Blue Bears, Bruce Totes, and LOTS of Pie! ALA Midwinter 2018 Blew Us Away!

We’re back from another fantastic ALA Midwinter where over 5,000 librarians and industry professionals gathered February 9-12, 2018 in Denver, CO. Our booth featured current and upcoming titles, highlighting our multiple starred reviews and end of year lists. While our Bruce tote bags were once again a hit! And for the first time, we featured an Elephant & Piggie spinner rack, raffled off to one lucky attendee for their school or library!

Throughout the year, the AAP hosts publisher book buzzes with libraries across the country. On Thursday, February 8, DPW participated in this joint book buzz with the Denver Public Library. Close to 80 local librarians attended, and we highlighted some of our big Spring/Summer 2018 titles.

At every ALA Midwinter, DPW staff takes the stage to read excerpts from upcoming DPW titles for our Librarian friends . This year we had a special guest, author Minh Lê, reading his book Drawn Together. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he was done!

Big congratulations to all the authors, and publishers who took home this year’s Youth Media Awards, and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came by our booth during the show. We had a blast in Denver this year and can’t wait to do it again soon.

Join Us This Weekend at ALA Midwinter 2018!

Our first School & Library convention of 2018 is this weekend where we will be setting up shop at The American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Denver Colorado! We’ll be at booth #821 from when the doors open on Friday night until they turn off the lights next Monday following the ALA Youth Media Awards Press Conference.

On Saturday, February 10th Dina takes center stage at the conference’s Book Buzz Theater for the Joint Publisher Book Buzz at 12:30pm, and throughout the weekend we’ll be talking about books, giving sneak peeks at our upcoming titles and giving away as much swag as you can carry.

Galleys on hand include:  #Murdertrending, Aru Shah And The End Of Time, Captain Superlative!, Charlie & Frog, Little Do We Know, Neanderthal Opens The Door To The Universe, Picture Us In The Light, The Itchy Book, Thomas Paine And The Dangerous Word and many, many more. So make sure you come by and see us throughout the weekend to score Advanced Reader Copies of our upcoming 2018 releases!

Read Ch.1 Of THE BELLES And Go Behind The Scenes

We simply cannot wait for The Belles to hit shelves next month, and if the feedback we’ve been hearing from those of you who scored Advanced Reader Copies from us last fall is any indication, we’re not the only ones looking forward to Dhonielle Clayton’s first foray into Fantasy.

To help with all the waiting we wanted to throw the spotlight on this excerpt from the finished novel, and show off a short video from the Cover Shoot last year. February 6th can’t get here fast enough!

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles, or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Apollo Alert! See The Cover For The Burning Maze Now!

A new year means a new adventure with Apollo, but while The Trials of Apollo Book 3: The Burning Maze might not hit shelves until May 1st, Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on what’s to come with an exclusive Uncle Rick Q&A, the first look at the stunning John Rocco cover, and an excerpt from the books opening chapter that already has us itching for more.

Click here to see for yourself! Than check out 5 THINGS WE JUST LEARNED ABOUT THE BURNING MAZE over on  ReadRiordan.com, and make sure you load up on all the Riordan related Educator Guides for all the classroom discussions you can have while you wait for Book 3.

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Apollo must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. Thanks a lot, Dad. With the help of some demigod friends, Apollo managed to survive his first two trials. The first at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know… 

DBG ‘Best of 2017’ Roundup!

Wow! 2017 is officially in the books, and not only did you read many of our great releases from the past year, you liked them enough to include in your own “Best of” lists before turning the page to 2018! From the Goodreads Choice Award’s to Kirkus Best Books of 2017 we are incredibly grateful to all the DBG fans and readers out there. Check out the list below and see what titles might make an excellent addition to your classroom or library in the new year!

 

THE ADVENTURERS GUILD by Nick Eliopulos and Zack Loran Clark

  • Kirkus Best Books of 2017: Middle Grade, selection

 

BEATRICE ZINKER, UPSIDE DOWN THINKER by Shelley Johannes

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Ages 6-8

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: LOST IN A BOOK by Jennifer Donnelly

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination
  • Indigo: Best Teen Books of 2017

 

BE QUIET!

