The Nicholas Sparks event is fast approaching! We're in a flurry of excitement getting ready, and part of the preparation means that we will be closing the store early, at 5:00pm, on Wednesday, October 12th
. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to go ahead and pre-order
your books to guarantee that we have them available for you to get signed!
And this year, along with Mr. Sparks' newest book, The Best of Me
, you can also purchase pendants portraying the covers of your favorite Nicholas Sparks books to wear when you meet him! We have five different necklaces: The Notebook
, A Walk to Remember
, Dear John
, The Lucky One
, and of course The Best of Me
. They are $19.95 each and can be purchased in the store now or at the sales table at the event.
Save the Date: Cassandra Clare Signing 12/10/11
In other exciting news, we have just confirmed that we will be hosting an event with best-selling young adult author Cassandra Clare
! She will be giving a talk and signing her books on Saturday, December 10th, 2011, at 4pm at The Hangar at the Runway Cafe
(21 Airport Road Ext., Greenville).
Please note that tickets are required for this event.
Advance tickets are $22.00 each ($25 at the door), and each ticket includes a copy of the newest book in the Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Prince
(McElderry, hardcover, $19.99, releases 12/6/11). Seating is limited, so we encourage you to pre-order your tickets online or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Additional copies of Clockwork Prince
or any of Ms. Clare's previous books
can also be purchased in advance from Fiction Addiction or at the event as supplies last. We can also ship signed books to anyone who cannot make the event.
At the event, Ms. Clare will give a short talk, take questions from the audience, and will then sign books. She will be happy to sign and personalize all of her books. A Fiction Addiction staff member will be available to take a picture of Ms. Clare with your camera as she signs your books, but in order to keep the signing line moving, we will not allow posed photographs.
Cookbook Club Kickoff Meeting 11/10/11
Fiction Addiction is starting a new kind of book club, a cookbook club
! This club is designed to feed your appetite for books and for new food experiences.
Club members will read and enjoy the food of one cookbook per quarter. We will start our year at 7:00pm on Thursday, January 5, 2012, when we will enjoy our first meeting and meal at Palmetto Olive Oil Company
(2247 Augusta St.). We meet the first Thursday of every month at 7:00pm. Each participant will bring one item to share with the group, and we will discuss the culinary experience from shopping to preparing to sharing.
We will meet for a kickoff meeting to introduce our first book, Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith, hardcover, $21.99), at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, November 10th, at 7:00pm. At this meeting, we will get acquainted, get our recipe assignments for the first cookbook, and have the cookbook available for purchase.
We are limited to the first 20 participants due to space. You can preview the club membership agreement here
. Those interested in attending the organizational meeting or joining the club can email us at email@example.com
or call us at 864-675-0540 to reserve your spot.
If you are unable to make one of our author events, you are welcome to reserve signed copies by calling us in advance at 864-675-0540. Personalized copies will need to be prepaid.
Thurs., October 6th, 4-6pm:
Educator Appreciation In-Store Event
Join us at Fiction Addiction where educators, media specialists, and home school parents will receive 25% off their entire purchase during the event (proof of employment or a home school association card is required). Light refreshments will be served.
Virginia L. Wallace and Whitney Norwood Husid will be signing copies of their new professional book, Collaborating for Inquiry-Based Learning (Libraries Unlimited, paperback, $35.00), a step-by-step guide to collaborative lesson planning that promotes inquiry-based learning among students of various ages and abilities.
Sat., October 8th, 12-2pm:
Chris Catron In-Store Signing
Upstate South Carolina author Chris Catron will be signing copies of his new fantasy book, Gar, the Legacy Begins (PublishAmerica, paperback, $9.99), at Fiction Addiction. In a time of war, Gar would rather have lived in peace in his small village with his family and friends, but the Coesar Empire had other plans that would lead him on a course of vengeance and destruction far from his home land.
