New Books

13 July, 2016

TOUCH, The Delta Girls Book Five, Juliet Madison

In the astonishing conclusion to The Delta Girls series (Diversion Publishing, July 2016), Touch, the mystery that has haunted the Delcarta sisters will finally be answered, but 81AlYa0fHtLdiscovering the truth may be the last thing they learn.

When Talia and her sisters take part in a live studio audience for a television show, the last thing the eldest Delta Girl expects is for her psychic gift to be unwillingly broadcast to the nation. Now the media are hounding her, and the sisters’ secret life and the power they hold threatens to become public knowledge.

As Talia seeks refuge in a sculpture class, she meets mysterious loner and talented artist Marco Rodriguez. He seems to be the only person who doesn’t treat her differently after discovering her apparent supernatural ability. But someone else has heard about Talia’s gift―someone dangerous―and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants from her. Talia realizes that the evil threatening her may be linked to her father’s disappearance. She is thrust into a conflicting dilemma of wanting to free herself from danger, but knowing that doing so may mean she never gets to find out the truth about her dad.

When her investigations lead her to become unintentionally separated from her sisters, how will The Delta Girls use their gift without each of the five sisters being present? Talia will have to decide how much she is prepared to risk to solve the mystery that has been haunting the family.

Also available in audio.


12 July, 2016

The Power of the Adolescent Brain, Thomas Armstrong

A leading educator shares strategies for teaching middle and high school students grounded in the latest discoveries in neuroscience about the developing brain.

“Moody. Reckless. Impractical. Insecure. Distracted.” These are all words commonly used to describe adolescents. But what if we recast these traits in a positive light? Teens possess insight, passioA15iY0Klk5Ln, idealism, sensitivity, and creativity in abundance–all qualities that can make a significant positive contribution to society.

In this thought-provoking book, THE POWER OF THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN (ASCD, July 2016), Thomas Armstrong looks at the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based perspective–and describes what middle and high school educators can do to make the most of their students’ potential.

Thoroughly grounded in current neuroscience research, the book explains what we know about how the adolescent brain works and proposes eight essential instructional elements that will help students develop the ability to think, make healthy choices, regulate their emotions, handle social conflict, consolidate their identities, and learn enough about the world to move into adulthood with dignity and grace.

Armstrong provides practical strategies and real-life examples from schools that illustrate these eight key practices in action. In addition, you’ll find a glossary of brain terms, a selection of brain-friendly lesson plans across the content areas, and a list of resources to support and extend the book’s ideas and practices.

There is a colossal mismatch between how the adolescent brain has evolved over the millennia and the passive, rote learning experiences that are all too common in today’s test-obsessed educational climate. See the amazing difference–in school and beyond–when you use the insights from this book to help students tap into the power of their changing brains.

 Thomas Armstrong PhD, is an educator, a psychologist, and a writer who has worked in the education field for more than 40 years. He is the author of 16 books, including 7 for ASCD. During the last 30 years, he has delivered more than 1,000 presentations on learning and human development in 29 countries across 6 continents and in 44 U.S. states. He has written for Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting, and the AMA Journal of Ethics and has been honored with membership on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.

12 July, 2016

LOVE WINS, Debbie Cenziper & Jim Obergefell

The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the LoveWins jacket rev2_FINALgroundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage. (William Morrow/HarperCollins, June 2016)

In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wade and Brown v Board of Education. Through insider accounts and access to key players, this definitive account reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a story of law and love—and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered.

Twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had to provide married gay couples all the benefits offered to straight couples. Jim and John—who was dying from ALS—flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, or even list Jim’s name on John’s death certificate. Then they met Al Gerhardstein, a courageous attorney who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights and who now saw an opening for the cause that few others had before him.

This forceful and deeply affecting narrative—Part Erin Brockovich, part Milk, part Still Alice—chronicles how this grieving man and his lawyer, against overwhelming odds, introduced the most important gay rights case in U.S. history. It is an urgent and unforgettable account that will inspire readers for many years to come.

