Friday, July 19, 2013

Piratical Book Bites

Ready for a bigger Book Bite?

PIRATE APPRENTICE is a thrilling new middle grade adventure series. The first book, UNDER A BLOOD RED MOON, is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Why would four children apprentice themselves to the bloodiest band of cutthroats to sail the seas?

CASIMIR, a dirt-poor farm boy, is desperate to help his starving family. He's a gentle giant made strong by working with the earth, but he'll put his personal feelings of honor aside to turn brigand and save his mother and brothers.

ROLLO is the son of two infamous pirates – Grullo the Red Walrus, and Queen Mab, the fearsome female buccaneer. It's only natural that he follow in his family's footsteps. But does he have a desperate plan to change the nature of piracy forever?

Her Royal Highness Princess BLOSSOM has been sailing since she could walk. Though a princess isn't allowed to be apprenticed, she follows her dream and tries to bind herself as an apprentice pilot for four years. But everything goes horribly wrong when she accidentally signs on as a pirate instead of a pilot. Will she be a hostage, or sold to slavers? Or will she thwart the fiendish plot that threatens to overthrow her father's kingdom?

PYM is Blossom's Humble Companion, the commoner sworn from birth to serve and protect her. He's against her madcap plans, but follows her to keep her safe. When she signs on as a pirate, he has to join up too. Will this be his chance to prove he's worthy of a princess' love? Or will he always be no more than a faithful dog to Blossom?

In UNDER A BLOOD RED MOON, Casimir, Rollo, Pym and Blossom join the crew as pirate apprentices, and discover that there is nothing romantic about the violent world of piracy. As they forge alliances and weave lies to survive, the new apprentices find their footing and prepare for the training that will either kill them or turn them into the most terrible criminals to ride the waves. Or is there a third alternative? Can these four apprentices create a new kind of pirate?

UNDER A BLOOD RED MOON is the first in an exciting new series from Book Bites by Lu Sylvan. Book Bites offers short, exciting, inexpensive fiction and nonfiction e-books that kids will devour. Look for the next book in the PIRATE APPRENTICE series, coming soon!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Bites FICTION

Here is another way for your kids to get their daily dose of reading -- all in one tasty bite! Introducing Book Bites FICTION. A new title has just launched:

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

The artist Henri Rousseau is best known for his lush, primitive images of wild beasts in exotic jungle settings. The story A TIGER IN FRANCE is a fictional account of Henri Rousseau as a child. It is illustrated with five stunning reproductions of Rousseau's masterpieces. After the story is an informative, engaging biography of the artist. Fiction and fact, all in one book!

In class, Henri Rousseau daydreams, staring out the window at a cat he pretends is a tiger. Even when he is scolded by his teacher, he insists that there is more to the world than can be easily seen. But when the class goes to the botanical gardens and is menaced by a real tiger, young Henri uses his unique world view to see the tiger's secret and save the day.

Combining fiction and fact in a novel way, A TIGER IN FRANCE is an ideal introduction to the magnificent, beguiling work of Henri Rousseau. A TIGER IN FRANCE is the first of the ART BITES – a new series of short books from BOOK BITES. It is perfect for independent readers, or as a read-aloud, so children and parents can share the wonderful world of Henri Rousseau.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


The next volume of the ANIMAL BITES series is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

ANIMAL BITES: ALLIGATOR is a book that is near and dear to my heart. I live in Florida, and I see alligators every week. It is such a thrill to live side by side with these awesome predators. I've learned to admire them -- and respect them -- very much.

Young readers will really enjoy reading all about these remarkable animals, and seeing the incredible photos. Be warned: alligators are predators, and there are a couple of pictures of gators eating other animals. But I don't think children are bothered by that. It's just another part of nature. Plus there are tips on how not to wind up as an alligator's dinner yourself!

Monday, June 17, 2013


Welcome to our world of fun and exciting nature books for young readers! ANIMAL BITES are short, engaging e-books with plenty of vivid photos that will teach kids about the wild world around them.

Our first two ANIMAL BITES books are now available! Learn all about SHARKS and WOLVES. All titles are only 0.99, and with lending enabled and no DRM, you can share the title with your whole family.

You can get ANIMAL BITES: SHARKS from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

And you can get ANIMAL BITES: WOLF from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, too.