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  • Once

    Morris Gleitzman

    Paperback (Square Fish, March 19, 2013)
    Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them--straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library. But as Felix's journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.Despite his grim suroundings, Felix never loses hope. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.
  • The Unicorn Whisperer

    Dana Simpson

    Paperback (Andrews McMeel Publishing, Oct. 8, 2019)
    Welcome back to the hilarious and heartwarming world of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, where readers of all ages can always find a friend to lend a magical helping hand — or hoof. For 9-year-old Phoebe Howell and her sparkling companion, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, every day is an adventure. In this latest installation of Dana Simpson's award-winning Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, Phoebe navigates the challenges of school life with a little help from her unicorn friend, who is always ready with the perfect spell for the occasion. But as the magic spells mount up, both Phoebe and Marigold find themselves wondering if sometimes they might be taking things just a little too far...
  • Epic Zero Series Books 4-6: Epic Zero Collection

    R.L. Ullman

    Paperback (But That's Another Story... Press, Oct. 19, 2019)
    Books 4-6 in the bestselling, award-winning Epic Zero series!★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Over 2,000 five-star series reviews on Amazon and GoodreadsNote: The paperback edition collects books 4-6 in a single 500+ page volume and is not a boxed set.Elliott Harkness thinks he has it all figured out. He’s (sort of) in control of his powers and finally living the superhero life. But after a not-so-heroic encounter with a time-traveling crook, Elliott wakes up one morning to discover everyone in his life is gone—and he might be next! But that’s just the beginning of Elliott’s problems as he’s thrust into a series of epic adventures with the fate of the Earth and the entire multiverse at stake! Will he find the power to be the epic hero he's always wanted to be—or will he be just an Epic Zero? Follow Elliott's hilarious journey to prove himself to his superhero family, save the universe, and make it home for dinner.For a limited time, get all 3 books in one Epic 500+ page volume at a reduced price!The Epic Zero Series Collection includes:- Epic Zero 4: Tales of a Total Waste of Time- Epic Zero 5: Tales of an Unlikely Kid Outlaw- Epic Zero 6: Tales of a Major Meta DisasterEpic Zero is the laugh-out-loud, action-packed series that will entertain kids, middle grade students, and adults. The Epic Zero Collection includes 48 illustrated character profiles and a full glossary of superpowers.Click "Buy Now" to get the Epic Zero Collection today!
  • What's the Point of Math?


    Hardcover (DK Children, Jan. 28, 2020)
    Math makes the world go around. An educational book that will give you surprising answers to everyday math challenges. This book unpacks how math is an essential part of our everyday life in ways that you never thought of. Full of crazy facts, magic tricks, and mathematical brainteasers and beautiful illustrations show you that math is interesting, fun, and not intimidating at all!Ever wondered where math originated from? This fantastic educational book unpacks all the curious questions that your child has about math including intriguing historical stories that explore the often-surprising origins of math that we use in our daily lives. Learn about how the formation of number sequences began, to the origins of trigonometry, and find out how to become a trillionaire! Math in our daily lives is used in many things that might not even seem that obvious. Math Controls Just About EverythingInspire your children with numbers and help bring mathematical explanations to life with this engaging educational book. Expand their knowledge in the complexity of understanding math by using simple illustrative examples. To make these topics more exciting and impactful, the book is full of great puzzles, awesome games, and interesting facts that will break barriers in their understanding. “Try it out” examples give mathematical explanations that are simple and easy to grasp. What’s The Point Of Math? will not only change your child’s perception of numbers but give them the skills and understanding to apply the principles in their everyday life!This educational book explains the point of:- Numbers and counting - Shapes and measuring- Patterns and sequences- Probability and logic- Data and statistics
  • The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World

    The Staff of The Undefeated, Robert Ball

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Dec. 24, 2019)
    A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of America’s greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPN’s and illustrated with dazzling portraits by Rob Ball. Meet forty-four of America’s most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by the team at ESPN’s From visionaries to entrepreneurs, athletes to activists, the Fierce 44 are beacons of brilliance, perseverance, and excellence. Each short biography is accompanied by a compelling portrait by Robert Ball, whose bright, graphic art pops off the page. Bringing household names like Serena Williams and Harriet Tubman together with lesser-known but highly deserving figures such as Robert Abbott and Dr. Charles Drew, this collection is a celebration of all that African Americans have achieved, despite everything they have had to overcome.
  • HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl

    Naama Bloom

    Paperback (Dutton Books for Young Readers, Oct. 17, 2017)
    "What we love most about this book (which we'll be gifting to our tween cousins, nieces, and daughters!) is the empowering message woven throughout: that 'your body is your body,' as Bloom puts it, and you're the only one who gets to decide what to do with it." —“Full of practical advice, helpful explanations, and messages of encouragement…Period.” — Parents.comFrom the founder of HelloFlo, a modern and insightful guide to periods and puberty for a new generation When will I get boobs?Does wearing a tampon hurt?What's the deal with menstrual cups?Seriously, when will I get boobs? Honest, funny, and unafraid of the messy, real-life facts about a girl's changing body, this is definitely not your mother’s puberty book. HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom’s mission is to create informed, empowered young women who are unafraid to ask questions and make the best choices for themselves and their bodies. A celebration of women's bodies and all the confusing, uncomfortable, silly, transformative, and powerful changes that occur during puberty.This full-color book—written by HelloFlo founder, Naama Bloom, and journalist Glynnis MacNicol—features bright, diverse, approachable illustrations and infographics, doctor-vetted information, and personal testimonials from real girls and women.
  • The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes

    Robin Davis

    Hardcover-spiral (Chronicle Books, Sept. 1, 1998)
    Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations, Wookiee Cookies even includes a sheet of shiny Star Wars stickers. Age is no issue when it comes to Star Wars cuisine-kids as well as adults will have a great time with this book. Whether you drove to your first Star Wars flick or just had your fifth birthday, there's no reason you can't whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed.
  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

    Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez

    Paperback (Candlewick, Aug. 6, 2019)
    In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children’s literature’s top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg’s quest to correct history.Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked. Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.
  • What Would Captain Kirk Do?: Intergalactic Wisdom from the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise

    Brandon T. Snider

    Paperback (Price Stern Sloan, May 17, 2016)
    Dig through the many pages of advice in this fun pop philosophy book as narrated by Captain Kirk, based on the characters from Star Trek: The Original Series.The cosmos is filled with a great many wonders—uncharted worlds, bizarre life forms, chaos and calm. Tread carefully as you navigate through this collection of scenarios as Captain Kirk teaches you how to handle even the most challenging situations. The possibilities are as limitless as the universe itself.
  • Astrology: Using the Wisdom of the Stars in Your Everyday Life


    Hardcover (DK, Sept. 25, 2018)
    How to use your astrological sign's birth horoscope to transform every area of your life.Learn how to interpret the positions of the zodiac signs, sun, moon and other planets to better understand yourself and your place in the world around you.The book outlines the key principles of astrology and pinpoints ways you can use it as a form of self-help. This ancient art can help you improve many different areas of your life--from your personal and professional relationships to your health, wealth, and well-being. You'll also see how astrology can help you when you need it most, with practical advice about handling life's key moments, including changing jobs, starting a family, coping with financial difficulty, or facing retirement. Written in plain language and with sample case studies and beautiful graphics, Astrology is your essential guide to navigating all of life's challenges and opportunities.
  • Making Bombs for Hitler

    Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc., Jan. 29, 2019)
    For readers who were enthralled by Alan Gratz's Prisoner B-3087 comes a gripping novel about a lesser-known part of WWII.Lida thought she was safe. Her neighbors wearing the yellow star were all taken away, but Lida is not Jewish. She will be fine, won't she?But she cannot escape the horrors of World War II.Lida's parents are ripped away from her and she is separated from her beloved sister, Larissa. The Nazis take Lida to a brutal work camp, where she and other Ukrainian children are forced into backbreaking labor. Starving and terrified, Lida bonds with her fellow prisoners, but none of them know if they'll live to see tomorrow.When Lida and her friends are assigned to make bombs for the German army, Lida cannot stand the thought of helping the enemy. Then she has an idea. What if she sabotaged the bombs... and the Nazis? Can she do so without getting caught?And if she's freed, will she ever find her sister again?This pulse-pounding novel of survival, courage, and hope shows us a lesser-known piece of history -- and is sure to keep readers captivated until the last page.
  • The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume One

    Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Paul Kidby

    Hardcover (Gollancz, Nov. 14, 2019)
    Think you know Ankh-Morpork? Think again.In this top-secret guide, travellers will receive a first-hand experience of the real city. If you've ever wondered where Unseen University students whet their whistles (while managing to avoid their teachers doing the same), or exactly what the Assassins' Guild constitutes a true and proper means of inhumation - there are standards to be upheld, after all - then this is the book for you.Just don't let a member of the Thieves' Guild catch you with this. They won't appreciate their ways and means being flogged behind their backs. Flogging's their job, after all.