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NEW RELEASE: The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters #YA #teenlit

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Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

Several of Poe’s most well-known works enhance the narrative, complemented by the author’s own finely crafted writing that flows with gorgeous, Poe-inspired phrases . . . A labor of literary love that will appeal to fans of Gothic horror and anyone who has ever had to assuage a determined muse.
— Kirkus Reviews
A captivating and intensively researched tribute to the famous poet and his gothic muse.
— A. G. Howard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stain and the Splintered series
Brooding, macabre, romantic, and surprisingly whimsical . . . A must-read for Poe fans, and Poe newcomers alike.
— Kendare Blake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
A darkly delicious tale that’s sure to haunt readers forevermore.
— Kerri Maniscalco, #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

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Check out the electrifying new cover for GUINNESS WORLD RECORD 2020! @GWR #guinnessworldrecords

Guinness World Records 2020

Guinness World Records 2020 will be the 66th installment of the record-breaking annual. The new edition will be available in bookstores later this year!

Read more at gwr.com.

For now, you can pick up a copy of GWR’s other fantastic titles including Wild Things, Science & Stuff , Amazing Animals as well as Guinness World Records 2019 and Gamer's Edition 2019.

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At Guinness World Records we want to show that everyone in the world is the best at something, and we're here to measure it!


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Keto Cooking With Your Instant Pot: RECIPES FOR FAST AND FLAVORFUL Ketogenic Meals! #keto #ketodiet #lowcarb

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Two major sellers unite in this exciting book of Keto recipes for the Instant Pot in the tradition of the Page Street bestseller, Paleo Cooking with Your Instant Pot.Sales PointsKaren Lee uses the amazingly popular Instant Pot to create easy Keto dishes that are both exciting and healthy. The low carb, high fat Keto diet, has been adopted by many for touted successes for losing weight and other health benefits. This book is right in line with two of the biggest current food trends. It caters to both Keto followers and Instant Pot fans, offering a wide range of choices.The Instant Pot is the perfect appliance for those who are new to the trendy but complicated Keto diet, as well those looking to mix up their diet with fast, fresh Keto recipes. This book is full of soups, stews and fun, protein-packed dishes like Buffalo Chicken Wings and Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce. Readers will find versatile options with the correct ratios of fat, carbs and protein for any occasion, whether they're craving sweets like Strawberry Cheesecake or lighter fare, like Coconut Curry Shrimp. With Umami Stir-Fry Sauce in the fridge, a flavorful meal is always close at hand. No matter how busy your schedule, Karen's creative Instant Pot solutions make the Keto diet easy to enjoy.This book will have 75 recipes and 75 photos.

This is an amazing collection of dishes for the low-carb lifestyle. With detailed instructions for each recipe, even a beginner can master pressure cooking with ease. If you’ve been wondering how to use your Instant Pot® while eating Keto, wonder no more!
— Lisa MarcAurele, creator of Low Carb Yum

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NEW RELEASE: Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes by Bridget Moynahan and Amanda Benchley

 
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Ask any woman about her favorite pair of shoes, and you’re sure to get an answer that goes beyond their material design. In Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes, actress Bridget Moynahan and journalist Amanda Benchley ask 40 accomplished women to recount the memories behind their most meaningful pair of shoes. This collection features stories from icons like Bobbi Brown, Danica Patrick, and Misty Copeland to intrepid reporters like Christiane Amanpour and Katie Couric to creative forces like Rupi Kaur, Maya Lin, and Gretchen Rubin. Beautifully illustrated with a portrait of each woman and her chosen shoes, the stories explore what most women already know: that what we wear can have power and significance beyond merely clothing our bodies. 

 

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L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists Announced! @latimes #booknews

Congratulations to the following authors nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes! Our nominated authors this year include Megan Abbott (Give Me Your Hand), Kent Anderson (Green Sun), Beth Macy (Dopesick), Kelly Loy Gilbert (Picture Us in the Light), and Emily X.R. Pan (Astonishing Color of After). The winners will be announced on April 12th.

