“Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam” three-peats as Sunbury Press bestseller for May

“Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam” three-peats as Sunbury Press bestseller for May

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam: My Year as a Black Scarf took the top spot for the third month in a row. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for May, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
2 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Historical Fiction
3 3 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
4 6 American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
5 4 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
6 17 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
7 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey Historical Fiction
8 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
9 27 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
10 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
11 In the Field Joanne Risso Children’s Fiction
12 My Mom Is an Alien Joanne Risso Children’s Fiction
13 Over the Sea Joanne Risso Children’s Fiction
14 2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
15 Patchtown Jolene Busher Historical Fiction
16 24 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
17 37 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
18 14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
19 23 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
20 28 Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee Middle Grade Fiction
21 Indian Villages and Place Names in PA James Donehoo History
22 22 Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
23 Hatched Robert Barsky Literary Fiction
24 50 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski History
25 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
26 15 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Biography
27 20 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
28 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Thriller Fiction
29 Adventures in Distant and Remote Places William Lemanski Travel Memoir
30 The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
31 25 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
32 36 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
33 26 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
34 34 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
35 19 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Local History
36 Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Current Events
37 18 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
38 The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley History
39 31 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
40 32 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
41 40 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
42 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
43 Seeking Samiel Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
44 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill History
45 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
46 Beagle Tales Bob Ford Pets / Humor
47 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
48 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks Clair Clawser History
49 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words and Relations Lawrence Knorr, et al Biography
50 48 A Second Revolution C James Gilbert Historical Fiction

Doug Beed’s Vietnam memoir Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam, was #1 due to brisk sales, especially on the Kindle platform. It has been in the top four on Amazon in its category. Marie Sontag’s The Bonze Dagger took #2 due to a large sale to public schools in California. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring repeated at #3 thanks to strong bookstore sales following her promotional activities. American Berserk by Bill Morris grabbed #4 due to strong bookstore sales. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last continues to sell steadily, coming it at #5.

The company released two new titles in May:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for May, 2017
Had a Dying Fall J. M. West Thriller Fiction
Auto Travel in the 1920s William Cook History

Sontag's "The Silver Coin" is the third book of the "Ancient Elements" historical YA series

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sunbury Press has released The Silver Coin, Marie Sontag’s historical young adult novel that is the third volume in the Ancient Elements series.

About the Book:
The Mycenaean captain laughed and addressed his prisoners. “By the time people realize you’re missing, you’ll all be slaves of Greek merchants or landowners. And I’ll be that much richer!” Sam swallowed hard. Now I’ll never find Uncle Zim. And who will want to buy a crippled slave? Numbness overtook him as he saw his hopes, like the sail of the Phoenician ship, go up in flames.

tsc_fcWhat Others Are Saying:
“Sontag’s Mediterranean world is a vivid one, and the story makes clear that even thousands of years ago, residents of the region were well traveled and knowledgeable about their realm. . . . individuals looking for curriculum-based fiction may find the book a valuable tool.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Sontag’s final book of her Ancient Element’s trilogy was an exhilarating conclusion to this Indiana Jones-like journey through the civilizations of the ancient middle eastern kingdoms. Students reading her books will effortlessly be educated, richly enhancing the core curriculum they are learning in their middle school classes.” — Jean Fujiki, Library Media Clerk, Cupertino, CA

“Sontag once again delivers heart stopping excitement as Samsuluna embarks on his next adventure. A masterful work of historical fiction that brings the ancient past to life. You will not be disappointed!” — Roberta Hendricks, Reading Intervention Specialist, TX

“The Silver Coin is so visual throughout, using conversation to move the characters forward in this third book of Dr. Sontag’s trilogy. My sixth grade students love to read her books!” — Susan Peers, Social Studies Teacher, San Jose, CA

Excerpt:
Peret, Season of Planting, 1777 BC – Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Egypt

boatFifteen-year-old Samsuluna fingered the remaining silver coin given to him by his adoptive father, Balashi. As the ship rocked beneath his sandaled feet, he eyed the ominous, black clouds gathering in the distance. “They say it takes about seven days to sail from Egypt to the Phoenician city of Tyre,” Samsuluna told his friend, Keret. “Once we get to Tyre, I’ll finally be able to complete my quest and reunite with my uncle, Zim-ri-lin.”

Seventeen-year-old Keret leaned over the Phoenician ship’s wicker railing to look at the dark sea that churned below. Keret then observed the swift moving clouds overhead. “I don’t know, Sam.” Keret shook his head. “It may take more than seven days to reach Phoenicia if a storm rolls in.”

