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A Slant of Light Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620404966
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 7th, 2015

From the author of the bestseller In the Fall, an epic historical novel that fearlessly addresses the largest questions of love, justice, and how to live.

At the close of the Civil War, weary veteran Malcolm Hopeton returns to his home in western New York State to find his wife and hired man missing and his farm in disrepair. A double murder ensues, the repercussions of which ripple through a community with spiritual roots in the Second Great Awakening. Hopeton has gone from the horrors of war to those far worse, and arrayed around him are a host of other people struggling to make sense of his crime. Among them is Enoch Stone, the lawyer for the community, whose spiritual dedication is subverted by his lust for power; August Swarthout, whose wife has left earthly time and whose eye is set on eternity; and a boy who must straddle two worlds as he finds his own truth and strength. Finally there is the judge, who enters as a power broker but who must bow to the wisdom of a more human truth within the vision of a nation on the cusp of the modern era. Always there is love and the memory of love that is as haunting as the American pastoral Eden that Lent has so exquisitely rendered in this unforgettable novel.

A Slant of Light is a novel of earthly pleasure and deep love, of loss and war, of prophets and followers, of theft and revenge, in an American moment where a seemingly golden age has been shattered. This is Jeffrey Lent on his home ground and at the height of his powers.


Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery in Mayan Mexico Cover Image
By Marcia Wells, Marcos Calo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544302068
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

The fun and fast-paced second installment in the illustrated Eddie Red series. On vacation in Mexico, Eddie Red and his best friend Jonah must once again rely on Eddie's talent for drawing and his photographic memory to uncover clues to catch a crook when Eddie's father is falsely accused of a crime. Whether they are fighting germs from Montezuma's Revenge, running from a real-life ghost, or battling a bad guy on top of a Mayan pyramid, mystery seems to find young super sleuth Eddie Red everywhere he goes!
 
Now that he has become the NYPD’s youngest crime-solving hero, Eddie Red and his best friend Jonah are ready to relax on a family vacation to Mexico. But when Eddie’s father is falsely accused of stealing, what they find is another complex mystery. Can Eddie – with his artistic talent and photographic memory – and Jonah uncover clues and catch the real crook in time? "Fast-paced, funny, and a sure pleaser for Cam Jansen Grads" (Kirkus), the Eddie Red series stars a hero worth rooting for.


Little Red Henry Cover Image
By Linda Urban, Madeline Valentine (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763661762
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 28th, 2015

Well, there’s overprotective—and then there’s Little Red Henry’s family! A hilarious tale about what happens when a coddled kid asserts his independence.

Little redheaded Henry’s family treats him like a baby. They dress him. They feed him. They brush his “widdle toofers.” But he’s not a baby anymore. He’s a little boy who wants to do things for himself. So with his family watching anxiously from the wings, Henry sets out on a glorious day of independence. But will things swing too far in the other direction? In this charming reworking of the classic tale of the Little Red Hen, author Linda Urban and illustrator Madeline Valentine gently and humorously depict a family trying to find a middle ground between hovering over their youngest member and giving him room to grow.


The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544484016
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Published: Mariner Books - April 21st, 2015

“A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals . . . A special treat for readers of natural history.” — Kirkus Reviews

Every year, many species make the journey from one place to another, following the same paths and ending up in the same places. Every year since boyhood, the acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has done the same, returning to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. Which led him to wonder: what is the biology in humans of this primal pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing? In The Homing Instinct, Heinrich explores the fascinating mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures to locate their homes with pinpoint accuracy; and how even the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. And he reminds us that to discount our human emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.

“A graceful blend of science and memoir . . . [Heinrich’s] ability to linger and simply be there for the moment when, for instance, an elderly spider descends from a silken strand to take the insect he offers her is the heart of his appeal.” — Julie Zickefoose, Wall Street Journal

“Deep and insightful writing.” — David Gessner, Washington Post


Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781629560496
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Published: Routledge - May 7th, 2015

Parents these days are under a great deal of pressure to be “perfect.” From psychologists to social scientists, journalists to weekend bloggers, everyone has an opinion about the do’s and don’ts for raising healthy, well-adjusted—and let’s not forget, polite—children in today’s fast-paced world. Where does this leave parents? Too often, lacking in confidence, ill equipped, and overwhelmed.

Parenting expert Vicki Hoefle makes the bold claim that it’s time for parents to get off the perfection path and get back to the real job of parenting: to grow a grown-up. In this no-nonsense parenting guide, Hoefle draws upon twenty-five years of experience with helping parents see the big picture and sidestep what she calls the “detail drama” that too often trumps everyday life with our kids. Parents learn more than just strategies; they learn a methodology that allows them to help their toddlers build a strong foundation for success in adulthood.

In her trademark, tell-it-like-it-is style, Hoefle tells parents to trust their intuition and develop an intentional strategy for meeting each child’s unique needs. Above all, The Straight Talk on Parenting offers the confidence-boosting reminder that parenting is about practice (and a healthy dose of humor), not perfection.


Bunny Roo, I Love You Cover Image
By Melissa Marr, Teagan White (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399167423
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 14th, 2015

A warm and tender welcome to the world

When I found you, you were small and trembling, and I thought you might be a little bunny.

I held you close so you were warm.


The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—but fortunately their mamas know just how to sooth and comfort them. This beautiful text celebrates the many ways a child is made to feel at home in the world. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals caring for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. The apt comparisons to baby animals and their mothers makes for a book that’s both playfully sweet and visually captivating.

This uplifting, gorgeous picture book has the feel of a classic, and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.


Zooborns Motherly Love: Celebrating the Mother-Baby Bond at the World's Zoos and Aquariums Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476791968
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 7th, 2015

An adorable installment in the ZooBorns series, ZooBorns Motherly Love celebrates the special bond between exotic animal mothers and their babies from every corner of the globe: “Animal babies make conservation cute,” raves The New York Times.

ZooBorns Motherly Love is all about mothers and their babies. Photographs that capture the power of a mother’s love consistently attract explosive interest on the wildly popular ZooBorns website, and now, for the first time, they have been collected in this book. ZooBorns Motherly Love explores the special role mothers play in our lives: they do more for us than they do for themselves, worry about us more than we’ll ever know, and love us more than anyone else can…no matter their species. By highlighting these adorable and recognizable moments, from a sea otter cradling her newborn pup to a lioness gently tugging her cub back to her side, ZooBorns connects you to the animals featured here and builds awareness for the challenges these species face in the wild. Remember, these babies are much more than just irresistible furry faces. They are ambassadors for their species, helping educate about conservation while they entertain. In fact, 10 percent of all ZooBorns’ revenue from the sale of these books goes directly to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Conservation Endowment Fund.