Love Wins is a real winner and expertly crafted. You can tell it’s going to make a great movie.” (Bob Woodward)

“Beautifully told and carefully researched, Love Wins is a deeply moving insider’s account of the ordinary families who took the fight for marriage equality to the Supreme Court and won. . . . Though love may not always win, America really does stand for liberty and justice for all.” (Kathleen Parker, syndicated Washington Post columnist)

“[An] affecting, eloquent account… Uplifting, well-written story of personal courage and political empowerment.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A tender story, inspiring, and ultimately a huge celebration. . . . You will never forget Jim Obergefell and his lawyer Al Gerhardstein, two men who fought with every ounce of will they could muster. This book will become a classic.” (Erin Brockovich)

“Love Wins is an affecting testament to love and commitment in the face of discrimination. . . . I am recommending Love Wins to everyone I know. Rarely does a book of such uncommon beauty come around, one that digs beneath the headlines to its human heart.” (John Grogan, author of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home)

“Told with a novel’s narrative drive…. Taut, tense, and highly readable…. A remarkably rich portrait of America…. An excellent choice for book groups looking for exciting nonfiction.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A fascinating look at the fight for gay marriage.” (Library Journal)

“Th[is] gripping narrative conveys how the fatal illness of one man and the question for justice of another led to the important decision that said the right to marry applies to all Americans.” (Los Angeles Times)

“…A fascinating read…” (Cincinnati Enquirer)

“This gripping portrayal of the pivotal moment in the fight for marriage equality in Ohio includes childhood memories and romance a well as tense moments in court. . . . Readers will feel they’ve been completely guided into seeing the people behind the cases.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Deeply reported, vividly detailed, utterly humane… Grabs the reader and never lets go… Written with a novelist’s attention to scene description and character-revealing action… An exemplary account that anyone, no matter his or her ideological orientation, might read with both pleasure and insight.” (The Charlotte Observer)

“Bring the tissues for this powerful tale of the triumph of marriage equality. . . . A downright joy to read.” (The Washington Post)


20 June, 2016

Three More Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Paperback edition)

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with the family she’s created, and her efforts to make peaceARC-400x604 with her past.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Her memoir, Three Little Words (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster), captivated audiences everywhere and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now, in Three More Words (Atheneum/S&S, 2015, paperback June, 2016),  Ashley reveals the nuances of life after foster care: College and its assorted hijinks, including meeting “the one.” Marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members. Having kids—from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.

Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls asking for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message of hope.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been featured in Teen People, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and Glamour, as well as on Good Morning America. Her first memoir, Three Little Words, began as an essay, which won a writing contest for high school students, and was published in The New York Times Magazine. She is also the author of Three More Words. A graduate of Eckerd College and a champion for the reformation of the foster care system, Ashley speaks internationally on foster care and adoption. She holds an M.S.W. and is the founder of the Foundation for Sustainable Families. Visit her at Rhodes-Courter.com.


11 June, 2016

The Freshman Survival Guide, Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey

A completely revised and updated values-based guide to navigating the first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping, or skipping their way out of college.

In the four years since its initial publication, THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE has helped thousands of first 51eT-QB--LLFreshmanSurvivalyear students make a successful transition to college life. However, much has changed on campuses. The explosion of technology, ubiquity of social media, and culture changes have all added new layers of complexity to the leap from high school to college. THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE’s updated edition features new research and advice on issues such as mental health, sexual assault, and finding balance. It also features expanded sections on dating, money management, and an increased focus on how the over 1.5 million incoming freshman can prepare themselves for the biggest change they’ve encountered in their lives: heading off to college.

THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE is a strikingly clever work from Bradbury and McGarvey in which the potentially tremulous first weeks of college life are dissected into 25 must know survival tips. From healthy relationship building to avoiding the disastrous pull of procrastination, the guide colorfully dispenses common sense and holistic development. The newest members of any college community will find in this guide a wonderful blend of down-to-earth advice and answers to the deepest of life questions. It is not afraid to address the big life questions of faith, service, the meaning of life and one’s spiritual journey. I can not think of a better gift to give a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, a godchild or grandchild who is heading off to college.―Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., President, Association of Catholic Colleges and UniversitiesEvery young person goes to college with a computer-and now they need to go with THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE.―Bob McCarty, Executive Director, National Federation of Youth Ministry

College students arrive on campus with impressive resumes and advanced academic skills. Many, however, do not have the ability to confront the profound questions of meaning, values or spirituality that will face them as they enter the adult world. This book makes an important contribution to helping college students navigate these defining moments.―Wayne L. Firestone, President, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is a writer for teens and 20-somethings and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry. She has a unique perspective into the challenges they face, their fears and concerns, and the risks involved in beginning college.Bill McGarvey is former editor-in-chief of the award-winning BustedHalo. He has written and commented extensively on topics of pop culture and faith for BBC, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, America, The Tablet (London) Time Out New York, Sirius-XM Radio, Commonweal, and Book magazine.


6 June, 2016

UNSELFIE: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed, Dr. Michele Borba

Is the Selfie Syndrome Undermining Our Kids’ Future?

