Elena Marinaccio

Elena Marinaccio - Editor

Richmond, VA, USA

A discerning and dedicated fiction, poetry, and comics editor with over a decade of experience and a passion for making your words shine.

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Overview

My experience includes over five years at independent publishing house, Cinco Puntos Press, editing manuscripts through all stages of development. At CPP, I edited it all: from YA novels and poetry to graphic novels and anthologies on policy and history, working on books from James Carlos Blake, Benjamin Alire Saenz, and U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke. Previously, I worked as a proofreader at Archie Comics, where I edited over a dozen monthly titles and trade paperbacks. While continuing to edit books on a freelance basis, I've rounded out my career with work as a journalist and magazine editor, where I continue to workshop and collaborate with writers.

I work to make editing easy on you! I collaborate with you to hone your story with the utmost respect for the words that make your manuscript uniquely yours. My passion for storytelling and a love for working with authors guide my work in realizing the best version of your story. My toolbox includes a deep knowledge of both Chicago Manual and AP Styles, as well as years of experience in creating style sheets unique to a specific manuscript or author. I'm extremely organized, I live to beat deadlines and I have a talent for graceful multitasking.


Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Poetry
Non-Fiction
Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2011 – Present (about 11 years)

Edit a range of long- and short-term projects, from developmental editing of novels and copy editing breaking news to proofreading government contracts and annual reports. Create style sheets, follow best practice guides and return corrections in a speedy manner. Notable clients include ProofreadNOW (2018), Duty First Consulting (2016) and Texas Tech University (2014).

Managing Editor

Advertising Concepts, Inc.
January, 2017 – July, 2017 (6 months)

Managed freelance contributors and in-house staff, assigning and tracking deadlines for 4 bimonthly lifestyle magazines with a combined circulation of 60,000 readers. Line edited all articles; pitched and wrote stories; food and event photography. Maintained editorial calendars, company style sheet and best practices guide. Oversaw freelancer budget and dispatched pay. Scouted and hired new talent.

Associate Editor

The Art Avenue Magazine
June, 2013 – January, 2017 (over 3 years)

Edited and fact checked all copy for an arts and culture magazine with a bimonthly circulation of 4,500 readers. Wrote articles, press releases, headlines and subheads. Pitched and researched story ideas, and strategized tie-ins to drive traffic to website. Coached staff and freelance writers.

Associate Editor/Content Strategist

Cinco Puntos Press
September, 2010 – January, 2015 (over 4 years)

Edited manuscripts throughout all stages of development—from acquisitions to galleys—while writing website, marketing and meta data copy on a daily basis for award-winning indie book publisher. Managed database and analytics for email newsletter and social media. Built and maintained promotional websites.

Proofreader/Co-Production Manager

Archie Comics
March, 2009 – July, 2009 (4 months)

Edited everything from graphic novels to marketing collateral while creating production and ad schedules for over a dozen monthly publications. Aided in developmental editing and editing art pages. Additional duties included writing press releases, story introductions and answering fan mail.

Producer/Director

KTVF
January, 2008 – October, 2008 (9 months)

Researched, edited and directed daily newscasts for Fairbanks’ NBC-affiliate station. Became interim copy editor and introduced an editing checklist and style sheet to the newsroom. Experience includes everything from floor directing special broadcasts from the field to writing breaking news stories.

Portfolio (44 selected works)

Country of the Bad Wolfes

James Carlos Blake

A page-turning epic about the making of a borderland crime family, Country of the Bad Wolfes will appeal both to aficionados of family sagas and to fans of hard-knuckled crime novels by the likes of Donald Pollack, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke and James Ellroy.Basing the novel partly on his own ancestors, Blake presents the story of the Wolfe family — spanning three generations, centering o... read more

A page-turning epic about the making of a borderland crime family, Country of the Bad Wolfes will appeal both to aficionados of family sagas and to fans of hard-knuckled crime novels by the likes of Donald Pollack, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke and James Ellroy.Basing the novel partly on his own ancestors, Blake presents the story of the Wolfe family — spanning three generations, centering o... read more

