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Hervé Tullet in Toronto Wednesday October 8th!

by Dan
Art & Photography + Kids / October 06, 2014

Mix It Up with Herve Tullet

Join Small Print Toronto in conjunction with Chronicle Books, the Avenue Road Arts School and Mabel's Fables on October 8th for a live event for kids with artist Hervé Tullet, the New York Times bestselling author of Press Here and Mix It Up!

Mix It Up! A Live Art Event for Kids 3-7 with Hervé Tullet
October 8 4:00PM - 5:00PM
The Great Hall

1087 Queen Street West
> Toronto, ON M6J 1H3
Tel: 647-341-5526

For FREE tickets go to: www.smallprinttoronto.org


New Releases: Kids and Teen Highlights October 2014

by Dan
Kids + YA Fiction / October 03, 2014

Here's a quick look at a few of our new books available in October:

TEEN

FANTASY

Unraveled 

Crewel World #3

Gennifer Albin

In the breathtaking conclusion to the Crewel World trilogy, the threads of rule and order start to unravel.

Things have changed behind the walls of the Coventry, and new threats lurk in its twisted corridors. When Adelice returns to Arras, she quickly learns that something rotten has taken hold of the world, and now Cormac Patton needs her to help him reestablish order. However, peace comes at a terrible price. As the Guild manipulates the citizens of Arras, Adelice discovers that she's not alone, and she must let go of her past to fight for mankind's future. She will have to choose between an unimaginable alliance and a deadly war that could destroy everyone she loves.

Ages 12-17

Available October 7


The Spiritglass Charade

A Stoker & Holmes Novel

Colleen Gleason

After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic," using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences." It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.

Ages 12+

Available October 7


Redeemed 

A House of Night Novel

P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The final electrifying installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series.

Zoey Redbird is in trouble. Having released the Seer Stone to Aphrodite, and surrendered herself to the Tulsa Police, she has isolated herself from her friends and mentors, determined to face the punishment she deserves—even if that means her body will reject the change, and begin to die. Only the love of those closest to her can save her from the Darkness in her spirit; but a terrible evil has emerged from the shadows, more powerful than ever…

Ages 12-17

Available October 14


Mortal Gods

The Goddess of War #2

Kendare Blake

As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the second Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

Old gods never die…. Or so Athena thought.

As horrific afflictions bring the ancient immortals to their knees, a thoroughly modern Athena and Hermes travel the world searching for answers. What they find is Cassandra, the ordinary girl who can’t remember her extraordinary past life.

This second installment of the series that started with Antigoddess takes the developing war of the gods and goddesses to a whole new level.

Ages 14+

Available October 14


The Accidental Highway Man

Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides

Ben Tripp

The first book of a trilogy, The Accidental Highwayman is a swashbuckling tale of high adventure, otherworldly magic, and true love that you won’t soon forget. Fans of classic fairy-tale fantasies such as Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Princess Bride by William Goldman will find much to love in this irresistible YA debut by Ben Tripp, the son of one of America’s most beloved illustrators, Wallace Tripp (Amelia Bedelia). Following in his father’s footsteps, Ben has woven illustrations throughout the story.

Ages 12-18

Available October 14


COMICS

In Real Life

Cory Doctorow & illustrated by Jen Wang

From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, the story of a girl who gets into gaming—and ends up on a globe-spanning crusade to stop exploitation online.

Anda loves Coarsegold Online. The massively-multiplayer role playing game is a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, and a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer—a poor Chinese kid whose job is to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake...

Ages 12-17

Available October 14


KIDS

Little Humans

Brandon Stanton

Street photographer and storyteller extraordinaire Brandon Stanton is the creator of the wildly popular blog "Humans of New York." He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York. To create Little Humans, he's combined an original narrative with some of his favorite children's photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits. The result is a hip, heartwarming ode to little humans everywhere.

Ages 4-8 

Available October 7


Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

Bob Shea & illustrated by Lane Smith

Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin', hootin' and hollerin', steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem.

Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping. But he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits.

Ages 4-8

Available October 7


Rock & Roll Highway

The Robbie Robertson Story

Sebastian Robertson & illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson is known mainly for his central role in the musical group the Band. But how did he become one of Rolling Stone's top 100 guitarists of all time? Written by his son, Sebastian, this is the story of a rock-and-roll legend's journey through music, beginning when he was taught to play guitar at nine years old on a Native American reservation. Rock and Roll Highway is the story of a young person's passion, drive, and determination to follow his dream.

