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Hachette Fall 2011 - Children

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Break a Dragon's Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316176187
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2011

Stranded on the exceptionally dangerous, and possibly haunted, Beach of
the Broken Heart, Hiccup must face Ug the Uglithug and complete the
Impossible Task--or die trying. Along the way, he'll have to battle
Berserks, dodge Scarers, and save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast,
all while being hunted down by an old enemy with a dark secret about the
mysterious Lost Throne. With Toothless by his side, and time to stage
his rescue running out, what's a Hero to do?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316134026
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2011

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums (Mysterious Benedict Society) Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316181938
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2011

This exclusive companion book to the bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series is a mind-bending collection that will put YOU to the test! With full-color artwork throughout, this companion features ingenious new puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers compiled by Mr. Benedict himself, with the help of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, Constance, and other Society associates. Think you have what it takes to join the Mysterious Benedict Society? Open this book and find out!

Hug Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316182959
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Published: LB Kids - January 2nd, 2012

There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug!

Jules the kitten (also known in the MUTTS cartoons as "Shtinky Puddin'") knows that hugs can make the world a better place. So he makes a "Hug To-Do List"--with the endangered species of the world at the top--and travels the globe to show all of the animals that someone cares. From Africa to the North Pole to his own back yard, Jules proves a hug is the simplest--but kindest--gift we can give. With its gently environmental theme, this joyous story about sharing love is an ideal gift year-round.

You Have to Stop This (Secret (Pseudonymous Bosch) #5) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316076265
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2011

In this fifth and final (I swear!) book in my saga of secrets, a class trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous, or perhaps deadly--and I don't mean in the bored-to-death way--when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. Forced to atone for this "crime" of vandalization, Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji go to work for the mummy exhibit's curator, only to be blamed when the mummy disappears. To clear their names--and, they hope, to discover the Secret--the trio must solve the case of the missing mummy themselves.

In the midst of it all, there's still a Secret lurking. Will it finally be revealed? Why should I tell you that?! No matter what I do, no amount of warning seems to stick. You're still out there, reading and talking about the Secret, and now my life--and chocolate supply--is in the greatest danger yet! So please, with a cherry on top, I'm begging you! You have to stop this.

You Will Be My Friend! (Starring Lucille Beatrice Bear) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316070300
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2011

Today is the day the exuberant Lucy is going to make a new friend! But she finds it's harder than she had thought--she accidentally ruins the giraffe's breakfast and is much too big for the frogs' pond. Just when she's about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her, and loves her just the way she is.

This heartwarming story offers a unique and humor-filled spin on the all-important themes of persistence and friendship.

Birdie's Big-Girl Dress Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316132879
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2011

That night, Birdie dreamed of dresses--
fluttery floral sundresses...
lovely lace sheaths...
chic chiffon gowns...

In this follow-up to Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes, our favorite pint-sized fashionista is looking forward to a very BIG day--her birthday. But when Birdie tries on her favorite party dress, she realizes that - oh no! - it's too small. Mommy takes her to the boutique, where she tries on dress after dress, but Birdie realizes that none of these gowns will allow her to run and jump, make messes, and eat cake. Only when she takes a trip up to her favorite thinking place, the attic, does she realize that all it takes the find the perfect "Birdie dress" is a little imagination.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316122382
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Published: Poppy Books - January 2nd, 2012

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316123525
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2011

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

The Shattering Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316125727
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2011

Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or fire. But she wasn't prepared for her brother's suicide, and his death has left her shattered with grief. When her childhood friend Janna tells her it was murder, not suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna's brother died under similar circumstances years ago, and Janna insists a visiting tourist, Sione, who also lost a brother to apparent suicide that year, has helped her find some answers.

As the three dig deeper, disturbing facts begin to pile up: one boy killed every year; all older brothers; all had spent New Year's Eve in the idyllic town of Summerton. But when their search for the serial killer takes an unexpected turn, suspicion is cast on those they trust the most.

As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

The Fire (Witch & Wizard #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316101905
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - December 5th, 2011

Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings' magic hasn't been enough to stop the One's evil rampage, and now he's executed the only family they had left.

Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being. How can she and Whit possibly prepare for their imminent showdown with the ruthless villain that devastated their world-before he can truly become all-powerful?

In this stunning climax of the epic Witch & Wizard series, the stakes have never been higher-and the consequences will change everything.

Game Over Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316101783
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 19th, 2011

When Daniel X discovers that a duo of evil extraterrestrials is plotting to control kids around the world through videogames, he's determined to take them both out of commission. This pair of wicked game masters wants to destroy the human race by turning brainwashed videogamers into an unstoppable army of doom! They're also running an endangered species hunting club on the side, and their next target is none other than Daniel. He'll have no choice but to turn to the aliens' rebellious son who needs help to stand up to his malicious parents. But can Daniel trust the progeny of this treacherous twosome? Or will it be "Game Over" for the alien hunter?

School of Fear: Class Is Not Dismissed! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316033299
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

Have no fear! The frightened foursome are back in this this wickedly funny and phobia-inducing sequel to School of Fear!

Everyone is (still) afraid of something...

Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs, especially spiders;

Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying;

Lulu Punchalower is terrified of confined spaces;

Garrison Feldman is frightened by deep water. . .

After discovering that each of her former students has secretly regressed, headmaster Mrs. Wellington brings Madeleine, Theo, Lulu, and Garrison back for mandatory summer school. Facing their fears is terrifying enough, but when they are joined by a fifth student (and another mysterious entity lurking in the woods) things start to get even scarier.