Colores de la Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

Cynthia Weill

“Each page captures a sense of wonder, of the vibrancy of color, the imagination of the artist, the name of the hue. Colors take life in this small picture book, perfect for small hands, in an astonishing pairing of visual intimacy and artistic joy that make this one of the most distinctive recent books on color—in English or otherwise.” —Papertigers.orgThis book truly did take a village of ar... read more

“Each page captures a sense of wonder, of the vibrancy of color, the imagination of the artist, the name of the hue. Colors take life in this small picture book, perfect for small hands, in an astonishing pairing of visual intimacy and artistic joy that make this one of the most distinctive recent books on color—in English or otherwise.” —Papertigers.orgThis book truly did take a village of ar... read more

Don't Say a Word, Mama / No Digas Nada, Mama

Joe Hayes

Mamá says she has the best daughters in the world. The two women live near their mother—Rosa with her husband and children, Blanca by herself. They both have flourishing gardens. Rosa and Blanca are so generous and kind and thoughtful—well, everyone, including Mamá, ends up with too much corn, tomatoes, and red hot chiles! It's crazy! It's also Joe Hayes at his finest, telling one of those sto... read more

Mamá says she has the best daughters in the world. The two women live near their mother—Rosa with her husband and children, Blanca by herself. They both have flourishing gardens. Rosa and Blanca are so generous and kind and thoughtful—well, everyone, including Mamá, ends up with too much corn, tomatoes, and red hot chiles! It's crazy! It's also Joe Hayes at his finest, telling one of those sto... read more

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club

Benjamin Alire Saenz

Winner of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!Benjamin Alire Sáenz's stories reveal how all borders—real, imagined, sexual, human, the line between dark and light, addict and straight—entangle those who live on either side. Take, for instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez two blocks south of the Rio Grande. It's a touchstone for each of Sáenz's stories. His characters walk by, they ... read more

Winner of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!Benjamin Alire Sáenz's stories reveal how all borders—real, imagined, sexual, human, the line between dark and light, addict and straight—entangle those who live on either side. Take, for instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez two blocks south of the Rio Grande. It's a touchstone for each of Sáenz's stories. His characters walk by, they ... read more

Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico (Cinco Puntos Checkpoint Series)

Beto O'Rourke, Susie Byrd

The War on Drugs doesn’t work. This became obvious to El Paso City Representatives Susie Byrd and Beto O’Rourke when they started to ask questions about why El Paso’s sister city Ciudad Juárez has become the deadliest city in the world—8,000-plus deaths since January 1, 2008. Byrd and O’Rourke soon realized American drug use and United States' failed War on Drugs are at the core of problem. In... read more

The War on Drugs doesn’t work. This became obvious to El Paso City Representatives Susie Byrd and Beto O’Rourke when they started to ask questions about why El Paso’s sister city Ciudad Juárez has become the deadliest city in the world—8,000-plus deaths since January 1, 2008. Byrd and O’Rourke soon realized American drug use and United States' failed War on Drugs are at the core of problem. In... read more

Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

Chosen by the American Library Association as a 2012 Notable Book in Poetry.Beauty is a Verb is a ground-breaking anthology of disability poetry, essays on disability, and writings on the poetics of both. Crip Poetry. Disability Poetry. Poems with Disabilities. This is where poetry and disability intersect, overlap, collide and make peace."[BEAUTY IS A VERB] is going to be one of the defining ... read more

Chosen by the American Library Association as a 2012 Notable Book in Poetry.Beauty is a Verb is a ground-breaking anthology of disability poetry, essays on disability, and writings on the poetics of both. Crip Poetry. Disability Poetry. Poems with Disabilities. This is where poetry and disability intersect, overlap, collide and make peace."[BEAUTY IS A VERB] is going to be one of the defining ... read more

