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Joy Interviews Ellen Hopkins, author of CLOSER TO NOWHERE

I first met Ellen Hopkins in person about a decade ago, introduced by a mutual friend at a writer’s conference. I was very new to this industry then, my first YA novel about to come out, basically in awe of getting to talk to someone whose work I so very much admired. Here’s the thing about Ellen that her fans know: She is the real deal: passionate and intense and kind and always willing to pay it forward if she can. Many #kidlit authors are, actually, but Ellen is particularly generous with her time and friendship, and I’ve always appreciated this more than I can say.

Closer to Nowhere Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108611
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

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Joy Interviews Lucas Rocha, author of WHERE WE GO FROM HERE

One thing we all love here at Brazos Bookstore is discovering new authors! So of course when Scholastic approached us about doing an event with Brazilian debut author Lucas Rocha for his YA novel WHERE WE GO FROM HERE, which Scholastic has recently translated into English from Brazilian Portuguese, I was very excited, even more so when I dug into the book. Characters living with HIV, falling in love, finding their way - Rocha’s book is a superb read.

Where We Go From Here Cover Image
By Lucas Rocha, Larissa Helena (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338556247
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Push - June 2nd, 2020

Joy Interviews Zoraida Córdova, author of THE WAY TO RIO LUNA

I’ve been a fan of Zoraida Córdova’s YA novels since the beginning, so I’m always on the lookout for her newest titles. But what an extra treat to find that she has also dipped her writerly toes in the world of middle grade novels with THE WAY TO RIO LUNA, her newest fantasy out this week from Scholastic. It's got this great classic Narnia sort of feel, with secrets lands and adventures and gently scary villains - perfect for younger middle schoolers and up!

The Way to Rio Luna Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338239546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 2nd, 2020

French Snail Adventures: Joy and Laura G Interview Dashka Slater

ESCARGOT, the story of a fabulous French snail, is one of our favorite picture books here at Brazos. So of course, Laura and I were totally over the moon with excitement when Macmillan told us that they’d accepted our pitch for events and school visits for its fabulous author, Dashka Slater, for the sequel, A BOOK FOR ESCARGOT. And then came the spread of COVID-19 and events began to cancel one by one. 

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By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374312862
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 7th, 2020

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By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374302818
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 11th, 2017

Brazos Bestsellers

Here's a list of the top selling books at Brazos Bookstore this week!

Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069606
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781620974209
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: New Press - December 3rd, 2019

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Reinhardt's Garden Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895620
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - October 1st, 2019

Scammed (Vale Hall #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250175830
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Tor Teen - February 4th, 2020

The Light Here Changes Everything: A Novella Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781680031928
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas Review Press - September 24th, 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735219090
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

Homie: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450109
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020

A History of the Cat in Nine Chapters or Less Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781936196968
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: C&r Press - October 15th, 2019

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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

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Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780292759510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2019

Brazos Staff Share Their Favorite Books from Childhood

Look at these photos! We were all undeniably adorable and we were also all incredible bookworms! Here are some of our all-time favorite books from when we were kids. Take a look, relive those golden days of childhood, and check out our picks in-store on the green cube outside the kid's room! Feeling nostalgic? Come on in and tell us about your most beloved stories!

Redwall: A Tale from Redwall Cover Image
By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142302378
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Firebird - September 30th, 2002

 SONIA

High fantasy and talking animals? Yes, please! The once and future Sonia will always have a soft spot for the lovely little critters that populate Brian Jacques's Redwall series. The first book in particular, propelled by the threat posed to the picturesque Redwall Abbey by Cluny the Scourge and the unlikely heroism of the mouse Matthias, holds a special place in my heart. A great read for adventurers of all sizes and species!


Hitty Her First Hundred Years Cover Image
By Rachel Field, Dorothy P. Lathrop (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689822841
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Aladdin - September 1st, 1998

 LAURA M.

1. This is an almost forgotten children's book written long before my actual childhood, but it was one of my favorites growing up. In the vein of Edward Tulane, this is the tale of a little wooden doll and her many adventures, from her first home in a small New England town to her voyage across the ocean all the way to India. Loved the gorgeous woodcut illustrations and imagining the secret lives of my own toys.


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$8.99
ISBN: 9780064401210
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - January 22nd, 2002

2. This book and the movie Fly Away Home inspired my OBSESSION with geese as a kid. This is the charming story of a girl growing up on the shores of Walden Pond, who one night is visited by a Canada goose who teaches her how to fly. A beautiful, poignant book about the power of imagination, generosity, and the quiet kind of strength.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064404990
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2008

MARK

*note: Mark did not provide a baby photo, so this was chosen for him. It is still an accurate depiction of him as a child.


