Kids Article

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.


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: On Our Shelves Now
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: Backordered
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 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 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!


June Featured Titles in the Treehouse

Summer reading is here at last! Never fear, though: we're still highlighting featured titles for all three of our age groups. Check out these heartfelt, emotional, and action-packed stories, all new this coming Tuesday, June 7--pre-order on our website!

Nobody Likes a Goblin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626720817
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - June 7th, 2016

We LOVE Ben Hatke here (we hope you've all read our faves JULIA'S HOUSE FOR LOST CREATURES and LITTLE ROBOT), but this newest book might be my favorite work of his yet. Cheerful Goblin lives in a cosy dungeon with his friend Skeleton, playing with their treasure--but one day a group of "heroes" smashes everything up and makes off with Skeleton and their treasure! Goblin has to save his friend, of course, but leaving the cave means finding out what the world really thinks of goblins. The art is stunning, the story is oh-so-charming: pick it up on Tuesday!


When Friendship Followed Me Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803738164
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2016

Talk about a great summer read--this story of a boy, the dog he rescues, and the friendship that changes him is a fantastic tale of love, loss, and wagging tails. Former foster kid Ben doesn't make friends easily, preferring the characters in his books, until he rescues a mutt from the alley next to the Coney Island Library. When this scraggly dog leads him to a new friend, wild and luminous Halley, she and Ben begin to write a story together--but as their story unfolds, Ben's life begins to unravel. You've got to read this lovely, heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud story. 


It Wasn't Always Like This Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616955885
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Teen - May 17th, 2016

As Queen so famously asked, “Who wants to live forever?” IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS is an atmospheric page-turner exploring just that question. After an experimental polio vaccine stops the O’Neill family from aging in 1916, oldest daughter Emma and her family find themselves the targets of a fanatic religious group. In 2016, Emma’s still on the run, and still—to all outward appearance—a teenager. But Emma’s grown colder as she’s grown older, and she’s not going to let the Church of Light hurt any more people in their quest to rid the world of her. This killer thriller from local author Joy Preble is an awesome pick for a parent-teen book club—your whole family has to read this one.


May Featured Titles in the Treehouse


It's May, and that means it's almost summer! We know it's hard sometimes to keep the whole family entertained when school's out, but never fear: we've got books for every age and interest. Here are our May featured titles for the family!

There Is a Tribe of Kids Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626720565
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 3rd, 2016

Beloved illustrator and author Lane Smith (artist of such classic favorites as THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES and GRANDPA GREEN) brings out his wild side with this completely wonderful picture book! THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS is a sweet and enchanting story of a young boy trying to find a place to call home. The charming, repetitive language and Smith's trademark illustration style combine to make a perfect story time experience that has more and more to show you on each reading. Not only is it a visual feast and fantastic to read, but it'll tug right on your heartstrings, too. A perfect new classic.


The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781484732748
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 3rd, 2016

Another new series for fans of Rick Riordan's mythology books! In THE HIDDEN ORACLE, a new addition to the world of Percy Jackson, the Greek god Apollo crosses Zeus one too many times and finds himself sent to Earth as a mortal, stripped of all his powers. But Apollo's made some enemies over the many years he's been causing mischief, and without any of his powers, there's only one place he can be safe: Camp Half-Blood. As a big fan of Riordan's universe, I can't wait to read this one. It's under top-secret lock and key for now, but we'll all dive in together when it's out on May 3!


Ask Me How I Got Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062387950
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE is revolutionary. It's a novel in verse told by Addie, a track star at an all-girls Catholic school who finds herself pregnant after one careless night with her boyfriend. She decides to end the pregnancy, and while she knows it's the right decision for her, it nevertheless changes everything in her life. ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE follows Addie's journey to rediscover who she is and what she wants in the aftermath of this massive experience. It's a phenomenal and refreshing book, not sugar-coating any of the tough decisions Addie has to make, or treating any young readers as if they can't understand or make any of these decisions themselves--because real teenagers do make the decisions Addie has to make every day. Through it all, Heppermann keeps Addie's dry wit sharp and her observations astute. Definitely pick this one up.