Ages 6-9

Available October 21


New Releases: Kids and Teen Highlights September 2014

by Dan
Kids + YA Fiction / September 15, 2014

Good grief! It's September already! Back to school! Time to wrap up in a nice scarf, and read books with hot drinks!

Here we are again with another look at a few of our new releases for Kids, Middle Grade, and Teen:

TEEN

FANTASY

Shattered 

Scorched #2

Mari Mancusi

A fiery, action-packed installment in Mari Mancusi's heart-pounding Scorched trilogy

Trinity, Connor, and Caleb are trying to stay under the radar, holed up in an abandoned West Texas farmhouse. Their only problem is Emmy: a baby dragon that's growing like crazy. When Emmy is caught on tape and the video goes viral, they find themselves on the run again. Their only hope comes from an old map leading to a man who has come from the future to help them. But with the government hot on their heels and Caleb's growing addiction to spending time in the Nether world, will they be able to reach him in time? 

Ages 12+

Available Now


HORROR

Party Games

A Fear Street Novel

R. L Stines

R.L. Stine's hugely successful young adult horror series Fear Street is back with the first new book in almost two decades. With more than 80 million copies sold around the world, Fear Street is one of the bestselling young adult series of all time. Now, R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside, a town of nightmares, shadows, and genuine terror, and to the bestselling series that began his career writing horror for the juvenile market, in the new Fear Street book Party Games.

Ages 12-18

Available September 30


CONTEMPORARY

Being Audrey Hepburn

Mitchell Kriegman

Clarissa Explains It All creator Mitchell Kriegman tells the story of a 19-year-old girl who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn's dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Lisbeth comes from a broken home in the land of tube tops, heavy eyeliner, frosted lip-gloss, juiceheads, hoop earrings and “the shore.” 

Obsessed with everything Audrey Hepburn, Lisbeth is transformed when she secretly tries on Audrey’s iconic Givenchy. She becomes who she wants to be by pretending to be somebody she’s not and living among the young and privileged Manhattan elite. Soon she’s faced with choices that she would never imagine making – between who she’s become and who she once was.

Ages 14+

Available Now


COMICS

The Rise of Aurora West

Paul Pope and J. T. Petty; illustrated by David Rubin

The extraordinary world introduced in Paul Pope's Battling Boy is rife with monsters and short on heroes… but in this action-driven extension of the Battling Boy universe, we see it through a new pair of eyes: Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis's last great hero, Haggard West.

A prequel to Battling Boy, The Rise of Aurora West follows the young hero as she seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother's death, and to find her place in a world overrun with supernatural monsters and all-too-human corruption.

Ages 10+

Available September 30


MIDDLE GRADE

Who Built That? Skyscrapers

An Introduction to Skyscrapers and Their Architects

Didier Cornille

Nothing in the built world captures the imagination like the skyscraper. Behind every soaring tower stands a designer with courageous vision and enough engineering know-how to pull off incredible feats of architectural derring-do. Who Built That? Skyscrapers is a colourful tour of the world's tallest buildings and the larger-than-life personalities who built them. Beginning with a brief biographical sketch of each architect, illustrator Didier Cornille imaginatively depicts the construction of eight of the world's most impressive skyscrapers. 

Ages 7-12

Available Now


Draw, Paint and Print Like the Great Artists

Marion Deuchars

In this imaginative new activity book, Marion Deuchars makes learning about art fun. Young readers are introduced to more than thirty great artists, then encouraged to try out the techniques that lie behind their greatest works.

Short and accessible facts about each artist's life and works are followed by creative projects that Marion has devised based on the artist's particular techniques.

Ages 8-12

Available September 23


KIDS

Goodnight Mr Darcy

Kate Coombs & illustrated by Alli Arnold

The adored children's classic Goodnight Moon gets a classic lit makeover in this charming parody of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice novel. All of Austen's much-loved characters are at the Netherfield Ball.

 

Ages 4+ 

Available Now


Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Ron Stucki

The plucky, mischievous toddler Edgar the Raven (Edgar Gets Ready for Bed) is at it again in this spirited story with some important lessons. What will Edgar do when he accidentally breaks a statue sitting on a dresser? Will his sister, Lenore, tattle on him? Will Edgar tell his mother the truth? Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, little lit lovers will delight in this new adventure with characters illustrated in a most "poe-etic" way.

Ages 4+

Available Now


You Are My Baby: Woodland

Lorena Siminovich

A new title in this series of charming and inventive board books! Readers will find a little book nestled inside a bigger one. Turn the pages to match the baby animals to their parents, and learn early concepts along the way. In this new entry to the series, young ones will discover animal habits in the forest.

 

Ages Infant-2

Available September 9


Mix it Up!

Hervé Tullet

Accept Hervé Tullet's irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist's simple instructions, and suddenly colours appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader's imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.

Ages 3-5

Available September 16


Press Here Game

Hervé Tullet

The magic of the New York Times bestseller Press Here is now available in game form! Hervé Tullet has reimagined his groundbreaking book in an entirely new dimension. Players take turns completing color sequences by placing red, blue, and yellow playing pieces on one of twenty-five fabulously designed game boards. What seems like a simple choice is likely to lead to animated discussion as players come to understand the visual logic at the heart of the game. 

Ages 3+

Available September 16


Flora and the Penguin

Molly Idle

Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.

Ages 3-5

Available September 16

 


New Releases: Kids & Teen Highlights August 2014

by Dan
Board Books + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / July 29, 2014

Is it really almost August? Oh my, summer is really flying by! Fortunately we still have lots of great books for you to read before school starts again. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the books we have coming out next month for Kids, Middle Grade, and Teen:

TEEN

CONTEMPORARY

Some Boys

Patty Blount

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

When Grace meets Ian, she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn't be the first to call her a slut and a liar.

Except Ian doesn't reject her. He's the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He's the one who gives her the courage to fight back.

He's also Zac's best friend.

Ages 13-17

Available August 5


A Little Something Different

Sandy Hall

Swoon Reads proudly presents its first novel—an irresistible and original romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints. 

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it.

Ages 12-17

Available August 26


FANTASY

The Island of Excess Love

Francesca Lia Block

Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. When a foreboding ship appears in the harbour across from their home, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. In a trance, they head for the ship, and their new battles begin—battles that will test their love for one another. 

This companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, this time using Virgil’s epic Aeneid as her guide. A powerful and stunning book filled with Francesca Lia Block’s beautiful language and inspiring characters.

Ages 14+

Available August 26


MIDDLE GRADE

The League of Seven

Alan Gratz & illustrated by Brett Helquist

The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz.

Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten-but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

Ages 10-15

Available August 19

"Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener."Kirkus Reviews


KIDS

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A BabyLit Colors Primer

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library.

Frankenstein: A BabyLit Anatomy Primer

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

"Will delight bookish babes of all ages."—Cool Mom Picks

"The simplicity of these books is its genius."—Kid Lit Review

 

 

Ages infant-4

Available Now


Doodle Lit

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

Now kids can celebrate classic literature in doodle form! With Doodle Lit, artists can use their imaginations to complement favorites such as Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, and many more. 

Sprinkled throughout are also designs with perforated edges, perfect for popping out and crafting! Illustrated in the same colourful and playful style as the acclaimed BabyLit board book series. 

Ages 8+

Available August 1


The Bear's Sea Escape

Benjamin Chaud

More adventures await The Bear's Song's Little Bear and Papa Bear. When the bears seek warmth from their chilly perch atop the Paris Opera House, Little Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and whisked away... to a tropical island! Papa Bear sets out on a frenzied journey to find Little Bear, travelling to a bustling wharf, beneath a sea brimming with coral and mermaids, onto a busy beach, and all the way to a sun-drenched island. As in The Bear's Song, Little Bear is featured in every spread. Will Papa Bear—and the reader—find him? Children and parents alike will savor Chaud's lush, detail-rich illustrations and the sweet story as well as the book's bonus seek-and-find elements.

Ages 3-5

Available August 5

"As charming as two bears can be."Kirkus Reviews

"It’s like a wonderfully Gallic cousin to Where’s Waldo?, and don’t think that Chaud doesn’t know it—there’s a familiar-looking fellow in a striped hat and glasses tucked away in a crowded traffic scene"—Publishers Weekly (starre


Flashlight

Lizi Boyd

Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem-like the flashlight beam itself-reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.

Ages 2-6

Available August 12

 

 

"Contemplative children will spend hours on each page, noticing such subtleties as reappearing animals and the slowly rising moon over the course of one night in the forest."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum

Zack Rock

With a nose for adventure and an eye on history, Homer Henry Hudson travels the world for pieces to add to his exhibits at the Curio Museum. Author and illustrator Zack Rock crafts a tale brimming with curiosities, not the least of which is the true identity of the museum's canine caretaker, who, as he reflects on the exotic collection at his paws, becomes inspired to venture out into the unknown once again. 

