YA Bullying Survival Guide (written by a 16 year old)
by Aija Mayrock
Release: June 30th, 2015
About the book:
19 year old Aija Mayrock is a girl who has experienced bullying firsthand. Instead of letting her experiences break her down, she channeled her positive energy into writing and self-publishing The Survival Guide to Bullying, where she shares the strategies that helped her survive and thrive. Aija writes about how to handle bullying, cyber bullying, dealing with fear, personal safety & ultimately creating the life that you dream of having. Aija is also an accomplished screen writer. Her film Diego received a Siver Key from Scholastic's Art & Writing Awards. Visit Aija online at www.aijamayrock.com and meet her on Vimeo @ https://vimeo.com/116819745
This guide includes helpful tips for kids & parents to refer to whether their child is being bullying or bullying someone else purposefully or without realizing that's what they are doing.
The Mapmaker's Children
by Sarah McCoy
About the book:
Sarah Brown, the vibrant, talented daughter of abolitionist John Brown, is dynamically changed when she stumbles onto her father’s work on the Underground Railroad shortly after being told the shocking news that she won’t ever bear children. Realizing that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the movement’s leading mapmakers, hiding maps within her paintings while bigotry and hatred steer the country toward a bloody civil war.
Interwoven with Sarah’s adventure is the present-day story of Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, who moves to an old house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance. Sarah and Eden’s connection bridges the past and present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.
"Engaging and emotionally charged... Eden's realization that "what fable and history could agree upon was that everyone was searching for their ever-after, whatever that may be" neatly sums up the novel's heart - it's about the family and the life we create, not always the ones we imagine for ourselves." - Kirkus
"McCoy deftly intertwines a historical tale with a modern one.... lovingly constructed.. passionately told.. The Mapmaker's Children not only honors the accomplishments of a little-known woman but artfully demonstrates how fate carries us in unexpected directions, no matter how we might try to map out our lives." - The Washington PostStay tuned for these reviews: