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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Josiah's Apple Orchard

    by Katherine Holmes
    Besides music, Vivvy loves green apples. She and her brother Matt go on morning apple raids until, one fall, their father drives them to a pick-your-own orchard. The cross old Josiah inhabits another time where pixies might appear like uprooted saplings. In the early, eventful 1960s, Vivvy takes the flute from Mr. Fortray, a band teacher who plays jazz. Detours confuse another apple picking trip and Josiah is angry about progress. Yet if Vivvy wants to do what she loves, she must think beyond a ... more
  • Wai-nani: Voice from Old Hawai'i

    by Linda Ballou
    Wai-nani transports you into the wild heart old Hawai’i when Captain Cook stepped upon the shores of Kealakekua Bay in 1779. Linda Ballou skillfully weaves legends and myths, fabled history, and an evocative love story into a poetic rendering of the “People of Old.” Lavish images of the Islands splash the page as you tread inside the mysterious Polynesian culture. Hawai’i’s story is told through the eyes of Wai-nani, a fiercely passionate, free-spirited woman. She takes you on a seductive jour... more
  • Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather Adventure

    by Robert Scott Thayer

    Kobee Manatee wants to surprise his sister, Kim, who lives in the Bahamas, on her birthday.  But it won’t be easy to get there from Key West, Florida. Kobee will have to travel across the mighty Atlantic Ocean and into the strong Gulf Stream current. Not only that – it’s hurricane season!  

    Can Kobee and his friends Tess and Pablo swim safely through a giant thunderstorm, a wild waterspout and a monster hurricane?  A thrilling tale loaded with surprises,... more

  • Kobee Manatee: Heading Home to Florida

    by Robert Scott Thayer

    Kobee Manatee swam from Florida all the way up to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  But it's late September and he has to get back home or he'll die from the cold.  On his twelve hundred mile journey to Florida, Kobee meets two new friends: Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab. Tess always asks Kobee questions because she loves learning.  Pablo has lost his shell and needs to find a new one for his home.

    Their adventure is a thrilling story that's filled w... more

  • When A Warrior Comes Home

    by Pete Barber
    Sarah Braeman’s Skype connection to Iraq is lost during a video call to her husband, a US Army sergeant. As air raid sirens shriek from her computer’s speakers, her laptop displays an image of Mike’s face, frozen in fear. Medics repair Mike’s leg injury. But when he returns home, Sarah is thrust into the role of caregiver to a man she hardly recognizes. Tortured by wild mood swings, flashbacks, and anti-social behaviors, her husband becomes a danger to himself and others. A business opportun... more
  • Dark Was The Night

    by P. Lewis
  • Berlin Asylum

    by P. Lewis

    Carl Thompson, is an aging biracial writer/musician who was formerly a bestselling novelist. Unfortunately, in Berlin, he has been reduced to hustling and sleeping on friend’s couches. He has an uneasy relationship with his Brazilian girlfriend, Paula Krauss, partly because she is engaged to his close friend, Ted Barnes, a black American novelist—but mostly because she is mentally ill. Ted’s relations with Paula are strained, at best; not so much because she has a second rel... more

  • Nate

    by P. Lewis

    Originally published in 2006, this powerful, disturbing, award-winning novel chronicles the free-wheeling mishaps of one Nathan James Morris, a talented, ambitious middle-class black kid from Prince Georges County, Maryland. At 19, he has been expelled from Freedom College for alleged misconduct. He has few friends, aside from the parasitic Guy Sellers; and save for his scholarship's chump change, even fewer dollars. Hurt, angry, and in desperate need of cash, he joins the Marines. "... more

  • Fire Answers Fire

    by R.D. Mumma
    How would you react if you came across evidence tying your grandfather to the burning of the Hindenburg in 1937? A cryptic 75-year-old letter leads to a large trove of German-language notebooks that a well-loved upstate New York radio and television repairman left to his granddaughter, an artist and gallery owner. As these boxes of handwritten documents are translated into English, they reveal a young man, living under a different name, intimately connected with the Zeppelin. After emigratin... more
  • Frankenstein Diaries: The Romantics: The Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley

    by Michael January
    The inspiration for Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s most famous work, “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” has been debated for 200 years. In 1814, two years before the notorious “Gothic Summer” in Geneva, 16 year old Mary Godwin eloped to Paris with the 22 year old poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, inviting Mary’s 15 year old step-sister Claire Clairmont to go with them. They would walk across war ravaged France to Switzerland and up the Rhine River to a castle called Frankenstein. Three years later M... more
  • Jack David, The Noisiest Kid in the Class

    by Lindy Brown
    Jack David has a hard time sitting still in school. But when his class takes a walk in the woods, he shines, showing his classmates some of the everyday wonders of the forest. And when they begin to wonder if there’s a bear around, Jack David knows just what to do. For ages 5 and up, Jack David, The Noisiest Kid in the Class is a Tell and Show™ book, designed to foster imagination, creativity, and just plain fun. This book has the text on the left-hand pages, along with color photos of “wonde... more
  • Flower of Iowa

    by Lance Ringel
    In 1918 France, during the final months of World War I, naïve young American soldier Tommy Flowers struggles to learn how to be a good soldier while befriending equally youthful British soldier David Pearson – a friendship that soon develops an unexpected intimacy. Baffled by their feelings, but committed to exploring them further, Tommy and David do everything to spend time together, even as the war reaches a bloody crescendo.
  • Body Of Music

    by Stacey Culpepper
    What does a girl do to overcome her stage fright? Music and singing have always been a major part of her life. Her bi-racial background exposes her to a variety of music. She loves to sing in her room alone. But what happens when her grandparents want her to sing a special song for their big anniversary party? Melody discovers that only she can muster up the courage to overcome this fear to realize her dream of singing publicly. This story is written for girls and boys of all ages. Melody will e... more
  • Fault Lines

    by Brenda Ortega
    When her revenge plan goes awry, fourteen-year-old Dani Burkhart finds herself in unexpected places: the back seat of a cop car, the police station holding room, Juvenile Court. She wants her old life, the one with a family that’s not falling apart. She wants to stay in her home with the woods in back, and keep her carefree dog with the windshield wiper tail, and hear her big brother laugh and shout “Sweet, D-Dawg!” when her curveball dips like a sparrow. Dani has always believed her grandmoth... more
  • The Twelfth of Never

    by Brenda Ortega
    Presley may be smart, but she buckles under pressure – or more specifically, she alphabetizes. In stressful moments her mind grabs words and compulsively sorts the letters, like a frightened guard dog chasing its tail. So it’s no surprise when signs from the universe constantly warn her: stay out of the spotlight. That’s hard to do when her Elvis-loving mom, the school secretary, plays embarrassing snippets of The King’s hits on the PA every day. It’s even harder when the school’s biggest g... more
  • Blue Sky

    by D. Bryant Simmons

    Belinda is happily remarried and her girls have finally been returned to her care. But the family isn’t whole—not yet. Wounds from the abuse and separation are still fresh. Further complicating the issue is time’s refusal to stand still.

    Belinda, now the mother of six daughters, has three willful teenagers. As Nikki, Mya, and Jackie test boundaries, experimenting with love, sex, and drugs, Belinda tries everything she can think of to rein them in before they go too far... more

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