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There's a part of me that likes to write and a part of me that likes to illustrate—but, truth be told, I'm not sure I can do one without the other.

I'm probably best known for my fantasy-adventure series, The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar. It combines my love of pictures and words. If you like magic, monsters, and mystery then this is the series for you! All the books that are currently in the series are listed below, but if you want to find out more about the enchanted realm tucked between the cracks of here and there, then all you need to do is visit the official Kendra Kandlestar website. Here you will find an online "Eencyclopedia," downloads, and detailed teacher guides full of engaging classroom activities.

I've also illustrated picture books for other authors
. . . you can find them listed below as well. I suppose they are all about magic too—each in its own way.

Kendra Kandlestar.  
   
 

Kendra Kandlestar
and the Box of Whispers

Book 1 • The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar

IN SEARCH OF STOLEN WHISPERS . . .

For over a thousand years, the Box of Whispers has guarded the most precious treasure in the Land of Een. So, when the box is suddenly stolen, an unlikely crew is assembled to travel into the wilds of the outside world—and, to everyone’s surprise, one of the chosen is the young misfit, Kendra Kandlestar.

Before she knows it, the girl who has always dreamed of adventure is swept away on a magical journey where doors speak in riddles, plants cast dangerous spells, and strange creatures seem to lurk in every shadow—and the only thing she has to help her is a handful of enchanted carrot seeds.

Awards and Recognition:

  • NOMINEE, The Chocolate Lily Award
  • GOLD RECIPIENT, Mom's Choice Award®, best children's chapter book, ages 8 and up
  • NOMINEE, Best Children's Book, Surrey Book of the Year
  • RECOMMENDED, Canadian Toy Testing Council

Find out more:
Visit the official Kendra Kandlestar website

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers.

Published by
Simply Read Books
ISBN: 978-1-927018-25-5

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Kendra Kandlestar
and the Door to Unger

Book 2 • The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar

LOST IN A MAZE OF MYSTERY . . .

Everyone knows that the creatures of the outside world are forbidden by magic to enter the Land of Een.

That’s why Kendra Kandlestar is so surprised when a giant Unger arrives in the middle of the night to deliver a cryptic message: if she can find the Door to Unger, she will be able to unlock the truth about what really happened to her long-lost family.

But when Kendra finds herself trekking through the wilderness with a magic-peddling faun and a rebellious Unger, she begins to wonder if it isn’t all just a clever trap to lead her into the heart of danger.

Awards and Recognition:

  • RECOMMENDED, Best Book for Kids and Teens, Spring 2014, Canadian Children's Book Centre GOLD RECIPIENT, Mom's Choice Award®, best children's chapter book in the category of Fantasy, Myths, and Legends
  • FINALIST, Best Children's Book of the Year, USA Book News awards
  • NOMINEE, best children's fantasy/science fiction book, Cybil awards

Find out more:
Visit the official Kendra Kandlestar website

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger..

Published by
Simply Read Books
ISBN: 978-1-927018-26-2

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Kendra Kandlestar
and the Shard from Greeve

Book 3 • The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar

TRAPPED IN A PIT OF MONSTERS . . .

When young Kendra Kandlestar is granted a wand by the ancient tree of Een, she yearns to become a great sorceress.

But magic doesn’t come easily to Kendra, and she soon turns to the shard from Greeve—and its dark power—to help her rescue her brother from the Rumble Pit, a deadly gladiator arena where all manner of mythical creatures are forced to fight in a fierce contest for survival.

Yet, as Kendra is seduced by the power of the insidious shard, she discovers that the greatest battle just might be the one brewing inside her own heart. Is this a war she can win?

Awards and Recognition:

  • RECOMMENDED, Best Book for Kids and Teens, Fall 2014, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • NOMINEE, best children's fantasy/science fiction book, Cybil awards

Find out more:
Visit the official Kendra Kandlestar website

Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve.

Published by
Simply Read Books

ISBN: 978-1-927018-27-9

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Kendra Kandlestar
and the Crack in Kazah

Book 4 • The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar

A SPLINTER IN SORCERY . . .

According to Een legend, a Kazah stone grants a wizard the power to catch an echo of the past—and a glimpse of the future. But when Kendra Kandlestar is given her own cracked and broken Kazah stone, she soon discovers that it’s capable of so much more.

Now, with her faithful companion Honest Oki by her side, Kendra is sent on an unimaginable journey across the cosmos, finding herself amidst worlds that are strange and bewildering—and at the same time all too familiar.

Trapped in this adventure, Kendra finds herself faced with choices that just may unravel the mysterious history of the Eens—and destroy their future. What will Kendra choose?

