FANTASY & Historical BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, Mid Grade.,


Fables, mid grade, fantasy, mermaids, elves, selkies, PandaPREVIEW OF BOOKS BY M. C. ARVANITIS



A brief tale embodying a moral using fantasy legends and mythical creatures, such as Mermaids, Elves, Pixies, Selkies, Leprechauns, Fairies, Imps, and other known characters. Some not so well known join in, such as Trows, Snergs, Gwilon, the Goat gwitihn, and the shape shifter, Puk-Wud-Jie.

My Fables include all of these and in addition I introduce other characters who live only in my mind, such as the Itizus, Sadie Squaette, and the evil Ughlies. Each fable holds exciting adventures and has a hint of romance.

These Fables are for young to mid-grade reader, and for non-reader listeners. Written in short chapters they are perfect for teacher reading to her students. I have published the first two both in e-books and print books. Number three, PIXIES OF THE FERNS, Fernella's Magic (where I introduce the shape shifter, Puk-Wud-Jie) will be on the market in early summer. 

The Legend of ELPanda Paws

Cover by Mariah Matthews


E-book can be found at

The story takes place in the North Land, near the Bering Sea coast. For hundreds of years The Claus Corporation has contracted with the ELVanites to make the Love Bears, which are delivered to seriously ill children of the world. In order to insure that each bear carries love and comfort to these children only Elves with love and happiness in their heart can make the bears properly. Negative feelings are discouraged in ELVanland.

ELVina, head of production Manager, finds her elf workers suddenly afflicted with the negative disease, an illness that makes them slow and careless. They whine and break into tears at the least little happening. "What is going on, ELVina?" Inspector ELMonte asks. "I have never seen so many unacceptable bears come from this factory before. The work is sloppy and certainly will not pass Mr. Claus's standards."

ELVina knows that if the Love Bears are not made in time The Claus Corporation will not renew their contract for next year. No contract---no work; no work---no pay; the ELVanites will starve. Something is wrong in ELVanland. Something is terribly wrong! She must find out what is causing the Negative Disease.



Cover art by Mariah Matthews

The story takes place  in the Hildaland, hidden city near the coast of Rowsey. Nadeea, is different from the other mermaids but has been protected by her parents, King Eric and Queen Eldora. When they and the other adult Mers are enslaved in the pearl oyster beds at the bottom of the North Sea by Sea Lions, she must live in hiding with the other Mer children. 

Bullied by the leader of the young Mers, She find life unbearable. When she meets fairies, Cassandra and Alex, and sees their beautiful wings, she longs for wings too. Sir Cecil, the Snerg, takes her  on a long dangerous journey, crossing the battle field of the evil Trows to the home of the Damselflies where she may find wings. But when the Selkies declare war on the Sea Lions she is torn between joining them to save her family or waiting for wings. Are wings more important than saving her family?


(publication pending) 

It begins with this rough draft sketch of the cover. 
(Designed by Mariah Matthews) 

This fable takes place in the mountains of Oregon, and tells of the adventure of Fernella Fabrizio, a young Pixie who is the seventh child of a seventh child. Each Seventh Pixie has some kind of magic and Fernella must find hers before her father will give his blessings to her marriage with Freddie.

When humans threaten the Fern Pixies’ home, Fernella and Freddie fly off to find a new place to build Fernville. An accident leaves Freddie badly hurt. Fernella braves the wilds of the Mt. Hood foothills to find help. She faces Imps, moles, blizzards, and floods, that take her further away from Freddie. In despair she tries to find her magic. She connects with the shape shifter, Puk-Wud-Jie, who helps her find it, but what good is magic if she doesn’t know how to use it?



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THANKS -- Margaret Arvanitis. 


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