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By Mouse & Frog Cover Image
$16.99
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)
$17.99
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)
$17.99
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
$15.07
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
$13.99
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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ISBN: 9780393351590
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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
$31.26
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)
$24.99
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
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423142003
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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 (Heroes of Olympus #5) 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 (Heroes of Olympus Graphic Novels #1) Cover Image
$12.99
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 - 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)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062306531
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Published: Balzer + Bray - 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 - 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)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062306555
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Published: Balzer + Bray - 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! (Elephant & Piggie Books) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
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! (Elephant & Piggie Books) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
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
$18.56
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: Hachette 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
$24.00
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
Availability: Backordered
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
$21.99
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 (Magisterium #1) 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 (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #2) Cover Image
$12.99
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 (Amulet #6) 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 (Yeti Files) 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!


Go to Sleep, Little Farm Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544150140
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 2nd, 2014

In the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown, Mary Lyn Ray presents a hushed picture book about the rhythm of the natural world on a small farm as all creatures prepare for sleep. Artist Christopher Silas Neal's classic illustrations quiet even the most restless little night owls with familiar childlike imagery and the comforts of routine. All is well, it reminds them. Now is the time for dreams.


Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do (Five Little Monkeys Story) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544088900
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

With nothing to do, the five little monkeys make the household chores a fun--and messy--adventure in this sturdy board book edition.
 
When five little monkeys ask for something to do, cleaning the house for Grandma Bessie's visit isn't exactly what they had in mind. But leave it to those mischievous monkeys to find a way to make housework fun . . . and messy! Features Eileen Christelow's irresistible monkey art in a sturdy board book edition perfect for repeat readings.


Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544302365
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

In this sturdy board book, the five little monkeys and Mama can't wait to sell their old car and get a new one. But who will buy it? Perhaps those clever monkeys can convince their cranky crocodile neighbors that what they really need is . . . yes, a car!
 
The five little monkeys and Mama are eager to get a new car. The five little monkeys clean and paint their old car until it sparkles like new. But who will buy it? Perhaps those clever monkeys can convince their cranky crocodile neighbors that what they really need is . . . yes, a car! Lively verse and Eileen Christelow's inimitably comic illustrations put the five little monkeys in the driver's seat in more ways than one. This sturdy board book edition is perfect for repeat readings.


Bats in the Band (Bat Book) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544105690
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - August 5th, 2014

The symphonious companion to Brian Lies's bestselling bat books series where the Bats take a break from the Beach, the Library, and the Ballgame to strike up the band, celebrate, and share music. A must-have addition to a child's first rhythmic and rhyming picture book library.
 
The look on our faces is easy to read:
a little night music is just what we need!

A late-spring night sky fills with bats flocking to a theater, already echoing and booming with delightful sounds of music. Bat music-plunky banjoes, bat-a-tat drums, improvised instruments, country ballads, and the sweet cries of a bat with the blues.

Join this one-of-a-kind music festival as the bats celebrate the rhythm of the night, and the positive power of music. Brian Lies's newest celebration of bats and their dazzling, dizzying world will lift everyone's spirits with joyous noise and cheer!


The Witches' Supermarket (Martha Speaks) Cover Image
$5.79
ISBN: 9780544323582
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 26th, 2014

While trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Helen and her dog Martha happen upon an unusual supermarket. One for witches and cats only! This edition of the very first story about Martha from Martha Speaks includes spooky stickers.
 
"Has what it takes: suspense, humor, and intriguing clues. A book that's as much fun as Halloween itself." -School Library Journal

While trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Helen and her dog Martha (begrudgingly dressed as a cat) walk into a very unusual supermarket. One for witches and cats only! What will happen if the manager realizes the truth about them? This whimsical story by Susan Meddaugh is the first about Martha from PBS's Martha Speaks, before she got her paws on the alphabet soup that gave her the gift of gab.

This new 8" x 8" edition features a shiny foil cover and a sheet of stickers!


The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 5 Cover Image
$11.54
ISBN: 9781571986139
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Published: Old Farmer's Almanac - September 3rd, 2013

Kids can't put it down! Parents can't wait to pick it up! Teachers give it high marks! Created for kids ages 8 and up, The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids features fascinating stories, fun facts, and activities that provide hours of edu-tainment. This brand-new edition in the biannual series includes chapters on . . .• Astronomy: with Moon tales and trivia; telling time by the stars; a visit to Venus• Calendar: unusual celebrations for every month (Limerick Day, Happy Cat Month, National Chemistry Week), with related activities to try anytime• Weather: what happens in a hurricane; a buganado blitz and other weird weather; a chilling peek at the South Pole• Food: the a-peel (get it?) and quirky uses of bananas (Sri Lankans use the stems to make shoe soles); a twisted history of pretzels• Nature: the world is alive with swamp creatures, howling wolves, cockroaches, and reindeer-oh, my!• In the Garden: advice for a fairy-tale garden of cabbages, pumpkins, and beans; a salsa princess; ideas for hosting a garden party• On the Farm: everything you didn't know about oats; quacky facts about ducks; Pennsylvania Dutch "sign language"• Sports: Old Home Day games; kids who joined the circus; how to get the knack of the hacky sack; ways to walk


Rumpelstiltskin (Folk Tale Classics) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544066922
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 24th, 2013

Paul Galdone's striking retelling and spirited illustrations give new life to Grimm's classic tale of a strange little man who helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold. This addition to the Folk Tale Classics series has an enchanting new cover and is sure to please readers of all ages.

