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Katherine Applegate - The One and Only Ivan

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
Join INK and Katherine Applegate to celebrate the release of The One and Only Ivan in paperback!  
 
 
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. She was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He is now a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation’s largest collection of western lowland gorillas. Ivan is well known for his paintings, which he “signs” with a thumb-print.

Katherine Applegate’s many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.
 
 
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061992254
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Published: HarperTorch - January 17th, 2012

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.


$17.99
ISBN: 9780544252301
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Published: Clarion Books - October 7th, 2014

In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.


Natasha Yim - Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 1:00pm
Special Event for Chinese New Year! 
 
In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.
 
Natasha Yim is the author of Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom, 2012), Cixi, "The Dragon Empress" (Goosebottom, 2001), and Otto’s Rainy Day. She lives in Ukiah, California, with her family.
 
 
By Natasha Yim, Grace Zong (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781580896528
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - January 7th, 2014

In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon.


Anne Leonard - Moth and Spark

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

“The novel is something like a Russian nesting doll: it’s a Jane Austen novel inside a Princess Bride type fantasy romp inside a much darker Tolkien-esque story of politics, war, magic, and dragons.” — Charlie Lovett, author of The Bookman’s Tale

In Moth and Spark, Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the power Mycenean Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in Caithenor that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming. Torn between his quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, Tam and Corin must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.

Local author Anne Leonard has degrees from St. John’s College (B.A), the University of Pittsburgh (MFA), Kent State University (Ph.D), and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126218
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Published: Penguin Books - December 17th, 2014

A prince with a quest, a beautiful commoner with mysterious powers, and dragons who demand to be freed--at any cost
Filled with the potent mix of the supernatural and romance that made "A Discovery of Witches" a runaway success, "Moth and Spark" introduces readers to a vibrant world--and a love story they won't soon forget.


Gigi Pandian - The Accidental Alchemist

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Book Launch Event!

In The Accidental Alchemist, Zoe Faust, born in 1676 and perpetually 28-years-old, can transform homegrown herbs and veggies into vegan soups and smoothies to die for—an interest that makes her fresh start in Portland, Oregon seem the perfect plan. That is, until she unpacks a crate with a stowaway—the living gargoyle and gourmet French chef Dorian Robert-Houdin—and finds her hope of a fresh start squashed.

Dorian’s appearance is no accident. He needs her help to decipher an ancient text that brought him to life—or he will return to stone forever. An already impossible task is further complicated by the intrusion of fourteen-year-old hoodlum Brixton and the surprise visit of Detective Max Liu. Toss in a dead body on her doorstep and the theft of Dorian’s book, and Zoe’s first day in Portland is already a recipe for disaster. Now the only way to remedy the increasingly dire situation depends on Zoe’s ability to recall the alchemy of her past.

Gigi Pandian is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series. A cancer diagnosis in her 30s taught her two important life lessons: healing foods can taste amazing, and life’s too short to waste a single moment. Therefore, she writes her mysteries while drinking delectable green smoothies and eating decadent home-cooked meals.

 

$14.99
ISBN: 9780738741840
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Published: Midnight Ink - January 8th, 2015

From USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian comes a modern tale of ancient intrigue


Stephanie Shaw - A Cookie for Santa

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

"The Gingerbread Man" mixes it up with "The Night Before Christmas" in this cleverly constructed Christmas story about a smart cookie who avoids becoming Santa's midnight snack. The rhyming verses are pitch-perfect in their cadence, with snappy rhyming pairs and bouncy energy just like that of the overactive puppies. Bold illustrations with a variety of perspectives include lots of close-ups of the Gingerbread Boy, drawing readers into his dilemma. The supersized horizontal format and capacious, mostly double-page spreads make this a natural choice for reading to a large group, but it would also work well for a family on Christmas Eve. A Cookie for Santa is a successful mixture of two classic ingredients that yields a sweet Christmas treat.

Stephanie Shaw is the author of Bedtime in the Meadow and Under the Sleepy Stars. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her career has included being a teacher of children with severe emotional disabilities, children's counseling and school administration.

 

By Stephanie Shaw, Bruno Robert (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781585368839
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - June 2014

Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten - Beautiful Hands

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

Special added celebration! 

Reception at 6:00pm

Co-authors Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi (Zero, One, Two) celebrate the forthcoming release of their beautifully written and illustrated book Beautiful Hands. Based on Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?,” this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams.

Click link below to order book!

 

By Bret Baumgarten, Kathryn Otoshi (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780990799306
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Blue Dot Press - September 15th, 2015

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints.


Tawni Waters - Beauty of the Broken

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:30pm
Friday, Nov. 7 • 6:30pm
 
In this lyrical, heartwrenching story about a forbidden first love, a teen seeks the courage to care for another girl despite her small town’s bigotry and her father’s violent threats.

Growing up in conservative small-town New Mexico, fifteen-year-old Mara was never given the choice to be different. Her parents—an abusive, close-minded father and a detached alcoholic mother—raised Mara to be like all the other girls in Barnaby: God-fearing, churchgoing, and straight. Mara wants nothing to do with any of it. She feels most at home with her best friend and older brother, Iggy, but Iggy hasn’t been the same since their father beat him and put him in the hospital with a concussion.

