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Ken Baker - How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 6:30pm

Special event for teens!

In conversation with Joyce Maynard 

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word-"fat." How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love ($9.95) follows Emery who, living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, finds it impossible to not be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

Ken Baker is an E! Entertainment Television News Correspondent. He is the author of Fangirl, and his memoir, Man Made: A Memoir of My Body, is the inspiration for the upcoming film The Late Bloomer. 

Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, a radio commentator, and a syndicated columnist, as well as the author of seven previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, and The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages.

 

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$9.95
ISBN: 9780762450145
Availability: Special Order
Published: Running Press Kids - April 22nd, 2014

"Thick. Heavy. Big-boned. Plump. Full-figured. Chunky. Womanly." To Emery Jackson, these phrases are just nice euphemisms for the big "F" word of "fat." But to her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former Laker Girls mother, they are unacceptable states of being.


Christopher Cerf & Paige Peterson - Blackie

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:00am
A special event for kids!
 
Meet Blackie, the stubbornly motionless equine hero of the delightful and touching biography-in-verse, Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still ($16.95). This (mostly) true tale tells the heart-warming story of a horse who made standing stock-still a lifelong endeavor-while becoming a champion rodeo horse, a tourist favorite at Yosemite Park, a legendary environmental crusader, and the beloved mascot of one of America's most beautiful towns, Tiburon, California.

Magically illustrated by lyrical paintings, Blackie is destined to become a children's classic in the tradition of Munro Leaf's Ferdinand the Bull and Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, The playful, clever, rhyming text will charm adults and children alike as it delivers an important message about appreciating and preserving the natural beauty around us. 

Christopher Cerf is an author, composer-lyricist, record and television producer, editor, and cofounder and president of the educational television production company, Sirius Thinking, Ltd. Since its first season in 1970, Cerf has played a pivotal role in the creation and production of the Sesame Street television program, most notably as a regular contributor of music and lyrics. In the process, he has won two Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards for songwriting and music production. Currently, Cerf serves as Co-Executive Producer of Between the Lions, the multiple Emmy-award-winning children's literacy series, created by his company for PBS.

Paige Peterson is a noted New York artist who has also appeared on Oprah and Lifetime Television's Our Home, and who has designed and styled segments for ABC's Good Morning America. Her paintings are exhibited regularly in galleries across the country, and in 2003 she was selected for membership in the prestigious Guild Hall Academy of the Arts. While growing up in Belvedere-Tiburon, California, Paige walked down the old railroad tracks to Blackie's pasture and fed him apples, carrots, and sugar cubes until Blackie's death in 1966. She lives and works in New York City.
 
Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781599621302
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Welcome Books - May 6th, 2014

In a pasture in Kansas one early spring morn
A horse quite unlike other horses was born.
His coat was coal black so they named the horse "Blackie,"
And before very long folks found out he was wacky


Ava Dellaira - Love Letters to the Dead

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 6:30pm

Bring your own "letter to the dead" to be entered in a raffle for a prize!

Ava Dellaira presents her poignant and exquisite debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead ($17.99). Laurel's English assignment is to write a letter to a dead person. She chooses Kurt Cobain, someone her sister May loved before she too died young. Once Laurel begins, she can't stop, and soon she has an entire notebook full of letters to dead people. She writes to them about her daily life and her struggles to mourn for May, whom she cannot forgive and who took so much of Laurel's own identity with her when she died. As Laurel begins to see her sister for the incredible and deeply flawed person she was, she finally discovers her own path. 

Ava Dellaira is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. Love Letters to the Dead is her debut novel. She currently lives in Santa Monica, where she is at work on her second book.  

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780374346676
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 1st, 2014

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher.


Jason Fry - LEGO Star Wars

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:00am

A Special Event for Kids!

With more than two million copies of the original sold worldwide, DK now brings you a fully revised and updated edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, LEGO® Star Wars®: The Visual Dictionary.

Complete with 48 additional pages, and updated throughout to show all of the new sets and innovations, LEGO® Star Wars®, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Update and Expanded ($21.99) provides detailed and annotated photography giving insight into the characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the LEGO galaxy far, far away. Young Padawans will learn the ins and outs about their favorite vehicles, weapons, and minifigures such as Anakin, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

Fans of all ages will learn about every LEGO Star Wars set released while exploring the updated cross sections that expose the inner workings of larger-piece sets such as the Death Star or Millennium Falcon. The updated "Beyond the Bricks" chapter goes behind-the-scenes to take a look at how LEGO sets are made, new models, plus fun fan creations. Of course this book would not be complete without an exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifigure, which is sure to impress even the most dedicated collector.