Out Brief Candle: A Shakespeare Death Day Reading List

Someday I hope to be famous enough that people celebrate my death day—although I suppose part of the reason we celebrate Shakespeare's death day is because we don't really have a concrete birthday, and I am lucky to live in an era of more-complete social records. Shakespeare did have a bit of a preoccupation with death, as well, if the body counts of his plays tell us anything, so a death day celebration feels particularly appropriate for this memento mori playwright.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Of all Shakespeare's plays to get a YA adaptation, I gotta admit I wasn't expecting The Winter's Tale to be one. It's a great play, and popular—the title of this novel is one of the stage directions in Act III (probably the most famous one Shakespeare ever wrote)—but it's a little odd: a sprawling, cross-country story that's ultimately about remaking a family after a king's irrational jealousy nearly destroys it. In EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR, E.K. Johnston recenters the story on Hermione, the wronged queen of The Winter's Tale, moving the setting from Renaissance Sicily and Bohemia to modern-day Canada, and casting our Hermione as the head cheerleader of a small-town team. She's an athlete, a leader, a good friend and a great cheerleader.

She also gets raped at the end of the first act of the book.

I don't want to sugarcoat it, or pretend like this isn't a book that deals with a traumatic assault. I don't want to try and be nice about it, because, well, it's not—but this book handles trauma and support and recovery better than any book I've read on it, for teens or for adults. This is Hermione's book. It's not about the assault, about her rapist, or about revenge—it's about one teenage girl, reclaiming her agency and her life after someone's selfish act of violence tries to take it away. In the author's note, Johnston says she was in a very angry place when she wrote the book (due to a particular politician, apparently, who goes unnamed), and I think Johnston's rage shows in a very powerful way in the text: through the boundless compassion Hermione experiences from her family, her teammates, and her town.

That, to me, after living through endless twenty-four-hour news cycles about slut-shaming and victim-blaming, was the real gift of this book. Compassion. Everyone in Hermione's life, from her coach to her priest to her therapist, is incredibly kind and compassionate, and that kindness allows Hermione to heal. She is a phenomenal protagonist. She pushes herself to get better, she doesn't settle for anything but the full life she deserves, but since she's surrounded by people to support and help her, she's allowed to have panic attacks and experience her trauma and be afraid, because she is undeniably a person in Johnston's hands. The dimension, the power, and the strength Johnston gives Hermione make it clear that this adaptation surpasses its source. (Sorry, but not sorry, Bill.)


The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Cat Winters is the queen of historical fiction and a favorite author of mine, with her previous YA outings forming a core of store favorites (IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING). So when I saw that her newest novel was a Hamlet retelling set in Prohibition-era Oregon, where biracial Hanalee tries to find justice for her murdered African-American father without running afoul of the terrifying local KKK chapter, I was a fan before I'd even read the first page—and once I'd finished the whole book, I was happier than I'd ever been.

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY isn't just a great Hamlet adaptation, it's a great book, period. Winters always fills her historical fiction with pictures and historical documents to set the scene, and this novel is no exception—if there had been no Shakespeare references at all, this still would have been a phenomenal story. But I'm truly grateful it's a Hamlet adaptation, because it shows how the stories Shakespeare made famous are incredibly universal: Prohibition-era Oregon? A biracial, female protagonist struggling against social evils? That's not as far from early modern England as you can get, but it's several million miles, at least. Stories don't exist in a vacuum, either, and I love that Winters used this famous, wonderful story of something rotten in Denmark to tell an amazing story about a time and a set of injustices that our culture still doesn't really want to face.

And like I said, beyond Hamlet, this book is just a great story. It crosses genres as deftly as Shakespeare did himself: it's a thriller, a mystery, a ghost story, all set so perfectly in the 1920s that you'll think it was written then. Hanalee is a fierce protagonist, too—clever, tough, well-armed, and incredibly caring. THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY is the full package: great characters, a great premise, and a great author.


Dreamers Often Lie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803738638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - April 5th, 2016

The awesome thing about DREAMERS OFTEN LIE was that it made me feel so normal!

...oh, wait, that's not the point? People aren't supposed to hallucinate Shakespeare walking around with them? Oops. My bad. Let me regroup.

Jacqueline West's trippy, layered story is about Jaye, a high school actress, and what happens after she gets a concussion in a skiing accident. She's finally landed the lead in a school play—Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream—and all she can think about is getting back on that stage. So, when she forces herself to push through not just her accident, but the memories and family trauma it stirs of her father's death a year ago, the Shakespeare starts to get a little too real. As in, she starts hallucinating Shakespeare himself speaking to her, and Hamlet and Romeo and other characters and situations.

