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  • Love Scene, Take Two

    Alex Evansley

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive young adult novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love. Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he'd nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There's just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he's stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him. The weekend isn't exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family's lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren't the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley's debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy's perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.Praise for Love Scene, Take Two:"Sweet, intelligent, charming Teddy and accomplished, smart Bennett suffer all the drama and angst of young love, complicated by celebrity status and the power of social media. Romance lovers and readers fascinated with Hollywood life (on and off set) should enjoy this flirty, of-the-moment, tale." ―Publishers Weekly"Bennett and Teddy’s romance is full of fun and flirty banter, chemistry, misunderstandings and miscommunications, and dealing with fame and gossip. . .This new adult/older YA title is the perfect summer novel for fans of Jennifer E. Smith, Jenny Han, and Morgan Matson." ―School Library Journal
  • Fortune's Magic Farm

    Suzanne Selfors

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    In the spirit of Roald Dahl, Suzanne Selfors spins a wonderful and weird middle-grade tale filled with friendship and magic―now in an entirely new package! Ten-year-old Isabelle lives in Runny Cove where it’s always raining and the whole world has turned gray. When she gets a mysterious visitor with news of an unexpected inheritance, she leaps at the chance to a place full of sunshine . . . and magic! There, magic grows into cherries that cure ills and fronds that make her fly. But when Isabelle feels the call to return to Runny Cove and use the magic of the farm to stop the rain, her loyalty is put to the test. Can she choose between her new home and the one she left behind? An Imprint Book Praise for Fortune's Magic Farm:Junior Library Guild AwardFlorida Sunshine State Young Readers Award List (2012–13)Kansas’s William Allen White Children’s Book Award List (2011–12)2009 Austin Waldorf Children’s Choice Award, Gold Medal in the third- and fourth-grade category "A love apple for all readers, delicious and magical.” ―Grace Lin, Newbery Honor author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon "This quirky book. . .is full of silly songs and vivid secondary characters.” ―The Seattle Times, Recommended Summer Read
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  • Ransacker

    Emmy Laybourne

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    The gripping, heart-wrenching companion novel to Emmy Laybourne’s much acclaimed historical fantasy Berserker.Rare powers. Precious metals. A final showdown.1886. The Hemstads possess supernatural powers bestowed upon their family by the ancient Norse gods. Now Sissel, the youngest at 16, discovers her gift: she is a Ransacker. She can find gold and other precious metals and pull them to her. Hers is an awesome and dangerous gift. Sissel and her siblings have been living peacefully in a small town in Montana, trying to blend-in and escape the violent events that haunt them, but they’ve all been tricked―the handsome young man courting Sissel is secretly a Pinkerton spy, reporting to the man who wants to control them, the Baron Fjelstad. Sissel’s beau is not the only one interested in her new talents. She’s also caught the attention of a local mine owner who’s convinced Sissel has a lucky touch when it comes to finding gold. With betrayal lurking around every corner, Sissel must tread carefully. Harnessing her powers could bring great fortune . . . or cause the powerful Baron to come hunting her and her siblings down for once and for all.
  • Zhang Heng and the Incredible Earthquake Detector

    Randel McGee

    Hardcover (Familius, Jan. 4, 2022)
    When thousands of people die in China's earthquakes, China Emperor Shun Di does not know what to do as it takes days for a city to communicate the news to the Emperor. He assigns his wisest adviser Zhang Heng to create a device that will tell the Emperor and his court where an earthquake took place. Can Zhang Heng accomplish this impossible task in only two weeks? Still honored today for the advancements he made to astronomy and mathematics over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty in China, Zhang Heng and the Incredible Earthquake Detector tells the remarkable true story of how Heng created a magnificent and beautiful device with eight dragons that communicated the direction of an earthquake years before the seismograph was invented.
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  • Unedited: Mike and Phil and All the World

    Barry Lyga

    (Soho Teen, Jan. 4, 2022)
    The companion piece to Mike and Phile and All the World in all its +1,000 page glory.This is a book. It is written by Barry Lyga. Yes, we know it's a very long book. We tried to get him to cut it, but he wouldn't. So there was nothing we could do about it. We understand if the length turns you off. A long book like this one represents a commitment, and if it isn't good, you'll feel like you've wasted your time and your money. Still, we published it because we think it's a good book. Could it be shorter? Maybe. That's a very difficult call. Each person will have his or her own opinion. Some will read it and think, "It could have been shorter." Others will think, "It was just right." And maybe some people will wish it was longer. Isn't that the highest compliment you can pay a book, to wish it would never end?Usually, this text here (it's called "flap copy") is sexy marketing-talk, designed to get you to buy the book. Did you know that most people look at the cover, then the back cover, then the flap copy, and only then do they bother even to flip to a page in the book? So you probably haven't even read any part of the book yet, but you might decide to buy or not buy it anyway. Without having read a word of it.So, we'll just say this: This book is a love story. We hope you'll give it a shot.
  • Zhang Heng and the Incredible Earthquake Detector

    Randel McGee

    eBook (Familius, Jan. 4, 2022)
    When thousands of people die in China's earthquakes, China Emperor Shun Di does not know what to do as it takes days for a city to communicate the news to the Emperor. He assigns his wisest adviser Zhang Heng to create a device that will tell the Emperor and his court where an earthquake took place. Can Zhang Heng accomplish this impossible task in only two weeks? Still honored today for the advancements he made to astronomy and mathematics over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty in China, Zhang Heng and the Incredible Earthquake Detector tells the remarkable true story of how Heng created a magnificent and beautiful device with eight dragons that communicated the direction of an earthquake years before the seismograph was invented.
  • Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink

    Sharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison, Qin Leng

    Board book (Tundra Books, Jan. 4, 2022)
    National bestsellerBased on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion -- now in board book format!What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly -- especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together. Through Qin Leng's wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful board book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music. Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children's entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children's television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.
  • Mike and Phil and All the World

    Barry Lyga

    (Soho Teen, Jan. 11, 2022)
    What if you could change everything about one thing on the spot? What if what you thought was your life was really just someone's creation? This is not your typical love story.In spite of his doubts, seventeen-year-old Mike believed that he was meant to be with Philomel, forever and always. After Mike loses Phil, he starts to have doubts about reality itself. When he discovers he can edit reality—at least as it relates to Phil—he is plunged head-first into an existential crisis unlike any other. Soon he is on a quest across multiple realities to understand his love for Phil, the true nature of their stories, and perhaps even the motives of their storyteller.**This novel is in fact an edited version of storyteller Barry Lyga’s original and truest vision for this project, the aptly titled Unedited. Its hundreds of pages comprise more than "all the world;” they represent Barry’s every draft, revision, and rabbit hole: a vast compendium that serves as an invaluable companion read and ingenious deep-dive into the writing process.
  • Unedited: Mike and Phil and All the World

    Barry Lyga

    (Soho Teen, Jan. 11, 2022)
    The companion piece to Mike and Phile and All the World in all its +1,000 page glory.This is a book. It is written by Barry Lyga. Yes, we know it's a very long book. We tried to get him to cut it, but he wouldn't. So there was nothing we could do about it. We understand if the length turns you off. A long book like this one represents a commitment, and if it isn't good, you'll feel like you've wasted your time and your money. Still, we published it because we think it's a good book. Could it be shorter? Maybe. That's a very difficult call. Each person will have his or her own opinion. Some will read it and think, "It could have been shorter." Others will think, "It was just right." And maybe some people will wish it was longer. Isn't that the highest compliment you can pay a book, to wish it would never end?Usually, this text here (it's called "flap copy") is sexy marketing-talk, designed to get you to buy the book. Did you know that most people look at the cover, then the back cover, then the flap copy, and only then do they bother even to flip to a page in the book? So you probably haven't even read any part of the book yet, but you might decide to buy or not buy it anyway. Without having read a word of it.So, we'll just say this: This book is a love story. We hope you'll give it a shot.
  • Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Mara Rockliff, R. Gregory Christie

    (Random House Studio, Jan. 11, 2022)
    An inspiring picture-book biography about Georgia Gilmore, the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, from an acclaimed author and a Caldecott Honor- and seven-time Coretta Scott King-winning illustrator.Georgia Gilmore was cooking when she heard the news. Mrs. Rosa Parks had been arrested--pulled off a city bus and thrown in jail because she wouldn't let a white man take her seat. To protest, the radio urged everyone to stay off city buses for one day: December 5, 1955. A boycott! Throughout the boycott--at Holt Street Baptist Church meetings led by a young minister named Martin Luther King, Jr.--and throughout the struggle for justice, Georgia served up her mouth-watering fried chicken, her spicy collard greens, and her sweet potato pie, eventually selling them to raise money to help the cause. Here is the vibrant true story of a hidden figure of the civil rights movement, told in flavorful language by a picture-book master, and stunningly illustrated by a Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King award-winning artist.
  • Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Mara Rockliff, R. Gregory Christie

    (Random House Studio, Jan. 11, 2022)
    An inspiring picture-book biography about Georgia Gilmore, the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, from an acclaimed author and a Caldecott Honor- and seven-time Coretta Scott King-winning illustrator.Georgia Gilmore was cooking when she heard the news. Mrs. Rosa Parks had been arrested--pulled off a city bus and thrown in jail because she wouldn't let a white man take her seat. To protest, the radio urged everyone to stay off city buses for one day: December 5, 1955. A boycott! Throughout the boycott--at Holt Street Baptist Church meetings led by a young minister named Martin Luther King, Jr.--and throughout the struggle for justice, Georgia served up her mouth-watering fried chicken, her spicy collard greens, and her sweet potato pie, eventually selling them to raise money to help the cause. Here is the vibrant true story of a hidden figure of the civil rights movement, told in flavorful language by a picture-book master, and stunningly illustrated by a Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King award-winning artist.
  • Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Mara Rockliff, R. Gregory Christie

    (Random House Studio, Jan. 11, 2022)
    An inspiring picture-book biography about Georgia Gilmore, the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, from an acclaimed author and a Caldecott Honor- and seven-time Coretta Scott King-winning illustrator.Georgia Gilmore was cooking when she heard the news. Mrs. Rosa Parks had been arrested--pulled off a city bus and thrown in jail because she wouldn't let a white man take her seat. To protest, the radio urged everyone to stay off city buses for one day: December 5, 1955. A boycott! Throughout the boycott--at Holt Street Baptist Church meetings led by a young minister named Martin Luther King, Jr.--and throughout the struggle for justice, Georgia served up her mouth-watering fried chicken, her spicy collard greens, and her sweet potato pie, eventually selling them to raise money to help the cause. Here is the vibrant true story of a hidden figure of the civil rights movement, told in flavorful language by a picture-book master, and stunningly illustrated by a Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King award-winning artist.