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How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse (2 Copies)
Sherry Quan Lee
Modern History Press
ISBN: 9781615993307

How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse offers a much needed corrective to the usual dry and uninspired creative writing pedagogy. The collection asks us to consider questions, such as "What does it mean to work through resistance from supposed mentors, to face rejection from publishers and classmates, and to stand against traditions that silence you?" and "How can writers and teachers even begin to make diversity matter in meaningful ways on the page, in the classroom, and on our bookshelves?"

Winners: Adella Gonzalez, John Williams


The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: Zealy's Very First Swim (1 Copy)
Roe DePinto
Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781478771142

 Those two, heartwarming characters, Zealy and Whubba, develop their relationship through learning, loving and protecting one another. Although this little "killer" whale and fluffy little sealpup would normally be the most unlikely of friends, they become the most, adorable, fun-loving pair in the sea! Zealy learns to swim in this episode with her daddy's guidance and Whubba practices with her, while having tons of fun doing all kinds of tricks that Zealy never knew she could do! Just by practicing with Whubba, she learns so many moves, splishing and splashing, diving over and under Whubba and even riding on his back! Float along with Zealy and Whubba and enjoy the learning and the fun! The little "killer" and fluffy sealpup will kill you with their kindness and sweetness, melting your heart as they put a smile on your face and your little one's, too. Let the world of Zealy and Whubba light up your world with happiness!

Winner: Katie Burrus

The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: Zealy and Whubba Go Fishing (1 Copy)
Roe DePinto
Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781478771159

This third edition of the Zealy and Whubba first series spotlights on Zealy's ability to catch fish which is one of the most important facets of survival for any marine mammal. Eating fish is their lifesource. It is a skill that almost comes naturally to sea animals yet follows the process of a parent training their young, teaching them to grow and endure life's lessons. So, along with Whubba's help and her daddy's teaching, Zealy becomes a wonderful fisherman! Throughout this learning process, Zealy grows closer to Whubba, enjoying his sharing and caring and watchful eye, protecting Zealy as they play and have the greatest fun in the sun. Zealy loves every minute and looks forward to a new day with her sweetest friend, Whubba, when she can learn something else new in her brand new world of surprises! Enjoy these two precious characters and watch your little ones smile as they relate to the love and special caring that Zealy and Whubba portray in their everyday life- growing together, side by side.

Winner: Onyinye Elochukwu

The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: Too Much Junk in My Trunk! (1 Copy)
Roe DePinto
Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781478789604

CARING IS SHARING! KINDNESS IS RESPECTING ONE ANOTHER! 9x AWARD Winning Series 2016/2017, The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba, Created By ROE DE PINTO, teaches this to children through their fundamentally simplistic, little escapades. Join in with your loved ones and have these heartwarming characters light up your children's world with smiles and laughter, as they learn the simple life lessons that cultivate good, strong individuals with respect for themselves (self-esteem), respect for others and kindly caring for their environment as well.

This newest release, "Too Much Junk in My Trunk!" teaches children to eat a variety of food, encourages them to try new foods from early on, and teaches them not to overeat as well as providing comfort in knowing that their parents will usually "fix their boo-boo" so they know who to go to when that occurs! This edition actually engages the child throughout the book through questioning the reader, which enhances the child's experience of what the characters are embracing throughout the story. Splish- Splash with Zealy and Whubba-more to come!! Watch for it!

Winner: Debbie Buffamanti

The Tao of Sudoku: Yoga for the Brain (3 Copies)
Cristina Smith, Rick Smith
ISBN: 9781536916355

Both a profound philosophy and fun puzzle book, The Tao of Sudoku is yoga for the brain that stretches your mind, nourishes your soul and touches your heart.

Want continued whole brain health? Enjoy a wonderful way to increase mental skills and boost creativity! Spiritually inclined? Dive in to a delightful personal growth opportunity! Math phobia? Fix it now! Love Sudoku already? Find entertainment and magic here! 

The Tao of Sudoku- Yoga for the Brain dishes up fascinating facts, enlightening insights and some surprising benefits of this popular puzzle, providing tasty food for thought. The 100 easy to intermediate puzzles come with an inspiring quote, making every page both a challenge to be solved and a meditation for self-realization. 

