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What is KidLit Author Jennifer Mathieu Giving for the Holidays?

We’re excited to continue our feature about what books Texas kidlit authors are giving for holiday gifts this year! Because who better to recommend books than authors? And we have a huge, diverse and amazing community of writers for young people in Texas, many of them right here in Houston-- so many wonderful voices and stories and points of view. I hope you continue enjoy reading their choices as much as I did!

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit) Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780872866836
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - April 7th, 2015

What a delicious and necessary book this is, especially in light of our recent election. As some try to normalize misogyny, those who know better should be sure to get this colorful, inspiring book into the hands of the young people they care about. With bright colors and informative text, Rad American Women A-Z shares the stories of such trailblazers as Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta, and Sonia Sotomayor. Although this primer is intended for younger readers, adults are sure to enjoy reading about women who truly made America great.


Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 6th, 2011

It's tricky to find a short story collection where every single narrative delivers, but Danielle Evans's compilation is a like an album full of number one hits. These stories - most of them focus on teenage girls and young women of color - are full of heart and aching authenticity, and they tackle race, friendships, and female sexuality with a bold and unique voice. I had the pleasure of teaching "Virgins" to my eleventh graders and they went crazy for it, debating its gut-wrenching ending until the bell rang. "Snakes" - about two young cousins whose summer spent with grandma has lasting ramifications on their lives - chilled me to my core. A must read.


The Book of Unknown Americans (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780345806406
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

Full disclosure.  The author of this novel is an old college classmate and dear friend, but I would recommend this novel even if she were a stranger on the street.  Set in a Delaware apartment complex that is home to Spanish-speaking immigrants from all over Latin America, Henriquez's novel centers around a teenage romance and a family that has recently emigrated from Mexico to the United States.  Using interchapters narrated by a variety of immigrants, this story shines a light on new Americans - both documented and undocumented - who play an integral part of our American story.  A beautiful book, but get the tissues handy.


Books for Adventurers and Explorers

The Lost Property Office (Section 13 #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481467094
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2016

From Houston-based author James R. Hannibal comes the story of thirteen year old Jack Buckles, a boy who can find anything, particularly the things normal people have given up on. But Jack’s father has disappeared in London while searching for something called the Ember, and turns out dad is a member of a secret society of detectives. Can Jack find his father and best the bad guys? LOST PROPERTY OFFICE is a grand middle grade mystery with secrets and fun and magic.
Ages 8-12


Journey's End Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399169601
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Nollie Stanhope has come to tiny Journey’s End, Scotland with her scientist father to study the Boundary, this mysterious offshore fog bank. She makes friend with townie Bel. But then Albert, a boy who mysteriously disappeared into the fog in 1914 reappears, not having aged a day. And the girls and Albert stumble across an ancient Scottish spell. Bestselling author Rachel Hawkins’ JOURNEY’S END is a terrific fantasy- adventure with magic and quests and friendship.
Ages 8-12


Every Hidden Thing Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481464161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

The quickest way to describe Kenneth Oppel’s EVERY HIDDEN THING is Romeo and Juliet meets INDIANA JONES in the Badlands with dinosaurs! Two teens, their fathers rival archaelogists, fall hard for each other as danger, and the prospect of unearthing a legendary T-Rex called Black Beauty, loom large. A page-turning YA with love and adventure!
Ages 14 and up


Maps Poster Book Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780763688356
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Big Picture Press - February 23rd, 2016

All the little adventurers in your life will relish this large-size poster book that lets them travel the world and all its wonders. Perfect for opening those young eyes to the wide, wide world!
Ages 7-9


What Books are Texas KidLit Authors Giving?

This is the first in our set of features about what books Texas kidlit authors are giving for holiday gifts this year! Because who better to recommend books than authors? And we have a huge, diverse and amazing community of writers for young people in Texas, many of them right here in Houston-- so many wonderful voices and stories and points of view. I hope you enjoy reading their choices as much as I did!

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 7th, 2010

I don’t know how many times I read this series, The Song of the Lioness, when I was in middle school, but my copies are certainly well-worn enough. Alanna is a ten-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can take her brother’s place at a school for knights. Despite being shorter than the boys, she learns to fight alongside the prince of the kingdom, all the while dealing with the magic that the gods have given her and the prince’s mysterious cousin, whom she doesn’t trust. Perfect for girls and boys who love adventure stories.


