Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tupelo Honey, by Lis Anna-Langston, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



When it comes to allies, Tupelo Honey is in short supply.  Her mom’s only real focus is on instant gratification.  So, Tupelo Honey (named after the place where Elvis was born) is often left floundering as her mom explores one after another of her self-serving ambitions.  Her grandmother, known to all as Marmalade, would be there for her if she could, but she’s already got her hands full with two grown sons who are both touched with mental afflictions, one quite a bit more than the other.  Her mom’s boyfriend, Nash, could be her one saving grace, only his drug-dealing business is an occasional hindrance in his ability to serve as a true father figure.  Thankfully she has Moochi, an imaginary friend that always seems to pop up when she needs him most. 


In this coming-of-age tale of a girl armed with an innate sense of self-preservation and a great deal of spunk, Tupelo Honey is a character with whom readers will feel an instant connection.  This beguiling girl rolls with the punches, as she muddles through a delightfully charming and entirely dysfunctional adolescence.  Author Lis Anna-Langston is a remarkable story-teller who paints wonderfully vivid details in this novel of a pragmatic young girl who, despite all odds, manages to land on her feet time and time again.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Tupelo Honey has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Mary’s Song, by Susan Count, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



When she was just four years old Mary lost her mother along with her ability to walk, both to a merciless virus.  Now, at twelve years of age, she has come to silently endure her father’s well-intentioned efforts to help find a cure for her.  One after another, she is subjected to a new ‘miracle treatment’, in hopes that she will someday walk again.   Mary has all but lost hope that this will ever happen, but for her father’s sake she forges on, suffering a barrage of exhausting treatments. 

With a private tutor who teaches her from home, she has very little interaction outside of her solitary existence.  Kept in a bubble of protection, her one escape is reading.  She has an extensive collection of equestrian literature which has taught her everything she knows about horses.  When she meets Laura, a girl who lives on a neighboring horse-farm, the two become fast friends.  But when Mary learns that Laura’s father intends to put down a filly with which she feels a special connection, she and Laura take matters into their own hands to try and save the foal.


Mary’s Song is a poignant tale of friendship, sacrifice and above all, boundless determination.  This inspiring story is one that will firmly plant itself within the hearts of young readers.  Author Susan Count’s Mary’s Song is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dust Eaters North, by Ronan Cray, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Zombies never felt so real, nor have they ever been so daunting, as in Ronan Cray’s Dust Eaters North.  An unlikely group of weary travelers finds strength in numbers and solace in a unified goal.  Getting north is a matter of life and death for this motley crew.  Rumor has it there’s a cure and that’s the one thing they can all agree is paramount. 


Prose meets an unlikely companion in this work of zombie fiction. Is it redundant to say, ‘zombie fiction’?  A well-written, witty read, with characters that are as genuinely flawed as they are resilient, this book will be well received by those who crave literature centered upon flesh-eating monsters.  But more surprisingly, it may well have the literary gusto to recruit an untapped group of those who heretofore have sworn off, or would even dare to scoff at the oft-scorned zombie genre.  Author Ronan Cray breathes life and plausibility into Dust Eaters North, a book which earns our recommendation and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Calling of the Protectors, the Legend of Chief, by Louis Paul DeGrado, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Not every cat has the calling.  It’s a high honor and a unique privilege that Chief is a Protector.  It’s his job to safeguard humans from rats and other undesirables.  Word of Chief’s prowess is known far and wide.  So, when his owner, Sam, gets a promotion and the two move to a fancy high rise, the upscale neighborhood is abuzz with the news.  Chief hits it off with a lovely cat in the penthouse and before long they are blessed with a litter of little Chiefs.  Only able to keep one kitten, they agree to raise the littlest one, a girl which they name Mouse.  Chief is determined to train Mouse to one day follow in his footsteps.  Being the runt of the litter poses its own share of problems for Mouse.  But what she lacks in size, she more than makes up for in spunk.


