Booksellers Recommend: The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail by Maureen Stolar Kanefield

The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail by Maureen Stolar Kanefield

The Magic of Maxwell and His TailEveryone has magic, but sometimes you have to search to find out what it is. That’s what Maxwell Mouse had to do. And he discovered that what he thought was something very bad was actually something very good, indeed.

The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail is more than just a charming, wonderfully illustrated story. With childlike innocence, it presents an inspiring motivational model for youngsters—especially gifted kids and those with special needs—to take another look at themselves and recognize their unique gifts. It shows them how to see beyond what appear to be limitations and appreciate them as positive attributes that will help them to soar.

“This book has it all! My second grade class has enjoyed it every time we have read it, and it is a book they read in groups during every free minute in the
day. 5 BIG stars!!!”
— Yvonne Mullen, Huntley Elementary School

Here are just a few reasons your customers will want to read The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail and you will want to stock the book:

The book is an entertaining way to teach children to accept their differences. It creates a fun way to build a positive classroom environment.

The themes in this book spark conversations about bullying, anxiety, self-awareness, and acceptance of your unique and special gifts by searching inside.

Maxwell is an inspiring model for youngsters—especially gifted kids and those with special needs—to take another look at themselves and recognize their unique gifts as attributes and not limitations.

If you loved Horton Hears a Who, Giraffes Can’t Dance, or Tacky the Penguin, you’ll love The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be used to support Special Kids Network and other nonprofit organizations.

“I shared this with a few of the little ones and they immediately fell in love with Maxwell (one of the most asked for stories to date). In fact, it made them start looking at things about each other that are different, too.” — Meghan Hyden


The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail

by Maureen Stolar Kanefield

32 pages, hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-9903484-0-5

Retail Price: $16.99

Publication date: December 2014

Publisher: Magic Tale Press

Book website:

Awards: Mom’s Choice Gold Award 2014, Next Generation Indie Book Finalist 2015


Maureen Stolar KanefieldAward-winning author Maureen Stolar Kanefield attributes her inspiration for writing the first Maxwell book to her personal philosophy. She believes that children should be surrounded with opportunities of all kinds at all levels. “They should seek and find what interests them, and most importantly, they must have the confidence to rise above anything that impedes their dreams,” Maureen suggests.

Maureen received the Mom’s Gold Choice Award in 2014 and was a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Maureen has gained an added respect for the children’s book industry. With the publication of her first children’s book, The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail, she brings to the forefront a message that all children should hear. That message is to accept life’s challenges and find the strength, or magic within you, to achieve your dreams.

Maureen lives in Chicago, her base for advocating on behalf of children for enhanced educational experiences. Maureen is an active volunteer and advocate for the Special Kids Network and First Tee Organization.


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Bookseller Want Ad

The Twig Bookshop

Here’s a neat help wanted ad for a bookselling employee. Store manager Claudia Maceo of the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, Texas sent this notice out in their email newsletter.


Able-bodied, book smart, people-friendly, industrious, technologically savvy, part-time employee willing to work for peanuts and a few perks.

Bookselling is hard! If you are not ringing up sales for customers, you are researching titles and authors for customer requests, dusting shelves, mopping floors, shelving and alphabetizing books, calling customers, sleuthing the whereabouts of elusive books, moving heavy (35-50 lb.) boxes of books, arranging cards and envelopes, and setting up chairs for author events.

Sometimes you even go to offsite sales where you must not only find the location, but you must lug books in to the site, conduct sales involving making change from a cash box, and then repack the remaining books to lug back to the store. Once back, the sales must be reported and books accounted for.

After all that (and more), you end up spending your meager wages on books that you cannot possibly live without and at the fabulous restaurants and other fabulous retail establishments that continue to spring up at Pearl.

If I have not burst your romanticized bubble of a bookseller’s life, please e-mail me your resume…. I will e-mail you back regarding the possibility of an interview.

Hiring soon!

That ad makes me want to work in a bookstore!

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Booksellers Recommend Lives Discolored: How Paul Was Lost to Drugs by Aluney Elferr

Lives Discolored: How Paul Was Lost to Drugs by Aluney Elferr

Lives Discovered by Aluney ElferrThe narrator of Lives Discolored begins, “I’ve always been a normal person, I believe. I had a good childhood, and my parents were always present, or at least they were as far back as I remember. I lived with my parents, attending school and sometimes church. Sometimes, I fooled around, just like every kid in the world. And until I was fifteen, I had, I think, a very nice life.”

