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Kids Holiday Catalog: Sweet and Humorous

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

When Mac Barnett partners with Jon Klassen, you know the resulting picture book is going to be funny, clever, and fabulous! What happens when I duck and a mouse get swallowed by a wolf? Probably not what you expect! You and the littles will be laughing aloud… and maybe feeling the teensiest bit sympathetic for Mr. Wolf. This one is genius!


Professional Crocodile Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452165066
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 2017

Each morning Mr Crocodile gets ready for work. He picks out his tie, pants, and his shirt but what exactly is his job? Follow Mr Crocodile as he preps for work and heads into work. One of our very favorite picture books of the year.


Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763660741
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

A heartwarming picture book about two sheep suspicious of a third, funny-looking sheep that may well be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Hilarious and smart, this story discusses everything from literacy to dental hygiene.


After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726826
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

You only THINK you know the story of Humpty Dumpty. Now imagine that he did get patched up after that fall from wall… but not without a pesky fear of heights. Understandable, right? So he sets out to cure that and… well, I won’t give the story away except to say that the ending will leave you both smiling and wonderfully surprised!


The Afterlife of Holly Chase Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062318503
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Published: HarperTeen - October 24th, 2017

Scrooge meets Groundhog Day (or Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall), in this YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol. Bestselling author Cynthia Hand has written a clever novel about life, love and second chances. Five years ago Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts trying to show her how selfish she was. But she didn’t listen. And she died. Now she’s stuck as the Ghost of Christmas Past… but this year’s Scrooge is about to change everything.


Kids Holiday Catalog: Timely and Thought-Provoking

Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (By (artist))
$19.99
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

A non-fiction picture by Dave Eggers about the Statue of Liberty? Yes please. Perfect for all ages, Eggers explores the iconic statue, focusing on why she’s depicted mid-stride, moving forward. The ending is guaranteed to bring good tears to your eyes. A wonderful gift for everyone on your list.


Long Way Down Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481438254
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 24th, 2017

The prolific Jason Reynolds offers up an unforgettable and intense YA drama--in verse no less! A stark morality tale taking place in 60 seconds, LONG WAY DOWN is also a tremendous psychological thriller and even a ghost story that nevertheless remains firmly rooted in the very real issue of youth violence. A thought-provoking and hip work from the reigning king of young people's literature, give this book to give the mature teen reader on your list this year.


Moxie: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

When Vivian Carter gets fed up with the rampant sexism and misogyny at her small town Texas high school, she fights back by taking a page from her mother’s old Riot Grrrl zine-making days and makes and anonymously distributes a protest zine… and starts a feminist revolution. Already optioned for a film by Amy Poehler, Mathieu’s latest is funny and fiercely girl positive and most of all joyful. A great read for teens and adults, perfect for book clubs and pretty much everyone! Plus Mathieu is a Houston author, journalist, and English teacher at Bellaire High School!


Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525555360
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Green’s first novel since THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a tour de force-- a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a lot of characteristic witty, philosophical dialogue and a serious look at mental illness as protagonist Aza struggles with spiraling thoughts, friendship, and her own grief at the death of her father, all while falling for a boy who she may not be able to help or love. A solid read for teens and adults, Green’s latest is definitely a crossover YA/Adult title.


The Closest I've Come Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062488534
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Published: HarperTeen - November 7th, 2017

Marcos Rivas wants to get away from his neighborhood, his uncaring mom and her abusive boyfriend. He wants a life different from the one he has. But being true to yourself isn’t easy, nor is discovering the realities of that world he’s been longing for. A moving and wonderfully debut YA novel, perfect for fans of Walter Dean Meyers.


Kids Holiday Catalog: Who I Am/Who I'll Be

Saving Marty Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399539077
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Published: Dial Books - September 19th, 2017

Silly, warm-hearted and honest, this story focuses on the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog. This book delves into themes of friendship, love and sacrifice


The War I Finally Won Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525429203
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Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

This sequel to the New York Times bestselling/ Newbery Honor winning The War That Saved My Life can also be read as a stand-alone. World War II is intensifying and Ada, now living with her brother Jamie at her guardian Susan’s, continues her struggle with war, family, faith and finding her place in the world. Historical fiction at its best, this is fine middle grade fiction: Adventurous, moving, and beautifully written.


All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up on the Renaissance Faire circuit with her parents. She’s even getting ready to train as a squire. Instead, the previously home-schooled Impy is about to head to public school, where she finds that traversing middle school life requires way more bravery than any Renn Fest scenario she could imagine. Bittersweet, funny, and authentic, this is a wonderful new graphic novel by the Newbery Honor-winning author of the very popular Roller Girl.


