Dino Deegan and the Unpleasant Class
Dino Deegan loves climbing Mount Berzerk, but he’s left out of games because he’s different from other dinosaurs at school. “He played by himself, his classmates not near, for Deegan did fill them with angst and with fear. “Your claws are too sharp to join in our games, “they said as they pointed and called Deegan names. Cass, the new kid at school, befriends Dino Deegan until class bullies step in to deter her. Will she stick up for her new friend and stop the bullies? Will the other classmates see the errors of their ways and start including Dino Deegan when they play?
Gilly Ghost Loves Scaring The Most
A magically illustrated rhyme book about learning boundaries through friendship
Scaring Trick-O-Treaters is a skill Gilly has mastered. He even scares his friends when it’s not Halloween, and sometimes that makes them sad.
One day, Gilly’s scaring becomes too much for Maddy Mummy, Wanda Witch, Skel’ton Steve, Franky Stein, and Zombie Zane, and they decided to confront him.
Then suddenly, they all appeared and marched in his direction.
They looked upset, “But why?” he thought. There was a disconnection.
Gilly then got nervous as he squeaked a feeble “boo.”
Then Skel’ton Steve exclaimed, “We have a bone to pick with you!”
What happens next? Will this confrontation between friends leave Gilly a spooky wreck? Will he realize the errors in his ways and do better? Or will he ignore his friends plea and keep scaring like the ghoul he is?
Gilly Ghost Loves Scaring the Most teaches children the concept of boundaries, and how it’s important to establish and understand them. This book will be a wonderful addition to households and classrooms who are learning boundaries between friends and family.
Sometimes scaring is OK…and sometimes it’s not. Will Gilly learn the importance of boundaries with his friends? Get your copy to find out!
The Song Garden
Every year, Calla and her family participate in the town’s showcase, but this year, she is determined to create a song garden without the help of her parents. Her friends all have great ideas, but writing a song doesn’t come as easily to Calla. There are so many choices…what if she gets it wrong?
Will Calla be able to conquer her worries and let her creativity shine through?
Written by an elementary music teacher to spark composition in young readers, The Song Garden teaches children that their creations are truly their own.
I’m NOT like other books
What if you were trying to describe a book, but you couldn’t compare it to any other books ever written before because, well, it’s NOT like other books?
Join Sloth, Narwhal, and Seal on a journey to figure out the purpose of this story. As you know, grown-ups often seek the deeper meaning behind almost everything. They will want to know why you should read this book. Is it educational? Will it help you learn important social skills? Will it inspire you to become a better person? The grown-ups are certainly going to need an explanation before they let you read this book…
Will Sloth, Narwhal, and Seal ever be able to explain the point of this book to the grown-ups?
I’m NOT Like Other Books is a witty and fun book for young readers that will also humour the grown-ups. This tale is suggested for ages 7 and up. However, readers of all ages will be charmed by the lively illustrations and laugh out loud at Sloth, Narwhal, and Seal’s amusing high jinks. This delightful tale is sure to make even the crankiest of curmudgeon’s crack a smile.
Super Max and the math menace
It was a regular school day for the students of Room 23, until the math menace arrived disguised as a surprise test ready to ruin the day! Anxiety grips Max’s friends and chaos ensues because they feel unprepared to pass this test. But, Max has a little secret up her sleeve…she’s super! Super Max must help her friends overcome their test anxiety and take down the math menace one problem at a time. Will she make it in time to save the day and help her friends pass the math test?
Nearly 40% of children struggle with test anxiety. It’s this anxiety that prevents them from performing their best and can have longer affects of behaviour, self esteem, and avoidance of school. Experiencing test anxiety as a child was difficult, but watching my daughter experience these symptoms influenced me to write Super Max and the Math Menace.
Super Max helps children realise their true inner power to dig deep and pull the super in themselves out to conquer fear over test anxiety. Super Max will take children and parents on an adventure of super hero discovery and the ability to help others overcome fears.
“The message of this story is one so many children (and adults) can relate to. Anxiety can prevent us from accomplishing our goals and it is so very important to learn how to control the symptoms.”
