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Available Now from our distributor Mountain Press:
(A Junior Library Selection)
In Fire Birds – Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned
Forests, award-winning science author Sneed B. Collard III
challenges society's negative views toward natural forest fires. By
focusing on the research of biologist Richard Hutto, Collard reveals
the complex relationships between fire and thriving plant and animal
communities. The book especially focuses on the heavy use of burned
forests by dozens of bird species – and debunks the idea that burned
forests are worthless wastelands.
- Eureka! Nonfiction Book Award from the California State Library Association
- Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from the Santa Monica Public Library
- Finalist for the High Plains Book Award
- NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books 2016
Two summers after Mike and Kyle uncovered a pair of priceless $20
gold pieces in a Civil War fort in Alabama, Mike is astounded to find
Kyle show up on his doorstep in a souped-up 1957 Bel Air. Mike hasn't
heard from his friend in two years, but when Kyle invites him to ride
up to Birmingham to see Kyle's sister Annie, Mike doesn't hesitate.
What Mike doesn't realize is that Kyle isn't going to see his sister.
He is going to rescue her. For Kyle and Annie to escape somewhere
safe, however, they're going to need cash and lots of it. When Mike
mentions a mysterious silver dollar made in 1964, it launches the
trio on a cross-country thrill ride and a new coin quest -- a quest
that just could save Kyle's and Annie's lives.
"CARTWHEEL, award wining author, Sneed B Collard's YA novel is
his latest book and sequel to DOUBLE EAGLE. In typical Sneed
fashion, this book sparkles in several areas. The characters are
not only likeable and believable, they are "spot on"
developmentally and fit the time period that the book is set in,
1975. The adolescent struggle for independence from parents and
risk taking while weighing values is fresh and fits well for the
two male characters. The plot moves quickly and keeps the reader
guessing what is next. Sneed's research and ability to blend
history in his books while holding the readers interest from
start to finish is a gift he carries over from his strength as a
nonfiction writer. Readers get the best of his fiction and
nonfiction skills blended into a front seat ride in CARTWHEEL."
Diane Kress Hower, Book Wisdom by Diane
"The author keeps the suspense level in high gear, entertaining
readers while educating them about the Denver Mint and the
short-lived existence of the 1964 Peace Dollar...Toss in some
geography and a few wry observations about human nature and you
have a wonderful story for young readers -- one that's fast-paced
and fun for older readers as well."
Judy Shafter, State of the Arts
In this second Slate Stephens mystery, twelve year-old
sleuths Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney head to the infamous
Montana ghost town of Bannack.
While their geologist dads prospect for a large gold mining company,
Slate and Daphne encounter a pair of perplexing puzzles. Under an
old classroom desk in Montana's first schoolhouse, the young
detectives discover clues pointing to missing gold treasure amassed
by Montana's vigilantes 150 years earlier.
At the same time, a thief
has absconded with two priceless Charles Russell paintings on loan to
the university art museum in nearby Dillon. In this second Slate
Stephens mystery, clues and curiosity lead our two heroes to begin
solving both mysteries -- and dig up more dirt than they can handle.
"As in the previous title in the Slate Stephens Mysteries series,
there is plenty of action to disguise the history lesson and propel
the story around quieter moments -- such as will Slate ever work up
the nerve to kiss Daphne? Slate and Daphne are adept at dispensing
justice with their smart, methodical, and slightly cocky approach to
detecting. Criminals -- you have been warned."
- Booklist, January 2012
"After recovering a missing pet in The Governor's Dog Is Missing
(Bucking Horse Bks., 2011), Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney are
back for another hair-raising adventure... Children who like
adventure, mystery, or the Old West will enjoy this book."
- School Library Journal, January 2012
"An excellent read-aloud, it would also do well as a book club
selection or exploratory text for a writing/reading circle... an
engaging blend of mystery, romance, adventure, and history."
- Vicki Spandel, Six Trait Gurus
"An insightful and much recommended mystery for younger readers."
- Children's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review
Thanks to the combined forces of a comet and a lightning storm, a dog
named Sophie travels in time from 1926 to the present, where she is
taken home by Sam, an 11 year-old boy living in a run-down section of
the city of Enterprise. Through a bit of sleuthing, Sam and his
outspoken grandfather Horace discover the old neighborhood Sophie has
apparently come from.
With Sophie's help, Sam travels back to 1926 to meet Sophie's owner,
another 11 year-old named Rollie. The two boys discover they have a
lot in common -- including the notorious Cheesebro gang which has
terrorized Enterprise in both of their time periods!
Together, the new friends risk their lives to put a stop to the
corruption, crime, and urban blight that has afflicted their city --
and pave the way for a brighter, revitalized future.
Fall, 2010 Release: The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse
Sale, ISBN: 978-0-9844460-0-1, Nonfiction, Hardcover, Grade 4
through Adult, 64 full-color pages with more than 60 photographs,
List Price $18.00
Available from Mountain Press
"Handsomely designed, with buff pages that resemble pieces of
parchment and endpaper maps, this is a fascinating look at a fresh
-Booklist, November 1st, 2010
"Fantastic action photographs accompany this delightful book about
the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale held the third weekend in May in
Montana. Carefully researched, Collard's book explains the history,
development, and present day excitement surrounding this annual
Spring, 2011 Release: The Governor's Dog is Missing (Book 1 in the Slate Stephens Mysteries series), ISBN: 978-0-9844460-1-8, Fiction, Hardcover, Ages 7-13, 176 pages, List Price $16.00.
Available from Mountain Press
When the governor of Montana's famous dog Cat goes missing,
twelve-year-old sleuths Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney know
they have to help find him.
Staking out the halls of the Capitol
and racing through concert crowds at breakneck speeds,
they assemble clues--and crash into dead ends.
Will they find Cat or end up in the Emergency Room?
Only Slate, Daphne,
and readers will find out!
"With humor, mystery and pre-teen angst,
The Governor's Dog will keep
reader's attention from the first page to the last."
-Café of Dreams Book Reviews, February 2nd, 2011
"Unlike the majority of child prodigy sleuths, Slate and Daphne,
while intelligent, are also typical kids. The plot moves quickly and
readers hitch a ride on Slate's bike as he explores the city and
develops his feeelings for Daphne. Collard neatly braids history,
geology, and politics into the investigation, mixing interesting
facts and crucial details into the mystery."
-School Library Journal, June 1st, 2011
"Veteran writer Collard incorporates Montana history and politics,
geology, and natural science into this entertaining first installment
in the Slate Stephens Mysteries series. Slate is a winning narrator;
his wry take on paranormal chicklit is particularly funny and will
touch a nerve with boy readers who might be wondering why all the
sensible girls they know are so taken with vampires. Short chapters,
a good blend of action and introspection, and a hint of romance make
this strong mystery a solid choice for boys and girls alike."
-Booklist, May 1st, 2011