Zoo II: A James Patterson Thriller

Throw away your cell phones and euthanize your chihuahua for Earth is ensnared in a global epidemic. For about two decades the world community has been battling Human-Animal Conflict (HAC) where animal behavior has gone amok. Wild and domestic animals are attacking innocent people. The theory accepted by the scientific community explains that the phenomenon is…

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A Creepy Anthology of Horror Tales

Ricket Row is an anthology of creepy horror tales by Elyse Salpeter, the author of The Mannequins.  A few of the short stories read more like outlines while others were well developed short stories with satisfying endings. Many of the stories included zombies, vampires, and ghosts—welcomed fare for creepy tales…

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Book Blast: 2016 Books by SCBWI Authors

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCWBI) is holding its annual six-week Book Blast promotion that started October 10 and will continue until November 18, 2016. Book Blast highlights traditionally and independently published books on individual author pages. Picture books for young children, chapter books for older readers,…

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Modern Day Slavery

Think the slave trade stopped with the Civil War? Petra knows better. Petra, a beautiful Hispanic girl, just finished a snack with her friend at the Pizza Parlour. When the companions separated, Petra headed home to finish her homework. When she was about to cross the street, powerful hands grabbed,…

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The Beautiful Monster Series

Jeanne Bannon is the author of The Beautiful Monster Series. She says, “I’ve always loved to read about vampires, especially the Vampire Lestat books by Anne Rice. Another of my favorites is Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. My aim for Beautiful Monster was to remain true to the folklore and…

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A Brief History of YA Literature

As a teacher fresh out of grad school and subbing for the Los Angeles Unified School District, I began reading YA fiction to uncover gems to motivate my students. I initially discovered Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly. Published in 1942 and considered the first book explicitly written for teens, Daly’s…

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