The Frights of Fiji

by Sunayna Prasad

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

“Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.”

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

The year is 3017.
Before Aero-cars or space-rockets, humans or dinosaurs; before our planet was home to any form of breathing organism, a race more powerful than you can imagine watched over from a planet known as Prehistoria. The Menosaurs, as they are known, first discovered Planet Earth which they called Mordex. To them it was the richest planet beyond their solar-system, beyond their galaxy. Why? Earth was the greatest known source of an invaluable rock named Grandidierite, known to them as Astronomite.
Half-dinosaur half-human themselves, the Menosaurs took planet Earth as their own. Here, over two-hundred and thirty million years ago, they created dinosaurs in their own image, used the Earth as their harvest grounds, wanting to evolve symbiotically with their surroundings.
But they weren’t the only race among the undiscovered solar-systems that wanted ownership of our planet. The Mantoids, sworn enemy to the Menosaurs, had their beady eyes on the same prize.
Back on Earth, Rex, a technologically-adapted fourteen-year-old boy, half-tech half-human, and his rather paranoid furry yeti-droid care-taker, Rion, find Tarock the young Menosaur whose asteroid egg-capsule crashes into Earth near their home, on route to Prehistoria. Unfortunately, the U.S. Marines have also been alerted to the alien capsule’s arrival, and they’re not about to let this ‘thing’ walk free.

Yummy Me Feels So Good

by Lion I Am

This book is a wonderful way to teach little kids how to be with their emotions. It’s fun. It’s catchy. And, it’s absolutely delightful. Behind all the wonderful illustrations is a powerful message that we can be with our emotions but not have to get caught up in them. Behind all of our emotions is a quiet and powerful presence that quietly observes them all. I’ve never seen anything quite like this in teaching children about how to be with their feelings. This book deserves to be read and re-read with little kids. Highly recommended.
Brooke Fairley is an inquisitive, creative 9-year-old with an eye for inventing. Inspired by her grandfather and their mutual delight in how inventions come to be discovered, Brooke looks for ways to improve the world around her.
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