Holiday Picks 2015

We are excited to present the Holiday Picks for 2015. Click on any cover below to shop on our website. Better yet, peruse all the books on display in our front window. We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do.

 

This year we are pleased to include adult titles on our Holiday Picks list. We look forward to helping you find the perfect gift for every member of your family.

 

 

~ Eight Cousins

 

 

 


 
 


 
Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Collected by Elizabeth Hammill
Illustrated by more than 70 celebrated artists
Candlewick Press
9780763677299 
$21.99
Ages 0-2
 
Nursery rhymes are a great introduction to the rhyme, rhythm, and fun of playing with language. We highly recommend reading nursery rhymes to infants from day one. This spectacular collection, illustrated by artist such as Jerry Pinkney, Mo Willems, Ed Young, Charlotte Voake, Marcia Williams, and Shaun Tan, is sure to be a library staple for many years to come. 
 
Around the World
Through the Town
Katie Haworth and Craig Shuttleworth
little bee books
$6.99
9781499800760
9781499800753
Ages 1-2
 
These two follow-the-trail books contain die-cut paths that young readers can trace with their fingers up and down through the town and zooming cars, over the hill and through  the park - or around the world, in the ocean, through the desert, in the woods and finally above the world. 
 
What Can You Spot? In the Wild
Illustrated by Maxine Davenport and Cindy Roberts
little bee books
9781499800555 
$6.99
Ages 1-2
 
What Can You Spot? In the Wild is a seek-and-find book for young readers. Each page has a theme: safari, jungle, underwater, desert, outback, and lists silhouettes of animals to find on that page. The illustrations have a color theme and opportunities to practice counting. Make sure to count all six yellow giraffes on the safari page, and four green snakes on the jungle page. Bonus: find the toucan on every page. Look closely; it's very small!




 
A B See
Elizabeth Doyle
Little Simon
9781481436991
$8.99
Ages 2-3
 
A B See pairs alliterative sentences "Emu is enchanted by exotic eggs" with interactive raised images that form the shape of each letter. E, then, comprises an emu, along with elephant, eye, Eiffel Tower, eggplant, earth, equal sign, eight, eggs, and more. After Z - "zebra sips a zipper on zig-zag fabric" - find a double page spread repeating the raised images of all 26 letters, followed by a word list of all the items located in each letter. Don't forget to look for the letter within each letter! From the interactive touch-and-feel and seek-and-find to the reading list, A B See will grow with young readers.


 
Dinoblock
Christopher Franceschelli
Art by Peskimo
AbramsAppleseed
9781419716744
$16.95 
Ages 2-3
 
A companion title to previous Eight Cousins Picks, Alphablock and Countablock, Dinoblock introduces young readers to a wide range of dinosaurs through die-cut pages and analogies to familiar animals; "I am horned like a bull . . . I am a Triceratops (tri-SERR-uh-TOPS)." Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus (tye-RAN-oh-SORE-us) are likely the only two familiar dinosaurs in this book. The rest will be new to children and parents. Good thing each dinosaur name comes with a pronunciation guide. 


 
Lizard from the Park
Mark Pett
Simon & Schuster
9781442483217
$17.99
Ages 3-4
  
During his walk through the park, Leonard finds and unusual egg, which he takes home. Leonard is delighted when the egg hatches to reveal a lizard and the two explore the city together. Readers will soon realize that this is no ordinary lizard. As the lizard grows (and grows!), Leonard soon realizes that he cannot keep this lizard in the city. Leonard's solution will delight young readers and visits to the park will never be the same.



 
The Octopuppy
Martin McKenna
Scholastic Press
9780545751407
$16.99
Ages 3-4 
 
Edgar wants a dog, but what he gets is Jarvis. Jarvis is a multi-talented, intelligent performer, but he's still not a great dog. Edgar doesn't appreciate Jarvis's show-stopping performance at the dog show, so Jarvis leaves. Only then does Edgar realize that he's had something better than a dog all along. Jarvis is the best Octopuppy in the world, and Edgar desperately wants him to come home. 


