The Imagineers

Article by liz

Imagineers trip over rocks walking to school because their thoughts were miles away. They’re always ready to play pretend, spinning stories for friends and parents, or gallivanting through playscapes of their own making. They definitely had--or still have--an imaginary friend, and their copies of Journey or Harry Potter have probably disintegrated from use. These readers love the fantastic and science-fictional, ready for anything to happen and excited to tell the story when it does. For these fans of space, magic, and what-could-be, we have imaginative picture books, rambunctious robots, and whole new worlds to unfold.

Robo-Sauce Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - October 20th, 2015

The dynamic duo of Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri (Dragons Love Tacos, Secret Pizza Party) do it again with this robotically radical story. Bonus: it turns into a ROBO-BOOK. I’m not kidding. Ages 4 and up.


Beyond the Pond Cover Image
By Joseph Kuefler, Joseph Kuefler (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062364272
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 6th, 2015

A boy and his dog explore the depths of the pond behind their house (scuba gear is involved). The beautiful illustrations add a stunning dimension to this imaginative story. Ages 4 and up.


Imaginary Fred Cover Image
By Eoin Colfer, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062379559
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 29th, 2015

Eoin Colfer (the Artemis Fowl series) and Oliver Jeffers (illustrator of everything you love) bring us a subtly clever story of the complex relationships between kids and their imaginary friends. Ages 4 and up.


The Whisper Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544416864
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 6th, 2015

Two-time Caldecott winner Pamela Zagarenski brings her incredible art to her first solo picture picture book! A girl finds a book with no words and invents stories to go with the pictures, lending an interactive feel to this perfect story time book (kids can invent their own stories, too!). Ages 4 and up.


Little Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720800
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 1st, 2015

When a little girl befriends a small robot in a junkyard, it’s up to her to defend him from the big bad bots coming to take him away. This sweet graphic novel is a perfect story for young readers interested in comics! Ages 6 and up.


The Defiant Cover Image
By M. Quint, Lily Padula (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781936365548
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - September 29th, 2015

A boat of students from a school for tough juvies have to work together when their trip to an old sailing vessel takes a turn for the weird. This brilliantly written story of found families and adventure is the first middle-grade novel from hip indie publisher McSweeney’s! Ages 8 and up.


The Marvels Cover Image
By Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Brian Selznick
$32.99
ISBN: 9780545448680
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2015

This new creation from Brian Selznick combines Caldecott-winning art with incredible storytelling. The first half of this book is all pictures; the second half is all words. How do they fit together? Maybe it’s time for a family book club! Ages 8 and up.


The Sword of Summer Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781423160915
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 6th, 2015

A brand-new series from Rick Riordan, set in the universe of his Percy Jackson series--only this time, it’s the children of the Norse gods causing trouble for their half-god children to fix. Ages 10 and up.


The Toymaker's Apprentice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399252952
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 13th, 2015

Based on the original story that inspired The Nutcracker, this fantastic adventure brings a holiday spin to kids lit’s fairy-tales-retold trend. Ages 10 and up.


Dreamstrider Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626720428
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 6th, 2015

This stunning new YA novel is Inception-meets-political drama-meets-fantasy: perfect for teens looking for great drama, great romance, and a great new sandbox to play in. Ages 12 and up.


The Sleeper and the Spindle Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062398246
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2015

Chris Riddell’s spectacular (and creepy) illustrations for Neil Gaiman’s dark twist on the Sleeping Beauty and Snow White stories make this illuminated novella perfect for fans. Ages 13 and up.


Illuminae Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553499117
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

This space opera romance is a multimedia novel like you’ve never seen before. Filled with chat logs, illustrations, classified interviews, and so much more, ILLUMINAE is on a planet of its own. Ages 14 and up.


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