Kids and Teens Events

Mac Barnett - Telephone

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

It's time to fly home for dinner! In Telephone, the latest witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of several picture books, including Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Mac lives in Berkeley, California.

 

Telephone Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452110233
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2014

It's time to fly home for dinner In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner?


Christine Bronstein - Stewie Boomstein Starts School

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:00am

Christine Bronstein and illustrator Karen Young team up to bring children and parents a great new read-aloud in Stewie Boomstein Starts School.

The book begins as a fun story about Stewie Boomstein—a loud, sometimes cranky, funny boy—who has a very bad day at school and how he and his family overcome his problem. In the second half of the book, there is a parent tips section, which includes concrete tips for parents from our interviews with two renowned child and education specialists. Stewie Boomstein Starts School is aimed to help parents and children smooth the transition into school. 

Christine Bronstein is the founder of A Band of Women and their publishing house, Nothing But the Truth Publishing. Based on her experience with her own children, and her interviews with child specialists, Stewie Boomstein Starts School is about dealing with the fear of the unknown that many children feel on their first day of school and how parents can help turn this often traumatic transition into an exciting journey and familial bonding experience.

Karen Young is a Rhode Island School of Design alum and an art therapist. She moved next door to Christine in 2013, and fell in love with the story. She wishes this book had been available when her daughter Grace began pre-school, and feels confident it will help other parents with the transition. 

 

Stewie Boom! Starts School Cover Image
By Bronstein, Young (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780988375499
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nothing But the Truth Publishing - June 30th, 2014

Stewie BOOM Starts School will help children aged 3-6 prepare to enter pre-k or kindergarten. Stewie BOOM is a loud, comical, and sometimes cranky child, who has a big problem: he had a very bad first day of school His entire family (including the pets) works together to solve Stewie's problem. The next day, Stewie has a very good day at school.


Rachel DeWoskin - Blind

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why—in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma’s darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin’s brilliant Blind is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the reader into the life and experience of another.

Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as a consultant, writer, and the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera called "Foreign Babes in Beijing." Her memoir of those years, Foreign Babes in Beijing, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by Sundance. She is the author of two other adult novels, Repeat After Me and Big Girl Small, which received the ALA’s Alex Award. Rachel has a BA in English from Columbia and an MFA in poetry from Boston University. Rachel lives with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls in Chicago, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. Blind is her first YA novel.



 

Blind Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670785223
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Children's Books - August 7th, 2014

When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her.


Ann Aguirre & Friends - An Evening of Young Adult Literature

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 6:30pm

Special Event for Teens!

Join us in welcoming three talented young adult authors! Ann Aguirre presents Mortal Danger, a novel of revenge and demonic deals. Ann is joined by Veronica Rossi, author of the thrilling Under the Never Sky trilogy, and Corinne Jackson, author of If I Lie.

Ann Aguirre is the author of the New York Times– and USA Today–bestselling Razorland Trilogy (Enclave, Outpost, and Horde).

Veronic Rossi's Under the Never Sky has sold in twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco, where she works at a top marketing agency, managing campaigns for several Fortune 500 clients. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University.

 

Mortal Danger Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250024640
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 5th, 2014

Revenge is a dish best served cold.


Under the Never Sky Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062072047
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Published: HarperCollins - December 4th, 2012

Fighting to survive in a ravaged world, a Dweller and a Savage form an unlikely alliance in New York Times bestselling author Veronica Rossi's "unforgettable dystopian masterpiece" (Examiner.com).


If I Lie Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442440005
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Published: Simon Pulse - August 6th, 2013

"Relationships and their dynamics play themselves out naturally and with satisfying complexity" (Kirkus Reviews) in this dramatic and powerful novel that explores the gray space between truth and perception.

Cheater. Traitor. Slut.


Sophie Maletsky - Sticky Fingers Workshop

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 11:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Craft-making expert Sophie Maletsky brings us a workshop on the hottest crafting material today: duct tape! Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects instructs us on how to make everything with this household item, from jewelry to cell phone holders. Come by to make your own items, and discover how versatile duct tape really is!

 

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects - Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781936976546
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Zest Books - July 1st, 2014

Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today duct tape The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations.


Rachelle Doorley - Tinkerlab Workshop

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 2:00pm

Join us this summer for creative tinkering with craft blogger and author Rachelle Doorley! We will experiment, explore, test, and play. Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors is about creative experiments that help kids explore the world, from making art to building robots. Find out what you can do with just a little tinkering!

 

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$21.95
ISBN: 9781611800654
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Published: Roost Books - June 10th, 2014

55 playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking from the creator of Tinkerlab.com--hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more. For children two and up.


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Ron Berman - The Cable Car That Couldn't Clang

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:00am
Special event for kids! 
 
Ron Berman is a native San Franciscan who loves to write about the city.

The Cable Car That Couldn’t Clang ($6.95) is Ron’ s latest book. Have you ever lost your voice?  What a nuisance! But can you imagine the horror of a Cable Car losing its Clang? This is what happens to Clyde as he and his old buddy, Sasha the Sea Lion, roam the hills and beaches of San Francisco in search of his Clang. On the way, he runs across all the great sounds of the city from Fisherman’s Wharf, to the S.F.Zoo, the ballet, Chinatown and more.
 
Ron worked as a copy writer and Creative Director in SF which is not even nearly as much fun as writing children’s books. He lives just 15 minutes away from Book Passage where he’s purchased books for his wife, Ellie, two daughters, three grandchildren and three grand dogs. Along with illustrator Frank Hill, Ron has also written Sasha the San Francisco Sea Lion and Dude the Surfin’ Sea Otter. He also created Old McDonald Had a Wedding with illustrations by Brian Gerrity.
 

