[Free eBook] Waiting for Callback by Perdita & Honor Cargill [YA Teen Career Dramedy]

Waiting for Callback by the British mother/daughter team of Perdita Cargill & Honor Cargill is the 1st novel in their Waiting for Callback series of YA teen career life experience comedy/drama, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster’s Children’s UK imprint.

The series stars an aspiring teen actress from an ordinary, non-acting background. This installment sets up the girl-next-door with her big break as an acting agent discovers her, only for her to discover that the world of auditions is much tougher to succeed in than she thought it would be, with a side of personal drama besides. Apparently, this is being made free to promote the recently-released 2nd-in-series, Take Two, which came out in January.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Portrait of a Cavalier: William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle by Geoffrey Trease [Biography]

Portrait of a Cavalier: William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle by the late British author Geoffrey Trease, who was honoured with a fellowship in the Royal Society of Literature, is his biography of the 17th century historical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Macmillan. This biography of the titular poet, playwright, courtier, and English Civil War military figure is written at a level suitable for both teen and adult readers (according to one of the quoted newspaper reviews), and makes use of letters and poems from the family’s papers, which were previously unpublished at the time it was originally written.

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[Free eBook] Captives of Time by Malcolm Bosse [YA Medieval Historical Novel]

Captives of Time by the late author Malcolm Bosse, a recipient of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for young adult literature in translation, is his standalone YA historical drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by Delacorte Press and was one of my favourites growing up, though I lost track of it when the library got rid of their old copy, so I’m pleased to see it available as an e-book now. The story is set in 14th century Europe and stars two abruptly-orphaned children who undertake a perilous journey in search of their clockmaker uncle, and find their supposed place of refuge becoming decidedly unsafe as they get caught up in plague and politics during the older sister’s apprenticeship. NB: This probably falls on the mature themes side of YA, due to depictions of violence and other potentially disturbing content. YMMV.

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Late 14th century Europe.

The lives of sixteen-year old Anne and her mute younger brother Niklas are shattered when they witness the senseless murder of their parents by a band of marauding soldiers.

Now alone, Anne and Niklas begin the perilous journey north in the hopes of finding their uncle Albrecht, a clockmaker – and their only chance for survival.

But medieval Europe is a violent place, and as they forge onwards, Anne and Niklas must beware of the dangers that lurk ahead…

Upon finding refuge with their uncle, Anne soon learns the art of clockmaking – and of her uncle’s revolutionary plans to invent a clock. But these plans soon attract the attention of rival forces who also seek to control the power of time.

With dangerous foes lurking on every corner, as well as the ever-present threat of the Plague, will Anne and Niklas ever find safety?

A gripping tale of survival and bravery, Captives of Time features a colourful cast of characters whilst capturing the harsh realities of life in 14th century Europe.

[Free eBook] The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones [YA Urban Portal Fantasy]

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, a pseudonym for prolific British YA fantasy author Allan Frewin Jones is the 1st novel in his Faerie Path series of young adult hidden heritage urban portal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

The series is split between the modern world of London and the hidden world of Faerie, as the heroine discovers that she is a princess who has been lost for centuries among the mortals. This installment sets up her return to court and the beginning of her many problem-solving adventures as her former fiancée finally locates her, only to find herself torn between two worlds even as she must relearn her old life and face a threat to Faerie. NB: if you don’t want to know exactly what’s behind the threat to Faerie, avoid reading the blurbs for the next few novels in the series, which contain significant spoilers for important plot twists in this one.

Offered in the US only, available at B&N as their exclusive Free Fridays selection for the weekend.

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[Free Audiobook] Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [Classic Literature Novel]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is her classic lit novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This audibook edition is read by actress Christina Ricci (of The Addams Family movie fame) and is an unabridged edition giving the full story of the four sisters of the March family and their various adventures during the mid-19th century, which was originally published in 1868 and has since become a much-beloved coming-of-age classic for readers of all ages.

Offered only until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on March 24th, available DRM-free to Canada & the US (possibly other countries as well), as PRH Audio’s featured Free Book of the Month offer.