  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Picture Book of 2017, nomination

 

 THE BONE SPARROW by Zana Fraillon

  • Carnegie Medal, honor
  • CCBC Choices “Best of” 2017 list, selection
  • Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group: Notable Books for a Global Society 2017, winner

 

BUG ZOO by Disney Book Group

  • ILA-CBC’s 2017 Children’s Choices List, selection

 

CLICK’D by Tamara Ireland Stone

  • 2017 NCIBA Middle Grade Book of the Year, nominee & long list

 

 THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

DREAM by Matthew Cordell

  • FIT PREGNANCY Best Books of 2017

 

ELIZABETH STARTED ALL THE TROUBLE by Doreen Rappaport and Matt Faulkner

  • 2017 Amelia Bloomer List, selection

 

THE END OF FUN by Sean McGinty

  • 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice

FEMINIST BABY by Loryn Brantz

  • 2017 Amelia Bloomer List, selection
  • FIT PREGNANCY Best Books of 2017

 

FROM PERCY JACKSON: CAMP HALF-BLOOD CONFIDENTIAL by Rick Riordan

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON by Cherise Mericle Harper

  • PDX MONTHLY, Oregon’s Best Childrens Books of 2017 

 

A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe

  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Young Adult Fiction of 2017, nomination
  • Indigo: Best Teen Books of 2017
  • CHARLOTTE OBSERVER Year’s Best Books for Young Readers 2017
  • Teen Choice Book Award 2017, nominee

 

LOCKWOOD & CO., BOOK FIVE: THE EMPTY GRAVE by Jonathan Stroud

  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination

 

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD, BOOK 3: THE SHIP OF THE DEAD by Rick Riordan

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Ages 9-12
  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination
  • Audible Best of  2017

 

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN by Jason Reynolds

  • NPR Best Book of 2017

 

 NANETTE’S BAGUETTE by Mo Willems

  • 2017 Booklist  Youth Editors’ Choice

 

 THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein

  • Kirkus Best Books of 2017: Middle Grade, selection
  • NPR Best Book of 2017

 

QUINNY & HOPPER by Adriana Brad Schanen

  • 2016-2017 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award, selection

 

RISE OF THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nominee

 

RULES OF THE HOUSE by Mac Barnett

  • 2017 Comstock-Gág Read Aloud, honor
  • ILA-CBC’s 2017 Children’s Choices List, selection

   

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Ages 9-12
  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

 SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston

  • CCBC Choices “Best of” 2017 list, selection

 

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: COBALT SQUADRON by Elizabeth Wein

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection

 

STEAMBOAT SCHOOL by Deborah Hopkinson

  • 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice
  • 2017 Oregon Book Awards finalist
  • 2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Books for Younger Children, winner

 

 THE THANK YOU BOOK: An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems

  • CBC’s 2017 Children’s Book Choice Award K-2nd Grade, finalist
  • ILA-CBC’s 2017 Children’s Choices List, selection

 

A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston

  • OLA/Forest of Reading 2017 “White Pine Award”, winner

 

THE TRIALS OF APOLLO, BOOK TWO: THE DARK PROPHECY by Rick Riordan

  • Books-A-Million: The Best Kids Books of 2017, selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade of 2017, nomination

 

WELCOME: A MO WILLEMS GUIDE TO NEW ARRIVALS by Mo Willems

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Baby to Age 2

 

 WILDMAN by J.C. Geiger

  • Amazon’s Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
  • Notable YA Covers of 2917, The Casual Optimist: Books, Design and Culture

 

 

New Teacher Guides From DBG

With winter break just around the corner now is the perfect time to stock up on Teacher Guides for 2018. Some of our recently released titles now have supplemental material perfect for your readers. The latest FREE Guides are available to download and great for lesson plans in the new year. Here are a few:

New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut. Click’d kicks off a new series perfect for tech savvy readers. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide offers Pre-Reading Activates, a Quiz, and even a primer on The Software Development Cycle.