Summer Lovin' 2.0 - An Evening of Young Adult Authors

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 6:00pm

Special event for teens!

Book Passage is thrilled to welcome five YA authors from Simon and Schuster's Summer Lovin' 2.0 Tour to discuss their new and upcoming books.

Infinite Sky ($17.99) is the story of Iris, who, just two months after her mother abandons her family, watches a family of gypsies set up an illegal camp in the paddock by her house. The gypsy boy, Trick, is restless and warm and full of life and Iris feels as though she understands him completely. But Trick may not be what he seems, and as Iris struggles to find where her loyalties lie, all of the vulnerability and anger that surrounds her collides in an unspeakable tragedy. C.J. Flood, also known as Chelsey Flood, graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2010 with an MA in creative writing. She has won several prizes and awards for her writing, including the Curtis Brown Award. Infinite Sky is her debut novel and she is currently working on her next book in Bristol. 

The Treatment ($17.99), the thrilling sequel to The Program, follows Sloane and James as they try to survive the lies and secrets surrounding them. On the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program, they’re not out of danger yet. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go. Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, The Treatment, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked

A private, high school senior gets an unwanted turn in the spotlight when a Facebook scandal goes viral after prom in #scandal ($17.99), a comedic, edgy novel from the author of The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet. When Lucy's best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, Lucy accepts with a smile, even though she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time. When Cole surprises her at the after-party with a kiss, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of...and the biggest BFF dealbreaker ever. Then Lucy’s Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising photos of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral. Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and Twenty Boy Summer

Ever since the car accident that killed his identical twin brother, Marshall Windsor has been consumed with guilt and crippled by the secrets of that night. He has only one chance to make amends and set things right. He must find a thin space—a point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough to step through to the other side. But when a new girl moves into the exact same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling--of all his secrets. Jody Casella has been writing stories since the age of seven. She majored in creative writing at Rhodes College and started an MFA at the University of Memphis. Then in a moment of fear at the sheer impracticality of being a poet, she quit writing, earned an MA, and started teaching. After a stint working and raising children, she’s grateful to be back writing full-time. Thin Space ($16.99) is her debut novel.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481406581
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

True love is never lost--but how much loss can it endure? Iris confronts the complexities of family and prejudice in this exquisite and searing debut novel.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781442445833
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Published: Simon Pulse - April 29th, 2014

Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called "chilling and suspenseful."

How do you stop an epidemic?


#Scandal Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481401241
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - June 17th, 2014

A private, high school senior gets an unwanted turn in the spotlight when a Facebook scandal goes viral after prom in this comedic, edgy novel from the author of The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet.


Thin Space Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781582704357
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words - September 10th, 2013

There's a fine line between the living and the dead, and Marshall is determined to cross it in this gut-wrenching debut novel.


Andrew Smith - Grasshopper Jungle

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 6:30pm

Special event for teens!

Live conversation over Skype

An edgy and original coming-of-age story interwoven with several generations of family history and set against the bawdy, violent end of the world

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba has always filled notebooks with the “histories” of his family and the narrative of his daily life, but his story takes an epic, dangerous turn when he and his best friend, Robby, accidently bring about the end of humanity by unleashing an unstoppable army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises on their small Iowa hometown. While struggling with their own confusing love triangle, the boys piece together the origin of the unstoppable soldiers from stories that have been locked away in an absurd underground bunker for decades.

Delightfully bizarre, raucous, and hilarious, Grasshopper Jungle ($18.99) is a complex and fascinating balancing act that is both a genre roller coaster ride and an intimate coming-of-age study.

Andrew Smith is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, incuding Ghost Medicine, In the Path of Falling Objects, The Marbury Lens, Stick, and Passenger, as well as the forthcoming Winger. Andrew prefers the seclusion of his rural Southern California setting, where he lives with his wife, 16-year-old son, 13-year-old daughter, two horses, three dogs, three cats, and one irritable lizard named Leo. 

 

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780525426035
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton Books - February 11th, 2014

A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Winner of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction


Indies First Storytime Day

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Special event for kids! 

Featuring Annie Barrows, Andrea Alban, Gennifer Choldenko, Christopher Cerf & Paige Peterson 

In conjunction with Children's Book Week, Book Passage is proud to take part in the inaugural Indies First Storytime Day, founded by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo along with the American Booksellers Association and the Children's Book Council. Indies First Storytime Day will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country, with authors and illustrators invited to read from a children's book of their choice.

At Book Passage we have a day of activities scheduled with some of our favorite children's authors stopping by to participate in the event.

At 9:30 am, we welcome Andrea Alban, author of The Happiness Tree and the YA novel Anya's War, for our opening storytelling activity. 

Then, at 10:00 amChristopher Cerf & Paige Peterson will be stopping by to present the new mini-edition of Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, a gorgeous picture book about a local equine hero.

The day continues at 11:00 am with Ivy & Bean author Annie Barrows, who will participate in the festivities with additional storytelling.

At 12:00 pm, there will be a Timmy Failure Total Failure Party! We welcome lovers of Stephan Pastis' Timmy Failure series to take their photo with Total the Polar Bear, make their own Timmy Failure scarf, and participate in a number of fun activities and puzzles.  

Finally, at 3:00 pm, we welcome Gennifer Choldenko, author of the bestselling Al Capone Does My Shirts, who will conclude the day with reading stories.

We hope to see you all there!
 

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