Sam returned his coin to the leather pouch strapped around his neck and tucked the pouch beneath his tunic. “Well, at least I’ll have a place to call home again,” Sam said. “Since Balashi’s death . . .” Sam’s voice trailed off as he gazed at the clouds once again.

Sam turned his head when one of the Phoenician crewmen walked over and stood next to him, scanning the horizon. Something in the sailor’s intent gaze caused Sam to tighten his grip on the ship’s railing.

About the Author:
Dr. Marie Sontag taught middle school for over 15 years. She has a BA in Social Science, and an MA and PhD in Education. When on speaking events, she’s always accompanied by her authenticated 3,000-year-old bronze dagger, alabaster jar, and silver coin.

Books in the Ancient Elements Series:
Book One: The Bronze Dagger
Book Two: The Alabaster Jar
Book Three: The Silver Coin

Books in the Warsaw Rising Series
Book One: Rising Hope
Available Soon:
Book Two: A Door of Hope
Book Three: A Banner of Hope

The Silver Coin
Authored by Marie Sontag
List Price: $9.99
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
140 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620067987
ISBN-10: 1620067986
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Ancient Civilizations

Coming soon on Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Silver-Coin-97816200…

Marie Sontag's "Rising Hope" reviewed by academic journal "The Polish Review"

From The Polish Review, Vol. 61, No. 1, 2016. Copyright 2016 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Reprinted with permission.

rh_fcMarie Sontag, Rising Hope Book I: Warsaw Rising Trilogy (Mechanicsburg, PA: Sunbury Press, 2015), 220 pp. ISBN 97816220065563.

Polish and Polish American themes in English- language fiction for young readers are rare indeed. A few titles for children were published during the 1980s by Anne Pellowski, and in the early 2000s Karen Cushman came out with her novel Rodzina about a Polish preteen traveling west on an orphan train. Titles for adolescents have been just as rare. Two notable novels for young adults include Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s A Coalminer’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska (2000), a historical narrative set in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania in the late 1800s, and Maja Wojciechowska’s brilliant fictionalized memoir of World War II, Till the Break of Day (1972). With the publication of Rising Hope, Marie Sontag joins this small group of writers focused on young readers. Sontag, just like Wojciechowska, chooses World War II as the background of her novel, but unlike Wojciechowska, she does so without the advantage of personal experience. Sontag’s interest in Polish history might have been generated by her family background. In the novel’s dedication, she identifies her paternal grandfather’s name as Reikowski.

Rising Hope is the first volume in Sontag’s ambitious plan for a trilogy of historical novels for young adults, novels set in Poland during the most turbulent times of recent Polish history. Her initial volume covers the five years of German occupation beginning with September 1939 and ending with the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and the methodical destruction of the city by the Germans after the fall of the uprising. Sontag plans the second volume to document the years of Soviet domination of Poland between 1944 and 1989, and the final volume will carry her characters to the present time. It is probably fair to say that Marie Sontag, who describes herself as an educator, attempts to accomplish several didactic goals in her fiction. Thus, Rising Hope informs her young readers about the tragic realities of life in Warsaw during the German occupation and extols the bravery of Polish resistance fighters, especially the very young, presenting their deep patriotism and their willingness to sacrifice their lives for the freedom of Poland. At the same time, Sontag finds effective techniques to introduce her readers to Polish music and literature and the more distant past. So every now and then, her young characters may casually discuss the accomplishments of Frederic Chopin, or they may study for their clandestine lessons devoted to Polish poets such as Słowacki or Krasiński or to great freedom fighters such as Kościuszko and Kiliński. Sontag reinforces such miniature in- text lectures with a glossary, which identifies all historical figures and provides brief biographies and images.

While constructing the novel’s plot, Sontag effectively introduces fictional characters into historical sabotage actions carried out by some of the most famous Home Army fighters: Zośka, Rudy, Moro, and several others. Sontag focuses particularly on the role Polish scouts played in the struggle against the German occupation, both during the Warsaw Uprising and during the months leading to its outbreak. Her novel pays homage to the youngest fighters, who sacrificed their lives for Polish freedom. She movingly describes the death of seven- year- old Henio Dąbrowski, who works as a newspaper boy distributing copies of an illegal Polish newspaper, Informational Bulletin. Tragically, Henio becomes an object of interest to a couple of German policemen patrolling the streets of Warsaw. One of them “pointed his gun at Henio’s back. As if in slow motion, Tadzio [Henio’s older brother and the novel’s protagonist] saw the German pull the trigger. Blam! Only one shot. Henio’s arms flew up. His fine light- brown hair lifted in the breeze as his face contorted in pain. Henio’s legs went out under him. Women across the street screamed. The two policemen laughed, and then walked away” (138).