MYSTERY/THRILLER

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

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Book Spotlight: The Mood Book: Crystals, Oils, and Rituals to Elevate Your Spirit #crystals #mindfulnessmonday

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Manage your moods and change negatives into positives with this ritual-based guide to essential oils, meditations, mantras, crystal healing, and more.

How are you feeling? The Mood Book wants to know! Organized into easy-to-follow sections based on your frame of mind, it contains powerful self-care treatments for elevating your spirits. Inside, you’ll uncover suggestions for anxiety-relieving baths, essential oils, and crystals; guided meditations to find your Zen; physical exercises to boost your confidence; aromatherapy to enhance romance, and flowers for healing. Sequenced around five different moods, this delightfully illustrated book also includes quizzes and advice on optimizing your life and environment.

Crystals are a fun and unique way to help direct and influence that energy towards greater health when used with the right intention.
— Amy Leigh Mercree | O, The Oprah Magazine

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Malcolm @Gladwell's new book, TALKING TO STRANGERS to be published by @littlebrown September 2019. #malcomgladwell #booknews

BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND REVISIONIST HISTORY HOST

MALCOLM GLADWELL’S NEXT BOOK, TALKING TO STRANGERS,

TO BE PUBLISHED BY LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY IN FALL 2019

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We’re thrilled to announce that Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Talking to Strangers (Little, Brown) will be released in September 2019!

Talking to Strangers is Gladwell’s first book since his #1 bestseller David and Goliath was published five years ago, and after the launch of his enormously popular podcast, Revisionist History, entering its fourth season later this year. Gladwell’s new book offers an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go wrong.

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, he argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

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New Picture Book Releases from @SterlingPublishing! #childrensbooks

9781454921202 | $16.95 | Hardcover

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Laugh along as a story about a tree in the forest comes full circle, bringing three creatures along for a bumpy but fun ride.
— Kirkus

When Moose sees the inviting tree where Squirrel has built his nest, he rubs his itchy antlers against the trunk—and sets in motion a chain of comic catastrophes. Kids will love this adorable picture book, with its irresistible animal characters and rhythmic text that’s made for reading out loud.

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Where does Koala belong? Find out, in this sweet story of friendship and family—with fun facts about marsupials thrown in.

It's Koala's first day at camp, and she thinks she's found her place in the Bear Cabin—until know-it-all Kangaroo comes along and tells Koala in no uncertain terms that she is not a bear. As Koala tries to find her place, alert readers will recognize clues about where Koala belongs. Using humor and fun illustrations, this engaging story will reel kids in and leave them with a satisfying ending.


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9781454929888 | $19.95 | Hardcover

Listen: the forest is calling. Take a quiet walk through the woods, where shadows fall in the darkness, eyes peek out, and some animals sleep while others run and leap. Simple, poetic text and intricate papercut illustrations introduce children to a deer, black rook, fox, rabbit, and many more beautiful creatures as they wait for morning—and spring—to come.


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New Spring Books That Teens Will Love! #teenlit #YA

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A fun romp of a teen romance via an exciting hockey season, this book has all the right ingredients—a spunky, multifaceted main character, a love interest who turns out to be a decent individual, and plenty of internal and external conflict . . . A teenage love story steamy enough to melt the ice in the rink.
— Kirkus Reviews
A fun read that simultaneously puts the reader into the hockey world as an insider and an outsider . . . It’s a last-act gut punch that really puts a spotlight on what female athletes have to deal with. A must-read for anyone who has had to defy expectations.
— Booklist
Biren has created a romance that fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen should love.
— School Library Journal

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Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story. Not everyone is thrilled with Holland’s new fame, but there’s one person who fiercely supports her, and it’s the last person she expects (and definitely the last person she should be falling for): her bossy team captain, Wes.

Read more: abramsbooks.com.

