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Thank you for your recent interest in our Middle Grade title, The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons. Because we value librarians, especially the Library Works Subscribers, we offer a 25% discount to librarians on all Vesuvian Books titles.


Launching August 7, 2018 — Don't miss out ...

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons
by Dan Elish

Juvenile Fiction — Legends, Myths, Fables — Arthurian
Juvenile Fiction — Humorous Stories

Born to … Fight?

Ike Rupert Hollingsberry is haunted by the past because complete strangers won't let him forget when his famous father died on the set of The Fighting Dragons, a cult favorite that still has people talking.

But when he's attacked by a large locust, like the one that killed his dad, Ike is helped by the geekiest nerd of all, Elmira Hand.

Killing the giant locust was only the beginning of the surprises in store for Ike as he is whisked away from New York City to an isolated Florida compound to assume his role as the next in line to lead the Royal Order of the Fighting Dragons—that are NOT supposed to exist—and learns his dad’s death was a cover-up for a far greater purpose...

“… destined to be a kid-pleasing classic. Readers will be captivated as Ike is drawn into the mysterious and dangerous world … I dare any fan of Harry Potter, Roald Dahl, Wonder Woman, Superman—any rollicking adventure story—to pick up The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons and not get hooked.” ~ Deborah Heiligman, Award-winning author of Vincent and Theo

7th Grade Revolution
by Liana Gardner

Juvenile Fiction — Historical — United States — Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Juvenile Fiction — School & Education

2018 American Fiction Awards Winner in Pre-Teen Fiction (Ages 10-12), 2018 International Book Awards Finalist in Children's Fiction, and 2018 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention in Children's Books, 7th Grade Revolution is a fast-paced adventure inspired by an actual classroom experience, weaving in historical elements as clues that help the kids solve the mystery to save their school.

“Gr 5-8. A fun ride that combines treasure hunting, quick thinking, Revolutionary-era U.S. history, and teamwork … reads like a National Treasure and Spy Kids movie combined. It has twists and turns. One of the novel’s huge strengths is the kids banding together; in addition, each character has the opportunity to show individual skills and to grow as a person … Suggested for general purchase for middle school collections, especially for adventure-loving patrons.” ~ School Library Journal
"The story explores friendship and teamwork through these students, each from different situations and backgrounds, who bond over fighting for their school and following clues to treasure. The extreme circumstances allow them a chance to see each other in a new light, to trust each other, and to understand each other. The characters focused on are mainly Rhonda and Dennis, but several other characters are included throughout, each playing a key role in either the fight against the FBI or searching for the treasure as each uses their skills to uncover secrets. With stunning illustrations, 7th Grade Revolution is a treasure hunting adventure exploring themes of friendship, growing up, teamwork, and history." ~ 5-Star review from Readers' Favorite


by Thommy Hutson

Juvenile Fiction — Horror & Ghost Stories
Juvenile Fiction — Performing Arts — Theater

High School Can Be A Real Killer

“[Hutson] creates a gore-filled throwback to the classic teen slasher flick genre ... Graphically detailed descriptions make it clear that this work of horror isn't for the faint of heart.” ~Publishers Weekly
"... a Must Read for Classic Horror Fans ... an expertly paced, cinematic slasher in a setting that would make Agatha Christie proud. Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Homage and originality. Comedy and Tragedy. Thommy Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan...” ~Waylon Jordan,
"Thommy Hutson is the ultimate authority in nostalgia-driven storytelling." ~Clive Barker

ISAN: International Sensory Assassin Network
by Mary Ting

Juvenile Fiction — Social Issues — Runaways
Fiction — Asian American

2018 American Fiction Awards Winner in Science Fiction: Post-Apocalyptic, 2018 International Book Awards Winner in Science Fiction, and 2018 Hollywood Book Festival Runner-Up in Science Fiction, ISAN: International Sensory Assassin Network is a fast-paced adventure with a kick butt heroine in a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

