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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 SurvivingCurtisHall.com.

A Day with Degas

by Sima Levy

Our Price: $14.95

A Day with Degas is a fun, adventurous and interactive art history book for children. Paris is excited to paint her ballet dance trio in her mom’s (Ms. Simone’s) art class. Her inspiration was the style of the artist Edgar Degas. She was able to capture her own movements, but had difficulty illustrating the gracefulness of her friends Justine and Mary. She wished to meet Monsieur Degas for artistic guidance. Together with her best friend Manet, they say the magic word three times: “Wackadoey, wackadoey, wackadoey” and then away they blewy to the past to meet Degas in Paris, France. Degas teaches them to draw, erase, perfect and redraw. Although the artist is an impressionist painter, he takes his time completing his works and Paris learns that she should do the same. She returns to ballet school to sketch Justine and Mary and the outcome is perfection! Read A Day with Degas and you will experience a “Manet Day”, learn to use your imagination to improve your art and feel coo-cooey, wackadoey. So what do you say?

Sima Levy was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved with her family to New York at the age of eight. Sima was inspired to teach art history to children in a way that encourages their creativity and interests, rather than being intimidating or boring! Seeing the children’s eyes brighten and their ideas form is what motivated her to create Mothers Art World (MAW) and its series of art history books, teachers’ curriculums, songs and videos. Art helps children use both sides of their brain, embracing expression and imagination to create a beautiful masterpiece! She studied economics and sociology at Queens College in New York, followed by an internship at Lehman Hutton on Wall Street. Her passion for the arts began when she was a buyer and merchandiser for Le Firme and later for Akris’s at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Sima co-runs a program called “Learning to Look” at the Schechter Day School. She introduced MAW to Cohen’s Medical Center and has the absolute joy watching children immerse in art and experience their own “imaginative ways”. The characters in the book, Paris, Manet, Mary, Justine, Mays and Ms. Simone, all derived from her wish to bring the gifts of imagination, music, fun and facts to children. Her daughter Paris has inspired the character Paris. The rest of the MAW kids were inspired by her sons and students. Ms. Simone is a reflection of how the author teaches and displays art throughout her classroom. Sima is dedicated to her charity works. She’s a member of the Women’s Health Committee at Katz Women’s Hospital, a member of the Autism Committee, and a member of the Sunrise Day Camp, a camp dedicated to children with cancer and their siblings, and a member of the UJA-Federation. Sima enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and her children Jordan, Logan and Paris. Most evenings, she can be found sitting in front her the computer dreaming about the next adventure for Paris, Manet and the gang. Read more at MothersArtWorld.com.

A Rendezvous with Renoir

by Sima Levy

Our Price: $14.95

Ms. Simone’s art class is studying the life and works of the impressionist artist, Pierre-August Renoir. Mary is fascinated with Renoir’s paintings of cafés and outdoors sights. She wishes to meet with Renoir and his friends in France to capture her own Parisian scenes and truthful moments. Together with her friend Manet, they say the magic word three times: “Wackadoey, wackadoey, wackadoey” and then away they blow to the past to meet Renoir in Montmartre, Paris, France. The artist teaches them how to capture snapshots of real life quickly with fluid brush strokes before the moment and light are lost. Mary and Manet also learn how the artist observes and paints flickering lights, children, women and very happy folks. Mary returns to her art class and paints what she observed in France. To her illustration, she adds her friends Renoir and Manet in a candid position. The outcome is superb! Read A Rendezvous with Renoir and you will experience a “Manet Day”, learn to use your imagination to improve your art and feel coo-cooey, wackadoey. So what do you say?

Sima studied economics and sociology at Queens College in New York followed by an internship at Lehman Hutton on Wall Street. As a buyer and merchandiser for Le Firme and later for Akris at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, Sima returned to her more creative passions. Sima teaches and co-runs an art program called “Learning to Look” at the Schechter Day School. She introduced Mothers Art World (MAW) to Cohen’s Medical Center and has had the absolute joy of watching children immersed in art while forgetting their pain and their illnesses even if just for two hours. Watching them experience their own “imaginative ways” impresses in Sima the power of creativity and artistic expression. Art helps children use both sides of their brains, embracing expression and imagination to create something wonderful. Teaching art history to youngsters in a way that encourages their creativity and interests rather than being intimidating is what inspires Sima to teach. The love she has for seeing their eyes brighten and their ideas form is what motivated the creation of MAW and its series of art history books, teachers’ curriculums, coloring books, songs and online projects. Paris, Manet, Mary, Mays, Justine and Ms. Simone all derive from Sima’s wish to bring the gifts of imagination, music, fun and facts to children. Her own daughter with the same name inspired the character of Paris. The rest of the MAW kids were inspired by Sima’s boys Jordan and Logan as well as the children that she has watched learn and grow while teaching them about art and creativity. Ms. Simone is a reflection of how Sima teaches and displays art throughout the classroom. She wants children to be able to experience art history in a way that inspires them to begin their own creations. All children (and adults too!) should have the experience of being told, “Great job,” “You can do it,” and “Bravo!” Making art gives children just that opportunity: to express, learn and feel a sense of accomplishment. Charitable work is a central part of Sima’s life. She is a member of the Women’s Health Committee at Katz Women’s Hospital; a member of the Autism Committee on Long Island; is involved at Sunrise Day Camp, a camp dedicated to children with cancer; and a member of the UJA-Federation. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Most nights, when all are asleep, Sima can be found sitting at the computer dreaming about the next adventure for her six characters that she now calls “family”. Have a fun and wackadoey experience! Read more at MothersArtWorld.com.