I love DREAMERS OFTEN LIE because, well, they do, and because, with Jaye as an unreliable narrator, even to herself, there's no way to be sure who's really real, what's really happening, or what's just in Jaye's mind. We don't know who's a figment or a person, what's Jaye's own mind working against her and what's really true. I loved this one. It's chilling, mysterious, and cerebral (a great book for a parent-teen book club!), and it'll pull you into the topsy-turvy world of Jaye's mind in no time at all. It's got a great love story, like a Shakespeare play should, but for all the romance and mystery, it's more about Jaye coming to terms with her loss, and with who she is now with these changes in her life and her family. It's tense and twisty, and Jaye's bardolatry gives a great original twist to this thriller.


Summerlost Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399187193
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2016

All right, SUMMERLOST is actually middle-grade, and is about a Shakespeare festival, not a Shakespeare adaptation, but are you really going to argue with me about technicalities? Trust me: this book is golden. Like DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, it's about how Shakespeare can get into your head and affect the way you see the world—but instead of literally adding a layer of Shakespeare-themed perception, it's about theater, and the inspiration it can give you, and about how theater and drama can help you find belonging when you feel like you don't fit in.

Cedar Lee finds a new friend in local boy Leo, when she, her mother, and her brother move to her mom's hometown after losing her dad and youngest brother in a car accident. She works concessions at the local Summerlost Theater Festival, and sells programs in old show costumes with Leo, and watches soapy dramas with her brother. It's a perfect Polaroid of the monotony of grief through a young adult's perspective, of the way we can fixate on certain things as distractions, and Cedar gets caught up in the drama of—well—drama. There's a theater ghost, a mystery, and some wonderfully real, poignant family feels. It's utterly captivating and charming, like a summer evening full of potential. SUMMERLOST reminds me that Shakespeare really can make anything possible.


Liz Wright is the Kids Specialist and resident Shakespeare fanatic of Brazos Bookstore. She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Wellesley College, where she spent four years in the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society being all manner of lords, clowns, and untamed shrews. Her writing has appeared in BUST Magazine and Minerva Rising Literary Journal. This fall, she'll pursue her MA and MFA in Children's Literature and Writing for Children at Simmons College, where she'll be the Dean's Fellow for Children's Literature.


Spotlight on Novels in Verse for National Poetry Month

It's National Poetry Month, and what better time to spotlight one of the fastest-growing genres of kids lit: novels in verse! Verse novels are a fantastic way to hook young poets or reluctant readers into reading fiction, and come from an incredibly diverse array of authors. Come and browse these titles on our shelves today!

Booked Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544570986
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2016

We adored THE CROSSOVER, Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award-winning verse novel about twin basketball stars and their life on and off the court. Now, with BOOKED, Alexander turns his keen eye to soccer, and a young boy learning the power of words in friendship and on the field.


Full Cicada Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428756
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 8th, 2015

FULL CICADA MOON showcases the diversity and power of novels in verse, with the story of half-black, half-Japanese Mimi moving to an all-white Vermont town in 1969. While her race and "boyish" interests (like science and astronomy) make Mimi feel like an outsider, this amazing novel shows how a strong voice can make all the difference.


The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780553521375
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 12th, 2016

Eighteen kids. One year of poems. One school set to close. This novel is utterly poignant and inspiring, whimsical and heartfelt, as the graduating fifth grade class of a school scheduled to be torn down find their voices as they try to save it.


Ask Me How I Got Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062387950
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

Christine Hepperman's POISONED APPLES was a Brazos favorite, and we're so excited about her upcoming ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE that we'd be remiss not to mention it here! This powerful, relatable novel breaks fresh ground in YA fiction and verse novels alike, offering a witty and warm look at track star Addie's redefining of her life after she makes the difficult decision to end an accidental pregnancy. ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE  brings us a big voice and a bigger heart in Addie, and we can't wait to have it on the shelves. Pre-order your copy now!

Check out the rest of these brilliant novels in verse, on our shelves now or coming soon!


Free Verse Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399165030
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Up from the Sea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553534740
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2016

Somewhere Among Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481437868
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books - April 26th, 2016

The Lonely Ones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399172892
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - April 26th, 2016

Rumble Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442482852
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 2nd, 2016

The Red Pencil Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316247825
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

Audacity Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147512499
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - January 5th, 2016

Red Butterfly Cover Image
By A. L. Sonnichsen, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481411103
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

American Ace Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803733053
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - January 12th, 2016

Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062447593
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Teen - February 23rd, 2016

April Featured Titles in the Treehouse

April is the coolest month, bringing great books into the Treehouse… Okay, I'll stop butchering Eliot, but I really am excited for this April assortment of features! Take a look at our favorite, most Treehouse-patron-pleasing books this month!

