Author Melissa Davis

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About the Author

 

Born in Southern Illinois, Melissa Davis fell in love with reading from an early age, so much so that she started writing when she was in the second grade. From poetry, to short stories, she has a love for it all. When she was in high school she attended Illinois Summer School for the Arts at Illinois State University, which lead her to attend the university. After graduating with a Bachelors in Education, Melissa taught for several years until her children were born, allowing her to fulfill two dreams at once: motherhood and penning her first books.

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Jungalou Crew and Riley Too!

 

Author Erik Daniel Shein, Melissa Davis, and Karen Fuller

Hardback ISBN: 978155086974

Paperback ISBN: 9781955086981

eBook ISBN: 9781955086998

Genre: Preschool Interactive
Release Date 10/01/2021


Description: 

The preschool years are the fundamental foundation for our children’s learning development. By encouraging a child’s interactive participation throughout the story, your little ones will have fun learning preschool basics: colors, numbers, letters and more.

Jungalou Crew! Trunks up, let’s go! With a little bit of magic, your little ones will follow the Jungalou Crew on a new adventure where they’ll meet Riley, the surfing hippo and learn a little about being responsible while having fun.

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Jungalou Crew The Ancients

 

Author Erik Daniel Shein, Melissa Davis, and Karen Fuller

Hardback ISBN: 9781956788327

Paperback ISBN: 9781956788334

eBook ISBN: 9781956788341

Genre: Children's Superhero Adventure
Release Date 12/28/2021


Description: 

The ancient rulers have called upon Lumi the firefly to help save the planet. Tasked with putting together a team of young superheroes, Lumi and his new team prepare to save the world from the notorious Gilly Ring.

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The Legend of Secret Pass

 

Author: Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781629896267

Paperback ISBN: 9781629896274

eBook ISBN: 9781629896281

Genre: Animation/Adventure/Family/Movie Tie-in

Release Date 03/20/2017

If his family had told him that he would one day be a legendary guardian of Secret Pass, Manu would have laughed in their faces. Guardian, ha! 

All twelve-year-old Manu wanted to do was off-road race with his truck Windflier. When a strange dark magic makes its way through the mesa, Manu finds himself surrounded by dust devils, thunderbirds, and a ragtag group of animals that are trying to make their way to Natocchue, a place that protects animals from the outside world. His family is harboring a deep secret that is filled with magic and mystery, one that Manu isn’t sure he is ready for, but the woman in the wind has chosen him to be the next guardian. 

When the sinister Calabar uses his mystical powers on Manu and his family, it is up to Manu to save the day. Will he be able to keep Calabar from stealing the magic song the woman in the wind has entrusted him with or will Calabar gain entrance to Natocchue and end life as they knew it?

In Association with Lionsgate Entertainment. The Legend of Secret Pass will be distributed worldwide with video on demand on 01/15/2019. See the movie trailer.
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Through the Mortal Veil

 

Author Erik Daniel Shein & Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781949812498

Paperback ISBN: 9781949812503

eBook ISBN: 9781949812510

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Dark Fantasy
Release Date 04/15/2019


From the moment their parents moved them into the ancient relic of a house, Indigo Thornberg finds herself in a world beyond her worst imaginations. The wallpaper walls and clawfoot bathtub makes it clear the house was built long before the beginning of time. Their house isn’t even wired for the internet! To top it off her room is—pink! Like bubblegum pink, the pale pasty kind that ballerina girls would die for, but not Indigo. And while that might seem like the worst thing that could happen to a goth girl like herself, something even worse is lurking in the shadows. 

The only thing that makes the move bearable is the fact that her twin brother Crow is just as miserable as she is. The moment the teens turn sixteen, their lives take a bizarre turn as a dormant magic awakes within them. They are called to the one place that keeps them safe from the things that go bump in the night: the mortal veil. 

As they slip through the veil, they find that their destiny awaits on the other side. They must find a way to close the veil to keep their world safe from the evil that wishes to destroy it. Never one to back down from a challenge, Indigo is prepared to take on the trials ahead of her, but Hevexa is filled with dangers in all shapes and sizes, monsters that exist outside of her wildest imagination. 

Will they be able to restore the veil before the monsters of Hevexa take over their world? Or would they lose themselves to the darkness on the other side?

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The Mighty Tusks

 

Author Erik Daniel Shein & Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781951642020

Paperback ISBN: 9781950890972

eBook ISBN: 9781951642037

Genre: Anthropomorphic Epic Fantasy
Release Date 06/01/2020


A war has raged for centuries in the African rainforest. Animals living in factions band together for a greater cause. Once a place of peace ruled by a great tusker king, the rainforest now lies in shadows as the ghosts of the obambo fight for dominance. The story is older than time, but a glimmer of hope shines on the horizon. Change is in the wind, and the world is ready for it.

Dakarai, a young African forest elephant, has grown up on the stories of his father, the great tusker king, Ajamu. It is not only his birthright to follow in his father’s footsteps, but also his greatest desire. Hidden and sheltered from the ongoing war, Dakarai finds himself unprepared when the time comes to join.

With their very existence at stake, Dakarai must master his abilities and self-doubts to face the greatest evil in the jungle. If he doesn’t prevail, all is lost.

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Arkwatch Holdings LLC commissioned Len Simon Animation to do the animated characters for Thunder: An Elephant's Journey.

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The Story and Art of Thunder and Friends

 

Authors: Erik Daniel Shein, L. M. Reker, and Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781949812916

 

Genre: Animation Graphic Design/Art

Release Date April 23, 2019

 

Description:

The story of Thunder: An Elephant’s Journey is a heartfelt tale of a young African forest elephant and the plight the elephants and all animals face at the hands of poachers. In the Forward, creator Erik Daniel Shein explains the purpose and drive behind Thunder’s story. Be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime with stunning concept art which tells Thunder’s tale.

