Bonnie Turner is an independent publisher, proofreader, and author of middle-grade & young-adult fiction, adult historical fiction, romantic fiction, & middle-grade nonfiction. Her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991.Turner was born in Independence, Missouri, at the height of the Great Depression (1932), and currently lives in De Pere, Wisconsin.
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Daniel Tomelin, a shell-shocked veteran of WW1, leaves his family in the Great Depression and goes on the road looking for work and relief from his nightmares ... and returns to find his family has become victims of violence. A novel for today's unemployed citizens, set in an era when hope was sometimes all they had.
North Wind Tales
Together in one edition for the first time! Two popular Arctic novels for middle-grade and young-adult readers, North Wind Tales contains the complete text of The Haunted Igloo and its sequel Spirit Lights. Follow the scary Arctic adventures of young Jean-Paul Ardoin and his best Inuit friend, Chinook.
The Ghost of Calico Acres
By Bonnie Turner
Published: December 28, 2013.
When Dr. Marc St. Clair inherits a mysterious Victorian house from his great-aunt Miriam, he and his paraplegic wife, Summer, must live there for a year before the deal is closed. The house is claimed to be haunted, and Marc must discover by whom or what before the year is up or risk losing his inheritance and the woman he loves. Little does he realize how close he is to losing both.
A Mouse Tale for Christmas
When Pinky Mouse tries to discover the meaning of Christmas, he finds himself in danger from Tiger the cat and a mouse trap. Kids of all ages will enjoy this magical mouse story, first written for the author's children in 1971. This e-book contains the original sketches, plus newer computer-generated illustrations.
From stepping stones in a creek bed to mighty steel and concrete structures, bridges have from ancient times helped people solve transportation problems. Bridges Ahead is a book for curious readers who wonder how bridges are made and what they are made of. The book contains images of different types of bridges. (Ages 8-12)
Grandma's Bedtime Stories
Ten read-aloud, interactive short stories for preschool and early grades to help stimulate a young child's memory and imagination. Parents, grandparents, and child-care personnel can discuss the stories and characters with their children while reading and encourage them to find pictures and maps to match the stories.
A Spook of Boonerisms
The title of this book is a "spoonerism." You make spoonerisms when your tang gets toungled up & your birds come out wackward. Spoonerisms are the accidental invention of William Archibald Spooner, a minister. When Spooner spoke, he scrambled his speech without meaning to. Here is one of his famous mix-ups: To a bridegroom at a wedding he said, "Son, it is now kisstomary to cuss the bride."
In this read-aloud book, young children will enjoy the adventures of Hippy Poppohotamus as she tries to get a suntan on a rooftop and almost loses her friends when she tries to fool them! What is a hippo to do when she gets stuck in an elevator?
Adult Historical novel filled with adventure, paranormal intrigue, and danger in Canada's Central Arctic, where Sir John Franklin's crew froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage. In the late 1930s, 17-year-old David Jansson agrees to spend two years at an isolated fur-trading post with his estranged father, Per, manager for the Hudson's Bay Company ... and almost lives to regret it.
Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins
In 1805, a young Shoshone woman named Sacajawea joined the Lewis and Clark expedition as an interpreter, and with a papoose on her back helped explore America's northwest while searching for a route to the Pacific Ocean. This time-honored true story of the hardships of the expedition, in particular that of Sacajawea and her baby, Jean-Baptist (Pomp), is retold for young readers ages 8-12.
Down the Memory Hole
Summer vacation sucks when 12-year-old Buzz shares his room with a grandpa who has Alzheimer’s disease and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend. The idea of giving up Mitch is bad enough. But how can he relate to an old man who wears adult diapers and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies? Someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty! (Ages 12 & up)
The Haunted Igloo
For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. Ten-year-old Jean-Paul struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the NWT, where he is taunted by a group of Inuit boys because of his lameness caused by a birth defect. Forced imprisonment in a "haunted" igloo proves to be one of the most severe challenges to face Jean-Paul in the harsh Arctic environment.
