Jamie, the protagonist, has grown up with her grandmother at whose death she came to live with parents and older brother Rusty on a small farm in Yakima county, Washington state. Her father, a... More > traveling salesman, is home only on weekends. She has lots of farm style fun with Rusty, such as pigeon and snake hunting and playing tricks on a detested visitor. Underneath lingers a strained relationship with her mother who is emotionally distant and loads Jamie down with lots of chores. A neighbor, Mrs. Rosa, is Jamie's only confidant in her struggle between wanting to run away and staying in an unhappy home. And Mrs. Rosa helps Jamie to understand her very strong inner connection with her beloved grandmother.< Less
After Sevy Anderson's father breaks his leg in a sawmill accident, the fourteen-year-old must take his place with the rough and tumble lumberjacks and river rats who harvest the white pine forests of... More > Wisconsin. The men of the
Northwoods live hard and on the edge, and Sevy must prove his courage and his worth in the company of legends. Will he become the man he so longs to be?
Will the other men ever accept him? And will he even survive his first winter in the Northwoods?< Less
There is nothing wrong with learning a little compassion and you’re never too old or too young to learn what it means to love thy neighbor.
It takes guts to own up to a wrong doing and... More > sometimes the guilt of your own bad decisions have a way of turning themselves into a real pain in the gut…or heart. How about show a little respect to your fellow human…or non human friends.
It’s a lesson that Beck and Axel will learn once they find out that something they had done to a fellow human being had caused a terrible chain of events, leading to someone’s untimely death. Will they learn their lesson? Maybe, but not in time as far as the one affected is concerned.< Less
This book is the inside scoop on being a Marine Biologist. Marine Biologists have to go to college and get a degree before they can start discoverig the mysteries of the deep. This book also tells... More > about sharks and animal behavior as well. All of this might seem overwhelmimg. But the Marine Biologists have it covered.< Less
Santina uses the natural world relationship between a ladybug and a parasitic wasp to weave biological processes into a children’s literary tale about survival, love and life’s meaning.... More > Rich with metaphor, the story brings Santina and the reader to gain perspective from the viewpoint itself in a discovery called life’s kaleidoscope.< Less
The small town of Winston, Colorado, has a secret—one that hides in its children. Long ago, there were many children who suffered from the local “condition.” There are fewer of them... More > now, but Shelby is one of them. She was born with a ruby embedded in her skin. In the same year, two other kids in town, Gary and May, were born with emeralds.
Now a teenager, Shelby nurses a crush on Gary, while he sticks close to the fragile May and tries to protect her from, among other things, Shelby’s bullying. Despite their differences, however, their births connect them; when May goes missing, Gary needs Shelby’s help.
Together, Shelby and Gary learn the unspeakable truth about each other—and about the chasers. Death lurks around every turn; in order to survive, Shelby, Gary, and May must work together. It is now their responsibility to save an entire generation of people also born with their “condition” before a century-old grudge destroys them all.< Less
Jamie is so excited for the first day of school. As he puts on a pink shirt, he thinks about making new friends and learning new things. But when Jamie enters the classroom, everything suddenly... More > changes.
When a boy laughs at Jamie’s pink shirt and calls him gay, Jamie is mortified. Still, he goes home without telling his parents, determined to never wear that shirt again. The next day, Jamie begins playing with a doll in the classroom. Soon, all the boys are laughing at him again. Jamie knows he should probably tell a teacher, but instead he decides not to play with dolls. Jamie just wants to fit in, but as he tries to change himself to be accepted, he grows more and more unhappy. How will Jamie handle the situation? Can he learn to accept himself and be happy?
It’s So Gay, and It’s Okay is a children’s tale that shares an important message: it is okay to be unique and different.< Less
It is JD's first baseball game. He is nervous about playing in front of a crowd and his team. JD's coach helps him get the courage to play. JD makes several strikes while playing. Before the game... More > is over, JD scores the winning home run for his team.< Less
'Love Like Us' lyrically describes the type of love that every child deserves. From stormy seas to towering mountains to the outer rings of Saturn and the tiny eyes of a sweet ladybug, the reader... More > follows a charming satellite bot as a unique cast of characters express their love in ways that only they can.< Less
Three times this year the world stopped for JJ. Three times he had been wrenched from his path and thrown to the mercy of someone else's whims. The Panel, Miguel and Dr. Kim... and Eve. No more... More > California surf and sun; no more daily routine of taking classes among the other Enchanters, of Mixing elixirs and Moving objects with his Abilities. No more being a freak, an outcast among outcasts. He'd found his place. But for how long?< Less
Three times this year the world stopped for JJ. Three times he had been wrenched from his path and thrown to the mercy of someone else's whims. The Panel, Miguel and Dr. Kim... and Eve.
No more... More > California surf and sun; no more daily routine of taking classes among the other Enchanters, of Mixing elixirs and Moving objects with his Abilities. No more being a freak, an outcast among outcasts.
He'd found his place.
