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Coming Soon: Spin the Golden Light Bulb – 1/09/18

Date: December 8th

We are so excited to announce the upcoming release of our newest middle grade novel, Spin the Golden Light Bulb from debut author Jackie Yeager! Travel to the year 2071 and join Kia Krumpet and the rest of the Crimson Five as they compete in the Piedmont Challenge. Acceptance to the Piedmont Inventor’s Prep School, a place where they can let their imaginations and creativity run free, is on the line. Can they work together against forty-nine other state teams to earn their place at the best inventor’s school in the country?


The year is 2071.
Kia Krumpet is eleven years old.
She bites her nails (a lot) and flies an aero-scooter.
And she dreams of building her sixty-seven inventions at PIPS, the Piedmont Inventor’s Prep School.
 
The event is the Piedmont Challenge.
A challenge in which all 6th grade students solve a series of tasks.
The winners compete in teams to earn a place at PIPS, a place where they can let their imaginations and creativity run free.
The rest of the students are forced to study only one school subject for all of 7th and 8th grade.
(That’s two whole years!)
 
The place is Camp Piedmont.
The coolest and most innovative camp around.
But in a world full of floating playgrounds, switching bunk beds,
and robotic monkey assistants, there’s more at stake than anyone expected,
and there is only one team with the courage to figure out what that is.
 
Meet The Crimson Five.

Because sometimes it takes a friend (or four) to help make your dreams come true.


Jackie Yeager is a middle grade author whose stories inspire children to think more, work hard, and dream big. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and spent several years coaching Odyssey of the Mind, where her team once-upon-a-time competed at the World Finals. She lives in Rochester, NY with her real life prince charming and two royally amazing teens. When she’s not writing imaginative middle grade fiction or living in her own fairly-tale world, she can be found conducting creative problem solving/writing workshops for kids and blogging at Swirl and Spark. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Spin the Golden Light Bulb will be available January 9, 2017. Preorder now on Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or through any of your local bookstores!

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The Woman from Dover – AVAILABLE NOW!

Date: December 5th

Betty Annand’s latest novel, The Woman from Dover, is now available! The compelling story of Gladys Tunner continues in this delightful sequel to The Girl from Old Nichol. Although she’s put the slums behind her, the challenges she faces are no less perilous. As she journeys through the ups and downs of her ever-changing life, Gladys’s story will have you yearning for her to finally find happiness.

 

Get your copy from Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or any of your local bookstores!


Stung with the bitter loss of the life she had built, Gladys’s story from The Girl from Old Nichol continues with Gladys as a housekeeper for the wealthy widower, James Hornby. Reunited with Toughie for one night before he leaves for New York with his bride, their romantic interlude leaves Gladys alone and pregnant. Fearing the workhouse, Gladys confesses all to James, who offers to marry her and legitimize Toughie’s baby.
 
The new family lives happily, adding a daughter of their own. When Toughie returns years later as a widower, he meets his son and begs Gladys to travel to New York with him. Torn between the man she has loved since childhood and a comfortable life of luxury for herself and her children, Gladys faces a decision that will only lead to devastation; no matter what choice she makes, someone will be hurt and abandoned.

 

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Facing the Strange – Embracing Weirdness in Stories

Date: November 30th

It took me a long time to write the story that I really wanted to tell.
 
For many years, I wrote novels that I believed people wanted to read—though quite what I thought that was, I’m not sure. Commercial books; you know the sort. The ones where the hero saves the day, where the couple fall in love, where the little guy overcomes adversity.
 
Or Perhaps Not?
 
Fourteen years later, I finally had a revelation. The best story to tell is the one that’s inside you; regardless of whether it’s got “commercially viable” written all over it or not. With that in mind, I started work on the first in the Dr Ribero series, The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost.
 
That book came from a pretty odd place. The initial inspiration was taken from a newspaper article I’d read a few years back about rhubarb theft in a village in Dorset (I kid you not). But as for the rest of it? The desire to normalise the supernatural, to take ghosts and give them a place in our world . . .  where did that come from?
 
