• Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      September 2015

      Wondrous Willow

      by Horner, Christine

      ONCE THERE WAS AN AUSPICIOUS LITTLE BUTTERFLY who lived on the side of a very steep mountain. How Willow had come to be born on the side of this particular mountain was a great mystery to her. Yet, she felt sure it was for a very special reason that she was there. “You don’t even do . . . whatever it is butterflies do. You sit around on bushes preening, or near the water’s edge looking at yourself all day!” yelled Percy. It was true. When she thought about it much, it brought her down. How could Willow be so silly as to think herself to be important when she didn’t even behave like other butterflies? Christine Horner and Joey McGrellis take us on a courageous journey of the heart as Willow, marveling at her wondrous existence, explores life, death, unlikely heroes, and a miracle when a man-made fire changes her life and her mountain home forever.www.ChristineHorner.com

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      April 2016

      MyaGrace Wants To Get Ready

      a true story promoting inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      MyaGrace loves music and dancing. Her school is having a big dance and she wants to do with her friend Emily. She has so much to do to get ready. What should she wear? How should she fix her hair? What color should she paint her fingernails? Will she get ready in time? (MyaGrace has Autism, Cerebral Palsy and intellectual disabilities. She was adopted from India.)

    • Family & home stories (Children's/YA)
      June 2017

      Allie, First at Last: A Wish Novel

      A Wish Novel

      by Angela Cervantes

      With a diverse family-and-frienship story perfect for our WISH line, this charming second novel by Angela Cervantes asks an all-important question: is winning top prize worth losing a friend? Allie Velasco wants to be a trailblazer. A trendsetter. A winner. No better feeling exists in the world than stepping to the top of a winner’s podium and hoisting a trophy high in the air. At least, that’s what Allie thinks . . . she’s never actually won anything before. Everyone in her family is special in some way -- her younger sister is a rising TV star; her brother is a soccer prodigy; her great-grandfather is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner.With a family like this, Allie knows she has to make her mark or risk being left behind. She’s determined to add a shiny medal, blue ribbon, or beautiful trophy to her family's award shelf. When a prestigious school contest is announced, Allie has the perfect opportunity to take first at last. There’s just one small snag . . . her biggest competition is also her ex-best friend, Sara. Can Allie take top prize and win back a friend -- or is she destined to lose it all?

    • Adventure

      Song of Raven

      by Katerina Naumenko

      Long poem-story illustrated by author, nine colored-pencil images inside ranging from 1/3 to full page in size. Blurb for the back cover:Have you ever dreamt of high adventure?Has your soul unendingly ripped at its reigns - To defend your truth with light and rapture,And serve others truly without gains?Oh dear stranger, the story now before you,Let me tell with innocence of youth;Of a maid, both brave and noble,Serving others well, and serving truth.Let the stamping hooves, like drum-roll beating,Hold your place, as your soul takes flight,To delight in marvels, and …some battles,Both in the field, and youth’s fair trials of right.

    • 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.

    • Adventure
      July 2011

      Someone to Look Up To

      The Story of a Special Dog

      by Jean Gill

      'Nobody writes dog stories better.' Karen Charlton, author of 'The Heiress of Linn Hagh' A dog's life in the south of France. From puppyhood, Sirius the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been trying to understand his humans and train them with kindness... How this led to their divorce he has no idea. More misunderstandings take Sirius to Death Row in an animal shelter, as a so-called dangerous dog learning survival tricks from the other inmates. During the twilight barking, he is shocked to hear his brother's voice but the bitter-sweet reunion is short-lived. Doggedly, Sirius keeps the faith. One day, his human will come. View the book trailer youtube.com/watch?v=JFPrJbqM4LU

    • Children's & YA

      The B.A.C.K. Pack with Flaps the Goose

      The B.A.C.K. Pack Saves Max

      by Jeffrey C. Thelen

      Here they are, The B.A.C.K. Pack with Flaps the Goose! Strap on your backpacks and join in the fun as the B.A.C.K. Pack, Bo, Ali, Charlie and Karmen along with Flaps set out on their first adventure. Watch the B.A.C.K. Pack as they ride their magical flying bike, use their special wristbands to make their backpacks spring into action and attempt to save the day as Katie’s dog Max is in trouble. “Uh oh, this is not going to be good!” as Flaps always says. Will Flaps help or ruin Max’s rescue? Will the B.A.C.K. Pack be heroes? Will Flaps be a hero? Will the B.A.C.K. Pack have all the necessary items in their back packs to save Max? So sit back, turn the pages of the B.A.C.K. Pack with Flaps the Goose and these questions will soon be answered in...The B.A.C.K. Pack Saves Max.

