Motor City Justice by Tony Aued
This is book 3 in the local Detroit Murder Mystery series with Detective Frederickson and his SIU team working to uncover a suspected drug cartel operating out of the Eastern Market. Because of the ever present drug trade and recent International terrorists activity, the FBI, along with city officials, increased presence at all border crossings. The bureau confirmed that death threats were uncovered to the SIU team, but Frederickson and his group didn't want special protection, a very foolish move. Questions lingered, unless they captured individuals responsible, there might never be any real Motor City Justice.
shoo g-er by Joanna Krenk
“shoo g-er” begins with the sudden death of Joanna’s father. Her story continues with additional life altering events including high-risk pregnancies, her sister's murder and health challenges. A journey peppered with death, celebration, life change and a miracle combine to create a sweet journey of faith. Drizzled with humor and heartbreak, “shoo g-er” is sure to satisfy.
Stories from Room 114 by Lisa Fiema and Amanda McDole
Join Lisa and Amanda as they document the five years that were spent in the bleak, destitute city of Highland Park, Michigan; a city surrounded by Detroit. Experience their unique experience working hard to bring a strong education to economically disadvantaged children. Different paths brought Lisa and Amanda to B.E.S.T. Academy, but it was the students who taught them why they work in urban education and brought life lessons that will be carried forever.
Lillie and Hamlet Meet Their Special Friends by Jeffrey Schoenherr
Lillie and Hamlet find a baby rabbit that has no ears, That's what made him special.
Feisty After 45 by Lynn Cobb
Humorous and inspirational blog posts from 45 of the best midlife bloggers - including one from Royal Oak, Michigan - offer proof that tumbling over the far side of 45 is worth the journey. This anthology includes poignant stories about aging, care-giving, and how to celebrate Mother's Day after the children are grown and far away. These feisty females will encourage you to keep your chins up and your reading glasses handy!
Montana Wild by Roni Hall
Spiraling downward after losing two loved ones within one week, Jamie's world was crashing down...till she grabs an unexpected lifeline and escapes. Knowing only New York City, Montana is another world and she is unprepared by how the land, the people, and even the animals touch her. After risking her life to save a child, Jamie shares an undeniable bond and the beginning ripples of deep emotions with her co-rescuer, Kevin. Her newfound paradise is shattered when her past follows her to Montana and threatens all that she loves there. Jamie has no choice but to hurt Kevin in order to save his life.
A Christmas to Remember by Andy Bartnowak
A Christmas to Remember is a heartwarming, coming of age story about Danny Ryan, who is beginning to have his doubts about the existence of Santa Clause.
The Lost Revolution by Tom Ulicny
In 1881, an old diary is found on the shelves of an antiquities shop in Victorian London. Hired to translate it is Julian North, a young file clerk for the London Times. He spends weeks poring over the brittle pages, uncovering the story of an ill-fated idealist, an epic sea battle and an abandoned army lost in the Egyptian desert. But, hidden within a puzzling code, the diary holds secrets. A mysterious visitor and a night of violence soon reveal just how dangerous those secrets are--to Julian and to the world. From a safe but aimless existence, Julian is pulled into a fire-storm as grand causes clash around him on the world stage. It's a game of high stakes where, not only Julian's fate but the fate of nations, hang in the balance.
Wanda & Winky by Linda McLean
This poetic work tells the story of Wanda and Winky, two Asian elephants who were captured and taken from their families as babies. They were sold by animal dealers to a zoo and to a circus. They came together at the Detroit Zoo in 1999 and in 2005, they were sent to live out their days at the ARK 2000 Elephant Sanctuary in San Andreas, CA.
Included are: the backstories of Wanda and Winky, elephants facts, and resources for further research.
Michigan Women Who Made a Difference by Aimee Ergas
Michigan Women Who Made a Difference shares the stories and accomplishments of more than 120 Jewish women from Detroit and SE Michigan whose passion, dedication and innovation helped to shape and enrich our communities. The legacies of these pioneering heroines, whether familiar names or newly discovered, remind us of obstacles confronted, opportunities seized and paths opened for the future. Their inspiring stories and the lessons gained from their contributions continue to reverberate today! The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan’s Michigan Women Who Made a Difference project seeks to revive, discover and share the names of our community foremothers. Your gift to the MWWMD Fund will help us further our research and documentation. Publication of this book was made possible, in part, by grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation.
