Homeschooled Authors Booklist

A booth at the 2014 Oregon Christian Home Education Conference featuring 
both fiction and non-fiction books by homeschooled authors. Join us June 20-21!

(Listed by author)

The Rise of Aredor
by Claire M. Banschbach
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Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor's shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin's former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin's path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.

A Mighty Fortress
by Faith Blum
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“Stay back!” Joshua ordered. He kept his eyes on the scene below while waving his arm in Ruth's direction. “Get deeper into the woods and stay down low to the ground.” Joshua hazarded a glance behind him. He could no longer see Ruth and breathed a sigh of relief. In one swift move, he grabbed his rifle and lay flat to the ground. Extending the rifle, he aimed at the shorter man whose gun was pointed at Bradshaw.

Joshua and Ruth Brookings are traveling by stagecoach to finally join their parents in Montana. Attacked by murderous outlaws, the teens barely escape with their lives and must survive in the barren Wyoming and Montana territories and escape the man who's hunting them. 

Seven years ago, Jed Stuart ran away from home and joined Tom's gang. Jed is tired of the lawlessness and wants out. The only problem? He is the boss's right-hand man and will never be able to leave. And what's one more stagecoach robbery, anyway?

Can Joshua lean on God's strength to keep himself and his sister alive until they find a town? Will Jed be able to face his anger or will it consume him completely? All three are running--the hunter and hunted. What will happen when they meet?

Ember Flame
by Kaycee Browning
Orphan outcast Les has longed to discover her true self outside of the dense forest of Grel. However, her own insecurity keeps her permanently trapped ... until soldiers incinerate the forest and slaughter the other woodcutters. Vowing revenge, Les is forced to escape the forest and enter Holdinus- a world plagued with an all-powerful dictatorship, a tyrannical lord, and scattered children with dangerous powers known as the Leverage. Les must accept her place in the world as Ember Flame, one of the six Leverage. If she cannot find her destiny and the other Leverage, the souls of the people will perish. Will she sacrifice her desires for a world that has been nothing but cruel to her? Or will she succumb to the wills of a tyrant and live a life of numbness?

Family Reunion (Six Cousins, Book 1)
by Kelsey Bryant
Every word, every moment matters … Welcome to the Austin Family Reunion! 14-year-old Marielle Austin’s parents and grandparents are hosting family for a week in the Texas hill country, and Marielle’s five girl cousins are staying at her house. Emma and Caroline are her best friends – like her, they’re homeschooled and passionate about the Lord, the past, and books. Abby, Kailey, and Reanna are from Wisconsin and just as far away in background and interests – what’s hot in the world now is what matters to them. Grandpa Will Austin has devised a series of projects for the six of them to complete. There’s a shed to fix up, a missionary to interview, and a trail of clues to solve, leading to a treasure. If they finish by the end of the week and work together with love and understanding, they’ll earn a prize beyond anything they could imagine! But difficulties surface right away. Bad attitudes and work ethics seem all Abby, Kailey, and Reanna can offer. Marielle, Emma, and Caroline are at a loss – what can they do to push the projects through? And more importantly, what can they do about their cousins, who won’t welcome their friendship? How can they show love when it’s hard even to feel it? Will the mysterious prize slip away, and with it any chance of relationship? This book, recommended for ages 12 and up, helps instill the importance of loving others, understanding differences between people, and focusing on what we have in common. Small things matter and every day counts when it comes to building good relationships.

On Grandpa's Knee
Deep in the Great Forest, there are wonderful critters who become part of the stories that Grandpa Joe pulls from his pocket to tell his grandchildren, James and Hannah Smith. Critters like Tiddlewink the mouse, who seems too small, Buck the fawn, who gets tangled in too many lies, or Floppy the rabbit, who discovers the dangers of disobeying. Finally, discover whether or not a Grumpy Old Mouse can learn the true meaning of love from an orphaned girl.

Find a cozy corner or comfortable chair and listen as Grandpa Joe finds the right story full of adventure you don't want to miss!

Stories for God's Glory: Learn to Write Quality Fiction
Do you have a child who likes to make up stories but doesn’t know how to write them? Or maybe your child likes to write and would like to improve their skill. Whatever your scenario, Stories for God’s Glory is designed to teach junior high students how to write quality fictional stories that honor God.