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Actor/screenwriter Lennon (the Night at the Museum series) makes a spirited debut with this mythology-laden tale . . . the memorable voice and playful sensibility make this an entertaining series opener.
— Publishers Weekly
A touching, funny read for smart kids young and old. Flat-out laughed out loud!
— Patton Oswalt
Perhaps the finest children’s novel of all time (in the ever-burgeoning leprechaun crime-drama sub-genre). Equal parts JK Rowling and Douglas Adams, which, y’know… ain’t a bad thing.
— "Weird Al" Yankovic

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Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he’s determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents’ innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland. Fast paced, action packed, and completely hilarious, this is the start to an exciting new middle-grade series by actor and writer Thomas Lennon.

Read more: abramsbooks.com.

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**STARRED REVIEW**
Morrison, a former teacher, realistically captures the challenges of middle school—complicated family dynamics, volatile friendships, and first love—in this story about a girl struggling to find where she belongs.
— Publishers Weekly
**STARRED REVIEW**
An awesome swimmer with a frustrating learning disability struggles in the roiling waters of adolescence . . . Readers will root for [Annabelle] as she ricochets between ebullience and despair, empathy and hurt, confidence and doubt, pride and self-loathing—we’ve been there, too, or soon will be. Captures the turmoil of adolescence with wisdom and humor in near-pointillist detail.
— Kirkus Reviews
A sweet and entertaining novel that offers deeper themes to ponder.
— School Library Journal

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Thirteen-year-old Annabelle struggles in school, no matter how hard she tries. But as soon as she dives into the pool, she’s unstoppable. She’s the fastest girl on the middle school swim team, and when she’s asked to join the high school team over the summer, everything changes. Suddenly, she’s got new friends, and a high school boy starts treating her like she’s somebody special—and Annabelle thinks she’ll finally stand out in a good way. She’ll do anything to fit in and help the team make it to the Labor Day Invitational, even if it means blowing off her old friends. But after a prank goes wrong, Annabelle is abandoned by the older boy and can’t swim. Who is she without the one thing she’s good at? Heartwarming and relatable, Up for Air is a story about where we find our self-worth.

Read more: abramsbook.com.

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Buzz-worthy News from @HBGCanada! #booknews

USA NETWORK announces series pickup for Megan Abbott’s DARE ME!

Abbott will serve as writer and executive producer, along with Gina Fattoree. The series will be Co-Produced by UCP and Netflix in association with Film 44 and will star Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly. It will be executive produced by ‘Friday Night Lights’’ Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo of Film 44.

Airdate to come!

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Check out the incredible review's for Rachel Barenbaum’s debut novel!

[A] rousing debut…Fans of Kristin Hannah will enjoy Barenbaum’s exhilarating tale.
— Publishers Weekly
Grand Central Publishing | OSD: 5/14/2019 | ISBN: 9781538746264

Grand Central Publishing | OSD: 5/14/2019 | ISBN: 9781538746264

A sweeping epic that transports the reader into another era, even as the struggles of its characters feel powerfully modern and timely.
— Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe
A Bend in the Stars is a vivid and wrenching debut, full not only with the darkness of history but also with hope — a literary saga for fans of The Invisible Bridge and All the Light We Cannot See. Love and war and Relativity weave together seamlessly, and we’re left understanding that there’s more than one way for the universe to bend.
— Rebecca Makkai, National Book Award Finalist for The Great Believers

Emma Watson has incredible things to say about Stephen Chbosky’s IMAGINARY FRIEND!

GCP / 10/01/19 / ISBN: 978-1-5387-3133-8)

GCP / 10/01/19 / ISBN: 978-1-5387-3133-8)

Like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, IMAGINARY FRIEND says that no matter how dark the places you have been or the things you have seen, no one and nothing and nowhere is beyond redemption. What is astonishing and laugh-out-loud genius is that Chbosky has disguised all this wisdom in an Spielbergesque horror thriller... In true Stephen Chbosky style, he gives you the bran and the donut. I don’t know how he did it. But he did it. It’s a masterpiece. A novel with profundity of Milton that’s actually pageturning.
— Emma Watson, Actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador

Kimberla Lawson Roby’s BETTER LATE THAN NEVER has been nominated for a 2018 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction) Category!