Paul Galdone's masterful storytelling brings new life to this familiar high-stakes tale of a mysterious little man who makes a devastating deal with the miller's daughter. Sold to a king who expects her to spin straw into gold, she promises Rumpelstilstkin the most valuable thing of all in exchange for his help, and she must outwit him when he comes to claim his due.

Children will delight in the illustrations, replete with details and rich colors. This new addition to the Folk Tale Classics series is an outstanding addition to any fairy tale collection.


Jack and the Beanstalk (Folk Tale Classics) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544066656
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 24th, 2013

Now part of the Folk Tale Classics series, Paul Galdone's version of the story an enterprising young man, a tiny magic bean, and a giant adventure is not to be missed! With lustrous, foil-accented covers and lively illustrations, these retellings are perfect for collecting and gift-giving.

Young readers are sure to delight in Galdone's version of this classic story, and the lively illustrations and rhythmic storytelling make it perfect for reading aloud with little ones. With a gorgeous cover in keeping with the rest of the Folk Tale Classics series, the story of Jack and his magic bean has never been more irresistible.


Very Little Red Riding Hood Cover Image
By Teresa Heapy, Sue Heap (Illustrator)
$19.71
ISBN: 9780544280007
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood is adorably re-cast as a very little precocious toddler in this modern, sweet retelling of the classic tale.

When Very Little Red Riding Hood encounters the Big Bad Wolf she cries, "A Foxie!" and gives him a huge hug. Her considerable charm and fearlessness quickly turn the Wolf from deadly foe to confused ally. At Grandma's (who is appropriately terrified at first), Wolf is invited in for an exhausting afternoon of tea parties, dancing, and hide-and-seek. But as parents will surely recognize, an over-tired and homesick pre-schooler is far scarier than any wolf. As Little Red melts down from missing her mummy, Wolf's moment of truth arrives and rather than "eat her up" he cheers her up and all three "sleep happily ever after."

This is the first book in a must-have read-aloud series of three, followed by Very Little Cinderella, and Very Little Sleeping Beauty.


Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544084599
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Can the five little monkeys bake Mama a surprise birthday cake without waking her up? This sturdy board book edition is perfect for repeat readings.
 
In this sturdy board book, the five little monkeys wake up with the sun. Today is their mama's birthday, and they are going to bake a cake. They'll have to measure the flour and mix in the right number of eggs, and get it all into the oven in time for the birthday surprise-without waking up Mama!
Eileen Christelow has created an original, high-energy romp, sure to delight any child who has tried to plan a surprise.


Little Blue Truck's Christmas Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544320413
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 23rd, 2014

The best-selling Little Blue Truck counts Christmas trees in a brand new gift book perfect for the holiday season.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don't forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!

With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue's new adventure is full of holiday warmth. Sturdy cardstock pages, a compact and child-friendly text, and flashing colored Christmas lights on the final page come together in a novelty gift book that's sure to be the favorite treat of the season.


Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas (Holiday Classics) Cover Image
$10.43
ISBN: 9780544325241
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 23rd, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas has been in print for more than one hundred years, and this version of the beloved poem with classic illustrations, now part of the Folk Tale Classics series, has become as much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus.
 
Everyone knows the famous beginning to this beloved holiday poem: "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . ." Clement Moore's poem was written in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since. This edition, with gorgeous illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith, was first published in 1912 and is considered by many to be the definitive version of the story.

This lovely tale is now a part of the Folk Tale Classics series, with gold foil stamping on the cover and full-color illustrations throughout. A beautiful and affordable edition of a classic, this book deserves a place in every child's library!


Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed 25th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544283299
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Published: Clarion Books - October 7th, 2014

Introducing a special anniversary edition of a modern children's classic.
 
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
The mama called the doctor. The doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"
 
Even doctor's orders won't stop these silly monkeys from having their fun. But you'll never guess what Mama does when the five little monkeys finally do fall asleep!
Includes a free audio download, a "How to Draw a Monkey" activity, and music and lyrics for the much-loved song.


Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544233515
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 7th, 2014

The Caldecott Honor-winning duo get face-to-face with unique animals from around the world in this playful exploration of unusual animal facial features.

Dear axolotl: Why do you have feathers growing out of your head?

Axolotl: They aren't feathers-they're gills! They let me breathe underwater.
 
