Book Review + Giveaway: Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Title: A True Home
COLLECTION: Heartwood Hotel, Book 1
Author: Kallie George
Illustrator: Stephanie Graegin
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Release Date:  July 3, 2017
Genre: Kids Chapter Fiction
Age: 4 - 8 years   Grade: 2-5

When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffl and soft moss-lined beds. Danger lurks, and as it approaches, Mona finds that this hotel is more than a warm place to spend the night. It might also be a home.

This delightfully enticing start of a new chapter book series tells a tale of friendship, courage, and community, with exquisite black-and-white illustrations throughout..

- My Thoughts - 

"Sleep in safety, eat in earnest, and be happy at Heartwood." (15)

What a sweet and adorable story Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George is!! The illustrations by Stephanie Graegin adds a bit to the story in a visual way for young readers. A story of courage and the true meaning of home, it will be a favorite for kids young and old. 

I'm not typically big on stories with mice or insects, but Mona the Mouse is sweet, cute, and have a quiet strength that inspires readers to look beyond the physical, but see the person inside. Simple, yet profound topics such as jealousy and prejudice comes into play and is a great lesson for readers to pick up on, and possibly self-evaluate or even just to understand. 

"We live by PROTECT and RESPECT, not by TOOTH and CLAW." (11)

I've been a fan of Kallie George's since the Magical Animal Adoption Agency and I think this new series, Heartwood Hotel will be another favorite. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





- About Kallie - 

KALLIE GEORGE is the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. She works as an author and speaker in Vancouver, Canada, and has a master’s in children’s literature from the University of British Columbia. She also leads workshops for aspiring writers. Kallie happened across the Heartwood Hotel on a hike with her husband. Visit her online at

- About Stephanie - 

STEPHANIE GRAEGIN received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She later attended Pratt Institute, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. Stephanie now lives in Brooklyn. Visit her online at or on Twitter @Steph_Graegin.

CONNECT WITH STEPHANIE:  website | twitter | instagram

3 winners will receive a finished copy of HEARTWOOD HOTEL, US Only.

Week One:
6/26/2017- YA Book NerdAuthor Post
6/27/2017- Seraphina ReadsReview
6/28/2017- Just CommonlyReview
6/29/2017- BookHounds YAAuthor Post
6/30/2017- Once Upon a Twilight- Review

Week Two:
7/3/2017- Mundie KidsReview
7/4/2017- Word SpelunkingAuthor Post
7/5/2017- Mommy RamblingsReview
7/6/2017- Batch of BooksReview
7/7/2017- Between the Cracks of Here and ThereAuthor Post


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  1. I have a niece expecting a baby at the end of July... For the baby shower they requested everyone bring a book instead of a card. Wouldn't this be a fun addition to her collection.

  2. Sounds like a fun read. I am always looking for good clean books for my kids to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds like a great read for the grandchildren. Enjoyed the description of the book.

  4. My granddaughter is just beginning to enjoy reading (even chapter books) and was one of five top readers in her whole first grade. She would love this and I'd gladly review.

    1. That's great! You must be proud of her. I love kids that love to read!!

  5. What a sweet book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Thanks for the Kallie George Hartwood Hotel contest! Would love to get a free book and we love her other books!! Thank you, Karen, Eve (10) and lucy (8)

  7. Thanks for the giveaway.



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