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Middle-Grade Treasures - Book Promotion for Young Readers (April 25 - May 25, 2020)

Sixteen middle-grade authors - some among them bestsellers and award-winners - have come together to offer you a fantastic selection of books at reduced price.

The Middle-Grade Treasures book promotion runs from April 25 to May 25, 2020.

Discover these amazing middle-grade treasures that will bring joy and hours of entertainment to your young ones during these times of self-isolation.

Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon: Eternal Light Saga (Bringer of Light Book 1)

by Justin M Sloan

$0.99 / Kindle Unlimited

Her Mother’s Missing. More than one friend will betray her. Good thing this new girl in school has a magic necklace. Allie is your typical, soccer-playing teenager at a new school, until a strange necklace gives her abilities beyond her wildest dreams. When she refuses to let bullies have their way at school, she gains a new friend and new enemies. Daniel was a nerd who hoped to get in good with the new kid, but when the magic of Allie’s necklace teleports him with her and puts both of their lives in danger, he isn’t so sure. To Allie’s horror, it’s confirmed that her mom went missing while deployed with the military overseas, and that Allie’s magic necklace is the key to rescuing her. Daniel and Allie will stop at nothing to find her mom, stop a fallen angel who’s taken control of a friend, and save the world. Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon is a MG urban fantasy/ supernatural thriller that features fast-paced action, myths, and the birth of a legend. Author Justin Sloan is obsessed with Harry Potter and believes Hermione was the true hero, and it shows in the first book of his new series.

Annalynn the Canadian Spy: Terrible Tissues (AtCS Book 1) by Shawn P. B. Robinson


Ten-year-old Annalynn has just been hired as a spy. Two men and two women break into Annalynn's home and steal a box of tissues, literally from under their noses. No one can imagine why someone would do such a thing, but Annalynn has been put on the case. Her country needs her, but does she have what it takes? Laugh your way through the adventure of a lifetime as Annalynn embarks on her new life as a Canadian Spy!

Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall (The Alien Skill Series, Book 1) by Rae Knightly

$0.99 / Kindle Unlimited

A BOY WITH AN ALIEN POWER. “The thing is, it wasn’t meteors that fell into the woods that night. It was alien spacecraft.” When UFOs crash near a peaceful town, the media are led to believe it was fallen meteors. Government agents rush in to cover up the event dubbed The Cosmic Fall. But they weren't counting on Ben Archer being a witness. Nor were they expecting a lone survivor of the crash: an alien man called Mesmo. Thus begins a hunt to capture the boy and the alien, as, among the agents, hides Mesmo’s treacherous enemy who quietly spurs on the investigation. And although the destinies of boy and alien become inextricably linked, one question hovers above their unlikely friendship: why did the aliens come to Earth in the first place? The Alien Skill Series is a science-fiction adventure story for fans of Percy Jackson and A Wrinkle in Time. The young-at-heart will revel in this family-friendly, action-packed series filled with alien powers, engaging characters, shapeshifters and a riveting 'alien' hunt.

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019 Silver Medal Winner - Author Academy Awards 2019 Finalist.

Dragon's Future (Dragon Courage Book 1) by Kandi J Wyatt


What would you give to soar with dragons?

Every child of Woolpren dreams of being a dragon rider, but few are chosen. Twins Ruskya & Duskya are selected as children to join this elite group, leaving their home and all that is familiar to train for their new lives.

Fast forward fifteen years--dragons are becoming extinct and riders are rare. When Ruskya learns of a plot that could destroy the remaining dragon population, he and his friends must fight for their dragons' future.

Join Ruskya on his quest of courage and friendship in this young YA series being hailed as a thrilling ride.

“Ever ridden a dragon? You’re about to, so hold on tight! Dragon’s Future is quite the ride!” ~ Ridley Pearson, author of Peter and the Starcatchers

