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Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio

Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio

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In Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio, author Jane Ann Turzillo recounts the misdeeds of ten dark-hearted women who refused to play by the rules.


They unleashed their most base impulses using axes, guns, poison and more. You'll meet Perry's Velma West, a mere slip of a girl who was unfortunately too near a hammer during an argument. New Philadelphia's Ellen Athey, no lady herself, had a similar problem with an axe. Ardell Quinn, who operated the longest-running brothel in Cleveland, would simply argue that she was a good businesswoman. Grim? Often. Entertaining? Deliciously so.

William, The What-If Wonder & His Sleepover Worries

William, The What-If Wonder & His Sleepover Worries

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William's what-if's are in the way! William has been invited to his first sleepover, and his belly is full of butterflies! He really wants to spend the night with his friends, but the uncertainty of being away from home is making him feel very anxious. What if he forgets to pack something? What if he can't fall asleep? What if he hears a noise in the middle of the night? William's what-if worries are trying to convince him to stay home, but William doesn't want to miss out on the fun! Will William overcome his fears and enjoy his first sleepover with friends?


With rhyming text and colorful illustrations, this story is designed to help a young child learn to problem-solve and reframe their worries as they face the uncertainty of new situations. A Note to Parents and Caregivers, written by board certified pediatric psychologist Margaret R. Mauzé, PhD, ABPP, provides child-friendly strategies to help a child learn how to take control over their anxious thoughts.

William, the What-If Wonder On His First Day of School

William, the What-If Wonder On His First Day of School

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It's the first day of school and William is sure it will be a disaster. What if the bus passes by his street? What if he can't find his desk? What if he gets lost? These pestering what-if thoughts make him feel nervous and scared. But, wait! What if the day turns out to be amazing? Discover what William learns that turns his day around!

A touching story with charming illustrations that will help children recognize the difference between worry and reality through the introduction of cognitive reframing, or seeing the same situation in a new view. A Note to Parents and Caregivers, written by board certified child psychologist Margaret R. Mauze, PhD, ABPP, gives more information on child-friendly ways to manage anxiety.

Winning is for Losers!

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Winter's Gambit

Winter's Gambit

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Winter's Gambit

Saddled with the grim inheritance of a bankrupt Russian teahouse in a Detroit slum, Alex Winters' life is filled with more misfortune than a Tolstoy novel. Using her knack for observation and the songs playing on the radio, Alex passes the time by writing quirky backstories for the parade of inner city characters that drift in and out of her teahouse, each one inspired by her love of music. But all that changes when an enigmatic stranger walks though her door. Tall, dark, and grumpy, ex-Marine Frank Brennan's daily visits to the teahouse defy any plot twist Alex can imagine. Frank's mysterious behavior leaves her wondering who he really is and why he keeps trying to improve her bleak situation. But when Frank's unique brand of tactical chivalry slams head-on into a mob payment gone bad, Alex finds herself on the run in an epic cross-country road trip with a twitchy veteran who acts like his mission objective is to get as far away from her as possible...

...which would be fine if Alex hadn't the misfortune to fall hard for the rough-around-the-edges Gunner. Getting Frank Brennan to admit he feels the same is a risky gambit, but Alex Winters has four days, two thousand miles of road, and a strategy for unconditional surrender that could bring even the most battle-hardened soldier to his knees.

Winter's Roulette

Winter's Roulette

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"I wrote Frank Brennan fan fiction." Alex shot Frank a glance and winced. "Three of them to be exact.""Frank Brennan fanfiction," he repeated, fixing her with one of his inscrutable gazes. "What, exactly, is that?"


From the mixed-up files of Alex Winters come three high-octane, adrenaline-packed, hyphen-heavy adventures deciphering the mystery that is Frank Brennan. Winter Unscripted- Meet Frank Brennan, a veteran Hollywood action hero who meets his match in a smart-mouthed screenwriter Alex Winters...
Brennan's Lament- Meet Frank Brennan, highly-trained government spook and international hit man on the trail of a mysterious Russian assassin named Alex...
Bangkok Vengeance- Meet Frank Brennan: husband, father, vinyl siding salesman...disavowed double agent.
Together in one volume, Alex Winters' complete stories written shotgun while on the run from the Russian mob in the breakout comedy prequel/sequel Winter's Gambit. Painstakingly transcribed from her handwritten journals, each adventure is a genre-heavy field assessment of just who Frank Brennan-the mysterious man who blew up her tea house and stole her heart-really is... and who they might become together.

Wisdom Warriors

Wisdom Warriors

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Wisdom WarriorsA culmination of more than twenty short stories designed to address culturally difficult discussions with young African American minds in the 21st Century, Wisdom Warriors cleverly invites parents and young minds into some of today's most challenging conversations. Through the voice of young Skye, author Mary Cole Watson intentionally delves into challenging, often taboo subjects through the eyes of a child. While intertwining the wisdom of grandparents who have watched the world around them change, Watson addresses many of the tough questions burdening today's curious minds. She intrinsically highlights the fact that African American progress has often been achieved at the cost of stomping out the pride and beauty of a culture relegated to crime and shame. Using African American history, as well as cultural traditions and facts, Watson uses Grandpa Marv and Grandma Mary to help Skye - and many children like her - embrace her unique beauty, the value of the lives she encounters and the call to rise above hate and bigotry. Through the insight of these two Warriors of Wisdom, this essayist tackles each conversation with Skye as a training exercise. The goal of Wisdom Warriors is to develop young minds into healthy, self-loving African Americans charged with the responsibility of preserving the importance of the cultural treasures birthed in a nation seeking life, liberty, and justice for all mankind. This book will be a benefit to classrooms, youth programs and diversity & inclusion initiatives within urban, rural and suburban schools. Linda Collins, Retired High School Principal Parents, educators, student advisers, and coaches can use this tool as a resource for how to handle emotional situations with grace, understanding, and confidence. Millicent Connor, Elementary Reading Specialist Wisdom Warriors provides wisdom to all who may need it when faced with a crucial conversation. The news and media don't always provide the best commentary for discussion in homes or at school to create healthy communities and children of color, but Wisdom Warriors does. Enjoy the book and share it with others.
Wonderful Day!

Wonderful Day!

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A Wonderful Day! is an engaging early reader that playfully depicts the shared experiences of child and parent who are enjoying a day together at the zoo. This unique story is beautifully told in a gender-neutral text that captures many of the special moments children and adults often treasure and share together.

Words of Wisdom

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World War II Akron

World War II Akron

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When World War II engulfed the nation, the men and women of Akron dutifully played their part in the epic struggle. Keyes Beech ducked grenades as marines raised the American flag at on Iwo Jima. Newspaper magnate John S. Knight watched the Japanese surre