• Self-help & personal development

      Keeping the Faith

      Daily Reflections to Build Strength, Serenity, and Passion in Your Life and the Lives of Others

      by John W. Pozzi

      THE TRUE FAITH THAT MUST BE FOUND AND KEPT IS THE FAITH IN ONESELF. Each day you give a part of yourself whether it is at work, at home, or in your daily interaction with others. How do you give of yourself? Do you hold back or go at life half-heartedly? You need to give of yourself with heart, mind, and soul all the time. You never know what interaction with a person will make a difference in their life — or yours. If you don’t believe in yourself and don’t have the confidence to grow each day, then you are missing out on what life has to offer you. This simple book will inspire you to help others. Or, at the very least, you will make another person’s day — and, therefore, your day — better.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      November 2014

      The Egyptian Princess

      by Jane Waller

      Peter Philips, the time-traveller from 'Saving the Dinosaurs' (also by Jane Waller), now thirteen, is sent back 5,000 years to Ancient Egypt at the time of the Fourth Dynasty. There he finds a world where the wheel has not yet been invented, where the prayers of the Pharaoh alone guarantee that the Nile will provide sufficient water for the crops, and where Ra-Atum, the Sun God, has to travel by boat throughout the Underworld each night in order to rise next morning. Shortly after his arrival he is befriended by the Pharaoh's daughter, Princess Mer-tio-tess, who believes he is a spirit sent to help her. While increasingly attracted towards the Princess he finds himself drawn into a web of power struggle and rivalry. And things get worse when Peter, by accident, brings her back to present-day London, a cold place filled with sad-looking people which, she believes, must be the Underworld.

    • Biography & True Stories

      Dreamscape

      Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

      by Martha Cinader

      From ancient history to near-modern times, this collection of short stories and poetry is about fascinating people in history who followed their dreams and changed the world. The repertoire was developed in performance in clubs, schools, libraries, jazz festivals and at the International Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Included are stories about Nicola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Josephine Baker, Queen Boedicea, Sacajawea and more. Described as "a hip beatnick Sesame Street for grownups," the stories are engaging for middle schoolers and up, and would appeal to teachers and librarians for their educational and entertainment value. The collection would also lend itself to adaptation for an educational animated TV series. Martha would like to see the life of this repertoire of biographical stories be extended to other mediums through licensing and permissions opportunities. For a more detailed description please see the Supporting Information PDF.

    • Adventure
      April 2015

      The Game Master

      by Ian D Copsey

      What is it like to be someone else – especially your most hated enemy? Why do they think and do things differently? Tired of arguing over which of them was the best gamer, Josh and Alex stumbled upon a new video game shop, run by an enigmatic and amiable Japanese shopkeeper. He was to be their Game Master in this virtual reality video game that had no game controls. Little did they know it was a game that would change their lives, of their friends… and enemies… forever. “Oh! This game is no ordinary game,” The Game Master explained, “It reads your thoughts, seeks out your weaknesses to give challenges that are right just for you, the challenges you need to help you grow.” "It can read our minds?" puzzled the boys. As they progressed through the game’s levels they found out more about themselves and the lives of everyone around them. Mysteriously, the Game of Life began to spread its influence beyond Josh and Alex’s lives and to their friends. From Josh and Alex switching roles with each other in the game, campfire frolics and ghostly stories from their teachers, the boys learned more about their friends around them. The Game Master’s zany antics as he hosted a T.V. game show, “Hiro’s Happy Heroes” in the Game of Life, released a string of rib tickling gags, teases and tantalising tattles. The climax of the Game of Life came from the school Rube Goldberg challenge in which each grade had to join as a team to build their own whacky, madcap contraption. Would Josh and Alex be able to manage to get the two bullies in the class to work within the team? Patiently, with impish humour, the Game Master guides them through the different levels to a final intriguing twist.

