Subject: LibraryBub's best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
Best Independent Books May 21
Bring the Light to School:
how you can empower Christian students and bring hope to K-

by Ingrid DeDecker

This book is for Christian parents, school principals, students and pastors who have a heart for public schools. 75 percent of young adults walk away from God after they graduate. Secular schools leave children full of doubt. The answer is to change their microenvironment by helping them find Christian friends at school.

The author explains how people can have access to school campuses in a way they never imagined. Schools need hope and are wide open to Christian clubs. Concerned adults are discovering their legal and constitutional rights and starting Christian clubs across the country, openly sharing the love of God in schools. It’s legal as long as the club is voluntary and offered during non-instructional time.

The author outlines clear strategies to bring the love of God directly to students.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1732147324

Sight to See
(Book Two of the Fargone series)

by Dr. Qooz

This is a children’s book with a message to parents and young readers.

Tode the Turtle, like one out of every five children, has a learning disability because of a correctable condition. Neither he nor his parents, however, know that he has the condition.

This book helps people to discover the ease of correcting this common eyesight condition in minutes. The message is beautifully conveyed through a marvellous story complete with engaging illustrations.

A wonderful book for children… not only educational but entertaining as well — Literary Titan

Honors: Gold Award, Literary Titan; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1697849882

The Trespasser’s Unexpected Adventure
(Book One of the Crime Stopper Kids Mysteries series)
by Karen Cossey

Foster kid Logan Seagate hadn’t bargained on making friends with a mysterious family when he’d trespassed onto a restricted beach by abseiling down a cliff that morning. All he’d wanted to do was forget about how angry he was at his father.

Logan’s plans are cast aside when he meets the adventurous Meeka. After spending an exciting day with her and her family, he learns there is a lot more to this mysterious family than just friendship and fun. But thankfully, they seem eager to get to know the rest of his foster family. Perhaps this will be a friendship that lasts, unlikely as that seems, considering who his new friends really are.

Trouble, however, is just around the corner. Logan’s suspicions of a smuggling ring turn into reality, putting Meeka and him at great risk. Will they be able to foil the gangsters and live to tell the tale?

Well-written… There is plenty of exciting mystery, adventure and escape from danger as well as the fun of rock climbing, bike racing and family camps... — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-0473359676

His Small-Town Girl
(Book One of the Sutter's Hollow series)

by Lacy Williams

She’s sweet and wholesome, and is hiding something. He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.
One of them is going to get hurt.

Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.

Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandmother’s ball and chain — the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?

This sweet and interesting romance novel has likable characters with mysterious and interesting pasts. — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Romance

ISBN: 979-8636703655 

The Urban Shepherd
by Ben Amor

When the author came from Tunisia to the United States in 1968, he hoped he would be one of the lucky ones to find the American Dream. He followed a path many immigrants take. He changed his name, improved his English, became a naturalized citizen, and learned a trade.

In 1983, however, a different kind of dream put him on a new path; one of making the world a better place. This was a dream of children crying because they were dying of starvation. Unable to forget the sound of their cries, he founded a nonprofit agency, Terra-Genesis Inc.

In this memoir, he tells of how he reinvented himself from being a successful career man to living as a philanthropist.

Well organized and engaging... enlightening and motivational — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1457545344 

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
On the Buckle
(Book One of the Dream Horse Mysteries series)

by Candace Carrabus

Few will hire Viola Parker, a competitive rider, since Wastrel, a famous jumper, crashed to his death with her aboard. Not only that, her attitude just landed her out of work again. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction.

She must now keep a job for one year and receive a glowing letter of recommendation to get a surprise trust fund set up by her absentee parents. The trust fund could represent freedom and independence, or might be worth nothing.

When Wastrel begins haunting her dreams and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.

A fast-paced and enjoyable suspense tale… — Readers’ Favorite

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0989605717

Something’s Eating the Garden
by Pam Fries

This children’s picture book is about a grandfather’s journey through his garden in the company of his grandchild. Together they seek to discover who is eating the garden!

The guesses as to who the culprits are are wonderfully creative and are accompanied by imaginative pictures. Could it be a bunny or an elephant or even a crocodile?

The solution to the mystery is totally unexpected and makes adults and children alike laugh.

A lovely conversational story done in rhyme between a grandfather and his granddaughter with vivid pictures... — Goodreads

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1732980310

Puffy and the Formidable Foe
by Marie G. Lepkowski, Ann M. Hannon and Margaret B. Hannon

This book is a different kind of interactive story. Suitable for bedtime and naptime reading, it’s about a small, gray kitten named Puffy.

Puffy strays away from home, and learns an important lesson. This lesson is one that young children will love to learn, and will find easy to take to heart. Puffy’s adventures are told through rhyme and lead to the happy ending everyone loves, especially children.

Parents will find that this delightful book offers children an awareness of why there are dangers in roaming alone all by themselves and meeting a stranger. It is an important and low-key way to teach children how to stay safe.

The story is short, sweet and moves quickly; the underlined rhyming words will help parents/teachers teach kids about rhyme. — Writer’s Digest

Honors: Mom’s Choice Award; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1450048002

From Tree to Twelve
(Book One of the Nick and Millie series)

by Dr. Qooz

This book introduces a little boy called Nick and a monkey called Millie. The two friendly characters help to teach counting to children who have recently started school.

Counting exercises are integrated in the simple story with strong images that are immediately understood and remembered. Items that a small child can easily identify are paired with images of the count and number.

The strength of this educational picture-book series lies in the word-association technique of showing the number, saying the word of the number and then showing a picture of the example of the number.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Children’s

ISBN: 978-1090219473 

Coral Reef Curiosities:
intrigue, deception and wonder on the reef and beyond

by Chuck Weikert

Bound to be of interest to divers, snorkelers and armchair travelers of all ages, this fascinating book is richly illustrated with stunning underwater photography. Beyond that, the author also ties in the history of how reefs and their creatures were discovered, explored, and described. Meet artists,authors, philosophers and scientists who helped expand the world’s knowledge of coral reefs.

The book is populated with the likes of octopuses, parrotfish, sharks, sea slugs, sea stars, sponges, squids, stingrays and turtles. Readers will discover a range of interesting scenarios of the ocean, including how moray eels and groupers team up for hunting expeditions, how the reef’s version of a carwash sometimes backfires on its clients, how the sedentary sea squirt is more like us than we might want to imagine and why the octopus despises the rat.

As coral reefs face environmental change, increasing the number of people who are aware of their importance and beauty can help to establish a broadscale foundation for protecting them.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Natural History

ISBN: 978-1732526532 

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