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by Laura Riley
Who doesn't like a little bit of magic? Especially when it helps you win baseball games. This humorous and clever story is about a young boy named Conner who is searching for "The Legend of the Stinky Sock". According to the myth, the sock holds special baseball powers that will make anyone an incredible player. Will Conner discover the secret to the legend? Or, will he find out the magic to improving his skills is through hard work?
by Ian Prattis
These tales operate at three levels. First, the characters are all of “US.” Their stories are the One Human Story of struggling to live in this world. Dig deeper, and you’ll find the rich metaphor pointing toward truths about the way our species has evolved and why our permanent dominance of the Earth is a fiction that will not stand up to any real scrutiny. At their root, Dr. Ian Prattis has pointed out that “reality” is not action-over-time but it is simultanei... more
by Greta Cribbs
In a dying world, one boy offers a glimmer of hope.
Eight years after a plague killed most of the world’s population, leaving the survivors barren, midwife Leslie travels the countryside in search of some sign that humanity may still have a future. She never expected that sign to take the form of Jeremy, a seventeen-year-old Catholic boy who claims to have been impregnated following what he believes was a visitation from the Virgin Mary.
Leslie, an ... more
by Andrea Witt
What happens with Ginger invites her BFF from Ellington to stay the weekend in her new house? The attic caught Ginger's eye before the house was even theirs. What do Ginger and Andi find during their treasure hunt? Join Ginger as she explores a treasure-filled space with her old friend, Andi.
by Andrea Witt
Ginger's entire life changes in an instant when she realizes her mom has a secret to share with the family. Where will this change take Ginger, who has already faced scary challenges like seizures, house fires, and bullying? Although she is a strong little girl who seems to deal with the hand life dealt her, everyone has limits--Will Ginger hit hers?
by Shina JamesKai the Kangaroo is simply misunderstood during this pandemic. He decided one morning that he will not wear a mask and will express himself how he sees fit. But his plan soon goes wrong when he's shut out from every turn. Will Kai wear his mask? Or will he put away the task?
by Michael MairaProfessor Ariam Stone is plucked from obscurity when a strange man turns up on his doorstep with a map, an artifact, and fantastical claim of a lost civilization waiting to be discovered. Along with his younger charge, John Rykar, the pair set off on what becomes a global race against the criminal Blackstone Corporation. Pursued and hounded at every turn and discovery the pair will make new friends and foes alike on a journey thwarting betrayal and discovery. They will ultimately find out that e... more
by Jon CocksIn Angel of Aleppo, Anoush, a beautiful Armenian girl, sees her mother shot and is evicted from her Anatolian village in 1915. She helps many survive, as she endures the Death Marches to Aleppo and the Mesopotamian desert. She becomes known as the Angel of Aleppo, finds true love, but suffers many losses. Over the years, the pain of war does not go away and by the Armenian Genocide’s 50th anniversary, Anoush is widowed and alone. But this day brings her something she never expected.
by Larry BrillA conservative English-born newspaperman and a fiery American prostitute join forces to publish stories of British military abuse and government scandals in 1773 Boston. The story is a satire of how today's media might cover the period from the Boston Tea Party to the battle of Lexington.
by Vivian DunnTwo young Broadway chorus girls fall in love in the man's world of show business in 1924.
by Matthew Cost“A Voodoo ritual?” Emmett stared dumbly at her. A young man from Maine fights for social equality in New Orleans after the Civil War while pursuing a murderer of prostitutes, becoming enmeshed in voodoo, and falling in love. “Education is the tool that makes us all equal, whether we are Black, white, Indian, woman, or man,” Manon said. Much like Louisiana’s famous gumbo, Love in A Time of Hate, is a spicy dish of varied ingredients. The main theme is the struggle for social equality between t... more
by Marcus StratfordA bold exploration in style and self-analysis. An unraveling, thematically disconcerting novella in three parts. Experimentally written in dramatic form, lyrical narrative, and stream-of-consciousness flashbacks, all circled around one conversation between two broken lovers at a diner. Lives are encapsulated and characters painted over cold eggs and hot coffee. Stratford explores themes of narcissism, hallucinatory OCD, and human stubbornness, concocting a post-modern portrait of two beings conf... more
by Janet AdamsSassafras, or "Sass," is a sweet girl with just a splash of sass. She has always wanted a puppy. In this middle-grade chapter book, she and her brother get two puppies... and quite a bit more than they bargained for. After these mischievous puppies cause trouble, Sass will learn valuable lessons about the puppies and herself.
by Kate ReynoldsErnestine is the tale of a small-time bunco artist turned nun. In 1527, Sister Ernestine arrives reluctantly in Inquisition-shackled Spain carrying guilt and a document that can change the European balance of power. Her plans to repent are interrupted when she discovers that she's been tracked to Spain by a French spy who covets the document she carries. Ernestine must decide whether to risk her life trying to fulfill a promise or stay and face her fears in the abbey that has offered her succor ... more
by Joseph R. GoodallSet among the rolling green hills of New Zealand's verdant Waikato District, this episodic collection of short stories opens a window into the life of a twentieth century dairy farming family. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the accessible tales highlight the emotions, disagreements and aspirations dwelling just below the surface in each member of the Hester clan. 'What the Bird Sees in Flight' offers a creative perspective on the complexity of family relationships and the desire for belonging we... more
by David SmithLife and fiction blur hilariously as new POTUS Donald Dump’s trade war with China escalates. Will it end with both leaders in a cage fight or… ARMAGEDDON!