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This week Outskirts Press proudly features Michele Hauser, self-publishing author of four children’s books, including the popular Crystal Palace series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Michele Hauser, known to her illustrator as Grammy, lives part of each year in California and Illinois. She was a teacher for 30 years and now is retired and enjoying writing for her grandchildren. She collaborated with her granddaughter Karina (then 8, 9, and 11) as illustrator in writing the CRYSTAL PALACE trilogy, and with her grandson Scott (aged 10) as illustrator of NINJA COUSINS. Michele holds a Masters of Arts degree in Education (emphasis on Reading and Writing), is a UCLA Writing Project Fellow and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. With her husband Steve, she has two sons, and six grandchildren.
Who would have guessed that the saving of a little boy at a pool would lead to an adventure in Fairyland and the Kingdom of the Leprechauns? A sleepover at Karina’s Grammy’s and Popi’s house in a bedroom filled with crystals, turned into an adventure at a crystal palace and a confrontation with a dangerous sea serpent. Karina, Katie, and Emily Jean entered these worlds through the lead of Grammy’s tooth fairy named Angela. They were needed to find the missing baby fairy prince.
Intelligence, insight, and imagination led these girls to the rescue and the discovery of the truth: Children are precious to their parents, no matter how old they are, whether in Fairyland or everyday life.
Exciting and fanciful… a child’s vision of Fairyland through the artistry of Karina, the nine-year-old granddaughter of author Grammy Hauser.
Format: 5 x 8 Paperback cream, 83 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 11, 2009)
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner
Grammy finds a tiny envelope addressed to Karina on the crystal bed. Karina and her friends have been invited to the fairy Prince Jeremy’s third birthday party. Grammy’s tooth fairy, Angela, leads Karina, Katie, and Nicole back to Fairyland through the bedpost crystal. The royal celebration is beautiful and festive, a magical and enchanting evening in Fairyland…
Suddenly, explosions interrupt the celebrations. In the chaos, Karina, Katie, Nicole, and the young, insolent fairy princess Gianna are kidnapped. Karina and her friends find there is trouble in Fairyland as they confront issues of injustice and inequality and work together to find a solution. Enchanting and fanciful…a child’s vision of Fairyland through the illustrations of Karina, the ten-year-old granddaughter of author Grammy Hauser.
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 129 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 31, 2009)
Genre: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children’s Studies
Ever wish you were someone else? Katie falls in love with a handsome fairy boy, Colin, and wants to be a fairy herself. In this third book of the Crystal Palace trilogy, three human girls (Karina, Nicole, and Katie) return to Fairyland to visit their fairy folk friends and to see how well the reforms they had mediated were working.
The Sorcerer gives Katie beautiful fairy wings, but he is jealous of the human girls growing influence on the king and plans to humiliate them. His scheme is interrupted when insects (huge to the fairies) attack Fairyland.
Urged on by their evil tarantula leader, swarms of enormous, angry insects and spiders descend upon the fairy folk. Their goal: to destroy Fairyland, before turning their sights on the human world.
A story of envy and forgiveness, courage and cooperation, friendship and caring, The Crystal Palace III: The Fairy War demonstrates the power of love and working together toward a common goal. Exciting and fanciful – a child’s version of Fairyland through the artistry of Karina, the eleven-year-old granddaughter of author Grammy Hauser.
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 219 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 28, 2011)
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
Ever dream of being something you are not? An athlete, a wizard… or a Ninja? Scott and his brothers and cousin do just that – they become Ninjas! They set out in search of adventure and get more than they bargain for. While at a sleep-over at their grandparents’ home, the four boys sneak from the house in the wee hours of the morning and head to the nearby lake. A strange gadget lies partially buried in the marsh reeds around the lake. When it asks, “Where do you want to go?”, they respond “to see Ninjas”, of course. So off they go, whirling through time and space to medieval Japan, to the land of samurai and Ninjas! To the boys’ surprise, the Samurai with their fierce horned helmets and Ninjas with their shining Ninja stars, expect the boys to be Ninjas too! When the castle is attacked by an enemy clan, the boys must prove their worth as Ninjas. But what can they do? They’ve never even held a Ninja star! Join Scott and his brothers and cousin as they work together to help the Emperor – and become Ninjas, for real! And when the time gadget is lost, how, if ever, will they get home? A child’s vision of medieval Japan, through the artistry of Scott, the ten-year-old grandson of author Grammy Hauser.
Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream, 60 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 07, 2014)
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
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