Christopher Van Allsburg signs THE MISADVENTURES OF SWEETIE PIE

11/13/2014 4:00 pm

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From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster's struggle with destiny. Being a pet store hamster isn't much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he'll ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg's expressive, soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster's-eye view of the wide and wonderful world where maybe, just maybe, Sweetie Pie could someday run free.

*Chris Van Allsburg will also join us on Thacker Mountain Radio at 6 p.m.

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780547315829
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 11/2014

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Alan Gratz signs THE LEAGUE OF SEVEN

10/03/2014 4:00 pm

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The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz.

In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten—but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

About the Author


ALAN GRATZ is the author of Samurai Shortstop, an ALA 2007 Top Ten Book for Young Adults. He began writing The League of Seven by listing all the things that ten-year-old Alan would have thought were awesome, including brass goggles, airships, tentacled monsters, brains in jars, windup robots, secret societies, and super powers. (In fact, he still thinks all those things are awesome.) He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

The League of Seven (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780765338228
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Published: Starscape, 8/2014

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Jasper Fforde signs EYE OF ZOLTAR (Dragonslayer #3)

10/16/2014

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Although she's an orphan in indentured servitude, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is pretty good at her job of managing the unpredictable crew at Kazam Mystical Arts Management. She already solved the Dragon Problem, avoided mass destruction by Quarkbeast, and helped save magic in the Ununited Kingdoms. Yet even Jennifer may be defeated when the long-absent Mighty Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands her to find the Eye of Zoltar--proclaiming that if she fails, he will eliminate the only two dragons left on earth.           How can a teenage non-magician outdo the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known? But failure is unacceptable, so Jennifer must set off for the mysterious Cadir Idris in the deadly Cambrian Empire--a destination with a fatality index of fifty percent. With the odds against them, will Jennifer and her traveling companions ever return to the Kingdom of Snodd?

Jasper Fforde is the critically acclaimed author of Shades of Grey, the Thursday Next series and the Nursery Crime series. After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

The Eye of Zoltar (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780547738499
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 10/2014

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Katie Clark signs RIVER ROYALS: MASTER THE MISSISSIPPI

07/05/2014 10:30 am

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Splash into River Royals: Master the Mississippi with Eliza Jane and Henry as they take a wild ride down the Mississippi River in hopes of being crowned King and Queen of the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Filled with local culture, geography and history of the Mississippi River Basin, this imaginative journey takes children through ten states where they meet colorful new friends who also want crowns. The travelers soon discover that in these great states, you don't need a crown to shine. The strength of the United States lies in the hearts and dreams of its people. Citizens "from Lake Itasca to shining sea" work together to make America shine. With the charm of Eloise and the audacity of Huckleberry Finn, River Royals: Master the Mississippi "enchants and educates children ages five to eight as it introduces the vibrant communities along America's largest river system. Join this happy caravan as they explore the Mighty Mississippi and discover the wonders of America at every bend in the river.

After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Journalism and Minor in English, Katie enjoyed a career in pharmaceutical sales. She now uses her energy and passion for writing as a children's book author. Her desire to celebrate America from "rivers to shining seas" combined with her family's history of military service inspire her love of this country as reflected in the series. Katie, her husband and three daughters live in Houston.

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781939055712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bright Sky Press, 4/2014

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Deborah Wiles signs REVOLUTION

09/05/2014

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It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer.

Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool -- where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.

As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel COUNTDOWN award-winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place -- and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what's right.

Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and grew up in an Air Force family, moving many times but digging deep roots into the Mississippi soil of her extended family. She still travels "down South" today from her longtime home in Frederick, Maryland, where she lives with her family and works as a freelance writer. She also teaches writing and oral history workshops--sharing with children how all history is really biography, and how every person's story is important. Freedom Summer is her first book.

Revolution (Hardcover)

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780545106078
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Published: Scholastic Press, 5/2014

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Jon Scieszka signs FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR

08/21/2014 4:00 pm
Scieszka (the Spaceheadz series) pulls in an array of scientific, cultural, and historical allusions and references Einstein and Frankenstein, sure, but also James Bond, Edison vs. Tesla, the CERN particle collider, and more in this first book in the Frank Einstein series, loosely based around the subject of matter. Not unlike Shelley's Frankenstein, science whiz Frank is trying to animate a robot he's built in his garage lab. Frank doesn't succeed, but in one of the happy accidents that pepper scientific history (ahem, penicillin), Frank inadvertently lays the groundwork for the creation of two "self-assembled artificial-life" entities named Klink and Klank, fashioned from Shop-Vacs, Casio keyboards, and other mechanical detritus. The antimatter motor Frank whips up next for the science fair leads to a confrontation with his nemesis. Biggs's (the Everything Goes books) two-color cartoons and diagrams run the gamut from silly to scientific, and the same holds true of Scieszka's story. In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful. Ages 8 12.

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith). In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called "Guys Read" that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country's first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children's Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children's literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading.
$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781419712180
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Published: Amulet Books, 8/2014

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