This book is sure to put a smile on your face and warm your heart.


The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399173257
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Published: Philomel Books - March 24th, 2015

A magical book of advice from the great wizard Merlin, perfect for graduation

Based on an address he gave to students at Oxford University in 2013, T.A. Barron channels the wizard Merlin and offers advice on how readers can live a meaningful life. Divided into sections, each revolving around a magical word, this book poetically explores the concepts of Gratitude, Courage, Knowledge, Belief, Wonder, Generosity, Hope, and Love. This inspiring gem of a book is a perfect graduation gift, sure to make readers examine their own lives and how they can live them to the fullest.


The World Awaits: Wisdom and Stories to Celebrate Life's Big Moments Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781426214745
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Published: National Geographic Society - April 7th, 2015

A perfect gift to celebrate life’s accomplishments—from starting school, to graduating college, to a big promotion—this collection of quotations, inspiring lessons, and words of congratulations will put every graduate and achiever on the path to success. The sociable meerkats remind us of the importance of supportive family and friends; the migration of the intrepid caribou speaks to persevering over challenges; and the confident, colorful peacock will inspire you to strut your stuff! With National Geographic as your guide, this endearing collection of memorable animal photographs encourages you to explore the joys, successes, anticipations, and accomplishments that await. You’re never too young, or too old, to explore all the adventure your future holds!


Early Warning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307700322
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 28th, 2015

From the best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a riveting, emotionally engaging journey through mid-century America, as lived by a remarkable family with roots in the heartland of Iowa.

Early Warning opens in 1953 with the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch, Walter, who with his wife, Rosanna, sustained their farm for three decades, has suddenly died, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. Only one will remain in Iowa to work the land, while the others scatter to Washington, D.C., California, and everywhere in between.

As the country moves out of post–World War II optimism through the darker landscape of the Cold War and the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and ’70s, and then into the unprecedented wealth—for some—of the early 1980s, the Langdon children each follow a different path in a rapidly changing world. And they now have children of their own: twin boys who are best friends and vicious rivals; a girl whose rebellious spirit takes her to the notorious Peoples Temple in San Francisco; and a golden boy who drops out of college to fight in Vietnam—leaving behind a secret legacy that will send shock waves through the Langdon family into the next generation.

Capturing a transformative period through richly drawn characters we come to know and care deeply for, Early Warning continues Smiley’s extraordinary epic trilogy, a gorgeously told saga that began with Some Luck and will span a century in America. But it also stands entirely on its own as an engrossing story of the challenges—and rewards—of family and home, even in the most turbulent of times, all while showcasing a beloved writer at the height of her considerable powers.


God Help the Child Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307594174
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 21st, 2015

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.


Inside the O'Briens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476717777
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Published: Gallery Books - April 7th, 2015

From the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice Lisa Genova comes a powerful and transcendent new novel about a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease.

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (The San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core.


Leaving Time (with Bonus Novella Larger Than Life) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345544940
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 28th, 2015

The gripping, #1 New York Times bestselling novel about a daughter’s search for her missing mother.

Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it’s been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment…or worse. Still Jenna—now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief—steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother’s desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother’s disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother’s co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives.


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ISBN: 9780812993158
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Published: Random House - April 14th, 2015

A passionate and powerful novel based on the scandalous life of the French novelist George Sand, her famous lovers, untraditional Parisian lifestyle, and bestselling novels in Paris during the 1830s and 40s. This major departure for bestseller Berg is for readers of Nancy Horan and Elizabeth Gilbert.

George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior. After leaving her estranged husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men’s clothing, smoked cigars, and had love affairs with famous men and an actress named Marie. In an era of incredible artistic talent, Sand was the most famous female writer of her time. Her lovers and friends included Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more. In a major departure, Elizabeth Berg has created a gorgeous novel about the life of George Sand, written in luminous prose, with exquisite insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time.
 


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Viper Wine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553419351
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Published: Hogarth - April 14th, 2015

“Using an alchemy all of her own, Eyre’s postmodern take on the 17th century renders it dazzlingly fresh and contemporary.”—Guardian(UK)

Venetia Stanley was the great beauty of her day; so dazzling she inspired Ben Jonson to poetry and Van Dyck to painting. But now she is married and the adoration to which she has become accustomed has curdled to scrutiny, and she fears her powers are waning. Her devoted husband, Sir Kenelm Digby—explorer, diplomat, philosopher, alchemist—refuses to prepare a beauty tonic for her, insisting on her continued perfection.

Venetia, desperate for a cure, secretly engages an apothecary to sell her “viper wine”—a strange potion said to bolster the blood and invigorate the skin. The results are instant, glorious, and addictive, and soon the ladies of the court of Charles I are looking unnaturally youthful. But there is a terrible price to be paid, as science clashes with magic, puritans rebel against the decadent court of Charles I, and England slides into civil war.

Based on real events and written with anachronistic verve, Viper Wine is an intoxicating brew of love, longing and vanity, where the 17th and 21st centuries mix and mingle in the most enchanting and mind-bending ways.


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ISBN: 9781476793641
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Published: Atria Books - April 14th, 2015

The first in a suspenseful new trilogy by the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, this gripping story follows a retired expat journalist in contemporary China who tries to crack a murder case as he battles his own personal demons.

American expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul’s marriage unravels in the fallout.

Now Paul is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth’s son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own.

As Paul, Elizabeth, and a detective friend descend deeper into the Shenzhen underworld—against the wishes of a woman with whom Paul has had a flirtation—they discover dark secrets hidden beneath China’s booming new wealth. In a country where rich businessmen with expensive degrees can corrupt the judicial system, the potential for evil abounds.

Part love story, part crime thriller, Whispering Shadows is the captivating tale of one man’s desperate search for redemption within the vice of a world superpower, a place where secrets from the past threaten to upend the country’s unchecked drive towards modernization.


Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-For Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316380102
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 28th, 2015

The bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain's destiny.

