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Friday, April 20, 2018

Carmen Otto Reviews YA Novel "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Wolfson Valladares

About the Book:

Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.

Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died—her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.

It is her one chance to make sure that what happened to her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

Paperback: 296 pages
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult Novel
Publisher: WiDO (March 2018)
ISBN-10: 1937178994
ISBN-13: 978-1937178994

Crossing the Line is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

About the Author:

Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her first book, a children’s novel entitled Jonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. She also enjoys coaching high school students working on their college essays and helping other writers realize their dreams. She has been married to her husband, Manny, for 30 years and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.

Find Ellen Online:


Twitter: @ValladaresEllen

FB: @EllenValladares444


Note from mom here: I was reading Crossing the Line as part of my job with WOW! Women on Writing and as usual, I was talking to my children about what I was reading. All our children love to read, but my 11 year old daughter asked if she could read it on her tablet. I agreed, and she absolutely loved the book. It sparked some great mother/daughter conversations too - a total win/win!

-----Book Review by Carmen Jeanne Otto 

I would give this book to a friend to read...

I like how the author told the story from each persons point of view. It didn't take me long to read Crossing the Line. I was confused at first about how everyone fit together but my mom helped me make notes so I could understand. I didn't know what a Ouija board was until reading this book and I don't think I'd play with one.

I related to the characters and topics like friendship and bullying, and boys. I would read more books by this author and I would give this book to a friend to read too. My mom wasn't too sure I was old enough, but I think this is an ok book for someone my age.

----------Upcoming Blog Tour Dates

Saturday, April 21st @ Spark the Wizard
Brandi at Spark the Wizard shares her thoughts in a review of Ellen Valladares novel Crossing the Line.

Monday, April 23rd @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Wisconsin entrepreneur and school teacher reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the YA Novel Crossing the Line.

Tuesday, April 24th @ Finished Pages
Today, at Finished Pages, readers have an opportunity to learn more about Crossing the Line the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss Renee's review of this YA Novel!

Thursday, April 26th @ Digging with the Worms
Eric Trant reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. See what Eric thinks of Crossing the Line and find out more about this great book and accomplished author.

Thursday, April 26th @ Phy Tallic
Phy reviews the delightful YA Novel Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares.

Friday, April 27th @ Write Happy
Today at Write Happy, Catherine Brown will be interviewing Ellen Valladares about her latest novel Crossing the Line. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about this YA Novel as well as hear some tips from the accomplished journalist and author Ellen Valladares.

Monday, April 30th @ Ellen Valladares
Crystal J. Casavant-Otto from WOW! Women on Writing reviews Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares and shares her thoughts with readers at Valladares blog.

Tuesday, May 1st @ I Just Want to Finish My…
Brittany shares her thoughts after reading Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss this insightful blog stop for this delightful Young Adult Novel!

Wednesday, May 2nd @ Hott Books
Don't miss today's guest post at Hott Books! Distinguished author Ellen Valladares shares her post titled: 'The Inspiration Behind Crossing the Line'. You'll want to learn more about this delightful YA Novel!

Friday, May 4th @ Frasers Fun House
Melanie at Frasers Fun House reviews Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares.

Monday, May 7th @ Word Nerd Media
Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. You won't want to miss a minute of this captivating YA Novel Crossing the Line.


Carmen is 11 years old and lives on a dairy farm in Central Wisconsin. She is one of six children and enjoys swimming, playing french horn, singing, milking cows with her dad, playing with her siblings, reading books, and playing horses (not necessarily in that order). Carmen wants to be a large animal vet when she grows up! 

You see Carmen to the left pictured wearing her Valders Dolphins Swimteam Hoodie spending time with her friend Kathy's sheep. It's likely there's a book in her sweatshirt pocket too (and she dislikes having her picture taken) - but she's certainly beautiful <3 b="">

1 comment:

  1. Wow, thanks Carmen! So glad you enjoyed the book. People are always asking me about what age it is appropriate for so your input is very valuable there. Of course, I think it depends on the individual. Another reviewer gave it a PG-13 rating which I think makes a lot of sense. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. I hope you do share it with a friend and they like it too! :)