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John Claude Bemis


John Claude Bemis

John Claude Bemis is an award-winning children's book author, musician, and educator. The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, THE NINE POUND HAMMER, was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book for Reading and Sharing. His trilogy continues with THE WOLF TREE and THE WHITE CITY and has been described as "original and fresh" and "a unique way of creating fantasy." His novel, THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, was an Amazon Editor's Pick for Best Book for Summer Reading. His forthcoming novel, OUT OF ABATON: The Wooden Prince, is a fantasy reimagining of the Pinocchio story. John lives in Hillsborough, NC

Books by John Claude Bemis

by John Claude Bemis - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

With royal banquets, a regal wardrobe and a whole new set of rules, Pinocchio has a lot to adjust to in his new life as prester alongside Princess Lazuli. But before they can get comfortable, they are interrupted by an unwelcome guest --- a monster! And this isn't just any monster; it's a beast that was imprisoned centuries earlier. Desperate to locate the prison and make sure none of its other monsters were able to escape, Lazuli, Pinocchio and their Celestial Brigade set out to save Abaton. But when Pinocchio tries to use his powers, they have an unintended effect: he is turning back into a wooden automa. And if he's not careful, he may lose his human form forever.

by John Claude Bemis - Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Science Fiction

When Pinocchio finds himself locked in a trunk and delivered to a new master --- a wanted criminal and alchemist named Geppetto --- he is curious about everything around him. But most curious is the way Pinocchio seems to be changing from a wooden servant into a living, human boy. Pinocchio is stolen away but is determined to find Geppetto again, Pinocchio begins a dangerous, harrowing journey across the Empire. Meanwhile, Princess Lazuli, the daughter of the ruler of a magical kingdom called Abaton, is also on a quest through the emperor's territory. Her father, Prester John, has been captured by the Venetian Empire, and Lazuli is desperate to rescue him. With the emperor's airmen closing in fast, Lazuli learns the only hope for saving her father --- and her beloved home --- lies in Pinocchio and Geppetto

by John Claude Bemis - Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients' sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a Skinless One, a child. Rather than turn him over to the wolves, Casseomae chooses to protect this human cub, to find someplace safe for him to live. But where among the animals will a human child be safe? And is Casseomae threatening the safety of the Forest and all its tribes by protecting him?