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome - the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What's taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

In BRAIN MAKER, Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick," and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain's destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, BRAIN MAKER opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.


Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620402504
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 21st, 2015

From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma and doctors' offices in suburbia—an explosive and shocking account of addiction, marketing, and the making of an epidemic.

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated the heart of Portsmouth as it has hundreds of similar communities across America—addiction like no other America has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amuck whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered growth of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive—extremely addictive—miracle drug. At the same time, a massive influx of black tar heroin—cheap, potent, originating from a small county on Mexico's west coast independent of the drug cartels—assaulted small and medium cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbreakable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters—pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and victims—Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America's heartland.


Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612194394
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Published: Melville House Publishing - April 7th, 2015

A huge bestseller in Europe, Frederic Lenoir’s Happiness is an exciting journey that examines how history’s greatest philosophers and religious figures have answered life’s most fundamental question: What is happiness and how do I achieve it?

From the ancient Greeks on—from Aristotle, Plato, and Chuang Tzu to the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad; from Voltaire, Spinoza, and Schopenhauer to Kant, Freud, and even modern neuroscientists—Lenoir considers the idea that true and lasting happiness is indeed possible.

In clear language, Lenoir concisely surveys what the greatest thinkers of all time have had to say on the subject, and, with charming prose, raises provocative questions:

· Do we have a duty to be happy?
· Is there a connection between individual and collective happiness?
· Is happiness contagious?
· Is there a difference between pleasure and happiness?
· Can unhappiness and happiness coexist?
· Does our happiness depend on our luck?

Understanding how civilization’s best minds have answered those questions, Lenoir suggests, not only makes for a fascinating reading experience, but also provides a way for us to see us how happiness, that most elusive of feelings, is attainable in our own lives.


Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307594969
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 14th, 2015

The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.

After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past thousands of Nazi pursuers, with little more than their own wits and courage to guide them?

McDougall makes his way to the island to find the answer and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero—natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today.

More than a mystery of remarkable people and cunning schemes, Natural Born Heroes is a fascinating investigation into the lost art of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the beaches of Brazil at dawn, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall’s own backyard in Pennsylvania, all places where modern-day athletes are honing ancient skills so they’re ready for anything.

Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature—to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats.


The Road to Character Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993257
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Published: Random House - April 14th, 2015

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author David Brooks, a controversial and eye-opening look at how our culture has lost sight of the value of humility - defined as the opposite of self-preoccupation - and why only an engaged inner life can yield true meaning and fulfillment.

The fact is that we live in a hypercompetitive meritocracy: colleges and businesses alike reward goal-oriented superstars and those who self-promote are most likely to thrive. This rigorous, culture-wide emphasis on external acheivements can lead to great success but it also fosters shrewdness and a narrow self-focus: a “Big Me” culture. As a result, we may be more capable—but are we better leaders and thinkers?

Beginning with an examination of how our hunger for wealth and status is eroding our ability to create meaningful inner lives, Brooks looks at men and women throughout history whose genuine sense of humility was fundamental to their success. From St. Augustine, Dorothy Day, Eisenhower, and Samuel Johnson, Brooks explores how their inner struggles transformed each of these men and women into high points of moral clarity and intelligence. These men and women all understood one simple but counterintuitive truth: in order to fulfill yourself, you must learn how to forget yourself.

With the same intelligence, humor and storytelling ability that made The Social Animal a tale of human nature, David Brooks traces the history of a great moral tradition, how it has been carelessly thrown away, and how moving away from our “resume virtues” (power, material wealth, and professional achievements) and toward our “eulogy virtues” (our ability to love and connect to others) can enrich us all. A riveting examination of morality in our time, this is Brooks’ most personal and revolutionary book yet.


Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up Cover Image
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Published: Routledge - May 7th, 2015

Parents these days are under a great deal of pressure to be “perfect.” From psychologists to social scientists, journalists to weekend bloggers, everyone has an opinion about the do’s and don’ts for raising healthy, well-adjusted—and let’s not forget, polite—children in today’s fast-paced world. Where does this leave parents? Too often, lacking in confidence, ill equipped, and overwhelmed.

Parenting expert Vicki Hoefle makes the bold claim that it’s time for parents to get off the perfection path and get back to the real job of parenting: to grow a grown-up. In this no-nonsense parenting guide, Hoefle draws upon twenty-five years of experience with helping parents see the big picture and sidestep what she calls the “detail drama” that too often trumps everyday life with our kids. Parents learn more than just strategies; they learn a methodology that allows them to help their toddlers build a strong foundation for success in adulthood.

In her trademark, tell-it-like-it-is style, Hoefle tells parents to trust their intuition and develop an intentional strategy for meeting each child’s unique needs. Above all, The Straight Talk on Parenting offers the confidence-boosting reminder that parenting is about practice (and a healthy dose of humor), not perfection.


An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595148032
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

In the Martial Empire, is it the soldier or the slave who’s truly free?

Laia is a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from other Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. At the academy, Laia meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in the Trials, a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. It is not long before the far-reaching arm of Trials snatches not just Elias but Laia as well; and soon the two will find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


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ISBN: 9781442494893
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2015

When Ben gets kicked out of the CIA’s spy school, he enrolls with the enemy. This companion to Spy School and Spy Camp is rife with action, adventure, and espionage.

During a spy school game of Capture the Flag, twelve-year-old Ben Ripley somehow accidentally shoots a live mortar into the principal’s office—and immediately gets himself expelled. Not long after going back to the boring old real world, Ben gets recruited by evil crime organization SPYDER.

And he accepts.

As a new student in SPYDER’s evil spy school, which trains kids to become bad guys with classes like Counter Counterespionage and Laying Low 101, Ben does some secret spying of his own. He’s acting as unofficial undercover agent, and it becomes quickly apparent that SPYDER is planning something very big—and very evil.

Ben can tell he’s a key part of the plan, but he’s not quite sure what the plan is. Can Ben figure out what SPYDER is up to—and get word to the good guys without getting caught—before it’s too late?


Good Ogre Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442450189
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - April 7th, 2015

Max is finally home in Madison, but the magical mayhem is just beginning in this conclusion to the hilarious trilogy that started with Bad Unicorn and Fluff Dragon, which Publishers Weekly called “deviously enjoyable.”

