Middle Grade

Events featuring middle grade titles.

Mariko Tamaki - Supergirl (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

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.

 

Supergirl: Being Super Cover Image
By Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401268947
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: DC Comics - June 5th, 2018

In Supergirl: Being Super, Caldecott Medal Honor and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Jo lle Jones (Lady Killer) combine forces for an incredible coming-of-age tale This is the Girl of Steel as you've never seen her before.


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 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780425288597
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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 (Book Scavenger #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627799638
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt & Company - 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.

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) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101938133
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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

Kate DiCamillo - An Evening with a Newbery Medalist (Edna Maguire Elementary School)

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Please note: due to unforseen circumstances, Katherine Applegate will be unable to appear.

Book Passage is very proud to present an evening with Kate DiCamillo on Friday, April 20 at 7pm. Join us for a free event at Edna Maguire Elementary School where this much-loved Newbery Award winning author will talk about her books, about the importance of children's literature and answer questions from fans of all ages.

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

 

 

El Verano de Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9786077359043
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Editorial Oceano de Mexico - April 1st, 2017

Ten-year-old Raymie Clarke has come to realize that absolutely everything depends on her. And she has a plan. If she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and come home.


La La La: A Story of Hope Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763658335
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 3rd, 2017

Conceived by Kate DiCamillo and featuring enchanting illustrations by Jaime Kim, this nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.


Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Four Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763678814
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

What will it take for a cynical older sister to realize she's a born accordion player -- with music in her heart?


Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763687649
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2016

Now available in a digest paperback edition The beloved 2014 Newbery Medal winner by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo.


Edna Maguire Elementary School
80 Lomita Dr.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Aaron Blabey - Bad Guys (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 1:30pm

Aaron Blabey is visiting us all the way from Australia and Book Passage is really excited to have him with us. He'll be talking about his hilarious series of early chapter books, including The Bad Guys in Intergalatic Gas and The Bad Guys in Alien vs. Bad Guys. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha. They're bad guys, everyone knows that. They're scary and dangerous and ...well just BAD. But these guys want to be heroes. And they're going to prove it by doing good deeds ...whether YOU want them to or not.

An actor for many years, Aaron Blabey also worked in advertising, taught at an art college, and held down many other, odder jobs before he began writing for children. Australian success of Blabey’s pup-filled Pig the Pug picture book series has made its way to the U.S., with three books in the series now available. Along with his bestselling Bad Guy series, Blabey, who will be touring in North America for the first time in Spring 2018, is taking U.S. readers by storm. Aaron lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia with his family and devotes his time to writing, illustrating, and advocating for children.

 

The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338189575
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - December 26th, 2017

The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it Sure, they might have to "borrow" a rocket. And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits. And Mr. Piranha miiiight have eaten too many bean burritos. Surviving this mission may only be one small step for man, but it's one giant leap for the Bad Guys.


The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338189599
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 27th, 2018

The Bad Guys are vanishing A creature with TONS of teeth and WAY too many butts is stealing them, one by one. Is this the end for the Bad Guys? Maybe. Will it be funny? You bet your butts it will.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jan Jacobi - Young Lincoln (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Special Children's Event

Young Lincoln is a novel about the childhood and young adult years of Abraham Lincoln. Abe himself tells the story of his years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Abe encounters the same problems that young adults have faced for generations: tension with a demanding parent; the need for friendship and the need to be alone; feeling shy and awkward around girls; recurrent depression; and what path to follow in his life.

Using primary sources, drawing mostly on materials gathered by Lincoln’s law partner, William H. Herndon, Jan Jacobi gives young adult readers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln they do not encounter in their history books. Abe has serious doubts and concerns about his future, his ability to cope with loss, his lack of religious faith, and his relationship with his father. It is a youth and young adulthood of struggle, doubt, and loss—and there is no guarantee he will survive it.

Jan Jacobi has taught middle school English and humanities in three schools for over 40 years. He grew up in New York and came to St. Louis in 1982. For 27 years, he served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. In 2014 he was recognized as middle school teacher of the year by St. Louis Magazine. Ever since he came to St. Louis, he has been reading and writing about Abraham Lincoln. To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a number of his articles. He and his wife Ginger have three grown children, and they live with three dogs and a cat. His interests are gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.

