For Children and Young Adults…
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 SurvivingCurtisHall.com.
Max & Voltaire: Getting to Know You
by Mina Mauerstein Bail
Our Price: $16.95
Max and Voltaire is the first in a series of illustrated books about how embracing both the familiar and the different can make our lives continually interesting and rewarding. The messages about making new friends, adapting to change, tolerance, lending a helping hand and getting along with others are gently handled through the filter of a cat, Max, and a dog, Voltaire, and a supporting cast of furry friends and bipeds. Their touching and humorous adventures in a small town in France and in other countries challenge us to think about how special every day can be and that no matter how bad a situation is, it can change for the better. A fun read for children and animal lovers of all ages, Max & Voltaire: Getting to Know You, is a middle grade (8-12 years of age) illustrated chapter book about how embracing both the familiar and the different can make our lives exciting and rewarding.
“In her first in a large format illustrated chapter book series for early fluent readers, author Mina Mauerstein Bail has written a two-part story (each with six chapters) that encourages readers to get along with others.
In part one, readers are introduced to a kitten named Max that has been adopted by the Cupcake family. The Cupcake family has a dog at their home, so Max resides permanently in the bakery they own. While he enjoys the company and snacking on croissants during the daytime, he becomes lonely during the evenings when the Cupcake family returns home to their dog. Madame Cupcake finds him a new home with a lovely customer, Madame Rosemarie, who already has three cats. Each cat has their own personality and, through mutual respect, all of the cats learn to adjust to each other’s traits so that they can all get along. Something they all have in common, however, is a fear of dogs.
In part two, Madame Rosemarie adopts a dog that was in need of more attention than his family could offer. This dog is aptly named after a famous French writer, Voltaire, who wrote about tolerance and respect for others. Once again the cats must adjust to this newcomer and in doing so they learn that there is no need to be afraid of others simply because they are different.
The author has used short sentence structures for beginner readers; and color illustrations break up the text of the easy to digest chapters. While taking in a story of new beginnings and the power of kindness and helping others, children will enjoy the fun names (Madame Cupcake), the snippets of humor that are injected throughout, and the French backdrop and glossary of French words.
Max & Voltaire: Getting to Know You would make a nice read-aloud for a group setting and is also suited to individuals who are newly independent readers.” — The Children’s Book Review
Mina Mauerstein Bail, a mother, grandmother and sociologist, was born in Italy and grew up in upstate New York. She has traveled extensively and has lived and worked in many countries around the world. She resides with her husband and family in New York City. This is her first children’s book. Read more at MaxAndVoltaire.com and facebook.com/MaxAndVoltaire.
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 borderstationpress.com and facebook.com/BorderStationPress.
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.
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 RiverheadFoundation.org 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.
Hado Bear’s Secret
By Kathleen Quigley Caputo
Our Price: $12.99
“What’s wrong with me?” sighs Hado Bear – a seemingly ordinary stuffed toy polar bear – as he sits in the gift store window. “Why doesn’t anyone take me home?” How many children feel the same way? Worried there’s something wrong with them. Feeling they don’t fit in because they look different, have different customs, speak differently, or simply don’t know anyone. Join Hado Bear on his first adventure. Where he meets Janine, a little girl who’s also afraid no one likes her. Hold your breath as Hado Bear shares his secret with Janine. Smile when Janine and Hado Bear both learn that we are all perfect just the way we are, and then share this message with other children.
The Helpful Planner Kids!
By Portia Ingram
Our Price: $7.00
This little planner is intended to inspire kids to plan their dreams and be aware of their resources so they can bring their imagination to life! The flow of the planner is intuitive and is an excellent companion to a student calendar.
For more information about the author, please click here to view her website!
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.