Great books
for homeschooled
kids and their
Arx Home
Bookstore Home
All books discounted
up to 20%


Historical Fiction
Based on the Bible
Modern Times

Lives of the Saints and Christian Heroes

The Story of Civilization
The Ancient World
The Medieval World
The Modern World
• US History 


High Fantasy & Science Fiction

History & Science

Resources for Homeschooling

Poetry and Short Stories


Why These Books?

Fairy Tale, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantastic realms of the imagination beckon. The expanse of space holds adventures and discoveries as numerous as the stars. Eternal truths are revealed in wondrous tales simple enough for a child to grasp. The genres of fantasy and science fiction flourished (and degenerated) during the past century, but have their roots in the classic tales that fill the Western canon. These small press books attempt to revive the traditional mix of great imaginative literature with Christian morality.

Ages 14 and up

The Shadow of the Bear
A Fairy Tale Retold
by Regina Doman

"This book is absolutely phenomenal with its unforgettable characters and fast-paced plot. Based on Grimm's fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, Regina Doman tells the story of sisters Blanche and Rose, whose lives change dramatically due to the unexpected friendship of a man who calls himself Bear....This is a gripping story of love and sacrifice, as well as an amazing adventure you won't want to miss out on."
–Mae on

Once upon a time... In New York City, a young, secretive street tough who calls himself, Bear, lands on the doorstep of two teenaged sisters. On the one hand Rose is delighted with his surprising knowledge of literature, poetry, and music; on the other hand Blanche is afraid of his apparent connections to drugs, murder, and a hidden treasure. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear's friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true.

Paperback ~ 221 pp. ~ $16.00
with 5% discount, $15.20

Ages 14 and up

Black as Night
A Fairy Tale Retold
by Regina Doman

"Regina Doman's sequel to Shadow of the Bear is just as exciting and unique as the first book was. Two thumbs up!!!"
—a reader on

This sequel to The Shadow of the Bear is based on a familiar fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. Circumstances have placed Blanche Brier entirely on her own in New York City while Bear is wandering through Europe and her family is on vacation. Blanche is fast becoming the focus of a terrifying play of evil forces. Even the refuge she takes among some lively Franciscan friars does not protect her from attacks. Rather, they continue to escalate as she struggles to persuade a sick and aged man from killing himself. Discovering Blanche's disappearence, Bear and Fish cut short their European vacation and join up with Rose to begin scouring New York City for Blanche. But the same malevolence that is lurking over Blanche seems to be hunting them as well. Yet during this time, the desires of Blanche's heart are being clarified - and so are Bear's. A black night. Tested faith. Honest love.

Paperback ~ 289 pp. ~ $18.00
with 5% discount, $17.10

Ages 14 and up

Waking Rose
A Fairy Tale Retold
by Regina Doman

"Waking Rose was such a splendid story..... I'm at a loss for how to put what I really think about it. I think I'm still mourning the fact that it's over! The end made me cry......and laugh, I was so happy."
–Marie, a reader

Ever since he rescued her from Certain Death, Rose Brier has had a crush on Ben Denniston, otherwise known as Fish. But Fish, struggling with problems of his own, thinks that Rose should go looking elsewhere for a knight in shining armor. Trying to forget him, Rose goes to college, takes up with a sword-wielding band of brothers, and starts an investigation into her family's past that proves increasingly mysterious. Then a tragic accident occurs, and Fish, assisted by Rose's new friends, finds himself drawn into a search through a tangle of revenge and corruption that might be threatening Rose's very life. The climax is a crucible of fear, fight, and fire that Fish must pass through to reach Rose and conquer his dragons.

Paperback ~ 351 pp. ~ $20.00
with 5% discount, $19.00

Ages 14 and up

The Midnight Dancers
A Fairy Tale Retold
by Regina Doman

"So was it a good book? Absolutely! Regina once again captures your interest from the beginning, building up to an intensely wonderful climax. Again, she leaves you with a beautiful and romantic ending."
–Lady of the Rose Blog

Rachel Durham, 18, is tired of her father and stepmother’s staid morality and pristine prosperity. The summer of her senior year, she’s more than ready for a walk on the wild side, and the door opens - literally - when she and her eleven sisters and stepsisters discover a secret passageway out of their historic home on the Chesapeake Bay. At night, boys in boats and a forbidden island beckon from the shore, and Rachel and her sisters jump aboard. The night becomes Rachel’s true world, and her daytime life becomes a disposable mask. Her puzzled father tries to tow his daughters back into line by enlisting the help of Paul, a med student who embarks on a risky balancing act to make Rachel see that splitting her life between night and light is a dangerous dance.