“Captivating from the very beginning … this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of action. The fast-paced chapters will engage reluctant readers and fans of postapocalyptic scenarios." ~ School Library Journal
"Mary Ting has crafted a story that will entice fans of science fiction with strong elements of the dystopian genre. The crisp writing, the exciting and well-crafted scenes, the complex characters, and the cunning plot are elements that make Ting’s writing an engrossing read. I enjoyed the way character development is handled and from the very first sentence of the story, the reader gets a powerful sense of conflict, setting, and character: “I ran to live” are the first words and this introduce readers to a world torn apart by bullets and violence. This is a tale of survival and a young woman’s search for meaning." ~ 5-Star review from Readers' Favorite

Beneath the Lighthouse
by Julieanne Lynch

Young Adult Fiction — Horror & Ghost Stories
Young Adult Fiction — Social Issues — Physical & Emotional Abuse

Readers who like Stephen King and novels such as The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco will enjoy Beneath the Lighthouse. by Julieanne Lynch


Beneath the Lighthouse grabs you by the nether regions from the word go. Then it squeezes. Hard. With a nailed glove … A truly scary ghost story … a powerful ‘coming of age’ drama … a young man growing into adulthood against a backdrop of despair and quite shocking abuse … unpredictable and ever building. Blood and bone revenge, retribution and salvation. The strength of friendship, the power of love. You feel the dread and the underlying fear — not your typical tale. And what a tale it is.” ~EM Faustus
“… provocative and daunting, unnerving and unique, gripping and powerful … full of intrigue and violence, clocked in mystery and loaded with danger that is also shrouded in a heavy veil of paranormal suspense. One spine-tingling, gasp-inducing thrill ride of epic proportions.” ~Nicole McCurdy, Emerald Book Reviews
Julieanne Lynch is a master storyteller and I enjoyed the way she pulls the different elements of the story together. I was hooked by the beauty of the prose. The power of the prose — descriptive, and loaded with vivid imagery — is one of the strong appeals of this story. The author makes the reader feel the story by evoking emotions with clarity of expression and aptness of diction. Each sentence evokes a strong feeling and the author uses this style to allow readers to understand the dynamics in the McGuiness family, the emotions of the protagonist, and the pervading sense of horror that permeates the narrative. ~ 5-Star review from Readers' Favorite


From the award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution

Just in time for school — Launching September 25, 2018

The Journal of Angela Ashby
by Liana Gardner

Juvenile Fiction — Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction — Social Themes — Bullying

A Middle Grade “Death Note”

“With great power comes great responsibility.” ~Voltaire
2018 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention in Children's Books
I have great power.
That’s what she told me. The old fortune-teller at the school carnival.
I thought I was doing the right thing … with the magic journal she gave me.
But nothing could prepare me for what happened next.
Or, for what I unleashed.

At a school carnival, a mysterious fortune-teller gives twelve-year-old Angela Ashby a journal and warns her to use it wisely. Nothing prepares Angela for the journal’s power—when she pours her heart onto its pages her desires come true.

She tests the journal by conjuring a gnome, a unicorn, and a farting fairy and then uses it to stop the school bullies in their tracks. But the unintended consequences alienate her best friend and puts her favorite teacher in danger of losing her job.

After she shares her deepest desire of all—that her parents get back together—her adversary steals the journal, and Angela fears she will use it to bring mayhem to the entire school if she doesn’t get it back.


From the award-winning author of ISAN: International Sensory Assassin Network

Release Date September 4, 2018

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
by Mary Ting

Young Adult Fiction — Fairy Tales & Folklore — Adaptations
Young Adult Fiction — Monsters
Young Adult Fiction — Social Themes — Values & Virtues

2018 Hollywood Book Festival Runner-Up in Unpublished Manuscripts

What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night …

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword. But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return. Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

From the multi award-winning duo, Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Release Date October 2, 2018

Death by the River

Young Adult Fiction — Horror
Young Adult Fiction — Social Issues — Physical & Emotional Abuse


A high school “American Psycho”

2018 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention in Young Adult



Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux. 

And that someone will pay with their life.

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