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Summer Reading Ages 8 and Up

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger (Frank Einstein series #2): Book Two By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419714832
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Amulet Books - March 17th, 2015

This series is a massive hit with our Brazos youngsters! Kid genius Frank Einstein stays with his Uncle Al and gets into all kinds of scientific mayhem. Each book in the series centers on a different scientific concept area, and boy, do they make science fun! Learn in the best possible way: through an exciting, silly, illustrated book! The first title in the series is [1] FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR.


The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5): An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman By Nathan Hale Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419715365
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Amulet Books - April 21st, 2015

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales bring history to life in fun, sensitive, and engaging graphic novels. The newest addition to the group is no exception. This book recounts a raid by Union soldiers in 1863 that freed a large number of slaves. The even cooler twist? It was planned by Harriet Tubman! Other titles in the non-chronological series are [1] BIG BAD IRONCLAD, [2] TREATIES, TRENCHES, MUD, AND BLOOD, [3] ONE DEAD SPY, and [4] DONNER DINNER PARTY.


The Island of Dr. Libris By Chris Grabenstein Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385388443
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

Characters in this book come alive...literally! From the much-beloved author of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY comes a story about summer camp on a mysterious island, where the elusive Dr. Libris tests out his ability to make fictional characters exist in the real world. Twelve-year-old Billy encounters a number of well-known book characters–some nice and some decidedly not-so-nice–in this zany, bibliophilic adventure.


The Imaginary By A.F. Harrold, Emily Gravett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By A.F. Harrold, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780802738110
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - March 3rd, 2015

Fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman will love this beautifully illustrated book about imaginary friends and the whimsical, sometimes dark worlds they create. When Amanda’s imaginary friend Rudger is threatened by an imaginary-friend-eater, Amanda’s belief in him is his only protection. This surprisingly emotional book resonates long after the final pages.


The Fog Diver By Joel Ross Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062352934
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: HarperCollins - May 26th, 2015

In a futuristic world consumed by poisonous white mist, thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew of young scavengers sail a rickety ship through the now-inhabited sky. When their beloved Mrs. E succumbs to fogsickness, they’ll stop at nothing to get her what she needs to survive. But what happens when evil Lord Kodoc discovers a secret about Chess that could change his life forever? A compelling and wholly original adventure novel perfect for middle grade readers.


The Meaning of Maggie By Megan Jean Sovern Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781452128764
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Chronicle Books - May 12th, 2015

Maggie is an outspoken, highly motivated, ambitious eleven-year-old with big plans for middle school and beyond. However, all her planning can’t do much to help her dad, who is wheelchair-bound due to MS. The book looks at Maggie’s family as a complex unit and her father’s disease as an important, but not all-encompassing, aspect of their lives. A really special book that’s just right for young readers and adults alike.


Nightingale's Nest By Nikki Loftin Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781595146236
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Razorbill - January 29th, 2015

Little John’s life is really hard: his sister has died, his family is in a financial crisis, and he spends his free time helping his dad with his tree removal business. When he meets Gayle, a girl with a beautiful singing voice and a mysterious history, they become best friends. But when forced to make an impossible choice, how will Little John protect his family AND his friend?


The Boundless By Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442472891
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Canadian railroad history meets traveling circus meets action-packed adventure, all with a follow-your-dreams twist in this thrill ride of a book. There’s something for everyone in Will Everett’s journey on the seven mile, 978-car luxury train called The Boundless, whether it’s fighting off swashbuckling rail robbers or navigating a difficult relationship with his father.


El Deafo By Cece Bell Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419712173
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Amulet Books - September 2nd, 2014

Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir–about her partial hearing loss and the experience of elementary school friendships with a bulky hearing aid around her neck–is already a Brazos favorite. Her superhero alter-ego, El Deafo, celebrates her technologically enhanced hearing and brings a fantastic lightness to her difficult journey.


The Pirate Who's Afraid of Everything (Shivers! #1) By Annabeth Bondor-Stone, Anthony Holden (Illustrator), Connor White Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062313874
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: HarperCollins - February 24th, 2015

Shivers is, as the title of this book suggests, afraid of everything, unlike his family of intimidatingly accomplished–and truly terrifying–pirates. Reluctant readers will love the silly story and illustrations in this seafaring tale, and parents will love the dry wit and complexity of the story. Plus, this is the first in a new series, so read it now and be ahead of the trend!


