Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Review: The Greenhouse Kids, Dan Delion's Secret

THE GREENHOUSE KIDS, Dan Delion's Secret
A REVIEW BY Joylene Nowell Butler

Soft Cover / Color Illustrations
Publisher: Borealis Press
Copyright: 2009
ISBN Number: 978-0-88887-379-8
Pages: 127
Price: $12.95

Dan DeLion loves bugs and spends every Saturday hunting, carrying only his trusted magnifying glass. During a search on the grounds of the haunted Ivy Mansion, he discovers more than he bargains for. Inside a magical greenhouse, a secret is revealed that will change his life forever. Along with his best friends, Holly Hocks, Foxy Glove, and Johnny Jump-Up, Dan DeLion learns what real courage is and that if you believe in yourself, miracles can happen. Together, all three discover that rarely are people what they seem, especially Virginia Creeper.

The Greenhouse Kids, Dan Delion's Secret, 127 pages, (60 minute read) is a book I highly recommend. Author Shelley Awad reminded me how wonderful and inspiring it is to believe. The Greenhouse Kids, Dan Delion's Secret is a perfect story for children aged 8 to 12. I've already purchased each of my grandchildren their very own copy.

About the Author
Shelley Awad was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1958 and currently lives nearby in Tecumseh with her husband, Mitch. She has one son, Aaron, who is completing his PhD in chemistry at the University of Windsor. 
She received her Journalism Diploma from St. Clair College in Windsor. In 1999, Shelley opened her own greenhouse business, Backyard Greenhouses, specializing in residential and commercial greenhouses that she continues to sell across North America.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks, Joylene.

  2. The book title is very clever. The story sounds like lots of fun.

  3. Sounds like a very cute little book! Think I'll buy one for my little granddaughters---they would love it. Why do kids like bug stories??? ha ha

  4. @Kathy, it was fun. I read it in an hour. My grandchildren loved it.

    @Katt, even my granddaughter loved it. Especially the pictures of the girls in their fancy pink hats.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Deirdre. I'm positive you'll love The Greenhouse Kids. I forgot to mention that it's a lovely way of introducing gardening to children.

  6. Sounds like a delightful story for the younger set. Love all those characters' names. :)

  7. Thanks, Carol. It was delightful.


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