Book Your Lunch with Sharyn McCrumb: Tues., October 11th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $55
Now from the pen of award-winning Appalachian writer Sharyn McCrumb comes the true story behind the most famous mountain ballad of all: The Ballad of Tom Dooley (St. Martin's, hardcover, $24.99)--also a Fall 2011 Okra Pick. The $55 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Nicholas Sparks Signing:
Wed., Oct. 12th, 5-8pm* @ The Embassy Suites
Note: Signing tickets required
We will be hosting an event with Nicholas Sparks to celebrate the release of his newest novel, The Best of Me (Hachette, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 10/11/11). We will be holding the event off-site at The Embassy Suites (670 Verdae Blvd.) from 5-8pm* on Wednesday, October 12th. (*Preferred ticket holders will be eligible for early admission starting at 2pm.)
Mr. Sparks will only sign book and audio copies of The Best of Me (no other material will be allowed into the signing room), and he will not personalize his signatures. Cameras are welcome.
Note: A signing ticket is required for each copy of The Best of Me you wish signed. Each copy of The Best of Me purchased from Fiction Addiction in advance or at the event will come with one free "preferred" signing ticket. If you choose to purchase your books elsewhere, you will need to buy a $5.00 "general" signing ticket at the event for each copy of The Best of Me you wish to have signed (general signing tickets will not be sold prior to the event). Preferred ticket holders will enjoy early admission into the signing line starting at 2pm. General ticket holders will be admitted into the signing line between 4:30 and 5pm.
Since The Best of Me is releasing only the day before the event, we encourage you to pre-order your copies today to guarantee availability!
Sat., October 15th, 1-3pm:
Faye M. Tollison In-Store Signing
Upstate South Carolina mystery author Faye M. Tollison will be signing copies of her debut mystery novel, To Tell the Truth (CreateSpace, paperback, $11.99), at Fiction Addiction. Detective John Mentz came into Anna Kayce's life as her world collapsed, the gun in her hands firing and killing the senator she was involved with. Anna has to dig deep for strength to endure the events that follow and to stand up and tell the truth.
Tues., October 18th, 6-7:30pm:
Book Store Party, Free In-Store Event
October is National Reading Group Month, and to celebrate, Fiction Addiction is hosting our 4th annual Book Club Party! Are you in a book club? Thinking about joining or starting a book club? Like to read "book club-type books"? Then come join us! We will be serving wine and cheese as we present current and upcoming titles that would make good book club picks. We will also be giving away a number of free "advance reading copies". The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, download a free book club sampler.
Tues., October 18th, 7:45pm @ Panera (Shops at Greenridge)*: Fiction Addiction Book Club
The Fiction Addiction Book Club is open to the public and meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. In October, come discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Three Rivers, paperback, $16.00). *Please note: Due to Fiction Addiction's Book Club Party, October's meeting will take place at 7:45pm @ Panera Bread in the Shops at Greenridge on Woodruff Rd.
On November 22nd*, we will be discussing The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy (Voice, paperback, $14.99). *Please note: November's meeting will take place on the fourth Tuesday, November 22nd, instead of the third Tuesday.
Sat., October 22nd, 1-3pm:
Jason Profit In-Store Signing
Greenville author and creator of the Greenville Ghost Tour, Jason Profit will be signing copies of his new book of ghost tales, Haunted Greenville, South Carolina (The History Press, paperback, $19.99) at Fiction Addiction. Haunted Greenville aims to bring readers up close and personal encounters with some of Greenville's most little-known haunted locations.
Tues., October 25th, 4-6pm:
W. Scott Poole In-Store Signing
Author W. Scott Poole, who grew up in Easley but now teaches at the College of Charleston, will be signing copies of his new book, Monsters in America (Baylor University, hardcover, $29.95) at Fiction Addiction. From our colonial past to our present, the monster in all its various forms has been a staple of American culture. A masterful survey of our grim and often disturbing past, Monsters in America uniquely brings together history and culture studies to expose the dark obsessions that have helped create our national identity.
Sat., October 29th, 1-3pm: Kids In-Store Halloween Party with James H. Lucas
Bring your kids to Fiction Addiction for a Halloween party! Greenville author James H. Lucas will be signing copies of his first children's book, Billy's Tales of Wonder and Horror, Volume 1 (CreateSpace, paperback, $9.99), and we'll have punch and cookies. We will also be offering a 10% discount for anyone who brings their kids (or themselves) in costume!