The course is designed to be completed in one semester—about eighteen weeks. There are sixteen weeks of formal lessons as well as a bonus chapter that introduces students to a few fiction genres. If you’re nervous about teaching creative writing and story writing, don’t be. This course does not require that the teacher have prior knowledge of the subject.

Each formal lesson begins with an assignment sheet containing boxes that can be checked off as students work through the lesson. Following the assignment sheet is the text for that week. The text is the teaching portion of the curriculum. It tells students about an area of writing and gives them tips for how to implement techniques that will improve their own writing. Worksheets are located at the end of the lesson. Practice What You Learned sheets give students a chance to implement what they read about in the week’s text. Analyze a Story worksheets instruct students to read a story and answer questions designed to show them how other authors use the techniques they are learning about. Finally, Outlining Worksheets help students to organize their ideas as they plan their own stories.

Adventures and Adversities
by Sarah Holman 
One day Alditha is content living with her family, the next she is taking her friend's place to serve at the king’s castle. Her father's final instructions, to keep smiling and to do what is right, will be harder to live out than she ever imagined. She will face a royal nephew who delights in making people miserable, an angry servant girl who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and noblemen who plot murder. Will she be able to keep the promise she made to her father? Will she find the faith she longs for during all her Adventures and Adversities?

The Heavens Declare: Five Children, Eight Planets, One God
by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
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13-year-old Brian and his family have a wonderful vacation planned. They've rented a cabin in the woods, and Dad is bringing his telescope along. It's shaping up to be a delightful time of playing in the woods, learning about the planets, and even meeting new friends. But all along the way, unexpected delays—and thunderstorms!—shake things up. Can Brian and his siblings trust that God's plan is the best plan?

Light of the World
by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
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Why do tomatoes look red? Why must Danielle call for an ambulance? What does “refraction” mean? Why is elderly Mr. Simmons so gruff, and what does the Edwards family know that will finally bring joy to his life? Find out in this warm, uplifting living science book. Join the Edwards family as they investigate the amazing properties of light and spread the light of the gospel in their neighborhood. Don’t miss this story full of fun, science, and mystery!

Pearl's Practice
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"When I grown up, I want to get married and be a mommy!" As Pearl waits impatiently for her new brother or sister, she learns and practices skills that will help her be a good mother someday.

The Case of the Tabloid Tattler (The Kitten Files, #1)
By Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
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"I'm Mia.
I know how to write.
Why's that a big deal?
Because... I'm a cat."
Someone is telling the tabloids about Ms. Thornblood's every move. Is it the housekeeper? the cook? the maid? the handyman? The detective hired to solve the case isn't sure. Things are looking pretty hopeless until Mia, his talented cat, offers to spend a week at Ms. Thornblood's as a spy.

With time running out, and an embarrassing secret about to be revealed, will Mia be able to save the day—and solve her first case?

The Sparrow Found a House: a story of family transformation
by Jason McIntire
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What if your new stepdad was a Bible-toting Army Sergeant?
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Rivera is living every teenager’s nightmare. Her widowed mom has married a man who wears his heavy Christian values like his sergeant’s stripes – on both sleeves. Glenn Sparrow is persistent, immovable, and not afraid to be firm. Worse than that, he’s loving, kind – even fun – and he has Chris, Moe, and Katie completely won over. But Jessie is determined that she won’t be won over, or give up her “freedom” without a fight. She knows what she wants, and it isn’t what they’ve got. Or is it?


Unbroken (Triple Creek Ranch #1)
by Rebekah A. Morris
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Difficulties arise at Triple Creek Ranch when Orlena, Norman Mavrich’s spoiled, pampered younger sister comes to live with her brother and his wife. The move is much against Orlena’s wishes, and she doesn’t hesitate to let everyone know it. Time and again Mr. and Mrs. Mavrich are driven to their knees to find strength to face another day. Join the young ranch boss, Norman Mavrich, his sweet wife, Jenelle, and the rest of the members of Triple Creek Ranch as they strive to be examples of Christ to the unbroken newcomer.

