Chickadee Prince Books is proud and thrilled that Henry McGee, truly one of the giants of modern media entertainment, has praised Donna Levin’s There’s More Than One Way Home.

“Donna Levin has spun a romantic murder mystery,” says Mr. McGee, “that will keep readers enthralled from beginning to end.”

This acclaimed new novel tells the story of the young mother of a boy on the autism spectrum, and the impact on her marriage, and within San Francisco’s political society, that result when the boy is accused of murder.

Mr. McGee, a brilliant innovator and an inductee into the prestigious Video Hall of Fame, knows whereof he speaks. As the long-serving president of HBO’s Home Entertainment division for 18 years (he worked for the groundbreaking cable television network for a total of 34 years), he was instrumental in supervising the distribution of many of our greatest films and TV shows into living rooms in America and more than 70 other nations via video and DVD, groundbreaking television shows like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Band of Brothers and Game of Thrones. Today, he’s a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.

This titan of both Hollywood and Ivy League academia joins acclaimed authors like Jacquelyn Mitchard, Donna Gillespie, Lesley Kagen, Rita Mae Brown and Lalita Tademy, along with critics from Kirkus Reviews, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Booklist, who have praised There’s More Than One Way Home and Donna Levin’s literary achievements over the years.


There’s More Than One Way Home is now available from Chickadee Prince Books in paperback and e-book.

A Great Spring / Summer at Chickadee Prince

We’ve had a great spring / summer at Chickadee Prince Books so far, and we hope for even greater things to come.

During his decades as a celebrated Los Angeles defense lawyer, Ed Rucker represented some of the most famous defendants of the late 20th century. Now he’s the author of The Inevitable Witness, the first novel in his new Bobby Earl series of legal thrillers, which has garnered great reviews and coverage in Kirkus, the Strand Magazine, and the Bookpleasures website, and standing room only crowds and plenty of books sold at publication parties at Diesel in Los Angeles and the Corner Bookstore in New York. Read a though-provoking interview with Ed here.

Donna Levin is the author of the contemporary fiction “autism lit” novel, There’s More Than One Way Home, and she has been giving readings and presentations all over the place, from Books Inc. in San Francisco to the California public libraries, and Home has gotten incredible reviews, from Kirkus (“A witty, modern voice delivers a captivating tale about a mysterious death”) and Foreword (“deals substantively with issues like autism, and by doing so, stands to appeal to a broad audience as a worthy entry into popular fiction.”) to a starred review in Booklist. Donna was featured on the front page of the Smithsonian website (wondering whether Mr. Darcy might have been on the autism spectrum), was recently interviewed on KUCI in Irvine, CBS radio in Boston, and on Cyrus Webb’s podcast, all of which you can listen to here. More to come: Donna appears at the Brooklyn public library on June 13 and the New York Public Library on June 15!

Mirror at the Heart of Time, the final book in Mark Laporta’s acclaimed YA SF trilogy landed in bookstores on Thursday; the series that Kirkus calls “a fabulous read,” has not disappointed in its ultimate chapter. Jodi Scaife writes in the Fanbase Press website, “if you enjoy world building and inventive science fiction that shows the wonders of the universe, Mirror at the Heart of Time, is an excellent read,” Joe Crowe of Science Fiction Revolution raves, “It contains teen drama, political intrigue, and neat sci-fi stuff with space-time and the multiverse. It’s light-hearted and sweet, and contains an optimism that many SF writers forget about … I approve,” Tay Laroi of Cheapreads writes, “Mirror at the Heart of Time is a brilliant conclusion to an equally brilliant series that will leave readers ecstatic, on the edge of their seats, and heart-broken to see such great characters go,” and the celebrated SF writer and critic Don D’Amassa praises the Ixdahan trilogy on his website as well. Mark is a featured guest-blogger on the Watt O’Hugh website today, and he will appear on Patzi Gil’s Joy on Paper radio show on June 20! Read a witty and imaginative interview with Mark here.

Peter Szabo has appeared at a well-received and jam-packed talk at Bookforum, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, reading from his moving memoir Finding Maria, as well as at area synagogues; he’s been praised in the pages of the Foreword Book Review magazine (“a heartfelt, honest look at love and loss across generations of a family”), San Diego Jewish World and Reviews by Amos Lassen  (“in its simplicity the story comes across as more honest and most intense”) and has been featured in a full page spread in the Jewish Forward and on Deborah Kalb’s website. And check out this great interview with Peter.

Finally, please do take a look at the terrific reviews for In Love with Alice, the second book in Alon Preiss’s series of thirtover novels about the last third of the 20th century! A beautiful and poetic novel that continues to win new fans. And please read a strange and interesting interview with Preiss here and here.

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“A Brilliant Conclusion to an Equally Brilliant Series” – A Review of Mark Laporta’s “Mirror at the Heart of Time”

From Tay  Laroi, book critic at The Truth About Books and Cheap Reads websites:

Mirror at the Heart of Time is a brilliant conclusion to an equally brilliant series that will leave readers ecstatic, on the edge of their seats, and heart broken to see such great characters go, but it’s well worth it.

In the thrilling conclusion of “The Changing Hearts of Ixdhan Daherek,” Ixdahan and Lena face the universe’s greatest threat yet: a force that seeks to erode time itself. After all they’ve been through together, defeating a culture based on a miracle diet, getting a girl from the future back to her time, and finally figuring out their relationship once and for all should be a piece of cake…right?

In case you haven’t noticed, I adore these books. The wonderful characters, the outlandish conflicts, the strange worlds and aliens, all of it. Mirror at the Heart of Time is no exception. In addition everything I loved about the first two books, the trilogy’s conclusion reaches a level of maturity that makes it a must-read for fans of YA, especially fans of YA sci-fi and fantasy.

I’ve talked at lengths about Laporta’s great world building and creative story telling in the reviews for Heart of Earth and Heart of Mystery, but I can’t emphasize enough how great his characters are, especially in this final installment. It’s been quite the adventure watching Ixdahan and Lena grow as characters over the course of these books and Laporta gives them the perfect send off, both for the characters as well the readers, I think.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth mentioning again: If you write YA, sci-fi or otherwise, I highly recommend this series just to see how Laporta writes teenagers, because he does it brilliantly.

So, if you’re a fan of YA, sci-fi, or you want to take a few hours and feel like a kid again, check out the entire Changing Hearts series. It’s a smart, funny, endearing trip through the cosmos you won’t soon forget.


Note: Mirror at the Heart of Time was published June 1, 2017 and is available at a bookstore near you, on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The entire trilogy, The Changing Hearts of Ixdahan Daherek, is also available as a 3-book Kindle-only collection on Amazon, where you can catch up on the entire Ixdahan saga from the beginning.