 
Thank You and Good Night
Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown 
9780316338011 
$15.99
Ages 3-4   
 
In this sweet bedtime book, Maggie and three friends have a sleepover! We follow the rhythm from the bubbly, silly excitement of a first sleepover to a peaceful, sleepy bedtime. With everyone finally tucked in, they reflect on the many things in their day that make them thankful. 
 
Thank You and Good Night will instill a wonderful message of gratitude to little ones and their grown ups.


 
Waiting
Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, HarperCollins
9780062368430
$17.99
Ages 3-4
 
Waiting is a quiet book. Each of the figurines standing in the window is waiting for something: the moon, the rain, the wind, the snow. Sometimes they have visitors. Sometimes one of them goes away. They each wait patiently, enjoying the world outside the window. When a new friend comes, it turns out she is waiting for something entirely different: something that will surprise them all. Enjoy this book with a thoughtful reader. 
 
Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild
Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton
Candlewick Press
978076368207
$22
Ages 4-5
 
This stunning, illustrated book of endangered animals, asks readers to think about counting animals from a new perspective. As Virginia McKenna's introduction reminds us of the "counting crisis" as the numbers of animals decreases drastically each year. Contains poetic descriptions of each animal, followed by facts about the animals, as well as their protected status. 


 
If You're a Robot and You Know It
David Carter, Lyrics by Musical Robot
Cartwheel Books, Scholastic
9780545819800
$16.99
Ages 4-5 
 
"If you're a robot and you know it, clap your hands," and in this pop-up/slide the tab book, by David Carter, the robots do clap. They also stomp their feet, stretch their limbs AND shoot laser beams from their eyes. Musical Robot Song download available. 
 
McToad Mows Tiny Island: A Transportation Tale
Tom Angleberger, illustrated by John Hendrix
Abrams
9781419716508
$16.95 
Ages 4-5
 
On most days, McToad's job is  to mow big island, but the adventures really begin on Thursdays, when he mows tiny island. The trip to tiny island involve a truck, train, forklift, airplane, helicopter, boat, dock, and a crane. Each vehicle is punctuated with a fun, illustrated font and the page when McToad mows Tiny Island, demands to be read in chorus. At the end of the day, McToad takes the trip backwards: follow the arrows from crane to truck until next Thursday, when he gets to do it all again!
 
Strictly No Elephants
Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
Simon & Schuster
9781481416474
$17.99
Ages 4-5
 
 "The trouble with having a tiny elephant for a pet is that you never quite fit in." So where does a boy go when his pet elephant is not welcome at Pet Club Day, and faces a sign on the door that says, "Strictly no elephants?" A true friend does not abandon his faithful pet, and looks for other pet owners who have also been barred from Pet Club Day. In a gentle and subtle way, Strictly No Elephants addresses issues children face every day of inclusion, friendship, and loyalty. A wonderful book to share with a special young one!
 
Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Putnam, Penguin
9780399257742
$16.99
Ages 5-6
 
CJ and his Nana take the crosstown bus to Market Street. Along the way, CJ notes all the things he wishes he had, would rather be doing, or thinks should be different. Each time, Nana reminds him to look harder and notice the good things around him. By the time the two reach Market Street, CJ and the reader have learned to look twice at the world around them and find the beautiful. Last Stop on Market Street is a masterpiece and will be enjoyed by all ages. 


 
A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups
Anna Wright
Charlesbridge
9781580897075
$17.95 
Ages 5-6
 
Animal group names are always interesting; all of us know about a gaggle of geese, but did you know that they are called a parcel of penguins and a flamboyance of flamingos? Wright added another fascinating visual element to this picture book: the animals are created from a combination of watercolor, pieces of fabric, and sometimes feathers. A great book for readers who like learning facts, or artists of any age who will appreciate the creative illustrations. 
 
 
 
High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs
Lisa Kahn Schnell, illustrated by Alan Marks
Charlesbridge
9781580896047
$16.95
Ages 6-7 
 
Although set farther south on  the Atlantic coast, this book on horseshoe crab migration will resonate with beach lovers here on Cape Cod. The text has two levels, easy phrases such as "they're laying," "they're tagging," and "they're growing" are headings for more in-depth explanation of  life-cycle, scientific tagging, and development. Gorgeous illustrations show both the horseshoe crabs and the sea birds that migrate every year. The book contains more information in the back, including resources and a map. Don't skip over the fantastic endpapers, which show a close-up, labeled diagram of a horseshoe crab.
 
Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Candlewick Press
9780763665111
$14.99
Ages 6-7
 
A follow up to last year's Princess in Black, this early chapter book series is sure to delight young readers who appreciate adventures as well as a good party. Princess Magnolia is trying to celebrate her birthday, but her alter-ego, Princess in Black, keeps getting summoned to deal with those pesky, goat-eating monsters. She can't enjoy party with her friends and protect the kingdom at the same time, until she finally meets a goat-eating monster who appreciates birthdays as much as she does.


 
The Story of Diva and Flea
Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Hyperion Books for Children
9781484722848
$14.99
Ages 7-8 
 
Diva and Flea live in Paris. Diva mostly lives inside and Flea mostly lives outside. Flea is a flaneur. He walks past Diva's house every day and Diva usually yelps and runs away. One day she stands up for herself, starting a great friendship where Flea teaches Diva about the beauties of their city and Diva teaches Flea about the pleasures of human company. A fun chapter book, for readers who have graduated from Mo Willems's picture books and early readers, and are looking for a book to read on their own. 
 
Pierre the Maze Detective
By Hiro Kamigaki
Lawrence King Publishing
9781780675633
$19.95
Ages 7-8 
 
Readers work with Pierre, the Maze Detective, who lives in a garage on the outskirts of Opera City, to track down Mr. X, the Phantom Thief who has stolen the Maze Stone. Each page has clues that challenge the reader to follow Mr. X as he escapes up and down staircases, through a museum, around downtown, in a castle and other sites around Opera City. Mr. X must be stopped, as the Maze Stone has the power to turn all of Opera City into a maze! This interactive, fun book with complex illustrations will entertain readers of all ages, especially 7-8.


 
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer 
Kelly Jones
Knopf, Random House
9780385755528
$16.99
Ages 8-9 
 
When 12-year-old Sophie Brown's great-uncle Jim dies, she and her parents move into his run-down farm.  Her dad has lost his job and her mom, a journalist, is busy meeting deadlines.  Moving from L. A. to a quiet farm is difficult for Sophie who notices the lack of other brown faces, except for her mailman Gregory. She sees a flyer in the barn for The Redwood Farm Supply advertising unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer and begins to write to them for a catalog and advice. She discovers a little hen house on the property and then an angry chicken with apparent super powers shows up. Other unusual chickens arrive one by one and Sophie begins to learn all she can about the care and keeping of chickens. When someone tries to steal her chickens, Sophie finds a way to assert herself and protect her flock.  
 
Sophie also endearingly writes letters to her Abuelita (recently deceased), which helps her feel more connected to her Mexican heritage. You will cheer for Sophie as she becomes an exceptional poultry farmer, which begins to help heal the family and also begins to revitalize the farm. The illustrations very funny, adding to this uplifting story.


 
Currents
Jane Petrlik Smolik
Charlesbridge
9781580896481
$16.95
Ages 9-10
 
Fans of historical fiction will appreciate this book of three stories from American and English history. Bones Brewster, Lady Bess Kent, and Mary Margaret Casey each have a treasure that they want to preserve. Bones finds her real name written in the Plantation's registry and she tears it out and sets it free by sending the paper in a bottle. Lady Bess Kent finds the bottle in England. Her father is gone and her step-mother is slowly stealing family heirlooms. Bess hides her mother's locket, along with Bones's name in the bottle and sends it off again. Finally, Mary Margaret, an Irish girl living in Boston, protects the bottle and its treasures, until one day the treasures end up protecting her family. 
 

 
Little Robot
Ben Hatke
First Second
$16.99
978162672080
Ages 9-10 
 
Little Robot gets lost, but finds a friend with some engineering skills. Skills that come in handy when the big robot comes along to retrieve Little Robot. This mostly, wordless graphic novel, is about friendship, resourcefulness, and music. It will inspire readers to pick up a tool belt and head to the nearest junk yard. You never know what you'll be inspired to invent.


