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release date: Jul 22, 2017
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Frankie Jackson Mystery (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: "Fast-paced, entertaining read ... a charming main character and a diverting plot sure to appeal to fans of whodunit novels." -- KIRKUS REVIEW

Last year was one heck of a ride for 12-year old Mary Frances (“Frankie”) Jackson. She was an inning away from becoming the first female all-state middle-school pitcher … until a teammate double-crossed her. Then, she was arrested after she sought revenge against the double-crosser. And to top it off, her dad was banished from the family home after falling off the wagon. Now, she’s been sent to California for the summer to live on a houseboat with her Aunt Roxy. There’s one catch -- she can’t get in trouble or it’s back to New Jersey and juvenile detention camp.
Too bad that days after arriving at the houseboat community, Frankie lands in hot water. Accused of animal cruelty (killing a cat), and with the evidence stacked against her, she has two weeks to prove her innocence. Frankie turns to a houseboat resident, Margie Britt, a washed out 70s TV star who used to solve mysteries on TV.
But as the days pass, Frankie loses faith in Margie and initiates her own investigation. In the process she gets to know all of the eccentrics on the dock. There’s Forgetting Michael, a young disabled man, who forgets things whenever a loud noise goes off; Alice, an 82-year old activist who loves birds and hates cats; and there’s Butch, a German shepherd whose owner has a shady past. Frankie even learns the sad truth about Kay, her accuser.
Ultimately, with help of Margie, Roxy, and her new houseboat friends, Frankie proves her innocence. But more importantly, Frankie learns how to deal with her own anger and frustration from the past year’s events.
I Didn’t Kill Your Cat is a young adult novel with a tough, lovable, heroine and an intriguing setting – the houseboats of Sausalito
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release date: Dec 24, 2013
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Rebekah - Girl Detective #1: The Mysterious Garden (a fun short story mystery for children ages 9-12)
Note: "The Mysterious Garden" is a short story and a quick read. (estimated 22 pages)

Rebekah Daniels is just your ordinary spunky 9 year old girl living in the small town of Curtis Bay...EXCEPT she is determined NOT to be ordinary at all!

Her small town is filled with mysteries and Rebekah is sure that she, along with her best friend Mouse, will be able to solve every last one of them.

In this fun adventure she sets out to solve the mystery that has taken over the local community garden.
release date: May 23, 2017
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Otherworlds: The YA Scifi Fantasy Boxset
Action. Adventure. Surprise twists!
9 amazing stories - 1 great box set

Sarah
The Ninety-five percent Human series is a YA sci-fi which follows the unlikely romance of Joe, a teenage Welsh hill-farmer and Sarah, a human-alien hybrid sent to test the viability of life on Earth.

White Stone
Kalima questions if she is worthy to serve the god Eris alongside the Sahnsor. Once she is among the chosen race, she learns secrets that will lead her to question everything she’s every known.

Awakening
Being the Chosen One could kill her …
Victoria Saveron knows two things for certain. Dark forces want to kill her, and her friends have cooler powers than she does. Katrina can shapeshift and Tellen can tap into destructive magic currents. Together, they must awaken Vic’s true powers or forfeit the world.

The Given
100 years of hesitant peace is shattered. War is unavoidable. The clashes force 16-year-old Zeika Anon to keep moving until she’s put in the crosshairs of the conflict. On one side of the line awaits death. Making a choice is unavoidable. The stakes are high. On the other, the betrayal of her civilization, her loyalties, and herself.

Osciliating Olaf
Olaf is an unlikely superhero.
A deaf immigrant from Moscow, he can barely get through the day. Besides negotiating his abusive boss and a vindictive food printer that sprays boiling orange juice, Olaf is spurned by women immune to his dashing youth.
But when he tinkers with his hearing implant, Olaf begins to hear strange messages.
Messages from the future.
Plunge into Oscillating Olaf, a mind-bending science fiction short.

Knight’s Apprentice
Life altering reality, hidden in plain sight.
Atlantis calls her to serve. Cerita does’t have much time to herself. Between school, work, helping her mom with the kids, all of this Atlantis business is too much. How can she answer the call to serve a city of myth when she just found out she’s one of them?

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release date: Mar 15, 2016
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Fairy Eyeglasses (Fairy Senses Book 1)
When Cassie finds a magic pair of glasses that allow her to see fairies, she has to figure out where they came from . . . and what the fairies want her to do with them.

A 12,000 word children's fantasy story.
release date: Apr 04, 2014
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Greyson Gray: Camp Legend (The Greyson Gray Series Book 1)
Before he fought to save the United States, before he battled drones in the sky, before he fought terrorists on trains, helicopters, dirt bikes, horseback, or sinking cruise ships...he went to sports camp. 

Kirkus Reviews declares it "always entertaining." Foreword Clarion Reviews calls it "just basic fun," and Publishers Weekly describes it as a "high-octane thrill fest." Be the first of your friends to discover the first adventure of the up-and-coming, award-winning, action-packed Greyson Gray Series that follows our young, admirable hero who dares to do what is right, no matter the costs.

Sports Camp has everything twelve-year-old Greyson Gray needs to distract him from his father's mysterious disappearance - intense athletic competition, weird friends, and a pretty girl.