Sequel to The Haunted Igloo, Spirit Lights is a coming-of-age adventure for fans of Gary Paulsen, Scott O'Dell, and Jack London. Returning to the Arctic after a two-year absence, 12-year-old Jean-Paul has overcome his fear of the dark but discovers his best Inuit friend is terrified of the Northern Lights! Experience polar bears, huskies, auroras that speak--and danger in the Arctic. (Ages 9-12+)
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Smashwords book reviews by Bonnie Turner
- Smashwords Book Marketing Guide
on March 08, 2010
This is a great marketing guide for today's e-publishers! The conversational style is easy to read and understand. I already use some of Mark's suggestions, but there are some I hadn't thought of.
- Secrets of the Golden Gate Bridge
on Aug. 12, 2010
Secrets of the Golden Gate Bridge is a keeper, full of information you'll never want to forget; mounds of gourmet food for the mind and soul with stick-to-the-ribs humor. From Spanish explorers' rickety wooden ships to moldy underwear to the Tower of Appendicitis and the Halfway-to-Hell-Club, this book is pure historical, hysterical, and educational entertainment! EJ Knapp has given us a delightful book filled with mind-boggling statistics about the birth of the Golden Gate Bridge, an important literary work to enjoy again and again. ~ Bonnie Turner (author of Face the Winter Naked)
- Lethal Play
on Nov. 21, 2010
Not being a soccer fan, I surprised myself by enjoying LETHAL PLAY tremendously. Loretta Giacoletto's realistic portrayals of setting and characterization add dimension to a superb plot. I learned more than I ever knew (or cared to know) about the game of soccer . . . and about a perverted coach taking advantage of a grieving and misguided soccer mom who'd give the world to see her son succeed at his chosen sport. I was left wondering how many other women have become "soccer sluts" to obtain special favors for their sons. I highly recommend this book to readers of intrigue, mystery, sports, and crime stories.
- Family Deceptions
on April 04, 2011
Strong writing, exceptional plot
The intelligent, intriguing plot of Family Deceptions immediately grabbed my attention—and my heart—and kept me reading from the first page to the last. Loretta Giacoletto's memorable characters instantly came to life as Pietro Rocca—shamed and banished by his wife, Isabella, from their home in the Alpine village of Faiallo, in northern Italy—crossed the ocean, changed his name, and created another life in America with a new family, while secretly longing for the wife and children he left behind.
Peppered throughout with bits of Italian language, historical reminders of a great war in Europe lend authenticity to the narrative. The novel is both gritty and tender by turns, the author's knowledge of Italy and America richly portrayed in the settings of both countries. This well-crafted tale of a family divided for twenty-nine years by a deep chasm of deception—and love—becomes the saga of two families of equal importance and comes properly together in a surprising ending. This is a story that remains in the mind and heart long after the last page is turned. Highly recommended.
- Free Danner
on May 04, 2011
I absolutely loved this story and could not put it down. Loretta Giacoletto sinks her hooks deeply into the reader's heart and mind from the first page, when we meet the young Free Danner--who isn't really free considering all the emotional baggage the poor kid has been forced to carry from the day he was born.
In Giacoletto's well-written, gritty, and touching novel, Danner seems to live on the fringes. Nobody wants him, neither his mother nor his grandparents. To me, the characters were real flesh and blood people, and some of their stories came too close to home.
In the process of watching Danner's mind work, I grew to care for him: A sympathetic character who tugged at the heartstrings of an anonymous reader he would never know. Many times, while reading, my motherly instinct wanted to reach out and comfort this young man who'd been dealt such a tragic hand in the game of life.
Thanks, Loretta Giacoletto, for a wonderful read, a book I highly recommend for anyone who has ever stood on the outside looking into himself. Great job!
- The Crow and The Dwarf
on July 04, 2012
I was unprepared for the emotional impact of this well-written short story, The Crow and The Dwarf, and plan to read more of Ms. Moore's excellent stories that tug the heartstrings.
- Last of the Breed
on Dec. 05, 2012
If you love dogs, you'll absolutely LOVE this humorous short story. Guaranteed. LAST OF THE BREED is a fast read, but one you won't soon forget as you go about your day chuckling and smirking. How did she do that? I'm not sure, but Ms. Kilian's a wonderful storyteller. ;-)
- A Year in the Cave
on Nov. 20, 2013
I just finished reading A Year in the Cave and found it excellent and informative. As a writer and reader myself, and also a strict grammarian, I felt a surge of emotion in the final chapter that I hadn't expected.
Thank you so much for this book, Mr. Guyette. I rooted for you and your students all the way through. How fortunate they were to have such a dedicated teacher