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April Featured Titles in the Treehouse

April is the coolest month, bringing great books into the Treehouse… Okay, I'll stop butchering Eliot, but I really am excited for this April assortment of features! Take a look at our favorite, most Treehouse-patron-pleasing books this month!

 

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A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481448895
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a hungry lion, and a bunch of other adorable animals. But as the animals start to disappear one by one...hmm…what's going on here? Look, I won't spoil the twists, plural, in A HUNGRY LION, OR A DWINDLING ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS,  but this picture book is complete perfection. The illustrations are hilarious, the language and pacing are spot-on, and the surprise ending(s) will delight clever kids. It's the next favorite story for fans of I WANT MY HAT BACK.


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The Wild Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316381994
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

We love Peter Brown's picture books (MR TIGER GOES WILD is a store favorite!), so we were super excited to hear he's brought his wit and wisdom to middle grade fiction! THE WILD ROBOT is a beautiful, uplifting story about a robot, lost in a shipwreck, who "wakes up" on an isolated, human-free island. Her only programmed directive: to help. The friendships that build between Roz and the animals, the action-filled ending, and the kid-friendly environmental themes make THE WILD ROBOT a winner in storytelling, heart, and hope.

 


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The Passion of Dolssa Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451469922
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

Parents, read this one with your teens--there's so much wonderful depth and dimension to this historical tale. Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious teenage girl in 1200s France--so fervent that she's compelled to preach to her town. Naturally, the Inquisition condemns her as an "unnatural" woman and forces Dolssa to flee. Her flight, and the friendship that grows between her and Botille, the teenage matchmaker who harbors Dolssa in her home, shine a great light on how various labels have affected women who live outside the norm all throughout history. Plus? It's a beautifully written story with incredibly affecting characters. Pick it up.

 


It's Spring Break at Brazos!

I don't know about you, but when I was in school, I would always look forward to Spring Break--pretty much from the first day back of spring semester, honestly. Sure, overworked students love any kind of break, but Spring Break is special! It officially inaugurates the feeling of warmth, of days starting to grow longer, of summer being right around the corner. It sparks a little wanderlust, a getaway kind of excitement. We've got a ton of Spring Break excitement coming up this month--take a look!

Imani's Moon Cover Image
By JaNay Brown-Wood, Hazel Mitchell (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781934133576
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mackinac Island Press - October 14th, 2014

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian Cover Image
By Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781481421331
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin - April 14th, 2015

The Green Bicycle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525428060
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 22nd, 2015

Boxers (Boxers & Saints #1) Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596433595
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Saints (Boxers & Saints #2) Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator), Lark Pien (Inked or colored by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596436893
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Paris, Modigliani & Me Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941311912
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Luminis Books, Inc. - November 1st, 2015

Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781554987238
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Groundwood Books - September 15th, 2015

Our March Featured Titles in the Brazos Treehouse

We're filling March with magic with this month's featured Brazos Treehouse titles! Read on to discover the charming and captivating books we can't stop talking about this month.

 

The Night Gardener Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481439787
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to add just a touch of magic to the ordinary things around you? THE NIGHT GARDENER is all about the way a sleepy town awakens to the joy of nature around them through the work of a mysterious gardener moving through their midst. The moment you hold this book in your hands, you know it's a work of art. Whether it's the sweet, simple story of a neighborhood transformed by beauty, or the delicately crafted and absolutely stunning illustrations, THE NIGHT GARDENER takes me back to the first time I saw an ordinary thing transformed into something extraordinary.


The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780451476333
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

A group of children get more danger than they bargained for in the spooky Scottish castle to which they've been sent to escape the London Blitz--I got goosebumps down my spine reading the first page of THE CHARMING CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, and they didn't go away for a second reading all the rest of it. This captivating mystery mixes magic and spies with just the right amount of chills to make one heck of a page-turner. With its great cast of characters and utterly original premise, it's a fantastic book for middle-grade adventurers!


The Head of the Saint Cover Image
By Socorro Acioli, Daniel Hahn (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780553537925
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Delacorte Press - March 8th, 2016

Brazos loves books in translation, and this March we're bringing that love to the Brazos Treehouse! Our featured YA book this month comes from one of Brazil's best-loved authors of children's literature, coming to the United States for the first time! When newly-orphaned Samuel takes shelter from a storm inside the hollow head of a sculpture of St. Anthony, he's not expecting the music that echoes through it--or the prayers of the townsfolk that he hears echoing through like whispers. THE HEAD OF THE SAINT is a gorgeous story of magical realism, faith, and humor, unlike anything you've read before.


February Features in the Treehouse!

February is fantastic! We've got so many excellent books new on our shelves this month, it's ridiculous. Take a look at these three featured titles for the month of February--guaranteed to please all the readers in your family!