 

A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481448895
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a hungry lion, and a bunch of other adorable animals. But as the animals start to disappear one by one...hmm…what's going on here? Look, I won't spoil the twists, plural, in A HUNGRY LION, OR A DWINDLING ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS,  but this picture book is complete perfection. The illustrations are hilarious, the language and pacing are spot-on, and the surprise ending(s) will delight clever kids. It's the next favorite story for fans of I WANT MY HAT BACK.


The Wild Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316381994
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

We love Peter Brown's picture books (MR TIGER GOES WILD is a store favorite!), so we were super excited to hear he's brought his wit and wisdom to middle grade fiction! THE WILD ROBOT is a beautiful, uplifting story about a robot, lost in a shipwreck, who "wakes up" on an isolated, human-free island. Her only programmed directive: to help. The friendships that build between Roz and the animals, the action-filled ending, and the kid-friendly environmental themes make THE WILD ROBOT a winner in storytelling, heart, and hope.

 


The Passion of Dolssa Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451469922
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

Parents, read this one with your teens--there's so much wonderful depth and dimension to this historical tale. Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious teenage girl in 1200s France--so fervent that she's compelled to preach to her town. Naturally, the Inquisition condemns her as an "unnatural" woman and forces Dolssa to flee. Her flight, and the friendship that grows between her and Botille, the teenage matchmaker who harbors Dolssa in her home, shine a great light on how various labels have affected women who live outside the norm all throughout history. Plus? It's a beautifully written story with incredibly affecting characters. Pick it up.

 


It's Spring Break at Brazos!

I don't know about you, but when I was in school, I would always look forward to Spring Break--pretty much from the first day back of spring semester, honestly. Sure, overworked students love any kind of break, but Spring Break is special! It officially inaugurates the feeling of warmth, of days starting to grow longer, of summer being right around the corner. It sparks a little wanderlust, a getaway kind of excitement. We've got a ton of Spring Break excitement coming up this month--take a look!

Imani's Moon Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781934133576
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mackinac Island Press - October 14th, 2014

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian Cover Image
By Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481421331
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

The Green Bicycle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525428060
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 22nd, 2015

Boxers Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596433595
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Saints Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator), Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596436893
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Paris, Modigliani & Me Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941311912
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Luminis Books, Inc. - November 1st, 2015

Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781554987238
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Groundwood Books - September 15th, 2015

Our March Featured Titles in the Brazos Treehouse

We're filling March with magic with this month's featured Brazos Treehouse titles! Read on to discover the charming and captivating books we can't stop talking about this month.

 

The Night Gardener Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481439787
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to add just a touch of magic to the ordinary things around you? THE NIGHT GARDENER is all about the way a sleepy town awakens to the joy of nature around them through the work of a mysterious gardener moving through their midst. The moment you hold this book in your hands, you know it's a work of art. Whether it's the sweet, simple story of a neighborhood transformed by beauty, or the delicately crafted and absolutely stunning illustrations, THE NIGHT GARDENER takes me back to the first time I saw an ordinary thing transformed into something extraordinary.


The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780451476333
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

A group of children get more danger than they bargained for in the spooky Scottish castle to which they've been sent to escape the London Blitz--I got goosebumps down my spine reading the first page of THE CHARMING CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, and they didn't go away for a second reading all the rest of it. This captivating mystery mixes magic and spies with just the right amount of chills to make one heck of a page-turner. With its great cast of characters and utterly original premise, it's a fantastic book for middle-grade adventurers!


The Head of the Saint Cover Image
By Socorro Acioli, Daniel Hahn (Translator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780553537925
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - March 8th, 2016

Brazos loves books in translation, and this March we're bringing that love to the Brazos Treehouse! Our featured YA book this month comes from one of Brazil's best-loved authors of children's literature, coming to the United States for the first time! When newly-orphaned Samuel takes shelter from a storm inside the hollow head of a sculpture of St. Anthony, he's not expecting the music that echoes through it--or the prayers of the townsfolk that he hears echoing through like whispers. THE HEAD OF THE SAINT is a gorgeous story of magical realism, faith, and humor, unlike anything you've read before.


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