The Cold War backdrop of L.M. Elliot’s Suspect Red puts McCarthyism dead center in the story’s plot. To help middle grade readers further explore this troubling chapter of American history the Suspect Red discussion guide aligns with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards (CCR) for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.

Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes, and Family by Diana López retells the story of Pixar Animation Studios’ latest film, as well as features original content expanding upon its rich, vibrant world and characters. The Educator’s Guide featuring Personal Response Questions, and Creative Activities, is the perfect addition.

The titles listed above are just a few of the recent additions to our growing library of supplemental material. You can find the current list right here on our Teachers and Librarians page. With more on the way as we get ready for an exciting 2018!

NCTE 2017 Recap!

We’re back from St. Louis! (And maybe still a little stuffed from Thanksgiving) where earlier this month we attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference along with thousands of teachers and school administrators from all over the world. As always NCTE proved to be a whirlwind couple of days. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who stopped by our booth to talk all things Disney Publishing related.

On Friday we kicked-off the convention with a special Miles Morales signing by author Jason Reynolds, making booth 427 the first stop for many eager attendees. Following that authors joined us right after their Funny, You Don’t SEEM Educational panel for another packed signing of Bob, Not Bob.

Jason Reynolds signs for fans Bob, Not Bob Signing

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NCTE 2017 Here We Come! Authors, Panels and More!

We are back on the road this week and on our way to St. Louis Missouri for the 2017 National Conference for The Teacher’s of English (NCTE)! Starting This Friday 11/17/17 we will be taking up residence on the show floor at booth #427, with plenty of ARCs, Swag, and Disney-Hyperion staff on hand to answer questions. Throughout the weekend we’ll have authors on panels and in the booth for signings. You never who might stop by! Our full schedule is below so make sure you plan accordingly and we can’t wait to see you in St. Louis!

 

Friday, November 17th

Exhibit Hours: 11:00am—6:30pm

11:30am – 12:30pm

Author Signing: Jason Reynolds

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: Miles Morales

12:30 – 1:45pm

                Funny, You Don’t SEEM Educational (Audrey Vernick & Liz Garton Scanlon)

                Location: Room 264

3:00 – 4:00pm

Author Signing: Audrey Vernick & Liz Garton Scanlon

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: Bob, Not Bob!

4:00 – 5:00pm

Author Signing: Matt de la Pena

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: Miguel and the Grand Harmony

5:00 – 6:00pm

Author Signing: Neal Shusterman

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

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Saturday, November 18th    

Exhibit Hours: 10:30am—5:00pm

10:30 –11:30am

Author Signing: Roshani Chokshi

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: Aru Shah and the End of Time galleys

10:30 – 11:45am

Recapture Our Voices: The Joy of the Thing (Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos)

                Location: Room 242

11:30am – 12:30pm

Author Signing: Dhonielle Clayton and Andrew Shvarts

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: The Belles galleys and Royal Bastards

1:00 – 2:00pm

 

Author Signing: Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: The Adventurers Guild

2:30 – 3:30pm

Author Signing: J.C. Geiger

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: Wildman

3:00 – 4:00pm

Author Signing: Roshani Chokshi

Location: Macmillan Booth #526

Sunday, November 19th    

Exhibit Hours: 9:30—1:30pm

9:30 – 10:30am

Author Signing: Kate Hannigan

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: Winter Wonders

10:30 – 11:30am

Author Signing: Kim Purcell

Location: Disney Book Group Booth #427

Signing: This is Not a Love Letter galleys

Get Ready For THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: 2 FUZZY, 2 FURIOUS

We simply can’t get enough of Doreen Green! This year’s knock-out novel starring THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL has us clawing for more from best-selling authors Shannon and Dean Hale. Luckily more squirrel powered action is on the way in 2018. With a brand new follow-up novel THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: 2 FUZZY, 2 FURIOUS.