Book Your Lunch with Virginia Willis:
Tues., November 1st, 12-2pm @ Soby's, $25
Acclaimed Southern chef Virginia Willis applies her signature style to entertaining in her new cookbook, Basic to Brilliant, Y'all (Ten Speed, hardcover, $35.00). Virginia accompanies each recipe with a new preparation technique, fresh presentation style, or creative recipe variation that transforms an already wonderful dish into an all-out show stopper. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Sat., November 5th, 11am-1pm:
Angie Neal In-Store Signing
Greenville children's author Angie Neal will be signing copies of her new children's picture book, The Pirate Who Couldn't Say Arrr! (Tate, paperback, $9.99) at Fiction Addiction. All pirates say 'Arrr!'...except for one. Discover how Red Legs Lamar learns to say 'Arrr!' as you travel with him on an adventure across the seas to roar this most famous of pirate expressions! This is an interactive story that teaches everyone how to talk like a pirate.
Sat., November 5th, 2:30-4:30pm:
Brad Crowther In-Store Signing
South Carolina mystery author Brad Crowther will be signing copies of his debut novel, The Ninth Man (Ingalls, paperback, $16.95) at Fiction Addiction. Moze Cheddar has found a diary kept by a Union spy that explains the disappearance of the H.L. Hunley. When a minister who comes to see him about the diary turns up dead and the murderer tries to steal the diary, Cheddar and the minister's son, Russ Berard, must determine who wants the diary badly enough to kill for it.
Wed., November 9th, 12-2pm @ Soby's, $55
, South Carolina historian and host of NPR's "Walter Edgar's Journal", will be celebrating the re-release of South Carolina in the Modern Age
(USC Press, paperback, $24.95, on sale 8/15/11), his four-essay collection covering South Carolina's history from 1891-1991. The $55 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com
or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
(Random House, hardcover, $26.00)
Luce has found welcome solitude outside a small town in the Appalachian Mountains after having a difficult childhood and equally difficult adulthood. When her estranged sister is murdered, she reluctantly takes in her traumatized and mute niece and nephew, whom she likens to "a pair of copperheads amid a field of sweet brown mice." However, the viper in this tale is not a child, but the man who has killed their mother and seeks to silence the only witnesses forever. Along with a gripping plot, there is a quality and richness to Frazier's storytelling that will come as no surprise to those who have read his other works.
- Recommended by Kathleen, store volunteer
(Ballantine, hardcover, $26.00)
I am a fan of books that incorporate enough historical facts to make me wonder, "What if?" Steve Berry does an excellent job of that in The Jefferson Key. The fact that the whole plot takes place in North America adds to the enjoyment and visualization. It's fast paced, has several viable and entertaining sub-plots, and leaves just enough unanswered questions at the end. Any fan of Steve Berry or Dan Brown will thoroughly enjoy this book.
- Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer
Hypothermia by Anraldur Indridason
(Picador, paperback, $15.00)
A haunting mystery solved by the dogged determination of Detective Erlendur, who is himself haunted by the disappearance of his young brother and the dismal mess he has made of his family life. Erlendur is not a typical detective. He truly cares about the victims and wants to find out what made them tick, why they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hypothermia
provides us with another wonderful glimpse of a meticulously developed literary detective.- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
(Roaring Brook, hardcover, $16.99)
Lane Smith (It's a Book) has done it again! Grandpa Green is a magical book reminding us that before our fast-paced world of technology, there were lives lived well, creating memories for future generations. The story is sweetly illustrated through Grandpa Green's hobby, topiary trees. This is a must-have for every picture book library.
