February 2016 Half Price Sale on all Garn Press eBooks

Readers on the go with Garn Press! Complement your print version with a discounted Garn Press Ebook, 50% off February sale. All Garn Press ebooks are available for purchase on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo eBooks, and Apple iBooks.


February Half Price Sale, 50% off Nonfiction eBooks

Garn Press non-fiction books have a collective presence that is hopeful for the future. We encourage you to read them individually or as text sets for university and colleges courses, or in professional development courses for schools preK-12 grade.

005-paul-thomas-book-coverBeware the Roadbuilders: Literature as Resistance, by P.L. Thomas

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“The conscience of American education. He is our North Star.” – Diane Ravitch

“Thomas uses this wonderfully written book to engage readers with these ideas and to further the much-needed conversation concerning education policy.” – Kevin Welner

“The master of the pithy, pointed essay, and this collection should provoke readers to think hard about educational issues that matter.” –Peter Smagorinsky

“P.L. Thomas reveals the intersections among oppression, education, and literature.” – Julie Gorlewski

“Boldly imagined, brilliantly powerful” – Jeanne Marcum Gerlach

“The material is provocative and timely. A must read” – William M. Reynolds

“A powerful voice for change, but ultimately, his greatest influence is in the way he empowers others to speak” – Alison H. Williams



010-ac-bookThe Educator and the Oligarch by Anthony Cody

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Winner of the this year’s George Orwell Award, given by the NCTE Public Language Awards Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English.

“A powerful and important book by one of the most courageous advocates for sanity and simple justice in our public schools.” –Jonathan Kozol

“This book is a record of Anthony Cody’s valiant struggle to force the nation’s most powerful foundation and richest person to listen to the voice of an experienced teacher.” – Diane Ravitch

“Anthony Cody’s book is a timely and concise reminder of just how much of a spoiled man’s playground American public education has become to Gates and his profound net worth.” – Mercedes Schneider

“Anthony Cody’s new book The Educator and the Oligarch is a brilliant, point by point challenge to Bill Gates role in undermining public education in the United States.” – Mark Naison



defense-of-teachers-curt-dudley-marling-garn-pressPreparing the Nation’s Teachers to Teach Reading: A Manifesto in Defense of “Teacher Educators Like Me”, by Curt Dudley-Marling

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“This manifesto comes not a moment too soon. Curt Dudley-Marling offers a spirited defense of teacher educators rooted in the reasons they choose to teach. Those in the trenches will greatly appreciate the fresh ammunition he provides.” – Anthony Cody, Author of The Educator and Oligarch

“This book should be required reading for everyone preparing to teach children to read, everyone currently teaching children to read, everyone who knows a child who is being taught to read, and everyone who makes policy about teaching children to read.” –Carole Edelsky, Arizona State University

“… A robust defense of an educational approach that is shockingly out of fashion in the policy world: a meaning-centered education that is irreducible to standardized test scores.” – Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia




009-esther-fine-2Raising Peacemakers, by Esther Sokolov Fine

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Raising Peacemakers shows that an authentic approach to managing child-to-child conflicts, learned in kindergarten, stayed with young children as they grew into adolescence and adulthood. It demonstrates by contrary example the profound error of standardized programs-in-a-box for “conflict resolution” and, by implication, much else in education.” –Carole Edelsky

“Esther Fine’s stories let readers learn how “doing peace” made and sustained lasting, positive changes in students’ lives.” – Patrick Willard Shannon

“Raising Peacemakers” is so much more than a well-designed blueprint for creating an alternative dispute resolution system in public schools. It is a deeply felt, albeit subtle, argument for the need throughout society for similar methods to resolve the disputes that separate and divide. Entertainingly written, “Raising Peacemakers” should be read by anyone who deals with disagreements, whether between children, between adults or between entire nations. There is much to be learned from the directness and simplicity of children. – Amazon



007-ken-goodman-whole-languageWhat’s Whole In Whole Language in the 21st Century? by Ken Goodman

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“There has never been a more critical time for teachers to read What’s in Whole Language in the 21st Century? It is as prescient today as it was when Goodman first wrote it.” Bess Altwerger, co-author Reading Fluency writes:

“I think the essence of his work is the ethical and the moral dimensions.” Jerome Harste, co-author, Language Stories and Literacy Lessons, and Creating Authors and Inquirers.

“My admiration is for his political acumen. Education does not just take place in classrooms. It is a political situation.” Frank Smith, author of Joining the Literacy Club, and Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read.

“I have found that with Ken it is about making learning to read barrier free.”

Brian Cambourne, author The Whole Story: Natural Learning and the Acquisition of the Literacy in the Classroom.

“His main contribution is freedom for teachers.” Jeanne Chall, author Learning to Read: The Great Debate.



002-19-cluesNineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can Be Achieved Through Collective Action, by Denny Taylor

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What would it take to make Earth a child safe zone?

I strongly believe we need new rhetoric and new coalitions here–the old “liberal” approach does not work–it just keeps throwing soft balls to the right wing. The two propositions are closely connected–same bad guys, some purposes — at the very heart of the issue is inequality and a lack of social will to do anything about it. James Paul Gee, author Unified Discourse Analysis, and Language and Learning in the Digital Age.

