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warren-the-honking-catWarren the Honking Cat and the Winter Recital
By Virginia White

Warren the honking cat is not like his Seal Point Siamese family. He doesn’t look like them, and he doesn’t sound like them. He has discovered one other thing that is not like them. He loves music! He loves the piano, saxophone, and has a chance to play the bells at a winter concert. Bells become loose. Warren chases them. Excitement erupts. Did Warren ruin the winter concert or help create the most memorable one ever?

warrenWarren the Honking Cat Saves the Day
By Virginia White

Warren’s meow is a honk. He is different from the rest of his family. He doesn’t look quite like his Seal Point parents and siblings, and he certainly doesn’t sound like them. He wants to play kitty games, but his brothers and sisters laugh at him and run away. When he feels sad because he has to play alone, his mother says he will be important in his own way. On a backyard adventure with his family, Warren’s honk makes him important; he saves everyone from an unwanted visitor.

Look-Both-Ways-in-the-Bario-BlancoLook Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco
By Judith Robbins Rose

Her family is jeopardized, after the 12-year-old daughter of undocumented immigrants is paired in a mentoring program with a pushy, fading TV news celebrity. Candlewick Press, September 2015, ISBN: 978-1501216152 Available from, Barnes & Noble and The Tattered Cover.

Sammy-Jo-and-the-Best-Rodeo-EverSammi Jo and the Best Rodeo Ever
By Dede Stockton

Join Sammi Jo and Screech as they meet new friends and observe a most amazing event! Sammi Jo is joined by her cousin, Jake, in the newest Sammi Jo adventure, as they dive into mythology, adventure and meet many new underwater friends! Order online at:,, Barnes and,, ISBN: 978-1-68187-390-9 Or from the author directly at if you would like to have it personalized to you or your child!

Societys-TraitorThe Society’s Traitor (The Discoveries of Arthur Grey #1)
By V.K. Finnish

Eleven-year-old Arthur Grey has always wanted to be a hero, and a day has not ended right if he hasn’t dug for treasure, plotted to stop thieving magicians, or written clues in his trusty notebook. But the real excitement begins when he’s sucked through a magical transporting doorway and makes an amazing discovery: an entire society that investigates the truth behind all the legends and myths we’ve always thought were just stories. Now Arthur is launched into an adventure that takes him all the way to the jungles of Peru in search of a mysterious dragon-bird and the fabulous secret it guards. ISBN 978-1-943317-00-4 / Available at Panama Hat Publishing and (paperback only).

Minotaur-RiddleThe Minotaur Riddle (The Discoveries of Arthur Grey #2)
By V.K. Finnish

The Spyglass Squad is back at Historia, and an exciting year is waiting for them. This time twelve-year-old Arthur Grey is kept busy discovering the real legends and artifacts behind ancient myths. But the most exciting experience is Historia’s thrilling olympic games this year. That is, until new mysteries start cropping up. Strange rumors surface on the island of Crete, and a spiteful investor shows up pretending to have help for Historia. Now, Arthur and his friends dig themselves into monstrous trouble while trying to save Historia, and they can’t get out alone. But who can – or will – help? ISBN 978-1-943317-03-5 / Available at Panama Hat Publishing and (paperback only).

Eye-of-AmunThe Eye of Amun (The Discoveries of Arthur Grey #3)
By V. K. Finnish

The ancient Book of Thoth has been hiding from humankind for thousands of years. Not even the Investigators of the Historia Society have been able to find any hint of it. So, when 13-year-old Arthur Grey gets to Egypt and finds a collection of lucky charms, he has high hopes of being the one to discover the mysterious Book. That is, until the sly Rheneas Berne shows up again. Now, instead of discovering anything – even about how to control his finicky Guardian powers – Arthur finds himself surrounded by enemies and threatened no matter where he turns. ISBN 978-0-9852202-6-6 / Available at Panama Hat Publishing and (paperback only).

Sammy-Jo-and-the-Best-Day-EverSammy Jo and the Best Day Ever
By Dede Stockton

Have you ever needed a new friend? Sammi Jo desperately needs a new friend as she heads to the shore with her parents for the summer. She is an only child and plans to spend a very lonely summer at their cottage while her parents work on their latest books. Much to her surprise, she meets a new friend in a most unusual place! Sammi Jo gets to explore the sea with her new friend, Screech, as her guide. Dive into adventure with Sammi Jo as you learn about her life and how she meets her unique new friend. The book can be ordered at any online book seller like or at the author’s online store (for personalization), ISBN – 978-1-63063-830-6

Stepping Stones to the SunStepping Stones to the Sun
By Nawashani, Illustrated by Pat Wiles
A Cheyenne boy comes of age during the clash of cultures that marked America’s western frontier in the late 1800s. Stepping Stones to the Sun is told through the eyes of a Native American boy coming of age during the clash of cultures that marked America’s western frontier in the late 1800s. Facing the prospect of being sent far away to the white man’s school, where he fears he will lose his identity as a Cheyenne, and perhaps his life, Little Beaver overcomes his anger and frustration through a suspenseful encounter with a grizzly bear that Changes his destiny. ISBN: 978-1-4787-0445-4 / Available at: (Nawashani is Patricia G. Martin’s pen name.)

