Monsterland is a well-written novel that checks off all the elements needed for a fantastic read. It’s action-packed, comical, has romance, and even emphasizes prevalent themes such as self-acceptance, family dynamics, and bullying. Michael Okon, the author of Monsterland, introduces readers to Wyatt Baldwin and his friends Melvin and Howard Drucker. Wyatt's home life isn’t the best. And he’s in a constant battle with his friends to determine which monsters are best—werewolves, vampires, or zombies.
Just before the start of the Civil War, the Dunnings, a Mormon couple who have settled in Utah, live in constant fear that their son, Tommy, will be taken away from them. Tommy was taken in after his birth parents were murdered in an attack on their wagon train, and his new mother, Eva, and her husband, Bennett, have raised him for the past three years. However, over in Arkansas, the boy’s biological grandmother, Ruby Seddon, has been looking for her grandson ever since she learned of the attack.
Author Dorriah Rogers shares her life story cemented in a traumatic childhood in Twine: A Memoir. Jumping around from childhood to her college years to adulthood, Rogers shares the harshest and most heartbreaking details of her life.
The Magic of Meliwick Orchard is a wonderful story about a girl whose life has been flipped upside down. Not only has her little sister gotten sick but her parents have forgotten about her in the process. Isa's parents don't notice when her shoes grow gaping holes and when she wears the same clothes over and over. They don't even remember to pick her up from school sometimes. One day, she takes a hike into the 'haunted' orchard behind their home and finds a chance seedling. She buries her shoes there because they are pretty worthless.
Trailing Tennessee is wonderful story about a boy who takes up a quest to hike the Appalachian Trail to the tree where his grandfather and father previously carved their names into the trunk. Being in the forest has always intrigued him, but now he is going to hike new territory for what might be a span of weeks. Along the trail, he is not only faced with the challenge of avoiding rangers who are searching for him, but he must also fend off attacks by hostile spirits of the forest. Will he make it to the tree or will he be stopped along the way by rangers or spirits?
Draw 200 Animals is a step-by-step way for learning to draw a huge variety of animals. The animals are divided into nine major categories: horses, cats, dogs, birds, reptile/amphibians, fish/marine life, insects/crawling critters, and mammals. Drawing each animal is taught in six to nine steps, which add detail as the art nears completion. Being given the basic form for each animal, author Lee J. Ames provides student artists a foundation for creating strong sketches.