“Denny Taylor shows us that inequality is bad for the planet. She makes connections and offers resources to help us all use Actionable Knowledge for equity and to make Earth a habitable place for our children and their children and theirs. Besides providing root information on the harm, Taylor offers routes we can and must take to safety.”  – Amazon

“Taylor’s 19 Clues is a brilliantly written eye opener, full of the details we push to the back burner in order to maintain our hectic lives. This powerful work is chock-full of links to important resources and is a must read for anyone concerned about the future of their children.” – Amazon



004-save-bookSave Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden Rule, by Denny Taylor

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In an imaginary conversation at Café Griensteidl in New York City twelve venerable women scholars outdo nine very rich dangerously misguided men of enormous power.

“The book is funny, learned, and zany.” – Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.

“It’s a great way to build insights into the political agenda of the corporate education reform movement in the US and UK.” –  Yetta Goodman, author of Kidwatching and Valuing Language Study.



February Half Price Sale, 50% off Fiction eBooks

At Garn Press all eyes are on the truly remarkable novels we are publishing this fall. Bloody LaneDevil KnowsBlack Inked Pearl, Rosie’s Umbrella, and The Smart One: Grandfather’s Tale – the titles alone tell the tale. To all of very enthusiastic supports we are asking you to support Garn by buying one of these great ebooks.


bloody-lane-smallBloody Lane

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“Loved it! If you’re a Civil War buff, you won’t be able to put this book down. But even if you know nothing at all about that history, you’ll quickly be hooked by an ingenious plot and a fascinating cast of characters. Martin Lee and Matthew Fleury are natural-born story-tellers, and I congratulate them for keeping me guessing right up until the surprising climax. Bloody Lane is a bloody good read!” – Krin Gabbard, Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University

“Felix Allaben is a vividly drawn, hard-boiled character in the tradition of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade. After a murder at historic Antietam battlefield, Detective Allaben gets pulled into a murky and dangerous world, where nothing is as it appears. Stylish, taut, complex … a bloody good read.” – Justin Martin, author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians



devil-knows-david-kolb-garn-pressDevil Knows: A Tale of Murder and Madness in America’s First Century

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Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Devil Knows is a thrilling historical adventure in the grand storytelling tradition of Northwest Passage and Drums Along the Mohawk. 

“With relentless research, fascinating characters and a great storyteller’s imagination, David Kolb unravels a lingering mystery from the historical horror known as the Salem witch trials: How did Mary Bradbury become Salem’s only convicted “witch” to escape execution? Like other great historical fiction, Kolb’s narrative picks up where facts leave off and reveals disturbing, yet valuable, truths.” – Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune

“Award-winning journalist David Kolb has created an interwoven tale of the earliest days of American history. Religious differences and philosophies, witches, battles and conspiracies against the Native American people all lead to an intriguing tale. In this well-researched story he shows how the earliest inhabitants of New England fought, conspired, loved and lived in the New World.” – John McGarry, CEO, Lakeshore (MI) Museum Center



001-rosie-umbRosie’s Umbrella

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“A novel with a keen understanding of the complexity of family secrets and the tensions between loving family members.” – Kirkus Review

“Rosie’s Umbrella is a gripping, page-turning, wild ride, fueled by great passion, deep humanity, and an urgent call for justice.” – James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Presidential Professor, Arizona State University

“I couldn’t put it down in spite of being so busy, a great story and characters AND what a wonderful reflection on memory and history.” – Ruth Finnegan, FBA, OBE, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, UK

“I’ve just finished Rosie’s Umbrella. What an amazing adventure. I’ve known only Denny Taylor’s professional writing, so was thrilled to find that she could keep me spell-bound with this gripping story. To put it mildly, it is a page-turner.” – Dorothy Watson, Professor Emerita of Education, University of Missouri



Ruth-finnegan-black-inked-pearl-garn-pressBlack Inked Pearl: A Girl’s Quest by Ruth Finnegan

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“I read Black-Inked Pearl with delight and surprise. It is a long, entrancing tale, often touching on the threshold of poetry … ” – Itala Vivan, University of Milan, Italy

“A delightfully dreamlike, mystical tale of epic scope, spiritually and erotically charged, and rich in cultural and linguistic play, with hints of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dante, James Joyce and poetry from the oral traditions of both Ireland and Africa. A fascinating volume.”-Mike Hanne, Founder of the Comparative Literature programme at the University of Auckland, Author of The Power of the Story: Fiction and Political Change (Providence and Oxford: Berghahn 1995)

“I immensely enjoyed it. VERY interesting, takes you into another world. Not just  a love story, a spiritual message.”- Reverend Jan Beer, St Faith’s, The Parish Church of Lee-on-the-Solent



003-smart-one-updateThe Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale

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The future is often foretold in stories of the past. As families flee the Debaltseve in Eastern Ukraine in 2015, Ken Goodman’s The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale takes us back to families fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe at the turn of the Twentieth Century. It is a compelling story of Jewish migration to America, which begins in Smorgon, now in Belarus, a former Soviet Republic, but at the time Smorgon was in Vilnius, a district of Lithuania, and a part of the Russian Empire. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with fine line drawings by Ray Martens.




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