He continues, “But this is my life story, a story that I find fascinating. And I hope all who read it will reflect on their lives. For this, I spent twelve hours writing. I wrote the story of my life. And the love showed here is the love of God for you all.

“One day, we will find ourselves up!

“Live happy!”

Compiled from a number of true stories, Lives Discolored goes on to tell the sad but enlightening tale of a bright child who falls to drug use but finds his way back after a long, hard journey home.


Here are just a few reasons your customers will want to read Lives Discolored: How Paul Was Lost to Drugs:

  • This book will cause any reader to sympathize with those who are dead-alive, with their only thought of the next drug use, the next gulp, the next breath of death.
  • Through the example revealed in Lives Discolored, readers can learn how to nourish their children and protect them from the pain of drug use.
  • The epilogue of this story features the warning signs of drug use—what parents should watch out for in their children’s looks and behavior.
  • Your customers will learn how to help their children feel good, grow strong, and become self-aware.
  • Profits from book sales go to support a drug recovery program at the NAF Brazil Institute.


Lives Discolored: How Paul Was Lost to Drugs

by Aluney Elferr

112 pages, softcover

ISBN: 978-1481700863

Retail Price: $14.95

Publication date: January 2013

Publisher: Author House

Book website:


Aluney Elferr

Aluney Elferr Albuquerque Silva is a writer, speaker, theologian, clinical psychoanalyst, and master and doctor of theology and psychoanalysis. He entered the Brazilian Association of Psychosomatic Medicine and Federal District Council Federation of Theology.

He is a drug therapist, a holistic therapist, and a Bach flower remedy therapist.

He is vice president of the Brazilian Association of Parents of Drug Users, former president of the Municipal Anti-Drug Council of Manaus, former vice chairman of the municipal anti-drug Manacapuru, and president of the National Union of Advisers on Drugs.

He is the author of the following books: Drugs: The Parallel Universe, Drugs: The Climb, and Owner of Myself: Face Challenges.


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Booksellers Recommend: Link by D. A. Karr

Booksellers Recommend: Link by D. A. Karr

Link by D. A. Karr

Link is a time-travel science fiction novel with a mystery-thriller twist.

Space Time, 2800, Earth. Mankind is caught in a war of survival and time. Imprisoned in this time war, Captain John Garrick and the NSTEA Phoenix become pawns between technology, humans, and what’s left of civilization.

As the NSTEA seals a deal to deliver time technology to the notorious outlaw, Menser, Garrick plots to undermine the NSTEA. Technology becomes the enemy and time an illusion as Phoenix’s crew prepares for the inevitable—a fight to the finish.

The future can be uncertain. Garrick doesn’t live by its rules, and he knows one thing is for sure: kill or be killed.

Tick, tick, tick… Timeliners never die.

They never leave.

We have a hard time keeping this book in stock. Thriller fans love it.” — Mac Jacoby, manager, The Bookseller on Main


Here are just a few reasons your customers will want to read Link and why you will want to stock the book:

  • Reader Review: This book is suspenseful, intriguing, and action filled. Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler fans will enjoy reading it.
  • Link is a post-Apocalyptic novel without the same-old, same-old themes of grunge, gore, and grime.
  • The author follows this basic premise: A story is not a story unless you can make a reader feel something.
  • Link blends a World War II flair with a Battlestar Galactica-like exploration of what it really means to be human.
  • Even Hollywood can’t match this incredible battle between good and evil.

Link is about dudes who become androids, time travel, and some good old-fashioned fighting of bad guys. Those are three things I love, right there.— Joe Crowe


Link by D. A Karr

268 pages, 6” x 9” softcover

ISBN: 978-1500420147

Retail Price: $12.00

Publication date: December 2014

Publisher: The Racehorse with Magic Shoes Productions

Book website:


D A Karr, author of Link

D.A. Karr enjoys writing in a variety of genres including sci-fi, thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, and screenplays.

Her experience ranges from firefighting in the U.S. Forest Service to law enforcement, IT engineering, and several years with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego.


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