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Over-Scheduled Andrew Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781770494848
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Tundra Books - January 12th, 2016

This month's picture book should strike a chord with every single family who's bursting with activities! OVER-SCHEDULED ANDREW is hilarious and delightful--the story of a very busy little penguin who soon learns that maybe it's best not to do everything, but to find your true passions instead! 


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Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016

Our featured middle-grade title, PAX, hits the same soft bits in my heart as classics like SHILOH and WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. This story of a boy and his fox is Homeward Bound across the divide of nature, war: a gorgeously compelling story of friendship.


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Salt to the Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399160301
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - February 2nd, 2016

I've been waiting for our featured young adult novel, SALT TO THE SEA, for months, Treehouse fans. This new novel from Ruta Sepetys seamlessly merges the viewpoints of four teenagers--refugees, soldiers, and everyone in between--as they flee East Prussia in the last days of World War II. It's painful yet hopeful, and a perfect book for parents and teens to read together (it's been compared to ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, another masterpiece of WWII historical fiction!).

 


I Rise! I Rise! I Rise!: Black History Month with Brazos Treehouse

Freedom in Congo Square Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499801033
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: little bee books - January 5th, 2016

Slaves in New Orleans were allowed to congregate for half a day on Sundays in Congo Square, where they had their own market, with dancing and music. The countdown to Sunday is documented faithfully in this gorgeous picture book, bringing color to a little-known event in the bleak history of slavery. 


New Shoes Cover Image
By Susan Lynn Meyer, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823425280
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2015

When the harsh racism of segregation makes it difficult to even buy a pair of new shoes, Ella Mae and Charlotte take matters into their own hands. This story of resilience and resourcefulness is a great look into histories that still live today!


We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781561458448
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - February 1st, 2015

Did you know that over 4,000 children marched willingly to jail in Birmingham in 1963? This peaceful protest helped desegregate one of the most racially violent cities in America. Cynthia Levinson's exhaustively researched book is a must-have.


Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316070133
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 30th, 2013

This parallel biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson follows both of them from their youth to their meeting, when Jackson sang to accompany King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech. A glorious look at the way civil rights and gospel music intertwined.


The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial Cover Image
By Susan E. Goodman, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780802737397
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - January 5th, 2016

When Sarah Roberts was banned from a white school in 1847 Boston, her family's court case made history. This first challenge to segregation, long before the Civil War began, paved the legal road for equal rights for all.


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: 40th Anniversary Special Edition Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781101993880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - January 5th, 2016

Mildred D. Taylor's classic gets a beautiful update in this 40th anniversary edition of ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY. With a new introduction by National Book Award winner (and author of BROWN GIRL DREAMING) Jacqueline Woodson, as well as new cover art and material from Mildred D. Taylor's life, it's essential for both collectors and newcomers to the work.


Sugar Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316043069
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Ninth Ward Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316043083
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2012

These two stories from master writer Jewell Parker Rhodes are absolutely essential middle-grade novels, whether looking far back at slavery or as close as Hurricane Katrina. With strong characters and incredible emotional journeys, these new classics can't be missed.


Juba!: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062112712
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amistad - October 13th, 2015

You can't miss this last novel from Walter Dean Myers, who won literally every major award possible in the field of children's literature. Based on the true life story of William Henry Lane, a young black dancer who forever changed tap, jazz, and step dancing, JUBA! is a brilliant historical novel and lively look into the history of black dance.


January Featured Titles in the Brazos Treehouse

We're kicking off a new year with a new feature in the Brazos Treehouse: featured titles! We'll have a featured picture book, middle-grade book, and young adult book each month to show you our very favorite new books.

 

Worm Loves Worm Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2016

In January, our picture book is WORM LOVES WORM, an utterly squeal-inducing story of two worms who decide to get married. This is a love story for everyone and a wonderful story of sharing and compromise. Perfect for spring!

 


Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780553510409
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2016

For middle-graders, we have MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS: the long-awaited sequel to store favorite ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY! Games maker Mr. Lemoncello is at it again, and this new tale has just as much delightful mystery and adventure as the first!

 


Anna and the Swallow Man Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553513349
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

This month's YA pick is sure to become a classic like NUMBER THE STARS--it's another incredible story of a young girl finding courage in an impossible time. ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN is both a heart-in-your-throat adventure story and a slow, thoughtful historical tale. It's lyrical, a little magical, and a lot incredible. Stop by the store and pick up a chapter sampler, and be sure to pre-order your copy of this brilliant book!


Changing the Status Quo of YA: A Q&A with Ashley Hope Pérez

I had two quotes running in my head, on and off, constantly, while reading Ashley Hope Pérez's OUT OF DARKNESS: "History is written by the winners," and "hope is the thing with feathers." This painful, poetic novel hits you hard with unflinchingly realized descriptions of the stark racial and class divisions still crippling our society—and then it gives you such wonderful moments of hope and connection that it makes all the tears worthwhile.