This tragic episode is one of a whole string of events that contribute to the growth of Tadzio Dąbrowski. In this classic Bildungsroman, Sontag allows her readers to follow Tadzio’s education and maturation process. The war deprives him of all parental support. His father leaves on a mysterious mission, and his mother and a trusted housekeeper are both arrested by the Germans and, after months of interrogations in the infamous Pawiak prison, are sent to Ravensbruck, a concentration camp for women. At thirteen, when the novel begins, Tadzio finds support from the leaders of his scout troop but refuses to engage in the scout actions against the occupiers. The readers witness his growth into a young patriot and a Home Army soldier.

To help her readers become familiar with both fictional and historical characters, Sontag lists them all in the glossary. This is an excellent idea, since some of the difficult Polish names may become confusing to English- speaking readers. However, one decision that the author makes in this regard is questionable. Her useful glossary offers her readers, in addition to brief biographies, photographic images of all characters: both historical figures and the fictional characters. So a question arises regarding whose pictures are used to illustrate fictional characters. If these period photographs depict some nameless victims of German terror, fictionalizing their lives and making up their names is disturbing. It victimizes them yet again. In future printings of Rising Hope, the author should consider deleting the photographs used for fictional characters and also replacing the map of Ukraine printed twice at the beginning and the end of the book with a historical map of Poland that reflects its pre- 1939 borders. A historical map of Poland would be very helpful for Sontag’s young readers.

Writing historical novels is not easy. The difficulty lies not in securing information about historical events, which are usually well documented, but in getting the seemingly insignificant details of everyday life right. Except for a couple of errors, such as having Polish peasants drive pickup trucks during the German occupation or not realizing that a couple of German Jewish boys who spoke only German and Yiddish would have linguistic difficulty in communicating with Polish children, Sontag is very successful in creating a picture of Warsaw during World War II. Rising Hope teaches its readers about living conditions in occupied Warsaw and presents the whole spectrum of societal attitudes toward the occupiers. The novel is populated not only by courageous freedom fighters but also by ruthless collaborators and informers who are willing to sell their compatriots to the enemy, knowing full well that they are sending others to their deaths just to gain financial advantages. The novel’s list of minor characters includes also Poles willing to risk their lives to save Jews, Jews who serve as soldiers in the Polish Home Army battalions, sadistic German soldiers, and some good Germans whose help saves Polish lives. Marie Sontag’s novel is an important addition to young adult literature in English.

Grazyna J. Kozaczka

Cazenovia College

Sontag's latest in Ancient Elements series based in Egypt

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sunbury Press has released The Alabaster Jar, Marie Sontag’s second installment in the Ancient Elements series, set in ancient Egypt.

TAJ_fcSam held up the lamp and studied the room’s walls.  Hieroglyphs of prayers, painted pictures of the gods, and elaborate stone torch sconces adorned the area. There has to be more to this tomb. But what?  Why were men sneaking in and out of it?

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Readers who have waited for Samsuluna’s next escapade will not be disappointed in The Alabaster Jar. In this fast-paced adventure, Sam, Balashi and Amata witness political plotting, and question the sincerity of their new friends. A newly discovered tomb, the bustling Nile River trade, secret passages and the alabaster jar all await you!” — Mary Pat Vargas, 6th Grade Teacher, CA

“A skillfull interweaving of intrigue and deception. Each character has different secrets and issues, but they all become intertwined. A great read for early adolescents!” — Roberta Hendricks, Reading Intervention Specialist, TX

“One of the best books I’ve ever read! This book will have you on the edge of your seat no matter how hard your heart is.” — Ian, age 12, TX

“The Alabaster Jar is a mesmerizing journey of good versus evil in one of history’s greatest ancient cultures.” — Nick Gervase, Santa Clara Unified School District Superintendent, Retired, CA

EXCERPT:
When fourteen-year-old Samsuluna saw the scrawny scribe grab the priest’s robed arm, Sam stepped back into the shadow of a limestone column.

“We just uncovered the entrance to an undiscovered tomb near Giza,” the administrative scribe told Nakthor, the lector priest.

Sam saw Nakthor cup his hand on the side of his mouth. “Does anyone know about this yet?”

The short scribe shook his baldhead. “Only our two workers.”

Even in the dim light of Memphis’ setting sun, Sam saw Nakthor’s bottom lip curl into a half-smile. “Draw me a map and start our usual process tomorrow.” Nakthor then gripped the scribe’s shoulder. “But make sure no one sees you. This must remain a secret.”