After saving an entire world—three, actually—it’s no wonder Max can’t seem to get settled back home in Madison, where the most daunting threat is ending up in remedial gym if he can’t climb a rope fast enough. Then a new kid named Wayne rescues Max from the school bullies, and a new option for adventure appears. Wayne says he’s from the magical world, the Magrus, and that Max is needed there. He can go back and be the powerful wizard of his dreams!

But when Max opens a portal between the two worlds, he finds out that things are not what they seem. A powerful storm starts turning the residents of Madison into monsters and Max's friends into characters out of an online game. Then Max learns that the Maelshadow, a being of pure evil, plans to use the portal to invade the planet and make it his own. Can Max and his motley crew put a stop to his plans? Or has this spellcaster’s luck finally run out?


Lumberjanes Beware the Kitten Holy: Vol. 1 Cover Image
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Published: Boom Box - April 7th, 2015

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what’s not to love?!

Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.


Murder Is Bad Manners Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481422123
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2015

Two friends form a detective agency—and must solve their first murder case—in this start to a middle grade mystery series at a 1930s boarding school.

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends at Deepdean School for Girls, and they both have a penchant for solving mysteries. In fact, outspoken Daisy is a self-described Sherlock Holmes, and she appoints wallflower Hazel as her own personal Watson when they form their own (secret!) detective agency. The only problem? They have nothing to investigate.

But that changes once Hazel discovers the body of their science teacher, Miss Bell—and the body subsequently disappears. She and Daisy are certain a murder must have taken place, and they can think of more than one person with a motive.

Determined to get to the bottom of the crime—and to prove that it happened—before the killer strikes again, Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects, and use all the cunning, scheming, and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?


By Mouse & Frog Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670784905
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

The author of the critically acclaimed Blue Chicken and The Story of Fish and Snail has created two adorable new creatures…

Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes Mouse’s story with some wild ideas? Chaos!…followed by the discovery that collaboration means being willing to compromise—and that that’s not a bad thing.

Once again, the visionary creator of Blue Chicken and The Story of Fish and Snail has crafted a subtle, clever book-about-books that’s also a delightfully entertaining story featuring adorable characters who will win readers’ hearts.


Have You Seen My Monster? Cover Image
By Steven Light, Steve Light (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763675134
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 7th, 2015

In a follow-up to Steve Light’s highly praised Have You Seen My Dragon?, the county fair is filled with shapes—and somewhere among them a monster is waiting to be found.

A little girl gallivants through a county fair, searching for her furry friend. Readers will surely spot the friendly monster as well as twenty shapes, identified here by their proper names—trapezoids, ellipses, kites, and more—hidden among iconic fair attractions from the fun house to the Ferris wheel. Maybe the monster is judging the pies? Or perhaps he’s at the monster-truck rally? Youngsters will be so mesmerized by Steve Light’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with vivid splashes of color, they won’t even realize they’ve learned how to spot a nonagon while looking for a monster.


Look! Cover Image
By Jeff Mack, Jeff Mack (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399162053
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Published: Philomel Books - April 7th, 2015

It’s a Book meets Officer Buckle and Gloria

Using only two words—LOOK and OUT—Jeff Mack relates an entire story about an attention-loving gorilla, a television-loving boy, and a friendship that develops over books. Simple yet richly creative, cleverly and colorfully illustrated with textures and creative type designs, and surprisingly funny and tender given the sparcity of text, LOOK! is the type of book that captivates everyone who sees it.

This feel-good story manages to evoke both It’s a Book and Officer Buckle and Gloria, and will leave children laughing and loving books for years to come.


Stick and Stone Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544032569
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 7th, 2015

Stick and Stone are sticking together in this hilarious and heart-warming picture book that proves once and for all why best friends ROCK!

When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor?

Author Beth Ferry makes a memorable debut with a warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. New York Times bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare.
In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie, as some of the best friend duos in children’s literature.


The Skunk: A Picture Book Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Patrick McDonnell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596439665
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 14th, 2015

It's man vs. skunk in this deadpan picture book from master of the droll story Mac Barnett and Caldecott Honor-winning comic artist Patrick McDonnell.
When a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear—but soon the man has bought a new house in a new neighborhood to escape the little creature's attention, only to find himself missing something. . .

This slyly hilarious tale brings together picture book talents Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell for the first time.


The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626720213
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2015

The Glorkian Warrior is back! Don't worry, he hasn't gotten any smarter.

The Glorkian Warrior was doing so well! He almost had that rampaging space snake under control—when Buster Glark, his villainous rival in the Glorkian Corps, showed up to make fun of him! Buster laughed so hard at the Glorkian Warrior's misfortune that he gave himself the hiccups. And that was just on the first page of this book.
Things are only going to get worse from here for the Glorkian Warrior. But at least there will be plenty of pie at the end.
James Kochalka brings back his goofiest creation, the Glorkian Warrior, in the second of this silly space trilogy!


Public School Superhero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316322140
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - March 16th, 2015

In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling "Middle School"-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

Featuring more than 150 pieces of line art and comic-style sequences, James Patterson's newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.


Billie Cover Image
By Anna Gavalda, Jennifer Rappaport (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781609452490
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Published: Europa Editions - March 31st, 2015

A number 1 bestseller in France and translated into over twenty languages, Billie is one of the most beloved French novels to be published in recent years. A brilliant evocation of Paris and a moving tale of friendship, Anna Gavalda’s new novel tells the story of two young people, Billie and Franck, who, as the story opens, are trapped in a gorge in the Cevennes Mountains. With darkness encroaching, their situation is dire, and Billie begins to tell stories from their lives in order to survive. In alternating episodes, the novel moves between recollections of the two characters’ childhoods and their dreadful predicament.

Franck’s life has been impacted by a childhood spent with a perennially unemployed father who toyed with Christian extremism and a mother aestheticized by antidepressants. A bright kid, Franck’s future was menaced at every turn by the bigotry around him. Billie’s abiding wish as an adult is to avoid ever having to come into contact with her family again. To escape from her abusive and alcohol-addled family, she was willing to do anything and everything. The wounds have not entirely healed.

At the heart of Gavalda’s tender story lies a generosity of spirit that will take readers’ breath away, and an unshakable belief in the power of art to lift the most fragile among us to new vistas from which they can see futures full of hope, love, and dignity. Billie is a beautifully crafted novel for readers of all ages and from all walks of life that conveys a positive message about overcoming life’s trials and tribulations.


Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 23rd, 2015

#1 New York Times Bestseller — With a new Afterword

“Guaranteed to make blood boil.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times

Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever. Here are people who have somehow preserved a moral sense in an environment where you don’t get paid for that; they have perceived an institutionalized injustice and are willing to go to war to fix it.


Heartbreak Hotel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781468310573
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Published: Overlook Press - March 3rd, 2015

By the author of the bestselling The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, the hilarious and romantic novel set in a crumbling bed and breakfast

In her effortlessly winning novels Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach charmed readers and critics alike with her generous prose and hilarious dialogue. With Heartbreak Hotel, Moggach has triumphed once again.

When retired actor Buffy decides to leave London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.

In possession of a run-down bed and breakfast that leans more toward the shabby than the chic and is, quite literally, miles from nowhere, Buffy realizes that he needs to fill the beds—and fast. Otherwise, his vision of the pastoral countryside will go up in smoke.

Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) nebbishy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle. But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers finds that they have more in common than perhaps they first thought.

A charming romantic comedy that will captivate even the most determined urbanite, Heartbreak Hotel is a supreme entertainment.


Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Cover Image
By Rick Riordan, John Rocco (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423183648
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - August 19th, 2014

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.


Heroes of Olympus, the Book Three the Mark of Athena Cover Image
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 8th, 2014

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena is be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.


The Blood of Olympus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781423146735
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Published: Disney Press - October 7th, 2014

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.


The Lost Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781423163251
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 7th, 2014

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea--except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all--including Leo--related to a god.


Who Flies, Cat the Cat? Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062306524
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 22nd, 2014

Three-time Caldecott Honor–winning author/illustrator Mo Willems has taken his New York Times bestselling Cat the Cat series and turned it into irresistible board books that teach elementary concepts—the perfect baby gift.

Join spunky Cat the Cat as she introduces the very youngest readers to fun concepts like identifying animals that fly. This is picture-book phenomenon Mo Willems at his sweetest and funniest. This board book series focuses on simplifying essential concepts through vibrant art, spare text, and repetition.

Kids will love making friends with Cat the Cat and her pals! And in signature Mo style, there is a surprising twist at the end of each mini book that will delight readers.


Who Is That, Cat the Cat? Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062306531
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 22nd, 2014

Three-time Caldecott Honor–winning author/illustrator Mo Willems has taken his New York Times bestselling Cat the Cat series and turned it into irresistible board books that teach elementary concepts—the perfect baby gift.

Join spunky Cat the Cat as she introduces the very youngest readers to fun concepts like identifying animals. This is picture-book phenomenon Mo Willems at his sweetest and funniest. This board book series focuses on simplifying essential concepts through vibrant art, spare text, and repetition.

Kids will love making friends with Cat the Cat and her pals! And in signature Mo style, there is a surprising twist at the end of each book that will delight readers.


Who Says That, Cat the Cat? Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062306548
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - August 26th, 2014

The New York Times bestselling Cat the Cat series is now in board book format! Kids will love making friends with Cat the Cat as she introduces you to her animal pals.

This is picture book phenomenon Mo Willems at his simplest, sweetest, and funniest. This unique new series focuses on simplifying essential concepts through vibrant art, spare text, and repetition. Who Says That, Cat the Cat? focuses on identifying animal sounds.

Cat the Cat is spunky, sweet, and completely irresistible. And in signature Mo style, there is a gently funny twist at the end of each book.
 
An expanded version of this book was previously published as What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound?


Who Sleeps, Cat the Cat? Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062306555
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - August 26th, 2014

The New York Times bestselling Cat the Cat series is now in board book format! Kids will love making friends with Cat the Cat as she introduces you to her animal pals.

This is picture book phenomenon Mo Willems at his simplest, sweetest, and funniest. This unique new series focuses on simplifying essential concepts through vibrant art, spare text, and repetition. Who Sleeps, Cat the Cat? focuses on identifying creatures that are sleeping.

Cat the Cat is spunky, sweet, and completely irresistible. And in signature Mo style, there is a gently funny twist at the end of each book.
 
An expanded version of this book was previously published as Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep!


My New Friend Is So Fun! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423179580
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 3rd, 2014

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?


The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423190875
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 1st, 2014

The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

 


Waiting Is Not Easy! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423199571
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Published: Disney Press - November 4th, 2014

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...


Strings Attached Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316408899
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Published: Hachette Books - September 16th, 2014

"A vivid, often tender portrait.... Writing in alternating sections, Lipman and Kupchynsky tell Mr. K's story in plain prose that ends up ripping your heart out." --USA Today

Goodreads-(10/20/2013) from Brian in Ypsilanti, Michigan: "This book is an absolute MUST READ. The touching story of a man who lived through every hardship you can imagine and was still able to give and find love everywhere he went."

Strings Attached is a powerful memoir about resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy, an inspiring and poignant tale of how one man transformed his own heartache into a legacy of joy for his students.

His students knew Jerry Kupchynsky as "Mr. K"-the fierce Ukrainian-born music teacher who rehearsed them until their fingers almost bled and who made them better than they ever expected to be. Away from the classroom, though, life seemed to conspire against him at every turn. Strings Attached takes you on his remarkable journey, from his childhood on the run in Nazi Germany, to his life in America caring for his disabled wife while raising their two small daughters, to his search for his beloved younger daughter after she mysteriously disappeared-a search that would last for seven years.

His unforgettable story is lyrically told in alternating chapters by two childhood friends who reconnected decades later: Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter, and Joanne Lipman, a former student. Heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant, Strings Attached is a testament to the astonishing power of hope-and a celebration of the profound impact one person can have on the lives of others.


Everyday Blessing: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780786883141
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Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 1998

Updated with new material--including an all new Introduction and expanded practices in the Epilogue--EVERYDAY BLESSINGS remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent, applying the groundbreaking "mind/body connection" expertise from global thought-leader, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn.

The bestselling author of Wherever You Go, There You Are (more than 1,000,000 total copies in print) and Full Catastrophe Living joins forces with his wife, Myla, in this groundbreaking revised edition of the classic book about mindfulness in parenting children of all ages.


