All About My Books

The perfect formula for a middle grade novel, according to Jim Alkon, Editorial Director of is: “(1) rooted in fact with a semi-educational bent; (2) steeped in adventure and cliffhanging wonder of what’s coming next; and (3) designed to stimulate the imagination with fantasy and improbable occurrences as real as the author’s storytelling can convince.” And guess what? He was writing a review of The Black Alabaster Box, Book 1 of the award-winning The Last Crystal Trilogy!

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A boy hides behind a tree trunk watching something.

Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Stealer

“a dazzling adventure story,” Richie Narvaez, award-winning author of Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco

“the perfect book to get even the most screen-addicted middle graders out there started on their bookworm journey — and once they get started, this is the kind of tale that will leave them craving more.” K.Hall, BookTrib

“a beautiful world that I did not want to leave.”Alex Ndirangu for Readers’ Favorite.

A worthy, engaging story of an abolitionist family. Kirkus Reviews

Watch for Book 2 in Sid’s Story: The Well-Intended Conspiracy coming in January. A great way to use Holiday gift certificates! Sid discovers who his true friends are as he meets challenges of life on the Santa Fe Trail.


The Last Crystal Trilogy

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3

The Last Crystal Trilogy has won multiple awards including the 2019 Agatha Award: Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery by Malice Domestic, the Edgar Award Winning Convention for those who love a traditional mystery, The Coffee Pot Book Club Best Books 2022, Gold Medal for Historical Fantasy, The Maincrest Media Award is for excellence in Young Adult literature and the Firebird Award.

If you’re shopping for yourself or for  young person you love, I think you’ll enjoy the Trilogy. Ask at your local, independent bookstore. Or click on the buy link above. Click on the book icons  to read sample chapters.

Second Series

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
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Poetry Book 1

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