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IN THE WORKS! THE DRAGON'S SONG, A MIDDLE GRADE ADVENTURE CO-WRITTEN BY BINH PHAM

With only a change of clothes, eleven-year-old Bao Dang begins his journey out of South Vietnam to escape the oppressive government, circa 1980. Years earlier, he watched in horror as Communist soldiers dragged his parents from their house and sent them to a re-education center.
He covertly travels at night by small boat down the Saigon River to the South China Sea, where he and over 100 other "boat people" pack into a trawler designed to hold fewer than thirty. For six grueling days they avoid police and pirates and face the constant threat of capsizing while living only on rationed rice and water. Bao and the others find refuge at a camp in Indonesia. Bao harnesses the power of music to endure months of harsh living as he awaits word from relatives in the US. Finally, he is united with them in Rhode Island, leaving behind everything for the ultimate gift: freedom.


Manuscript available for publication - please contact my agent, Mel Stinnett, if interested.

 

The Tick Tock Man coverA MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERY AVAILABLE NOW
from Georgia McBride at Month9Books, for publication by Tantrum Books
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After noticing all the clocks in his town have stopped, thirteen-year old CJ discovers a special "clock world" he never knew existed--a seemingly peaceful village where most of the citizens are clock parts who are tasked with keeping the big clocks in town running. He soon finds their world is divided into two warring factions and CJ must find the only person who can help them: the elusive Tick Tock Man. With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, they battle gear-headed terrorists, razor sharp pendulums and each other while on their search. This unlikely duo must defeat the gearheads and help restore order before this crazy world of chimes and springs and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp and takes CJ's quiet New England town with it.

 

Baseball Mystery coverA MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERY AVAILABLE NOW from MB Publishing (ordering information)

Baseball Mystery coverTwelve-year-old April O'Day's summer has gotten off to a flying start. As the new bat retriever for the Harpoons, her hometown's minor league team, she's fetching bats and doling out great advice to players and coaches alike. In a word, she's becoming indispensable. But mysterious things are happening at Haney Field, which April and her best friend - and fellow baseball enthusiast - Darren Plummer are determined to uncover. As they quickly learn, this is no ordinary season. In fact, it's a whole new ball game.

 

Baseball Mystery coverAN ADULT MYSTERY AVAILABLE NOW from Indigo Sea Press (ordering information)

A list of names, an old map, and a drawing of a Native American warrior named Komaket: these are the items "professional student" Dennis Kozma receives on his twenty-fifth birthday from his father, who died fifteen years ago. Unfortunately, Dennis' memory is tainted by accusations his father defrauded their town.
The map leads Dennis to the graves of the men on the list...members of a secret society awaiting the return of Komaket. While unraveling the mystery of the secret society, Dennis discovers a shocking conspiracy: town officials covered up a dark secret and framed his father.
As he strives to clear his father's name before the long-awaited arrival of Komaket changes his quiet New England town forever, Dennis comes to a startling and fateful realization - nothing is what it seems and all clues lead to the...

...Center Point.