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Coastal Alabama Alphabet
Coastal Alabama Alphabet
Saving Bay Haven: A Charming Town with a Dirty Secret
Twelve-year-old Daniel MacRae is spending the summer in the coastal town of Bay Haven with a father he barely knows. The threat of an approaching hurricane on the day of his arrival is the first sign his help is needed at Hi-Tide Cabins, the quaint waterfront property kept in the family for generations.
When Daniel makes an odd discovery along a stretch of private beach, he learns that things are not always as they appear. Just beyond the “No Trespassing” sign are piles of trash and marine debris. Unable to ignore it, he begins a one-person clean up effort which leads to an improbable friendship and the discovery of a new talent; upcycling trash into art.
Nervous about people’s reaction to his newfound passion, Daniel is determined to keep his trash-to-treasure artwork a secret. But when he comes face-to-face with the ugly truths of beach pollution and impending harm for Bay Haven, he takes a risk. In the end, Daniel learns that some secrets aren’t meant to be kept. (Gr. 3-6)
Art from the Heart: The Ricky Trione Story
A picture book biography and story of inspiration about a blind artist who uses his talents to share his love of creating art with others. From a young age, Ricky loved to create art. He sketched detailed scenes of his life growing up near the bay. When a terrible accident left Ricky blind, he gave up all hope of creating art again. Encouraged by family and friends, Ricky worked to overcome obstacles and discovered new ways to make art. What happened next was something he never expected!
(Hardcover, 32 page, Published 2020 by SBA Books, Daphne, AL)
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Mardi Gras in Alabama!
Follow Folly as he celebrates Mardi Gras in Alabama! Hang on tight because he wants to see every parade in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. From catching throws with the crowd to joining right in with the marching bands, Folly is part of all the festivities. Through bouncing rhyme and lively illustrations the book captures the unique flavor of Carnival season along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Highlighting the best of the local revelry, Folly brings young readers along as he explores favorite traditions. So come along and join the fun as we celebrate Mardi Gras in Alabama!
(Hardcover, 32 page, Published 2019 by River Road Press, New Orleans.
USS ALABAMA: Hooray for the Mighty A!
Home to thousands of U.S. sailors, the USS Alabama fought bravely in World War II, but after she finished her service, the battleship was set to be scrapped. The people of Alabama decided they had to save the mighty ship named for their proud state. No one was more determined than Alabama's schoolchildren. Instead of spending their allowance, children gave their pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to save the battleship and they raised almost 100,000 dollars! Their great effort helped save the Mighty A, and secure her permanent home in Mobile Bay. (Hardcover, 32 page, Published 2015 by River Road Press, New Orleans, LA)
Nine-year-old Caroline is spending the summer with her grandmother who lives along the bay. Every night she anxiously hopes for a jubilee which causes fish, crabs, and shrimp to mysteriously languish at the shoreline. She learns from the locals in Fairhope, Alabama that the Jubilee means different things to different people. One night,Caroline finally hears the dinner bells along the bay signaling a jubilee has begun. Will it be all she has hoped for? (Hardcover, 32 page, Published 2012 by Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, LA)