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Passport to Reading - Level 3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316024532
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 5th, 2011

From Booklist
*Starred Review* Sisters Ling and Ting may be twins, but that doesn’t mean they’re “exactly the same,” no matter what everyone says upon first meeting them. Children will come to their own conclusions after reading the six short, interconnected stories that make up this pleasing book for beginning readers. In the first chapter, “The Haircuts,” Ling sneezes while her bangs are being cut, and for a while at least, it’s easy to tell the twins apart. The chapters that follow reveal distinct differences in the sisters’ personalities, inclinations, and abilities. Despite those differences, in the end each girl subtly affirms her affection for the other. Framed with narrow borders, the paintings illustrate the stories with restrained lines, vivid colors, and clarity. The chapters often end with mildly humorous turns, from a neat play on words to a smack-your-heard obvious solution to an apparently impossible dilemma. These endings, as well as bits of comic byplay that occur in the brief framework vignettes, will suit the target audience beautifully. Lin, whose previous books include Dim Sum for Everyone (2001) and the 2010 Newbery Honor Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009), shows her versatility once again in an original book that tells its story clearly while leaving room for thought and discussion. Grades 1-2. --Carolyn Phelan

The Candymakers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316002592
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew?

Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone?

Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink?

Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather?

Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook?

This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

Reckless Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316056076
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2011

Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive.

For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld's secrets and treasures. Not anymore. His younger brother has followed him. Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear....

Unless he can find a way to stop it.

If you're looking for happily ever after, you've come to the wrong place.

Ship Breaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316056199
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

A gritty, high-stakes adventure set in a futuristic world where oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer.

In America's Gulf Coast region, grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota-and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life....

In this powerful novel, Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316056960
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

One of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators of our time now takes his legendary skill with watercolor to new heights in this lavish visual adventure. As a curious little chipmunk leaves his nest to greet the twilight, he gazes at the glittering sky above him. He can't help but also notice the sparkling dewdrops on a spider's web, the lights of the fireflies, and the shimmers of moonlight on the water. "How I wonder what you are!" marvels the tiny creature, launching a dreamlike quest to reach for the stars.

Inspired by one of our most popular children's lullabies, Jerry Pinkney's gentle world--where the loving arms of nature embrace us despite darkness or uncertainty--is perfect for easing little ones into dreamland.

Fixing Delilah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316052085
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2011

Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.

Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced back together again?

Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story, rich with emotion and filled with family, love, and self-discovery.

Riding in My Car Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316052160
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Published: LB Kids - March 20th, 2012

Click clack, open up the door, girls;
Click clack, open up the door, boys;
Front door, back door, clickety clack,
Take you riding in my car.

Inspired by his love of Woody Guthrie's Riding In My Car, award winning illustrator Scott Menchin invites readers on an exciting cross-country road trip with a family of dogs!

This interactive novelty format features pull-tabs, pop-ups, and lift-the-flaps on every page, and makes kids feel like they're really coming along for the ride, visiting some of America's most notable landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and more! Hidden beneath each flap are fun American facts for the child readers and interesting biographical details about Woody Guthrie for adults.

The entire song will be hosted on so readers can read and sing along!

Macmillian Fall 2011 - 5th Ave

Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Starring Harry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312681692
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Published: Square Fish - November 8th, 2011

Favorite characters from The Cricket in Times Square star in another fun new adventure for beginning readers.  Harry Cat loves the theater. One night he jumps in and lands a
part in a big Broadway play. But now Tucker Mouse is home alone and
misses him terribly. How will Harry find time for his friend Tucker?

Carl and the Kitten (My Readers - Level 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312681975
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Published: Square Fish - November 8th, 2011

Alexandra Day’s ever-popular dog, Carl, stars in this brand-new story created especially for beginning readers.

A kitten is stuck up in a tree. How is the kitten going to get down? Can Carl find a way to help the kitten get down from the tree safely? Alexandra Day is the author and illustrator of a dozen books in the celebrated Carl series. She lives in Seattle, Washington

The Crown on Your Head Cover Image
By Nancy Tillman, Nancy Tillman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312645212
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 13th, 2011

Bestseller Nancy Tillman is the jewel in our crown. Here is a beautiful book about what makes every child special.

We know our children are special, and now the incomparable Nancy Tillman expresses this universal feeling in the most touching of ways: Every child is born with a crown. The crown is everything that gives us unique value. Our crown will always be with us wherever we go, whatever we do.

The Crown on Your Head is a perfect gift for baby showers, graduation, and for any other occasion to tell dear ones that they are loved.

The Atlas of Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312552701
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Published: Griffin - November 8th, 2011

Three young women and one adorable surprise come together in this unforgettable debut about the many glorious forms of modern family

When, at the end of one spring semester, Jill becomes both pregnant by her much younger boyfriend who can't handle the burdens of parenthood and Jill decides against abortion and adoption, she and her two closest friends plunge into an experiment in tri-parenting, tri-schooling, and tri-habitating as graduate students in Seattle. Naturally, everything goes wrong, but in ways no one sees coming. Janey Duncan narrates the adventure of this modern family with hilarity, wisdom and great insight, and shows how three lives and many relationships are forever changed by (un)cooperative parenting, world literature, and one tiny baby named Atlas who upends and uplifts their entire world. --Jenny Recommends

A Secret Kept Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312553494
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Published: Griffin - September 13th, 2011

From the beloved author of the international phenomenon Sarah’s Key, comes the New York Times bestselling novel that plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present – now for the first time in paperback

It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island , where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris , she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.

By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life.

The Little Brute Family (My Readers - Level 2) Cover Image
By Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312563738
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Published: Square Fish - November 8th, 2011

A favorite story from Lillian and Russell Hoban, creators of the classic Frances books, is repackaged in a brand-new format for beginning readers.

They eat sand and gravel for breakfast and a stew of sticks and stones for dinner. No one says “please” or “thank you.” Instead, they kick and yell and punch and shove. Then one day everything changes, when Baby Brute happens upon “a little wandering lost good feeling in a field of daisies.” When he brings it home in his pocket, nothing is ever the same for the Little Brute Family.

Bad Kitty Christmas Cover Image
By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436688
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 13th, 2011

Wreck the halls! Bad Kitty is back in a full-color picture book--and here for the holidays in a mischievous Christmas caper.

"'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring . . .
Except for BAD KITTY."

Nothing in the house was safe with Bad Kitty around . . .

The Angel was Ambushed . . .
The Books were all Bumped . . .
The Cards were all Crushed . . .
The Drums were all Dumped . . .

A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through three alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not.

Just in time for the holidays, fan-favorite author and illustrator Nick Bruel is back with a new--highly anticipated--Bad Kitty picture book.

Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #8: Play It Again, Mozart!: Play It Again, Mozart! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597072762
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Published: Nbm/Papercutz - September 13th, 2011

The Pirate Cats have traveled back to Milan, Italy in the year 1770, in order to steal one of the most important musical works in history: a symphony composed by a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! It’s up to Geronimo and his friends to go back in time and stop the Pirate Cats from their dastardly deed!

A Stranger in Mayfair: A Mystery (Charles Lenox Mysteries #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312616953
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 19th, 2011

Charles Lenox tries to resist the lure of a case and focus on his new career in Parliament, in this fourth novel of the acclaimed series that Marilyn Stasio of the New York Times Book Review has called “beguiling.”

Returning from a continental honeymoon with his new wife, Lady Jane Grey, Charles Lenox is asked by a colleague in Parliament to consult in the murder of a footman, bludgeoned to death with a brick. His investigation uncovers both unsettling facts about the family he served and a strange, second identity that the footman himself cultivated.

Going into the boxing clubs and public houses, the Mayfair mansions and servants’ quarter of Victorian London, Lenox gradually realizes that an old friend may be implicated in the footman’s death. Soon a suspect is arrested, but Lenox has his doubts. Desperately trying to balance the opening of Parliament and what he feels sure is a dark secret, he soon discovers that the killer is someone seemingly harmless—and who may be prepared to spill blood again, even a detective’s.

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ISBN: 9781596437586
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 30th, 2011

Delightfully unexpected, wholly original, and sweetly adorable: a companion to the bestselling It's a Book.

Now in diapers! For the youngest of readers who still prefer to chew on a book rather than read it, It's a Little Book asks what a book is for--Is it for chewing? Is it for wearing?--and answers the question in a warm and charming way. As funny and captivating as the bestselling It's a Book, It's a Little Book promises to delight a new generation of readers.

HarperCollins Books - Summer 2011

Adult titles

The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061689079
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 26th, 2011

“A triumphant journey about losing yourself, finding yourself and coming home again. Hitch yourself to their ride: you’ll embark on a transformative journey of your own.”
—Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want
With their 28th birthdays looming, Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner are quickly rocketing towards management positions, mortgages, and marriages . . . but all share a similar fear: Is this what they want, or what they think they should want? Feeling in serious need of perspective, they decide to leave it all behind, quit their jobs, and begin an epic search for meaning and enlightenment. Traveling 60,000 miles around the world, from the mountains and jungles of South America to the beaches of Australia, passing through Kenya, India, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand along the way, the trio will not only find themselves, but a lifelong friendship. Ultimately, theirs is a story of true sisterhood—a bond forged by exotic illnesses, cockroach-infested trains, Maasai tribal initiation ceremonies, long distance break-ups, whirlwind romances, and everything in the world in between.
Like Eat, Pray, Love, this exciting and inspiring memoir will speak to anyone who has ever felt a desire to stretch their wings, break out of their comfort zone, and discover the world.

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061718953
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2011

Now in paperback, the bestselling follow-up to the phenomenal Kitchen Confidential

“Bourdain has insight, access, and good taste, and he’s a naturally engaging writer. . . . He is a hopeless romantic when it comes to food and the people who cook.”—New York Times Book Review

In the ten years since the publication of his classic Kitchen Confidential, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business–and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores these changes, moving back and forth from the author’s bad old days to the present. Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he’s seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.

Bourdain pulls back the curtain—but never pulls his punches—on the modern gastronomical revolution. Cutting to the bone, he filets some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including young superstar chef David Chang who has radicalized the fine-dining landscape; the revered Alice Waters, whom he treats with unapologetic frankness; the Top Chef winners and losers; and many more.

And always he returns to the question “Why cook?” Or the more difficult “Why cook well?” Medium Raw is the deliciously funny and shockingly delectable journey to those answers, sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike.

A Nation Rising: Untold Tales from America's Hidden History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061118210
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 21st, 2011

“With his special gift for revealing the significance of neglected historical characters... Davis creates a multi-layered, haunting narrative...evokes the raw and violent spirit not just of an ‘expanding nation,’ but of an emerging and aggressive empire.” —Ray Raphael, author of Founders Between 1800 and 1850, the United States rose from a tiny, newborn nation struggling for survival on the Atlantic seaboard to a near-empire spanning a continent. Kenneth C. Davis offers a fresh and illuminating look at this tumultuous period and the characters and turning points that helped shape the direction of the expanding American nation. In six exciting narratives he explores the complex “hidden history” of America that goes beyond the accepted mythology of rugged individuals setting out for new territory: Burr’s Trial—The 1807 treason trial of Aaron Burr, a clash of ego and ambition on a national stage Weatherford’s War—The 1813 Fort Mims attack, in which a group of Creek Indians, led by William Weatherford, unleashed the deadliest massacre in frontier history Washington’s Mutiny—The 1841 rebellion aboard the slave ship Creole, led by a determined captive named Madison Washington Dade’s Promise—The 1835 attack on an army column by a group of Seminoles in Florida that sparked one of the longest, most costly wars in American history Morse’s Code—The Philadelphia “Bible Riots” of 1844 in which antagonism and violence towards immigrants and Catholics turned deadly Jessie’s Journey—The thrilling saga of Jessie Benton Frémont, the daughter of a powerful Missouri senator, and her extraordinary marriage and partnership with an American icon, Lt. John C. Fremont—known as “the Great Pathfinder” Davis brings to light the compelling characters, issues and tensions that defined this time—the nature of leadership, ambition, and power; territorial expansion; slavery; intolerance; the rights of the accused; the role of the press; the disdain of immigrants—and which continue to reverberate today. Illuminating, crisply written, and utterly fascinating, A Nation Rising provides a new and important look at our nation—and who we are.

