Wednesday, October 12, 2016

You've Been Warned: This Jammin' YA Voice is in Full Effect

Rani Patel In Full Effect Now Available

Congratulations to debut author Sonia Patel!

Starred Reviews for Rani Patel in Full Effect

“A powerfully particular, 100 percent genuine character commands this gutsy debut.” Kirkus STARRED Review, July 15, 2016 And then Kirkus came back again with more great praise: “It hits on the long term effects of colonialism on culture and religion and economy; it deals with addiction in terms of how it affects people, families, and the larger culture; it deals with politics and protest and community action.” Kirkus, October 3, 2016.

“Sonia Patel sets her powerful debut novel in 1991, filling it with bygone rap references and an electric verbal blend of Gujarati, slang, Hawaiian pidgin, and the rhymes Rani crafts. Patel compassionately portrays Rani’s entangled emotions, lack of self-confidence, and burgeoning sense of empowerment as she moves forward from trauma.” Publishers Weekly STARRED Review, Aug 1, 2016

“…Rani's voice, oscillating from righteous anger to thrilling pride, swooning crushes, and heartbreaking insecurity, will resonate with many, even those with little to no familiarity with Rani’s background. Vivid, bold, and passionate.”  Booklist STARRED Review, September 1, 2016

“Her story will appeal to readers who prefer gritty, darker fiction without a pat, happy ending, and characters who don’t always overcome their challenges but must face them repeatedly. VERDICT A strong, unique choice for YA collections.” School Library Journal STARRED Review, October 11, 2016

Hip-Hop, Sexual Abuse, and Reconciliation: Sonia Patel on Rani in Full Effect:
School Library Journal’s Shelley Diaz interview with Sonia Patel, author of Rani Patel in Full Effect. Sept 26, 2016

What's Up With Rani Patel?

Almost seventeen, Rani Patel appears to be a kick-ass Indian girl breaking cultural norms as a hip-hop performer in full effect. But in truth, she's a nerdy flat-chested nobody who lives with her Gujarati immigrant parents on the remote Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, isolated from her high school peers by the unsettling norms of Indian culture where "husband is God." Her parents' traditionally arranged marriage is a sham. Her dad turns to her for all his needs—even the intimate ones. When Rani catches him two-timing with a woman barely older than herself, she feels like a widow and, like widows in India are often made to do, she shaves off her hair. Her sexy bald head and hard-driving rhyming skills attract the attention of Mark, the hot older customer who frequents her parents' store and is closer in age to her dad than to her. Mark makes the moves on her and Rani goes with it. He leads Rani into 4eva Flowin', an underground hip hop crew—and into other things she's never done. Rani ignores the red flags. Her naive choices look like they will undo her but ultimately give her the chance to discover her strengths and restore the things she thought she'd lost, including her mother.

Rani Patel In Full Effect
Available in hardcover, paperback and digitally.

eBook 978-1-941026-51-9 $11.95
Available from your favorite eBook vendor.

WATCH: Sonia Patel Reads From Rani’s Point of View 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


50 YEARS AGO — October 17th, 1966 — an unknown assailant murdered the Reverend Robert W. Spike in Columbus, Ohio. His son Paul Spike celebrates his father's life, work and social impact while exploring his mysterious death in the memoir, PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY FATHER

Photographs of My Father: 
A Lost Narrative from the Civil Rights Era 
A Memoir By Paul Spike 

Paul Auster, On His Friend's Compelling Memoir:

“The way Paul Spike’s narrative sings and howls and spins around in a fury of raw emotion is likewise unforgettable. So unforgettable that I felt my heart was breaking when I came to the end.” 

LISTEN: Paul Spike talks with BBC Radios Libby Purveas about how his fathers fight for Civil Rights shaped his memoir. 

Who was the Reverend Robert W. Spike?

After Reverend Spike’s death, Martin Luther King said, “He was one of those rare individuals who sought at every point to make religion relevant to the social issues of our time. He lifted religion from the stagnant arena of pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities...We will always remember his unswerving devotion to the legitimate aspirations of oppressed people for freedom and human dignity. It was my personal pleasure and sacred privilege to work closely with him in various undertakings.”