 
Crenshaw
Katherine Applegate
Macmillan
9781250043238
$16.99
Ages 10-11 
 
In Crenshaw, as she did in her Newbery Award winning The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate gives readers a story of hope when all seems lost. Jackson's family is struggling - unable to pay their rent, sometimes living out of their van, always hungry. When a tall, talking, purple-jelly-bean-loving cat named Crenshaw appears in his life, Jackson doesn't understand why. But Crenshaw knows he's there to help, and his presence brings comfort to a young boy desperately in need of a friend. Readers will fall in love with Jackson, who is so innocent, yet who carries a weight on his shoulders. Readers will also fall in love with Crenshaw, whose upbeat attitude and companionship help Jackson to feel that maybe, just maybe, there's still a little bit of magic in the world. 
 
Woof
Spencer Quinn
Scholastic
9780545643313
$16.99
Ages 9-10
 
What can be better than a  good mystery book, unless it's a mystery book narrated by a dog? Spencer Quinn, aka Peter Abrahams, presents Bowser, recently adopted from "the pound" by Birdie Gaux. Bowser is enthralled with his new home, and immediately bonds with his new owner Birdie, whose grandmother runs the family business, Gaux Family Fish and Bait. But all is not well at the fish and bait store, for Grammy's championship black marlin, caught by her father and mounted on the wall of the store, has been stolen. Who could possibly be interested in an old fish, its value only sentimental? Birdie, with the assistance of Bowser, is determined to capture the thief. Spencer Quinn has the unique ability to fully adopt a dog's persona (as in the popular Chet and Bernie mystery series for adults); Bowser's observations will amuse young readers, and following the trail of the fish thieves will hold their attention.
 
George
Alex Gino
Scholastic
9780545812542
$16.99
Ages 10-11
 
George knows that she is a girl. She has known this since she was very young, but in the eyes of the people around her, even those closest to her, she is a boy. A fourth grade production of Charlotte's Web is the catalyst she needs for her journey outward to live as her true self. George desperately wants to play the part of Charlotte, a character with which she strongly identifies. Her best friend encourages her, but her mother, teacher, and classmates need a bit more convincing before they can be truly supportive.
  
George is a beautiful and poignant portrayal of growing up different. 



 
Nightbird
Alice Hoffman
Wendy Lamb Books, Random House
9780385389587
$16.99
Ages 10-11 
 
Twig lives in Sidwell, Massachusetts where the sweetest pink apples grow, where black owls live, and where rumors persist that a mysterious winged creature once lived in the town. Two hundred years ago a witch placed a curse on Twig's family and this summer, when the red moon rises, it is time to break the spell and for everything to change. The world of Sidwell is powerful not only in the fantastic but in the ordinary everyday chores like planting a garden or the making of a proper pie crust. Nightbird is a charming, magical tale of love and friendship told by the extraordinary Alice Hoffman.    



 
Listen, Slowly 
Thanhhà Lai
HarperCollins
9780062229182
 $16.99
Ages 11-12 
 
For 12-year-old Mai, a fun summer means spending time at the beach. It definitely does not mean accompanying her grandmother to Vietnam, navigating a culture that is so different from the California lifestyle she knows. But Mai's parents think she should get to know her heritage, and her grandmother wants to find out what happened to her husband,who disappeared during the Vietnam War. So, Mai reluctantly goes, and what follows is a story of a girl who discovers family and friendship in a place far from the one she calls home. With humor and tenderness, Lai transforms Mai from a self-centered pre-teen to a girl who listens, observes, and learns to embrace the unknown. 



 
The Marvels
Brian Selznick
Scholastic Press 
9780545448680
Ages 11-12
 
Fans of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, will be excited to read Brian Selznick's third companion title, The Marvels, but you do not need to have read the other two books to enjoy this one. The first 350+ pages are illustrated-mostly wordless - and follow five generations of actors at a London theatre from 1766 to 1900. The text story begins on page 390 when Joseph unexpectedly shows up at his estranged uncle's house in London in the winter of 1990. Joseph's uncle and his unusual house hold lots of secrets and mysteries that Joseph is determined unravel. As he learns more about the house and its inhabitants, Joseph starts to accept that all stories - real and imagined - are filled with marvels. 


