Finalist for the 2015 kid-judged Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award (Flame of Findul).
Lauded by kids for its snarky humor, the Taylor Davis series was first published as two six-episode, 50-page serial adventures tailored specifically to reluctant readers. Each episode contains high action, crazy predicaments, bigger-than-life characters, and a nail-biter ending that encourages kids to keep reading! Both adventures have been collected into single novels. They are also still available in their original serial format for kids who thrive on shorter reads.
Flame of Findul
Lexile score: 700L
Sometimes life gooses you when you’re not looking. You might be happily coasting through days in a little New Jersey suburb, dreaming about Jennifer Williams and making plans to see the new movie showing uptown when–bam!–everything changes in an instant. Your family moves overseas and suddenly you’re hacking at water demons with a four-foot blade…
I was chosen from among all others to complete a task I did not want. I was told I’d have help. I was told I’d be in capable hands. Then I met my guardian angel.
I am so doomed.
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Clash of Kingdoms
“Why do I have to pay a toll? No one else is forking out dough, you big baboon.”
I wouldn’t recommend repeating those words to anyone who is dangling you a foot off the ground. My face suddenly felt like it had collided with a cement wall at forty miles per hour. I found myself sliding across the tile floor and coming to rest in the corner of the hallway.
“You hit me!” I rubbed my jaw in disbelief. Damian had always seemed a level-headed sort of guy. “I can’t believe you hit me!”
“I’ll do a lot worse than that!”
A handful of spectators scrambled out of the way as he lunged for me. I dove behind a bench outside the high school office. The secretary never even looked up. I hoped word of my death in front of the wide, newly installed security window didn’t leak out to the city’s more violent criminal element…
I just can’t catch a break. Most of my friends only concern themselves with girls and grades, but I have to worry about retaliation from hellish warlords. When three of my classmates succumb to a strange malady, I become the target of irrational violence. Is it a coincidence, as Elena so firmly believes? Or could there be a deeper, more evil explanation?
When the epidemic goes national, my team and I are called on to uncover the root of the problem before violence breaks out on a worldwide stage. Our quest leads us to the heart of Africa, to the underworld, and to a second encounter with an enemy who just won’t stay dead.
Flame of Findul has been produced as an audiobook, because audio is great for literacy! When kids take in language audibly and visually, it actually creates connections within different parts of the brain that aid a variety of reading skills: decoding, comprehension, increased vocabulary, fluency, word recognition… Besides all that, professional voice artists make a story that much more fun by bringing it to life. Try it for yourself. Listen to the first chapter!.
Praise for Taylor Davis:
“Cool story. It reminded me of Percy Jackson—non-stop adventure.” —Wishing Shelf judge (boy, aged 12)
“I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It is so action-packed! The plot is totally unique. This is one of those books I think would make a GREAT movie.” —Erik Weibel (age 12), This Kid Reviews Books
“Very funny all the way to the end.” —Wishing Shelf judge (boy, aged 10)
“I am so impressed with the author’s voice, style of writing and character development. Highly recommend for all ages!” —Melinda Matthews, Amazon Reviewer