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The King's Frog Hunter Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780990348801
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Published: North Point Publishing - October 14th, 2014

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The King’s Frog Hunter and his unlikely companions (including a giant shell creature, a Paint stallion and a Great Horned owl) must battle with a wicked magician who is manipulating to steal the throne, as they fight to fulfill an ancient prophesy that will change the kingdom – and the story’s lead characters - forever. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Ken Young resides in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his wife, where he spends his time writing, building, racing Boogalas, and dodging the Gauks and voracious frogs of life.

The King’s Frog Hunter is his first novel. The second volume to King’s Frog Hunter is slated to be published late 2015.


Clemmy Cover Image
By Susan H. Anawalt, Amanda Jones (Illustrator), Marco a. Marquez (Designed by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781611636758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zenz Enterprise - November 11th, 2014

BOOK DESCRIPTION

What happens when a stuffed toy lemur who, apparently, can see, hear, and feel all the stirring of being alive, meets a little girl who is excluded by her older sisters as the “baby” of the family? This is a story of a friendship, a friendship nobody understands.

After all, Clemmy’s simply a stuffed lemur, isn’t she? It’s only that the little girl, Gwynnie, senses there is more to Clemmy. To Gwynnie Clemmy is real. Is Gwynnie right? Is Clemmy truly real?What will happen if the two are separated? Will they be best friends “for ever”? 

This gentle story will certainly appeal to all early readers and even adults who understand what it is to have or had your own special stuffed animal or toy. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan loves writing and photography. The imagination of her grandchildren and the enthusiasm of the kids in her neighborhood all inspire her to want to write stories for children. Currently, Susan is getting a tree house built in her back yard.


Fred Pinsocket Loves Bananas Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780990794103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fred Pinsocket Productions - April 28th, 2015

KIRKUS REVIEW

A spaceman boldly proclaims his love for Earth’s appealing yellow fruit in this board-book debut by singer/songwriter Apel.

Fred Pinsocket flies a rocket around the universe, plays keytar and drums, and has a passion for bananas. The rhymes here are the lyrics to Apel’s song of the same title, which he offers as a free download with the purchase of the book. The lyrics are silly enough without the music, but with the tune and sound effects, children will be sure to enjoy it; as a result, they’ll likely want to play the music and read the book repeatedly. Fred, with his bulbous nose, enormous eyes, red spacesuit, and blue helmet with a satellite dish on top, is a likable little guy, and creative, early-grade readers who pick up this book may even attempt their own drawings of him.

Very young readers will enjoy the repeated phrases: “I love bananas. I love them. Yum! Yum! Yum!” The rhyme scheme is steady throughout, with the addition of extra phrases that make better sense with the instrumentation. The only challenging words are Fred’s last name and “potassium”—but even if kids don’t know what the latter means, they’re still likely to sing or repeat the word, as it rhymes with “yum.”

The board book’s sturdy pages, with their brightly colored backgrounds, will hold up to the rereadings that 3- to 5-year-olds may require. Adults may not be as excited about repeating the same lyrics again and again, particularly when the sparse word count includes four repetitions of the chorus. Young readers, however, will giggle over and over again, and the images of Fred’s rocket towing a ball of bananas will bring a smile to even the stingiest adult’s face.

Families that enjoy repetitive songs, such as “The Wheels on the Bus,” will be glad to throw this fruit-eating space traveler into their mix.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Apel is singer-songwriter, author, illustrator and dad. He has produced two collections of original songs for children - both endorsed by KID'S FIRST, The Coalition for Quality Children's Media - and in 2015 released "Fred Pinsocket Loves Bananas," his first children's picture book.  Originally from New Mexico, Peter can now be found throughout the San Francisco Bay Area performing his catchy, original songs in school programs, libraries, shopping malls and special events.

 

 

 

 


A Series of Events Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781500935252
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 3rd, 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Stoner is excited to publish her debut novel "A Series of Events". She's currently working on a follow-up novel while she explores the West Coast with her longtime partner.
 