    • Age groups: children
      June 2013

      Posie Pixie and the Copper Kettle

      Book 1 in the Whimsy Wood Series

      by Sarah Hill

      WINNER of the READER’S FAVORITE 5 STAR BOOK AWARD! Welcome to Whimsy Wood ! It’s autumn and Posie needs to find a new home in Whimsy Wood. She is battling to find something suitable. But hark! Whats this I hear jingling and jangling through the wood…..? This is a world of enchantment and wonder . Join Posie Pixie on her adventures in the 1st book of this delightful, multi award-winning series....... Book 1, Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle, sets the scene for the rest of the series and explains why Posie Pixie finds herself in Whimsy Wood. How does the copper kettle come into it? I hear you ask! Aaaah well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out! 'From the very beginning, Sarah Hill transports her young readers to an enchanting, whimsical world, where the adventure of finding a cosy home for autumn becomes a way of making new friends...' Helen Prince-English and Literacy Advisor. 'In Whimsy Wood, Sarah Hill has created a vibrant world full of wonder and imagination that you will want to revisit again and again' Matthew Barnes author of 'The Maelstrom' 10% of the net profit from the sale of this book will be donated to The Wildlife Trusts. " The books in Sarah Hill's series are based in a woodland setting called Whimsy Wood. The series is divided into five sets, each containing seven books, making a total of thirty-five books in the series. Each book is written for a specific month in the year, so the flora and fauna change accordingly as you read through the series. Finally, there is a proverb hidden within each story for the reader to find, giving the story a real meaning. The majority of characters within the series are woodland creatures, with the occasional pixie or fairy and a dollop of humour thrown in! "

    • Age groups: children
      January 2014

      Posie Pixie and the Torn Tunic

      Book 3 in the Whimsy Wood Series

      by Sarah Hill

      WINNER of the READER’S FAVORITE “5 STAR BOOK AWARD” Welcome to Whimsy Wood! COME and meet some more of the quirky woodland characters in the 3rd book of this delightful series! In book 3 Posie has a mishap in Whimsy Wood and learns that “a friend in need is a friend indeed” and also that “every good turn deserves another”. "Posie Pixie just gets better and better! I love all the animal characters!" Poppaea Aldridge aged 5 yrs. “Think of the best bits from Enid Blyton’s fantastical stories for very young children.” Chopsy-Baby, Bristol’s Online Parenting Magazine. "I love the Posie Pixie books! I really like reading about the nature in the forest and the colours that you can find there." Freddie Lea, aged 6 yrs. "This engaging tale of the Whimsy Wood folk and their merry antics, will enchant children and transport them into the world of make-believe!" Mrs Carol Clough, Headteacher at Crockerton and Heytesbury Primary Schools, Wiltshire. "I love reading this story and I imagine being a Pixie and going on adventures like Posie." Kate Hagelthorn aged 6 yrs. "I really liked reading this book and finding out about Posie Pixie's next adventure. I'd like to meet those ants!" Thomas Antrobus aged 6 yrs.

    • Children's & YA

      The Curious Tale of the Dodo.

      by Anthony Cooper & Simon Kewer

      ‘The curious tale of the dodo’, is the first book in the series from the altruistic environmental brand Don’t do the Dodo. A fun introduction to conservation through the story of the dodo and written in an easy to read Dr Seuss rhyming style with fantastic color illustrations and….. the perfect length for a bedtime story! French translation available. The second book “ Dodo and the importance of BEEing”is now in draft form following the same format and an introuction to bees and their plight.

    • Social & cultural history

      The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica

      by Traci Ardren (Editor) , Scott R. Hutson (Editor)

      The first book to focus on children in ancient Mesoamerica, this vital reference offers a key methodological guide for archaeologists studying children and their roles not only in Mesoamerica, but also in ancient societies worldwide. Contributors examine material evidence, historical records, and iconography, productively criticising the claim that children are invisible in the archaeological record and elucidating an ancient childhood comprising multiple and complex identities. They explore the methodological and theoretical difficulties created when investigating childhood -- a category defined by each culture -- in the archaeological record. Sure to appeal widely to New World and Old World archaeologists and anthropologists, The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica will open up new avenues of research into the lives of this previously overlooked yet remarkably large population.