A Picture of Freedom (Dear America) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780545242530
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scholastic Press - January 1st, 2011

 LYRIC

I compulsively read and re-read the Dear America books when I was in middle school in 2001. At the time there were dozens, now there are only 5 available to order. You should be able to find the rest at your local library, as I did all those years ago. I recently revisited A PICTURE OF FREEDOM, and it handled difficult, complex subjects beautifully, while remaining true to historical reality. The series were just some of the many books that instilled in me a love of reading and writing and imagining!


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142408810
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Puffin Books - April 5th, 2007

 KEATON

*note: This is the photo Keaton provided. Any issues with accuracy must be taken up with Keaton.

I don't know what is was about this book. Maybe it just found me at the right time, but TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING is the first book I ever read that really resonated with me as a reader--even if I didn't know what that meant at the time! The feelings of being overlooked and overwhelmed as a child trying to build a sense of individuality, the horrors of a younger sibling, the earliest twinge of social awkwardness developing at school. What can I say? Judy Blume just GOT 9-10 year old Keaton! It's one of my earliest memories of feeling seen in a work of fiction, and I still love TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING to this day.


The First Horror (Fear Street #1) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780671885625
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Simon Pulse - August 1st, 1994

 ALANA

Fear Street. I specifically remember checking out The Prom Queen. The girl on the cover was wearing a very 80s/early 90s puffy sleeved dress and her reflection in the window/mirror WAS A SKULL. Trippy. So someone is murdering all the prom queen candidates at Shadyside High. Teen hijinks and murder ensue. I'm not sure why 11 year old Alana liked reading spooky things, but here we are.


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$5.99
ISBN: 9780439551892
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Orchard Books - May 1st, 2003

 CASSIE

This book is all about a group of kittens who were born with wings. They decide to escape the danger of city life and fly away. Country life, however, is not as easy as they expect. I remember being completely spellbound by the illustrations, and my mom could get me to read anything if it was about a cat.


Half Magic (Tales of Magic #1) Cover Image
By Edward Eager, Alice Hoffman (Introduction by), N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544671720
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

 JOY

When I was eight I discovered Edward Eager's HALF MAGIC, which is about British siblings who, one boring summer, find a magic amulet on the ground which allows all sorts of amazing wishes to come true... but only half way. I adored this book. I read it over and over, scouring our Chicago neighborhood, hoping to stumble on a magic amulet and make my own boring summer with my younger brother become magical. I mean, who doesn't want to transform into a quippy British kid who finds magic? I'm still waiting, only slightly bitter.


Feelings Cover Image
By Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780688065188
Availability: Backordered
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 21st, 2019

 TRACI

I've always had a lot of them. Feelings. 


The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon #1): The Hidden Stairs And The Magic Carpet Cover Image
By Tony Abbott, Tim Jessell (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780590108393
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 1999

 LAURA G

1. I have never once met anyone else who's read THE SECRETS OF DROON, but everyone should know about it! This chapter book series has magic, adventure, llamas with six legs, and talking pillows called Lumpys! If that doesn't strike your fancy I don't know what will!


The Girl Who Could Fly (Piper McCloud #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250072467
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Square Fish - October 27th, 2015

2. Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie! This is a soaring tale of a farm girl who's just a little bit different. It's odd, it's sweet, it's one of my all-time favorites! Just read the first page and tell me you're not in love! You just can't keep a good girl down!


Joy Interviews Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Author and Illustrator of COWIE

I met picture book author/illustrator Elizabeth Rose Stanton a few years ago at a weekend writer’s event at the fabulous Writing Barn in Austin. I fell in love with the quirky fun of her picture book HENNY, about this chicken with arms. Yes, arms! ERS has a gentle style - whimsical yet thoughtful. Her books speak to our need to be ourselves, to have the world accept us for who we are… even if we’re a chicken with arms!

Cowie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 7th, 2020

Joy Interviews Janet Gurtler, editor of You Too?

One of the greatest things about being both an author of numerous books for young people as well as being the Children’s Programming Director here at Brazos is being able to help support amazing authors whose careers I’ve followed for a while. I’ve known Janet Gurtler for over a decade now, and I’m a huge fan of her work, particularly her contemporary YA novels such as I’M NOT HER. Now, she’s stepping into an editor/author role with the YOU TOO? anthology, out this week from Harper.

You Too?: 25 Voices Share Their #metoo Stories Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335929082
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Inkyard Press - January 7th, 2020

I'm Not Her Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781402256363
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - May 1st, 2011

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