Michelle enjoys cooking just as much as discovering new cuisines. She also writes travel and restaurant reviews.
 
When asked why she wrote her memoir, Michelle has often thought that others will be able to relate to the series of events in her life.  There have been so many twists and turns in her life that she felt it would certainly make for a good book.
 
As time passed, Michelle realized that her book was her stamp on the world.  She looked at it as a way to leave her mark, her legacy.  She wants to be remembered for her life of struggles, accomplishments and heartfelt love.


$7.99
SKU: 9781631225642

BOOK DESCRIPTION

"ABC Count with Me is a must read book for children. The book teaches letter, number, and sight word recognition. The author and illustrator make learning fun and exciting for it's readers. This book is a timeless treasure. I highly recommend it!"

-Dr. Tonja H. Krautter, Psy.D., LCSW -- Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist.


Rising Hope Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781620065563
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sunbury Press, Inc. - March 10th, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Looking back, eighteen-year-old Tadzio realized that it all began when his father walked out on him September 8, 1939. That same day, his Scoutmaster challenged Tadzio and his friends to give their all for Poland. At first, thirteen-year-old Tadzio said no. Now, five years later, the Germans still occupied Poland. But at least Tadzio rose to the challenge. And he still had hope. This is how it began.

“Rising Hope is an homage to all Polish teenagers who fought the German evil so bravely during WWII. A must read.”

--- Julian Kulski Author of The Color of Courage, 2014. Kulski, son of the Polish mayor of Warsaw, was ten when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, and twelve when he joined Warsaw’s fight against the Germans.

“With a unique set of characters, Sontag’s book transfers readers into the atmosphere and situation in Poland during 1939-1945. It is written with passion for the events and reveals the author’s respect and compassion for the people and the disastrous events that transpired.”

--- Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm Author of Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Marie Sontag taught middle school for over 15 years. She has a BA in Social Science, and an MA and PhD in Education. www.mariesontag.com


A Little Duck Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780615980126
Availability: Special Order
Published: ArtBlend - May 1st, 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An accomplished artist from New York City, Greta has had numerous solo and group shows in SoHo, Chelsea, as well as various other galleries on Long Island, and in other states - California, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She has also shown in France where she received "Mellieur Colorist" presented by then mayor and future president of France, Mssr. Jacques Chirac, at the 8th Grand Prix Fine Art de Paris, Salon de Vieux Columbier, Paris, France.  Another featured achievement includes Unicef Recognition for Presentation Booklet of 10 World Artists European Distribution.  As a working artist for the past few decades, Greta was approached by a friend and author to illustrate her books which then propelled others to seek her out to illustrate other works.  After being inspired to create a children's book on her own based on a true event, expect more stories to come that will be fun and informative as well as educational. 


Millennium Stone Cover Image
$16.04
ISBN: 9781491761250
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Published: iUniverse - April 22nd, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION

William Locke is playing with his friends and loyal dog, Spartacus, when he hears the king is waiting for him at his family's cottage. As William quickly heads home, he has no idea that because of King Herodotus's obscure vision and an ancient prophesy, he has been chosen to save the kingdom from annihilation by recovering a powerful stone with magic nobody understands. William accepts his fate with one condition-that Spartacus may join him.

With their sights set on finding the Millennium Stone, the two companions venture into the treacherous kingdom full of witches, imps, undead, giants, and worse. With fate on their side, William and Spartacus meet an orphaned pickpocket, an amazing swordsman turned frog, and an incredible crystal dragon. Together, the unlikely friends must valiantly fight the mysterious darkness that threatens to consume everything. Now only time will tell if they will unearth the stone before it is too late for all of them.

In this charming young-adult adventure, a boy and his brave dog embark on a journey to find a magical stone that they hope will help save their kingdom from a tragic ending.

Reviews:

An engaging and entertaining young adult fantasy... with crisp, clear writing that keeps the story flowing smoothly.
 