The Calling of the Protectors, the Legend of Chief, by Louis Paul DeGrado, is an excellent book that will hold great appeal with youth audiences.  With a message of hope and courage against all odds, young readers are sure to love this book.   Wrapped up tidily with a feel-good ending and the assurance that with hard work and determination, even the under-dog (or in this case the under-cat) can rise above the most daunting of situations, DeGrado hits a home-run with this empowering read.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Calling of the Protectors, the Legend of Chief earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Call to Search Everywhen, by Chess Desalls, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Calla is caught off guard when she’s unexpectedly knocked to the ground in an incident she can’t quite explain, even though she was there when it happened.  Equally as puzzling is the fact she seems to have agreed to dinner with a man who was there to help her after her fall, since she’s recently sworn off people in general.  But when the two are sitting together at dinner, things really start to get strange.  Valcas, her ‘date’, tells her to ‘RUN!” and run she does, and in short order the two are transported to an alternate time.  Thus, begins The Call to Search Everywhen series by Chess Desalls, an entirely gripping and utterly fascinating series of books.  Each book builds upon another with mind-bending layers and a back-and-forth-through-time sort of continuum.  With well-developed characters and a series of plots that keep readers coming back for more, The Call to Everywhen series is entirely addictive.  As the story progresses past (and simultaneously future) events come together to make this imaginative series of books a sure favorite with fans of YA and fantasy fiction.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Beauty & the Beast, reimagined by Rebecca Hammond Yager, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Many of us are familiar with the Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.  Some have even read Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1756 version of the tale, but few are aware of the original title which dates back to 1740.  It is this version, in part, which inspired author Rebecca Hammond Yager to pen Beauty & the Beast, reimagined.  Some elements remain the same, as in the familiar story we all know and love, but this interpretation brings a fresh perspective and far greater depth than any of its predecessors.


Yager’s love of the written word is apparent throughout this captivating novel.  Those who yearn for poignant prose and vibrant imagery will no doubt delight in Yager's brilliant representation of this timeless classic.  Discerning audiences are sure to savor each delicious passage of this rendition of Beauty & the Beast.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Beauty & the Beast, reimagined by Rebecca Hammond Yager has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Terror in Ypsilanti, by Gregory Fournier, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



There’s nothing pretty about murder, and Gregory Fournier’s Terror in Ypsilanti is a testament to that fact.  A compilation of first-hand reports of the moments leading up to and following the gruesome deaths of Michigan co-eds, this book follows John Collins, the convicted mass murderer of Michigan, and explains the evidence leading to his arrest and subsequent conviction.

Extensive research has culminated in this ultimate reference guide for information on John Collins and the Ypsilanti murders. Told in narrative, each incident is detailed, including descriptions of the victims, crime scenes, witnesses, etc.  Each of the cases were quite complex, but Fournier presents the facts concisely and objectively.  Riddled with graphic detail, this book is not for the faint of heart. Regardless, for anyone wanting specific information on the Ypsilanti murders, or as a general case study, this book is an excellent resource.


To this day, John Collins maintains his innocence. Multiple interviews and witness reports are presented showing both sides of the case. After reading the book the reader is free to draw their own conclusion.

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The Seasons of a Giant, by Pamela Hartley, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Something's been picking off the cattle on Izzy's family farm.  They've lost one cow every full-moon for some time now.  But when Izzy tries to confront her parents about a beast in the woods, they just shoo her off, suggesting it's only her imagination.  Then one night she overhears them talking, and their hushed whispers confirm her suspicions.  There's a really big something lurking in the oaks just beyond their house and someone needs to take action before they lose their farm.  That very night Izzy sees a monster, up close and personal, peering into her bedroom window.  So, she sneaks out to get a better look at the elusive beast.

Pamela Hartley's The Seasons of a Giant is a delightfully imaginative tale that will entertain and inspire young audiences.  Izzy is a kind-hearted and brave protaganist who makes a great role model for youngsters.  When she befriends the giant her loyalty will be challenged. A unique plot twist keeps readers guessing right up to the suspenseful finish. Recommended for home and school libraries, The Seasons of a Giant earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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Faeborne, by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Following the death of his parents and sister, Brennon assumes the role of guardian for his blind nephew, Rori.  The boy and his uncle, living a solitary existence, both ache for a life that once was.  Brennon harbors guilt over his family’s death, the burden of which haunts him relentlessly.  One day, while on a hunting expedition, he hits a deer, only to discover it is actually a changling.  The deer morphs into a beautiful young woman, named Seren, and he offers to give her shelter over the winter to allow time for her to regain her strength.