The Boy in the Black Suit Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442459519
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books - August 16th, 2016

Everything by Jason Reynolds is fantastic, but this book particularly struck a chord with me. Matt is grieving the loss of his mother when he takes a job at a funeral home to help his father pay the bills. He finds something cathartic in watching other people grieve, but when he meets Lovey at her grandmother’s funeral, she doesn’t break down into tears. And he has to understand why. Reynolds has one of the best voices in contemporary young adult fiction, and this book is a great gift for any teenager.


Jane Eyre (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780307455192
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

If there is anyone in your life who hasn’t read this book, give it to them immediately. Everyone knows the story, but what many don’t realize is how fresh the voice is, how relevant. Jane is a woman who asserts her own worth in a world that tells her she’s worthless, and her journey from unloved child to strong, independent woman inspires me every time I read it. Nothing better for a cold night than some good gothic fiction, and this one is one of the best.


Meredith’s books make great gifts too! Check out some of her recent titles:


Fiona Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781595147844
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Razorbill - April 5th, 2016

I Am Her Revenge Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781595147820
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Razorbill - April 7th, 2015

Books for Artists and Sensitive Souls

Some kids are clearly artists in the making—dreamers, sensitive souls, young minds curious about the world's hidden magic. For the budding artist in your life, pick up one of these great holiday titles!

A Child of Books Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763690779
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 6th, 2016

From the illustrator/author of so many amazing titles including THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT comes a gorgeous picture book for all ages from toddler to adult. Yes, really. It’s about books and art and creating and questioning and imagining and exploring. It’s simply wonderful.


Shakespeare Retold Cover Image
By E. Nesbit, Antonio Javier Caparo (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062404534
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - October 18th, 2016

Classic Shakespearean plays retold by classic children’s author E. Nesbit? With beautiful illlustrations? Yes, yes, yes. What lovely way to introduce children to the Bard. And in case E. Nesbit isn’t familiar to you, here’s a great read from the New York Review of Books archives-- an article about her from 1964 by none other than Gore Vidal! http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1964/12/03/the-writing-of-e-nesbit/


The Last True Love Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481429887
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 13th, 2016

A girl named Corrina who’s a musician and hoping for a chance to be the person she wants to be. A boy named Hendrix who’s a poet and also struggling because his dad is dead and his mom works long hours. A grandpa suffering from Alzheimer’s. A quest to take Gpa across country to the hill where he first kissed his wife, before disease steals the memory. A stolen car. A dog. An amazing new YA novel by one of the best contemporary authors for young people!


Why Is Art Full of Naked People?: And Other Vital Questions about Art Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780500650806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Thames & Hudson - October 18th, 2016

And from our everyday collection: this one answers all your kids’ tricky questions about art from caveman paintings to modern. A grand resource book that’s also a beautiful gift!


Treehouse Favorites on the NBA and Kirkus Longlists

Awards season is here in the Kids’ Treehouse, too! We are absolutely thrilled that so many of our favorite titles have been long-listed for the National Book Awards and chosen for Kirkus Prize Finalists! What better proof that we are working our hardest to fill our shelves with the best of the best for our customers!

Some Brazos Picks that made the National Book Award Long List:

Booked Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544570986
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2016

"Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/""on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can t nobody stop you/""can t nobody cop you " In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match.


Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763681173
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2016

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship. Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.


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Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come. Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .


Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481450157
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books - August 30th, 2016

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.


Check out the full NBA Long List here


And some more of our staff favorites that were recently named Kirkus Prize Finalists:


The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399176777
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue to both her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed and punish the people responsible.


As Brave as You Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481415903
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books - May 3rd, 2016

As you can see from the above list, this is yet another Jason Reynolds book. If you are not reading this author yet, you absolutely must come get his books today!

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires literally in this piercing middle grade novel by the winner of the Coretta Scott King Johnson Steptoe Award.

Genie's summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia in the COUNTRY The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and being a curious kid Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he's ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into a room so full of songbirds and plants that it's almost as if it's been pulled inside-out he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.


Burn Baby Burn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763674670
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

Two-time Pura Belpre Award winner Meg Medina returns with one of her greatest YA novels yet, which also made the longlist for the National Book Award.

