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July 2011

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Summer Reading Books are in!!


If your school has a summer reading list, chances are you can find your books here.  We have stocked many of the area school summer reading books from Sandwich schools to the Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans to Tabor Academy in Marion and many schools in between.  The required book for Sandwich High School, My Family and Other Animals, is available at 20% off.

 Even if you're not from this area, chances are you will find something to satisfy a required reading list.  If it's not in stock, we can usually have the book in a few days.  Our staff is great at helping to match children with their interests, too, so if you aren't sure which book to choose, please ask us!


Titcomb's Bookshop Soap!  

Bookseller Kathleen Kaczor's quote, "Books...as cultured as cleanliness...as necessary as soap" is featured on each Titcomb's Bookshop soap

 When you visit the bookshop, we want you to leave with the perfect book or gift, the perfect card, and the perfect experience.  Good products are important to us here. So we are willing to put our name on only those items that we feel reflect our standards and make us "feel good." We are delighted that Summerhouse Soaps (handmade by those wonderful women in a 200 year-old barn in Barnstable village) has designed a private-label "Titcomb's Lavender Soap". Wrapped in the same craft paper we use to wrap our old books, this all-natural bar, which retails for $6.99, features our beloved statue and smells wonderful.  Now, you can leave our shop with the perfect Titcomb's memento.  


The Widow's War Tour of Satucket Village in Brewster


The Brewster Historical Society is conducting tours of Brewster as described in Sally Gunning's novel, The Widow's War. The three hour narrated bus tours will be on July 12th, August 10th, and September 14th and include refreshments at Hopkins House Bakery and a signing with the author, Sally Gunning. For more information or to make a reservation call 508-896-9521. Reservations required, tour is $23/person.


Wanna Pump a Pumponator???


Aside from a sunny afternoon at a Cape Cod beach, the Pumponator is the definitive outdoor summer activity for all ages. This cleverly designed bottle fills biodegradable balloons (included) with either air or water.  Everything you need for a summer balloon fight with visiting cousins and friends! Retails for $19.99


lexi glenn

Lexi Glenen, inventor of the Pumponator! Read more about how she came up with the idea here.


flag in beach Summer on Cape Cod!  Could anything be nicer?  People are happy.... The shop is bustling.....  There's an energy all around us that is fueled with warm summer breezes,  barbecue, homemade ice cream, suntan lotion, miniature golf  - and good books.   Old friends stop by, including some of you who are only able to visit once a year on vacation.  

We've even been spiffing up the shop a bit.  We now have a flagpole in front of the shop and our statue is back and

knitting ladies
Our knitting club enjoys the warm weather!

looking better than ever.  The shelves are stocked with some fantastic books and we've got a wonderful group of authors visiting the bookshop this summer.  Come on over and meet some of them.  It's always interesting to hear the stories behind their books!  (And we almost always serve food!)


One of the joys of the summer is taking time to read a good book, especially if you're sitting on a porch or out on the beach. Mysteries, adventures, sports, current events, love stories and more great good reads are here, both new and used, for adults and children of all ages.


And speaking of the beach, Shuchi, who edits this newsletter, has been spending time this month on the beach in Puerto Rico - on her honeymoon!!  And she's spending some of her time working on this newsletter! (How many people do you know who would work on a newsletter on their honeymoon??!!!  That's dedication!)  We're dying to see her wedding pictures, so she's promised to share some with us next month. Heartfelt congratulations to Shuchi and her new husband, JB! 


Summer Bridge Activities for Pre-K to Grade 8


Summer learning is so important and Summer Bridge Activity Books can help!!  Teachers agree that it makes a big difference when children keep reading and reinforcing skills through the summer.  We love these books!  They are aligned with basic academic standards in most subjects, including reading, math, social studies, science, fitness, handwriting and more.  They are divided into 3 sections and come with activities for each day.  There are flashcards, stickers, summer reading lists and now there's even a site online with games and activities.  $14.95






 Great New Cape & Islands Books


Cape Cod's Oldest Shipwreck: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk by Mark Wilkins ($19.99) In 1626-27, the Sparrow-Hawk began her final journey across the brutal winter waves of the Atlantic from England to America.  As cases of scurvy and whispers of mutiny rose, the hopes of those aboard the small vessel began to fade. The ship ran aground on Cape Cod and after a failed attempt to repair the ship, the passengers took up residence in Plymouth Colony.  Revealed by the tides over 200 years later, the wreckage was pillaged by local scavengers and put on display in Boston. 

