De Kenyon

Biography

Are you a kid who threatens the monsters under your bed, even when you're scared?

Do you know exactly what to do if zombies attack--grab a shotgun and run?

Do your parents say things like, "Do you ever sit still? Really?" but then have to shake you in order to get your attention while you're reading or playing a video game?

Would you like to decorate your room in skulls and bunnies?

If so, then have I got stories for you.

I grew up telling my brother and cousins stories on our farm whenever we got bored. I would start up the story, and everybody would act it out. We got in lots of fights over who was boss of the story, and I lost a lot of time. I once got so mad that I told my brother we were playing hide and seek instead and locked him in the shed where he was hiding. I think he forgave me…eventually.

My first novel, Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse, lets you choose how you’re going to fight a zombie invasion. Warning: you die. Sometimes, you turn into a zombie and then you die. But can you save the world before you kick the bucket? See any major bookstore in order to buy a copy.

“This is how I like my zombies: fast and funny. Choose this book, and you won’t be choosing your doom. You’ll be choosing hours of gooey, gory hilarity.”
- Steve Hockensmith, New York Times best-selling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

My real name is DeAnna Knippling, which I use when I’m writing scary, space/science fiction, or fantasy books for grownups. My husband’s last name is Kenyon (and so is my daughter’s), so that’s the last name I use when I’m writing books for kids. I have a website at www.dekenyon.com.

