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Surviving Curtis Hall: The Lure of Blood

by L. A. Matthies

Our Price: $16.95

Attempting to avoid the violence and drugs at Hibernia High, 16-year-old Tristen McCoy and his friends have transferred on a sports scholarship to the elite Curtis Hall boarding school. Hometown lacrosse heroes, the boys are tested as they attempt to assimilate into a student body where excelling is the norm. Tristen hones his leadership skills and sense of humor while finding his way in this new environment. He and his friends must rise to the challenge of competing with peers whose skills equal and perhaps surpass their own. Tristen’s attention is soon captured by the beautiful and alluring Marcella Venier. Despite their different origins and upbringings, the two are drawn to each other. Marcella, compelled to live a clandestine life with dark secrets and a covert research mission, struggles with her desire to further her own designs and still remain in Tristen’s world. Events spiral out of control, and a student is lost in the subterranean tunnels beneath the school’s campus. Tristen and his friends stand accused of foul play, and in an effort to make things right, he enlists Marcella’s help in organizing a search party. During the perilous rescue attempt, danger threatens to not only sever the bonds of friendship of the group, but take their lives as well. They hope they can survive until graduation.

Young Adult/Fantasy wins NABE 2013 Pinnacle Achievement Award! Read more about Linda and Surviving Curtis Hall at

Slaying A Harpy: Tales of Curtis Hall

by L. A. Matthies

Our Price: $18.95

Tristen and his two best friends, Billy and Sasha, transferred to Curtis Hall so their parents could enjoy peace of mind that their kids would receive the best education while escaping the messy, complicated teen world of their hometown of Hibernia, New Jersey, a half hour away. Little did their parents realize that although their boys had received lacrosse scholarships to an incredibly prestigious school rivaling even the most extravagant college campuses, they now had stumbled onto its secrets as well. Starting to fit in at the elite boarding school, the teens find themselves faced with an even more imposing threat than the immortal vampires who have befriended them. Danger looms around every corner as one of the trio is cursed by the Harpys mind control, one is blinded by inexplicable love for the deadly creature, and the third is forced to train as a hunter in the hopes of saving his friends. Tristen and Marcellas love blooms as she and her vampire crew recruit Tristen and his friends to find a way to outsmart, battle, and, hopefully, conquer this powerful mythological beast posing a devastating threat to her and her vampire family. Will Marcellas greatest nemesis, her own brother Pietro, aid the factions cause or side with the Harpy to destroy his sister? Can the skill and experience of a battle legend be enough to equip the young humans with the strength they need to defeat the Harpys curse?

Chermpf (The Cats of Nova, Volume 1)

Written and Illustrated by William S. Russell III

Our Price: $9.99

Everyone should have a name…

With that thought, Gracie Fisher steps into her backyard on a moonlit summer night. Leaving her sleeping parents behind, following her nervous cat, Roscoe, and a kitten harboring an ancient secret, she embarks on an adventure leading far beyond her father’s vegetable garden, to a domed forest-city tethered to the Moon. There, she faces a terrible danger from the prehistoric past and a grave threat to all humanity.

Chermpf is a fantasy adventure for advanced middle grade readers. It will also appeal to people of all ages who suspect their cats know more about the workings of the universe than they let on, such as folding time and space and the potential menace of winged spiders.

William S. Russell III lives in New York with his lovely wife, Susan, and three cats, Miss Meep, Joon-Yip and, of course, Chermpf. In a previous one of his nine lives, William was a post-secondary special education teacher. He hopes to be a steeplejack in the next. Read more at and

Meepcha and the Lost 100

Written and Illustrated by William S. Russell III

Our Price: $11.99

Soot, ash and cinders the fire burns brightly but something always remains behind. An ancient and formless evil was released during the battle in Nova City, an evil that has found its way to earth. One hundred of the mysterious automata, the Ergasi, are missing as well. Without their care Nova City will be doomed to drift in space forever. Now it is up to young Gracie Fisher, her feline guardian Roscoe and their companions Dondo, Bear and Mimyat to set things right, and to somehow reunite Mimyat with her long-lost twin sister Meepcha along the way.

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 Simon & Sedef: A Seal’s First Adventure

by Sheree Jeanes

Our Price: $20.99

Simon is a young harbor seal, just recently born, living with his seal family. An early spring storm suddenly sweeps him out to sea, and the youngster has to learn to survive quickly. He meets foes and friends, including the kind humans he encounters throughout his journey.

The adventure of Simon, the young harbor seal, is one that has happened before. Seals and other marine animals are regularly washed ashore throughout Northeast USA and are rescued by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation.

The foundation will receive 10% of the proceeds of this book to help with their great work. Please visit their website at and consider supporting the rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals.

The Magical Peacocks

by Jeanine Marie

Our Price: $14.99

Come along with two children on a mystical journey into a magical dream that changes a mayor’s heart from greed to love. This tender tale, illustrated with softened colors reminiscent of days gone by, is an ideal read for you and your child.