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061452062
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 7th, 2011

Matt Ridley, author of Genome and The Red Queen, explains why things are getting better and offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity

“Dr. Ridley provides a grand unified theory of history from the Stone Age to the better age awaiting us in 2010. It’s an audacious task, but he has the intellectual breadth for it.” —New York Times

The Rational Optimist is an unfashionable and contrarian trumpet blast for the notion that things are, and will go on, getting better for people and their planet. In the author's first 50 years of life, global income per head has more than tripled, while lifespan and calories per head have increased by a third and child mortality has fallen to one-third of what it was. All this while the population of the globe has nearly tripled. More people have been raised out of poverty in recent years than in all of human history before, and the commercialization of life has coincided with expanding kindness, not growing selfishness.

But Matt Ridley's optimism is based on more than extrapolating recent trends; on more than discovering that reactionary pessimists (blue, red, and green) who dominate intellectual discourse in every generation have been wrong again and again for two centuries. It is based on a brand-new understanding of how human culture evolves by exchange and specialization-a process that began more than 100,000 years ago in Africa. The book covers the entire sweep of human history and human life, from the old stone age to the internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident and reasoned assertion that, despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century can and probably will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity improved.

Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business Cover Image
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Published: HarperBusiness - June 7th, 2011

“[A] scathing, important book, Broke, USA... includes one shocking anecdote after another.”
—Joe Nocera, New York Times

For most, the Great Crash of 2008 has meant troubling times. Not so for those in the flourishing poverty industry, for whom shrinking wages, pink slips, and other economic woes spell an opportunity to expand and grow. Over the years, any number of mercenary entrepreneurs have taken advantage of an era of deregulation to devise high priced products to sell to the credit-hungry ranks of the working poor, from the instant tax refund to the payday loan. In the process they’ve created an industry larger than the casino business and proven that even the country’s pawnbrokers and check cashers, if they dream big enough, can grow very, very rich off those with thin wallets. Looking back across three decades, Gary Rivlin uncovers how the poverty industry actually invented the predatory subprime loan in the 1980s—eventually inspiring the likes of Countrywide and Wells Fargo to repurpose these toxic products for the country’s middle class. As Rivlin’s tale reveals, these large chains are not only making fat profits and contributing to our current financial crisis—they are at the heart of it.

Broke, USA is Rivlin’s riveting report from the economic fringes. From the annual meeting of the national check cashers association in Las Vegas, to a tour of the foreclosure-riddled neighborhoods of Dayton, OH, it’s a subprime Fast Food Nation featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and memorable scenes.

Timely, shocking, and powerful, Broke, USA offers a much needed look at why our country is in a financial mess and gives voice to the millions of ordinary Americans left devastated in its wake.

Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061806773
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 9th, 2011

“This history of the cold war beneath the sea reads very much like a thriller.... For serious submarine buffs, a feast.”

In this riveting popular history, W. Craig Reed pulls back the curtain on the most secret aspects of America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union: the underwater battles and espionage operations that brought the world to the brink of nuclear warfare numerous times. As a former submariner and navy diver, Reed is the first author to obtain in-depth interviews from dozens of Navy SEALS and divers, espionage operatives, submariners, and government officials on both sides about Ivy Bells, Boresight, Bulls Eye, and Holystone operations. Through in-depth research and his own first-hand experience, Reed sheds new light on the most harrowing and exciting missions conducted during the Cold War.

Reading like a fast-paced Tom Clancy thriller, Red November transcends traditional submarine, espionage, and naval Cold War historical accounts by delivering a far more personal touch to the near-death experiences told by the men and women who participated in America’s longest and most expensive underwater war.

No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061834790
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 24th, 2011

The bestselling account of the 2008 K2 ascent that claimed the lives of eleven climbers—a “step-by-faltering-step recreation of the thin-air fight to survive, bristling with cinematic immediacy” (Financial Times)

With its near-perfect pyramid shape, the 28,251-foot K2-the world’s second-highest mountain, some 800 feet shorter than the legendary Everest hundreds of miles to the south-has lured serious climbers for decades. In 2008, near the end of a brief climbing season cut even shorter by bad weather, no fewer than ten international teams—some experienced, others less prepared—crowded the mountain’s dangerous slopes with their Sherpas and porters, waiting to ascend.

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061962240
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Published: Ecco - April 10th, 2012

From the #1 bestselling author of Against All Enemies and Your Government Failed You comes a chilling look at America’cyber warfare capabilities and vulnerabilities

“Cyber War may be the most important book about national-security policy in the last several years.”—Slate

They have accessed the office of the Secretary of Defense, the control systems for U.S. electric power grids, and the plans to protect America’s latest fighter aircraft. They can shut down our most vital systems, from transportation to finance, using such weapons as logic bombs, botnets, and trapdoors. They are today’s cyber warriors, the latest combatants in a battle for supremacy that has already begun—a battle America may already be losing.

Cyber War goes behind the “geek talk” of hackers and computer scientists to clearly explain what this new warfare involving government, technology, and military strategy is and how we can prepare for it. From the first cyber crisis meeting in the White House a decade ago to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley and the electrical tunnels under Manhattan, national security experts Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake trace the rise of the cyber age and profile the characters at its epicenter, including criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers.

As they outline how our national security has already been compromised, Clarke and Knake make chillingly clear what America stands to lose if we continue to follow policies that block our ability to effectively defend ourselves against a cyber attack.

