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Author Spotlight

Ryke Leigh Douglas

Ryke Leigh Douglas is a veteran educator devoted to helping children discover the joy of reading and the magic of books. She holds an M.A. as a reading specialist from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Douglas strives to provide parents and teachers with entertaining stories that lend themselves to nurturing positive attitudes, good character traits, and creative thinking.

When she isn’t writing Ms. Douglas enjoys visiting schools, museums, libraries and early learning centers to share her stories and encourage children to develop their own writing skills with a program she developed entitled The Writer’s Tool Box.

Visit the author’s blog site: https://rykeleighdouglas.blogspot.com/


Molly The Trolley And Bud

This story takes place in an era of our history when trolleys were an important part of everyday life and valued for their usefulness. Electric trolleys were only around for a short time but as an introduction to mass transportation, their impact on our society was significant. This story blends entertaining text with educational content to describe how the fate of one trolley car is changed because of a promise. The bond of love and friendship between the trolley and a boy named Bud ultimately prevents the destruction of the trolley, once she is no longer considered useful. Molly The Trolley And Bud would make a good compliment to a unit on transportation at the second and third-grade levels.

Molly the Trolley and Bud is a brief story that apprises the readers with friendship, trust, and promises. It gets us asking, “How much can I rely on my closest friend when I need him/her the most?” Life is not always jolly and sunny. It can be pretty tough dealing with bad days alone. The book is a reminder of how blessed we are with bonds that are unbreakable way more than we thought they would be. Not only that, but it also provides educational content on transportation. 

– The Moving Words Review




The Princess and the Swan

“How will I ever find a husband, Father? Am I never to be wed?” asks the beautiful Princess Wendelyn, who lives on an island in the Mystic Sea.

The princess dreams of finding a handsome prince to marry, but there are no noblemen in her father’s kingdom, who are worthy of her hand.

Read to learn what she does in order to find her handsome prince. Will she be successful?

The story in this book is a heart-warming fairy tale much akin to those of simpler times of after-school afternoons in our childhood – and it brings back those very same feelings of wonder of yore, with fantastical worlds, magical beings, and happy endings. In these days where our children and teenagers are faced with harsher realities than we had in our childhoods, The Princess and the Swan is a balm of spiritual tranquility and a chance of dreaming – both things that kids nowadays have been increasingly deprived of. And it’s not about drenching our kids in illusions – it’s just about telling a story that allows them to be pure and imaginative children, and The Princess and the Swan offers exactly that. The illustrations are simply wonderful with variety of colors and shades.

– The Moving Words Review


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The Tale of Tumeleng

Will the baby elephant, Tumeleng listen to the warnings of her parents, Ayanna and Jabari? Or will her curious nature lead her into unexpected and dangerous situations?

Ryke Leigh Douglas created a great children’s book with an important message for all ages. I really liked it! I believe every single child will fall in love with Tumeleng who has an adventurous spirit and is the cutest elephant that you will ever read about. And have you seen this precious cover? I recommend The Tale of Tumeleng as it is a great book for you to think about the importance of bravery and how it is ok for children to be afraid, but with the strength of family and friends they can overcome it. 

– The Moving Words Review


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Tock A Tick

It’s cold. It’s snowing It’s almost Christmas!

In this Christmas story, Gustav, the clockmaker proves that often what seems to be an impossible task, can be accomplished with determination, hard work and a little cleverness. Where there is a will, there is a way!

It’s a brief story that feels like a best-selling novel due to the events making us feel the gush of thrill and excitement altogether. Surely, you’ll be torn between skipping to the last part to see how it ends and staying at the current page to see how it goes. It’s not complicated to understand because the author utilized a writing style that’s pleasing to read. Both children, teens, and adults will enjoy this book and learn from it.

– The Moving Words Review





Sam’s Surprise

Ryke, without fail, continues to wow me with her stories. Every time I read a piece of hers, I am delighted with the scenes and true-to-life details despite it being a work of fiction. Sam’s Surprise may be a children’s book yet it’s pretty amusing for a young adult like me as I go through the pages. The important messages are clear and the humor is on point. The word choice is also perfect for children as it’s not complicated to comprehend. The illustrations vibrantly drawn by Kevin Collier allow every moment of the book to come alive. The colors of the illustrations are not straining to the eyes too!

– The Moving Words Review




The Big Wheel

Oh, no! Will the best day of Ian’s and Mitch’s vacation be ruined?

Two city boys, Ian and Mitch, have gone to Mitch’s grandparents’ farm in Pennsylvania for part of their summer vacation. Today is their trip to the local fair. Roller coasters, merry-go-rounds and — their favorite — the big Ferris wheel are all there for them to enjoy.

But there are funnel cakes, cotton candy and Philly cheese steak to eat, too.

When they get to the Ferris wheel, they realize they have a serious problem. They may not be able to take their favorite ride.

Read how Ian and Mitch refuse to give up trying to solve their problem, but learn to think “outside the box” in order to overcome their unexpected difficulty.