• Children's & YA
      November 2013

      Legendary Tales

      by Editorial Board

      This book Legendary Tales for Children makes a strong case that well-chosen stories give children good role models and increase their empathy for others. It doesn't just hand children simplistic moral precepts, but give them the opportunity to think about and discuss moral choices. Legendary Tales for Children is a compilation of 50 one-page short stories for children. Language used is elementary and simple. Each story comes with a caricature type illustration in black & white to retain interest of young readers. The moral at the end of the story summaries precisely what the child is supposed to learn! These stories educate children about a family, tradition, ethos, social mores or share cultural insight or a combination of all these. Thoughtful stories not only provide enjoyment, they also shape and influence lives of children. We have published following books in this series: *Legendary Tales for Children *Jungle Tales for Children *Folk Tales for Children *Interesting Tales for Children Ramayana Tales for Children These books don’t offer theoretical moral values or claim to preach to children. They show the way!!

    • Children's & YA
      August 2012

      Ramayana

      by Seema Gupta

      The Ramayana is the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya. The Ramayana is perhaps one of the best known epics in the world which transcends all barriers of time, caste, creed and space. The reason for Ramayana’s great popularity is that it is one story entwined in so many amazing stories woven so beautifully that not even for a moment you feel out of place. The exciting characters, their problems, their values and the crafty situations transform you into another world. You feel like one among them. Their joys make you laugh and their pains and sorrows make you cry. They take you on a journey beyond comprehension. Rama, the son of Dahsratha, goes to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father’s words. His wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana accompany him. Their sojourn with forest life is full of adventures as they make new friends and meet weird foes. Their happy life is disturbed when Ravana, the king of Lanka, abducts Sita. Rama takes help of Sugriva, Honuman and with the monkey army he manages to rescue her. In the battle that ensued Ravana is killed. But that is not the end of the story. The tale further describes Rama Rajya, Sita’s banishment and the birth of Rama’s sons Luva and Kusha. So here’s this vivid and vibrant ancient epic of Ramayana which is laced with adventures, excitement, love and war in the amazing stories intertwined with the main story line. This delightfully retold epic is sure to steal your heart. Jai Sri Rama

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)
      June 2018

      The Mouse of the Opera

      by Tuula Pere (author), Outi Rautkallio (illustrator)

      A curious wood mouse, Maurice decides to explore the opera house, which glimmers like a giant lantern from across the lawn. Lured by beautiful music, he sneaks in for a tour of the opera house’s rehearsals, wardrobe room, restaurant, and orchestra pit. The uninvited guest causes a great commotion, triggering a wild chase. Luckily, a gentle caretaker understands that even a little mouse can yearn for music.

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)
      February 2019

      Circus Cannelloni Invades Britain

      by Tuula Pere

      The Circus Cannelloni's finances are looking up, for a change. It’s time to go on holiday together. This motley crew embarks on a trip to England, where they are joined by the Cannellonis’ grandchildren. The circus crew manages to stir up confusion and fun at a famous horse race, a tennis tournament, and a boarding school run by a tight-lipped headmistress. Mr. Cannelloni gets a chance to lecture at a prestigious university while Madame Cannelloni’s determination wins over even the toughest of opponents. Many things have changed by the time the circus returns home—with a happily engaged couple and a newborn elephant baby.

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)
      October 2018

      Colin the Crab Falls in Love

      by Tuula Pere (author), Roksolana Panchyshyn (illustrator)

      Colin the Crab is a hard worker, who loves spending the spare time with his many friends. He has a charming home, but lately, it has started to feel a bit empty and lonely. Why is that? Is it time for Colin to find a spouse? Colin is confused, and even his friends don’t know how to advise him. Mr. Finley the Frog, the director of the river museum, calls Colin for help when an accident befalls the exhibition. Colin makes an unexpected and quite a unique discovery from between the shells: a girl crab, who has the most beautiful eyes in the world.

    • Children's & YA
      2018

      Right Arm Over

      by Moti Nandy (Translated by Arunava Sinha)

      An unforgettable story of cricket and friendship from a master of sports fiction. Jibon and Ananto are best friends and promising cricketers—Jibon a stylish batsman, and Ananto a gifted fast bowler. But one day they have an accident and Jibon loses half his right arm. Considered the more talented of the two, his cricket career is over. Not one to give up, he makes it his mission to see that his friend plays for India. Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team is in turmoil as it heads into a Test series against Australia. Jibon is determined that Ananto will find his opportunity and shine at the international level. But even if he gets his chance, will Ananto be able to deliver? With its fascinating descriptions of playing cricket for the country, the workings of a cricket team, the politics of selection committees and the life of sportspeople, Right Arm Over is not just a novel about sports. It is also about the grit and determination needed to succeed, about friendship, and about sacrifices that are made out of love and commitment.

