• Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Welcome Home, Pearl

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Jacob’s life is full of changes. Besides starting school soon, he is about to become a big brother.Even before his sister is born, Jacob can sense that she is going to need some very special care. At times, Jacob's parents are unable to answer all of Jacob’s questions, but fortunately, his grandma is there for him. Together the family ponders how they can best prepare for helping Jacob’s disabled sister.Jacob loves his sister Pearl dearly. He is happy to discover that she seems to hear his voice and feel his touch on her skin. Their life together is ready to begin.

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Pearl’s Life

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Everyone in the family has a lot to learn when the seriously ill baby Pearl comes home.Even though taking care of his sister is difficult, Jacob wants to help her in any way he can. In fact, he turns out to the one who is best at soothing little Pearl. He knows how to stroke her head and sing to her more softly than anyone.The big brother wants to take Pearl with him to all the important events at school.“I don’t mind if the other children have never seen a baby like Pearl. I can explain to them what she’s like,” Jacob says.The entire family, including Pearl, indulges in the warmth and scents of summer.

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Pearl, Our Butterfly

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Jacob’s second year at school is coming to an end. In class, they learn about the short life of butterflies. Jacob wants to make a butterfly, whose wing markings resemble the big eyes of his severely disabled sister Pearl.The big brother knows that he must soon say good-bye to his sister, who is spending more and more time in the hospital. With his grandma, Jacob explores his most difficult thoughts, when his parents are too tired to talk. Their joint walks in nature are a consolation, even after Pearl’s life has ended.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2019

      Terrific Teeth

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      ”Little Fears” is a book series about the various concerns that children can have. Sometimes, minor harms may grow into big worries if they are ignored. Fortunately, there are fun ways and gentle tools to handle such situations, often through play. "Terrific Teeth" is a book about losing baby teeth.Is Emma about to start losing her baby teeth? What if they won’t come out—will horrible crocodile teeth grow inside her mouth, as her brother says? Luckily, Dad has some ideas in mind to help her. Help! Emma’s first baby tooth is loose. “I want to keep this tooth. It’s just fine!” Emma insists.But Emma’s brother is scaring her, telling her that horrible crocodile teeth will grow inside her mouth if she keeps all her baby teeth. Luckily, Dad has some ideas to help, and in the end, she gets to have a tooth party.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2019

      The Scary Snakes

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      ”Little Fears” is a book series about the various concerns that children can have. Sometimes, minor harms may grow into big worries if they are ignored. Fortunately, there are fun ways and gentle tools to handle such situations, often through play. "The Scary Snakes" is a book about overcoming the fear of snakes.Shelly is on a picnic in the woods with her family. She imagines there are horrible snakes everywhere. Luckily, Grandma has ways to help. And when Shelly manages to defeat her fear, it calls for a celebration at the amusement park, where a surprising grand prize awaits. Shelly is afraid of snakes. One day in the woods, she thinks she sees them everywhere and is too afraid to walk. “How will I be able to go on a picnic when I'm too big for Dad to carry me?” Shelly worries.Grandma always knows what to do. Colorful snakes of yarn and fun games help Shelly defeat her fear. And when Grandma and Shelly visit the amusement park together, Shelly gets a surprising prize!

    • Children's & YA
      September 2019

      The Wild Waves

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      ”Little Fears” is a book series about the various concerns that children can have. Sometimes, minor harms may grow into big worries if they are ignored. Fortunately, there are fun ways and gentle tools to handle such situations, often through play. "The Wild Waves" is a story about the fear of high speeds and waves.Otto dreads his family’s boat trips. He’s afraid of speeding over the water in the motorboat. But Grandpa is a patient teacher, and in the end, Otto dares to go aboard Grandpa's old boat as assistant captain. The waves are splashing, and the wind is howling. Otto is sitting stiffly in the cabin while the rest of the family is enjoying the boat trip. “What if the motor dies during the storm, and we never get back to shore?” Otto worries.With Grandpa, Otto tries to get used to fast speeds on a new carousel. Thumb signals are a great help! In the end, Otto boards Grandpa’s old boat as assistant captain.