Like Water Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062373373
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 17th, 2017

LIKE WATER is a great read from Rebecca Podos, author of THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES. It's billed as a "novel of first love," but it's also bigger than that: protagonist Savannah Espinoza must deal with issues around family, identity, and relationships. The characters are memorable and the dialogue is strong, and the story isn't afraid to push toward the vulnerable.


Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803741492
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

When ordinary Jane’s aunt Magnolia disappears on an expedition in Antarctica, Jane isn’t quite sure what to do. So of course she says yes when a glamorous acquaintance as her to a gala at her family’s mansion, Tu Reviens. So she goes. And suddenly her life takes a crazy twist. 5 choices of how Jane’s story will turn out. Five twists and turns. Five choices. And five different genres of storytelling. JANE UNLIMITED is hitting lots of end of year Best Of lists and for good reason! Great for genre fans and beyond.


A Short History of the Girl Next Door Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524716073
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

We all have that perfect, motion picture version of our lives that exist only in our own heads and don't always line up with reality. This makes great fodder for Jared Reck's A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: main character Matt Wainwright constantly sabotages himself over his crush and his basketball aspirations. Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak, Reck's debut novel hits all the right notes.


Kids Holiday Catalog: A Little Magic

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338267105
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 20th, 2017

Based on the British Library collection, this great gift is everything a Harry Potter fan wants to know and more! Explore the Hogwarts curriculum, study previously unseen sketches and manuscript pages and much more. What could be better than a curated collection of Harry Potter lore from the British Library? A fun treasure!


The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

Philip Pullman returns to the world of his acclaimed HIS DARK MATERIALS series with a novel full of adventure and intrigue. When Malcolm Polstead intercepts a message meant for another spy, he's pulled into a great conspiracy centered around finding a child named Lyra. The prose is quick and will keep you turning the page, and Pullman's dialogue is just stellar. A great read for lovers of the original series or those just coming to the title.


Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Cover Image
By Armand Baltazar, Armand Baltazar (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062402363
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

We’re in deep love with this first book of a new middle grade fantasy series-- an epic tale with more than 150 full color illustrations. Imagine that Earth has been re-shaped-- past, present, and future co-existing. It’s not always peaceful, but it works for Diego. But then Diego turns thirteen, learns he has a special, secret gift within, and his engineer father is kidnapped by a group determined to disrupt humanity. Diego’s adventure is just beginning and it’s a grand one! Perfect for fans of both Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick.


How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (And Put It Back Together Again) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377494
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Published: HarperCollins - November 7th, 2017

David Teague offers a story filled wtih baseball, stopping time, philosophers that surf, and an unlikely hero trying to save a universe about to break (and he just so happens to be the one to have broken it in the first place). This is a fun read full of wacky and imaginative details and characters that are easy to cheer for, or against. Still riding high from that Astros World Series win? Keep the baseball trend going with this entertaining read.


Wild Beauty: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250124555
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553535204
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

A magical Regency-era mystery, this one is perfect for younger YA readers and up. Sixteen-year-old Annis’s father has died. His money is missing. The result? Annis becomes a spy to hunt down his killer. Better yet? She’s got the magical ability to sew garments that disguise the wearer! Will tracking a killer be harder than getting through the London social season? This one is fun and funny, a rollicking read!


All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Meet the Soria family of Bicho Raro, Colorado, who have the ability to perform miracles, passed down for generations. This book is equal parts magic and science, written with strong leanings towards magical realism. Fans of Stiefvator will delight in her lush prose style, and newcomers will be swept up this magical tale of love, forgiveness, and family.


Kids Holiday Catalog: Family Classics

The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451604
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

A fox who longs to journey beyond the horizon takes to the seas in a wonderfully thrilling adventure story from the renowned Fan Brothers! THE ANTLERED SHIP is a timeless quest story of self discovery, featuring brilliant illustrations, a whole menagerie of animals, and...pirates!!! This is the kind of picture book kids will love even as they grow older, and parents will actually enjoy reading over and over and over again. A perfect gift for the boisterous young reader who loves animals, ships, and daring do! 


Good Day, Good Night Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062383105
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Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

From famed children’s author Margaret Wise Brown comes a new book that will become an instant classic. Each morning and each night a little rabbit greets the morning and says goodnight to all the things outside. With the tenderness of Good Night, Moon, Good Day, Good Night will become a favorite bedtime story.


Jan Brett's Animal Treasury Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781524738020
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544876392
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to change their reclusive landlord's mind. Humorous and warm, this sweeping family story is as lively and noisy as any street in New York City.