Fabio's American Home Kitchen: More Than 125 Recipes with an Italian Accent Cover Image
By Fabio Viviani, Matt Armendariz (Photographer)
$34.80
ISBN: 9781401312848
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Published: Hyperion Books - October 21st, 2014

From chef, restaurateur and media personality Fabio Viviani's home kitchen, more than 125 recipes for American classic dishes--from Fava Bean Mint Hummus to a Chicago Style Homemade Deep Dish Pizza, from a quick Spaghetti Carbonara to Parmesan Bacon Grits, from Fried Catfish with Malt Chips to Mississippi Mud Pie--which he has infused with his own special Italian flair. Illustrated with 100 stunning four color photographs.

From the home kitchen of chef, restaurateur and media personality Fabio Viviani, more than 125 recipes for his favorite American dishes, infused with his own special Italian flair.

Chef Fabio Viviani may have been born and raised in Florence, Italy, where he perfected the classic Italian cooking that has made him famous, but he has embraced the food of his new home with a passion. In FABIO'S AMERICAN HOME KITCHEN, he shares the Italian-inflected recipes that he cooks for family and friends.

Written in Fabio's charming voice, with easy-to-follow instructions and ingredients that can be found in any well-stocked supermarket, the book also includes suggested menus as well as lists of recipes ranging from quick and easy to make-ahead, family-friendly, good for a crowd, and entertaining. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs throughout, FABIO'S AMERICAN HOME KITCHEN is a book that home cooks will reach for again and again.


A Good Year for the Roses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401341916
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Published: Hyperion Books - July 1st, 2014

An enchanting new novel by the author of the popular Beach Street Knitting Society series, which features a plucky heroine who has arrived at a crossroads in her life, a small town full of interesting characters, an old bed and breakfast, and an unforgettable year of new beginnings.

Life hasn't been a bed of roses for Londoner Molly Taylor lately. Newly divorced and struggling to find a new home and a way to support her three boys, she's stunned when her beloved Aunt Helena dies and leaves her Harrington Hall, a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast, where Molly grew up. But does Molly really want to run a bed-and-breakfast in an old house where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is Aunt Helena's beautiful rose garden? Or care for Uncle Bertie, an eccentric former navy officer with a cliff-top cannon? Or Betty, his rude parrot that bites whomever annoys it? Yet Molly's best friend Lola is all for the plan. "My heart bleeds. Your very own beach, the beautiful house, and Helena's garden. All you have to do is grill a bit of bacon."

But with Molly's conniving brother running the family hotel nearby, the return of a high school flame with ulterior motives, and three sons whose idea of a new country life seems to involve vast quantities of mud, this is not going to be easy. And then Harrington Hall begins to work its magic, and the roses start to bloom...

Warm, witty, and chock-full of quintessential British charm, A Good Year for Roses is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over...with or without bacon.


Scared Scriptless Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401311056
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Published: Hyperion Books - June 3rd, 2014

Daytime television star and host of the hit show The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney, returns with an irresistible follow up to her debut novel, The Star Attraction. This commercial romp is an exciting insider take on the behind-the-scenes of television, life in LA, and, of course, a romance.

Maddy Carson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates "Hollywood." Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule - "No Actors!" - helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to try, even when she learns that Craig's agenda doesn't exactly line up with her altruistic goal.


Meanwhile, Maddy still has a full-time job to manage, her family to deal with, and a gorgeous new actor, Adam Devin, determined to wear down her resistance. Eventually Maddy must learn to break all her self-imposed rules and simply follow her heart.

Scared Scriptless offers an engagingly relatable heroine, laugh-out-loud humor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how television is made.


Don't Know Much about the American Presidents Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401330439
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Published: Hachette Books - April 15th, 2014

The first paperback edition of the newest title in the multi-million copy selling series "Don't Know Much About." People Magazine said Ken Davis' books are like "returning to the classroom of the best teacher you ever had."

Which president broke the law to prevent enslaved people from being freed? Who said, "When the president does it,that means it's not illegal"? Why does America have a president?

From the heated debates among the framers of the Constitution in 1787 over an "elected king," to the creation of the presidency, and on through rich profiles of each man who has held the office, New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis takes readers on a guided tour of American history. Examining each chief executive, from the low lights to the bright lights, the memorable to the forgettable and the forgotten, Davis tells all the stories, offering rich anecdotes about real people. He also charts the history of the presidency itself, debunking myths and grading the presidents from A+ to F.

For history buffs and history-phobes alike, this entertaining book may change your understanding of the highest office in the land throughout more than two hundred years of history.


Dog Gone, Back Soon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401310899
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Published: Hyperion Books - April 8th, 2014

When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a wild and delightful ride through one jam- packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.


Indigo Slam: An Elvis Cole Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316376358
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Published: Hachette Books - April 29th, 2014

In Trade Paperback for the very first time--from the newly-named Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, Robert Crais.

Life in the California sun suits Elvis Cole--until the day a fifteen-year-old girl and her two younger siblings walk into his office. Then everything changes.

Three years ago, a Seattle family ran for their lives in a hail of bullets. Hired by three kids to find their missing father, Elvis now must pick up the cold pieces of a drama that began that night. What he finds is a sordid tale of high crimes and illicit drugs. As clues to a man's secret life emerge from the shadows, Elvis knows he's not just up against ruthless mobsters and some very angry Feds. He's facing a storm of desperation and conspiracy--bearing down on three children whose only crime was their survival...


The Vanishing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401341947
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Published: Hyperion Books - January 21st, 2014

Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired . . . and who the world believes is dead.

When she arrives at the Sinclairs' enormous estate on Lake Superior, Julia begins to suspect that there may be sinister undercurrents to her "too-good-to-be-true" position. As Julia delves into the reasons of why Amaris chose to abandon her successful writing career and withdraw from the public eye, her search leads to unsettling connections to her own family tree, making her wonder why she really was invited to Havenwood in the first place, and what monstrous secrets are still held prisoner within its walls.


The Last Lecture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316335614
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Published: Hachette Books - May 13th, 2014

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
--Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.


Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781478955368
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Published: Hyperion Books - May 27th, 2014

Over 5 Million Copies Sold! Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day.

A powerful parable that will help you see your life and work in a new way.

It's a rainy day in Seattle, and on the third floor of First Guarantee Financial, people have stopped believing they can make a difference. To new manager Mary Jane Ramirez, the challenge of bringing life back to her unenthusiastic and unmotivated team seems impossible, until she discovers an incredibly successful workplace down the street where the employees are so alive and passionate that people stop just to watch them work!

