• The Unofficial Ultimate Harry Potter Spellbook: A complete reference guide to every spell in the wizarding world

    Media Lab Books

    Hardcover (Media Lab Books, June 18, 2019)
    DISCOVER THE MAGIC!- A comprehensive compendium of spells from every Potter book, movie, video game and card game- Keepsake quality, with a silky, embossed cover and sturdy interior pages- The perfect gift for wizards, witches and muggles everywhere!The Unofficial Ultimate Harry Potter Spellbook is a beautiful, elegantly designed reference that details all of the known spells cast in the Harry Potter films, books, video games and card games, as well as official Harry Potter spinoffs, such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There are more than 240 spells, charms, curses, hexes and jinxes in all, plus a catalog of enchanted objects. Each spell is given its own entry including spell name, pronunciation and etymology, a description of the spell effect, wand movements and vocalizations where applicable, explanatory notes, and fun facts related to each spell, such as who it was used against, what the outcome was, or what a spell’s unusual history might be. Sharp-eyed readers will also find handwritten comments throughout.With an introduction on spell-casting and a guide to wand woods and cores, The Unofficial Ultimate Harry Potter Spellbook is a must-have magical treasure for any Harry Potter fan's library.
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  • Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars

    Gregory Zuckerman, Elijah Zuckerman, Gabriel Zuckerman

    Paperback (Puffin Books, May 2, 2017)
    Discover the inspirational real-life stories of superstar athletes like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Tim Howard, and more! "Packs a powerful message—perseverance and passion pay off. Even non-sports fans will cheer for superstars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry.”--Scholastic TeacherTeam USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 6th grade. He went on to become a national treasure after single-handedly keeping America competitive in the 2014 World Cup. Stephen Curry was told he was too small, too weak, and too slow to even receive a scholarship to play college basketball. He outworked everyone and went on to become MVP of the National Basketball Association. Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, yet he refused to be defined by what he lacked. He went on to pitch a no-hitter in the Major Leagues.Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, Rising Above will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.A Scholastic Teacher magazine Summer Reading List selectionA Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Summer Reading List selection
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  • The Dark Prophecy

    Rick Riordan

    Paperback (Disney-Hyperion, Oct. 2, 2018)
    Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more--by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous--and frankly, humiliating--trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again--if it doesn't kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo's way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies--some familiar, some new--from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . . Includes the first chapter of The Trials of Apollo Book 3: THE BURNING MAZE, plus the first chapters of two Rick Riordan Presents novels: THE STORM RUNNER by J. C. Cervantes, based on Mayan mythology, and DRAGON PEARL by Yoon Ha Lee, a space opera with elements of Korean mythology.
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  • Home of the Brave

    Katherine Applegate

    Paperback (Square Fish, Dec. 23, 2008)
    Bestselling author Katherine Applegate presents Home of the Brave, a beautifully wrought middle grade novel about an immigrant's journey from hardship to hope. Kek comes from Africa. In America he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He's never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter – cold and unkind. In Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived, and now she's missing. Kek is on his own. Slowly, he makes friends: a girl who is in foster care; an old woman who owns a rundown farm, and a cow whose name means "family" in Kek's native language. As Kek awaits word of his mother's fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country. Home of the Brave is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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  • The 18th Abduction

    James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

    Paperback (Grand Central Publishing, Oct. 1, 2019)
    Detective Lindsay Boxer's investigation into the disappearance of three teachers quickly escalates from missing persons to murder in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller.For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue -- until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco's entire school system at stake, Lindsay has never been under more pressure. As the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest in the "school night" case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take a new approach to the case, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned. While Lindsay is engrossed in her investigation, her husband, Joe Molinari, meets an Eastern European woman who claims to have seen a notorious war criminal -- long presumed dead -- from her home country. Before Lindsay can verify the woman's statement, Joe's mystery informant joins the ranks of the missing women. Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club must pull together to protect their city, and one another -- not from a ghost, but from a true monster.
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  • Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