Rapunzel Cover Image
By Bethan Woollvin, Bethan Woollvin (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781682630037
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 2017

In a dark and funny spin on the classic fable, RAPUNZEL is trapped in a tower by an evil witch nut is no damsel in distress. Playful art and irreverent wit make this a fun read for kids and parents alike, as the titular heroine saves herself instead of waiting around for some prince.


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Part Harry Potter, part Willy Wonka, part Neil Gaiman, Nevermoor is a clever, funny, thrilling new fantasy series. Morrigan Crow is supposedly a cursed child, thought to be to blame for everything that goes wrong in her town, doomed to die on her 11th birthday. Which is when the strange and wonderful Jupiter North appears to rescue her safely to magical Nevermoor, where Morrigan discovers she’s been chosen to try out for membership in something called the Wundrous Society. The competition won’t be easy, especially because each child competing has to have an extraordinary talent, and Morrigan doesn’t think she has one. Of course that remains to be seen. Magical and creative, Nevermoor is perfect for middle grade readers ready for a new magical adventure!


Kids Holiday Catalog: Adventurers, Explorers, Inventors

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437180
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 17th, 2017

Falling Water is a beautiful picture book about the creation of one of Frank Loyd Wright’s most iconic and daring buildings. Beautiful illustrations and simple, poetic prose illuminate Wright’s creative process as well as his belief that buildings should complement the natural world, with an ending that will melt even the most cynical heart. This book is perfect for dreamers of any age.


Polaris Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545297165
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 31st, 2017

The sailing ship Polaris has been exploring new lands, making amazing discoveries. But then there’s a mutiny. And the adults abandon ship. The only ones left are kids, which is scary enough until they begin to suspect that maybe something else is on the ship with them. But they’ll still have to maneuver the Atlantic on a treacherous journey home. For middle graders who love excitement and adventure! This latest Northrop novel is a thrill ride through the ocean!


The Explorer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481419451
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Think Hatchet, but in the Amazon, with a group of kids -- Fred, Con, Lila and Max-- who must survive after their plane crashes. Award-winning Katherine Rundell has written a grand middle grade adventure of survival, secrets and mysteries!


Warcross Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu has crafted an AMAZING technological adventure. Teen Emika Chen becomes a sensation when she illegally hacks her way into a virtual-reality game – but instead of being arrested, she is hired on by a billionaire to do it again, as a spy. Like Neal Stephenson or William Gibson but more teen-friendly, Lu’s virtual-reality thriller is perfect for fans of coding, hacking, gaming, and more.


How Things Work: Inside Out: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Trick Candles, 3D Printers, Penguin Propulsions, and Everything in Between Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781426328770
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Published: National Geographic Children's Books - October 10th, 2017

A great compendium for learners of all ages, HOW THINGS WORK explores the technology behind everyday phenomena like the touch screens on our cell phones, the physics behind bridge construction, and even innovations on the edge of technology like self-driving cars. Concepts are broken down into easy-to-follow language and illustrations, and punny humor is peppered throughout.


Robinson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545731669
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 26th, 2017

Peter Sis’ books are always perfect as gifts or to keep around the house for a reader of any age. He manages the perfect blend of gorgeous, detailed illustrations and inspirational, evocative storylines. With ROBINSON, Sis returns with a tale half-drawn from ROBINSON CRUSOE and half from his own childhood of adventure, courage, loneliness, and friendship.


Swing into Summer Reading!

Browse our 2016 Summer Reading List here! With titles for all ages and tastes, we have something for every member of the family to fall in love with. 

The 52-Story Treehouse: Vegetable Villains! (The Treehouse Books #4) Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250026934
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 5th, 2016

Andy and Terry’s treehouse is back and even bigger! This zany slapstick series has been a Brazos mainstay for our young readers. Reluctant and beginner readers will love the illustrations and crafty humor, while fans of the series will enjoy seeing what new inventions fill the treehouse this time. Also available in this series: THE 13-STORY TREEHOUSE (#1), THE 26-STORY TREEHOUSE (#2), and THE 39-STORY TREEHOUSE (#3).


March of the Mini Beasts (The DATA Set #1) Cover Image
By Ada Hopper, Sam Ricks (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781481457286
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Published: Little Simon - April 5th, 2016

Three second-graders who love science get thrown into a wild spiral of adventures after meeting their reclusive neighbor, Dr. Gustav Bunsen. When Dr. Bunsen’s growth ray hits a crate of animal figurines, the toys not only start growing, but also come to life. We love this new science-themed chapter-book series! Also available in this series: DON’T DISTURB THE DINOSAURS (#2) and THE SKY IS FALLING (#3).


