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Inspired by a friend’s daily photography series, Christia Madacsi Hoffman set an intention to write a minimum of two lines of verse per day for 365 days. Four years and thousands of lines later, the result is her debut collection of poetry, Intent. Throughout, Hoffman reveals an accessible and insightful poetic voice as she explores the universal themes of place, beauty, youth, and family. Her moving reflections remind us there is depth in our everyday experiences and significance in our intentions. Order copies and read excerpts at TheMorningPoet.com
Christia Madacsi Hoffman grew up along the banks of the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut. A longtime Austin, Texas resident, Hoffman’s work has appeared in the Texas Observer and the annual anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival.
Check out Justin LaRocca Hansen’s timely graphic novel series Secondhand Heroes. Volume three releases in 2018.
“First-Rate.” —Kirkus Reviews
Book Selection, The Cut —New York Magazine
“Secondhand Heroes is a superhero story for young readers that is so good that adults will enjoy it as well…. It’s inventive and engaging… Written and illustrated with watercolors by Justin LaRocca Hansen, the graphic novel [series] is a clever story of two boys that feels a little like an American Harry Potter adventure, if Harry lived in the suburbs… The dialogue is solid, the story is much better than it sounds, and it has a great twist ending. Can’t ask for much more than that.” —Mike Sangiacomo, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer
“Smart characterization (including a memorable walk-on by a talking squirrel that sounds like a surfer bro), breathlessly paced adventure, and a dire cliff-hanger ending will make readers hope they don’t have to wait long for the sequel.” —Publishers Weekly
“Hansen works a nifty story out of his clever concept, with genuine humor, realistic characterizations, emotionally intense stakes, and agile battle sequences. The lifelike faces and figural work, as well as the warm, earthy tones of the art, help keep things tied together even when the tale takes a sharp time-traveling left turn into a fantasy world where the boys meet a tough-as-nails dragon who becomes their trainer. Age-appropriate lessons are indeed learned, and the urgent cliff-hanger promises that there are more charmingly sincere adventures ahead.” —Booklist
“Filled with humorous touches and authentic cultural references, Dumas’s story will resonate not just with young immigrants but with any readers trying to adapt to new situations.” —Publishers Weekly
“Insightful, sobering, and hilarious.” —People magazine
“…Keeps readers engaged with the very real and relatable difficulties of finding friends after moving, dealing with family issues both domestic and abroad, and discovering one’s own identity in middle school.” —School Library Journal
Top 10 Young Adult and Children’s Books —Time magazine
KidsPost Book Club Selection —Washington Post
IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL received starred reviews from both Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, and is also endorsed by Horn Book, Scholastic Teacher magazine and the acclaimed authors Khaled Hosseini, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Luis Alberto Urrea.
Discover Daniel Robinson’s new novel, DEATH OF A CENTURY A Novel of the Lost Generation, available from Arcade.
“Robinson does a fine job of bringing Hemingway’s Paris to life.” —Publishers Weekly
“… An entertaining gallop of a story, by a writer both innovative and spellbinding.” —Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.
“A suspense-thriller that poignantly reveals the enduring impact of the First World War on the individual soldier, … [this] tale explodes the myth of peaceful homecoming and explores the loyalty, violence, and desperation that emerges between men during war. A fine addition to those who want to gain a sense of the ‘lost generation,’ and those lost souls who have come home from our latest wars.” —Lt. Col. Michael Stoneham, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
“Over a century ago, Upton Sinclair wrote about the horror of the American meat-packing industry in The Jungle, a novel that ultimately led to the creation of the Pure Food and Drug Act. While Lytle may be attempting similar social change with CHICKEN STOCK, this book is far gentler and more human in the story it tells. Berta, her family, and friends are drawn as warm, believable Tennesseans. The novel explores the resilience of the American character as much as it presents arguments against the corporate exploitation of American farms and farmers. In Chicken Stock readers will find a compelling and sympathetic hero, a strong argument for sustainable, natural farming, and a Tennessee novelist worth watching…” —Michael Ray Taylor, for Humanities Tennessee’s publication Chapter 16
“CHICKEN STOCK remains a searing testament to love and loss, as well as an intelligent indictment of big agro-business… A compelling, sensitive contribution to the agriculture debate in the U.S.” —Kirkus Reviews
“In Karla (M.) Jay’s debut novel, a speech therapist moves to the small town of Tungston, Pennsylvania—locally known as ‘Tungs’—and finds colorful characters and a little mystery… Marleigh’s patients come across as three-dimensional people, and the details of her speech therapy work are fascinating.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The witty, humorous dialogue made SPEAKING IN TUNGS a page-turner. At some points, I was laughing so hard I was crying!” —April Wood, A Well Read Woman
“SPEAKING IN TUNGS is too good to be anyone’s first novel. Is Karla (M.) Jay even the author’s real name? I don’t know the answer but I do know that I enjoyed reading this witty novel with its colorful cast of characters, and so will you.” —Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times bestselling author and Finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor
Karla M. Jay’s sequel to SPEAKING IN TUNGS is SPEAK OF THE DEVIL.
Marleigh Benning thinks she’s mastered being a home speech therapist in the most remote region of Pennsylvania… and that the steep learning curve is behind her. But in Speak of the Devil further surprises await around the next bend, as her six unpredictable clients throw her for another loop; her relationship with local fireman, Lawyer, heats up to alarm-level arson; and she discovers why her birthparents went underground. The biggest danger Marleigh faces as she traverses the rolling, verdant terrain, going house by house to improve speech and articulation, is her inadvertent entanglement in a clandestine heroin operation.
NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT “A soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel. Spend some time with Sheldon and company in the Scandinavian wilderness and you just might make peace with your god, your ghosts, and yourself.” — Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year; An Economist Top Fiction Title of the Year; A Guardian Best Crime & Thriller of the Year; A Kirkus Reviews Best Crime Novel of the Year; Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger Award Winner
Kita Murdock’s FUTURE FLASH received 5 out of 5 Bookworms from 12-year-old Erik on his Book Review Blog for kids.
“…The balance of tension and foreshadowing will entice reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal
SECRET OF THE SEEDS by Kate Muus, “A timely conspiracy thriller, this novel has a slow start but picks up quickly… The characters are well developed, and teens will easily become invested in them.” —School Library Journal
Paperback and ebook editions are available for the first time of Daniel Robinson’s debut novel AFTER THE FIRE.
“…A poignant story about ‘the pull of the past,’ affectingly warm and compassionate.” —Publishers Weekly
“…Another one of those remarkably mature first novels.” —Booklist
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