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The Mailbox in the Forest

A whimsical story about an unusualfriendship, and one girl’s discovery of thejoy that letter writing can bring. While spending a vacation with her grandparents, Mayu, a Japanese first-grader, finds a mysterious mailbox in the forest near their house. She writes a letter and leaves it in the box. The next day she is surprised to find a letter addressed to ... Read More »

Max and Katya

Author Ted Takashima talks about what inspired him to write “The Gene of Life,” and about who were the models for his characters —the smart, brave, talented, and beautiful Katya and the genius scientist with a secret, Max. Chapter 2 Katya listened as she robotically brought spaghetti to her mouth. Occasionally, she drank from her glass of Coke with an ... Read More »

Tyrannosaurs Series

Tatsuya Miyanishi’s bold line art is out of this world. Miyanishi’s Tyrannosaurus series roared into the hearts of kids all over North America since 2015. Book 1: You Look Yummy! The sweet tale about the love between father and son. A long, long time ago, as volcanoes erupt with a great roar and the ground below quakes, a hungry Tyrannosaurus meets ... Read More »

Ted Takashima Interview

Q1. What inspired you to write The Gene of Life? The discovery made at Limone sul Garda, clones, Neo-Nazis, GMOs — what exactly was happening to make you explore these themes? Humanity has sought eternal life since time immemorial. About twenty years ago, life-science discoveries were under public scrutiny and discussion — genes and genomes, cloning and regenerative cells — and ... Read More »

Limone sul Garda

Italian Village Where Residents Live to Over 100 Years Old The breathtaking beauty and sheer size of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, makes it a popular holiday destination for Italians and foreigners alike. Picturesque towns line the lake’s shores, making a tour of the entire 90-mile (145-km) shoreline a delight. But Limone sul Garda, on the narrower, more ... Read More »

Cast of Characters

Max Knight (35) Max is a world-renowned American genetics researcher and professor, a licensed medical doctor, and a Nobel Prize candidate. But in spite of his exceptional mind and successful career, his is a tortured soul. A dark family secret haunts him. Unlocking that secret drives him, even if it means fighting against the Fourth Reich to obtain the data ... Read More »

The Gene of Life

TED TAKASHIMA Berlin, July 2008. After giving a lecture, Max Knight, a Nobel Prize candidate and professor of genetic research, is kidnapped. His captors show him part of a corpse, a left hand, discovered when a bomb exploded at a neo-Nazi rally. Although the hand appears to be that of a male in his forties, it actually belongs to a ... Read More »

I Believe in You

Tyrannosaurus Series, Book 8 Tatsuya Miyanishi When an earthquake traps her parents in a cave, Rikayla, a little Triceratops, goes in search of help. Saichania, Pachycephalosaurus, Anatotitan, and Styracosaurus all try and fail to move the huge rock that blocks the entrance to the cave, Rikayla bravely seeks the strongest and fiercest of all: the Tyrannosaurus. He agrees to help, ... Read More »

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