    • Children's & YA
      March 2015

      Longing for Normal

      by Darcy Pattison

      Longing for Normal by Darcy Pattison A boy unites an immigrant community and rebuilds his family–using a simple sourdough bread recipe. Eliot Winston, a grieving son, must convince his new step-mother – now Griff Winston’s widow – to adopt him. But when she married Griff Winston, Marj hadn’t bargained on being the single mother of a twelve-year-old boy. Alli Flynn, a foster child new to the school, convinces Eliot that he must fight to keep his family intact and the best way to do that is to help Mrs. Winston with the Bread Project, a fund raising project for the school. With his whole future at stake, Eliot tries hard to please Marj; but as the deadlines near for the Bread Project and for Marj to sign his adoption papers, Eliot finds it harder and harder to hang on to hope. In the tradition of Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt, this story follows two kids who search for a family and a home. A Bread Project Takes Over the School Week 1: One student has sourdough starter. Week 2: Two students have sourdough starter. Week 3: Four students have sourdough starter. Week 4: Eight students have sourdough starter. Week 5: Sixteen students have sourdough starter. Week 6: 32 students have sourdough starter. Week 7: 64 students have sourdough starter. Week 8: 128 students have sourdough starter. Week 9: 256 students have sourdough starter. Week 10: 512 students have sourdough starter. Week 11: The Great Bread Celebration! About the Author At family gatherings, Darcy Pattison was known for baking great breads until she discovered she needed a gluten-free diet. Now she only bakes bread in her stories instead. Published in eight languages, her middle grade novels include: Saucy and Bubba: A Hansel and Gretel Tale; The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargoyle; and Vagabond. Recent nature books for children include: Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub; Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, a Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly; Desert Baths (Arbordale), an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2013; and, Prairie Storms (Arbordale). Her series, The ALIEN, INC. CHAPTER BOOK SERIES includes Kell, the Alien; Kell and the Horse Apple Parade; Kell and the Giants; and Kell and the Detectives. For more, see darcypattison.com/about

    • Children's & YA
      March 2014

      Saucy and Bubba

      A Hansel and Gretel Tale

      by Darcy Pattison

      Saucy and Bubba: A Hansel and Gretel Tale by Darcy Pattison In this modern-day Hansel and Gretel story, Saucy and Bubba struggle to get along with Krissy, their alcoholic stepmother. One freezing cold night, Krissy locks Saucy out of the house and Saucy must sleep in the barn. In a desperate move, Saucy and Bubba run away to their aunt’s house–except Aunt Vivian isn’t home. Trying to take care of Bubba for several days forces Saucy to take charge of her own life and accept a terrible sacrifice in order to find safety for herself. This is a heartbreakingly simple story that weaves through the tangled threads of a family and builds to an ending full of hope. PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK Sometimes you have to help yourself before you can help someone else, but if you mark your trail, you can always find your way home. That's what the spunky main character of Darcy Pattison's Saucy and Bubba learns in this modern day Hansel and Gretel tale. Saucy is a real character dealing with real stuff—hard stuff that doesn't have easy answers, not in real life and not in fairy tales, either. This is a really compelling and ultimately hopeful story. Highly recommended. -- Debby Dahl Edwardson, National Book Award finalist and author of My Name is Not Easy

    • Children's & YA
      March 2014

      The Girl, the Gypsy & the Gargoyle

      by Darcy Pattison

      The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargoyle by Darcy Pattison “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” —Michelangelo But what if an unscrupulous sculptor could trap someone inside a block of stone, just so he could carve them? Master Gimpel, a deformed stone carver, intrigues Laurel and Jassy, her gypsy friend, when he offers a path to untold riches. Master Gimpel explains that his Troll’s Eye, a red jewel, is a doorway into the stone world where a treasure cave awaits. From the moment Laurel looks through the Troll’s Eye, she and her gypsy companion enter a dangerous race for their lives. There’s darkness in this cautionary tale, that nevertheless pulls off not one, but two miracles, and brings Laurel home to stay.