While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora's family life isn t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit and the hardest to accept.


Check out the full Kirkus Prize list here


Lying to Children: A Meditation on Banned YA Fiction

At the end of the day, censorship of children’s books is almost always about one--or all--of four things: Sex. Religion. Language. Violence. That’s basically what it comes down to. (Note that I put violence last. That’s because people complain about the least, which is its own story for another day). For librarians and teachers, it can be a complex issue to keep books on shelves, to support and encourage free speech and sharing of ideas while at the same time respecting the standards of the community, whatever that means to those who use the phrase.

Picture Books, Origin Stories, and Cake: Chatting with Varsha Bajaj

I’ve known Varsha Bajaj for about a decade now: first, in that “Hey didn’t I see you at a conference?” way all Houston kid lit authors know each other; next, as a fan of her work; and eventually, as a friend in the writerly trenches and beyond. When things get particularly trench-y, as things often do when you make art for part of your living, she’s part of a group of us that eats copious amounts of cake at Empire Café on Westheimer and solves the problems of the world. (They have grand cake at Empire, by the way. I’m partial to the carrot, but they’re all good.

This Is Our Baby, Born Today Cover Image
By Varsha Bajaj, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399166846
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 2nd, 2016

THIS IS OUR BABY BORN TODAY is on the Brazos shelves right now.

Varsha Bajaj is also the award winning author of How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight? Illustrated by Ivan Bates, T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet book and a middle grade novel, Abby Spencer goes to Bollywood. You can find out more about Varsha at http://www.varshabajaj.com

Joy Preble is the author of several young adult novels including the DREAMING ANASTASIA series ; the SWEET DEAD LIFE series; FINDING PARIS, which SLJ called, “An intricate guessing game of sisterly devotion, romance, and quiet desperation,”and IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, which Kirkus Reviews called ‘a modern Tuck Everlasting with a thriller twist.’ In between writing and working at Brazos Bookstore as bookseller/Children’s Specialist, she teaches and lectures widely on writing and literacy and is currently on faculty at Writespace Houston.


So You Think You Know YA?

So yes, the Brazos children’s and Young Adult (YA) sections are in the back of the store. Kid lit consumers have a lovely little cave in which to sit around and peruse titles and rock on our orange rocking chair and read picture books. Or ooh and ahh over the awesome covers of the newest YA titles.

Bone Gap Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062317629
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 26th, 2016

The Walls Around Us Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616205904
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 22nd, 2016

Or THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater (who wrote the Raven Boys series, which you should also read. Then read the very fabulous ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle. And I haven’t even mentioned the talking pagoda in PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A. S. King, whose work you also need to be reading. While you’re at it, check out this blog post.


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Grasshopper Jungle Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142425008
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - February 17th, 2015

Have you read absolutely everything by Andrew Smith, who really seems to be a genre unto himself? Start with the weird and wonderful GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, (beware the preying mantis sex), then move on to THE MARBURY LENS and THE ALEX CROW and all the rest.


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780786838196
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - August 1st, 2009

E. Lockhart’s big YA book in the past few years was WE WERE LIARS. But I say you should start off with her funny as hell feminist-leaning titles like THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU BANKS. And then move on to the Ruby Oliver quartet, which you would probably skip if you weren’t reading this because the first one is called THE BOYFRIEND LIST. Don’t skip it. You are welcome.

Want a YA author who rivals Anne Tyler for her spot on depiction of Baltimore? Find a copy of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford. And if you are lucky, you can hear her play in the all YA author rock band called Tiger Beat along with Libba Bray, whose work, including the very satirical BEAUTY QUEENS and the very amazing Diviners series set in the 1920s you must read. Yes, Amy Tan is not the only author in a band.


Beauty Queens Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439895989
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2012

Want sparse prose? Try anything by Lauren Strasnick.

Want hard-hitting contemporary? Read Houston’s own Jennifer Mathieu’s THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE (and all her other work).

Want someone who nails boy voice? Try Geoff Herbach.

A retelling of Amityville Horror? AMITY by Micol Ostow, a master of horror.


Amity Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781606841563
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Egmontusa - August 26th, 2014

And that’s just the beginning.

Try these out and I’ll be recommending more in the future.


