Serious Literature. Unique History.
Beautifully Crafted.

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She knew what forces built the landscape she saw from her bedroom window, and grew up to find adventure in the wild places of the world…


A unique and beautifully illustrated story of eternal bonds . . . with a wondrous twist.

It’s been called a “modern day Hardy Boys with extra zing.” A treasure of a story that continually tests the limits of friendship. Fasten your seatbelt . . . READ MORE
From overzealous dogcatchers to strawberry-scented flea baths, the somewhat true adventures of Sundance and Loose as they wander the far side of dogdom.

A unique and beautifully illustrated story of eternal bonds . . . with a wondrous twist.

The critically acclaimed biography of a young man with boundless potential . . . fifty years from his death, a powerful story that must be told.

“You will feel 12 again” in this thrilling and imaginative adventure of a cautious kid exploring life with his fearless best friend. What could possibly go wrong?

To be creative, you must trust your own voice, establish your own style.

The goal of Hidden Shelf is simple –
connect serious readers to great writers.

Newest Release

Wildflower Girl

Born to love the richness and magic of the wilds, Dana rode horses and learned to fly fish from her father, a legendary guide. She learned the names of flowers and trees, and the habits of animals that lived nearby . . . she knew what forces built the landscape she saw from her bedroom window, and grew up to find adventure in the wild places of the world.

Hers is truly a beautiful and fascinating story . . .

Coming Soon

Send Judah First

A young girl’s life is shattered when she is stolen from her African village in a midnight raid. Ruthlessly torn from her family to be beaten, chained, degraded, and enslaved in a heartless world she can barely comprehend.

The slave ledger at Virginia’s Belle Grove Plantation only reveals that Judah was purchased to be the cook, gave birth to 12 children, and died in April 1836. But, like the other 276 faceless names entered in that ledger, Judah lived. Brian C. Johnson’s important work of historical fiction goes beyond what is recorded to portray the depth, humanity, and vulnerability of a beautiful soul all but erased by history.

Serious Literature. Unique History.
Beautifully Crafted.

Hidden Shelf is an independent publishing company based in Idaho. We provide quality content to local readers and world-wide readers alike! Our mission is to take a serious approach to our unique stories. Hidden Shelf currently has a small, but continuously growing, collection of books and eBooks available through

While works wonderfully for the individual consumer, retailers can find Hidden Shelf books through Ingram. Our print-on-demand method of providing reading material is environmentally friendly and efficient with quick and quality results.

Seven years ago, when Bob Gaines had finally been lucky enough to be signed by a literary agent, he told her about his novel, The Brave Historian. While she loved the concept, she only handled nonfiction.

“With fiction,” she said, “the big publishing houses don’t want to take a chance on unknowns. Of course, when somebody does manage to publish something different that finds success, all the other publishers then want to copy it.”

Literary agents and editors were becoming extremely frustrated that the fate of great literature was now being decided in corporate board rooms based on accounting projections. “They will print Lady Gaga’s autobiography,” she added, “but snub the next Ernest Hemingway.”

Based in a beautiful mountain town in Idaho, Hidden Shelf was founded in 2017 with the goal of providing wonderful and creative works to an audience of passionate readers. We have six more books scheduled for the next year and plan to double that by 2020.

Welcome to the Hidden Shelf . . .  

Newest Calvin Poag Adventure!

While exploring the Magpie Mine, best friends’ Cal and James accidentally overhear a couple of local hooligans burying a mysterious chest. Naturally, the boys investigate . . . but taking from thieves can lead to disastrous consequences, including the kidnapping of Pepper—James’ younger sister—and a rescue attempt that explodes (literally) in their faces. The thrilling and dangerous adventure is just beginning. It’s Now or Never as Cal, James, and Pepper try to escape a despicable family of goons and knuckleheads who will stop at nothing to reclaim their treasure.

Promise Lost

Patriotism – Compassion
Character – Determination
All-American Football Star
“The Perfect Marine”
And then came Vietnam

Loose Chronicles

Loose Chronicles: Dog from a Distant Universe is packed with bone-gnawing adventure.

And, it’s a true story . . .
sort of . . .

Do Or Die Time

When Cal and James discover something terrible in the woods, their youthful curiosity unexpectedly leads them on a path that soon threatens their very survival…


“The reader is drawn into the epicenter of the action . . . a must-read . . .”

—Steve Van Atta, writer, editor


Difficult to put down (“just one more chapter”), yet exciting to reengage with at the next opportune time.

– A. Kovacs


It’s must reading for anyone who wants to know what it’s like to go to war, and for every politician involved in sending our sons and daughters into harm’s way.

– Hon Lee


Hidden Shelf Publishing House - P.O. Box 4168 - McCall, ID 83638

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