-– Alison Paul Klakowicz, BA, MS
Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog
Author of the award-winning children’s travel and adventure picture book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Super Max’s hero surprise
A heartwarming story about a military child separated from a loved one by deployment, and the love between them that holds no distance
Deployment (definition): Any movement from a military personnel’s home station to somewhere outside the continental U.S. and its territories (source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs).
- Since 2001, more than 2 million children have experienced a parent deployed at least once.
- Military families relocate ten times more than civilian families. This averages to a move every two to three years.
- 37% of children with a deployed parent reported that they seriously worry about what could happen to their deployed caretaker.
- Children in military families experience high rates of mental health, trauma, and related problems.
She saw a face that mirrored hers, with eyes so full of mist.
A beaming loving grin and daisies clutched inside his fist.
She recognized the uniform with black and brown and green,
and on his chest, her last name sewn, could easily be seen.
Max rubbed her eyes to clear them-she could not believe the sight.
Convinced her eyes were tricking her, she rubbed with all her might.
But then she looked again and saw the image was quite real,
and promptly, Max excitedly let out the loudest squeal.
Is this special visitor a brother? Cousin? Uncle? Father? Join Max as she discovers who this surprise visitor is, and why they are setting off her “Super Max” vibes.
Written in rhyme, Super Max’s Hero Surprise will take readers on an emotional journey as it captures the strength of family ties, the emotions of living through deployment separation, and the joyous feeling of re-connection.
Poppy the Cow and the Milk Thief
Poppy the cow, innocently watching the world go by, decides it is time to figure out what happens to her milk and who takes it and why.
She sets out on a mission to find out. With the help of her friends on the farm, Poppy hopes to find answers.
Will Poppy find out who the milk thief is?
The Truth About Awful Arnold
A new school
A new start
And a new bully—Arnold.
Eloise hated everything about the horrid boy. So much so she named him Awful Arnold.
But he wasn’t any old bully… he had secrets… and Eloise and her new best friend, Monroe, set out on a mission to find out exactly what he had to hide!
The Anecdotal Drama Teen
“I like to sleep, eat, and act. That’s pretty much my life as it stands – I go to sixth form college, concentrate on my lessons (especially drama classes) eat lunch, study some plays and then go home and sleep. Sound familiar? I’m of the teenage breed of British folk and have come to terms with the fact that my life is rather dull. I have no idea what sort of future I will have and can’t seem to motivate myself to look for further education courses. Is there any point? Sorry to be a bit of a pessimist but, my glass is often half empty, because I like to drink too.”
The Juarez twins were inseparable until Jade’s untimely death at the age of seventeen. And after being catapulted into a new and unfamiliar world, Group sessions become Jade’s key to progressing and finding peace. But one issue stands in her way… she can’t seem to remember any of the facts surrounding her death. Her journey to unravel these details meets her head-on as she experiences revelations about herself that she cannot fathom.
At the same time—in the living world—Pearl, who’s been left behind without her sister and best friend, spirals into an abyss of crushing grief and depression. Reluctantly attending a support group session, she meets a stranger who turns her world upside down and ignites a love within her that she has never felt before. But she wonders if that love is enough for her to heal. Can the bond between the two sisters survive the throes of death, grief, love, and everything in between?
The King’s decree
Princess Devina was just like any other girl until one day, a mysterious illness struck—one that seemed to sap her happiness, leaving her in a fog. Desperate to bring her joy, the king and queen decreed that anyone who can make the princess smile would win her hand in marriage and become heir to the throne. But is that really what she needs?
A twist on an old fable, Devina battles depression, finds love in an unexpected place, and discovers that everything she’s longed for has been inside herself all along.
Beyond the Birch
Long ago, faeries were banished from the land after a legendary battle. So long ago that many wonder if faeries really exist or if the battle was just a tall tale. But one mysterious night, Macy’s mother is attacked, and ever since, unusual things start happening. Missing items, changing moods, and most strange of all, the family’s sheep, Slip, takes an unnerving interest in Macy.
When Macy meets a boy her age, the aloof and sarcastic Jay, they embark on a journey to discover the truth and save her mother. In this twist on The Wonderful Birch, you won’t find kings, queens, or evil stepmothers. Instead, you’ll find two courageous pre-teens from the outskirts, ready to defend Odele from the magical forces that threaten it.