The League of Beastly Dreadfuls Book 1 By Holly Grant Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385370073
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 28th, 2015

Reminiscent of A Series of Unfortunate Events, this book tells the story of Anastasia, an orphan who is whisked away to a former insane asylum after her parents die in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident. Her time with the two wardens–I mean aunties–who run the home is full of eerie and dark humor that will delight fans of Roald Dahl. The text features witty asides to the reader and more zany, suspenseful twists than you can imagine.


Summer Reading - Ages 6 and Up

The 39-Story Treehouse: Mean Machines & Mad Professors! (The Treehouse Books #3) By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250026927
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 7th, 2015

Andy and Terry are back, and their treehouse is better (and taller) than ever! This illustrated chapter book is perfect for new and reluctant readers alike. Adventure, slapstick humor, and two smarty-pants main characters make this series a huge store favorite. Other available titles in the series are [1] THE 13-STORY TREEHOUSE and [2] THE 26-STORY TREEHOUSE.


Emma and the Blue Genie By Cornelia Funke, Oliver Latsch (Translated by), Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke, Oliver Latsch (Translated by), Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385375405
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

An early chapter book with full color illustrations and a whimsical, magical adventure plot? Sign me up! Join Emma and the powerless blue genie on their epic quest to recover his stolen magical nose ring from a rival genie. This is a wonderful story of friendship with a puppy sidekick to boot!


The Show Must Go On! By Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9781616204068
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

This is the first book in the very charming Three Ring Rascals series, about the world’s best and kindest circus troupe. Black and white illustrations bring the whimsical story to life, and the friendly animal characters are sure to be favorites with young readers. Other available titles in the series are [2] THE GREATEST STAR ON EARTH, [3] THE CIRCUS GOES TO SEA, and [4] POP GOES THE CIRCUS.


Logan Pryce Makes a Mess (Tales from Maple Ridge #1) By Grace Gilmore, Petra Brown (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Grace Gilmore, Petra Brown (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781481426244
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Little Simon - April 7th, 2015

It’s 1892 in Maple Ridge, Illinois, and Logan Pryce is used to working on his family’s farm. When his father starts working in the general store, he’s eager to help, but he soon learns that life in the store is very different from life on the farm. The first in a wholesome (in the best way) new series in the tradition of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, but for a younger audience. Other available titles in the series are [2] THE LUCKY WHEEL and [3] THE BIG CITY, on sale 6/9.


Lulu's Mysterious Mission (The Lulu Series) By Judith Viorst, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442497474
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

Lulu, an especially difficult child, is not very excited to be left at home with a babysitter when her parents go on vacation…WITHOUT HER! She hatches a series of cunning plans to get rid of the sitter, until she learns something that changes her mind and convinces herself that it might not be so bad after all. Full of sharp humor and pitch-perfect illustrations, Lulu is a character young readers won’t soon forget. Other available titles about Lulu are [1] LULU AND THE BRONTOSAURUS and [2] LULU WALKS THE DOG.


The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062268143
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 26th, 2015

Follow Billy Miller during his extraordinarily ordinary second-grade year, in which he learns to love his sister, navigate elementary school, and be more responsible in his family. This is one of those great, believable elementary school stories that kids will surely love. 


Dory Fantasmagory By Abby Hanlon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803740884
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Dial Books - October 9th, 2014

Dory follows a long literary tradition of little girls with big imaginations...znd hers is so big, in fact, that it gets her in trouble. Her parents and older siblings have had enough of her crazy games, but Dory is just getting started. If you love a precocious, energetic heroine with a host of imaginary friends, this is the book for you! Also perfect for all those long-suffering babies of the family. Keep your eyes peeled for the sequel, [2] DORY AND THE REAL TRUE FRIEND, on sale 7/7.


Beast Keeper #1 (Beasts of Olympus #1) By Lucy Coats, Brett Bean (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lucy Coats, Brett Bean (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780448461939
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 8th, 2015

This is the first in the new Beasts of Olympus series, which interprets Greek myths for early chapter book audiences. This first book tells the story of Demon, son of the god Pan, who is called to Olympus on his tenth birthday to tend the stables of mythical beasts. A fun introduction to the classic stories. The other available title in this series is [2] HOUND OF HADES.


