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*CHILDREN'S* Click the covers to purchase.

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK  /  STORIES IN VERSE / HUMOR

Max … Attacks

By Kathi Appelt

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Age Range: 4 - 8 years 

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

Lexile Measure: AD490L

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1481451468; 40 pages; $11.59; also available in ebook

 

Fish and birds and lizards and socks…is there anything Max won’t attack? Watch your ankles and find out in this clever, rhyming picture book about a very naughty kitty cat.

Max is a cat. He attacks. From socks to strings to many a fish, attacking, for Max, is most de-lish. But how many of these things can he actually catch? Well, let’s just say it’s no even match.

 

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CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK  /  RANCH LIFE

Hitchin’ Post

By Julie Barker and Illustrated by Carolyn Altman

LifeRich Publishing

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1489708748; 56 pages; $18.99; also available in hardcover and eBook

 

Hard work and the cowboy life on the 6Bs Ranch is nothing new to old jackrabbit Hitchin Post. As he watches his beloved ranch go through a terrible drought, Hitch begins to look at life in a different way. He learns that despite challenges, there is always something to be thankful for.

 

 

 

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CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK  /  RANCH LIFE  /  TEAMWORK

Hitchin’ Post & the Tornado Twistin’ 4th of July Celebration

By Julie Barker and Illustrated by Carolyn Altman

BookBaby

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-154393953850 pages; $15.99

 

Hitchin' Post, the cowboy jackrabbit is back on the 6Bs' Ranch and ready for the annual 6Bs' 4th of July rodeo and dance! It's the biggest Independence Day celebration around, and this year it is sure to be the best because Hitch's five brothers are coming too. When a giant tornado threatens to destroy the celebration, Hitchin' Post shows that though he is little, he has the courage and determination to weather any storm. Hitchin' Post, his brothers, his pal Nick and the rest of the 6Bs' cowboys, all work together to rebuild what the tornado destroyed, making way for some big fireworks and rodeo fun! Join old Hitch and his cowboy friends for another wild riding, romping, stomping, 6Bs' Ranch adventure!

 

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CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK / HOLIDAY

A Transistor Christmas

by Donna Arlynn Frisinger, Author and Vicki Killion Guess, Illustrator

Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC

Age Range: 6-12 years

Grade Level: 2-5

Hardcover, Special 3D Gift Edition; 44 pages; $18.95; also available in regular hardback and paperback

 

Beautiful Boutique Style Specialty Christmas Book

2019 North Texas Book Festival: First-Place Children’s Book—Ages 6-12

From the rock 'n' roll thrills of "American Bandstand" to the hide-your-eyes chills of "Shock Theatre," A Transistor Christmas will touch your heart to reflect upon your own childhood traditions when anything and everything seemed possible. Written for children 6 to 106, your family will treasure this true story each Christmas Season as a heartwarming tale of vision, persistence, and the true meaning of Christmas . . . a reminder of God's extravagant gift to us.

 

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CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS / HOLIDAY / FAITH-BASED / ADVENTURE

Bink and Slinky Series

By Donna Frisinger

Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC

Special Christmas Bundle paperbacks with plush toys; $49.95; also available in hardcover

 

Special Christmas Bundle! Think Mission-Impossible! and meet Bink and Slinky, two groovy snails on assignment from God to help his children fulfill their amazing destinies.  Beginning with the highly acclaimed first book in the series, Bink and Slinky's Ark Adventure—which won the Gold MOM'S Choice Award and two First Place Accolades in the International Children's Classics Competition for "Best Faith-Based-Book" and "Best First-Book"—both kids and the adults who read to them will giggle as they learn hidden truths of God’s Word with the unique “Life-Lessons from Bink and Slinky” feature at the end of each story. Bundle all three books with the adorable plush snails for Christmas!