The Marrowbone Marble Company Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061923944
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Published: Ecco - April 26th, 2011

“The Marrowbone Marble Company feels like it was dug out of the earth, a product of grimy, perspiring toil . . . racial tensions bristle and crack like electrical storms. . . . In this version of regional America, the heroes keep on with quiet courage. . . . The descriptions...match the near-mythic backdrop of Marrowbone Cut, an expanse of nothing but dust and omens.”—Entertainment Weekly

Loyal Ledford works the swing shift tending furnace at the Mann Glass factory in Huntington, West Virginia, and courts Rachel, a company nurse and the boss’s daughter. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked, Ledford sets his life on a new course, only to return to the factory and Rachel when the war is over.

A veteran and a father, Ledford chafes under the authority at Mann Glass. He is a lost man, disconnected from the present and haunted by his violent past, until he meets his cousins, the Bonecutter brothers. Their land, mysterious, elemental Marrowbone Cut, calls to Ledford, and it is there that the Marrowbone Marble Company is slowly forged. Over the next two decades, the factory grounds become a vanguard of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, a home for those intent on change. Such a home inevitably invites trouble, and Ledford must fight for his family.

Returning to the West Virginia territory of the critically acclaimed The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, Glenn Taylor recounts the transformative journey of a man and his community and takes a harrowing look at the issues of race and class throughout the tumultuous 1950s and ’60s.

Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062071590
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Published: Ecco - June 14th, 2011

From tempting starters such as red lentil fritters with eggplant, Aleppo chili, and pomegranate jam to sumptuous entrees such as spiced pilaf with duck confit, raisins, and pine nuts to heavenly desserts like maple-glazed roasted figs with pistachio praline, this is food for celebrating, for healthy living, and above all, for sharing.

Rowe offers a modern twist on the classic recipes of a rich tradition, following in the footsteps of the great Ottoman chefs who combined the sweet and the sour, the fresh and the dried, the flavors of honey and cinnamon, saffron and sumac, scented rose and orange flower water. Filled with mouth-watering recipes that can be made using surprisingly simple and easy to find ingredients, and illustrated with stunning photos, Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume brings to life the natural beauty and irresistible flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean.

HarperCollins Children's Books - Summer 2011

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062004000
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011

Expanding on the tradition of the Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie books, New York Times bestseller Mo Willems has created a classic new tale that explores the special friendship between a spunky girl and her lovably grumpy stuffed alligator.
Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.
Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.
But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed.
Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has created a funny and tender portrait of friendship that readers of any age will love.

I'm a Shark Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061998461
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime creator Bob Shea returns with an irresistible read-aloud picture book about a shark who isn’t scared of anything…or is he?

Shark’s not afraid of anything.
The dark? Nah.
A big mean bear? Don’t make him laugh!
But there is one thing that even Shark fears.... Can you guess what it is?

Bob Shea is the master of capturing the zeitgeist of children’s joys and fears. This book gives parents and children the perfect way to address everyday anxieties—and laugh out loud in the proce

Illusions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061668098
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Published: Harper Teen - May 3rd, 2011

The powerful and shocking third book in Aprilynne Pike’s bestselling Wings series, which has been praised as “remarkable” by Stephenie Meyer and “brilliant and lovely” by Carrie Jones

Laurel’s world is rocked on the first day of her senior year when she spots Tamani—the faerie sentry with whom she shares an electrifying connection—posing as a transfer student. Before she can deal with the repercussions this will have on her relationship with her human boyfriend, David, Laurel meets new student Yuki—who turns out to also be a faerie.

Eager to distract herself from the brewing rivalry between David and Tamani, Laurel focuses her attention on figuring out how a “wild” faerie like Yuki could exist outside of Avalon. Laurel is soon forced to confront a danger darker than anything she’s ever imagined—and this time she may not have Tamani or David by her side.

Illusions is poised to delight and amaze readers with heart-pounding suspense, breathtaking romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the fourth and final novel in the series.

Praise for Aprilynne Pike:

“Wings is a remarkable debut; the ingenuity of the mythology is matched only by the startling loveliness with which the story unfolds.” —Stephenie Meyer, bestselling author of the Twilight Saga

“Spells is brilliant and lovely. Aprilynne Pike’s talent just continues to bloom and I am almost afraid to see how awesome her next book will be.” —Carrie Jones, bestselling author of Need and Captivate

The Last Little Blue Envelope (13 Little Blue Envelopes #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061976797
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Published: HarperTeen - April 26th, 2011

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson returns with this fun, romantic, and hilarious sequel to her breakout hit 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

13 Little Blue Envelopes was a hit with critics and readers. Now the story continues in what is sure to be the must-read of summer.... Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her long-lost aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how the adventure was supposed to end. Now it’s months later, and a mysterious boy has contacted Ginny from London, saying he found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending the journey that began in 13 Little Blue Envelopes, she begins a new one. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits—and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061915239
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Published: HarperCollins - May 24th, 2011

gazing is made fancy!

Who wouldn’t love stargazing, especially Fancy Nancy? With her trademark flair and do-it-yourself mentality, Nancy manages to turn gazing at the sky into a celestial experience. In Nancy’s hands, even stars can be fancy: All you need is a little joie de vivre—which, of course, Fancy Nancy has plenty of!

In this star-studded addition to the bestselling series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, the stars align once again.

Best of all, take the glow-in-the-dark cover outside at night to launch your own fancy stargazing adventure. Ooh la la! Could stargazing be any fancier?

Splish, Splash, Splat! (Splat the Cat) Cover Image
By Rob Scotton, Rob Scotton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061978685
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Published: Festival - May 17th, 2011

Splat and his classmate Spike have never gotten along. But when his school has a learn-to-swim day, they may find they have more in common than Splat ever imagined!
Splat does not want to have a playdate with Spike, the meanest cat in his class. Spike will probably break his toys and eat all of his candy fish! And he does not want to learn how to swim—water is horrible, scary, and wet! He’s sure that this day is going to be the worst day ever. But when the rest of their classmates rush straight into the pool, Splat and Spike may find that they have more in common than they thought. Will Splat overcome his fear of water and get into the pool? And how can he help Spike to do the same?

