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Marianne Mitchell is the author of twelve books for young readers. She has been an elementary teacher and a writing instructor, is an avid gardener and now volunteers at local libraries in Tucson, Arizona with her therapy dog. Please visit her web site: www.mariannemitchell.net

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Paloma
By Marianne Mitchell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014 by Rafter Five Press. Category: Fiction
"Paloma" is a re-telling of an old Cinderella tale from Spain. A young girl must leave her home to find her way in the world. Her only possessions are three beautiful dresses left to her by her mother. However, beauty alone will not bring her happiness. She must be clever and careful in order to find her true love.
The Ghost in the Wood
By Marianne Mitchell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,870. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014 by Rafter Five Press. Category: Fiction
It was a dark and stormy night fifty years ago when lightning zapped a tree and killed a young boy. His spirit was caught in the lightning-struck wood. Now, decades later, the ghost is released and is causing harm and looking for justice.
Over the Waves
By Marianne Mitchell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,680. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013 by Rafter Five Press. Category: Fiction
In the summer of 1914, Joel Peterson goes with his mother on a visit back to Sweden. Joel wants to prove to his father he is old enough to make big decisions. He enjoys meeting his grandparents in Sweden and making friends with a girl named Kari. But lazy summer days end abruptly when World War I breaks out and finding passage home becomes a dangerous challenge.
The Secret Santa Suit
By Marianne Mitchell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,960. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Rafter Five Press. Category: Fiction
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When a magical Santa suit turns up at Megan’s house, it challenges all she ever believed and didn’t believe about Santa.
Baby Impossible
By David F. Olson
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,220. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013 by Rafter Five Press. Category: Fiction
Five years ago, Mona Lund faced the heart wrenching decision about having an abortion. She was young, unprepared, and frightened. Ever since, she has wrestled with the question, Did I do the right thing? Then one day she meets a little boy who looks hauntingly like her late boyfriend. Her search for answers uncovers a doctor's secret project and even more questions.
A Promise Made
By Marianne Mitchell
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,420. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012 by Rafter Five Press. Category: Fiction
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In 1884 Silver Plume, Colorado is the end of the line and the beginning of a new life for sixteen-year-old Petra. After fleeing her abusive stepfather, she must learn how to fend for herself, keep her promises and confront her worst fears.
Windows of Gold and other stories
By Marianne Mitchell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,130. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011 by Rafter Five Press. Category: Fiction
Twenty short stories for children, including mysteries, folktales, adventure and fantasy. The title story, "Windows of Gold," is a winner of the Highlights for Children Fiction Contest. Most of the stories in this book were previously published in Highlights for Children and other national magazines. Reprinted here with permission.


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  • Lark of Yesteryear on June 27, 2012
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    LARK OF YESTERYEAR is a creepy ghost story told from the point of view of a young girl who doesn’t realize at first that she’s a ghost who has been dead for 138 years. Lark watches the visitors who come and go to her old house, now a museum. The comments the visitors make both amuse and confuse her. Why don’t they know what a meat grinder is? Why do they think an outhouse is funny? But most of all, she longs for someone to notice her because she’s so lonely. She’s also terrified of her father who seems to have turned into some vengeful being, the complete opposite of what he used to be. Finally, a young boy named Owen ‘hears’ her and feels her ghostly presence. But their friendship takes a turn when Lark starts to remember the events of the great Peshtigo fire that wreaked tragedy on her family and many others so long ago. Mary Zinda has expertly developed interesting characters filled with flaws and hopes and conflicts. Her ghosts are appropriately scary and her careful attention to historical details and vivid writing make this a recommended, spine-tingling read.
  • Inga the Viking Girl on Aug. 02, 2012
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    I enjoyed these two short stories about a Viking girl. The target reader age is 8-12, not 'early reader' as described. The historical details were smoothly woven into the stories and the descriptions easily help the reader picture Inga and her life in Greenland. I also wish there had been more to each story, especially the first one. I hope the author will continue to develop these stories into longer works. Both boy and girl readers will enjoy the adventures!
  • Penelope and The Ghost's Treasure on Aug. 02, 2012
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    An interesting adventure with lots of twists and turns. I thought the characters were a bit old-fashioned and at times, created with very broad strokes which made it hard to believe in them. A bit more depth would have helped. Middle grade readers (not YA teens) will enjoy the way events pile up to a satisfying conclusion.
  • Mr Tuff The Cat on June 29, 2013
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    Cute art but the author needs to review use of apostrophes.
  • Owen's Journal: A Lark of Yesteryear Companion Book on June 29, 2013
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    A good ghost story that gives some more insight into the events of Zinda's first book, LARK OF YESTERYEAR. I hope she writes more of Owen's story. This one ended too soon! More! More!
  • The Last Moment Loop on March 08, 2014
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    Cool story. It keeps you wondering what's going on until the very end. Would like to read more by this author.