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Out of Darkness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781467742023
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - September 1st, 2015

Ashley Hope Pérez signs OUT OF DARKNESS on Saturday, January 9 at 7PM

Reserve your copy online or call 713-523-0701


A Wonderland of Alices

This year is the BEST year to be an Alice in Wonderland fan! In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic, publishers all around the world have put their best print forward to create a stunning array of celebratory Alice work. Let me be clear: I would have an entire library solely set aside for Alice in Wonderland-related books if I could.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Hugh Haughton (Introduction by), Hugh Haughton (Notes by), John Tenniel (Illustrator), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780141192468
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - March 10th, 2010

This clothbound edition of Alice and Looking-Glass is just too sweet. The bright flamingos from the classic croquet scene are the perfect unexpected motif. The portable size, quality Penguin introduction, and further reading list make it a great gift for a younger Alice fan.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 3


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: 150th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Charlie Lovett (Introduction by), John Tenniel (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143107620
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - July 7th, 2015

And while we’re talking Penguin, I adore the cover of this new Penguin Classics deluxe edition of both Alice and Looking-Glass. This is the edition I would probably grab for my personal Alice needs: it’s paperback and portable, gorgeously designed, with one of the trippiest incarnations of the Cheshire Cat I’ve ever seen on a cover. Perfect for on-the-go Alice needs.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 2


Alice's Adventures Under Ground Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Charles Santore (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604335729
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Cider Mill Press - September 8th, 2015

Surprise! This stunning collector’s edition features the original draft of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first titled “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” when Charles Lutwidge Dodgson first set it to paper after telling the story to his young listeners. This original draft is faithfully reproduced here with all-new illustrations from illustrator Charles Santore. A must-have for any Alice connoisseur.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 3


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Tales (Knickerbocker Classics) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Lori M. Campbell (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631060687
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Race Point Publishing - May 19th, 2015

This slipcased hardcover is a big ol’ book, and not as modern in its design as some of the other editions we have here, but none of that matters: this edition has not only Alice and Looking-Glass, but Carroll’s other works, including The Hunting of the Snark! This “Agony in Eight Fits” is the pinnacle of nonsense poetry, and Carroll’s other poems and stories are great additions to the collection.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 4


The Complete Alice: with the Original Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel in Full Colour Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator), Philip Pullman (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781627794350
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 15th, 2015

This immense storybook comes from Macmillan, the original publishers of Alice. Their storied status gives them access to Carroll treasures, including the originals for the illustrated plates in this edition: colored versions of John Tenniel’s illustrations. This gilt-edged, family-reading-friendly edition comes with a “deleted scene” from the original text of Looking-Glass, and an introduction by the modern master of allegorical fantasy, Philip Pullman.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 4


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Macmillan Classics) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Hilary McKay (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781447273080
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Pan Macmillan - September 1st, 2015

Through the Looking-Glass (Macmillan Classics) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781447273097
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pan Macmillan - September 1st, 2015

These editions together make a truly special gift set, perfect for a family library or an eager younger reader. With the original illustrations, gorgeous design, and insightful introductions, Macmillan proves that the first publisher is still sometimes the greatest publisher. I love these. They’re classic, lovely, and timeless.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 2


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: 150th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dali (Illustrator), Mark Burstein (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691170022
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - September 29th, 2015

It’s Salvador Dali illustrating Alice in Wonderland. You already know you need this book. But if you needed further convincing, there’s a fascinating introduction about Dali and Carroll’s connections, the mathematical basis behind Alice, and analysis of the logical, mathematical aspects of Dali’s art.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 3


The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Annotated Books) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Martin Gardner (Editor), John Tenniel (Illustrator)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393245431
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015

This deluxe version of Norton’s annotated edition is a joy to hold, read, and study. It’s a comprehensive collection of scholarship on Alice, Looking-Glass, and their creator, including filmographies, illustrations from dozens of different artists, and all previous annotations and introductions to Norton’s scholarly editions. Plus, it’s just gorgeous. If you want to know absolutely everything about historical scholarship of Alice, you can’t pick up something better.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 5


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded: The Full Text of Lewis Carroll's Novel with its Many Hidden Meanings Revealed Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780385682268
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Canada - September 29th, 2015

...Exceeeept maybe Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded. I couldn’t believe at first that this book was just about the first Alice story--it’s huge! This gorgeous book is coffee-table-sized and as chock-full of fascinating information as the Norton edition. David Day’s two continuous commentaries, all on his own research, argue that Alice provides a complete classical education--in full color. I’m obsessed with this new addition to Alice studies.

