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Early Readers' Reviews - June 2015

Ballet Cat the Totally Secret Secret Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484713785
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 5th, 2015

“This book is about friendship. Sparkle the horse and ballet cat both have secrets that show appreciation about each other. I think this book is special because it is very lovely. You should read this book to people that love ballet!”

--Julius B., age 6.5


The Worst Class Trip Ever Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781484708491
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 5th, 2015

“Two kids go on a class trip to Washington DC. The book was very funny and had a lot of action. The main plot was really good. The book was hilarious. The trip was interesting. Finished it in 3 days, couldn’t put it down. Good book for boys.”

--Max E., age 7


Buck's Tooth Cover Image
By Diane Kredensor, Diane Kredensor (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481423823
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 12th, 2015

“BUCK’S TOOTH is about Buck the beaver finding his talent for the town talent show. But he could not do anything with his big front tooth. I like this book because Buck does funny things trying to find his talent for the beaverton talent show. And I like it because Buck’s friends tried to help him. We would recommend this book because it was a funny, silly story with a happy ending.”

--Gabriella and Andreas D., ages 6 and 6


Cakes in Space Cover Image
By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780385387927
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 26th, 2015

“CAKES IN SPACE is about when Astra and her family move to another planet, but when Astra orders cake from a food machine, it comes alive! CAKES IN SPACE is a special book because it is written about the future! It is also special because it is half first person view and half third person view! People should read this book because it makes you laugh like a crazy person!”

--Giorgos D., age 8


Summer Reading - Ages 14 and Up

We All Looked Up Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481418775
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

Four teenagers in different circumstances find themselves bound together when Ardor, a massive asteroid on a 66.6% chance collision course to Earth, appears as a blue dot in the night sky. What follows in the next–the final?–two months is the total breakdown of society and simultaneous destruction of the labels that kept these teens apart. Unexpected relationships appear against the backdrop of riots, crime, desperation, subversive art, tenuous family bonds, and more. An engrossing, philosophical read that’s also a darkly humorous page-turner.


Noggin Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442458734
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

The premise is crazy: a boy who died of cancer when he was sixteen is brought back to life five years later when his head is attached to a donor body. Travis’ new life looks a lot different than his old one: his best friend is back in the closet, his girlfriend is engaged to another man, and his parents have secrets he’d never dreamed of. The dark humor of this unique coming-of-age story sets off the absurdity of the setup and takes the story to a new level.


Daughter of Smoke & Bone Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316133999
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2012

Karou, the enigmatic and blue-haired heroine of this novel, is an art student by day and runs errands for her chimera guardian by night. Traveling all over the world through magical portals, she is lost when they all suddenly close one day, marked by fiery handprints. Looking for answers, Karou meets dangerous and beautiful seraph Akiva, and a millennia-long war between angels and chimera takes center stage. Beautiful and detailed world-building hurls the reader into the story, and damaged, smart, complex characters keep them there. Look for the rest of the trilogy, [2] DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT and [3] DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS.


The Walls Around Us Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616203726
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

Two girls, one a Juilliard-bound ballet dancer and the other a convicted killer, tell their stories in this dark, creepy, masterful novel. In alternating chapters, both girls focus on the most important things in their very different worlds: one identifying as part of an incarcerated group, the other deeply self-absorbed. As each girl reveals her deepest secrets and desires, their connection comes to light and the tragedy of both lives takes center stage.


The Travels of Daniel Ascher Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781590517079
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Other Press (NY) - May 26th, 2015

Who is the real author of THE BLACK INSIGNIA, a wildly popular young adult series? The cover suggests H.R. Sanders, but Hélène knows it to be her Uncle Daniel, who disappears on exotic travels for months at a time and regales family parties with stories of his latest close shave with death. When she and Guillaume–her friend and a BLACK INSIGNIA super fan–go searching for answers, they uncover a shocking family secret that leads them to meditate on war, authorship, escapism, and family. Translated from French.


99 Days Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062216380
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 21st, 2015

Molly has to survive 99 days back in her hometown, where everyone hates her, before she can go to college and get a fresh start. But until then, she has to deal with the fallout of her romantic involvement with two brothers, Patrick and Gabe, with whom she’s been like family since they were kids. Flashbacks fill in the gaps of their past, and each day of the summer gets its own chapter. This is not a typical love triangle book: it’s about restoring trust and friendship, the love and relationships of youth, and being empowered to stand up for yourself and your values.


