The Candle Star

(Divided Decade Collection)

By Michelle Isenhoff

Runaways hidden in the barn, slave catchers housed in the hotel, and Emily squeezed between two very different loyalties.

After a tantrum, Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There she meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle’s barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

An American battle ties this book to the one previously featured.

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Free teaching resources related to this book are also available (links to historical documents, lesson plans, extension ideas, etc) https://michelleisenhoff.com/for-teachers

About the Author

Michelle Isenhoff writes for teens, tweens, and kids as old as 91. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. She’s also placed as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Book Awards, a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and earned multiple Readers’ Favorite 5 Star seals of approval. A former teacher and current homeschooler, Michelle has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work, which is regularly purchased for classroom use. In addition, she is the founder of the tween-focused www.Emblazoners.com website.

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Unlikely Friends

(Book 1 Unlikely Friends Series)

By Vicky Kaseorg

Alone, broke, with only the street smarts gleaned from her addict parents, sixteen-year-old Leah Grace huddled in an abandoned trailer. Now that she had escaped, how to survive? How to reach her secret and impossible dream? Comfort, answers, and healing arrive on four hooves, four paws, two flippers and a fluked tail. Join her journey where misfit friends redeem each other with a language universally known.

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

Non-human friends create one strong tie.

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About the Author

Vicky Kaseorg, describes when she first knew she would become an author: “I used to ride my horse through the neighborhood, though all the neighbors could see was a girl on a blue bicycle. My brain rarely paused in the internal narration of stories. I should have known I would either end up in an institution, or become a writer.”

Kaseorg, born in Pennsylvania in 1956, studied art and writing at Binghamton University, and became a professional artist early in her career. She went on to graduate school at USC Los Angeles where she studied Occupational Therapy. She owned her own Occupational Therapy practice for many years in NY, and with the birth of her prodigiously gifted first son, began homeschooling. She has bicycled across the USA, run a marathon, completed a biathlon, learned to ski at age 50, successfully graduated all three children from homeschool to prestigious universities, yet still feels the most difficult task she has ever had to accomplish “is living a consistent, righteous life before God and my family.”

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Angel-Lover

By RJ Conte

Chad is a reclusive teenager whose thoughts are full of loneliness and suicide. The only thing that he obsesses over more than planning his own death is the nicest, sweetest, most beautiful girl in school. As he stalks her and watches her, he learns the truth about what she believes in and, in the process, finds Someone Else he did not expect.

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

Self-harm and teen issues are two principal connections between Angel-Lover and the previously featured book.

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About the Author

RJ ConteRJ Conte, formerly Rachael Lynn Thomas, has kissed only one boy in her entire life. And she married him, inspiring her to write about sweet or powerful love stories ever since.

RJ Conte writes realistic, issue-driven fiction that explores human nature and the depths of the soul, while pointing readers to their Creator.

She operates a book review and rating website to help parents make informed decisions on what to allow their children to read. She also blogs on parenting, publishing, painting, and perorating.

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Ashlynn’s Dreams

(Devya’s Children Book 1)

By Julie C Gilbert

Twelve-year-old Jillian Blairington is just an ordinary girl — bright, brave, and sometimes a bit too headstrong for her own good. She never thought she was particularly special or different than anybody else.

She was wrong.

Everything changes the day she and her babysitter, Danielle, are kidnapped and taken to a secret scientific facility. There Jillian learns she has a new name, Ashlynn, and a strange connection to the other children at the lab. They each have powerful abilities, Gifts that Jillian doesn’t quite understand. As if that wasn’t enough to absorb, Jillian discovers she has a Gift of her own — the power to enter other people’s dreams.

Jillian’s task seems simple enough: the scientists want her to use her ability to find another Gifted child who has disappeared. But the longer Jillian stays in the facility, the more she realizes that nothing is as it seems … and everybody has secrets. Besides, the boy’s life is not the only one at stake. The scientists will stop at nothing to force Jillian’s cooperation, even if that means threatening Danielle.

Jillian knows they have to get free. But after all they’ve seen, will they ever truly escape?

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

There are several connections — including dreams.

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About the Author

Julie C GilbertJulie is a high school chemistry teacher who spends all summer writing. Her stories tend to fall in YA, YA sci-fi, sci-fi, or Christian mystery genres though on a challenge from a friend, she’s also attempted YA paranormal.

She has had the recent privilege of working with some extremely talented people: Timothy Sparvero (artist – book covers), Kristin Condon (actress – narrator for audiobooks), and Matthew Tanner (music composer for audiobooks)

She enjoys warm (not hot) weather, tea, coffee, reading, writing, teaching, and listening to books on CD.

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The Envisage

By M.M. Warren

Without early memories or a family to tell her who she is, Andelyn instinctively knows that her life is in constant flux because she is hiding from someone dangerous and impossible to identify. When strangers kidnap her, Andelyn’s only way to escape is on an abandoned boat that rushes her through a secret underground river passage leading to Meridia, a mysterious land hidden inside the earth.

Buried deep within the walls of the palace there, Andelyn discovers a legend about the Envisage: a person with the uncanny power to save or destroy Meridia with their thoughts. But why doesn’t anyone seem to know who the Envisage is, and why are they so afraid to find out?

With the unresolved mystery of who she was running from in the first place, Andelyn begins to wonder if all of this could have something to do with her. Is she hiding from this Envisage that people seem so afraid to speak of? And why?

This much is clear: sometimes you risk more than your own fate when you find out who you are, especially if what you should have feared most is what you are capable of—and especially if fear changes everything.

How does this book “tie” to the previous book listing?

The alternate world of Meridia is carefully concealed, deep underground. When Andelyn runs from strange kidnappers, she discovers a hidden river cave that leads her to this secret world of endless possibilities and powers beyond her understanding.

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About the Author

M M WarrenAfter an imaginative childhood spent drawing pictures and writing, M.M. Warren attended Brigham Young University-Hawaii, where she studied visual art and began her first book.

She loved adventure and wanted to make an impact on the world, had a feeling that she needed to do this was through words and stories. With recommendations from friends from faraway places, she pursued her Masters of Children’s Literature Degree in Australia, where she was able to learn from classic and modern tales and to fall more in love with the platform delivered to the imagination through words and pictures.

She has enjoyed work as a news writer, a teacher, a parent, an accident-prone karate student, and a hopeless victim of wanderlust.

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