Paperback ~ 231 pp. ~ $16.00
with 5% discount, $15.20

Ages 14 and up

Alex O'Donnell and the 40 Cyber Thieves
A Fairy Tale Retold
by Regina Doman

"Oriental fans, swords, security cats, computer hacking, family dynamics, and one hotel business. These factors, seemingly unrelated, come together in the lives of the O'Donnell family and Kateri Kovach...Alex O'Donnell [is] filled with suspense, laughter, romance, and humor."
–Ink and Fairy Dust

In this high-tech thriller, Alex returns from college to find that his dad, a computer hacker and software programmer, has inadvertently discovered a mysterious website which leads to sudden wealth. But at what cost? Practical, hard-working Kateri Kovach is suspicious of all this high-tech hoopla and tries desperately to keep the O`Donnell family running smoothly. She finds herself evermore immersed in the O'Donnell family activities -- playing video games with Alex and his younger brothers Sam and David, caring for their mother suffering from MS, and battling a samurai security cat. Mayhem, martial arts, and murder ensue. But in the end, it just might be the anti-technological Kateri who saves the day.

Paperback ~ 216 pp. ~ $16.00
with 5% discount, $15.20

Ages 9 and up

Martha and Chip
by Katharine Sohler

"What a fabulous and fun fantasy adventure for young readers ages 9 through 12....Katharine Sohler is definitely a young writer and artist to keep your eye on!"
–The Children and Teens Book Connection

Something strange is happening in the peaceful kingdom of Crabbapple. All the White Magi have been captured by the evil witch Aylis and it's up to Martha to save them. But she won't be able to do it herself. To rescue her friends, Martha will need help. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected places.
     Suitable for young readers, age 9 through 12, Martha and Chip is a fun-filled adventure that shows that even the most humble creatures among us have important gifts to give.

Paperback ~ 120 pp. + 20 b&w illus. ~ 12.95
with 10% discount, $11.66

Ages 12 and up

Tale of Manaeth
by Phillip D. Campbell, III

     The arrogant king Belthazre of Maruda oppresses the people of the smaller neighboring state of Asylia. When Belthazre demands the beautiful daughter of the Asylian king Ioclus, for no reason other than to provoke his envious wife, Queen Narussa, the Asylians are forced to decide whether to knuckle-under or to fight. Once the fateful decision is made to fight, it is soon up to young Maneath--also called Manissa--the daughter of Ioclus, to rally the Asylians against the invading Marudans. But how can she, a mere girl, defeat a powerful enemy with only a handful of stalwart men, starving and outnumbered?
     The Tale of Manaeth is an engaging tale written in the style of the ancient epics. Full of action and adventure, Tale of Manaeth is an enjoyable read sure to be appreciated by young and old alike.  

Paperback ~ 156 pp. + 4 b&w illus. ~ 13.95
with 5% discount, $13.25

Ages 12 and up

Niamh and the Hermit
A Fairy Tale
by Emily C. A. Snyder

"Niamh and the Hermit a beautifully written, morally sound, thoughtful, compelling and entertaining book. Emily Snyder ... has created the world of the 'Twelve Kingdoms', shadowed in Celtic mythology, but guided by Christian morals and traditions, in which to novelize one of the world's great fairy tales. It's difficult to do justice to this sort of book after only one reading, but I was very impressed with the beautiful writing, rich vocabulary, subtleties of humor and truth and the thoughtful lessons, characters and trials that make up the plot."
–Alicia van Hecke for Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers

Paperback ~ 288 pp. ~ 14.95
with 10% discount, $13.46

Ages 12 and up

Charming the Moon
by Emily C. A. Snyder

Emily Snyder's mythical world of the Twelve Kingdoms, introduced in the full-length novel Niamh and the Hermit, is brought to life again in Chaming the Moon. This little tome contains a pair of short stories which elaborate upon the ancient history of the Twelve Kingdoms. In the first tale, Brigglekin the Dwarf is called upon to free a beautiful girl trapped within a silver sphere. Once she is in his possession, however, he is unable to liberate this precious treasure and watches as she slowly wastes away within her protecting globe. Östrung the Giant tells the tale of the pining young Sun who longed to be reunited with his love the Moon, enlisting the help of a kindly giant to carry him to the very western edge of the world.

Paperback ~ 72 pp. ~
$9.95 with 20% discount, $8.96

Ages 10 and up

Warriors of the Light
Part II of the Starman Saga
by Michael D. Cooper

In this second volume of the Starman saga, the Starmen choose to confront the evil of their time. Their adventures take them into the rings of Saturn where a secret had been concealed more than twelve millenia earlier, across the galaxy to a neon planet, and eventually to their enemy's home planet in a star cluster so bright that night cannot exist. Without knowing what the challenge will cost, they nonetheless set out with dedication and courage to bring the series to its stunning climax. This compilation volume includes the second half of the fifth novel (The Lost Race of Mars) as well as the entirety of the sixth, seventh and eighth novels (Doomsday Horizon, The Heart of Danger, and The Last Command). This volume also includes three short stories, a glossary, illustrations, and appendices.

Paperback ~ 477 pp. ~ ~ $34.95 with 5% discount, $33.20

Arx PublishingThe Homeschoolers' Bookshelf Home