But when Greyson stumbles upon a terrorist's sinister plot brewing in the observatory, a place already haunted by a chilling camp legend, he suddenly toils with two dueling worlds - one of lurking danger and mystery, the other of competition and awkward romance. Spurred on by his father's words to do what's good no matter the danger, Greyson and his faithful friends must mount a daring and coordinated heist on the observatory in order to save thousands of lives.

Threaded with witty, sarcastic humor and gritty suspenseCamp Legend puts you in Greyson's shoes not only as he battles evil in thrilling chases, but also as he deals with his awkward first crush, menacing bullies, and the loss of his father. Parents will especially love Greyson's moral compass - his daring drive to do what is right even when it's hard. Many say this is a boy book, especially for boys ages 9-12 (preteen). While it's true that boys who enjoy spy or detective books with plenty of action and adventure, a dash of mystery and a heaping of humor will love this book, girls have proven to love it, too! They love the feisty and capable Sydney, the budding romance, and the horse chases along with everything else the boys like! Even adults enjoy the nostalgia, witty humor, and the light-hearted action.

Prepare to laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters as the Greyson Gray Series begins with a bang.
release date: Mar 08, 2013
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Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1)
From Kirkus Award-Winning Author Cidney Swanson
Discovering she can turn invisible terrifies Samantha, especially when she learns a geneticist who murdered her mom wants her too. Handsome Will Baker offers help and secrecy, but soon Sam will have to choose between keeping her secrets and keeping Will in her life. Suspenseful and romantic, Rippler and its sequels capture the collision of the beautiful with the dark.

Two further sequels form a complete trilogy. Additional book in series for those who fall in love with the Ripple world and want even more!


RIPPLER is the free first book in a teen and young adult paranormal fantasy series set in a contemporary world where invisibility has long been a well kept secret. It combines the heart pounding action of a thriller with a touch of clean romance and a science fiction twist.
release date: Jul 18, 2013
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The Mean Girl Who Never Speaks (The Mya Dove Case Files Book 1)
The Mya Dove Case Files start with The Mean Girl Who Never Speaks, a crime short story. There's a new girl at school. Rumour has it she doesn't speak, doesn't smile much, and doesn't play with others. That means she's mean, right? Maybe. Maybe not...
release date: Aug 13, 2015
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Angus Adams: the adventures of a free-range kid: Book1 of The Free-Range Kid Mysteries
As a free-range kid, Angus is allowed to do things other kids his age aren’t – like play in the street and hang out at the park without adults (shock, horror!) But when he’s accused of stealing an iPhone from school, Angus must use all of his brains, resilience, and courage to catch the real thief, clear his name, and outwit the seriously bad dudes hot on his tail!
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release date: Jan 03, 2014
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Shirley Link & The Safe Case

Emily Neuburger, Parents.com


"Shirley Link is a new girl detective series that my daughter is crazy about. This is an amazing series, my friends! Your kids will be hooked and you'll feel really good about it."

Shirley Link is a 14-year old detective, but she doesn't want anyone to know. Whenever she uses her powers of observation she gets into trouble.

An example?

She wrote a school paper about a tough case she'd solved over summer vacation.

“It’s not a creative writing assignment, Shirley," the teacher scolded. "You were supposed to write about what actually happened.”

“I did,” she said, louder than she meant to. But he gave her a D anyway.

So when the school principal needs Shirley's help to catch a thief she tries to do it quietly. Can she track down a criminal who's clever enough to steal $35,000 and the one-ton safe it was kept in? Can she do it without the whole world finding out about her detective skills?

Hint: the answer to one of those questions is, no.

A great read for kids (and their adults).
release date: Sep 29, 2016
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Mito (Medical Kidnap Files Book 1)
In a tale ripped from the headlines, award-winning author P.D. Workman brings you Gabriel Tate’s discovery of the dark and light sides of human nature in Mito, Medical Kidnap Files #1.

Gabriel has dealt with mysterious medical issues his whole life. Just when he finally thought that they had all of the answers and he was on the road to good health, he is apprehended by DFS on the grounds of medical neglect.

At first, he thought that he would be back home in a few days, once the misunderstanding was cleared up. But when Renata tells Gabriel her crazy conspiracy theories, Gabriel feels the first pangs of doubt. Is there really a conspiracy? Will he ever be able to get well and go back to his mother, or is he doomed to be another guinea pig for Doctor De Klerk?

By the author of Tattooed Teardrops, winner of the Top Fiction award in the 2016 In the Margins Top Ten Best Books for Teens literary award, Mito will open your eyes to a dark secret that the medical community would rather you didn’t know.

Praise for Mito, Medical Kidnap Files #1

Is it paranoia or reality? Readers will draw their own conclusions, but the question will linger in their minds long after they finish this book. I’m most anxious to see where this story will take us in the sequel, EDS.

A phenomenal read! The story line is both exasperating and inspiring. Is it a conspiracy or crazy thoughts? You have to read to the end to know for sure.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mito. I didn’t want to put any it down.

Praise for P.D. Workman

“Every single one of [P.D. Workman’s] books has spoken to me in ways no one or almost anything else has. And I have found strength in the books I’ve read.”

“The way that P.D. Workman writes just flows amazingly and allows the reader to get really invested in a book.”

“This is one author I certainly will be looking out for, I can’t recommend it enough. A fantastic book.”
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