Ages 6-8

Available August 19


Grumpy Cat is going to Toronto!!!

by Danielle
Events + Humour / July 14, 2014

We're so excited to announce Grumpy Cat is going to Toronto (and four US cities)!

Grumpy Cat to Embark on 5-City Book Tour

International Star and Cat Curmudgeon Brings Wit, Wisdom and Indifference to Her Fans

Grumpy Cat, the feline with the famous frown, will appear in five cities to promote her new book, The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat (August 5th, $15.95, Chronicle Books), the follow-up to New York Times bestseller Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book. Tour stops include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago and Toronto where Grumpy Cat will glower and pose with her fans for photos. Grumpy Cat’s appearances regularly draw thousands of attendees who want to see the world’s grumpiest cat who has become a pop culture luminary. 

The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat is the alternative to feel-good, positive thinking. Rather, Grumpy Cat brings the advice, maxims and observations that have made her the spirit animal for people everywhere. With sections on family, relationships, nature, and even happiness (admittedly, a very short section), success is just a frown away.

Grumpy Cat will appear at the following locations:

Monday, August 4th, 2014, 6pm
Kitson Santa Monica
395 Santa Monica Place, #120, Santa Monica, CA
(310) 260-9170

Tuesday, August 5th, 6pm
Kitson Las Vegas
3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South, #L28, Las Vegas, NV
(702) 836-0925

Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 5pm
Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E. 17th Street, New York City
(212) 253-0810

Friday, August 8th, 2014 7pm
Barnes & Noble Old Orchard
55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie IL
(847) 676-2230

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 3pm
Indigo Eaton Centre
220 Yonge St., Toronto, Canada
(416) 591-3622

About the Author

Grumpy Cat is a small cat with a big frown that became an international sensation. Her first book, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. As a bestselling author and demotivational guru, she has 6 million Facebook fans, over 200,000 Twitter followers, and appeared on a variety of TV shows including American Idol, Good Morning America and the MTV Movie Awards. She lives grumpily in Arizona.


New Releases: Kids + Teen Highlights July 2014

by Dan
Kids + YA Fiction / June 20, 2014

School's nearly out and what better excuse do you need to grab a new book? Here's a look at some of the new books we're particularly excited about...

TEEN

CONTEMPORARY

Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Miranda Kenneally

From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a brand new contemporary YA you won't forget.

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can't escape the guilt that if she hadn't broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honour his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more gruelling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she's at war with her body, her mind-and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted.  

Ages 13-17

Available July 15


FANTASY

Kiss of Deception

Mary E. Pearson

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia's life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn't—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. When two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive, she is unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

Ages 14+

Available July 15

"Pearson (the Jenna Fox Chronicles) is off to an extraordinary start with her fantasy series, the Remnant Chronicles, creating an alluring world and romance that’s ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore and Megan Whalen Turner."Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Kalona's Fall

P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

From warrior and lover to enemy and betrayer, the terrible secrets of Kalona's past are revealed!

With more than 12 million books in print and more than three years on The New York Times bestseller list, the House of Night series is an international publishing sensation. Now, the excitement continues as the Cast mother-daughter duo shares the back stories of a few of the House of Night's most important—and mysterious—characters. In Kalona's Fall, the shadows in Kalona’s past will finally come to light.

Ages 12+

Available July 29


COMICS

The Shadow Hero

Gene Luen Yang & illustrated by Sonny Liew

It's hard to live up to your mom's expectations... especially when she expects you to be a superhero!

Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighbourhood! With artwork by Sonny Liew, this dazzling, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

 

Ages 12+

Available July 15

"Yang further establishes himself as one of YA’s leading voices on the Chinese-American experience by inventing a backstory for a forgotten comic-book character who was arguably the first Asian superhero."Publishers Weekly (starred review)


 

MIDDLE GRADE

Copper Magic

Julia Mary Gibson

Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet Blake’s fractured family? Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, this historical fiction novel comes brilliantly to life.

In Copper Magic, land and waters are alive with memories, intentions, and impulses. Magic alters Violet and brings her gifts—but not always the kind she thinks she needs. First-time author Julia Mary Gibson brings Violet and her community to life in this impressive and assured debut. 