Too Many SecretsJust out is Phyllis J. Perry’s book for tweens, Too Many Secrets, from Custom Press. When Meg’s house burns down, she lives with Mrs. Coles, but is weighed down by her brother’s secret about the cause of the fire, Mrs. Coles’ health secrets; and secrets about the silver theft: too many secrets! Available from or at For more information, visit the author’s website at ISBN 9781492388470

Bandit the Chubby ChihuahuaBandit, The Chubby Chihuahua
By Pat Postek

Bandit, the Chihuahua was named by Jackson who adopted him from the animal shelter. Malcolm, the strange orange cat, befriends Bandit and welcomes him to the neighborhood.  Bandit and Malcolm become true friends.  Bandit’s life is changed forever by Jackson’s kindness and Malcolm’s wisdom. This adorable dog story teaches a valuable life lesson to children of all ages. ISBN: 978-0-9847487-1-6 / Hardcover $12.95 / Available at, Barnes and, The Tattered Cover bookstore, or directly from the author at her website

MyBrother Is My Best FriendMy Brother Is My Best Friend
By Nicole Weaver

Brothers are very special. Meet two brothers that do everything together. This delightful story transcends all cultural barriers. It will warm the hearts of children from all over the world. Los hermanos son muy especiales: Conozca a dos hermanos que hacen todo juntos. Esta bella historia trasciendetodas las barreras culturales. Tocará el corazóndetodos los niños del mundo. Être frère, c’est très spécial. Voici deux frères qui font tout ensemble. Cette histoire merveilleuse transcende toutes les barrières culturelles. L’histoire va réchauffer le cœur des enfants dans du monde entire. Print ISBN: 9781616334529;1616334525 / eBook ISBN: 9781616334536; 1616334533. Order from the publisher or on

Hogan that great grandfather builtThe Hogan That Great – Grandfather Built
By Nancy Bo Flood

A new book by a CAL member, Nancy Bo Flood, The Hogan That Great – Grandfather Built, has just been launched. This picture book written in simple verse describes how the Navajo hogan, or home, is more than a place to live for traditional Navajo families. Unusual and remarkable illustrations by Navajo artist, Peterson Yazzie, show how the hogan is a unique place where harmony exists, where family members return from busy jobs and distant places to gather together and celebrate. Nancy Bo Flood writes and teaches on the Navajo Reservation. She has authored several books about the southwest, the people and the geology – Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons, Sand to Stone and Back Again, and Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo. ISBN #1893354970 Click here to pre-order or visit the authors website at

First-RainbowFirst Rainbow
By Phyllis J. Perry

This children’s picture book is based on a Native American myth of the Achomawi group who lived in northern California near the Pit River. All the animals living in the shadow of the great mountain are freezing. One icy cold week follows another. Has Silver Gray Fox forgotten them? The animals gather and choose Old Spider Woman’s two tiniest babies to climb into the sky and beg for warmth. Impressed with their bravery, Silver Gray Fox sends a rainbow to promise that spring is coming and also says spiders will forever catch tiny rainbows in their dewy morning webs. ISBN 978-1-61956-177-8 / Hard cover $ $14.95 / Available at Vesuvius, from, local bookstores, or from the author:

Wonder WorldWONDER WORLD: Friendship, a Grand Adventure
by Phyllis J. Perry

This book is aimed at readers aged 10 to 13. Offered a thirteenth birthday present of joining his grandmother for a vacation in Great Britain, Oliver quickly accepts.
Too late he learns this is a senior citizens’ tour. While taking in the sights of England,Scotland, and Wales, he becomes lost with old Mr. Hahn at Stonehenge and finds an ally in the Scots bus driver. Oliver achieves hero status when he chases a thief and recovers a purse stolen outside York Cathedral. By the time the tour ends, Oliver has forged friendships in unexpected ways in the most unpredictable places. Paperback, $11.95 / available at from, or from the author:

the stubbron princessThe Stubborn Princess
J.B. Stockings
A beautiful princess with curly hair down to her feet is the stuff of fairy tales, but what happens when the princess tires of the upkeep and stubbornly declares a hair care holiday? Mistaking her knotted hair for a nest, a large bird lays her eggs while the Princess is dozing in the garden and sets into motion an unexpected turn of events as the princess is flown far away. Getting back home will require that she focus her stubborn streak in a new direction, and getting back to normal will require she truly see herself for what she has become. ISBN-10: 1621471810 ISBN-13: 978-1621471813 Order online at


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