Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 78 self-published titles below. Each appears with a list of retailers that are selling the book and a description provided by its author. Some of these writers are waiting to be discovered; others have a track record and a following and are doing it on their own. If you are a self-published author interested in listing titles in this section, please visit publishersweekly.com/pw-select for more information.
Anne Moose. Anne Moose. $15 paper (303p), ISBN 978-0-9785232-6-8
This suspenseful novel is about the devastating consequences of interracial love in the Jim Crow South.
David John Jaegers. Shimmering Water Productions. $14.95 paper (263p), ISBN 978-0-692-88074-6
A clandestine group uses elaborate hacking schemes to collect enough data to decide whether astrology is accurate.
Tony Holtzman. Cloudsplitter Press. $17.88 paper (367p), ISBN 978-0-692-81019-4
A young scientist overlooks a crucial experiment. As a result, a woman dies, his marriage is shattered, and the local African-American community protests.
Corner Confessions: Everyone Has a Secret. What’s Yours?
Kiersten Hall. K Hall Books. $14.95 paper (256p), ISBN 978-0-692-78291-0
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Be the proverbial fly on the wall while 14 people clean skeletons out of their closets. Everyone has a secret.
Evanthia’s Gift: (The Gift Saga, Book 1)
Effie Kammenou. Effie Kammenou. $19.99 paper (559p), ISBN 978-0-692-47183-8
This Greek-American family saga follows a multigenerational story of love, loyalty, and culture. An emotional novel about family bonds and the difficult pull between home and heritage.
The Memory Box: A Novel of Love, Regret and Memory
Jay Caselberg. Jay Caselberg. $9.49 paper (256p), ISBN 978-1-5210-6772-7
In Woodford Park, a small seaside town, Angelica’s and Walter’s paths cross by accident, drawing them into discoveries about the town, themselves, and each other.
The Money Ship
Joan Druett. Old Salt Press. $19.99 paper (233p), ISBN 978-0-9941246-4-7
Jerusha’s quest for a lost pirate trove was tortuous, involving treachery, adultery, murder, and ultimately, her own arranged marriage.
Mother, May I Be Excused: Asa’s Story
Latifah Free. Latifah Free. $13.99 paper (244p), ISBN 978-1-5246-9076-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-9075-5
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After his father’s death and his mother’s misguided loyalties, Asa struggles from boyhood into manhood. An oath would keep him from the one thing he’s wanted most in his life.
Linda Grace. Big Rock Press. $15.95 paper (415p), ISBN 978-0-9975774-0-2
Betrayals and secrets lead to a deadly showdown at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.
Phat(‘s) Chance for Buddha in Houston (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation)
Virginia Arthur. Ecological Outreach Services. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01543RYRO
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Just how many Buddhist monks can fit into a 1970 Buick Electra 225 convertible? Uncle Phat and his 15-year-old nephew take a wacky, poignant road trip.
P. Holiday Gardner. CreateSpace. $11.99 paper (300p), ISBN 978-1-5173-0513-0
The struggles of a child actor’s life during the 1980s are revealed while portraying a fictional account of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s traumatic childhood during the 1920s.
Darrell Dunham. Halo Publishing. $6.95 paper (284p), ISBN 978-1-61244-500-7
A novel of faith, love, forgiveness, and redemption for anyone searching for meaning, faith, and spiritual focus in their life.
Ms. Pretty Rickey: The Street Sweeper
Bryneen Gary. CreateSpace. $10 paper (36p), ISBN 978-1-5453-7081-0
Fresh delights of lasting love and good health in the midst of terror’s electronic harassment and constant tracking through satellite.
A Slice of Life... A Bit of Love... An Age of Passion: Poems
Jim Reardon. CreateSpace. $10 paper (56p), ISBN 978-1-5355-8320-6
Reardon’s insight into the understanding of passion and love over the major epochs of life.
Ideas with Ink. 101 Panya Publishing. $7.99 paper (188p), ISBN 978-1-988880-01-3
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Poetry and prose by a 16-year-old Canadian author: exceptional depth provides a path to explore life, love, death, betrayal, and friendship through the soul of a modern teen.
A Bitter Wind: Time Entanglement, Book 1
Anita Merrick. Friesen Press. $40.41 hardcover (368p), ISBN 978-1-4602-6094-4
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Sent to decipher odd hieroglyphs, Lex soon is dangerously susceptible to secrets infused in stone and must redefine imagination and reality or lose the battle for his sanity.