As the story unfolds we are introduced to a skillfully layered tale of fantasy fiction.  In what ultimately becomes a wonderful love story, Seren introduces a beauty and light into Brennon’s formerly dark and somber world.  Author Jenna Elizabeth Johnson’s Faeborne is part of the Otherworld series, but reads well as a stand-alone.  This book earns our recommendation and has received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham, by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen, has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



In a land of great riches, with inhabitants who live to be centuries old, lives a boy, Stig.  Stig is quite good at inventing tools and gadgets with the use of clockwork mechanisms.  One fateful day though, his inventive tinkering leads him to a life-altering discovery.  While taking a test-run in his new flying machine, he experiences a crash-landing.  His accident, however, may prove to be a blessing in disguise as he soon learns his beloved city of Chelldrah-ham is in danger.  But returning home to forewarn the people of Chelldrah-ham proves to be a challenge far greater than he could ever have imagined.  Stig becomes embroiled in a sequence of riveting events all of which make for an engaging series of fantasy fiction for young readers.

Each of the three books in this magical collection are full of wonder and imagination with delightfully multi-faceted characters and a plot which keeps readers enthralled throughout this dynamic series.  With a background in engineering and art, author Stephan von Clinkerhoffen lends a unique perspective to this enchanting series which he both wrote and illustrated.  Imaginations will soar from one captivating page to the next as readers indulge in this fanciful set of books.  The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham fantasy fiction series is highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Secrets of the Home Wood: The Sacrifice, by Julie Whitley, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Following an altercation with his father, Jonathon’s mom has left home, saying she’d return in a few days.  But later, hearing his dad engage in a heated phone call, Jonathon can’t help but wonder if there’s more to what’s going on.  Then one morning after seeing his father head toward the Home Wood, a patch of forest behind his grandfather’s farm that’s shrouded in mystery, he follows his dad.  All his life Jonathon has heard talk, hushed whispers of a family secret kept hidden for years.  So, the tension is nearly palpable when Jonathan sees his dad sitting near a large tree in the forbidden woods and then, suddenly, he disappears.

Secrets of the Home Wood: The Sacrifice, by Julie Whitley, is a spectacularly unique fantasy fiction novel that grips readers from the opening page clear through to the end.  With well-developed characters, a complex and exciting plot, and loads of suspense and drama, Secrets of the Home Wood is a riveting novel that is Recommended for home and school libraries.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eye of Charybdis, by Steve Wilson, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Marine Corps Captain Michael Neill and his team are on a quest to find answers in the mysterious case of a commercial airliner which went down with all its passengers still on board.  Meanwhile, in a possible related mission, they set out to find a tactical aerial weapon believed to be hidden off the coast of Russia.  Their goal is to covertly seek and destroy this enigmatic vessel.  Working together with a highly sophisticated team of men and women, united in their efforts to carry out this clandestine mission, they soon find themselves at the mercy of other team players in an internationally driven game of politics.  Neill relies on personal experience, the skill and wisdom of his team-members, and ultimately that of his faith.


Author Steve Wilson is a fluid and articulate storyteller whose background in military matters contributes to his ability to paint vivid pictures with scenes that spring to life.  He seems to possess an innate ability to dummy things down just enough that even the most non-technical person can still understand and enjoy each thrilling, fast-paced moment of this novel.  Wilson’s Eye of Charybdis is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Hooked, by Allen Wolf, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Because of Shawn's autism, he misses social cues most people would pick up on.  He's highly functioning and has a job creating algorithms at a dating service.  Living at home with his mother, he realizes she won't always be there for him and he dreams of finding the right girl with whom he might someday settle down.  He's gone on countless dates, putting his company's service to the test.  Only his tendencies to blurt out awkward comments doesn't bode well for any chances beyond the first date.  One night he attends a work party and is thrilled when a beautiful young girl invites him to leave with her.  Shawn is instantly smitten, only what he fails to understand is that the lovely Violet is actually a prostitute.  


