“Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind” by Darlene Foster

Amanda in New Mexico is an ideal book for children who are ready to read chapter books. It’s not too long or too complex that a mid-elementary student won’t be able to read it. My daughter would have been able to read this book by mid-way grade 2. Certainly, grade 3 students will be able to read it.

This is one of many books Canadian author Darlene Foster has written in the Amanda series. Foster has sent Amanda to several places on the globe, including England and Holland. In fact, there’s a sneak peak of Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action in the back of the paperback I read.

Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind has just enough spookiness to intrigue children but not scare them or give them nightmares. Foster leaves the ending open in the way she doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of ghosts, which I think is an excellent way to do it because . . . sometimes I believe in ghosts and sometimes I don’t.

Foster shares the New Mexican culture through food, history and language. Children will learn new words and about the Day of the Dead, an old Mexican tradition.

Day of the Dead

At the end of the story, Foster poses eight questions to readers, which teachers can use if the book is read in class.

I won’t answer any questions except the last one: Would you enjoy a class trip like the one Amanda and her classmates went on?

ANSWER: Yes! Without hesitation.

Amazon Review

Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind is a delightful story about Amanda, her friends, Cleo and Caleb, and seven of their classmates who travel for a class trip to New Mexico. While there, strange things happen, and Amanda isn’t so sure if she still doesn’t believes in ghosts after possibly seeing one…or two. The group explores local museums and historical locations, including a cemetery, and learn about local customs and sample traditional foods.

This book is suitable for children who are able to read chapter books. It’s a fast-paced adventure that may even keep the attention of reluctant readers.

Where Can You Buy the Book?

I picked up my paperback copy at Amazon.

Learn more about Amanda’s adventures and Darlene Foster by visiting her website: Darlene Foster.

Corrected Links for Darlene Foster’s Wednesday’s Word

Amanda in HollandI’ll be honest, I have no idea what happened. The only thing I can think of is when I posted author Darlene Foster’s Wednesday’s Word segment, I had been battling WordPress’s forced use of their new editor. I had been frustrated by the process and the unknown territory.

If you were forced into the new editor after using the Classic Editor all these years, you know what I’m talking about. Anyways, I learned how to by-pass that editor by starting a post in the new editor, saving it as a draft, then going back to the original set up and opening up the post in Classic Editor. Problem solved. For now.

Or Gremlins were involved. Or I had a brain glitch. I have no idea. Either way, the links to Darlene’s social media sites were not for her. They were completely wrong. I sincerely apologize to Darlene and anyone using those leaks and being led astray. By some miracle, all the book links were correct.

I corrected the links with the interview, and I’ll post them here to make it easier for those who wish to connect with her to use them.

Happy Friday. 

Wednesday’s Word: Darlene Foster presents Amanda in Holland

Darlene FosterIntroducing children’s author Darlene Foster. She has several books in the Amanda series: Amanda in New Mexico, Amanda in Danube, Amanda in Alberta, Amanda in England, Amanda in Spain and Amanda in Arabia. Her Most recent book, Amanda in Holland – Missing in Acton, was released in September 2019. In this interview, she shares a little about it.

1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My most recent book is Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action, book number seven in the Amanda Travels series featuring a young girl who has an exciting adventure wherever she travels. Although this a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone and does not have to be read in any order. The books are written for children between the ages of 7 to 12 although many adults enjoy them as well, especially if they enjoy learning about other countries. One adult reader recently said, “I love how you mix creativity, imagination and cultural appreciation in your writing – for minds of all ages!”

2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

In this adventure, Amanda is in Holland where she searches for a missing gardener, special tulip bulbs, a home for an abandoned puppy, and clues as to why her great-uncle didn’t return from the Second World War. She is there with her best friend Leah, and together they visit the amazing Keukenhof Gardens, the heart-breaking Anne Frank House, interesting windmills and a fun wooden shoe factory. But things are missing in the delightful country of Holland and intrepid traveller, Amanda Ross, is determined to find them, often putting herself in danger.

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Darlene Foster Interviews Diane

It’s a hot Saturday morning in central Nova Scotia, and with the temperatures expected to reach 35 or better, it’s a good reason to sneak away from outside work and check out Darlene’s Foster’s blog.

Darlene is a writer with two young adult novels published, Amanda in Arabia and Amanda in Spain. The next book in the series, Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, will be released in August. Darlene is currently working on book number four: Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone.

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Author Interview: Darlene Foster

Darlene FosterName: Darlene Foster

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?  No

In which country were you born, and which one do you live in now?

I was born in Canada and I live on the west coast of Canada

Which genres do you write in?

I mainly write children’s books, but I also write contemporary short stories and stories about my childhood growing up on a prairie farm.

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)

I have had two children’s travel adventure books published and one about to be published very soon.  The first one takes place in the United Arab Emirates and the second in Spain.

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