Ages 10-14

Available July 1

"An impressive debut that’s both historical fiction and enchanted realism... Fresh, subtle, daring: well done indeed."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


KIDS

Bad Kitty's Tasty Treats

A Slide and Find ABC

Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty doesn't mean to be bad. Whether she's trying to be a good little kitty and eat her vegetables, or a quiet little kitty and behave, trouble just always find its way to her… Nick Bruel's loveable Bad Kitty gets up to her hilarious antics in this classic Priddy Slide and Find board book.

Ages 2-5

Available July 22


New Releases: Kids + Teen Highlights June 2014

by Dan
Kids + YA Fiction / May 29, 2014

The wait for the final book in the Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy is finally over next month!

Here's a look at Ruin & Rising and some of the other awesome new books for kids, middle grade, and teens available in June!  

TEEN

CONTEMPORARY

The Truth About Alice

Jennifer Mathieu

When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice—and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Ages 12+

 

Available June 3


FANTASY

Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo

The much-anticipated conclusion to the Grisha Trilogy!

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army...

Ages 12+

 

 

 

"Every time readers may think she’s written herself into a corner, Bardugo pulls off a twist that, while surprising, will keep them turning pages furiously."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

Available June 17


 

MIDDLE GRADE

Nightmareland

James Preller & illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Welcome. Have a seat. The wolves will wait. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Nightmareland isn’t just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.

Prepare yourself for the next installment of James Preller’s heart-poundingly scary chapter book series filled with dark and creepy illustrations from acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno. 

Ages 7-10

 

Available June 10


KIDS

Ninja!

Arree Chung & illustrated by Arree Chung

A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear-a true ninja can overcome all challenges.

Ages 4-7

Available June 3


The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

Deborah Diesen & illustrated by Daniel X. Hanna

Turn little pouts into big smiles!

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills.

Ages 2-5

Available June 24


Edda

A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School

Adam Auerbach

Edda is a Valkyrie (an ancient Norse goddess who guides and protects heroes). She lives in a magical land called Asgard, where she has everything she wants. Well... almost everything. Edda wants to find a friend her own age. Edda's wise papa knows of a place where she can make friends: a place on Earth called "school."

 

Ages 4-8

Available June 24


Lainey Lui Interviewing Rainbow Rowell Live at Toronto Public Library Thursday Night

by Crystal
Events + YA Fiction / May 07, 2014

Have you heard the big news? Rainbow Rowell will be in Toronto tomorrow doing an event at the Toronto Public Library Northern District Branch! As if that isn't exciting enough news on it's own, Lainey Lui from Lainey Gossip and The Social fame will be interview Rainbow live on stage! 

Mabel's Fables will be selling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Lainey's new book Listen To The Squawking Chicken. 

Get there early, we're expecting a packed house. We can't wait to see these two reunited again!


New Releases: Kids & Teen Highlights May 2014

by Dan
April 14, 2014

With May only a few weeks away, here's a look at some of the exciting new books for kids, middle grade, and teens we have coming out next month!  

TEEN

A Girl Called Fearless

Catherine Linka

Set in an altered—yet terrifyingly familiar—present-day, A Girl Called Fearless is a riveting debut about a teen girl who must decide whether to submit to a forced marriage... or run for freedom. Romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real, it's about fighting for the most important things in life—freedom and love.

Ages 13-18

Available May 6

 

 

"A deftly plotted portrait of the evolution of a teenage girl into a dystopian heroine."Kirkus Reviews


Boys Like You

Juliana Stone

For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart, leaving her feeling empty and broken. Nathan Everets knows heartache first hand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma.

Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt-looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.

Ages 13-17

Available May 6


Empower

Jessica Shirvington

It's all come down to this.

The final battle between Angels and Exiles is about to begin in this stunning conclusion to the must-read series Entertainment Weekly calls "addictive."

Two years ago, Violet Eden walked away from her home, her friends, the Academy, and hardest of all, she walked away from her soul mate, Lincoln.

But it's time to stop running. She is all that stands between the forces of good and evil… 

Ages 14-17

Available May 6


The Falconer

Elizabeth May

Debutante by day. Murderess by night. Edinburgh's only hope.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

Ages 12+

Available May 6

 

 

 
 

"fans of Gail Carriger’s work in particular should enjoy the combination of steampunk tech and supernatural danger with a multitalented heroine who can hold her against murderous faeries and romantic foils alike."Publishers Weekly


Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders

Geoff Herbach

It's geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages!

From the author of Stupid FastNothing Special, and I'm With Stupid, of comes a brand-new cast of quirky characters, pitting fat boy Gabe against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school's soda machine. 