Karma the Elephant by Mindy Tache
Let Karma & Friends inspire your family with lessons of kindness and compassion. Karma the Elephant is a fun and creative way to set up a reward system for the young ones in your life. Each book includes a soft plush toy. However, this elephant isn't just an ordinary stuffed toy! He is a wise elephant with an important job of keeping a watchful eye on the children. Karma's story will be a welcome addition to your home and a clever way of promoting positive behavior while creating opportunities for conversation with the whole family!
Murder in Greektown by Tony Aued
Detective Don Frederickson's fast track to retirement was derailed when the 911 call came into the station with a teacher missing from the Detroit school parking lot. Well loved teacher, Tommy Dansforth was missing and blood was found along his car. Once the detective became embroiled in the case, the new District Attorney demanded to be involved. Frederickson wondered how this could get much worse, when he found out the connection to a Murder in Greektown.
More Things in Heaven & Earth by E.A. Comiskey
For years, Simone Fitzgerald has battled to live a normal life, despite the multitude of voices she constantly hears. It seems she's succeeding, when an angel appears and asks her to embrace her ability to hear what other humans can't and stand as a prophet. When demon forces mobilize the creatures of legend against mankind, and the wrath of The Creator burns hot against creation, this average mom must find the strength to embrace the light and bring peace to the universe before she's crushed under the weight of the burden she's been asked to bear.
The Baker's Men by Donald Levin
Easter, 2009. The nation is still reeling from the previous year’s financial crisis. Ferndale Police detective Martin Preuss is spending a quiet evening with his son Toby when he’s called out to investigate a savage after-hours shooting at a bakery in his suburban Detroit community. Was it a random burglary gone bad? A cold-blooded execution linked to Detroit’s drug trade? Most frightening of all, is there a terrorist connection with the Iraqi War vets who work at the store? Struggling with these questions, frustrated by the dizzying uncertainties of the case, and hindered by the treachery of his own colleagues who scheme against him, Preuss is drawn into a whirlwind of greed, violence, and revenge that spans generations across metropolitan Detroit.
Druids of the Faerie by Lewis Gazoul
Remaining steadfast to their quest to bring peace to the One Land, the Druid Baytel and his varied companions are tested against unexpected forces as well as horrific flying goblins dispatched by Baytel’s twin brother, Prince Ravek.
Meanwhile, the master Tree Faerie, Yar, is being hunted by these horrific creatures and Baytel’s grandfather, Calidor, pursues the creatures into the uncharted eastern lands where a struggle of might and magic could tear the One Land apart.
Dread and treachery stalk Baytel and his allies. A massive army led by a traitor member of the Citadel threatens to ruin Baytel’s courageous efforts. And the land itself trembles anxiously.
Yet with the growing realization that Baytel is a descendant of a legendary magical sect of warriors, the fiefdoms and kingdoms of the north unite to follow him through the blistering cold winter months toward his homeland, the castle that now throbs with evil.
As Baytel learns to reconcile anxiety with determination, wariness with trust, and impulse with wisdom, he and his companions and allies push tensely toward an all-out battle with the powerful dominating forces assembled by his father and brother.
Saving Aiden by Kristin Monda
Tess was beautiful, flawless. For centuries she and the others lived among mortals. Watching, protecting, battling with unfortunate with the fate that interfered with their purpose. They possessed the ability to love. A pure love for every living creature. Anything more would risk disrupting a path, creating a ripple effect that would change the course of countless lives. They gathered to restore. To cleanse themselves from all unnecessary emotion. It was a distraction that prevented them from completing their tasks. Failure to restore would cause them to age and death would come quickly with no way to return. Test witnessed mortal love. She wanted to feel it for herself. She wanted Aiden.
The Fun Adventures of Matilda Molly & Jayden by Debra Lawrence
Meet Matilda and Molly who are referred to as the "Double Trouble Sisters" by their dad. They use their imaginations to explore with the help of Jayden, Matilda's best friend. The three explorers follow a treasure map through the castle into the Black Forest past animals, quicksand, and then into a dark cave. For reading ages 7 to 10, grades second to fifth grade level.
Halle Weenie by Amiee Entwistle
Halle Weenie is a story about a beautiful sweet toothed witch who dreams of having green icky teeth. She will go as far as to take candy from a sweet little boy named Eliot. But when Halle realizes the error of her ways, she repays Eliot with a special gift for all the candy she ate and promotes healthy eating for all little ones. Start a new Halloween tradition with your family. Enjoy the magic of the Halle Weenie book and decorative bucket that will bring excitement to your house every Halloween.
The Missing Loved Ones by TNae Wilcox
Determined to make her mark in speculative fiction, TNae Wilcox assembled a novella-length
collection of short and short, short stories that are entertaining, and humorous at times.The
compilation includes tales of dark magic, ignored warnings, and clockwork creatures.
Free Will by Diane Plopa
What if, upon the moment of your death, you learned that Free Will wasn't just some religious rhetoric to guilt you into doing "what's right" while you were alive? What if the concept of Free Will was everlasting? What would you think if someone told you that you had to spend seven days in Heaven on a visitor's pass. Then, you had to spend seven days in Hell on a visitor's pass. And then, you were expected to CHOOSE where you were going to spend the rest of eternity? Where would your Free Will lead you? This is a story about Raychel, her death, and her discovery that Free Will isn't just rhetoric - it's real and it has eternal implications.
Fascinating Animals from A to Z by Lisa Cairn Santoro
Fascinating Animals from A to Z is a children's picture book featuring the perfect mix of common and not so common animals. This book can be read two different ways. For small children or for a quick bedtime story, you can rhyme your way through the alphabet while admiring the strikingly beautiful animals. For older children, the book provides unique facts about each animal in a short, easy to read paragraph.
The Color of Rain by Gina and Michael Spehn
This NY Times Bestselling book and Hallmark Original movie tells the story of a real life Brady Bunch family from Rochester, Michigan who learns what it means to endure the unthinkable and still open your heart to what is next.
In The Context of Love by Linda Sienkiewicz
Is it ever too late to leave your past—and the secrets that haunt you—behind?
Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With her two children in tow, she leaves her felon husband and begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held, that time before the disappearance of her first love, and the shattering revelation that derailed her life and divided her parents. Only when she finally learns to accept the violence of her beginning can she be open to life again, and maybe to a second chance at love.
Sister Issues by Cynthia Harrison
Cher and Ariel and half-sisters with ten years between them and a grudge just as wide. Ariel is a wild child who always has a new plan to mess with Cher's peaceful life and when Ariel tries to take half Cher's inheritance, things will never be the same between these very different sisters.
Don't Let the Cat Out of the Bag by Clay Boura
Grown-ups sure do say some confusing things sometimes! How can you have a chip on your shoulder when there are no snacks anywhere around? Without a license or car, how is it possible to drive someone up the wall? And could you really break a camels back with a thin piece of straw? The Leave it to Beamer series explores the wide world of English Idioms. And we'll even Go Out on a Limb to say that you will enjoy these stories Until the Cows Come Home! So grab a Leave it to Beamer story today. You'll be Left in Stitches and fall Head Over Heels in no time!
V is for Vegetable by Heather Sisto
Come take a walk down the vegetable aisle with photographer and storyteller Heather Sisto. Her creative approach to the classic ABC's will have your child asking for a second helping of veggies while learning new vocabulary and enjoying the playful rhymes. Fun for all ages!
Malcolm Mows the Lawn by Renee Prewitt
Malcolm volunteers to do a chore—mowing the lawn—to earn enough money to buy a new boxcar for his train. Join Malcolm as his new chore takes him on a great adventure where he becomes a hero! Who knew that doing chores to help Mom and Dad could be so exciting?
Michigan's Most Haunted by Sandy Lyons
Over 25 first-hand accounts of unexplained events from eight Michigan properties including the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak. All business are open to the public allowing everyone to experience these places for themselves. Go ahead-have dinner at a haunted restaurant (Holly Hotel in Holly, MI), stay at a haunted B&B (Sweet Dreams Inn in Bay Port, MI), look for the ghost ship on Lake Michigan-If you dare.
A Widow's Guide to Healing by Kristin Meekhof and James Windell
When Kristin Meekhof lost her husband to cancer, she discovered what all widows learn: the moment you lose your partner, you must make crucial decisions that will impact the rest of your life. But where do you begin? This inspiring book shows grieving widows what to expect and how to deal with the challenges of losing a life partner. From immediate issues like finances, estates and medical bills to long-term hurdles such as single parenthood, being a widow in the workplace and navigating social situations by yourself, this book guides widows through the tumultuous and painful first five years to a more hopeful future.
PARALLEL UNIVERSE by Dick Cruger
PARALLEL UNIVERSE is a collaboration between a Detroit artist and a Tokyo artist.
Photographs of Detroit scenes are matched to photographs of Tokyo scenes. Robots
populating Detroit, Skeletons--Tokyo.