Recently Marvel.com unveiled the spiffy new cover. Along with an exclusive except from the upcoming story and an interview with the husband and wife writing team. We managed to get our paws on it as well, but you can click through for all the official deets on what awaits our favorite bushy tailed bad guy buster when THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: 2 FUZZY, 2 FURIOUS hits shelves on March 6, 2018.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 2

 

Celebrate The Ship of The Dead Release With a Party Worthy of Valhalla!

Book 3 is here! The latest Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard adventure is out now and to celebrate we have a FREE activity kit available with everything you need to throw an EPIC party worthy of Valhalla. Including party tips, rune challenges, and a test to figure our your true “Thor Score”. Download this 16 page full-color guide to Rick Riordan’s newest installment in the Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard series and follow up to this year’s Stonewall Book Award Winner for your school or library today, and whatever you do… don’t forget the Falafel.

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough? Loki is free from his chains. He’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. Magnus’s biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?

Zana Fraillon’s THE BONE SPARROW, a Rohingya Refugee Story

Since its release late last year, Zana Fraillon’s THE BONE SPARROW has garnered critical acclaim with starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist alongside industry awards such as the CCBC Choices 2017 list from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and the shortlist for the Carnegie Medal in the UK. This debut middle-grade novel tells the story of Subhi, a young Rohingya refugee born in an Australian detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of their distant homeland. Every night, the faraway whales sing to him, the birds tell him their stories, and the magical Night Sea from his mother’s stories brings him gifts. As Subhi grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of the fences that contain him. One night, it seems to do just that.

In the accompanying educator’s guide, the author was able to shed light into how she first learned of the very real plight of the Rohingya, and how her research helped shape this unforgettable story. The full guide for your classroom or library, including Common Core guidelines and discussion questions about THE BONE SPARROW, is available FOR FREE RIGHT HERE. The Q&A with author Zana Fraillon is presented below to help get the discussion started.

 

How did you first learn about the detention centers for the Rohingya? How long have they been in place in Australia?

Australia has had immigration detention centers for a long time now. What has changed however, are the policies about who gets put in the centers and for how long. As of the time of my writing The Bone Sparrow, any person who enters Australia by boat without a valid visa gets placed into a detention center for an indefinite amount of time. These people will never be resettled in Australia. This includes children and people who are found to be genuine refugees. In Australia, there are no specific detention centers for Rohingya refugees.

I learned about what conditions were like in the detention centers by going through lots of media articles, documentaries, photos, reports, drawings, and testimonials.

In researching The Bone Sparrow, did you use other detention centers, such as those for Syrian refugees, as examples, or did you rely on the Australian camps only?

I really wanted the conditions described in The Bone Sparrow to represent refugee camps and detention centers around the world. So, while I did base the descriptions on Australian detention centers, I was careful to make sure these were conditions that were similar in other countries as well.

Since the writing of your book, has there been any change in the detention centers for the Rohingya? Are people being processed and free to leave, or are they still in limbo?

Unfortunately, the issues and conditions described in The Bone Sparrow remain unchanged in Australian immigration detention centers. One of the centers is based offshore, on an island called Nauru. Recently the government has allowed the asylum seekers to leave the detention center and live on the island, but this has caused new issues and new problems for those seeking asylum. They are still being denied their basic human rights, and they are still facing extreme danger. There is still a distinct lack of adequate medical care and little, if any, access to education. They do not know how long they will be required to stay on Nauru, and what will happen to them next—they are still very much in limbo.

Do you feel that there any practical ways to help the people being kept at these detention centers?

Yes, I do. Different detention centers and refugee camps have different requirements for what can be sent and received. However, there are some great refugee charities which can help you find out what is most needed. Some detention centers allow letters to be sent and received, and this can be a great help for people. Raising money for refugees and asylum seekers is also a huge help and can provide basic necessities that would otherwise be difficult to provide.