Odd Beginnings
 
For me, the desire to write about the supernatural comes from my childhood experiences. I hate to draw concrete conclusions, mainly because I’m not that kind of a gal; but I can testify that I grew up in a very odd house.
Where to start? Well, we used to hear laughter on the staircase. We saw shadows on the walls, which ran away when you came too near. Objects would disappear, only to turn up in very odd places (my favourite being a pen, which I discovered tucked up in bed, peeking over the duvet like a naughty child). There was the occasional strong sense of being watched. And the usual, of course—lights switching themselves off, usually at the most inconvenient moments. Our pet dogs growled at unseen things in the corner of rooms. Cold patches, that came and went without any rational explanation.
 
It wasn’t just our family that experienced this. It seemed that many visitors had their own story to tell; some freakier than others. However, it was all normal for us, especially me, who’d never known any different. It was only when I moved away that I realised it had been an unusual childhood home, and those early memories stayed with me, long into my adult years.
 
Gagging to Emerge
 
I noticed that recurring themes kept sneaking into my writing; namely, strange occurrences and eerie figures. It wasn’t until I was much older that I began to realise that these themes were emerging because they were desperate to be set free. My subconscious was crying out to explore them further—and (to coin the late great David Bowie) to “turn and face the strange”.
 
So I did. I wrote the supernatural as I myself experienced it—not as something to be frightened of, but something that is an everyday (albeit secretive) part of our existence. I also wrote about the funny side of it—based on incidences from my youth. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again . . . fear really can be funny; it’s just a matter of perspective.

 


Lucy Banks is the author of  The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost and the forthcoming The Case of the Deadly Doppelgangerboth of the Dr. Ribero series.

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The Splendid Baron Submarine – AVAILABLE NOW!

Date: November 10th

The wait is finally over! The Splendid Baron Submarine, the latest installment in Eric Bower‘s The Bizarre Baron Inventions Series, is now available! Dive into another adventure with W.B. and his family as they embark on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. Evil monkeys, a pirate’s curse, the world’s most stolen diamond… WB is in for quite an adventure!

 

Get your copy from Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or any of your local bookstores!


Waldo “W.B.” Baron is back with another amazing adventure in another incredible invention! Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues? Two of those things sound like a dream come true to W.B, whose clever inventor parents are hired—by the Vice President!—to go on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. If only it weren’t for that lousy, rude monkey, it would be the beginning of a perfect adventure. But at least it isn’t squirrels…
 
The treasure hunt gives the Baron family the opportunity to use their exceptional steam-powered submarine, freshly biggened and ready for adventure! But things are seldom straightforward for the eccentric Baron family, and this treasure hunt is no exception. W.B.’s trademark bad luck has him suffering monstrous marine misfortune and marauding monkey misery.
 
Can the Baron family embark on their newest adventure without the eggy and depressing Aunt Dorcas? Will the Barons find the treasure they seek? Will they save the country from financial ruin? Where does the monkey fit in, anyway? Do we like asking questions? Not really, but inside you’ll meet someone who likes asking questions and then answering them (despite his claims to the contrary, he really does like it).
 
Oh, did we mention the pirate’s curse?


Praise for The Splendid Baron Submarine!

 

“The Splendid Baron Submarine is delightfully absurd, imaginative, and fun—a wonderful book for middle-school children to read on their own, and an even better book for families to read aloud together.”

– Foreword Reviews

 

“The novel includes aspects of history and science as well as themes of belonging, acceptance, and the importance of creativity and adaptability. Fans of the first book will be eager to read this sequel.”

– School Library Journal

 

“I found this book most creative and see it as stirring all kinds of visuals in the reader’s imagination. They will feel like they’re along for the wild ride with each page.”

 Story Monsters Ink

 

“There are a lot of cool inventions. There is one that switches the gravity in the room so everything falls to the ceiling. There is also a Shrinking Machine, a Bigging Machine, and a Super-Grabber Device that all do exactly what they sound like. I like that there are so many inventions because I love them and want to build them when I grow up. People who like inventions will like this book.”

– Kids’ Book Buzz

 

“I really liked the jumping around as W.B. told the story and the imagination expanding scenes with the goofy antics of everyone from poor Aunt Dorcas, who always gets left behind, to the bodyguards who come to kidnap the family.”