best easy day hikeBest Easy Day Hikes Cape Cod and the Islands by Pam VanDrimlen ($9.95) Here's a great new and up to date guide - and a wonderful inspiration to get outside and walk!!  The book includes quick descriptions and detailed maps for 23 hikes on the Cape, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.  Pam VanDrimlen has lived, hiked, kayaked and biked on Cape Cod for 21 years.  

great sperm whaleGreat Sperm Whale by Richard Ellis 

($34.95) We are very excited to see that Richard Ellis, who has been called "America's foremost writer on marine research," has just written a study of the sperm whale from prehistoric times through its current endangered status.  Written with Ellis's deep knowledge of the sea and with his trademark passion, verve and wit, the book covers the whale's evolution, ecology, biology, anatomy, behavior, social organization, intelligence, communications, migrations, diet (including clashes with the giant squid!) and breeding.  Ellis also covers the history of the whaling industry and Melville's Moby Dick.  Fascinating and pertinent reading for anyone interested in Cape Cod history and the sea! 

wampanoag tribeThe Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition by Thomas Dresser ($19.99)The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah are an indigenous people on Martha's Vineyard whose history on the island goes back 10,000 years.  The tribe weathered colonization by missionaries in the 1600s, then endured two centuries of domination, only to have their land taken in 1870. However, over the past 140 years, the Wampanoag Tribe, which still lives in its ancestral home of Aquinnah, has shown endurance and fortitude as it continues to practice traditional crafts and its tribal heritage. Thomas Dresser captures the spirit of the tribe, tracing its survival through to recognition by the federal government in 1987, nearly twenty-five years ago. Brief interviews with elders and current tribal members offer insight into the tribe's remarkable history.   

Upcoming Events


screamsBook Signing with Randall Peffer, author of Screams & Whispers

Wednesday, July 6th, 4pm-5pm

Join the author of the Cape Islands Mystery series as we celebrate his newest book, Screams & Whispers ($15.95 pbk). The novel features Michael DeCastro, big hearted Cape Cod commercial fisherman and former attorney, who ventures to Saigon with his father, a Vietnam War veteran, to come to the aid of a past client and  love interest.  Peffer is the author of 9 other novels, including Old School Bones and hundreds of features for travel magazines such as National Geographic and Smithsonian.  The son of a career naval officer and a working mariner on traditional sailing vessels since the age of 20, Randy brings an intimate knowledge of the naval life and windships to his writing.

heat waveBook Talk and Signing with Nancy Thayer, author of Heat Wave
Thursday, July 7th, 4pm-5pm  

Start your summer reading off with Heat Wave ($25.00; our price $20.00), a new novel set on Nantucket by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer. Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her husband's death, make the discovery that her family finances are in dire straits.  In order to keep herself and her two daughters in their beloved historic house, she transforms it into a bed and breakfast inn.  Nancy Thayer is the author of over 20 novels, including The Hot Flash Club, Summer House and Beachcombers.  She has lived on Nantucket year round for 26 years.  Light refreshments will be served - beach-themed of course! 



maine summers cookbookBook Talk and Signing with Linda Greenlaw and Martha Greenlaw, Authors of The Maine Summers Cookbook: Recipes for Delicious, Sun-Filled Days  

Saturday, July 9th, 4:30pm

at Sandwich Town Hall (sponsored with Sandwich Reads Together)   

Please join us for a wonderful gathering to celebrate the Greenlaws' beautiful new cookbook The Maine Summers Cookbook ($30.00) and the paperback release of Linda's memoir Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea ($15.00).


In The Maine Summers Cookbook, Linda and Martha share their favorite recipes, from the tried and true family heirlooms to delicious twists on local New England cuisine all tailored for the home cook and perfect for Cape Cod summers, too!  90 gorgeous four-color photographs and delightful essays chock-full of Linda's salty wit and Martha's kitchen wisdom round out this lavish feast, making The Maine Summers Cookbook an irresistible treat for everyone with a zest for good food and good living-any time of year.


Linda Greenlaw is America's only female swordfishing captain and author of three New York Times bestselling books about being a commercial fisherman: The Hungry Ocean, The Lobster Chronicles, and All Fish are Liars.  She was one of four swordfish captains featured on the Discovery Channel television show, Swords.  Linda's newest book, Seaworthy, is a memoir about returning to sword fishing after a 10 year hiatus.


There will be a tasting of some of the recipes from the cookbook, too!  Admission $2 at the door; advance tickets also available at the Sandwich Public Library and Titcomb's Bookshop.


a cape cod notebook

Nature Writers Robert Finch and David Gessner

my green manifesto

Sunday, July 10th, 4pm-5pm

Two award-winning Cape Cod nature writers are coming to the bookshop! Robert Finch will sign his new book, A Cape Cod Notebook ($14.95), a collection of his eloquent and informative NPR radio nature commentaries. You've heard him on the radio, now you can meet him in person! David Gessner will sign his My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism.  With a leaky canoe, a broken cell phone, a cooler of beer, a great sense of humor and the environmental planner Dan Driscoll in tow, Gessner grapples with the stereotype of the environmentalist as an overzealous, puritanical mess. Gessner is the author of 8 books on nature and the environment, including  Return of the Osprey, which was chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year.  ($15.00)   


Both authors will offer a short talk before the signing.



knittingKnitting Club
Monday, July 11th, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Bring a project you're working on and join a group of like-minded people.  Share knitting tips and get great advice, too!  All skill levels welcome. No registration needed. 




the passageBook Talk and Signing with Justin Cronin, author of The Passage
Tuesday, July 12th, 7:00pm

at Sandwich Town Hall (sponsored with Sandwich Public Library)

Justin Cronin, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Passage, will talk about his book, which was named one of the 10 Best Novels of the Year in 2010 by TIME Magazine. 


The Passage is an epic tale of love and loyalty, friendship and sacrifice set against a world devastated by a horrific virus.  It is also the story of Amy-abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.  ($16.00 paperback). 


the glass castleMen's Book Club - The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls 

Thursday, July 14th, 9:30am

In the tradition of Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Rick Bragg's All Over But the Shouting, Jeanette Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family. The Glass Castle, $15.00 (our price: $12.00 for this month)  




missing on superstition mountainElise Broach, children's author of Missing on Superstition Mountain, talks about Writing Mysteries
Thursday, July 14th 4pm-5pm at Sandwich Public Library
Missing on Superstition Mountain ($15.99) is based on the real story of an Arizona mountain infamous for mysterious deaths and a legendary gold mine.  The first of a trilogy, it features three brothers who move to Arizona and discover some of the mountain's secrets.  Ms. Broach will show photos of the real Superstition Mountain and its surroundings.  She will also talk with children about how they can write mysteries, too.  She's an amazing author and really nice person.  We hope you can come!  Elise's other books include Shakespeare's Secret and Masterpiece, as well as numerous picture books for younger children.  She attended Yale University, where she received a Master's Degree in American History.   Light refreshments.  Ages 8-13.  



Saturday, July 16th 11am-4pm

Sandwich Center (Titcomb's booth is on Jarves Street) 

cliffordSandwichFest is a glorious celebration of our town and its wonderful restaurants!  The day includes live entertainment, a street fair, games and activities, a pet contest and the very popular Best Sandwich in Sandwich contest. Tickets for a 50/50 raffle will be sold and the winner announced at 3:45 (a past winner won $10,000!).   Come on down to the center of Sandwich and enjoy this great day!

Titcomb's will be at the street fair with an assortment of great books and toys, as well as several authors - and Clifford the Big Red Dog!   Clifford will be appearing throughout the day.

SUDOKUGeorge Heineman, author of Sudoku on the Half-Shell: 150 Addictive Sujiken Puzzles will be at our booth from 12-2 pm.  Come meet Dr. Heineman and learn all about this great  new way to play sudoku! In this version, the rows, columns, outlined boxes, and every diagonal contain no repeated numbers. Lots of fun!  $7.95 



great escapesBarbara Gleason, author of a beautiful new children's picture book, Great esCAPEs, will be at our booth from 2-3pm  The book shows wonderful things to do and explore in all the towns of Cape Cod.  It's told in rhyme and beautifully illustrated by Jenny Kelley.  Barbara is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Barnstable High School and an underlying message of the book is to get children and their families or friends to practice healthy habits such as exercise, relieving stress and eating healthy.  $9.99


Elaine Tammi, co-author of Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook, will be one of the judges of the Best Sandwich in Sandwich contest.  We'll bring her beautiful cookbooks to our booth and she will sign them for you during the judging and immediately after it's over at our booth.



the delta solutionSigning with Patrick Robinson, author of The Delta Solution

Sunday, July 17th, 4pm-5pm

Author Patrick Robinson will be at the shop to sign his new novel, The Delta Solution.


The Delta Solution ($25.99; our price: $20.79) is an action-packed novel featuring Mack Bedford, previously featured in Diamondhead and Intercept. Mack is deployed to SEAL Team 10 to form the Delta Platoon. Their job is to deal with the Somali pirates operating off the southerly reaches of the lawless East African republic on the Indian Ocean. Patrick is the author of over twenty books, including the bestseller Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.



the season of second chancesBook Club - The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier 

Tuesday, July 19th, 7:00pm  

Author Diane Meier will join us at book club via phone to discuss The Season of Second Chances. 


