Middle Grade

Events featuring middle grade titles.

Breton W. Kaiser Taylor - The Dragon of Emerhill (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Special Event for Kids
Path to Publishing Launch Party!

Noreia, a 13-year-old French princess, is an obedient girl until the day disaster strikes Emerhill Kingdom. After a coastal shipwreck, her dragon friend Stalwart is accused of sinking the ship. Noreia's affections for her friend turn to defiance. When Noreia seizes the chance to defend her dragon friend, Noreia defies her father, while obeying her heart. She faces a voyage to an island she has never seen. There, she will struggle to survive with help from the fairies of Fay Linn, on Dragonera Isle!

Breton W. Kaiser Taylor introduces the Fay Linn Trilogy with his debut novel, The Dragon of Emerhill. In this richly illustrated fantasy novel, he depicts a child's need for independence, friendships, and guidance toward a world that is just and full of hope. As a survivor of juvenile kidney disease, he understands children's need for a sense of independence. Made in watercolor and pen and ink, his illustrations make the story come to life. His website is available with information on his writing and artistic process at: thedragonofemerhill.com.

 

 

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Katherine Applegate - An Evening With (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal. Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone, Home of the Brave, continues on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.

Wishtree
Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories...Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Endling #1: The Last
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and slaughtered, Byx fears she may be the last of her species: the endling. As Byx sets out to find safe haven—and perhaps even another of her kind—she meets new allies, who have their own motivations for joining her quest. Together this ragtag group of animals and humans will help put into motion events that could bring the kingdom to the brink of war.

Sometimes You Fly
This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation. A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to “remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail...sometimes you fly.”
 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .


Endling #1: The Last Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062335524
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Published: HarperCollins - May 1st, 2018

New York Times bestseller!


Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547633909
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Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2018

From Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Katherine Applegate, a sweet book of encouragement, filled with humor and insight into the effort behind any meaningful accomplishment in life.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Alan Gratz - Grenade (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids

Grenade is the hugely anticipated follow-up to Alan Gratz's New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed phenomenon Refugee. This is another searing and heart-pounding look at kids making their way through war. It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.

Hideki lives with his family on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier.

Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray's first-ever battle, and he doesn't know what to expect -- or if he'll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere. Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But then the two of them collide in the middle of the battle...And choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee, returns with this high-octane story of how fear and war tear us apart, but how hope and redemption tie us together.

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Refugee; Projekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; and Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245691
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.

Hideki lives with his family on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall - Ivy & Bean #11 (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

In One Big Happy Family, Ivy & Bean are back...and they are funnier than ever.

Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

Annie Barrows is the bestselling author of books for both children and adults, including the YA novel Nothing, and the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall has illustrated more than twenty books, which have won awards such as the Caldecott Medal, Ezra Jack Keats Award, and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

 

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By Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452164007
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 28th, 2018

Annie Barrows' bestselling chapter book series, Ivy & Bean, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing–—and reading—for more than a decade! With more than 5 million copies in print, Ivy & Bean return with a brand-new book for a new generation!

Ivy & Bean are back . . . and they are funnier than ever!


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sarah Hines Stephens & Benjamin Harper - Bug Girl (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor, after discovering her bug powers and saving the town of Oyster Cove, Amanda “Bug Girl” Price and her ex-best friend Emily have spent the entire summer together in superhero training. But when the first day of seventh grade arrives, nothing has changed on the social front. Emily is as obsessed with popularity as ever, ignoring Amanda in favor of new-girl Geri, whose favorite activity is making fun of Amanda.

When Geri reveals herself as the true villain bent on Oyster Cove’s destruction at the school dance, Emily taps into her fury to help Bug Girl save the day.

Sarah Hines Stephens grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where she liked to build habitats for woolly bear caterpillars and roller-skate in the carport. She has been a bookseller, an editor, a ghostwriter, an author, a garden instructor, and a lab assistant -- and still holds many of those jobs. She makes her home in Oakland, California, where she lives with three humans, two dogs, and an ever-changing cast of house spiders.

Benjamin Harper is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, where hot summers fostered his love of bugs. He has been involved in children's books, as both an editor and an author, for almost as long as he can remember. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles, California, where he raises monarch butterflies and lives with a cat, a dog, and a hippie.

 

Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250106636
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Published: Imprint - May 29th, 2018

Being a superhero isn’t easy. But surviving a middle school dance? That’s when things get really hard…

Amanda Price never dreamed she’d turn into Bug Girl, a hero with the powers of the insect kingdom. She also never dreamed it would be this difficult.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Victoria Piontek - The Spirit of Cattail County (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

In The Spirit of Cattail County, Sparrow doesn't have many friends. Some kids believe her house near the swamp is haunted. Others think there's something "unusual" about her.

But Sparrow's not lonely -- she has a best friend who's always with her. He sits with Sparrow on her porch swing. He makes her smile by playing pranks in church. Yet Sparrow is the only one who can see him . . . because the Boy is a ghost.

So when her mama passes away, Sparrow doesn't give up hope. After all, if the Boy can linger after death, then surely Mama can return as well.

But the Boy has a secret of his own, one that Sparrow will need to uncover before the ghost will lead her to Mama. To solve the mystery, Sparrow joins forces with some unlikely allies -- Maeve and Johnny, siblings from a family of town outcasts --and Elena, a visiting child fortune-teller.

With its loving depiction of small town life, and characters who feel like old friends, this magical debut will enchant you, dazzle you...and make you feel at home.