Yet, the federal, state or local governments spent little effort to find Robert Spike’s murderer. Instead, the Columbus police spun a story about a homosexual liaison gone awry. It was an easy answer. Especially in 1966. But colleagues in the Civil Rights movement believed it was a political assassination. 

“We don’t believe these assassinations are an accident. We believe there is a conspiracy. Too many of our important leaders have been assassinated: John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert, Dr. King, Robert Spike ... ” Hosea Williams, trusted member of Martin Luther King’s inner circle in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Robert Spike’s son Paul agrees. In the Afterword of this edition of Photographs of My Father, he cites new evidence about his father’s murder that he hopes will lead to a fresh investigation and a renewed effort to bring justice to one of the least known but most important American churchmen of the 20th century.

Now, 50 years after the murder of his father, Paul watches the police killings of black men in America and he wants to know what happened to the social conscience of the America​’s mainstream​ churches. “Why have so many of the mainstream churches​ run away from ​my father’s​ living sacrifice? I feel they have betrayed his legacy.”

A Celebration of Rev. Spike’s Life

On Sunday, October 16th, 2016, at their 11 a.m. service, New York City’s Judson Memorial Church will celebrate the legacy of Robert Spike, who served as minister there from 1949 to 1955. All are welcome to attend. Read more on Rev. Spike’s contribution to the community. 

Photographs of My Father

Available In Paperback, eBook and Audiobook


Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Stock Up On These Spooky Stories
(Up to 50% off — Details below!)

By Luis San Vicente
On Mexico's Day of the Dead, the skeletons jump for sheer joy. And no wonder: they’ve been cooped up the whole year long and now they’re ready to party. Watch the calaveras shake, rattle and roll as they celebrate the biggest event of the graveyard’s social calendar!
Ages 3-6

By Cynthia Weill 
Welcome to the family! It’s just like yours: father, mother, sister, brother, abuelita, gato. Well, there’s something just a little bit different about this family. Maybe it’s those clothes they wear … just a little bit fashion backward. And the colors! So vibrant and … lively. Maybe that’s what it is. They are just so full of life. Familia-life. 

Ages 3-6

By Joe Hayes
Have you ever heard the story of La Llorona, the ghost woman they say is crying and crying for her children? Some people say she cries along the river, while others think they’ve heard her in the desert, or down an alley right near their house. But almost everyone agrees that La Llorona is not a lady you want to meet late at night, when you’re out past your bedtime. Then you might learn more about her than you ever wanted to know!
Ages 8 to Adult

By Joe Hayes
Do you believe in ghosts? Elena Padilla’s father didn’t, and that’s a shame, because his disbelief ends up making Elena a very sick girl. Lucky for Elena that her grandmother knows all about the mysterious ways of ghosts. With her grandmother’s help and advice, Elena solves the mystery of the ghost girl, recuperates from her ghost fever and, in the process, learns a valuable lesson about life.
Ages 12-15, Middle Grade Reader

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FREE! Storyteller Joe Hayes is Sharing his Video Archives Gratis!

A new YouTube collection features over a hundred free stories told by master storyteller Joe Hayes.
STORYTELLER JOE HAYES has given all of us a great gift, a gift especially for the kids, teachers and parents who love to hear him tell stories. Yes, Joe has put all of his stories on video in the Joe Hayes YouTube Channel, totally free, just for the clicking!

WATCH: Here are some of Joe’s best loved stories!

THE GUM CHEWING RATTLER Is it true that rattle snakes can chew gum? Is it true that Joe’s tall tales are as tall as he is?

THE DAY IT SNOWED TORTILLAS Oh, this is one of Joe’s signature stories. And a personal favorite for those of us here at Cinco Puntos Press. It’s like a “tall tale” in a way, but it comes from the Northern New Mexico Spanish tradition. It’s about a very wise woman who protects her silly husband from robbers by making it snow tortillas!

Joe Hayes’ most famous bilingual story, LA LLORONA, THE WEEPING WOMAN. Be careful. It’s a real scary ghost story. Anywhere you go in the American Southwest, you’ll hear kids whispering about La Llorona, especially when it gets dark.

