"Trouble at the Valentine Factory" is whimsical, airy, nostalgic, and fun, while dark and troublesome as well. The story is in the "Seven Kingdoms" series of fairy tales by Laurel Decher featuring the characters Princess Saffy and Prince Magellan.
Take a well-known fairy tale, mix in some paranormal activity, set it in current times, and you have the basic foundation for “Potion.” This type of format can be so much fun to read, especially for the Young Adult age group, which this book is geared toward.
Hugh Geber is an alchemist following his family tradition of doing research in a lab at the University of Science and Progression. Until recently, this position has always been well respected and well-funded. Things have changed because there is now a clash between the Old Way and the New Way. Hugh follows the Old Way, in which magic is respected. Unfortunately, Robert Smithson, who is the Chancellor of the college, follows the New Way. Smithson declares war on the Old Way and is determined to ruin Hugh and his reputation.
"Daniel: Investing in Family” is the seventh book in Peter Pactor’s Daniel series. This story begins with Daniel and his legally adopted sons. The sixteen-year-old boys are not much younger than he is, and they have dealt with a lot of hardship. When they say it takes a village to raise a child, that is also true with Daniel’s family. His own family members, mentors and friends also play a role in the lives of these young men.
Whether you’re already a fan of the game, are interested in learning more, or simply want to bask in some hilarious outdoor adventures from the comfort of your couch, “Golfing Adventures with Frankie, the Witty Caddie” and “More Golfing Adventures with Frankie, the Witty Caddie”  provide the perfect summer escape—all from the luscious grounds of the River Vale Country Club golf course.
Shifter” takes the Healer Chronicles to another level as the kids are tested to their limits. Once again Bowler drives well-drawn characters through an exciting story full of epic battles with enemies, terrifying experimental procedures, and betrayal at the deepest level. There are a few twists readers might suspect, but Bowler expertly uses these devices to take us down completely different paths you won’t see coming. The introduction of William and his “cousins” add an element of magic that I would love to see on the screen. Think a “Stranger Things” vibe and kick it up a notch – can you even imagine?
“Spinner,” is the first book in Michael J. Bowler’s sensational new series for young adults, The Healer Chronicles. Coming of age horror? Sounds good to us!
A great choice for older teens, and even for high school social studies curriculums, “The Vanishing” by David Michael Slater is a valuable read for all. In it, we are reminded again, and again, that one person really can make a difference, even if it’s just in the life of one other person. We all have the power to be someone else’s angel. We all have the choice to make our memories be for a blessing.
"Blind the Eyes: A Haunting YA Urban Fantasy (Threads of Dreams Book 1)," by K.A. Wiggins, is a dark fantasy novel about a teenage girl named Cole.
In the very beginning of this poignant book, a quote is offered from one of the characters by the name of Crystal Rose: “We all need to be held and loved. Why do people take issue with who does the holding?” And after that important thought, the book speeds forward to tell a tale of kindness, anger, judgment, love, abuse, drama and more, by utilizing a great plot and equally great characters.
"Resumes for Children - 17 Years Old and Under" by Donna Kristine Manley, is a fresh and intriguing way to help your child succeed in life. Resumes can be an important part of becoming a success in the future, or even searching for that first job just after high school for that matter.
"The Fragrance of a Girl's World," by Donna Kristine Manley, is an award-winning, encouraging guide to help girls recognize their uniqueness and enjoy life. Comprised of 33 meaningful affirmations ranging from "The Fragrance of God" to "The Fragrance of a Great Work Ethic," this book serves as a beautifully conceived self-help tool.
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