Pekin Dewlap hasn’t seen a ghost since she was twelve. But she’d do anything to get them back. Starting a ghostbusting business with her two best friends, Amber and Scout, seems like the perfect way to accomplish her goal. Of course, playing with ghosts isn’t high on their wish list, so Pekin has to do some arm-twisting to get them on board.
Once committed, Pekin and her friends find themselves in deep, trying to solve the disappearance of fourteen-year old Miranda Talbert. Miranda went missing in 1918, and her spirit has wandered the halls of Elmwood Manor for the last hundred years.
In the midst of finding Miranda, discovering her budding feelings for Scout, and consoling a terrified Amber, Pekin is met by an angry ghost set on thwarting her plans. Will the Ghosties be able to help Miranda, or will Pekin’s business die before she solves the mystery?
It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist's heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.
Kids, your four heroes are back, ready to solve another mystery! Come help them.
In 1945, Isabela de Cordoba’s great-grandfather, the famous silent movie actor Lorenzo de Cordoba, mysteriously hid a legendary, multimillion-dollar emerald somewhere on the family’s sprawling Eucalyptus Street estate. Seventy years later, the gem remains concealed. Nicknamed the “Green Curse,” the emerald is blamed for the Southern California familia’s numerous, untimely deaths.
On her twenty-first birthday, Isabela receives a secret letter with a cryptic poem. These documents from the long-deceased Lorenzo invite her to hunt for the gemstone. But first, she must decipher the poem’s six stanzas for clues.
To assist, Isabela hires her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the four Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, and their best friends, Moki Kalani and Rani Kumar. Eerie footsteps inside the mansion, unexplained occurrences in the adjacent cemetery, and the mysterious tenant in the backyard casita challenge them. But they ingeniously make progress on the poem’s meaning with startling discoveries. Sliding wall panels, a secret room, and hidden passages reveal much. The detectives aren’t the only ones looking for the emerald. The perilous race for the de Cordoba treasure is on!
Animal-loving Lizza thinks nothing can be worse than her dad's taxidermy business, until Dad moves the family into an actual cave. Living inside a home carved into a giant rock formation in the desert is not exactly Lizza's idea of fun. She's on display for the curious tourists who tromp through her new home all day long. Lizza now has an even bigger goal: to get out of the cave and back into a real home. Her efforts fizzle until she involves animal rights activists and environmentalists, but she soon finds that her plans have unintended consequences. Now Lizza needs to get her family back together before they're split apart for good.
The Animalis International Team is a group of beast-men, hybrids between humans and animals, who fight the menace of global terrorism perpetrated by both beast-men and humans – menaces more cataclysmic than what humankind would be able to take on.
They operate in secret, never letting themselves or their missions be known or shown to the public.
Neutralizing a host of threats, from mythical weapons to modern political conspiracies, there is no kind of evil that would deter the AIT!
The Animal Squad and the Mystical Topax Amulet
A new danger has emerged. Gator Croc, a former AIT member has gone rogue and is seeking the forbidden Topax Amulet, an ancient talisman with powers of invincibility. The depravity of his actions forces his old allies out of retirement, who come together with a few recruits to stop him from getting his hands on a power that could change the future of the world!
In the frontier village of Last Hope, people dismiss twelve-year-old Ash Narro as a flighty child who claims to hear the true names of things. But when enraged forest spirits attack, Ash shows that the names she hears have power.
After taming a destructive forest spirit, Ash teams up with Fen, a wild forest boy, and embarks on an unusual journey to save her village. In this steampunk eco-fantasy, the perils of deforestation and the power of friendship are explored through a fantastical adventure involving giant mistcats, tempestuous forest spirits, a supernatural puppy, and a girl with a special gift for shaping what things become.
Emma Sleigh and her best friend Laura Sorsby travel to Moz Hollow, a mansion in northern Minnesota where Emma’s mother will be providing catering services to the crew filming the movie Faded Tapestry. During a visit with Isobel Walker, the elderly owner of Moz Hollow, Emma discovers an unsolved scavenger hunt based on the items listed on a holiday menu that is over 60 years old. Emma, Laura, and their new friend Raza Mehta face danger in the northern wilderness and from those who want the treasure (whose secret is linked to the menu) for themselves.
This book sets out to inspire and educate children, who, for one reason or another, have difficult starts in life either by fate or disability. Each chapter provides a human lesson and human qualities through adventure, including: empathy, bravery, honour, friendship and resilience in the face of adversity. Based on an island in South East Queensland, Australia, four children, who attend the same island state school, are all miserable at home and school until Parlow, the pelican, comes knocking on Tommy's window one night to offer him a better life. Tommy thinks he is dreaming as do his friends--Maria, Dino and Jake--who all have an out of body experience and are taken to an enchanted underwater sea world beneath Mangrove Sands, where they meet talking animals who have their own language and become the children's tutors, mentors and friends. Through an enchanting underwater sea world of magic, adventure and humour, Mangrove Sands aims to provide hope and inspiration to children around the globe facing adversity.