Hooked, by Allen Wolf, is a wonderfully comedic and light-hearted read.  This book could easily be made into a movie, which is no surprise given that the author is also a film-maker.  Like a cross between Being There (the 1979 film with Peter Sellers) and Pretty Woman (the 1990 film with Julia Roberts), Hooked is just plain fun.  This feel-good read steers clear of any inappropriate sex scenes, and in fact has an entirely unexpected and refreshing hint of faith thrown into the mix.  Replete with comedy, action, drama and suspense, Hooked earns our recommendation and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dream Butterflies, by P.M. Kelly, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Princess Alysia is spoiled beyond comprehension.  Whatever whim, whatever folly she wishes for, it is granted to her.  But alas, nothing is ever enough to satisfy the over-indulged royal who becomes quite easily bored.  One day, through a chance encounter, she learns that none of the girls in the kingdom have dreams, including herself.  Prior to this revelation Alysia had never pondered the act of dreaming, nor had she even realized that she too may have been missing out on such an experience.  But of course, now realizing her woeful state of deprivation, she demands that she must have dreams for herself immediately!  Post-haste Princess Alysia seeks assistance from her entourage of royal aides in search of a cure for her dreamless nights.  When finally, a solution is offered, Alysia is not entirely pleased with the proposed plan of action.  She is informed that with the assistance of dream butterflies she will be able to experience dreams.  But she must release the butterflies every day, allowing them to be shared with the other girls in the kingdom.  Alysia soon comes to learn a valuable lesson which changes her demeanor, along with her dreamless nights, once and for all.


Author P.M. Kelly’s delightfully enchanting Dream Butterflies will inspire young audiences to show kindness and compassion towards others.  The overall message is quite powerful in its simplicity; that happiness comes from within and can only thrive when shared with others.  Recommended for home and school libraries, and above all for bed-time reading, this book has earned our Seal of Approval.

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Black Lightning, by K.S. Jones, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Ten year old Samuel’s father disappeared years ago, and now his mother has passed away.  With no one to care for him and no place to call home his aunt vies to adopt him for all the wrong reasons. Samuel’s prayers are answered though when his mother’s will puts an end to that notion.  Now he’s living with his Grandfather.  Still grieving, and experiencing feelings of abandonment and insecurity, he dreams his father will someday return for him.  His Grandpa Tate’s interaction with the Apache natives leads him to learn of the legend of black lightning.  Samuel and his friend make a grand discovery and together they rebel against the rules and face possible death in the Last Land.  A talisman given to him by his father becomes a critical element for his survival.

Fantasy combines with tribal lore to offer an exciting spin on an entirely compelling story which will entice young readers.  Author K.S. Jones weaves an enchanting tale of lore and legend combined with a sci-fi element that will enthrall young audiences.  With well-developed characters and a magical component, Samuel’s journey is one that will not soon be forgotten by youngsters who enjoy reading fantasy or science fiction books.  Recommended for home and school libraries, Black Lighting has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Bombs Bursting in Air, by Lisa McCombs, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Americka is a typical teenage girl.  She loves hanging out with her dad, even if that means watching war movies with him at the theater.  But she can only take so much of the drawn-out battle scenes.  So one day, towards the end of a movie, she sneaks away to the ladies' room.  While there she meets a gal close to her age who is intent on escaping the chick-flick her sister begged her to see.  The two learn they have lots in common, and after an extended period of side-splitting laughter they discover, to their horror, that during their time in the restroom the theater has been the target of a terrorist attack.  