An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595148032
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

Political intrigue and the life of a secret resistance fighter take center stage in this epic novel, loosely inspired by Arabic tradition. Laia goes undercover as a slave to the Commandant of the Blackcliff Military Academy after her grandparents are killed and her brother captured by Masks, the soldiers of the Martial Empire. She is a Scholar, a member of the oppressed group that has lived under Martial rule for hundreds of years. This book is original through and through, sure to be a major hit!


The Scar Boys Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781606845660
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Published: Egmontusa - April 7th, 2015

Harry was badly scarred as a child, so the genuine friendship Johnny offers him in middle school is necessary to his survival. The two become inseparable and, later, form a punk band called The Scar Boys. As high school draws to a close, both boys’ motivations in the friendship become more clear, and the truth will either tear them apart or bond them forever. Written as Harry’s extended college entrance exam, the characters and poignant introspection of this novel make it really special.


Half Bad Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147511461
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Published: Speak - January 13th, 2015

Nathan is a Half Code, or a child of a good witch and a bad witch. His father, the Black Witch Marcus, is the most evil of all evil witches, which makes Nathan both a target and a weapon for the Council in their attempts to stop him. Nathan is imprisoned by the Council, but manages to escape in the hopes of finding his father and receiving the three gifts that will save his life. Green builds a unique witch mythology and counters the intricacy of its politics with the interpersonal struggles of her characters. Check out the sequel, [2] HALF WILD.


Ready Player One Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307887443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

Wade Watts is one of millions competing in the virtual reality competition for James Halliday’s enormous estate. His competitors are shady bands of video game mercenaries and corporately sponsored teams who will stop at nothing to get the prize. Equal parts action and retro eighties references, this book is perfect for John Hughes enthusiasts, fans of dystopian fiction, and video game nuts alike.


Summer Reading - Ages 12 and Up

Prisoner of Night and Fog Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062278821
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 21st, 2015

Gretchen lives with her beloved Uncle Dolf in 1930s Munich after the death of her father. Her uncle is none other than Adolph Hitler, and all she knows of the world is that he is a good man. However, when she meets an earnest Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen, he makes her question everything she’s been raised to believe and everyone she trusts. Perfect for fans of CODE NAME VERITY and historical fiction. Look for the sequel, [2] CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE.


Magonia Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062320520
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Published: HarperCollins - April 28th, 2015

Aza Ray has a condition that makes it very difficult to breathe. The problem is, nobody seems to know what it is, and she’s the only recorded case of it...ever. Ambulance. Lightning. Goodbyes. Aza finds herself on a ship floating through the sky in a new world where she can breathe easily for the first time. This world is called Magonia and is a place where Aza is strong and capable. But what about her best friend, Jason, and family left on Earth? And what are the motivations of the fierce Captain Zal who is intent on training Aza as her protege?


The Wrath & the Dawn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399171611
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2015

Inspired by A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, this novel sparkles with decadence, high stakes, and just a hint of magic. Every night, the Caliph of Khorasan marries a new bride, and every morning he has her executed. After Sharhzad’s best friend meets this fate, she volunteers to marry the Caliph, outsmart him, and seek revenge. She survives the night, but the more she gets to know her new husband, the more her feelings start to betray her.


Shadow and Bone Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250027436
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

The first book in a bestselling, lush fantasy series set in a world of war, magic, and ancient myths made reality. Alina is an orphan, ripped away from her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the Darkling, a shadowy figure at the center of the magical elite. Alina is thought to be the Sun Summoner, whose unique powers will deliver her people. Loyalties are made, broken, and tested in Alina’s journey to find her true calling. Other available titles in the trilogy are [2] SIEGE AND STORM and [3] RUIN AND RISING.


Saint Anything Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780451474704
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Sydney has always felt invisible next to her charismatic–and in recent years, constantly in trouble–older brother. When a tragic accident lands him in jail, Sydney’s family is thrown into crisis mode, and she transfers to a new school. There, she meets friends who truly see her and give her an escape from her controlling mom, who’s in denial about her brother’s crime and responds with tight control over Sydney. This is a darker turn from Dessen’s previous work, and one of her best.


Seraphina Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780375866227
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Published: Ember - December 23rd, 2014

In a world where dragons can take on human appearance, but not human emotions, an uneasy peace ends after forty years when the crown prince is murdered. Seraphina, a gifted musician, is half human and half dragon, which makes her uniquely positioned to provide insight, and also fear, to both populations. This highly celebrated debut is most notable for Seraphina’s voice, which is spunky, smart, complex, and wholly original. Check out the next book in the series, [2] SHADOW SCALE.


Mosquitoland Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451470775
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2015

A sixteen-year-old runaway on a cross-country bus trip to visit her estranged mother evaluates herself and how she sees the world in this mesmerizing debut. Fleeing from her father and stepmother, Mim meets a dynamic cast of characters on her bus, and the reader is privy to her sometimes snarky, sometimes admiring judgments of them. But when an accident occurs that thrusts them into deeper interactions with each other, Mim’s notions about her fellow travelers, and consequently herself, appear in different lights.


Three Day Summer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481439312
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 19th, 2015

It’s 1969, and against the backdrop of Woodstock, Michael and Cora explore their changing perspectives in a world in constant flux around them. War, love, music, free love: characters explore all of these and more in this uplifting piece of historical fiction. For three days of muddy dancing and amazing music, anything was possible!


Since You've Been Gone Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442435018
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Sloane was Emily’s best friend, bravery, backbone, and catalyst, but she has disappeared with her parents and left nothing behind but a to-do list for Emily’s summer. As she completes each of the tasks, Emily finds new strength and boldness that she didn’t know she possessed on her own. She also gets to know Frank, an accomplished boy from school who helps her finish the list. Their deepening friendship–or more?–only adds to Emily’s self-discovery during this summer that changes everything.


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Conversion Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147511553
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Published: Speak - June 16th, 2015

Girls at the elite St. Joan’s Academy in Danvers, Massachusetts–formerly known as Salem Village–are falling ill with bizarre and inexplicable symptoms. News media descends, parents panic, and government agencies try to explain the inexplicable. A parallel storyline follows Ann Putnam, a key figure in the Salem Witch Trials, as she confesses to a minister that her accusations during the trials were false. Both storylines find a perfect sense of place and explore two very different cultures that bred very similar phenomena.


Summer Reading - Ages 10 and Up

Just Ella Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781481420211
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

This Cinderella story turns the classic tale on its head. We meet Ella after the ball, once she’s moved into the castle to be prepped for her wedding with the prince. Life at court is a struggle and disappointment to Ella. When an old friend is put in danger, she has to do whatever it takes to reclaim her life and the person she used to be. Full of sharp wit and empowering, anti-princess gumption. Other available titles in the series are [2] PALACE OF MIRRORS and [3] PALACE OF LIES.


Doll Bones Cover Image
By Holly Black, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416963998
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 14th, 2015

This novel is a critical darling and Newbery Honor-winner, and it’s easy to see why. The story of three friends whose relationships are changing as they grow up takes a ghostly turn when they go on a road trip to bury a haunted porcelain doll. Perfect for advanced middle grade readers and teens alike, this book is very close to perfect.


Lost in the Sun Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399164064
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Published: Philomel Books - May 26th, 2015

A tragedy last year made Trent a pariah at school and seriously messed with his self-confidence. He hopes that middle school will be a fresh start...but soon learns that isn’t the case. When an unexpected friendship challenges Trent to see life differently, he starts to explore the anger that has defined him for months and seek a better understanding of his own insecurity along the way. An emotionally honest and complex coming-of-age story.


Circus Mirandus Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428435
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Published: Dial Books - June 2nd, 2015

When his dying grandfather calls in an old, magical favor, Micah realizes that the whimsical stories he grew up with about the Circus Mirandus were true after all. Thus begins his journey to find the Lightbender and the answers to his questions. Along the way, he finds plenty of circus hijinks and an amazing friend to help him on his journey.


