Featured Books

King Me! by Marianna Monica

“It’s not enough to like a superhero; sometimes you have to be a superhero.”
Life couldn’t be better for ten-year old Ryan King. He spends his days playing video games, riding his bike, or snuggled close to his dad as they follow the adventures of their favorite comic book superheroes, The Inhumans. Ryan and Dad are a team, and Ryan is sure they can overcome anything, as long as they stay together. Then one day Dad gets a troubling phone call and nothing will ever be the same.
Ryan is placed in the care of an unfriendly aunt he never knew. New school, new friends, and a new foe—how will Ryan cope with so many new challenges at once? Ryan looks to his hero, Black Bolt, the silent King of the Inhumans, for strength—but will his comic book hero come to the rescue when real life bullies threaten Ryan and his friends? And where is Dad when Ryan needs him most?
Reflecting the riches to rags tradition of classic children’s literature, King Me! chronicles one boy’s journey to discover his voice and become the real life hero everyone needs.

About the Author:

Marianne Modica teaches early childhood education at University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA. Her new, middle-grade novel, King Me!, launched in the summer of 2016. It shows the power of stories to shape our lives and the importance of using our voices to stand up to bullying. Her young adult novel, The R Word, explores race relations among teens and has been used as a text in college classrooms. Marianne has also authored an academic text, Race Among Friends, along with several journal articles about race in education.

King Me! may be purchased through the following venues: 

The Clock Tower by Sharon Hajj

The Clock Tower is a whimsical middle-grade fantasy. 

Zula Blackburn can’t decide what he wants to do. He is too busy riding his bike or listening to music to worry about his future. His twin sister, Mala, on the other hand, always seems to know what she wants in life thanks to seeing the signs from her faeries. 

Since Zula isn’t ready to face the upcoming festival where he and his sister must declare their field of study, they decide to take a walk for Zula to clear his head. Unfortunately, their lives change when their dreams are stolen by Chancellor Warsa’s evil clock tower. 

With bravery and determination, they each embark on a journey of discovery. The clock is ticking and they must work together if they are to withstand the coming darkness and preserve their way of life.

For more about this author, visit her website at www.sharonhajj.com!

The Clock Tower and other work by Sharon Hajj may be purchased from Towne Book Center & Café, Collegeville, PA.   

First, Last, and Always by Kim Lehman

CHARLOTTE Hubbard dreams about falling in love on a daily basis, but she's long rejected the idea that someone would ever be interested in an overweight, unappealing girl like her; an opinion that is shared by her way more popular and attractive sister who seems to enjoy pointing out Charlotte's flaws as much as possible.

AND . . .

Then there's MILES Fiester, who thinks that making the basketball team is as impossible as getting the girl he's liked since grade school to notice him. He'd have more luck getting his deadbeat dad to visit him for a day. But, in the first few weeks of high school, Charlotte and Miles come to discover that life is unpredictable, love happens when you least expect it, and there's always a first for everything.

For more about this author, visit her website: https://www.kimlehman.net

First, Last, and Always and other works by Kim Lehman may be purchased through: 

Grand Parenting: Creating and Keeping a Lasting Legacy by Dottie and Roger Small

"If you’re a grandparent, if you know a grandparent, or if you simply want to encourage a grandparent, you won’t want to put this book down until you’ve absorbed its practical insight and inspirational message. Regardless of your family background, Roger & Dottie will encourage you as they describe the instrumental role grandparents can play in reconciling and strengthening families. Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in for an unforgettable journey into the realm of grandparenting. It is a grand season of life!"-Amazon

For more information about the authors, check out their blog and Facebook page. 

Grandparenting: Creating & Keeping a Lasting Legacy can be purchased through Amazon: http://a.co/2DNdyZj 

Finding the Genetic Cause and Therapy for ADHD, Autism, and 22q by David Moskowitz 

Three couples form a neighborhood drug company.  The company never had an office, an employee, a telephone number or a piece of stationary.  Yet, they were able to conduct a successful clinical trial sell the company for commercialization of the drug.  

 For more information about the book and its author, check out the website: transformativegenetics.com

Finding the Genetic Cause and Therapy for ADHD, Autism, and 22q may be purchased through the following venues: 
Barnes and Noble


Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender by Rae Theodore

Leaving Normal is a literary memoir that takes an unflinching, humorous and sometimes heartbreaking look at living as a masculine-centered woman, or butch, in a pink/blue, boy-girl, M/F world. It's a story for anyone who has ever felt different, especially those living in the gender margins without a rule book. In 2016, Leaving Normal was shortlisted for an award for creative nonfiction by the Golden Crown Literary Society.

About the Author:
Rae is the current president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Women's National Book Association, a nonprofit that brings together women and men from different segments of the book world.passionate about the world of books.

Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender is available for purchase through AmazonYou may also follow Rae on her blog, The Flannel Files

Almond, Eyeless by Karen Meadows

The people who attended the For the Love of Books event at Steel City got a real treat and a preview of Almond, Eyeless due out this spring from Groundhog Poetry Press.

In this book, Meadows explores the complex interaction between internal and external landscapes and the powerful influence of context on experience. Through rich sound and unexpected imagery, her work confronts how the self is compromised by society, gender and relationships, yet maintains the persistent, often desperate need to be understood by another. Though bound to the serried themes of boredom, guilt and misunderstanding, her poems seek to show readers the beauty that resides within our own vulnerabilities and starvations.

About the Author:

Meadows earned a Masters in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University where she studied independently with RHW Dillard. Her work has appeared in The Hollins Critic and Blackbird. She lives in Phoenixville with her husband, son, and two dogs.

The Life Unexpected: An Anthology of Stories and Poems created by sixteen writers from the Philadelphia area

"The Life Unexpected: An Anthology of Stories and Poems, created by sixteen writers from the Philadelphia area, offers diverse perspectives and experiences of women’s lives as told through fiction, memoir and poetry. In this compact collection, life’s surprises and revelations along the journey of ‘the life unexpected’ are revealed, offering a new way of looking at the world. The book contains 10 beautiful black and white photographs that enhance the prose and poetry. Two Philadelphia-area writing groups, the Women’s Writing Circle and Just Write, collaborated on The Life Unexpected (Lucky Stars Publishing). Proceeds benefit the Women’s National Book Association, a nonprofit promoting reading, and Women’s Writing Circle, a support and critique group for women writers." -Susan Weidener 

The Life Unexpected is available for purchase on Amazon
Patty Kline-Capaldo and Ginger Murphy, contributors to The Life Unexpected

Susan Weidener, contributor to The Life Unexpected


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