Learning to Play the Piano

by Norma Dagnelli

Our Price: $11.00

This fun workbook will give quick learners a creative and exciting way to play the piano. The ideas of sound stories, compose your own melodies and draw pictures to match a piece of music have never been presented like this in a piano course book before! Students age 5 to 10 will be able to play familiar tunes in the book almost immediately! There are fun games to play also!

The Frog in the Pond

by Rebecca Crosdale

Our Price: $15.00

This is a delightful little story which will teach children how to speak to others while being sensitive to their feelings. They will enjoy the story and learn an important lesson at the same time.

Peyton’s Mommy Works

By Amy Carpentiere-Haimek

Our Price: $12.95

Peyton loves Mommy so much that Peyton wants to be with Mommy all the time! But sometimes Mommy has to leave Peyton and go to work. Why does Mommy have to leave? A book to help explain to young children why sometimes parents have to work.

Naughty Catcoon: The Rascal Raccoon

By Janice L. Dodson

Our Price: $9.95

Under the light of the moon, a rascal raccoon ransacks and romps, wakes a child who sees this rascal pop a ball, eat from the cat’s dish, try to catch goldfish, and make a mess before he scampers away earning the name “Naughty Catcoon.”

Orchards in the Valley : A California Tale

By Janice L. Dodson

Our Price: $9.95

Beautiful illustrations and lyrical rhyme describe California’s fertile valley and the changes as settlers come, plant orchards, enjoy and sell the produce. Years pass; more people come. New communities are planned and need more land. Trees are chopped down; orchards are fewer. But, thankfully, some remain, and we can be grateful each time that we eat a delicious juicy red cherry so sweet.

Parallel Worlds

By Sebastian Bond

Our Price: $12.99

After a child from another dimension lands his fuel-exhausted spaceship on Earth, Peter, a third grader, is left with the incredible ability to visit Parallel Worlds—dimensions that reveal what our planet might have been, with different progressions in technology, discoveries of what we would call magic, and new situations and challenges. This is a fun-filled adventure beyond the boundaries of the dimension and time in which we live. Join Peter and Brendan as they discover new Worlds that are completely different from Earth.  (Best for ages 8 and up.)

Local author Sebastian Bond was a Senior at his high school The Stony Brook School when he wrote Parallel Worlds. Sebastian is currently a student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is studying Computer Science in The School of Engineering. Watch for more adventures of Peter and his friend Brendan…coming soon!

Room For One More

By Arlene Steinberg

Our Price: $14.95

Marshall and Dewey are two best friends who do everything together. They have always had so much fun as a pair, so when Ozzie asks to play with them, they have a decision to make. Will they tell him he can’t play, or make room for one more? Find out as you follow these fun-loving dogs on a journey of friendship, inclusion, and second chances.

Pasta Anyone?

By Pamela Nanette Martinalbert-Bouton

Our Price: $21.99

This book is a culinary adventure that teaches the reader about different types of pasta. Chef Camille Corgi, the main character, introduces the reader to a different type of pasta for each letter of the alphabet. Each type of pasta not only represents each letter of the alphabet, but the reader will also learn how that pasta is made and how it is served. The rhythmic stanzas transcend the reader to different lands through descriptive meals and traditions. By combining pasta and literature, the author hopes to encourage families to try new foods, experiment with exotic cuisines, and make memories with family recipes!

Ellie and Her Emotional Dragons

By Joseph Goodrich

Our Price: $19.99

Ellie the elephant and her parents have just moved, an experience that makes Ellie feel scared, sad, and sometimes even angry. Luckily, Ellie has the friendship and guidance of four magical friends, her emotional dragons! Together, the dragons know just what to say when Ellie’s feelings bring her down!

Ellie and Her Emotional Dragons presents delightful characters whose loving approach to emotional intelligence will teach kids empathy, help them understand their own emotions, and provide them with strategies to get through difficult moments.

There’s A Spider In My Closet

By Elena Schietinger

Our Price: 22.95

When the little boy in the story goes to bed with something scary on his mind, its a recipe for disaster. This book shows children (and adults!) that they must confront their fears in order to break free of them. And PS: most fears are not as bad as they seem!

Dragon Speaker: The Shadow War Saga Book One

By Elana A. Mugdan

Our Price: $14.99

Everyone knows this story: an unlikely young hero is chosen by divine providence to save the world from a terrible evil.

Except Keriya Nameless is crippled, without the ability to wield magic—in fact, she’s the only person who doesn’t have powers of her own. The god who chose her is a mysterious dragon with a knack for exploiting loopholes in rules. Oh, and that terrible evil the world needs to be saved from? Maybe it’s not quite as evil as everyone says.

As Keriya ventures into the magical realm of Allentria, she learns things aren’t black-and-white, and not everything is what it appears to be. Her quest would test the courage of even the bravest hero, and as the chosen Dragon Speaker, she quickly learns she’s at the center of an age-old war . . .

A war that will decide the fate of everything.

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