 Jennie

 

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The Woman from Dover – Exclusive Excerpt!

Date: November 9th

 
 

The Woman from Dover

 

Chapter 1

 

Pages 1- 4

 

 

 

The past two weeks had been so distressful that Gladys felt she was living in a nightmare. The jogging of the carriage seemed to relax her a little, and she did her best to enjoy the trip, but memories of recent events kept creeping into her thoughts.
 
The last happy thing she could recall was sitting on the divan wrapping a favourite ornament that she and Tom had received as a wedding gift to take to Oaken Arms, the estate her father-in-law had built for the three of them to live in. The ornament was two beautiful china doves sitting on a branch, and she was trying to imagine what it would look like on the mantle in the sitting room of her suite in the lovely new mansion. Then she heard someone knock at her door.
 
She wished she could block the next scene from her memory, but she remembered opening the door and seeing Peter Pickwick standing there. She could still picture his sickly white, puffy cheeks as he took her hand in his and turned it over. When he saw the scar on her palm, he stared at her with an evil and smug look and said, “Aha! Gladys Tunner, I believe.”
 
As soon as she heard her old name, she knew that her past had been discovered at last, but she had no idea how devastating that information would be for her and her daughter’s future. The carriage stopped, interrupting her thoughts, and the driver opened the door.
 
“We’re ‘ere at Forbes junction, Mrs Pickwick, mum. Would yer likes ter use the facilities? They makes a good cuppa tea ‘ere too, mum.”
 
Dolly woke when she heard the driver and sleepily asked, “Are we there, Mama?”
 
“No, dear, but we can get out for a stretch and have a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit, if you like.”
 
They only stopped long enough to partake of some refreshments and to use the outdoor facilities before returning to the carriage. Dolly went back to sleep a few minutes after resuming their journey.
 
Gladys’s thoughts returned to that fateful day once more. She hadn’t heard the name Tunner since she had left the slum neighbourhood of London known as Old Nichol some eleven years ago, and now it sounded foreign to her.
 
She had taken the name Tweedhope the day she ran away because it was the name of a dear lady in Old Nichol who had taught her how to read and write. Now, as the carriage rocked back and forth, she recalled how lost and frightened she had been back then, travelling incognito in a coach, to an unknown place called Dover with three strangers. There was something about the ride this day that was causing her to have the same feeling of trepidation.


Preorder now on Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or through any of your local bookstores!

 

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How To Avoid Pirate Curses

Date: November 2nd

How To Avoid Pirate Curses
By Eric Bower

 

Author of The Splendid Baron Submarine

 
As a writer of fiction for young people, the question I’m asked most often is: How do I avoid pirate curses?
 
And as a general rule, I find the most effective response to be: Stay away from pirates.
 
But for those of us who don’t have that luxury, for those of us ordinary folk who live what is commonly known as a “pirate-adjacent lifestyle”, that is neither practical advice, nor useful. So I’d like to take this opportunity to provide some much needed help to those in danger of pirate curses. Here are my three simple rules on the subject.
 

