip, she sat at her desk. She wanted to go home—fat lot of good that would do her. She knew she wouldn’t feel better there.

The letter she got yesterday from her best friend, Emily burned in her back pocket. Darn Emily! At least they’d been best friends back home. When she thought about everything Emily wrote, Macy’s stomach tightened and jerked as if she’d dropped three floors in a runaway elevator, and those muscles wouldn’t relax. It was the same feeling she got in the pit of her tummy every time she lied to her mother about something. Guilty.

But what do I have to feel guilty about? I haven’t done anything wrong. It isn’t like I wanted to move away.

Betrayed. That’s how Macy felt every time she thought about Emily telling her how she and Tricia Mitchell rode the school bus together now, played games and how they were always at each other’s house. Emily told Macy how much fun they were having, even saying they were going to the roller rink on Saturday then having a sleepover at Tricia’s house…something she and Emily loved doing together. Tricia Mitchell! Funny,

Emily never liked Tricia before. She always called her stuck up. Now they’re best friends? What’s up with that?

Maybe Emily didn’t miss her at all. Macy suddenly felt lonelier than ever and she really wanted to cry.

A thwack to the back of her head reminded her that her misery was endless. She grabbed the runaway pencil from her lap and held it up. Kenny reached and snatched it from her. Macy blinked hard to keep the tears away. Please don’t let me cry in front of the other kids.

“Hey, I think Macy forgot her pencil. She’s trying to steal mine.” He leaned in with a nasty smirk and whispered, “Hey, chubbo, do you get a royalty every time someone up-sizes their burgers at Wendy’s?”

Choking with anger, Macy balled up her fist, but before she could give Kenny the pounding he deserved, a blazing ball of bright, pink light blasted through the room. It passed between them looking like a tiny comet zinging around Kenny’s head.

“What the…?” He swatted at it, eyes nearly bulging out of his head. The little pink fireball dodged at him again. Kenny lost his balance, and his butt hit the floor—hard.

Macy blinked and her mouth flew open. What the heck was that? It sounded like an insect, but was much bigger than any bug she’d ever seen. It was almost as if one of those fireworks she’d seen at Greenwood Park with her parents last summer had come to life and was waging war on Kenny.

Macy didn’t want to smile, but just then, she couldn’t think of a really good reason not to.


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Here’s what reviewers are saying about Tiny Angel!


“In a day and age when chapter books for ‘tweens can sometimes be more hype than substance, Nancy Carty Lepri’s Tiny Angel is a breath of fresh air… I think Tiny Angel should be read in elementary schools everywhere. It would open up dialogue about bullying and how devastating it can be to an individual, and teach students the lost art of compassion.”

–Dixie Phillips, award-winning author of Stubby’s Destiny and other children’s books

“Tiny Angel is a well-written, delightful story that will entertain middle-grade girls… it’s simply a good story about school, friends, being oneself, and achieving one’s full potential. Highly recommended.”

–Mayra Calvani, author of Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster, Crash!, and The Magic Violin

“I would definitely recommend this book for your tween. Tiny Angel is an engaging and compelling story whose timeless messages will stay with your tween long after she’s read the last page.”

–The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

"A book I would recommend to children who are dealing with being bullied or need a lesson in compassion for others."

--I'm A Reader, Not A Writer

"I would recommend this book to children ages 7-9, particularly those who are going through a stressful time, are bullied or need to hear that there is positivity in the world."

--Acting Balanced

 

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.


In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the Wilmington Magazine as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.


Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.


After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and was copy editor and reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and is completing her sequel to Tiny Angel.


You can visit Nancy’s website at: http://nancycl.webs.com/.




 

Virtual Book Tour -- Day 4 (I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Blog)

I AM A READER, NOT A WRITER BLOG

 Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway - Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri
When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

Read an Excerpt:
“Hey, chubbo quit hogging the sidewalk!” Kenny Thompson yanked the front of his bike off the ground, circled around eight-year-old Macy Carver, and stuck out his tongue.

“Don’t,” she yelled. Kenny cut the bike’s front wheel, covering her with dirty water. Laughing, he sped toward school.

“Creepazoid!” Macy said, brushing mud from her jeans, which made a worse mess. Mud even splattered her favorite top. Tears filled her eyes. Stupid North Carolina! Why did her dad have to move here? She hated being the new kid in class. Thanks to Kenny, the kids either ignored her or were mean. To make things worse, she had to sit next to him. Sighing, she trudged on, hoping that when she got to school, Kenny would have sprouted huge warts on his nose.

The first bell rang. Macy walked to her desk and tripped over Kenny’s outstretched foot.

“Hey four-eyes.” He laughed when she stumbled. “Are you a klutzo, too? Aw, poor Macy, dirty and klutzy.”

Macy grabbed the side of her desk to keep from falling. She glared at Kenny, ready to stick out her tongue, but decided he didn’t need anything else to tease her about. Biting her lip, she sat at her desk. She wanted to go home—fat lot of good that would do her. She knew she wouldn’t feel better there.

The letter she got yesterday from her best friend, Emily burned in her back pocket. Darn Emily! At least they’d been best friends back home. When she thought about everything Emily wrote, Macy’s stomach tightened and jerked as if she’d dropped three floors in a runaway elevator, and those muscles wouldn’t relax. It was the same feeling she got in the pit of her tummy every time she lied to her mother about something. Guilty.

But what do I have to feel guilty about? I haven’t done anything wrong. It isn’t like I wanted to move away.

Betrayed. That’s how Macy felt every time she thought about Emily telling her how she and Tricia Mitchell rode the school bus together now, played games and how they were always at each other’s house. Emily told Macy how much fun they were having, even saying they were going to the roller rink on Saturday then having a sleepover at Tricia’s house…something she and Emily loved doing together. Tricia Mitchell! Funny, Emily never liked Tricia before. She always called her stuck up. Now they’re best friends? What’s up with that?

Maybe Emily didn’t miss her at all. Macy suddenly felt lonelier than ever and she really wanted to cry.

A thwack to the back of her head reminded her that her misery was endless. She grabbed the runaway pencil from her lap and held it up. Kenny reached and snatched it from her. Macy blinked hard to keep the tears away. Please don’t let me cry in front of the other kids.

“Hey, I think Macy forgot her pencil. She’s trying to steal mine.” He leaned in with a nasty smirk and whispered, “Hey, chubbo, do you get a royalty every time someone up-sizes their burgers at Wendy’s?”

Choking with anger, Macy balled up her fist, but before she could give Kenny the pounding he deserved, a blazing ball of bright, pink light blasted through the room. It passed between them looking like a tiny comet zinging around Kenny’s head.

“What the…?” He swatted at it, eyes nearly bulging out of his head. The little pink fireball dodged at him again. Kenny lost his balance, and his butt hit the floor—hard.

Macy blinked and her mouth flew open. What the heck was that? It sounded like an insect, but was much bigger than any bug she’d ever seen. It was almost as if one of those fireworks she’d seen at Greenwood Park with her parents last summer had come to life and was waging war on Kenny.

Macy didn’t want to smile, but just then, she couldn’t think of a really good reason not to.

About Nancy Carty Lepri:
Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the Wilmington Magazine as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.

Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.

After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and was copy editor and reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and is completing her sequel to Tiny Angel.
You can visit Nancy’s website at: http://nancycl.webs.com/.

Book Review:
Tiny Angel is a middle grade book aimed at children ages 8-11. A very simple quick read this story deals with the topics of bullying, friendship & self confidence.
A book I would recommend to children who are dealing with being bullied or need a lesson in compassion for others. Young girls would likely enjoy this more than boys since the main character is an eight year old girl and the guardian angel, Jody, is always dressed in pink outfits.
There was one plot line involving one of the main characters Tommy & his father that didn't get fully resolved but there is a sequel coming so I assume we well see resolution in the sequel.
Filled with a message many young children need, this is a heartwarming story worth the time to read.

Content: Clean

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Source: From Author for Review & Blog Tour

Tiny Angel on Amazon.com

Giveaway:
Thanks to Nancy I have 1 copy of Tiny Angel to giveaway to a blog follower.  To enter you must have a US or Canadian mailing address.
Giveaway open until December 23th.

Posted by Inspired Kathy at 12:01 AM

Labels: 3.5 Star Books, age 8+, Author Nancy Carty Lepri, Blog Tour, Book Review, Clean Reads, Giveaways, Juvenile Fiction

4 comments:

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the great review of Tiny Angel. I'm glad you enjoyed it. You are correct--the next book is Tommy's story, which will resolve the loose ends from this book.

Good luck to all who enter the giveaway.

Cheryl

December 9, 2010 10:10 AM

Margot Finke said...

Very nice Review for Tiny Angel. Huge congrats mate!!

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December 9, 2010 5:56 PM

NancyCL said...

