HIGH SCHOOL 101: Freshman Survival Guide—edited by Dawn Burnette High School 101: Freshman Survival Guide is a book written by the people most acquainted with surviving the 9th grade—10th graders. What started as a class project for Georgia Teacher of the Year nominee Dawn Burnette quickly morphed into a favorite of middle and high school teachers nationwide, reaching the top 100 sales ranking for books sold on Amazon several times (topping at #55). The book, which is currently being updated, will soon reappear, with a version for Kindle and Nook as well.
GOD IS NO FOOL by Lois A. Cheney A Christian favorite for over 40 years, God is No Fool was first published by Abingdon Press in 1969 and was reprised in 1977 as a paperback. After a long period during which copies of the book were scarce, UWP was honored to bring it back into print in 2005, after which two initial printings were sold out. A 40th anniversary edition, the cover of which is shown here, may be purchased from the current publisher, Beaufort Books, and is available on Amazon and via booksellers nationwide.
Click on the cover image to hear the author read one of our favorite meditations from the book.
BLUENOSER TALES by Robert "Punchy" Powell, Marc Hamel, and Sam Sox, Jr. A favorite of military aviation and WWII aficionados alike, Bluenoser Tales is a treasure of period stories, interviews and never-before-seen photographs from the 352nd Fighter Group, out of which came the #6 and #7 top aces of all time, Maj. George E. Preddy, Jr., who would be killed by friendly fire on Christmas Day 1944, and Col. J.C. Meyer, who retired as a general after serving at the pentagon as the Vice Chief of the Air Force.
Released in conjunction with the 2007 "Gathering of Mustangs and Legends" in Columbus, OH, the hardcover edition sold out in less than a year and continues to be much sought-after by collectors. Reprinted as a paperback in 2010 (the cover of which is shown here), it too is no longer available. Ninety-year-old editor and 352nd historian "Punchy" Powell is considering next steps.
PETE THE CAT: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean "Incubated" at UWP, this soon-to-be children's classic, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by "Pete the Cat" artist James Dean, quickly sold out of its initial printing in 2008. Subsequently picked up by HarperCollins after a west-coast distributor saw a YouTube video of an independent bookseller's children "reading" the book and singing the song, it reached #8 on the New York Times best-seller list in March of 2010. This image is of the original cover of the book. Click here to see that fateful YouTube video.
MICE ON MAIN by Linda L. Kelly, illustrated by Zan Wells Sometimes a book—and only a book—will do. When author Linda L. Kelly and her granddaughter Sara went downtown to Greenville, S.C.'s revitalized Main Street to search for nine strategically located bronze mice, Sara asked if there was a book about how they came to be there. There wasn't.
So, teaming up with Zan Wells as illustrator (Zan was the artist who sculpted the original bronze "Mice on Main"), Linda wrote the book to answer her granddaughter's query, and the booklaunch was scheduled for August 23, 2008. In a three-hour-period, 725 copies of the book were signed and sold. (Pretty impressive given that the average number of books sold during a 2-hour signing is four.)
At last count, over 15,000 copies of Mice on Main have been sold, along with T-shirts, sweatshirts, and most recently a game. And there may be an original opera coming soon as well. Proceeds from the book are donated to a charity there in the Greenville, S.C. area. Click here to visit their website.
DULUTH, GEORGIA: Through the Eyes of One of Its Own by Ann Parsons Odum Acclaimed painter Ann Parsons Odum grew up in the small country town of Duluth, Georgia. Except for college and time spent with her husband Wally in Virginia during his Army days, she has lived there all her life. Watching many of the buildings and landscapes of her hometown disappear as Duluth was transformed into one of the northeastern suburbs of metropolitan Atlanta, she began memorializing them, first in batik and later in pastels.
Duluth, Georgia: Through the Eyes of One of Its Own is a collection of those paintings with stories from the author's memories about the subjects of the paintings and the families who made Duluth the very special place it was...and still is.
Currently in production, the book is slated for release at Duluth's annual Fall Festival during the last weekend of September 2011. And if early response is any indication, our first printing will be gone before the end of the year.