The Glass Sentence Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670785025
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Published: Viking Children's Books - June 12th, 2014

Time was thrown all out of whack in the Great Disruption of 1799. Continents flew into different eras, and history as we know it ceased to be. Thirteen-year-old Sophia is on a mission to get her parents back into her time, before her continent is sealed off and they’re separated forever. This first in a series combines brilliant world-building with time travel and family drama, to stunning effect. Look for the sequel, [2] THE GOLDEN SPECIFIC, on sale 7/14.


The Sound of Life and Everything Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399167751
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

It’s 1950s California, and the world is still reeling from World War II. Ella Mae lost her cousin in the war, but when her aunt meets a scientist claiming he can bring him back with the blood from his dog tags, everyone is skeptical. This science fiction twist comes partially true when a soldier is in fact reborn...just not the right one. Takuma is a Japanese boy and instantly stirs controversy among the anti-Japanese racism of the time period. A story of forgiveness and humanity in the face of immense tragedy.


The Water and the Wild Cover Image
By K. E. Ormsbee, Elsa Mora (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452113869
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 14th, 2015

The only two bright spots in Lottie’s boardinghouse-dwelling, orphaned life are her best friend Eliot and a magical apple tree. However, when Eliot falls incurably ill, Lottie’s yearly present in the apple tree is a journey under its roots to another realm, in which a great healer beckons and magical creatures abound. Reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia and other fantasy classics.


I Kill the Mockingbird Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250068088
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Published: Square Fish - May 26th, 2015

When TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a choice for summer reading, three best friends and mega-fans of Harper Lee’s classic conspire to make it scarce in order to drive demand. They misshelve it at the library and bookstores and make their presence felt on social media. However, when their plan backfires and starts to look like censorship, they have to reevaluate their activism and its unintended consequences. A great, fast-paced read with interesting social implications.


The Night Gardener Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781419715310
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Published: Amulet Books - May 5th, 2015

This Victorian ghost story follows two abandoned children from Ireland to a decrepit English manor that’s entwined with an ancient tree. The house and its inhabitants are not what they initially seem, and the children encounter dark forces and secrets. The most sinister force is the Night Gardener who maintains the magical wish-giving tree but asks a steep price for its prizes. The children must fight the evil curse that controls the manor and escape with their souls intact.


Crown of Three Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481424431
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - June 2nd, 2015

The stars dictate that the triplets will overthrow their evil tyrant father, the King of Toronia, and unite the kingdoms. Scattered to different realms, each is brought up in very different circumstances and develop individual unique abilities. Now, political forces push them to converge on the capital and the throne, but the journey won’t be easy. Like Game of Thrones for older middle graders, this new series is a complex page-turner.


Summer Reading Ages 8 and Up

The Detective's Assistant Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316403511
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

Learn about Kate Warne, the first female detective in the United States, through the eyes of her niece, Nell, in this rousing historical treat. It’s 1859 Chicago, and Nell’s adventures with Aunt Kitty uncover historical mysteries, factoids, and intrigue. Pen pal ciphers, the Underground Railroad, kick-butt lady detectives, and a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln? You can’t beat that.


Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger (Frank Einstein Series #2): Book Two Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419714832
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Published: Amulet Books - March 17th, 2015

This series is a massive hit with our Brazos youngsters! Kid genius Frank Einstein stays with his Uncle Al and gets into all kinds of scientific mayhem. Each book in the series centers on a different scientific concept area, and boy, do they make science fun! Learn in the best possible way: through an exciting, silly, illustrated book! The first title in the series is [1] FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR.


The Underground Abductor: An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781419715365
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Published: Amulet Books - April 21st, 2015

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales bring history to life in fun, sensitive, and engaging graphic novels. The newest addition to the group is no exception. This book recounts a raid by Union soldiers in 1863 that freed a large number of slaves. The even cooler twist? It was planned by Harriet Tubman! Other titles in the non-chronological series are [1] BIG BAD IRONCLAD, [2] TREATIES, TRENCHES, MUD, AND BLOOD, [3] ONE DEAD SPY, and [4] DONNER DINNER PARTY.


The Island of Dr. Libris Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385388443
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

Characters in this book come alive...literally! From the much-beloved author of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY comes a story about summer camp on a mysterious island, where the elusive Dr. Libris tests out his ability to make fictional characters exist in the real world. Twelve-year-old Billy encounters a number of well-known book characters–some nice and some decidedly not-so-nice–in this zany, bibliophilic adventure.