From Rob Scotton, the bestselling author of Russell the Sheep and Splat the Cat, comes a picture book full of feline fun, perfect for all little critters who are scared to get in the pool.

Septimus Heap, Book Six: Darke Cover Image
By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061242427
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 7th, 2011

In the gripping sixth book of national bestselling author Angie Sage’s Magykal series, Septimus Heap enters the Darke Domaine and discovers how to defeat its hold on his Magykal world.

In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and his estranged brother, Simon Heap, Septimus and Marcia Overstrand, the Extraordinary Wizard, battle the spreading Darkenesse. Will Septimus succeed in protecting his Magykal world?

Septimus Heap, Book Six: Darke follows our hero’s ongoing quest to realize who he is and who he is to become. Written with Angie Sage’s characteristic humor, Darke is another compelling fantasy adventure filled with many surprises and laugh-out-loud moments. Readers will revel in the action-packed story as they realize the wisdom of Magyk—that all things are meant to be part of a living whole.

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061974557
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Published: HarperCollins - August 23rd, 2011

In this second installment in the thrilling, action-packed Lorien Legacies series that launched with the #1 New York Times bestseller I Am Number Four, the heart-pounding suspense has never been higher. When members of the Lorien Nine join forces, see why Michael Bay calls Number Four “a hero for this generation.”

In the beginning there were nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorians. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth and went into hiding, who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives but who have extraordinary skills. The Mogadorians caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. They killed them all.

John Smith is Number Four, he has just met Number Six, and he knows the survival and the fate of Lorien—and Earth—now rest in their hands.

The first book in the Lorien Legacies series, I Am Number Four, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, earned great reviews, landed on several "best of the year" lists, and has been named an Indie Next Pick. With a major motion picture from Dreamworks based on the first book hitting theaters on February 18, 2011, the second adventure in this epic saga will leave fans hungry for more.

Withering Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061799310
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Published: HarperTeen - June 28th, 2011

Hold on to your tights for the debut of a brand-new series from Louise Rennison, the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of Confessions of Georgia Nicolson!

Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist. As she embarks on a summer performing-arts program at Dother Hall in the wilds of Yorkshire Dales—eerily similar to the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights—Tallulah is sure this will be the most hilarious summer ever! Acting? Tights? Moors? Check, check, check.

In Withering Tights, Louise Rennison returns with a trademark wit the Chicago Tribune has lauded as “laugh-till-the-soda-comes-out-your-nose humor.” Stocked with a hilarious cast, set in a quirky new school, and starring a brand-new heroine who is poised to discover her inner greatness, this is a summer coming-of-age tale that will have readers laughing out loud, cover to cover.

Praise for Confessions of Georgia Nicolson:

“A little raunchy and quite funny.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Hysterically funny.”—Seventeen

“Hilarious!”—USA Today

“We’re talking laugh-till-the-soda-comes-out-your-nose humor.”—Chicago Tribune

“Refreshing.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Pumpkin Trouble Cover Image
By Jan Thomas, Jan Thomas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061692840
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Published: HarperCollins - July 26th, 2011

A delightfully silly holiday treat and irresistible read-aloud for young Halloween lovers from the creator of What Will Fat Cat Sit On?

WARNING: Reading aloud this tale of a Halloween celebration gone awry guarantees giggles and guffaws and leads to listeners laughing themselves silly!

Duck wants to surprise Pig and Mouse with a Halloween jack-o’-lantern. But Duck suddenly disappears—and a giant pumpkin monster appears! Pig and Mouse run for their lives! Who will save the day?

With an exquisitely chosen handful of words, bright colors, and bold illustrations, Jan Thomas brings her genius for engagingly funny read-aloud tales to young readers’ favorite holiday. When it’s time for trick-or-treating, this paper-over-board picture book is definitely a treat! --Jenny Recommends

HarperCollins Summer 2011

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Charlie the Ranch Dog Cover Image
By Ree Drummond, Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061996559
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Published: HarperCollins - April 26th, 2011

From media sensation and New York Times bestselling author
Ree Drummond comes a very hungry and very hilarious new picture-book
character. He’s Charlie, the Pioneer Woman’s favorite dog!

is a ranch dog. He keeps the cattle out of the garden, sniffs out
critters that don’t belong under the porch, and keeps everybody in line.
Well, he tries to, anyway! He can’t help it that his short legs make
him slow and that his droopy eyelids make him nap a lot. But when he’s
really needed, Charlie proves he doesn’t just think he’s in charge of
the ranch—he actually is!

Ree Drummond first introduced fans to the real Charlie on her blog (,
and soon he became an internet sensation in his own right with a
Facebook page and thousands of friends. Now Ree brings her hilarious
basset hound to picture-book life!

This Plus That: Life's Little Equations Cover Image
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061726552
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Published: HarperCollins - April 26th, 2011

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s bestselling Cookies series taught kids bite-size life lessons. Now she uses arithmetic to show kids how some things in life add up.

What comes after 1 + 1? Just about anything!

In this fanciful collection, Amy Krouse Rosenthal puts together unexpected combinations that always add up to something special. Whether it’s “wishes + frosting = birthday” or “birds + buds = spring,” each equation is a small delight. This Plus That shows again and again that life’s total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.

Zoomer's Summer Snowstorm Cover Image
By Ned Young, Ned Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061700927
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Published: HarperCollins - May 10th, 2011

What do you do when a snow cone becomes a snowstorm? Zoomer knows the answer!

It’s a hot summer day, and Zoomer is all ready to cool off with a snow cone. But when the snow cone–making goes awry, the hot summer day turns icy cold! Luckily for Zoomer, he knows just how to make the best of a snowstorm of a situation: He goes on a snow safari, visits the polar empire of Zoomarctica, rides his snow locomotive, and even more.

Once again, Ned Young paints Zoomer’s world with fun and rich illustrations that turn the silly into the spectacular. Both kids and their parents will laugh out loud at the crazy antics and cuddle up together for the warm and cozy ending.

Just Like Heaven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061491900
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Published: Avon - May 31st, 2011

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first dazzling installment of an all-new, four-book series featuring the Smythe-Smith musicians, beloved by fans of the Bridgerton series. Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061767890
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Published: Ecco Press - May 3rd, 2011

The legendary Grammy Award-winning lead singer of Aerosmith and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee delivers "the unbridled truth, the in-your-face, up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler straight from the horse's lips"

“I’ve been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I’ve been Cole-Portered and farmer’s-daughtered, I’ve been Led Zepped and 12-stepped. I’m a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am. I have so many outrageous stories, too many, and I’m gonna tell ’em all. All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs, transcendence & chemical dependence you will ever want to hear.”

The son of a classicial pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick—and his beloved Janis Joplin—Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his “mutant twin” and legendary partner Joe Perry. In this addictively readable memoir, told in the playful, poetic voice that is uniquely his own, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

Tyler tells what it’s like to be a living legend and the frontman of one of the world’s most revered and infamous bands—the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, the motels and hotels, the elevators, limos, buses and jets, the rehab. He reveals the spiritual side that “gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Screamin’ Demon, the Terror of the Tropicana.” And he talks about his epic romantic life and his relationship with his four children. As dazzling, bold, and out-on-the-edge as the man himself, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is an all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman’s life.

The Food of Spain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061969621
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Published: Ecco - June 7th, 2011

New York Times bestselling cookbook author Claudia Roden believes that through food, a cook can reconstruct an entire world. And in her classic A Book of Middle Eastern Food—eight hundred recipes long, a treasure trove of folk tales, proverbs, stories, poetry, and local history—that’s just what she did. Historian and critic Simon Schama has said of her that “Claudia Roden is no more a simple cookbook writer than Marcel Proust was a biscuit baker.” The Book of Jewish Food, also a classic, is equally magnificent in its span, a cookbook that is also a history of Jewish life and settlement, told through the story of what Jews ate, and where, and why, and how they made it.

Now, in The Food of Spain, Roden brings that same remarkable insight, scope, and authority to bear on a cuisine marked by its regionalism and suffused by an unusually particular culinary history. In hundreds of exquisite recipes, Roden explores both the little known and the classic dishes of Spain—from Andalusia to Asturias, and Catalonia to Galicia. And whether she’s writing about smoky, nutty Catalan Romesco sauce, Cordero a la Miel—sweet and hot tender lamb stew with honey—or the iconic, emblematic national dish of Spain, saffron-perfumed Paella Valenciana, her clear, elegant, humorous, and passionate voice is a reader’s delight, a guide not only to delicious food but to the peoples and cultures that produced it.

Both comprehensive and timeless, The Food of Spain is the most important book on this tremendous cuisine to appear in the last fifty years. A classic-in-the-making, it is an essential work not only for fans of Spanish and Mediterranean food, but for every serious cook, as well as discerning arm chair travelers.

Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving the Table Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061881787
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2011

For unconventional food and restaurant critic Danyelle Freeman, the true joy of eating is in the act of discovery. Try This is her ode to the pleasures of culinary tourism—a lively guide that offers myriad answers to the question “what should we eat tonight?” From Bahn Mi to Bocadillos, Spotted Dick to Soup Dumplings, Mezze to Ma Po Tofu, this global gastronomic travelogue introduces wonderfully delicious foods sure to pique even the most adventurous palate. Here, too, are sidebars and mini-essays that explore everything from how to navigate the place settings at a French restaurant to tips for culturally sensitive dinner table manners.

Convivial, encouraging, and hip, Try This is the essential companion for anyone who loves to eat out, yet is put off by strange sounding entrees, mysterious looking plates of food, or unfamiliar utensils. “I’m writing this book for anyone who’s ever looked at a menu and had a question. Anyone who’s had a plate put in front of him and wondered what the hell was in it?” Freeman writes. “But there’s no reason to be intimidated—not by a place setting that includes a different dozen types of silverware and certainly not by the menu. It’s not rocket science. It’s food. Like everything else worth knowing, you have to learn the basics—the tricks of the trade, the dos and don’ts, the way to get the most of every single morsel that cross your tongue. Life is one long feast. Devour it.”

Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062065452
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Published: Ecco - June 28th, 2011

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

From dandelions to poison ivy, stinging nettles to crabgrass, weeds are familiar, pervasive, and seemingly invincible; they survive ice ages, natural catastrophes, and global wars, and mark human movement across continents and centuries as indelibly as languages. Yet weeds are considered to be the scourge of lawns and gardens, saboteurs of beauty and our best-laid plans. Why are weeds so widely vilified, even despised? And why can the same plant be considered beautiful in some places but be deemed a menace in others?

In Weeds, renowned nature writer Richard Mabey embarks on an engaging journey through the cultural history of these vagabond plants with the verve and historical breadth of Michael Pollan. Combining natural history, botanical science, and insight from his own travels, he considers how “botanical thugs” destroy whole ecosystems, and he champions the cause of those that green over war zones and derelict cities. Mabey explores how weeds have been portrayed from the Bible to Shakespeare, from Walden to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. From kudzu in the American South to the poppies of First World War battlefields to the “American weed” that replaced the forests of Vietnam ravaged by Agent Orange, Weeds reveals the hidden truths behind one of most prevalent—yet unappreciated—parts of the natural world.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061806483
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Published: HarperTorch - June 21st, 2011

A biologist shows the influence of wild species on our health, well-being and world, and how, even in those places, like our bedrooms, where we have most completely cleansed ourselves of nature, nature actually still clings to us-and it always will
We evolved, like every other species, in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists and pathogens. But we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the name of progress and clean living, we have successfully scrubbed much of nature off of our bodies, and have tried to remove whole kinds of life-parasites, bacteria, mutualists, and predators-to allow ourselves to live free of disease and large carnivores. Nature, in this new world, is the landscape outside, a kind of living painting that is pleasant to contemplate but also nice to have escaped.

