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At the tender age of fifteen, Lilly Bloomfield is young and naïve. When she falls in love with eighteen year old Aaron, her life seems complete. That is until Aaron has an accident and it all changes. Has Lilly lost the love of her life forever or will the unexpected leave her questioning everything. Her butterfly tattoo may be the last fluttering of love that she feels until she gets a visit from the supernatural
Buttefly Tattoo by Candace Dodd. $12.95, 188 pages paperback, young adult.
GROUNDED is the realistic portrayal of a boy who reads comic books, plays video games, vandalizes, chooses bad friends, breaks school rules, and frustrates his well-meaning parents. But GROUNDED is also not moralistic, nor is it a case study of a highly disturbed child. Instead, the main character's main challenge is to mature in a world filled with opportunities to make unwise choices--the same struggle that most young people face. GROUNDED examines Donny's decisions, but also the consequences of the decisions made by the adults around him.
Grounded by Thomas Earl Allen. $9.95, 94 pages paperback, contemporary young adult.
This chilling collection brings together 24 short stories and even a couple of haunting poems. These stories were brought together and edited by Diversion Press and are available just in time for reading on a crisp, cool evening. Beware though if you decide to read the stories alone.
After Dark: A Collection of Haunting Tales an anthology by Diversion Press, $12.95, 278 pages paperback.
Halloween has always been a special day for kids, especially when those kids ARE WITCHES! All the students at Asher School for Gifted Children are excited about the school's annual Halloween party. Everyone, that is, except for Maggie when she learns the party is being held in a haunted theater! Join magical nine year olds, Stamp and Pocky, in their second adventure full of thrills, chills, and things that go pirouette in the night! Will Stamp and Pocky meet a real ghost? Will the snotty Snodgrass twins ruin everyone's fun? And wiil the town of Maysville ever be the same after Stamp's first try at trick-or-treating? You'll be in the spirit and even believe in talking pumpkins as Stamp and Pocky kick some Halloween magic in their most bewitching tale yet!
The Halloween Spirit By Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker $9.95, 70 pages paperback, Children's.
Pocky McGuire has no idea why she is different. No one else in her family can levitate books or freeze and angry dog in his tracks. She felt alone in the world until one day she met a strange boy with a goatee. Unlike Pocky, Stamp had no doubt who he was. He was raised by witches and he was a witch. Upon meeting Stamp, Pocky hoped to befriend her magical counterpart and learn a few tricks of the trade. Stamp, however, wanted no part of anything or anyone mortal, including Pocky. Will it take magic to bring these two kindred spirits together? The real magic of Broomsticks is not about the witchcraft! It is about the magic found in a special friendship and the magic of being yourself!
Broomsticks By Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker$9.95, 66Pages, paperback, Children's,
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For Halloween 1959, Mike and Timmy try to trick their cousins, Alice and Rose. The trick is on them when a homeless man and their nine-year-old neighbor team up to give them a Halloween scare that they will never forget.
Halloween Kentucky Style By Charles Suddeth, 64 Pages, Paper, Childrens, $9.95.
There was a time, before TV, computers, and Gameboys, when kids in their pajamas would curl up on the floor on a Saturday morning in front of the radio, a cup of hot chocolate in hand, listening spellbound to shows like Let's Pretend. A time when parents were parents and not play date arrangers, taxi drivers, or pals. Kids were expected to find their own entertainment, respect their elders, and enjoy their childhood.
Author Linda Loegel and her sister, Donna, grew up in the early 1940s. War may have been ravaging the rest of the world, but in the small peaceful town of Springfield, Vermont, on a little street called Rita Street, they enjoyed life to the fullest. Although it was a time of black-out curtains, ration books, and air raid alerts, the girls were too busy trying to get each other in trouble to pay much attention to world affairs. And when a feisty little black girl from the Bronx was added to the mix as part of the New York Herald Tribune Fresh Air Fund, everyone learned something about acceptance.
If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut is about the values, love and laughter of one family in one moment of time past. Readers over 55 will be able to relate to the book because it will call up precious memories of their own childhood. Younger readers will be introduced to a much simpler way of life, before television, computers and cell phones.
Ellabug is a simple story about non-traditional families that follows Ella, a small but strongly willed young ladybug, as she begins to question her identity. Raised in a family made up of different animals, Ellabug desires ‘normality’ and uniformity which she finds in a family of ants whom she meets in the garden. Ella decides to escape the craziness in her own home by joining the ants. They, however, have a very different life and Ella is surprised when they work endlessly. Ella fears she has lost her parents forever and she quickly grows to appreciate her quirky family. Just when all seems lost, Ella’s parents call to her and they are reunited. All ends happily. Ella has learned that each family is unique in their own way.
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Ellabug, $12.95, 40 pages, Diversion Press Children's Books, paperback, by Gregory Turner-Rahman-ISBN: 978-1-935290-09-4
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On Christmas Eve, Jan Brooks and her brothers, Matt and Willie, stumble through a portal in time and find themselves transported back to 1747, Colonial Virginia. They meet a ghost who has been haunting their house for well over 260 years. Adventure and danger await the children as they try to reunite the earthbound spirit with the son she once banished – but they only have until midnight to accomplish this mission. If they don’t bring James Danbury back to the Inn before the deadline, the children may be trapped forever in the past. An authentic cast of characters and an historical setting depict the diversity and complexity of Colonial America in the era before the Revolutionary War. As the plot twists, readers can expect some surprises!
Far Corners by Kathleen Bullock
Paperback, 180 pages, $12.95
Ona Kartanas has lived through extraordinary circumstances. Born in Lithuania during World War I she was orphaned at an early age and struggled to find her way in life. She experienced the Soviet and Nazi occupations of Lithuania during World War II, was interrogated at gunpoint on more than one occasion, lived in displaced persons camps in Germany after the war, and immigrated to Colombia, South America. Eventually she and her family immigrated to the United States. This book offers a series of prose vignettes that chronicle her story of loss, war, displacement, poverty, and struggle. Ona's life highlights the strength of the human spirit and the human capacity to not only survive, but to triumph.
One Woman's Life by Irena Praitis
History, Non-Fiction, $17.95
Perfect Bound/Paperback, 230 pages
I Can Make Out with Any Girl Here is the story of Donny Blake's first semester at Kulhman University. Donny spends his first semester doing the typical college student activities--partying, picking up girls, and some studying. When the bank starts giving Donny free money and his French teacher expresses interest in him, Donny comes to the realization "I can make out with any girl here". A must read for those entering college, current students, or those just wanting to remember what it was like.
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I Can Make Out with Any Girl Here by Ryan Nemeth
“The well-researched German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass is a welcome addition to the growing canon of World War II studies on German prisoners of war incarcerated in the United States. The chapter on Nazi/Anti-Nazi conflicts is of particular value because this subject has received so little attention. Few Americans know that their government executed fourteen German POWs for murdering fellow prisoners. Even less has been written about short-handed camp commanders who allowed ardent Nazi prisoners to threaten and physically maim progressive fellow prisoners, all in the name of order,” Dr. Lewis Carlson, Ph.D., author of We Were Each Other's Prisoners: An Oral History Of World War II American And German Prisoners Of War.
Thompson's work describes the story of Kentucky's housing of nearly 10,000 German prisoners of war during World War II. Who knew that while American boys were away at war, the enemy was housed right in our own backyards. Learn how these men lived, played, worked, and even helped the labor starved home front in Kentucky counties.
German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass: Housing German Prisoners of War in Kentucky, 1942-1946 by Antonio Thompson, $24.95, 324 pages paperback, including photos, index, and notes.
ISBN-10: 1935290002 ISBN-13: 978-1935290001
There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of your precious baby. An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food is a great resource for those looking for an easy, healthy, and cost effective way to feed their baby. The book is written to get straight to the point with easy instructions on preparing baby food along with some lessons learned from one mom to the next. The book enables the reader to feel educated on the subject without interfering with a new parent's precious "I should be napping time."
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An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food by Adrianne Hunter
Evan Falcon was all set to finish high school in Elbow Creek when his dad’s job forces the family to move to Lincoln Heights, a booming metropolis. Now, his best friend won’t even talk to him and he is about to uncover an explosive family secret. Caught between who he used to be and the possibility of who he could become, Evan is thrown into a world of dating, out of control parties and family drama.
