The Book of Names (Forbidden Books Vol. VI)

A book with power over who lives and dies—and two kids caught in the middle of an all-out war for it.

Dexter and Daphna Wax have seen more things in Heaven and Earth than they thought possible in their wildest dreams—or nightmares. Between them, they’ve been hypnotized by a man as old as time, kidnapped by a depressed billionaire, shot by a remorseless assassin, and stalked by a plague-ridden vampire. They’ve lost their parents, their home, and even their good names battling disasters that never seem to end. All they want to do is start high school—to start living their lives again—but now the sky seems to be cracking open, the planet is overheating, and people are losing their minds. Secret but powerful groups have decided the time has come to seize the prizes they’ve long sought, and they all want the twins dead—at least temporarily.

 

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Jock & Spock

jock-and-spockIllustrated by Debbie Tilley

Jock and Spock, a pair of sock brothers, were never more than a foot apart. That is, until the day Jock was thrown into the wrong wash, bleached, and tossed out! This is the story of the socks’ hilarious struggle to reunite. You’ll never look in your sock drawer in the same way again.

NOW AVAILABLE as an interactive app/game for tablets/phones from TINY TAP (requires Tiny Tap app)

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School Library Journal
A whimsical story about a pair of orange sock brothers…With Slater’s text providing many opportunities for sound effects in the storytelling and Tilley’s large cartoons perfectly capturing the nuances of the character’s expressions, this book makes a good choice for storytimes on feelings and dealing with separation anxiety.

Sound Book Review Council
…The story is sweet and earnest about topics like separation and caring, and at the same time both the text and the illustrations are full of clever little jokes and details that older kids and adults will love to catch.

Pittsburgh Magazine
Kids and their adults will enjoy this story of brother, rather, sock-erly love.

Yellow Brick Road
[The sock brother’s] fierce loyalty and clever problem solving finally lead to a satisfying conclusion.

The Book of Letters (Forbidden Books Vol. VII)

from Library Tales Publishing

When the end of the world is coming—and it’s all your fault.

To save themselves and all they love, Dexter and Daphna Wax have repeatedly done the impossible, dodging all manner of death and destruction. But now it seems they’ve caused a rupture between the worlds, unleashing an evil beyond human comprehension. So to face this final confrontation, the twins must become something more than human, and they must find the most sought-after treasure in the history of the world—the Holy Grail. Before all hell breaks loose.

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The Book of All Things (Forbidden Books Vol. V)

from Library Tales Publishing
What if you could hold all of time and space in the palm of your hand?

The deadly creature arrives on black winds, and its bite has unleashed a plague capable of killing every man, woman, and child in the world. The government believes that Dexter and Daphna Wax have the information they need to stop the disease from spreading, but the twins have learned to trust no one. They are running for their lives, searching for answers on their own. Their quest will uncover secrets about the monster, but also about themselves—secrets an even more powerful organization is willing to sacrifice anything, and anyone, to bury.

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The Book of Maps (Forbidden Books Vol. IV)

 A map to all corners of the world, and—if they’re right—the next.
A year later, what happened in the caves at Eden’s edge still haunts Dexter and Daphna’s nightmares: falling through the darkness, the stench, the flapping wings—that maniacal laughter. Back in Portland, they’ve built a new life with their new mother, but now, the night before they were officially to open a new chapter in their lives, they learn the awful truth: When they came back from those dreadful caves, something came with them—something older than time and capable of unleashing a devastating plague. Once again, the twins are on the run, not only from the terrifying creature, but also from the authorities who think Dex and Daphna have answers—and from other powerful interests who want to know what secrets they possess. Their newest secret, a book of miraculous maps, is their best hope of survival. If they can solve its mysteries, it might lead them beyond their nightmares—and perhaps even beyond their wildest dreams.

 

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Book Pleasures
The first books in this series “Had me at Hello.” However, the most intriguing and wonderfully exciting part about that statement is the fact that the third book in this series…is even BETTER. When you review a great deal of books, you sit down in an easy chair to begin, and you only get through a few chapters before life intervenes once again (kid screaming, dog barking, cell phone ringing, etc.). It is very rare to sit down with book in hand and not bother with anything or anybody until you’ve turned the last page. That’s what happened last night, folks. Couldn’t put it down!To bring you up to speed, this series focuses on the Wax twins – Dex and Daphna. Let’s just say that through finding the Book of Nonsense and then the Book of Knowledge, and getting wrapped up in a story that’s as big as Adam and Eve…they were happy to have had a year off. When we meet up with them in this third volume, they are very excited about their new bookstore opening the next day called Paradise Bookshop. They’ve been living with Evelyn – their guardian, best friend, and a woman who has lived an EXTREMELY long time. They’ve been going to school, working on the grand opening of the shop and, basically, feeling about as normal as they’ve been able to feel in a long time. They have heard of the somewhat violent break-ins in libraries and research centers outside of the United States, but they’ve been trying not to think about it. They are simply living a quiet, peaceful life and they want it to stay that way.Unfortunately, peace was never a staple in these children’s lives. As they look out the window of the shop and watch a man dressed as a monk hurrying through the streets and directly at them, the kids can feel the well of dread, panic, and fear begin to expand in their souls. As the frightened man runs in, tells the kids to hide, and proceeds to race out of the store and be attacked by a white-robed apparition, the small amount of peace that Dex and Daphna had shatters. Soon, their beloved Evelyn is being rushed to the hospital with some form of ancient disease; and between a steel knife, strange winds, disappearing monks, men who wear animal masks, and an eccentric billionaire, Dex and Daphna are thrown into yet another adventure that centers around the great mystery of the Book of Maps.Not only is this story extremely well-written, but the twins are great characters. They’re not the “perfect” hero and heroine that so many writers create. Dex and Daphna have very real issues and hardships in their lives – from physical anomalies to mental idiosyncrasies. They’re also a “team” that you will cheer for in every book. What’s the only downside? The book was over, I turned the last page, and I still wanted more. My only request is that David Michael Slater put his nose to the grindstone and crank out the next one so I can have this much fun again.As always, I want to tell each and every one of you every aspect of this story because it was SO good! But I’m not going to tell you because it was SO good that you have to go out and get this series. This is a perfect Christmas gift for children and young adults in your household. I’m telling you, the amount of “buzz” that’s building around this series is getting “louder” and “louder,” and I’m telling you now…jump on board this train. You’ll be extremely happy that you did.Amy Lignor, Bookpleasures.com Reviewer