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Middle School, Journaling, and a Life in Poems: An Interview with Ellen Hagan

Ellen Hagan is so many things: Author. Poet. Performer. Educator. Self-proclaimed documentarian. She is also the author of RECKLESS, GLORIOUS, GIRL, a lovely, heartwarming middle grade novel in verse set in her home state of Kentucky. I raced through this book, drawn to the characters and story. Seventh grade, as Ellen and I discuss below, is such a strange and specific time, and Ellen brings those feelings and emotions to life so wonderfully. Here’s what she had to say when we chatted. 


 

Reckless, Glorious, Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547604609
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 23rd, 2021

Mystery Houses and Family: An Interview with Elana K. Arnold

I’ve been a huge fan of Elana K. Arnold’s fearless and varied work for years now. Elana writes everything from picture books to middle grade novels to brilliant YA/adult crossovers and more. Always her stories dig into what it means to be human and the often fascinating moments where the everyday and ordinary meet the strange and unusual. Her newest middle grade novel, THE HOUSE THAT WASN’T THERE is simply brilliant and we’ll be hosting her in May to discuss it with our middle grade book club for readers 8-12!

The House That Wasn't There Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062937063
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 30th, 2021

Kid's Bookmark Contest 2021

We give out a LOT of bookmarks here at Brazos, and we are always looking for new ideas for their design. So once again we’re asking kids to lend their artistic expertise to our annual Bookmark Contest! Download the official entry form here! Artwork and completed entry forms must be returned to Brazos Bookstore either in store or scanned and emailed to laura.graveline@brazosbookstore.com

 

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 28th.

 

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr: Husband and Wife, Author and Illustrator

What’s more fun than a husband/wife author/illustrator duo? Getting to interview Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, that’s what? We have been huge fans since they visited the store one Spring Break in the before times, and so it was a great pleasure to chat with them about their new MG series, THE COOKIE CHRONICLES. And they even provided illustrations!

 

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom (Cookie Chronicles #1) Cover Image
By Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593302750
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Endless Waiting (Cookie Chronicles #2) Cover Image
By Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593302767
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Brazos Treehouse Spring Break 2021: Digging for Dinos!

We couldn't be more excited to announce our Virtual Spring Break program for 2021: Digging for Dinos! Check out our schedule below to learn more about our Paleontological Plans!


TONI BUZZEO - WHEN SUE FOUND SUE

Saturday, March 13 at 3pm

Loving Love and Queer Inclusion: Joy Interviews author Jason June

I first got to know author Jason June when he was my literary agent’s assistant! The three of us would have conference calls about whatever manuscript I was working on and my agent would be tough-loving me with everything that needed to be fixed, while Jason June kept calling out how great it was in the background.

Porcupine Cupid Cover Image
By Jason June, Lori Richmond (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481481014
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - December 1st, 2020

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective Cover Image
By Jason June, Jess Pauwels (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481462716
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 18th, 2017

Search for the Sparkle (Mermicorn Island #1) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338685183
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2021

Narwhal Adventure! (Mermicorn Island #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338685190
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2021

Jay's Gay Agenda Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063015159
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Published: HarperTeen - June 1st, 2021

Ancestor Approved: An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, founder of Heartdrum

I’ve known Austin’s remarkable and talented Cynthia Leitich Smith for well over a decade now. In that time she’s been a friend, mentor, and one of the most creative and generous authors I’ve had the privilege of working with. Author, teacher, and now head of the Harper’s new, Native-American focused imprint, Heartdrum, Cyn has always strived to make a difference, to nurture other creatives, and push herself to new projects. It was my pleasure and honor to get to talk to her about all of this as the first Heartdrum book, SEA IN WINTER, arrives onto shelves.

The Sea in Winter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062872043
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Published: Heartdrum - January 5th, 2021

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062869944
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Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

Sisters of the Neversea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062869975
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Published: Heartdrum - June 1st, 2021

The Brazos Kids Holiday Catalogue 2020!

We are so very excited to introduce our Holiday Kids’ List! There’s something here for everyone, for all tastes and interests – from our youngest readers to middle schoolers – because we all know that a good book is a good book and that crosses all age lines! Please note that this year our YA picks will be filtered in with our Adult Fiction Picks, found here!

The Texas Bluebonnet Award 2021-2022 List

The Texas Library Association has officially announced their list for the 2021-2022 Bluebonnet Award! You can find their list here on the Brazos website!

Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students to read a minimum of five books from the list. In January, students vote for their favorite title and the books with the most votes win!

Act (A Click Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780358206354
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Published: Etch/HMH Books for Young Readers - July 21st, 2020

The Best of Iggy Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sam Ricks (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781984813305
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

The Canyon's Edge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316494694
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

Efrén Divided Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062881687
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 31st, 2020

The Elephant's Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593121221
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 19th, 2020

Follow Those Zebras: Solving a Migration Mystery Cover Image
$31.99
ISBN: 9781541538375
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - April 7th, 2020

A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684371501
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Wordsong - March 18th, 2020

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera Cover Image
By Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442850
Availability: Backordered
Published: Neal Porter Books - February 4th, 2020

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781368051835
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 28th, 2020

Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780762466986
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Published: Running Press Kids - October 1st, 2019

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read Cover Image
By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524768287
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 7th, 2020

Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524766719
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Scary Stories for Young Foxes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250181428
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 30th, 2019

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver Cover Image
By Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062430151
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello / Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello Cover Image
By Monica Brown, Elisa Chavarri (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780892394234
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - August 18th, 2020

Someplace to Call Home Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781585364145
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - October 1st, 2019

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Story #1) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547600564
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 28th, 2020

Words on Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338275476
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

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
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

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