Monday, May 9, 2016

Featuring indiebrag Children's & Middle Grade Books


Last week on indiebrag was Children’s Book Week and this month on Layered Pages I 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 Andrea Malamut, R. Stim, Chris Behrens, Rhonda Canter and Gary Renison. These stories face bullying, courage, mysteries, determination, friendship and hidden secrets!  


FRAIDIE is a lower middle grade novel that views bullying through the quirky lens and offbeat humor of an eleven-year-old girl who finds the courage to face her biggest fears.
Sadie barely gets out the door for school in the morning. Her habits
and superstitions are taking over her life. What’s worse, the kids in school
have nicknamed her Fraidie because she worries about everything.
Determined to lose the nickname Fraidie by the time she enters middle
school, Fraidie performs a “spectacular act of bravery” in front of the entire fifth grade…but things don’t go as planned.




Crazy things are about to happen to 12-year old Frankie Jackson after she signs on to compete in a reality TV show. Not only does she have to win a televised pitching competition, but she also has to figure out who burned down an abandoned houseboat and why a 15-year old con artist wants to become her BFF. And weirdest of all – why is she getting phone calls from someone claiming to be the “real” Frankie Jackson? “I Like Your Shoes,” the third book in the Frankie Jackson mystery series, takes place on the Sausalito houseboat docks.


Despite losing his family, his home, and his best friend, Shamba, an African field mouse, refuses to give up. His courage, determination, and wit help him forge an unlikely friendship with Kali, a baby elephant who also loses her family. Separately, they would surely die. But together, Shamba and Kali brave poachers, out-of-control fires, and savage dogs in one of the wildest places on earth: Africa’s Serengeti region. And just when their struggles appear to be over, they find themselves fighting pirates aboard a ship bound for America. Can they survive their toughest battle yet? Or will their incredible journey come to a heartbreaking end?



Back on mysterious Bald Head Island, North Carolina, two children are in trouble, and Chihuahua detectives Starfoot and Brown are on the case.
Isabel is a gifted, fifteen-year-old saxophone player, whose scientist father is in danger on the other side of the world. He sends Isabel a frightening message that sends her into hiding on Bald Head Island.

Jordy is a boy unlike other boys. On a school trip to the island, he follows his curiosity into the woods and finds himself separated from the rest of his class.

Fate comes to fruition when Isabel and Jordy meet and instantly strike up a friendship. But Starfoot and Brown smell danger in the air, and it’s blowing straight toward these two talented young people. The detectives must use every bit of their cunning and creativity to help their new friends find safety.

What follows is a frolicking adventure of mystery, friendship, and growing up, decorated with plenty of laughs to make the journey truly enjoyable. Author Rhoda Canter’s follow-up to The Adventures of Starfoot and Brown is a touching and harrowing tale of fear of the unknown, coming-of-age, and the desire for a fresh start at life.


Pandora Johnson’s new chest of drawers holds a hidden secret. It is a secret she is determined that no one else will know about until after she and her best friend Lucy have fully uncovered it for themselves. However, Pandora and Lucy quickly learn a terrible lesson. Sometimes it is best not to try and open something that has been kept deliberately locked for a very long time…


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