Indie Titles For Middle & High School Readers: Spring 2019
Hello Librarian Friends,

We're inspired by Malala Yousafzai, who said, “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.”

We hope you'll find new books that can change your students' worlds in this selection of books from our publishers, who have garnered rave reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, and other leading reviewers. Their titles have also received numerous awards. The selection presented is a variety-pack of fascinating reading, and each book is sure to appeal to many of your patrons.

Thank you for your time, and for all that you do!

All of us at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Table of Contents:

Young Reader: Fiction

Teen: Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry

Adult Crossover: Fiction | Nonfiction

Young Reader Fiction

by Michael Foster
Illustrated by Gloria Millers Allen
Z Girls Press

An enchantingly magical tale about finding friends in the unlikeliest of people and working with them to achieve your wildest dreams. Alicia encounters unusual, unexpected friends plus terrifying enemies on a magical journey in nature. She finds compassionate friendship while discovering her way home. The story is especially relevant now.

ISBN: 978-0996568388 (Hardcover)
978-0996568364 (Paperback)
978-0996568371 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale,,

by Jeannine Kellogg
Illustrated by Jim Madsen
Jagged Compass

Siblings Mitch, Tony, and Jovi discover a centuries-long battle to stop mysterious creatures called Grezniks from blowing up Earth and shattering Life to bits, but will they have the courage to join the battle? Your students will love this award-winning adventure that travels the world and shows that every child, no matter their circumstances, has powerful purpose.

Finalist for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book.

ISBN: 978-0999571408 (Paperback)
978-0999571415 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Follett, Amazon

Teen Fiction 

The Man Who Lives Under Umbrellas
by Lynnette Kraft
Illustrated by Abigail Kraft
New Wrinkle Publishing

Archie's irrational fear of looking up into open spaces has made umbrellas his constant companion. But there's a new girl in town, and their instant connection makes Archie worry. Does his sheltered world have room for two?

“Offbeat, emotionally engaging, and authentic.” — Kirkus Reviews

As Seen in the Current Issue of Girls Life Magazine.

ISBN: 978-0991110964 (Paperback)
978-1732998032 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, SPU-IPG

Book Three: Bilge Rat - Pirate Adventurer (series)
by Kevin Charles Smith
Journey Publications

Pirates were the ultimate historical rebels. They refused to follow the standards and norms of the time. In effect, they sought freedom at its most extreme.
The Black Tarantula emerges as a wanton and maniacal pirate scourge, extending his insidious reign of terror and foul depredations across the entire West Indies. Dreaded by seamen and landlubbers, this demon’s unmitigated abominations continue endlessly in the third book.

ISBN: 978-0979817199 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Follett

Book One: The Bathala Series
by Reno Ursal
Pacific Boulevard Books

A coming-of-age story that reveals the lost history of the Philippines through the eyes of Dorothy and Adrian, who teeter between the lines of friendship and love.

“...a first purchase for collections lacking Filipino or Asian mythology-based fiction.” — School Library Journal

“...a banquet of cultural textures [with] a brisk pace and smooth prose.” — Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-0984440818 (Paperback)
978-0984440801 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale

by Tobi Little Deer
Woodwrit, Inc. Editions

“This wonderful book features the adventures of a thoughtful little dog whose perceptive observations are touching and poignant.” —I.P.Vt. Hist. Soc. “This beautifully observant story... delivering suspenseful storytelling, colorful and believable characters, and a deeply moving tribute to canine loyalty... should resonate with dog lovers of any age.” – Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-1949596014 (Hardcover)
978-1949596007 (Paperback)
978-1949596021 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

by Tiffany Brooks
Dunemere Books

A teen reality show on a tropical island goes very wrong as participants fight to find buried treasure.