Do You Solemnly Swear? A Nation of Law, the Dark Side
Lin Wilder. Wilder Books. $7.99 e-book, ASIN B016X95RDQ
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A former girlfriend decides to use her 6-year-old daughter to punish Gabe McAllister for breaking up with her.
David L. Winters. Carpenter’s Son Publishing. $14.99 paper (208p), ISBN 978-0-9977747-2-6
Antonio uses his Italian good looks and easy manner to elicit confessions from his passengers. One trip plunges him into murder, espionage, and secrets.
Face Value: A Wright & Tran Novel
Ian Andrew. Book Reality Experience. $14.99 paper (318p), ISBN 978-0-9924641-2-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9924641-4-1
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Two women combat veterans of an elite intelligence unit now make their living as PIs. While trying to hunt down a former military analyst, they’re dragged into a trafficking network.
A Fine Line (A Sebastian Drake Novel)
Dan Burns. Chicago Arts Press. $26.95 hardcover (294p), ISBN 978-0-9911694-2-9; $12.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9911694-4-3
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Sebastian Drake, a struggling author with a secret government past, is hired to investigate a cold murder case involving one of Chicago’s most powerful political families.
The Fixer: The Naked Man
Jill Amy Rosenblatt. Jill Amy Rosenblatt. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B00ZV0AFUO
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College student Katerina Mills falls into a dangerous world as a professional fixer, making the problems of New York City’s powerful disappear, by any means necessary.
F.O.X.: A Jessica James Mystery
Kelly Oliver. Kaos Press. $3.99 e-book, ASIN B06XB2BLD5
Jessica James wakes up behind a Dumpster in downtown Chicago. After similar incidents, Jessica realizes she wasn’t raped—she was robbed.
Genocide: A Darcy McClain and Bullet Thriller
Pat Krapf. Thunder Glass Press. $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-941300-04-6
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Sean Ireland, the first gay presidential candidate in U.S. history, is guaranteed the election until he’s found dead at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Hard Sentences: Crime Fiction Inspired by Alcatraz
David James Keaton and Joe Clifford, eds. Broken River Books. $16.95 paper (242p), ISBN 978-1-940885-37-7
Nineteen stories detail the cold, strange history of the Rock. More than 5,000 tourists travel to Alcatraz daily.
The Last Train (Detective Hiroshi Series, Book 1)
Michael Pronko. Raked Gravel Press. $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-942410-13-3
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A novice detective tracks a vengeful murderess through Tokyo’s skyscraper offices, temples, and nightclubs.
The Lighthouse Library
Donald F. Averill. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-5049-8607-6
The adventure takes two boys and their families into the backwoods of Maine and armed confrontation with spies.
Oink: A Food for Thought Mystery
J.L. Newton. She Writes Press. $16.41 paper (256p), ISBN 978-1-63152-212-3
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Pigs, poisoned cornbread, a feminist network, and a university tainted by corporate values.
The Salad Oil King: An American Tale of Greed Gone Mad
M.G. Crisci. Orca Publishing. $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9914773-6-4
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A high school dropout skims millions from federal programs before turning the salad oil industry into a $14 billion Ponzi scheme that rocks Wall Street and shuts two blue-blood brokerage firms.
To Be a King, Vol. 1
Gunner Alan Lindbloom. Harbinger Media Group. $19.95 paper (533p), ISBN 978-1-5203-9994-2; $7.99 e-book, ASIN B01N6RQ3AE
For those who love classic Mafia tales of love, honor, deception, and betrayal, this is the first book in the saga of the Falcone family.
The Voynich Gambit
Quintin Peterson. Ram Press. $11.95 paper (152p), ISBN 978-0-9891369-1-4
In the second Norman Blalock mystery, Folger Shakespeare Library guard Lt. Blalock is coerced into a plot to heist the Voynich Manuscript, on display in the Folger Museum.
Beyond the Milky Way
Aithal. CreateSpace. $14.95 paper (362p), ISBN 978-1-5228-5851-5; $4.95 e-book, ASIN B017FI1C3I
Three astronauts go to space in search of a planet that probably has water, one of the basic elements for humanity to survive.
The Devil’s Dragon
Jason F. Boggs. Mill City Press. $14.92 paper (596p), ISBN 978-1-63505-481-1; $5.99 e-book, ASIN B01N34P7D6
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When the battle for Earth begins, everyone will have to choose a side. An epic space opera that explores what it means to be human, even if you’re not.