Thanks so much for the nice review and for hosting me. Happy Holidays!

December 9, 2010 7:00 PM

NancyCL said...

Thank you also to Cheryl and Margot!

December 9, 2010 7:00 PM

 

Trailer for "Tiny Angel"

Check out the trailer Cheryl from Pump Up Your Book made! She did a great job!

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzS_vYroHA

Virtual Book Tour of "Tiny Angel -- day 3 --review

Acting Balanced Blog Site

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Review: Tiny Angel

I am pleased to be a review stop on Nancy Carti Lepri's virtual book tour with her book, Tiny Angel

 

 


About Tiny Angel

When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

My review:

 

     When I first picked up this book, I wished that it had been written about five years ago, when my husband had first finished his PhD and we were embarking on our adventure to the US.  So many of the adventures and issues that Macy was dealing with were things that my daughter, Robyn, who was seven when we moved, dealt with those first few years.  

     This book takes a positive look at dealing with being the new girl, being different and making the most of your situation.  I think that the presence of Jody, 'the tiny angel' was nicely done and served to help infuse the book with both energy and some humor.

     I would recommend this book to children ages 7-9, particularly those who are going through a stressful time, are bullied or need to hear that there is positivity in the world.  

 

About Nancy Carty Lepri

     Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

     In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the Wilmington Magazine as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.

     Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.

     After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and was copy editor and reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews forReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and is completing her sequel to Tiny Angel.

     You can visit Nancy’s website at: http://nancycl.webs.com.

 

Virtual Book Tour of "Tiny Angel" day 2 -- review

Lynn's Corner

Website of Author Lynn McMonigal

A TINY ANGEL Review

Moving is not easy on a child, and 8-year-old Macy Carver is no exception.  When her dad’s job causes the family to move from Massachusetts to North Carolina, Macy feels lost.  She is bullied daily and has no friends.  At least, she has no friends until she meets Jody, her guardian angel.  Suddenly, Macy doesn’t feel so alone.  For the first time, she begins to think that maybe moving wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

In her book Tiny Angel, Nancy Carty Lepri tells the story of an elementary school girl’s struggle to find her place in her school.  It is a cute story, filled with believable characters. 

Maybe I am just not used to reading books for such young readers.  I found this book to be somewhat simplistic.  It just didn’t grab my attention, though I think the story (minus the angel) is very believable.  Many children Macy’s age have trouble fitting in.  I also felt that the story ended too quickly, leaving too many loose ends.  (Mainly where Tommy and his family are concerned.)

Still, this is a book I can see my young nieces enjoying.  I am planning to pass this along to them, and I am anxious to hear what they think about it.

 

Virtual Book Tour of "Tiny Angel" day 2

ACTING BALANCED (VBT Day 2)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Guest Post: Record what is Familiar by Nancy Carty Lepri

      I came up with the topic of Tiny Angel several years ago when I realized I wanted to write something, but didn’t know what. I remembered a college professor advising to record what is familiar. Therefore, I thought of my childhood. Because I was shy, sensitive and had to wear glasses, I was often teased. Called “Four eyes” and “Teacher’s Pet”, I was lonely, yet I wanted to be invisible. This is what gave me the impetus to write this story.

     In Tiny Angel, Macy Carver enrolls in a new school after a move. She is smart, overweight and wears glasses, which gives Kenny Thompson, the class bully, ammunition to tease her when all she wants is to make a friend and fit in. When her guardian angel, Jody, appears right when needed, she helps Macy find the confidence to acquire friends, thwart Kenny, and gain self-respect.

     I plan to write a series of angel books and recently completed my sequel, which is about Macy’s first frieCnd, Tommy Hernandez, a Hispanic boy who is also bullied, but tackles other problems. My third book will delve into Susan Murray’s life, an African American girl Macy and Tommy befriended, with the fourth book telling why Kenny is a bully. Written to appeal to both genders, these stories will give readers the ability to learn about others, accept their differences, and gain a greater understanding of their peers. 

     A few months ago, a Massachusetts teacher read Tiny Angel to her students. She shared the lessons in the book tackling the issues of bullying and friendship. Her class drew pictures of different scenes from the story, which she sent to me along with a delightful letter. This was such a joy and honor to receive and to learn the children liked my story and learned from it too.

     I recently found out Tiny Angel was nominated for a Cybil Award!  What a tribute to be nominated!