BTAB (Brazos Teen Advisory Board) - Ages 12-18

The Brazos Teen Advisory Board (BTAB), which runs for the duration of the school year, is a great opportunity for teens age 12-18 to take on a deeper role in the store. We accept applications on a rolling basis, and will accept students as spots become available. This is a great opportunity for passionate teen readers to learn about bookselling, write features for our website, and volunteer with in-store events. 

** PRINT YOUR BTAB APPLICATION

ARC Review Program - Ages 8-18

The ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) Review program is designed for readers aged 8-18. This is a free program that allows students to take home advanced copies of books and review them for our store, newsletter, and website! Fill out the registration form, bring it to the store, and choose an ARC based on the child’s age group. They can write as many reviews as they want and turn them in on the official submission form. The program runs year-round, so you can apply anytime!

** PRINT YOUR REGISTRATION FORM 
** PRINT A REVIEW FORM

Diary of the Fall (Michel Laub)

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Diary of the Fall By Michel Laub, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator) Cover Image
By Michel Laub, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781590516515
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Other Press (NY) - August 26th, 2014

DIARY OF THE FALL is an example of what great literature can do: make the personal universal, and in so doing reveal new corners of human experience. Told in first person, the narrator looks back at a cruel prank he and his friends pulled on the one non-Jewish student at a Jewish school in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The prank, though unkind, isn’t atrocious; it’s simply a mean stunt pulled by children who later feel ashamed about it.

The prank sparks the narrator’s recognition that his own father, now diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and his grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, were once boys like himself. This single incident in narrator’s past becomes the catalyst for studying a family history, and a mirror on the 20th century. The son, like father, like grandfather, cannot escape history or his own DNA. He belongs to a family of men obsessively documenting their past, even as their futures collapse.

In one small book, DIARY OF THE FALL speaks of tradition, human cruelty, the Holocaust, immigration, the bond between fathers and sons, and how the past is never quite finished with us. It perfectly blends both style and content in unadorned and elegant writing, translated from the Portuguese by the esteemed Margaret Jull Costa. This book has stayed with me for weeks, and I hope it's only the first of Laub's books to be translated into English.


Returns Policy

Brazos Bookstore gladly takes returns on books damaged in shipping or defective gift items within thirty days of purchase. To initiate a return for web orders, please contact us by calling 713-523-0701 during regular business hours or by emailing returns[at]brazosbookstore.com. Please provide your order number when you contact us.

For in-store purchases, we are happy to refund your purchase within 30 days with receipt if books are in good, saleable condition. We offer store credit on returns with receipt up to 60 days. All merchandise must be returned to the store before any credit will be applied.

Magazines, calendars, stationery, sale items, and special orders are not returnable. Tickets and signed books are not returnable. Certain self-published and academic titles are also not returnable. A bookseller can help you with specific questions or concerns.

Thinkers, Tinkerers and Tiny Adults

For the child whose idea of a fun afternoon is dismantling various appliances to see how they work. This child is reading for knowledge about history, politics, the world around them. They not only have a career path established, but five and ten year plans in place to get there. They're precocious children and globally concerned teens. 

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Half a World Away By Cynthia Kadohata Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442412750
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Literary fiction for 10/11/12 year olds! This is the story of Jaden, a 12-year-old adopted from Romania when he was 8. The book begins as Jaden’s parents have decided to adopt a baby from Kazakhstan and follows them as they travel to pick him up. Kadohata vividly portrays Jaden’s struggles adjusting to his new life in America and stable home. The narrative delves into his insecurities, difficulty bonding and his childhood in the orphanage. A serious story, expertly rendered for a young audience. 


Ideal for ages 10+


In Real Life By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596436589
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: First Second - October 14th, 2014

This adventure-filled graphic novel from YA-great Cory Doctorow follows Anda, a teen girl at an awkward stage in her life, who finds friendship, empowerment and purpose in an online roleplaying game. With beautiful, vibrant illustrations and a positive message behind this rousing story, In Real LIfe is perfect for fantasy-loving girls who are ready to take over the world!


Ideal for ages 12+


The Book with No Pictures By B. J. Novak Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741713
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Rocky Pond Books - September 30th, 2014

This book follows through on the title’s promise: there are no pictures. However, there ARE silly words, ample opportunities to read with a funny voice and sizeable helpings of humor. the idea is that the person reading HAS to read EVERY word on the page, whether they want to or not...even if the word is made up and makes them sound crazy. A Brazos storytime sensation and fun for kids and adults alike!


