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by Erica NobleWhen Ezra discovers that his much-loved daughter Sadie moves about with weakness and twisted legs, he does everything possible to keep away the institutions that wish to claim her, so that can live a normal life. But when you are broken and abnormal, how much of a normal life can be lived? This is a question Sadie must wrestle with for her entire life, leading to a bitter hatred and rejection of herself. Kieran is a boy with white eyes and a kind soul. Having aided a disabled girl at a soiree... more
by Elena SouthworthA smothering mother, an alien brother, TV-stealing grandmas, a purple puppy—is anyone normal in rascally nine-year-old Aaliyah’s family? From bestselling teenage author Elena Southworth. Sibling rivalry has met its match with the hilarious hijinks from this big brother-little sister duo, sure to delight readers with one ridiculous situation after the next. She doesn’t mean it but whenever nine-year-old Aaliyah Harper does anything, utter madness ensues. Couple that with a stifling mother... more
by Luigina VecchioneFifteen-year-old Mariella yearns for a new life. Since the Germans arrived in Rome, food has been scarce, and danger lurks around every corner. On top of that, she’s haunted by a childhood tragedy and weighed down with the responsibility of caring for her siblings. Everything feels impossible. But when she meets Jack, a handsome American soldier with a crooked smile, her future doesn’t seem so dark. She gives him a tour of the famed Colosseum, then takes him to dinner with her family. Despite th... more
by Marianne CooperA sad and frustrated boy runs away from home on a magical journey to find inner peace. Fighting parents. A pestering sister. Making mistakes. For this frustrated boy, trying to be good all the time is exhausting. When he tries to get away from it all by running away, will he find the peace he is looking for? Artfully written by Marianne Cooper and featuring her dreamlike and painterly illustrations, picture book The Runaway conveys that running away from our big feelings is never the answer... more
by Jeannine HenveyHigh school is hard enough. Imagine having to keep a secret that can change your twin’s life. Sixteen-year-old twins, Stella and Peter, move cross-country with their parents to start fresh and leave their former life behind. Will the past determine their future, or will they finally get their happy ending? Peter and Stella may be twins, but individually their struggles are one of a kind. From the outside, they seem like two kids just trying to find their way at a new school, but behind clo... more
by Jenny Knipfer
Just as Robin Holcomb settles into married life with her husband, Willis, on his aunt and uncle’s farm in Wisconsin, WWI calls Willis away. With an unknown future and a child on the way, Robin makes the best of life among people she barely knows.
After the birth of her child, Robin struggles with depression and battles to overcome her inner demons before despair and hopelessness drive her to attempt to take her own life. Will Robin survive her dive into postpartum depression, let ... more
by Charlie GriffinIndy and Jenny is a children’s picture book based on the true story of an abused and abandoned pit bull who was discovered and rescued on Independence Day. He only survived because a chain of empathetic and compassionate people did not give up on him. We initially track his journey in parallel to Jenny’s own: she is new to the city and lonely. She is looking for work, surrounded by strangers, and in need of loving friendship. When the two come together, we recognize that Indy has a Jenny-sized h... more
by Jean Illingworth2039 Forced from her home in York by flooding, fifteen-year-old Lexey goes to stay at her Aunt Jenny’s farm, high on the North Yorkshire Moors. Lexey’s father is missing abroad, and when her aunt joins her mother in her search for him, Lexey is left alone with no power, no means of communication and rapidly dwindling food supplies. Lexey will need to grow up fast, learn to live in a new way, redefine what family means and work out who she can trust… and who she can’t. Whilst this sto... more
by Mike StonerWinner of the Guardian Self-published Book of the Month. A story of travel, loss, reinvention, a little quantum physics and a persistent dead girlfriend. Newbie travels to Indonesia to reinvent himself and forget his past. His girlfriend has died and he wants no more painful reminders, no more memories, no more missing her. The trouble is, she's followed him there. Club-land bosses, prostitutes, shaman, damaged expats, they all help with his reinvention. The local mushrooms, jungle gras... more
by Mike StonerEveryone loves a good book. But what happens when a book returns the feeling? Marco and Filip are about as down as two boys can be. The world to them is a harsh, sad place that gives them no breaks. Then one day, on a very rare visit to the school library, they borrow a book which changes their lives forever. Book is its name, and Book has a wicked sense of humour, a big personality, and a knack for knowing exactly what its reader needs to hear. As the three of them get to know each other and... more
by Kathleen LatlipWhen three young monsters realize that their outsides don’t reflect who they are on the inside, they begin a search for their own identity and find encouragement and acceptance along the way.
by Charles PetersonPenguins! The Boss will see you now. OMG! Guess what day it is? It's Penguin creation day at the Creation Station! These little fellas have a lot to look forward to in life, if only they can decide who will live where. Will they be able to work together, or will competition bring out the worst in them? Our Penguin buddies teach us that when it LOOKS like bad news, all we might really need is a little change in perspective!
by Cyndi "Go Go" MerrittEvery parent dreads the day, usually a few days before Christmas, when their child comes home in tears because someone at school has ruined the tradition of Santa for them. What do you say when your child questions the magic, the spirit, the existence of Santa? It's time to read a story that will change the way you handle the doubt.... a story that will change the way you console the tears.... a story that will make it okay to believe! Becoming Santa is a story that will change your child's li... more
by James Channing Shaw and Cal OreySHORT SYNOPSIS: THE CAGED BIRD SINGS \tby James Channing Shaw and Cal Orey In Nazi-occupied France, Benjamin Cohen, a young gifted musician, becomes obsessed with studying the fifty-five-bell carillon in the Catholic Rouen cathedral. Forced by his father to see a child psychiatrist, he learns to express his emotions through diary entries and seeks companionship through his pet cockatiel, Frère Jacques. Benjamin cannot share with his family the joys of his new un-Jewish instrument or the lov... more
by Leslie AllenAn unexpected turn of events leads to an adventure to places never explored.
by Charlie Suisman
It's summer in Arnold Falls, where's the more than enough hot air to go around and. Will order be restored in this most disorderly town? Probably, but, as always in Arnold Falls, they'll take the long way home and they will definitely stop for doughnuts.