- BlueInk Review

Millennium Stone is a wonderful fantasy story... that is unique and thoroughly enjoyable.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jacob Emrey served in the US Marines as a presidential support specialist attached to the security force of HMX-1 (the presidential helicopter squadron). He earned a degree in history and has taught in the Ukraine and Kuwait. Jacob now resides in California, where he teaches and writes.

 

 


The Storyteller: My Years with Ernest Thompson Seton Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781935204534
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Published: Langdon Street Press - April 7th, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION

In the 1930s, the parents of six-year-old Leila tearfully sent her from their home in California to live with relatives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, hoping the drier climate would restore the little girl’s health. Young Leila was reluctant at first to leave her family, but she soon realized that she had embarked on a grand adventure. She spent three years living with her aunt Julie and her uncle, whom she called “Granddaddy” because of his shock of white hair and mustache. Although “Granddaddy” was her special name for him, the rest of the world knew him as Ernest Thompson Seton, noted author, artist, environmentalist, and co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

The little girl developed a special bond with the seventy-year-old Seton. Granddaddy taught Leila about the wildlife in the area, and he took her to visit pueblos and silver mines. In doing so, he shared his reverence for all living things and his profound respect for Native American cultures. Perhaps best of all, Granddaddy was a masterful storyteller.

Leila Moss Knox’s The Storyteller was written as a chapter book for second- to fifth-graders, but readers of all ages will be drawn to her lyrical narrative and wonderfully evocative photographs. Also adroitly woven into her memoir are excerpts from some of Seton’s best-loved stories. Although his stories were originally published more than one hundred years ago, they remain as fresh and enchanting as ever and will continue to delight each new generation of readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leila Moss Knox spent three years of her early childhood living in Seton Village with her aunt and uncle, Julia Moss Seton and Ernest Thompson Seton. She lived in the San Francisco Bay Area after leaving Santa Fe at the age of eight. Upon her retirement from Stanford University, she moved to Carmel, California. She has always had fond memories of the years she spent in New Mexico and has frequently visited Santa Fe. Leila long desired to write a children’s book about the time she spent in New Mexico and hopes her memoir will inspire children everywhere to read Seton’s timeless and engaging stories.

Linda L. Knox, a school administrator in California, has extensive experience working with students and teachers in the area of literacy. She co-founded and for many years co-chaired a district-wide student writing fair that continues, after more than twenty years, to nurture student writers and to showcase their high-quality fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.


A Veil of Fog and Flames Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780985689735
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Published: On Track Publishing - March 17th, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Beninger opens the second book of her Embracing the Elephant series in an 1851 San Francisco in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe: “Where once the vibrant city of San Francisco stood, now a cauterized field stretches to the churning waters of the harbor.” So observes young teenager Guinevere Walker, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a local doctor, who joins her father in trying to save the lives of the many victims of the great fire that’s just swept through the city.

Another fellow victim and survivor is young Jack Moylan, less educated than Guinevere but every bit as enterprising, and gradually Guinevere develops strong romantic feelings for “this boy who spoke his mind and teased me  and cast his protective shadow over those he considered his friends.”

The two young people find themselves confronting an Antebullum San Francisco that’s as vibrant as it is violent, as unrefined as it is uninhibited, and under Beninger’s skillful handling, her two characters navigate some harrowing adventures in that sordid new modern world and also navigate their growing feelings for each other. The resulting novel is both exciting and heart-warming, an easy recommendation for fans of the Deadwood era.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lori Hart Beninger resides in Northern California with her husband, a circle of friends and family and goofy pets, all of whom contribute to her writing in some form or another. Ms. Beninger has two historical-fiction novels to her credit: "Embracing the Elephant" and "A Veil of Fog and Flames" - historically evocative tales of early California.


INDIE BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MEMOIR OF 2012 and BEST TRAVEL BOOK FINALIST 2013.

