Joanna Slodownik

Fiction and Non-Fiction for Kids and Adults

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The Kind Summer by Joanna Slodownik

The Kind Summer (Rebels With A Cause)

Sara is crushed when she learns she won’t be going on the trip of her lifetime across Europe. Instead, she’ll be spending the summer with an aunt she doesn’t remember, volunteering at a farm animal sanctuary in the middle of nowhere, with her younger brother and sister. What’s fun about that? Her spirits are low and expectations even lower, but what she doesn’t know is how that summer will change her forever.***A fun and thought-provoking read for tweens, teens, and adults.

*** Buy The Kind Summer (Rebels With A Cause) by Joanna Slodownik.

The Kind Fashionista

The Kind Fashionista: How I Became an Accidental Fashion Icon and Stole the Show (Rebels With A Cause)

Can a group of fashion-challenged dorks and social misfits steal the fashion show from the glamorous but mean fashionistas, proving that personality, smarts, and self-expression win (almost) every time?

When the Find-Your-Style fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making workshop is announced, culminating with a FASHION SHOW & EXTRAVAGANZA, Sara doesn’t even think about participating. After being officially appointed a FASHION DISASTER by the school fashionistas, she doesn’t want to humiliate myself in front of the entire school and town. Besides, being trendy is not something that she’s concerned about. In her book, practicality wins over appearances every time, and what’s ACTUALLY INSIDE YOUR HEAD is more important than whether your hair has been colored, blow-dried, and curled. It’s only when I realize that participating in the show may actually give my friends and me a chance to get back at the mean fashionistas that I decide to ‘join the circus’. There is only one problem—signing up is easy, but what will we wear? With the show’s big date getting closer, there’s little time to figure out our revenge. As we go on that journey, we get close and personal with the contents of our closets and face our dorkiness, self-consciousness, and other demons. We also discover that we are not just smart and caring individuals with an important message to share with the world (and our school mates) but have a distinct personal style as well. Buy The Kind Fashionista: How I Became an Accidental Fashion Icon and Stole the Show (Rebels With A Cause) by Joanna Slodownik.

The Kind Fashionista

Dorks On a Mission: The Wild Gardens

“Bea dreams of having a PRINCESS FAIRY OASIS in her backyard—where ONLY beautiful flowers, butterflies, ladybugs are allowed, and her best friends, Annika, Maya, and Zoe (but NO PESKY BUGS, ugly frogs, or annoying little boys).

The problem is that now her backyard looks nothing like it!

Now her garden is full of BUGS, WORMS, AND OTHER YUCKY CREATURES, plus overgrown grasses, disheveled bushes, and … a GINORMOUS COMPOST PILE in the middle of it all.

That is not a place for fairies or princesses, for sure!
(Only silly boys and dorks, who are into playing in dirt, maybe.)

So Bea makes a wish (and casts a spell with her magic stick) that all bugs should disappear from the face of the earth—or at least her neighborhood (except ladybugs, butterflies, and dragonflies, of course, because those can stay). But when she learns that the consequences of her wish may be more than she bargained for—she changes her mind.

Dressed in gardening outfits, that look like nothing a princess (or even a fairy) would wear, Bea and her friends get their hands dirty on a mission to create an OASIS for ALL CREATURES—even ugly bugs, worms, frogs (and boys).

These girls (and boys) may not look like fairies or princesses, more like GARDEN DORKS, but being a dork may not be such a bad thing after all.

Dorks On a Mission: The Wild Gardens

A fun read for girls and boys ages 5-10, that teaches kids how to invite more nature into their lives, and inspires them to learn more about the wildlife just outside their window.

Because even a simple meadow or a flower pot on the balcony or rooftop garden can be buzzing with life.

Buy the book now and enjoy this gardening with your kids. Happy reading, exploring, and creating a Kids Fairy Garden!