Author Lisa McComb’s Bombs Bursting in Air is a powerful depiction of the inherent struggles endured by those left to pick up the pieces following a senseless act of terror.  McComb addresses the physical and emotional effects of PTSD including the  pain, anger and frustration experienced by those left behind following the tragic loss of lives.  As Americka works through her journey of healing, both physically and emotionally, she comes to seek answers from God as she discovers a peace she never thought possible. Wonderfully penned, this emotionally-charged book is highly recommended and earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pack-N-Go Girls Adventure series, by Lisa Travis and Janelle Diller, earn the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Pack-N-Go Girls Adventure series for young readers is an outstanding collection of books which instill a sense of curiosity and a fascination with travel and adventure for a youth audience.  Authors Lisa Travis and Janelle Diller work in tandem to breathe life into this highly engaging and cunningly educational series.  Each book within the collection includes a mind-tickling mystery which takes place somewhere outside the United States.  As clues to the mystery unfold, readers are introduced to the unique sights, sounds, tastes and customs of the country in which the story takes place.  Intended for girls aged six through nine years, each book within the series is color-coded by country.  Yellow tabbed books take place in Brazil, Green books take place in Mexico, and so on.  Books are numbered sequentially for a story which progresses from one to the next.  Well written and enhanced with expressive illustrations, girls are sure to love this exciting literary offering which is recommended for home and school libraries.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

10 Little Monsters Visit New York City, by Jess Smart Smiley, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



10 Little Monsters Visit New York City is a wonderfully entertaining and endearing children's picture book. With whimsical monsters, each one unlike the other, this book is one that kids will want to read again and again. Told in rhyme, children will anticipate the departure of each monster one by one until the final monster remains. Fun tidbits about New York City are interspersed throughout the book making this a fun and educational read.


Author Jess Smart Smiley's 10 Little Monsters Visit New York City is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness, by Jacqui Letran, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval




Jacqui Letran's 5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness, Book 1 of 3 from the Words of Wisdom for Teens Series, is an exceptional self-help book.  This book is full of wise counsel which can benefit audiences of any age or gender.  Valuable insight and unique perspectives allow readers to approach their concerns from a profound new angle in an effort to resolve issues and pave the way for a happier and more fulfilling life.  Included within the book are lined rule pages intended for jotting down feelings and assessing the deeper meaning behind unresolved issues, affording readers the opportunity to put life-changing steps into action. 

Multi-award-winning author Jacqui Letran has a way with words and speaks to teen audiences in a compassionate and compelling manner.  5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness helps broaden an understanding of the human mind to harness one's happiness.  By helping readers break down barriers and channel their focus she helps enable them to find healthier ways of addressing the issues they've let come between them and their potential for true happiness.  Recommended for home and school libraries and for use in clinical settings, this book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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The Shadows from the Past book series by Wendy Leighton-Porter, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Ten-year-old Joe and Jemima’s parents have mysteriously disappeared, but an old book may just hold the answers to where and when they’ve gone.  Together with their cat and a neighbor friend, the twin siblings embark on an exciting quest to discover the truth in hopes of being reunited with their parents.  But time travel is not without risks and challenges and the group encounters their own share of peril as they set off on a series of adventures.   Travelling back in time the entourage learns to navigate the elements of time while encountering incredible historical events which take place around the world throughout history.  But they must be careful to ensure they don’t suffer the same fate as their parents. 


Author Wendy Leighton-Porter’s Shadows from the Past children’s series is an outstanding collection of books that would make an excellent addition to any home or school library.  Written in an engaging style with characters that will have great appeal to young readers, this page-turning collection will be as enticing to avid book enthusiasts as it will be for reluctant readers.  

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Max's Christmas Adventure, by Wendy Leighton-Porter, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



With the aid of an owl charm, Joe and Jemima’s cat, Max, can communicate with humans.  So, when Max finds Santa on the rooftop in the balmy month of August he’s able to chat with the jolly fellow to learn what brings him around so unseasonably early.  Max discovers Jemima has sent a letter to Father Christmas soliciting his help in finding her parents who’ve been trapped in an alternate dimension in time.  In short order Max accepts Santa’s invitation to help learn the whereabouts of Joe and Jemima’s parents.  The two are soon whisked away by a team of reindeer as they set off on an incredible journey through space and time.