Watch Joe tell the story of​​ ​PÁJARO VERDE​ / THE GREEN BIRD​. Through many twists and turns, a green bird wins the heart​​ of a beautiful girl who happens to be the only one in her family who has two eyes!

Watch All The Videos In The Joe Hayes Video Collection

B​e on the lookout for GRANDPA’S HAL-LA-LOO-YAH HAMBONE, ​Joe's latest tall tale, ​which will be available in late October.

According to the story, Joe Hayes’ mother knew how to stretch the family’s budget nearly as well as Joe streeeeeetches the truth.

Kids today grow up knowing all about recycling. But when Joe Hayes was a kid, recycling hadn't been invented. Money was so tight for his family that they had to be inventive about reusing everything. And when the family splurged for a fat hambone to flavor their beans, Joe's mother was determined to make it last as long as possible.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Gabi, A Girl in Pieces

by Isabel Quintero

Makes Three State Reading Lists for 2016. 

Isabel Quintero’s debut young adult novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, is on three state reading lists in 2016. Originally published in 2014, the book won the American Library Association’s prestigious Morris Award for debut young adult novel and earned starred reviews from each of the major trade
review outlets.

These state reading lists create backlist sales opportunities for independent bookstores. The four state reading lists are:

What State Reading Lists Are and How to Make Money from Them

State reading lists are literacy programs disguised as competitions. Their goal is to create excitement and turn kids into lifelong readers. A committee of librarians and teachers chooses a master list of ten to twenty books in a specific age range that were published in the previous two years. The committees try to select books that will appeal to a broad range of interests. Students then read books on the list over the course of a year and vote for their favorite book at the end of the year. To be eligible to cast a vote, students need to have read a certain number of books from that year’s master list.

In order to generate excitement for the programs in the schools, libraries and teachers invest time and money into promoting the books to students. They create posters and bookmarks. Participating schools typically buy multiple copies of each book on the master list and prominently display them in the school or library. Teachers and librarians continue marketing the books to students throughout the year. All this marketing work creates a high level of awareness and interest in students. Bookstores
can capitalize on this interest by:

  • Creating master list table displays
  • Conducting reading groups
  • Holding mock voting events

Highlighting the availability of books on the state reading lists matches students’ awareness of the
books to create sales. And always remember: ADULTS LIKE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS TOO!

For more information, contact John Byrd

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Lost Narrative from the Civil Rights Era

A Lost Narrative from the Civil Rights Era
A Re-Issue of 1973 Knopf First Edition 
With a new Afterword by Paul Spike

Trade paper $17.95 / 978-1-941026-23-6
E-Book $17.95 / 978-1-941026-24-3
Publishes March

In 1966, a man killed civil-rights leader Rev. Robert Spike. Was it an assassination? Was it simply murder? Paul Spike attempts to rescue his father and his self with the truth.

“So unforgettable that I felt my heart was breaking when I came to the end.” —Paul Auster

At the National Council of Churches, Robert Spike had organized American churches to support the passage of both the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, to march in Selma and to organize in Mississippi.  An important white leader in the black civil rights struggle, he helped the LBJ White House pass legislation and write crucial civil rights speeches. In the midst of what he described as “the dirtiest fight of my life” struggling to save a federal Mississippi education program, he was viciously murdered in Columbus, Ohio. The murder was never solved. Very little effort went into finding the murderer. The Columbus police and the FBI hinted the unsolved murder was connected to Spike’s undisclosed gay life. During his father's rise in the civil rights movement, Paul Spike lived a life typical of a young man in the 1960s, finding his way through a labyrinth of booze, drugs, and girls. At Columbia University, he was active in the 1968 student rebellion and friends with many SDS radicals. That rootless life ended with his father's murder.