Francesco Augustine Bernadone: A Brief History of Our Tomorrows
Stan Faryna. Stan Faryna. $5 paper (57p), ISBN 978-1-5212-7850-5
Zombies, machetes, and permadeath in a dark dystopian virtual reality game remind us of Shakespeare’s unfortunate revelation that the course of true love never did run smooth.
The Lake Town
Hunter Parker Price. Hunter Parker Price. $6.99 e-book, ASIN B0716K8LLH
A small group of citizens must band together to face a shocking scenario—their own sons and daughters and fellow citizens turned into emotionless killers by an alien parasite.
Land of Neves: The Birth, Book 1
Jason Bourque. Toplink Publishing. $14.99 paper (193p), ISBN 978-1-946801-21-0
A fantasy love story about balance, despair, and the need to survive. Come into an oasis of heaven, where beasts and mankind thrive.
Land of Neves: The Break Through, Book 2
Jason Bourque. Toplink Publishing. $24.99 paper (376p), ISBN 978-1-946801-27-2
The epic saga of good versus evil continues in this second volume of the Land of Neves series.
Return to Earth
Aithal. Season Ball.
$4.95 e-book, ASIN B01MY6AF67
After their shuttle met with an accident and landed on a strange planet, the three astronauts return to Earth with the help of the aliens.
Controlling Darkness (The Control Series, Book 4)
Anna Edwards. Anna Edwards. $1.99 e-book, ASIN B071H84ZHL
The story of Matthew and Sonia and how the pain they hold within themselves can become love.
Essential Magic (The Fay of Skye, Book 1)
Cara McKinnon. Stars and Stone Books. 99¢ e-book, ISBN 978-0-9977081-0-3
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A woman driven to learn magic. A man who has sworn to never cast a spell again. But falling in love changes everything.
The Walking Stick: Willow of the Wind, Book II
Kathy Love Cowen. Cat’s Paw Plus. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01N6QCFMX
The saga continues with Willow as she fights to save another.
The Accidental Captain
Glenn Patron. Ventura Publishing. $12.95 paper (258p), ASIN B01MRRYFWQ
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Learning to sail transformed a sickly, fearful youngster into an adventurer who then found success in life and crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his own sailboat.
Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions
Scott M. Graffius. CreateSpace. $19.95 paper (148p), ISBN 978-1-5333-7024-2
This guide helps teams deliver products and services in short cycles along with quick feedback, rapid adaptation to change, faster time-to-market, and continuous improvement.
Breathing Yourself Thin
Qizhi Gao. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (82p), ISBN 978-1-4797-3409-2
Qigong has been a part of Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, and now it’s being used in the United States for weight management.
Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work
Halimah Bellows. BookBaby. $8.99 e-book, ASIN B00W4LAMJ2
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Self-assessment tools and career advice to guide readers on the path to finding fulfilling work.
Color Your Own Creation: An Adult Coloring Book Using the Opportunity to Create Your Own Images
Dan J. Ferraina. Xlibris. $32.49 paper (70p), ISBN 978-1-5144-7718-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-7717-5
This book lets readers create their own images using a series of dots and boxes, enhancing drawings by making them three-dimensional.
Come as You’re Not: Because God Welcomes You as You Are
Micah Ann Duckett. WestBow Press. $28.95 hardcover (144p), ISBN 978-1-5127-8235-6
God’s character, care, and provision are showcased in this platform for hope and encouragement taken from Duckett’s true overcoming-life stories.
Drifting in the Push
Daniel Garrison. Tongue and Groove Publishing. $16.95 paper (265p), ISBN 978-0-9976363-0-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9976363-1-4
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From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to Alaska, this fast-paced, comical romp travels through the motley and unintentional adventures of one man’s unique reality.
Edward IV, England’s Forgotten Warrior King: His Life, His People, and His Legacy
Anthony Corbet. iUniverse. $27.95 paper (466p), ISBN 978-1-4917-4633-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-4635-6
As the Hundred Years’ War ended, a new king emerged: Edward IV. He struggled with rebellion and battles until establishing a time of peace and prosperity.
Extrajoydinary: Creating Your Serene Life
The Extrajoydinary Writers Group. Tullisian Books. $19.99 hardcover (87p), ISBN 978-0-9977101-0-6; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9977101-1-3
This book should be thought of as a recipe for life. The reader must provide the ingredients and do all the work. The result, though, will be a beautiful and delicious life.