Advance praise for Urban Falcon:
“[Caloyeras’s] portrait of Evan Falcon -- self-esteem on low, camera at hand -- is informed by its mordant humor, a bittersweet assessment of first love, and a savvy look at contemporary high school dynamics. This is Caloyeras’s first novel -- and it’s an outstanding debut.”- Glen Huser, author of Touch of the Clown
“Funny, sad, wonderfully written, and always on-the-money authentic. If there’s a Hall of Fame for great fictional teenage characters, Evan Falcon should be inducted immediately.”-David A. Poulsen, author of Numbers
"Caloyeras's pure and honest storytelling charsm you into a world of family secrets, new friends and first loves. Witty and highly amusing, this is a rich and poignant novel." -Lizabeth Zindel, author of Girl of the Moment
Urban Falcon by Jennifer Caloyeras, $12.95, 232 pages, paperback,Diversion Press Young Adult
Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse (Diversion Press, distributed by Ingram, $9.95; Publication Date July 5, 2009) combines the work of an array of first time published and seasoned poets. This collection is for a general readership and includes the winners from the Diversion Press annual poetry contest. There is something for everyone in this anthology.
Within the 136 pages of the anthology you will find poems from over 40 poets including the five winners of the 2008 Diversion Press Poetry contest: 1st “Richard” by Steven Levi, 2nd “The Shepherd Protects” by Deborah Finkelstein, and 3rd “Answering a Call from an Unknown Caller” by Allison Wilkins. Our two honorable mention poems went to “For the Love of the Game” by Erika K. Lueker-Tarango and “Miss America” by Kristen McHenry. Meanderings purposefully does not have a table of contents in the hopes that readers will meander through the entire book.
An interview with our poets featured in Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse can be found on the Diversion Press blog The DP Blog
Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse, $9.95, 136 pages paperback.
ISBN-10: 1935290029 ISBN-13: 978-1935290025
People Poetry is the second poetry collection published by Diversion Press, following up on the success of the first anthology, Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse. People Poetry includes over sixty poems by over sixty different poets. You will find writing by the beginner poet as well as the seasoned writer. I bet you won't be able to tell which is which! This collection is by People, for People, and sometimes about People. It's People Poetry!
People Poetry, $9.95, 88 pages, paperback.
Peter De Stio is a fallen star litigator, his marriage, family, and partnership in a premiere Long Island law firm long gone, settling uneasily into a quiet post-rehab life until scandal erupts thrusting him back into a world he thought he had left forever. Fake deed have been filed and mortgages taken on a former client's properties. Millions of dollars are missing, and conspirators are turning up dead. The only lead is Peter's signature and notary stamp, which appear on the forged documents. His solitude shattered, he must defend himself against accusations of murder and fraud, a disbarment proceeding and a civil suit. His new life threatened, he is reluctantly forced to rely on old skills and the help a network of young lawyers, the old friends and clients still willing to talk to him and twin toddler nephews to find the truth about who he is, and the path to redemption.
Notary Public Enemy by Tony IovinoMystery, Suspsense, Thriller, Fiction
260 pages, paper, $14.95
In the Shadow of the Big Apple is the story of Kenny, a mischievous boy growing up in an Italian neighborhood in 1950s New Jersey. Summers in the sweltering tenements, where sewer-gas laden breezes carried with them a reminder of the proximity to Caputo’s Fish Market, drive Kenny to seek escape to summer camp, complete with swarming bats in the dorm, a snapping turtle in the zero-visibility swimming pool, and burned-out counselors. On one of their many trips to The Big Apple, Kenny and his cousins sneak into a movie theater, only to find that it’s a 3D movie. The cousins fare no better during the family’s zero-income summer vacation on the Jersey Shore, when they “borrow” a boat, only to find that it is porous.
Readers will be amazed at the amount of trouble young Kenny can manage to get into as he learns important life lessons. Older readers will be able to relate many of the stories to times of their own youth. Author Tom Piantanida breathes life to this era as only one who lived in New Jersey at that time could.
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In the Shadow of the Big Apple by Tom Piantanida. $12.95, 170 pages, Diversion Press Young Adult, paperback