 
The Seventh Most Important Thing
Shelley Pearsall  
Random House
9780553497281
$16.99
Ages 12-13 
 
Set in the 1960s, The Seventh Most Important Thing is a story about an unusual friendship between Arthur T. Owens, a troubled 13 year old, and the eccentric "Junk Man." Arthur is angry over the death of his father, leading him to make a bad choice. His punishment is 120 hours of community service with the Junk Man, who gives him a collection list of the Seven Most important Things, but for what purpose? Each item helps Arthur deal with events and emotions in his own life. He soon learns that the items are also part of something meaningful and grand for the "Junk Man."


 
Echo
Pam Muñoz  Ryan
Scholastic Press
9780439874021
$19.99 
Ages 12-13
 
Echo is three stories of three musicians woven into a fairy tale of three sisters who must save a soul from death's door. The stories and the fairy tale are connected by a harmonica. Friedrich finds the harmonica in Germany. The year is 1933 and everything safe in Friedrich's world is falling apart. In the second story, the harmonica provides much needed hope for Mike and his brother Frankie, orphans in Depression-Era Pennsylvania. Finally, Iva Maria Lopez discovers her own musical talents in Southern California just after the US has entered World War II. Ryan does not shy away from the horrors infusing each of these settings: anti-Semitism, poverty, segregation, internment camps, fear, hatred. Nevertheless, each story is punctuated with music and with music comes the message of hope. 



 
Lumberjanes
Noelle Stevenson Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, illustrated by Brooke A Allen
Boom! Box
9781608866878
9781608867370
$14.99
Ages 13-14 
 
Lumberjanes is a graphic novel serial about 5 campers - Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley - at the Lumberjanes Camp for Hard Core Lady Types. The hard core qualifier is essential for these campers, because they encounter everything from three-eyed wolves to yetis, from petulant gods, to possessed boy scouts. They'll have to use their wits, and be brave, relying on friendship (to the max!) to outwit the cornucopia of dangers surrounding the Lumberjanes' camp. You'll want to read these books in order; be sure to get both volumes to avoid desperate, late-night quests to find the second installment! I can't help you with the 3rd installment; sadly we'll all just have to wait until April.


 
Under a Painted Sky
Stacey Lee
Putnam, Penguin
9780399168031
$16.99
Ages 13-14
 
Samantha and Annamae need to escape, not an easy thing for two women in Missouri in 1849. The only way to survive their journey west, is to blend in. They disguise themselves and join a band of three cowboys also following the Oregon Trail. However, dressing like a cowboy isn't the same as being a cowboy. Sammy and Andy have a lot to learn about the west, each other, and themselves. With a little romance and a lot of friendship, Under a Painted Sky paints the wild west with completely new colors.


 
All American Boys
Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
Atheneum, Simon & Schuster
9781481463331
$17.99
Ages 14-15
 
All American Boys is an unflinching examination of policy brutality in today's America. Told from alternating perspectives by the black boy - assumed to have been shoplifting and beaten so badly by a cop that he spends weeks in the hospital - and the white boy - best friend of the cop's brother, who saw the whole thing go down. The book adeptly handles anger and frustration as well as uncertainty and the fear of speaking up. Read this one as a family. 



 
Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon
Delacorte Press, Random House
9780553496642 
$18.99
Ages 14-15
 
In addition to a gorgeous cover, Everything, Everything is a fascinating and moving book about a girl suffering from a rare disease that renders her allergic to virtually everything. Her strength and courage and spunk are not deterred by the limitations of her isolation. One day she sees a moving van from her window and a tall, lean fellow named Olly catches her attention and eventually her heart. The book has an amazing twist, so don't tell your friends! I just loved this book. It has some unique illustrations as well, which add a great deal of heart and humor.


 
Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
Poppy, Little, Brown
9780316259859
$18.00
Ages 14-15 
Available December 1
 
Parker Grant is an unforgettable character and her voice is blunt, insightful, and honest. Sarah, Faith, and Molly, create a fantastic band of friends and their loyalty to Parker kept me smiling and sobbing at intervals. Their friendship helps guide Parker, but it also provides the security to look inside. 
 
Parker has lost her parents and her eyesight. To cope, she lives by a list of Rules created to protect herself. With Parker there are no second chances. A lesson that Scott Kilpatrick learned the hard way. But Not If I See You First is less about her relationship with Scott than it is about Parker discovering the difference between protecting yourself and trusting yourself. 
 
