This fall, SparkPress is catering to the young and young-at-heart. This season’s list has titles for all ages, some heart-wrenching, some heart-warming and some heart-throbbing. There’s magic, disease, war, adventure and friendship woven into these titles. Check out the SparkPress fall 2018 releases now!
If you liked Home is Burning by Dan Marshall, read Bedside Manners by Heather Frimmer
In this mother-daughter story, Joyce Novak must abandon her caregiver role and become the patient after a breast cancer diagnosis. Her daughter, Marnie, just completed medical school and is looking forward to her surgical internship and upcoming nuptials. But when one of her patients dies, she must learn to strike a balance between doctor and daughter.
If you liked Brigadoon, read Deepest Blue by Mindy Tarquini
In the enchanted city of Panduri, seen only at twilight, everyone’s path is laid out for them—the stars chart their destiny at birth. Matteo is eager to fulfill his destiny as Legendary Protector until his brother pulls rank and heads for the border. This event causes Panduri to spin out and leaves Matteo lost, forced to chart his own course.
If you liked On Call in Hell by CDR. Richard Jadick, read Mission Afghanistan by Elie Paul Cohen
This unique memoir following Cohen’s deployment as a liaison emergency doctor in Afghanistan combines elements of a spy thriller and an adventure story. His experience provides a new perspective on the conflict in Afghanistan and the medical challenges presented by the expansion of terrorism.
If you liked The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer, read Resistant by Rachael Sparks
In this fast-paced sci-fi adventure, Rory and her father have survived an antibiotic crisis that killed millions, isolating themselves in the woods. But when a young military veteran enters their lives, he reveals secrets that Rory’s parents kept from her—including that the key to a cure could be in her blood.
If you liked The Worst Witch, read The Blue Witch by Alane Adams
In this first book of the prequel series to the Legends of Orkney, we follow Sam Baron’s mother, Abigail Tarkana, a nine-year-old witch whose powers haven’t quite come in yet. Even worse, her nemesis is trying to get her kicked out of school! Pushing all her troubles aside, Abigail is determined to become the greatest witch of all.
If you liked Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, read The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld
Twenty-five years ago, a group of ninth-graders made a video to cheer up their ailing friend Becca, helping her to laugh her way through recovery. Now, they reunite, but nothing goes according to plan. The façades of their picture-perfect lives crumble, and their weekend suddenly becomes filled with complex moral dilemmas and life-altering choices.
If you liked Clifford at the Circus by Norman Bridwell, read The Circus Thief by Alane Adams
When Papa agrees to take Georgie and his friend Harley to the circus, they have no idea the amazement that’s in store. Their favorite act is Roxie, a trained horse who can do tricks! Georgie is invited to ride on her back and then learns that it’s Roxie’s last show—and then Roxie bolts with Georgie still on her back.
If you liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, read The Leaving Year by Pam McGaffin
When her father doesn’t come home from his fishing trip, Ida and her mother are forced to accept a “presumed” death—but Ida overhears a conversation that not only shatters everything she knew about him but also makes her wonder if he’s still alive. Knowing this, Ida sets off on her own to Alaska to search for the truth, finding love and friendship along the way.
If you liked The Wizard of Oz, read The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland
When Meylyne falls out of a tree and onto Price Piam, she faces imprisonment. So she flees, knowing that the only way she can return home is if she finds a cure for the prince’s peculiar disease. She and her companions are faced with poisoned guards, cursed wizards, cunning witch-spirits bound into wands and more. And behind it all is the Thorn Queen herself.