- Recommended by Cyndi Clack, store employee and mother of 9
(Scribner, hardcover, $27.00)
Damage control is the main business of a prestigious PR firm whose wealthy clients are politicians, athletes, and celebrities. It makes a great vehicle for Hamilton's thrilling new book, which I hope is the first of a new series. The workings of a PR firm involved in protecting celebrities makes for very interesting possibilities in the murder investigation of a prominent senator's aide. Maggie Silver, who is a very new member of the firm and coincidentally an old school chum of the Senator's daughter, finds herself not really sure exactly how far the PR firm will go to protect its clients. She finds herself having to make tough decisions about where her loyalty lies. I loved the look at how high power PR firms work and I can't wait to see more of Maggie Silver.
- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
(Baen, paperback, $7.99)
I had to re-read the series in anticipation of last year's hardcover release of the newest Miles Vorkosigan novel, the first in 7 years--and now it's in paperback! Miles is such a fantastic character that I named our original store cat after him: Miles Vor-cat-igan (Miles the cat now lives with my mom and is happily enjoying his retirement from the store). Bujold is one of the most beloved authors in the field, winning 4 Hugos and 2 Nebulas, among other awards. - Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
Cemetery Girl by David Bell
(New American Library, paperback, $14.00)
Cemetery Girl is a familiar tale ripped from the headlines and then retold in a very unfamiliar way. It is the story of a 12 year old girl who is kidnapped and believed dead for 4 years. Then she is found alive but definitely not well, at least not emotionally. The story, told entirely from the father's point of view, gives us an intense look at how a tragedy like this will change a family and what a father will do to find out the truth. A psychologically twisted and dark tale that I couldn't stop reading because I had to know the end.
- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
(HarperCollins, hardcover, $16.99)
Liesl's father is dead, Liesl has been locked in the attic by her evil stepmother, and her only friends are a ghost named Po and its ghost-pet Bundle. Meanwhile, Will, the alchemist's assistant, has inadvertently caused a mix-up involving some very powerful magic and the ashes of none other than Liesl's father. A series of coincidences lead Liesl, Po, and Will on a great adventure that your middle-grade reader will love--while picking up some nifty vocabulary, too.
- Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
(Penguin, paperback, $15.00)
Sophie Hannah takes a serious and heartbreaking topic--SIDS vs. Infanticide--and turns it into an intriguing psychological mystery. She approaches the guilt or innocence of the characters from the view point of the family, the police, the news, and the courts. The book is about a murderer and trying to determine who that is but it was also a study of how the innocent can easily be convicted and how the guilty can go free. My mind was changed from one chapter to the next as to whether the three mothers were wrongly accused or if they got away with murder.
- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
(Howard, hardcover, $25.00)
Teresa Helwig and her five sisters grew up with with their charismatic, troubled, and very young mother, Carola. They moved frequently from town to town in the American West. The girls were often separated and left behind with relatives and never knew what their unstable mother would do next. There were good times too, but when her husband was out working on the oil fields, Carola began to fill her time with men she met, leaving Teresa in charge of her siblings. Finally, as the family splintered, Teresa drove Carola to a mental hospital, where at last the mother of five found some peace and order. Upon leaving the hospital, sadly Carola continued in a downward spiral. Though Carola's unhappy life meant Teresa's was marked by hardship and tragedy, Teresa found redemption in writing her mother's story. A Fall 2011 Okra Pick
. Read an excerpt here
(Riverhead, hardcover, $25.95)
Jeanne Darst grew up hearing stories of past grandeur, and the message she internalized was clear: while things might be a bit tight for us right now, it's only temporary. Jeanne's father writes one novel, then another, which don't find publishers. This, combined with her mother's alcoholism, leads to financial disaster and divorce. As an adult, Jeanne is horrified to discover that she is not only a drinker like her mother, but a writer like her father. At first, she embraces both. Until gradually, she realizes that this life has not been thrust on her, she has chosen it--and it's a questionable choice.
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn (Viking, hardcover, $26.95)
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School includes practical, healthy tips that boost readers' culinary self-confidence, strategies to get the most from their grocery dollar, and simple recipes that get readers cooking. An October 2011 Indie Next Pick.
