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Born of Water

Born of Water

An Elemental Origins Novel by A.L. Knorr Everything you thought you knew about mermaids is wrong. Life for a high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward – for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it’s anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky […]

An Interview with YA Author Nicole DragonBeck

An Interview with YA Author Nicole DragonBeck

Hi Nicole! Welcome to BookDragon Club. What are you working on right now? I am working on book 5 of my 10-part YA fantasy series, The Guardians of the Path, titled Wasteland (said like Ireland or Switzerland, not “Waste”-“Land”). What’s your favorite thing about writing? […]

Utopia Dystopia

Utopia Dystopia

Momaya Short Story Review 2017 from Momaya Press

Utopia or Dystopia?
2017 was a year of contradictions.

Some of the world’s greatest literature have dealt with the theme of dystopia — Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale, Burgess’ The Clockwork Orange, Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Huxley’s A Brave New World, Orwell’s 1984, to name just a handful. While utopias seem a bit more thin on the ground, the better known include Morris’s News from Nowhere, More’s Utopia, Campanella’s The City of the Sun and Disney’s Tomorrowland. Utopias seem to have ruled the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, while dystopias came into their own after World War One.

“Almost without exception, everything society has considered a social advance has been prefigured first in some utopian writing.” – David L. Cooperrider, PhD

Momaya Press has been giving writers a worldwide forum for fourteen years. Each
year, Momaya receives hundreds of short story submissions from all over the world and brings the best of them together in the prestigious Momaya Short Story Review.

Bookdragon says: You know what we love even more than a good dystopian? A great utopic vision! Momaya Press has brought the best stories of the year in both genres together in this stunning collection of stories. Upcoming authors and established writers both get attention here. As with any short story collection, not every story may be your cup of tea, but the writing excels throughout. A great gift for your favorite literature aficionado.

Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen In his Napra Nautilus Award-winning novel Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant coming-of-age story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life. After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, […]

Brooding YA Hero

Brooding YA Hero

Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, by Carrie Ann DiRisio and‎ Broody McHottiepants Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know […]

The Hammer of Thor

The Hammer of Thor

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2, by Rick Riordan

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

BookDragon says: We read book one a while ago, and it was fun but not our favorite Riordan book. Book two picked up the pace and brought in some amazing new characters and story lines. We have gender-fluid Alex, child of Loki. She might be your friend, or he might chop your head off with a flying shard of pottery — tread lightly. Growing up Muslim in a modern Western world with Viking Gods is respectfully explored, as well as the themes of young love, propriety, friendship, racism and abuse. We were happy to be surprised this time around — but we shouldn’t have been. Riordan is a master.

 

Born of Earth

Born of Earth

An Elemental Origins Novel by A.L. Knorr Something’s wrong with Jasher: “He wasn’t just close to the veil, he was inside it. That kind of beginning is bound to leave its mark…”  Georjayna Sutherland isn’t exactly thrilled about going to Ireland to live with her aunt […]

Branded

Branded

The Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners […]

The Girl Who Could Heal Your Heart

The Girl Who Could Heal Your Heart

An Inspirational Tale About Kahuna Morrnah Simeona and Ho’oponopono, by Maya Cointreau

The Girl Who Could Heal Your Heart is the fourth book in The Girls Who Could Series. In it, we discover the healing power of forgiveness and release. Kahuna Morrnah Simeona was a Hawaiian healer and teacher who traveled the world sharing the modern art of ho’oponopono, or community healing. When we clear our minds of grief, blame and anger, our hearts become lighter, our days become brighter.

The Girls Who Could is a fun, colorful series of stories about real women who have made a difference in the world through inspired action. By giving young girls examples of women who are doing amazing things, children grow up with a template of achievement upon which to grow and expand their own dreams and goals. The simple drawings of children their own age and fun, rhyming prose helps kids connect easily with the message in each story.

BookDragon says: What a sweet story! This book teaches the ancient Hawaiian art of emotional healing to young children with simple instructions and bright illustrations. Love that it has recently been translated into Spanish, too.