Book Spotlight: Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott

Denis Egan is dead.

He’s okay with that. It’s been five years since he died, and the place where souls go is actually pretty nice. Sure, there are some things about his life and how it ended he can’t quite recall, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. Remembering could prevent Denis from moving on to whatever’s next.

However, something is standing in his way. His twin brother Matt can’t let go of him, and as long as the living are holding on to his memory, Denis can’t rest in peace.

To uncover the truth about what happened that day five years before, Denis returns to his hometown and teams up with Matt. But visiting for too long has painful consequences for Denis, and Matt’s renewed interest in his brother’s passing is driving a wedge between his still-grieving parents.

Can the two boys solve the mystery of Denis’s death without breaking apart the family he’s left behind?

Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 – 6
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (July 24, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062491229
ISBN-13: 978-0062491220

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New Release: Thornhill by Pam Smy

Parallel plotlines, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.

Mary is an orphan at the Thornhill Institute for Children at the very moment that it’s closing down for good. But when a bully goes too far, Mary’s revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.

Years later, Ella moves to a new town where she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute. Determined to befriend the mysterious, evasive girl she sees there, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s history and uncover its secrets.

Ella’s story is told through striking, bold art; Mary’s is told through diary entries. Each informs the other until the two eventually intersect to reveal the truth behind Thornhill’s shadowy past, once and for all. Strikingly told and masterfully illustrated, Pam Smy bends genres and expectations alike.

Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 29, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162672654X
ISBN-13: 978-1626726543
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Pam Smy studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art, part of Anglia Ruskin University, where she now lectures part-time. Pam has illustrated books by Conan Doyle, Julia Donaldson, and Linda Newbury, as well as Bob Cattell’s Butter-Finger series for Frances Lincoln. She lives in Cambridge.

Kindle Freebie: Psyched by Juli Caldewell

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Aisi Turay has it all under control.

At least, she thinks she does. Forget that the most popular girl in school hates her guts and will stop at nothing to embarrass her. Forget that her little brother is tormented by the ghosts and demons she sees all the time. Forget that her mom is a con artist who pretends to be psychic to make some cash. Forget that her dad is hiding a secret than can destroy everything she knows about herself. Nope, she’s got this one…until that one awful day when she nearly loses it all.

With ghost-hunting hottie Vance, a guy who stumbled into her life at the worst possible moment, Aisi must search for the messages hidden in visions and memories to protect her family. Maybe, just maybe, they can reclaim what she thought was lost forever.

File Size: 376 KB
Print Length: 255 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615838650
Publisher: Julianne Hiatt Caldwell; 1 edition (May 30, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00D4C4HOQ

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Coming Soon from Clean Teen Publishing: River of Bones by Angela Townsend

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When seventeen-year-old Dharma Moore moves to Bayou country so her scam artist mother can work as a Paranormal Investigator, she discovers that more than ghosts haunt the abandoned plantation they now call home.

Centuries ago, a voodoo curse was placed on the swamp waters surrounding the old plantation by a murdered slave. This terrible curse ensnares Dharma with its deadly effects. To save herself, she must face the terror of the haunted waters, find the dead woman’s skull, and convince the slave’s soul to release her from its torments. When Dharma discovers an ancient secret that links her to the property—a secret kept from her by her own family—she realizes that the curse is more personal to her than she ever imagined.

To survive, Dharma must accept the help of the locals, and put her trust in the handsome gardener, Wolf Bodine—who is the only one crazy enough to come near the plantation. With his help, Dharma must learn to embrace the truth and accept that magic is not only real… but that it can be very, very deadly!

EXCERPT:

My cheeks blazed, I opened my mouth to speak, fighting for words that wouldn’t make me sound like a fool, when something shuffled upstairs again.

Wolf stared at the ceiling, his brow creased. “What’s that?”

“I don’t know. I heard it just before you came in. I was going to ask you to come with me to check it out.”

He walked from the kitchen to the foot of the stairs and peered into the dark stairwell. I put Benny into the playpen with his sippy cup and toys before following Wolf up the stairs. Just as we reached the landing, the hollow footsteps sounded again. Wolf glanced over his shoulder and whispered, “It might be the pipes rattling. Old houses can make all kinds of random noises.  Stay close and let’s do some exploring.”

We checked out each room, finding nothing but dust and building materials from half-finished renovations. Then we came to the second staircase, which led to the third floor. Steep and narrow, it swept much higher than the one leading to the second floor. I held tight to the handrail, following Wolf to the third floor landing. Five doors, all closed, lined the narrow hallway, two on either side and one at the end.

“Let’s hurry. I have to get back to Benny,” I said, taking a giant step and tripping over my own feet. I landed hard, spraining my wrist.

“Are you all right?” Wolf said, scooping me up. I started to dissolve in his strong arms. He stared into my eyes for several seconds, then grabbed my hand and placed it against his lips. His mouth parted under my hand and his breath danced across my fingertips. I could hardly breathe. Heat seared into my face.

“Yeah, I’m okay,” I said softly.  I pulled back my hand–my body tingling in places I didn’t know I had.

The footsteps sounded again. Wolf helped me to my feet, his eyes wide and alert. “It’s coming from down the hall. Stay behind me.”

We tiptoed to the end of the hallway to the last door. Wolf gripped the glass doorknob. “Who’s in there?” He called. A faint flutter or shuffle could be heard on the other side of the door. Wolf turned the handle, but it wouldn’t budge. “It’s locked.”

Whispering voices traveled under the threshold. Footsteps sounded again.

“Open up, we’re coming in!” Wolf said. He glanced at me, his eyes hard. “I’m gonna break it down. Stand back.”