The Fade Out: The Obama-Clinton Elite Gave Us War, Oligarchy, Big Brother, Propaganda and Trump
Will Pflaum. Will Pflaum. $14.95 paper (392p), ISBN 978-1-5442-8877-2
This book offers blow-by-blow proof of how the Democratic Party failed America and is a handy guide to the major scandals. Fake news becomes fake history.
First Generation Singular: Reactions to Living in Post-Holocaust Germany
Shirlee Sky Hoffman. CreateSpace. $6 paper (95p), ISBN 978-1-5336-6065-7; $1.99 e-book, ASIN B01LXIGLH0
Intimate, comprehensible poetry and prose explore how positive and negative reverberations from living in Germany in the 1970s permeates zachor, remembering the Holocaust.
If You’re Stuck in a Rut Try WingTips
Leslie Dwyer. Leslie Dwyer. $1.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9987796-1-4
This book of tips can brighten the day. Each page has an original drawing and tip to delight, entertain, and heal. Steal away from serious to laugh, ponder, and enjoy some zany.
Interview with a Terrorist
James Rosone and Miranda Watson. CreateSpace. $12.95 paper (262p), ISBN 978-1-5406-5130-3; $5.95 e-book, ASIN B01MFHWCCL
The true story of an American interrogator who served in Iraq, 2006-2007.
Loving Like a Leader: Featuring 77 More Leadership Mints
Peter Jeff. Leadership Mints Publishing. $15 paper (272p), ISBN 978-0-692-62000-7
Comprised of 77 short stories called Leadership Mints, this book cites the best-kept secret of successful leaders (love) to impact the bottom line with empathy.
Mein Name Ist Peter Dietrich: Deatrick/Dedrick Family Heritage
Ronald J. Deatrick and Claudia Barnard Coffey. Outskirts Press. $23.95 paper (529p), ISBN 978-1-4787-7792-2; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B01MTKZJY6
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The saga of a family whose story is as monumental as the great land Peter Dietrich adopted as his new home long ago.
Our Fated Century
Grant Rodkey. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (224p), ISBN 978-1-5434-1794-4
This book is a kaleidoscopic scan of events and attitudes that have affected us and our fellow earthly travelers during the tumultuous period from 1917 to 2017.
Parenting at Your Best: Powerful Reflections and Straightforward Tips for Becoming a Mindful Parent
Roni Wing Lambrecht. 3 Hearts Press. $19.95 paper (250p), ISBN 978-0-9979298-0-5
Reflections and tips from parents who lost their only child, sharing the lessons they’ve learned so others may apply them to living in the moment with their own children.
Parkinson’s Lite: The Laughable Side
Marie Tomas Macioce. Schnapps Press. $9.99 e-book, ASIN B01B43598Y
A funny book about a not-so-funny disease. Married couple Marie and Pat, in an attempt to cope with Parkinson’s, wind up switching roles.
Personal Development Simplified: Break Negative Patterns and Take Control of Your Life. Guaranteed.
Kshitij Prasai. A Life Well Created. $4.99 e-book, ASIN B071195YMT
Prasai designed this book to allow readers to focus on the specifics right off the bat. No complicated concepts, industry jargon, or arcane rituals.
Pondering Pogo’s Enemy: One Op-Ed at a Time
Herb Van Fleet. Op-Ed Publishing. $17 paper (148p), ISBN 978-1-5323-1760-6
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Van Fleet intends this compilation of his op-ed pieces to be useful for essays, reports, reference, discussion groups, or maybe new ideas, or as background or support in other works.
Remember to Remember: The Mayan Mysteries
Carol E. Parrish-Harra. Toplink Publishing. $9.99 paper (194p), ISBN 978-1-946801-51-7
This compilation of and personal insights into the Mayan prophecies brings a new comprehension.
Revive Your Life! Rest for Your Anxious Heart
Pamela Christian. Protocol. $16.99 paper (232p), ISBN 978-0-9909421-8-4
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Christian intends to help people discover truth and life’s meaning and purpose to usher in the much-needed reform our world longs for.
Sons and Dads: Who Will Reconcile Them?
Humphrey W. Muciiri. Toplink Publishing. $12.99 paper (171p), ISBN 978-1-946801-24-1
Dad’s behavior communicates a lot to his son.
