Quality Serials
by Mary Maden


"The best serial stories you'll ever read!"

Newspaper Serialized Stories: Newspapers In Education

A Great New Source for Serial Stories…

A recent resurgence of a wonderful tradition in newspaper publishing is the serial story. Serial stories are short novels published in installments within the newspaper.

Newspapers In Education (NIE) programs within newspapers provide free or low-cost, educational materials and newspapers to classrooms all over the US-indeed throughout the world. These newspapers give children and adults alike great tools for learning and literacy. "The best serial stories you'll ever read!"

What is NIE's "Best Kept Secret?"

Award-winning author, Mary Maden, wrote her first serial story, Ghost From the Past: The Mystery of Latham House, for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia. The response was nothing short of phenomenal! The Pilot reported a whopping 366% percent increase in NIE circulation over previous serial stories! To date, Ghost From the Past is the most successful promotion of its kind in the history of the Virginian-Pilot. After an article about Ghost From the Past's success appeared in an SNPA publication, Mary Maden's phone began to ring off the hook!

Since then, Ms. Maden's stories have been marketed by word of mouth. Many NIE professionals report that her serials have been the most successful serials to run in their NIE programs, hands down beating out other competitors' serials in popularity and circulation numbers! Mary Maden has been called, "the master of the cliffhanger ending." Some NIE professionals simply say that Mary Maden's stories are "the best serials I have ever read!" From small newspapers to large, from coast to coast and beyond, Mary Maden's serial stories have become NIE's "Best Kept Secret!"

There's a Dynamic New Source for Serial Stories!

You just can't go wrong with a Quality Serials story by Mary Maden! Ms. Maden has become a master at producing compelling, continuing stories that keep the reader's interest from beginning to end. Ms. Maden uses cliffhanger endings and dramatic interruptions to keep the anticipation going chapter-to-chapter, week-to-week. The anticipation factor gives reading a Quality Serials story that extra punch.

Quality Serials by Mary Maden, has several exciting serial stories for newspaper publication. All of these successful stories are written expressly for publication in newspapers. Below is a current list of Mary Maden's current serial stories:

Legend of the Pony's Tears
The Mystery of the Lost Colony
The Great Manatee Rescue
Ghost From the Past: The Mystery of Latham House
A Sea Turtle Story
A Magical Beach Holiday

Read more about Mary Maden's serial stories below. To order any of Mary Maden's serials or for more information contact Mary Maden or Eric Schroeder. Phone: 252-261-6905 Email: nie@marymaden.com.

Sorry, Mary Maden's serial stories are not in book form or available to the general public; they are only available for newspaper publication.

 

New Story! Looking for a great Multi-Cultural story? Looking for something with Character Education? You can have it all in this exciting new story!

Theirs was a friendship that would last forever!

Legend of the Pony's Tears

12 chapters, 800 words, suggested audience 3rd grade and up. Read aloud all ages.

Set amidst the tragedy of the Trail of Tears, Legend of the Pony's Tears is the story of a Native American boy named Little Wolf and his friendship with a rogue Indian pony. Their loyalty and devotion is so strong that nothing can keep them apart! Their friendship lasts not just a lifetime, but forever.

Legend of the Pony's Tears is an exciting new multi-cultural serial story. This unique story is a mixture of Native American culture, legend, mythology and history. This moving tale has it all...drama, suspense, warmth, and great characters. This serial story is perfect for introducing your readers to the diverse Native American culture.

Subject: Native American culture, myth; history; friendship; prejudice; loyalty

Download Sample Chapters forLegend of the Pony's Tears
Chapter 1
Chapter 2

 

 

Can you solve one of History's greatest Mysteries?

The Mystery of the Lost ColonyThe Mystery of the Lost Colony

6 chapters, 550 words, suggested audience 3rd grade and up. Read aloud all ages.

What happened to the first English colony in America? Explore one of history's greatest mysteries in this fascinating new serial story about Sir Walter Raleigh's ill-fated colony.

In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh, sent 117 men, women and children to establish a permanent colony in what is now America. Led by Governor John White, these brave colonists sailed from their homes in England across the Atlantic to the New World.

The Mystery of the Lost Colony takes you to the site of the first English colonization attempts and lets you experience significant historic events such as the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World.

The Mystery of the Lost Colony is a blend of fact and historic fiction, which invites readers to unravel clues to one of our nation's most intriguing mysteries. What did happen to the first English colony in America?

Subject: Mystery, Early Exploration; History; Native Americans; Courage; Symbolism; Adventure

Download Sample Chapters and Information Sheet for The Mystery of the Lost Colony
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Information Sheet

 

Reading the newspaper in the classroom is part of the plot of this serial story!

The Great Manatee RescueThe Great Manatee Rescue

12 chapters, 800 words, suggested audience 3rd grade and up. Read aloud all ages.

Join Ali on the adventure of a lifetime! When Ali moves from the mountains to the coast, she has a tough time adjusting to a new town and a new school. That is until she meets some unique inhabitants of her new neighborhood--a mother manatee and her baby! Ali finds a "secret place"... a nearby canal that is home to these very special animals. Ali spends hours at her "secret place" observing the manatees. With the help of her friend, Einstein, and her teacher, Mrs. Fields, Ali learns all about manatees. Then one day something terrible happens to shatter Ali's secret world! Find out how Ali uses her knowledge about manatees to save the day. Learn all about the gentle manatees and efforts to save this endangered animal in this action-packed adventure!

