Magian High

By Lia London

MAGIAN HIGH ~ where the bullies fly and throw fire balls.

Kincaid Riley, a senior at Magian High, just wants to bring people together ~ smart kids, athletic kids, and magic kids. When his lobbying efforts to desegregate the town’s schools finds success, he stands ready to help transfers from other schools in the district. He’s sure the bullying Punkers will settle down and stop harassing the new students soon. He’s wrong.

Amity Griffin is in line to be valedictorian at Wiser High, the high school noted for academic brilliance. When the district scrambles her plans and forces her to attend Magian High, she is furious … until she meets Kincaid and discovers there are more ways than one to be smart. In fact, kids will have to get over all kinds of prejudices and preconceptions about people who are different if they are going to save the school — and their lives!

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

An accused main character creates a novel tie.

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About the Author

Lia LondonLia London was born in southern Oregon and raised as a military brat in North Carolina and Scotland before returning to Oregon. She attended Western Oregon University and earned degrees in Language Arts Education and the Performing Arts. Upon graduation, she served for 18 months as a missionary in Guatemala, teaching cholera prevention, literacy, and gospel messages. She worked as a high school teacher and ESL instructor for college students for a few years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

London currently home schools her two teens, plays the organ at her church, and volunteers in her community. She also is the founder and chief administrator of a network called Clean Indie Reads, an organization of over 2500 authors, illustrators, and marketing specialists who work in the independent publishing industry.

She loves milk chocolate, extra-cheesy pizza and cuddling with her cute dog to watch old movies and TV shows from the 50s and 60s.

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A New Witch in Town (Maybe Two)

(A Modern Tale about the Witches of Springsville Book 1)

By Dani Corlee

♥ a light-hearted story suitable for all audiences ♥

Kimberly wants nothing more than to begin a new life with her four-year-old daughter. What begins as a fresh start quickly becomes something Kimberly could never have imagined.

Becoming a witch was never part of the plan. Kimberly is soon hailed a Queen, but why that happened and how she deals with it is only the beginning of her adventure.

Fearing for not only herself but her daughter, Kimberly struggles with fighting destiny and not fulfilling a prophecy laid out long before she and her daughter were born.

Can this duo of new witches come to terms with what has happened or will all be lost and their destiny not reach its full potential?

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

It ties in loosely with the previously featured book because of addictions. Lucille, one of my main characters, is a chewing gum addict.

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About the Author

My name is Daniela but my family has always called me Dani.

I was born and live in Italy, on the sunny Italian Riviera not far from the French border and from Pisa and Milan.

Just like one of my main characters, I have a lovely daughter named Aurora and I believe in magic!

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Heart of the Winterland

By Kristen Kooistra

The Princess
On her 200th birthday, the enchantment that holds Princess Calisandra in a state of apathy breaks. Full of questions about her kingdom’s history and what lies outside the borders of her snow-cursed kingdom, she leaves home in search of answers.

The Sorceress
Fate has always been against Amee. Orphaned as a baby, she grew up with darkness snuffing out what little light she could find in her life. When her spirit breaks, she sequesters herself in the border forest. Powerful and angry, she waits …

The Guardian
An orb formed to protect Cali, Voice has never had a purpose beyond caring for the princess’s needs. But as she joins Cali on her journey and the spell that confined her breaks, she starts to wonder about her place in the world.

The Captain
Captain Kota, in forced exile from her homeland, swears that never again will she be powerless. Ascending the ranks of the Shayal guard, her latest mission is to find the one who has escaped Duke Bludgaard.

The Fugitive
A desperate search has brought Angel far from her home, but now Captain Kota’s relentless pursuit keeps her from her task. When she crosses paths with a naïve princess and a sage orb, she finds more than she anticipated.

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

Princess Calisandra is the crown princess of her world like Princess Lily from The Firethorn Crown.

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About the Author

Kristen Kooistra fell in love with reading at a young age and never resurfaced. She loved solving mysteries, riding across the prairie, and sailing on the open sea. But her favorite books were those that held the fantastical. So when the time came for her to seriously approach publishing a book, it had to be fantasy!

Living in Michigan (her own winterland) with her husband, three kids, and two cats, she has lots of free time … Okay, so more like she squeezes in writing time late at night when only the cats are awake to pester her.

Tucked into a quiet countryside, Kristen spends most of her time being Mommy. She loves spending time with her family and hopes that her writing will entertain and inspire them as well.

Besides writing, Kristen enjoys reading (of course!), chatting with her writer’s group, sewing, swimming, gardening, and cooking (please no baking!). She also loves doing just about everything with her kids and has come to realize that life is a lot more fun when you see it through the eyes of a child.

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Leandra’s Enchanted Flute

(Tales of Finian Jahndra Book 1)

By Katy Huth Jones

Fourteen-year-old flutist Lee Ann Graves is a survivor–she has beaten cancer. But her greatest battle is yet to come.

The Carolina wren who has sung outside her window during the long weeks of chemotherapy reveals himself as Songcatcher. He knows Lee Ann’s real name is Leandra, and he transports her and her flute to a magical world that is dying because of a growing world-wide “canker.”

Leandra is restored to health and her flute transformed by what magic is left in the world. But as she searches for the source of the canker, the malignant forces take their toll, not only on the land, but on Leandra’s physical and mental well-being.

With the help of Songcatcher, other bird friends, and a very human prince, Leandra must find a way to heal the land she has learned to love before it is too late.

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

Leandra’s Enchanted Flute and Daniel the Draw-er both have ordinary objects that turn magical and talking animal friends.

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About the Author

Katy Huth JonesKaty Huth Jones grew up in a family where creative juices overflowed and made puddles to splash in. When not writing stories of hope and light in dark places, Katy plays piccolo and flute in a regional symphony.

She lives with her husband Keith in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Their two sons, whom she homeschooled, have flown the nest and live creative lives of their own.

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Daniel the Draw-er

By S. J. Henderson

“This is no ordinary pencil,” says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel’s bed. “It’s magic.”

Everything Daniel draws with his pencil–flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo–comes to life. It’s pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) friend Annie.

Come along with Daniel and his fantastic creatures on this fun-for-the-whole-family journey as he discovers that friendship is the greatest magic of all.

Daniel’s magic was intended for children ages 6 to 106. The book contains no pictures.

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

Daniel the Draw-er hangs out with superheroes, like his friend Super AmazingPants. A superhero dog would be pretty cool!

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About the Author

S J HendersonWhen S. J. was little, she enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with her friends. Of course they were ridiculous, and, of course, she was supposed to be doing Math homework instead. However, those old stories lit the spark for sharing words with others. S. J. still avoids Math homework and hopes you like her books more than fractions and decimals.

S. J. lives with her husband and four boys on a farm in The Middle of Nowhere, Michigan. Their family belongs to two dogs, one bored cat, and three horses. Most of S. J.’s free time is spent in the saddle, because she feels more comfortable there than on her own feet.

She could live entirely off of pumpkin spice lattes and movie theater popcorn. The same Florence + the Machine CD has been on repeat in her minivan for two years; she’s afraid that, if she dares to take it out, even the van will forget what a CD is.

Her favorite books usually come in sets: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Twilight. S. J. believes you should read what brings your imagination to life, so if you haven’t found it yet, keep reading!

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