     This book gave me much pleasure to write. Wanting to incorporate angels with bullying, it is not preachy or to be considered a religious book. I wanted to show that bullying is wrong and hurtful and to let children understand they are not alone, as well as add a touch of whimsy with using an angel as a main character. Children can enjoy a bit of “fantasy” with my guardian angel, and learn how to rise above tormentors, find confidence and self-esteem, and realize everyone has value. 

   

BIO:

Though Tiny Angel is the first book Nancy Carty Lepri authored, she illustrated several children’s books, taught online writing and drawing classes, worked as a senior editor for a national publisher, and copy edited and reviewed for “Affaire de Coeur” magazine. Currently Nancy freelances as an editor, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books in addition to her writing. She lives in central North Carolina with her husband Art and spoiled feline, Tommy.

Virtual Book Tour of "Tiny Angel" day 1

Lori’s Reading Corner Blog

Monday, December 6, 2010

Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ Nancy Carty Lepri

The Basis of Tiny Angel

 

by Nancy Carty Lepri

 

You know you want to write a children’s book, but wonder what to write. That was the prevailing question on my mind. Where to get ideas? Where to start? My first college writing course, “Creative Writing 101” answered these two questions. The professor stated, “Write what you know!” Sounds simple, right?

I always had the “itch” to be creative, whether through illustrating—I think I came out of the womb with a crayon in one hand—or writing, as the other hand must have held a book. This was my life’s goal. One day as I considered what to write, my insight became clear after witnessing some children picking on one of their peers. Thus, I wrote Tiny Angel.
As a child, I was sensitive and shy, which I am happy to say, I’ve outgrown! I kept to myself engrossed in schoolwork and books. Also having terrible eyesight, I started wearing glasses in the third grade. Due to this, some boys in my class started tormenting me. I was called “four-eyes” or “teacher’s pet”. Never did a day go by without receiving hurtful taunts. I often would not respond, but after one classmate crushed my beloved plastic Barbie lunchbox, that did it! I reported it to my teacher. Sadly, that made matters worse. From then on, I wanted to crawl into a hole and become invisible.

Remembering those unhappy days was the impetus to write Tiny Angel. Not only to purge the sadness I felt, but I also wanted to help other children going through similar circumstances. My desire was to let them know they are not alone, that someone else has endured this, and that things can get better. Children being bullied feel isolated and tend to magnify their hurts. After all, they are the center of their own world. When they are bullied, they feel slighted and less of a person.
I also believe we have guardian angels. I can cite times when my own (also named Jody, after the angel in my book) has come to my aid. Angels can give children (and adults) comfort.

It is ironic that since I have matured and reconnected with several of my classmates, many of them have admitted their own insecurities and fears as children; and these were children whom I thought back then were the “cool kids” with not a care in the world. Funny that was not the case. No matter how happy or “with it” children may seem, I believe everyone has a fear or aspect about themselves they feel does not measure up.

Needless to say, if one child can learn to feel good about themself or find enjoyment by reading Tiny Angel, I will have accomplished the main goal for writing this book.

About the author ~ 

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

In 1995, Nancy and husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the “Wilmington Magazine” as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.

Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.

After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and copy edited and reviewed for “Affaire de Coeur” magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews for ReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and has completing her sequel to Tiny Angel.

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"TIny Angel" Virtaul Book Tour

 

 

Tiny Angel children's chapter book by Nancy Carty Lepri

 

When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she's the new girl...alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in become a forever friend.


Macy Carver is the new kid in town and she sure isn’t happy about it. With her father being transferred from Massachusetts to North Carolina, Macy left her best friend and all that she loved behind to start over in a new school where she is made fun of and bullied.

But when a flash of light announces the appearance of her guardian angel Jody, things start looking up for Macy, and with Jody’s encouragement, Macy finds a way to fit in and make some true friends.

The unique aspect of Macy having a guardian angel encourages and helps her along her journey through the challenging transition from the school and the best friend she lost to truly coming into her own at her new school and making new friends. And while Jody encourages Macy, she also motivates her to think of others.

While the messages in “Tiny Angel” are timeless, Lepri gives a contemporary feel to the story by having one of the characters left alone at home after school while her divorced mother is working. The insight into Susan’s character is also something very special.

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri will quickly become your child’s favorite. In this engaging story, your tween will learn how to appreciate their talents, disarm bullies, and the importance of meaningful friendships.


A fun and inspiring chapbook for tweens.

Tiny Angel is offered in the CD, eBook and paperback venues, for sale through publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Borders.com.

