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FIVE Plays for Young Audiences • Volume 8 Theatre for Young Audiences Series

Posted on Jul 20, 2020 in LB Drama Series, New Releases, Performing Arts, Women Authors

by Joanna H. Kraus A collection of FIVE plays that speak to young hearts and minds whether they are in school, in the home, or in the work force. These plays are about life and honor, about love and family, about the gifts of culture from around the world and right here at home. Written by Award Winner, Joanna H. Kraus over a span of nearly 50 years, her prolific career boasts many more plays, plus fiction novels, that deal with the timeless issues still facing our citizens and our society: Bullying, Adoption, Blended Families, Being Decent, Kind, and Loving, Tolerance, the Nature of Truth, Parenting, and Coming of Age. Plays are usually only considered as art on the stage. But their message is also communicated through the page — the written word. Yes, you are not watching actors...

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Sandy and the Dance of Faith • Book 2 of the Sandy Hunter Saga

Posted on Jun 22, 2020 in Coming Soon, New Releases, YA | Juvenile | Middle Grades

by J.D. Newman Sandy Hunter’s entrance essay has earned her admission to Memorial Catholic School. However, as she begins her seventh grade year, Sandy feels intimidated by the other students who all believe strongly in something. Sandy struggles to live up to the declaration she made in her entrance essay that she exercises her faith through dance. She continues to explore the Catholic, Mormon, and Unitarian faiths practiced by her great aunts. Sandy strives to connect with her older sister Roxie who has always walked in their father’s footsteps but is beginning to define her own path. As Sandy finds her place in the realm of ballet and the world of faith, she discovers her potential as a dancer and a believer. This second book in the Sandy Hunter Saga follows the spirited twelve-year-old through the autumn after the...

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The Blue Jeans Rebellion • An Early Readers Novel

Posted on May 26, 2020 in Early Reader Chapter Book, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women Authors, YA | Juvenile | Middle Grades

by Joanna H. Kraus The story is set in 1877 in Orderville, Utah, a planned Mormon community. Many of the families who volunteer to live there had been starving before they came and so they willingly agree to all the rules and regulations. One specifies that until the clothing you wear is worn out you must not apply for anything new. Eleven-year old Gideon wonders why everyone has to dress in the same drab gray clothes and annoyed that though his pants are too short, his application is denied. He’d heard about the new transcontinental railroad that went clear across the country. As silver pours from the earth and the railroad flashes its glitter across the continent, brand new products arrive in the west. One day making a delivery of sheep’s wool to the General Mercantile Store he sees, for the...

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Make-Believe Twins • A Best Friends Story

Posted on Aug 26, 2019 in Fiction, New Releases, YA | Juvenile | Middle Grades

by J.D. Newman Sometimes Best Friends Don’t Always Agree This novella for younger readers features a first grade boy and girl growing up in Utah in 1972 who share a common birthday and a love of puppetry and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Glenn is the fastest runner and the fastest reader in the first grade, until the new girl, Janet, bests him at both. When the only person who could be your twin is the new girl in school, that’s difficult for Glenn — because the guys will never let her play on their team! When Janet’s family survives a house fire, Glenn discovers that, in times of need, a rival can become an ally. Glenn and Janet watch Mr. Rogers, make puppets together, and create their own Neighborhood of Make-Believe. But when they argue about their religions, can these...

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‘Tis The Season — Allagash Tails Collection Volume 9

Posted on Feb 1, 2018 in Christmas, Fiction, The Allagash Tails Collection

A collection of short stories about a Mainer’s celebration of Christmas by Tim Caverly Illustrations by Franklin Manzo, Jr “Mom, will you make daddy go to bed?” the little girl cried. “Santa will never come if he doesn’t come upstairs!” Imagine if you will, a literary journey that allows you to travel back to Christmas day in 1953. Once there, you’ll become a member of a family whose roots are traced back to the Mayflower and share in their traditions of Christmas holidays and experiences through the 20th into the 21st Century. In this book of six short stories, travel from the villages of Cornville to Corinth –– from Machias to Millinocket –– then venture north into the heart of the Allagash Wilderness; where we’ll return to the year 1901 and relive a forgotten history. Read about a typical...

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Grandma’s Christmas Wish — Fiction

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in Christmas, Fiction, Women Authors

by Shelley Bingham Husk It would take the knowledge of her impending death, for Grandma’s Christmas wish to come true. The Cavanaugh’s are a young family torn apart by tragedy, reunited by a wish. All Grandma ever wanted for Christmas was to have her family together. Twenty-nine-year-old Claire eloped to escape the memories of her parents, believing that her grandmother was responsible for their deaths. Twenty-seven-year-old Jack rarely comes home, having bought into Claire’s memories of the tragic night their parents were killed. Twenty-year-old Darby was only six when her parents died, ten when Claire ran away, and twelve when Jack left the house. Darby stayed home to take care of the grandmother who raised her. The kitchen at the Cavanaugh’s has always been the heart of the home. As Darby says, “Grandma always said, ‘You miss all the...

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