Ollie's Odyssey Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442473553
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 12th, 2016

From the creator of THE GUARDIANS OF CHILDHOOD comes a new, fantastic adventure! Ollie is a special toy: Billy’s favorite, the highest honor and best magic of the world of toys. When Ollie is toynapped by Zozo the Clown King, will Billy be able to rescue him? This dazzling tale is perfect for daytime, bedtime, and story time with the whole family.


Danger! Tiger Crossing #1 (The Fantastic Frame #1) Cover Image
By Lin Oliver, Samantha Kallis (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9780448480879
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - April 26th, 2016

When Tiger and Luna investigate mysterious happenings at the house next door, they discover a reclusive old woman and her magical golden frame that lets them enter famous paintings—but they must escape before time runs out, or be trapped in the painting forever! This new chapter book series combines full-color art and thrilling adventure: a sure hit for early readers! Also available in this series: SPLAT! ANOTHER MESSY SUNDAY (#2).


Hilda and the Midnight Giant: Book 2 (Hildafolk) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781909263796
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Published: Flying Eye Books - April 12th, 2016

When Hilda faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis, she’s forced to befriend the obnoxious elves to find a way to stall her family’s move. Hilda sets out to learn the secrets of the Midnight Giant in this brand new edition of the bestselling classic!


Basil of Baker Street (The Great Mouse Detective #1) Cover Image
By Eve Titus, Paul Galdone (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781481464017
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Published: Aladdin - May 17th, 2016

Readers rejoice: THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE is back in paperback! Basil—famous sleuth of mousedom—lives in the cellar of Sherlock Holmes’ house. A devoted admirer of the great detective, he learned his craft by listening at the feet of Holmes himself. The Mystery of the Missing Twins is one of the strangest cases in Basil’s career. Can you solve it? Also available in this series: BASIL AND THE CAVE OF CATS (#2).


Duck, Duck, Porcupine! (A Duck, Duck, Porcupine Book) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781619637238
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 17th, 2016

Salina Yoon’s early reader stories are the perfect mix of dialogue and visual storytelling for beginning readers! Big Duck bosses around her little brother when they hang out with their friend Porcupine, but it’s Little Duck who really knows what’s going on. These fun and funny stories are surefire hits for the youngest readers in the family!


My Life in Pictures (Bea Garcia #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780803741546
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dial Books - March 8th, 2016

Bea Garcia draws anywhere and everywhere—but when her best friend moves to Australia, not even drawing makes Bea feel better. And things only get worse when a rambunctious boy moves in next door. But with a little imagination and a whole lot of doodles, Bea might just make a new friend. Check out this first book in a new chapter series!


 

AGES 8 AND UP


Josh Baxter Levels Up Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545772945
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 23rd, 2016

Josh Baxter’s family has moved again, and he’s starting at a new school for the third time in two years. But when poor grades make his mother take away the video games that have become his refuge, Josh realizes he has to come up with a new strategy for success. Gamers will love this book’s “level”-style chapters and watching Josh collect experience points, extra lives, and more!


Half Magic (Tales of Magic #1) Cover Image
By Edward Eager, Alice Hoffman (Introduction by), N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544671720
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

Jane and her siblings are having the dullest summer ever. So when she finds a coin on the sidewalk, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And something does: something half exciting. As the siblings figure out the magic of the coin is only “half” magic, their adventures unfold with the whimsy and charm that have captivated readers since this book’s debut in 1954. 


The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616205058
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 19th, 2016

The desolate Dreadwillow Carse lies in the middle of the lush and prosperous Monarchy. Little is known about it except an ominous warning: “If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall.” Princess Jeniah and her friend Aon are determined to investigate—but when Aon goes to the Carse and never comes back, Jeniah must risk the entire Monarchy to save her friend. This thrilling modern fairy tale is a great story about friendship versus fate.


Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419719028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 29th, 2016

The newest installment in this award-winning series is sure to be a huge hit with young Texans! In the early 1800s, Texas was a prime battleground in the development of North America as we know it today. With his signature hilarity and incredibly detailed research, Nathan Hale takes young readers through the most exciting years in Texas history. Also available in this series: ONE DEAD SPY; BIG BAD IRONCLAD; DONNER DINNER PARTY; TREATIES, TRENCHES, MUD, AND BLOOD; and THE UNDERGROUND ABDUCTOR.


OCDaniel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481455312
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - April 12th, 2016

Daniel spends most of his time hoping no one will notice his Zaps—his strange, compulsive habits, like avoiding writing the number four, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times. But when he receives a note that says only “I need your help,” signed by a “Fellow Star child,” Daniel is swept up in a mystery that could change everything. It’s a perfect story for anyone who’s felt different and from a favorite author to boot.