Ideal for ages 5+


Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein series #1): Book One By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419712180
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Amulet Books - August 19th, 2014

Frank is a kid scientist who visits his grandfather, Albert Einstein, while his parents are on vacation. Kink and Klank, two robots, work with Frank to make antimatter motor bike to enter into a science fair. I really liked this book because it was funny and entertaining and it was neat to see how smart Frank was. The robots had funny personalities and helped Frank a lot with the bike. I am really glad it’s a series and can’t wait for the next one to come out.


Ages 8+


The Cure for Dreaming By Cat Winters Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419712166
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Amulet Books - October 14th, 2014

Teenage suffragette Olivia Mead wants the vote--and so much more than that: she wants to have a voice. When her father pays young hypnotist Henri Reverie to take that voice away, Olivia gets the final push she needs to fully stand up and use it. This amazing work of historical fiction (full of fantastic quotes and real photos of historic suffragettes) gives us a wonderful heroine, who’s allowed to be afraid and still fights back. I want to give Olivia Mead (and her eventual ally, the supportive, respectful, and dashing Henri) to every young adult in my life--past, present and future. THE CURE FOR DREAMING is an amazing gift to encourage young people in your life to trust themselves and the way they see the world--and never to find a “cure” for their dreams.


Ages 12-17


Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481422949
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Beach Lane Books - November 4th, 2014

An inspirational pair of stories about brave children in Pakistan who spoke out against oppression. Though the stories are serious, the book is beautiful. This book will teach kids about the world and also give them some optimism!


Ideal for ages 4+


Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters By Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Oliver Jeffers
$26.99
ISBN: 9780399167911
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Philomel Books - October 14th, 2014

Anything Oliver Jeffer writes becomes an instant modern classic and ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET is no exception. As enjoyable for cxhildren as it is for adults, I found myself reading it aloud to others and laughing at the irreverent end to each story. Get this one for your favorite young (or young-at-heart) person! 

Ages 3-5 


Hug Me By Simona Ciraolo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781909263499
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Flying Eye Books - September 16th, 2014

Poor Felipe! All he wants is a hug but his formal, personal-space-respecting family leaves him in the lurch. Funny and endearing, Felipe’s journey is a surprisingly moving tale of friendship and community. Also - that cactus is freaking cute!


Ideal for ages 3-7


Kiddie Cocktails By Stuart Sandler, Derek Yaniger (Illustrator), Charles Phoenix (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Stuart Sandler, Derek Yaniger (Illustrator), Charles Phoenix (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780957664913
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Korero Press - August 1st, 2014

You’re never too young to learn how to shake a martini! Wait, no. There are laws against that. Luckily we have Kiddie Cocktails - perfect for the edgy hipster kid who wants to learn mixology in a legal setting. Mix up a nice Nada Colada or a Nojito. And let’s be real, you could put vodka in any of these and it’s a fun book for adults, too!


Ideal for all ages! (Vodka NOT included)


The Fourteenth Goldfish By Jennifer L. Holm Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375870644
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

This is a delightful book, that's perfect for sharp young readers who like humor, science, and secret missions with friends. When her scientist grandfather discovers how to anti-age himself to be twelve again, Ellie has to help him sneak back into his lab, navigate middle school, and get along with her mom. Funny, insightful, AND it features a girl who wants a microscope for her birthday. What's not to love?

Ages 8-12 


Animalium: Welcome to the Museum By Jenny Broom, Katie Scott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jenny Broom, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
$37.99
ISBN: 9780763675080
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Big Picture Press - September 9th, 2014

Any words I could use to describe this book - vintage, beautiful, detailed - will prove utterly inadequate the moment you open it. In fact, go ahead! I’ll wait...See what I mean? This is the kind of book that can become a family heirloom, being passed down from generation to generation. Animalium is THE gift for any kid fascinated by the natural world.


Ideal for ages 9+


Afterworlds By Scott Westerfeld Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481422345
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 23rd, 2014

Darcy wrote a book in 30 days and just got a major publication deal. Lizzie is the main character in Darcy’s book who explores the underworld with a cute-boy tour guide. Both of these books - an ideal book deal come true and a complex fantasy yarn--appear in full to make up AFTERWORLDS. A fascinating look at writing and publishing, especially as both books impact each other. THE book for budding teen writers.


