Readers’ Favorite Review October 2017 By Michelle Stanley
Mischief, Book 1 is a modern day Tom Sawyer adventure from Stefania Shaffer. Slater Hannigan isn’t pleased when he learns that his fifth-grade teacher is Dana Burbank. But Miss Burbank isn’t thrilled either, having to endure the never-ending pranks of this troublesome, glib talking ten-year-old, who gets away with everything.
When the school has a pie throwing contest, Slater and his friends conspire to earn the most money in order to win the coveted prize, which does not amuse his teacher. His mother throws a Halloween Haunt party that his classmates attend, but a witch predicts Slater’s future and it isn’t looking bright. Her disturbing words worry Slater even more when he sees them written in dripping red on the classroom door.
Middle Grader Slater Hannigan is the perfect blend between Tom Sawyer and Dennis the Menace. Mischief, Book 1 by Stefania Shaffer is a hilarious children’s adventure from the Mischief Series that will keep you amused. The appealing cover illustration complements the story’s theme. Slater is every teacher’s nightmare, the child no one wants in their class.
I’m sure teachers can recall a student or two who are similar to Slater and his friends. This witty story gives excellent reflections of the student-teacher relationship in its most natural setting. The characters are well developed and unforgettable. I really like how the book is written and the author leaves intriguing hints of future adventures and mishaps to come. Not only pre-teens will love reading Mischief; adults will too.
Very Heartwarming, March 11, 2014 By JNicholson (original post appears on amazon.com)
After reading this myself, I gave this book to my mother who is dealing with her 94 year old mother in her declining years. I loved feeling that I had just spent the afternoon with Ms. Shaffer after reading it. My mother said that she loved it too. It read like a novel but had so much helpful information. It was eye opening and heartwarming at the same time. It makes me want to be prepared to help care for my parents as they grow older. A must-have for everyone!
A Physician’s Insight Into His Patients March 2014 By Dr. Gary Lee Thank you very much for writing your book “9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent”. I could relate to the book on many levels.
I am an internist who sees a lot of elderly patients in my practice. I deal a lot with folks just like your mother and I see a lot of dedicated daughters and daughter in laws who are great advocates for their moms and dads. (I do see a lot of sons, too, just to be fair.) No question about it, patients with dedicated family do better! Many families tell me what a challenge it is to get the patient to get an X-ray or lab test or to see their doctor. Your book adds to this chorus.
Thank you again for writing your book. I very much enjoyed reading it.
A Wealth Of Comfort and Knowledge, October 24, 2013
I remember momma…’, October 1, 2013 By Grady Harp (Find this review in its entirety posted under the Blog tab, as well as on amazon.com) For those of a certain age group the three words of the title will recall hours of warm feelings absorbed from the media some years back. For some reason that show and the feelings it engendered come to mind when reading Stefania Shaffer’s classically wonderful book 9 REALITIES OF CARING FOR AN ELDERLY PARENT. Yes, there are many books available that teach readers the logistics of preparing a home for, feeding, clothing, nursing, arranging, signing DNR papers, the legalities for that final time in an elder’s life when life stops and business goes on. But the difference here is that this is a book about love, relationship, wildly humorous incidents, trying moments, the practical aspects of ushering a parent through the labyrinth of final months/weeks/days/hours that end in death. THAT is why this is a book that is a must read for everyone – whether parents have died already and now friends need the same support, or as a resource to share with people who are approaching this time in the lives when parents depart. But most of all this is how to cope with the gradual weakening and mentally distant parent, how to share love, how to stay close and enjoy each moment of the time left. In other words, how to continue the role of parent child love even when the roles are reversed. Stefania Shaffer did it and she warmly tells us how. Highly Recommended if not imperative reading!
Heartfelt and informative, September 1, 2013
An engaging document of a daughter’s emotional journey.
An Inspirational and Touching Story! October 23, 2006
By Pamela Scott – See all my reviews.
I absolutely LOVE this book! There is something in it for everyone! The development of the main character throughout her school years touches the heart and inspires the soul. As a parent, it has taught me that even the most challenging experiences can teach our children many life lessons. Thank you, Ms. Shaffer, for writing such a unique book!
You’ll find this story to be incredibly touching, emotional, and uplifting. August 20, 2006
By L. Salamy – See all my reviews.
What an engaging story! Stefania Shaffer wrote a realistic piece of fiction that pulls the reader into the story. I wanted to protect the main character Vandra, befriend her, cheer for her, and cry for her. Vandra’s school experiences brought back many memories and reminded me to listen to my own child when he talks about his days at school. I can’t wait to see if Ms. Shaffer writes a sequel.
Amazing, Intruiging, FANTASTIC! March 3, 2006
By Sasha H. – See all my reviews.
I have never read a book that could teach so many life lessons, yet still be as enjoyable as this one. The author’s undying humor and creativity shines through in every chapter, and leaves you begging for more.
One thing that surpasses the life lessons, and humor that is cleverly placed throughout the book, is the inspiration that I received from it. I used to be a big reader, I was one of the few second-graders who could sit and read for hours without complaint, but by the time I was in sixth grade, I no longer read for the joy of reading, but only when I had to do a book report. This book made me re-realize the joys of reading, and watching a marvelous story unfold before your eyes. This book inspired me to read again, and I’ll be eternally grateful for that.
Ya Gotta Read It, February 21, 2006
A Kid’s Review
Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes is an awesome book. It takes you through the life of young school girl, whose life amazingly relates to many people. Ya gotta read It.
Natalia, January 22, 2006
Wow, this was an awesome book! I loved how she just captured how every girl feels at each stage of their life. I could really relate to this book. I also like how the author wrote, it was very descriptive, and it almost felt like you were in the same situation the main character was in. All in all I loved it and I think all kids should read this book. 🙂
Heartwarming read, January 18, 2006
By Valerie J. Seamons “seamonster” (Galt, CA) – See all my reviews.
This multi-talented writer has captured the hearts of both students and teachers alike. I could sense the humor, the frustration, and the daily challenges of this girl’s life in the classroom. This book is an inspiring story of hope, compassion, and victory in the face of adversity. I want to be the Miss Ryan of my own campus!
Shaffer’s First Book Makes You Think, January 12, 2006
By LisaHegdahl (Lodi, CA USA) – See all my reviews.
I enjoyed reading Stefania Shaffer’s first book. It makes you think about people, and how even what seems like a small gesture to you, may have a great impact on someone. It reminds all of us to think before we act or speak…How do you want people to remember you?
A pleasure to read…the main character captures your heart! December 21, 2005
By P. Kefer – See all my reviews.
This book has all the perfect ingredients for an engrossing story. It’s humorous, touching, and insightful. Wonderfully written, it is a heartwarming story of a character you root for and want to cheer on!
The real hero is the author for relating this information to us. December 8, 2005
By Nina Mcgroarty – See all my reviews.
I just couldn’t put this book down. I read it from 11:00pm until 4:00am. It evoked memories of childhood, and it is relatable in a very personal way. It is, however, approporiate for a wide range of ages.
Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes, November 30, 2005
By Kirkyman (Galt, CA) – See all my reviews.
I thought this book really related to my life. It has a good meaning and really makes you feel what Vandra is going though. Can’t wait to read the next one!