Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Adventures With Ragweed by Linda Lou Crosby

Adventures with Ragweed
By Linda Lou Crosby
Genre: YA, Short Stories, Adventure


Adventures with Ragweed is a collection of humorous short stories filled with adventure and family themes. Ragweed is a tribute to the whimsical part of each of us. Follow this young teen and her best friend, Marney as they travel to Mexico for a fishing trip where the family is to shoot a pilot for a television show instead find themselves in an unexpected sea storm. Laugh out loud as Ragweed takes on the tennis elite at the country club or attempts to rearrange their perfectly cut lawns. Always one to learn new things, this young freckled face gal with the unruly blonde hair builds a float, rides a horse and grows a garden. Each task done with her own unique vies of the world. These stories are meant to entertain. It's difficult to narrow it down to one specific genre as the book is a collection of short stories suitable for young adults as well as for an older crowd with a sense of humor. Family Relationships, Friendships, Essays and Humor are categories all presented within the pages of this book. May you enjoy each tale as much as Ragweed enjoyed living the adventures.


Adventures with Ragweed is fun, light read. I think Ragweed is an awesome mix of Ramona Quimby, Pippi Longstocking, and Dennis the Menace. She has the BEST ideas, but carrying them out doesn’t always work out in her favor or for the people around her.

This short story collection has a great variety of Ragweed adventures. I was particularly fond of Ragweed Makes Compost. It is a perfect example of young Ragweed’s good intentions of doing something helpful, but ending in a hilarious misadventure.

I think this collection is perfect middle grade readers, although I am sure anyone young at heart would enjoying the read.


Linda Lou Crosby is a video producer, storyteller and former professional athlete. Like Ragweed, she has a unique approach to life. Ragweed is a part of herself she wanted to share with others. Linda Lou has a great sense of humor and likes to laugh and make others laugh too.

She currently lives with her husband in Montana and California where on clear days you can find her fishing, hunting or hiking.


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