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The Ghost of Jamie McVay by Ray Ziemer of Warrenville

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"...a ghost story of revenge and redemption that pulls you in from the opening sentence…”

Synopsis: Brian Krueger has a lot of problems: The death of his grandfather and his father’s alcoholism have led to hard times and a move to a new town, where his nearest neighbor is a pyromaniac and a bully. Brian runs to escape his troubles, but it’s on the Prairie Path that he encounters the ghost of Jamie McVay.

Brian and his new friend, Sharon, investigate the ghost’s origins. Clue by clue, secrets are revealed as the teens discover the truth behind Jamie McVay’s quest for redemption. Along the way they must deal with teen issues such as school, sports, friends and rivals. Brian also struggles to reconcile with his father, while facing the ever-dangerous Pete the Pyro.

Can Brian and Sharon prevent catastrophe on Halloween night? Will the ghost of Jamie McVay find peace for his unquiet soul?

Audience:This novel should appeal to Young Adult or general readers, especially locally, as the main scenes play out on the Prairie Path and in neighborhoods around the west suburbs.

Buy The Ghost of Jamie McVay

  • The Book Shop in Batavia
  • Harvey's Tales in Geneva
  • Townhouse Books of St. Charles
  • Barnes &

    For an autographed copy, contact the author at or on Facebook @raymondziemer.

The Lost Shoe by Judith and Colin Wilkie of Warrenville

The Lost ShoeSynopsis Ever see a shoe on the side of the road and wonder how it got there or searched your house for a missing shoe never to be found?

The Lost Shoe is a heartwarming tale that laces together the adventure of a Right Shoe that gets separated from his owner and Left Shoe. During his journey Right Shoe questions if he will ever be useful again. Experiencing a range of emotions from sadness to pure joy, Right Shoe continues to hope for the best. Feeling like a heel, he remembers there are some things in life that you have no control over so you should relax and go with the flow.

Right Shoe learns a priceless life lesson that everybody is unique and each person needs to embrace their distinctive qualities. Everyone can be useful in their own way if given a chance. With the help of a beachcomber, cat, puppy, and nurse, Right Shoe finds an unexpected special new owner, showing that determination can lead to a happy ending.

Join Right Shoe in an adventure of miss-steps taking him from the shoe store to a hospital and stops in-between, searching for his real sole and a new purpose in life. Although Right Shoe doesn't find his Left Shoe or former owner, he discovers through invaluable experiences that he can be happy and useful in a whole new way.

Audience: Children

Buy The Lost Shoe

  • Pinwheel Toys in Wheaton

Wanna Bet? by Betsy Dudak of Warrenville

wanna betSynopsis: After an abusive past, Harper McReynolds needs stability for herself and her daughters. Randall gives her all she asks for in a boyfriend—kindness, predictability, structure, and routine. Harper's head reminds her she doesn't really want the man who makes her combust every time she's near him.

Brody Reed's addiction claimed a brother's trust and started his own downward spiral. Growing tired of life on the road, a woman at every concert and a dependency on liquid courage, Brody put his life back together piece by broken piece. But the woman he lusts after may just shatter all of this.

An off-handed bet Brody and Harper make after a passionate kiss may change everything for them. Will they gamble on their hearts to prove to each other they are all in? Or when the stakes get too high, will they fold and walk away?

Genre: Romance

Buy Wanna Bet? 

This is Betsy's second book. The first one, " What the Heck, Dec" is also available.

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