Max’s Christmas Adventure is the second book in the Max’s Adventure Series.  This book is best when read as a series but is highly recommended as a wonderful book for the holidays.  Author Wendy Leighton-Porter’s Max’s Adventure Series, along with Max’s Christmas Adventure are books which will spurn a love of reading and ignite a spirit of imagination and adventure in young readers.  A delightful read which will leave kids itching to move on to the next book in the series, Max’s Christmas Adventure is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Motley Education, by S.A. Larsen, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Ebony has very real issues.  She attends Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted.  But she often finds it difficult to channel her spiritual energy which doesn't bode well for her grades in school.  It would suffice to say she's no star-student.  Her parents are disappointed with her and now that her dad has moved out she can't help but wonder if she's to blame.  But when a school project goes missing Ebony's issues escalate to monumental proportions.  She soon learns there's a unique link between her missing Creatures and Relics project and the spirit world.  Now it's up to Ebony to retrieve her project and thwart the efforts of those intent upon destroying her world.


Author S.A. Larsen's Motley Education is an exciting tween horror adventure that will keep even the most reluctant readers engaged.  Full of thrilling twists and an intense battle between good and evil, this fast-paced tale, replete with magical beasts and lovable characters is a must read for young fans of paranormal fiction.  With equal parts humor, drama and adventure, Motley Education comes highly recommended for home and school libraries. 



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists Announced




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Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Award Finalists



Rapid City, SD -  The annual tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2017 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on July 1, 2017. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, Labor Day Weekend, 2017. 
The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.

Natalie Allison   A Shift Toward Prey   Primedia E-launch LLC
Lis Anna-Langston  Tupelo Honey  Mapleton Publishers
Kay Beth Avery   Unbroken Spirits   Western Reflections Publishing
Terry John Barto   Nickerbacher   TJB KIDS
Cassandra Briskman   If You Wish   Waterside Productions
Caytlyn  Brooke   Dark Flowers   BHC Press imprint H20
Nicholas Cappas   Heaven Breaks In   Kingdom Press
Mukuka Chipanta   A Casualty of Power    Weaver Press
Penelope Anne Cole   In and Out, All 'Round About - Opposite Friends   Magical Book Works
Susan Count   Mary’s Song   Hastings Creations Group
CF Crawford   Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Spring Tales   Lauco Press
Ronan Cray   Dust Eaters North   Abrasax Press
Dayle Dabney   Corinne's Fin   Headline Books
JODY A. DEAN, Ph.D.   Roxie the Doxie Finds her Forever Home   Tally Ho Publishing
Louis DeGrado   The Calling of the Protectors, The Legend of Chief   IUniverse
Chess Desalls   The Call to Search Everywhen   Czidor Lore, LLC
Susan Doherty Hannaford   A Secret Music    Cormorant Books
Martha Driscoll   Nosey's Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville   Driscoll Publishing
D. G.  Driver   No One Needed to Know    Amazon
Carmela Dutra   Little Katie Goes to the Moon   Pegasus Pony
Murray Eiland Jr   The Sword of Telemon   Amazon
M.J. Evans   The Stone of Mercy-Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles    Dancing Horse Press
Cindy Farwell   Milk Bottles and Mud Pies   Tate Publishing
Kevin Foster   The Gospel According To Ruth: A Season of Harvest 121 Days of Devotions  Carpenter's Son
Gregory A. Fournier   Terror in Ypsilanti: John Norman Collins Unmasked   Wheatmark, Inc.
SJ Francis   Shattered Lies   Black Opal Books
Scott M. Graffius   Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions   CreateSpace
Jean Guthrie   Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen   Sojourn Publishing, LLC
Paul Haddad   Skinny White Freak   Independent
Constance Hale   'Iwalani's Tree   BeachHouse Publishing

