The Ari Ara Series – Collector’s Hardcovers
At last! Readers, educators, and parents have been asking for hardcover editions of the Ari Ara Series . . . and here they are! These durable, beautiful editions are meant to last. Fans of the series, teachers and libraries, homeschooling pods: the hardcover editions can handle getting passed from child to child, shared in a book club, and re-read hundreds of times.
The award-winning Ari Ara Series is gathering praise from teachers, parents, and kids alike. With a peace waging shero and social justice plot twists, these stories are made for our times. Pick up your hardcover collection and give the gift of a great adventure!
About the Ari Ara Series
Get ready for an adventure! Ari Ara is the world’s pluckiest, nonviolence-wielding shero!
Going beyond dragon-slayers and sword-swingers, the Ari Ara Series blends fantasy and adventure with social justice issues in unstoppable stories that will make you cheer!
The Way Between: Ari Ara is a half-wild shepherdess running the black slopes of the High Mountains. Then the great warrior Shulen chooses her as his apprentice in the mysterious Way Between. With courage and determination, she enters a world of warriors and secrets, swords and magic, prophecy and danger. As the search for the Lost Heir propels two nations to the brink of war, Ari Ara must master this path between fight and flight before violence destroys everything she loves.
The Lost Heir: WINNER – 2019 NAUTILUS PRIZE – SILVER MEDAL! Thousands of water workers have come from the desert to trade their work for water. They labor on the river docks, in the noble houses, and even in the sewing rooms making the fancy gowns Ari Ara is expected to wear. Outraged, she sets out on a quest for justice. The nobles turn against her, someone tries to kill her, and before she knows it, she’s sparked an uprising like nothing Mariana Capital has ever seen!
Desert Song: Exiled to the desert, Ari Ara is thrust between the warriors trying to grab power and the women rising up to stop them! Every step she takes propels her deeper into trouble. A mysterious young songholder offers to guide her, a seer sends them on a wild goose chase, they rescue a young woman from a forced marriage – and accidentally set the army camp on fire! Before long, she’s swept into a women’s uprising that will turn their world upside down.
The Adventures of Alaren: A new kind of hero! Alaren must wage peace – faster, stronger, better – than his brothers can wage war! When his two older brothers try to start a war, Alaren must gather all his friends to stop it. In a series of clever and creative escapades, he rallies thousands of people to take bold and courageous actions for peace. Alaren has a hundred tricks up his sleeve … and he’ll need all of them to succeed!
Praise for the Ari Ara Series
Featured in National Geographic Kids Magazine in “What Kids Are Reading” In Summer 2020: “We asked, you answered: Kids are reading this summer. A lot. You told us that your children are flipping through books about friendship (the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel), overcoming extreme barriers (Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington), and nonviolent fantasy (the Ari Ara series by Rivera Sun).
“Rivera Sun is an amazing author. The way she threads the principles of nonviolence into the fabric of her novels is a beautiful experience. It is an education that everyone in the world needs – now more than ever.” – Heart Phoenix, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
“In this book Rivera Sun pulls off an impressive feat, creating an original exciting story that deftly teaches ways to create a world that works for all. Thank you, Rivera Sun, for another outstanding contribution to the field of nonviolence through this series!” – Kit Miller, Executive Director, M.K. Gandhi Institute
“During times when so many of us, especially the young, are still figuring out how to make this planet more just and livable, this book couldn’t have come at a better time.” – Patrick Hiller, War Prevention Initiative
“Five stars. It’s Harry Potter with a contemporary message.” – Gayle Morrow, retired Y/A Librarian
“Ms. Sun has created a world filled with all the adventure and fun of mystics, martial arts, and magic contained in The Hobbit, The Ring Trilogy, and the Harry Potter series but with deeper messages. There are not enough superlatives to describe this series!” – Brenda Duffy, Retired Teacher
“Rivera Sun has once again made the practice and methods of strategic nonviolence clearly accessible and understandable to both adults and youth in an entertaining and exciting story.” – Michael Colvin, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation
“Rivera Sun deserves an international audience and I hope she gets it.” – Amber French, Editorial Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
“Rivera Sun’s creativity, wisdom, insight and joyful nonviolent activism for all ages fills me with awe and hope. If we were all to read her books the way we have read Harry Potter’s, we would be well on our way to sending a different message to our children.” – Veronica Pelicaric, Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence