Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Featuring indiebrag Children's & Middle Grade Books

Last week on indiebrag was Children’s Book Week and throughout the whole month on indiebrag and Layered Pages, we will be featuring indiebrag award winning middle grade and children’s books. Indiebrag’s mission is to discover new and talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Their primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, they selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

“The More that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” -Dr. Seuss

Today I am sharing books by Simon James House, Crystal Marcos, C. M. Broyles & Rhys Bowen, Susan Griner and Katie Smotherman. Adventurous tales, a literary feast, imagination, family secrets, and superheroes await! 

Andee is a young boy living on an island. His parents are marine biologists who search the reef for new sea-life that could cure illnesses. Andee befriends two young dolphins, Tingo and Tango. One day a great storm rips across the island and the waves pull Andee out to sea. In their dinghy, in the storm, his parents are lost forever.

Tingo and Tango save Andee and he becomes one with his new dolphin family. Little does he know – he is the Chosen One.

Many quests and adventures await him. Special powers are given to him, allowing him to be one of the great and legendary Aquanauts of the Marine Kingdom; the Lost City.
His purpose at first is to assist and protect all marine life. But he’s destined for a far greater purpose than that. Sent on quests and adventures by the Wise White Dolphin, he faces turmoil beyond his imagination and discovers that there are many dark and evil forces standing in his way.
Will Andee succeed? Can he fight off the evil that lurks in the depths of the oceans, and save all marine life? And will he ever get home to find his parents?

A lip-smacking, mouthwatering, absolutely delectable debut, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos is a literary feast for ages seven and up. In the vein of Roald Dahl’s best-loved adventures, Marcos offers a mystical, character driven escapade that intertwines strands of reality with a larger-than-life fantasy world. When Peter Fischer sets out to help his grandfather at Papa’s Sweet Shop, he will quickly learn that sneaking sweets and covering up his sugar-dusted tracks will have major consequences. As Peter is transported to a mysteriously delicious, faraway land, a curious people known as the Candonites, some of whom have no time for a non-Candonite, will teach Peter a lesson on what it means to be different and what it means to forgive.

Seven Children, Seven Powers. One Enemy. Addy Walker is a normal California surfer girl until her mother dies and her British aunt enrolls her at a boarding school called Red Dragon Academy in Wales. At first the school seems okay, if a little weird. Which other school has a sun-day when it’s not raining? But when Addy stumbles upon a hallway that leads to a different and horrible part of the school she begins to have her doubts. Addy has always had vivid dreams but now these dreams are becoming frighteningly real and she has a hard time telling dreams from reality. Was it really only in a dream that she visited the cold palace and met the man who wants her captured? He calls her a dreamwalker and it seems that this is a special and dangerous power. Is Addy really able to move between two worlds or is she finally cracking up? Dreamwalker is the first book in the Red Dragon Academy series and in it we meet Addy, as well as snooty Pippa, brainy Raj, cheeky Sam, serious Coby, shy Gwyllum and worldly Celeste—all who may have been brought to the school because of their special powers. All of whom may be in mortal danger from a terrifying tyrant who calls himself The One, in a land that seems a lot like Wales, but isn’t.

Why does Freddy Pesterfield wake up in the nearby cemetery night after night?
Freddy is convinced he’s being lured into sleepwalking to the graveyard by a ghost named Tump. But Freddy’s family believes the grief over his mother’s death is what draws him to the cemetery. Freddy enlists his superstitious friend and his wary cousin to help get rid of Tump for good. No folk remedies or safeguards keep Tump from invading Freddy’s dreams. Freddy desperately seeks out a medicine woman for a cure but she advises him to listen to what the ghost is trying to tell him. Freddy learns about Tump’s past through his dreams and begins to suspect his elderly relatives were involved in Tump’s drowning. Freddy must uncover the family’s secrets before Tump takes his revenge on Freddy. The Fourth of July family gathering ends with a shocking grand finale of fireworks, lightning and Freddy’s drowning. Only in death does Freddy finally meet Tump as they both fight for one more chance at life.

Alex Tice is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary power. On the day of his 13th birthday, Alex’s world is turned upside down. He learns a secret that has been kept quiet from ‘normal’ humans for centuries. When Alex is brought to a superhero camp, his wildest fantasies are suddenly a reality. Only, there are people in the world that are tired of hiding their powers and are ready to be known. What will that mean for society? Are the people of the world in danger?

Come join Alex and his new super human friends as they live one adventure we never thought was possible. But before you start, you need to ask yourself one question… Do you believe in superheroes?


  1. These are all great books and we are so proud to have them as B.R.A.G.Medallion Honorees!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing my book and for the honor!

  3. We love Crystal Marcos, but the others are new to me! Thanks for sharing with us at Booknificent Thursday on this week!