Time Before Color TV series

1950's America and ​things are a lot different - no computers, cell phones, not even color TV. But life is far from dull.
Follow Amanda & friends as they battle  man eating bugs, Russian spies, or alien space ships.
Amada dangles over a sea of giant ants, held by her friends.

How Raspberry Jam Got Invented

Book 1. The last summer picnic turns into an astonishing disaster! What was supposed to be a fun day at the new state park becomes a life and death struggle with creatures right out of a science fiction horror movie.

 

Middle grade adventure & humor

 

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Figure grasping a communist hammer & sickle leaps up to a rainbow.

First Ring Rainbow

Book 2. 1950’s Cold War tension grips the country - anything can happen during the Atomic Summer. Amanda struggles with the era’s sexist restraints, her fugitive Russian Communist grandparents, and the appearance of a bizarre creature at Secret Pond. How are all these disturbing events related? Everything comes to light under the first ring rainbow.

 

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Mysterious figures approach the bike club members as a giant tire shoots lightning

Adventure Bike Club & the Tire Giant

Book 3. The huge tire on the freeway outside town is not an advertisement, as people think, but a vessel from another universe on a sinister mission. Can Amanda and her friends make it back out alive? The fate of the world might hinge on the outcome, or at least Melissa's fancy new bike.

 

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Airplane with two terrified people flies out of an energy burst

The Great Flying Adventure

Book 4. Amanda and Quentin fly to an alien world where Quentin competes in a brutal tournament to save the Earth from invasion. But then Amanda falls for the enemy team captain and things become very complicated. Eddie Hawkes, grown to maturity after 5 years of alien time, calls Quentin back to help in the great game. Political intrigue, kidnapping, and mysterious alien beings add to the fun.

 

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Two-faced Mr. Badpenny spins out of his coin

Return of Mr. Badpenny

Book 5. Middle school wannabe baseball hero, Tommy Velasco, gets more help than he expects from a mysterious two-headed coin. He discovers that bad pennies keep coming back, however much you want to get rid of them. He passes the problem on to the class queen bee and things get even more out of control, with possibly lethal consequences. When Mr. Badpenny is around, you kind of wreck your own life.

 

Tween action / fantasy

 

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