Jason Fry is an author who writes for Wizards of the Coast and Star Wars Insider. He also frequents the forums of TheForce.Net. He has a special interest in Star Wars astrography and was a co-author of The Essential Atlas with Daniel Wallace. Although he has primarily written Star Wars reference books and articles, Fry has also expanded into the realm of fiction, having authored such works as the short story "Deader than a Triton Moon" and the young readers' novel Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy. His first original novel is titled The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra.

 

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$21.99
ISBN: 9781465419217
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - May 1st, 2014

With more than two million copies of the original sold worldwide since 2009, DK now brings you a fully revised and updated edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, LEGO(r) Star Wars(r): The Visual Dictionary.


Tamara Ireland Stone - Time After Time

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:30pm
Tamara Ireland Stone presents Time After Time, a companion novel to Time Between Us. Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
 
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us‘s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time. Tamara Ireland Stone grew up in Northern California. In addition to her work as a writer, Tamara co-owns a Silicon Valley marketing communications firm and enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. Tamara and her family live just outside of San Francisco. 
 
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781423159605
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Hyperion Books - October 8th, 2013

Calling Anna and Bennett's romance long distance is an understatement: she's from 1995 Chicago and he's a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.


Sarah Mlynowski - Don't Even Think About It

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Special Event for Teens!

Don't Even Think About It ($22.49) is a contemporary teen fiction novel, with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP, from the author of Gimme a Call, Sarah Mlynowski.

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.

Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and Bras & Broomsticks was optioned to Hollywood. Sarah was born in Montreal, but lives and writes in New York City.

 

Don't Even Think about It Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385737388
Availability: Backordered
Published: Delacorte Press - March 11th, 2014

A smart, sassy contemporary teen novel full of romance, secrets, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) and Bras & Broomsticks


Jenny Han & Morgan Matson - To All the Boy's I've Loved Before & Since You've Been Gone

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Special Event for Teens!

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved--five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Then, one day, her secret letters are mailed. Suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control, in: To All the Boy's I've Loved Before ($17.99).

Emily is about to have the most unexpected summer ever in, Since You've Been Gone ($17.99). Before Sloane, Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, the best kind of best friend--someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. There's just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. Getting through Sloane's list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her--and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter--who knows what she'll find.

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School.

Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She is the author of Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, for which she was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. 

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781442426702
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 15th, 2014

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once?


Since You've Been Gone Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442435001
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour.


Ann Brashares - The Here and Now

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

A special event for teens!

Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Here and Now ($18.99), is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world... if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
 
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves.

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.
 

 

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780385736800
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - April 8th, 2014

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is an epic star-crossed romance about a girl who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.


Katherine Longshore - Manor of Secrets

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Special Event for Teens!

In Manor of Secrets ($17.99), the year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn't sure she possesses the courage -- or the means -- to break free and follow her passions.

Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

Katherine Longshore has been writing stories since she learned how to hold a pencil. After doing Semester at Sea in college, she created her own major, planning to use it to be a travel writer. After college, she lived in England for five years, in a little town in the county of Kent. She lived close to Hever Castle—Anne Boleyn's childhood home. Penshurst Place, once owned by the Duke of Buckingham and Knole House, once owned by King Henry VIII himself were also nearby. She grew to love the English countryside—so different from the forests and volcanic mountains of California, and came to love English history—so violent and colorful and ancient.. In writing for teens, she feels like she has finally found her calling.

Please join us for an English- style tea party with the author and Book Passage teen book group, MB14!

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780545567589
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Point - January 28th, 2014

The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .
Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.


Phil Bildner - The Soccer Fence

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Special Event for Kids!

Featuring artist, LeUyen Pham & editor/ author, Kevin Lewis. 

In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms.
 
As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once thought impossible could now come true.
 
The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa
($16.99) is a poignant story of friendship, which artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history, and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.

Phil Bildner is an avid soccer fan. Away from the pitch, Phil was an attorney and taught middle school in the New York City public schools. He is the author of the Texas Bluebonnet Award–winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, and the co-author, with Loren Long, of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers series.

 

The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa Cover Image
By Phil Bildner, Jesse Joshua Watson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399247903
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Putnam Publishing Group - March 13th, 2014

In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms.


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