Teresa O'Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she had accumulated over the years when she turned to her husband and said, "I'm tired of storing our dreams. Let's live them!" Within a month, they bought one-way tickets to Morocco, leased out their home, and set out on a journey of the African Continent top to bottom, from Casablanca to Cape Town. Transiting seventeen countries in 10 months, mostly by public transport, they explored wild, exotic, and historic locations they had only dreamed of and some they had never heard of. From sandy Timbuktu, to a tiny lemur populated island in Madagascar, the author embraces Africa. She strokes the manes of lions, contracts malaria, flies a micro light over Victoria Falls, earns a level one certification as a South African safari guide, discovers that an insect has turned her foot into a nursery for hundreds of eggs, grapples with the negative effects of foreign aid, and rubs elbows with European royalty deep within the Dogon in Mali. O'Kane offers an entertaining and enlightening look into overland travel on the African continent. Filled with helpful budget minded travel tips, this hilarious and inspiring book may find you yearning to take a career break of your own.


Samurai: A Feral Kitten's Journey to Find a Home Cover Image
By Rosemary Wood, Daniel Hole (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781935442554
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Published: Beckon Books - July 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION

One morning, a feral kitten follows a man named Daniel home from his walk. The orange and white kitten is just looking for food but soon he finds so much more. Samurai is the true story of a young cat's courageous quest to join a family. With rich, colorful oil paintings, the book tells of Samurai's struggle to trust Daniel and his wife, Rosie; his challenges with a rough cat named Nine; and his decision to finally enter Daniel and Rosie's house, where he lives happily for the rest of his life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosemary Wood is a former kindergarten and preschool teacher. By sharing the true story of a beloved cat named Samurai, she hopes that her book will delight children and move everyone to care for the plight of feral cats. Illustrator Daniel Hole is a former college art professor who has worked in the bill-board industry and created many oil paintings, prints, and watercolors. His works have hung in galleries and are owned by private collectors across the country and as faraway as Moscow. The husband and wife team live in La Jolla, California.

 


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Be Responsible Like Max.

By providing examples on how to take personal responsibility for himself, Max is teaching his readers to do the same, in which every parent will appreciate.


$8.99
SKU: 9780990375227

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Get Inspired with Max.

Max shows how he uses his imagination to create his happy world and teaches his readers how they can do anything when they put their mind to it.


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Giving Thanks with Max.

Max teaches his readers how they can feel happy every day by giving thanks for everything they have around them.


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The Bronze Dagger Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620063491
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sunbury Press, Inc. - March 31st, 2014

BOOK DESCRIPTION

"Bringing the Past to Life" epitomizes the writing career of Dr. Sontag. Her first historical fiction series, Ancient Elements, begins with The Bronze Dagger. This middle grade fiction novel tells the story of 12-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), a young boy in Mesopotamia during the reign of Hammurabi in 1780 BC. The lies that Sam spins about the stolen jewels and the death of his father threaten to catch up with him. Will he ever learn how to trust his new friends, overcome his quest for revenge, or solve the mystery of the stolen jewels? 

BOOK REVIEWS

Dr. Sontag captures the Ancient Mesopotamia culture in a captivating tale of a young boy's survival. Armed with his lucky dagger, Sam sets out on an adventure where he encounters numerous challenges and foibles leading him to a lesson in forgiveness. A great read! --
Dr. Donna Lewis, Educator: Assistant Superintendent

A terrific book for kids who like adventure, and for parents who'd love their kids to learn a bit about history. Well-written, a lively main character who struggles with his failures and searches for hope.Here is a hero who is flawed but resourceful, and who can lead readers on an adventure involving bad guys, jewels, new friends, and making choices. A real winner! --Karen Llewellyn., home-schooling mom

The book pulls you into history through well-written narrative. By the end of the tale you come away with not only an interest in the characters and storyline, but more knowledge about the time of the Babylonians. --Rick Crawford, former principal and author of Stink Bomb, and Ricky Robinson Braveheart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marie Sontag holds a PhD in Education, an MA in Instructional Technology, and a BA in Social Science. Having taught adults, high school and middle school students for over 15 years, Dr. Sontag knows how to capture and hold her students’ and readers' attention. 


