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Real Kids Review Books!

We trust our experts because they're YOU! Readers for our brand new ARC Review Program are reading and reviewing the best new picture books, chapter books and young adult novels. 



Poop Fountain!: The Qwikpick Papers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419704253
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Published: Amulet Books - May 20th, 2014

This book is about three kids who go to see a fountain of (ahem) poop. The kids' names are Lyle, Marilla, and Dave. I think the fact that it's a true story is special. I think that people should read it because it's about a poor boy and his friends doing something amazing. Plus, it has the word poop a lot. I liked this book and I think you will too. 

--Daniel M., 8 

Torn Away Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316245531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

TORN AWAY is about Jersey, a sixteen year old girl that thinks she knows all about tornados. When her town is destroyed by one, jersey loses everything-her mom, her sister, and her home. She is first sent to live with her biological father and then her grandparents. Jersey must learn how to cope with the grief and live her life again. I loved this book partly because I was always worried about what was going to happen next. I could not put TORN AWAY down.

-- Caroline B., 13


The Glass Sentence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670785025
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Published: Viking Children's Books - June 12th, 2014

THE GLASS SENTENCE is a great book. It takes place almost 100 years after the Great Disruption, which threw all the countries and continents into different time periods, from the far future to prehistoric times. The book is about a girl named Sophia. Her Uncle Shadrack is a very famous mapmaker and explorer. When Shadrack gets kidnapped, he leavesher a message in her notebook that says “Find Veressa.” Sophia and her new friend, Theo, leave for the Baldlands to try to find Veressa. I loved this book and would definitely highly recommend it. It is very original, which I really liked. The author created memory maps that allow people to view other people’s memories by touching the maps and created new ways of telling time (from a 20 hour New Occident clock to a 9 hour Baldlands clock). THE GLASS SENTENCE is an amazing book, and anyone who loves adventure books should definitely read this book!

-- Emily B., 11


Help! We Need a Title! Cover Image
By Herve Tullet, Herve Tullet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763670214
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 13th, 2014

This review isn’t finished...haha just kidding! This supposedly unfinished book is about a cast of hospitable characters trying to find a story for their book. The inspiring, creative story seems to look at an unfinished page not as a failure, but as an opportunity. The sketch-like and moldable quality of the art lends to new surprises and discovery on every page! In this book, it’s not the destination that’s great, but the journey. This is a must-read because it teaches you that things don’t have to be finished to be great!

-- Anjelika, 16, Teen Intern


Infinite Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481406581
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

INFINITE SKY is about a girl named Iris. Her mom left two months before the book starts. Gypsies, also called Travelers, move on to her family’s land at the start of the book. Iris sneaks out to see the Gypsy boy who is her age, but her father hates the Gypsies so she gets in trouble. Then someone she likes kills one of her relatives (I don’t want to spoil the story by giving away more), and she has to figure out where her loyalties lie. I thought this book was amazing. It was never boring. Even though the story was sad at times, it was happy at the end, and Iris learns to accept that life isn’t always fair. This was a book that I could barely put it down once I started reading it.

-- Emily B., 11

Henny Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442484368
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 7th, 2014

HENNY is about a chicken with arms who has some trouble fitting in at the farm. This book illustrates what it’s like to be different in a profound, yet relatable way. The simplicity of the illustrations give it a happy, yet delicate feel. It’s easy to relate to Henny when her emotions are written not only on her, but in her surrounding. It’s a memorable book and teaches an important lesson-being different can be good!

-- Anjelika, 16, Teen Intern

Comics Squad: Recess! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385370035
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 8th, 2014

I liked this book because it is funny and I like funny books. I also liked this book because it is full of comics and I like books with comics. And it is different from other books I've read. 

--Joshua B., 7 

Uncaged Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385753067
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 8th, 2014

This book is about a radical animal rights group that is hunted by a company that experiments on animals. It explores all aspects of California, which I thought was cool. People should read it because it's packed with action and I couldn't put it down.

--Nicholas E., 12 

Nuts to You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060092757
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 26th, 2014

This book is about a squirrel (Jed) who gets snatched by a hawk and then his friends set out on a treacherous journey to save him. My favorite part was the squirrels’ game at the end. I also enjoyed the squirrels’ interpretation of human language. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, choose NUTS TO YOU.