Orbiting Jupiter
Gary D. Schmidt
Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
9780544462229
$17.99
Ages 14-15
 
Orbiting Jupiter recounts a relationship between a foster family running an organic dairy farm in Maine and their charge, a troubled early teen boy named Joseph. The writing is gorgeous, a spare and elegant style that left me breathless. The story line is so unusual and original and the characters so unforgettable, I would categorize this slim volume as one of my absolute favorites this year. As the relationship develops between the foster family and Joseph, the reader examines the complexity of the transformative power of love. I liked this book so much that I read it aloud to my husband on a long car trip, both of us laughing and alternately weeping.


 
The Young Elites/ The Rose Society
Marie Lu
Putnam, Penguin
9780147511683
9780399167843
$10.99/$18.99
Ages 14-15
 
In The Young Elites, followed  by The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru is a malfetto, part of a generation of children marked by fever. Feared. Hated. And blamed for any and all of the suffering or hardships of the kingdom. Adelina is, in her own way, making discoveries, experiencing first love, and developing her identity. But Adelina is not a cliché. She is fierce, discovering that power is not given, but taken. She's even being referred to as a villain, the bad girl. Is she a villain? I caution you not to judge too quickly. Adelina defies every label; decimates every box someone tries to put her in. She'll haunt you long after you finish her story, leaving you anxiously awaiting the next installment. 


 
The Walls Around Us
Nova Ren Suma
Algonquin Books for Young Readers
9781616203726
$17.95
Ages 14-15
 
Nova Ren Suma's The Walls Around Us is a time-slip story, alternately narrated by Amber  and Violet. Amber, a prisoner at an all-girls correctional institution, narrates using collective nouns. She conveys the distinction between each of the girls at the facility, but continually reminds the reader that to the guards, to the law, and possibly to us, none of these girls is considered an individual. Instead they are criminals, part of the system, a 'we' and not an 'I.' 
 
Conversely Violet is wholly unique, a prima ballerina. She is not part of the chorus, but stands in the spotlight, the main performer. Reminiscent of the questions that infuse Antigone and the story of Cain and Abel, The Walls Around Us is a haunting, terrifying, and unflinching examination of the conflict between society and individuality. 



 
Nimona
Noelle Stevenson
Harper Teen
9780062278227
$12.99
Ages 15-16 
 
Lord Ballister Blackheart does not need an assistant. As a villain, Blackheart is perfectly content with his role as Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin's nemesis, even if he is constantly losing to the blond hero. Nimona is determined, however, and has some ideas on how Blackheart can finally gain the upper hand. Nimona is the spunky, utterly unpredictable character who breaks all the rules. The usual tropes of heroes and villains are subverted in this intelligent, touching, and hilarious story. 


 
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness 
Harper Teen
9780062403162
$17.99
Ages 15-16
 
Surviving high school is hard enough for Mikey and his friends without the collateral damage that the Indie Kids leave in their wake. Who are the Indie Kids? They are the Heroes, the Chosen ones, the kids who battle vampires, gods, and immortals, all the while being impossibly cool and gorgeous. Mikey just wants to spend the last remaining weeks of senior year with his best friend Jared, and to finally get the courage to share his true feelings for his other best friend, Henna. But a host of difficult parents - and of course the Indie Kids - threaten to destroy his plans. 
 
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a book for all of us background characters, the "unchosen ones," simply trying to live our ordinary lives. It is both humorous and emotionally resonant. 



 
Shadowshaper
Daniel José  Older
Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic
9780545591614
$17.99
Ages 15-16 
 
Sierra is a muralist in Brooklyn, but she starts to notice that the street paintings are weeping real tears. Then the first party of the summer is crashed by a corpse. Her grandfather tells her to find Robbie, another artists, which is weird because her grandfather recently had a stroke and hasn't said anything intelligible in months. Now he's apologizing, and Sierra needs to find out why. Shadowshaper is an urban fantasy set in a Brooklyn filled with ancestral spirits and steeped in magic stories that Sierra is only just beginning to understand. 