 

Young Lincoln Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681061122
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Reedy Press - February 1st, 2018

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Birgitte Rasine - The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree (Corte Madera)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Munchies
Featuring a chocolate tasting provided by Marin Munchies and chocolate maker Katja Reitemeyer!

Award-winning author Birgitte Rasine talks chocolate in ways you've never known it: its incredible 5,300 history, its fascinating mythology, and all the good things it brings our body, mind and spirit. Come discover a world where jaguars talk to hummingbirds,1,000-year-old cacao pods release their secrets in the light of the full moon, and feathered serpents guard the very soul of chocolate's history. This is story time for kids and parents, the young and the young-at-heart, and especially everyone who loves chocolate.

The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree is a mythic fantasy about the history, mythology, and biology of cacao that readers young and old alike are calling “addicting.” Think of it as a blend of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, doused in chocolate. 

And what chocolate story time would be complete without a taste of the real thing? Local craft chocolate maker Katja Reitemeyer, owner of Marin Munchies, will regale us with samples of her delicious chocolate and tell you all about the production and sourcing of the world's most favorite food.

Birgitte Rasine is an award-winning author, journalist, producer, and entrepreneur whose work marries sustainability with storytelling, mobile apps with print books, and art with technology. She is the author of numerous literary works and articles, and has spoken on topics ranging from media to sustainability on three continents. Birgitte’s books and mobile apps have been recognized by design and publishing awards and honors from organizations such as the Eric Hoffer Award, International Academy of Visual Arts in Los Angeles, Press 53, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree (Max and the Code of Harvests) Cover Image
By Birgitte Rasine, Allen Young (Foreword by), Luba Rasine-Ortoleva (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938284922
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lucita Publishing - March 18th, 2016

What strange creatures might these be... that guard cacao history?

Max Hammond has a life other science-obsessed boys his age only dream of: he travels the world with his bee researcher dad and science writer mom.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kids' Workshop: Elizabeth Singer Hunt - Secret Agent Training Manual (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 11:00am

Codebreaking 101 (45 minutes)
Do you know a wannabe junior secret agent? If so, then this is the workshop for them! During this interactive 45-minute workshop, Elizabeth Singer Hunt will guide children through the basics of secret agent codebreaking. They will learn how to disguise messages in plain sight and develop simple ciphers. For 3rd - 5th graders. Note, children must be strong spellers.

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the bestselling author of the award-winning Secret Agent Jack Stalwart chapter book series, the new Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart sequel series, and The Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages.​ ​

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Limited spaces are available for this free workshop. To sign up, email cdoornbos@bookpassage.com or call 415 927 0960 ext 402 and leave the name of the future secret agent who will attend the workshop and the contact number of their grown-up.

 

The Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages: A Companion to the Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart Series Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781602863392
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Kids - July 25th, 2017

Want to learn how to make and break TOP SECRET messages like a real spy? If so, this book is for you In this exciting, award-winning nonfiction companion to the debut series SECRET AGENTS JACK AND MAX STALWART, readers ages 8 - 12 years old can learn behind-the-scenes codebreaking and spy skills.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Darcey Rosenblatt - Lost Boys (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Based on historical events, Lost Boys is an unforgettable and inspiring tale for middle-grade readers about a young boy torn from the only life he’s ever known and held captive as a prisoner of war.

In 1982, twelve-year-old Reza has no interest in joining Iran’s war effort against Iraq. But in the wake of a tragedy and at his mother’s urging, he decides to enlist, assured by the authorities that he will achieve paradise should he die in service to his country.

War does not bring the glory the boys of Iran have been promised, and Reza soon finds himself held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Iraq, where the guards not only threaten violence―they act upon it. Will Reza make it out alive? And if he does, will he even have a home to return to?

Friendship, heartbreak, and Reza’s very survival are at stake as he finds solace through music and forges his own path―wherever that might take him.

Darcey Rosenblatt writes for middle grade and teenage people because she believes for them stories can be life changing – they were for her.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her fabulous husband and daughter, some fish, and the best dog in the world. She also loves dancing and painting.

 

Lost Boys Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627797580
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 22nd, 2017

Based on historical events, this unforgettable and inspiring tale for middle-grade readers is about a young boy torn from the only life he's ever known and held captive as a prisoner of war.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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