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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Adventures with Ragweed by Linda Lee Crosby

Adventures with Ragweed
Linda Lee Crosby
ISBN: 9780615895383

Barnes & Noble Synopsis:
Adventures with Ragweed is a collection of humorous short stories filled with adventure and family themes. Ragweed is a tribute to the whimsical part of each of us. Follow this young teen and her best friend, Marney as they travel to Mexico for a fishing trip where the family is to shoot a pilot for a television show instead find themselves in an unexpected sea storm.

Laugh out loud as Ragweed takes on the tennis elite at the country club or attempts to rearrange their perfectly cut lawns. Always one to learn new things, this young freckled face gal with the unruly blonde hair builds a float, rides a horse and grows a garden. Each task done with her own unique vies of the world.

These stories are meant to entertain. It's difficult to narrow it down to one specific genre as the book is a collection of short stories suitable for young adults as well as for an older crowd with a sense of humor.
Family Relationships, Friendships, Essays and Humor are categories all presented within the pages of this book.

May you enjoy each tale as much as Ragweed enjoyed living the adventures.

MrsK's Review:
Such family fun!  There are ten delightful tales to read, re-tell, and have great adventures with.  Ragweed is an impish little girl.  She "sees" that there are always possibilities for improvement in every thing around her.  At first she views their manicured lawn as boring, so she decides that purple Lupines will make the yard "pop" with fun color.  Ragweed declares that she would like a garden.  Moms and Pops agree to a little "square" area of the yard. Between the gardener Carl and his mowing of everything that isn't wanted and Ragweed's determination to help the yard become colorful and mysteriously unique... well, just imagine the chaotic attempt to rid the yard of the "un-wanted" surprises.

Can you imagine the "yuck" that begins to transform a very well-to-do desert resort as Ragweed and her friend, Marney, experiment to see if it is really hot enough "to fry an egg" in front of the lobby.  Or what do you think will happen on Ragweed's "travel fishing show" trip to Mexico? Think about what could happen with Ragweed deciding to "do the chores" around the house, with the laundry, or even parking Pops' favorite (expensive) car.

Which ever escapade you choose to read, make sure you are reading it aloud.  These stories are meant for family reading fun, silly moments while on a road trip, and perfect for any classroom "before the bell" student fun!

Enjoy these head-shaking, chaotic, and laughable non-nonsensical treats,

Worth reading it!
"I would say that Ragweed is a tribute to the whimsical part of each of us.
She is committed to adventure... she loves life... all adventures are created equal...
 she views the world... as unlimited possibilities."
     Linda Lou Crosby is a video producer, storyteller and former professional athlete. Like Ragweed, she has a unique approach to life. Ragweed is a part of herself she wanted to share with others. Linda Lou has a great sense of humor and likes to laugh and make others laugh too. She currently lives with her husband in Montana and California where on clear days you can find her fishing, hunting or hiking.

 " Ragweed grew out of my experiences;
the little girl part of me that peered out and saw a world of entertaining adventures before her."
Adventures with Ragweed website and video

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