“We don’t believe these assassinations are an accident. We believe there is a conspiracy. Too many of our most important leaders have been assassinated.  John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert, Dr. King, Robert Spike…”  —Hosea Williams, SCLC civil rights leader
“So we not only believe Mr. Spike's story and participate in its comedy, its terror, its extreme pain and ultimate triumph. We also can identify with the author to the point where we understand both his private suffering and the rage he finally vented against the system. For Mr. Spike doesn't whine or exhort or rationalize or rail or ask for sympathy. He simply states how things were with the utmost insight and candor.”  —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times in a review of the first edition of Photographs of My Father
After Robert Spike’s death, Martin Luther King wrote to his widow and two sons— “Deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend Bob Spike. His death comes as a great loss to the nation and to the fellowship of the committed. He was one of those rare individuals who sought at every point to make religion relevant to the social issues of our time. He lifted religion from the stagnant arena of pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. His brilliant and dedicated work in the National Council of Churches will be an inspiration to generations yet unborn. We will always remember his unswerving dedication to the legitimate aspirations of oppressed people for freedom and human dignity. It was my personal pleasure and sacred privilege to work closely with him in various undertakings as we continue to grapple with the ancient evils of man’s inhumanity to man. We will be sustained and consoled by Bob’s dedicated spirit. Please know that we share your grief at this moment and you have our deepest sympathy and most passionate prayers for strength and guidance in these trying moments.”
In the Afterword of this re-issue of Photographs of My Father, Paul Spike says, “Murder is an indelible stain on a family. It never fades. This book I wrote about my father's murder was an attempt to rescue him and myself with the truth. Of course, that was not going to work like I hoped when I was 23 years old. It doesn't matter. I still believe the hard truth can rescue us from the easy delusions of our political history and that is why I want Photographs of My Father—and the truths I learned after this book was first published—to be read today. Now, after almost 50 years, I understand why I tried to do this. And why I left America. I still dream of justice for my father.”

PAUL SPIKE is the author of five books. A former editor of Punch magazine, his writing has appeared in many publications, including the Village Voice, The Sunday Times, Vogue, the TLS and The Paris Review. He now lives in London. Photographs of My Father was published in 1973 when Paul was 23 years old and named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, 1973.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015



Written and Illustrated by Xavier Garza
Cloth $17.95 
$10.00 plus 25% Discount EQUALS$7.50
Ho! Ho! Ho!

Santa needs help! Abracadabra! Cousin Pancho and little Victor become Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid!

"Even Santa Claus sends the jobs he is unable or unwilling to do to this colorful storybook by local author-illustrator Xavier Garza...The simple South Texas Christmas tale is printed in both English and Spanish, allowing for several different bilingual reading opportunities...Charro Claus is the perfect gift for the children of your Minute Men relatives." —San Antonio Current

Let’s welcome Santa’s newest helper: his cousin Pancho, a farmer living down in South Texas who is so smart he speaks Spanish and English. Back in the day, Pancho was a mariachi singer with a whole lot of style and a fancy sombrero. But as the years passed, Pancho got, well, a little older and a little wider all around. Then one night his primo Santa Claus showed up. Santa needed some help! Pancho volunteered. And then, poof, Santa transformed Pancho into the resplendent Charro Claus with his incredibly Flying Burritos. And Charro Claus, it turns out, even had his own surprise elf—his nephew Vincente!

All Christmas Eve, Vincente and Pancho deliver toys to the boys and girls on the border. Neither rain, cloudy skies, wire fences nor concrete walls keep them from covering every inch of their newly assigned territory. And they don’t forget a single town or city. How could they? The border is their home.

A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is an enthusiastic author, artist, teacher and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of life, dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas, and is the author of five books. 
Especially great to get young boys reading!

Monday, December 7, 2015


A Novel for Young Adults
Phillippe Diederich
Cloth $16.95 / 9781941026298
Paper $11.95 / 9781941026304
E-book $11.95 / 9781941026311
Publishes February 2016

The bittersweet odyssey of a boy coming of age through a landscape broken by drugs, crime, and corruption.