The Imaginary Cover Image
By A. F. Harrold, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780802738110
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - March 3rd, 2015

Fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman will love this beautifully illustrated book about imaginary friends and the whimsical, sometimes dark worlds they create. When Amanda’s imaginary friend Rudger is threatened by an imaginary-friend-eater, Amanda’s belief in him is his only protection. This surprisingly emotional book resonates long after the final pages.


The Fog Diver Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062352934
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Published: HarperCollins - May 26th, 2015

In a futuristic world consumed by poisonous white mist, thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew of young scavengers sail a rickety ship through the now-inhabited sky. When their beloved Mrs. E succumbs to fogsickness, they’ll stop at nothing to get her what she needs to survive. But what happens when evil Lord Kodoc discovers a secret about Chess that could change his life forever? A compelling and wholly original adventure novel perfect for middle grade readers.


The Meaning of Maggie Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781452128764
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 12th, 2015

Maggie is an outspoken, highly motivated, ambitious eleven-year-old with big plans for middle school and beyond. However, all her planning can’t do much to help her dad, who is wheelchair-bound due to MS. The book looks at Maggie’s family as a complex unit and her father’s disease as an important, but not all-encompassing, aspect of their lives. A really special book that’s just right for young readers and adults alike.


Nightingale's Nest Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781595146236
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Published: Razorbill - January 29th, 2015

Little John’s life is really hard: his sister has died, his family is in a financial crisis, and he spends his free time helping his dad with his tree removal business. When he meets Gayle, a girl with a beautiful singing voice and a mysterious history, they become best friends. But when forced to make an impossible choice, how will Little John protect his family AND his friend?


The Boundless Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442472891
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Canadian railroad history meets traveling circus meets action-packed adventure, all with a follow-your-dreams twist in this thrill ride of a book. There’s something for everyone in Will Everett’s journey on the seven mile, 978-car luxury train called The Boundless, whether it’s fighting off swashbuckling rail robbers or navigating a difficult relationship with his father.


El Deafo Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781419712173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - September 2nd, 2014

Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir–about her partial hearing loss and the experience of elementary school friendships with a bulky hearing aid around her neck–is already a Brazos favorite. Her superhero alter-ego, El Deafo, celebrates her technologically enhanced hearing and brings a fantastic lightness to her difficult journey.


The Pirate Who's Afraid of Everything Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062313874
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Published: HarperCollins - February 24th, 2015

Shivers is, as the title of this book suggests, afraid of everything, unlike his family of intimidatingly accomplished–and truly terrifying–pirates. Reluctant readers will love the silly story and illustrations in this seafaring tale, and parents will love the dry wit and complexity of the story. Plus, this is the first in a new series, so read it now and be ahead of the trend!


The League of Beastly Dreadfuls, Book 1 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385370073
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 28th, 2015

Reminiscent of A Series of Unfortunate Events, this book tells the story of Anastasia, an orphan who is whisked away to a former insane asylum after her parents die in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident. Her time with the two wardens–I mean aunties–who run the home is full of eerie and dark humor that will delight fans of Roald Dahl. The text features witty asides to the reader and more zany, suspenseful twists than you can imagine.


Summer Reading - Ages 6 and Up

The 39-Story Treehouse Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250026927
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 7th, 2015

Andy and Terry are back, and their treehouse is better (and taller) than ever! This illustrated chapter book is perfect for new and reluctant readers alike. Adventure, slapstick humor, and two smarty-pants main characters make this series a huge store favorite. Other available titles in the series are [1] THE 13-STORY TREEHOUSE and [2] THE 26-STORY TREEHOUSE.


Emma and the Blue Genie Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke, Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator), Oliver Latsch (Translator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385375405
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

An early chapter book with full color illustrations and a whimsical, magical adventure plot? Sign me up! Join Emma and the powerless blue genie on their epic quest to recover his stolen magical nose ring from a rival genie. This is a wonderful story of friendship with a puppy sidekick to boot!