This book can help you:
Stay sharp with a more flexible brain
Exercise Dharana, a yoga of the mind that enhances concentration
Reduce the risk of early onset dementia and Alzheimer's disease
Have fun with a purpose!
Complete the 100 puzzles inside! In the process, discover that you have also solved more of the puzzle that is your inner self. 

Winners: Christine Smiga, Lauren Orheim, Robert DiGiusto


Kept (3 Copies)
Jim Arnold
Eureka Street Press
ISBN: 9780996938006

Palm Springs: Jorge Gomez leaves his poor family behind and remakes himself as ambitious George Gomes. Soon young gay George is picked up by Connor Hurst, who takes him to an empty mansion for a night of lust. Connor convinces George to work alongside him in a scam targeting gullible retirees with classic desert homes. George appears to be on a strange path to the American Dream, until his help covering up a violent death propels him toward bigger risks—perhaps even murder, one that seems justified, one promising a sizable payday. George doesn't know his role is to take the fall. Yet he isn’t as stupid as everyone thinks. Left alone, literally hanging on a wire with a corpse, George must fight enemies real and imagined if he has any hope of finding his dream—or even staying alive long enough to enjoy it.

Winners: Bonnie Anderson, Justin Brummett, Cherryl Cole

The American Drama Series by Jack Eadon (5 copies of the 2 book set) 

Head Trip
Jack Eadon
Eloquence Press
ISBN: 9780982495407

When two brothers were conceived a month apart --called Superfetation--then were born as twins eight months later, one of them was a full term baby and one of them was a preemie. That anomaly affected their whole lives as one twin struggled to succeed and the other struggled to keep up. Their journey would turn out to be a real head trip, both literally and figuratively, and challenge them to understand themselves and their "twin.” This is the first book—about ENVY—in Jack Eadon's American Drama Series.



A Consequence of Greed
Jack Eadon
Eloquence Press
ISBN: 9780975330074

When Marcus Ramsay is promoted to fix an ailing division, he uncovers the details of a decade-old murder. Driven by the spirit of murdered James Post, he uncovers the plot. In particular, the sculptress of James Post's murder, Sheila Hickman, recalls orchestrating the crime in psychedelic dreams induced by shock treatments and drug abuse. She is the greediest of them all!

Winners of the set:  Laura Schrillo, Bethany Stewart, Tandi Cortez, Ann Marzano, Lori Collison

Hiding in Third Person (3 Copies)
Phil Bradley
Archway Publishing
ISBN: 9781480845572

Hiding in Third Person is the story of friends who help each other during desperate times. Ricky, a flippant orderly befriends a mental patient at an asylum he refers to as the spa and dude ranch. He listens to the man, the other orderlies call Mr. River, tell a dubious tale of two teenage boys on the run from an assassin.

In River's story the boys, Malachi and Doc, take refuge at an abandoned military base, BOMARC, nestled in the heart of the idyllic New Jersey Pinelands. The killer, known to the boys as The Finder, hesitates to follow them into the facility because it was once the site of a plutonium spill.

Unknown to the teens, three law enforcement officers are also on their trail. Cancer worries, and false identities hinder the cops in their search. Evidence from a suspected murder scene, and a mysterious code baffle the officers, keeping them one step behind the killer. The Finder, ultimately corners the boys, and Mr. River's story ends with a bloody showdown.

Asylum doctors believe Mr. River is a hopeless case and plan to move him to a dark and remote institution. Their diagnosis hinges mainly on the fact several characters in River's tale are imaginary. Ricky, though, is certain the story is completely true and knows that he can prove it to be so. These circumstances leave the orderly with a serious dilemma.

Hiding in Third Person shares the gripping tale of two runaway teens as they confront an assassin the New Jersey woods, and life comes full circle to finally reveal the truth years later.

Winners: Zoltan Almasi, Mary Ann Linder, Diane Pollock


Vampire Boy (3 Copies)
Aric Cushing
Grand & Archer
ISBN: 9781929730018

When Alex Vambarey attends his first year at the Carpathian Academy, he has no idea that there are other creatures besides vampires. He's never met a gargoyle, or a pixie for that matter. Of course he's read about them -- in the Vampedia -- but in real life? No way. But now everyone's trying to figure out the Magus riddle and win the school prize. Even the Brownies are all befuddled! (new paragraph) Well, maybe it's natural. It's his first term, and there are all sorts of things that don't make any sense. Like all the janitors collecting dirt. That's just plain weird. No, there was definitely something bigger going on. Way bigger. And if he was right, the secret was somewhere in the Night Gallery. The secret about Carpathia, and the secret about himself!

