Out This Week!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 / Share your comments...

Dance with an orangutan and explore Energy Island and the rainforest, maybe you’ll find Mr.Bright Side or a boy who knits?

Check out what’s new this week down below.

Picture Books

Orangutanka by Margarita Engle and Renee Kurilla

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780805098396.jpgAll the orangutans are ready for a nap in the sleepy depths of the afternoon . . . all except one. This little orangutan wants to dance! A hip-hop, cha-cha-cha dance full of somersaults and cartwheels. But who will dance with her?

Written in bold poems in the tanka style, an ancient Japanese form of poetry that is often used as a travel diary, this exuberant orangutan celebration from acclaimed poet Margarita Engle will make readers want to dance, too!

           


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Young Adult Books

Finding Mr. Bright Side by Jay Clark

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780805092578.jpgAbram and Juliette know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other–at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.
Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a year later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite Juliette to Taco Bell.
To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.

 


 

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Out This Week! Bad Kitty 10th Anniversary Edition, The Whisper, and Many More!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 / Share your comments...

Get excited! Bad Kitty 10th Anniversary Edition is out today!

Also out this week is the second part to The Riverman Trilogy, The Whisper, plus several other titles listed below. Go ahead and take a look.


Picture Books 

Bad Kitty 10th Anniversary Edition by Nick Bruel

 

From the creator of The New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk — four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she’s told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that’s left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill…and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake…) does she Apologize to Grandma.


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Chapter Books


Middle Grade 

The Whisper by Aaron Starmer

Twelve-year-old Alistair Cleary has washed up on shore. But where? It seems to be Aquavania, the magical realm where children create entire worlds from their imagination. There’s something wrong, though. The creators have disappeared and the worlds are falling apart. All Alistair wants is to find his friend Fiona Loomis and go home. Easier said than done. Animals made of starlight, a megalomaniacal boy king, and astronauts who peddle riddles are hard enough to outwit, but they’re only the beginning. To find Fiona, Alistair must travel from world to world. He must confront the mistakes of his past. And he must face countless monsters, including the soul-stealing stalker that some people call the Riverman, the merciless but misunderstood servant of Aquavania who refers to himself as the Whisper.


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Quote Roundup- Witherwood Reform School

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 / Share your comments...

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After a slight misunderstanding involving a horrible governess, oatmeal, and a jar of tadpoles, siblings Tobias and Charlotte Eggars find themselves abandoned by their father at the gates of a creepy reform school. Sinister mysteries are afoot at Witherwood, where the grounds are patrolled by vicious creatures after dark and kids are locked in their rooms. Charlotte and Tobias soon realize that they are in terrible danger—especially because the head of Witherwood has perfected the art of mind control.

If only their amnesiac father would recover and remember that he has two missing children. If only Tobias and Charlotte could solve the dark mystery and free the kids at Witherwood—and ultimately save themselves.

Read an excerpt!

Learn more about the Tobias, Charlotte and the other characters in Witherwood Reform School!

Check out some of our favorite quotes below!

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The Whisper Quote Roundup

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 / Share your comments...

whisper3dTwelve-year-old Alistair Cleary has washed up on shore. But where? It seems to be Aquavania, the magical realm where children create entire worlds from their imagination. There’s something wrong, though. The creators have disappeared and the worlds are falling apart. All Alistair wants is to find his friend Fiona Loomis and go home. Easier said than done. Animals made of starlight, a megalomaniacal boy king, and astronauts who peddle riddles are hard enough to outwit, but they’re only the beginning. To find Fiona, Alistair must travel from world to world. He must confront the mistakes of his past. And he must face countless monsters, including the soul-stealing stalker that some people call the Riverman, the merciless but misunderstood servant of Aquavania who refers to himself as the Whisper.

 

Some of our favorite quotes from the book are below!

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Interior Spread – Power Down Little Robot

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 / Share your comments...

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It’s time to power down for the night, but Little Robot isn’t ready! He quickly opens his stalling program. Luckily, Mom Unit knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module.

This fun twist on a familiar nighttime routine will click with bedtime avoidance experts everywhere.

The colorful illustrations from Tim Zeltner will have your little one drifting off to sleep in no time!

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Out This Week! A Little Robot, A Zombie Goldfish, and Plenty of Secrets

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 / Share your comments...

This week there’s a lot going on. We have Sadie delivering an elephant using crazy methods like an alligator, a cute little robot who just will not sleep, a Big Fat Zombie Goldfish ( times two! ), a mysterious fairyland and tons of secrets that may be too much to handle.

Here are the lists of titles below:

Picture Books: 

Special Delivery by Phillip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781596439313.jpgSadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company.

She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt’s home. Along the way she meets an array of interesting characters, including an odd postal worker and a gang of bandit monkeys, who all help her get where she is going.


