In the first book of P.K. Butler’s debut middle-grade trilogy, an 11-year-old girl realizes she has a mystical connection to birds and is determined to find an explanation.
Claire is obsessed with birds. She is also highly self-conscious of her appearance: She’s tall, with white hair and lashes, and startling yellow-gold eyes, which she hides […]
This mashup of buddy road trip and indigenous horror genres features a supernatural odd couple—a blonde preacher with seemingly endless lives and a seductive brunette who morphs into a panther—solving a 150-year-old mystery.
An eternally-young white man, Tom was a teenager in the 1870s, taken in by the Navajo and mentored by Red Deer after […]
The Blackbird and the Rainbow begins as Chrissie Smith, spending a pleasant weekend with her husband, Geoff, and their youngest son, Steve, receives the news that her oldest son, Dave, has died of a heroin overdose. Dave seemed to have finally kicked his drug habit, which makes the news even more devastating.
After this dramatic […]
Poppa Bob is missing one of his favorite socks. It’s a fine red sock, and Grandma Kay joins in the search, but it is nowhere to be found.
This is the start of Odd Sock’s Adventures, a children’s book by New Zealand author Alma Aspin that tells the story of a lost sock and his […]
Margaret Lee has used her lifelong interest in art to create a children’s book of stories called The Adventures of Sebastian The Helpful Seagull.
The book contains three stories, each building upon the last. First, Sebastian falls asleep on a boat and wakes to find himself on the other side of the English Channel, in […]
Jackson McGarry’s novel Running on Maybe presents a convincing portrait of greed, graft, and the struggle for freedom in early 20th-century Mississippi.
In Peabodyville, Mississippi, Lillian Molyneaux spirals into alcoholism after the death of two of her children. Her rich husband Scanlan exploits his ownership of fertile delta land and the local bank hoping to […]
In the second offering of P.K. Butler’s Of the Wing trilogy, 11-year-old Claire, who has a mystical connection with birds, goes on a trip with a billionaire ornithologist to find a rarely-seen species.
Whenever Claire wears a T-shirt with a picture of a bird, that bird will come to her. She has a special relationship […]
In Shorts That Fit Well, author Wayne E. Beyea has compiled a collection of what he calls “inspirational short stories.” He’s a witty, conversational writer who combines truth and fiction, humor and more serious pieces.
In his nonfiction pieces, Beyea shares stories of pets and how they came to join the family and of his […]
This riveting true story describes the astonishing bond created between a beautiful, wild creature and the woman who saved her.
In her memoir, Anna Carner, a farmer in Tewksbury, New Jersey, describes her life with a rescue deer she names Blossom. Carner found the newborn fawn “straining to breathe” and close to death. Gathering the […]
A table floats up to space in the children’s picture book The Helium Table.
Kath, the narrator, explains that her dining room table has been covered for years by junk mail, books, and newspapers. Her father warns that it’s a helium table, and will float away like a balloon if it isn’t weighted down. When […]