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Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks

Anne Rothman-Hicks is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in 1969, at a college dance, she met a student from Haverford named Kenneth Hicks. They have been together pretty much ever since, getting married, having children, writing books, making art, and generally conspiring to live lives that are happy, creative, and good.

In Ken and Anne’s first tween book, THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM, Jennifer and James find a pigeon in Central Park whose foot was caught in a bit of string attached to a fence. Only this pigeon was actually a man before he was turned into a pigeon over a hundred years earlier. Jennifer and James with the help pf two friends try to help the pigeon (named Arthur Whitehair) turn back into a man before a certain hawk (by the name of Malman) captures and eats him instead.

REMEMBERING THOMAS is the sequel to THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM. Malman returns, threatening the world with evil, and Whitehair is again causing trouble as Jennifer and James travel back in time to Manhattan during the Revolutionary War in order to thwart Malman and rescue Whitehair.



Theft of the Shroud, 1984, Miles Standish Press, distributed by Dell Publishing, adult fiction.

Star Finder, 1984, Banbury Books, distributed by Putnam Publishing, juvenile nonfiction

A series of books on popular names for children (Michael’s Book, John’s Book, David’s Book, Matthew’s Book, Jason’s Book, Elizabeth’s Book, Michelle’s Book, Jennifer’s Book, Amy’s Book, and Sarah’s Book), 1984, Banbury Books, distributed by Putnam Publishing, juvenile nonfiction.

Kate and the Kid, 2013, Wings ePress, adult fiction.

Mind Me, Milady, 2013, Barbarian Books, adult fiction.

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Genre  Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure

Tags  Magic spells, fantasy, adventure, visions,  Central Park, ventriloquist, homeless man, poet, Latin

Release  April 25, 2014

Cover Designer Charlotte Volnek

Pages  235

ISBN  978-1-77127-521-7

Price  $5.95

Sneak Peek: Read the first two chapters.

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What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence surrounding the playground? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King’s English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon?

That is the quandary in which Jennifer (almost 13 years old and probably a bit too smart for her own good) finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old (very precocious) brother James and his mopey, allergy-prone friend Sleepy.   She soon learns that the bird is actually a man named Arthur Whitehair, a 19th-century Englishman who had been turned into an eternally-lived pigeon by misreading an ancient spell that was supposed to give him eternal life as a human. Likewise, an unscrupulous colleague of his, named Malman, had been turned into a hawk by Whitehair’s blunder. After years of searching, Whitehair claims (half-truthfully) that Malman has found him hiding in Central Park and is now out for revenge. On top of all this strange business, Jennifer has recently begun having weird dreams in which a crazy-looking man with curly red hair speaks cryptic phrases in Latin. Are they random phrases, or messages? And why would some sketchy guy be sending her messages in her dreams?

Genre Tween Historical Fantasy
Release March 20, 2018
Designer Charlotte Volnek
Length 152 pages
ISBN Ebook 978-1-77127-992-5
Price $4.99
Tags Revolutionary War, Battle of Manhattan, Colonial Manhattan, Colonial period, pigeons, time travel, Aaron Burr, Mary Murray, Murray Hill, Thomas Knowlton, martyrs, soldiers, New York City


Jennifer and James and their two friends, Kaytlyn and Sleepy, step through a time portal in the vicinity of modern-day Kips Bay and find themselves caught in the middle of a Revolutionary War battle. Their purpose is to stop the evil Malman, who wants to change the course of history by altering an event that occurred at the Battle of Harlem Heights. Their task is complicated by a man, Arthur Whitehair, who was turned into a pigeon by the misreading of a spell many years before.

During the course of twenty-four hours, the foursome meets the genteel Mary Murray and her daughter, Susannah, credited with delaying the British and allowing the rebels to escape. They share the camp of Margaret Corbin, who fought with the rebels and was injured. Their lives are saved by swashbuckling Major Aaron Burr. They encounter Thomas Knowlton, the hero of Bunker Hill, who died at the battle of Harlem Heights. And, finally, Jennifer discovers the joys and pain of first love with Frederick Knowlton, the sixteen-year-old son of Thomas.

Remembering Thomas is a sequel to Things Are Not What They Seem. As in that novel, the four friends learn lessons about love, friendship, and self-sacrifice.


An Alice and Friends Book


Middle Grade Fantasy


July 12, 2016


Charlotte Volnek


60 pages






Divorce, Provincetown, Herring Cove Beach, beaches, friendship, fantasy, New York City, dreams, love.

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STONE FACES is the story of a ten-year-old girl named Alice who notices one day that her parents’ faces have turned to stone. Soon afterward, they tell her they are going to get divorced and, in reaction, she allows her own face to turn to stone because she doesn’t want anyone to know how much this hurts her. It is easier to deal with her friends when her stone face is in place, but she also begins to find herself alone more and more.

While on her summer vacation at her aunt’s house on Cape Cod, she sees a stone on the beach in the shape of a laughing man’s face (called Mr. Happy Man). She soon discovers that this stone can talk and that it has friends among the other beach stones, who play games in the sand when people aren’t around.

Together with Mr. Happy Man and his friends, Alice develops an ingenious scheme to help her parents resolve their differences. Their plans are thrown awry when a woman finds Mr. Happy Man in the sand and walks off with him. Alice decides to rescue the stone and sneaks into the woman’s house where she learns that the woman is actually a witch.
Series An Alice and Friends Book: 2
Genre Middle Grade Fantasy
Release January 24, 2017
Designer Charlotte Volnek
Length 46 pages
P-ISBN 978-1-77127-939-0
E-ISBN 978-1-77127-901-7
Price $2.99 E-book $9.99 Paperback
Tags Divorce, New York City, historic preservation, dreams, stone carvings, old buildings, friendship, peer pressure, imagination

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Alice has enough problems in her fifth grade class without having to shepherd around Hannah, the new kid in class. However, after Hannah introduces Alice to some brownstone carvings, which, according to Hannah, are alive, Alice begins to receive visits during the wee hours of the night when the stone figures seem to come alive and walk and talk. Together, Alice, Hannah and the brownstone figures engage in adventures that begin as mischievous but soon turn serious as a building is threatened that holds in its walls one of the group’s oldest carvings.

Series An Alice and Friends Books
Genre Middle-Grade Fantasy
Release January 16, 2018
Designer Charlotte Volnek
Length 37 pages
ISBN 978-1-77127-981-9
Price $2.99
Tags New York City, dogs, friends, enemies, fifth grade, school, public school, imagination, sidewalks

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Alice’s parents refuse to let her have a dog, so when Alice sees a paint stain on the sidewalk that looks like a dog, she decides that she will make him a virtual pet. She calls him Splotch and downloads a picture of him to her computer. To her surprise, he escapes from the computer and begins to act as Alice’s self-appointed protector. Unfortunately, he sees most people as potential enemies of Alice, including her teacher and the principal, and he is not shy about giving those various enemies a bite. When Splotch starts to attack Alice’s best friend, Alice knows there is a big problem. But how will she get Splotch to stop being a guard dog and back into the computer?













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