GCP | 7/31/18 | 9781455569762

GCP | 7/31/18 | 9781455569762

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Image Awards, and winners will be announced on March 30th. Literature is one of many award categories, including Motion Picture, Television, Recording, and Directing.

View the entire list of nominees here.


Earlier this week, Little, Brown announced the acquisition of UNEXPECTED, the long-awaited memoir from Katie Couric, one of the most celebrated and beloved journalists of our time. Publication is slated for spring 2021 Read the press release here.


Octavia E. Butler's Parable books will be reissued by Grand Central Publishing, beginning with Parable of the Sower. It's sequel, Parable of the Talents, will be reissued later in the year.

Read N.K. Jemisin’s Foreword to Parable of the Sower here.

April 30, 2019, 9781538732182

April 30, 2019, 9781538732182

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Watch the Book Trailer for Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid @abramsbooks #diaryofawimpykid

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Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author—Rowley Jefferson! Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it’s finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life’s story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world—one fans won’t want to miss!

Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author-Rowley Jefferson! Rowley's best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting.

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Cari Mora Cover Reveal!!! #thomasharris #book #covers

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From the creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs comes a story of evil, greed, and the consequences of dark obsession.

Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men.

Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before.

Monsters lurk in the crevices between male desire and female survival. No other writer in the last century has conjured those monsters with more terrifying brilliance than Thomas Harris. Cari Mora, his sixth novel, is the long-awaited return of an American master.

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Sterling Publishing: Children's Book Reviews Round-Up

