Humorous MG Mystery with Heart
Eleven-year-old Shoes McIvey is as proud of her 100% case-cracking record as a seagull is of stolen bait. But when the money needed to save Marathon Middle School’s three-legged sea turtle mascot is stolen, Shoes discovers the theft might be tied to a recent heist of Spanish doubloons from an ancient shipwreck. But there’s a lot more going on in this twisted case than anyone could have imagined and taking it means Shoes will learn her recently divorced parents aren’t the only life-ruining kumquats in her inner-circle and justice isn’t always as simple as pointing fingers at your sworn enemies.
THREE TIMES LUCKY meets THE GOONIES and hangs with DOLPHIN TALE
Rising Kite Award
TURNPIKE CASSELBERRY and the MANGROVE MAN
Heartfelt MG Contemporary with humor
Ten-year-old Turnpike Casselberry lives on a dilapidated sailboat with her alcoholic father, Phil, and her dog, Ralph. Before you go feeling sorry for her, you should know that she and Phil are as happy as gators eating marshmallows, thanks, and she’ll be happy for you to mind your own beeswax. But when Phil spirals out of control, Turnpike must learn that not all knots hold in every storm and you can’t always stop someone else’s boat from sinking or she could risk swamping her own life raft to keep him afloat.
THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF COYOTE SUNRISE meets
WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW
IN THE NAME OF THE MOON: The Celodian Manuscript
Upper MG Low Fantasy
On the verge of madness, twelve-year-old Fallon, an island girl who possesses the same cursed powers that killed her mother, accidentally pummels her homeland with a conjured water-spout. When she discovers coded-clues in her mother’s childhood journal may hold the answer to controlling her curse, she must unravel their truths before she annihilates the island and its inhabitants. This time on purpose.
Upper MG Gothic
Gage, an underaged Binder apprentice, is tasked with controlling sea demons that steal your mind before dragging you beneath the waves. But when they are accidentally unleashed on land, he must join forces with his sworn enemy or risk losing more than his sanity.
SONG of the SWAMP
All alone in the backwater bogs of North Florida, nine-year-old Tay must care for his four-year-old sister and her collection of feather-bedazzled skulls after their father falls ill and leaves for the city hospital. By Halloween, Pa still hasn't returned. By Thanksgiving, food is running out. As Christmas approaches, Tay fears the worst. When rumors surface that a body has been spied in the marsh along their father’s last known route, Tay is quickly thrust into a race against local teenagers who are determined to find the body first.
STAND BY ME meets THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY and hangs out with WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
Rising Kite Award 3rd Place Winner