Books & Novels
This year, I’m encouraging all of my readers to form small (or large) reading and discussion groups. I’m available for Skype/Zoom calls with groups that explore one or more of my many novels. Want to open up conversations with intergenerational groups about peace? Try The Way Between and the Ari Ara Series. Excited about the upcoming release of the third part of the Dandelion Trilogy? Set up a reading group now and read The Dandelion Insurrection and The Roots of Resistance together. These are wild times. We need each other. Stay centered. Stay active. Stay human. – Rivera Sun
Skylandia Farm 2020 Calendar
The Skylandia Farm 2020 Calendar with artwork by Rivera Sun celebrates the emerging role of the small farm in today’s communities. All proceeds support her family's organic farm in Northern Maine. Thank you!
The Dandelion Trilogy & Companion Books
"When fear is used to control; love is how we rebel!"
Under a gathering storm of tyranny, Zadie Byrd Gray whirls into the life of Charlie Rider and asks him to become the voice of the Dandelion Insurrection. With the rallying cry of life, liberty, and love, Zadie and Charlie fly across America leaving a wake of revolution in their path. Passion erupts. Danger abounds. The lives of millions hang by a thin thread of courage, but in the midst of the madness, the golden soul of humanity blossoms . . . and miracles start to unfold! LEARN MORE>>
The sequel to The Dandelion Insurrection is here! The Roots of Resistance is available now! You're in for a wild adventure as the indomitable dandelions rise to the challenge of intrigues, deception, love triangles, and sabotage with the passion and bold action that will leave you cheering for more!
Fiery. Evocative. Uplifting. Fiction meets reality in these impassioned and hard-hitting essays on love, courage, politics, and resistance. Rise and Resist brings to life the essays of the underground resistance writer Charlie Rider from The Dandelion Insurrection. The words are a rallying cry, a balm to the soul, and fuel for the fire of social change. In a printed collection for the first time ever, here are the essays that ignited a mass movement for change in a fictional United States "just around the corner of today". Written under the nom de plume: the Man From the North, this fictional writer lifts a pen mightier than a sword to offer provocative and relevant essays for his world . . . and ours.
You'll love this lively, engaging journey into the heart of The Dandelion Insurrection's story of nonviolent action! Taking lessons off the page and into our lives, author Rivera Sun guides us through the skills and strategies that created the thrilling adventure of The Dandelion Insurrection. Using your favorite scenes from the book and also drawing on historical examples of nonviolent struggles, this study guide brings the story to life in an exciting way. Use this study guide on your own, or gather your friends, neighbors, elders, and students. Together we’ll explore how ordinary people can make extraordinary change! LEARN MORE>>
Now available in this special case laminate edition for libraries & schools! The Dandelion Insurrection has been read in the classroom in high schools and universities. It is winning its place on library bookshelves around the country. Here is a hardcover edition ready for sharing and circulation. Enjoy.
The Ari Ara Series
Between flight and fight lies a mysterious third path called the Way Between, and young shepherdess and orphan Ari Ara must master it . . . before war destroys everything she loves! She begins training as the apprentice of the great warrior Shulen, and enters a world of warriors and secrets, swords and magic, friendship and mystery. She uncovers forbidden prophecies, searches for the lost heir to two thrones, and chases the elusive forest-dwelling Fanten to unravel their hidden knowledge. A wonderful story for our times! Kids, parents, grandparents, teachers, peacebuilders and activists all love The Way Between!
The Lost Heir
With all the fun of a sword-swinging adventure, but without the violence, The Lost Heir spins a spectacular story with strong female characters and powerful social justice themes. Young Ari Ara has been discovered to be the Lost Heir, the double royal daughter of two nations. When she learns that her mother's people have forced her father's desert people to sell their labor in exchange for water, she sets out on a quest for justice, 'armed' with nonviolence and love.