Sam Wu is still totally NOT scared. Even though he’s already demonstrated his bravery by conquering a ghost (Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts, 2018), Sam somehow once again finds himself trying to shake the nickname “Scaredy-Cat Sam.” After an embarrassing incident during a school trip to the aquarium, he and his friends face a beach birthday party and the twin specters of swimming (turns out his brainy friend Bernard can’t swim) and sharks (obviously). He notes, in his characteristically wry way, that “apparently, bravery is something you have to prove over and over again.” This second installment, like Sam, seems anxious of venturing beyond the surf; it largely clings to the format of the first book, nearly act for act. Nonetheless, it should find its readers, who may find comfort and confidence in following Sam’s incremental growth. Additional time spent with Na-Na, Sam ‘s sharp and sassy grandmother, reveals more about Sam’s family’s Hong Kong origins and highlights a loving, realistic, intergenerational relationship. Foodies will enjoy the additional references to Chinese fare—one memorable scene finds Sam, white-skinned Bernard, and darker-skinned Zoe happily chewing on grilled squid. While Reed’s Na-Na isn’t a particularly compelling image of a Hong Kong grandma, readers will otherwise appreciate the illustrations’ big-eyed humor as well as the dynamic type styling, graphics, and page design. A sequel skittish of unchartered waters still finds its way.
— Kirkus Reviews
Mirabel is a shy mouse with lots of determination. Despite her nervousness she makes Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates. In spite of her trepidation, she slowly makes her way to school on the fateful day. Unbeknownst to her, the cards have fallen from a hole in her bag and have brightened the day of each person (animal) who picked one up—a lonely lady, construction workers, a busy papa, a jogger, a garbage man. Arriving at school with an empty bag Mirabel cried, “I’ve lost my Valentines!!” Hearing her cry, smiling folks return her cards and thanking her for sharing them, if only for a little while. Emboldened by unintentionally making new friends, Mirabel joins in the fun at party time. As she skips home from school, her pals slip more valentines into her bag. Lawler’s rhyming text is a pleasure to read. Using muted colors and plenty of detail, Mueller’s digital illustrations are warm and cozy with a small town feel. The opening endpapers depict Mirabel’s path to school and the folks she’ll encounter while the back pages depict those same folks exchanging their own valentines. VERDICT This sweetly inspiring story of a timid mouse stepping outside her comfort zone is a winner. Great for Valentine’s or any day.
— School Library Journal
Cocca-Leffler draws an easy metaphor between growing children and growing potted plants in this relatable story. El and Jo are the smallest students in their class, and they do everything together (“Even their names were short”). One spring, though, Jo starts to grow, just like the plants that the students will care for at home over the summer; neither El nor her plant, though, grow any taller. While Jo is away all summer, the girls exchange letters and El plants both of the flowers in the garden. Finally, Jo arrives home to find that both of the plants have bloomed—and she and El are the same height. Cocca-Leffler proffers a reassuring message to readers: no two growing up experiences are alike, and one develops at one’s own pace. A note on plant life cycles concludes.
— Publisher's Weekly
This picture book biography introduces young readers to the Hollywood legend famous for her beauty and the many hit movies in which she starred throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and her passion for science and technology. Lamarr’s zeal is conveyed superbly. Growing up in Austria in the 1920s, she wanted to understand how things worked. She took apart her toys to study their mechanisms and, during long walks with her father, explored subjects ranging from streetcars to the night sky. She also reenacted her favorite scenes from movies on a stage she built beneath her father’s desk. Wallmark brings Lamarr to life by including quotes from her subject. During World War II, Lamarr worked with another inventor on technology called frequency hopping, which is still in use today and allows users to send and receive secure cell phone messages and protect computers from hackers. The back matter includes a spread detailing frequency-hopping in more depth. Vibrant digital artwork expands upon the text by showcasing a handful of Lamarr’s other inventions and using period details to convey the golden era of Hollywood. VERDICT A must for both school and public libraries, especially where collections are looking to increase their STEM holdings and round out biography collections with women working in science.
— School Library Journal
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In this debut picture book, Deenihan offers a charmingly literal rendition of the proverbial phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” with a colorful and cute story of a child who gets an unwanted birthday gift from grandma: a lemon tree. Once her mischievous plots to rid herself of the tree fail, a fruitful alternative arises: nurture the tree to make lemonade to sell in order to get what she really wants. In addition to the comical efforts of the girl, this playful picture book showcases the concept of delayed gratification. The girl truly has to wait for good things to come to fruition, and once they do, she makes some surprising choices (perhaps just what Grandma wanted). These concepts are enhanced by the eyecatching colors, bold cartoon figures with deeply expressive faces, and diverse cast of characters in Rocha’s illustrations, which are filled with plenty of fun background details to pore over. A nice complement to Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street (2015) or Katherine Pryor’s Zora’s Zucchini (2015).
— Booklist
A girl discovers that her passions can help her make sense of a difficult skill. Bug is a girl who loves drawing bugs more than anything else, “especially math.” When her teacher, Mrs. Muskie, announces that they will go to the science museum, which has a cool bug room, if the class performs well on the upcoming math test, Bug takes the challenge seriously. She goes to a field to study but, frustratingly, finds herself continually distracted by new bugs to draw. After several failed attempts, she realizes that her doodles hold the visual key to understanding the math problems: adding spots on a butterfly’s wings and subtracting the number of ants that drop their seeds. Notably, Koontz acknowledges her young character’s agency by having Bug independently come to this revelation and later calmly assist Mrs. Muskie when Bug’s “lucky crickets” (stashed in her lunchbox to help with the test) get in her hair. The latter moment offers a spot of fun for Bug’s multiracial classmates. Pale-skinned Bug is precocious with her short, light-brown hair, rolled-up pants, and antenna headband; Mrs. Muskie has brown skin and a “cloud of curly hair.” Proud’s illustrations in pencil and acrylic take on the style of doodles themselves, with pronounced, colored outlines and circular eyes for characters and bugs alike. The crawling critters appear charming instead of off-putting. A respectful boost of encouragement for young minds that may be struggling with school.
— Kirkus Reviews
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A picture-book celebration of individuality and diversity. Helig and Hembrook’s text opens with the lines, “In all the world over, / this much is true: / You’re somebody special. / There’s only one you.” The art depicts a white-appearing child with red pigtails, first on the floor, drawing, beside a big dog, then getting dressed as the dog sits on the bed and a woman, also white, peeks in. The next scene depicted in the digital, car toon-style art shows the child hugging the woman and about to get on a school bus with a gaggle of diverse children with varying skin tones, hair textures and colors, and visible disabilities (one child wears a hearing aid, another wears glasses, a third uses a forearm crutch, and a fourth uses a wheelchair). As the rhyming text continues, it celebrates the diversity of these children not just in terms of their identities, but by commenting on their personalities, their talents, and ultimately their families. At book’s end, the first child is revealed to have two moms when they both pick her up at the end of the school day, the family dog in tow. “Families are families, / but soon you will find / that each can be different— / a ‘best for them’ kind,” reads the accompanying, inclusive text. Affirming and welcome.
— Kirkus Reviews
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A bonanza of possibilities opens up for Moose, Bear, and Squirrel, three forest companions. There are two outcomes, one unremarkable and the other outlandish, for each of many causes, starting with the first page of the story. “When a tree grows,” it can become either a “scratching post for Moose’s itchy antlers,” or it can crash and fall, waking up Bear, who can do one of two things. And so it continues, as Moose encounters a truck, which leads Squirrel to set off for the city for a “job at Nifty Nuts as a quality control inspector.” Or not, which could lead to either a career as an actor or to his missing Moose and home. Which leads to an awesome “Welcome Home party,” which leads to—and the book concludes with—an even more awesome Edenic forest setting for reading, lounging, and just being one’s animal self. The text and the colorful digital illustrations work together in this silly but entertaining tale. Each verso page is busily filled with action and onomatopoeia while the corresponding recto page highlights one of the characters. The bottom right of this page features an image of a turned-up flap and a large “OR…” providing quick pacing for each far-fetched but why-not outcome. Laugh along as a story about a tree in the forest comes full circle, bringing three creatures along for a bumpy but fun ride.
— Kirkus Reviews