Snowflakes are beautiful, and each one is unique! Yet, does one snowflake want to be like the other? Crystal wondered as she peeked at her tail feathers. Enamored by her best friend's vibrant long plumes, the young peahen hoped to change her feathers and become confident. She embarks on an enchanted journey to meet a wish-granting elephant who, along with other animal friends, helps Crystal learn to appreciate the beauty she had all along-her true colors! True Colors was written by Aditi Nair when she was twelve years old.
There is a secret hiding inside the remote Vermont farmhouse where eleven-year-old Becky and her family move after her father is fired from his job under mysterious circumstances.
A guardian emerges with an ominous warning that someone is coming through a mirror to take Becky from the safety of her new home, and leads her to the discovery of artifacts hidden under her bedroom floor. That same night she finds an abandoned puppy destined to protect her, and whose collar causes the artifacts to turn on. An ancient battle resumes for control over a secret once thought buried too deep to be uncovered. As more mysterious creatures arrive, how will she know who is there to help and who means her harm?
Becky and her new puppy must race to interpret the warnings, overcome their fear of sinister forces, and trust in new alliances to solve a compelling mystery that has been hidden from her family for generations. But is it too late?
Siblings Reese and Dean Walters love to watch online videos like many of their friends. Reese already has a dream of becoming a marine biologist who helps save sea turtles and other living creatures in the oceans. One day when Reese finds a new sea turtle video for them to watch, something mysterious begins to happen after she clicks play. As colors swirl around the siblings, Dean and Reese float into the air, twirling round and round until they land with a quiet bump on a beach. Moments later, they realize they are on a magical national park island where no one can see or hear them-except the sea turtle inhabitants. When Dean and Reese learn the sea turtles need their help protecting a secret map from pirates who want to take over the island, they must partner together to overcome obstacles while searching for the hidden map. But will they find the map before the pirates and return home safely? In this exciting tale, a wannabe marine biologist and her brother swirl into an online video to help sea turtles protect a magical national park from pirates.
Amidst the nonstop turmoil of the War of 1812, the decisive First Lady takes action and inspires an anxious nation.
Dolley Madison faces a bitterly divided Washington City when her husband, James Madison, becomes our fourth president. The prospect of war against Great Britain threatens to tear our fragile republic apart. The "Presidentess" hosts open parties in the new President's House to unite political foes and cultivate an American identity.
When President Madison declares war with disastrous results, Dolley carries on, ignoring the threats against her. However, as British soldiers march toward Washington City, she becomes their target. Now America's Second War of Independence hinges on her. What must she do to save the United States while also saving herself?
For more than three decades, author, speaker, and entrepreneur Merrick Rosenberg has taught America’s leading corporations how to embrace the power of personality. By replacing the alphabet soup found in personality assessments with four birds – the Eagle, Parrot, Dove, and Owl – Rosenberg has helped people understand themselves and transform their relationships with colleagues, friends, and family members. Parents and teachers have long asked: Can you teach the birds to our children?
From the author of Personality Wins, The Chameleon, and Taking Flight! comes the long-awaited book for children: Which Bird Are You? Young readers join 5th graders of Galen Elementary School at Camp Discovery for adventures (and misadventures) under the guidance of their teachers, Ms. Allport and Mr. Marston.
Addison is an average, agile, occasionally awkward girl, who enjoys art, archery, and astrology, but has difficulty with arithmetic. Though Addison seldom plans her days, unexpected adventures always appear. Addison discovers she has an allergy, admires her aunt, and assists her annoying little brother, Albert.
This entertaining tale was written with a recurring theme, and the unusual twist promotes increased vocabulary.
This short story is geared for young readers in first through third grades. Avid readers may read it sooner, and parents can read the story to all ages. I shared Addison's Abrupt Adventures with both parents and teachers, and have received positive reviews.
Addison's Abrupt Adventures is geared for young readers in first through third grades. Avid readers may read it sooner, and parents can read the story to all ages. I’ve shared Addison's Abrupt Adventures with both parents and teachers, and have received positive reviews.
Rudy likes his vintage 3-speed chopper, riding his bike in the woods and fishing. But what he doesn’t like is THAT DOG! In this coming of age tale, Rudy has to answer the call to the hro’s adventure using the life lessons he’s gained through fishing.
A National Indie Excellence Award recipient with 37 detailed illustrations makes this neuro inclusive story a creative and entertaining reminder of the virtues we strive for daily. Parents will be happy to know that a 45-60 minute read will inspire a greater understanding of: patience, perseverance, problem solving, respect, gratitude, chnaging your perspective to help understand yourself and others better...and discovering friendships by taking chnaces making new ones.