In her new book, UNSELFIE (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, June 2016), bestselling author Michele Borba offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood—and explainsrevised2 why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.

Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? First, it hurts kids’ academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. Also, it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.

In UnSelfie Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, 9-step plan for reversing it. Readers will learn:

-Why discipline approaches like spanking, yelling, and even time-out can squelch empathy

-How lavish praise inflates kids’ egos and keeps them locked in “selfie” mode

-Why reading makes kids smarter and kinder

-How to help kids be Upstanders—not bystandersin the face of bullying

-Why self-control is a better predictor of wealth, health, and happiness than grades or IQ

-Why the right mix of structured extracurricular activities and free play is key for teaching collaboration

-How to ignite a Kindness Revolution in your kids and community

The good news? Empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured. Dr. Borba offers a framework for parenting that yields the results we all want: successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient. UnSelfie is a blueprint for parents and educators who want to kids shift their focus from I, me, and mine…to we, us, and ours.

Praise for Dr. Borba and UNSELFIE:

“[The] go-to parent expert.” (CNN)

“The most trusted parenting expert in America.” (Dr. Drew)

“The Mommy Whisperer.” (Natalie Morales, TODAY show)

“UnSelfie is the most important parenting book you will read this year.” (Jean M. Twenge, author of Generation Me and co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic)

UnSelfie contains everything parents and educators need how to know to give children the ‘empathy advantage’ and raise a new generation of caring, happy, successful kids. Nobody on the planet is better than Michele Borba at showing you how to put empathy into action. Read this book. It will change your kids’ lives!” (Jack Canfield, Coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul and The Success Principles™)

“Once again Dr. Michele Borba has written a book that is not only ‘good’ but essential. By writing about empathy in the context of our children’s increased technology use, Dr. Borba penetrates the often hidden world of electronics. She does so with a science-based perspective that mirrors our own common sense. UnSelfie is a must-read for parents, teachers, and policy-makers.” (Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls)


1 April, 2016

COLOR YOUR DREAMS, Juliet Madison

So much more than a coloring book!

You have th61ZyHt0HmMLe power to change your life-and Color Your Dreams can help! Each of the 100 coloring pages in this inspiring book is designed around an empowering word (such as love, courage, and kindness) that will encourage you to be the person you want to be. Guided meditations and mindfulness activities allow you to become even more deeply engaged with the positive elements you want to see in your life. As you color, let the power of language lift you up and set your spirit free! Color Your Dreams, is published by Sourcebooks (April 2016).

“This is definitely a must-have treasure for anyone who loves to color. What sets Color Your Dreams apart from the others is it comes with inspirational passages and prompts to inspire and engage your creative side. Beautifully detailed pictures and poignant words… you can’t go wong with this book!” – Dodinsky, New York Times bestselling author of In the Garden of Thoughts
Juliet Madison is a bestselling and award-nominated author of fiction. Before becoming a writer, she ran her own business as a naturopath and coached people through various health challenges. A self-taught artist, Juliet creates art to bring relaxation, inspiration, and creativity to others. She lives in Australia.Juliet Madison

10 March, 2016

IT’S OK TO GO UP THE SLIDE, Heather Shumaker

When it comes to parenting, sometimes you have to trust your gut.

With her first book, It’s OK Not to Share, blogger and national speaker on parenting, Heather Shumaker, overturned all the conventional rules of parenting with her “renegade rules” for raising competent and compassionate kids. In It’s Ok To Go Up the Slide:  Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids (Tarcher Perigee/March 2016), Shumaker takes on new hot-button issues with new “rules” such as:
-Don’t Force Participation
– Recess Is A Right
– It’s Ok Not To Kiss Grandma
– Ban Homework in Elementary School
– Safety Second

Shumaker also offers broader guidance on how parents can control their own fears and move from an overscheduled life to one of more free play. Parenting can too often be reduced to shuttling kids between enrichment classes, but Shumaker challenges parents to reevaluate how they’re spending their precious family time. This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way. Most important, parents must model these skills, whether it’s technology use, confronting conflict, or coping emotionally with setbacks. Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.

