Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chuiraquimba and the Black Robes

by Madeleine Polland

Now in print!!

I am a great fan of Madeleine Polland - in fact, I think I am her greatest fan. I would love to reprint every one of her books for children!

Chuiraquimba and the Black Robes is the latest installment in what I hope to someday call our "Polland library." Set in 1600s Paraguay, it tells the story of the Jesuit missions there and the incredible faith and devotion of the Guarani people. In addition to being a beautiful story about finding the Faith, it sensitively portrays the Guarani and the exploitation of them by the colonizing Spanish and Portuguese. It's a great addition to any historical study of the age of exploration and colonization. Original cover art by Sean Fitzpatrick and cover design by Ted Schluenderfritz.

Visit the website for ordering information.

The next book by Madeleine Polland that we plan to publish is Children of the Red King, her first book for children.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Now Available !!

The sequel to Father Brown: Stories from Chesterton, this adaptation features 4 murder mysteries. Follow Father Brown and the now-reformed Flambeau as the they cleverly solve puzzling deaths. Please visit our website to place an order

Don't forget we have all picture books and Windeatt titles on sale!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Items on the Website!

I have finally uploaded to the website a lot of new books that we have for sale. And . . . most are now on sale. I had acquired a batch of Mary Fabian Windeatt books from another book dealer and we finally have those for titles in both new and used condition on the website.

We also are selling the saint stories that are being reprinted by Mary's Books from the popular Dujarie publishers of the past.

We're pleased to offer two new books from Catholic Artworks: Mary and the 50 States and St. John Neumann.

AND, as a pre-Christmas special, we have all of our picture books on sale now!!

And finally . . . be on the lookout for the sequel to the very popular Father Brown Reader! Here is a sneak peak at the cover for The Father Brown Reader II: More Stories from Chesterton adapted by Nancy Carpentier Brown and illustrated by Ted Schluenderfritz. Coming soon!!!

Friday, July 09, 2010

More on the Catholic Writers' conference: Chance for Free Book

I saw a pretty neat promo video for the conference at this website. You can also win a free book from Karina for helping to promote the conference.

I'd like to make the same offer Karina makes. If you advertise the conference on your blog, facebook, etc, I'll put your name in a drawing for a free book from Hillside Education. So send me a link to where you've posted about it and I'll enter your name. Here is the most important info you should post:

Minimum Post (140 characters): Catholic Writers! The Catholic Writers Conference Live is Aug 4-6 at King of Prussia, PA. Info/Register http://catholicwritersconference.com/

Please see my previous blog post for a little more information if you want to say more.
We appreciate your help in getting the word out about this wonderful conference.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Catholic Writers Conference

Press Release!!

Catholic Writers to Hold Conference In Valley Forge, PA

The second annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE will be held August 4-6, 2010, at the Scanticon Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA. Sponsored by the Catholic Writer's Guild and the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN), and held in conjunction with CMN's annual retailer trade show, the Catholic Writer's Conference LIVE provides Catholic authors with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and bookstore owners from across the globe.

This year's conference will feature presentations on such topics as market tips and time management for busy writers, poetry, creating evil characters (by Regina Doman), working with an editor, creating winning proposals, journaling, dealing with "rejection" and negative criticism (by Susie Lloyd), and much more. Keynote speaker Michelle Buckman will be present a talk entitled "The Wonder of Expresing Catholicism in Faith."


Even though I am a pipsqueak in the Catholic publishing world, I will be speaking on a publishers' panel.

One of the best features, in my opinion is the rare opportunity to present, or "pitch," your book idea to publishers. There will be four publishers hearing pitches--you can discuss your ideas and get immediate feedback. So if you have an idea that's been needling you, or a manuscript underway, consider attending!! The atmosphere of the CMN trade show is just plain exhilarating.

Please visit the conference website for registration details.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Titles

I've scaled back my ambitions for this summer after having a very tough winter and feeling like I need a break. However, there are a few things on the horizon:

1. Mother of Divine Grace 8th grade titles Discussion Guide available June 15th. At last!! I have had notes for this one for 3 years . . . in 4 different notebooks. Finally getting it together!! Simple discussion topics and writing prompts for Fingal's Quest (Polland), Augustine Came to Kent (Willard), Son of Charlemagne (Willard), The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Pyle),  Door in the Wall (D'Angeli), Adam of the Road (Gray), Black Arrow (Stevenson).

We also have study guides for Hidden Treasure of Glaston and I, Juan dePareja nearing completion.

2. Chuiraquimba and the Black Robes by Madeleine Polland

Due out this summer. This story set in Paraguay in the early 1600s, deals with the Jesuit missions among the Guarani. As usual Polland tells a very moving story within the historical backdrop--this one a tale of conversion and loss and hope. (This another of the books from the Clarion series that we are reprinting.)

Here is a preliminary sketch for the cover art from Sean Fitzpatrick.

2. My husband and I are currently writing a study companion for Bennett's America: The Last Best Hope for use by high school American history students. We will have a "beta" version (for anyone who wants to try it) available by September, and then after we use it for the 2010-11 school year, we'll put out a final version next summer.

3. We hope to have The Father Brown Reader, More Stories from Chesterton adapted by Nancy Carpentier Brown out this year, the sequel to her The Father Brown Reader, Stories from Chesterton.  These stories feature murder mysteries that have to do with appearances, sight, and seeing.

We have a wish list of other books we want to reprint . . .we'll see!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

On the Conference Trail - UPDATED

Once again, we will be attending a few homeschool conferences this summer.

Please visit us at the following conferences in May:

Pere Marquette, Chicago IL May 7 and 8

Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference May 21 and 22

In addition to our own products, we will also have the newest titles from Catholic Artworks
as well as Lift Up Your Hearts: Rediscovering the Mass and the Celebration of Our Faith published by Treasures of the Church Press.

If the mail system comes through, we'll also have copies of the new book by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss, hot off the presses: Small Steps for Catholic Moms.

So please visit our tables if you are attending these shows!

In June we will be at the

New England Catholic Homeschool Conference (newly added to our schedule!)
June 5


IHM conference in Chantilly, VA


Sacred Heart Convention in Orange, NJ

Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Book Arrived at Last!!

We have been struggling to get this book to print, but at last we can advertise it and offer to our customers!!
 Young Pedro escapes his uncle who is planning to kill him in order to gain the family title and fortune. His escape route takes him around the world . . . literally, as the cabin boy on Magellan's flagship the Trinidad. Lomask tells a tale of great adventure as Pedro experiences the joys and perils of the fleet Armada de Maluca These include mutinies and battles with native people as well as with the sea herself. Pedro is one of the few who survive the voyage, and he returns to Spain to claim his birthright.

Recommended for grades 4-7.

This title is another from the Clarion Series originally published in the 1950s and 60s. Other titles in that series that we publish are: Sword of Clontarf, City of the Golden House, and The King's Thane. We will be publishing another from this series later this year: Chuiraquimba and the Black Robes by Madeleine Polland.
Until February 28, we are offering Ship's Boy at the introductory price of $12.00. 

Visit the Hillside Website to order!!