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The Alabaster Jar Cover Image
$10.49
ISBN: 9781620066218
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Published: Sunbury Press, Inc. - September 4th, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION

 Sam, Amata and Balashi continue their adventures in the ancient world as they travel to Egypt in Book 2 of Ancient Elements. Having found a home with his adoptive family, fourteen-year-old Samsuluna (Sam) moves to Egypt with Balashi and Amata where his quest to solve the mystery of the hidden tomb threatens to tear his family apart.

BOOK REVIEWS

Readers who have waited for Samsuluna’s next escapade will not be disappointed in The Alabaster Jar. In this fast-paced adventure, Sam, Balashi and Amata witness political plotting, and question the sincerity of their new friends. A newly discovered tomb, the bustling Nile River trade, secret passages and the alabaster jar all await you! -- Mary Pat Vargas, 6th Grade Teacher, CA

A skillfull interweaving of intrigue and deception. Each character has different secrets and issues, but they all become intertwined. A great read for early adolescents! -- Roberta Hendricks, Reading Intervention Specialist, TX

One of the best books I’ve ever read! This book will have you on the edge of your seat no matter how hard your heart is. -- Ian, age 12, TX

The Alabaster Jar is a mesmerizing journey of good versus evil in one of history’s greatest ancient cultures. -- Nick Gervase, Santa Clara Unified School District Superintendent, Retired, CA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marie Sontag holds a PhD in Education, an MA in Instructional Technology, and a BA in Social Science. Having taught adults, high school and middle school students for over 15 years, Dr. Sontag knows how to capture and hold her students’ and readers' attention. 


Brave and Awake: - A Story of Authentic Becoming Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781504334105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balboa Press - July 10th, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Brave and Awake is one woman's story of truths discovered and lessons learned over a lifetime. The author, a fifteen-year veteran firefighter, offers her unique experiences and truths learned as a twenty-first century woman breaking social and personal barriers on her way to empowerment and freedom.

The author's adventures, ranging from firefighting to dancing, from the ordinary to the mystical, capture the spirit of the modern woman-one who faces her fears, trusts her intuition, thinks for herself, and creates her own happiness.

And while this pocket-sized gem offers helpful tools and insights gained from the author's own personal experiences, Brave and Awake ultimately invites and inspires readers to become their own best expert along the way.

BOOK REVIEWS

Beverly Molina has written an inspiring treatise on how to live life with courage and conviction, kindness and insight…as if every moment is a miracle. Whether she comes to us as a fearless firefighter, a mother and wife or a woman on a true spiritual path she takes us on a journey through the dark night of the soul and reawakening, and then gives us a blueprint in which to live our life with grit, gratitude and grace. Her honesty is captivating and contagious. You will learn a lot from “Brave and Awake” and you will use it every day to better your life!

Carol Simone, Author of Kiss of the Shaman

In this wonderful life changing book, Beverly shares her awakening experiences and wisdom, and includes inspiring and healing exercises, with the goal of assisting you too, to live a more fulfilling, happier and healthier life. Go for it!

Helene Rothschild, MS, MA, LMFT
Author of All You Need Is HART


Making It Home Cover Image
$11.87
ISBN: 9780996148467
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Published: Oak Lei Press, LLC - October 1st, 2015

KIRKUS REVIEW

Book One in the Time to Time Series

Roche’s precocious young characters find themselves transported to 19th-century New York City in her debut middle-grade book.

