Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of best-selling and award-winning indie & small press books.
LibraryBub Books April 28
Jodie and the Library Card 
by Julie Hodgson 

Jodie is a time traveler from the year 2075, who has the perfect opportunity to visit any era she wishes. Her love of books caused her to be adventurous and discover many time periods.

When her parents stumble on a stash of books she's been hiding in her room, she must discard them somewhere in the past as books had been banished since 2020.

Jodie and the Library Card allows you to take a futuristic look at advanced technology as well as a glimpse into the past.

It offers a unique premise and an engaging protagonist. Kirkus Reviews

Honors: New Apple award.

Category: Time Travel

Life on Base: Quantico Cave  
by Tom & Nancy Wise 

For Stephen, life on base is much like most other children’s. The difference is in the details. Look both ways before crossing a tank path and be sure to check if the spent bullet casings you find in the long-abandoned trenches are actually empty. Sports stop at the sound of the evening trumpet call as he and his friends stand at attention while the flag is retired. 

Quantico Cave is a story of friendship and competition, and when Stephen meets up with a friend he once knew at a previous home station, the contest hits a whole new level.

This book not only does an admirable job of giving readers an insight on military base life for a youth growing up, it also gives an accurate portrayal of life as a kid today. Challenges exist, personalities will clash, and there will always be that one person that tends to resort to bullying to prove that he or she is king/queen of the hill.

Authors Tom and Nancy Wise effectively use this book, while telling a suspenseful story, to show middle grade readers that there are positive ways to handle these situations without sounding preachy or admonishing. —Chanticleer Book Reviews

Honors: 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Award - First Place Contemporary Category; 2015 - Great Midwest Book Festival - Winner Unpublished Category; 2015 - New York Book Festival - Winner Unpublished Category.

Category: Social & Family Issues

Jabberwocky: A Novella
by Theodore Singer 

Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem, this is the story of a quest by young Astreus to find and slay the monster known as the Jabberwock. It is the simple tale of a journey undertaken by a lone hero through strange places: an island inhabited by immortal aristocrats who play games with love; a city ruled by chess-playing cats; a land where evil has triumphed; a mysterious bridge across the ocean that saps your will to live with strange dreams; the edge of the world; and finally, the house of the Jabberwock itself, where Astreus must discover the true nature of his quest.

Singer's writing is lucent and rich, and his imaginative tale is a sheer delight to read. Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Honors: 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Winner in the Novella category, Finalist in the Young Adult category.

Category: Fantasy 

Perception (The Perception Trilogy )
by Lee Strauss 

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they've created between those who have and those who don't. He doesn't like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe's carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She's in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

Honors: A Library Journal selection, Amazon best-seller.

Category: Science Fiction

I would, but my DAMN MIND won't let me: A teen's guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings
by Jacqui Letran 

Our journey to happiness begins with a belief that happiness is possible. But for many, experiences have shown them that life is unfair, and change is difficult... What if there was a way to create permanent changes quickly and easily? In “I would, but my DAMN MIND won’t let me” author Jacqui Letran, Nurse Practitioner and Teen Confidence Expert, shows teens how to take charge of their mind to overcome obstacles and struggles. In this groundbreaking guide, teens can learn simple yet powerful techniques to challenge their old negative patterns and unleash the power of their mind to create the life they want and deserve.

An engrossing and highly accessible guide for anyone who'd like to understand why they react to stress and stressors the way they do. Jack Magnus of Readers' Favorite

Honors: Literary Classic's Seal of Approval; Reader's Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Being a Teen

In case you missed last week's books, here they are again:
Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway
by Brigitte Goldstein 

An internationally renowned star of screen and stage is found murdered at a Broadway theater in the summer of 1941. The investigation traces her life from humble beginnings in a Viennese Jewish ghetto to the pinnacle of stardom in pre-Nazi Berlin theater and cinema and ultimately to the émigré haven of New York. 

The sensational trial of an accused suspect takes on a whirlwind tour of European culture and political intrigue in the Interwar period with more twist and turns than the itinerary of the refugees from the Nazi regime. A riveting noir who-done-it mystery that keeps the reader mesmerized to the surprise ending.

An interesting and intriguing read. Difficult to put down once started; and featuring a nice merry-go-round of 'who done it' character possibilities. Charline Ratcliff, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Honors: Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, historical mystery; Feathered Quill Book Awards Silver Medal, historical mystery; Winner of Beverly Hills Book Awards,  crime fiction; IPPY Bronze Medal, mystery/cozy/noir; 2015 Eric Hoffer Awards Finalist.

Category: Mystery

The Elixir of Freedom
by M R Neer

The Elixir of Freedom is in the new category of Visionary Fiction, which uses story to paint a vision of a better future. The journey of the novel's heroes mirrors our own quest to find real solutions to doubt, fear, bad habits, and even the pressure of time. 

The Elixir of Freedom depicts a powerful experience of light that transforms the characters and their world. Like other Visionary Fiction books, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and The Alchemist, it reflects universal human values that stretch us and connect us to something more.

Author M.R. Neer has a vision of the future and it is a beautiful picture. As Ravi goes on a quest to find the light that will transform his world, we are reminded of all the quests that we have to go on throughout our very own lives. —Maria Beltran of Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Metaphysical & Visionary 

Garage Band: Nothing to do with Music. Everything to do with Getting Even 
by Adam Rabinowitz 

Lanthus Trilby lived an ordinary life, in an ordinary house with an ordinary family. But all that changed when he was retrenched without warning.

One night in a bar after a lot of alcohol, determined on getting even with the company he had served loyally for seventeen years, Lanthus hatches a grand plan for revenge.

He assembles an unlikely team of skilled experts to pull off the most daring hostage situation the world has ever seen.

Category: Humor

Alf The Workshop Dog
by Emma Calin

How could a scruffy dog in a bus depot and the call of crows, link back to another world of power and love? 

The ancient Kingdom of Zanubia holds the secret. A wicked king, a brave girl, a young prince and the struggle between right and wrong maintain the fable tradition. 

The first in a brand new series of modern day fairy stories for younger middle grade readers. This chapter book is enjoyed by girls and boys alike. The animé style drawings and links to original music, video and additional materials enrich the reading experience and bring Alf to life.

Honors: Amazon best-seller.

Category: Children's Chapter Book

123 Count With Me: Fun With Numbers and Animals 
by Sybrina Durant 

There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of counting books out there. They all teach 1 through 10 but few count back again. The whimsical illustrations by Parbbonni will delight parents and children with their Old World charm and joyful images. Every number in the book is associated with an adorable little child and sweet cuddly animals. Even the lizards look warm and swishy. 

The author, Sybrina Durant is also a lyricist who's melodic verse will have everyone gleefully singing along as the pages are turned. 

An adorable educational book for children that introduces them to counting up to ten and back with the help of some delightful illustrations. —Mamta Madhavan of Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Children's Book

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