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Leaving Kent State Leaving Kent State

Leaving Kent State

Leaving Kent State

 

Leaving Kent State

by Sabrina Fedel

Moombeam Gold medalist; Mother’s Choice Award Gold medalist; LitPick 5-Star Review Award winner; Finalist in the 2018 Literary Classics Book Awards

A young adult novel revealing the modern relevance of the first school shooting in the US, at Kent State University in 1970, by the National Guard

On May 4, 1970, the campus of Kent State University became the final turning point in Americans’ tolerance for the Vietnam War, as National Guardsmen opened fire on unarmed student protestors, killing four and wounding nine. It was one of the first true school shootings in our nation’s history. A new young adult novel, Leaving Kent State (Harvard Square Editions), by debut author Sabrina Fedel, brings to life America’s political and social turmoil as it ushered in the new decade of the 1970s. Throughout the harsh winter of 1969-1970, Kent, Ohio, became a microcosm of the growing unrest that threatened the very nature of democracy.

Told from the viewpoint of seventeen-year-old Rachel Morelli, Leaving Kent State explores themes of the day that are strikingly similar to our own: terrorism, war, racial injustice, and gender inequality. As Rachel struggles to convince her dad that she should go to Pratt University in New York to pursue her dream of becoming an artist, Kent slips ever further off of its axis, in step with the growing discord across the nation. Caught between her love for her next door neighbor, Evan, a boy who has just returned from Vietnam, and her desire to escape Kent, Rachel must navigate a changing world to pursue her dreams.

“While our nation has largely forgotten what happened on May 4, 1970,” says the author, “it was a defining moment for the way in which Americans consider involvement in war. While popular sentiment initially blamed the students for the massacre, it became clear in the years immediately following that something had gone terribly wrong in our democracy for American troops to have opened fire on unarmed college students. In our own protest laden present, the shootings at Kent State remain a valuable lesson in the escalation of force during peaceful citizen protests.”

Leaving Kent State


by Sabrina Fedel
Release date: November 11, 2016
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-24-0

Praise for Leaving Kent State

“This story of an important and shocking moment in United States history is a solid addition to libraries and has a wide appeal.”

School Library Journal

“A love story that engagingly merges themes of art and anger.”

Kirkus

“The historical elements were intertwined with a love story, one so classic and swoon-worthy that you can’t help but become invested.”

LitPick 5-Star Review

“The writing here is strong, with evocative prose that gives us a great sense of time and place.”

Book Pipeline

“The simmering love of Rachel, a budding artist, for Evan, a maimed Vietnam vet, explodes beneath the thunderclouds of political tumult and student rebellion. You savor every sentence, but, knowing where it’s heading, you can’t turn the pages fast enough. Kent State is a spot-on historical drama and one visceral, thrilling debut!”

—Tony Abbott, award winning author of Firegirl

“A poignant and gripping tale of a young girl’s love for a Vietnam Vet played out against state-side resistance to an immoral war. The ensuing violence on a college campus is conveyed with stunning historical accuracy.”

—Pat Lowery Collins, acclaimed author of The Fattening Hut

“LEAVING KENT STATE does what excellent historical fiction is supposed to do–it breathes life into an era. Through the eyes of its young protagonist, this well-researched novel recreates the tensions in Kent, Ohio, during the Vietnam War years and the tragedy that resulted. Readers will love Sabrina Fedel’s masterfully drawn characters, her compelling plot, and her rich prose. This is the debut novel of a sensitive and accomplished writer.”

—Patricia Harrison Easton, author of the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award winning Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog

 

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About the Author

Sabrina Fedel’s fiction and poetry has appeared in online and print journals. In addition to winning LitPick 5-Star Review Award for her debut novel Leaving Kent State, she is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, as well as a 2016 nominee for a storySouth Million Writers Award and a Sundress Publications Best of the Net ’16 Award. Sabrina holds her MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Young People, from Lesley University in Cambridge. You can often find her on twitter @writeawhile, or follow her blog at www.sabrinafedel.com, and she loves pictures so Instagram is a favorite hangout. She writes from Pittsburgh, where she lives in a small house with lots of people and animals, some of whom think she’s funny.