Ideal for ages 14+


The New Classics

These are the stories your children will read to their children someday. Taking their cues from the great children's literature of the past, these timeless tales are destined to be classics, or provide a fun twist on an existing classic.  

The Farmer and the Clown (The Farmer Books) By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442497443
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 23rd, 2014

A clown falls off a train and is taken in by a kindly farmer in this wordless tale. This pure, lovely story - earthbound yet dreamlike - shows that affection can transcend language.


Ideal for ages 4+


Quest By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665951
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

The follow-up to the wordless wonder Journey, Quest takes our tandem-bicycle-riding heroes through a magical door and into a brand new adventure. Knights, castles, weird old maps - Quest has it all. With their magical sidewalk chalk and color-coordinated sidekicks, our kid heroes lead readers through the fantastic landscapes of a kingdom in peril.


Ideal for ages 4+


Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Full of rich illustrations and elegant rhymes, Madame Chapeau’s search for her lost birthday bonnet is a treat for the senses. Packaged in pale pink and filled with pictures of outlandish headwear and delicious cake, Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau is pretty as a petit four.


Ideal for ages 5+


Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763663391
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

Longtime fans and newcomers to Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series will love this book - the first in a new spin-off series featuring a few familiar faces and a lot of new adventure! This is the perfect choice for very early readers and can be enjoyed as part of the series or as a standalone romp!


Ideal for ages 6+


Sam and Dave Dig a Hole By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763662295
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014

Know a kid who loves exploring and getting dirty? They they’d love Sam and Dave Dig a Hole! Illustrated by Jon Klassen, this charming picture book is visually stunning, warmhearted and fun! It’s as close to a sure thing as you’ll get this holiday season.


Ideal for ages 4+


Nuts to You By Lynne Rae Perkins, Lynne Rae Perkins (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060092757
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 26th, 2014

This book is about and a squirrel (Jed) who gets snatched by a hawk and then his friends set out on a treacherous journey to save him. My favorite part was the squirrel’s game at the end. I also enjoyed the squirrel’s interpretation of human language. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, choose NUTS TO YOU!
-- Katie R., age 9


Ideal for ages 8+


While You Were Napping By Jenny Offill, Barry Blitt (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jenny Offill, Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375865725
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 23rd, 2014

As a big sister, there are many responsibilities one must take on--namely, making sure your younger siblings are super jealous of all the cool stuff you get to do while they have to take naps! WHILE YOU WERE NAPPING explores this as well as other things crucial to a children's book, such as the importance of magic and wonder, the silliness of childhood imagination, and the strength of the sibling bond. An absolute favorite! 

Ages 4-8 


I'll Give You the Sun By Jandy Nelson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803734968
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business 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!


Ideal for ages 14+ 


The Witch's Boy By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781616203511
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

I ADORED this tale! Borrowing elements from fantasy, history, and folk tales, this story of a bay and a girl--each bound to save each other--is really something special. Perfect for readers who aren’t ready for YA content, but need more advanced storytelling and vocabulary. This is a timeless book for all kinds of readers!


Ideal for ages 10+ 


Egg and Spoon By Gregory Maguire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763672201
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014

Part hero story, party fairy tale, Egg & Spoon combines elements of lore, history and today’s world to create a combo - breaker of greatness. Readers young and old will fall in love with Elena and cheer her on her quest to help her family.


Ages 12+


100 Sideways Miles By Andrew Smith Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442444959
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Finn Easton counts time by the turn of the Earth--one second is twenty miles--and thinks about the stars his atoms came from (and their collision with the dead horse that fell a hundred sideways miles and gave him epilepsy and a scar on his back, in exchange for his mother’s life). His life is pretty settled now--until new student Julia Bishop comes to town and throws all his atoms out of whack. This new novel from Andrew Smith (of WINGER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE fame) crackles with Smith’s trademark chatty, vulgar smarts--no one captures teenage years in such sweaty, vivid technicolor. Andrew Smith’s teenagers are real. They swear, they sneak beers, and they make bad decisions. They worry about being “that kid,” about their friends, about wanting their parents to trust them. And, y’know what? They do okay. I wish I’d had Andrew Smith’s books as a teenager.


Ages 14+


Fables, Fairies, and Faraway Places

Books for the imaginitive, creative, dreamy dreamers. Stories of peril, creatures friend and foe, and fantasitcal destinations for the mind. This child walks into a tree because they were lost in imagination. Ideal non-book gift? Empty cardboard box.  