FISH! is the remarkable story of what happens when Mary Jane seeks the help of these unlikely business "experts" and learns their secret: four simple practices that, when applied daily, help anyone to be more energized, effective, and fulfilled.

Filled with inspiration and timeless wisdom that will resonate with anyone in any field or career level, it's easy to see why FISH! is one of the most popular business parables of all time. People in organizations around the world use its practical lessons to improve customer service, build trust and teamwork, bolster leadership, and increase employee satisfaction. They also use the lessons to strengthen personal relationships, fulfill lifelong dreams, and realize their ambitions.

FISH! will help you discover the amazing power that is already inside you to make a positive difference-wherever you are in life.


Dinner with the Smileys Cover Image
By Sarah Smiley, Andrea Hand (Photographer)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316408943
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Published: Hyperion Books - September 16th, 2014

Because no one should have to eat alone--Dinner with the Smileys is a memoir about food, family, and community--repackaged and updated with new material that will "get you off your fat duff and [inspire you to] invite someone to dinner."

They say you are what you eat--but apparently, with whom you eat is pretty important too. Current medical research bears this out. But wellness was not what motivated mil-blogger/Navy wife and mom Sarah Smiley to invite one guest every week for 52 weeks to have dinner with herself and her three young sons.

Sarah's motivation was to fill a void in her family life: that empty chair at the dining room table while her Navy pilot husband, Dustin, was deployed overseas for a year. But what started as a gesture meant to distract the boys from missing their Dad became a joyous journey as the unlikeliest people accepted the invitations... and brought dessert. The Smiley family discovered that a surprising number of people really are available for dinner. You just have to ask.

Each dinner guest taught them about life, and the importance of sharing something simple and intimate--like a meal--to cement these valuable lessons in place.

From a state senator (she baked brownies) to sports superstars (ice cream), from the boys' teachers (cookies) to their 94-year old neighbor--with R2-D2 making a very special visit--each Smiley dinner guest leaves an indelible impression. Throughout the book, Sarah Smiley's unvarnished detailing of the emotional ebb and flow of being a "single mom" to three irrepressible boys while trying to balance career, car pool and dinner prep is Bombeck-esque at times, deeply moving at others. Dinner with the Smileys transformed the family, so much so that even upon Dad's return home, the dinners have continued...one new guest every week.

Dinner with the Smileys shows how one family made a difference not only in their own lives, but the life of each guest as well. Full of humor and heart, this memoir will remind readers how nice it is to sit down, break bread, and connect, as well as surely inspire many invitations to the dinner table.


Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401312800
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Published: Hyperion Books - January 14th, 2014

Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs--the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow's soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the "Hero or Zero" missions his SEALs undertake.

From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs' creative operations became front and center in America's War on Terror-and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center's Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.


Lego Chain Reactions: Design and Build Amazing Moving Machines Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545703307
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Published: Klutz - February 15th, 2015

Deep in the Controlled Chaos Department of Klutz Labs, we asked a simple question: What could be more Klutzy than a machine that performs a simple task through an elaborate chain reaction? The answer, of course, is a wacky chain reaction built of LEGO® bricks. With this in mind, our team of experts, educators, and 11-year-olds helped us invent ten machines that swing, bounce, spring... and teach kids the skills (and the physics behind the fun) they need to create their own marvelous machines.

Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to build the Flag-Waving Marble Kicker, the Barbell Spinner, and more. Young builders set up these machines in any order they choose to form a custom chain reaction.
One thing leads to another, and another, and another, as the machines perform an ordinary task (like pushing a button on a keyboard) in an extraordinary way. With this book in hand and a handful of basic bricks from their LEGO® collections, the only other thing that LEGO® fans will need is a little imagination.


Contains:

- 33 LEGO pieces
- Instructions for 10 modules
- 6 plastic balls
- String
- Paper ramps and other components


Mini POM-POM Pets: Make Your Own Fuzzy Friends Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545703192
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Published: Klutz - September 16th, 2014

Could anything top the sheer lovability of Pom-Pom Puppies? We didn't think so, until we made these tiny, totally adorable Mini Pom-Pom Pets.

How do kids get critters this small? By making the pom-poms on the prongs of an everyday dinner fork. With our step-by-step Klutz-clear instructions, even a yarn newbie will wind up a pom-pom professional. Kids follow the color-coded charts as they wrap, tie, and snip the colorful yarn into petite pom-poms. Adding eyes, a nose, ears, a tail, and rosy cheeks (with our special blush marker) gives each tiny pet an outsized personality. Voilà - a zoo of mini critters from froggies, duckies, and piggies to monkeys, lions, and turtles.

Pom-Pom Pets are as much fun to make as their canine cousins (and dare we say, a little cuter), and with 20+ animals and 150+ cute punch-out features to choose from, there's bound to be a puffy little pocket-sized pet that's a perfect match for every young pom-pommer.

Need to Know

  • A perfectly petite companion to Pom-Pom Puppies (more than 250,000 books in print)
  • Make more than 20 itty-bitty kitties and other wee wildlife
  • No special tools needed - kids use a fork to make the pom-poms


Comes With
64-page book of instructions
270 feet of yarn in 8 colors
Pre-made mini and super-mini pom-poms
Eye and nose beads
Punch-out ears, tails, paws, and more
Blush marker
Sequin noses
Wire
Glue


With all the excitement surrounding homemade rubber band bracelets, we figured it was the perfect time to introduce a next-generation version of this super-cool craft in an all-new, way-too-cool color palette. Our exclusive one-handed loom makes bracelets from a continuous piece of stretchy cord - so there's no chance of a rubber band breaking and the whole bracelet unraveling. Frustration-free results every time!

Using 7 colors of cord and 7 colors of beads, kids customize 11 different styles to create bracelets that are uniquely their own. What's your bracelet maker's style: Brilliant with beads and popping with neon? Or understated sophistication in teal and white?

Our kid-tested instructions teach a basic looping technique that's simple to learn. And like the bracelets, our packaging format is stackable (and easy to wrap, too).

Simple to make, fun to wear, and awesomely designed - once kids try Loop Loom Bracelets we know they'll be hooked.