 
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli
Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins
9780062348678
$17.99
Ages 15-16
 
At first glance, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda might seem like a typical secret identity romance story. Simon has been exchanging emails with a guy at school. They aren't quite ready to meet in person, or even share their names, but feelings are developing. When one of the emails falls into the wrong hands, Simon has to choose between reluctantly 'wing-maning' a hopeless classmate or having his private life put on display. It's the cast of characters, including Simon's friends and his well-meaning but awkward parents that makes this book stand out. 


 
Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt, Macmillan
9781627792127
$18.99
Ages 15-16 
 
Kaz Brekker has been tasked with a heroic rescue mission. Kaz Brekker is no hero - he's a criminal prodigy, a thief, and probably worse. The only way to complete the mission is to assemble an unstoppable team: the Six of Crows. He might succeed, assuming the team doesn't keep getting in each other's way. Filled with fantastically drawn characters, Six of Crows is the first book of a new epic fantasy series from Leigh Bardugo. 


 
Zeroes
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
Simon Pulse
9781481443364
$19.99
Ages 17-18
 
As is usual for Westerfeld's books Zeroes is impossible to set down. After discovering they have superpowers, five teens try to do what all superheroes attempt: fight evil. Harsh words - even if they are true - divide them , but when Scam and his very convincing voice gets him in trouble with a drug ring, Bellwether, the self-appointed leader, decides to get the group back together. He calls upon Crash, who can destroy any technology, Flicker, who is blind but sees through other peoples' eyes, and Anonymous, who . . . well nobody really knows who he is. In this thrilling novel, superpowers - and friends - are a burden as well as a gift and the line between hero and zero is very thin.


 
Carry On
Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press, Macmillan
9781250049551
$19.99
Ages 17-18
 
"Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen," at least according to Baz, Simon's arch nemesis (or is he?) and roommate at Watford School of Magicks. Both live in the World of Mages, the magical community of Great Britain now facing annihilation  at the hands of the Insidious Humdrum. Why is the Humdrum always attacking Simon? Can Simon save the world while sorting out his personal life? 
 
Fans of Harry Potter and similar series will enjoy this smart and irreverent take on the countless Chosen One narratives.



 
The Darkest Part of the Forest
Holly Black
Little, Brown 
9780316213073 
$18.00
Ages 16-17
 
The horned boy has been sleeping in the glass coffin as long as anyone in the town of Fairfold can remember. As kids, Hazel and her brother Ben used to make up stories about the horned boy. One day he wakes, sparking an adventure that neither Hazel nor Ben ever predicted. Dabbling in Celtic faery lore, and subverting stories of knights, bards, and changelings at every turn, The Darkest Part of the Forest is a brilliant book of family, romance, and inverted chivalry. 


 
An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Razorbill, Penguin
9781595148032
$19.95
Ages 16-17 
 
A high fantasy like you've never read before, An Ember in the Ashes is told from alternating perspectives by Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. Laia is part of the scholar class, already an oppressed class on the edge of survival. Because of her brother's treason against the Empire's ruling class, Laia has been sold into slavery to the head of the military academy. Elias is graduating from the same academy, a brutal and unforgiving school that trains brutal and unforgiving soldiers. His attempt to escape his destiny are unsuccessful, but his fate becomes intertwined with Laia's and they work together from within the academy to take down the military and the Empire's ruling class. 



 
The Game of Love and Death
Martha Brockenbrough
Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic
9780545668347 
$17.99
Ages 16-17
 
Part historical fiction, part fantasy, in this story Love and Death are personified and have been playing a game with human lives for centuries. For every round of the game, they each select a player. According to the rules, neither Love nor Death is supposed to intervene. The stakes are different each time, but in the game of love, the penalty of losing is death. And Death never loses. Flora and Henry already have obstacles between them. In 1930s Seattle, Flora is a jazz singer, but her true passion is flying. She has no time for a relationship, especially with a white boy, even if he is a fellow musician. Love refuses to lose this particular match, even if it means breaking the rules. But Death has never lost a game and she has no intention of losing this one. 


