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World-class cities have world-class bookstores.

You probably recognize the names: Tattered Cover in Denver, Elliott Bay in Seattle, Politics and Prose in Washington D.C., Harvard Bookstore in Boston, Books and Books in Miami, BookPeople in Austin (to name just a few). Each of these stores is unique in its approach and focus, but all have served their communities for decades and are an important part of their cities’ identities.

Welcome to the HISD event bookstore

Brazos Bookstore is proud to partner with HISD to present Rachel Hawkins on October 25 and Kwame Alexander on November 3.

Books purchased on this page will be delievered to the school for the event. Use the coupon code HISD to apply the 15% student discount. Please choose Pick Up In Store as your shipping option at checkout and your books will be delivered to the school for the event free of charge.

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

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

The Crossover Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544107717
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 18th, 2014

Pre-order THE SADNESS by Benjamin Rybeck

Our own marketing director is putting out a book!

Benjamin Rybeck's debut novel, THE SADNESS, is a family story about failure and film--a book about twin siblings who reunite to track down a missing woman and to reconcile the ways their own lives have fallen apart. The book is not a dour experience, though; Rybeck writes with energy and inventiveness, proving that sadness, actually, can be a lot of fun.

The Sadness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419705
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

Praise for THE SADNESS

"THE SADNESS is a moody, fascinating novel about fame, disappointment, and the burdens of family. Benjamin Rybeck writes with equal authority about film and sibling relationships and romantic obsession, and tells a gripping story along the way."
Tom Perrotta, author of THE LEFTOVERS

“THE SADNESS is a rapturous, absorbing and wholly original novel that announces Rybeck as a surprising and inventive young writer.”
Kristen Radtke

"Benjamin Rybeck's THE SADNESS may be a first novel, but the control and assuredness of the writing makes it feel like the work of a much more experienced writer. It's a book full of wisdom about the fumbling, grasping attempts we all make to fill the emptiness inside us, a book that ultimately leaves the reader feeling less alone in the world."
Joshua Furst, author of THE SABOTAGE CAFE

"THE SADNESS is a novel with film noir appeal: gritty and absorbing, with just a touch of glamour. Morally ambiguous siblings Kelly and Max, each compelled by their own obsessions and failures, succumb to the pull of home in order to resolve the crippling events of their pasts. With vivid, measured prose, Benjamin Rybeck delivers his characters from the depths of madness toward a quietly optimistic end, in which they discover something far more important than what they thought they were searching for: each other."
Chris Cander, author of WHISPER HOLLOW

"With this impressive debut, Benjamin Rybeck perfectly captures what it's like to be young and lost, unprepared for adult life, and utterly broken by the past. Rybeck has so much to say— about celebrity, cinema, family, and art as both a weapon and a shield— and he says it all with great intelligence and wit."
Mike Harvkey, author of IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS


The Texan

Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781595347510
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Trinity University Press - October 20th, 2015

San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781595347558
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Maverick Books - October 27th, 2015

One Man's Christmas Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781623493844
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Winedale Publishing - September 15th, 2015

Picturing Texas Politics: A Photographic History from Sam Houston to Rick Perry Cover Image
By Chuck Bailey, Patrick Cox (Other), John Anderson (Introduction by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781477302545
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2015

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607747208
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 7th, 2015

Comin' Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, Or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780292756588
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2015

Robert Smithson in Texas Cover Image
By Elyse Goldberg (Editor), Maxwell Anderson (Foreword by), Leigh Arnold (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$35.00
ISBN: 9780984680948
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Estate of Robert Smithson and James Cohan Gal - September 29th, 2015

Concealed: She's Got a Gun Cover Image
By Bevin Bering Dubrowski (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Laurence Butet-Roch (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Shelley Calton (Photographer)
$50.00
ISBN: 9783868285154
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Kehrer Verlag - July 28th, 2015

YA Reviews - June 2015

Before Tomorrowland Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484704219
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Disney Press - April 7th, 2015

“The book was about the class before “Tomorrowland,” which is a technological paradise. The book has three points of view and was placed in the time of Albert Einstein and Amelia Earhart. The book was kind of confusing at times, but all was explained in the end!”

--Sam E., age 10


An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595148032
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

“AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is the first novel by Sabaa Tahir, but it definitely won’t be the last! The book is one of the most original stories I’ve read in a long time, with twists and turns in every chapter. The main characters, Laia and Elias, are fleshed out and behave the way a real person would, making it easy to relate to both of them. I recommend this book to anyone looking for action-adventure with an engaging storyline and relatable characters. After finishing this book, I was left wanting more, and so I hope that there will be a sequel.”

--Alice H., age 14


The Disappearance of Emily H. Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385739436
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - May 12th, 2015

“THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. is about a girl named Raine who has the power to touch magical sparkles that nobody else can see and view memories. At the beginning of the story, Raine has just moved to a new town. A girl in Raine’s new town disappeared a few months before Raine moved there, and Raine is using clues from these memories to try to find out where Emily, the girl who disappeared, is. Along with trying to find Emily, Raine has to settle into school and deal with a group of mean girls. I really liked this book a lot. I thought that the ideas the author came up with were very creative. I would recommend this book to any girl who loves fantasy, mystery, or realistic fiction books. This book was a mix of all three genres, which was really cool. Those are my favorite genres, so it was really fun for me to read a book like this one.”

