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The WOZA mission is to publish books that offer readers a transformational read.

Welcome to the Woza Books website where you can find out more about Amy Wachspress and her creative projects. Amy’s new book MEMORIES FROM CHERRY HARVEST (fiction for adults) is now in print, published by Counterpoint Press (Soft Skull Imprint), June 2012. Amy is also the author of THE CALL TO SHAKABAZ (2007), a children’s fantasy adventure featuring all Black characters that demonstrates the fundamental principles of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and Gandhi in the context of a magical, edge-of-your-seat, page-turner that’s fun for the whole family.


Now available wherever books are sold.


(Note:  Memories from Cherry Harvest  is published by Counterpoint Press, not Woza Books.)


We founded Woza Books in 2006 to publish Amy’s fantasy adventure The Call to Shakabaz, which was launched on King Day in 2007. We invite you to explore our website to find out more about Amy’s creative projects. Amy is presently hard at work on a sequel to The Call to Shakabaz, tentatively titled Changing the Prophecy.

Woza Books is a small family business so please do not send us manuscripts or queries. Because agents and editors in the publishing industry are overwhelmed with submissions on a daily basis, it’s tough for a new author to get noticed and published, and even tougher to get the word out about a terrific new book. Amy suggests to unpublished authors that you explore your options and consider “going indie” and self-publishing if you are unable to get the attention of a publisher. A good place to start is the bible of self-publishing:  Dan Poynter’s The Self-Publishing Manual. Amy also recommends that you subscribe to C. Hope Clark’s terrific e-zine Total Funds for Writers at http://www.fundsforwriters.com/hope.htm. Happy reading! Happy writing!

– Amy Wachspress & Ron Reed

An evil enchanter commands the most powerful device in the land, and the use of violence to defeat him is foredoomed to failure. Can four children light the way for good to prevail?


The Call to Shakabaz is a children’s book that is important for everyone to know about. I suggest you buy it and read it together with the whole family.” — Bev Smith, nationally syndicated talk radio host

“This is a book about finding personal strength, in all different forms, and appreciating the talents of others, and the strength in uniting different people, and so much more! I want to buy a copy for everyone I know, regardless of age, race, or sex. It’s part fantasy, part history lesson, part real life—I can’t even describe it!” — Carrie Spellman, Teens Read Too

“This midgrade fantasy is perfect for a young reluctant reader. We ranked this excellent book five hearts.” — Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews

“First and foremost, The Call to Shakabaz is a highly readable, entertaining fantasy that anyone can enjoy. But beyond that, it fills some important holes in fantasy literature. The four children are African-American and many aspects of African-American culture are integrated into the story. It’s about time that a good fantasy came along featuring characters that African-American children can identify with.” — Sheila Ruth, Wands and Worlds

“When I was a child, no one ever wrote about Black children. We were still calling each other whenever a Black person was coming on TV, ‘Nat King Cole gonna be on TV tonight’. Now, 53 and grandmother to a host of children, to them I can read a tale about Black girls and boys who have adventures, rise above their fears, and so help me God, save the whole wide world! I had to wait 53 years before a Black girl could ride the white horse.” — Jessica Nelson, English teacher, University of San Francisco

“Do you want to read a good adventure book with a great storyline and no violence? If you do, you will want to check out this one. Amy Wachspress has a great imagination. I will definitely read this book again!” — Brianne Plach (age 9) for Readers Views