A Visit with Vincent Van Gogh

by Sima Levy

Our Price: $14.95

Mays is a poet and artist in Ms. Simone’s art appreciation class. The class is learning about the history and works of the Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. As Mays gains knowledge about the style of Van Gogh, he realizes he has a lot in common with the artist. Like Van Gogh, Mays uses his feelings to guide his painting and writing, but he has a dilemma: he doesn’t know which to do first compose his poem or illustrate. Mays’ classmates Paris and Manet have a secret magic word that takes them to “The Land of Artists” and they decide to share their secret with Mays. They say “Wackadoey” three times and then bingo! They’re in the Netherlands with Mr. Van Gogh. The artist teaches them to quickly capture their feelings of real life situations with heavy paint and thick brush strokes. He assures Mays there is no set order when one is expressing oneself. Find out what happens when Mays returns back to art class. Read A Visit with Vincent Van Goghand you will experience a “Manet Day”, learn to use your imagination to improve your art and feel coo-cooey, wackadoey. So what do you say?

Sima Levy created Mothers Art World (MAW) to give all children access to the world of art. Art is an essential part of every child’s development, helping them use both sides of their brain while embracing expression and imagination to create something wonderful. Studying art helps children understand the connections, shapes, colors and ideas that exist in every artist’s work. Teaching art history to children in a way that encourages their creativity and interest rather than being intimidating (or boring!) is the inspiration behind MAW’s Meet the Artist Series. Sima introduced MAW art appreciation to Cohen’s Medical Center and runs, trains and teaches at the Schechter Day School of Nassau County. Ms. Simone is a reflection of how Sima Levy teaches and displays art throughout the classroom. “I want children to be inspired by art history in a way that encourages them to begin their own creations. All children (and adults too!) need to experience being told ‘great job,’ ‘you can do it’, and ‘aren’t you awesome?’ Art gives children just that opportunity to express, learn and feel accomplishment. Charitable work remains a central part of my life. I’m a member of the Women’s Health Committee at Katz Women’s Hospital, a member of the Autism Committee, involved at Sunrise Day Camp, a camp dedicated to children with cancer, and a member of UJA’s Connection.” Read more at MothersArtWorld.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.

Read more at borderstationpress.com and facebook.com/BorderStationPress.

 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.

 

 

 

Zoonauts

by Richard Mueller

Our Price: $16.95

Who are the Zoonauts? 

New kinds of superheroes!

The Zoonauts of Animalville,  created by David Simons are based on some famous zoo animals and other animals that went into space with the international space programs.  These Zoonauts have extraordinary talents and powers.  Their travels take them to different continents and cultures.

Fishwick and Kornblend are Amadorian dragon-like scout pilots on an assigned mission in search of Zoonauts whom they hope to capture and bring back to Amador.

The Amadorians provide comic relief in this high flying, science fiction adventure where good triumphs over evil.

“A middle grade science fiction fantasy novel, the first in a planned series…a creative teaching tool…intelligent, fun, world building!” – Kirkus Book Review 

“Everything about this story is good for the family, especially the message of equality and peace before war…the animal characters are great” – Roland L Hennesay for Reader Views

“Upbeat and exciting…Highly recommended!” – James A Cox for Children’s Bookwatch 

The Meridian Five and the Lost Legion

by Cosmo Canale

Our Price: $12.50

Five orphans living in New York City discover they inherited amazing abilities. Mentored by a group of Roman soldiers long feared destroyed,  they begin to unravel the details surrounding their parent’s death, the origin of their abilities and truth about the darkness that comes for all they hold dear. Please join us as Cosmo Canale brings us through an amazing tale of action and adventure.

For more information about the author and his title, please visit his website themeridianfive.com

 

When I Was A Child I Was Always Afraid

by Michael Cascio

Our Price: $14.95

Are you afraid to go to bed? This book will put good thoughts in your head. As a child, the smallest of things can seem to be a threat, even if it is in our own imagination .Join us as Michael Cascio shows us that what we perceive to be frightening, isn’t always what it seems to be.

Michael Cascio is a first generation Italian-American and a graduate of Baruch College. Michael developed a love of poetry at an early age and often writes as a hobby. This book was inspired by the lessons he learned from his dad and those he has passed on to his children. Michael currently lives in New Hyde Park, NY with his wife and children and is a partner in a CPA and Financial Planning firm.

 

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 Peanuts Gang : Going on A Hike

by Rosemary Inguagiato

Our Price: $14.99

The Peanut Gang: Going on a Hike is the first book in The Peanut Gang series. The series will follow three best friends as they embark on their many adventures. Maggie and Fiona are twin sisters and Beanie is their cousin. They do everything together. They especially love adventures. In this story, they decide to go on a hike. They pack their backpacks with everything they’ll need including a mysterious map, a magic wand and a compass to help lead the way. But they never expected to run into so many obstacles. They work together to problem solve, trust themselves and persevere to find a world of magic at the end of their adventure!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Buddy the Jerboa

by Ralph Boral with Henry Hilaire

Our Price: Hardcover: $14.99/ Paperback: $6.99

Jerboas are small, adorable rodents with large ears that hop everywhere they go. But not Buddy. He loves to run! And when Buddy finds a pair of sneakers that are just his size, he runs straight to adventure in the big city– and right into trouble when his new friend Maria’s bicycle goes missing. Can Buddy escape the hungry alley cat Noche and help Maria get her bike back? Buddy the Jerboa is a hilarious and heart-warming story about friendship and doing the right thing.

 

The Peculiar Plight of Milicent Wryght

by Joanne De Simone

Our Price: $12.95

Milicent Wryght marries the man of her dreams, but in short order, her uptown Manhattan life sours as she becomes jealous of her hubby’s hobby of training and caring for homing pigeons—and his apparent affection for them. Enraged by what she perceives as his neglect, a scorned Milicent, in a foolishly reckless act of revenge, simultaneously loses her husband and her good life. In an odd twist of Karmic events, she is propelled into a very different life and a most peculiar plight in the Big Apple.

The Metrocats: Life in the Core of the Big Apple

by Joanne De Simone

Our Price: $10.95

Follow the adventures of a colony of cats living on the streets of metropolitan New York City, as they face danger, find love, and reunite with long lost family in the Big Apple. Lauren, a pampered uptown cat, becomes stranded in a snowstorm and is rescued by a tabby named Buster, a seasoned street cat. They fall in love, but tragedy tears them apart.

Left to fend for herself, Lauren gives birth to three kittens, who are soon forced to survive on their own Manhattan,after Lauren is captured and whisked away from them. When their sister, Blanche, is taken from them by a kind lady, Sally and Roger make a home for themselves in a secluded west side alley, and invite their new friends, Maxine, Veronica, and Walter, to form a colony, where they all live in harmony. Roaming the streets are the Scratches, a renegade band of antagonistic cats, recognized by their visible battle scars.

Always on the prowl for action, they are joined by a dejected, friendless Buster. By chance, Blanche is reunited with her siblings. When Sally is caught by Animal Control, Roger enlists the aid of their estranged father, Buster, and his scrappy companions, to help the colony cats rescue Sally and to find their mother, Lauren.

Dinosaur Detectives: Thomas “T” Rex and the Case of the Angry Ankylosauras

by Nicole Mills

Our Price: Paperback $7.99/Hardcover $15.95

Thomas “T” Rex is a dinosaur super sleuth. He’s kind of a loner, being top of the food chain and all, but he never eats his clients…well, mostly never. To be honest, he scares other dinosaurs, which works really well during his many investigations. Do you have a missing family member, or have you lost something important? Then, Thomas is your dinosaur.

Alistair is an angry Ankylosaurus, and what brings him to Thomas’s door is a deplorable robbery of ferns. Who would steal Alistair’s favorite snack and, even worse, on his birthday? Thomas is hot on the trail, but there are so many sets of footprints at the crime scene! Will he ever figure out which herbivore is the culprit?

Thomas, expert sleuth that he is, must solve this mystery in time to save poor, angry Alistair’s birthday–or is something other than thievery going on here? With a focus on successive letters of the alphabet, the Dinosaur Detective series helps kids identify emotions, solve problems, and become familiar with letters of the alphabet. There are humorous asides for parents, too, as Thomas stomps his way to crime-fighting king.

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