Obsidian Mask! 

About The Book:


An exciting desert adventure, where Natasha and her brother are kidnapped with two Italian teens, for a priceless Mesopotamian artifact unearthed by their archaeologist parents from an ancient Warrior-Queen’s tomb.


Natasha and Alex imagined their long awaited trip from London to visit their archaeologist mother’s excavation would be amazing. After all, the team was uncovering the tomb of an ancient Mesopotamian Warrior Queen and her fascinating, precious possessions. But almost immediately upon their arrival in Medinabad, they are ambushed at gunpoint en-route to the camp, and the shaken children doubt things could get any worse.
But they are wrong.
Reluctantly thrown together with two Italian teens visiting their father at the dig, the four embark on a thrilling desert adventure that will tie them together… in more ways than one.

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Up Close & Personal with Caroline Ludovici

Favorite Desserts:

I love cooked apple in any kind of dessert, like strudel, hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream is to die for, apple crumble and custard.

Movies I Would Watch Over & Over:

The Sound of Music, Lawrence of Arabia, (these I have)

Pieces of Advice to Teen Me:

Don’t worry about the spelling, one day there will be a machine that will do it for you! So write, study archaeology and do your thing!

Favorite Cities:

Bath is my favorite city. It is architecturally stunning, historically fascinating, interesting, surrounded by beautiful countryside simple seeped in 200 years of documented history. The people are diverse, intelligent, inquisitive, artistic, and there is so much to do. There is a great little theatre where new try out the audience before they hit London’s West End. Great museums, galleries, the Georgian Jane Austen aspect of it, medieval cathedral, parks, gardens, great shops, and tourists, which is always a good sign! The down side is the price of the houses… I would need to sell quite a few books!

Favorite TV Shows:

Downton Abbey, Who Do You Think You Are, Time Team, BlackAdder

Favorite Literary Characters:

Jane Eyre springs to mind first. She is strong, patient, intuitive, loyal, proud, intelligent, bilingual, and artistic. She would be a good friend had I known her.

Things That Bring a Smile to My Face: 

Children playing, baby animals annoying their parents

Books I have in my Library

History, archaeology, explorers, biographies. Books on certain countries, books fro researching my next book, books on Victorian artists to the origins of man.

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About The Author:

Caroline was born and raised in central London, and from a very early age, she developed a hunger for adventure and hot, desolate places. She loves to learn about different customs, peoples, and to go off the beaten track wherever she can. She has been lucky enough to have traveled extensively throughout the world, spending considerable time in many countries of diverse and interesting cultures, soaking in the history. Caroline has also lived in Sweden and spent a year in New Zealand and Australia, taking six months to get there and back.

However, her dream is to spend a few months following the ancient trade routes, from China across to the Mediterranean Sea. Caroline especially loves the Middle East, and as well as exploring Tunisia, Egypt, and Iran, where her parents lived for a couple of years when she was in her late teens and early twenties, she spent ten days in the Jordanian desert, following the footsteps of T.E. Lawrence. Her passion is archaeology, and wherever she goes in the world, as well as visiting ancient sites, Caroline absorbs herself in the local customs and history, avoiding the hordes of tourists where ever she can.

The Obsidian Mask is Caroline’s first book. The sequels, Secrets of The River, and The Irish Queen of Algiers, also reflect her love for travel and history, as well as giving her readers a fun and exciting adventure to enjoy. It has given her much pleasure writing these books, and she hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she has enjoyed writing them!

Caroline has also written some short stories for pre-teen readers, and a collection of short stories for women in a series called, Coming of Age. When she is not writing she is either playing tennis or volunteering her time running a store/art gallery that dedicates itself to local artists.

She is married and has two children, and she spends a lot of time on airplanes hopping back and forth from England to America, which is where she currently calls home.

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What Remains by Helene Dunbar

About the Book:


WHAT REMAINS by Helene Dunbar
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Publisher: Flux Books
Pages: 288

In less than a second…
… two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about–a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends–are gone forever.

In the hours that follow…
…Cal’s damaged heart is replaced. But his life will never be the same.

Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on.

But Lizzie is gone, and all that remains for Cal is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault. And a voice in his head that just…won’t…stop.

Cal thought he and his friends could overcome any obstacle. But grief might be the one exception.

And that might take a lifetime to accept…


I asked my 8th grade students to check out the cover and read the synopsis above,

G-says, “I would totally read this book! Can I read it now? Wait, you asked me about this awesome book and you don’t have a copy?! (Walks away shaking her head. I’m in trouble now).

E-says, “Ummm, I probably wouldn’t read it because it sounds super sad. I don’t know if I can handle that right before summer break!”

A-says, “Ooohhhh, sounds like mystery and she’d like to know how it ends.

G-says it sounds GREAT & probably full of awesomeness.

C- says, “Oh, yes!

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About the Author:

Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for an Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She’s amazed that she has a day job that pays her to spend time on Facebook and Twitter, and that, on a good day, gives her time to let the voices in her head out into the world to tell a story.
 
If she had to put money on it, she’d bet that if music didn’t exist, she wouldn’t be able to write.

 She’s lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.

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