Where to find De Kenyon online


Books

The Secret of the Cellar
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Elly always gets stuck with entertaining her relatives while their parents talk to her mom. Blah, blah, blah. It goes on for hours. But this time, she worked and worked to make a special surprise for her visiting cousins...a haunted house in the basement! With a super-duper, extra-gross surprise in the spooky cellar.
Exotics #3: The Subterranean Sanctuary
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Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,620. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Returning home again after the terrible events at Xanadu House, Rachael Baptiste has learned not to trust humans...because they might be part of the Lighthouse Parents, a hostile group out to arrest and destroy the Exotics.
Guinea Pig Apocalypse
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Galileo’s mad-scientist parents have done it again: invented something that got completely out of control. This time, it’s a matter replicator in their basement. And a squirrel army out to get rid of the humans. And lots...and LOTS of Guinea pigs out of sewage. Yuck!
The Boy Who Would Not Sleep
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Just before the men in Nickolas's family grow up, they fall into a deep sleep...and serve a local dragon in their dreams. Tired of being teased, Nickolas makes a vow: he will not sleep. Now he's learning the consequences of disobeying a dragon...
The Mighty Mountain of Theornin
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Astra knows what she’s good at: thieving, tricking, and hitting people with rocks. Especially the mayor’s bullying son, after he makes fun of her. She also knows what she’s not good at: being a girl. Not the kind of girl that lives in the tiny mountain village of Theornin, anyway. So logically that means making Wizard Jorphen change her into a boy.
Beware the Easter Moon
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Colin’s tired of his mean, bullying Grandpa stealing kids’ chocolate Easter eggs. So he hatches a plan to make his Grandpa eat one of last year’s Easter eggs. One of the regular kind. That stinks when it gets rotten. It was a terrible plan. But it was also a great plan. He just shouldn’t have gone outside at the farm to get the egg on the night of the full moon before Easter.
The Girl and the Genie
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
In this fairy tale, a girl finds a magic bottle with a genie inside (she can tell there’s a genie inside, because she can see it having adventures), but the genie won’t come out to give her wishes. What does she do? She goes inside... (For children 8 to 12 years old.)
Exotics #2: Xanadu House
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Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,360. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
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After saving her half-human, half-animal friends, Rachael comes down with the Exotics virus. As a new Exotic, Rachael can’t control the change, so she travels to a safe place for Exotics in danger—Xanadu House. Xanadu is owned by an aunt that Rachael never knew she had, and who will protect any Exotic, no matter what side they’re on. But is Xanadu House as safe as it seems?
My Mom Ate My Homework
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
Aya's mom just told her to pick up her stuff for the 1,001th time...she was almost going to pick it up for reals, but then her mom gets turned into a cleanicidal vacuum cyborg. And now Aya's almost late for school...
The Test
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,660. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Mari von Ingler is good for nothing, not making sausages or sewing a straight line or anything of use in her village, so her father arranges for her to be an apprentice to a mage...but only if she can pass the mage’s test.
Exotics #1: The Floating Menagerie
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Series: The Exotics: Kids, Spies, and Magic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,210. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
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When Rachael's mom disappears and she finds out that her second-grade classmate Raul might know something about it, she follows him into a trap and is kidnapped onto a mysterious ship along with a group of kids who can turn into magical animals--Exotics. She has to find a way to escape the ship and rescue the Exotics who are waiting to be sold as pets...or are they?
Tales Told Under the Covers: Zombie Girl Invasion & Other Stories
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 50,290. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Ten tales of death, invasions from other realms, bullies, babysitters, liars, and the brave kids who fight back. Zombie girls who have to hide, lest they get eaten by bigger zombies. Food that bites back. Wizards who are scared of their own power. Murdered (and murderous) pets. Secret superpowers. And that last, great voyage into the unknown.
The Last Voyage of the Mermaid
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Arnold had always wanted to know about a) pirates and b) death. But his mother would never let him find out. Now Arnold is grown up, old, and tired of being both...so he goes on an adventure to find out the things that he was always supposed to never find out about: Murder, mermaids, and the deep, dark sea.
Factory Above, Factory Below
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
“If you’re really bad,” the Teachers had said, “the robots will come and take you Below.” Well, Connor had been really bad this time, and now the robots were coming. Connor couldn’t wait.
The Scaredy Wizard of Theornin
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Astra’s always in trouble for stealing in her tiny, muddy, miserable village of Theornin. What? She wants to grow up to be a thief, all right? Except now her reputation is causing her problems, because the town bully, a grown man named Cormish, wants her to steal the wizard’s spell book from him. Or else.
Which Is Bigger, the Moon or an Elephant? and Other Stupid Questions
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Antonia does not need a babysitter. She has her CPR certification and a list of emergency contact numbers. But the babysitter isn’t a normal high school girl who just wants to watch TV and call her boyfriend...but a mean, sarcastic teen who wants to scare them all.
The Society of Secret Cats
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
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What if cats were really there to guard your dreams? Lost in the Forest of Dreams, the dashing, handsome cat Ferntail must rescue his human girl from her horrible nightmares, nightmares that come from outside her mind. Will a mysterious and beautiful cat from The Society of Secret Cats help lead them out of the forest...or further astray?
Class Pet from Beyond the Grave
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A ghost haunts the teachers’ toilet, but Fox & Hare Paranormal Investigations faces worse something worse than a ghost when they investigate the case of a missing class pet: murder.
A Picture is Worth 1000 Chomps
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,330. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Seth uncovers shy girl Tony's secret talent: she can make images come to life, but she can't control the evil, hungry monsters that she creates.
Attack of the 50-Foot Sushi Monster
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
When sushi-lover Cat holds her birthday party at a sushi restaurant, she doesn’t expect her meal to fight back! How can one girl defeat a 50-foot-tall monster made out of raw fish, rice, and seaweed? She can’t eat all of it...
Zombie Girl Invasion
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Price: Free! Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
When Neil shoots zombies in his imagination, they’re horrible and awful and they don’t have names. And then he meets Max, a zombie on the run from even worse zombies. Max is pretty nice, though. The thing is, Max isn’t just a zombie...Max is a girl zombie.
Bunny Attack!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011 by Wonderland Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Sometimes pets can go from being cute and fuzzy...to HORROR! When Marina forgets to feed her evil pet bunny, Nibbles turns into a giant monster bunny, eating everything in sight. How can Marina save her family and neighborhood from the horrible monster?!?