Conquistador of the Useless

Joshua Isard

Joshua Isard’s debut novel is a hoot. Our hero Nathan Wavelsky moves into the burbs with his wife. Life is good. He’s a successful slacker. He doesn’t want to rock the boat. His definition of a good time is listening to his favorite bands on his iPod and staring at the grass and the poplar trees in his backyard. As a mid-level corporate manager, he does what his bosses tell him. If they want s... read more

Joshua Isard’s debut novel is a hoot. Our hero Nathan Wavelsky moves into the burbs with his wife. Life is good. He’s a successful slacker. He doesn’t want to rock the boat. His definition of a good time is listening to his favorite bands on his iPod and staring at the grass and the poplar trees in his backyard. As a mid-level corporate manager, he does what his bosses tell him. If they want s... read more

House of Purple Cedar

Tim Tingle

"The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins Rose Goode's story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year's Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is ble... read more

"The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins Rose Goode's story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year's Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is ble... read more

Out of Their Minds: The Incredible and (Sometimes) Sad Story of Ramon and Cornelio

Luis Humberto Crosthwaite

"Hey, what's up, come a little closer, I have something to tell you," God said to Cornelio. The deal was simple: God would be the silent partner in the norteño band that Cornelio had started with his best friend Ramon. Cornelio would sing and play the bajo sexto, Ramon the accordion, and God would write the songs. Cornelio agreed; he would sell his soul to God.Success and disaster followed. Th... read more

"Hey, what's up, come a little closer, I have something to tell you," God said to Cornelio. The deal was simple: God would be the silent partner in the norteño band that Cornelio had started with his best friend Ramon. Cornelio would sing and play the bajo sexto, Ramon the accordion, and God would write the songs. Cornelio agreed; he would sell his soul to God.Success and disaster followed. Th... read more

Lone Star Noir (Akashic Noir)

James Crumley, Luis Alberto Urrea, Joe R. Lansdale, Milton T. Burton, Sarah Cortez, Jessica Powers

“Traverses Texas, finding evidence of the hard boiled, sultry, and disreputable throughout the state . . . Think of the book as a sort of criminal travelogue.” —Booklist If everything is bigger in Texas, then that includes the boldness of the criminals who call the state home. From large urban centers to the Cajun Gulf coast, there is big money to be made running guns, drugs, and catering to t... read more

“Traverses Texas, finding evidence of the hard boiled, sultry, and disreputable throughout the state . . . Think of the book as a sort of criminal travelogue.” —Booklist If everything is bigger in Texas, then that includes the boldness of the criminals who call the state home. From large urban centers to the Cajun Gulf coast, there is big money to be made running guns, drugs, and catering to t... read more

This Thing Called the Future

J.L. Powers

Khosi lives with her beloved grandmother Gogo, her little sister Zi, and her weekend mother in a matchbox house on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In that shantytown, it seems like somebody is dying all the time. Billboards everywhere warn of the disease of the day. Her Gogo goes to a traditional healer when there is trouble, but her mother, who works in another city and is wa... read more

Khosi lives with her beloved grandmother Gogo, her little sister Zi, and her weekend mother in a matchbox house on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In that shantytown, it seems like somebody is dying all the time. Billboards everywhere warn of the disease of the day. Her Gogo goes to a traditional healer when there is trouble, but her mother, who works in another city and is wa... read more

Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song

George Ella Lyon

Which Side Are You On? tells the story of the classic union song that was written in 1931 by Florence Reece in a rain of bullets. It has been sung by people fighting for their rights all over the world. Florence's husband Sam was a coal miner in Kentucky. Many of the coal mines were owned by big companies, who kept wages low and spent as little money on safety as possible. Miners lived in comp... read more

Which Side Are You On? tells the story of the classic union song that was written in 1931 by Florence Reece in a rain of bullets. It has been sung by people fighting for their rights all over the world. Florence's husband Sam was a coal miner in Kentucky. Many of the coal mines were owned by big companies, who kept wages low and spent as little money on safety as possible. Miners lived in comp... read more

Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light

Tim Tingle

Bee stings on the backside! That was just the beginning. Tim was about to enter a world of the past, with bullying boys, stones and Indian spirits of long ago. But they were real spirits, real stones, very real memories In this powerful family saga, author Tim Tingle tells the story of his family’s move from Oklahoma Choctaw country to Pasadena, TX. Spanning 50 years, Saltypie describes the pr... read more

Bee stings on the backside! That was just the beginning. Tim was about to enter a world of the past, with bullying boys, stones and Indian spirits of long ago. But they were real spirits, real stones, very real memories In this powerful family saga, author Tim Tingle tells the story of his family’s move from Oklahoma Choctaw country to Pasadena, TX. Spanning 50 years, Saltypie describes the pr... read more

Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale

"Chukfi is a trickster worthy of the name, and this fresh, funny tale makes an excellent addition to the genre." (starred reivew, Kirkus Reviews)Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014Silly kids, tricks are for rabbits! Chukfi Rabbit, that is. The laziest—and hungriest—trickster rabbit there is!Deep in Choctaw Country, Chukfi Rabbit is always figuring out some way to avoid work at all cost... read more

"Chukfi is a trickster worthy of the name, and this fresh, funny tale makes an excellent addition to the genre." (starred reivew, Kirkus Reviews)Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014Silly kids, tricks are for rabbits! Chukfi Rabbit, that is. The laziest—and hungriest—trickster rabbit there is!Deep in Choctaw Country, Chukfi Rabbit is always figuring out some way to avoid work at all cost... read more

Count Me In: A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

Cynthia Weill

Practice your numbers in English and Spanish when you count the beautiful dancers, playful musicians, and happy children of Oaxaca as the Guelaguetza parade goes by! Pronounced Gal-a-get-zah, the lively celebration—full of traditional dancing and music—takes place every July deep in the heart of southern Mexico. ONE band leader with a big white balloon! DOS hombres with firecrackers! THREE mus... read more

Practice your numbers in English and Spanish when you count the beautiful dancers, playful musicians, and happy children of Oaxaca as the Guelaguetza parade goes by! Pronounced Gal-a-get-zah, the lively celebration—full of traditional dancing and music—takes place every July deep in the heart of southern Mexico. ONE band leader with a big white balloon! DOS hombres with firecrackers! THREE mus... read more

Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (Max's Lucha Libre Adventures)

Margarito acts like any other eleven-year-old aficionado of lucha libre. He worships all the players. But in the summer just before sixth grade, he tumbles over the railing at a match in San Antonio and makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately connect him—maybe by blood!—to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel.A 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award ... read more

Margarito acts like any other eleven-year-old aficionado of lucha libre. He worships all the players. But in the summer just before sixth grade, he tumbles over the railing at a match in San Antonio and makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately connect him—maybe by blood!—to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel.A 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award ... read more

Maximilian & the Bingo Rematch: A Lucha Libre Sequel (Max's Lucha Libre Adventures)

Xavier Garza

Maximilian & the Bingo Rematch is the sequel to Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, an honor book for the Pura Belpre Award. Xavier Garza rules the ring when it comes to writing and illustrating action-packed, high-interest books filled with crazy comic-book art and set in the emotionally charged world of sixth grade.In Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, Max tumbles ov... read more

Maximilian & the Bingo Rematch is the sequel to Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, an honor book for the Pura Belpre Award. Xavier Garza rules the ring when it comes to writing and illustrating action-packed, high-interest books filled with crazy comic-book art and set in the emotionally charged world of sixth grade.In Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, Max tumbles ov... read more

Next (D-Bow High School Hoops)

Kevin Waltman

In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. Besides, the coach is old school. He thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude. That means bench tim... read more

In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. Besides, the coach is old school. He thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude. That means bench tim... read more