 

Contact Information

Nancy Carty Lepri

nancy.lepri@yahoo.com

 

Check out the Tiny Angel Virtual Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book!

 

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2010/11/12/the-tiny-angel-virtual-book-tour-december-10/

 

Drop by from Dec. 6 – Dec. 17 and leave a comment.

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR for "Tiny Angel"

Hi friends,

   Just want to let you know that beginning December 6 and running through December 17, I will be having a VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR for Tiny Angel.

    If you click on to the link below, it will give you more information and you can get on to the different sites offering reviews, comments and giveaways!

 

Here is the link to the site. I hope you'll take a look and offer some feedback.

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2010/11/12/the-tiny-angel-virtual-book-tour-december-10/

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 6

Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, December 7

Guest blogging and giveaway at Acting Balanced

Book reviewed at Lynn’s Corner

Wednesday, December 8

Book reviewed at Acting Balanced

Thursday, December 9

Book reviewed and giveaway at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Friday, December 10

Book spotlighted at Book Tours and More

Monday, December 13

Author interviewed at Pump Up Your Book!

Tuesday, December 14

Book reviewed and giveaway at Ellis

Book reviewed at Giving Reading a Chance

Wednesday, December 15

Book reviewed and giveaway at Chrissy’s World of Books

Thursday, December 16

Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Friday, December 17

Guest blogging at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

"Tiny Angel" by The Children's Book Review

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Tiny Angel

Tiny Angel
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When her dad is transferred to a new town, ten-year-old Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she's the new girl...alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend. Suggested age range for readers: 8 - 11 year olds


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1783570 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-11-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 104 pages

Customer Reviews

Self Esteem Building & Bully Fortification4
     Macy is uprooted from her Massachusetts' home to North Carolina. To make matters worse a bully at school, Kenny, is delighting at making her miserable. Macy refuses to let him get to her. She models what children in similar situations should do.
     Jody, a tiny angel appears and tries to help Macy deal with her difficult situation. Jody's appearance does not always herald good outcomes. She does push Macy to take on challenges she's not entirely comfortable tackling.
     Macy may have the physical manifestation of her guardian angel, but "Tiny Angel" illustrates how to take on challenges and hold your head up high despite your doubts. Children will not only enjoy the well written and entertaining book, they'll walk away with useful life strategies for handling bullies and the doubts we all face.

Refreshing Must Read!5
I read the whole book in one sitting! It has a great story that makes you want to know more. Also has a life lesson. Very well written and perfect for the pre-teen to young teen age. I hope there is a sequel!

Always have faith.5

Tiny Angel by Nancy Lepri
      Macy is a ten year old girl whose father gets a new job in a new town. Uprooted from her home, school and friends, Macy has to start fresh and she finds it isn't easy. She's having a tough time making new friends and is upset that her best friend back home is now best friends with someone else. On top of that a bully has made it his personal vendetta to tear Macy down. An angel named Jody comes to Macy's rescue and things begin to turn around for good.
      Tiny Angel is a story of hope, compassion and generosity. Macy teaches children, and even adults, what it means to look beyond oneself and see those around her. She finds out that her family's move is not the end of the world but a new beginning and that everyone needs faith, especially when things don't seem to be going well for you. There's always and upside. Mrs. Capri's books shows us that if you just be yourself, have faith and believe, nothing is ever as bad as it seems.
 

My Blog Radio Interview


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Nancy Lepri on Today's Guest show

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bookbitesforkids/2010/06/16/nancy-lepri-is-todays-guest

 

 

Today's Interview on Blog Radio

Today, June 16, 2010, I had the joy and honor of being interviewed by Suzanne Lieurance at BookbitesforKids on Blog Radio. Suzanne was delightful and put me at ease right away. During the half hour interview, we discussed Tiny Angel as well as my writing career in general.

I'd like to thank Suzanne for hosting me and I look forward to talking with her again when my next book is released.

I should be getting the link for the interview to post directly on this site soon. In the meantime, it can be accessed at:

www/bookbitesforkids.com 

From the 3rd Grade Class at Assumption School

I was very pleasantly surprised to receive a letter from Ms. Nancy Bass, third grade teacher at the Assumption School in Millbury, MA.

Ms. Bass read my book, "Tiny Angel" to her class then wrote me the letter shown below...

Not only that, but her wonderful students drew delightful pictures using scenes from my book which Ms. Bass included with her letter. Their drawings follow Ms. Bass's letter.

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Ms. Bass and her students. You all have touched my heart greatly and I will never forget this letter or your drawings.

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