UNHCR is the United Nations agency specifically designed to assist refugees and people seeking asylum all over the world. You can find local charities too, such as Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Australia, as well as charities for refugees in specific locations, such as Help Refugees, which assists refugees who are currently living in the “Jungle” in Calais, France.

Download The Miles Morales Educator Guide For FREE Today!

 

“Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you’re on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins.”

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider Man.

Since his YA debut last month Miles Morales has been swinging around The New York Times Best-Seller List and hanging out in bookshelves across the country. But Now you can bring his latest adventure from author Jason Reynolds into the classroom with our web-fueled educators guided, loaded with sensational discussion questions. Just click on the images below to download your very own copy today!

Read Chapters 1 & 2 of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding Before Its Release!

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation.  Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding hits shelves in the less than one month, but you can get your first glimpse of what mysteries await readers by clicking right here for a sneak peek at the first two chapters of this chilling new release.
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history—that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made—and then broke—a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.
 
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose–to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him.  With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.
 
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host…
 

The Summer Stars Are Shining Bright!

This season’s starred reviews have been lighting up our new releases each and every week since May. With Books like Elizabeth Wein’s The Pearl Thief and Ryan T. Higgins Be Quiet continuing to deliver out-of-this-world praise from industry periodicals and fans alike. While many of our upcoming titles like The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding and The Adventurer’s Guild have begun to gather their own star struck followings sure to send readers searching for exciting new reads at your school or library this fall. So with The Dog Days of Summer finally here, let’s take a look the books shining brightly at DBG this summer!

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING By Alexandra Bracken

“Bracken’s (Passenger, 2016) new middle-grade offering is an infectious, entertaining series starter. Hapless, dry Prosper is at hilarious odds with his demanding, old-fashioned demon companion, and the thrilling plot twists will keep even the most savvy readers guessing. Clever, occasionally frightening, and always fun, this will hook plenty.” – Booklist

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART By Robert Beatty

“Beatty decidedly keeps readers on the edge of discovery as the plot unfurls. Each character continues to surprise both one another and readers with their emotional complexity. A captivating, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed fantasy.” – Kirkus

SUPER SAURUS SAVES KINDERGARTEN By Deborah Underwood and Illustrator Ned Young

“Young cleverly makes Arnold’s imaginative adventures kid-doable: the Sticky Shoes are smeared with peanut butter, and the Rescue Rocket is a decorated box. Imagination as a coping mechanism equals lots of superpowered fun. (Picture book. 4-8)” – Kirkus

THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein (FIFTH STARRED REVIEW FOR THIS TITLE!)

Verity fans will find this irresistible and return to a reread of that title with this new backstory in mind, while fans of period drama such as Cooper’s A Brief History of Montmaray (BCCB 11/09) will appreciate this as an absorbing read that leads them inexorably to the next book.” Deborah Stevenson, Editor – The Bulletin for The Center of Children’s Books

 

WELCOME: A MO WILLEMS GUIDE FOR NEW ARRIVALS by Mo Willems

Along with being a shoe-in for inclusion in every maternity ward’s gift bag, this loving heads-up will continue to resonate with all offspring as they go on to toddle, big-kid, and beyond. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Williams is a reliable best-seller, and love letters from parents to children are always in demand.”  —  Booklist

The real audience is new parents, who will revel in having their devotion mirrored back to them and chuckle at the many knowing jokes (“If you have any further questions/ Do not hesitate to call or flail about or scream like a banshee”). And they’ll be grateful that Willems offers a modicum of hope regarding the world that the newborn will inherit: “We are happy to report there are people working day and night on making this a better place to be.” – Publishers Weekly

 

THE TAKEDOWN By Connie Wang

“Wang has managed to write an exciting, prescient story that brings to mind the unlikely combination of M.T. Anderson’s Feed, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and Sara Shepard’s “Pretty Little Liars” series, with a little of Libba Bray’s “Gemma Doyle” trilogy and the cult classic film Heathers thrown in the mix. VERDICT Highly recommended for all YA collections” – School Library Journal