“ incredibly readable, fast-paced, YA coming of age adventure novel where everyone has a secret, and no one is who they seem.” — Chanticleer Reviews

ISBN: 978-0998499765 (Paperback)
978-0998499758 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, SPU-IPG

by Christopher Pickert
Wingseed Press

What is paradise for a fourteen-year-old boy? For Conrad it's certainly not dusty Los Angeles, where he's stuck living with his mother and his cheeky little sisters. Paradise is the woods far away where his dad lives, by the water where everything is beautiful, where he belongs.

“Elegantly written, with vivid, nuanced characters and a strong sense of place.” — IndieReader

ISBN: 978-1732472013 (Paperback)
978-1732472020 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

Teen Nonfiction

As Told by The Plumber Who's Seen It All
by Greg Chick, Marta Zarrella
Illustrated by Audrey Ly
Calling Card Books

This fun illustrated book tells the complete story of water. Readers learn about water use, re-use, plumbing design and much more. The history of water through the ages and municipal codes governing public water supplies are also discussed. It is a fun and educational book co-written by a LEED-AP Certified plumber with over 40 years experience.

ISBN: 978-0996568326 (Paperback)
978-0996568333 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale,, Amazon

Three Civil War Tragedies
by Tanya Anderson

Named to the 2019 Texas Library Association's Topaz List!

During the Civil War thousands of women and girls—some as young as 10—went to work rolling ammunition. Poor immigrant girls and widows paid the price for carelessness at three major arsenals. Hidden history comes alive through primary-source research and page-turning narrative.

ISBN: 978-0966925876 (Hardcover)
978-0966925845 (eBook)
978-1946248022 (Audiobook)
Ordering info:

A Dancing History
by Anne Dunkin
Illustrated by Christy Little
Bradford Willis

Life stories of twelve famous dancers (six men and six women) tell the history of dance. Coming from eight countries, different backgrounds, living from the 17th century to the present, they all held fast to a dream and achieved success. Each chapter invites readers to join in and “Create a Dance”.

ISBN: 978-0997713510 (Paperback-Color)
978-0997713503 (Paperback-Black & White)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

The Fun and Fascination of Language
by Susanna Janssen
Lexicon Alley Press

Finalist for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in the Education category.

“Facts made fun!... I want a classroom set!” —E. Hale, High school teacher

“Super interesting. Thank you for a fantastic read and some encouragement to stop disliking non-fiction!” —R. Hill, High school student

60 zany reads on words, language, and culture to excite the brain, warm the heart, and tickle the funny bone.

ISBN: 978-0998304823 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Teen Poetry

Revealed, A Life of Poetry
by Doug Snelson
Petalous Publishing

Mom's Choice Award
Young Adult Books-Gold Award

Representing five decades of writings, author Doug Snelson shares verse reflecting his unique poetic perspective. The collection includes original handwritten drafts, the circumstances of each composition and year written.

“The poet is carving his own path through language in surprising ways that are idiosyncratic, wickedly playful, and ‘twisty’”. —Neeli Cherkovski, poet and memoirist

ISBN: 978-0977781133 (Paperback)
978-0977781157 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Adult Crossover: Fiction

The Goldberg Variations
by Jonathan Taylor
ArnoLand Press

The Rites of Passage is a coming of age novel set in Detroit in the 1980’s.

The book appeals and provokes the LGBT, Jewish, Progressive, and Arts communities and is particularly relevant to a new generation of gender and sexuality related politics for adults and young adults alike.

ISBN: 978-0999533635 (Paperback)
978-0692192245 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

Adult Crossover: Nonfiction

A Memoir
by Vanya Erickson
She Writes Press

Finalist for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Nonfiction.

From a young age, Vanya Erickson became fluent in two languages. The language of her Christian Scientist mother dripped with honeyed versions of the truth. Her rancher father’s words stung like the back of his hand.

“A fantastic read!” —Laura Davis, best-selling author of The Courage to Heal

ISBN: 978-1631524653 (Paperback)
9781631524660 (eBook)
978-1624615665 (Audiobook)
Ordering info: Ingram Publisher Services, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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