    • Children's & YA
      April 2014

      Vagabonds

      by Darcy Pattison

      “Watership Down” with armadillos VAGABONDS by Darcy Pattison An Immigrant’s Tale For decades, the southern states of the Unitied States have witnessed the relentless migration of vagabonds from Mexico. They are now found as far north as the Ozarks of southern Missouri. No one knows why they keep traveling north, ever northward. Until now. In the tradition of Charlotte’s Web or The Underneath comes the American fantasy, VAGABONDS, the saga of El Garro’s armadillo colony, the scouts and pioneers who have always been at the forefront of the migration. Rumors from their original homeland, the jungles far to the south, indicate that El Garro’s colony may be nearing the fabled Faralone Falls, where they will find the answer to why they have traveled northward for decades. Galen must leave the comfort of his den and lead the search party. Accompanying him are Tex, a representative of the southern clans, Corrie, who is El Garro’s daughter, and Blaze, the barn owl. Galen’s quest for answers plays out against the background of the armadillo colony who has never before challenged their nomadic way of life. VAGABONDS is an American fantasy set in the Ozark mountains. Like El Garro’s clan, we are a nation of immigrants, people who have known the sacrifice of leaving everything behind to find a future and a hope for their families. ABOUT THE AUTHOR As a long-time reader and fan of fantasy stories, author Darcy Pattison is often frustrated by the lack of truly American fantasies. This story of vagabond armadillos traveling up from South America is embued with her fascination with the Ozark Mountains, especially the Buffalo National River area, the first river in the U.S. to be named a National River. She has hiked, camped and floated the Buffalo for years and brings this setting to life in this story. Published in eight languages, her middle grade novels include: Saucy and Bubba: A Hansel and Gretel Tale; The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargoyle; and Vagabond. Recent nature books for children include: Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub; Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, a Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly; Desert Baths (Arbordale), an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2013; and, Prairie Storms (Arbordale). Her series, The ALIEN, INC. CHAPTER BOOK SERIES includes Kell, the Alien; Kell and the Horse Apple Parade; Kell and the Giants; and Kell and the Detectives. For more, see darcypattison.com/about

    • Children's & YA
      July 2016

      Rowdy

      The Pirate Who Could Not Sleep

      by Darcy Pattison

      What Happens When a Pirate Captain Can’t Sleep? Captain Whitney Black McKee is a rowdy pirate! After traveling the seven seas and fighting sea monsters, it’s time to come back to homeport for a rest. But the Captain’s sleep has gone all awry. She desperately closes her eyes, but cannot find sleep. Sleepless. What’s a rowdy captain to do? She sends her crew a’thievin for a simple lullaby. But the rowdy heart doesn’t always know what it wants or needs. It’s not till Pappy appears that she finally finds her rest.

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)

      Spider and the Doves

      The Story of the Hijra

      by Farah Morley

    • Picture books, activity books & early learning material

      Gwion A'r Wrach

      by Tegwyn Jones

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)

      The Hare and Other Stories

      by Catherine Fisher

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)

      Nat & the Havannah

      by Phil Carradice

    • Children's & YA
      August 2011

      Secret Lake

      by Karen Inglis

      A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and secret lake take Stella and Tom to their home and the children living there 100 years in the past. A time travel mystery adventure for children age 8-11 years. Now enjoyed by 20,000 young readers. When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through? Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound – and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake. Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified? And whose are those children’s voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods? Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present. A modern children's classic The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a 'modern Tom's Midnight Garden' and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden. Karen Inglis describes it as '"a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists - the kind of adventure that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date!"

    • Children's & YA
      August 2014

      Kamazu's Big Swing Band

      by John Kitchen

      When all your friends tell you you are good enough to join the band in town, then they must be right, mustn't they - even if you are an elephant?

    • Fiction
      July 2013

      The Repercussions of Tomas D

      One Small Lie - Can Change History Forever

      by Sam Hawksmoor

      The Repercussions of Tomas D: Tomas is a boy haunted by a nightmare. Night after night in his dreams he runs to the bomb shelter as the sirens scream. Every morning he wakes gasping for breath surprised to be alive. Now it is suddenly very real. He has no idea how he got to 1941, or how he will get back. Worse, the only person who believes he's from the future might be a German spy! The day after Tomas disappears. Gabriella discovers everything has changed. She is the only one who remembers that Germany didn't win WW2!

    • 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.

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

      The Heaviness

      by Sam Hawksmoor

      The Heaviness is the final volume in The Repossession Trilogy and the Genie Magee story. It’s been a year since Rian, Renée and Genie survived ‘The Hunting’ burned down Whistler, fled Cobble Hill and the evil Reverend Schneider. Now they’re back with Marshall and the safety of the Apple Farm. However rest assured Schneider hasn’t forgotten Genie Magee. Rian has been forced to live at home. He can only see Genie on weekends, but Genie is fine with that, at least she knows he still loves her, as she does him. She's happy being back on the farm with Moucher, learning new skills and taking care of Marshall - who is tinkering in the new barn - trying to replicate Cary's anti-gravity experiment. So far without any success. Ri has made Genie study and together they took their SAT’s, Rian getting offers for College places. But the more they talk about college, the more Genie worries whether their teen romance can survive? Once Rian gets to where he wants to study he’ll be distracted by other girls. As her Grandma once said: ‘Love is like smoke, the scent of it lingers long after the fire is out.’ All this is about to change – radically. Did you think Genie and Ri could be left alone forever? Cary died experimenting with anti-gravity. Someone somewhere wants that data urgently and is prepared to do something very desperate to get it. Somewhere in the city, a meaner, vengeful Reverend Schneider is thinking of revenge. Genie is about to wake up to a whole lot of trouble and discover that some people will do anything to get what they want. It won’t be nice or pretty. What do you do when you break the law of gravity? Genie and Renée have just 36 hours to save Rian or he dies.

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