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[Free eBook] Fortune, My Foe: A Novel of Sir Walter Raleigh by Geoffrey Trease [Historical Fiction]

Fortune, My Foe: A Novel of Sir Walter Raleigh by the late British author Geoffrey Trease, who was honoured with a fellowship in the Royal Society of Literature, is his vintage standalone historical autobiographical novel (possibly young adult), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in Methuen by 1949. Although the new publisher does not categorize it as such, this may be a young adult reading-level novel, as Trease (who wrote Cue for Treason, one of my favourite classic historical kidlit adventure novels which I read in school while growing up) was best known for his contributions to children’s literature, although he did also write adult-level fiction and non-fiction. This tells the story of the famous Elizabethan era explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, from his boyhood to his rise and fall in fortunes at the court, and his various adventures and journeys.

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[Free eBook] The Lying Game by Sara Shepard [YA Teen Murder Mystery Drama]

The Lying Game by bestselling YA author Sara Shepard is the 1st novel in her The Lying Game series of YA high school drama novels with supernatural murder mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

This series, which is the basis of the eponymous ABC TV show, is centred around the mystery of who killed a popular teen girl, narrated by the ghost of the murder victim as her secret twin sister takes her place in an attempt to flush out the killer. This installment sets up the series by having the surviving twin apparently witness the murder of her heretofore unknown sister, and proceed to invisibly step into and publicly live her sister’s life as a decoy, attempting to keep up appearances with friends and family even as she tries to find and outwit the murderer.

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[Free eBook] Wings by Aprilynne Pike [Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy]

Wings by Aprilynne Pike is the 1st novel in her Wings series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with f/m romance elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Teen imprint.

The series is set in a stealth-paranormal version of our mundane world, starring a girl who discovers she has a hidden magical heritage. In this installment, the heroine’s family moves to a new town, where, having previously been homeschooled by her eccentric hippie parents, she experiences high school interactions with other teens, some of whom will become friends who help her uncover the cause behind the mysterious growth of her titular wings.

Offered in the US at Barnes & Noble as their Free Fridays weekend giveaway.

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[Free eBook] The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman [YA Historical Urban Fantasy]

The Dark Days Club by Australian author Alison Goodman, a recipient of the Aurealis Award and a Tiptree Award honouree, is 1st novel in her Lady Helen trilogy of YA Regency historical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.

This is also known as Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, which was used by its original Australian publisher Angus & Robertson, and is being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd novel The Dark Days Pact, due in January. The series is set in a magical version of the 19th century British Regency. This installment sees the debut of the heroine as she enters not only into London society for her first Season, but also the deeper, darker, and no less dangerous underworld of the supernatural.

Offered in the UK, Europe, and many other regions worldwide except North America, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Hundreds of Free Books from Open Road Media [All Genres Fiction & Non-Fiction]

As a special holiday treat, publisher Open Road Media is making free literally hundreds of ebooks in every genre, for a limited time.

ORM was founded by ex-Random House editors, and has made a specialty of bringing back into print older works by well-known authors in their fields, as well as publishing newer works by them as well.

The freebies in their catalogue includes authors such as Howard Fast (author of Spartacus, the novel which the movie was based upon), Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple, also the basis of a film), Pearl S. Buck (Nobel Prize winner), and many more.

A very brief sampling of the genres and authors available (there’s literally probably something for every taste):

  • For non-fiction: history (Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, which a film about the Titanic was based upon); political history (Rebecca West); literary & arts criticism (Mary McCarthy); travel writing (Laurence Durrell); cookbooks (James Beard); biographies (Marion Meade); autobiographies (Candy Darling, a celebrity involved with Andy Warhol); author advice (Richard Curtis, a former literary agent)
  • For fiction: science fiction & fantasy (Andre Norton, Jane Yolen, Robert Silverberg, Poul Anderson, all SFWA Grandmasters); historical fiction (Cecelia Holland); westerns (Paul Lederer); murder mystery novels (Susan Dunlap); suspense thrillers (Geoffrey Household); LGBT novelists (National Book Award-winner Paul Monette, Jane Rule, and more); romance (Elizabeth Chadwick); YA suspense (Caroline B. Cooney); YA fantasy (Bruce Coville); YA horror (Diane Hoh); childrens’ picture books (The Berenstain Bears series)

Offered in the US only, at Amazon only, through December 20th or 21st. Unfortunately, it looks like the promotion was withdrawn early on the 19th. Nice while it lasted, though.

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