When I was three years old, I was introduced to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And for close to a decade, I spent all my time reading the books, watching the various incarnations of the films, and walking around with a funnel on my head. I still enjoy the books and the movies (I’ve since retired the funnel, as it’s difficult to find a good one in my size), but now I find myself devoting quite a bit of time towards learning about the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum.
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The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is the first adventure in the highly desired series, The Bizarre Baron Inventions! This book is a quirky, steampunk masterpiece that kids and adults will love. Readers will devour each whacky page and love each moment spent with the delightful characters. The Children's Book Review says, "The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate is an enjoyable old-school Western with a contemporary feel, thanks to the steampunk addition of Ma and Pa’s inventions." We sat down with the witty author of this series, Eric Bower, to talk about his creative inspiration, favorite moments, and general silliness.
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As Rose and I tied him back to the wheel, we heard a thump and a splat. “What was that?” Rose asked. I looked up at the far right corner of the picture window. There was something stuck to it, something yellow and white and mushy. I pointed it out to Rose, and she made a face. “Oh no,” she groaned. “Did we just hit a bird or a giant bug?” “I don’t think so.”
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The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest is now available for purchase! Jennifer Frick-Ruppert has brought the historical context of the North Carolina's to life in this book that teaches about nature, biology, and history. This is an important book for readers young and old. What's left of the Algonquin culture and history is being preserved by the Chowanoke Indian Nation in North Carolina, who are currently seeking federal recognition. Be sure to check out their website to learn more about who they are!
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Get excited about our upcoming new middle-grade adventure book, The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate! This is a series that readers of all ages will adore and keep coming back to! Eric Bower is a master of humor who has combined his love of westerns and adventure stories into a steampunky adventure book. Follow Waldo Baron and his […]
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Several places in The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest, Skyco experiences life from the perspective of a different animal. I really enjoyed writing about these experiences because I think that anyone can put themselves in the mind of another animal once they learn something about that animal. Becoming an ant was particularly enjoyable because insects are so different from us. For example, insects have faceted eyes, but what does that mean in terms of how they see or react? Insect eyes are made up of many small units (called ommatidia if you really want to get scientific), and each one of these facets focuses the image. Initially, people thought that meant insects would see an image composed of hundreds of little tiles. Old movies often used a kaleidoscope to suggest that a fly’s vision would be broken up into multiple little images. Now that we’ve studied insects in more detail and with finer instruments and equipment, most biologists think that insects see a smooth image rather like we do because their brains integrate all that information into a coherent whole. If you start to really think about that, then you’ll realize that what we see is also a product of our brain’s interpretation of reality. It is the reason we can be tricked by sleight of hand or by other illusions. What we see is not necessarily what is really there. It is a product of our brain’s interpretation. That just boggles my mind!
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This debut middle grade novel is an educational adventure that readers won't forget! Learn about the culture and environment of the North Carolina's in the 1500's through the eyes of a young Algonquin boy. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert has brought history to life in this entertaining story of The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest.
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“Skyco, quick, get out of there!” the brothers yelled simultaneously. I tried to back up quickly, but it was difficult to move fast enough in the water. I realized in panic that I stood helplessly right in the opening, between a big shark and its freedom. I had no chance. The fish was upon me, but instead of biting, it thrust past me as it swept out through the entrance of the pen. The impact of its body and the turbulence of the water tumbled me off my feet and my head went under water. After an eternity, I finally surfaced outside the pen, sputtering and hurting, my arms and legs paddling frantically against the water.
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The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest is an excellent new middle-grade book that follows the adventures of Skyco, a young boy from the Algonquin tribe. Written by Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, Spirit Quest explores the natural setting and resources of the coast of North Carolina.
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"Touching on the influence of religious faith in the secular world, debut novelist Beck intriguingly examines Jewish immigrant life in New York City during the early 20th century. ... The narrative is seamless and well-paced. The dialogue avoids parody, and the setting provides an informative portrait of the Jewish immigrant experience, enhanced by back story anecdotes of Eastern European Jewish life, all while offering insight into how religion shapes culture. A novel best enjoyed for its examination of a people and a culture." -Kirkus Reviews One American Dream is now available to purchase on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and can be ordered through any of your local bookstores!
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