Joy Preble is the author of several young adult novels including the DREAMING ANASTASIA series (Sourcebooks), the first book of which was named an ABC Best Book in 2009; the quirky/humorous SWEET DEAD LIFE series (Soho Press); a contemporary road trip/family drama, FINDING PARIS (Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins), which SLJ called, “An intricate guessing game of sisterly devotion, romance, and quiet desperation,” and IT WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, which Kirkus Reviews called ‘a modern Tuck Everlasting with a thriller twist.’ (Soho Press) Joy lives in Texas with her family, including a sweet but slightly unhinged basset/boxer. In between writing and working at Brazos Bookstore as bookseller/Children's Specialist, she teaches and lectures widely on writing and literacy and is currently on faculty at Writespace Houston.


August Favorites

There are so many great books that hit the shelves every day. It can be hard to spot the gems, but that's where we come in. Each month, we highlight a special book in each of our big sections for kids: Picture books, Middle grades, Young Adult and Non-fiction. Here's what we're reading in August:

This Is Our Baby, Born Today Cover Image
By Varsha Bajaj, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399166846
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 2nd, 2016

"A baby is born and the world rejoices!" With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one's arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all.

Houston author Varsha Bajaj's lilting prose and Eliza Wheeler's enchanting scenes of a wide-eyed baby elephant and its smitten family celebrate the importance of family and community in every child's life. Set in the lush wilds of India, this is an endearing, beautifully illustrated tribute to little ones getting their first warm welcome to the world.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616205676
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

A coming of age fairy tale of sacrifice, love, and magic by the author of the award-winning The Witch’s Boy. Once a year, the people of the Protectorate leave a child as an offering to Xan, the witch of the forest. But Xan is not what they imagine. She rescues the children, feeds them starlight, and delivers them to families on the other side of the forest. But one year, Xan feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight. That child is named Luna and the moonlight fills her with amazing magic. And so Xan raises her as her own. But when Luna turns thirteen, her magic rises, along with unexpected consequences, including the arrival of a young man determined to kill to free his people. And that’s just the beginning…


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062380852
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - July 5th, 2016

There's no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains and friends or enemies with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent but he's one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who's just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August's secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In THIS SAVAGE SONG, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side including the monsters within.


Grover Cleveland, Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents Cover Image
By Ken Burns, Gerald Kelley (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385392099
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2016

A gorgeous collection of American presidents filled with fun facts and sparkling with personality, from nonfiction master Ken Burns.

This special treasury from America's beloved documentarian Ken Burns brings the presidents to life for our nation's children. Each president is given a lushly illustrated spread with curated stories and information to give readers of all ages a comprehensive view of the varied and fascinating characters who have led our nation (with the exception of Grover Cleveland--the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms--who gets two spreads ). A must-have for Ken's many fans, classrooms, and anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for our country.

"A buoyant gallery, up to date, handsomely framed, and, in this particular election year, timely too."--"Kirkus Reviews.


July Features in the Brazos Treehouse

It's time for some summer adventures! We've got three great featured titles all about taking on the unexpected this month. Enjoy with our Summer Reading List, as well--great books go great together!
 

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm Cover Image
By Elys Dolan, Elys Dolan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763686581
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Nosy Crow - June 28th, 2016

Elys Dolan's last book, WEASELS, is a store favorite, so we're thrilled to have her newest book, THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED FARM, in now! A hilarious tale of piggie Ghostbusters investigating strange goings-on at a spooky farm, there's plenty for eager readers to find in these pages, with Dolan's signature asides and easter eggs scattered in these great spreads.


The Voyage to Magical North (Accidental Pirates #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627794206
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 5th, 2016

This wonderful, wild seafaring tale should be a new favorite for all our adventure fans! When a girl with no memory of her past and an inept young mage-in-training are picked up by pirates as they try to escape their cruel master, they're swept up in a voyage to find the source of all magic--if they can survive all the hijinks, hilariously oddball adventures, and piranha penguins.


Learning to Swear in America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781619639096
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - July 5th, 2016

There's a lot to love in this fun, funny summer romp about a seventeen-year-old Russian physics wunderkind sent to America to help NASA stop an asteroid hurtling toward Los Angeles. Science, suspected espionage, a little romance--this page-turning, multidimensional, and laugh-out-loud debut novel is the perfect summer read for science-loving teens and parents!


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