Winners: Antoinette Murphy, Linda Leonard, Melissa Ownsbey

Kenmore Square: A Novel  ( 2 Copies)
Carol June Stover
Champlain Avenue Books, Inc.
ISBN:  9781943063338

Here's your chance to win one of two signed, first edition copies of Kenmore Square/ A Novel by Carol  June Stover. It's a work of literary fiction and a cozy mystery with a hint of romance all in one. Good luck!

Here's the story:

Iris Apple is like most young women in the 1950s except for two things: She's the granddaughter of Boston's most notorious bookie and she suspects that her father murdered her mother.

But how can she prove it?

The cat and mouse game with her father began on her tenth birthday--the day her mother was gunned down--and tension reigns through her teen years.

They live in her family's Kenmore Square rooming house, a haven for Boston's down and outs and where her motherless drama plays out. When Iris turns eighteen, she defies her father and sets out to discover the truth about her mother's demise.

Teaming up with Madame Charlemagne, a has-been cabaret singer who lives at the rooming house, Iris learns that a nearby innkeeper holds keys to the puzzle. Instead, she discovers a web of secrets and transgressions that are entangled with hers.

Mustering all the courage she has, Iris must unravel the dark webs to bring truth and love into her life.

Winners: Sharon Berger, Anne Kahle

Breaking Away: Book One of the Rabylon Series (3 Copies)
Cory Groshek
Manifestation Machine
ISBN: 9781946029003

Life is hard in the poverty-stricken village of Rabylon, where rabbits work every day from sun up to sun down, earning just enough carrots to survive—except for Mayor Monty Cottonsworth III, who lives in the lap of luxury as his villagers starve. Twin bunnies Remy and Rhea, fed up with working so long and so hard with nothing to show for it, desperately desire a better life, but don’t know how to achieve it. Just when they are about to give up hope, they are inspired by the story of a mythical carrot paradise that may exist on the other side of a big, green hill outside of their village. Now they face the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make: Do they “play it safe” by staying in Rabylon and settle for a life of lack, loss, and limitation? Or do they risk it all—up to and including their lives—on the chance that out there somewhere is a life worth dying for?

'Breaking Away: Book One of the Rabylon Series' is the first book by founder and acclaimed anti-hero Cory Groshek. Following in the footsteps of classics like "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and drawing comparisons to acclaimed novels 'Animal Farm' and 'Watership Down', this timeless children's tale is not only highly entertaining, but highly educational as well, with the stated aim of teaching children and parents alike the value of dreaming big, taking risks, trusting their gut, and choosing faith over fear in everything they do. If you or your child is a fan of action-adventure fantasy series like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, then you and they will absolutely love the Rabylon series. And it is Cory Groshek's sincerest hope that, by the time you are finished reading it, you will come to know what he learned through the writing of this enchanting little book, which is that “if you truly believe in something—that is, if you care enough about it to not just dream about it, but to do something about it—your belief will bring it to you”.

Winners: Sandy Klocinski, Donna Phillips, Hester Mayo

Guide Doggie: Learn How Guide Dogs Help The Blind In This Coloring Book (1 Copy)
Daniel Saynuk
Daniel Saynuk LLC
ISBN: 9780985934606

This fun and unique coloring book is a great way to introduce children to the world of a guide dog. Help educate your child while they have fun with Guide Doggie! Meet Guide Doggie when he is a puppy, then follow him on his adventures during guide dog training. Learn what a guide dog does during the day, including the chores he completes for his handlers in order to keep Guide Doggie ready to serve. Your child will learn how guide dogs help the blind live more independently, and how dogs can be heroes too! With narration of the book done by a guide dog each page is a fun an educational adventure for all ages. Your child can color the pages, making it an interactive as well as educational learning experience. Fill in the blank pages let your child get involved in telling the story, and fun bonus games including a word search, crossword puzzle and, word jumbles based on the story will help your child remember what they learned!

Winner: Crystle Tellerday

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