Ambush Books

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Ambush Books is the brainchild of award-winning children’s book author Douglas Rees, his literary agent Laurie McLean, and social media ninja and agent Pam van Hylckama Vlieg. Often their luncheon conversations would involve tales of fabulous classic children’s books that were no longer available for purchase. What a shame! So Ambush Books represents their quest to bring those abandoned treasures out of the dark caves where they’ve been hidden away by publishers in order to share them with the tweens and teens of today. Ambush will also publish books in series that never saw the light of day as well as anthologies introducing new voices to middle grade and YA audiences.

Douglas Rees decided he wanted to be a writer when he was twelve. And he hasn’t grown out of it yet! He and his wife JoAnn are both librarians. Some of his award-winning books include Vampire High, Uncle Pirate, Majix, The Juliet Spell, and Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas. He’s excited about Ambush Books because he has so many writer friends whose books he can save from extinction.

Laurie McLean is a serial entrepreneur who is tickled pink by the chaos created by digital publishing technology. A lifelong reader and writer, Laurie is thrilled to be able to offer this generation’s children access to the amazing stories of her generation…and some new ones from favorite classic authors.

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, "Bookalicious" to her legion of fans, created the leading book review blog for childrens’ books, videogames, graphic novels and more: She is a partner at literary agency Foreword Literary, and has her own middle grade and YA writing represented by Laurie McLean. Pam is also in charge of the YA section at Hicklebees children’s books in San Jose, CA. She knows children’s books, people!

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True Lies: A Newspaper Mystery #2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,420. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012 by Ambush Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Thomas Weston and his friends are back for another newspaper mystery. This time they are hot on the trail of a jewel thief. But the danger level is as high as a banner headline.
Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,110. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012 by Ambush Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A mystery for middle grade readers. Thomas Weston has newspaper ink in his veins. Not only that but he also has funny headlines running through his brain 24/7. If he can convince the principal at Fairview Middle School he has what it takes, maybe, just maybe, he'll be able to make his dream of a school newspaper come true. But first he has to figure out why all the cats in Fairview are vanishing!


Love Stinks!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,080. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Love is magical. Love is amazing. But every once in a while love stinks! We’ve all been there. Heartbreak spawning crafty ideas of revenge. The “it’s not you, it’s me˝ syndrome. Well, this book celebrates all those love-bumps along the great highway of life. Fourteen YA authors have come together to reveal the truth about the dark side of love that few people talk about.
Magical Mayhem
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,660. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
MAGICAL MAYHEM, the first YA anthology from Ambush Books, contains work from a wide assortment of emerging YA talent plus award-winning veteran authors. These short tales will twist your brain and wrap around your soul: including the creepy jumble of Eldritch Black’s Three Curses for Trixie Moon to the gorgeous magical realism of Anna-Marie McLemore's Lovesick there is something for every reader.

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