Cheshire Cat Smile-o-Meter: 5


Perfectly Drawn Tales: Graphic Novels for Young Readers

I can count on one hand the number of literary trends I've been INCREDIBLY JAZZED ABOUT in the last five years: fairytale retellings, We Need Diverse Books, Tudor-inspired historical fiction, and--drumroll--graphic novels! I devoured graphic novels, both manga-inspired and Western, in middle school and high school, and have vivid memories of needing to really scour the shelves for them.
 

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608867370
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: BOOM! Box - October 13th, 2015

LUMBERJANES LUMBERJANES LUMBERJAAANES--ahem. I am on fire for this comic series, now collected in two (the second volume just hit shelves Tuesday!) trade paperbacks. It's a totally rad summer camp story about friendship, adventure, and kicking the butt of any supernatural disaster that threatens Lumberjanes Camp. LUMBERJANES is a favorite with comic reviewers and a great read for girls of any age. 


Avis Dolphin Cover Image
By Frieda Wishinsky, Willow Dawson (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781554984893
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Groundwood Books - May 5th, 2015

In my humble opinion, the rise of graphic novels has allowed for some really amazing experiments in illustrations and format in kids lit--like this wonderful graphic-novel-inside-a-novel middle grade story, AVIS DOLPHIN. This gorgeously crafted story of a young girl and the crossing of the Lusitania, and the stories shared with her by a kindly old professor.


Secret Coders Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781626720756
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 29th, 2015

Puzzles at school, hidden secrets, and learning to code with graphic novel icon Gene Luen Yang: there's nothing not to love about SECRET CODERS. This superfun middle grade novel actually teaches young readers to code as they try to get to the bottom of Stately Academy's mysteries. Little-known fact about me: I LOVE to code, and I'm so excited to see coding lessons in a novel!


Space Dumplins Cover Image
By Craig Thompson, Craig Thompson (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780545565431
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - August 25th, 2015

Craig Thompson's graphic novels have been stirring up waves in the genre for years--now, with his first graphic novel for middle grade readers, he brings his trademark style and heart, plus a galaxy's-worth of fun. SPACE DUMPLINS takes on family, friendship, and the need to care for not just our planet, but the whole universe, in one clever and sweet adventure.


SuperMutant Magic Academy Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770461987
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 28th, 2015

Jillian Tamaki collects her serialized strip SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY into one fantastic volume for young adults! This high school for witches, mutants, and other assorted outsiders has as much drama and boredom as a regular high school--and just as many wonderful characters ready to move on to great things.

 

Check out some more great graphic novels on our shelves now!


Friends with Boys Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250068163
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - October 6th, 2015

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544157774
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2015

Little Robot Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626720800
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 1st, 2015

Nautical Tales for Young Adventurers

I can begin this column in no other way than with my favorite bad joke: “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?” This is the part where you all yell back, “R!”--or a piratical “ARRRRR.”

But no, matey: it be the C.

One of my true loves is the C--er, the sea, as well. So imagine my delight with the current trend of nautically-themed middle grade adventures! We’ve got all kinds of books about setting sail to new waters, pirate adventures, and journeys of discovery on the open sea.

Hook's Revenge, Book 1 Hook's Revenge Cover Image
By Heidi Schulz, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781484711880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 1st, 2015

Hook's Revenge, Book 2 The Pirate Code Cover Image
By Heidi Schulz, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484717172
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 15th, 2015

HOOK'S REVENGE is everything I never knew I wanted from a Peter Pan sequel--namely, that Captain Hook's long-lost daughter receives a letter from her deceased father, asking her to go forth and avenge him. She does. It's great. And we have the sequel, just out Tuesday: THE PIRATE CODE!


Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra de Winter and Bram Broen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525428565
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Books - May 19th, 2015

CAST OFF isn't based on a true story, but it might as well be for how carefully researched and richly written it is. Twelve year-old Petra stows away aboard a Dutch merchantman in 1663, and must convince Bram, the son of the ship's carpenter, to help her hide. Pirates, illness, tough choices: it's great historical fiction. For any fans of THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE, here's a spiritual successor.


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

Lit-savvy parents will recognize the characteristic quality of publisher McSweeney's in this absolutely stunning novel of found families and unlooked-for adventure. Students from a last-chance school for troubled kids field trip out to the bay to visit a formerly-sunken privateer, when a storm catches them--and suddenly San Francisco is nothing more than a smoky glow on the horizon. The book isn't just beautiful on the outside--the inside is full of gorgeous illustrations, too.


The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones Cover Image
By Will Mabbitt, Ross Collins (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780451471963
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2015

If you love Jim Henson or Lemony Snicket, this one's for you. Approved by the readers of our Acorn Reading Social, this piratical adventure is a romp through hilarious high seas. Plus, it features as a great warning against kids performing THE DEED (picking one's nose, then eating it): it'll get you kidnapped by pirates. And I hear those guys smell.
 
Pick up any one of these seafaring stories in our kids room--it's never too late to find your sea legs!


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