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No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

Two teens in love must make the ultimate sacrifice

to avert global disaster

 

Book events:

June 25th, 6:30 p.m. at Ames Free Library – Queset House, 51 Main Street, North Easton, MA

Sharon Public Library, 11 N. Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067 – Autumn 2015 – A panel of 5 authors

Mansfield, MA – To be determined

First-period English class is the last place 17-year-old Laena expects to have her entire existence thrown into a tailspin. But when Cree, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous boy, mysteriously appears in her classroom, Laena knows nothing will ever be the same. Before Laena can decide who Cree really is or whether anything he says is true, she falls for him. Hard.

Cree claims he has seen the future, and it is devastating. Working frantically to avert impending disaster, the two teens plunge into a battle between science and faith that threatens everything Laena has ever known. Surviving high school is tough. But it’s even tougher while fighting for your life, the boy you love, and the fate of the planet.

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No Worse Sin

by Kyla Bennett

Two teens in love must make the ultimate sacrifice - cli-fi (climate fiction) adventure

Release date: May 11, 2015
Genre: Romance, Cli-fi, Science Fiction, Suspense
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-01-1

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“As riveting a read as it is entertaining, No Worse Sin will have special appeal to teenage and young adult adventure novel enthusiasts. No Worse Sin documents author Kyla Bennett as an exceptionally talented writer who is able to deftly craft a complex, original, and deeply engaging story. Very highly recommended for school and community library YA Fiction collections….”

Midwest Book Review

Eco-Fiction Interviews Kyla Bennett

 

About the Author

After receiving a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut, Kyla Bennett attended Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law, where she obtained a J.D. with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Kyla returned to the east coast in 1989, when she began work at the Boston office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doing wetlands permitting and enforcement. She soon became EPA’s Wetlands Enforcement Coordinator for New England, and stayed in that position until she left EPA in 1999. Kyla then worked as the Deputy Director of Habitat for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered on Cape Cod. After two years of protecting wildlife and their habitats around the world, Kyla joined Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Today, Kyla is the Director of New England PEER, working to protect local, state and federal employees who protect the environment.

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Heir of the Thunderbird Heir of the Thunderbird

Heir of the Thunderbird

Heir of the Thunderbird

The Heir of the Thunderbird

by May-Britt and Martin Braendstrup

 

The Heir of the Thunderbird is the first of three books in The Glass People series

At the age of 16, Victoria discovers that maybe the strange condition that causes her bones to break like twigs is not osteoporosis, but a legacy from her late father’s ancestors. However, by then she is already tangled up in an intricate web of old legends and secret organizations.

In order to find out who she really is, she must seek out her father’s family in Canada, and face her Indian ancestry.

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“If you like magic, supernatural phenomena and the struggle between good and evil, then this book is heartily recommended. It is exciting and captivating, and even though I did not know much about Native American culture, I learned much on the way and found it all interesting. The story is well written, and the pages almost turn over by themselves. There are good descriptions of Canada’s wildlife and the places that Victoria and Beate visits, and you can almost feel the cold winter’s breath against the skin and taste the frosty air in your lungs.”

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The Heir of the Thunderbird

by May-Britt and Martin Braendstrup
Release date: March 9, 2018
Genre: YA/Fiction
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-55-4

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Praise for the Danish version of The Glass People series

“It’s time for Indian Mythology and the authors May-Britt and Martin Brændstrup goes at it with a sincerity that clearly shows, that they are somewhat experts when it comes to Indian mythology. The two writers are not afraid of twisting and turning the myths and legends and by using elements from both the fantasy- and the crimi genres the result is a story, that leaves you glued to the pages.”