In The Season of Second Chances ($14.99; this month $11.99), a world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that's going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home, in this story that illustrates how coming-of-age can happen at any age. 



cape cod noirAn Evening of Cape Cod Noir with David Ulin
Wednesday, July 20th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
David Ulin is a book critic at the Los Angeles Times and has been vacationing on Cape Cod every summer since he was a boy. He is the editor Cape Cod Noir ($15.95), a collection of stories, and will be at the shop to discuss the book with contributors William Hastings and Dana Cameron.




game of secretsBook Talk and Signing with Dawn Tripp, Author of Game of Secrets
Friday, July 22nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Dawn Tripp, acclaimed author of Moon Tide and The Season of Open Water, will be at the shop to discuss her latest novel, Game of Secrets.


In 1957, Jane Weld was eleven years old when her father, Luce, disappeared. Rumors sprang up that he had been murdered by the jealous husband of his mistress, Ada Varick. Now, half a century later, Jane is still searching for the truth of her father's death, a mystery made more urgent by the unexpected romance that her willful daughter, Marne, has struck up with one of Ada's sons. As the love affair intensifies, Jane and Ada meet for their weekly Friday game of Scrabble, a pastime that soon transforms into a cat-and-mouse game of words long left unspoken, and dark secrets best left untold.  

(Game of Secrets $25.00, our price $20.00) 



scallops cookbookBook Talk and Signing with Elaine Tammi and Karin Tammi, authors of Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook
Sunday, July 31st, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Scallop foodies Elaine and Karin A. Tammi, a mother/daughter team, have written a book about the scallop fishery that weaves together some of the best recipes in New England with interviews from Nantucket bay scallop fishermen, marine scientists, world-renowned chefs, shuckers, and sea scallopers. Designed to help the busy cook, these tantalizing recipes are accompanied by easy-to-identify headings indicating which meals can be prepared in thirty minutes or less and marking those containing six or fewer ingredients. A thoroughly researched resource on all aspects of this delectable mollusk, Scallops ($39.95) also includes shellfish lore and information about keeping scallop harvesting sustainable. 

 Staff Picks

Adult Fiction

state of wonderFrom Karen: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett ($26.99; our price $21.59) Bestselling author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto) has crafted a dark and mysterious novel that takes place in the Amazon jungle. Dr. Marina Singh is a pharmaceutical researcher who is sent to the Amazon Basin to find out why her research partner never returned from his investigative trip to track down the elusive Dr. Annick Swenson, Marina's former mentor. Dr. Swenson has been working on a secret drug (financed by the pharmaceutical company) for years, and the company is getting impatient. She's living amongst a remote native tribe. Marina's trip to the Amazon is full of physical as well as moral risks and revelations about all her relationships, past and present. An absorbing novel of beauty and darkness set deep in the Amazon wilderness.


robopocalypseFrom Vicky: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson ($25.00; our price: $20.00) I'm not a big science fiction fan, but I heard such great reviews about this book that I had to read it!!  It is a thrilling page-turner about a war between mankind and robots.  The book is told through narratives recorded by various people around the world who are caught up in the battle, so we see and feel the events and the horror through their eyes.   The war is orchestrated by a very powerful computer known as Archos.  Hidden away in a protected  cavern, Archos takes control of a worldwide network of computer run machines -  from cars to utilities to appliances and toys, and the devastation is incredible.  Gruesome.  The author has his doctorate in Robotic at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, which makes the story premise and details even more believable.  Oh, dear, my refrigerator started humming.....    I'd better stop now! (By the way, Steven Spielberg is already working on a movie based on this book!)


memory wallFrom Elizabeth: Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr ($14.00) I was a huge fan of Doerr's Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World and welcomed another offering from this talented author.  This remarkable collection of six stories set on four continents all concern memory.  The title story is about a woman from South Africa near the end of her life and her attempts to "harvest" her memories.  Another story is set in a remote Chinese village where inhabitants are being forced to relocate because of the building of a large dam.  The final story is about a woman who survived the Holocaust and now lives in suburban Cleveland.  These beautifully crafted stories touch on birth, death, survival and the importance of our memories which act as the glue that ties our lives together.


She Walks In Beauty

From Edye: She Walks In Beauty by Caroline Kennedy ($24.99)  Our April newsletter noted the publication of this selection of poetry, but I wanted to share again how captivating is this beautiful volume. Kennedy has crafted a treasure in this collection of poetry that traces the arc of women's lives.  From love, to motherhood, to work, to aging, the poems address our shared experiences as American women.  I feel we all owe Ms Kennedy our thanks for editing books that make poetry so accessible for all ages.  This book makes a lovely gift for recent graduates, sisters, friends and mothers.