In Playing for the Devil’s Fire, we ride a young Mexican boy’s emotional helter-skelter as he gradually understands the hopelessness of his battle against evil. Through the hero Boli and his luchador sidekick El Chicano Estrada, Phillippe Diederich has found a brilliant way of going behind the headlines to show that the Mexican tragedy is about real people.
Alan Riding, author of Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans

Phillippe Diederich’s Playing for the Devil’s Fire is a frightening and gripping story of what happens when evil takes control of a small town. Boli, a baker’s son, gives us a firsthand understanding about the long plague of Mexico’s drug wars, the disappearances of those willing to speak out, and the helplessness common people feel when their leaders choose money over justice. Boli’s friendship with El Chicano Estrada, an itinerant masked luchador, recalls the same odd and deep bond Huck and Jim formed in Twain’s great book. The stakes are just as high here for a child whose heart is just as good.    
­Tony D’Souza, author of Whiteman and Mule

Phillippe Diederich, in his debut young adult novel, creates Boli, a 12-year-old boy who becomes our unwitting guide into the terrible tragedy of Mexico’s Narco Wars. Boli, his father and his mother, his sister Gabriela and the demented grandmother live in the tiny town of Izayoc, which in Nahuatl means the place of tears. The mountains around Izayoc had long protected their pueblo from the on-going drug wars that were roiling the rest of Mexico. That is, until the first sentence of the book:

It was a hot Sunday morning when we discovered the severed head of Enrique Quintanilla propped on the ledge of one of the cement planters in the plaza.

Then everything changes. Not apocalyptic changes, like phalanxes of men riding on horses with stingers for tails—but subtle ones. Poor neighbor boys turn up with brand-new SUVs with fancy girls hanging off them. Boli’s parents leave for Toluca, never arrive at their destination, and never come home. No one will talk about it. The priest starts saying mass in Latin. And then a washed-out masked wrestler turns up one day, a man only interested in finding his next meal. Boli hopes to inspire the luchador to set out with him to find his parents.

“Playing for the Devil’s Fire," says Diederich, "is a novel born from my nostalgia and deep sorrow for Mexico. I wanted to put a face to the statistics we hear about, to the over 60,000 to 100,000 deaths in the so-called war on drugs that has ravaged the country. I wanted to address the corruption and the senseless narco violence that is tearing the country apart. I chose the point of view of a 12-year-old boy because I have a 12-year-old son, and because when I was that age, I experienced some crazy adventures with my friends in the outskirts of Mexico City.“

Phillippe Diederich, born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Mexico City. He worked there for half of a decade as a photojournalist, traveling through the country extensively and witnessing the terrible tragedies of the Drug Wars. He thinks of Mexico as his home—as his country.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

OOPS! Did you forget to give thanks for Poetry?

Oh, don't worry. There's still time. Buy a few books of poems. And remember what William Carlos Williams said in "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"

My heart rouses
thinking to bring you news
of something
that concerns you
and concerns many men.  Look at
what passes for the new.
You will not find it there but in
despised poems.
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

A Book of Poems   
Joseph Somoza 
Trade Paper $15.95 / 978-1-941026-25-0

Remember the poetry of William Stafford? Stafford’s quiet wisdom? Good. Now listen up. Joseph Somoza wanders the same territory. Differently.

This is a beautiful book. A wise book. For Joseph Somoza, language, and the world around, is like a river, forever changing and flowing toward the sea, going this way and that, according to the geography. He allows the poem to follow along, he says, “to build itself, allow(s) words to call up other words through aural and memory associations and syntactic demands, and see where it will lead.” It’s a poetry of intimacy and celebration of being human.

The New Disability Poets
Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, and Michael Northen: Editors
Trade Paper $19.95 / 978-1-935955-05-4

[BEAUTY IS A VERB] is going to be one of the defining collections of the 21st century —and let’s hope it doesn’t take nearly half a century for us all to recognize it. 
Ron Silliman

This powerful anthology attempts to—and succeeds at—intimately showing (meaning, at various times and among many other aims, sharing the experience of, defining the self in terms of, refusing to define the self in terms of, trying to define, exploring the indefiniteness of) disability through the lenses of poetry... 
STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

Beauty is a Verb is the first of its kind: a high-quality anthology of poetry by American poets with physical disabilities. Poems and essays alike consider how poetry, coupled with the experience of disability, speaks to the poetics of each poet included.