Voices Across the Lakes by Anita Pinson
What is weevily wheat? What is the drinkin' gourd? Why do we still remember the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald? In this picture book, author and music teacher Anita Pinson weaves together original stories with authentic songs to highlight moments that helped define the Great Lakes states.
The Widow and the Rock Star - J. Thomas-Like
Vivienne Stark, a writer and military widow, has spent almost two decades of her life avoiding having a life. When she writes a bestseller, she is thrust into the limelight she never wanted. To complicate matters, an embezzler has wiped out the charitable foundation she created to help the families of fallen soldiers. Will Foster, the lead singer of world famous band Static Neverland, considers himself to be a regular guy in the right place at the right time. Surrounded only by fame seekers and gold diggers, Will’s been hurt too many times to trust women. Little does he know, a chance introduction to Vivienne Stark will change his mind completely. A not-so-typical set up leads to two people finding the love they never knew waited for them. But can they maneuver through the past hurts and current challenges to make their relationship last?
Danser - Greg Jolley
Off the coast of a South American resort, Bill Danser quietly surrenders to the mindless chaos created by too much Tanqueray. As he sits alone on a small boat and burns everything he has written, he toasts to the future; his decision is made. A short time later, from inside an airplane, Bill watches the buildings of la Diana slowly fade away, along with his past. Determined to find sobriety, purpose, and love in America, Danser embarks on a road trip across the country in an old Jeep with oversized tires.
A Rare Gem - Deanna Kahler
It isn't always easy to just be yourself. Princess Towonga is sad. She feels different than the other children and wants to be just like them. But one day something changes. The princess must perform a very special job. Can a friend, a mouse, and a magic gem help her discover how important she really is? "A Rare Gem" helps teach youngsters that it's okay to be different and that every person is unique and special in their own way.
The Kwame Sutra by M.L. Elrick
Dogs I Have Known: Brooklyn Dogs by Eric Keller
The characters—dogs and people—and their stories from my early days in Brooklyn have been a rich source for my drawings. Among the many portraits of dogs I have known posted on the dogsihaveknown.com, this collection focuses on the dogs of Brooklyn.
From the Walls of my Cave by Carl Virgilio
Words and language patterns are basic forces of creation. They articulate our reality and define our agreements. In this superb collection of contemporary eclecticism, this author's attempt to capture and portray the human condition has been fulfilled to near perfection.
Who's Jim Hines? By Jean Alicia Elster
Who’s Jim Hines? is a story based on real events about Douglas Ford Jr., a twelve-year-old African American boy growing up in Detroit in the 1930s. Doug’s father owns the Douglas Ford Wood Company, and Doug usually helps his dad around the scrap wood yard located in the side lot next to their house. But after Doug loses his school textbooks one day he is faced with the prospect of paying for new books and must join his father in the backbreaking work of delivering wood throughout the city and suburbs. Doug, who knows all of his father’s delivery drivers, takes this opportunity to unravel the mystery of a man named Jim Hines whom he always hears about but has never seen. In discovering Hines’s identity, Doug also learns much about the realities of racism in Depression-era Detroit.
Back in the Game by Joanne Gerstner and Jerrrey Kutcher
Back in the Game: Why Concussion Doesn't Have to End Your Athletic Career does not dwell on perpetuating fears but, rather, provides the most up-to-date understanding of concussion in youth sports. This is a real-world discussion of what science and medicine know, what parents and coaches of the 40 million children who play sports in the U.S. need to understand about concussion, evaluation and treatment, and what possible post-concussive issues exist.
The expertise and experiences of noted sports neurologist Jeffrey S. Kutcher, MD (U.S. Olympic team, U of Michigan Athletics, NBA), along with reporting and interviews by award-winning sports journalist Joanne C. Gerstner (NY Times, Detroit News, ESPN, USA Today), make this book a timely, relevant, and real discussion about concussions in youth sports. Athletes and professional coaches who have participated in the formation of this book include two-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player Kate Markgraf, former NHL/Team Canada head coach Andy Murray, champion X-Games snowboarder Ellery Hollingsworth, along with an array of youth parents, coaches, and athletes from across the country.
