Indie Titles For Middle & High School Readers: Fall 2018
Hello Librarian Friends,

We're loving the “Human Family” poem by Maya Angelou that includes this stanza, “I note the obvious differences/between each sort and type,/ but we are more alike, my friends/than we are unalike.” Words, poems, stories, books—their magic helps us see with new eyes.

We hope you'll find new magic for your students 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:

Art | Biography & Memoir | Body, Mind & Spirit

History | LGBTQ | Magical Realism | Multicultural

Poetry | Popular Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy


History, Design
by Lois Rose Rose
Lois Rose Rose Studio

Fringe: History, Design informs students and inspires teachers. This 120 page book defines the 10 basic types of fringe, and shows 80 original full color examples.

With a peer-reviewed text by Lois Rose Rose, artisans and scholars will learn the potential of fringe for their designs and research.

ISBN: 978-0977767021 (Paperback)
Ordering info:

Biography & Memoir

The Electrical Wizard of Schenectady
by Robert W. Bly
Quill Driver Books, an imprint of Linden Publishing

Four feet tall, disabled, an eccentric genius, a passionate reformer, the early 20th century scientist Charles Proteus Steinmetz made the modern power grid possible by developing AC electricity transmission.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz: The Electrical Wizard of Schenectady brings the life and science of this remarkable man to a new generation.

ISBN: 978-1610353267 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Publisher Services, Ingram Wholesale

Body, Mind & Spirit

A Young Adult Story About Independence
by Gregory Rutchik
Illustrated by Lalu Taki
Gatekeeper Press

Stella is a young teen that seeks independence. She wants freedom to climb with her friends on the rocks, the freedom to ride her bike and to just have some space. Her quest reminds her of her early words – "Stella Do It!", her first proclamation of independence as a small child. As she reflects on her start of independence she seeks to balance the love that she has for her parents, her nana and her own independence.

ISBN: 978-1619847880 (Hardcover)
978-1522046356 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Amazon


Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldiers from the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom
by Nancy Roe Pimm
Quindaro Press

“Military history and dog lovers rejoice!” – School Library Journal, May 2017

“Accurate and fascinating” – Kirkus Reviews, April 2017

History of how dogs and soldiers built a bond that enabled them to become U.S. military’s most advanced counter-terrorism weapon. Stories of 13 soldier dog teams from the Civil War to present day illuminate the challenges of working within the military and acts of heroism that saved thousands of lives.

ISBN: 978-0976443469 (Hardcover)
978-1946248039 (EPUB)
978-1946248046 (Audiobook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Thomson-Shore



by Lee Wind
I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?

“The premise is a real hook.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Will change the way young readers look at history.” — Foreword Reviews

“Belongs in every library that serves teens.” —Yapha Mason, two-time Newbery Medal judge.

Wyatt, a bullied and closeted teen, triggers a backlash when he reveals historical evidence that Abraham Lincoln was Gay.

Available on NetGalley.

ISBN: 978-1732228108 (Hardcover)
978-1732228115 (Paperback)
978-1732228122 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Overdrive

Magical Realism

Book II of the Christmasville Trilogy
by Michael Dutton
Linden Park Publishers

“I liked the strong female characters [and] the descriptive language... I enjoyed this book so much, I'm going to find the first in the series.” —IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards judge

ISBN: 978-0978665524 (Paperback)
(Also available as an eBook.)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale


by Nicholas Bradley
Upper Hand Press

Rickie Trujillo tells the story of one Chicano boy whose poverty of nurture, attention, and justice puts his life at risk.

“The description of the gritty reality faced by Hispanic inner city youth in LA vividly brought to life for me a segment of our country that I have never experienced personally. The story is thrilling to read while giving a voice to youth who lack that more than anything." —Reader on Facebook

ISBN: 978-0998490625 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, Ingram Wholesale, Amazon


by Douglas S. Haynes
Illustrated by Daniel J. Middleton
Old Stone Press

A timeless free verse poem that encourages us to view our lives like the zoo with the patterns found in nature.