The Great Manatee RescueThis story is based on true experiences, including those of the author, Sea World animal care specialists, and a special lady marine biologist, Ann Spellman.

Subject: Science; Friendship; Helping Others; Compassion; Prejudice; Tolerance

Download Sample Chapters and Information Sheet for The Great Manatee Rescue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Information Sheet

 

In the market for a Mystery with Spine-Tingling Suspense? This award-winning serial story is for you! It even has cliffhanger endings with each chapter.

Ghost from the PastGhost From The Past:
The Mystery of Latham House


12 chapters, average 900 words, suggested audience 3rd-9th grade. Read aloud all ages.

What hidden secrets lurk behind the rusty iron gates of the old abandoned estate? What really lies behind the dark windows of Latham House? Find out when you join Toby and Ali as they unravel clues to a hundred-year-old mystery.

What is the key that unlocks the clues to a terrible and tragic secret? What answers are to be found behind the door? Why is Latham House having such an effect on Toby? Are his nightmares real? Does the voice of a long-dead girl call out to him from beyond the grave? Is Latham House really haunted by a ghost from the past?

Ghost from the PastCome along on a thrilling journey into the past, and learn the answers for yourself. Open the door to a mystery… Open the door to--Latham House!

Subject: Mystery, Suspense; Family; Confidence; Friendship

Download Sample Chapters and Information Sheet for Latham House
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Information Sheet

Ghost from the PastGhost From The Past:
The Mystery of Latham Cottage

Same Great Story as Latham House... only with a Coastal setting and Beach appeal!


Download Sample Chapters and Information Sheet for Latham Cottage
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Information Sheet

 

Based on a true story…an exciting and heart-warming short serial!

A Sea Turtle StoryA Sea Turtle Story

6 chapters, 800 words, suggested audience 2nd grade and up. Read aloud all ages.

Join Pancake, a loggerhead sea turtle on an amazing adventure. One day, Pancake is injured by a boat. The sea turtle is rescued and taken to a very special place--a hospital just for sea turtles!

Working at the hospital is a young girl named Lolly. Lolly helps take care of the injured turtle. The girl and the sea turtle form a special bond. With Lolly's help, Pancake gets better. In time, the loggerhead turtle is released back to the sea.

A Sea Turtle StoryBut, Lolly never forgets Pancake. Miraculously, Pancake and Lolly meet again! Pancake has come back to the beach to nest. Once more, Lolly is there to help. But this time it's not Pancake that needs helps--it's her babies! Find out how Lolly helps save the sea turtles!

A Sea Turtle Story will warm your heart and put a smile on your face!

Subject: Science; Friendship; Helping Others; Compassion; Sacrifice

Download Sample Chapters and Information Sheet for A Sea Turtle Story
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Information Sheet

 

 

Dreams Come True: The Story of the First FlightThe Inspiring Story of Wilbur & Orville Wright

Dreams Come True: The Story of the First Flight

written by Mary Maden
illustrated by Vicki Wallace

14 or 16 chapters, 800 words, suggested audience 3rd-8th grade. Read aloud all ages.

The Wright Brothers... Geniuses... Visionaries... Dreamers...

Dreams Come True: The Story of the First FlightThey had a dream... And that dream came true!

You will feel the wind in your face and the sand under your feet as you read this exciting serial story! Dreams Come True: The Story of the First Flight tells the fascinating story of how two brothers from Ohio defied the odds to make their dream of human flight a reality. The author pulls the Wright Brothers' actual words and feelings from their diaries and letters and weaves them into an exciting adventure story that will have your readers anxiously awaiting each new installment.

The story follows Wilbur and Orville from their first interest in flight as boys to their triumphant first flight at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903 -- and finally to Huffman Prairie, Ohio.

This uplifting story shows how these unassuming brothers achieved extraordinary things, not by genius alone, but also by perseverance, their belief in themselves and the conviction of their ideas. The Wright Brothers not only gave the world the gift of flight, but also showed us that we can achieve incredible things and make our own dreams come true! Full of warmth and humor, Dreams Come True, will inspire, educate and entertain.

Subject: Wright Brothers, invention; flight; history; genius; dreams; perseverance

Download Sample Chapters and Information Sheet for for Dreams Come True
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Information Sheet

 

A Magical Beach HolidayPut some cheer into your Holiday Season with this adorable, heart-warming serial story!

A Magical Beach Holiday

Available in 5 chapters or in 8 chapters versions! Suggested audience 2nd grade and up.
Read aloud all ages.

A Magical Beach HolidayA Magical Beach Holiday will warm your heart, make you chuckle out loud, and put a big smile on your face! (Also available in a "Christmas" version!) This delightful story features adorable animal characters including Petey the pony, Tazz the dog, a cast of beach creatures and a grumpy old hermit crab (you guessed it, he's a Scrooge!). There's also a beach angel to add to the ensemble.

Its simple, beautiful message is universal. To quote: "To all creatures, great and small, peace on earth, goodwill to all!"

Subject: Holidays; Friendship; Helping Others; Compassion; Sacrifice; Sharing

A Magical Beach HolidaySample Chapters of A Magical Beach Holiday available upon request.

 

 

 

 

 

ALL Serials Stories come with FREE Teachers' Guides!

For a current price list and more information about Mary Maden's serial stories, email: nie@marymaden.com.



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