The Amado Women

Desiree Zamorano

Southern California is ground zero for upwardly mobile middle-class Latinas. Matriarchs like Mercy Amado—despite her drunken, philandering (now ex-) husband—could raise three daughters and become a teacher. Now she watches helplessly as her daughters drift apart as adults. The Latino bonds of familia don't seem to hold. Celeste, the oldest daughter who won't speak to the youngest, is fiercely ... read more

Southern California is ground zero for upwardly mobile middle-class Latinas. Matriarchs like Mercy Amado—despite her drunken, philandering (now ex-) husband—could raise three daughters and become a teacher. Now she watches helplessly as her daughters drift apart as adults. The Latino bonds of familia don't seem to hold. Celeste, the oldest daughter who won't speak to the youngest, is fiercely ... read more

That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe

What's it like to grow up during war? To be a victim of violence or exiled from your homeland, culture, family, and even your own memories? When America's talking heads talk about war, children and teenagers are often the forgotten part of the story. Yet who can forget images of the Vietnam "baby lift," when Amer-Asian children were flown out of Vietnam to be adopted by Americans? Who can forg... read more

What's it like to grow up during war? To be a victim of violence or exiled from your homeland, culture, family, and even your own memories? When America's talking heads talk about war, children and teenagers are often the forgotten part of the story. Yet who can forget images of the Vietnam "baby lift," when Amer-Asian children were flown out of Vietnam to be adopted by Americans? Who can forg... read more

Drug Lord: A True Story: The Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin

Terrence E. Poppa

"Drug Lord is the real thing. Raw, immediate, indispensable."—Don Winslow, author of The Power of Dog and California Fire and Life"The [drug smuggling] business goes on, the slaughtered dead pile up, the US agencies continue to ratchet up their budgets, the prisons grow larger and all the real rules of the game are in this book, some kind of masterpiece."—Charles Bowden, from the introduction"... read more

"Drug Lord is the real thing. Raw, immediate, indispensable."—Don Winslow, author of The Power of Dog and California Fire and Life"The [drug smuggling] business goes on, the slaughtered dead pile up, the US agencies continue to ratchet up their budgets, the prisons grow larger and all the real rules of the game are in this book, some kind of masterpiece."—Charles Bowden, from the introduction"... read more

Otherwise, My Life is Ordinary

Bobby Byrd

Growing up in Memphis, #3:In 1952 Dewey Phillips invented Elvis.It happened on the radio.Rock n' Roll saved my life.In 1960 the bad guys sold Elvis into slavery.Don't let anybody tell you different.This morning I made love with the lettuce picker:Every year the lettuce picker plants her seeds in October.Lettuce loves this time of the year in the Chihuahua Desert.October passes and November com... read more

Growing up in Memphis, #3:In 1952 Dewey Phillips invented Elvis.It happened on the radio.Rock n' Roll saved my life.In 1960 the bad guys sold Elvis into slavery.Don't let anybody tell you different.This morning I made love with the lettuce picker:Every year the lettuce picker plants her seeds in October.Lettuce loves this time of the year in the Chihuahua Desert.October passes and November com... read more

My Marriage A to Z: A Big-City Romance

Elinor Nauen

You can put this little book by your bed, in the bathroom, in your pocket or purse, wherever it's easily at hand so you can consider the bits and pieces of your relationship with your own beloved. The A to Z of this big city romance is like a foamy broth of koans, coffee, smiles, and aspirin. It can cure a headache and sweeten the heart, and the moral of the story is you can do it yourself. Th... read more

You can put this little book by your bed, in the bathroom, in your pocket or purse, wherever it's easily at hand so you can consider the bits and pieces of your relationship with your own beloved. The A to Z of this big city romance is like a foamy broth of koans, coffee, smiles, and aspirin. It can cure a headache and sweeten the heart, and the moral of the story is you can do it yourself. Th... read more

Cold Type

Harvey Araton

Harvey Araton writes, with keen insight, of a time when power was ebbing fast from both newspapers and their unions. It’s an especially bittersweet tale he tells of the people who had grown up in newspapers and unions, as they struggle to adapt to this evolving new order. And, of course, what makes this even more evocative, is that we’re still trying to sort this all out. — Frank Deford, autho... read more

