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Runaways hidden in the barn, slave catchers lodged in the hotel, and Emily squeezed between two very different loyalties.


Danger is the last thing Emily Preston thought she’d encounter in her uncle’s hotel. She’d been forced to travel to Detroit, sent by her parents from their plantation home. Now she’s vowed to become the most disagreeable houseguest ever. She doesn’t count on Uncle Isaac’s iron will. And she has no idea what to do with Malachi, the son of freed slaves who challenges every idea she’s grown up believing. Malachi’s lessons finally begin to sink in when Emily stumbles across two runaways hidden in her uncle's barn. And they’re about to become personal as she’s drawn into operations of the Underground Railroad. Meanwhile, Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.


Likened to the rich literary style of Ann Rinaldi but with its own twist of adventure, The Candle Star wraps American history in an exciting, kid-pleasing package. Find out why so many teachers have incorporated this Civil War historical fiction series into classrooms across America. The price is kept deliberately low so you can feel as good about the price as you do about the content. Download your child’s copy today. 


Recipient of a Reader’s Choice 5 Star Seal of Approval.

Series librarian-nominated for the 2012 Great Michigan Read.


Divided Decade Series:

1858 – The Candle Star

1862 – Blood of Pioneers

1865 – Beneath the Slashings 

I would get stuck with an archenemy who won't stay dead...


"Why do I have to pay a toll? No one else is forking out dough, you big baboon."


I wouldn't recommend repeating those words to anyone who is dangling you a foot off the ground. My face suddenly felt like it had collided with a cement wall at forty miles per hour. I found myself sliding across the tile floor and coming to rest in the corner of the hallway.


"You hit me!" I rubbed my jaw in disbelief. Damian had always seemed a level-headed sort of guy. "I can't believe you hit me!"


"I'll do a lot worse than that!" A handful of spectators scrambled out of the way as he lunged for me. I dove behind a bench outside the high school office. The secretary never even looked up. I hoped word of my death in front of the wide, newly installed security window didn't leak out to the city's more violent criminal element...


I just can't catch a break. Most of my friends only concern themselves with girls and grades, but I have to worry about retaliation from hellish warlords. When three of my classmates succumb to a strange malady, I become the target of irrational violence. Is it a coincidence, as Elena so firmly believes? Or could there be a deeper, more evil explanation? 


When the epidemic goes national, my team and I are called on to uncover the root of the problem before violence breaks out on a worldwide stage. Our quest leads us to the heart of Africa, to the underworld, and to a second encounter with an enemy who just won't stay dead.

In a nation built upon lies, the truth is a dangerous secret.


Born into Capernica's lowest social tier and not permitted to leave Settlement 56, Jaclyn (Jack) Holloway refuses to pour out her years in the local fish cannery. She gambles on the one chance available to her to advance--the high school Exit Exam. In a country that still keenly remembers its own violent birth, the smartest and strongest are richly rewarded in exchange for military service. Jack is adamant that her best friend, Will Ransom, strives for induction with her, but Will is tied to the sea. Would he give it up for her? He's never so much as kissed her. 


Meanwhile, a string of abductions breaks out across the nation, targeting girls eerily similar to Jack. Her Exam score places her in a position to aid Axis, the underground organization investigating the disappearances. Working in tandem with the handsome Captain Ethan Alston, Jack finds she has an unusual proclivity for the case. The evidence leads them back forty-seven years, to a series of high-profile cover-ups linked to the creation of the new nation, but nothing prepares them for the face that emerges from the past. 


Jack and Ethan must make a crucial decision. Blowing the whistle could have grave consequences for loved ones they've left behind, but holding their silence means history will likely repeat. And Capernica could never survive a second upheaval.


A startling tale where past and present intertwine, fusing at the point of revolution. Have time to binge read? You've found your next dystopian indulgence.


Recompense series:

Recompense

Betrayal

Retribution

Abduction

Reprisal


This series is complete and will be available on Google Play in its entirety by June 20, 2019.

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