Fabulous Books and Opportunities for Middle-Grade Readers

I hope that this year has been going well for you—well, as much as can be expected considering all of the unbelievable changes and adjustments which have been going on. I am sure that programming and other ‘normal activities have been rather difficult as of late, which is why I am writing to introduce you to 3 new local authors who are focusing on middle-grade readers that I am confident you will want to know.

Allow me first to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie Larkin, and I run Red Penguin Books, an independent publishing company based here on Long Island. I am privileged to work with authors from all over the world, on books ranging from memoirs to mysteries and everything in between. Our catalog includes a host of books that may interest you, including books which are used in schools and other educational programs, as well as book for pure reading entertainment. I would be happy to send you a complimentary digital copy of any of our publications for your review for possible inclusion in your library. In addition to all of our books being available through IngramSpark and Baker & Taylor, and you are also welcome to order them at a bulk reduced rate directly from Red Penguin Books by placing an order at https://redpenguinbooks.com/bookorders/. You can view all of our publications at https://redpenguinbooks.com/our-publications/, and books are available in digital and print, and many in audiobook format as well.

I have been fortunate to work with 3 middle-grade authors who are right here on Long Island, and each has a very unique angle and story to tell. Runaway at Sea by Margreit Maitland is the first book in a trilogy about a young boy who accidentally stows away on a British Naval Vessel in the 1800s when running away from home, only to find himself circling the globe, enduring unbelievable hardship, and unknowingly embarking upon the adventure of a lifetime. Readers will be swept away by this adventure/survival story bringing us back to the seafaring days of yore. In Daily Bread author Antoinette Truglio Martin tells the story of an Italian immigrant family at the turn of the century in lower Manhattan, as young Lily learns to bake bread to help her family, even though she can barely reach the counters. The reader is immersed in the history of our immigrant ancestors, from the sights and smells to the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Rony Kessler grabs the reader from the opening pages of The Mysterious Animal Soup when Rachel wakes up to find her siblings kidnapped and her parents shot, and though she manages to escape, she cannot speak out of shock to assist the police in cracking the crime. Her adventure leads from America to Israel as Rachel’s family tries to remain a step ahead of those who wish to do her harm. Click on the links below for more information:

Runaway at Sea by Margreit Maitland


Daily Bread by Antoinette Truglio Martin


The Mysterious Animal Soup by Rony Kessler http://redpenguinbooks.com/downloads/the-mysterious-animal-soup-and-rachels-gifts-by-rony-kessler/


All three authors are available for book clubs, author visits (virtual or live) and any other events/activities which may promote reading as well as creative writing. Additionally, there are educational materials, discussion questions, and fun activities to accompany each of these books, and our authors will be ‘continuing the saga’ with more books on the way in the next couple of months. If you would like any additional materials—posters, bookmarks, promotional materials—for your library, just say the word.

I hope that you enjoy these books, and that we are able to partner with you in promoting reading and writing here on Long Island.

Best wishes,

Stephanie Larkin

Red Penguin Books