The Kind Fashionista

Dorks on a Mission: Halloween Fun – Our Spooky-But-Fun Trick-or-Treating Adventure

***Bea wishes for a perfect Halloween costume and lots of fun trick-or-treating. Visiting the spooky house at the edge of the forest was never part of the plan.***

But when her friends insist on going there, she has no choice but to follow…
The story is full of twists and turns, fun illustrations, and surprises…
And then, it teaches the kids how to grow their own oyster mushrooms! (It’s a story about Halloween with a Twist for Kids!)

Check it out on Amazon: Dorks on a Mission: Halloween Fun.

The Kind Fashionista

My Limpy Dog: A Dog Adoption Story: A MUST-READ If You Want a Pet, From 8 to 14 to 114 Years Old (Mission (IM)Possible Series)

Have you ever thought of adopting a dog?

If the answer is YES, then this book is for you!

The story is about a boy named Adam (that’s me!) and a dog, Ramses (that’s the Limpy Dog from the title, it’s because he has a cute limp that makes him look like he’s skipping when he walks), and how we’ve met each other. (SPOILER ALERT: it happened in an animal shelter, and, yes, Ramses is adopted!).

I’m not going to sugar-coat it–adopting a dog is a lot of fun, but also a big responsibility and the whole process hasn’t been easy. The decision to adopt can be a scary one and my parents weren’t so keen about it at first.

I remember having many questions: Are we going to become friends? Is he going to like me? Who’s going to take care of him? And–are we all going to regret it?

You’ll have to read the book to find out what happened, but if you ever thought about getting a dog (or a cat), read my story to find out if it

(ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: The answer is a resounding YES! Everybody in my family fell madly, deeply and totally head over heels in love with the hairy canine who is now a member of our tribe; and we simply cannot imagine our life without him anymore.)

But if you want to know the whole story, you’ll have to read it.

WARNING! This book contains content that goes straight to your heart, and may cause you to take actions with unforeseeable, long-lasting, life-changing consequences; like taking a dirty, stinky, and scared four-legged hairy canine (or feline) alien into your lovely home, resulting in hearts opened, minds changed, sofas damaged, homework eaten, floors dirtied, food stolen, shoes gnawed on, carpets puked on, lawns pooped on; but, also–hours of play, fun, and laughter, loads of snuggles and wet kisses, unconditional friendship and affection, and… love. CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED!
So, adopt, don’t shop! (And buy My Limpy Dog: A Dog Adoption Story book today!)

Barf Bullies and Mulberries

The Game of Lost and Found (Mission Possible Series)

I lost my dog.

My best friend, the dog I love with all my heart, a hairy canine, whom I  adopted from the shelter just weeks ago. I lost him, even though I had promised to take care of him—forever and ever. I messed up BIG TIME ( just like I always do).

The question is how do I find him now, in a strange city I barely know, all the way across the ocean from my home in New Jersey (somewhere in the middle of nowhere—or, to be more precise, in Central Europe, where my parents decided to move me), so not only I had to leave my friends behind, I had to change schools—twice. And changing schools is not fun, to put it mildly.

Now, I have no friends, no dog, and my parents will be so mad at me when they find out…

And to make matters worse, the only reward I offer is the measly 128 zlotys, plus 15 dollars and 27 cents I have stashed in my drawer for a rainy day.

So, yeah, basically, I’m a complete loser!

Now, I’m roaming the city streets searching for him, just like I’ve been doing before, only then, I was playing Pokémon and Save-the-World Mania, my favorite game by far, and THIS is for real.

I can’t believe I let it happen!

With dogs disappearing all around town and my new classmates presenting me scenarios from silly and funny to the terrifying, will I find him before it is too late?

Get The Game of Lost and Found (Mission Possible Series) here.

Barf Bullies and Mulberries

Barf, Bullies, and Mulberries: My Middle School Misadventures (Mission (IM)Possible Series)

They say—when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but what do you do with spinach, kale, or dandelion?

Adam says—toss the green stuff with bananas and strawberries into a blender and make BARF!

After being awarded the Biggest Loser badges by the popular vote, Adam, Diego, and Jai are officially at the top of the Wall of Shame in their school, but does that mean they’re going to sit around and whine about it?

Well… maybe a bit, but not for long!