A girl in exile, a trickster horse, and the women rising up! Exiled to the desert, young Ari Ara is caught between the warriors trying to grab power . . . and the women rising up to stop them! Ari Ara has to find her place - and her voice - in this strange culture . . . but time is running out. One by one, the women's voices are being silenced, cut from the Desert Song. Can Ari Ara and her friends restore the balance before violence breaks out? Readers of all ages will love this adventurous tale of strong women and mighty girls! LEARN MORE>>Available Qty:
In a series of clever and creative escapades, the legendary folkhero Alaren rallies thousands of people to take bold and courageous action for peace. Weaving new epic tales from real-life inspirations, author Rivera Sun brings a new kind of hero to life. The Adventures of Alaren offers perfect stories to teach peace at home, conflict resolution in the classroom, and nonviolence in faith and peace centers. Each fictional folktale includes a footnote on the real-life inspiration and discussion questions for classrooms and small groups. LEARN MORE>>
Other Rivera Sun Books & Novels
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The ghost of John Henry haunts Jack Dalton, a coal company lawyer, and challenges him to stand up to the steam drills of contemporary America. Meanwhile, young Henrietta Owens, activist and mother, captivates the nation with some tough-loving truth about the environment, the economy, justice and hope. LEARN MORE>>
Billionaire Buddha: from fabulous wealth to unlimited blessings, the price of enlightenment may bankrupt billionaire Dave Grant. Emotionally destitute in the prime of his career, he searches for love and collides with Joan Hathaway. The encounter rattles his soul and unravels his world. Capitalism, property, wealth, mansions: his notions of success crumble into dust. From toasting champagne on top of the world to swigging whiskey with bums in the gutter, Dave Grant’s journey is an unforgettable ride that leaves you cheering! LEARN MORE>>
With its revolutionary and visionary message, Rebel Song will remind you of Howl for a new millennium. Eerie warnings parallel contemporary crises. Weaving metaphors soar and dive. Archetypes evoke stunning moments of real-life recognition. And in the end, the sweeping triumph of the Rebel Song’s message leaves you in shivers-and-chills delight. LEARN MORE>>
In a collection of writings delightfully and aptly referred to as "farm poetry", author Rivera Sun reveals an intimate portrait of her days growing up on an organic farm in Maine. With wry humor and lavish precision, the words of this volume evoke the essence of pine forests, summer fields, cold snow . . . and the authenticity of a farm girl in Maine. LEARN MORE>>
Thousands of people have risen in awe-struck standing ovations on hearing Rivera Sun Cook’s trilogy of one-woman plays “The Freedom Stories of Lala“. Now Rivera is offering the beauty and wisdom of these plays in print. She has chosen the most memorable parts of the plays and has included her new personal commentary that expands the heartfelt meaning of the Lala experience. This book can take you places you never dreamed possible. LEARN MORE>>
The full script of the much acclaimed play and special commentary from playwright/performer Rivera Sun Cook. Study the hidden meanings of the script or read it aloud for friends, either way this book is a great read.
Welcome to 1890 Lovely, Kansas, a drought-stricken all-negro town, where a Chinese man rides a dust storm into ten year old Lala’s home and wins her Mamalou’s heart, spurring the gossipy shock of everybody else. Lala’s lyrical and imaginative child’s eye lends fresh perspective to ages old racial issues, washing us all with the sweet wisdom of an old soul in a small body.
Book Club Specials
Book Club Special
10 Novels of Any of Rivera Sun's books + Author Skype w/ Rivera Sun. Choose 10 of one title, or Mix & Match titles. Author Rivera Sun will email you after your purchase to find out which book and to set up your skype call. Perfect for book clubs, affinity groups, and educators.
UPDATED! Gather your friends, book club members, or fellow activists. Rivera Sun's much-loved novel The Dandelion Insurrection now comes with a fun, easy-to-use study guide to nonviolent action. Taking lessons off the page and into our lives, author Rivera Sun guides us through the skills and strategies that created the thrilling adventure of The Dandelion Insurrection. Using your favorite scenes from the book and also drawing on historical examples of nonviolent struggles, this study guide brings the story to life in an exciting way. Save $75 when ordering novels and study guides through this special offer! (Please note, this offer is for the U.S. only. Readers in Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries can email us to set up a Book Club package w/ reasonable shipping: email@example.com) LEARN MORE>>
Go bold! Go big! Gather a group of ten to read and discuss The Dandelion Insurrection. This larger version of the Book Club Special offers 10 Dandelion Insurrection novels and 10 study guides at a discount rate, perfect for your book club, school group, or peace & justice circle. Also included is a Skype call with author Rivera Sun. Free shipping in the United States!
Novel & Study Guide
Read the book, live the story! The Dandelion Insurrection's spirited story of nonviolent action leaps off the page and into your life with the newly released Dandelion Insurrection Study Guide to making change through nonviolent action! This special offer pairs the book and the study guide together at a special rate available only from this website. Already have the novel? We've got a deal for you! Get the guide for yourself, give the book to a friend.
Be Kind, Be Connected, Be Unafraid Stickers
The slogan of the Dandelion Insurrection is here!!! Give people hope and remind us of our love and courage with this "Be kind. Be Connected. Be Unafraid." sticker. Put it on your laptop, bumper, or anywhere to spread the seeds of the Dandelion Insurrection!
Be a Rebel Sticker
This sticker comes with your order of "Rebel Song", but if you'd like more "Be a Rebel" stickers you can order them here. With artwork created by Rivera Sun and an inspiring message, the "Be a Rebel!" sticker is an eye-catcher. Enjoy!
A beautiful reminder of our extraordinary home, the Earth Flag is great to hang in your house, school, flagpole, or even bring to marches and protests!