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Dive into Summer!

Join us for summer excitement for all ages! Our summer of fun includes ocean themes galore, in conjunction with our Summer of Moby Dick.

Summer Reading Kickoff! | Saturday, 6/2 @ 2pm

Splash into summer with a party for all ages, featuring activities and a parking lot cookout


A Brazos Bookstore Wild Rumpus | Sunday, 6/10 @ 2pm

Get wild on Maurice Sendak's birthday with games, readings, costumes, and other fun surprises

Staff Chat: Tradition is Not An Excuse

Joy: We’re going to be talking about TRADITION today, the new YA coming out by Brendan Kiely. We’re all excited about it here in store! Basically, the setting is Fullbrook Academy, which is an elite private boarding school with (as the title indicates) lots of traditions.

James Baxter, a hockey star and former football star, has had something tragic happen while playing sports at his public school and he’s gotten a second chance. He comes to Fullbrook, where he definitely feels like a fish out of water.

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ISBN: 9781481480345
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 2018

Prep Schools, Misogyny, and How Men Can Be Better Feminists: Joy Interviews YA Author Brendan Kiely

I first had the privilege of meeting Brendan Kiely in Fall 2016 at the Young Adult Literature Conference hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois, just south of Chicago, where we were both speaking. I had read his ALL AMERICAN BOYS, which he co-wrote with Jason Reynolds and which deftly explores racism and police violence in America. Like everyone else, I was in awe of this book and its authors. Kiely himself was funny and humble and kind and a million other adjectives that basically boil down to awesome human being.

Joy Interviews YA Author Kami Garcia

We recently had the great privilege escorting bestselling YA author Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series) to a day of school visits on her tour for her newest YA, Broken Beautiful Hearts, the timely and engaging story of a star soccer player who must rebuild her life and stand up against abuse after her boyfriend pushes her down a flight of stairs when she confronts him about his use of steroids. Kami sat down to talk to Children Specialist Joy about her own story, about writing YA, and about life, fame and writing.

Here’s what Kami had to say.

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ISBN: 9781250079206
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Imprint - February 6th, 2018

Bookmark Contest - 2018

We give out a LOT of bookmarks here at Brazos, and we are always looking for new ideas for their design. This spring we’re asking kids to lend their artistic expertise to our annual Bookmark Contest! Download the official entry form here and return it to the store by Sunday, April 29, 2018. We’ll announce the winners at our summer reading kickoff party on Saturday, June 2nd at 2pm!

Staycation in the Bayou City: Spring Break for the Whole Family!

Mark your calendars for a Brazos Bookstore Kids’ Treehouse weeklong family-friendly extravaganza of all things Houston! From stories to crafts to yummy themed-snacks, special guests, and a few surprises, this is going to be one fantastic Houston Proud Spring Break week of fun (events all-ages unless otherwise noted). Click on each date below to go to the event page.

Saturday, March 10 @10:30am

From Pan de Muerto to Cheesy Breakfast: Joy Talks Magical Bakeries and Family Tradition with Debut Author Anna Meriano

I first met author Anna Meriano through author and friend of the store Caroline Leech, who couldn’t sing Anna’s praises loud enough. So I’ve been eagerly anticipating Anna’s debut middle grade fantasy, LOVE SUGAR MAGIC, which is out now and garnering lots of wonderful starred reviews! We are all doubly delighted to be able to host the LOVE SUGAR MAGIC Houston Launch Party on Friday 1/12 at 7 PM. It’s going to be a blast.

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By Anna Meriano, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062498465
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Walden Pond Press - January 2nd, 2018

2017 Kids Holiday Catalog

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 teens and beyond – because we all know that a good book is a good book and that crosses all age lines! As we do all year long, our hope for our Holiday list is that we are bringing our customers a thoughtfully-curated collection of the best of what is new in children’s and young adult literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

Love Gone Wrong: Joy Interviews Lauren Strasnick

The arrival of a new Lauren Strasnick book is always cause for celebration! For me, there is just something uniquely brilliant about her spare prose, about her willingness to go to darker places and to tell relationship stories that don’t always have happy endings. Not that I’m opposed to happy endings or anything, but I do appreciate when an author writes the ending the story needs, even if it might not be the one readers are rooting for.

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ISBN: 9780062418722
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 25th, 2017

Five YA Books You Should Read This Summer... Or Anytime!

So here’s the deal. I think teens should read whatever books they want to read without having to discuss it with their parental units or write a report for school or otherwise prove to anyone other than themselves that they have read the book and it has meant something to them. Reading is wonderful and subversive like that and it should remain that way.

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ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

I’ve talked about Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE before, but I’m talking it up again because it’s still on the NYTimes Bestseller list and it’s still a new, important voice as we chip slowly away at all the nuances of racism in America and in a more updated contemporary setting/situation than a classic like say, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Read it. Then discuss with everyone you know. I put this one our our Summer Reading list, but it really belongs on every list.

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By Andrew Smith, Sam Bosma (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442444935
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Want a book that absolutely nails being a teenage boy and is a newer take on this than something like CATCHER IN THE RYE? Then grab a copy of Andrew Smith’s WINGER. It’s been out since 2013, and it’s as brilliant as day one--funny and real and romantic and heartbreaking and yeah, a little inappropriate. Just like the real thing.

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ISBN: 9780062683038
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTeen - June 6th, 2017

And speaking of funny and heartfelt and spot on teen voice, out new in paperback with a new, awesome cover, is Sarah Mlynowski’s TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE) is a wonderful, clever, contemporary that asks the question all of us would say yes to: If given the opportunity at sixteen, would you move in with a friend and live parent-free? Without them knowing. And with all sorts of humorous and serious consequences. Mlynowski proves you can write a compulsively readable and funny book and STILL take teens seriously.

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ISBN: 9780544586505
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarion Books - March 7th, 2017

I’m hoping you’ve already read Benjamin Saenz’s ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF the UNIVERSE. If not, then start there. When you’re finished, continue with his newest, THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE, which touches on everything we angst about growing up-- love and friendship and family and the tough question of belonging. Saenz’s work is brilliant as always, touching on race, sexuality, poverty, feminism and more.(Some good read-alikes include two others on our summer reading list: Becky Albertalli’s much lighter and humorous yet nuanced THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED and Adam Silvera’s HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME).

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ISBN: 9781510710405
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Sky Pony - May 9th, 2017

What happens when a good kid makes some bad choices? The answer gets explored in THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP Katie A. Nelson’s contemporary YA retelling of THE GREAT GATSBY, set in a boarding prep school. If you’ve read Gatsby, or even if you haven’t, the themes and characters will resonate powerfully. Cause let’s face it, we’ve all made some spectacularly bad choices, haven’t we?

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ISBN: 9780399171635
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

Okay, yes, I know I said 5. But I’m sneaking in a 6th. THE FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh. Mulan meets Throne of Glass, set in Feudal Japan. Everyone needs a sweeping fantasy for a summer read. With the daughter of a samurai masquerading as a boy to infiltrate the clan of bandits trying to kill her. Yup. You’ll love this one. It is the new fantasy you need right now in this summer of Wonder Woman. Because girl power plus cultural nuance plus magic realism? Yes. Yes.

Happy reading!