Sam stepped further into the column’s shadow and waited for the two men to leave the compound of the House of Scrolls. He never liked Nakthor. Every morning Sam endured Nakthor’s high-pitched voice as the priest recited prayers and incantations for the day. And whenever Sam and his adoptive father, Balashi, left with the Egyptian Chief Physician to visit patients in the city of Memphis, they first had to get permission from the priest. Nakthor always granted it, but he never failed to make condescending remarks about Sam and Balashi’s Babylonian citizenship. More than once, Sam heard Nakthor refer to them as unwelcomed foreigners.

The Alabaster Jar
Authored by Marie Sontag
List Price: $9.99
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
124 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066218
ISBN-10: 1620066211
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Ancient Civilizations

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Alabaster-Jar-978162…

"Keystone Tombstones" not resting in peace… Sunbury's bestellers for April

kt3_fcKeystone Tombstones Volume 3, Joe Farrell and Joe Farley’s biographical compilation of noteworthy people buried in Pennsylvania, ranked #1 due to author activities and advance sales. The Joes will be at the Sunbury Press store in Mechanicsburg this Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 6, as part of the annual Wine Walk event..

About Keystone Tombstones Volume 3:

Joe Farrell and Joe Farley explore the cemeteries (and pubs) of Pennsylvania in search of interesting graves and stories about the interred.

Included in this volume:

Nick ADAMS “Johnny Yuma Was a Rebel”
Marian ANDERSON “A Voice Heard Once in a Hundred Years”
“Babes in the Woods”
John BARRYMORE “The Great Profile”
Robert CASEY “The Three Time Loss from Holy Cross”
Jimmy DORSEY “A Fabulous Dorsey”
backcoverimageFLIGHT 93 Crash Site “40 Heroes”
“Four Founders”
“Fox and Cox”
Joe William FRAZIER “Smokin’ Joe”
Dave GARROWAY “The Communicator”
Harry GREB “The Human Windmill”
John Frederick HARTRANFT “Old Johnny”
Robert (Bob) HESS “More than Just a Scientist”
“The Kelayres Massacre”
John MCDERMOTT “Golf’s Unknown Champion”
Mary Pinchot MEYER “The Mysterious Case of Mary Pinchot Meyer”
Joe PATERNO “JoePa”
Teddy PENDERGRASS “Life Is a Song Worth Singing”
Molly PITCHER “From Molly Pitcher to Black Hawk Down”
Art ROONEY “The Chief”
Lillian RUSSELL “The Great American Beauty”
Arlen SPECTER “The Single Bullet Theory Senator”
”Titanic Victims and Survivors”
Willie THROWER “Football’s Jackie Robinson”
“Pirates’ Pride”
John UPDIKE “One of America’s Best”
Grover WASHINGTON, Jr. “The Smooth Jazzman”
Anthony WAYNE “Mad Anthony”
Unusual Tombstones

tbd_fcMarie Sontag’s YA novel The Bronze Dagger jumped to #2, thanks to author activities and events in the San Jose, California area.

Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir, Call Sign Dracula, slipped to #3.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #4 thanks to strong sales across the globe.

Ricky Bruce’s middle grade novella, Stink Bomb, grabbed #5 thanks to author activities and events in the San Jose, California area.

Alan Mindell’s baseball love story, The Closer, slipped to #6.

Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, being made into a movie, continued to sell well in southern Florida, and took #7.

Jesus the Phoenician, the ground-breaking book about the origins of Jesus Christ by Karim El Koussa, returned to the rankings at #8 thanks to strong international sales.

Robin Donaruma’s visionary fiction YA novel The Undecided debuted at #9.

Jesus Runs Away, the Catholic school memoir by Joe Farrell, debuted at #10 thanks to author activity.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:
History / Memoir – Keystone Tombstones 3 by the Joes
Fiction  – The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag
Horror/Mystery – The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel
Children/YA – The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – What to Do about Mama? by Barbs Matthew & Blank
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Education Behind Bars by Christopher Zoukis

fmag_fcThe company released four new titles during the month of April:
Freemasons at Gettysburg by Sheldon Munn, The Undecided by Robin Donaruma, Nobody Dies in Kansas by April Knight and Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

Ancient Elements series begins with "The Bronze Dagger" by Marie Sontag

tbd_fcSAN JOSE, Calif. — Sunbury Press has released Marie Sontag’s middle-grade historical novel The Bronze Dagger, the first volume in the Ancient Elements series.