Ages 12-17

Available May 15


MIDDLE GRADE

The Meaning of Maggie

Megan Jean Sovern

Maggie Mayfield has decided to write a memoir of the past year of her life. And what a banner year it's been! She's been Student of the Month on a regular basis, an official shareholder of Coca-Cola stock, and defending Science Fair champion. Most importantly though, this is the year Maggie has to pull up her bootstraps and finally learn why her dad is in a wheelchair, no matter how scary that is.

Ages 8-12

Available April 1

 


The Return of Zita the Spacegirl 

Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers.

Ages 8-12

Available May 13

 

 

 

 

"Hatke’s storytelling and worldbuilding are top-notch, ebulliently juxtaposed against vibrantly expressive art. The end to this trilogy crystallizes (pun intended) beautifully, adroitly weaving together the threads from its predecessors. Fans of the series: Don’t miss this."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Jessie Elliot is a Big Chicken 

Elise Gravel

In the fall, Jessie Elliot is going to Hochelaga High—where the cool kids smoke, have piercings, and make out in abandoned parking lots. Jessie wants to be cool, but it’s way more fun being uncool. That’s why this summer she’s going to get a high score in Tetris, draw her Super Pickle comics, and read weird books at her best friend Julie’s cottage. But when Julie is suddenly BFFs with one of the cool girls, Jessie wonders what will happen to her perfectly nerdy and fun-filled summer. 

 

Ages 8-12

Available April 8


I Kill the Mockingbird

Paul Acampora

Three friends try to entice their entire town to read To Kill A Mockingbird through very questionable means in this hilarious middle-grade novel—perfect for fans of Andrew Clements. 

Ages 10-14

Available May 20

 

 

 

 

"The spot-on dialogue combines with the irresistible appeal of young teenagers enthusiastically pursuing bad ideas for a fast, page-flipping read."Kirkus Reviews

"This strong novel stands on its own as a testament to the power of reverse psychology, but will resonate with fans of the original Mockingbird and maybe inspire a few to check it out."Publishers Weekly

"I'm a fan and I think kids will like it as well. Straight up middle school fare. Get it where you can."—Betsy Bird, School Library Journal


KIDS

Planet Kindergarten

Sue Ganz-Schmitt & illustrated by Shane Prigmore

This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!

Ages 3-5

Available May 20


Schoolies: The Field Trip

Ellen Crimi-Trent and Roger Priddy

A new additions to the Schoolies Storybooks range, exploring children's key first experiences.

Young readers will love to join the Schoolies as they enjoy their first school trip.

 

Ages 3-6

Available May 27


On the Politics of Love: Why you should read Going Over

by Megan
April 01, 2014

It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn't the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyond his control stand in his way?

What would you do to be with the one you love? Sidle up to them in the cafeteria lunch line and pretend to drop your bologna on his shoe? Buy her a rose? Flash mob at prom? Or the tried and true (this is totally my move) awkward shoulder poke and mumbled “Hey, what’s up?”

Or would you lace up your combat boots and hurtle across the Berlin Wall in Cold War Germany? Don’t worry – that machine-gun fire in the distance *probably* isn’t destined for you.

From the get-go, the stakes in this novel are high. Ada and Stefan are trapped in a situation that would put Romeo and Juliet to shame, divided by a cruel geopolitical landscape that brokers no exceptions for love. Their lives are separated by the wall, and each lives with their respective family, a family that leaving once would mean leaving forever.

The characters are real and pull you in. Ada in particular is not your typical romantic heroine – she is feisty, fierce, and protective of the people she loves. She’s the kind of person I want to meet and listen to Sex Pistols albums with on loop.

I can’t recommend this book enough. The prose is gorgeous: poetic and engaging, challenging and lovely. As someone who was barely alive at the time this book takes place, it also gave context to a time and place that is more than a little foreign to me. We all know the textbook-regurgitated details and the politician-shouted rhetoric of the Cold War, but what was this time like for the people who lived through it every day? What was it like to be a teenager, full of passion and impulse, in the midst of so many stifling influences?

Author Beth Kephart plunges into these issues of division and challenges the reader to think of the walls, both real and imaginary, that we inflict on ourselves and each other (for further reading, check out this fabulous editorial by Kephart on “A World Without Walls”).

Go get this book, read it, dry your eyes when the inevitable tears come, then read it some more. And check out the oh-so-excellent 80s playlist Chronicle has put together for the book over at rdio.com: http://www.rdio.com/people/ChronicleBooks/playlists/8372834/Going_Over/?apSource=p8372834.


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