I took a step away and Wolf shoved hard on the door. It flew open and every ounce of me begged for it to be closed again.

Coming 10/30 from Clean Teen Publishing!

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Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.

Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Her newest novel, Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, was signed for publication with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013.

Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.

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Interview with Kimberly Dana, Author of Cheerage Fearage

Joining us today is Kimberly Dana, author of the young adult novel, Cheerage Fearage.

Thank you for joining us today, Kimberly. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I am an award-winning author and teacher whose middle school students give me much insight into the world of tweendom. I am published by the National Council of Teachers of English and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest, Reader Views, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Other affiliations include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where I serve as a judge for the annual eBook competition. My most recent books include my YA thriller, Cheerage Fearage, middle grade novel Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School and the picture book, Pretty Dolls, voted Best Children’s Book of the Year by Reader Views. I currently live in Nashville with my husband and spoiled shih tzu.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I loved to write from a very young age. Around eight or nine, I would write plays to entertain relatives at family reunions. I would type out the script a week before on my parents’ old Smith Corona and then cast my brother and younger cousins in their respective roles. We’d practice and on opening night pass around a canning jar for admission. So that was technically my first writing gig.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

English was always my favorite subject in school so it’s no surprise that it was also my major in college. But it wasn’t until I started teaching that I thought, I want to write books for my most reluctant readers. So one year over vacation, I wrote a short book of funny poems and brought it into class. I read a few and the kids who disliked reading the most were in stiches, shrieking and applauding. This is probably what inspired my writing bug. As far as what keeps me going, it’s my audience. I absolutely love writing for children, tweens, and teens.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

My favorite part of writing for teens is capturing their honesty and emotional truth. This is also my greatest challenge. As a YA author, I want to authentically portray the celebration and angst of adolescence. I think the only way to truly do this is to spend a lot of time around teens and tweens, really talking and listening to their hopes, dreams, and fears.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

I’d love to. My award-winning YA book, Cheerage Fearage takes place at Camp Valentine – a cheerleading camp with raging spirit. It’s ten years after a popular girl’s bizarre death and the bloodthirsty pranks are going down at a hypnotic pace. Enter Tiki Tinklemeyer my protagonist, an indentured servant to the geek label, who’s thrown into the middle of camp mayhem Not only is she out of her element spending a week with the micro-miniskirt V.I.P.’s, but now someone wants to kill her. The book’s tagline would be Fly high and die!

What inspired you to write it?

I’ve always loved campy horror movies and books. Basically with Cheerage Fearage, I envisioned what I liked to read in middle and high school and the story pretty much came to me. Although I have to add that CF is the first installment of a trilogy that gets a bit darker with each book.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Wild Child Publishing

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Absolutely. My official author website is kimberlydana.com  and my blog is kimberlydana.blogspot.com/

What is up next for you?

I have a middle school survival book coming out in the next couple months called Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive). Along with the book release, there will be a corresponding website at lucyandcecee.com. I’m pretty excited because it’s my first middle reader novel.

Do you have anything else to add?

Thank you, Cheryl, for this wonderful opportunity. It’s been a lot of fun.

Thank you for spending time with us today, (Kimberly). We wish you much success.

Chihuawolf: A Tail of Mystery and Horror by Charlee Ganny

Paco, a smart, fashionably-dressed Chihuahua, lives in a snug and comfortable world as the pampered pet of tenyear- old Olivia. Although he is locked into a perpetual battle with a pair of cats, his real problem is Natasha, the gorgeous Afghan hound he adores, but who thinks he is just too tiny to be taken seriously. Determined to change his outside to reflect the lion-hearted courage he possesses inside, Paco decides to do something drastic. He will transform into the biggest, fiercest canine he can imagine: a Chihuawolf!

Read an excerpt!

Paco shivered with delight at the thought of becoming that feared creature of myth and legend. He could do it. he would no longer be a member of the smallest dog breed in the world, a seven-pound Mexican short-hair who trembled at the slightest threat. His outside appearance would match what he was on the inside—big, mighty, and fearless. He would have long fangs and sharp claws. He would snarl, and everyone would run. He would be irresistible to the woman he loved.

The woman he loved. Natasha. Paco smiled to himself. Her name sounded like a rushing stram. Natasha. Her barking fell like soft music on his ears. Natasha. Pac’s mood darkened. She called him a canine cannoli, a furry fajita, a miniature snoozer. He sighed.

He tasted the bitterness of the truth. He knew where he stood with her. Natasha didn’t like puny little pooches. She only gave her heart to perros grandes—big dogs! Great Danes. German shephers. St. Bernards. Rottwelers. Mighty mastiffs. And if they were bad dogs—dogs who dug huge holes in the yard, dogs who chewed up entire sofas, dogs who picked fights or stole bones or ran away for hours—Natasha liked them even better. Only the biggest, the baddest, the boldest leader of the pack became the beautiful Natasha’s boyfriend.

Paco the Chihuahua, the poquito, the pipsqueak, could never win her—but maybe Paco the Werewolf would.

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“…the mood of mystery and suspense is well sustained and does a good job holding readers’ interest. The interspersing of Spanish words and phrases is a fun addition… A good addition to animal-adventure collections.”

– School Library Journal

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Charlee Ganny (aka Savannah Russe, USA Today bestselling author of The Darkwing Chronicles) lives high up on a hill in a 150-year-old farmhouse near Harveys Lake, PA. She has too many cats to count, three dogs, and regular wild visitors, including a skunk named Professor Pewmount. She is a writer and a dreamer, and what she dreams…she writes.