Children's & Young Adult

From Elizabeth: The Disappearing Island by Corinne Demas ($14.95) There is always reason to celebrate when a favorite book that has gone out of print returns.  Hooray for author Corinne Demas and illustrator Ted Lewin who collaborated on bringing back this charming Cape Cod story of Carrie and her grandmother, who take a boat trip to Billingsgate Island for a ninth birthday celebration.  This island off the coast of Wellfleet Harbor was once a prosperous fishing community.  Now only a sand bar that appears at low tide remains.  Listening to her grandmother's stories and finding treasures on the beach, Carrie can imagine what life was like on Billingsgate during the late 1800's.  This should be a must for every collection of Cape Cod stories to share with children.  


From Vicky: The Lighthouse Santa by Sara Hoagland Hunter ($17.95)  It might seem strange to feature a Christmas book in July, but this brand new picture book based on a true story is so special it must be included - it's a great Cape Cod story for any time of year! For almost 50 years beginning in 1936, author and historian Edward Rowe Snow flew in an airplane from lighthouse to lighthouse at Christmas time to bring presents to the children of the lighthouse keepers. This is the story of one little girl living at Great Point Lighthouse on Nantucket during a stormy Christmas Eve.  Will the Lighthouse Santa be able to make it through hurricane winds and blinding snow? Beautifully illustrated by Julia Miner.


candymakersFrom Vicky: The Candymakers by Wendy Mass ($16.99) Four children have been chosen to compete in a national candymakers contest. Who will invent the winning candy? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship and lots of great facts about candymaking.  I loved how each child's life and personal struggles are slowly revealed as we get to know each one.   

New and Recommended  

Adult Nonfiction

there are thingsThere Are Things I Want You to Know about Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva Gabrielsson ($23.95) Here is the real inside story--not the one about the Stieg Larsson "phenomenon," but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person in the world knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Her name is Eva Gabrielsson.



forbidden lessonsForbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan by Suaraya Sadeed and Damien Lewis ($24.99) Set amidst some of the most inhospitable conditions in war-torn, Taliban-seized Afghanistan, Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse is an adventure story with heart that tells Sadeed's inspiring fight to bring aid, education, and peace training to Afghan citizens. 



the man in the rockefellerThe Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal ($26.95) The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story. The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is a probing and cinematic exploration of an audacious imposter--and a man determined to live the American dream by any means necessary.   




on chinaOn China by Henry Kissinger ($36.00) An eminent historian and strategist reflects on how China's past illuminates its 21st-century trajectory, drawing on 40 years of intimate acquaintance with the country and its leaders.





Adult Fiction

against all enemiesAgainst All Enemies by Tom Clancy ($28.95; our price: ---) A terrorist bombing in Pakistan wipes out Max Moore's entire CIA team. As the only survivor, the former Navy SEAL plunges deeper into the treacherous tribal lands to find the terrorist cell, but what he discovers there leads him to a much darker conspiracy in an unexpected part of the globe - the US/Mexico border. 




silver girlSilver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand ($26.99; our price: $21.59) Looking for a great summer beach read?  Silver Girl is a story of friendship, love and forgiveness set on the beautiful island of Nantucket.  After her husband, Freddy, cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars and ended up in jail, Meredith lost everything - her friends, her homes, her social standing .  Desperate and facing homelessness, she connects with her old best friend, Connie, now a widow, and the two end up spending the summer at Connie's summer house on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike.  Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.  


the bellsThe Bells by Richard Harvell ($14.00, pbk) A staff pick, we're pleased this title is out in paperback! Dazzling, enchanting, and epic, The Bells is the confession of a thief, kidnapper, and unlikely lover--a boy with the voice of an angel whose exquisite sense of hearing becomes both his life's tragic curse and its greatest blessing.





solitude of primeThe Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano ($15.00, pbk) A prime number can only be divided by itself or by one--it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, both primes, recognize in each other a kindred spirit. When a chance occurrence reunites them after years apart, a lifetime of concealed emotions is forced to the surface.  





Children's and Young Adult

dinotrainAll Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund and illustrated by Howard Fine ($7.99)  Dinosaurs on trains!  What could be better!  Beautifully illustrated and told in rhyme, this new board book is sure to please.  Ages 3-6






middle schoolMiddle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts ($15.99) With his best friend awarding him points, Rafe Khatchadorian tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.



divergentDivergent by Veronica Roth ($17.99) In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.  Fabulous read, this is the first in a trilogy. Young Adult