Book Tour – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle

Blog tour banner featuring a picture of Miriam Hurdle and the cover of Tina Lost in a Crowd. The book is on promotion on Amazon until 25 April 2021. ebook $1.99 and Paperback $6.95

Hi Robbie, it’s wonderful to be on your lovely blog. I’m thankful for your generosity to host my Book Release Tour and allow me to share my process from pen to publication with your readers.

The Making of Tina Lost in a Crowd, Part 1

When Did I Write Tina Lost in a Crowd?

In 2006, I took an online writing course at the Institute of Children’s Literature for a year. An instructor corresponded with me to provide feedback and suggestions on my assignments and revisions. The Institute also provided the marketing tools and an annual catalogue of 800 magazines accepting submissions. The goal of the course was to have my essays published.

The Institute suggested the children’s literature writers to observe the children. If the writers were not teachers or adults with young children at home, they could volunteer at the organizations such as library or Boy/Girl Scouts to get a first-hand experience to understand their behaviors and language.

At the time of taking the writing course, my interaction with the elementary school students was still fresh in my mind.

There were many fun memories of activities with my daughter, Mercy. I combined one story about Mercy, my understanding of the children’s behaviors, and the writing skills to write my first assignment entitled “Tina Goes to Hollywood Bowl.”

I kept the stories written during this course in a folder for many years. Early in year 2020, during the lockdown, I revised the Tina story to prepare for publication.

Decorative picture of Tina Lost in a Crowd


Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

Cover of Tina Lost in a Crowd

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A picture of a little girl sitting on a pile of books and surrounded by several copies of Tina Lost in a Crowd

My review

Tina Lost in a Crowd is a charming book for children about two young school friends who attend a busy concert with Tina’s parents and get lost on their way to the restroom.

I enjoyed the character of Tina, a lovely and friendly girl who demonstrated politeness and respect towards both her teacher and her parents as well as consideration towards her friend. She has sufficient presence of mind not to panic in the scary situation of being lost in a big crowd.

The depiction of Tina’s family life and her mother’s interest in her and eagerness to plan some fun family outings for the summer vacation are heart warming and lovely to see in a children’s book. I liked the fact that Tina’s mother made a picnic for her family and Tina’s friend, Erica, to enjoy at the concert with good, wholesome food.

The illustrations in this book are a real treat and every page is a visual delight. I would recommend this book to parents and caregivers who like books that encourage good family values and level headedness by children in difficult situations.

About Miriam Hurdle

Author picture: Miriam Hurdle

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

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This page from Tina Lost in a Crowd is an example of the beautiful illustrations in this book

125 thoughts on “Book Tour – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle

    1. Hi Darlene, I’m very pleased with the illustrations. It took me six months to find one I liked. Yes, I’m planning to visit schools when they reopen especially the school district where I worked for 25 years. I’ll introduce my book to the administrators and read it to the students.

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    1. Hi Norah, both the eBook and the paperback are published. The paperback is published a couple of days ago. Thank you for your order and hope you’ll receive it soon. Let me know what you think of the book. If there’s any delay or problem, please let me know. Thank you so much for your support.

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  1. How lovely, Miriam. My heartfelt congratulations! After reading the review and seeing the beautiful images, I can only imagine that any child would love your book. Thank you, Robbie, for showcasing Miriam and her precious book. 💗

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    1. Robbie’s review warms my heart, Gwen. I’ll read this book to my granddaughters when I see them during Mother’s Day week. I’m sure Autumn would like it. Thank you for your lovely comment and support. I’m grateful to be here on Robbie’s blog sharing with her readers. ❤

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    1. It’s my privilege to have your review all over the places, Jacqui, to bring my book to #1 in Children’s book. I’m grateful for Robbie’s support from the beginning of writing the story to the book tour. Thank you for supporting me!

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  2. Congratulations Miriam. Tina Lost in a Crowd is a lovely book. I ‘ve read it and would be sharing my review with the promotion of your book on Wednesday. Thanks Robbie for a wonderful start to the blog tour.

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    1. It’s wonderful to hear your comment about the book, Balroop. I can hardly wait to see your post for the tour on Wednesday along with your review. Robbie did a terrific job starting the book tour. I’m surrounded by enthusiastic supporters.

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  3. The illustrations and cover are enticing. Many children can relate to being lost in a crowd, as can the parents who are desperately looking for them. Best wishes, Miriam, and thank you, Robbie, for featuring this author today. 🙂

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    1. I appreciate your comment, Marian. Yes, when I shared the story, many friends had their stories to tell me! I’m grateful for Robbie featuring me and shared her book review. Thank you for your cheering! 🙂

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    2. Hi Marian, thank you for visiting and commenting. I can remember being lost myself in a clothing store. It is a very scary experience for a child. My boys are very sensible and have never been lost so I haven’t experienced the parent side of this experience, but the idea is dreadful for me. Miriam did a great job of providing a subtle lesson on what to do in a situation like this.

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  4. Congratulations to Miriam on the launch of Tina Lost in a Crowd and the great review! The description of Tina’s loving family is very appealing. I concur with the other commenters that the illustrations are lovely.

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    1. Hi Liz, I particularly noted the loving family and respectful attitudes. When I ran out of books that I knew from my own childhood to read to my sons, I looked around for modern books that were unknown to me. The attitudes of the kids expressed towards parents and authority figures in a lot of the modern books shocked me. Such rudeness and disrespect. That was one of my triggers for writing the Sir Choc series. I thought children needed some better role models.

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      1. I know exactly what you meant, Robbie. My husband watched some home videos of toddlers. Some showed the kids yelled at the parents. The parents thought it was cute. They had the guts to post those videos on YouTube! They shocked me.
        When I was teaching, some students even said if their parents spank them, they could call the police!
        There are certain children’s books my daughter wouldn’t read to Autumn.

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    1. I guess the production of a fully illustrated book takes a few more steps than a partial illustrated or non-illustrated book, Michael. In a sense, I documented my process and thought I might as well share “behind the scene” of the bookmaking. I hope you’ll find it interesting when I talk about doing the illustrations. It was new learning to me.

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      1. For sure a great one! Thank you for introducing, Robbie! Have a beautiful week, and please stay save. Now it seems we are getting more the Indian, then the SouthAfrican virus strain. Thats globality! 😉 Michael

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  5. It’s interesting that you wrote this book so long ago, Miriam. I, too, revisited an old work of mine from a decade ago during the pandemic. I’m grateful we both were given time to revisit those pieces. Thanks for hosting, Robbie! 🙂

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    1. It was a wonderful thing happened during the pandemic, Yvette. Prior to the pandemic, I had weekly meetings and classes and hardly kept up with the routine. It’s good to hear you revisited some old pieces also. 🙂

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