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms By Katherine Rundell, Melissa Castrillón (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442490611
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

What a special book! I devoured this story in two sittings. I expected your classic “tomboy goes to boarding school and learns that discipline and girliness are okay” story, but this isn’t that at all! Thank goodness! A deeply moving story about loss and identity, whose characters and settings pulse with energy. Really really lovely.


Ideal for ages 8+


The Dragon & the Knight: A Pop-up Misadventure By Robert Sabuda, Robert Sabuda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robert Sabuda, Robert Sabuda (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781416960812
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little Simon - October 21st, 2014

Robert Sabuda is the undisputed king of the pop-up book. No one else should even bother. The Dragon & the Knight riffs on familiar fairy tales as the knight pursues the dragon up Rapunzel’s hair and through Little Red’s woods. Fool-proof fun for just about any kid.


Ideal for ages 5+ 


Jackaby By William Ritter Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781616203535
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

Young Abigail Rook is barely off the boat when she meets Jackaby: an intense, disheveled mystery of a man with strange clothes. An odd pair indeed but if you’re looking for adventure, intrigue and some old-time America - Jackaby is your ticket.


Ideal for ages 12+ 


Salt & Storm By Kendall Kulper Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316404518
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 23rd, 2014

The Roe women have been witches of Prince Island for centuries, and sixteen year-old Avery wants to take up her birthright. When a terrible premonition appears in her dreams, Avery knows it’s time--but her mother holds her captive to Victorian ladyhood, and Avery is trapped. This heartbreaking, hopeful fantasy unfolds in an epic journey through dreams and storms, hitting perfect notes of love and loss. Avery is a fantastic heroine--afraid, yes, but still defiant, fiery and full of longing. It’s a perfect gift for lovers of magic, seafaring, and choosing a future over a fate.


Ideal for ages 12+


This book just ate my dog! By Richard Byrne, Richard Byrne (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Richard Byrne, Richard Byrne (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781627790710
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 30th, 2014

Bella is taking her dog for a walk when something strange happens: the dog vanishes into the space between the pages. A simple yet exciting story for kids who love an interactive reading experience!


Ideal for ages 3+


Mix It Up (Interactive Books for Toddlers, Learning Colors for Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten Reading Books) By Herve Tullet Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452137353
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

Any aspiring artist will love this fun, interactive story in which the reader is encouraged to mix colors on the page! Simple and endearing - a way for a kid to play with paint without making a mess!


Ideal for ages 3+ 


Breaking News: Bear Alert By David Biedrzycki, David Biedrzycki (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896634
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Charlesbridge - September 9th, 2014

This book is amazing!!! Funny and smart with jokes and references that kids and adults will love. Enjoy as these bears wreak havoc on everyone!


Ideal for ages 4+
 


Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Five The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Five) (The Heroes of Olympus #5) By Rick Riordan Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781423146735
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 7th, 2014

At long last, we come to the end of THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS, finishing the adventures of Percy Jackson and all our other favorite demigods. Let’s all take a minute to cry that it’s over. …Are you done? It’s okay if you need another minute. Good now? Dry your tears, because let me tell you: this book is amazing. For fans of the series, this long-awaited finale is everything you can hope for—every loose end is tied up, every prophecy fulfilled, and nearly every favorite character you can imagine comes back for a last hurrah (Blackjack! Clarice! and I’m not going to say that Poseidon’s tacky Hawaiian shirts DO make an appearance, but I’m not going to say they DON’T). Though the final battle scenes are amazing, it was the growth of the characters over the course of the series that really had me tearing up at the end. Parents, treat your kids to this series: it’s got heart, smarts, and style.


Ideal for ages 10+


Uni the Unicorn By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Brigette Barrager (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385375559
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Random House Studio - August 26th, 2014

Do you know a young girl who believes in magic? Flip through this charming story about a unicorn that believes, somewhere out there, there’s a little girl destined to be her friend. A colorful story of magic and friendship! 


Ideal for ages 8+


Oliver and the Seawigs (A Not-So-Impossible Tale) By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780385387880
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014

OLIVER AND THE SEAWIGS (9780385387880) is certainly a favorite this year. When his parents go missing, Oliver takes to the seas to rescue them! This illustrated chapter book for early readers has universal appeal and a British edge that reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s work, especially last year’s big hit FORTUNATELY, THE MILK.

Ages 7-10 


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