Saturday, March 4, 2017

Book Tour "Lizzie & McKenzie's Fabulous Adventures" by Dina Tate

About the Book
Title: Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid
Author: Dina C. Tate
Genre: Children’s Books, Fantasy
Imagine if all the little girls of the world looked alike.
If the Same Glam Goddess gets her way, it can surely happen.
McKenzie Rivers, the pint-sized daredevil, and Lizzie Sanders, who loves all things frilly, aren’t afraid of being different. And that’s exactly why Princess Lovina of Exquisite City calls upon them to stop the Same Glam Goddess from making all the little girls of the world look the same. With the aid of their magical lovely lockets and fierce diva weaponry, Lizzie and McKenzie will travel the world to find the Seven Crystals of Sisterhood. Their first stop is the magical city of Madrid.
Lizzie and McKenzie will need help to obtain the crystals before the Same Glam Goddess gets her hands on them. If the crystals are not found, little girls all over the world will remain under the spell of the Same Glam Goddess and will lose their identities forever! Will Lizzie and McKenzie be able to find the crystals, break the spell, and stop the Same Glam Goddess?
Excerpt 1
‘Spain, China, South Africa, Brazil…’” McKenzie Rivers recites the instructions for Ms. Curtis’s third-grade world cultures project. “‘Select any country from the seven continents and express what you have learned. You can draw pictures, write a poem, or create a poster with interesting facts. All the projects will be on display in class. Parents are invited to attend. Help PS 56 celebrate Global Awareness Day.’” A curious McKenzie asks, “Ms. Curtis, why is Global Awareness Day so important?”
“Learning about where other people come from and respecting their differences is important. While you live in New York, your parents and grandparents may come from different parts of the United States, or maybe even from another country. Each of you may celebrate diverse traditions and beliefs, and that’s what makes you all special,” Ms. Curtis explains.
Angela Wiggins stands up and says, “My momma said to never buy a man shoes or he will walk away from you.”
“Well, Angela,” Ms. Curtis takes a deep breath and closes her lips tightly together with a slight smile. “That’s more of what they call an old wives’ tale. We can discuss that during one of our Fun Fridays.”
Lizzie Sanders, McKenzie’s best friend, immediately shoots her hand in the air and asks, “Can we wear a costume or something from that country for the project?”
“Yes, Lizzie, that’s fine,” Ms. Curtis answers. “The project can be as unique or as different as you want it to be. Global Awareness Day is a great opportunity to learn about cultures other than your own. Each grade level will be contributing something different, so you’ll get to see how hard everyone has worked to make this event possible.”
A bell cries out, to the students’ relief. Papers fly like happy birds, books slam, and excited little voices fill the air, signaling the end of the day. As McKenzie jams her books into her backpack she turns to Lizzie and says, “Text your mom and ask if you can come to my house. We can start on the project together.”
“Okay!” Lizzie agrees. As she texts her mother, someone who is small in size but can appear as big and as mean as a monster approaches Lizzie.
It’s Angela again, followed by her two friends, Lissette and Tammy. “You always have to do something different. A costume?” She huffs. “I hope it comes with a mask to cover your face and that mole on your eyebrow.” Angela laughs.
“Quit it, Angela, or I’m telling!” McKenzie jumps in front of Lizzie to protect her friend. “Don’t be jealous because you’re gonna do the same cardboard cutout project that you always do.” McKenzie locks arms with Lizzie. “Excuse us,” McKenzie says politely as they walk past Angela and her shadows. They head out of the classroom to go home.
Lizzie and McKenzie walk down the sun-drenched concrete streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York, past brownstones strong in stature and historic in nature, each with their own unique story.
“Italy, France—do you really think we need to know about those countries?” McKenzie asks.
“Well, if I become famous and travel the world, I will thank Ms. Curtis in my acceptance speech for teaching me about all these fabulous places.”

Author Bio

Dina Tate is the President and Founder of GlobalGirlsSquad LLC a publishing and technology company.  Her first book which combines her love of travel and japanese animation is titled “Lizzie and McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures”.
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