Monday, May 25, 2015

SEEK: Adventure Awaits!

Leap Books is proud to announce a new name for its popular Middle Grade Fiction line! 

Previously known as "Frolic," the line contains such notable books as Maria V. Snyder's award nominee STORM WATCHER, the award-winning eco-mysteries of Bonnie J. Doerr (ISLAND STING and STAKEOUT) and the magical Poison Ivy Charm School series (including THE CASE OF THE INVISIBLE WITCH) by Patrice Lyle

After careful consideration Team Leap decided the books include less frolicking than one might think based on the line's name and decided that SEEK was more appropriate as the main characters seek out answers to everything from environmental crime, to mysterious magic, and how to move forward after losing a loved one.

To add to the excitement, the first book bearing the SEEK logo will release in June and comes to us from the talented Diana Blackstone. Her novel, WHEN SPARROWS FALL, features young Susanna Stutzman, a Mennonite teen trying to find her way in her newly blended family and discovering a dangerous secret along the way. Will she follow her conscience or what others want her to do? SEEK the answer this June...

Welcome to SEEK: Adventure Awaits!

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Come join us in the exciting release of this thrilling new 
middle grade book by Diana Blackstone.

After her mother’s arranged marriage to her recently deceased father’s bitter brother, thirteen-year-old Susanna Stutzman faces a crisis of faith. Everything seems to be going wrong in her life.
As if her new father’s nasty temper isn't enough, her cousin Mary, now her stepsister, hates her, as does her new teacher.
When Susanna’s discovery of a strange nighttime visitor at her mysterious neighbor’s home leads to the unveiling of secrets, Susanna is forced to make a choice between her conscience and her Mennonite community.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Leap Author in ACTION

Leap author, Bonnie Doerr recently conducted several author visits promoting Earth Day and her environmental mystery series - ISLAND STING and STAKEOUT.

Bonnie presented to students at Mineral Springs Middle School (Winston-Salem, NC) on Thursday, April 30th to discuss: Two Endangered Species, One Fragile Environment, & Two Crime 'Crackin' Teens.

Her presentation included, "...a staged reading from Island Sting to introduce students to the success story of the endangered Florida key deer, "visited" the national refuge and the Marathon, Florida sea turtle hospital and we played the game Endangered Lives, A Game of Survival. That's a board game I designed and have adapted it to both small groups of three and a whole class when projected on a whiteboard."

On April 18th, she occupied three tables at the Earth Day celebration held at the Kathleen Clay Edwards library in Greensboro, NC. "My research video looped on my computer while I displayed photos of trash in our creek and how such litter makes its way to the ocean. I also showed photos of how such garbage kills animals. Along with some wonderful Girl Scouts and their leader, we helped around 50 children make their own sea turtle craft."

We love seeing our Leap authors in ACTION!