Listen, Slowly Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062229199
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Published: HarperCollins - May 17th, 2016

Mai can’t believe she has to spend her summer in Vietnam with her grandmother, who’s traveling there to finally find out what happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. California native Mai doesn’t speak the language, doesn’t know the customs, and doesn’t know these distant relatives at all—how can she survive this? National Book Award and Newbery Honor-winner Lai crafts a stunning coming-of-age story in this poignant novel.


Some Kind of Happiness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442466012
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 17th, 2016

Finley’s been sent to stay with grandparents she’s never met, and is finding it harder and harder to deal with the overwhelming sadness growing inside of her. Her only retreat is the Everwood, a magical forest in her notebook. When she discovers the real Everwood in the woods behind her grandparents’ house, it’s up to her and her cousins to save the dying magic forest–if she can save herself first. A magical tale full of pitch-perfect emotion and understanding, this book is a sure hit for fans of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA or THE CURIOUS TALE OF THE IN-BETWEEN.


Ratscalibur Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781595148292
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Published: Razorbill - May 10th, 2016

When Joey is bitten by an elderly rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent. At first, it’s great—but when a bout of hunger leads Joey to pull the spork from the scone, he finds himself at the center of a longtime rat prophecy. This hilarious, adventurous mash-up of fantasy classics from comedic writer-producer Josh Lieb is brand-new in paperback!


Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062270825
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Published: HarperCollins - May 3rd, 2016

Extraordinary orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have spent happy childhoods in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when knife-thrower Max joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events leading to murder, mayhem, and an incredible secret about their pasts. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch, this new series is a crafty work of sheer joy. Also available in this series: THE SCREAMING STATUE (#2).


Red's Planet: Book 1 Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419719080
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 19th, 2016

Red longs for a space paradise far away from her annoying foster family. But when she’s mistakenly kidnapped by a UFO, she finds herself shipwrecked, marooned, and with much more than she bargained for! Comic fans and sci-fi lovers will devour this brand-new series from Eddie Pittman, the co-creator of Phineas and Ferb.


The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062345103
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Published: Walden Pond Press - April 12th, 2016

When young inventor John Coggin is informed in no uncertain terms that his fate is to enter the family coffin business, he and his sister Page hit the road to escape Great Aunt Beauregard and her coffins. When they fall in with a new host of friends, can they fight for the home they want? This whimsical middle grade adventure is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl or THE PENDERWICKS!


Wolf Hollow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994825
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived quietly in her small Pennsylvania town, until the cruel and manipulative new girl in school starts to target the town’s reclusive World War I veteran. Annabelle’s resilience and strength make her a lone voice of justice as tensions mount, but will she be enough? This brilliant and harrowing story brings to light a dark time in America’s history—and how the courage of children can transform communities.


 

AGES 10 AND UP


Booked (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544570986
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

Kwame Alexander’s stunning THE CROSSOVER won all the awards under the sun and brought a powerful, necessary voice to kids lit. In BOOKED, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage while twelve-year-old Nick wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. This verse novel is sure to captivate new readers just as much as its predecessor!


The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250073396
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Published: Square Fish - January 12th, 2016

When the headmistress of Saint Etheldreda’s School for Young Ladies drops dead at Sunday dinner, her seven students know what must be done: they’ll bury their teacher in the vegetable garden, dress up one of their own to pose in her place, and educate themselves. But as they realize a murderer’s on the loose—and the authorities are coming—there’s far more than tea-time to worry about. We adore this brilliantly witty (slightly macabre) story of great friendships and murder most foul!


The War That Saved My Life Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out to join him. As Ada and Jamie begin to love their new life away from their mother’s cruelty, will their bond be enough to keep them free? We’re sure this stunning novel will be a new children’s lit classic.


The Inn Between Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626722026
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 22nd, 2016

When Quinn’s best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family. But the old Victorian inn gives Quinn and Kara the creeps—and when Kara’s parents and brother disappear without a trace, the girls are stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, hallways that twist back in on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lurking beneath the floorboards. This emotional and suspenseful tale is just the right mix of chilling and hopeful for a great summer read!


The Nameless City Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
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Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name—but to the natives, forever separate from the endless wars, their home is the Nameless City. When young native Rat is forced to team up with outsider Kaidu to save the city they both love, their adventures will be the stuff of legend. This gorgeous graphic novel from store favorite Faith Erin Hicks is perfect for fans of AMULET or AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER.