Fourteen-year-old Peregrine “Peri” Gasper enjoys history, reading, and browsing her father’s dusty antiques store. She’s less enthused about her two younger stepbrothers, Henry and Max. The newly formed family’s quiet afternoon at the antiques store is interrupted when Max inadvertently places a set of antique keys on a magical book. The three children travel through time, landing on a boat entering New York Harbor in 1892. Thus begins an incredible adventure as the siblings struggle to figure out where they are and how to get back home. They travel to different times and places in New York City, giving them a firsthand look at the plight of immigrants and the struggles of urban poverty. Peri, Henry, and Max soon realize that the key to returning home may literally be the antique keys from the shop. Each key they locate leads to a new person, a new story, and an opportunity to help others while learning some history. Along the way, the children meet many historical figures—Jacob Riis, Theodore Roosevelt, and little Annie Moore, the first immigrant to pass through the doors of Ellis Island. Roche takes readers on a remarkable journey, offering an entertaining, informative glimpse into the past. Locations such as the Lower East Side tenements come to life through Roche’s evocative writing; rats the size of dogs scurry across the road as vendors sell pickled cucumbers and sauerkraut, and neighbors ask after each other in multiple languages and dialects. Roche also does a masterful job tackling issues children may face in modern times. In the course of solving historical problems, her young protagonists must also deal with emotions and questions that arise from divorce and their blended family. The historic photographs and illustrations that accompany the text are a wonderful addition, and Roche also offers supplementary games, activities, and recipes readers can use to further engage with the narrative.

An educational, highly enjoyable read that kicks off a promising new series.


$12.99
SKU: 9780692593400

In "Grandpa Ka and Digger", Grandpa Ka helps a lost Digger find his construction site. On the way, they meet a number of exciting vehicles who guide them to the Digger's construction site and also educate them on what they do. Join Grandpa Ka and Digger on this wild adventure!


Mr. Wackenteach Teaches First Grade Cover Image
By Jcm
$6.99
ISBN: 9780990550112
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Published: Socrates Solutions Incorporated - November 18th, 2015

The Wackenteach Series is a series of seven books from First Grade to Sixth Grade which includes the Kinder- garten prelude, “Don’t Forget to Feel Special”. From the very first Kindergarten book, hints are given which point to a secret mystery which gradually builds as the Specialists go through the years at Pagic Elementary School, under the guidance of their mysterious teacher, Mr. Wackenteach. As the years seem to quickly go by, the slowly brewing mystery grows and grows, and everyone has a secret feeling that finally, in Sixth Grade, the mystery will be revealed...


Land Sharks: A Swindle in Sumatra Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780988285842
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Published: Whimsey Wylde - December 2nd, 2015

A bank fraud investigator goes undercover in Sumatra to find a young woman who may or may not be kidnapped. Her job might be easier if she didn't have to deal with her boss's untrained son and the unexpected appearance of an ex-boyfriend/con man who has his own secret agenda.


Tales from the Land of Forever Cover Image
By B. a. Keating, Jinwoo Kim (Illustrator)
$13.80
ISBN: 9781517699505
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 1-10 days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 8th, 2015

Our magical adventure begins when Sarah George - an ordinary ten year old girl from an ordinary borough of London - is forced to move to the Cornish countryside, after the sudden and unexpected death of her father, to live with her dreadful snob of an aunt and horrid cousin. 

 


"A debut picture book for children and adults that offers a positive perspective on loss and grief.

This elegantly simple book by Bertram, an art therapist, focuses on the close relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild. It’s told from the child’s point of view as the youngster processes the impending loss of a beloved grandmother, who once “bathed me, fed me, played with me and loved me.” The grandmother is nearing the end of her life (“[a]s I got bigger, the body Grandma’s spirit lived in became old and tired”), and now she’s being bathed, fed and loved with her grandchild’s help. Grandma’s spirit, the child says, has grown too big for the body that houses it; soon it will “rise up and she will become one with everything around me, including myself. She will be part of the rain, sun, wind, and trees.” In this comforting, soulful view of the afterlife, sunlight will be Grandma’s hug, and the rain will be Grandma saying hello. Sitting high in a “comfy” tree will be like sitting in Grandma’s lap (“I will hear her stories inside me”), and the wind will be Grandma’s invitation to run and play. And “one day,” as is the natural way of things, the child says, “I will grow too big for my house,” and “[a]s the wind, I will sing quietly in your ear….I will be the rain that taps you on the head.” The expressive flow and swirl of Bertram’s and DiGuiseppi’s colorful mixed-media illustrations provide a complementary backdrop to the well-crafted text. The author makes no reference to religion, instead offering readers of all ages an inclusive, uplifting message of transition, connection and spiritual renewal.

