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New this month, Novelspot welcomes:

Webutation

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Author: 
Maria Padian
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Knopf
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Rating: 
10
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978-0-375-89610-1

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Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club
Author: 
Robert J. Harris
Publisher: 
Floris Books
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Action-Adventure: 
Rating: 
7
ISBN/ASIN: 

9781782503538

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Books for kids have a tall order. They should have a subtle (practically invisible) moral lesson that is delivered in a package that is fun, entertaining, not condescending. They should use language well, introduce the reader to new concepts, places, stories and characters, as well as make all those things relevant. And the instant the story begins to smell moral, young readers are out the door. Those old mystery books series like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys managed to fulfill all of the above, as well as write to a child's eye view, and introduce essentials like the importance of side-kicks. Robert J. Harris's Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club also does a pretty good job of filling this very tall order.

It seems a no brainer to pick young Artie Conan Doyle to be the inquisitive main character of a child mystery, but it is a perfectly genius concept. And of course, Artie must have a childhood sidekick to parallel Watson, hence the dependable and oft hungry Ham. Even the 'Gravedigger' title falls perfectly into the kid mystery genre, too. And where better to begin the tale than in the beautifully drawn murk of Greyfriars graveyard a week after the death of the most famous of loyal terriers, Grayfriar's Bobby?

Mix together ghosts, gravediggers, a mysterious tenant, the lady in gray, a couple of curious boys, and fantastic ambiance and you have a solid recipe to satisfy any reader's mystery appetite. Artie and Ham felt quite real to me as we were hot on the trail of the mystery. I even like well-read Artie's home library, and hope young readers will be inspired to check out Artie's favorite books. I recommend Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club to any kid (or adult) who would be interested in Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and even Sherlock Holmes. Meanwhile, I did a little research, and find myself intrigued by some of Robert J. Harris's other titles.

The Hardy Boys* meet Arthur Conan Doyle in Robert J. Harris's Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club.

*(Okay, the Hardy Boys don't actually make an appearance in 1872. You probably knew that, but I figured I should make it really clear.)

The Wolf Riders of Keldarra series available as a Kindle box set

The first three books of my epic fantasy series The Wolf Riders of Keldarra is available to be puchased as a Kindle box set:

http://amzn.to/2rRWWLU

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Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith
Author: 
Heidi B Neumark
Publisher: 
Abingdon Press
Genre: 
Non-fiction_: 
Rating: 
7
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9781630881245

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Hidden Inheritance is Heidi B. Neumark's journey of discovery after she discovers a puzzle in her history. Neumark, a Lutheran pastor, finds out that her father was Jewish, and though they were close, that fact was a tragic disconnect, a secret he'd kept from her. Her daughter's discovery (on Wikipedia) starts her on a journey of a combined exploration of history and personal philosophy with the assistance of experts, historians, survivors, and academics.

She travels to Germany where in Wittmund and Lubeck, she learns how her grandfather lost his business and died in a concentration camp after sending his son—her father--to the US. She wonders many things, like how her own faith might have grown innately from a part of her history she'd never known, as if religious feelings were coded in her DNA. The discovery does not turn her from her Lutheran faith, but does cause her to re-examine everything in detail, including developing insight about her eccentric Aunt Lore.

The history is interesting, and the perspective is unusual. Neumark remembers being a teenager considering her German heritage, never guessing that her lineage is Jewish, putting her family tree on the opposite side of the fence from where she thought she was. Because she is a preacher, it isn't unexpected that her self-examination begins to feel very preachy, as, among other things, she tries to apply her secrets, persecution, and prejudice to relate to her work helping contemporary LGBT youth. The holocaust destroyed many lives, and many of its survivors' lives were irrevocably damaged as a result. Perhaps Neumark was seeking answers and a way to cope with damage she'd never known extended into her own family. I admire Heidi Neumark's bravery in such a public examination of her family's deeply buried secrets, but do be forewarned that the spiritual navel-gazing begins to feel preachy.


It’s just about that time…yes, it’s almost summer, but that also means: new K.A. Tucker!!!!!
We’re so excited for the release of UNTIL IT FADES…on-sale June 27, 2017!

T - 3 days and counting...

It's come down to the final pre-sale weekend. Only three days left to purchase the ebook at $3.99 before it goes up to $8.99 on Monday.

The trade paper and hardcover editions have hit Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestseller lists so they're discounting both editions by 20%. That's a deal, right?

Join us for the virtual launch party on Facebook. We'll be going away all kinds of swag: T-shirts, signed books, and a Kindle Fire.

Check out this short intro I just made for my #WriteTip video series on YouTube. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
#WriteTip for Beginners: Free-Writing

Jonathan Fesmire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ukFYNtH58

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