Reichold Street by R.L. Herron
REICHOLD STREET is a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is a coming-of-age story set in a working-class American neighborhood in the turbulent 1960's Vietnam era. The Patton family arrives on Reichold Street and step-son Albert Parker brings with him the emotional scars of early parental loss and all the aggressive attitude an abusive stepfather can create. It's a fast-paced, powerful story about family dysfunction, friendship, love, loss and the remarkable redemption of war. Kirkus Reviews says: "...the characters are bold, the plot twists surprising, and the point - that we never fully know a person or his story...heartbreakingly clear...Skillfully written and emotionally charged."
Perceived Threat by Elisa Koopmans
In Washington, DC, reality aside, perceptions alone lead to murder . . .
Author and speaker Annalisa Vermeer has a radical message for her listeners with potentially far-reaching effects. As she advocates for fewer laws, no lobbyists or political parties, and respect for constituents’ opinions, she attracts the attention of powerful enemies in DC . . . some who would prefer to see her dead. Amid a mounting string of verbal and possible physical attacks, Annalisa fears for her safety, but refuses to back down from her advocacy. Her continuing push for her cause pushes someone to the brink and they try to kill her, which commences an investigation by Metro Police Detectives Quinn Thomas and Catalonia Garza.
As the detectives wade through potential suspects, their list only gets longer. Could the culprit be Representative Sylvia Rossman, a firm adherent of political parties and influential PACs, or her loyal legal advisor David Hawkins? Or Pennsylvania Senator Sid Dobbins, a staunch politician entrenched in the status quo and determined not to lose one iota of power? When a person caught up in another attempt on Annalisa’s life ends up dead, the evidence does not lead to the murderer . . . until an innocuous comment proves to be just the clue to crack the case.
Finding Candence by Joanne Huspek
The Reeds seem to have it all: an enduring marriage, wealth and social standing, a thriving business, and talented pianist son attending a West Coast conservatory. But an accident on an icy Michigan highway leaves Cadence Reed an unexpected widow. After the funeral, Cadie learns her loss is not limited to Carter’s passing. Layer after layer of secrets are revealed, exposing Carter as a philandering sociopath who has left his family in a precarious financial state. Her heart broken, her world in shambles, Cadie and her son embark on a journey, across the country and into Cadie’s past. Cadence must look deep inside herself to find the will and a means to survive.
FINDING CADENCE explores deception and depression, the intricate and tentative bond of relationships, and one woman’s determination to overcome pride and adversity to find the strength to carry on.
Portraits in Motion John Sobczak
Having photographed many dancers and dance companies over the past decade, I knew I wanted to do a series that would allow me the opportunity to photograph many, varied styles of dance and yet do so in a cohesive manner. With this in mind, I asked dancer Lisa LaMarre,
who I work with often, into the studio. We experimented with different backgrounds and props until we found something we liked: a gray background generic enough not to take away from the dancers but also portable for those images where it was easier for me to travel to the dancers’ studio. We played with different props but the box seemed to offer the most opportunities for the dancers. They could pose on it, in it, next to it, hold it in front of them or even throw it down.
Those dancers invited to participate were told only about the box. What they chose to wear, how they would pose and with whom was up to them. The only caveat is the box, had to be in the image somewhere. Therein was the creative challenge for the dancers, and their success is evident with every image in this book.
La Bastarda by K.M. Guerin
Doña Constanza Enríquez de Castilla may be the daughter of a claimant to the throne, but she will never be a princess. The product of her father's dalliance with a young French girl, she has never been welcome in the eyes of his wife and legitimate heirs, who see her as a threat to the safety of their inheritance and a thief of their father's love. Lonely and kept on hand as a servant, Constanza grows up right in the middle of one of the most turbulent times of a monarchy: the beginning of a dynasty. While she worries for her beloved father's physical and emotional health and tries in vain to avoid the wrath of his queen, she finds herself making friends and falling in love, but how will she deal with the highs and lows that come with such relationships - and how will she come to terms with the greatest betrayal she could have never imagined? In the royal court, the games of Fate mean anyone can rise or fall at the royal will; does Constanza really want to play, or is she content to simply remain LA BASTARDA?
When The Dead Come Calling by Exie Smith
When The Dead Come Calling, I go into detail as never before about ghosts, spirits, shadow people, orbs and vortices. I finally believe in messages I am receiving and am finding the courage to help educate people about the paranormal. I strive to achieve a balance within myself while helping others find honest intelligent answers and peace in their world.
Say Please Amanda Louise by Whitney Pytlowany
What do you do when you ACHOO or BURP loudly? Amanda Louise certainly doesn’t know. Through delightful rhyme and engaging illustrations, help your preschooler, like Amanda Louise, learn how manners are an important aspect of daily life.
