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About Elisabeth Alba
Elisabeth Alba was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but most of her 'growing up' took place in Orlando, Florida, where she wallowed in all things Disney. Traveling much with her family led to an obsession with history and an interest in other cultures throughout the ages. She is also inspired by children's literature and film, especially fantasy and historical fiction. Elisabeth earned her master's degree in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She lives and works in Western Massachusetts with her husband, artist Scott Murphy.
See her work at www.albaillustration.com.
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Favorable Fortunes for Curious Witches
A fun, practical, easy-to-use tarot kit for every witch. Charming images pair with simple explanations to make this the go-to deck for anyone seeking to learn or practice the tarot. Based on the classic Rider-Waite deck but updated for the busy modern witch, this tarot has a whimsical air while still being dedicated to the serious job of providing answers to life's tough questions. Author Deborah Blake brings her friendly, approachable style to a tarot experience that's focused on the positive.
Includes a deck with brilliant art and a full-color guidebook.
Nine-year-old Morgan is helping guard a magical secret— an ancient medallion of great power. During a voyage on the high seas with her friend Rusty, the two encounter a monstrous sea creature and menacing sailors. Will they be able to save each other from the dangers facing them? And who is the traitor in their midst?
Set in the early summer of 1899 off the coast of Nantucket, Morgan and the Monster of the Deep continues with the winning format of weaving mathematical theory and practice into a captivating adventure story. Book Two of the series explores the relationship between multiplication and division and presents the mathematical concept of Symmetry.
The Morgan tales are designed as early Middle-Grade books. The sentence structure is simple and straightforward so that the book is accessible to younger readers, while the storyline is complex and intriguing enough to engage older readers. The Magic Math Adventure series is loosely based upon the collection of tales, The Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights. These stories were created during the Golden Age of Islam in Persia and the Indian subcontinent.
Nine-year-old Morgan is the daughter of an explorer, and an adventurer at heart. When her father is lost on an expedition, Morgan and her mother are forced to sell their home and move in with a mysterious family they’ve never met. Morgan soon discovers that the family is hiding a great secret, and that a world of magic and enchantments might actually be real.
Set in Massachusetts at the turn of the last century, Morgan and the Forty Thieves is a captivating adventure story that has problem solving and mathematical concepts woven into the narrative. Math is presented as a language of the universe that helps us understand the beautiful patterns and symmetries found in nature.
In Book One of the series, children learn a step-by-step process of beginning multiplication. It begins with skip counting or counting by numbers, and then moves to adding equal-sized groups, and then multiplication, with several examples of each worked into the story. There are also addition problems, logic puzzles, a pattern puzzle, a smattering of geometry and a simple demonstration of comparing numbers—depicting ratios without using that term. Finally, there is an introduction of two mathematical concepts found in nature, the Fibonacci sequence and Fractals. Math found in the natural world will be a repeated theme of the Morgan series.
The Morgan stories are designed as early Middle-Grade fiction. The sentence structure is simple and straightforward so that the book is accessible to younger readers, while the storyline is complex and intriguing enough to engage older readers. The Morgan series is loosely based upon the collection of tales, The Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights. These stories were created during the Golden Age of Islam in Persia and the Indian subcontinent.
Here’s what kids and adults are saying about Morgan and the Forty Thieves.
"I really loved it. It was so exciting! I know my third graders would love it too! I’m planning on reading it to them. We just started multiplication last week so the math conversations in the story would be a perfect connection."
Gina Cey, Third Grade Teacher
“I love this book! When will she have the next one in the series for me to read?”
Thijs, Gifted Second Grader
"I just finished reading Morgan and the Forty Thieves! I did not want my husband to interrupt my reading as I was finishing. I am impressed. Wow! I think this story will definitely interest those good readers in the younger grades. The length and readability seem appropriate too. I found that the Medallions sparked my curiosity and I wanted to learn more in the accompanying fact pages in the back of the book. This is truly a unique feature in books at this level."
Jamie Harding, Elementary School Librarian
“Two thumbs up!”
Cody, Kindergartner (read aloud by Mom)
"A fun experience for children to engage their problem-solving skills while reading. Abacus brings to life the challenges faced by two young adventurers in 1899 Massachusetts, while connecting the audience to common human feelings and struggles that transcend time and place."
Mary Kay Lewis, Gifted Educational Consultant
Now they have only days to stop a war between the worlds, a war in which the mythical creatures of Lanodeka plan to reclaim the earth as their own.
But this time, the girls have to face more than dragons and griffins, sirens and elves, rocs and harpies. They discover the real power behind the war, a power that is using the Creation Stone to build an army unlike anything they could have imagined.
Worlds are about to change.
Lillian always loved stories about myths and monsters—until she found herself inside one, fighting for her life!
Joined by her best friends, Katy and Maisy, Lillian must cross a sea guarded by Krakens and sirens, race through a dark forest haunted by elves and chimeras, and cross mountains ruled by griffins and rocs.
Where in this world is Lillian’s sister? Who is the mysterious boy with the stone medallion? Why do the monsters hold an ancient grudge against humanity? And
what is the secret hiding at the heart of it all?
Nara Duffie completed The Monster Realm 11 days before her 11th birthday. This is her first novel.
Learn all about this remarkable man, whose accomplishments are truly inspiring, in the continuation of the I AM series. I AM GEORGE LUCAS will follow one man's journey to become the most famous filmmaker in the world. Discover everything you wanted to know about this celebrated movie guru and creator of Star Wars. This book will feature a full-color illustrated cover, one-color illustrations throughout, a detailed time line, introductions to other notable people from the story, sidebars, and a top-ten list of important things to know about George Lucas.