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HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. Being the oldest of five children, she had a lot of entertaining to do. Crystal lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and their daughter, Kaylee. Her first book, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale, won the Readers Favorite Silver Award in its category. Visit her at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 261 KB
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing; 1 edition (18 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MU9HGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,800,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and daughter Kaylee, with another child on the way . Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. Novus, her third book and first Young Adult novel, is Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another wonderful book by Marcos! 6 July 2012
By Patricia E. Douglas - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved Crystal's first book, Bellyache: A Delicious Tale. I couldn't imagine how she could write another one to beat it, but she did! I know both books are "children's books" but any adult would love Headache: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE (Volume 2) too and root for the heroes in this imaginative story. I was really upset when Goaltan appeared in town and was determined to rid everyone of their sweets and pastries. What child or adult wouldn't want to pick a fight with this evil guy? I cheered the children forward to send Goaltan home where he belonged. I loved the reason Goaltan was so mean - existing because he was fearful of what others might do to him. This idea would leave children with something to think about themselves. Of course, all is well in the end and all the goodies children and adults so crave are back in the stores ready to be enjoyed. Crystal's book would be a good read-aloud story for home or school. Her characters are lifelike and the moral of the book definitely is one children will agree with.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Young Kids Will Like It, Adults -Maybe 24 Oct. 2012
By Jinky is Reading - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a cute, adventurous children story. Although I haven't read the first book to this sequel, it provided a glimpse to the generality of what went on. Which was, Peter and Lina were transported to a fantasy candy land called, Maple Town, where they meet and befriend Candonite characters. They had an adventurous experience there. They later return back home. Unbeknownst to Peter and Lina, a couple of their Candonite friends, Joe and Angela, got transported too including the evil Goaltan and his minions, the Peblars. So this is where this book comes in ..Joe and Angela searches for Peter in hopes that he can help them get back home to Maple Town. Then come to find out that the gang (Peter, Lina, Joe, and Angela) will have to work together again to fight Goaltan (and the Peblars). This time around, Peter and Lina's families get involve and we (the readers) find out a secret! The story continues with the journey they all had in the battle and adventure to saving earth and such.

I think young kids will enjoy this series. They'll find fun characters and exciting adventure. Also will learn the value of friendship, family history, and courage.

Oh, Lina and family are Filipino so there's a few Filipino terms. Cool! *I suspect the author and/or someone in her family is Filipino???
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
LOVED IT!!! 13 Jun. 2012
By Lovely Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
Cover Art
I love the cover art in fact when I asked my kids what they thought they said so many fun things. I ask them usually before we start reading based on the cover art what this book is going to be about, they came up with some great guesses based on Bellyache the first in this series. Favorite part about the cover was the hair.

Why We loved it
We loved that Peter was on a mission to protect all the candy stores that Goaltan was out to destroy including his Papa's candy store. Headache has vivid, wonderful characters that are carried over from Maple Town. The Candy Land Gang (my kids) read this book through the night. Even I wanted to keep going, the way Crystal writes is epic for children. We cannot wait for more of Peter's adventures by Crystal Marcos.

"*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
My Daughter and I Both Say: 5 STARS!! 17 Jun. 2012
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Paperback
This review consists of two parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 9) and 2. My review (the Mom). These are excerpts. For the full review visit us at our website: Mother Daughter Book Reviews.


What I liked and disliked about it:

I liked the whole, whole, whole book. It was awesome, cool, and funny. My favorite parts were when Angela and Joe were looking for Peter and they disguised themselves so nobody would notice that they were made out of candy. I liked that we find out that Peter's neighbor, Mr. Rupert, had a secret cellar in his house. It was a cool hiding spot.

Nana didn't say that she went to Maple Town in the first book, but in the second book she says she went to Honeyville, so she had been to that world, just a different town. That didn't surprise me because I kind of had a feeling that she had been there before.

I liked the new Papa's Sweet Shop. I liked the orange twisty slide, the ice room, and the really, really warm room, and the secret room upstairs. I wish I could go there or to Hawaii, cause I like it there too.