Great Ball of Light Cover Image
By Evan Kuhlman, Jeremy Holmes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416964629
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - February 23rd, 2016

After a lightning strike, when twin brother and sister Fenton and Fiona find a ball of light in their backyard, things get weird. And weirder when they figure out it can bring things back to life. Bugs, trees—even their grandfather. But bringing things back from the dead gets a little more complicated when those things won’t go back. This oddball, optimistic story is great for readers not quite ready for YA, but still ready for complex stories.


As Brave As You Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481415903
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 3rd, 2016

When Genie and his big brother Ernie go to spend the summer with their grandparents in the country, Genie’s amazed to find that his grandfather is blind, yet just as cool and capable as Genie would have imagined. But when Grandpop decides that Ernie, turning fourteen, has to learn to shoot a gun to be a man, can Genie handle the tension? This first middle-grade novel from award-winning author Jason Reynolds is a phenomenal story of self-esteem and self-discovery.


The Girl in the Well Is Me Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616205690
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into the popular girls’ club. Now she’s trapped in the dark waiting to be rescued, and as the hours pass, her situation mixes with memories of the best and worst moments of her life so far—including the awful reasons her family moved to this new town in the first place. Karen Rivers gives us a deeply authentic book with a wise-cracking narrator, making this a great realistic pick for preteens.


The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781481460019
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Published: Aladdin - June 7th, 2016

Max is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School. After a lifetime of homeschooling, Max has begged his parents to finally let him start attending public middle school—only the biggest bully in school keeps stuffing Max in his locker. Can Max find his heroism in time to salvage this school year? Enjoy this brand-new series from #1 bestselling DORK DIARIES author Rachel Renee Russell! 


Baker's Magic (Middle-Grade Novels) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781623706425
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - February 2016

Bee is an orphan in the poor kingdom of Aradyn. When she’s caught stealing a bun from a bakery, the lonely baker offers to take her on as an apprentice—but when she meets Princess Anika and her “guardian,” the evil mage Joris, Bee decides to use her own baker’s magic to save Anika and the kingdom. This joyful fairy-tale adventure is a surefire new favorite!


 

AGES 12 AND UP


Traitor Angels Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062278876
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2016

During the day, Elizabeth Milton serves as scribe for her blind father John as he composes his latest masterpiece: the epic poem Paradise Lost. By night, however, she studies languages and sword fighting, and suspects her father is training her for some different purpose. When the King’s men arrive to burn the manuscript and imprison her father, only Elizabeth can stop a deadly conspiracy that could turn the world upside-down. This stunning novel of literature, science, history, and poetry is a roaring, rollicking adventure from store favorite Anne Blankman!


The Star-Touched Queen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250085474
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 26th, 2016

Maya’s cursed horoscope has earned her the scorn of her father’s kingdom. She’s never expected she’ll marry or be a queen, until her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of convenience. Maya finds herself thrown into two roles she never expected to play, and tasked with solving an ancient mystery spanning memories, reincarnated lives, and more realms than just her own. This lush and vivid story is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology—a perfect summer read.


Original Fake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399173264
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 19th, 2016

Introverted pizza boy Frankie can’t stand his out-there family; he’d rather fade into the background than pursue his own art and become like them. When he meets the errand-runners for elusive street artist Uncle Epic, Frankie finds the perfect opportunity to get back at his family for a lifetime of torture—but the lines start to blur between art and life. This illustrated novel of street art and sibling rivalry is a perfectly vibrant mix of art and story.


Outrun the Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399175411
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

Mercy Wong’s not going back to the poverty of Chinatown, and she won’t be intimidated by the (wealthy, white) girls of St. Clare’s School, not after using her best cunning (and bribery) to sneak her way in. But when an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, it’s up to Mercy to marshal her classmates and help their ruined city. Breakout author Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another stunning historical novel with a fantastically bold heroine.


Draw the Line Cover Image
By Laurent Linn, Laurent Linn (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481452809
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 17th, 2016

Adrian Piper blends into the background: he’s a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school, he’d get the worst kind of attention for all that. The only place he feels free is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-inspired superhero Graphite. But when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide where to draw the line in this stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author. 


We Are All Made of Molecules Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553496895
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Published: Ember - May 10th, 2016

Brilliant, clueless Stewart and popular, struggling Ashley collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. Award-winning author Nielsen has made a pair of narrators so authentic and so hilarious, you’ll race through this fantastically real story.