Harvey Araton writes, with keen insight, of a time when power was ebbing fast from both newspapers and their unions. It’s an especially bittersweet tale he tells of the people who had grown up in newspapers and unions, as they struggle to adapt to this evolving new order. And, of course, what makes this even more evocative, is that we’re still trying to sort this all out. — Frank Deford, autho... read more

A Tightly Raveled Mind

Diane Lawson

"Diane Lawson's amazing insight into the mysteries and witchcraft of psychoanalysis . . . combined with her extraordinary writing skills makes this a one-of-a-kind novel that I found impossible to put down."—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for StoneSigmund Freud would have liked Dr. Nora Goodman, a sexy forty-something psychoanalyst with her handful of neurotic patients who can't seem to a... read more

"Diane Lawson's amazing insight into the mysteries and witchcraft of psychoanalysis . . . combined with her extraordinary writing skills makes this a one-of-a-kind novel that I found impossible to put down."—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for StoneSigmund Freud would have liked Dr. Nora Goodman, a sexy forty-something psychoanalyst with her handful of neurotic patients who can't seem to a... read more

Make It, Take It

Rus Bradburd

An inventive novel, Make It, Take It sneaks the reader past the press conferences, locker rooms, and huddles of college basketball. Without judgment or sentimentality, Rus Bradburd lays bare the web of conflicts between players and coaches, blacks and whites, revealing the complex humanity of a team’s inner circle. Here, every choice has a very real cost.Steve Pytel is an assistant coach and t... read more

An inventive novel, Make It, Take It sneaks the reader past the press conferences, locker rooms, and huddles of college basketball. Without judgment or sentimentality, Rus Bradburd lays bare the web of conflicts between players and coaches, blacks and whites, revealing the complex humanity of a team’s inner circle. Here, every choice has a very real cost.Steve Pytel is an assistant coach and t... read more

Long Fall from Heaven

Milton Burton, George Wier

"With an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the historic underbelly of Galveston and a ringing feel for dialogue, Long Fall From Heaven carries us along on a sordid yet seamless narrative of murderous mayhem." —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire MysteriesCueball Boland and Micah Lanscomb—both ex-cops with troubled pasts—stumble into the path of a serial killer. The murderer leads them in... read more

"With an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the historic underbelly of Galveston and a ringing feel for dialogue, Long Fall From Heaven carries us along on a sordid yet seamless narrative of murderous mayhem." —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire MysteriesCueball Boland and Micah Lanscomb—both ex-cops with troubled pasts—stumble into the path of a serial killer. The murderer leads them in... read more

The Black Butterfly

Shirley Reva Vernick

Penny is furious, and who can blame her? She has to spend Christmas break alone at the Black Butterfly, an old inn at the coldest, bleakest edge of America—the coast of Maine. This "vacation" is the brainchild of Penny's flaky mother, who's on the other side of the country hunting ghosts. Penny most definitely does not believe in spirits. Or love. Or family. Until, that is, she discovers two v... read more

Penny is furious, and who can blame her? She has to spend Christmas break alone at the Black Butterfly, an old inn at the coldest, bleakest edge of America—the coast of Maine. This "vacation" is the brainchild of Penny's flaky mother, who's on the other side of the country hunting ghosts. Penny most definitely does not believe in spirits. Or love. Or family. Until, that is, she discovers two v... read more

Remember Dippy

Shirley Reva Vernick

Johnny's plans fly out the window when he finds out his single mother is leaving town for the summer. She has a breakthough job in upstate New York. He can live with his Aunt Collette but only on the condition that he "help out with" his autistic older cousin, Remember. Yup, you heard it right: Remember Dippy. That's his cousin's name—and Remember is a gawky awkward kid with some pretty strang... read more