The three friends are assigned an impossible mission by the school principal to convince their classmates to start eating healthy foods served in the cafeteria. Everybody knows fruits, veggies, and greens may be good for your body, but are disastrous for your image, and most teenagers would rather be caught dead than eating steamed broccoli, kale, or tofu.

Armed with blenders, juicers, and vegetable peelers, the trio sets off on the quest to win the Science Fair contest, against the Strong and Fit Team, lead by two school bullies, who won’t shy away from anything to wipe all competitors off their way…

Funny. Entertaining. Highly recommended!

Get Barf, Bullies, and Mulberries: My Middle School Misadventures today!


Barf Big Book of Smoothies

BARF! The Big Book of Green Smoothies : (Confessions of Green Barf Drinker with 50+ Smoothie Recipes and Tips for Kids and Adults from 7 to 107 years old) (Mission (IM)Possible Series)

**A laugh-out-loud recipe book for kids.***

“Mom calls them Green Smoothies.

I call them Green Barf.

I’ve been drinking barf longer than I can remember—for most of my life, according to Mom. She made me do it!

I really didn’t have any complaints about drinking barf for a long time. At least, not until I was old enough to realize what’s in it, which only happened recently, thanks to my buddies who enlightened me. To my horror, I found out I had a big problem on my hands.
And an embarrassing one to boot!

Turns out the green stuff I’ve been drinking so gullibly—and even calling it endearing names too embarrassing to mention (don’t ask me, I’m not ready to admit it…just yet)—contains some the most gag-inducing stuff on the face of this planet and basically makes any normal kid want to throw up, stuff like raw spinach, parsley leaves, and broccoli florets, for example.


Yeah—thanks, Mom!

If we lived in a truly just society—where kids had personal freedom and power—Mom would be in deep, deep trouble.
She’d face charges of reckless parenting, and maybe even worse. We’re talking endangering the social life of her offspring (me!) by sneakily making me consume stuff without my knowledge—and without informing me about the potential consequences of doing so.

Like the risk of becoming a social misfit, a laughing stock of the whole school, and possibly an outcast for life.

To illustrate my point, consider the following scenario.

Even to this day, when my friends come over, Mom would bring me a glass of barf to drink right in front of them! But that’s not all. She’d offer barf to them as well; instead of a cola, sprite or ginger ale—which is the stuff that normal kids drink.

(Mom, if you’re reading this, please, stop doing that! You’re emBARFassing me!)

So, until my buddies enlightened me, I was blissfully unaware and really enjoyed my barf. And not just the green one—purple, brown, orange, red—in fact, the weirder the color, the better. Surprisingly, some of the worst looking barfs have been the tastiest, which is kind of odd, now that I think about it.

Confession #1: As I mentioned before, I used to come up with names for my drinks based on whatever my favorite characters were at the time. Names like the “Ogre Smoothie,” “Batman Magic,” or “Dark Vader’s Potion.” Mom thought they were adorable. You probably think they’re pathetic.
Feel free to laugh, that’s okay.

Confession #2: Yes, I do love green barf. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone.) But it doesn’t make what Mom did any less wrong, which is why I want to share with you my experience.

Armed with that knowledge, you’ll be able to draw your own conclusions, and—most importantly—make an educated choice.

I see my role here as your guide—and a Devil’s advocate.

In case you don’t know, Devil’s advocate is someone who argues against a cause or position, not as a committed opponent, but for the sake of argument to determine the validity of the cause or position.

Since I already confessed to you that I love green barf (what can I say, I’m addicted!) and I already have an in-depth knowledge of the topic thanks to Mom, I feel I’m the perfect candidate for the job.

Not to mention my passion for helping others. Teachers often tell me that I should be a lawyer because I argue with them all the time.

So I want to help you too, as best as I can…”

Buy BARF! The Big Book of Green Smoothies : (Confessions of Green Barf Drinker with 50+ Smoothie Recipes and Tips for Kids and Adults from 7 to 107 years old) (Mission (IM)Possible Series) on Amazon and start blending today!