  1. BE POLITE TO PIRATES
    It seems as though this would go without saying, but there’s a reason why pirates (particularly pirate ghosts) are typically loud, boisterous, mean, and violent: they’re very sensitive people who don’t deal well with constructive criticism. You might think your comment about the way they should be pillaging and plundering is helpful, but they will not take it this way, and will likely make you walk the plank (hitting you with a pirate curse as you sink to your watery grave). So the next time you see a pirate, just be polite. Compliment them on their latest tattoo, or feed their parrot a cracker, or tell them you didn’t even notice their hook-hand due to their fetching new hairstyle. They might still make you walk the plank, but at least they’ll do it with chuffed smiles on their faces!
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  3.  DON’T DISTURB AN OLD PIRATE BURIAL GROUND
    I admit, I still mess this rule up from time to time. It’s not that I want to desecrate old pirate burial grounds, it’s just that I sometimes have no other options. Sometimes there’s bad traffic on the freeway, so I’m forced to take a shortcut through a sandy beach that’s covered in old wooden signs with skulls and crossbones painted on them. And yes, sometimes I might not avoid those pirate grave markers as well as I could. And sometimes I might stop and blow my nose on any hanging pirate flags. Sometimes I’ll even dig up one of their skeletons and play the ribcage like a xylophone; I’m not perfect. And I don’t expect you to be either. But do what you can.
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  5. REMEMBER, CURSES DON’T LAST FOREVER
    This rule is really more of a word of comfort to those who either ignored rules one and two, or found themselves inexplicably cursed anyway. Look, I know it might seem rough right now, whether you’re being forced to haunt an old abandoned ship, or guard an ancient pirate treasure, or if you’re simply serving as an eternal crew member on a voyage of the darned. But look on the bright side, it’s never too late to pick up a hobby! Learn a new language. Teach yourself to tap dance. Learn how to prune Bonsai trees. Many people who’ve been hit with vicious pirate curses have actually used it as an opportunity to better themselves. I knew a fellow once (I believe he was cursed to moan in the belly of an immortal Great White Shark for a century or two) who used his time being cursed to reconnect with his parents. But no matter what, you should remember that pirate curses don’t last forever. There’s always some schmuck who’ll come around and allow you to trick him into taking your place.

 
Thank you, and good luck!


Preorder The Splendid Baron Submarine now on Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or through any of your local bookstores.

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Coming Soon: The Woman from Dover – 12/5/17

Date: November 2nd

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of The Woman from Dover by Betty Annand. The compelling story of Gladys Tunner continues in this delightful sequel to The Girl from Old Nichol. Although she’s put the slums behind her, the challenges she faces are no less perilous. As she journeys through the ups and downs of her ever-changing life, Gladys’s story will have you yearning for her to finally find happiness.


Stung with the bitter loss of the life she had built, Gladys’s story from The Girl from Old Nichol continues with Gladys as a housekeeper for the wealthy widower, James Hornby. Reunited with Toughie for one night before he leaves for New York with his bride, their romantic interlude leaves Gladys alone and pregnant. Fearing the workhouse, Gladys confesses all to James, who offers to marry her and legitimize Toughie’s baby.
 
The new family lives happily, adding a daughter of their own. When Toughie returns years later as a widower, he meets his son and begs Gladys to travel to New York with him. Torn between the man she has loved since childhood and a comfortable life of luxury for herself and her children, Gladys faces a decision that will only lead to devastation; no matter what choice she makes, someone will be hurt and abandoned.

Born in Vancouver, B.C in 1927, Betty Annand has resided in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island since the age of ten. Widowed since 2002, she has enjoyed doing volunteer work at her church, the local hospital, and a local theatre, where she writes and directs plays for the seniors group. She resides in the house that she and her husband built sixty years ago and enjoys spending time with her family, who still live on the island. She is the author of three non-fiction books, Growing up in the White House, Voices from Bevan, and Voices from Courtenay Past. The Woman from Dover is her second novel which follows the life of Gladys Tunner.


Released December 5, 2017. Preorder now on Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or through any of your local bookstores!

 

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Author Q&A: Eric Bower – The Splendid Baron Submarine

Date: October 25th

Waldo “W.B.” Baron is back with another amazing adventure in another incredible invention! Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues? Two of those things sound like a dream come true to W.B, whose clever inventor parents are hired—by the Vice President!—to go on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. If only it weren’t for that lousy, rude monkey, it would be the beginning of a perfect adventure. But at least it isn’t squirrels…

 

The treasure hunt gives the Baron family the opportunity to use their exceptional steam-powered submarine, freshly biggened and ready for adventure! But things are seldom straightforward for the eccentric Baron family, and this treasure hunt is no exception. W.B.’s trademark bad luck has him suffering monstrous marine misfortune and marauding monkey misery.
Can the Baron family embark on their newest adventure without the eggy and depressing Aunt Dorcas? Will the Barons find the treasure they seek? Will they save the country from financial ruin? Where does the monkey fit in, anyway? Do we like asking questions? Not really, but inside you’ll meet someone who likes asking questions and then answering them (despite his claims to the contrary, he really does like it).
Oh, did we mention the pirate’s curse?