The Story of Q by Marion Chard
Doves Migration Linda Daly
The Doves Collect Series continues with book 3, Doves Migration: A spell-binding tale of Post Civil War and the tribulations that a ravaged nation faces while rebuilding a new life after the casualties of war. After a brief recap of the past, we are whisked into shocking events, the result of unthinkable passion, greed, deception and indiscretions that engulf the lives of this rich cast of characters which is certain to effect the next generation. One might think the nation had seen enough blood shed. Unfortunately, the death of an innocent man and the attempt of a cover up spiral out of control, and the lives of nearly everyone in the Honeycut, Carmidy, Myles and Sterling families are changed forever.
Olivia Ocelot Comes to the Rescue by Anne Jantz
Olivia Ocelot lives in the Rainforest in Costa Rica with a lot of other very interesting animals. They all know she is the one to come to if they have a problem, because Olivia Ocelot cares about her friends, and she is a very good detective. In this episode, a bird, Penelope Oropendola, comes to Olivia Ocelot for help. Penelope and her friends have a big problem. Olivia goes out and visits a lot of her neighbors, and asks them all for advice. When she gets an answer, she helps Penelope and her community solve their problem. Olivia Ocelot has come to the rescue, and she is very happy. Next, she is summoned by the dangerous and powerful Jason Jaguar, King of the Rainforest. She goes to see him with great fear and trembling, and the story comes to a happy ending. Olivia Ocelot is very, very happy. Adventurous, exciting, educational, and filled with Nature's wonders, "Olivia Ocelot Comes to the Rescue" captures the enchantment of the Rainforest, and the tropical beauty of Costa Rica. Olivia's story emphasizes the power of a community, and celebrates the friendships between some very unique animals.
Late Bloomer by Jan Coppola Bills
There are times in a gardener's life when what we want to do and what we can do are at odds. Our knees and backs may be complaining, our energy isn’t what it was – yet our desire to get our hands in the dirt is as strong as ever. Or maybe we’ve downsized to a much smaller outdoor space that doesn’t look promising at all. What to do? In Late Bloomer, garden designer Jan Coppola Bills shows us how to successfully rethink our approach to gardening as we age. The author is a second-half-of-life gardener who helps her many friends and clients achieve easy care, low cost, eco-friendly, simple and beautiful gardens. It’s all about maintaining a joyful, healthful connection with the soil – but without the toil. Late Bloomer is part garden philosophy and part on-the-ground strategies and tips from the author and expert gardeners across the U.S. With color photos on almost every page, this inviting and practical book is organized around the four tenets of the Late Bloomer philosophy: Simplicity. Beauty and Harmony. Comfort and Ease. Relaxation and Letting Go.
Crypto Capers Mystery of the Circus for Hire
The Assignment: The Circus for Hire is a whirlwind of an adventure where the Crypto-Capers travel to Russia to save Max and Mia’s parents, Mitchem and Martha Holmes, from going to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. Finding themselves caught up in a scandal that is beyond their control, they use their skills and talents to try to outsmart the most notorious criminal of all time, but can they do that without sacrificing one of their own? Lies become intermixed with truth, yet, with the help of a new ally, the Crypto-Capers find themselves ahead of the game, but will they find the ending they’re looking for? Puzzles of varying degree of difficulty challenge the reader in this award-winning interactive mystery series.
MI History Nightmares Lynne Smyles
Unlike most kids, Katie's nightmares don't end when she wakes up. Lately her bad dreams have sent her to places other Michigan kids only learn about in books. For Katie and her friends, including the mysterious new kid, Zach, Michigan history is about to get real once again. This time the gang is sent back in time to explore Michigan's Native American cultures: Ancient Hopewellian mound builders, Ojibwas, Ottawas, and Hurons. The kids are fascinated, but the magical pen with the power to send them home isn't cooperating. Meanwhile they're cold, hungry, and tired, and Katie has a sneaking suspicion there's a wolf in their midst.
Dot to Dot by Greg Jolley
Cameraman Pierce Danser has not seen his best friend and famous actor, Ryan Dot, in several weeks. When movie executives order Pierce to find the missing actor, he has no choice but to begin his fourth game of dot to Dot. Unfortunately this time, he may be in way over his head.