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Blood Feud by Kathleen Sharp
(Dutton, hardcover, $27.95)
Procrit was a miraculous blood booster and one of the first biotech blockbusters. Mark Duxbury was the gung-ho salesman for the new biotech division of Johnson & Johnson. Then came the marketing studies, the off-invoice rebates, doctor payments, and off-label claims. Duxbury tried to stop some of these ruthless programs, but was fired on trumped-up charges. He tried anything to warn the public, but he was thwarted at nearly every turn. When Duxbury got fired, his buddy Dean McClellan tried to distance himself, but as news of Procrit's deadly power started to surface, McClellan agreed help his friend blow the whistle on J&J. When Jan Schlichtmann learned of Duxbury's mission, he gambled on yet another long shot, trying to fight on behalf of every American who overpays for health-care.
In today's fast-food-obsessed, couch-potato culture, two-thirds of all adults and one-third of all children are either overweight or obese, and rates of diabetes and heart disease are soaring. After explaining how we got to this sorry state, Dr. Agatston introduces his Toxic Turnaround. This empowering program provides realistic strategies and tools everyone can use. This book provides a blueprint for all Americans to make positive and sustainable lifestyle changes that will not only improve their own health but that of generations to follow.
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26.99)
From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin's improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog's first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero's legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive. An October 2011 Indie Next Pick. Watch the trailer here, and see photos of Rin Tin Tin here.
(Bloomsbury, paperback, $16.00)
Frank Ritz is a television critic. His partner, Melissa Paul, is the author of pornographic novels for liberated women. It was a life, at least until they started fighting. There's only one thing to do: Frank has to go. But Frank has been in heat more or less continuously since he could speak his own name. Let him out of the house and his first instinct is to go looking for sex. Deviant sex, treacherous sex, even conventional sex, so long as it's immoderate. But what happens when sex is all you know and yet no longer what you want?
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $28.00, on sale 10/11/11)
While writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, Madeleine Hanna finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with Leonard. At the same time, her old "friend" Mitchell resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate. After graduating from college, Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology lab on Cape Cod, but can't escape Leonard's secret. And Mitchell finds himself face-to-face with questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.
(Graywolf, paperback, $15.00)
Echo Canyon is earmarked for development as a golf resort by real estate developer Bobby Fremont. High school English teacher Justin Caves, his sixth-grade son Graham, and Justin's father Paul are taking one last hunting trip in a vanishing wilderness and end up being tracked by a bear. While the boys are away, Justin's wife Karen contemplates an affair with Bobby and deals with being stalked by Iraq war veteran Brian. Over the course of the weekend, each man will change in sharply contrasting ways.
(Picador, paperback, $16.00)
Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, an enviably perfect mother, and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter, she was doing her small part to build a better world. But in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Walter's college best friend and rival still doing in the picture? Most of all, why has Patty, the bright star of Barrier Street become an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes?
(Other, paperback, $15.95, on sale 10/18/11)
Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Set in the Buenos Aires of the 1970s, Sacheri's tale reveals the underpinnings of Argentina's Dirty War and takes on the question of justice--what it means and in whose hands it belongs.
(Knopf, hardcover, $26.95)
Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a luxury high-rise apartment building. Shah offers retired schoolteacher Masterji and his neighbors a generous buyout. They can't believe their good fortune, except for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home. As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday.
(Knopf, hardcover, $24.95)
As Paulo seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. But he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved 500 years before--and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's inevitable challenges.
(Ballantine, paperback, $15.00)
Josie, Riley, and Jeremy have come to Paris for different reasons: Josie in hopes of healing a broken heart; Riley struggling to feel connected to her husband and her new country; and Jeremy accompanying his actress wife on a film shoot yet feeling distant from her world. As they meet with their French tutors to explore the city, each succumbs to unexpected passion and unpredictable adventures. Yet as they traverse Paris, they uncover surprising secrets about one another and come to understand long-buried truths about themselves.