    • 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

    • General fiction (Children's/YA)

      The Midwinters

      by Julie Rainsbury

    • 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

    • Personal & social issues: divorce, separation, family break-up (Children's/YA)

      Finders Keepers

      by Pamela. Cockerill

    • 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

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

      Shards

      by Leigh K Cunningham

      Having been cast into a spell to live as spirits in the river Kai, the twelve children continue their quest to find a way to break the spell in accordance with the rules as set out in the witch's manual. But just as they become familiar with the rules and the consequences of disobeying them, the witch introduces a few subtle changes, which leaves the spirits anxious about what is to come. Although the wood spirits and the river spirits worked together to stop the life-threatening development on the riverbank in Book I (The Glass Table), the alliance is once again in tatters after Ming Zhi Chen escapes. As a consequence, seven-year-old Jasper cannot be found, just as Faith Prattle disappeared after Toby Witherspoon's escape. With just four river spirits left at the glass table, and with the brains of their outfit gone (Ming), the river spirits start to wonder if they will ever return home as children. Thoughts again turn toward a mass escape, albeit, more wood spirits would die.

    • Adventure stories (Children's/YA)

      The Glass Table

      by Leigh K. Cunningham

      This mystery/thriller pits twelve young children against a formidable captor, a witch who casts them into a spell to live in the river Kai as spirits. The children are divided into two opposing groups: the wood spirits and the river spirits. The river spirits can escape the spell and return home as children but only with dire consequences for the wood spirits and for nature. The children learn that it is only through trust, camaraderie and teamwork do they have a chance to return home to their families. However, when a wood spirit named Faith suffers the consequences of Toby Witherspoon's daring escape, all bets are off, even though a greater threat emerges on the banks of the river Kai.

    • Personal & social issues: body & health (Children's/YA)

      Akosua and Osman

      by Manu Herbstein

      Akosua Annan is a confident and fiercely intelligent student at a posh school in Cape Coast, Ghana. There she comes under the influence of a charismatic feminist teacher. Osman Said’s background is very different. Upon the death of his parents, a police sergeant and an unschooled market trader, immigrants to Accra from the North, he is adopted by a retired school teacher, Hajia Zainab. After a spell as an apprentice in an auto workshop, he returns to school. There, finding the teaching inadequate, he becomes an avid reader and educates himself. Akosua and Osman are thrown together by chance in the course of a school visit to the slave dungeon at Cape Coast Castle. Their paths cross again as finalists in the national school debating competition where the subject is “The problem of poverty in Ghana is insoluble.” They meet for the third time as students at the University of Ghana and as we leave them, it looks as if their relationship might develop into something permanent. The friendship between Akosua and Osman is one that transcends differences of ethnic origin, class and religion. This story celebrates the diversity of Ghanaian society. “This fascinating novel tells the story of how these two young people from these disparate backgrounds are brought together as if by an unseen hand, in a process that teaches us about our history, our common humanity despite ethnic differences, the need to pursue our ambitions, the strength of human sexuality and the need for self-discipline, and, above all, the power of love.” The Judges, Burt Award for African Literature, 2011. The Burt Award for African Literature recognises excellence in young adult fiction from African countries. It supports the writing and publication of high quality, culturally relevant books and ensures their distribution to schools and libraries to help develop young people’s literacy skills and foster their love of reading. The Burt Award is generously sponsored by the Canadian philanthropist, Bill Burt, and is part of the ongoing literacy programmes of the Ghana Book Trust and of CODE, a Canadian NGO which has been supporting development through education for over 50 years. The Burt Award includes the guaranteed purchase of 3000 copies of the winning books for free distribution to secondary school libraries.

    • Adventure
      September 2012

      ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK

      by Kurt Kamm

      One Foot in the Black tells the coming-of-age story of a young wildland firefighter. At eighteen, Greg Kowalski, leaves an abusive home in Michigan for California to become a helitack (helicopter attack) wildland firefighter. He finds a new family in fire crew but suffers the loss of his captain and mentor while fighting a major burn on a mountainside. In time, Greg comes to terms with the death of his captain but has greater difficulty overcoming his abusive father s influence on his life.

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