-- Katie R., 9

Kate the Great, Except When She's Not Cover Image
By Suzy Becker, Suzy Becker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385387422
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2014

KATE THE GREAT is about a girl named Kate who has to survive Robin (her older sister), her frenemy Nora, and Mrs. Petty, the art teacher. She is going into fifth grade, which is her last year of elementary school. Kate really likes to doodle, and her drawings throughout the book are very entertaining. She makes jokes and doodles from her day that I felt really added to the telling of the story. The book was very funny and well-written. Kate is close to my age, and I could relate to her in various parts of the book. I highly recommend it!

-- Emily B., 11

The Fire Wish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385369763
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014

This book is about two girls who trade places. An ordinary girl captures a jinni and wishes that they could trade places. She ends up living in the jinni’s world, while the jinni must live in the human world. Through the course of the book, each girl learns that they like their own lives better, so they each try to get their old lives back. This book is told from first person point of view with the characters alternating back and forth. I would like to say this book is better suited for girls because almost all the characters in the book are girls.

-- Price P., 11

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385376525
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014

THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER is about two dads and their four adopted boys. I really enjoyed this book, because each boy was from a different culture and religion. As a result, they celebrated all different kinds of holidays which I loved hearing about. The oldest boy was Christian, the next oldest boy was African-American and celebrated Kwanzaa, the second youngest was Jewish, and the youngest was Hindu. I liked that they all were nice to each other and had a great time together. I especially liked the youngest boy, Frog. He was very funny and cute. This book reminded me of the PENDERWICKS series. THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER showed what family was all about.

-- Caroline B., 13

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein Series #1): Book One Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419712180
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Published: Amulet Books - August 19th, 2014

Frank Einstein is a very bright kid scientist who visits his grandfather, Albert Einstein, while his parents are on vacation. Klink and Klank are two self-assembled artificial-intelligence entities (more simply robots). Frank, Klink and Klank work together to make an Antimatter Motor bike to enter into a science fair. I really liked this book because it was funny and entertaining, and it was neat to see how smart Frank was. I was really interested to see if they would win the science fair or not. The robots had funny personalities and helped Frank a lot with the Antimatter Motor bike. I am really glad it is a series and cannot wait for the next one to come out!

-- John B., 8

The Swap Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062311696
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 26th, 2014

THE SWAP is about a girl named Ellie and a boy named Jack who switch bodies. Jack (in Ellie’s body) has to get used to going to sleepover birthday parties, soccer, and everything else Ellie usually does. Meanwhile Ellie (in Jack’s body) has to get used to Jack’s three older brothers, his rigorous hockey training, and other boyish things. Seeing how Ellie and Jack reacted to having to live as the opposite gender was very entertaining. I would definitely recommend this book to kids ages 10 to 14. I really liked this book and think it would appeal to boys and girls alike since the main characters are a boy and a girl. THE SWAP was very original and very well-written.

-- Emily B., 11

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663391
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

Leroy Ninker works at the movie theater in the concessions area; however, he wants to be a cowboy. He realizes that to be a cowboy, he needs a horse. He gets a horse for free from someone wanting a new home for her horse, and then he loses the poor horse. The rest of the story deals with how he tries to get the horse back. I thought this book was really good and finished it in one sitting, I liked it so much. I also liked reading about all of the MERCY WATSON series characters in this story because it is a spinoff from Mercy Watson. LEROY NINKER SADDLES UP was very funny and entertaining, and I hope there will be more of them.

-- John B., 8

Dive Into Summer Reading!

From beginning readers to high school graduates, we’ve prepared a summer reading list that has something for everyone. Curated from brand-new bestsellers, store favorites newly in paperback, and recommendations from the HAISLN list, these fifty titles will please parents and kids alike.

