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UP A Tree, With a Good Book...

Think of your young readers this way: up a tree, with a good book and worried that the sixth book in the series marks the end, because then what will he do!  All 6 Island Fiction titles are available as e-books at:  or jump to Time Swimmer by Gerald Haussman, one of my all time favorite teen titles: Or why not kick start August reading with: Night of the Indigo by Michael Holgate which won a Silver Moonbeam Medal for "Teen Spirituality" Pictured: Battle of the Labyrinth, Percy Jackson Photo credit and copyright: J. Johnson What to read when Percy Jackson comes to an end? Now young Caribbean readers have a series rich in speculative fiction sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism. Check out all 6 titles of the  Caribbean's first-ever teen series with cinematic writing that even reluctant readers will
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For "success-minded" Writers: Children's Book Insider

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ABOVE ALL, Happy Writing, JJ "Some lost their lives in their attempt to find freedom for others that didn't even look like them, but not because they loved the blacks, because they loved right….If you have a person enslaved, you have to be down there with the slave, to hold him or hold her, and that makes you bitter." Maya Aneglou

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