Coming This Summer: Big Bill Returns by Vivian Zabel

Louie’s older brother wanted to travel. He didn’t want to stay at one lake all his life. One day, he flew away with some visiting ducks and only came to see his family once in a while. Louie told his friends about Big Bill one cold winter day. Gus wanted to know why he never heard about Big Bill before. After all, he and Louie were best friends.
 

When Big Bill came home and told Louie that he would stay, Louie thought his life would be so exciting. But, would his life be any different? Why did Big Bill have time for little brother Quacker but not for Louie? What good was having a big brother?

LOUIE THE DUCK SERIES BY VIVIAN ZABEL

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Vivian Zabel taught English and writing for nearly 30 years, but she has written herself since a child. When she shared her goal of becoming an author with a friend in the seventh grade, the friend laughed. She didn’t share her desire with anyone again, but she worked to become an author.

She and her late husband married in 1961 and had four children, three who lived. As an Air Force brat, she traveled from Guam to Morocco, and from Texas to Maine. But, Oklahoma was always home.

Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013. She and a friend founded an OWFI affiliate, Pen and Keyboard Writers, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her home has been in the Edmond area since 1983.

As a former teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences concerning writing around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.

Zabel has attained her goal of authoring several books, which include YA books The Base Stealers ClubCase of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has four children’s books released, I Like PinkWhere Did Panther Go?: A Panther AdventureA Baby Doll from Santy Claus, and Wave Excitement: A Louie the Duck Story. Her novels are Stolen and Midnight Hours. Vivian also contributed to a book of short stories with another author and one of poetry with six others.

To learn more about Vivian Zabel and her books, go to her website VivianZabel.com.

The Making of a Master by Kai Strand

Can Frank solve the mystery of the cave-ins before they ruin his beloved Underworld city of Concord? New from Kai Strand, The Making of a Master, A Concord Chronicles novella is a middle grade adventure fantasy.

Excerpt:

Robin’s squeal of delight was the reason Frank broke the rules and brought stuff down from the Outerworld.

“Come on already!” Anna slapped her hands against her thighs, the muffled stomp of her foot in the ankle high grass displayed her impatience.

Frank glanced at his partner just in time to see her tap her watch-less wrist. A smile tugged at his lips when she huffed.

“Time stands still down here,” he said. “What’s the hurry?”

Before him, Robin, a young Archer, perched in the round of the tire swing Frank had just hung. Her thin arms wrapped tight around the thick rubber, to keep her from tumbling to the ground. Her silver hair streamed like a shooting star behind her in stark relief against the darkness of the earthen ceiling far above their heads. She squealed with pleasure each time Frank gave her a gentle shove, sending her and the swing soaring.

“I don’t get it, Robin.” Anna’s gaze tracked the girl back and forth. “Why do you enjoy that swing so much? You’re an Archer. You leap higher than that thing can carry you while you create your beautiful rainbows.”

Robin’s uncontrollable giggles prevented a reply.

Frank’s heart fluttered as quickly as Robin’s thin wings as the joy he provided for the young Archer filled him up. He laughed when Robin tucked her wings close to her back and the tire swing spun around and around.

“Whoa!” Robin cried, still laughing.

Finally, Anna gave into laughter as well, her blond ponytail swinging back and forth as she shook her head at Frank. “Mark needs to develop a special punishment for your insubordination. First the teeter-totter and now a tire swing!”

“I’m not doing anything wrong,” Frank said. “I’m still performing all of my duties as a Natures Spirit. We’ve already made our rounds of the blue and green sections. Mark doesn’t care if we get sidelined while making sure the citizens of Concord are safe.” Frank inhaled the scent of earth and loam that wafted through the air every time Robin swung toward him. He wished he could fill his lungs and steep his olfactory senses with the smell of the Underworld twenty-four hours a day. With a push he sent Robin away again, her infectious giggles teasing a full-blown smile to his face. “And happy.”

Anna watched Robin tilt her head back and nodded. “You’re right.”

“Higher!” Robin cried.

“Last time.” Frank planted his feet and gave a firm push. Robin swung as far out as the rope would carry her. On the way back, the tire twirled, and Robin’s giggles filled the otherwise empty park.

Frank stepped back, allowing Robin to swing and spin. He grinned when she tipped back as far as she dared and stretched her legs straight, seeming to enjoy the freedom of floating. Her tiny wings fluttered in the breeze.

When, at last, Robin climbed out of the tire, Anna caught the dizzy child by the shoulders to steady her.

Robin fluttered her ruffled wings until they lay flat down on her back. When she spoke, her voice was lilting and childlike. “The swing is like flying, but without having to work at it. I make rainbows to bring joy to others. The swing brings me joy.”

Frank arched an eyebrow and crossed his arms across his chest. “It’s this thing called ‘fun,’ Anna. Everybody’s doing it. You should give it a try.”

About the book:

As a Spirit of Security, Frank gives his personal touch to maintaining peace in the Underworld city of Concord. From traffic control to providing new equipment for the playground, he works to keep the citizens of Concord safe and happy.

Frank grows concerned when signs of a failing infrastructure appear – small piles of dirt in unexpected places, damp spots on the walls – especially as his sister, Dawn, is scheduled to spend an entire week in Concord. Then the museum collapses. He and his partner, Anna, race to solve the mystery but things become more difficult when his own entrance to the Underworld fails, limiting his access to Concord.

With Dawn’s assignment imminent, Frank races against time and gravity to save her and the residents of Concord. Will he find answers in time, or will a giant collapse destroy his beloved city?

The Making of a Master is available in print or ebook.

Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was an EPIC eBook Awards finalist. Her young adult title, King of Bad, soared to the publisher’s #1 spot in its second month. She is a besotted wife and the mother of four amazing new adults. She, her husband, and their two dogs hike and canoe throughout beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home. Learn more about Kai and her books by visiting her website: www.kaistrand.com.

New Releases in Children’s Books

Based on a viral video comes the story of one boy’s positive energy and how a sunny outlook can turn everything around.

It’s a new day and Ayaan has woken up on the wrong side of the bed, where nothing feels quite right. What if he doesn’t know the answer at school? What if he messes up? But as he sets out that morning, all it takes is a few reminders from his mom and some friends in the neighborhood to remind him that a new day is a good day because…
HE IS SMART,
HE IS BLESSED,
AND HE CAN DO ANYTHING!

Meet Henley, an all-around good kid, who hates to read. When he’s supposed to be reading, he would rather do anything else. But one day, he gets the scariest homework assignment in the world: find your favorite book to share with the class tomorrow.

What’s a kid to do? How can Henley find a story that speaks to everything inside of him?

Malcolm Mitchell, bestselling author of The Magician’s Hat, pulls from his own literary triumph to deliver another hilarous and empowering picture book for readers of all abilities. Through his advocacy and his books, Malcolm imparts the important message that every story has the potential to become a favorite.