Newsletter for June 2024

Featured Books

The Jake Matthews Saga: Ascension by Josiah Akhtab
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Jake Matthews is bored out of his mind. A blind, teenage boy with no purpose, no motivation, and relative peace and quiet surrounding him.
One night, Jake is dragged away to another dimension to a planet known as Figueroa. On this planet, he meets The White Figure General, X-Otropolis, who tells Jake he’s been chosen to stop The Great Figueroan War and defeat The Black Figure.
Jake finds himself learning swordplay and developing his might to save a planet that is more connected to Earth than he thinks as The Great Figueroan War spreads across dimensions, where Jake not only has to save two worlds, but enlist help from unlikely allies including Thalia, the girl he thought was lost to him forever.

Anomalous Isle by Jerome Echelbarger
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Lonely nine-year-old MARVIN only recalls the last three years of his life in a run-down orphanage because of amnesia. A day escape takes the orphans to The Grand Anomaly, a wondrous and traveling circus/carnival.
The two dozen Grand Anomaly entertainers—who exile on Anomalous Isle in a distant galaxy— arrive through the secret portal to Earth. DALISAY, a teenager forbidden to join because of her heritage, longs to see Earth and finally sneaks through the portal.

Dalisay encounters the orphans who unknowingly follow her return and scatter to explore Anomalous Isle. LUCAS and his small entourage, residents against The Grand Anomaly, discover the orphans—except for the lost explorer Marvin—and worry the uninvited kids will expose their hidden world. Lucas desires portal closure, which the entertainers won’t allow. Lucas needs strength, so he forces the kids on a dangerous journey across the island to retrieve the powerful Crimson Stick that allows control of the lion-like beasts who guard it.

Lucas acquires the magical Crimson Stick, but a chain of events transforms the lion-like beasts to rabidly attack everyone on the island.  Dalisay disobeying her forbiddance finally catches up—the release of a catastrophic fire-breathing flying monster determined to leave the island and trapped inhabitants to ashes.

Marvin surprisingly emerges and mysteriously leads the beasts to capture the flying monster. Marvin’s locked memories gradually return to reveal he is Dalisay’s brother, who supposedly had died. The siblings set off to learn the truth about Marvin’s disappearance and his unique connection to Anomalous Isle.

SiP (the SiP Saga) by Marius Trevelean
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When an enormous red and white striped drinking straw appears in the Atlantic Ocean and sucks up his dad’s naval battleship, twelve-year-old Jim Moss is left with no choice but to face his fear of water and search for his father.

Teaming up with his wacky inventor uncle, a bunch of fishermen (who think they’re pirates), and a group of bizarre alien castaways, Jim’s incredible journey takes him from a sleepy village in Portsmouth, England across the Atlantic and into the very edge of space.
If that wasn’t enough, the President of the United States is trying to stop everyone from blowing the straw to pieces, while the Earth could well be doomed if Jim can’t convince the mysterious presence in orbit that the world is worth saving.

SiP by Marius Trevelean. The last straw for Planet Earth.  SiP is a science fiction mystery adventure for tween girls and boys thirsty for new and exciting books to read. Suitable for middle school kids ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 and even parents, teachers, grown-ups with a sense of humor, your Gran, anyone who loves adventure stories, science fiction, and funny books! All content is good, clean fun, and age-appropriate for school grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th.
The Goatman by Wallace Martin

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The Goatman is a coming-of-age fictional murder mystery set in North Georgia. The book weaves fiction with fact, integrating colorful characters from the author’s childhood. It is the story of Zeb Barton, a fourteen-year-old boy navigating the complexities of adolescence in a turbulent, increasingly dangerous era. The book threads together Zeb’s adventures with characters like his cantankerous, workaholic physician father (“Doc”), pugilistic friend Jake, gun-toting maid and mentor Thelka, and Wanda, the Sheriff’s daughter who’s wiser than her years and makes Zeb’s heart beat faster. Set in the 1960s, the aftermath of WWII casts a long shadow over the characters, with some haunted by the memories of combat and others grappling with death and loss. As Zeb and the other characters navigate their own internal struggles, a menacing presence looms over them all—the enigmatic Goatman, subject of murderous legends.

Book Giveaways for June
Win a copy of Don't Let the Devil Ride by Ace Atkins.  All you have to do is click on the book cover below.  It will take you to the main page.   Look for the giveaway on the left.  Follow the instructions listed.

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Win a copy of The Unwedding by Ally Condie.   All you have to do is click on the book cover below.  It will take you to the main page.  Look for the giveaway on the right.  Follow the instructions listed.
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Book Giveaway Winners for May
Winner of Southern Man - Winner has been notified.  We are waiting for confirmation.
Winner of A Rough Way to Go -  Nadine - Westfield, NY

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