Awards and Recognition

  • RECOMMENDED, Best Book for Kids and Teens, Fall 2014, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • GOLD RECIPIENT, Mom's Choice Award®, best children's chapter book in the category of Fantasy, Myths, and Legends
  • WINNER, Best Children's Book of the Year, Reader Views Literary Awards
  • NOMINEE, best children's fantasy/science fiction book, Cybil awards

Find out more:
Visit the official Kendra Kandlestar website


Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah.

Published by
Simply Read Books

ISBN: 978-1-927018-28-6

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Kendra Kandlestar
and the Search for Arazeen

Book 5 • The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar
Coming in Spring 2015

A QUEST FOR PEACE. . .

Every good wizard of Een undertakes the search to find Arazeen, a mythical state of peace and wonder. But young Kendra Kandlestar only cares about finding her long-lost family—something she believes she can do by locating the fabled City on the Storm.

However, all is not what it seems at the mysterious castle in the clouds and after a devastating attack leaves Kendra weak and empty, she is ready to give up on everything.

But war is coming. As Shuuunga the Unger witch marches upon the Land of Een with an army of monsters, thousands strong, Kendra must somehow find the power within to stand up for her people—and herself.

Find out more:
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Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen.

Published by
Simply Read Books

ISBN: 978-1-927018-29-3

 
   
 

Corranda's Crown
Written and illustrated by Lee Edward Fodi
Published in 2002 by Royal Fireworks Publishing

THE SEEDS OF MAGIC . . .

Deep in the forests of Kendar, Princess Corranda finds an enchanted tree that gives her a strange and wondrous gift: the ability to speak to animals through the power of a magic pipe! But will this power be enough to overcome the evil sorceress Odjin the Beautiful and her hordes of gluttonous goblins? Will Corranda be able to restore freedom to the kingdom and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers? Follow Corranda on an incredible journey as she discovers the magic of nature, the power of kindness, and how true beauty is found on the inside.

Corranda's Crown

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Turtle Book
Written by Stephanie Lisa Tara
Illustrated by Lee Edward Födi
Published in 2013 by SLT Children's Books

The long-awaited twin to the international bestseller fable I'll Follow the Moon! Featuring real turtles in real habitats, with breathtaking photography, fun facts, and mini turtle movie flip-book illustrated by Lee Edward Födi. Portion of proceeds to The Turtle Foundation--every purchase saves a turtle.

Turtle Book.

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I'll Follow the Moon
Written by Stephanie Lisa Tara
Illustrated by Lee Edward Födi
Published in 2005 by Brown Books Publishing

A lyrical tale that traces a baby sea turtle as she hatches from a nest underneath the sandy beach and digs her way up into the soft night. Instinctively, she follows the flickering moonlight and crawls home to the sea. This sweet and endearing book will make for perfect bedtime reading.

Awards and Recognition

  • FINALIST, Mom's Choice Award® for outstanding environmental book
  • THIRD PLACE, Outstanding picture book, Chocolate Lily Awards

I'll Follow the Moon.

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The Chocolatier's Apprentice
Written by Victoria Miles
Illustrated by Lee Edward Födi
Published in 2007 by Echo Memoirs

For as long as could remember, Eli Edward Earnest had dreamed of being a chief of chocolate . . . a captain of cocoa . . . a chocolatier.

The Chocolatier's Apprentice was produced in celebration of Purdy's Chocolate Company's 100-year anniversary. Net proceeds from all book sales went directly to Raise-A-Reader, an award winning, national program that supports literacy initiatives.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Canadian National Best-seller

I'll Follow the Moon.

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Martha Ann's Quilt
for Queen Victoria

Written by Kyra E. Hicks
Illustrated by Lee Edward Födi
Published in 2006 by Brown Books Publishing

This is the true story of Martha Ann Ricks, an ex-slave who spent fifty years saving spare coins to fulfill her dream of meeting the Queen of England.

Martha Ann is twelve years old when Papa finally saves enough money to purchase her freedom from slavery. In 1830, the family leaves east Tennessee to begin a new life in Liberia. On market days, Martha Ann watches the British navy patrolling the Liberian coast to stop slave catchers from kidnapping her family and friends and forcing them back into slavery. Martha Ann decides to thank Queen Victoria in person for sending the navy. But first, she must determine how to make the 3,500-mile voyage to England, find a suitable gift for the Queen, and withstand the ridicule of family and friends who learn of her impossible dream.

I'll Follow the Moon.

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Gwynne, Fair and Shining
Written by Stephanie Lisa Tara
Illustrated by Lee Edward Födi
Published in 2006 by Brown Books Publishing

Children's verse has always had the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning, and this story-poem does just that.

Join young Gwynne on her glittering, magical journey as she discovers that being true to one's heart will always lead to the best path.

Awards and Recognition

  • WINNER, Gold Ink Award

I'll Follow the Moon.

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