Pierce has no idea if Dot has disappeared voluntarily or if he has been kidnapped. Assisted by an assortment of odd characters, Pierce follows a trail of clues that lead him from Hollywood to the wheat farms of Michigan as the misplaced cinematographer searches for his often beguiling and quixotic best friend. Amid a series of miscues and misadventures, murder and mayhem, and laughter and discovery, Pierce soon realizes that his quest to find Dot is becoming more arduous than he ever imagined.
In this colorful and adventuresome mystery, a movie cameraman embarks on a search for his famous best friend where he must trust his instincts to find the answers and, more importantly, the truth.
Jack's Hot Dog by Michael Ripinski
Jack's Hot Dog is a tale of murder, mystery, redemption and surprise. Two teenage boys are involved in a series of events during the summer 1967 that relate to unsolved crimes in their old working class, north Toledo neighborhood. A cast of colorful characters are brought together many years later at a funeral to relive memories and put the pieces together to solve the one remaining mystery form the fateful summer.
You will meet Bart, Vince, Annie, Wizzer and the gang as the story unfolds and " All the debts are paid ".
The Colored Car by Jean Alicia Elster
In The Colored Car (2014 Michigan Notable Book, 2014 Midwest Book Award in Children’s Fiction, Honor Book – 2014 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People), Jean Alicia Elster, author of the award-winning Who’s Jim Hines?, follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit. In the hot summer of 1937, twelve-year-old Patsy takes care of her three younger sisters and helps her mother put up fresh fruits and vegetables in the family’s summer kitchen, adjacent to the wood yard that her father, Douglas Ford, owns. Times are tough, and Patsy’s mother, May Ford, helps neighborhood families by sharing the food that she preserves. But May’s decision to take a break from canning to take her daughters for a visit to their grandmother’s home in Clarksville, Tennessee, sets in motion a series of events that prove to be life-changing for Patsy.
You might think you know which ladybug will win the race, but this wordless story has a surprising twist! Hundreds of ladybugs—red, orange, brown, yellow, and black—race across the pages of this book, each one hoping to be the first to cross the finish line! It’s harder than you might think. Will the winner be the fastest? Or the kindest? Maybe there will be more than one winner. What does it mean to win, anyway?
Normal Life Laura Solomon
"We are only as sick as our secrets" explains Laura Solomon. She's survived rape, infidelity and abuse and come out happier than she imagined. In this wise and witty book, Solomon convinces us that there is no such thing as a 'normal' life.
Down to Earth Vegan Cooking by Susan Kline
A compilation of 300 delicious and time-honored recipes for the food everyone loves, only veganized. So many classic dishes we grew up eating and loving may seem inaccessible for those following a vegan lifestyle. These recipes will show you how simple and satisfying meat-free food can be. I’ll introduce you to alternatives and healthier swaps for flavors that not only resemble, but maybe even surpass the originals. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, the recipes in this cookbook will dispel the myth that vegan food is limited and unappetizing. My mission is to get you into the kitchen and cook up some healthier, interesting meals. If you are transitioning to a more plant-based diet, or are already vegan, the recipes in Down To Earth Vegan Cooking will be a welcomed addition to your meal planning. I’ve also included my favorite quotes and environmental tips throughout the book, which makes this a fun and informative read as well.
Tired of Being Ordinary Allen William
There are five frogs on a log. One decides to jump off. How many are left? If you responded with four, you’re wrong. The correct answer is five, because remember—deciding isn’t doing. If you are tired of being ordinary, it’s time to stop thinking about changing your life and start actively pursuing a changed life. And this is just the guide to get you moving. Comprised of fifty-two weekly lessons that all open with a joke or riddle and close with a movie suggestion, this book makes the difficult journey of becoming extraordinary a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.
Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body
Written with humor and heart, Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body is a playful, empowering, and healing approach to accessbile yoga. It is the first comprehensive guide to adaptive yoga on the market and is designed for all ages and abilities with clear instructions and hundreds of photos. It is ideal for individuals with MS, and neuromuscular conditions, anybody with movement challenges, individuals seeking a gentle practice, caregivers of people with movement challenges, individuals new to yoga, experienced yogis who desire a home reference, yoga instructors seeking to learn how to adapt yoga for their students. In addition to breathing techniques, readers learn how to warm up, tune up, and loosen up from head to toe. Variations are provided to seventy one traditional yoga poses. Standing poses are presented with adaptations seated in a chair or lying down on a mat. Likewise, traditional seated poses that are commonly practiced on the mat are adapted so that individuals receive similar benefits when they are practiced in a chair. Yoga sequences in the book can be paired with videos that are available at yogamovesms.org. Readers gain a new sense of SELF, and hope for their future well being.