I Am Princess X Cover Image
By Cherie Priest, Kali Ciesemier (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338032352
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 26th, 2016

 $10.99, PAPERBACKLibby and May invented whole worlds as children, writing and drawing all the adventures of their heroine Princess X, until Libby and her mother’s car went into the river one rainy night. At sixteen, May is a lonely teenager, until one day she sees a sticker in the corner of a window—Princess X? As May begins to find a growing fanbase for this new Princess X, she starts to wonder if Libby’s still out there somewhere... This cyber-thriller from a favorite genre author has heart and smarts in equal amounts—perfect for a summer read.


If I Was Your Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250078407
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2016

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. All she wants is to make friends and fit in, but the secret she keeps makes it scary to get close to anyone. When she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life, even as she’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the truth is that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Meredith Russo’s debut novel is a universal story about feeling different and a love story that everyone will root for.


Saving Montgomery Sole Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722712
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 19th, 2016

Montgomery Sole is defiantly weird in a small town. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends Thomas and Naoki and their Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained—like the Eye of Know, the possibly-magical crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help anything at all, or is Montgomery doomed to the boring impossibility of her town forever? This beautiful and offbeat novel is new from Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book THIS ONE SUMMER.


The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545230957
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 26th, 2016

Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed. Then it’s on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years. But when Higgs’s girlfriend presents him with a seemingly innocent hypothetical question about whether or not he’d give her a kidney, the exposed fault lines reach straight down to the foundations of his life. This breakout debut novel is a painfully honest and side-wrenchingly hilarious portrait of the worst week ever.


 

AGES 14 AND UP


Otherbound Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419716812
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 8th, 2016

Nolan doesn’t see darkness when he closes his eyes. Instead, he’s transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan’s life is full of history tests, family tension, and laundry; Amara’s world is full of magic and danger. To keep the princess—and themselves—alive, they’ll have to work together. This debut fantasy with its diverse cast will grab boys and girls alike!


My Lady Jane Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062391742
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Published: HarperTeen - June 7th, 2016

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is engaged to a total stranger and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin King Edward of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems: she’s about to become Queen of England. Full of romance, adventure, and hilarity, with authentic teen narrators and a wild sense of humor, MY LADY JANE is a fact-revising, genre-bending, fourth-wall-breaking magical romp through early modern history.


Ask Me How I Got Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062387950
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

Cross-country star Addie has always known what she was running toward—until she and her boyfriend are careless one night, and Addie has to make a difficult decision. And after that—even though she knows it was the right decision for her—nothing is the same anymore. Told brilliantly and sensitively in free verse poetry, ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE is a literary exploration of sexuality, religion, and self-discovery.


Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062447593
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Published: HarperTeen - February 23rd, 2016

When the Twin Towers fell, New York City was blanketed by dust. On the Lower East Side, Yolanda vows to gather as much of the dust as she can. Maybe if she can return it to Ground Zero, she can comfort all the voices. As tragedies from her past mix in the air of an unthinkable present, Yolanda searches for hope. Maybe it’s buried somewhere in the silvery dust of Alphabet City. From U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, this stirring novel about one teen’s emotional journey in the days after 9/11 is a phenomenal read.


Bone Gap Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062317629
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2016

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised—though Finn knows there’s more to the story than that. As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness.


Challenger Deep Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061134142
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Published: HarperTeen - April 26th, 2016

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn. This powerful, personal novel won last year’s National Book Award!


The Crown's Game Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062422583
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 17th, 2016

Vika can summon snow and turn ash into gold; Nikolai can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are the only two enchanters in Russia—and the tsar needs a powerful enchanter. So he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient enchanter’s duel, where the victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter, and the defeated is sentenced to death. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear: the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. A thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia, perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and SHADOW AND BONE.


The Last Boy and Girl in the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481452298
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

If your town was sliding underwater, how would you and your friends spend your last days together? While the adults plan for the future, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to make the most of every minute. And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever. It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. From the critically-acclaimed author of THE LIST comes a stunning new novel about a girl who must say goodbye to everything she knows.


Highly Illogical Behavior Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428183
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Published: Dial Books - May 10th, 2016

Solomon has agoraphobia: he hasn’t left his house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa will do anything to get into a top psychology program, so she decides to befriend, treat, and write a paper on Solomon. What could go wrong? At turns hilarious and heartwarming, HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR showcases the different ways in which we hide ourselves from the world, and how love, tragedy, and the need for connection bring us back into the light.


The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 8th, 2016

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather. Prohibition, the KKK, and Hamlet col-lide in this richly imagined historical mystery by Morris Award finalist Cat Winters.


Backlist Boogie: Brooke

Every day, new books flood into the store--so many that I’m often overwhelmed by the possibilities. That’s why, every once in a while, it’s nice to remember the books that got me reading in the first place. The following are a few of my childhood favorites.