Author Douglas Haynes is a practicing Family Law and Mediation attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. He began writing poetry in 2011. Zookeeper was the product of his need to impart advice at the onset of his daughter's freshman college year. She hung the poem in her dorm room.

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

ISBN: 978-1938462344 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

Popular Fiction

by Charlene Campfield and Leon Campfield Sr.
Illustrated by Charlene Campfield
Campfield and Campfield Publishing

A viral darkness covers earth. Fear is visual. Faith is criminal. Can the Mission City Alliance take down this evil system with 17 year old Angeleigh Aman St. James leading the fight?

“Believe is an exciting read for young Christian teens.” — Midwest Book Review

ISBN: 978-0981702568 (Paperback)
978-0981702575 (eBook)

Ordering info: Campfield and Campfield Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

A Tale of Two Teens — and Some Crocodiles — Triumphing Over the Politics of the African Wild
by Godfrey Harris
The Americas Group

Two American teenagers run afoul of South African law and are sentenced to live in the bush. They survive with the help of some crocodiles who have an ability to understand English. The crocodiles help the boys triumph over the complex tangle of international politics of the African wild.

ISBN: 978-0935047899 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Quality Books and Unique Books, Amazon, The Americas Group

by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor
Vesuvian Books

A High School American Psycho meets girls’ revenge thriller—twisted into a chilling read about the darkest realms of the human psyche. SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET. SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.

“A horrifically brilliant book ... Beau Devereaux [is] a masterpiece of character creation ... much in the style of Dexter or Hannibal.” —K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite

“Rare is the story that simmers and rises to a boil so naturally and constantly that the reader manages to be repeatedly shocked...” —Michael Radon, US Review

Includes mature themes and graphic violence.

ISBN: 978-1944109141 (Paperback)
978-1944109158 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Pathway Book Service

Science Fiction & Fantasy

by David Patneaude
Koehler Books

“David Patneaude has done it again with this explosive anti-war book to end all anti-war books. It is a terrific read from the first word to last.” —Roland Smith, Author of Peak, Zach's Lie, and Cryptid Hunters

“David Patneaude's frightening 'What if?' alternative history will have young readers turning pages to find out what happens next and also turning to history books to educate themselves about the horrors of World War II. What an accomplishment!” —Carl Deuker, award-winning author of Heart of a Champion, Swagger, and Gutless

ISBN: 978-1633936164 (Hardcover)
978-1633936140 (Paperback)
978-1633936157 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

JK Kelly Consulting

“A truly riveting read from cover to cover, Found In Time reveals author J. K. Kelly's genuine flair for originality and a deftly crafted novel that is unreservedly recommended for community library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of science fiction action/adventure fans that Found In Time is also available in a digital book format.” — Midwest Book Review

ISBN: 978-0999409909 (Paperback)
978-0999409916 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Barnes & Noble, Amazon

by Myron Edwards
RockHill Publishing

On Cyprus, the island of love, one man’s obsession turns to possession, as his mind, body, and soul are trapped between two worlds and two women.

‘The Mistress of the Rock is a very possessive spirit; she does not give her affections lightly,’ as Richard Cole is about to discover.

This is the first book in a series of three. The second book, Scylla: The Revenge is also available.

ISBN: 978-1945286179 (Hardcover)
978-1945286148 (Paperback)
978-1945286155 (eBook)

Ordering info: Ingram Publisher Services, Ingram Wholesale

by K. M. Doherty
Wizard Hat Press

First Place Winner of Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards as highlighted in the Mar/Apr 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Thomas Holland in the Realm of the Ogres is a deftly crafted, impressively original, consistently entertaining, highly recommended addition to school and community library collections.” — Midwest Book Review

ISBN: 978-0991572038 (Paperback)
978-0991572069 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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