OMF Literature Books at MIBF 2016

OMF Literature is launching several titles at the MIBF… and I’m sharing some of them with you!

The Secret Story of Shy Shelly paperback edition! 

I’ve shared my review of The Secret Story of Shy Shelly a few months back and it is a great book to get for your kids and your tweens who are shy!

Meet Justine Hall on a meet and greet session on Sept 14, 2-4pm. For more information, visit

The latest in the Dee the Bee series,written by Joyce Piap-Go, Bee Active.


There is a story-telling session for Bee Active plus meet and greet with author and illustrator on Sept 15, 2-4pm . For more information, check

Nilalagnat si Enat! from the author of Tito Dok Series, Luis Gatmaitan.


The meet and greet session for this book launching is on Sept 16 2 -330pm. For more information, visit

From the Wow God! series, Roar!


Book launching of Roar! will be on Sept 15, 1030-12pm. For more information, visit

From the Happy Home series of Ms. Grace Chong, Bully verses Bully


Meet and greet with the author and illustrator happens on Sept 16 1030am-12pm. For more information, visit

OMF Literature has more exciting events…

  • 30% off Limited Launch Offer on new original and republished titles
  • 20% off all other books, including imported titles, Bibles, multi-media, etc.
  • Additional 5% off on titles at 20% off for Kaibigan and Pastors’ Exclusives card holders
  • Free Kaibigan and Pastors’ Exclusives membership for a minimum purchase of P1,500
  • READiscover Bag (surprise books plus exciting items inside!)
  • Big savings on Book Bundles 
  • Sale pile up to 75% on selected titles
  • Freebies for purchases P1000 and up!
  • Answer  survey and get a surprise item!
  • Take a photo with the book that changed your life at their photo wall, post on social media and get the chance to win a book for you and a friend.
  • Free Uber ride (worth P200) to the SMX Convention Center

Visit OMF Lit website for more information and to get your free tickets to MIBF 2016!

Shy Shelly is Back!

A few months back, I wrote about The Secret Story of Shy Shelly. I thoroughly enjoyed it and let my 8 year old son read it too. He was able to identify with the main character as he is quite shy himself and was encouraged to know that there are other shy people like him out there.

I was informed by OMF Literature recently that the second book in the Shy Shelly series by Justine Hail, illustrated by Elbert Or, entitled Shy Shelly vs the Bully is already available!

Shy Shelly vs the Bully

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“In the second book of the Shy Shelly series, author Justine Hail takes her readers even deeper into Shelly’s world. Get to know more of her friends and classmates— from Shelly’s best friend Vanna, the Secret Squad’s decisive leader Patty to the ever-ready for action twins Ryder and Dash— and the class bully Jake. Here, we also find out the secret location of the the Secret Squad’s meeting place in the big Claustro Field Academy Campus. Illustrator Elbert Or has also included a must-try recipe for chocolate cake into the mix, a handy guide on how to fix a hole in your pants, and the best advice from Patty on keeping secrets.” Summary from OMF Lit webpage” 

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And as a treat to the readers of this blog… I was able to interview the author of this series,  Ms. Justine Hail. 

I asked Ms. Justine Hail to share a bit of information about herself…

My name is Justine Hail De Jesus. My pen name is Justine Hail. I’m a content creator and entrepreneur. While running Checkers, a condominium cleaning service I started with my sister, I write stories, poems and create videos. You can check out my work at

How did she come up with the character of Shy Shelly? Is she based on a real life character?

Back in the summer of 2013, while entering the pantry of our office, the idea of a girl who couldn’t introduce herself popped in my head. For every word unspoken, a moment of greatness passes her by. I felt just like her because there are times when I think I should speak but I opt to be silent. I felt that many people would be able to relate to Shelly because we are all shy to a certain degree. I thought of how many kids miss out on wonderful opportunities because of shyness. I don’t want kids to live with regrets. This inspired me to create the character of Shelly (whom I initially called Shirley) — a shy girl who fights to be heard.
Is Shy Shelly Ms. Justine Hail’s first book? Did she always aspire to be a writer when she was young?

