Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator: Irene Jahns
Publication Date: October 28, 2013: Ebook November 2014
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Blurb: Last time a powerful North Wind blew across the lakes, strange things happened. And the winter when Tara turns ten years old, the North Wind blows sharp and the lakes freeze solid by Thanksgiving. Old-timers from the village warn everyone to take care.
Tara, or Sweet T as Grandma calls her, is tired of being cooped up indoors on this coldest winter day, and she tries to make the best of the situation. But when Tara makes a wish that is dearest to her heart, T's ordinary afternoon leads to an hour of magic that takes her on a journey of discovery and a ride she'll never forget.
This story of a family across the generations weaves magic and whimsy while raising real-life issues of aging.
Stuck inside on a cold wintery day, Tara busies herself with her scooter. With a little magic from the north wind, she's gifted with the power to boost her imagination. Tara takes advantage to remember the good times, and create new memories with those she loves. This is a touching story that not only teaches us a lesson about imagination, but the connections of family.
Readers' Favorite five-star review rating
Sweet T and the North Wind by Cat Michaels is an adventurous story with whimsy and magic that enchant. The author tickles the creative and imaginative thoughts of young readers. The illustrations are beautiful and bright, and they both enhance the story and breathe life into the characters and the scenes.
All the characters of the story are charming - the grandmother, mother, father, Kristen, and Jenna, play an interesting part in the adventure along with Tara.
About the Author - Cat Michaels...
She spins tales of everyday life, with a twist of magic or mayhem, that open young minds to new ways of looking at the world. With more than two decades helping students from kindergarten to college overcome the challenges of learning disabilities and Asperger's syndrome, Cat's books encourage students to use their imagination and problem-solving skills as they enjoy reading.
Watercolor artist Irene A. Jahns illustrates Cat's Sweet T Tales, a series of chapter books for early readers about the adventures of three sisters. Book 1, "Sweet T and the North Wind," is available in print and will debut as an e-book in winter 2014. Book 2, "Finding Fuzzy, a You-Decide Tale of a Lost Friend," where children write or draw the story's ending, earned second place honors in the Purple Dragonfly Book Award. Both books received the Readers' Favorite five-star review.