Rebecca Hammond Yager  Beauty & the Beast  Poisoned Plume

JD Harper   Glint   CreateSpace
Pamela Hartley   The Seasons of a Giant   CreateSpace
Melanie Hooyenga   The Slope Rules   CreateSpace
K. B. Hoyle   Criminal   The Writer's Coffee Shop
C.M. Huddleston   Greg's Second Adventure in Time   Interpreting Time's Past PRESS
Dorothea Jensen   A Buss from Lafayette   BQB Publishing
Kenny Chumbley Jim McGuiggan   The Green Children   Prairie Papers
Jenna Elizabeth Johnson   Faeborne    Create Space
K.S. Jones   Black Lightning   Mirror World Publishing
PM Kelly   Dream Butterflies   Bookbaby
Germany Kent   You Are What You Tweet: Harness The Power of Twitter...   Star Stone Press
Shannon Kirk   The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall   Reputation Books
Joni Klein-Higger and Flora Zaken-Greenberg, Ph.D.   Coby Ryan Harris Is Officially Fat   Guardian Angel Publishing
S.A. Larsen   Motley Education    Leap Books, LLC
Wendy Leighton-Porter   Max’s Christmas Adventure   Mauve Square Publishing
Wendy Leighton-Porter   Shadows from the Past book series   Mauve Square Publishing
Jacqui Letran   5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness!   A Healed Mind
Janelle Diller & Lisa Travis   Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure Series   WorldTrek Publishing

Hiba Masood   Drummer Girl   Daybreak Press
Lisa McCombs   Bombs Bursting in Air   Headline Books
Susan Morrison   A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives...   Oxbow Books
AC Moyer   All Sleep   Aurelia Press
Loretta Neff Sip   Tea with Mad Hatter   Neff Publishing, LLC
Katy Newton Naas   Guardian   Clean Reads
Bryan Ney   Calamity Jane, How the West Began    Dragon Tree Books
Amanda Noll   Hey That’s MY Monster!   Flashlight Press
Lisa Anne Novelline   Piccadilly and the Waltzing Wind   Self Published
Marina Osipova   The Cruel Romance    iUniverse
Christina Pag├ęs  Lucy in her Secret Wood (A Story Inspired by Wordsworth's wild child Lucy Gray)  Waldorf  Publishing
Wolfgang Parker   Crime Cats, the Dusenbury Curse   Rogue Agent Publishing
Fiza Pathan   CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them   Fiza Pathan Publishing 
Regina Puckett   I Will Breathe   Punk & Sissy Publications
Patricia Reding   Ephemeral and Fleeting    Scripta Manent Publishing
Marc Remus   Magora The Gallery of Wonders   Misty Moon Books / Marc Remus
Katelynn Renteria   The Other Side of the Law   Sarah Book Publishing
Diane Mae Robinson   Sir Princess Petra's Mission   Tate Publishing
Garry Rogers   Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona   Self Published
J.R. Roper   The Tower Below   CHBB Publishing
Hayley Rose   Fifo 50 States   Flowered Press
Walter Scherr   WALTER's WAY: How a Relief Kid Survived TB...    Wiley
Gary Schwartz   The King of Average    Bunny Moon Books
Sheila Slavich   Jumpin’ the Rails!    Xlibris
Natalie Rekstad Sophie Lynn   The Secret Adventures of Anonymouse   Black Fox Philanthropy, LLC
Leigh St John   Quantum Lace  Self-Published
Jess Smart Smiley, 10 Little Monsters Visit New York City, Familius
Teresa  Stern   Grocery Store Alphabet Game   Sarah Book Publishing
Beverly Stowe McClure   A Family for Leona   4RV Publishing LLC
Lynne Stringer   Once Confronted   Rhiza Press
Danielle Vann   The Whizbang Machine   Waldorf Publishing
Stephan von Clinkerhoffen   The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham   Createspace
Diana Walker   Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration   Headline Books
Emma Warner-Reed   DOTTY and the Chimney Thief    Calendar House Press
Julie Whitley   Secrets of the Home Wood: the Sacrifice   FriesenPress
Molly & Gary Whitney   Thistle Downe   Bright Sky Press
Steve Wilson   Eye of Charybdis   White Feather Press
Allen Wolf   Hooked   Morning Star Publishing
Heather Wood Galpert   My Pancakes Taste Different Today   Wagon Wheel Productions


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