The truth, though, is that while "clean living" has benefited us in some ways, it has also made us sicker in others, according to biologist Rob Dunn. We are trapped in bodies that evolved to deal with many kinds of interactions with other species. As Dunn reveals, our modern disconnect from the web of life has resulted in unprecedented effects that immunologists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists and other scientists are only beginning to understand. Sickle cell anemia, diabetes, autism, allergies, many anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases, tooth, jaw, and vision problems, and even heart disease are increasingly plaguing bodies that have been removed from the ecological context in which they existed for millennia.

Macmillian Spring 2011 - 5th Ave & Childrens

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ISBN: 9780312609580
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - May 10th, 2011

Amid the intrigue and danger of 18th-century Italy, a young woman
becomes embroiled in romance and treachery with a rider in the Palio,
the breathtaking horse race set in Siena....It’s 1729, and the Palio, a
white-knuckle horse race, is soon to be held in the heart of the
peerless Tuscan city of Siena. But the beauty and pageantry masks the
deadly rivalry that exists among the city’s districts. Each ward,
represented by an animal symbol, puts forth a rider to claim the
winner’s banner, but the contest turns citizens into tribes and men into
beasts—and beautiful, headstrong, young Pia Tolomei is in love with a
rider of an opposing ward, an outsider who threatens the shaky balance
of intrigue and influence that rules the land.

The Osiris Ritual: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765323231
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - June 7th, 2011

--Sasha Recommends

Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life will be a little quieter after his dual success in solving The Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn't banked on the reemergence of his villainous predecessor, Knox, who is hellbent on achieving immortality, and seems to be pursued by a secret agent who isn't quite as he seems....

The whole affair is so baffling that Newbury is reluctant to take time away from it to attend to the mysterious murders in the wake of the unveiling of an Egyptian mummy, let alone his partner Veronica's apparent obsession with tracking the growing pool of young women who have disappeared after being used as props in a magician's stage act. But it's all part of a day's work when your boss is the queen of England.

So begins a thrilling steampunk mystery, the second in the series of Newbury & Hobbes investigations, and a grand adventure quite unlike any other.

Bad Kitty Vs Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door Cover Image
By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312674830
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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

Kitty's owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who's going to watch them? Good ol' Uncle Murray. But it isn't long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions. Illustrations.

HarperCollins Summer 2011

Featured books from HarperCollins Summer 2011

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ISBN: 9781401341701
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Published: Voice - June 28th, 2011

A gripping tale of passion and courage set in World War II-occupied Guernsey, The Soldier's Wife tells the story of housewife and mother Vivienne de la Mare, as she is torn between loyalty and love.
A Voice Trade Paperback Original.
Vivienne de la Mare lives at Le Colombier, an old farmhouse in a secluded valley on Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with her two daughters and her acerbic mother-in-law who suffers from dementia. Vivienne's husband is away in the army, and the marriage is an unhappy one, regardless.
And then the Germans arrive. Vivienne does what she can to “keep up the side.” She rations, grows vegetables, and looks out for her children and neighbors. But she did not expect to fall in love with Gunther, the handsome, brooding German officer who has moved in next door. Though she knows the perils of their love, she believes that she can keep their relationship—and her family—safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, Vivienne must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.
A novel of grand passion and dark secrets, The Soldier's Wife hauntingly asks, What would you do for your family? What should you do for a stranger?

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By Emily Jenkins, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061802201
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011

From award-winning author Emily Jenkins and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss comes the first book in a new middle-grade series in the vein of Clementine, about a boy and his invisible friend, Inkling.

The thing about Hank’s new friend, Inkling, is—he’s invisible.

No, not imaginary. Inkling is an invisible bandapat, a creature native only to the Peruvian Woods of Mystery. (Or maybe it is the Ukrainian glaciers. Inkling hardly ever gets his stories straight.)

Now Inkling has found his way to Brooklyn and into Hank’s laundry basket in his quest for delicious squash—a mainstay of the bandapat diet. But Hank has bigger problems than helping Inkling fend off maniac doggies and search for yummy pumpkins. Bruno Gillicut is a lunch-stealing, dirtbug caveperson and he’s got to be stopped. And who better to help stand up to a bully than an invisible friend?

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ISBN: 9780061962745
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011

Scott Westerfeld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this provocative dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty. When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract to “bump” for an infertile couple, while Harmony has spent her whole life in a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common. From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable. --Jenny Recommends

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By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780062024022
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 3rd, 2011

One choice can transform you. The Hunger Games meets The Matrix in a phenomenal dystopian debut by Veronica Roth. In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions—Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent)—each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue in an attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must make a dramatic, irrevocable choice: To which faction will they devote their lives? On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris and makes a choice that surprises everyone—including herself. As she and her fellow initiates undergo an intense initiation into their chosen faction, Tris transforms, finding a new sense of self, friendships like she’s never known, and unexpected romance with a boy who constantly challenges and continually fascinates her—but she also discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society. To survive and save those she loves, Tris must stand up for the person she has become while uncovering powerful truths about her identity, her family, and the order of her society itself. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with a dystopian thriller filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, and stunning consequences. --Jenny Recommends

Macmillian Summer 2011

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By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596433397
Availability: Special Order
Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 29th, 2008

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Macmillian Winter 2011

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By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596430693
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 1st, 2005

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By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596431164
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 8th, 2006

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