About the Book:

Samsaluna, a physically handicapped boy on the verge of adolescence, leaves his broken and abusive home in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains in an attempt to find his uncle in the city of Susa, near ancient Babylon. Befriending a young baker’s son and an asu’s daughter, Sam soon finds himself on a journey to the lively city of Babylon. By becoming a healer’s apprentice, Sam not only learns a valued and respected skill—increasing his prospects and status—but also endears himself to the great asu, earning himself a second chance at being part of a family. But when Sam’s past won’t stay behind him and his well-intentioned lies come to light, he risks losing it all. Brokenhearted that he has brought about his own downfall and has been abandoned by his new friends, Sam is forced to come to terms with his deceptions. His newfound understanding of justice, according to the code set forth by the great ruler Hammurabi, and the unyielding compassion shown to him by the asu must come into play before Sam can defeat the demons of his past, right his wrongs, and establish himself as the worthy apprentice and son he always hoped to be. Surrounded by the changing times in ancient Mesopotamia, Sam learns to cope with the past and thrive in the present in this coming-of-age middle grade story.

About the Author:

map_mesopotamiaMarie Sontag holds a PhD in Education, an MA in Instructional Technology, and a BA in Social Science. Having taught adults, high school and middle school students for over 15 years, Dr. Sontag knows how to capture and hold her students’ and readers’ attention.

“Bringing the Past to Life” epitomizes the writing career of Dr. Dr. Sontag. Ancient Elements is her first fiction book series, starting with Book One, The Bronze Dagger. This middle grade fiction novel tells the story of 12-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), a young boy in Mesopotamia during the reign of Hammurabi in 1780 BC. The lies that Sam spins about the stolen jewels and the death of his father threaten to catch up with him. Will he ever learn how to trust his new friends, overcome his quest for revenge, or solve the mystery of the stolen jewels?

The Bronze Dagger is an especially good read for 6th graders who study Ancient Civilizations, including Ancient Mesopotamia. Dr. Sontag shares in classrooms and assemblies about The Bronze Dagger accompanied by her authenticated artifact, a 3,000 year-old dagger that came from Sam’s home area, the Zagros Mountains in present-day Iran. For more information, check her webpage at www.mariesontag.com or www.thebronzedagger.com.
Dr. Sontag’s second historical fiction series, Warsaw’s Hope, will soon release Book One of that series,A Rising Hope, also published by Sunbury Press. This young adult novel tells the story of six teens who, through loss, find hope as they fight against the Germans when their Scout troops join forces with the Underground Army during the 1944 Warsaw Rising.

Although not an historical fiction novel, Dr. Sontag’s first book, When Love Is Not Perfect, still fits under the umbrella of her tagline, “Bringing the Past to Life”. When Love Is Not Perfect is a nonfiction book written to help those suffering from the wounds of abuse. Through narratives of interviews with abuse survivors, psychiatrists and psychologists, and research on abuse recovery, the book helps readers discover a reparenting process that can help them heal from the damaging effects of abuse as they gain an understanding of the the loving nature of God. Written from a survivor’s viewpoint, this book covers the emotional, social, and psychological aspects of recovery, as well as the spiritual dimension. Although now out of print, it is still available through Amazon.com. For a short time, all 12 chapters will be available for free in audio form. Donations gladly accepted. To listen or download the audio files, register at Podiobooks. (free site at http://podiobooks.com/title/when-love-is-not-perfect/).

What Others Are Saying:

Dr. Sontag captures the Ancient Mesopotamia culture in a captivating tale of a young boy’s survival. Armed with his lucky dagger, Sam sets out on an adventure where he encounters numerous challenges and foibles leading him to a lesson in forgiveness. A great read! — Dr. Donna Lewis, Educator: Assistant Superintendent

A terrific book for kids who like adventure, and for parents who’d love their kids to learn a bit about history. Well-written, a lively main character who struggles with his failures and searches for hope.Here is a hero who is flawed but resourceful, and who can lead readers on an adventure involving bad guys, jewels, new friends, and making choices. A real winner! — Karen Llewellyn., home-schooling mom

The book pulls you into history through well-written narrative. By the end of the tale you come away with not only an interest in the characters and storyline, but more knowledge about the time of the Babylonians. — Rick Crawford, former principal and author of Stink Bomb, and Ricky Robinson Braveheart

More information and teacher resources available at www.thebronzedagger.com

The Bronze Dagger

Authored by Marie Sontag

List Price: $9.99
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
106 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063491
ISBN-10: 1620063492
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Ancient Civilizations

Also available on Nook & Kindle.

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Bronze-Dagger-978162…