Escape From Plasic Prison by Benn Perry
Not only is Escape From the Plastic Prison "A Practical Guide to Getting YOURSELF Out of Debt," it is an indictment of the credit card industry in general and its collection and counseling operatives specifically. In unrelenting fashion the author makes a no-holds-barred run at an industry that was once considered benevolent and concerned for the welfare of its debtor clients; pulling few punches as he paints detailed pictures of the shadiest characters involved.
Have You Ever Heard A Goldfish Burp? by Jeff Whitcher
A collection of poems for young and old readers alike, "I Dreamt I was a Waffle" bubbles over with delightfully silly imagery and whimsical, rhythmic rhymes to entertain the eyes and ears and tickle the imagination. This collection of delightfully offbeat and silly poems and drawings from the mind of Jeff Whitcher will engage and entertain kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.
Love & Vodka by R.J. Fox
Bobby is over the moon after sharing a bike on the E.T. ride at Universal Studios with Katya. Join our “intrepid crusader” as he takes a leap of faith—traveling from the comforts of suburban Detroit to Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, the former center of Cold War Soviet missile production. And unbeknownst to anyone but himself, he’s bringing an engagement ring! Experience life in a city that, until the mid-1980s, was closed to foreign visitors. R.J. Fox’s humorous, poignant, and memorable expedition is punctuated by a colorful cast of characters, adventures, and cultural mishaps and misunderstandings—from irate babushka women to hard-drinking uncles. Lesser mortals might have “phoned home” to be rescued. Armchair travelers and romantics—you will find yourself both schooled in hard knocks and heartened to have shared in the unforgettable experience of Love & Vodka! “Love & Vodka” is a unique hybrid of travel memoir and love story that seamlessly blends outlandish humor, cultural insight and a steady stream of romance. Anyone who has traveled abroad or is considering traveling will certainly connect to this book. The same can be said for anyone who is experiencing new love or pining for a love of their own. “
Tiananmen West by Jenny Deason Copeland
Tiananmen West is a non-fiction work of investigative jounrnalism that shares the discoveries of the author on the topic of the subtitle: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. After decades of research the author is prepared to share the findings in time to have the movie made to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of that tragedy, May 4, 2020. Being both a psychologist and a trained researchist have helped uncover some shocking discoveries. In one tantilizing part of the story, a Nixon confession to his guilt was found in his autobiography. This work is most fittingly describe as conspiracy research. There are enough theories out there already.
Maybe mermaids and robots are lonely. Maybe stargazing dinosaurs escape extinction, and 80s icons share their secrets and scams. A boardwalk Elvis impersonator declines in a Graceland of his own, Bigfoot works as a temp, families fall apart and come back together. This wild and vibrant collection of explorer's tales will take you from fabulist faraway worlds to Great Recession realism in a single breath.
The Old Lady in the Shoe
Maybe mermaids and robots are lonely. Maybe stargazing dinosaurs escape extinction, and 80s icons share their secrets and scams. A boardwalk Elvis impersonator declines in a Graceland of his own, Bigfoot works as a temp, families fall apart and come back together. This wild and vibrant collection of explorer's tales will take you from fabulist faraway worlds to Great Recession realism in a single breath.
"Hear me. I am Katrina!" Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans with a vengeance, tossing teen Essence and her little sister, Char into a murky gumbo of death and destruction. They are bused to Houston, forced to leave their grandmother, Mimmi and their skinny poodle, George behind. Once there they meet Grace and her family. They are placed in a posh, private school, and the welcome is not friendly. Together they stumble forward, trying to answer so many questions. Where are Mimmi and George? Who is the mysterious man with the trumpet? And where is Mama? Will they ever return to their beloved Big Easy on the gulf? And why do the girls of St. Catherine's hate them so? If you loved the classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," this is the book for you. "Turbulence" is the companion play for kids to produce.
hamlet and the white owl
A vast garden -- ageless, mysterious and watchful -- surrounds the Hamlet, a peaceful and diverse community of animals beset by fearful threats. Clever, strong and merciless, the enemies of the Hamlet determine on punishment and conquest. With courage and ingenuity, the Hamlet attempts to defend itself, but it is not enough. Though the garden's awesome power lies outside their understanding, the creatures in the Hamlet turn to it for relief from terror. Animal lovers and garden enthusiasts will find their passions in "The Hamlet and the White Owl." The book is appropriate from readers from ten years and up.