My Very UnFairy Tale Life: Jenny’s First Adventure

My Very UnFairy Tale Life: Jenny’s First Adventure

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

How does an average girl become a magical adventurer, anyway? Travel back three years to see how Jenny's adventures first began in this short prequel to My Very UnFairy Tale Life! (Includes fun UnFairy bonus content!)Can a shy artist gain the upper hand in a face-off against her domineering twin?Will paint cans fly as two teams from vastly different backgrounds butt heads?Will a fun-loving volunteer find the courage to carve his own path?Follow three teens as they grapple with issues of love, loss, friendship, identity, and harbored prejudices in a race against time to complete their artwork in the 2nd Annual National High School Fresco Painting Competition.
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The Wonder of Wildflowers

The Wonder of Wildflowers

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Ten-year-old Mira must balance the loyalty she feels towards her family with the desire to be accepted by her new classmates in this powerful coming-of-age story about identity, community, and finding a place to call home.I'm not like most of my classmates. At least not yet. My family came to this country when I was five years old, but we're so close to becoming citizens now. This means we'll finally be able to use Amber like everyone else. Then I will be as special as the rest of my classmates, the ones who were born here with magic already in their veins. But most of all, no one will compare me to Daniel anymore. Daniel who doesn't even try to fit in, who actually seems proud of being an outsider. Once I take my first sip of Amber, I will be on the inside. I hope.
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Secondhand Wishes

Secondhand Wishes

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Lexi has to keep the universe in balance. If she does enough good things, like being on time, then the bad things, like her little brother needing more surgery, won't happen. It doesn't always work, but she has to keep trying. Just in case. On an extra bad day, Lexi finds a bag of four wishing stones in the antique shop in town, and wishes that her BFF Cassa and the new girl would stop talking to each other. That night, Cassa calls Lexi, crying over the end of her friendship with Marina. The wishes work!Sort of. When she wishes on the Success stone for the courage to try out for dance club, Lexi wows the entire auditorium with. . .singing? And when she wishes on the Health stone, her little brother starts squeaking like a hamster. This isn't the first time those wishing stones have been wished on — and secondhand wishes come with unexpected consequences!This sweet and funny story from Anna Staniszewski is perfect for anyone who's wished for a dash of magic in their day!
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Once Upon a Cruise

Once Upon a Cruise

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Ainsley never wanted to spend her summer on a fairy tale cruise—especially since, instead of lounging by the pool, she's running around the ship doing favor after favor for her cruise director mom. Things aren't all bad—it's good to see her mom acting confident again after the divorce, and she's learning a lot about obscure German fairy tales and how to fold towels into entertaining shapes for little kids (um, yay?). There's also a guy who's super cute, even in a dorky dwarf costume—if only Ainsley could get Prince Handsome to stop babbling about himself long enough for her to say more than 'hi' to the cute dwarf! But once the cruise starts, things start to go wrong: the laundry turns pink, the kitchen runs out of food, the guy playing the Pig King is always in Ainsley's hair, and her mom expects her to be in a hundred places all at once. Is this fairy tale cruise under a wicked curse? Or can Ainsley stand up for herself and make the cruise end happily ever after?
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Finders Reapers

Finders Reapers

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

He's the scourge of the Season...Reasons to quit London:1. It's not the Highlands.2. It will never be the Highlands.3. It's full of the bloody English.When his wild spitfire of a sister makes a scene by drawing a claymore in Hyde Park, Highlander Robert Waters knows something must be done. To forestall the inevitable scandal, he hires widowed Prudence Whittaker to teach his sister how to be a lady—never expecting to find unbridled passion beneath the clever Englishwoman's prim exterior.Mrs. Whittaker is a fraud. Born Lady Prudence Farthington, daughter of the ruined earl of Lynwood, she's never even been married. In order to make her way in the world, she has to rely on her wits and a web of lies...lies a sexy Highlander is all too close to unraveling.He swears he will possess her; she vows he will do nothing of the sort. Yet as passions heat, Prudence comes to realize the illicit pleasure that can be had in going toe-to-toe with a...
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The Dirt Diary

The Dirt Diary

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

"I LOVED it...sweet, sensitive, and delicious!" —Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate CookiesWANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade.Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt.Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get...
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My Epic Fairy Tale Fail

My Epic Fairy Tale Fail

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

I know what you're thinking: "Can she talk to animals?" Yes, those chatty woodland creatures won't shut up. It's not as cute as you'd think.What's an Adventurer, You Ask?An underappreciated girl like me who travels around to magical Kingdoms saving creatures you don't even know exist. And trust me, they need a lot of help.My new missions is in the Land of Tales (the crazy place all fairy tales come from) to face off with an evil witch and complete Three Impossible Tasks. Easy, right?"Being an adventurer is no fairy tale, but this is one mission I can't fail." —Jenny the AdventurerPraise for My Very UnFairy Tale Life:"A light comic romp...Charming." —Kirkus"A speedy and amusing ride...will keep readers entertained." —Publishers Weekly"A magical world that's totally relatable. You'll find yourself wishing you were alongside Jenny fighting against unicorns (who aren't as peaceful as you...
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My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending

My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Praise for My Very UnFairy Tale Life series:"Flippant fantasy fun." —Kirkus"[A] breezy magical romp...the joking tone and thoughtful fairy tale play make this a fresh middle-grade read." —The Horn Book blog"A magical world that's totally relatable. You'll find yourself wishing you were alongside Jenny fighting against unicorns (who aren't as peaceful as you think) and traveling to fantastical realms." —GirlsLife.comYou think a trip to Fairy Land sounds fun? Clearly you've never been turned into a mouse by an Evil Queen.This. Is. It. My most important mission as a magical adventurer ever. And probably my last. 'Cause I'm pretty sure if I defy the council and travel to Fairy Land to rescue my parents, I'm so fired. They say it's too dangerous. That the Queen Fairy is crazy, and she's hoarding all the magic to do unspeakable things (like steal the leprechauns' gold and make all of her subjects attend...
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Match Me If You Can

Match Me If You Can

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Bye for now...Lena is more than ready to spend a quiet winter break with her mom out in Arizona, even if that means saying a temporary good-bye to her boyfriend, Marcus. What she doesn't count on? A major power outage—of the supernatural kind. Out of nowhere, Lena's soul-collecting powers disappear, as do Marcus's matchmaking powers, only to reappear elsewhere! Now school-loudmouth Connie Reynolds is making people fall in love left and right, and Marcus's sister is having visions... If Lena and Marcus can't figure out how to set things right, it might just be the end of the world as they know it.Praise for The Dirt Diary series: "Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end" —Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers "A fast-paced comedy of errors" —School Library Journal
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Prank List

Prank List

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Rachel Lee never thought she'd fight for the right to clean toilets. But when a rival cleaning business starts stealing her mom's clients, Rachel will do whatever it takes to save herself the horror of moving to Connecticut—which would mean giving up her almost, sort of boyfriend, her fantastic new pastry classes, and her best friend Marisol.Operation Save Mom's Cleaning Business is a go!But when the series of pranks Rachel and her BFF cook up to take down the competition totally backfires, Rachel worries that her recipe for success is a dud. You know what they say—if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen..."Holy friend onion rings! Fun from beginning to end."—Wendy Mass, bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers on The Dirt Diary
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The Gossip File

The Gossip File

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

"Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end." –Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers on The Dirt DiaryThe Gossip File:Chandra lets little kids pee in the pool.Melody stole $ from the café register.Ava isn't who she says she is...Ava is cool. Ava is confident. Ava is really Rachel Lee who is lying her butt off.Rachel is visiting her dad at a resort in sunny Florida and is ready for two weeks of relaxing poolside, trips to Disney World—and NOT scrubbing toilets. Until her dad's new girlfriend, Ellie, begs Rachel to help out at her short-staffed café. That's when Rachel kinda sorta adopts a new identity to impress the cool, older girls who work there. Ava is everything Rachel wishes she could be. But when the girls ask "Ava" to help add juicy resort gossip to their file, Rachel's not sure what to do...especially when one of the entries is a secret about Ellie.Praise...
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I'm With Cupid

I'm With Cupid

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Marcus is a Cupid. Lena is a Reaper. Opposites attract in the exciting new Switched At First Kiss series by the acclaimed author of The Dirt Diary.Dared to kiss the adorkable Marcus Torelli at a party, Lena thinks it's the perfect opportunity to cross First Kiss off her list of "Things to Accomplish Before I Turn Fourteen."It's only when she gets sent on an assignment the next day she realizes something went horribly wrong. That ZING she felt wasn't the thrill of her first kiss—she and Marcus have swapped powers! Lena is not your average eighth grader, she's a soul collector with an serious job to do. And Marcus turns out to be a supernatural matchmaker (like cupid, but without the diaper).Now logical Lena finds herself with the love touch, and sweet, sentimental Marcus has death at his fingertips. The truth is that Lena should never have taken that dare...because one little kiss has Lena and Marcus in a whole lotta trouble.
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Truth Game

Truth Game

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

The truth is more than just a game.1.Do you have a best friend? That's one easy. Yes! 2. Have you ever had a fight with your BF? Ugh. Yes.3. Have you ever told your BF a major lie? Ugh again. Yes. (More than I'd like to count)4. Do you ever wish you were best friends with someone else? No! Well, um...Rachel Lee thought that ninth grade would be different. That she would be different. Holding hands with Evan in the hallway, future president of the baking club... but it feels like she and BFF Marisol are drifting apart. At first, Rachel thought the Truth Game app would be a great way to do a little anonymous confessing, to see how others handle their friendship fails. But when her painful truths become public, Rachel's in danger of losing her best friend – permanently.Praise for award-winning Author Anna Staniszewski's The Dirt Diary series:"Staniszewski keeps the focus on comedy... Gentle fun laced with equally gentle...
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My Very UnFairy Tale Life

My Very UnFairy Tale Life

Anna Staniszewski

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy

"You know all those stories that claim fairies cry sparkle tears and elves travel by rainbow? They're lies. All lies." Twelve-year-old Jenny has spent the last two years as an adventurer helping magical kingdoms around the universe. But it's a thankless job, leaving her no time for school or friends. She'd almost rather take a math test than rescue yet another magical creature! When Jenny is sent on yet another mission, she has a tough choice to make: quit and have her normal life back, or fulfill her promise and go into a battle she doesn't think she can win.
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