    • Humour
      July 2013

      Christine Kringle

      by Lynn Brittney

      There is not just one Santa Claus, but many - each country has its own, and they are all members of the Yule Dynasty, and according to the Dynasty, the job of Christmas Gift Bringer has to be handed down from father to son. But Kriss Kringle of the USA only has a daughter - fourteen year old Christine. Ma and Pa Kringle think it's time the rules were changed, but before they can resolve the matter at the Yule Annual Conference, disaster strikes! A town in England decides to ban Christmas. Could this be an opportunity for Christine kringle to show the Yule Dynasty what she's made of? With a little help from some friends, a lot of Christmas Spirit and a flying Ferrari, she sets off to save Christmas from extinction. This is an hilarious satire about Christmas, loved by adults and children alike and perfect film/animation material. Intended as Book 1 of a series about the adventures of Christine kringle and her friends.

    • Children's & YA

      The Fight Before Christmas

      by Chris McCormack

      It is the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature is stirring not even a mouse… Then out in the street a car alarm starts to beep, and Christmas Tree wakes from a deep dreamy sleep. And so begins the story of the true meaning of Christmas and whether it’s about Turkey and her trimmings, Santa and his presents or the sparkle of Christmas trees. As the Christmas things argue about the important role they play in Christmas, their excitement boils over. Will all the noise wake the children up in their beds, who are dreaming of presents towering over their heads? Rudolf and Santa, the Turkey, Christmas Tree, or the gang of presents – who or what best represents the spirit of Christmas? The Fight Before Christmas is both stylish and funny, simple in the telling, and warm in its message. A combination of read-along-rhyme by Chris McCormack and and colourful, fun illustrations by Naomi Lunn which perfectly capture the story’s playfulness. The Fight Before Christmas is an excellent picture book for parents to read to their children in the run of to our favourite festival, and is certain to become something of a Christmas classic.

    • The environment
      May 2012

      Bee-come!

      A Collection of Short Stories

      by Tsehay Alemayehu Illustrations: Maya Bazzini Colour Waterpaint: Maria Vilardel

      Bee-Come! A call to help bees in a fun way. It connects both children and young at heart, with nature. About the book: Self-published with Balboa Press. Nature/Earth /Environment This work was inspired by many who are taking positive action in whatever way they can to reverse the problem bees face to continue their existence on Earth. The book, Bee-Come is a collection of short fiction stories on nature written for children. It focuses on the plight of bees, highlights the inter-connectedness and co-existence on Earth. Written in a very simple and unusual format it refreshes and entertains readers. The book opens with one story that portrays children conversing with the moon about Bees. The second story reflects on moral issue and highlights the questioning mind of young children to know and understand their surroundings and the actions of adults around them. Stories three and four tries to remind the deep connection and oneness we have with earth and the world around us. The book is aimed for young children aged 4 and plus to facilitate connection with nature. It can also be an interest for people who appreciate bees contribution to the overall balance of eco-system and bio-diversity. It also provides list of few mainly UK based organizations that readers may want to know, learn and participate in conserving Bees and working with nature for the overall ecological balance.

    • Children's & young adult poetry, anthologies, annuals
      April 2014

      Fantastic Finds of Ann and Ron

      Stories in Verse for Bright Youngsters

      by Cedric Watts

      6 tales in verse of finds made by Ann and Ron.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      The Piano Tuner's Daughter

      My Best Friend

      by Ingrid Silvian

      At a time when many of the suvivors of Nazi Germany are no longer with us, this story provides a valuable link to a new generation of children, who want to learn and read about how their grandparents grew up and survived this chilling chapter of history. Though this book is primarily for children, the readership could be extended to young aduly and older readers.