Johnny's plans fly out the window when he finds out his single mother is leaving town for the summer. She has a breakthough job in upstate New York. He can live with his Aunt Collette but only on the condition that he "help out with" his autistic older cousin, Remember. Yup, you heard it right: Remember Dippy. That's his cousin's name—and Remember is a gawky awkward kid with some pretty strang... read more

Pig Park

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

It's crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys an... read more

It's crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys an... read more

Walking Home to Rosie Lee

A. LaFaye

Young Gabe's is a story of heartache and jubilation. He's a child slave freed after the Civil War. He sets off to reunite himself with his mother who was sold before the war's end. "Come morning, the folks take to the road again, singing songs, telling stories, and dream-talking of the lives they're gonna live in freedom. And I follow, keeping my eyes open for my mama. Days pass into weeks, an... read more

Young Gabe's is a story of heartache and jubilation. He's a child slave freed after the Civil War. He sets off to reunite himself with his mother who was sold before the war's end. "Come morning, the folks take to the road again, singing songs, telling stories, and dream-talking of the lives they're gonna live in freedom. And I follow, keeping my eyes open for my mama. Days pass into weeks, an... read more

The Lovesick Skunk: On the Streets of New York Only One Color Matters

Joe Hayes

Joe Hayes must have had a singular growing up in the Arizona desert because he sure loves to write stories about it. And he tells those stories of his so much to audiences all over the United States that it seems like the stories just get more and more fantastic. I bet you've already heard the first tall tale he wrote—The Gum-Chewing Rattler—about a rattlesnake who chewed bubblegum. Yes, it's ... read more

Joe Hayes must have had a singular growing up in the Arizona desert because he sure loves to write stories about it. And he tells those stories of his so much to audiences all over the United States that it seems like the stories just get more and more fantastic. I bet you've already heard the first tall tale he wrote—The Gum-Chewing Rattler—about a rattlesnake who chewed bubblegum. Yes, it's ... read more

The Coyote Under the Table/El coyote debajo de la mesa: Folk Tales Told in Spanish and English

Joe Hayes

What happens when an old dog sitting at the dinner table with his master slides a whole leg of lamb, a big bowl of posole, a stack of tortillas and a bottle of wine to a coyote, who just happens to be under the table? A whole ruckus, that's what!But that's nothing compared with some of the other wild and wonderful folktales gathered by author Joe Hayes in this bilingual edition of The Coyote U... read more

What happens when an old dog sitting at the dinner table with his master slides a whole leg of lamb, a big bowl of posole, a stack of tortillas and a bottle of wine to a coyote, who just happens to be under the table? A whole ruckus, that's what!But that's nothing compared with some of the other wild and wonderful folktales gathered by author Joe Hayes in this bilingual edition of The Coyote U... read more

My Pet Rattlesnake

Joe Hayes

Joe Hayes is back with another unbelievable, astounding, and totally true tall tale, straight from his own childhood in the Arizona desert.One day little Joe is out in the desert, walking around, and he sees a rattlesnake in trouble. Joe saves the snake's life! That's when things get weird. The rattler follows Joe home. My gosh! It's only a rattlesnake, nothing new for a desert boy like Joe, s... read more

Joe Hayes is back with another unbelievable, astounding, and totally true tall tale, straight from his own childhood in the Arizona desert.One day little Joe is out in the desert, walking around, and he sees a rattlesnake in trouble. Joe saves the snake's life! That's when things get weird. The rattler follows Joe home. My gosh! It's only a rattlesnake, nothing new for a desert boy like Joe, s... read more

Mi Familia Calaca: A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

Cynthia Weill

Welcome to the family! It's just like yours: father, mother, sister, brother, abuelita, gato, even a great-great grandmother. Well, but there's something just a little bit different about this particular 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 while l... read more

Welcome to the family! It's just like yours: father, mother, sister, brother, abuelita, gato, even a great-great grandmother. Well, but there's something just a little bit different about this particular 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 while l... read more