The Show Must Go On! Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9781616204068
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

This is the first book in the very charming Three Ring Rascals series, about the world’s best and kindest circus troupe. Black and white illustrations bring the whimsical story to life, and the friendly animal characters are sure to be favorites with young readers. Other available titles in the series are [2] THE GREATEST STAR ON EARTH, [3] THE CIRCUS GOES TO SEA, and [4] POP GOES THE CIRCUS.


Logan Pryce Makes a Mess Cover Image
By Grace Gilmore, Petra Brown (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781481426244
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Published: Little Simon - April 7th, 2015

It’s 1892 in Maple Ridge, Illinois, and Logan Pryce is used to working on his family’s farm. When his father starts working in the general store, he’s eager to help, but he soon learns that life in the store is very different from life on the farm. The first in a wholesome (in the best way) new series in the tradition of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, but for a younger audience. Other available titles in the series are [2] THE LUCKY WHEEL and [3] THE BIG CITY, on sale 6/9.


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By Judith Viorst, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442497474
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

Lulu, an especially difficult child, is not very excited to be left at home with a babysitter when her parents go on vacation…WITHOUT HER! She hatches a series of cunning plans to get rid of the sitter, until she learns something that changes her mind and convinces herself that it might not be so bad after all. Full of sharp humor and pitch-perfect illustrations, Lulu is a character young readers won’t soon forget. Other available titles about Lulu are [1] LULU AND THE BRONTOSAURUS and [2] LULU WALKS THE DOG.


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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062268143
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 26th, 2015

Follow Billy Miller during his extraordinarily ordinary second-grade year, in which he learns to love his sister, navigate elementary school, and be more responsible in his family. This is one of those great, believable elementary school stories that kids will surely love. 


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780803740884
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Published: Dial Books - October 9th, 2014

Dory follows a long literary tradition of little girls with big imaginations...znd hers is so big, in fact, that it gets her in trouble. Her parents and older siblings have had enough of her crazy games, but Dory is just getting started. If you love a precocious, energetic heroine with a host of imaginary friends, this is the book for you! Also perfect for all those long-suffering babies of the family. Keep your eyes peeled for the sequel, [2] DORY AND THE REAL TRUE FRIEND, on sale 7/7.


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By Lucy Coats, Brett Bean (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780448461939
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - January 8th, 2015

This is the first in the new Beasts of Olympus series, which interprets Greek myths for early chapter book audiences. This first book tells the story of Demon, son of the god Pan, who is called to Olympus on his tenth birthday to tend the stables of mythical beasts. A fun introduction to the classic stories. The other available title in this series is [2] HOUND OF HADES.


BTAB (Brazos Teen Advisory Board) - Ages 12-18

The Brazos Teen Advisory Board (BTAB), which runs for the duration of the school year, is a great opportunity for teens age 12-18 to take on a deeper role in the store. We accept applications on a rolling basis, and will accept students as spots become available. This is a great opportunity for passionate teen readers to learn about bookselling, write features for our website, and volunteer with in-store events. 

** PRINT YOUR BTAB APPLICATION

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! 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. The program runs year-round, so you can apply anytime!

** PRINT YOUR REGISTRATION FORM 
** PRINT A REVIEW FORM

Diary of the Fall (Michel Laub)

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By Michel Laub, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781590516515
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Other Press (NY) - August 26th, 2014

DIARY OF THE FALL is an example of what great literature can do: make the personal universal, and in so doing reveal new corners of human experience. Told in first person, the narrator looks back at a cruel prank he and his friends pulled on the one non-Jewish student at a Jewish school in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The prank, though unkind, isn’t atrocious; it’s simply a mean stunt pulled by children who later feel ashamed about it.

The prank sparks the narrator’s recognition that his own father, now diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and his grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, were once boys like himself. This single incident in narrator’s past becomes the catalyst for studying a family history, and a mirror on the 20th century. The son, like father, like grandfather, cannot escape history or his own DNA. He belongs to a family of men obsessively documenting their past, even as their futures collapse.

In one small book, DIARY OF THE FALL speaks of tradition, human cruelty, the Holocaust, immigration, the bond between fathers and sons, and how the past is never quite finished with us. It perfectly blends both style and content in unadorned and elegant writing, translated from the Portuguese by the esteemed Margaret Jull Costa. This book has stayed with me for weeks, and I hope it's only the first of Laub's books to be translated into English.


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