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Joni Sensel

Her name is pronounced "Johnny" and no, her dad swears he didn't want a boy. With grant money she was shocked to win, she created Dream Factory Books in 1999 to publish two picture books with environmental themes. Check out Joni's web site

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The Timekeeper's Moon

The Timekeeper's Moon

Under the eye of a sinister moon, Ariel discovers a baffling map. Determined to follow it, she and her friends embark on a dangerous mission to discover the source of her telling dart before an ingenious trap set in the past can erase Ariel's future.

"Sensel excels in her vivid descriptions of the setting, the characters, and the adventures they experience. The theme of finding and accepting one's true calling resonates in this second book as much as it did in the first." — School Library Journal

"Vivid world building and tight pacing mark this sequel, further distinguished by rich characters with believable relationships." — Booklist

"Good and satisfying, just like the first. Joni Sensel knows how to tell a good story." — Becky's Book Reviews

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Farwalker's Quest

Farwalker's Quest

A classic fantasy quest about finding the truth and finding yourself.

Ariel has always been curious, but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained need to figure out what it means. Magically flying great distances and only revealing their messages to the intended recipient, telling darts haven't been used for years, and no one knows how they work. So when two strangers show up looking for the dart, Ariel and Zeke realize that their discovery is not only interesting, but very dangerous. The telling dart and the strangers lead them on a journey more perilous and encompassing than either can imagine, and in the process both Zeke and Ariel find their true calling.

The Farwalker's Quest is a beautifully written, well-paced fantasy that fans of The Edge Chronicles and Nancy Farmer's The Sea of Trolls will enjoy.

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The Humming of Numbers

A would-be monk in a 10th century Celtic abbey teams up with an alluring young wood-witch to escape raiders and plumb the divinity of supernatural experiences, including love. For readers ages 12 and up.

Excerpt from the back jacket:

"Do you smell that?"
Aidan inhaled. His nose caught the same seared air. A spike of alarm passed through him as his memory interpreted the scent.
"That's not wood smoke," he said. "That smells like fields burning!"
"Or thatch!" Lana ran a few paces, then whirled back toward him. "Oh Aidan, not raiders... is it?"
His mind raced, trying to find another explanation, one that wouldn't carry so much dread. He noticed, then, the hush that had befallen the woods along with the smell of burning. Not a bird tweeped. He released his collected oak apples once more, hoping fervently he'd be picking them up again soon.
Seeing them spill, Lana tensed to bolt. He grabbed her. She pulled him several steps before he managed to yank her to a halt, his lips near her ear.
"It might be," he said, low. He scanned the forest around them. "It might be vikings, Lana, and if we're not careful we'll be dead."

This book is perfect for:

  • Fans of historical fiction and historical fantasies
  • Artists interested in illuminated manuscripts
  • Would-be witches and herbalists
  • Romantics
  • Math lovers and synesthetes
  • Readers intrigued by early Ireland


During a trip to Dublin in 2004, I visited Trinity College Library and its Book of Kells exhibit. I've always been intrigued by illuminated manuscripts, and the Book of Kells is truly ethereal — justifiably described as the work "not of men but of angels." It was the library's Long Room, upstairs, however, that most overwhelmed me. The long, sunlit hall is ribbed with floor-to-ceiling shelves of dark wood. Narrow, rustic wooden ladders ascend to the higher shelves like flying buttresses, giving access to row upon row of leather-bound books with no visible titles. Most are hundreds of years old. Standing at the head of that hall was literally a spiritual experience for me, and it sparked the desire to write a story grounded in those feelings of reverence, artistry, and awe.

Almost exactly a year later, I was sitting in my hot tub late one night, musing an idea that had teased me for years: a character who could hear numerical auras in a kind of synesthesia. A young monk who longed to be an illuminator stepped up. His story wrote itself.

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Reality Leak

Reality Leak

When 11-year-old Bryan starts to get mail through the toaster, he has to find — and fix! — a crack in reality that has started to leak.

This book is perfect for:

  • Kids who love secret codes and mysterious messages
  • Anyone who has ever taken a ride in a wooden crate
  • Lovers of weeds (especially dandelions)
  • Kids who live in small farm towns
  • Anyone who believes they're really a dog
  • Lemonade-stand entrepreneurs
  • Anyone afraid of the dentist


I adore factories and assembly lines and complicated Rube Goldberg machines. And I've always wanted to visit the Acme factory that supplied dynamite (and odder equipment) to Wile E. Coyote. Since I couldn't find a real Acme factory to visit, I slid into the cartoon universe and brought it back here instead. You can visit it, too — just read the book!

About the illustrator

Reality Leak includes more than a dozen black-and-white illustrations by illustrator Christian Slade. See his other work at

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