But for how long?< Less
PLAYGROUND is a wordless picture book about a twenty month old boy, as his imagination colors his world of play. Blowing bubbles becomes a flight on a magic carousel horse, a stuffed dinosaur keeps... More > him safe through the
wilderness and a toy train takes him to what he wants
This is my first children's book and is based off my experiences playing with my son, Aidan. I tried to appeal to the things that small toddlers seem drawn to, such as bubbles and stuffed toys and trains. I chose to keep the book solely graphic and image based without words, to reflect the non-verbal world of Aidan. Although he cannot form the words to name things he identifies them and colors them with affection and love.
Throughout his morning at the playground Aidan finds fun and adventure with his toys, but at the end of the day, it is still his parents, and in this case his mom, who makes him the happiest. It is revealed that each toy was on his route to his mother who is watching him from a park bench.< Less
As Sweet Lily Pitter-Patter stares out the window at the rain falling from the sky, she tries to make sense of all that matters. A few minutes later, while perched on her mother’s lap, Lily... More > closes her eyes and drifts into a dream world where she is about to discover all the ways she can honor the earth.
With her mother’s voice to guide her on her sleepy journey around the world, Lily traverses magnificent mountains, caves, deserts, and streams while learning to think with her mind and lead with her heart. As she realizes how her everyday choices impact the environment around her, Lily learns the important lesson that preserving the earth starts with her.
In this delightful children’s picture book that integrates playful language with a focus on global awareness, a little girl explores nature and all its beautiful creatures and becomes empowered to help take care of her world.< Less
Two ten year old girls enjoy playing together in the 1950' making up games as they went along. Especially interested in imagining mysterious events with monsters and pirates and fearsome animals as... More > well as treasures. One such event comes their way and they try to solve the mystery and catch the criminals. All this brings on more adventure mixed in with their daily activities in the neighborhood. The pets they shared and the games they invented with the neighbors.< Less
This is the next book in the series Puppy Poems by Keith N. Waldrop. Puppy Poems Summer Fun are children poems about all the fun things we do in the summer after school is out. Read the continued... More > story of Tollie, Toby, and Tanner (the 3Ts) as they journey through life and have fun.< Less
Sherra, a high school graduate, is about to give up her popularity for a life that is all about freedom. But is that really where this new life leads? After a series of ups and downs she finds... More > herself behind bars. She loses all reason to live. Suddenly a woman shows up at Sherra’s cell and hands her a Bible. Sherra soon realizes that the only freedom in life is through Christ.< Less
Willy The Wolf is a coming of age tale of a lone wolf cub and his adventures in the woods that teach him survival skills through several adventures on his own. Join Willy as he leaves one family and... More > eventually joins another.< Less
This is the third book of the series Puppy Poems by Keith N. Waldrop. Puppy Poems Trick or Treat captures the wonderful times of Halloween and the change of the season to fall. The poems are stories... More > through the eyes of the three little puppies, Tollie, Toby, and Tanner. These are the continued stories from Puppy Poems, and Puppy Poems Summer fun.< Less
Sylvia thought her best friend, Lilly, could do no wrong. Sylvia always had viewed Lilly and herself as model citizens. When Sylvia heard Lilly making fun of Duncan, a boy in her class who had... More > Autism, those views completely changed. She found herself hurt by this event and questioned their friendship. Lilly’s comment shed light on behaviors Sylvia never thought she was capable of. As Sylvia explored how her grandmother’s mental illness affected her family, she realized her friendship with Lilly was at risk.< Less
Something’s Lost is an uplifting tale of a little girl and old man that help the people in their town restore what they lost. The story teaches young and old that they can make a difference to... More > the world just by sharing how they feel.< Less
The prestigious Litmore Academy has sent its students on an extended field trip to Chicago. Among them are students Arisa, Gabby, and Brandon. Arisa— sweet, demure, shy, and lonely— is... More > best friends with Gabby, one of the more well-known, garrulous, and fashion-conscious girls at Litmore. Lacking confidence in her- self, Arisa prefers staying in with a good book, but Gabby will have none of it and drags her out on the town. Which is where she bumps into Brandon, the cutest and most popular guy in school. Suddenly, the Windy City is blowing the winds of change…and romance…Arisa’s way. Will she embrace them?< Less
The year is 1934, where treasure hunters make their fortune seeking artifacts and adventure. Dust McAlan is a daredevil racing pilot who spends his winnings to fund his own treasure hunting, and then... More > donates his finds to the Los Angeles History Museum. But when a mysterious figure comes calling with the promise of discovering a mythical lost city, Dust finds himself racing the clock to prevent a powerful force from entering the wrong hands, and to save the life of the man who raised him. What's past is present...and his future depends on it.
Dust McAlan is an all-ages adventure novel, aimed at teens, but would rate a light PG-13 for those who are more cautious with what they have the kids read. Minor language, fast-paced adventure violence, and some scary fantasy moments. If you or your kids enjoy Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, then this book will be perfect for your library.< Less