Kids & Teens Events

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.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781338167054
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 29th, 2018

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.


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.

 

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$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

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.

 

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

Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Jo lle Jones (Lady Killer) combine forces for this 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

Second Sunday Stories: Samantha Vamos - Alphabet Boats (Sausalito Store)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

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In Alphabet Boats, readers will set sail and learn the ABCs with a boat for each letter!

Discover twenty-six types of vessels, from the more common -- canoe and motorboat -- to the unusual -- umiak and Q-boat. Just like in Alphabet Trucks and Alphabet Trains, colorful art includes the letters of the alphabet hidden (and not-so-hidden) in supporting roles in the illustrations.

Samantha Vamos is a mom, wife, children’s book author, and former-practicing lawyer (in that order).  She is a first-generation American from a multicultural family, and she treasures her diverse heritage and background and someday hopes to write about it.  Prior to becoming published, she attended Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law in both Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. She wrote stories in her spare time and Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (Viking Children’s Books) was her first children’s picture book.  Samantha has lived on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in the Pacific Northwest, and now she, her husband, and her son live in the beautiful state of California. 

 

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By Samantha R. Vamos, Ryan O'Rourke (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781580897310
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - April 17th, 2018

Set sail and learn the ABCs with a boat for each letter


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Sabrina & Eunice Moyle - An Afternoon with Hello!Lucky (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 3:00pm

Special Events for Kids!

Hello!Lucky is a letterpress greeting-card brand that has been rolling out swoon-worthy designs since 2003. It was always in the cards for sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, who love to push the envelope and enjoy nothing better than a good pun. The sibling duo has spent the last 11 years mastering the craft and placing Hello!Lucky in stores worldwide. Hello!Lucky is based in San Francisco.

My Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, and My Dad Is Amazing, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids!) are. Beautifully designed and featuring silly puns, My Dad Is Amazing and My Mom Is Magical encourages fun-loving interactions between kids and parents and includes silly puns and colorful illustrations that offer a new look at a popular subject—moms and dads. These two fun-loving books are the perfect gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

 

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By Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle (Illustrator), Hello!lucky (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781419729614
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 15th, 2018

My Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, and My Dad Is Amazing?, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids ) are.


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$7.99
ISBN: 9781419729621
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Appleseed - April 3rd, 2018

My Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, and My Dad Is Amazing, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids ) are.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jim Averbeck - Two Problems for Sophia (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event

In Two Problems for Sophia, Sophia quickly learns her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems. This is the enterprising sequel to One Word from Sophia, which was named one of the best picture books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last.

But Noodle comes with two gigantic problems, and those problems are tearing Sophia’s family apart!

Can a little creative experimenting save Noodle? Or will Sophia have to bid him adieu?

Jim Averbeck is the author of One Word from Sophia and Two Problems for Sophia, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel A Hitch at the Fairmont. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Oh No, Little Dragon!, and Except If. He studied children’s book writing and illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco.

 

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By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477888
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 12th, 2018

Sophia quickly learns her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems in this enterprising sequel to One Word from Sophia, which was named one of the best picture books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wendy Spinale - Ozland (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Teens!

In Ozland, Everland and Umberland have both been destroyed. The survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.

The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he's dead...or is he?There's a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it's set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail. But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?

Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she's very familiar with the world of make-believe). She is the author of Everland and its follow-up, Umberland, as well as Lost Boy, a prequel novella to Everland. Wendy lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780545953221
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - April 24th, 2018

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Michael Genhart - Love is Love (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Love Is Love empowers young readers to celebrate the family they have—no matter how it's constructed.

A boy confides in a friend when he's teased for having two dads and for wearing a shirt that they deem is "gay." Kids tell him that they're not a real family, and he doesn't know how to respond. But our narrator realizes that his friend's family (with a mom and a dad) isn't all that different from his: they both have parents who love them, and they both love their parents. And it's love that makes a family.

Dr. Michael Genhart is clinical psychologist specializing in working with children who have gay or lesbian parents; gay teens and coming out issues; same sex relationships; and LGBTQ parenting matters. He also visits and speaks at local elementary, middle, and high schools to engage students in conversations about LGBTQ issues.

 

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By Michael Genhart, Ken Min (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781939775139
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Pickle Press - May 16th, 2018

It's love that makes a family

When a boy confides in his friend about bullies saying he doesn't have a real family, he discovers that his friend's parents--a mom and a dad--and his two dads are actually very much alike.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925