Middle Grade Books

PLEASE RETURN TO: Toby Solano

Book 2 of 3 (‘Please Return To’ series) – INtense Publications – March 27, 2020

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  • Age Range: 9 – 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 – 7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1947796492

“When you move to a new town, it’s time for some new moves.”

Toby Solano hates his new town, he hates how much he misses his dad and, most of all, he hates Mr. Finkelstein. But when he finds his teacher’s missing journal under the tires of a moving truck, the drama of the famed Mapleton Wrestling Federation opens wide for him. Armed with a journal’s-worth of wrestling lore, will Toby be able to help the Mort-tician regain his title and bring his family back together again? Or will he fall back on his bullying ways and get shipped right out of Mapleton Middle School?

“No matter your age, you can’t help but smile at the middle school life of one Toby ‘El Machina’ Solano. Thanks to the clever story-telling of Frank Morelli, you soon realize that young Toby is just a boy who wants to fit in and you find yourself cheering wholeheartedly for ‘El Machina’ to win his place in the world.”

–Landis Wade, author of The Christmas Redemption: A Courtroom Adventure and host of Charlotte Readers Podcast

“While you’re holding your breath or shaking your head at Toby Solano’s impulsive actions, you’ll fall in love with the tender heart that beats underneath his teenage bravado. A funny, poignant, intensely readable book!”

-Ann Campanella, author of Motherhood: Lost and Found and founding AlzAuthor

“Good books contain great characters who tell great stories while teaching valuable life lessons. Morelli delivers all three in his second book in the middle school ‘Finklestein’ series.  Please Return to: Toby Solano is sure to please audiences of all ages!”

–Mary Ann Drummond, author of Grandma and Me and Meet Me Where I Am

“What was there to like about the mischievous wrestling know-it-all new kid, Toby Solano? His cheeky, resourceful and courageous efforts at managing life in a new place and a new school never cease to entertain and amuse. Hilarious, spirited and relatable for kids in middle school.”

–Kathryn Harrison, author of Weeds in Nana’s Garden

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PLEASE RETURN TO: Norbert M. Finkelstein

Book 1 of 3 (‘Please Return To’ series) – INtense Publications – September 10, 2019

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  • Age Range: 9 – 13 yearsScreen Shot 2020-04-13 at 12.49.24 PM
  • Grade Level: 4 – 7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1947796034

“Even tough guys face their bullies.”

Norbert M. Finkelstein is your average middle school English teacher…who moonlights as a professional wrestler. He’d like to keep this part of his life secret and endure the daily shenanigans of students like Jimmy Baker, a world-class bubblegum flinger, and perform as personal gopher for colleagues like Coach Seam and Principal Rubrick. It’s easier that way. Out of the spotlight and under the radar: the story of Norbie’s life.

When he tries to reboot his pro wrestling career and win enough prize money to send his dear mom on her dream vacation, Norbie’s past rises up to haunt him. Between Sensei Clement’s brutal training sessions and the onslaught of threats from a shifty fight promoter named Joey Happenstance, it’ll be a miracle if Norbie survives.

“No matter how long it’s been since you were in middle school, Morelli picks you up in a time machine and takes you back there. And once you arrive, it will be impossible not to recognize yourself and countless others to some degree or another. Funny, heartwarming, and real. Your kids are going to love it!”

R.J. Fox, author of Tales from the Dork Side

“Frank Morelli’s newest novel, Please Return To, introduces us to Norbert M. Finkelstein, the middle school teacher and wrestling coach with a heart of gold and a secret identity. Readers can’t help but fall in love with big-hearted Norbie’s indelibly poignant and hilarious voice.”

–Lisa Williams Kline, author of One Week of You

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