Early and Middle Grade Readers

Uplifting Themes, Positive Outcomes
Published By M&M Book Publishing Co.
Lexile Measured/Vocabulary-Builders

In Search of a Hero

A humorous, heartwarming tale of a boy whose passion is to become a hero.  Ages 7-10  

My Aunt Helen

A little girl longs to find a family to love her, and to love them. Inspiring and special.  Ages 8-13  

Happy Birthday, D.J.

An emotional, uplifting story about a boy who loses his memory in a tragedy, and how his hometown helps him remember.    Ages 8-12

The Hunt

Four boys go hunting for that big buck, but wind up in a life-and-death struggle.  Ages 8-13  

A Dance From the Heart

11 Short stories about children who help and inspire each other at Christmas  Ages 7-12  

A Song of Hope

A spiritual suspense novel that pits 12-year-old Jesse in a battle between good and evil forcing him to seek refuge in a beautiful, beguiling church. Ages 9-14  (Release date July 24, 2022)


In Their Boots

An inspiring, moving, and revealing look into the lives of combat soldiers and their loved ones. Mark spent seven years interviewing soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan and their loved ones. An award-winning multi-media presentation presented through the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Mark is available for presentations of his MHC-sponsored award-winning program “In Their Boots: Voices of Our Soldiers.” (Program includes book signing.)

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Soldiers delves deep into the heart and soul of soldiers before and during their time in combat zones. ($12.00, includes postage)  


Family is an engaging and emotional blend of poem stories from the perspective of the soldiers and their families. ($12.00, includes postage)  


Home is a powerful, humorous, touching collection of poems with soldiers and families as they try to return to normal after combat. ($12.00, includes postage)  

Coming Soon!

Non-Fiction Books

The Parchman Ordeal: 1965 Natchez Civil Rights Injustice

The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story (History Press/Arcadia Publishing): A gripping true story about the illegal incarceration and punishment of more than 150 young mostly African American Civil Rights advocates in Mississippi in 1965 at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, MS. Read testimonies from survivors and experience a little-known episode of the Civil Rights Movement. Foreword by James Meredith. ($25.00 includes postage). Companion award-winning DVD: “The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story” with interviews with the survivors. $15.00 includes postage. The documentary can be streamed ($2.00) or downloaded ($10) at Vimeo on Demand

The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story (History Press/Arcadia Publishing) Foreword by James Meredith.

A gripping true story about illegal incarceration and punishment

More than 150 young mostly African American Civil Rights advocates in Mississippi arrested and jailed

It's 1965 at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi

($25.00 includes postage). To order autographed copy, email Mark. Click on image to order from publisher. 

In October 1965, nearly 800 young people attempted to march from their churches in Natchez to protest segregation, discrimination and mistreatment by white leaders and elements of the Ku Klux Klan. As they exited the churches, local authorities forced the would-be marchers onto buses and charged them with “parading without a permit,” a local ordinance later ruled unconstitutional. For approximately 150 of these young men and women, this was only the beginning. They were taken to the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where prison authorities subjected them to days of abuse, humiliation and punishment under horrific conditions. Most were African Americans in their teens and early twenties. Authors G. Mark LaFrancis, Robert Morgan and Darrell White reveal the injustice of this overlooked dramatic episode in civil rights history.

This book finally exposes one of the least-known, untold travesties of the Civil Rights Era. So, be prepared to be amazed, moved, and inspired by this most incredible chapter in the Civil Rights movement … finally told. Finally!
James Meredith
Civil Rights Legend

Companion award-winning DVD: “The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story”

Click HERE for more information on the documentary.