Let's face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person's features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it's hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn't true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive.
Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous-and very true-explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.


Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544279926
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 21st, 2014

From Caldecott-winner Virginia Lee Burton, a 75th anniversary edition with bonus downloadable audio read by Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick to celebrate this timeless picture book tale of transportation and cooperation.
 
Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers. When Mary Anne is destined for the scrap heap, the duo must dig their way out of trouble in this timeless tale of friendship, old-fashioned hard work, and ingenuity. Includes bonus audio download performed by the Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick.


Blizzard Cover Image
By John Rocco, John Rocco (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423178651
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 30th, 2014

Blizzard is based on John Rocco's childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island. Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the book opens with a boy’s excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood’s immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street. In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first. John uses an increasing amount of white space in his playful images, which include a gatefold spread of the boy's expedition to the store. This book about the wonder of a winter storm is as delicious as a mug of hot cocoa by the fire on a snowy day.


The Best American Comics Cover Image
By Scott McCloud (Editor), Bill Kartalopoulos (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780544106000
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 7th, 2014

Scott McCloud, "just about the smartest guy in comics" (Frank Miller), picks the best graphic pieces of the year.

"It's the perfect book to pick up to restore your faith in comics or help show infinite diversity in infinite combinations on display on paper using the world's greatest artform." - Comics Bulletin

The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction - from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web - to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud "just about the smartest guy in comics."


Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Renovation Guide (Better Homes and Gardens Home) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544286375
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Published: Better Homes and Gardens Books - September 2nd, 2014

This essential resource will walk homeowners through the decision-making process for a kitchen or bath renovation to create the perfect space
 
This indispensable reference covers everything homeowners need to know about making over the two rooms that yield the most resale value. Information is included for all stages of a kitchen or bath remodel, from inspiring before-and-after images to tips on getting started, with easy-to-read lists and sidebars on topics such as setting a budget and hiring professionals. Chapters highlight floor plan ideas, decorating styles, storage solutions, and lifestyle design choices. Plus, a handy shopping guide helps renovators choose key products, from kitchen cabinetry and cooktops to bathroom sinks and lighting. Complete with an appendix of checklists, this go-to guide is perfect for homeowners ready to update their spaces as well as those just looking for new ideas for renovations in the future.


Minecraft: Combat Handbook: An Official Mojang Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545685160
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 26th, 2014

In Minecraft, you're never alone and the threat of attack is constant. How will you survive? The OFFICIAL COMBAT HANDBOOK will teach you everything you need to know to defend yourself from hostile monsters and enemy players. You can learn how to build a fort, craft armor and weapons, set mob traps, defeat your enemies in one-on-one combat, and battle your way out of the Nether and the End. With tips from Minecraft experts, as well as developer Jeb and creator Notch himself, you'll be a Minecraft warrior in no time!


My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316070294
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

Bestselling and Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown's story about a young boy who runs into his "monstrous" teacher outside of school...and realizes she might be nicer than he thought.

A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.


Each page is filled with "monstrous" details that will have kids reading the story again and again. Peter Brown takes a universal and timeless theme, and adds his own humorous spin to create another winner of a picture book.


This Is a Moose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316213608
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

A hilarious picture book about a family of moose on a movie set who refuse to be typecast, from #1 New York Times bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld!

Lights! Camera! Moose!


MOOSE? Yes, Moose! When a movie director tries to capture the life of a moose on film, he's in for a big surprise. It turns out the moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose--he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon.

His forest friends step in to help him, and action ensues. Lots of action. Like a lacrosse-playing grandma, a gigantic slingshot into space, and a flying, superhero chipmunk.

In this hilarious romp, Richard T. Morris and bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld remind us to dream big and, when we do, to aim for the moon.


Sure Signs of Crazy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316210492
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

An astonishing debut coming-of-age novel starring the unique and unforgettable 12-year-old Sarah Nelson, now in paperback.


Love can be a trouble word for some people. Crazy is also a trouble word.

I should know.

You've never met anyone exactly like twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson. While most of her friends obsess over Harry Potter, she spends her time writing letters to Atticus Finch. She collects trouble words in her diary. Her best friend is a plant. And she's never known her mother, who left when Sarah was two.

Since then, Sarah and her dad have moved from one small Texas town to another, and not one has felt like home.

Everything changes when Sarah launches an investigation into her family's Big Secret. She makes unexpected new friends and has her first real crush, and instead of a "typical boring Sarah Nelson summer," this one might just turn out to be extraordinary.


The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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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.


File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316284035
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

Match wits with Lemony Snicket to solve thirteen mini-mysteries!

Match wits with Lemony Snicket to solve thirteen mini-mysteries.

Paintings
have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a
specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight -- strange things
are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to
investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects
clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the
investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to
the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

A
delicious read that welcomes readers into Lemony Snicket's world of
deep mystery, mysterious depth, deductive reasoning, and reasonable
deductions.


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