Mystery & Suspense
(Minotaur, hardcover, $25.99)
Rebecca can't wait to sell her inherited roller skating rink and head back to Chicago. But her boyfriend thinks she should stay put. And the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who's been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars. Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the Sheriff's Deputy threatening to arrest her for obstruction and strange, scary men threatening her life. Then cars start exploding, with people in them, and Rebecca's father goes missing. Rebecca must find the pyromaniac car thief and put a stop to him--before he stops her first.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, hardcover, $25.95, on sale 10/18/11)
Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams working to clear out the stragglers from the plague--the ones infected by the plague but who exist only in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz's desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. And then things start to go wrong.
(Drawn & Quarterly, hardcover, $19.95, on sale 10/11/11)
Teen outcast Andy is an orphaned nobody with only one friend. They roam school halls and city streets, invisible to everyone but bullies and tormentors, until the glorious day when Andy takes his first puff on a cigarette. That night he wakes and finds himself suddenly overcome with the peculiar notion that he can do anything. Indeed, he can, and as he learns the extent of his new powers, he discovers a terrible and seductive gadget that forever changes everything. The Death-Ray utilizes the classic staples of the superhero genre--origin, costume, ray gun, sidekick, fight scene--and reconfigures them in a story that is anything but morally simplistic.
Featuring fifty classic nursery rhymes illustrated and interpreted in comics form by fifty of today's preeminent cartoonists and illustrators, this is a groundbreaking new entry in the canon of nursery rhymes treasuries. This is a collection that will put a grin on your face from page one and keep it there. Each rhyme is one to three pages long, and simply paneled and lettered to ensure that the experience is completely accessible for the youngest of readers. Chock full of engaging full-color artwork and favorite characters, it will be treasured by children for years to come.
Children's & Young Adult
(Roaring Brook, hardcover, $15.99)
"'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...except for Bad Kitty." A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through three alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not.
(Random House, hardcover, $17.99)
Thsi book tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his out-of-work father selling Christmas trees in depression-era New York, one of which becomes the first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Henry wishes on the tree for a nice, warm house to replace his family's drafty, one-room shack. Henry's wish is granted, and he plants a pinecone to commemorate the event. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating to Rockefeller Center the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone, and its wood will be used to build a home for a family in need.
(Cartwheel, hardcover, $13.99)
Can You See What I See? Toyland Express, the eighth title in the bestselling search-and-find series, follows the life of a toy train from the workshop to the attic, only to be rescued at a yard sale and brought to life once again in a new home. As readers search for more than 250 hidden objects, they will also notice how the train takes on various transformations along its journey.
Twelve-year-old underachiever Rob's parents give him lots of books, but most of them just end up in the messy pile of junk he keeps locked in his closet. One day, Rob discovers a funny little creature in the closet that seems to be a cross between two characters from books he's tried to ignore. Keeping track of Wonkenstein is hard work, but with help from friends and a little off-the-wall magic, Rob and Wonkenstein's crazy adventures set the stage for great laughs...and Rob might even read some good books along the way.
(Delacorte, hardcover, $17.99)
Although trained thief and skilled liar Goldie Roth desperately wants to be a Keeper of the mysterious Museum of Dunt, she will not leave her sick parents to do so. But when her friend Toadspit's sister is stolen, he and Goldie are forced to follow the child-stealers. After Toadspit is captured, too, Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says is a lie and no one can be trusted. There she discovers some dangerous secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends
(National Geographic, hardcover, $24.95, on sale 10/11/11)
National Geographic completes this book with embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help young readers connect the stories to real life events, people, and places. A family tree and a "cast of characters" profile page help make relationships between the characters clear, and a mapping feature adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter directing readers to more information round out this luminous book.
(Putnam, hardcover, $16.99)
It's 1952, and after moving to London from Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book in order to find him, while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.
After being forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, from a tiny town in England, eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet--a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and a mystery that involves the safety of his entire school. They soon realize that the creatures are after something in our world--something that only human children possess.
The Death Cure by James Dashnell (Delacorte, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 10/11/11)
Wicked says the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Tanglewood, hardcover, $16.95, on sale 10/11/11)
When the little known supervolcano hidden beneath the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park erupts unexpectedly, teenaged Alex is determined to reach his parents, who were visiting relatives while he stayed home alone. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth.
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