As Mara’s mother feeds her denial with bourbon and Iggy struggles with his own demons, Mara finds an escape with her classmate Xylia. A San Francisco transplant, Xylia is everything Mara dreams of being: free-spirited, open, wild. The closer Mara and Xylia become, the more Mara feels for her—even though their growing relationship is very much forbidden in Barnaby. Just as Mara begins to live a life she’s only imagined, the girls’ secret is threatened with exposure and Mara’s world is thrown into chaos.

Mara knows she can't live without Xylia, but can she live with an entire town who believes she is an abomination worse than the gravest sin?

Tawni Waters is an award winning writer and poet, and her work has been featured in The Best Travel Writing of 2010. She teaches creative writing in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
 
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481407090
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 30th, 2014

Frank Portman - King Dork Approximately

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

From Frank Portman comes the long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic King Dork, King Dork Approximately. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, said, “Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world.”

Aside from the stitches and the head wound, Tom Henderson is the same old King Dork. He's still trying to work out who to blame for the new scar on his forehead, the memory loss, and his father's mysterious death. But illicit female hospital visitations, The Catcher in the Rye, and the Hillmont High sex-pocalypse have made him a new man. What doesn't make you stronger can kill you, though, and tenth grade, act two, promises to be a killer.

Frank Portman is the author of King Dork and Andromeda Klein. He is the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the influential East Bay punk band the Mr. T. Experience (MTX). MTX has released about a dozen albums since forming in the mid-1980s.

 

$17.99
ISBN: 9780385736183
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Published: Delacorte Press - December 9th, 2014

From Frank Portman comes the long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic "King Dork," of which John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars," said, "Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, "King Dork" will rock your world."


1 Ferry Building
94111 San Francisco
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Family Day

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

For information on our San Francisco Small Business Saturday event click here.

Nationally, it’s known as Small Business Saturday. But we’re calling it Family Day to put the emphasis on the fun we’re planning for children and their families at our Corte Madera store on Saturday, November 29.

10:00 am - Kathryn Gibbs Davis will be talking about her book Mr. Ferris & His Wheel. This was a pretty amazing invention when it was first unveiled at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. And it’s still pretty amazing, when you think about it. There will even be a light-up Lego Ferris Wheel!

10:30 am - Bethanie Murguia will be sharing her newest Zoe book, Zoe's Jungle, Zoe and her sister Addie hurry to complete their game of chase in an imaginary jungle!

11:00 am - Kathryn Otoshi will talk about her new counting book Two, along with all of her other highly acclaimed books. Otoshi has served as the Chair of our Children’s Writing Conference, and she is a very successful self-published author.

12:00 pm - We’re hoping Abraham Schroeder will tell us about the title character of his new book The Gentleman Bat who dresses in Victorian finery and meanders through cobblestone streets under gaslight: “With the nod of his head and a wink of his eye, The gentleman bat would greet passersby.”

1:00 pm - Ian Lendler’s
Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo until the animals come out at night  to perform Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.

2:00 pm - Once every 100 years, a black pegasus foal is born—it will either unite or destroy the herds. It is fated to become the most powerful pegasus of all. The Guardian Herd: Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is the start of an exciting new series.

3:00pm - Kat Beyer’s first novel was The Demon Catchers of Milan. She has now written the next book in this exciting series— a romance with a paranormal streak. Come meet the author of The Demon Catchers of Milan: The Halcyon Bird.

 

$16.99
ISBN: 9780545558693
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 27th, 2014
By Kathryn Gibbs Davis, Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547959221
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 2nd, 2014

Capturing an engineer's creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.


$18.95
ISBN: 9780972394666
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Published: Ko Kids Books - September 23rd, 2014

Two is best friends with One. Whenever they'd get the chance, they'd dance She'd sing and snap. He'd tappity-tap. What a pair they made At the end of each day, they'd always say, "ONE, TWO, I'll count on you, 'til the end, we'll be best friends." Until Three jumps in between them . . . Suddenly One only wants to play with Three. "ONE, THREE, odds we'll be " they chant. Two feels left out.


By Abraham Schroeder, Piotr Parda (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780991386604
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ripple Grove Press - October 1st, 2014
By Ian Lendler, Zack Giallongo (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626721012
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Published: First Second - September 30th, 2014

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in "The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth."


$16.99
ISBN: 9780062286062
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Published: HarperCollins - September 23rd, 2014

The first book in a gripping new tween fantasy series about winged horses--perfect for fans of the Warriors, Survivors, and Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesied to either unite or destroy the five herds of flying horses that live in Anok--fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of the land.

Star is this black foal.


$16.99
ISBN: 9781606843161
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Published: Egmontusa - November 11th, 2014

For fans of Lauren Kate and Cassandra Clare, a romance with a paranormal streak.


Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten - Beautiful Hands

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 4:00pm

Co-authors Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi (Zero, One, Two) celebrate the forthcoming release of their beautifully written and illustrated book Beautiful Hands. Based on Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?,” this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams.

 

 

 

 

By Bret Baumgarten, Kathryn Otoshi (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780990799306
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Blue Dot Press - September 15th, 2015

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints.


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