Need to Know:

  • More than 4 million Friendship Bracelets books in print
  • Our step-by-step instructions, complete with tech art and photography, make success simple
  • Built-in work station features beading cups and storage compartments to keep kids' work area neat and organized


Comes With
40-page book of instructions
102 feet of cord in 7 colors
350 beads in 7 colors
Loop loom tool
Crochet hook
3 beading cups


Star Wars Rebels: Be a
By Klutz Press (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545703246
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Published: Klutz - November 15th, 2014

This fall, Lucasfilm and Disney launch their brand-new animated series Star Wars Rebels. Set five years before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, the show focuses on a small band of rebels who engage in missions of sabotage and resistance against Imperial occupation (cue evil music here). This means great new stories with exciting new characters in brave new worlds. And what better way to get to know these new heroes and villains than by learning to draw them? That's where we come in.

Draw Star Wars Rebels is a complete how-to guide packed with expert tips and easy step-by-step instructions that let kids bring these exciting new Star Wars characters to life - from the irrepressible spirit of Ezra, the 14-year-old charismatic con artist who learns to fight for the greater good, to the Inquisitor, the menacing spy who tracks down Jedi survivors. Star Wars fans will get to know them from the inside out (literally) as they start with stick figures, add shapes, then insert details big and small. And there's plenty of room to draw right inside the book.

It's the first-ever drawing book for this much-anticipated new series, so getting to know these great characters and being able to draw them is just around the corner… not so far, far away.

Need to Know:
  • The Star Wars: Clone Wars TV series boasts three of the 15 top-selling licensed toys of all time
  • Simple instructions for artists of all skill levels
  • The latest in a long line of successful Klutz "How to Draw" books

Comes With
74-page book of instructions
8 sheets of tracing vellum
Black marker
3 double-tipped metallic-colored pencils
Mechanical pencil
Eraser


String Art: Turn String and Pins Into Works of Art Cover Image
By The Editors of Klutz (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545703215
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Published: Klutz - September 16th, 2014

String art used to be just for squares (and triangles and other geometric shapes) - after all, it was originally invented to make math concepts more accessible to kids. But our new string art system opens up a whole new world of possibilities. From cute critters to fashionable flowers to trendy typography, kids can make everything in the book after learning just three simple methods.

In addition to our step-by-step instructions, this modern take on one of today's hottest tween crafting sensations comes complete with everything string artists need, including a custom Klutz-only tool that makes it easy for young fingers to space and place each pin with… pinpoint accuracy. The pin-pusher also makes sure that each pin is exactly the same height every time, removing the biggest obstacle to perfect results.

Our book has 20+ easy-to-create subjects and clever techniques that make a simple process magical, as kids wrap their string from pin to pin and watch their masterpieces emerge. With enough materials to complete six full projects and plenty of ideas to personalize them, kids will be making amazing art in no time. So let's get straight to the point: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that string.

Need to Know:

  • A super-hot, still-emerging trend
  • Exclusive tool makes it easy to insert, align, and keep the pins at the perfect height
  • Three simple techniques (fan, zigzag, and scribble) accomplish every look


Comes With
60-page book of instructions
550 pins
360 feet of craft thread in 8 colors
10 decorative sheets of backing paper
6 corrugate boards
5 sheets of tracing paper
A pin pushing tool


The Iron Trial Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545522250
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 9th, 2014

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.


Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545621250
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 29th, 2014

Author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown returns in the highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times Bestseller STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY!

It's time to return to middle school in a galaxy far, far away....

After surviving his first year at Jedi Academy, Roan Novachez thought his second year would be a breeze. He couldn't have been more wrong. Roan feels like he's drifting apart from his friends, and it's only made worse when Roan discovers he's not the amazing pilot he thought he'd be. When the school bullies take him under their wing, he decides they aren't so bad after all--or are they?

This year, Roan will have to face alien poetry tests, menacing robots, food fights, flight simulation class, online bullies, more lightsaber duels, and worst of all...a girl who is mad at him.

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school--all told through one boy's comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, e-mails, and more.


Escape from Lucien Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545433150
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Published: Graphix - August 26th, 2014

Kazu Kibuishi's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues!

Emily, Navin, and their friends continue to battle the Elf King in hopes of destroying him forever, but one of his most loyal followers, Max, isn't making it easy for them. The crew journeys to Lucien, a city that's been ravaged by the war. Emily has more enemies there than she realizes--and it'll take everything she's got to get herself and her friends out of the city alive.


Meet the Bigfeet Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780545556170
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 30th, 2014

A hilarious new chapter book series from the bestselling author/illustrator of I'm the Biggest Thing in the Oceann .

Blizz Richards is a great guy, a caring boss, and a loyal friend. Oh, yeah...he's also a yeti! He's made it his life's mission to study cryptids like him, hidden animals who have taken a powerful oath to never be seen by the outside world.

So when a photo of Cousin Brian becomes a media sensation, Brian can't handle the guilt and disappears. But it's time for the annual Bigfoot family reunion, and it won't be the same without him. Luckily, Blizz and his devoted team are on the case. Can they find their furry friend before their secret gets out for good?

In Kevin Sherry's hilarious new illustrated series, you'll meet a wide array of weird and wacky cryptids, from goblins and Goatman to skunk apes and Sasquatch--animals that you don't believe exist. And it's up to Blizz to keep it that way!


Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545504904
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 26th, 2014

When the Incredible Robo-Plunger defeated the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, George and Harold thought their toilet troubles were over. Unfortunately, their porcelain problems were only beginning...

Just when you thought it was safe to flush...

The Turbo Toilet 2000 strikes back! The carnivorous commode known for devouring everything in its path has built up a real appetite...for REVENGE! Join Captain Underpants for another epic showdown of Wedgie Power vs. Potty Power as our tighty-whitey-wearing superhero GOES TO ELEVEN!


Lego Star Wars: Yoda's Secret Missions (Chapter Book #1) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780545657006
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 26th, 2014

These three original stories star the greatest heroes and villains of LEGO(R) STAR WARS(TM)!
Yoda, the ultimate Jedi Master, has 900 years' worth of stories to tell! This humorous and action-packed book features all our favorite heroes and villains in three original stories!

What happens when Obi-Wan, Yoda, and a new class of Padawans must battle Sith Lords in Podraces, fight bounty hunters in the Jedi Temple, and defeat stormtroopers in the swamps of Dagobah? Hilarious adventures will ensue!


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