Yes! I didn’t think that I would become a writer growing up. Although as a child, I did love studying my language notes, reading stories and writing scripts. I first wanted to be a newscaster because I was part of a kiddie journalist show in the 90s called 5&Up.  But my interests changed after college and I became a campus missionary for 4 years. Soon, I felt called to do something creative. Because I only had paper and pen and no high tech camera or laptop that time, I pursued writing. I attended screenwriting classes and eventually landed a copywriting job in the marketing department of OMF Literature. After working there for a couple of years, I decided to brave full-time content creation. 
What was her  favorite part on Shy Shelly vs The Bully? Why?

My favourite part was when Shelly discovered that the Secret Squad’s enemy is being bullied himself. I think it’s an important scene because it opens our eyes to the reality that hurt people hurt others too. 
Here is Ms. Justine Hail’s short message to all shy or introverts out there who loves Shy Shelly 🙂
Just like Shelly, there are a lot of great things you can do as a child. Silent-type or talkative-type, you can make a difference in your family, among your friends, in your school, even in the world! Who knows? You may be called to invent a toy, play a sport, declare a speech, write a story! Don’t let timidity get in the way of your childhood mission! Pray for courage. You can do it! 
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Shy Shelly vs the Bully is an ebook, available at AmazonBuqoFlipreads, Google Play Books, iBooks and Kobo


OMF Literature’s The Secret Story of Shy Shelly Review

I’m an introvert.

So when I saw Justine Hail’s debut book, The Secret Story of Shy Shelly, I knew I had to read it. Thanks to OMF Literature, I am given an opportunity to review The Secret Story of Shy Shelly. I received the eBook through Buqo app.

Shy Shelly

Reading the story, I am reminded of my own childhood. You see, Shelly is 8 years old and in 3rd grade, and she dreams of having friends but she needs to overcome her shyness to make her wish a reality!


Shelly never raises her hands in class and she walks unnoticed in the campus.  But there is so much more to Shelly. She is kind and loyal. She likes to make things such as paper stars, and she loves strawberry cupcakes too. She even shares how to make these with the readers too.

Shelly Paper Stars

So, what would happen to Shelly? How will she have friends? Eventually, she did overcome her fears, by making friends, standing up to bullies and recognizing and admitting her mistakes.


I loved this eBook. I totally remembered my own childhood and all the struggles I had with friends and stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m an adult now but the memories of friendship and learning how to make friends are instilled deep in my heart. As I read this book, I am reminded of my struggles and realize that I need to share this book to my own children who maybe experiencing the same struggles.

Shy Shelly inspires me to be a difference and to take that first step. Not to stay scared but to be courageous.

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Go and get your copy of The Secret Story of Shy Shelly! It is now available as an ebook. You can buy it through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Buqo, iBooks (international only), and Kobo.


5 Children Books I’m Looking Forward to Buy from OMF Lit at MIBF 2015

One of our favorite family bookstore is OMF Literature. We are long time customers because they publish books with Christian worldview. So every year, as we troop to the Manila International Book Fair, we never fail to drop by their booth! And truly, their booth is usually one of the largest and the busiest during the fair.

This year’s MIBF is slated to happen on Sept 16-20 at SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia and we are excited for the new books they are releasing on those days!

Here are 5 of the new titles for children we are getting :

God’s Got an Answer For That. This is best for 8 years old and above. Tackles real-life issues and what the Word of God says about it.


The Whiny Prophet Who Always Said No. This is part of the Wow !God series and tells of the story of prophet Jonah.


Happy Home Series #1: Coming Home. A heartwarming series about family by Ms. Grace Chong.

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Hudson Taylor and the Great Impossible. Biography of the missionary Hudson Taylor.


Bible Trivia for Kids. Best for kids aged 8 and up, this devotional book is based on Bible Trivia.


These new titles are being sold with 30% off during the MIBF 2015! And there will be 20% off for all the other books at their booth. There will also be a sale pile with 50 pesos books. So many exciting deals to watch out for, just visit their page at for more details.  See you there!


OMFLit Celebrates World Read Aloud Day

If you want to celebrate World Read Aloud Day, join OMF Literature’s activities and read aloud with your family!

On March 4, go to OMF Literatre book shop in Boni and spend an afternoon of storytelling, games, freebies for the kids and reading aloud to kids. This is a free event! Just send your names to or 09178311325. You can also shop and get 20% off on all Hiyas titles on that day!

[Boni+TMA] Read Aloud

Another way to celebrate is by creating your own #ReadAloudTogether video! Submit a video of you reading aloud to your kids to until March 6! You have a chance to win 1,000pesos worth of OMF Lit’s gift certificate!