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Thunder

 

Authors: Erik Daniel Shein, L. M. Reker, and Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781629898025

Collector's Edition Hardback ISBN: 9781629895635

Paperback ISBN: 9781629895642

eBook ISBN: 9781629895659

Genre: Middle-Grade Animal Adventure

Release Date March 7, 2017

 

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From the moment Thunder took his first step, it was clear that his footsteps would make quite an impression on the world around him. 

The tiny elephant’s life was pretty much perfect until one fateful night when poachers crept into it. In the cloak of darkness, they sprang on his herd separating him from his mother and the rest of the African pygmy herd. After a harrowing escape, Thunder must dig deep inside to find the courage to find his way home. With helpful friends and the watchful eye of the Great Tusker in the sky, Thunder’s journey is the adventure of a lifetime.

Len Simon Animation LLC commissioned to do cover.

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Hi Erik 

I hope you’re well. I’m writing to let you know that your review for “Thunder“ was selected by our Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews 1/15 Issue. Congratulations! The review appears as one of the 35 reviews in the Indie section of the magazine which is sent out to over 5,200 industry professionals (librarians, publishers, agents, etc.) Less than 10% of our Indie reviews are chosen for this, so it's a great honor. I have included a link to the digital version for your preview: https://www.dropbox.com/s/apwcspsaup58eg2/Kirkus_

online_011517.pdf?dl=0   

All the very best and congratulations,

Crystal Timbeross 

 

Client Promotions & Advertising Associate   

KIRKUS REVIEWS |  KIRKUS MEDIA LLC 

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Footprints in the Sand

Thunder: An Elephant's Journey Book 2

Authors: Erik Daniel Shein and Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781629896236

Paperback ISBN: 9781629896243

eBook ISBN: 9781629896250

Genre: Middle-Grade Animal Adventure

Release Date 06/06/2017

One tiny elephant, one gigantic adventure… 

 

A search for adventure may get Thunder more than he bargains for. He never expects to find himself alone again, but the footprints left by his mother will be his guide to healing and finding his way. On his journey he finds himself making some new friends: Razor, a grumpy lion; Dash, a speedy genet; Archie, a chatty lizard, and two whimsical gorillas, Harold and Neville. A trip back to the caves reunites Thunder with old friends, and together they join forces to save the day and help Thunder find peace.

Len Simon Animation LLC commissioned to do cover.

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Hope Haven

Thunder: An Elephant's Journey Book 3

Authors: Erik Daniel Shein and Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781629896298

Paperback ISBN: 9781629896304

eBook ISBN: 9781629896311

Description: Middle-Grade Animal Adventure

Release Date 09/05/2017

A story of perseverance and courage…  

Thunder is on the ultimate quest to fulfill his destiny. Tasked with finding Hope Haven, Thunder sets out to discover the mystery of Hope Haven with his friends Razor, a solitary lion; Dash, a spotted genet; and Archie, a black banded monitor lizard. When they discover that Hope Haven is a sanctuary for abandoned and injured animals, Thunder stumbles upon more than what he bargained for. He must find the courage to protect those that he loves once and for all.
 

Len Simon Animation LLC commissioned to do cover.

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Tusker

Thunder: An Elephant's Journey Book 4

Authors: Erik Daniel Shein & Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781629897745

Paperback ISBN: 9781629897752

eBook ISBN: 97881629897769

Genre: Middle-Grade Animal Adventure

Release Date 05/14/2018

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Courage has no bounds….

A great tusker is in trouble, and destiny calls Thunder again.

When a great tusker is captured by the uprights, Tusker’s mate, Thandi, seeks out the legendary Thunder to save her mate.

Thunder and Razor are on a rescue mission, and time isn’t on their side. And when a young gifted boy, Jabari, drops from the trees wanting to help, Thunder is unsure what to trust, instinct or his heart. He could use the boy’s help, but uprights got them into this mess in the first place….

 

Len Simon Animation LLC commissioned to do cover.

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The Incredible Seed Crackers

A Galapagos Adventure

Authors: Melissa Davis, Erik Daniel Shein & Karen Fuller

Hardback ISBN: 9781958336595

Paperback ISBN: 9781958336601

eBook ISBN: 9781958336618

Genre: Middle-Grade Animal Adventure

Release Date 08/16/2022

Every Mystery starts with a seed of truth. In this story, our heroes, Pani and Omo, pride themselves on their ability to find the key to cracking any case. Pani, the older of the two detectives, is a pelican with a penchant for keeping order in the middle of chaos. Omo is a young, daredevil Peruvian seagull. The two have created an agency of private detectives called the Seed Crackers. They have recently decided to expand their practice by hiring a new sidekick seed cracker to train, Pepe, a Galapagos mockingbird. The only problem is they are all easily distracted whenever treasure hunting comes into the picture.

A Galapagos Tale

 

Author: Erik Daniel Shein

Co-Author: Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781951642365

Paperback ISBN: 9781951642372

eBook ISBN: 9781951642389

Genre: Middle-Grade Animal Adventure

Release Date 02/17/2020

For Dexter the penguin and Jax the lava lizard, life on the Galapagos island is filled with one lazy day after the next. Dexter wants more, and when he finds an egg on the beach, he is ready to claim it as his own. The prospect of being an “uncle” fills him with excitement he can’t contain, so he convinces his best friend Jax to help him. So when the egg hatches and a tortoise emerges, the pair are at first shocked, then smitten with their hatchling. Dexter lovingly names him Silas.