Announcing Marina Royale, by Apricot Banks (Maaja Wentz)

About the Book:

Hubert is losing his best friend to a bully.

Meet Rainbow Reef’s fabulous fish kids: Emma and Aiden, the panicky pufferfish twins, Sparky the doggone friendly dogfish, Olga the eight-legged bully, Sturgeon the (wannabe) Surgeon, and Hubert, a tiny hermit crab with sky-high ambitions.

Hubert wants to play cards with his best friend Sparky the dogfish. Too bad Sparky’s other friend, Olga Octopus, thinks Hubert is too small to play. When Hubert accuses Olga of cheating, she carries him out past the drop-off and abandons him where the sea monsters live. Can Hubert outwit hungry sharks to get home safely?

Kids and adults will enjoy Hubert’s laugh-out-loud adventures! Marina Royale was released on May 13th, 2021.

Bonus: a treasure chest of card games and jokes inside.

A bit about Apricot:

Apricot Banks (Maaja Wentz) writes fun books for kids that adults like too. A teacher-librarian, she loves sharing funny, adventurous, imaginative books. Her chapter books for kids aged 5-9 are written to inspire a love of reading.

Maaja’s first novel, Feeding Frenzy: Curse of the Necromancer, was chosen as a Featured Story by Wattpad and then went on to win a Watty award.

With school closures and primary students working from home last spring, I was moved to create something for them. This book is dedicated to the kids I miss reading to in the school library. The goal was to write something I could read out on YouTube to make them feel special. Once the paperback arrives, I look forward to recording the story and giving the link to teachers so they can share it with their classes.

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When Loni isn't reading other people's words or running around after her two young children, she spends time writing stories of her own. She finds inspiration in the little things, but also in momentous events. Loni currently resides in York Region. Twitter: @LoniStorm Instagram: loni_storm Facebook: @LoniCameronWriter

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Maaja Wentz
2 years ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful write up, Loni.

Update: The paperback is out, and the videos are on YouTube with color pictures for the kids to enjoy as they read along.