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The National Book Critics Circle @HBGCanada Finalists! #book #awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for 2018 awards, including the following Little, Brown titles: 

Biography

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Mark Lamster’s THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE

(LB HC, 11/6/18, 9780316126434)

 

Fiction

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Luis Alberto Urrea’s THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS

(LB HC, 3/6/18, 9780316154888)

 

Autobiography

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Richard Beard’s THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING

(LB HC, 11/6/18, 9780316445382)

 

The finalists’ reading will take place on the evening of Wednesday, March 13th at the New School (66 West 12th Street, New York). The awards ceremony and reception is on Thursday, March 14th at Tishman Auditorium( 63 5th Avenue).

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Watch the movie trailer for WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

Watch the first official trailer for the highly anticipated film adaptation of

Maria Semple’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE.  

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The film, directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood) starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoe Chao & Laurence Fishburne, will now open in theaters August 9, 2019!

COMING SOON. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is based on the runaway bestseller about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all - a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

TP edition: 9780316204262

TP MTI edition: 9780316415866

MM MTI edition: 9780316415859

Little, Brown’s movie tie-in editions go on sale January 29, 2019.

Of course, the iconic trade paperback edition is available now!

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Epic New Fantasy from A.G. Howard! @abramsbooks #fantasybooks

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After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an imposter princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

PRAISE

A decadent fantasy anchored in childhood delights with vibrantly detailed writing and brilliantly theatrical subplots.
— Kirkus Reviews
Howard’s latest stand-alone fantasy is a sensuous reimagining set in a distinctly Gothic world; perfect for fans of the author and readers seeking darker retellings.
— School Library Journal
An emotionally complex tale of fate, inner beauty, and found family that illustrates the strength of love born from friendship.
— Publishers Weekly

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COVER REVEAL: Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling @sterlingbooks #kids #books

The sequel to the monster hit Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus will be released FALL 2019!