—Emil Blichfeldt, Weekendavisen (Danish national newspaper)

“May-Britt and Martin Brændstrups first book about the Glass people tells a rather interesting story, that makes you eager to read the sequel.“

Jacob Stegelmann, Troldspejlet (National Danish television)

 

Praise for the Danish version of The Chrystal Throne series

“The book targets its audience excellently. The story is well written and easygoing without the usual overload of strange and difficult words known to the genre. The story seems believable and the plot simply sweeps you away. The Indian angle hasn’t been worn out yet, and I found it refreshing to read a story without the usual Vampires, Werewolves an Angels.”

Andrup’s bookshelf (Litterary blogger)

Other books in the series

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The Growing Rock The Growing Rock

The Growing Rock

The Growing Rock

The Growing Rock
by Susanna Lancaster

 

Susanna will appear at Southwest Tennessee Community College on February 15th, and will be a guest at this year’s Ripley Tomato Festival (the same one featured in the book!) on July 13-14.

Past events: Susanna was a guest on Radio Talk, Memphis on December 6th at 10 PM
Book signing and reading at Novel independent bookstore in Memphis, January 4th at 6:00 p.m.

Papa is a good liar—he can tell a fib all the way from Ripley to Nashville to calm everyone down or make a situation seem better, including the Great Depression. But the day he promises fourteen-year-old Caroline that everything will be okay when he leaves the farm to find work elsewhere, she isn’t so sure. After all, George told her something very similar not long ago. And they haven’t heard from him since.

His loud laugh echoes in her mind, especially in the silence of the cotton fields. How could her favorite brother possibly have died in the Ohio River floods the way the rest of the family says? Now that the women are left to take care of the farm, Caroline has to believe he’ll come back. Otherwise, she won’t have the strength to do her share of the work while looking after her sickly little sister Phoebe and telling her hopeful stories about the Growing Rock that George always said grew magically larger every summer. But as time moves on, Caroline feels more and more discouraged. Except for the town’s strange recluse, she often has no one to talk to. It doesn’t help that she feels different now around her best friend Peter, and, on top of everything, her older sister Blanche constantly runs off. When tragedy occurs that threatens to break the large family apart even more, will Caroline give into the hopelessness that has consumed Mama?

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The Growing Rock


by Susanna Lancaster
Release date: December 12, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Family, Suspense
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-47-9

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“For readers ages 10-14, The Growing Rock is a coming of age story which offers a realistic glimpse into life during the Depression. Caroline is an historically accurate character from a more innocent time. Particularly relatable for today’s young readers is her relationship with Blanche, whom Caroline admires despite her selfish behavior. Also of particular tenderness is the budding romance between Caroline and Peter, the boy next door.”

The Historical Novel Society

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“Through rich visual prose and historical detail, The Growing Rock deftly captures life for a young girl coming of age in the cotton fields of the South during the Great Depression. You’ll feel a part of those unsettling times, fall in love with Caroline, and be embraced by the warmth of her struggling family.”

—Pat Lowery Collins, acclaimed author of The Fattening Hut

 

“The Growing Rock moves from fairy tale to tough times as Caroline and her family face the Great Depression and fears for Caroline’s beloved brother who disappears after leaving home to find work. This gentle coming-of-age story makes you remember moments you’ve never lived and reminds you we can still find sweetness in the hardest of times.”

—Susan E. Goodman, award winning author of The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

 

“Gritty and warm, pulsating with life and all its problems, The Growing Rock connects previous generations to the millennial generation through trials, love, and rugged endurance.”

—Terrence Neal Brown, director of library services at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

 

“When I was a little girl I was obsessed with anything Little House on the Prairie and anything from that time period or setting because it was such a great series for children to grow up with. I read everything I could about that region and then slowly grew out of that phase. I never realized how much I would enjoy revisiting a book that could very easily fit into my favorite childhood genre, even though they are definitely set in different time periods. And I never thought I’d read a book that would make me want to read Little Women so much. But this book did! Not only was it a wave of nostalgia for me, it was a very incredible book to read. The characters were developed so well without it feeling drawn out.”

Paiges of a Book

“While this book contains just 200 pages, it feels like a lot more, in a positive way…it gave me the feeling of The Little House on the Priarie, and the book left me feeling nostalgic!”

The Dutch Book Reviewer

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