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  • Ninja: War for the Dominions:

    Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Justin Jordan

    Paperback (Ten Speed Press, May 18, 2021)
    Ninja and his crew face a daunting challenge from evil overlord Strigus Thule and his Great Beasts in the sequel to the graphic novel Ninja: The Most Dangerous Game.Empowered by the resilience of Ninja and his friends in the Ketterung--a broadcasted battle-royale game realm controlled by evil overlord Strigus Thule--the people in all of Thule's 1000 Dominions are now rebelling. In response, Thule unleashes his Great Beasts, seven of the most powerful victors from previous games, kept to serve as the villainous gamemaster's tools for all of eternity. Rather than use their remaining energy to return home at the end of their game, Ninja convinces his friends to stay and help him free the Dominions from Thule's tyrannic rule. Will the tenacity, integrity, and camaraderie that kept our hero and his crew alive in the first challenge help them defeat the horrifying Great Beasts--and Strigus Thule himself? Industry-renowned comics writer Justin Jordan and comics artist Felipe Magaña team up again to deliver another action-packed adventure featuring everyone's favorite gamer.
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  • Play Smart Alphabet Age 3+: At-home Activity Workbook

    Gakken early childhood experts

    Paperback (Gakken, May 4, 2021)
    What's the Play Smart secret? Making learning fun! Created by educational experts, the award-winning Play Smart series uses Gakken’s unique fun-first method of completing age-appropriate activities that are progressively more challenging, building on small achievements, and fostering an eagerness to learn. Play Smart’s philosophy rewards success and builds confidence. The variety of activities leads to creative problem-solving skills and prepares children for the journey of lifelong learning. Play Smart Alphabet 3+ includes a variety of entertaining and engaging puzzles, games, and challenges that get kids prepped for preschool!
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  • The Forever Song

    Julie Kagawa

    Paperback (Inkyard Press, May 4, 2021)
    Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: Human or monster?With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.MONSTERAllie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And even if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
  • Me & Mr. Cigar

    Gibby Haynes

    Paperback (Soho Teen, May 11, 2021)
    From the wild and wonderful mind of Gibby Haynes—world famous Butthole Surfers front man/lyricist and self-proclaimed eternal Texan adolescent—comes the surreal tale of seventeen-year-old Oscar Lester and his trusted dog, Mr. Cigar. Oscar and his dog have made a pretty good life for themselves, despite the fact that Oscar’s family has all but vanished—his father is dead; his mother has a new boyfriend. His older sister, Rachel, fled five years ago . . . right after Mr. Cigar bit off her hand. Despite the freak accident, Oscar knows his dog is no menace. Mr. Cigar is a loyal protector: a supernatural creature that can exact revenge, communicate telepathically, and manipulate car doors and windows with ease. So, when Rachel—now twenty-two and an artist living in New York—calls out of the blue and claims she’s being held hostage, Oscar sees an opportunity to make things right between them. He races north, intent on both saving Rachel and fleeing the mysterious evil forces targeting his dog. And it’s only by embarking on this dual quest that Oscar starts to untangle his own life and understand the bizarre reality of Mr. Cigar.*Features original artwork by Gibby Haynes as full color endpapers and illustrations throughout the book.
  • Hanazuki: An Egg to Crack:

    Stacy Davidowitz, Victoria Ying

    Paperback (Amulet Paperbacks, May 18, 2021)
    Hanazuki is living a Moonflower’s dream. Her moon is in balance, the Big Bad is nowhere in sight, and she can finally focus on bonding with her Moonflower sister, Kiazuki . . . until Chicken Plant hatches an egg! The new baby is unlike any chick the moon has seen before. It’s up to Hanazuki, Red Hemka, Dazzlessence Jones, and Doughy Bunington to crack this egg and keep the moon from falling into chaos.
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  • Tow Truck Joe Makes a Splash

    June Sobel, Patrick Corrigan

    eBook (HMH Books for Young Readers, May 18, 2021)
    Brimming with catchy rhymes, bright colors, and summer fun, this sequel to Tow Truck Joe will delight fans of the original and new readers alike! A delightful rhyming picture book from the author of The Goodnight Train.
  • Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, Book 4 Triple Trouble: The Companion to the New Disney Channel Original Series

    Elise Allen

    Paperback (Disney-Hyperion, May 11, 2021)
    CASE FILE: THE FINAL (?) UNSITTABLESSUMMARY: With the entire Unsittables program in jeopardy of termination, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A has been tasked with caring for three young charges on the afternoon of a highly important Planetary Treaty Association (P.T.A.) meeting-one that could change the fate of the entire galaxy. While Gabby has proven in the past to be resourceful in a crisis, the members of A.L.I.E.N. currently have serious doubts about whether she has what it takes to protect the lives, and the identities of aliens here on earth. But we've decided to give her one last chance to prove herself. Of course, it won't be easy. Her three new clients hail from three different alien planets and each have special powers that require a deep well of patience on the part of their caretaker. We also have recently received word that one of her charges, a young girl by the name of Sharli, has become the target of certain unsavory intergalactic elements who might wish to do her harm. Will Gabby manage to keep the girl safe (and on-planet) until her mother returns from her P.T.A. meeting? Will any of us live to tell the tale? This fast-paced, planet-hopping, laugh-inducing novel perfectly wraps up the Gabby Duran and the Unsittables book series while catapulting readers into the action of the new Disney Channel Original Series of the same title, now airing on Disney Channel!
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  • Bodie Troll: Hungry for Adventure