    • Children's & YA

      The B.A.C.K. Pack with Flaps the Goose

      Boris the Bully

      by Jeffrey C. Thelen

      Bo, Ali, Charlie and Karmen are back and ready to spring into action once again! Watch the B.A.C.K. Pack with Flaps the Goose as they attempt to save the day in their new adventure, Boris the Bully. Boris is not very nice because Boris is the school’s bully. Timmy is new in school and has the misfortune of being Boris’ new victim. The B.A.C.K. Pack has had enough of Boris the Bully and must devise a plan to end his reign of terror. Watch the B.A.C.K. Pack use their special wristbands to launch their backpacks into action yet again. Do the B.A.C.K. Pack hold the correct items in their backpacks to save Timmy from Boris? Here comes Flaps the Goose, always in trouble or getting in the way. Will Flaps help or interfere with the B.A.C.K. Pack’s efforts to help Timmy and put an end to Boris the Bully’s mean conduct? Let’s hope the B.A.C.K. Pack can rescue Timmy from Boris the Bully and that Flaps will not foil their plans. So let’s begin our story to see if Boris can be changed from a bully to a friend. All I ask is to keep your fingers crossed for the B.A.C.K. Pack to yet again, create a happy ending!

    • Romance & relationships stories (Children's/YA)

      Betrayed (Book #3 in the Vampire Journals)

      by Morgan Rice

    • Family & home stories (Children's/YA)
      September 2009

      The Further Adventures Of Ociee Nash

      by Milam McGraw Propst

      In the tradition of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and Laura Ingalls, the Ociee Nash series is filled with the sweet, funny, poignant and mischievous adventures of ten-year-old Ociee Nash, a likable tomboy who turns her grief over her mother's death into a talent for recognizing lonely people who need a friend. Travel with Ociee as she, Papa, and brother Ben move to the bright lights of Memphis, Tennessee, where a "witch woman" captures Ociee's tender heart. In THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, eleven-year-old Ociee's life is never plain, quiet or simple. After all, it's the fancy modern world of 1901, big brother Fred is now a married man, and brother Ben just coaxed her to jump off a moving train. Plus, as she's planning to go back to North Carolina for another visit with fun Aunt Mamie, Papa Nash announces that their family is leaving little Abbeville, Mississippi, for the bright city lights of Memphis, Tennessee. Atlanta author Milam McGraw Propst was awarded Georgia Author of the Year and a national Parent's Choice Award for the first book in the Ociee Nash series, 'A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street, which then became an acclaimed film in 2003 as THE ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, starring Skyler Day, Keith Carradine, and Mare Winningham. Milam's stories are inspired by the history of her own grandmother, Ociee Nash Whitman.

    • Romance & relationships stories (Children's/YA)

      Loved (Book #2 in the Vampire Journals)

      by Morgan Rice

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      The Skipper's Child

      by Valerie Poore

      The Dutch barge RIVAL is home to Arie, his two sisters, his father, and his deaf mother. They travel the European waterways, but Arie is frustrated. It seems there is no escape from the tedium. That is, until an unexpected brush with Russian secret agents and a startling stow-away bring him more excitement than he had ever bargained for!