Scratching the Surface: Generation Mars, Prelude by Douglas D. Meredith

$2.99 / Kindle Unlimited

Featured in Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids from The Planetary Society Generation Mars is hard science fiction, scaled for kids. Following sisters Cas and Ori, the series explores the nature of life for the first children born on Mars. In this introduction to the series, the sisters have their first experience with the surface of Mars, a milestone that turns out to be bigger than anyone expected. Future books will address fundamental issues of survival on Mars: air, shelter, water, food, etc. The series strives for scientific accuracy while telling the very human stories of children growing up in an environment unlike any that children have grown up in before. From the back cover: One day, in the near future, children will be born on Mars. The environment they grow up in will be very different from yours. And yet, they will be children, just like you. They will have dreams and worries, just like you. They will go to school; they will play; they will cry; they will laugh: in so many ways, just like you. But their sky won’t be blue. They will never see an ocean. They will never go to an amusement park or go camping in a forest. They will never hear the sound of rain. Instead, they will have blue sunsets. They might camp on the tallest volcano or in the deepest canyon in the solar system. They will ride in rovers and rockets. They will walk through rocky red landscapes that have changed little in billions of years. They will be part of the development of an entirely new branch of human existence. First among these children of Mars is Cas. She and her sister, Ori, live underground as protection against the radiation that reaches the surface of Mars. They have never seen the surface of their planet. Until now.

I Told You So!: The Adventures of William and Thomas by Mark Gunning


Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, And Then It Happened, Jerry the Squirrel, and Stick Cat books, Mark Gunning’s hilarious new series I Told You So is definitely here to entertain. In The Adventures of William and Thomas, Book 1 of the I Told You So series~from Canadian author Mark Gunning~two best friends find themselves frequently on the wrong side of awesome plans! Follow the boys as they take you on a hilarious journey of adventures, stunts, and pranks. Follow the boys as they get things stuck in trees, encounter angry killer bees, feed chili to Harry (a dog), create a monster in the basement, build a gigantic ramp, and make it snow in the summertime. Lost baseballs, angry bees, extra spicy chili, basement monsters, a massive ramp, and broken bones. Enjoy the adventures of short stories as they are sure to entertain children and parents. What more could you want? Oh, another book in the series!

Misadventures of a Magician's Son by Laurie Smollett Kutscera

$10.99 (paperback)

Twelve-year-old Alex was taught illusion by the best. Misadventures of a Magician's Son tells the story of Alexander Finn's personal journey dealing with the death of his father, a celebrated magician, and the extraordinary gift he left behind. Uprooted from his childhood home for the seemingly hokey town of Orchard, Maine, Alex refuses to unpack and wants nothing to do with his new surroundings. But when he discovers an unusual deck of animated cards tucked in the back of his father's old desk, things begin to unravel and Alex's true adventure begins.

"Readers who choose the book anticipating a dose of magical encounters will not be disappointed, while those who like interpersonal relationships, intrigue, and growth as subplots in their stories will find Misadventures of a Magician's Son holds an action-packed touch of all three to keep readers guessing about Alex's future and incredible adventure, right up to the end." —D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Simply West of Heaven: A Ginnie West Adventure (Ginnie West Adventures Book 3) by Monique Bucheger

$0.99 / Kindle Unlimited

When her dad confiscates her deceased mom’s journals, 12-year-old Ginnie West counts on her BFF, Tillie, to help her get them back. But Tillie's not so sure the ghost of Ginnie's mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. Then the girls' world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Life gets complicated when Ginnie is forced to choose between helping her best friend and getting the answers she’s always dreamed of.

Be forewarned: this book is hard to put down! I really enjoyed another trip to the West farm, watching the family work through the problems in their lives with a healthy dose of humor.This book has a great blend of fun antics with more meaningful issues, like loyalty and family. It's one of those books that both entertains and leaves you pondering life with a determination to be a better person in your own sphere. I highly recommend it to kids and adults alike! 5 Stars

The Beat on Ruby's Street (The Beat Street Series Book 1) by Jenna Zark


The last thing eleven-year-old Ruby Tabeata expected to happen on her way to a Jack Kerouac reading was to be hauled to the police station. It’s 1958 and Ruby is the opposite of a 1950s stereotype: fierce, funny and strong willed, she is only just starting to chart her course in a family of Beat Generation artists in Greenwich Village, New York. Ruby dreams of meeting famous poets while becoming one herself; instead, she’s accused of trying to steal fruit from a local vendor and is forced to live in a children’s home. In this inspiring coming of age story Ruby struggles to return to family and friends, and she learns her only choice is to follow her heart. Join Ruby on her journey as she finds unexpected friendships, the courage to rebel against unjust authority and the healing power of art in this unique historical middle grade novel by Jenna Zark.

Gold Category Winner for the Wishing Shelf Award and Finalist in the 2019 Minnesota Author Project!