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“High School. Two words that struck fear into the heart of every arm-less middle schooler I knew. Which was me. And like two people online.”

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus follows Aven Green as she confronts yet another challenge: high school.

Just as Aven starts to feel comfortable in Stagecoach Pass, with her friends and schoolmates accustomed to her lack of “armage,” everything changes once again. She’s about to begin high school . . . with 2,300 new kids to stare at her. And no matter how much Aven tries to play it cool, nothing prepares her for the reality. In a year filled with confusion, humiliation, fears, loss, and just maybe love, can Aven manage to stay true to herself?

PRAISE for Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

[Aven] is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned. The tale of Stagecoach Pass is just as compelling as the story of Aven, and the setting, like the many colorful characters who people this novel, is so vivid and quirky that it’s practically cinematic.
— School Library Journal (starred review)
. . . a tale that is not about having differences, but accepting them in oneself and others.
— Booklist (starred review)
Dusti Bowling’s story of a regular, hugely likable kid who deals with her unusual challenges with grace and humor is pitch-perfect.
— Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Connor’s Tourette’s support-group meetings and Aven’s witty, increasingly honest discussions of the pros and cons of ‘lack of armage’ give the book excellent educational potential. . . . its portrayal of characters with rarely depicted disabilities is informative, funny, and supportive.
— Kirkus Review
Bowling’s sensitive and funny novel . . . demonstrates how negotiating others’ discomfort can be one of the most challenging aspects of having a physical difference and how friendship can mitigate that discomfort. . . . [an] openhearted, empathic book.
— Publishers Weekly

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Looking no-fuss vegan recipes? Check out these Chipotle Black Bean and Plantain Quesadillas from the 30-Minute Vegan Dinners.

Refried black beans and fried plantains elevate this easy meal from traditional snack food to a hearty main course. You won’t miss the cheese but you WILL wonder where this chipotle aioli has been all your life! Pair the quesadillas with salad tossed in pico de gallo for a fresh, easy side dish. Save the chipotle aioli to spice up your meals throughout the week. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Yield: 4 servings, plus leftover chipotle aioli

Chipotle Aioli

Heaping 1/3 cup of pre-soaked cashews
2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, plus 2 tbsp of the sauce
1 medium tomato
1 tbsp lime juice
1 garlic clove
Slightly less than ½ tsp of sea salt

3 very ripe spotted plantains
2 tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp sea salt, more to taste
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 cup vegetarian refried black beans
4 large whole-wheat tortillas

For Serving

Pico de gallo
Plain vegan yogurt
Side salad

1.            Make the aioli. Add the cashews, peppers and sauce, tomato, lime juice, garlic and salt it to a high
speed blender. Blend for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth.

2.            Put a large pan over medium heat.

3.            Peel the plantains and slice them into 1-inch (2.5-cm) rounds. Add the oil to the pan. Wait 30
seconds, then add the plantains. Sprinkle the plantains with ½teaspoon of sea salt and agave. Fry
to a deep golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.

4.            Line a plate with paper towels. Transfer the fried plantains to the paper towels, wipe off the excess
oil, then discard the paper towels. Use the bottom of a large plate to smash the plantains to half the
original thickness. Wipe the pan, then place it back over medium heat.

5.            Spread half the refried beans on one large tortilla. Taste the beans and add a pinch of salt if
needed. Put half of the fried plantains over the beans. Spread 2 large spoonfuls of aioli on a
second tortilla and place it on top of the plantains.

6.            Fry the quesadillas until slightly crisp, about 2 minutes on each side. Slice them in half. Serve with
pico de gallo, yogurt, and a side salad and dig in!

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This recipe excerpt is from 30-Minute Vegan Dinners: 75 Fast Plant-Based Meals You’re Going to Crave by Megan Sadd (Page Street Publishing, Feb 2019)

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