“In her thought-provoking new book, Shumaker challenges some of our assumptions as parents and teachers. She shows us clearly and candidly what kids truly need. This is a helpful and inspiring read for anyone concerned with raising the next generation of healthy children.”
—Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls

“Heather Shumaker, the agent-provocateur of the young childhood set, is back in fine form with It’s OK to Go Up the Slide. By refusing to accept received wisdom without questioning it, Shumaker makes the reader think about what children really need when it comes to safety, homework, technology, and interpersonal interactions. She’ll provoke you to think afresh in places where you didn’t even think there was a choice.”
—Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting

“The fact that Heather Shumaker stops to re-examine almost all the conventional wisdom about childhood to figure out which of it is based on anything other than, ‘That’s just how it’s done’ makes her my hero.”
—Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)

“Sensible and provocative. This book will turn notions about kids, families, and schools upside down. From homework to strangers to technology, Shumaker tackles all the big topics facing the preschool to elementary set. Do your family or classroom a favor and grab this book.”
—Amy McCready, author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic and If I Have to Tell You One More Time…

 go up the slide.”
—Anthony DeBenedet, M.D., coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing

“I’m in love with Heather Shumaker’s new book, It’s OK to Go Up the Slide—it’s going to rock boats, challenge thinking, and nudge adults in the right direction when it comes to early learning. The book’s Renegade Rules often swim against the current of conventional thinking, but they are based on solid research, shared with warmth and humor, and come with ample ideas for implementation. This is a must-read for both parents and early learning professionals.”
—Jeff A. Johnson, coauthor of Let Them Play


8 March, 2016

ENTICING BENEDICT COLE, Eliza Redgold

An artist, a lady, a secret passion…

When Benedict Cole shuns her request for painting lessons, Lady “Cameo” Catherine Mary St. Clair takes matters into her own hands.  She arrives at Benedict’s studio, only to be mistaken for a model!  It’s an opportunity she just can’t turn down…

Benedict knows better than to let intimacy interfere with his work, yet he can’t quell his fascination for the mysterious Cameo. And after one daring night together, everything changes.  Will Cameo still be his muse when Benedict discovers who she really is?

Historical novelist Eliza Redgold, author of NAKED, weaves an unfortgettable tale of sensuality set in the art world of the pre-Raphaelites in Victorian England.

Published November, 2015, by Harlequin Historical, UK.


23 February, 2016

LOVE THE HOUSE YOU’RE IN, Paige Rien

Stop hating your house and start adoring it—40 steps to make your home express who you are and work for how you really live.

PAIGE RIEN, interior designer, mother of four, and passionate home lover, wants you to love where you51-EsEaFBGL live and believes you can do the work to get there. She consults with families all over the world to make interior design accessible, friendly, and multidimensional, encouraging clients to bring their whole selves into creating a home. Paige was one of two designers on HGTV’s top-rated Hidden Potential for five seasons. She also appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and was the winner of Pier’s 1 Imports’ Design & Conquer Challenge in 2011, a contest featured on YouTube in four webisodes. When she is not working on a television project, she is helping others make real changes in their homes with a dynamic, creative, and spiritual approach to home improvement, or diving into the next project in her own home outside Washington, DC.
In Love the House You’re In (Roost Books/Shambhala), Paige gives readers actionable steps to adapt and make their homes work for them, imploring them to ignore outside influences and look inward for inspiration. Readers are asked to think about what makes them unique, not what style they prefer, making their lives and experiences the central focus in composing a very personal, very functional home. As opposed to traditional design books that are often a catalog of a particular designer’s work, or a collection of work with no discussion of process, Love the House You’re In is all about the reader: uncovering what she needs and desires and providing concrete, doable ideas to take her there.
From the introduction:”I know what you’re going to say. Your house is unlovable. Maybe unredeemable. You bought it because of the schools or the yard or the price, but you come home after a long day and think: yuck. You wish it were different. You need it to be different–to look better, to work better, and to make you feel better. I’ve been there, many times.

“If you want to get you to house love, here’s the secret: house love doesn’t come from interior designers or wildly popular design bloggers or rampant craftiness or an endless flow of new things, it comes from within you. It won’t spring forth from a great couch or the perfect paint color–it comes from the feeling you create in the space which feels just right, to you. It comes, not when your rooms necessarily match each other, but when your rooms match you and what you are all about. Put what you love and what’s important to you into your house and it will be lovable. (And it will love you back.)

“Guided by the ideas here, you’ll discover how to transform your home into a space that reflects all that you love and all that you are–with your own funds, time, and possibly, your hands. You will love your house by getting to know yourself, coming to know and accept your house (and it’s limitations), and most importantly, learning when you can trust yourself. We’re taught to think others have better taste or abilities than we do. For something as intimate as your home, which serves you and your family 99 percent of the time, you are the best person for the job, by far. What you need in the greatest supply to make your house great is not money, time, or advice, but confidence. Even if you do hire an architect, designer, or decorator to help you (and I don’t advocate one way or another) the work here will help you get the most out of that relationship.”

–Paige Rien

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