    Mariah Marsden, Kendra Phipps, Erika Kuster, Brenna Thummler

    Paperback (Andrews McMeel Publishing, Oct. 24, 2017)
    Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden's crisp adaptation, and it's a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler's heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and Thummler conjure all the magic and beauty of Green Gables. Like Anne herself, you won't want to leave. — Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “The Marvels”The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike.When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.
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  • Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons

    Ben Brooks, Quinton Wintor

    Hardcover (Running Press Kids, Sept. 25, 2018)
    New York Times bestseller Boys can be anything they want to be! This timely book joins and expands the gender-role conversation and gives middle-grade boys a welcome alternative message: that masculinity can mean many things. You won't find any stories of slaying dragons or saving princesses here. In Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, author Ben Brooks-with the help of Quinton Wintor's striking full-color illustrations-offers a welcome alternative narrative: one that celebrates introverts and innovators, sensitivity and resilience, individuality and expression. It's an accessible compilation of 75 famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his own way. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei, Jesse Owens, and so many more-heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.
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  • Fablehaven Complete Set

    Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman

    Paperback (Aladdin, Oct. 4, 2011)
    Brandon Mull’s New York Times bestselling series about siblings Seth and Kendra who discover their grandparents are the caretakers of a sanctuary for magical creatures!This paperback boxed set includes: Fablehaven Rise of the Evening Star Grip of the Shadow Plague Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary Keys to the Demon Prison
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  • Up the Creek!

    Kevin Miller

    Paperback (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Nov. 11, 2015)
    When four friends set out on a canoe trip down Milligan Creek during spring runoff season, little do they realize their voyage through small town Saskatchewan is about to turn into one of the wildest experiences of their lives--if they survive! Facing raging rapids, frigid "icebergs," spinning whirlpools, roaring culverts, and their own recklessness, soon the boys find themselves in uncharted waters with no clue how they're going to get home. With night falling fast and no one to rely on but each other, the boys must figure out how to work together or risk falling victim to the merciless powers of nature--and their parents' wrath!The first book in the Milligan Creek Series, "Up the Creek" has sold over 10,000 copies and spent 9 weeks at the top of Amazon.com's Canadian literature best-seller list.
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  • The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide

    Chris Colfer

    Paperback (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 12, 2018)
    The epic conclusion to Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories! In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters--heroes and villains--are no longer confined within their world! With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world? Breathtaking action mixed with laugh out loud moments and lots of heart will make this a gripping conclusion for many fans!
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  • Coding for Kids: Python: Learn to Code with 50 Awesome Games and Activities

    Adrienne Tacke

    Paperback (Rockridge Press, March 19, 2019)
    Python decoded for kids―50 fun activities to become a programming master.Learning to code is just like playing a new sport or practicing an instrument―just get started! From the basic building blocks of programming to creating your very own games, this book teaches essential Python skills to kids ages 10 and up with 50 fun and engaging activities.Master fundamental functions, create code blocks, and draw and move shapes with the turtle module―these interactive lessons offer step-by-step guidance to make computer programming entertaining to future coders. You can even see the results of your coding in real time! With helpful hacks and screenshots for guidance, the only question that Coding for Kids: Python leaves unanswered is: what will you build next?Coding for Kids: Python includes:Game-based learning―Kids study coding concepts by putting them into practice with 50 innovative exercises.Creative projects― Coding for Kids: Python encourages kids to think independently, modify code, and express their creativity with every lesson.Easy-to-follow guidance―Straightforward directions and tips keep coders engaged every step of the way.Give the technologists of tomorrow the gift of fluently coding while having tons of fun with Coding for Kids: Python.
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  • The Golden Girls Mad Libs

    Douglas Yacka, Francesco Sedita

    Paperback (Mad Libs, March 7, 2017)
    Finally! A Mad Libs for fans of the Golden Girls! Thank you for being a NOUN! Golden Girls fans will love to relive all their favorite memories with Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose by filling in the blanks of the 21 stories inside this book.
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