Catch up with W.B. and his family in The Splendid Baron Submarine, the second installment in Eric Bower‘s The Bizzare Baron Inventions series! We chatted with Eric about W.B.’s new adventures under the sea, abounding clumsiness, and what’s in store for the next Baron family adventure!

AJ: Your second book, The Splendid Baron Submarine, is almost out and readers are so excited! Can you tell us how you came up with the idea to take the Baron family underwater? What was your inspiration?
EB: I love the sea, and I’ve always loved the idea of submarine travel; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne was one of my favorite books growing up. But aside from the old Submarine Voyage ride at Disneyland, I’ve never actually been in a submarine before. And since I’m mildly claustrophobic (my brain tells me not to fear small, enclosed spaces, though my racing heart and crumpling lungs tend to respectfully disagree), it’s probably never going to happen. If I can’t do it, I figure I might as well write about it. Or maybe I’ll just go back to Disneyland.

AJ: So the wild west wasn’t enough, you had to add pirates! In a fight between cowboys and pirates, who do you think would win?
EB: On land? The cowboys. At sea? The pirates. In space? The ninjas—no one ever expects the ninjas

AJ: Did you decide to give W.B.’s clumsiness a break by putting him in water so he couldn’t fall down? What is your favorite W.B. fall?
EB: A true klutz can still manage to hurt themselves at any time, and at any place. I once injured myself in the lobby of a hospital, slipping on a puddle of spilled hand sanitizer. My favorite W.B. fall actually happens in book four. I can’t really tell you what happens yet, but it manages to defy both space and time.

AJ: What was your favorite moment with the Baron family in their underwater adventure?
EB: W.B.’s confusion regarding the definition of hyperventilation is probably my favorite moment. And it’s always fun to see a monkey in a story, particularly a sassy monkey with a fondness for hats. I was about to go into further detail, but I think those two sentences speak for themselves.

AJ: Can you give us a teaser for what W.B. will face in the next adventure, The Wonderful Baron Doppelgänger Device?
EB: In book three, W.B. meets a new best friend, makes a new worst enemy, rides a cross-country train with a pair of tone-deaf hobos, eats six pies at the county fair, battles some very silly inventions, cleverly solves a mystery, and at the end he learns a huge secret about someone living in the Baron Estate.


Preorder The Splendid Baron Submarine now on Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or through any of your local bookstores!

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The Splendid Baron Submarine – Exclusive Excerpt!

Date: October 20th

 
 

The Splendid Baron Submarine

 

Chapter 2

 

Pages 17 – 20

 
 
 

When Mongo and Knuckles finally woke up, we agreed to go along with them. We were dying to know what the Vice President of the United States could want with us. And we were also quite curious why he would choose to send two hairy-knuckled goons like Mongo and Knuckles to find us. Surely, the Vice President of the United States could have sent some of his more respectable employees to our home, but, then again, we didn’t know a whole lot about politics. Maybe politicians just preferred to work with goons. Goons were quite good at gooning, and sometimes you just needed a good gooning goon in order to get some good goonery done.
 
“You need to stop making up stupid words,” Rose told me when I explained that to her.
 
We decided to trick Mongo and Knuckles (who seemed as though they had brains the size of red bopple nuts) into giving us some information about our secret invitation to see the Vice President.
 
“We’ve decided to go along with you without asking any questions,” M told them.
 
“Good,” said Knuckles. “Because we wouldn’t have answered any.”
 
“Well, we wouldn’t want you to,” I retorted.
 
“Yes, you would,” said Mongo. “If you knew what this was about, you’d want to ask us at least one hundred and seven different questions. Maybe even one hundred and eight.”
 
“I doubt that,” Rose said. “I bet it’s something really boring.”
 
“Yes, you probably just want us to come over and give you gardening tips,” my mother added.
 
“You couldn’t be more wrong,” said Knuckles.
 
“I actually wouldn’t mind some gardening tips,” Mongo said hopefully. “My tomato plants keep dying before they sprout. What am I doing wrong? Should I use fertilizer? What is fertilizer? Someone told me that it’s just cow plop, but I think they was funnin’ me.”
 
“Be quiet, Mongo,” Knuckles told him.
 
