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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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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Augment

By Heather Hayden

By Government-enforced mandate, genetic augmentation and implant technology cannot coexist in the same human body. Sixteen year old Viki’s life has depended on her implants since she was five.

Now her implants are failing.

When Viki discovers that the malfunctions are due to illegal augmentation, she is determined to find those responsible. However, Agent Smith of the Search and Retrieval Bureau is also looking for the geneticists who augmented Viki, and his orders are to capture them by any means necessary–even if it requires risking Viki’s life by using her as bait.

Viki’s friend Halle, a rogue AI, is doing its best to help her search, but Halle has its own problems. Agent Smith had been closing in on the AI before being reassigned to Viki’s case, and Smith’s partner is still on the hunt. Searching for the geneticists risks exposing Halle, but Viki and her friend must find them first–they are her only chance for survival.

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

Augment ties into Heart of the Winterland because they both feature non-human best friends.

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About the Author

Heather Hayden lives in three places, sometimes simultaneously. Although her corporeal form is most often found in the beautiful state of Maine, her mind tends to wander in whatever made-up world she’s currently obsessed with, while her emotional core splits itself between loved ones, writing, and a gorgeous red sand beach she can rarely visit but which has been an inspirational place to walk on many an occasion.

Heather loves reading science fiction and fantasy. It should come to no surprise that these are also her favorite genres to write. She tends to lean toward the YA age group, since that’s her preferred reading level. She loves action, well-developed characters, and descriptions that paint a beautiful scene without distracting from the story.

When not lost in the world of words, Heather can be found hanging out with friends and family, playing computer games, and catching up on her favorite shows. Her favorite foods are pizza, onigiri, sushi, ice-cream, and – of course – chocolate.

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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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Swim Season

By Marianne Sciucco

Sometimes winning is everything.

Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin’s determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She’s got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn’t want to win anymore. She’s swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone.

But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?

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

This ties in with The Dance because of the strong females at its center. Aerin, our heroine, though just 17, has already demonstrated resilience, determination and grit in her dedication and commitment to becoming an Olympic swimmer. Her mother, Devon, has been a major influence in her life. Devon enlisted in the Army Reserve as a nurse to care for our soldiers in Afghanistan, and came home a wounded warrior with a host of issues that complicated her and Aerin’s lives. In spite of her troubles, Devon prevails.

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marianne-sciuccoI’m not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, I studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and briefly worked as a newspaper reporter in New England. To avoid poverty, I later became a nurse and write about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.

A native Bostonian who loves Cape Cod, I make my home in upstate New York. When I’m not writing, I work as a campus nurse at a community college.

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