    • Romance & relationships stories (Children's/YA)

      Destined (Book #4 in the Vampire Journals)

      by Morgan Rice

    • Science fiction (Children's/YA)

      Desired (Book #5 in the Vampire Journals)

      by Morgan Rice

    • Romance & relationships stories (Children's/YA)

      Betrothed (Book #6 in the Vampire Journals)

      by Morgan Rice

    • Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's/YA)
      June 2010

      Haint Misbehavin'

      by Maureen Hardegree

      The start of a fun middle-grade series, The Ghost Handlers, follows Heather Tildy, an Atlanta teen with a troublesome habit of attracting ghosts. Middle-child Heather has enough to worry about with sisters, boys and school. Now that a trouble-making girl from the 1800's is poking her nose in Heather's business, her life has taken a supernatural turn for the worse! Before her life can get better, she has to figure out how to help the ghost move on. Debut author Hardegree is a veteran short-story author for the well-known MOSSY CREEK HOMETOWN series. She plans multiple titles in this warm and funny YA series. "Ghostly fun!" ~Gillian Summers, The Faire Folk Series "A fun package of crushes, quests for popularity, and summertime antics, tied together with a paranormal bow. Fans of Meg Cabot's Mediator novels will find much to like in Haint Misbehavin', the first of Hardegree's Ghost Handler series." ~Trish Milburn HEARTBREAK RIVER (as Tricia Mills), Razorbill

    • Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's/YA)
      July 2010

      What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader

      by Adrianne Ambrose

      Eleven-year-old Elaine Rewitzer is funny, smart and happy being a geek, but when she wins a spot on the Cross Creek Middle School Buccaneers cheerleading squad, she gets totally into her new life. Her mega-brain best friend Bethany warns that Elaine will just become “part of the herd,” and her best geek-guy-pal, Tim, (who is struggling with nose polyps) feels forgotten. Will Elaine survive the roller coaster of pre-teen cheerleader fame? Will she win the heart of the cutest boy on the basketball team? Will she confess her “uncool” love for comic books? Will she lose Bethany and Tim's friendship for-evah? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: When not writing novels about cheerleaders, barbarians or vampires, Adrianne Ambrose is being nominated for video game awards starring dangerous high school girls. Adrianne contributes to the Fraggle Rock comic book series. www.adrianneambrose.com

    • Fiction
      January 2013

      The Jessica Series: The Girl Who Forgot How to Smile

      by C.S. Conwell

      We are told that Jessica is lonely and has forgotten how to smile, but how has this happened? This short story answers the question. Her meeting with a group of bullying boys illustrates the strength of her character as this brave little girl stands solidly against the boys' taunts. But she becomes isolated and saddened. Her loneliness is broken by the arrival of Patch, a little dog abandoned by his previous family. Together Jessie and Patch are able to hoodwink the bullies into thinking she has greater powers than they could imagine. How does she do it? What effect does this have on her bullies? And is Patch even cleverer than Jessica knows? "Becasue of Fing and Fang, Jessica has one problem which leads to another and makes her very sad... but with special help from Patch, she discovers an unusual way to overcome her problems in this engaging story." Review by Eugenie Summerfield "... a moving but funny tale of young Jessie's struggle with hideous teeth. A delightfully resourseful yet vulnerable heroine through whose feelings we know what it is like to feel isolated and confused, and yet to find joyous recovery from unexpected sources. On the page or read aloud this will engage young readers..." Review by Michael Tolkien

    • General fiction (Children's/YA)
      September 2013

      The Jessica Series: The Magic of Jessica Roberts

      by C.S. Conwell

      C. S. Conwell's sequel to The Girl Who Forgot How to Smile, follows the events which led Jessica and Patch to hoodwink her four school bullies into believing that she had witch's powers. A strong friendship develops between Jessie and Sam as she also helps him to overcome being bullied at school. The two children discover something strange about the monthly meetings arranged by Maddie, Jessica's mother. Curiosity gets the better of them and what is discovered leads jessie to ask questions about matters of which she is affraid. What are these questions? What have Sam and Jessie discovered? Does Jesica really possess those powers which the school bullies suspected? All of these questions are answered in this delightful and revealing story. "With her uniquely understated magic C. turns hackneyed notions of witchery into a conspiracy of kindness and healing, all seen through the eyes of a little girl who's helped a persecuted school friend to find his feet..." Review by Michael Tolkien "Jessica, in this delightful story makes a surprising discovery which through her own special magic, is going to help her and other children too. There will, no doubt, be more Jessica stories to follow in this series." Review by Eguenie Summerfield

    • Biography & True Stories
      June 2014

      Dark Night, Black Horse

      by J.G. Harlond

      A true story about a young boy who 'rescues' his father's favourite black stallion from Nationalist troops during the Spanish Civil War. The events take place in Coín in Andalucía, southern Spain.

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