The Book of Chaos (Starfell 1) by Jessica Renwick


When a strange book lands in Fable Nuthatch’s lap and her cousin disappears into its pages, she follows, hurtling into an enchanted forest far from the rolling hills of her home. This is a land filled with strange people, magic and more danger than Fable has ever dreamed of. She must battle for not only a way home, but for the lives of those she loves most. With the help of her peculiar new friends, Fable must learn to trust in herself or risk losing her cousin forever. Can she save him before it’s too late?

Winner of the 2019 Book Excellence Award for Children's Fiction and the 2019 Children's Literary Classics for Middle Grade General, The Book of Chaos has been described as a true jewel among children's books!

The Dream Keeper (The Dream Keeper Chronicles Book 1) by Mikey Brooks

$0.99 / Kindle Unlimited

Dreams: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME. When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?

The Magicians' Convention by Elena Paige

$2.99 / Kindle Unlimited

A secret convention. A magical hat. Will he unravel the clues in time to save his grandpa? Twelve-year-old Toby is plunged into a world of magic when he wakes up to find his grandpa has been kidnapped by a talking panther. Following the clues left behind Toby finds himself at the 999th Magicians’ Convention. Filled with mages, illusionists, and foes at every turn, Toby and his newfound friends, Thatch and Wesa, must find an ancient magical hat before an evil magician gets his hands on it first. Failing will mean the death of those they love and create a dangerous divide in the world of magic. Come on a magical adventure to discover The Magicians’ Convention, a middle-grade novel that will entertain and delight even the most reluctant of readers.

The Sally Squad: Pals to the Rescue by Tricia L. McDonald $3.99 / Kindle Unlimited

When Sally hears voices in the airplane cargo area, she is annoyed that the trip to meet her new family is interrupted by nonsense chatter.What the mini bull terrier doesn’t realize is a mysterious creature is lurking in the dark watching and waiting for just the right moment to snatch one of Sally’s travel companions. Who will it be? And why? After Sally meets her new furry family, The Sally Squad find themselves entangled in rescue after rescue. First up—a grumpy short-tailed cat named Orangey who is on his way to being a “goner.”Along their many adventures, The Sally Squad meets curious and exciting friends. But how can a crown-wearing toad king and directional dragonflies be of help against real danger?And what about the terrifying man with the gun?

Twins of Orion: The Book of Keys (Volume 1) by J. Rose


Abandoned as infants, twins Peter and Rory have never known a real family. While Peter wants nothing more than to escape his abusive adoptive father, Rory struggles to not get kicked out of her twelfth foster home since she was separated from Peter seven years ago. All that changes when magical birds appear offering to help them reunite . . . and return them to the home they never knew. But fate is cruel. They arrive on the planet Inara, on opposing sides of a brutal war. It is up to them to uncover the real enemy if they ever want to see each other again. Unsure of who to trust in a strange world of magic, hidden cities, and dragons, the twins must now face their childhood fears to stop an immortal being from escaping and continuing his dark mission.

“Reuniting on Inara will take determination and cunning, and it will be a journey neither will soon forget.” – Booklist “A complex, tightly plotted series opener that should enchant audiences.” – Kirkus Reviews

Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales by Sarah Northwood & Julia E. Clements

$2.99 / Kindle Unlimited

Step into a world of enchanted forests and magical creatures, where every page takes the reader on a wondrous journey. Incredible realms await, with unicorns, fairies, mermaids, and dragons, and so much more. Together with beautiful illustrations, this collection of short stories and poems will capture the hearts of children of all ages and transport them on a magical adventure. A fairy stuck in a wishing well. A mermaid who can’t swim. A girl who doesn’t know she’s a witch. A mystical portal that leads to another land. These are just some of the enchanting tales that will spark every child’s imagination.

Zoo by Ann Hunter


Can an autistic girl with no words talk a tiger out of revenge? "I hear her whisper under her breath that everything will be all right. I want to believe her, but I know she’s wrong. Things haven’t been all right at Braveland Zoo for a very long time." --Ariella Braveland Zoo is desperately in need of new leadership. The few workers that haven't abandoned it are coming together to bring the rundown place back to life. There is hope on the horizon until their tiger, Shagakhan, is discovered missing, and it's only a matter of time before animals are found dead in their cages. Shagakhan is on the prowl, and the new zoo keepers are on the menu. Perhaps the only person who might be able to talk him out of revenge is an autistic girl who can't speak. Can Shagakhan be contained before all is lost? Fans of Jurassic Park and Jumanji will ROAR for award-nominated Zoo.

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