Middle Grade Reading List    |     Young Adult Reading List 

Download the complete reading list here

Reading Logs and the Summer Reading Challenge
Print off the official Brazos reading log and checklist-version of the summer reading list to help your child track their progress. At the end of the summer, we’ll give away prizes for our most prolific readers, but also celebrate kids at every level of participation. Completed reading logs can be turned in anytime all summer and kids can fill out as many as they want! It is my hope that kids and teens--from reluctant readers to avid bookworms--will find that they can take part and find success as more empowered readers!
** Checklist
** Reading log

ARC Review Program - Ages 8-18
The ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) Review program is designed for readers aged 8-18. This is a free program that allows students to take home advanced copies of books and review them for our store, newsletter, and website! This program is not strictly for summer, but we’re kicking it off along with our other summer initiatives. Fill out the registration form, bring it to the store, and choose an ARC based on the child’s age group. They can write as many reviews as they want and turn them in on the official submission form.
** Registration form
** Submission form

BTAB (Brazos Teen Advisory Board) - Ages 12-18
The Brazos Teen Advisory Board, which will run for the duration of next school year, is a great opportunity for teens age 12-18 to take on a deeper role in the store. We’ll be accepting applications all summer and will make decisions at the end of August. This is a great opportunity for passionate teen readers to learn about bookselling, write features for our website, and volunteer with in-store events.
** BTAB app


Vintage YA Turned Classic

Speaking of things that only get better with age, prolific writer and blogger Lizzie Skurnick has created a new imprint of Ig Publishing for the purpose of repackaging forgotten teen novels from the 1930s-1980s. The explosion of writing for young adults in the last twenty years has created a market and audience for these novels that they didn’t really have when they were originally published. Skurnick’s first selections came out in Fall 2013 and, as of now, we have six of her titles in our YA section. Aside from being great, timeless stories, these books are a fun way for teens to understand a bit of what life was like when Mom and Dad (or even Grandma and Grandpa!) were growing up. Our staff loved reading these selections this winter; we’ve reviewed a few of our favorites below.

Secret Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939601056
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Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - April 1st, 2014

Addie lives in a big old New Orleans house with her two elderly aunts, “who think more about dying than living.” A lonely orphan, Addie has always been told that her mother drowned in Honduras after a tidal wave crashed into their house. She has a feeling no one is telling her the whole truth, but she can’t remember anything before her life in New Orleans. With the aid of a new friend, Addie sets out to find out what really happened to her mother.


Me and Fat Glenda Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939601032
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Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - January 28th, 2014

Despite the less-than-politically correct title, ME AND FAT GLENDA is a funny, warm-hearted 70s throwback perfect for dreamy kids who feel like outsiders. Sara has a loving, supportive family, but her parents are also free-spirited hippies who don't do things like other moms and dads. Their unusual, artistic way of life fits in well enough in the college town where Sara was raised, but when they move to a faraway suburb, Sara's family sticks out like a sore thumb. When Sara meets an odd, loudmouthed neighbor girl who everyone calls Fat Glenda, she befriends her despite her bad reputation. After all, they're both outcasts! But can Sara trust her new confidante?


A Long Day in November Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939601025
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Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - December 3rd, 2013

This novella follows Sunny, a young boy growing up in the “black quarter” of a sugar cane plantation, on a single, eventful day in 1940. Told in his distinct voice, the book explores his parents’ fraught relationship, his limited access to education, his family structure, and much more. At turns heartbreaking, funny, and frustrating, teens will be drawn into Sunny's story and immersed in the challenges and realities of his daily life. His childish narrative voice is a fascinating tool that will add vivid layers to this unique reading experience for teens.


Check out the rest of the Lizzie Skurnick books on sale at Brazos:

Debutante Hill Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939601001
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Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - September 17th, 2013

To All My Fans, with Love, from Sylvie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939601018
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Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - October 15th, 2013

Happy Endings Are All Alike Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939601049
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Lizzie Skurnick Books - February 25th, 2014

Brazos Bookstore's Annual Bookmark Contest

We give out a LOT of bookmarks here at Brazos, and we are always looking for new ideas for their design. This spring we’re asking kids to lend their artistic expertise to our second annual Bookmark Contest! Download the official entry form here and return it to the store by Saturday, April 12, 2014. We’ll announce the winners at our summer reading kickoff party on Saturday, May 17th at 2pm!