Little Chanclas

José Lozano

A bilingual tale about Little Lilly Lujan who loves her chanclas (flip-flops) going slippety-slappety and flippity-flop. In fact, Lilly refuses any footwear except her favorite pair of flip-flops. "Why does Lilly love her chanclas so much?" her family cries. Lilly doesn't listen. That's why her family nicknames her "Little Chanclas." At baptisms, barbecues, quinceñeras, and picnics, you can he... read more

A bilingual tale about Little Lilly Lujan who loves her chanclas (flip-flops) going slippety-slappety and flippity-flop. In fact, Lilly refuses any footwear except her favorite pair of flip-flops. "Why does Lilly love her chanclas so much?" her family cries. Lilly doesn't listen. That's why her family nicknames her "Little Chanclas." At baptisms, barbecues, quinceñeras, and picnics, you can he... read more

Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie / El hombre que no sabía mentir

Joe Hayes

“Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.”—Publishers WeeklyDon Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious fruit around. He tru... read more

“Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.”—Publishers WeeklyDon Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious fruit around. He tru... read more

Veronica: My Father's Betrayal (Archie New Look Series)

Melanie Morgan

Perhaps more than any "new look" story so far, "My Father's Betrayal" presents a very poignant situation. When Veronica and her friends vow to save a nature preserve from being turned into an industrial park, they discover the issue isn't as black and white as they think: not only will the industrial park bring much-needed jobs to the out-of-work residents of Riverdale, it will also help lower... read more

Perhaps more than any "new look" story so far, "My Father's Betrayal" presents a very poignant situation. When Veronica and her friends vow to save a nature preserve from being turned into an industrial park, they discover the issue isn't as black and white as they think: not only will the industrial park bring much-needed jobs to the out-of-work residents of Riverdale, it will also help lower... read more

Archie New Look Series - Book 5, Archie "Goodbye Forever"

Melanie J. Morgan

The Archie New Look Series tells dynamic stories of the Archie gang in a more realistic style by some of comics' best storytellers.The good news is that Archie's dad got a big promotion... the bad news is that Archie and his family will have to leave Riverdale! Betty is crushed when she learns that Archie is moving away.With only a few weeks left before Archie leaves town, will Betty finally g... read more

The Archie New Look Series tells dynamic stories of the Archie gang in a more realistic style by some of comics' best storytellers.The good news is that Archie's dad got a big promotion... the bad news is that Archie and his family will have to leave Riverdale! Betty is crushed when she learns that Archie is moving away.With only a few weeks left before Archie leaves town, will Betty finally g... read more

Sonic the Hedgehog Archives, Vol. 0: The Beginning

Archie Comics

In 1993, Sonic the Hedgehog sped his way from video games to comic books. Hundreds of isues later, "the blue blur" can lay claim to having the most successful comic book career of all video game heroes! Now you can enjoy his earliest comic book adventures with this special edition that reprint his first, difficult-to-find mini-series, Sonic #0 through #3. Collected together for the first time ... read more

In 1993, Sonic the Hedgehog sped his way from video games to comic books. Hundreds of isues later, "the blue blur" can lay claim to having the most successful comic book career of all video game heroes! Now you can enjoy his earliest comic book adventures with this special edition that reprint his first, difficult-to-find mini-series, Sonic #0 through #3. Collected together for the first time ... read more

Archie #600

Michael Uslan

"Archie Marries Veronica Part 1: The Proposal": Could it be true? Has Archie finally decided to take the plunge and propose to comics' favorite rich girl? It sure looks that way! Earlier this year readers got a chance to relive "Freshman Year" with the famous teens of Riverdale High. Now make way for this special story that takes a look at Archie and his friends after they graduate college! Wh... read more

"Archie Marries Veronica Part 1: The Proposal": Could it be true? Has Archie finally decided to take the plunge and propose to comics' favorite rich girl? It sure looks that way! Earlier this year readers got a chance to relive "Freshman Year" with the famous teens of Riverdale High. Now make way for this special story that takes a look at Archie and his friends after they graduate college! Wh... read more

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