The Witches Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410110
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

This is the definitive guide to identifying the witches in your life. Teachers are especially suspicious. Seen any women lately with unusually large nostrils who never take off their gloves? Witches! Roald Dahl’s classic about witch identification and grandmotherly love is one of my childhood favorites. Who could resist a grandmother who knocks cigar ash on her grandchildren as she tells them outrageous stories? This book delivers all the grotesquerie and hilarity Dahl is known for.


Farmer Boy (Little House #2) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064400039
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - April 8th, 2008

When I first encountered this volume in my Little House box set, I was like, What? I don’t want to read about a boy! But it turns out Almanzo Wilder is an okay kid. FARMER BOY delivers the expected descriptions of butter churns and snow drifts plus the trials of breaking a team of oxen. I was particularly taken with his mother’s indignation at the new fashionable round doughnut. Apparently they used to be braided and they would - get this - flip themselves when they were ready. I never understood how this worked, but I longed to live in a household where doughnuts were made on a regular basis.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547550299
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2011

I have lost track of how many times I’ve read this book. When I was a kid, I used to read it every time I couldn’t decide what new book to read next, which was all the time. It’s got romance, friendship, old boats, corn-shucking, and mean cousins, plus a few mentions of the West Indies where the heroine was born. I like to think of it as Jane Eyre Light. Intrigue, mystery, and romance, but no nutjobs biting visitors and trying to set everyone on fire in the middle of the night.


Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147514011
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

When I was in the fourth grade, I attempted to read this book for the first time and failed miserably. I made it to Meg’s aborted attempt at jelly-making before tapping out. Naturally, my real goal here was to get all those Accelerated Reader points. I was greatly disappointed to have labored for weeks with nothing to show for it. However, I did eventually read the whole book. As a kid, of course I was all about Jo and thought Amy was a brat, but when I read it again in college, I thought Amy was the pragmatist and I was all, “Jo, why are you marrying that old German dude?” Great literature - stands up to repeat readings. Thankfully, no matter how many times you read it, Beth is always the one to die. She’s kind of like Sybil on Downton Abbey. She’s sweet and everything, but a couple seasons after her tragic death, it’s like, Sybil who? Let’s get back to hating Edith.


Classics Reimagined, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Cover Image
By Olimpia Zagnoli (Illustrator), L. Frank Baum
$25.00
ISBN: 9781592538997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rockport Publishers - September 15th, 2014

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ is a fantastic, magical journey about making friends with a tin can man and an anthropomorphic lion. It may also be a criticism of the gold standard. Or the silver standard? I can never remember. I love the story of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ and I won’t waste time summarizing a plot we all know. The really important thing to know is that there is a new edition with ultramodern graphic-style illustrations. Even the edges of the pages are decorated! This hip edition of a beloved classic is an excellent addition to any library.


The 2014 Holiday Catalog- Kids Lists

Each year, we compile our Holiday Shopping Catalog, a collection of our favorite books released this fall that we’ve categorized to make your gift-buying as simple as possible. Click on each list to see our selections!  

The New Classics | Thinkers, Tinkerers, and Tiny Adults | Fables, Fairies, and Faraway Places

 

Gift Guide for the Pint-Sized Picasso

Whether they're splatter painting their bedroom walls, creating sidewalk chalk masterpieces, or simply killing it with their crayons, your pint-sized Picassos deserve the very best. We've compiled some of our favorite art supplies and kits here, but there's much more to see in the store--come on in and have a look! 

Pablo Picasso: Meet the Artist Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616892517
Availability: Backordered
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - February 4th, 2014

Henri Matisse: Meet the Artist Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616892821
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - November 4th, 2014

Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616892258
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - February 4th, 2014

These engaging pop-up biographies introduce kids to some of the major figures of art history. A wonderful and really special way to inspire a love of art at a young age.


Louise Loves Art Cover Image
By Kelly Light, Kelly Light (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062248176
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 9th, 2014

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art Cover Image
By Barb Rosenstock, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780307978486
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 11th, 2014

Emily's Blue Period Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596434691
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 17th, 2014

Amazing picture books about amazing artists, real and fictional.


I'll Give You the Sun Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803734968
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 16th, 2014

This book combines a lot of elements beautifully: art, family, grief, growing up, relationships...and so much more than that. Told in alternating voices between twins Noah and Jude, both stories tell different parts of their shared and individual personal discovery. 13-year-old Noah and 16-year-old Jude’s stories move towards each other and reveal twists, pain and a bit of magic that neither expected. Captivating!


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