    Jay Fosgitt

    Paperback (KaBOOM!, May 11, 2021)
    Return to Hagadorn with an all-new original graphic novel featuring the friendliest (and, in his eyes, the fearsomest) troll around, Bodie! BODIE IS BACK! Return to Hagadorn with an all-new original graphic novel featuring the friendliest (and, in his eyes, the fearsomest) troll around, Bodie! Get ready to join Bodie, his Fairy Godmother, and his best pal Cholly, as their adventures lead them to learn about Cholly’s past, uncover the mystery of the new bridge in town, and meet a group of creatures looking to destroy the world – through hugs. Cartoonist Jay Fogsitt (My Little Pony) brings the entire family a fantasy adventure that celebrates growing and evolving friendships, and the power in embracing what makes people unique.
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  • The Yearling

    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

    Hardcover (Scribner, May 18, 2021)
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize An instant bestseller when it was released in 1938, The Yearling is an enduring classic. Set in the 1870s, this classic story of the Baxter family and their wild, hard, and satisfying life in remote central Florida has been beloved by readers of all ages for the last eighty years. After Jody’s pa kills a deer, Jody convinces his father they should bring the doe’s fawn home. Jody and his fawn are inseparable, but the day comes when Jody must choose between his deer and the family’s survival. A #1 bestseller for 23 consecutive weeks when it was first published, The Yearling perfectly captures the essence of childhood. It’s a glowing picture of a life refreshingly removed from modern patterns of living and is universal in its revelation of simple courageous people and the beliefs they must live by.
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  • Symptoms of a Heartbreak

    Sona Charaipotra

    Paperback (Square Fish, May 4, 2021)
    "Doogie Howser, M.D. meets The Fault in Our Stars in this tender romcom." ―Teen VogueThe youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds―and falls head over heels―in Sona Charaipotra's contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.Sixteen-year-old Saira has always juggled family, friendships, and her Girl Genius celebrity. Now, as the youngest med school graduate ever, she can finally achieve her mission to treat young people dealing with cancer.But proving herself in life-or-death situations is tough when everyone from her boss to her patients can't see past her age to trust her skills. And working in the same hospital as her mom isn't making things any easier!Life gets even more complicated when Saira falls for a teenage patient. To improve his chances, she risks her lifelong dream―and it could cost her everything.In her solo debut, Sona Charaipotra brings us a compelling #ownvoices protagonist who’s not afraid to chase what she wants. Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for every reader needing an infusion of something heartfelt.An Imprint Book"Fans of YA contemporary don't want to miss this one." ―Buzzfeed
  • Hello You, Hello Me: A Soft Daytime Book With Mirrors

    Surya Sajnani

    Rag Book (words & pictures, May 18, 2021)
    This beautiful, sensory-rich cloth book for babies is a perfect story for daytime reading. With gorgeous colors, soft tactile pages, and a mirror, this cloth book—printed on organic cotton—features adorable friendly faces and familiar objects that babies will love and respond to. Greet the day with familiar objects and animals, such as the sun, a tree, and a monkey—finally saying hello to you... and to me. The adorable faces and bold illustrations will ensure this book becomes a firm favorite to return to day after day. Little hands will love to explore Wee Gallery Cloth Books, a lovable collection of organic cloth books with crinkly pages that heighten babies' senses. The result of a fantastic partnership between Wee Gallery and words & pictures, the beautiful illustrations, bold lines, repeating patterns, and baby-safe mirror are designed to stimulate visual development in young infants. Presented in a sweet plastic-free gift box, this first mirror book makes an ideal gift.
  • Baby Sees Colors: Yellow: A High-contrast Board Book for babies

    Akio Kashiwara

    Board book (Gakken, May 4, 2021)
    Newborn babies as young as six weeks old will be mesmerized by the bold shapes and images as they learn about colors! Baby Sees Colors: Yellow, the newest addition to the best-selling Baby Sees series, explores color with high-contrast illustrations. Yellow! This joyful color tickles the senses—yellow is the color of baby ducklings as they walk in a line behind their mama, and beautiful flowers dancing in the breeze, and, of course, the sun as it smiles down on little babies everywhere. Within these playful pages, babies will learn to identify colors in the most natural way—one at a time. Based on decades of research and refinement, the art in this high-contrast board book will help babies focus and begin to discern shapes and colors. Baby Sees! books are the best books for babies and newborns! This book is perfect for baby shower gifts or baby gifts—babies will love to read these small, chunky books with their parents, grandparents, teachers, and babysitters! Vivid, high-contrast art is designed to help babies focus and begin to discern shapes and colors, and is based on decades of research and refinement. Hundreds of thousands of parents in Japan have already discovered the power of this little book, and now American parents can too! This adorable, sturdy book will still look new after being loved for years and will find a place on the shelf next to classic board books like Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Chica Chica Boom Boom, and Sandra Boynton’s classics. Gakken Publishing is the largest publisher of children's educational books in Japan. For the first time, these sophisticated and exciting books are now available to parents, teachers, and caregivers in the United States.
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