    • Children's & young adult reference material
      July 2014

      Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox

      Story with Instructional Song

      by Sybrina Durant

      "Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox" is a cute story offering a fun and simple lesson for tying a "school boy knot" in a tie. It's a family activity book meant to make it fun for parents to teach their children the most popular method for tying a tie. It is so easy, in fact, that a very young child can quickly master it, especially with help of this little tale. If you are young at heart, you will be rooting for the little rabbit to escape the snapping jaws of the very hungry fox as they race through the forest mimicking the motions of tying a tie. The accompanying song can be heard for free at sybrina.com.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Bing & Nero

      Boy+Robot=Fun

      by I.L. Williams

      Share a day with an inventive young boy in a story that celebrates creativity, friendship and fun. Bing wants a dog. But his mother says a dog is out of the question. What´s a young boy in need of a friend to play with on a boring Saturday morning to do? Why, make his own friend! And what a friend his new creation is! The product of Bing´s rich imagination and household junk from the basement, Nero is a metallic wonder. From the moment he is switched on, the house is filled with fun! And when they take to the sky for a late afternoon flight, boy and robot are in for a joyous ride that celebrates their friendship. This debut book from I.L. Williams gives young readers an opportunity to share an exciting experience many dream of with a young boy in a story that showcases creativity, friendship and fun. An excellent book with vibrant illustrations, for parents and children to enjoy together.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Taya Bayliss - Snake Charmer

      by E. J. Gore

      Spending the long weekend at the Comino farm turns out to be far more scary than Taya has expected. While planning a joint birthday party, she and Chris come across several interesting items in the attic, including a carpet python. Snakes are definitely not Taya’s favourite creatures. Taya thinks one of the items she has found could prove the innocence of Chris’s Uncle George who is in jail for theft. Her persistence annoys Chris, but the hint of a mystery is irresistible to Taya If George didn’t steal the ruby cross, who did? Who is Bryan? Where is the cross now? Taya has to face up to her greatest fear as she tries to put the clues together. Could you charm a snake?

    • Animal stories (Children's/YA)

      The Turtle's Shell

      Mama's Tales of Kanji

      by Vincent Eke

      The Turtle's Shell tells the story of Tobi, a smart turtle who thinks he can get away with deceiving his friends. He ends up learning a few shell cracking lessons. This friendly easy-to-read book shows children how our everyday actions and decisions always consequences. This story also draws attention to the nuggets of wisdom embedded in African cultural stories which can be emulated by any child whatever their racial background.

    • Warfare, battles, armed forces (Children's/YA)

      Beales Corner

      by Andy Frazier

      Beales Corner tells a compelling story of a young man growing up through the second world war in Bewdley, a lovely town in the heart of the West Midlands. The book actually follows two stories, that of old Jim during the war and of Tom, his grandson, who is staying in the town on holiday. However, when Tom starts to see things around the town that he cannot explain, the two stories interlock until they reach a thrilling conclusion.

    • Agriculture & farming

      The Right Colour

      by Andy Frazier

      This touching tale tells of a calf born in a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd, an unusual calf that although is black in colour, is the wrong kind of black. Her times of hardship and degradation evolve her into a somewhat exceptional character. Now an old lady nearing the end of her life she tells her own extraordinary and comical tale of her exciting journey towards fulfilling her destiny.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      A City by the Sea

      and other Fairy Tales

      by Martha Cinader

      True to the tradition of fairy tales, this collection of stories is humorous and dramatic. Each one contains a valuable message for young readers in modern times. Written over a period of about a decade, these short stories were developed in performance while raising my young daughter. Titles: A City by the Sea Orimar's Flying Machine The Man with Golden Hands Crystal Clear Waters The Fat Lady and the Cuckoo Bird The Boy with the Huge Behind The Truth as She Knew It A City by the Sea is an un-published collection of fairy tales, about 13,400 words, 48 6"x9" pages, available for publication as a volume, or as separate titles for an illustrated children's book or series of books. They would also be suitable for adaptation for TV or film. For a more detailed description, please refer to the Supporting Document PDF keywords: fairytales, fairy tale, fairytale, fairy tales

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