I didn't like that I didn't know what the Candonites look like. I can't imagine at all what they look like. All I can imagine really is just the colors that they can be, but only as people.

My bottom line:

I loved, loved, loved this book. I would recommend it to boys and girls 7 years old and up because there are both boys and girls in it. It might be a bit too long for kids that are younger.


What I liked and disliked about it:

We were all really big fans of the first book, BELLYACHE. I think this one is even better. The story had the same level of intrigue as the first book and Marcos develops the right level of tension throughout. The stories have a significant amount of overlap, but the book can stand on its own (i.e., you don't need to read the first book in order to fully understand and enjoy the second book).

What I really enjoyed about HEADACHE is the larger, more well-rounded cast of characters in the story. For example, in the first book, BELLYACHE, the central character was clearly Peter while Lina was a more minor character along with the various Candonites, Peter's family, and the Peblars. In HEADACHE, there is more of a balance between Peter and Lina as the two main characters. I think this is an important change as my daughter had complained that in BELLYACHE, Lina didn't have enough of a role. Further, other characters, such as Peter's Grandpa and Grandma, Peter and Lina's parents, and Goaltan, are given more significant roles in HEADACHE.

The story itself is brilliantly written with so many twists and turns in the plot that you can't possibly guess what will happen next in the story. I find much of what I read to be largely predictable, but Marcos kept all three of us on the edge of our seats wondering what would happen next to Peter, Lina, and the other characters. There were many groans of disappointment when I had to stop reading for the night and many pleas for "One more chapter, pleeeeeeease?!" This book was a breeze to read aloud to my kids and even my 5 year-old was fully engaged in the story.

As with the first book, Marcos does a fantastic job of creating an original, imaginative story with unusual and colourful characters and settings. I agree with my daughter above...can someone please create Papa's Sweet Shop so that we can go there with its colour candy wrapper floors, sundae fountain, and twisty and ice slides? I will, however, pass on the veggie-based Candonite Delights! ;)

I can't really say there was anything about the book that I didn't like. I do want to mention a teeny tiny oversight (or perhaps it is a misunderstanding on my part). On page 93, we read about Goaltan entering Peter's house:

Goaltan watched for a moment, no doubt pleased with his work, before crushing the doorknob in his bare hand.

On p. 106, Goaltan is about to re-enter Peter's house:

Goaltan's hand was on the doorknob and he began turning it.

Like I said, so teeny, tiny that only someone anal-retentive as myself would even notice. Perhaps I've missed my calling as an editor? :P

My bottom line:

I LOVED this book. It is exceptionally well-written, completely original, and totally entertaining. I highly recommend it (as well as BELLYACHE) to boys and girls ages 7 and up.

** HEADACHE by Crystal Marcos was provided to us free-of-charge by the author. We did, however, purchase BELLYACHE as an e-book. **
She's done it again! Wonderful! 7 Nov. 2012
By Paul - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Peter has just returned from an amazing adventure, and things are now back to normal. Or are they? As Peter heads off to school for an uneventful day, he has no idea the Candonite children Joe and Angela have followed him to his home town, and they aren't the only ones to show up! The adventure continues as the villain they thought they had escaped and hoped to never see again has come to their home town.

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has done it again. Join Peter and Lina in this wonderful adventure. Filled with fantastic imagery and great characters, you'll read page after page on the edge of your seat to find out how things turn out. Will Peter find the strength to save his friends and family? Will he be able to send Joe and Angela home and the villain back where he belongs? Entertaining and humorous, this wonderful story teaches a great lesson about friendship and standing up to face one's fears.

Overall: Another great children's book from award-winning author Crystal Marcos. Headache picks up right where Bellyache left off. It is a wonderful book that will entertain, amuse, and teach valuable lessons about friendship and overcoming one's fears. Headache should be added to every family's bookshelf. I think it is appropriate for ages seven and up, either for them to read alone or as a read aloud with their parents. I, for one, am hoping that Ms. Marcos has another delicious tale in store for us in the near future.

Paul R. Hewlett
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