“You weren’t supposed to let them know our names, Knuckles,” Mongo pointed out.
 
“Then why did you just say my name, Mongo?” Knuckles asked through gritted teeth.
 
I yawned as loudly as I could, as we walked outside and stepped into the large horse drawn carriage parked in front of our white picket fence. Once we were inside the carriage, Mongo and Knuckles tied blindfolds over our eyes.
 
“This is going to be the dullest afternoon ever,” I said as they finished tying my blindfold.
 
“No, it ain’t,” said Mongo. “It’s going to be exciting.”
 
“It’ll be about as exciting as watching paint dry.”
 
“This is ten times more exciting than that! Maybe even more! Don’t make me do the math!”
 
“Excuse me while I take a nap,” I said. “Wake me up when we get to Dullsville, which is obviously where we’re headed. Dull, dull, dull . . .”
 
“There ain’t nothing dull about meeting the Vice President!” Mongo snapped.
 
Knuckles knuckled Mongo over the head.
 
“You weren’t supposed to tell them about the Vice President!” Knuckles screamed. “Remember, you blockhead? He told us not to mention that, or the part about him needing the Barons to invent something for him.”
 
Mongo mongoed Knuckles over the head.
 
“You weren’t supposed to say that he needs them to invent something for him!” Mongo shouted. “Vice President Morton told us that after he told us about the island!”
 
“YOU WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO MENTION THE ISLAND!” Knuckles roared. “YOU’VE RUINED EVERYTHING!”
 
And, because goons can only scream at each other for so long before their fists become antsy and anxious to join the disagreement, Mongo and Knuckles began to fight one another. They punched each another with powerful hands the size of honey-baked hams, though nowhere near as tasty. Even though my parents hate it when people fight, they were smart enough not to get between the two men, who, as I mentioned before, really did seem more like gorillas than humans, both in appearance and in smell.
 
By the time the carriage had reached its destination, Mongo and Knuckles had beaten each other black and blue, and a little bit orange as well. They grumbled at one another as they led us out of the carriage and took off our blindfolds.


Preorder now on Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or through any of your local bookstores!

 

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The House at 758 – AVAILABLE NOW!

Date: October 16th

We are thrilled to announce that The House at 758, Kathryn Berla‘s newest YA novel, is now available! What Kirkus Reviews calls “A moving, mysterious coming-of-age story,” this story of loss and renewal is sure to keep readers rooting for main character Krista from the first to the very last page.

 

Get your copy from Barnes and NobleIndieboundAmazon, or any of your local bookstores!


Sixteen-year-old Krista is still grieving the untimely death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend, Marie, moves into their home. Krista’s father has already moved on and wants Krista to do the same, but she’s not ready to resume a normal life yet. To make matters worse, her best and only remaining friend, Lyla, is heading to Maine for the summer to spend time with her grandparents.
 
Distancing herself from everyone around her, Krista spends all of her time sitting or sleeping in a tent on her roof, shoplifting just for the thrill, and obsessively watching a mysterious house, the house at 758.
 
When a fellow classmate, Jake, takes a sudden interest in her, Krista feels excited for the first time in two years, but after their first date, feelings of guilt consume her, and she ends up pushing Jake away.
 
It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista finally comes out of her shell. As her grandfather tells her stories about his past during the Holocaust, Krista learns to confront her grief and begin to let things go.


Praise for The House at 758!

 

“The portrayal of grief is authentic— grief is ultimately shared, yet often endured in isolation. Still, Krista’s journey is one of hope.”

– VOYA

 

“This was a wonderful story about life’s struggles and not only forgiving others for unfortunate mistakes, but forgiving one’s self.”

– School Library Journal

 

“This book was so beautifully written. The style is fluid and flawless.”

 Alice

 

The House at 758 is a moving and unforgettable read that will really stay with you.”

– Sarah

 

“[Berla] has created an emotionally moving piece that could have been just another sorrowful story but she manages through some uplifting character work to turn it into something heartwarming and educational by showcasing trauma through the balance of love and family. By examining tragic experiences from another’s perspective it added this whole other dimension of beauty and healing.”

 Tara

 

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