A Book of Poems 
Bobby Byrd
Trade Paper $15.95 / 978-1-935955-75-7

“Bobby Byrd has wrought a singular music over the years made of memory, love, place and a kind of bluesy Zen. Each book of poems is a hymnal to life. He adds to the joy in this new sunburned collection that digs its toes into the El Paso grit but stretches its mind into the stars. I love this book.”
—novelist Luis Alberto Urrea

“These poems devastate me with how fearless and funny they are. The big notions are contained in our smallest everyday interactions and Bobby Byrd will not let anyone forget it.” —poet Connie Voisine

“Byrd writes poems like a novelist. Epic ones. His lines are full of fiction, bullshit and beauty.” —poet and novelist Eileen Myles 

A Book of Poems
Benjamin Alire Saenz
Trade Paper $13.95 / 978-0-938317-64-7

To write well about your life, you need to have a life worth writing about. On that score, Saenz, a son of the Rio Grande border, hits pay dirt. At that border, poverty meets wealth more starkly than anywhere else except, perhaps, at Israel’s fences between Jews and Palestinians. When a writer there speaks of himself, he can speak of his people and how the border defines them. That Saenz does in verse and prose poems distinguished by simple mellifluousness, clear imagery, and effortless balancing of the oracular and the personal voices. 

“Elegies in Blue" again establishes Benjamin Saenz as the “must-read” poet of our times: a man who sings truths, often clothed in discomfort, but nonetheless what we need to save us. Large and full, these poems arrest our hearts and rouse us to act. Poems that can do that belong among the best."
—poet and memoirist Luis J. Rodriguez

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


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Crane Boy
Crane Boy 

By Diana Cohn 
Illustrated by Youme Landowne
A Middle Reader
Kinga and his classmates create a dance to honor the cranes of Bhutan and to create awareness for their plight.  A delightful tale of environment and culture in a distant land. 
At the Crane Festival in Bhutan, the book's author and illustrator distributed ​4,000 copies of Crane Boy ​to the Bhutanese children.
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“Give this lovely picture book to any child who is looking to change the world for the better.” —School Library Journal

Great and Mighty Nikko
The Great and Mighty Nikko

Written and Illustrated by Xavier Garza
A Bilingual Early Reader 
Bedtime! Nikko wrestles all of the masked luchadores jumping on his bed. And he counts them at the same time! In Spanish and English!
Featured in the New York Times
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Little Chanclas

Little Chanclas
Written and Illustrated by Jose Lozano
A Bilingual Reader for 1st and 2nd graders
Little Lily Lujan loves the slippety-slappety of her noise flip flops—until she trades them in for soccer shoes. Clickety-clackety. Goooooal!
Featured in the New York Times
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My Tata's Remedies

My Tata's Remedies /
Los remedios de mi Tata 
Written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
A bilingual middle reader of family and traditional wisdom: Tata teaches grandson Aaron natural remedies as he helps neighbors and families.
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"Roni Ashford reminds us about family traditions, cross-cultural and inter-generational support, building community, and taking the time to share, listen,
and heal one another." 
—Smithsonian BookDragon   
Seeing Off The Johns

Seeing Off The Johns 

By Rene S. Perez II
Two baseball heroes die in a tragic accident. What happens in the rural hometown they left behind.
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By Kevin Waltman
The third in the D-Bow's High School Hoop Series. Now in his junior year, D-Bow's game and the season are full of promise, but only if he can make it onto the court to play. 
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The Do-Right

The Do-Right 

Named Kirkus Top 100 Books &
Written by Lisa Sandlin
"The do-right"—that's old Southern talk for prison. Delpha Wade doesn't want to go back there. Fourteen years is enough.
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Written by Philippe Diederich
A Mystery Novel For Foodies

A Cuban-American travels to Havana searching for a secret recipe where he finds love and the truth about his father.

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“A moveable feast full of folkloric flavors, comical rhythms and magic.” 
—Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Bodega Dreams 
As Far As I Know

As Far As I Know

Written by Joseph Somoza
A Book of Poems 
Remember the poetry of William Stafford? Stafford's quiet wisdom? Good. Now listen up. Joseph Somoza wanders the same territory. Differently.

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Or Choose A Classic From The Backlist 

Don’t forget our great backlist featuring books by Joe HayesBenjamin Alire SaenzTim TingleXavier GarzaCynthia WeillJose Lozano and many others. If you’d like a print catalog, or a PDF of our complete print catalog, please write us at