Click here to download and print the official entry form


Kids Holiday Catalog: Sweet and Humorous

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

When Mac Barnett partners with Jon Klassen, you know the resulting picture book is going to be funny, clever, and fabulous! What happens when I duck and a mouse get swallowed by a wolf? Probably not what you expect! You and the littles will be laughing aloud… and maybe feeling the teensiest bit sympathetic for Mr. Wolf. This one is genius!

Professional Crocodile Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452165066
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

Each morning Mr Crocodile gets ready for work. He picks out his tie, pants, and his shirt but what exactly is his job? Follow Mr Crocodile as he preps for work and heads into work. One of our very favorite picture books of the year.

Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 12th, 2017

A heartwarming picture book about two sheep suspicious of a third, funny-looking sheep that may well be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Hilarious and smart, this story discusses everything from literacy to dental hygiene.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

You only THINK you know the story of Humpty Dumpty. Now imagine that he did get patched up after that fall from wall… but not without a pesky fear of heights. Understandable, right? So he sets out to cure that and… well, I won’t give the story away except to say that the ending will leave you both smiling and wonderfully surprised!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062318503
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Teen - October 24th, 2017

Scrooge meets Groundhog Day (or Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall), in this YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol. Bestselling author Cynthia Hand has written a clever novel about life, love and second chances. Five years ago Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts trying to show her how selfish she was. But she didn’t listen. And she died. Now she’s stuck as the Ghost of Christmas Past… but this year’s Scrooge is about to change everything.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Timely and Thought-Provoking

Her Right Foot Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
ISBN: 9781452162812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

A non-fiction picture by Dave Eggers about the Statue of Liberty? Yes please. Perfect for all ages, Eggers explores the iconic statue, focusing on why she’s depicted mid-stride, moving forward. The ending is guaranteed to bring good tears to your eyes. A wonderful gift for everyone on your list.

Long Way Down Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481438254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books - October 24th, 2017

The prolific Jason Reynolds offers up an unforgettable and intense YA drama--in verse no less! A stark morality tale taking place in 60 seconds, LONG WAY DOWN is also a tremendous psychological thriller and even a ghost story that nevertheless remains firmly rooted in the very real issue of youth violence. A thought-provoking and hip work from the reigning king of young people's literature, give this book to give the mature teen reader on your list this year.

Moxie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626726352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

When Vivian Carter gets fed up with the rampant sexism and misogyny at her small town Texas high school, she fights back by taking a page from her mother’s old Riot Grrrl zine-making days and makes and anonymously distributes a protest zine… and starts a feminist revolution. Already optioned for a film by Amy Poehler, Mathieu’s latest is funny and fiercely girl positive and most of all joyful. A great read for teens and adults, perfect for book clubs and pretty much everyone! Plus Mathieu is a Houston author, journalist, and English teacher at Bellaire High School!

Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555360
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Green’s first novel since THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a tour de force-- a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a lot of characteristic witty, philosophical dialogue and a serious look at mental illness as protagonist Aza struggles with spiraling thoughts, friendship, and her own grief at the death of her father, all while falling for a boy who she may not be able to help or love. A solid read for teens and adults, Green’s latest is definitely a crossover YA/Adult title.

The Closest I've Come Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062488534
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Published: Harper Teen - November 7th, 2017

Marcos Rivas wants to get away from his neighborhood, his uncaring mom and her abusive boyfriend. He wants a life different from the one he has. But being true to yourself isn’t easy, nor is discovering the realities of that world he’s been longing for. A moving and wonderfully debut YA novel, perfect for fans of Walter Dean Meyers.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Who I Am/Who I'll Be

Saving Marty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399539077
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Published: Dial Books - September 19th, 2017

Silly, warm-hearted and honest, this story focuses on the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog. This book delves into themes of friendship, love and sacrifice

The War I Finally Won Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

This sequel to the New York Times bestselling/ Newbery Honor winning The War That Saved My Life can also be read as a stand-alone. World War II is intensifying and Ada, now living with her brother Jamie at her guardian Susan’s, continues her struggle with war, family, faith and finding her place in the world. Historical fiction at its best, this is fine middle grade fiction: Adventurous, moving, and beautifully written.

