Juvenile Fiction

Immigrant from the Stars

by Gail Kamer

". . . a wonderful, well-structured plot." Five-Star Review by Readers' Favorite

Iko and his family are in serious trouble. The Trinichian government monitors their every move. And Iko’s family has something to hide. Like Dad’s mysterious vials. And Iko's special power.

Escaping their home planet is the only way to avoid capture. So they steal a spaceship and secretly land on Earth. Are they followed? Probably.

Iko and his parents morph into human form to blend in with humans, and Iko enrolls in middle school. But school on Earth is nothing like school on Trinichia. The rules differ. So do the humans.

Will Iko fool Earthlings into thinking he’s one of them? Or will they recognize him for what he is—an alien from outer space? Are some humans really Trinichian spies in disguise trying to catch Iko? Can he navigate this dangerous new world? Lives are at stake. Is Iko up to the challenge?

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Ride High with the Wave

by Sharon K. Solomon

"A tale of friendship . . . as entertaining as it is inspiring," Five-Star Review by Readers' Favorite

cover_72Hiro Kojima and Ted Richman are backstroke rivals on the Dolphins, their swim team. Hiro is the new boy in town and Ted dislikes him. Reluctantly, Ted agrees to work with Hiro to solve their mutual problem, attending swim meets on Saturdays.

Ted and his family attend Sabbath services, and Hiro goes to Japanese school. The rivals join forces to change swim meets to Sundays.

Will they succeed? And how will they resolve their rivalry?

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The Firma Twins and the Purple Staff of Death

A Firma Twins Adventure, Book 1, by D. H. Timpko

". . . fast paced tale of wonder with many different twists and surprises that will leave you hungry for more," Five-Star Review by Readers' Favorite
"Timpko has mastered the art of encouraging young readers to grasp the concept of just how fun reading can be," The Loudoun Times-Mirror

Born into a family with a history of identical twins, Isis Firma and her identical twin sister Electra are as different as two people can be. Isis is studious and quiet, and Electra is an outgoing athlete. Because it's her turn to decide, Isis gets to pick what they'll do on their twelfth birthday. Much to Electra's disgust, Isis decides they'll go to the Institute of Ancient Egyptian Stuff in Washington, DC, to see a mummy that's just been autopsied. While looking at the mummy, Isis notices a bug crawling from the ear to the mouth and entering the skull through a nostril. Unseen by everyone except Isis, the eyes glow red and the mummy sits up and tells her the Vympyrym have arisen and the Squrlon are in danger. Isis must find the Purple Staff of Death and lead the battle. Then even stranger things happen as Isis tries to unravel the mystery of the mummy's message and the secrets of her family.
A Firma Twins Adventure, Book 1

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The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment

A Firma Twins Adventure, Book 2, by D. H. Timpko

". . . a unique novel that takes you on a journey and ensures that you will not put the book down until you have read it till the end. . . This is a fast paced and well-developed story. Brilliant and snappy!" Five-Star Review by Readers' Favorite

Twelve-year-old Electra Firma plans to win an Olympic Gold medal in ice skating when she’s old enough to compete. Her coach is convinced she has the talent. That’s the problem. Electra’s talent comes from her part-alien heritage, which gives her superhuman abilities, and her parents forbid her from competing. Depressed, Electra rejects her inheritance and refuses to hone her alien skills. A new threat by an enemy alien race, forces her, her identical twin sister Isis, and their best friends to infiltrate the aliens to find the Flute of Enchantment and protect humanity. If Electra doesn’t master shape shifting, she and her best friend face imminent death.

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Nonfiction: Medical/Self-Help

Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal--Recovering Successfully from Knee Replacement Surgery Despite Complications: Practical Advice from a Patient

By Alexis Dupree 

“A must-have for those who are planning to undergo knee replacement surgery,” Five-Star Review by Readers' Favorite 
"Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal is a unique, 'real world practical', impressively informative, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' instructional reference book that is unreservedly recommended for anyone contemplating knee surgery and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Health/Medicine collections." Midwest Book Review
"… a humorous but accurate depiction of the trials and triumphs of knee replacement surgery and living with your new knee," Pat Ercole, physical therapist

Front book cover 5 stars_Web“I am not a medical professional,” Dupree says, “I’m just a patient. So unlike other books on knee replacement, it doesn’t describe the physiology of the knee or provide other medical information. It delivers practical information patients need to know that they probably won’t get from doctors or nurses. I’ve had many surgeries and I’ve learned a great deal along the way.”

The book explains what to do before surgery, what to buy in advance, what and how to set up the patient’s home, and details on how to control pain and swelling. It also includes answers to frequently asked questions and provides helpful tips patients can use during the recovery phase. The last chapter discusses the specific ways life changes after knee replacement surgery, with details on how to handle the changes.

“I built the book around a very clear goal,” Dupree says. “Resume normal life as quickly as possible. I’m very happy my right knee was replaced. The surgery got rid of the excruciating pain and I’m far better than I was before.”

Appendixes include checklists for recording information about orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation centers (if needed), physical therapy centers, insurance information, home preparation, medical appointments, medicines, and medical log. The second appendix includes a nearly 200-page journal where patients can keep notes during their recovery.

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Nonfiction: Travel, France

Following Robert Louis Stevenson with a Donkey: Zigging and Zagging Through the Cévennes

by Betty Gladstone; edited by Carla X. Gladstone

". . . well written and captivating . . . most highly recommended," Five-Star Review by Readers' Favorite

092817_EbookCover_GladstoneMost mothers in 1963 didn’t set out on a journey with their daughters through an impoverished section of France with little knowledge of the language. But Betty Gladstone did and ended up being the toast of Le Monastier, France, where she is remembered to this day. 

Fascinated by Robert Louis Stevenson from her childhood, Betty recreated Stevenson’s one hundred thirty-five mile trek through the Cévennes Mountains in thirteen days. Accompanied by her two daughters and Modestine, a donkey named after Stevenson’s beast of burden, they walked the author’s original path and slept in barns and in small hotels with questionable facilities. 

Betty Gladstone's memoir, Following Robert Louis Stevenson with a Donkey: Zigging and Zagging Through the Cévennes, is the tale of her improbable journey and the lifelong friends she made on the way. In an afterword, her youngest daughter, who edited the book, chronicles the heart-warming aftermath in which Betty erected a monument to Robert Louis Stevenson in Le Monastier with a town-wide celebration that achieved international press coverage. 

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