To Divorce or Not to Divorce
Lenard Marlow. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (126p), ISBN 978-1-5245-7080-4
In the terms that this book puts it, couples are unable to decide whether to go forward or end their marriage.
An Uncut Diamond: A Memoir
Angela N. Hsi. Dorrance Publishing. $19 paper (274p), ISBN 978-1-4809-2635-6
Hsi has pursued freedom across two continents. This is her story. An intense and personal view of the modern history of China, Taiwan, and America by a scholar.
Chatur and the Enchanted Jungle
Subhash Kommuru, illus. by Nayan Soni. Kommuru Books. $5.99 paper (32p), ISBN 978-1-946312-04-4
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A story about the value of friendships over material things. Chatur seems to be getting everything he wants, but will greed get in the way of what really matters?
Chevalier the Queen’s Mouseketeer: The Hither and Yon
Darryl Hughes, illus. by Monique MacNaughton. Brand X Books. $11.99 paper (38p), ISBN 978-0-9903936-0-3
The kingdoms of the Land Ever After and the Far, Far Away are on the verge of war. Chevalier the mouse vows to find the missing princess, stop the coming war, and fulfill his destiny.
Cutie’s Big Adventures: Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard
Felicia Di John, illus. by Terence Gaylor. Cutie Series. $9.95 paper (32p), ISBN 978-0-9987568-0-6
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Cutie is a playful rescue dog who lives in the desert and enjoys having fun, making new friends, and seeking adventure.
Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Beemore Breakthru
Oneeka Williams, illus. by Valerie Bouthyette. Mascot Books. $14.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-1-68401-016-5
Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo, super surgeon, who can fix problems with her gifted hands, is told that the bees are dying. Will putting beehives in every garden on the island help their population?
Peter Gulgowski. CreateSpace. $8.99 paper (331p), ISBN 978-1-5353-4965-9; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B01HH5VW98
Fifty years ago, the government began the extermination of the undesirables. Now, in a government-run compound, the teenage survivors learn they are next.
Jonathan J. Stotler, illus. by Beth Restrick. WestBow Press. $13.95 paper (32p), ISBN 978-1-5127-7638-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5127-7637-9
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A boy in South Africa learns how the little ways he helps his family and friends can add up to big rewards, and that no matter how small you are, you can accomplish big things.
Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag
Carole P. Roman, illus. by Mateya Arkova. Chelshire. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B071XWBB7D
Susannah Logan, a young student, is having a very bad day. Susannah stuffs her issues into her backpack. Will she be able to confront her worries before the backpack bursts?
J.F. Tucker. Dorrance Publishing. $19 paper (266p), ISBN 978-1-4809-2573-1
After a tragic death, Alexis questions her faith. Who can love her when she only hurts others? Alexis doesn’t realize how important she is, for the devil will do anything to take her.
Roaming with Rudy, Washington, DC!
Corinne Humphrey. Sage Press. $13.95 paper (64p), ISBN 978-0-9799972-4-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9799972-6-6
Each city guide in author-illustrator Humphrey’s kids’ travel guide series is filled with photos, illustrations, fun facts, and activity pages.
Third Chronicles of Illumination: Library of Illumination, Book Eight
C.A. Pack. Artiqua Press. $4.99 e-book, ASIN B01N4APCZJ
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Two teens find their romance on the skids after allowing a shapeshifter to become trapped between the layers of time and space at the Library of Illumination.
Uneasy Pickings: Tales from the In-between
David Patneaude. David Patneaude. $10.99 paper (227p), ISBN 978-1-5213-6300-3
In this story compilation, Patneaude explores the in-between, the spaces and places and shadows of people that we know (and sometimes fear) are there.
The Very First Christmas Stocking and the Gifts of the Seven Coins
Terry Paul Lafargue, illus. by Kathryn Harper. Dog Ear Publishing. $31.99 hardcover (110p), ISBN 978-1-4575-5027-0; $18.99 paper (110p), ISBN 978-1-4575-4840-6
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The nativity story about a shepherd family of seven that went to visit the baby Jesus on the very first Christmas.
Words to Say Out Loud! A Safety Book for Children Around the World
Connie Ellis Myers, illus. by Joseph Bergado. Say Out Loud. $9.99 paper (48p), ISBN 978-0-9799127-1-9
This is a book of words for children to say out loud when they need help. These words can help keep them safe.