--Emily B., age 11


We Are All Made of Molecules Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780553496864
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 12th, 2015

“WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES is a great book about two kids. There is steward the super-smart genius who isn’t good socially. Then there is Ashley, the queen bee (the popular girl) who is at the top of the social ladder, but doesn’t get good grades. When Ashley’s mom marries Stewart’s dad, and then they all move in together, things get bad. Steward tries to be happy about it, but Ashley doesn’t want anything to do with “Spewart” as she calls him. This book is really good, and I like the way it is written. I would definitely recommend this book to people, as long as they are 13 or 14 or older. This is a great book that I really liked.”

--Emily B., age 11


A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781595148056
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Razorbill - May 12th, 2015

“This book was so great. I loved it! This book is about two besties--Harper, the popular girl, and Lily--the one who always wears her fairy wings. They are going to 2 different high schools and are very upset about it. On her first day, Lily becomes popular at her private school for creative types, while Harper is the one having difficulty fitting in. They keep drifting farther apart--will they stay besties throughout the school year? Read A TALE OF TWO BESTIES to find out! I would definitely recommend this book to girls aged 10-14; I really enjoyed reading it. This was a fun read and I read it in less than 24 hours.”

--Emily B., age 11


Illusionarium Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062001054
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 19th, 2015

“As the highly contagious disease continues to spread throughout the sectors, many people have died and it’s up to the top scientist of the empire, Lady Florel, Dr. Gouden, and Jonathan to find a cure. Can they all be saved? Will they get to save everyone with a foolish idea of a hallucination formula? What will happen to the empire? This book gives the reader a sense of wonder to science. Everything that science is, was, or is to be. Through this book one wonders if life is as delicate as it’s portrayed to be. I enjoyed reading this book because the author allowed me to be connected to science on a deeper level. Saving lives; being more than one things you could be. In the end, this book really is a nice portrayal of life to a reality most people won’t dare to acknowledge.”

--Bitia A, age 14


Daughter of Deep Silence Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525426509
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 26th, 2015

“Frances Mace was fourteen years old when the attack hit Persephone. Her life changed when her parents died along with her best friend, Libby, and Libby’s mother. When Frances is given the opportunity to take the identity of her friend, she does it without thinking twice in order to get her revenge on those who are hiding the action. This book, filled with chilling adventures and mysteries to be uncovered, is enough to make all readers on the edge of their seats. Carrie Ryan was able to catch the attention of YA readers who are ready to read a book full of revenge and consuming hatred. Everyone who is ready for a thriller, romance, mystery, and acceptance must and should put this book on their ‘to reads.’”

--Bitia A, age 14


Middle Grade Reviews - June 2015

If You Find This Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316240086
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2015

“IF YOU FIND THIS is a mystery full of prime numbers, enemies becoming friends, and action packed all the way! Nicholas is a misfit; he’s also crazy good at math. Zeke draws mermaids in silver marker on his arms. Jordan is hated by everyone. The Isaacs are jerks. Grandpa Rose is always talking about some “heirlooms.” Eventually, Nicholas starts believing him and goes on a hunt for them. I love this book and think Brazos Bookstore should sell this freakin’ awesome book! It’s full of surprises and happy parts! I <3 IF YOU FIND THIS!”

--Lucia E., age 9


Wonder at the Edge of the World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316245104
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

“This book is about a girl who goes to Antarctica. It is special because it takes place years ago. People should read this book because it shows self-discipline and bravery.”

--Max E., age 7


Omega City Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062310859
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 28th, 2015

“OMEGA CITY is about when a girl named Gillian discovers an underground city (or maze). This book was special because unlike some mystery books, there are a lot of little mysteries included with the “big mystery.” This book is also special because it’s a mystery about space that has nothing to do with space! People should read it because it is a puzzling book that makes you never want to stop reading!”

--Giorgos D., age 8


Ferals Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062321039
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - April 28th, 2015

“FERALS is about a boy named Caw who discovers he’s a _____. FERALS is full of adventure and mystery. It is very exciting. This book was unique because it had a human-animal relationship that very few books have. Another thing is that it starts with a mystery and ends with sureness, not likely for a book in a series. I think people should read it because well, as I said, it’s exciting!!!”

--Giorgos D., age 8


The Jumbies Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616204143
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 28th, 2015

“THE JUMBIES is about when a girl named Corinne sees a Jumbie (an evil spirit) in a forest...this leads to a tangle of trouble! This book was special because, unlike most scary books, you don’t want to put it down and cry (just kidding!). It is also special because it is a chapter book with a twist to a Caribbean folktale. I think people should read it because it is a little heart-racing!”

--Giorgos D., age 8


The Boys of Fire and Ash Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385744454
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - May 12th, 2015

“The book was about Urle and Zother, brothers who are abandoned at birth, going on a journey to save Urgle’s brother, Cubby, who has been kidnapped by monsters. People should read it because it is a very exciting and well-written book. You will not be able to put it down!”

--Sam E., age 10


Rebels of the Lamp, Book 1 Rebels of the Lamp Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423179573
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 12th, 2015

“REBELS OF THE LAMP is an amazing book. Just when you think the adventure is over another one is waiting on the next page. You never know what will happen next. This book is full of magic and I’d recommend it to anyone, anyday.”

--Rushil C., age 10


The Girl in the Torch Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062227959
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 26th, 2015

“This book is about a girl going to America, being sent back, but escaping, and making a new life, with new friends, but also enemies. I really like the way she followed and finished what she started, and was brave and sure about it. I also liked that she cared about and loved her friends, making sure that they didn’t get hurt, and at the end she was rewarded for it. People should read this book because it is really interesting, and is a good story about bravery and courage, but also, I think it’s about love. I dont think that I would change anything about it, but I think people might wonder--and I do too,--what happened to the other characters.”

--Julia Lewis, age 11


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