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Free teaching resources related to this book are also available (links to historical documents, lesson plans, extension ideas, etc) https://michelleisenhoff.com/for-teachers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

Tales From a Revolution: South Carolina

By Lars D. H. Hedbor

A hardworking tobacco farmer in the Carolina Uplands, Justin Harris wants only to provide for his family. The outbreak of revolution turns his life upside down, and he cannot anticipate how even his seemingly most inconsequential actions will touch the lives of generations yet to come. Through crushing setbacks and hard-won victories, Justin’s perseverance serves as a gift to his descendants.

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

Justin Harris struggles with alcoholism.

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About the Author

As a reader, I’ve found that I learn far more about history through well-researched fictionalizations of events than through dry recitations of facts. We’re wired to respond to stories of fellow human beings, and as an author and in my television appearances, I seek to recount the stories of our national origins during the American Revolution, bringing to life the day-to-day concerns and struggles of the men, women and children who experienced that era not as history, but as their lives.

I relish those stories that let my readers see the hard decisions, the inhuman sacrifices, and the soaring triumphs of the human spirit that made history during the war. While much of the war was fought on the battlegrounds of places like Lexington, King’s Mountain, and Yorktown, it was won over the kitchen tables of ordinary people, both here in the colonies, and in the households of England.

Join me in this trip into the not-so-distant past, a time when great events unfolded around people not much different from you or I.

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Existence

(The Quantum Faith Effect Book 1)

By Carolyn Twede Frank

What if a book really could take you into another world?

A strange girl …
A creepy teacher …
A cool invention …
And the hardest question anyone has ever been asked.

Josh Sawyer’s big mouth usually gets him in trouble, but when his high school debate coach challenges him to prove the existence of God, Josh uses the things he learns at the feet of such amazing people as Joan of Arc, William Tyndale, and George Washington to prove his point . . . and ultimately to solve a murder.

“A fun teen book full of fascinating historical information, unlikely heroes, and nauseating villains. All of it is woven together in a way that will engage and entertain readers.” Tamara Hart Heiner, author of the Perilous series

This is a new edition of the book previously published as Literary Loom: The Big Debate.

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

Josh, also is a new kid at his high school and he too just wants to fit in. But his big mouth, and his dislike of injustice, makes him stand out and gets him into trouble. In his case, it’s in the form of a disciplinary debate match with his coach on the existence of God.

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About the Author

carolyn-twede-frankCarolyn lives in Kaysvile, Utah with her husband and teenage daughter, her other four children having fled the nest, but still live close by (thank heavens). When she’s not writing, she loves to read, garden, sew, and play with her grandson.

In 1994, she incorporated her basement sewing business, eventually moving it into a warehouse, hiring more people, and developing her unique line of puppets and educational curriculums into a full-fledged, international business. She sold the main arm of her business in 2009, retaining a small portion to bring in income while she pursued her writing career. She has been writing seriously since 2006.

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A Mighty Fortress

(Hymns of the West: Book 1)

By Faith Blum

“Stay back!” Joshua ordered. He kept his eyes on the scene below while waving his arm in Ruth’s direction. “Get deeper into the woods and stay down low to the ground.”

Joshua hazarded a glance behind him. He could no longer see Ruth and breathed a sigh of relief. In one swift move, he grabbed his rifle and lay flat to the ground. Extending the rifle, he aimed at the shorter man whose gun was pointed at Bradshaw.

Joshua and Ruth Brookings are traveling by stagecoach to finally join their parents in Montana. Attacked by murderous outlaws, the teens barely escape with their lives and must survive in the barren Wyoming and Montana territories and escape the man who’s hunting them.

Seven years ago, Jed Stuart ran away from home and joined Tom’s gang. Jed is tired of the lawlessness and wants out. The only problem? He is the boss’s right-hand man and will never be able to leave. And what’s one more stagecoach robbery, anyway?

Can Joshua lean on God’s strength to keep himself and his sister alive until they find a town? Will Jed be able to face his anger or will it consume him completely? All three are running–the hunter and hunted. What will happen when they meet?

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

A Mighty Fortress is also “a moving story of love and forgiveness.”

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About the Author

Faith BlumFaith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she’s grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, writing, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.

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Darcy By Any Other Name

by Laura Hile

At Netherfield, a glorious evening of music and dancing…

But out in the garden two men are arguing, while a ferocious rainstorm swirls round. And then the unthinkable happens: a lightning bolt from heaven strikes. In that instant everything changes.

Jane Austen’s heartthrob hero becomes the bumbling Reverend Collins.

Shorn of his fortune, his social standing, and his good looks, Mr. Darcy is trapped in Mr. Collins’ body. And Mr. Collins wakes up to discover that he is master of Pemberley. Could there be anything worse?

But the inner man is still Darcy. He is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. And now he is living in her house.

Discover the Pride and Prejudice ‘body swap’ that has readers laughing in surprise and delight.

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

The previous book, Anya and the Secrets of Cupola, is about a 200-year-old magical secret. Darcy By Any Other Name is about a magical body swap, and is based on a 200-year-old book, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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About the Author

Laura HileReaders are loving Laura Hile’s joyous Regency novels. Her signature style—intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor—keep them coming back for more. The comedy Laura comes by as a teacher. There’s never a dull moment with teen students!

Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and sons. Her fiction is for everyone, even teens.

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