Home at Last (Triple Creek Ranch #2)
by Rebekah A. Morris
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Orlena Mavrich little dreamed what winter on Triple Creek Ranch would be like. Her awakened conscience and inability to “be good” are not the only cause for tears. Will the long winter days ahead bring only trouble and quick tempers? Join Mr. and Mrs. Mavrich, Mrs. O’Connor and the ranch hands as they face winter’s storms within and without, relying on the Lord’s help to bring some wanderers home at last. This is the second book in the Triple Creek Ranch series.

Holding the Future Hostage
by Tialla Rising
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A Mystical Bottle... A Teenage Beauty... A Criminal... A Universe of Pursuit. When a teenage girl finds an enchanting perfume Vial, her world is thrown into chaos. Friends become enemies; enemies become friends. Trust is what she needs most - and what she can't find. Through a series of deadly experiences, she discovers that this Vial plays a vital role in deciding the fate of many. Murder and betrayal surround her - hundreds try to claim her very life. A test of determination awaits.... Will she survive? Visions of the future, attacks, kidnappings, travel, explosions, and murder fill this page-turning novel with suspense and surprise.

The Swaddling Clothes
by Amber Schamel 
Through the ages, many stories have been told about Mary, Joseph and the birth of the Messiah. Stories of shepherds and sheep, kings, angels, and stables. But there is one story that has never been told. One story that has remained hidden in the fabric of time. The story of The Swaddling Clothes. Mentioned not once, but several times in the Scriptural text, what is the significance of these special cloths? And how did they make their way into a stable in Bethlehem? From the author that brought you the Days of Messiah series comes a whole new adventure critics are calling "intriguing...thought provoking... a fresh twist on an age old story."

Days of Messiah Volume 1: The Healer's Touch
by Amber Schamel
Aaliyah's last chance at winning her husband's love is destroyed when she is banished from her home as an 'unclean' sinner. Her husband has branded her as an adulteress and threatens to kill her if she comes near the town. Struggling to survive amidst the fear, grief and bitterness of living in a leper colony, she would give anything just to see her son again. Is God really punishing her with this disease? When rumors of a Healer from Nazareth reach the colony, Aaliyah wonders if this man could really heal her, or if He would despise her like the rest of her people. It is now that Aaliyah must make the most difficult decision of her life: risk her life to appear in public, or die a leper.

Finding the Core of Your Story: How to strengthen and sell your story in one essential sentence
by Jordan Smith
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What's your story about?
Do you answer with a blank stare when someone asks you that question? Do you have trouble writing your Amazon description? What if you had an attention-grabbing way to leave your audience begging for more?
Learn to effectively pitch your story!
Story consultant and author Jordan Smith has taken a powerful technique used by professional Hollywood screenwriters to sell their scripts and made it accessible to everyone with Finding the Core of Your Story. It's called a logline and once you know about it, you'll want to create one for every story you write.

Whether you write novels, movies, comic books, songs, or even operas, this book is for you. Every storyteller should be able to say in one sentence what his story is about. Finding the Core of Your Story will help you learn to do just that.

How to Be Tacticool: A Satirical Guide
by Daniel Tyler
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If you want to be tactical but not tacticool, read this!
Are you fed up with the cool-factor found in the modern tactical mindset? Are you, like me, wondering where all the common sense went? Do you believe there is more to tactics than gear? Do you wish the basics of shoot, move, and communicate were still taught? This short guide takes a comical approach to exposing common illusions and fantasies about what it takes to be tactical.

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
by K.M. Weiland
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Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?
Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this new guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will learn the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story’s major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which to evaluate your novel’s pacing and progression. Structuring Your Novel will show you:
-How to determine the best techniques for empowering your unique and personal vision for your story.
-How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.
-How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”
-Why you should NEVER include conflict in every scene.
-How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.
Story structure has enabled countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it’s your turn!

The Treasure Hunt
by Kate Willis
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When they reached the gnarled, old apple tree something white lying in the compost pile caught David’s eye. He came to a sudden stop and jumped off his bike. Picking up the small package, he dusted off the grass mulch and carefully unwrapped a wooden block with strange carvings on one side. The paper, however, was more than just wrapping. “Your father’s favorite pastime and your favorite foods are the keys to this mystery. Signed, Das Alte und Langweilig,” read David as he studied the paper. They were silent a moment each thinking of the strange clue and even stranger signature. Anna was first to speak. “It seems like some sort of treasure hunt.”

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