A deeply felt, child-appropriate book on dying that’s resonant for all ages." - Kirkus Reviews


The Night Parade Cover Image
By Johnny Depalma, Kyle Brown (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780692535288
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Published: Umbrelly Books - September 14th, 2015

A delightful dream legend by children’s book author Depalma (Young Cupid!, 2008, etc.), featuring wonderfully absurd cartoons by debut artist Brown.

Every night, a man travels around the world, walking down the streets but always remaining just out of sight. He leads the Night Parade, which collects nightmares and pleasant dreams alike, which leave their dreamers to fall in line. Sometimes, Brown depicts the dreams as abstract swirls; at others, he depicts solid images that hint at the dream’s contents: a jack out of the box, popping through the roof of a house or a train bursting through the wall of another. The mysterious man sometimes leaves dreams for people to ponder in the morning; even those that dreamers have forgotten may return if something prompts a recollection. Overall, the Night Parade leader doesn’t get rid of the dreams he harvests; instead, he protects the good ones from the bad. Why go to all the effort? “So we long for something more. / It’s something we’ve forgotten, / something missing in our core,” Depalma explains. The book’s implication is that lost dreams drive people to accomplish great things, to travel the world, to strive toward their goals. Young readers may not find that idea as poignant as their parents do, but they’ll still likely fall into the wonderfully textured rhythm of the words as they settle in for the night: “Past the walls, beyond the gate, / and above each flower’s bloom, / they melt into the line-up / of his falling footstep tune.” Although the leader of the Night Parade is quite unassuming in the illustrations, the dreams that follow him will make wonderful starting points for readers to begin their own tales as they explore the many different types of dreams.

A perfect choice for bedtime reading, featuring a muted color palette and soothing rhyme.


$6.95
SKU: 9780578168913

NALA the Little Elephant Coloring Book, by Marian Hailey-Moss is a terrific gift for kids and the whole family. It’s an interactive fun way to learn about elephant’s lives and a gentle loving reminder of the challenges elephants are facing. 

“The book is absolutely charming!”  Emily Kingsley, writer for Sesame Street​

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmsOmOMrsww

Marian Hailey-Moss is a former Broadway actress, and presently a semi-retired psychotherapist. She became aware of the need for animal rights after following the meditation method of Master Ching Hai who requires a vegan diet. The ten children's books she has authored are about people's relationship with animals. She lives in New York City.

 


Rupert's Big Move Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780692282267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Louree Publishing - April 27th, 2016

 

Rupert is a little green frog who happened to live in a very small, adorable pond.

He knew it was the BEST pond because he had lived there his entire life. Rupert had many friends in the little pond and he was very happy.

Until the day he had to face the scariest thing of all... CHANGE!

Find out how Rupert took a giant leap of faith and jumped into action, to successfully deal with change! Not only that, but he gained confidence in his decision-making! And learned several other valuable life lessons, too, on his journey.

Rupert’s Big Move is dedicated to all the children of the world, ages 3-103, who are faced with big changes in their lives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When writing her children’s stories, Tremain describes her creative process as getting the puzzle pieces in her head out and onto paper. “Rupert’s Big Move” is the first book in the Rupert the Little Green Frog series; he has many more adventures to share with his readers.

Tremain lives in Northern California with her husband, three children, and lots of fur babies to keep life fun and exciting. There is never a dull moment in the Tremain family home!