This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Alaya, a kind and intelligent girl with black curly hair, smooth skin, and brown eyes in the story Alaya and Her Sparkling River (Bit O' Cocoa Kids) by P.A. Flinn. Alaya lived by a sparkling river and her days were spent playing happily in the green grass with the furry friends that lived there. One day something saw Alaya and became jealous of her looks. It made an evil plan to trick her. Alaya was unaware of the evil thing on the other side of the river. Finally, when the evil thing confronted Alaya, it told her that her voice was rough and the sight of her made its eyes sore. Alaya tried to hide in the shadow of a tree so that she would not cause suffering to the creature. The creature was mean to Alaya and asked her to leave because she did not deserve to live there. Alaya believed the evil creature and left her home. She traveled only at night so that no one would see her face but she missed her home by the sparkling river. Would she go back again to her home? What gives her the confidence to return?
Alaya and Her Sparkling River is all about self-doubt, self-belief, self-love, and self-acceptance and the story shows how things change when Alaya stops listening to the creature and starts believing in herself. Milan Sammadar and P.A. Flinn breathe color and life into the story, concept, and character with their bright and colorful illustrations that are captivating for young readers. The message conveyed through the story is uplifting, profound, and inspiring, and P.A. Flinn does it in an entertaining and interesting way through Alaya, the evil creature, and the other characters in the story.