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The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

“In the beginning of this book, Aldwyn, a young alley cat, is being chased by a bounty hunter for having stolen fish from the fish market (which Aldwyn really did not think was that big of a deal.) Running through the streets of Bridgetower, Aldwyn finds a street that he has never seen. He sees some very strange things on this street, like an elderly lady selling dead flowers. Who would want to buy dead flowers, Aldwyn thinks. Suddenly he is aware of his surroundings and realizes that the bounty hunter is right beside him. Aldwyn sees an open window and jumps in. He realizes that this is a pet shop with mysterious kinds of creatures. Moments later, Jack, a young wizard in training, chooses Aldwyn for his familiar (a wizard’s magical companion animal), not realizing that Aldwyn has no magic powers… or does he? I really recommend the first book in The Familiars series for people who love Warriors or Harry Potter.”

Elliot Ingle, age 9

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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot

by Caroline Carlson

 

Yer lookin' for an adventure unlike ar-ny other? Come ye aboard, unless ye be little girls--little girls aren't allowed-- WHAT?! What do you mean girls aren't allowed?

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of becoming a pirate though she finds that becoming a full-fledged member of the VNHLP (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates) because she is a girl. Hilary is determined to prove those blasted pirates (and her father who extremely disapproves of villainy and pirates) completely WRONG. Hilary sets off with her trusty pilfered sword and her lawfully inherited Magical Gargoyle and answers a Pirate Want-Ad looking for able bodies to join a crew on a quest to unearth a treasure 'worth more than gold'. I say hop aboard the galleon called 'The Pigeon' and set sail on a magical quest for this treasure--but be ye forewarned--this treasure is not what it seems. The best pirates have always been women though there are some fearsome guy pirates as well. Recommend this to a little swashbuckler who is quite the defiant one.

- From Books Inc. at SFO

 

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The BOOK BUSTERS MIDDLE READER BOOK CLUB (ages 8-12) will discuss Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
 
The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lot about the art of detection. It's a good thing too—because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself.

The San Mateo Library presents storytime with the New York Times-bestselling author of Telephone and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Mac Barnett!

Event date: 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
San Mateo Library
55 West 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA

Picture Books

Early Readers

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Bad Magic

by Pseudonymous Bosch

People may be wondering if Pseudonymous Bosch's new book, Bad Magic, can live up to the high expectations garnered from his popular Secret Series, and the answer is absolutely it can. Bad Magic has the same cheeky wit Bosch is known for combined with a fast paced story of intrigue, self discovery, and wonderfully bad magic. His footnotes are hilarious (and educational with allusions to such famous pieces of art as Gilligan's Island, The Loveboat, and William Shakespeare's The Tempest), and the story is never dull as the main character, Clay, is put in exceedingly more ridiculous situations where he is forced to uncover the truth on a mysterious island. Even though it has elements any fantasy or mystery lover would enjoy, ultimately Bad Magic is about standing up for yourself and believing in your own abilities. Clay begins his journey shy and troubled, and ends with courage, a sense of adventure, and friends he never thought he'd have. A perfect read for those who loved the Secret Series, but also anyone who loves a good old rollicking adventure. Ages 10+

Reviewed by Irene at Books Inc. Palo Alto

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From the award-winning star of Channel 4's Lost + The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Titan Books brings you an enchanting and mischievious debut, The Squickerwonkers by Evangeline Lilly.

Books Inc. in The Marina very excitedly welcomes actress and author Evangeline Lilly in celebration of the first volume of this eccentric and visually stunning cautionary tale, The Squickerwonkers! Meet Selma of the Rin-Run Royals, a clever little girl who is spoiled to the core. One day Selma stumbles upon a band of colorful marionettes, and gets more than she bargained for. The remarkable Squickerwonkers of the fabulous Squickershow are about to teach Selma that she'll not always get her way.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public. Priority in the signing line will be given to those with a Books Inc. receipt for The Squickerwonkers.

 

Event date: 
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA

 

Karn is destined to take over his family’s farm in Norrongard, but he has absolutely no desire to do so. He would much rather play game after game of Thrones and Bones. Thianna is a half giantess, half human who is constantly trying to prove herself amongst her fellow Frost Giants. When dangerous and ancient creatures threaten their families, Thianna and Karn must flee their homes in hopes of finding out the truth and saving everyone they love.  Frostborn is a magical and exhilarating story that’s perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Fablehaven. I can even see it going as far as being a Game of Thrones for young readers. Dragons, wyverns, after walkers, and giants all play a part in this story making it exciting and magical. Anders’ use of Viking mythology also plays a subtle roll in Karn’s history and the legends of Norrongard, which always has me wanting more. We need more Viking stories! I loved it, and it’s definitely worth picking up! -- Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

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