All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up on the Renaissance Faire circuit with her parents. She’s even getting ready to train as a squire. Instead, the previously home-schooled Impy is about to head to public school, where she finds that traversing middle school life requires way more bravery than any Renn Fest scenario she could imagine. Bittersweet, funny, and authentic, this is a wonderful new graphic novel by the Newbery Honor-winning author of the very popular Roller Girl.

Like Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062373373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 17th, 2017

LIKE WATER is a great read from Rebecca Podos, author of THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES. It's billed as a "novel of first love," but it's also bigger than that: protagonist Savannah Espinoza must deal with issues around family, identity, and relationships. The characters are memorable and the dialogue is strong, and the story isn't afraid to push toward the vulnerable.

Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803741492
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

When ordinary Jane’s aunt Magnolia disappears on an expedition in Antarctica, Jane isn’t quite sure what to do. So of course she says yes when a glamorous acquaintance as her to a gala at her family’s mansion, Tu Reviens. So she goes. And suddenly her life takes a crazy twist. 5 choices of how Jane’s story will turn out. Five twists and turns. Five choices. And five different genres of storytelling. JANE UNLIMITED is hitting lots of end of year Best Of lists and for good reason! Great for genre fans and beyond.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524716073
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

We all have that perfect, motion picture version of our lives that exist only in our own heads and don't always line up with reality. This makes great fodder for Jared Reck's A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: main character Matt Wainwright constantly sabotages himself over his crush and his basketball aspirations. Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak, Reck's debut novel hits all the right notes.

Kids Holiday Catalog: A Little Magic

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338267105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 20th, 2017

Based on the British Library collection, this great gift is everything a Harry Potter fan wants to know and more! Explore the Hogwarts curriculum, study previously unseen sketches and manuscript pages and much more. What could be better than a curated collection of Harry Potter lore from the British Library? A fun treasure!

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375815300
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

Philip Pullman returns to the world of his acclaimed HIS DARK MATERIALS series with a novel full of adventure and intrigue. When Malcolm Polstead intercepts a message meant for another spy, he's pulled into a great conspiracy centered around finding a child named Lyra. The prose is quick and will keep you turning the page, and Pullman's dialogue is just stellar. A great read for lovers of the original series or those just coming to the title.

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062402363
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

We’re in deep love with this first book of a new middle grade fantasy series-- an epic tale with more than 150 full color illustrations. Imagine that Earth has been re-shaped-- past, present, and future co-existing. It’s not always peaceful, but it works for Diego. But then Diego turns thirteen, learns he has a special, secret gift within, and his engineer father is kidnapped by a group determined to disrupt humanity. Diego’s adventure is just beginning and it’s a grand one! Perfect for fans of both Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick.

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (and Put It Back Together Again) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062377494
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - November 7th, 2017

David Teague offers a story filled wtih baseball, stopping time, philosophers that surf, and an unlikely hero trying to save a universe about to break (and he just so happens to be the one to have broken it in the first place). This is a fun read full of wacky and imaginative details and characters that are easy to cheer for, or against. Still riding high from that Astros World Series win? Keep the baseball trend going with this entertaining read.

Wild Beauty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250124555
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553535204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

A magical Regency-era mystery, this one is perfect for younger YA readers and up. Sixteen-year-old Annis’s father has died. His money is missing. The result? Annis becomes a spy to hunt down his killer. Better yet? She’s got the magical ability to sew garments that disguise the wearer! Will tracking a killer be harder than getting through the London social season? This one is fun and funny, a rollicking read!

All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545930802
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Meet the Soria family of Bicho Raro, Colorado, who have the ability to perform miracles, passed down for generations. This book is equal parts magic and science, written with strong leanings towards magical realism. Fans of Stiefvator will delight in her lush prose style, and newcomers will be swept up this magical tale of love, forgiveness, and family.