Power Down, Little Robot by Anna Staniszewski

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781627791250.jpgIt’s time to power down for the night, but Little Robot isn’t ready! He quickly opens his stalling program. Luckily, Mom Unit knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module.

         


On the Night You Were Born (Spanish Ed) by Nancy Tillman

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250058829.jpgA beautiful and poignant celebration of the birth—and worth—of every child. Now available in Spanish!

 

 

 

 


Chapter Books:

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Fins of Fury by Mo O’Hara

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Fins of FuryWhen Tom zapped Frankie the goldfish back to life with a battery, he certainly didn’t expect him to become a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with incredible hypnotic powers. But it turns out that a zombie goldfish is a great pet to have on your side when your big brother is an evil scientist whose plans need to be thwarted.

There’s something fishy going on in the woods, as Tom and his best friend Pradeep take Frankie on a camping adventure. Could the Beast of Burdock Woods be real?

 

 

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish:  The SeaquelMy Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel

After Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his big brother Mark’s toxic science experiment by zapping him back to life with a battery, Frankie somehow became a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with dangerous hypnotic powers. Fortunately, Frankie has appointed himself Tom’s bodyguard, and together, with a little help from their friends, they thwart Mark’s Evil Scientist plans.

Tom is looking forward to their annual family trip to the seaside, right up until he hears about the Evil Eel of Eel Bay–a monster that Mark is entirely too interested in. After all, even a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH might have a little trouble with a Super Electric Zombie Eel!


Middle Grade:

9780805098792Witherwood: Reform School by Obert Skye and Keith Thompson

After a slight misunderstanding involving a horrible governess, oatmeal, and a jar of tadpoles, siblings Tobias and Charlotte Eggars find themselves abandoned by their father at the gates of a creepy reform school. Sinister mysteries are afoot at Witherwood, where the grounds are patrolled by vicious creatures after dark and kids are locked in their rooms. Charlotte and Tobias soon realize that they are in terrible danger—especially because the head of Witherwood has perfected the art of mind control.

If only their amnesiac father would recover and remember that he has two missing children. If only Tobias and Charlotte could solve the dark mystery and free the kids at Witherwood—and ultimately save themselves.

 


The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Cat Valente

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When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling-a human boy-in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembered.

Time magazine has praised Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland books as “one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.” In this fourth installment of her saga, Valente’s wisdom and wit will charm readers of all ages.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Cat Valente


Young Adult Books:

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's CrimeA royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless?world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.?


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Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess Writing Contest

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 / 1 Comment

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Enter to win a makeover worthy of royalty for your bedroom!

Olivia thinks she is completely average until the day she meets her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia. How would you react to learning you were of royal heritage? Write an essay 500-1000 words long that finishes the sentence: “If I found out I were royalty, I would…” and tell us all about it!

One grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 Pottery Barn gift card and a signed copy of From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess. Two runner up winners will receive a signed copy of From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess.

Hurry, enter today!


 

middleschoolprincess3dOlivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. The only things about her that aren’t average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half-orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn’t want to complain).

Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she’s knocked down at the bus stop…

Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia, Grandmère and her two fabulous poodles…

Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn’t so average after all!

Learn More!

 

 

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FINDING SERENDIPITY by Angelica Banks Quote Roundup

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 / Share your comments...

When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog, Baxterr, discover that Tuesday’s mother—the famous author Serendipity Smith—has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted boat, tangles with an evil pirate, and discovers the truth about her remarkable dog. Along the way, she learns what it means to be a writer and how difficult it can sometimes be to get all the way to The End.

FINDING SERENDIPITY is full of really great quotes, especially about reading and writing. Here are a few of our favorites!

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Interior Spreads – Special Delivery

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 / Share your comments...

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Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company.

She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt’s home. Along the way she meets an array of interesting characters, including an odd postal worker and a gang of bandit monkeys, who all help her get where she is going. 

This eccentric and hilarious story from Philip C. Stead, the author of the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee and illustrator Matthew Cordell will surprise and entertain from beginning to end. Discover some of the fun interior images below!

 

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Featured Black History Month title: Black Jack

Friday, February 20th, 2015 / Share your comments...

Our final Black History Month featured title is Black Jack. Don’t forget to check out our other great titles great for all ages!


9781596434738Born as Arthur John Johnson in the southern state of Texas, Jack Johnson was one of the most renowned boxers of the twentieth century.

Through hard work and persistence, he climbed the ranks, taking a swing and a jab and eventually busting the color barrier.

As the first black man to win the Heavyweight Championship, there was more than a title on the line.

Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this history-making bout (July 4, 1910).

 

This is an extraordinary marriage of poetry, fabulous collage artwork, and a splendid achievement in its own right.

 

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