 
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
Christopher Scotton
Grand Central Publishing
9781455551927
$26.00 
Ages 18+
 
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a beautifully written novel that explores a wide range of human emotions: prejudice, guilt, grief, and love. It is mainly the story of Kevin and his mother, Annie, who travel to Medgar, Kentucky, Annie's hometown, to recover from a tragic accident that resulted in the death of Kevin's younger brother and that has rendered Annie catatonic. Pops, Annie's father, quietly and unobtrusively works to help Kevin and Annie heal. Medgar has fallen on hard times, its mines depleted. To extract every last bit of coal, a controversial process called "mountain top removal" has been proposed by the mine's owner-a process with such grave implications for the environment, it has divided the town. 
 
Ultimately, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth deals with healing, whether it be the healing of the human heart, the healing of a divided town, or the healing of the earth that has been gravely wounded by man's activities. 


 
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories
Edited by Lorrie Moore
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
9780547485850 
$30.00
Ages 18+ 
 
How to select "the best" from the vast treasury of 100 years of short stories? Author Lorrie Moore has taken on the task and chosen 40 stories from more than two thousand that have been published in previous editions of the series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Moore's goal was not to make this a literary exercise; the process allowed her to look "thrillingly not just at literary history but at actual history -the cries and chatterings, silences and descriptions of a nation in flux." Among the authors included are: Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, John Cheever, James Baldwin, Jamaica Kincaid, Sherman Alexie, and Julie Otsuka. A perfect gift for fans of this genre, short stories that will be treasured and read many times.



 
The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion
Wendy Williams
Scientific American / Farrar,  Straus and Giroux 
9780374224400
$26.00
Ages 18+ 
 
Definitely not only for horse lovers, Wendy Williams's book explores the history of the horse-human relationship beginning with the Vogelherd sculpture in Germany that is believed to be 35,000 years old, to a present day New Hampshire family that rescues and rehabilitates mustangs, to the Mongolian steppes where a Dutch couple has "rewilded" the Takhi, an ancient breed revered by Mongolians. Williams has traveled the world to chronicle the long journey that has given us the modern horse, an animal that has "been with us across time, plowed our fields, helped feed us ... and provided us with profoundly moving aesthetic pleasure." 



 
My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life
Ruth Reichl
Random House
9781400069989
$35
Ages 18+ 
 
In the fall of 2009, Ruth Reichl had been the Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine for 10 years. After Condé Nast announced that the magazine was abruptly closing, Ruth follows her usual pattern when confused and frightened-she disappears into the kitchen. What results from this change in her life is a wonderful family-friendly cookbook. Arranged by seasons, My Kitchen Year contains comforting recipes along with Ruth's interesting commentary and beautiful photographs. The physical act of cooking for herself and others brings Ruth enormous pleasure and becomes a kind of meditation; she encourages the home cook to enjoy shopping for local ingredients and taking the time to savor those ingredients. She believes that when you cook for people, they feel cared for. Who isn't soothed by wonderful aromas coming out of the kitchen? My Kitchen Year is a cookbook you will want to consult all year long.


 
Home
Carson Ellis
Candlewick Press
9780763665296
$16.99
All ages 
 
Home is a celebration of home, from animal habitats, "A raccoon lives here," to fantastical creations, "Atlantians make their home underwater." Ellis's gorgeous illustrations will captivate everyone in the family. Home is the perfect gift for every occasion from welcoming a new baby to thanking your holiday hosts. 


 
The Life and Love of the Sea 
Lewis Blackwell
Abrams
9781419718625
$50 
All ages
 
Stunning full-page photographs, taken by leading nature photographers, make The Life and Love of the Sea a perfect coffee table book. All ages can enjoy the incredible images of coastlines and creatures, and essays and quotes add an abundance of information for those who want to sit and take their time with this remarkable book.


 
Historium
Curated by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson
Big Picture Press, Candlewick
9780763679842
$35.00
All ages
 
A new book in the Welcome to the Museum series that started with last year's Animalium. Historium highlights famous artifacts from museums across the globe. Each 'gallery' contains information about different parts of the world (America, Oceana, etc.) and different historical cultures (the Aztecs, the Maori, etc.), along with illustrations of artifacts. This large-size coffee table book is perfect for anyone in the family who likes history, traveling, or learning interesting facts, but will especially appeal to budding archeologists!