Kids Holiday Catalog: Family Classics

The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481451604
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

A fox who longs to journey beyond the horizon takes to the seas in a wonderfully thrilling adventure story from the renowned Fan Brothers! THE ANTLERED SHIP is a timeless quest story of self discovery, featuring brilliant illustrations, a whole menagerie of animals, and...pirates!!! This is the kind of picture book kids will love even as they grow older, and parents will actually enjoy reading over and over and over again. A perfect gift for the boisterous young reader who loves animals, ships, and daring do! 

Good Day, Good Night Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062383105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

From famed children’s author Margaret Wise Brown comes a new book that will become an instant classic. Each morning and each night a little rabbit greets the morning and says goodnight to all the things outside. With the tenderness of Good Night, Moon, Good Day, Good Night will become a favorite bedtime story.

Jan Brett's Animal Treasury Cover Image
By Jan Brett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524738020
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544876392
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 3rd, 2017

Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to change their reclusive landlord's mind. Humorous and warm, this sweeping family story is as lively and noisy as any street in New York City.

Rapunzel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682630037
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Publishers - October 1st, 2017

In a dark and funny spin on the classic fable, RAPUNZEL is trapped in a tower by an evil witch nut is no damsel in distress. Playful art and irreverent wit make this a fun read for kids and parents alike, as the titular heroine saves herself instead of waiting around for some prince.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Part Harry Potter, part Willy Wonka, part Neil Gaiman, Nevermoor is a clever, funny, thrilling new fantasy series. Morrigan Crow is supposedly a cursed child, thought to be to blame for everything that goes wrong in her town, doomed to die on her 11th birthday. Which is when the strange and wonderful Jupiter North appears to rescue her safely to magical Nevermoor, where Morrigan discovers she’s been chosen to try out for membership in something called the Wundrous Society. The competition won’t be easy, especially because each child competing has to have an extraordinary talent, and Morrigan doesn’t think she has one. Of course that remains to be seen. Magical and creative, Nevermoor is perfect for middle grade readers ready for a new magical adventure!

Kids Holiday Catalog: Adventurers, Explorers, Inventors

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596437180
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 17th, 2017

Falling Water is a beautiful picture book about the creation of one of Frank Loyd Wright’s most iconic and daring buildings. Beautiful illustrations and simple, poetic prose illuminate Wright’s creative process as well as his belief that buildings should complement the natural world, with an ending that will melt even the most cynical heart. This book is perfect for dreamers of any age.

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ISBN: 9780545297165
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 31st, 2017

The sailing ship Polaris has been exploring new lands, making amazing discoveries. But then there’s a mutiny. And the adults abandon ship. The only ones left are kids, which is scary enough until they begin to suspect that maybe something else is on the ship with them. But they’ll still have to maneuver the Atlantic on a treacherous journey home. For middle graders who love excitement and adventure! This latest Northrop novel is a thrill ride through the ocean!

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ISBN: 9781481419451
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Think Hatchet, but in the Amazon, with a group of kids -- Fred, Con, Lila and Max-- who must survive after their plane crashes. Award-winning Katherine Rundell has written a grand middle grade adventure of survival, secrets and mysteries!

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ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu has crafted an AMAZING technological adventure. Teen Emika Chen becomes a sensation when she illegally hacks her way into a virtual-reality game – but instead of being arrested, she is hired on by a billionaire to do it again, as a spy. Like Neal Stephenson or William Gibson but more teen-friendly, Lu’s virtual-reality thriller is perfect for fans of coding, hacking, gaming, and more.

How Things Work: Inside Out: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Trick Candles, 3D Printers, Penguin Propulsions, and Everything in Between Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426328770
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Published: National Geographic Society - October 10th, 2017

A great compendium for learners of all ages, HOW THINGS WORK explores the technology behind everyday phenomena like the touch screens on our cell phones, the physics behind bridge construction, and even innovations on the edge of technology like self-driving cars. Concepts are broken down into easy-to-follow language and illustrations, and punny humor is peppered throughout.

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ISBN: 9780545731669
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 26th, 2017

Peter Sis’ books are always perfect as gifts or to keep around the house for a reader of any age. He manages the perfect blend of gorgeous, detailed illustrations and inspirational, evocative storylines. With ROBINSON, Sis returns with a tale half-drawn from ROBINSON CRUSOE and half from his own childhood of adventure, courage, loneliness, and friendship.