Victoria Piontek spent her childhood on the east coast of Florida listening to her mother’s stories of strong southern women, family secrets, and ghosts. She now lives in northern California.

The Spirit of Cattail County Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338167054
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 29th, 2018

“Wrapped in prose as mysterious and lovely as a southern breeze lies a story about loss that haunts, and the ghosts that help us heal. This story is a treasure.”—Natalie Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic

Sparrow doesn't have many friends. Some kids believe her house near the swamp is haunted.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mariko Tamaki - Supergirl (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Comics Journalist Casey Gilly
Special Event for Middle Readers and Teens!

Mariko Tamaki, author of the Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award-winning This One Summer, and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) combine forces for Supergirl: Being Super!

Welcome to Midvale, home to Liberty High School and an unusual girl named Kara Danvers. While it may seem like your ordinary town, girls like Kara make it extraordinary. She's super-strong, she can fly and she crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns.

Now Kara's incredible powers are kicking into high gear -- and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she's ever known.

Mariko Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian writer living in Oakland, California. She is the author of Saving Montgomery Sole and the co-creator, with Jillian Tamaki, of This One Summer, which received the prestigious Eisner and Ignatz awards as well as Caldecott and Printz honors. Her growing slate of critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tomb Raider, Adventure Time, She-Hulk, Lumberjanes, Supergirl: Being Super and New Super-Man.

Casey Gilly is a comics editor, writer, and journalist living in Berkeley, CA. She has three cats, a deep passion for RuPaul's Drag Race, and will see literally any horror movie that comes out, even the really awful ones. Of course that's her natural hair color, how dare you.

 

Supergirl: Being Super Cover Image
By Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401268947
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: DC Comics - June 5th, 2018

She's super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ellen Klages - Out of Left Field (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Middle Grade Event!

Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she's a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. It is a boy's game and always has been. It's not fair, and Katy's going to fight back. Inspired by what she's learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ball players. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one ten-year-old change people's minds about what girls can do?

Set in 1957 -- the world of Sputnik and Leave It to Beaver, saddle shoes and "Heartbreak Hotel" -- Out of Left Field is both a detailed picture of a fascinating historic period and a timelessly inspiring story about standing up for equality at any age.

Ellen Klages is the author of two acclaimed historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O'Dell Award and the New Mexico Book Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards. Her story "Basement Magic" won a Nebula Award, and "Wakulla Springs," co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. She is a graduate of Second City's Improv program, and has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, leading to many odd jobs that began with the letter P (proofreader, photographer, painter, pinball arcade manager). She lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

 

Out of Left Field (The Gordon Family Saga #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780425288597
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2018

A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field!


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jennifer Bertman - The Alcatraz Escape (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:00pm

Children's Book Week Event!

A Book Scavenger Hunt for kids ages 8-12!

Pick-up a special Book Scavenger Hunt from any Book Passage store after April 23rd and bring it to the event in Sausaltio for a chance to win exclusive Book Scavenger prizes.

Meet Jennifer Chambliss Bertman -- author of The Book Scavenger series -- when she talks about her new book Book Scavenger: The Alcatraz Escape on Saturday, May 5 at 4pm at Book Passage Sausalito. Bring your completed Scavenger Hunt (or fill one out at the event) and you'll receive a special Book Scavenger prize that you can't buy in stores.

Bio
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Book Scavenger mysteries. Book Scavenger was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, an NCTE Notable Children’s Book, an Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick, and has been nominated for 18 state awards. Jennifer has a BA in English from the University of California at Irvine and an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She’s originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but now lives in Colorado with her family.

About the Book
Legendary literary game-maker Garrison Griswold is back in action—this time with “Unlock the Rock.” For his latest game, Griswold has partnered with the famous–and famously reclusive–mystery writer Errol Roy to plan an epic escape room challenge on Alcatraz Island. Emily and James are eager to participate, but the wave of fame they are riding from their recent book-hunting adventures makes them a target. Threatening notes, missing items, and an accident that might not have been an accident have the duo worried that someone is trying to get them out of the game at any cost. When Emily’s brother is caught red-handed and blamed for all the wrong doings, Emily is certain Matthew is being framed. With Matthew’s record on the line, Emily and James can’t afford to leave this mystery uncracked.

The Alcatraz Escape (The Book Scavenger series #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627799638
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 1st, 2018

Sleuthing duo Emily and James tackle their most challenging mystery yet set on the haunting Alcatraz Island in Book 3 of the New York Times bestselling Book Scavenger series!


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Gennifer Choldenko - Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 1:30pm

Special Children's Event!

Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in Al Capone Throws Me a Curve, the charming latest addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.

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Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of the most dangerous prisoners in the United States in the 1930s. It's the summer before he starts high school, and Moose is going to play a lot of baseball and win a spot on the high school team. But he still needs to watch his special older sister, Natalie -- and then the warden asks Moose to look after his two-faced, danger-loving daughter, Piper. 

In the cell house there are rumors that the cons will a strike, and that Moose's father might step up to a new job. Moose is worried: What will this mean for their family, especially for Natalie, who's had some scary run-ins with prisoners? Then the unthinkable happens: Natalie winds up someplace she should never, ever go. And Moose has to rescue her.

Don't miss the rest of the "Tales from Alcatraz" series!

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Al Capone Shines My Shoes
  • Al Capone Does My Homework

Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of many popular children's books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, Al Capone Does My Homework, and No Passengers Beyond This Point, and from Wendy Lamb Books, Chasing Secrets. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Tales from Alcatraz #4) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101938133
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 8th, 2018

Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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