 

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CHAPTER BOOK / ADVENTURE / ENCOURAGEMENT

SnarlNsnorts and HissNpoots: Defending the Kingdom of Cats

By P. Clauss

Stonewall Press

Age Range: 5-12 years

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1948172837; 30 pages; $9.99; also available in eBook and audio book

 

Two black and white kittens want to serve and protect the Kingdom of Cats. But, both of them have embarrassing secrets and feel that they alone have problems they are unable to control. When they meet each other, they discover that they are not alone and find a friend who truly understands and accepts them. Although their maladies are discovered and threaten their position in the army, they remain faithful in their service. When they courageously join in an unexpected attack on the kingdom, the kittens and their superiors are surprised to find their problems can be used for a good cause.

 

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*MIDDLE GRADE* Click the covers to purchase.

 

MIDDLE GRADE / MEDIEVAL HISTORICAL

Journey of the Pale Bear

By Susan Fletcher

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Age Range: 8-12 years

Grade Level: 3-7

Lexile Measure: 790L

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1534420779, 304 pages, $10.99; also available in ebook and paperback

 

From award-winning Texas author Susan Fletcher, a rousing adventure novel based on a true historical event.  In 1252, the king of Norway gave the king of England a polar bear, which was sent to live in the Tower of London.  Fletcher imagines this story as the journey of 12-year-old Arthur and the royal bear—with pirates, a shipwreck, and many near-disasters and rescues.  It’s a story about freedom, about finding a place for yourself in the world and, most of all, about a warm and unusual friendship between a boy and a polar bear.  Now in hardback and paperback, Simon & Schuster.

 

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MIDDLE GRADE / CONTEMPORARY / MULTICULTURAL FAMILY

The Other Half of Happy 

by Rebecca Balcárcel 

Chronicle Books

Age Range: 10 - 14 years

Grade Level: 5 - 9

  • Lexile Measure: 570

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1452169989; 317 pages, $11.21; also available in ebook and audiobook

 

12-year-old Quijana likes to say that she used to be Pangaea. Unsplit. Not half white or half Latina. But that was before her Guatemalan cousins moved to town and before her dad asked her to speak some Spanish. Now her continents are splitting apart. Let’s face it, when you’re named after Spain’s most famous loser, Don Quixote, you might make a secret escape plan. Join Quijana as she comes of age in the Guatemalan-American hyphen, learns to make a tortilla, and discovers her missing half.

 

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MIDDLE GRADE / ACTION / ADVENTURE

Return to Komodo Island  (Komodo Trilogy Book 3)

By M.C. Berkhousen

Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1950560080, 228 pages; $13.95; also available in ebook

 

In the third book in the Komodo series, Luke Brockway and his family go to Komodo Island to undo the curse that has plagued them. Their journey is filled with dangers both in and out of the water. Exploring the old ship, Luke finds an illegally captured animal. Trying to save its life further complicates their voyage.

 

When they reach the island, they must first seek Medicine Woman, who knows the secret of the pink Komodo. Lost in the hills of the island, the trio is surrounded by twenty hungry Komodos. They must use all their resources to stay alive.

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MIDDLE GRADE / MAGICAL REALISM / FAMILY & LOSS 

Finding Esme

By Suzanne Crowley

Greenwillow Books

Age Range: 8 - 12 years

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0062352460; 288 Pages; $16.99; also available in eBook and audio book

 

After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill, twelve-year-old Esme's been inextricably drawn to that spot, although her grandmother warns her to stay away. But when she follows her little brother, Bo, and her dog, Old Jack, up the hill while chasing fireflies, she makes an incredible discovery—dinosaur bones peeking out from underneath the abandoned tractor.

 

The bones must be a message from her grandfather, a connection from beyond the grave. But when word gets out that the farm is hiding something valuable, reporters, researchers, and neighbors arrive in droves. Esme struggles to understand who has her best interests at heart, especially as the memory of her grandfather begins to slip away.

 

Full of friendship and adventure, and featuring a palpable Texas setting, Finding Esme is a moving and heartfelt story about family, friendship, and learning to deal with loss.

 

 

*YOUNG ADULT* Click the covers to purchase.

 

 

YOUNG ADULT / HISTORICAL / FANTASY 

Einstein’s Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure

By Grace Allison

Modern Mystic Media, LLC

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0998830889; 398 pages; $14.99; also available in audio book and paperback

 

What if young Albert Einstein had a magical compass that inspired his theories of relativity?

In Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure, a young Albert is given a supernatural compass that allows him to travel through time and space, and find wisdom in other dimensions, including the lost city of Atlantis. But evil forces seek the power of the compass, including a monstrous, shape-shifting dragon from a different age. Can the compass protect Albert from such villainy?

 

"...a riveting fantasy about soul-searching and growth which will keep young adult readers engrossed to the end."
— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 

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YOUNG ADULT / COMING OF AGE / YA SOCIAL THEMES

Captain Fin

by Amanda M. Thrasher

Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1950560011; 432 pages; $10.21; also available in ebook

 

Hannah Gunner, once a carefree child, is faced with secrets, lies, and betrayal. A life-changing event during her adolescent years forces her to confront a past that she no longer recognizes. A tattered box filled with worn-out letters holds some of the answers that she needs, but not all of them! Hannah manages to track down the only person in the world who can answer her questions—the Captain! Why did those closest to her lie? Will Hannah ever find the answers that she needs? Suspenseful, engaging, and with twists and turns make it impossible to put this book down!  

 

 

 

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 YOUNG ADULT / BULLYING / YA SOCIAL ISSUES

The Greenlee Project

by Amanda M. Thrasher

Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1944277031; 206 Pages; $18.95; also available in paperback and ebook

 

Greenlee Lynn Granger a normal teen one day and ruined the next. Who knew a boy's affections would turn her life into such a nightmare? A designated 'project,' a joke in front of the whole school, turns Greenlee's life upside down. An emotional glimpse into the reality of cyberbullying. The Greenlee Project showcases the all-too-common anonymous and cruel betrayals of others through social media, of such magnitude that it devastates a young teen, her friends, family, and the community. Cyberbullying affects not just the victims, but everyone around them. After being the target of cyberbullying, what Greenlee does next is shocking.

 

 

 

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YOUNG ADULT / FANTASY / ACTION & ADVENTURE

Breaking Free

by Caleb Monroe

Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1946329264; 232 Pages; $13.95; also available in ebook

 

FEAR! Crippling. Consuming. A single horrific event during Jacob's childhood created a never-ending cycle of torment. After years of living a life of solitude, Jacob developed a crippling form of agoraphobia. A chance encounter with a mythical creature leaves Jacob with no other option than to stand up and face his fears, taking that first, small step, which will lead him into the unknown. Breaking free of his fears will not be easy, and Jacob will eventually find himself face-to-face with the one thing that terrorizes his nightmares. What does Jacob discover and is it really a dream? Find out in this fantasy adventure.

 

 

 

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YOUNG ADULT / MAGICAL REALISM / HISTORICAL

Angel Thieves

By Kathi Appelt

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1442421097; 336 Pages; $11.99; also available in audio book and ebook

 

An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief

Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith in a most unusual and epic novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt.

 

 

 

 

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MYSTERY / TEEN DETECTIVES

Hannah and Tamar Mysteries

By Christa Nardi and Cassidy Salem

Paperbacks, $6.99; also available in eBook

 

Fun, clean mysteries in the vein of Nancy Drew, suitable for all teens. 

 

Authors Christa Nardi and Cassidy Salem are happy to announce the re-release of this family-friendly  mystery series for teens, tweens, and mystery lovers of all ages – updated and upgraded with lovely new covers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COMING OF AGE

Yeah, But I Didn’t

By Ann Swann

WordCrafts Press

Paperback ISBN-13: 9781948679848; 320 pages; $16.99; also available in eBook and hardcover

(eBook on sale for $2.99)

 

The first rung: the betrayal

The second rung: the assault

The third rung: the rumors

The fourth rung: the painting

The final rung: no other way out

 

Benji Stevens is 14 years old when her world falls apart. Betrayed, bullied, and battered emotionally, physically, and spiritually, her life spirals out of control. She is certain there is nowhere to turn and nothing to live for. Yet in the midst of the darkness there appears an array of hope in the form of her crazy uncle, her single mom, and a host of other characters she never dreamed would be there to help. And when she is forced to join the Yeah, But I Didn’t therapy group, she is finally able to confront her inner demons and embrace her own self-worth.

 

 

 

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