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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four

    by Maria Ashworth
    A young girl's world is turned upside-down when her mother decides to remarry. Along with the ring comes a few more, Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four. The girl will do whatever it takes to keep them out of her life. She eventually realizes there are some benefits to her step-siblings. This lighthearted story will reassure children that in spite of change, the outcome is worth the transition. It delights in the possibilities of having a growing blended family. Nominated in 2012 as a fi... more
  • My Big Tree

    by Maria Ashworth
    One blue bird has found the best place to nest. Soon other animals think it's the ideal place to be, too. The blue bird decides it's no longer the "best tree to nest in." She finds a new home but something is missing. In the end, the little blue bird realizes there is one thing more valuable than nesting in her favorite tree. The story focuses on counting, colors, animal sounds, word recognition, word repetition while stressing the importance of sharing, community and friendship.
  • Sushi Kitty

    by Maria Ashworth
    Kitty, a young woman, in Japan during the 17th century, desires to change traditions and the thinking of those around her. For hundreds of years, sushi has been considered an art, crafted and dominated only by men. Kitty's aspirations tempt her into a quandary that could affect her and her entire family forever. Sushi Kitty brings the reader on a journey of how one's determination can influence their dream into a reality. Fans of A Single Shard and the movie Brave will be taken in by her restric... more
  • A Caterpillar Forever

    by Maria Ashworth
    Do you ever wish you didn't have to grow up? Zee loves being a caterpillar and wants to stay that way forever despite his friends telling him how beautiful change can be. Can Zee stop Mother Nature from the circle of life?
  • Iggy Loo

    by Maria Ashworth
    Iggy Loo has spent a lifetime in his snow globe being admired by the little redhead. But more than anything, he envies the world that surrounds him and craves to experience life outside his globe. Through one shattering event he gets his wish. See if Iggy Loo will learn that life's simple pleasures are what make living in a snow globe so extraordinary. You can't help but fall in love with Iggy Loo.
  • Real Giraffes Wear-High Heel Shoes

    by Maria Ashworth
    Some boys like to wear pink and some girls like to play with trucks. So why can’t a giraffe wear high heel shoes? Sami, the giraffe loves to do everything in high heel shoes. The herd cannot accept Sami’s refusal to not stand in bare hooves. One day the giraffes encounter a terrible dilemma. See if Sami’s diversity can change the minds of some stubborn giraffes.
  • Tommy James The Littlest Cowboy In Reckon

    by Maria Ashworth
    Tommy James may be little but he knows how to wrangle in a bully like Bo Jones. Tommy James may be the littlest cowboy in Reckon' but he has the heart and determination of a giant. Bullied by Bo Jones, he quickly figures out how to get around this local cowboy. This award winner is the first in the series. A cowboy’s story about wit and determination.
  • Smelly Cat

    by Maria Ashworth
    Lily, an adopted pup, has won the hearts of her parents. She's their world until they adopt one more. Lily sees her new arrival, Smelly Cat, as a nuisance and wants it gone. Can this pup see the advantages of having a Smelly Cat around?
  • William, The What-If Wonder, On His First Day of School

    by Carol Wulff, LSW

    It's the first day of school and William is sure it will be a disaster.  What if the bus passes by his street?  What if he can't find his desk?  What if he gets lost?  These pestering what-if thoughts make him feel nervous and scared.  But wait!  What if the day turns out to be amazing?  Discover what William learns that turns his day around.

    Brimming with color illustrations and rhyming text, this story will help children recognize the di... more

  • De Anima(l)

    by Joe Costanzo

    When Jumpin’ Jack, the jackrabbit mascot at Gennesaret Christian College goes missing and a note bearing an enigmatic “(L)” is left at his cage, suspicions immediately focus on the philosophy class of Professor Edward Stathakis. Citing Aristotle’s treatise De Anima (On the Soul) during one of his lectures, the professor had tacked an (L) onto the end of the word anima to stimulate a Socratic dialogue among his students on the question of whether animals have souls. But... more

  • Me, Mummy & Mum

    by Gemma Denham
    ‘Me, Mummy & Mum’ is an LGBT/alternative family story about Jeremy and his two mums. The book doesn’t ‘teach’ the reader about alternative families. It simply includes them like any other story book about a mummy and daddy would. One of the nice things about children’s books is that they build self-confidence by normalising children's experiences. Everyone should have a chance to see their family represented in the books they read, however many mums or dads they have. All families should be cele... more
  • Me, Daddy & Dad

    by Gemma Denham
    ‘Me, Daddy & Dad’ is an LGBT/alternative family story about Emily and her two dads. The book doesn’t ‘teach’ the reader about alternative families. It simply includes them like any other story book about a mummy and daddy would. One of the nice things about children’s books is that they build self-confidence by normalizing children's experiences. Everyone should have a chance to see their family represented in the books they read, however many mums or dads they have. All families should be celeb... more
  • It must be whine O'clock

    by Gemma Denham
    The book of hilarious rhymes and illustrations capturing the very joy (ahem) of parenthood. A must read for anyone about to embark on the journey, as well as all the fully fledged parents out there! You will laugh, you may cry, but I can guarantee you will recognise yourself in there!
  • The Unnamed Girl

    by Mike H. Mizrahi

     

    "Find me and I will ease your burden."

    Confederate Private Jonathan Woodard is drawn to the voice. To the little girl's image lying between two dead soldiers on the battlefield, one surely her father.

    A search for the unnamed girl leads Woody to Southern Ohio. To an Underground Railroad conductor who might hold the key to the girl's location. To the widow Rebecca Johnston. To a love he thought he'd never find. Love binds them together. But an unf... more

  • A Woman's Prerogative

    by Steven C Brandt
    A Woman's Prerogative, Steven C. Brandt’s new novel, provides an engaging, current-day story of the head vs heart challenge people face as the number of single, career women and men increase. In Prerogative, wealthy Greta Sadler, 32, returns home to Reno after 10 adventurous years on the east coast and, against her iconic father’s wishes, discovers love with Alex Mackenzie, 34, an ambitious, hi-tech geologist and professor at the University of Nevada-Reno. Greta and Alex each feel a need to prov... more
  • Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic!

    by Sharon Chappell

    What happens when someone you love is diagnosed with cancer? In this inspiring story written by a breast cancer survivor, The Little Green Monster helps Marie and her family survive and thrive through her mother's treatment. The book includes cancer and feelings vocabulary, as well as family cancer resources and activities. The book explores the questions like: what can you expect while the loved one goes through treatment? While science does its work, what can love and everyday magic do ... more

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