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Books Inc. Kids Review - Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens by Beth Stern and David Crane

Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens by Beth Stern & David Crane, Illustrated by K. A. Alistir
Publication Date: November 18th, 2014
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Genre: Picture Books
Ages: 4-8

From the author of the "New York Times "bestselling "Oh My Dog" comes the true story of Yoda, a very special cat--and adorable Instagram sensation--rescued by Beth and Howard Stern.
When Beth first met Yoda at the animal shelter, he was skinny and his fur was matted. He hid in the back of his cage and wanted nothing to do with anyone. But Beth chose Yoda. She took him home, cleaned him up, and gave him love.
Beth fosters kittens, too, and before long Yoda discovered them--and his life purpose. Now he's happy, and fluffy, and very, very busy. He makes sure the orphan kittens eat, he keeps them safe, and he even cleans up after them. Yoda acts like a father" and" mother to the foster kittens that fill his home, and taking care of others has helped him too: even though Yoda has a serious heart condition, he's made a miraculous turnaround, and is healthier than doctors thought he could be.
To further the important work that Beth does on behalf of animals, all of her proceeds from this book will be donated to North Shore Animal League America's Bianca's Furry Friends campaign.

Beth Stern, wife of Howard, is a very involved animal adoption activist. She first met Yoda, a Persian cat, at the animal shelter. He was skinny with matted fur and had a bad heart. His prognosis was bleak. He didn't think he would ever be adopted. He watched as all the other cats went to new homes. Beth fosters kittens at her home. She took a liking to Yoda and adopted him. Shortly after adopting him, he heard a big commotion in another room. He went to investigate and what should he find but KITTENS! He took it upon himself to be their adopted Dad. He looked after them,cleaned them, taught them how to be safe and to groom themselves. All of this gave Yoda a new purpose and lease on life. His spirit and his health started to improve. He is still going strong, is happy, loved by his family and the kittens are loved by Yoda.

All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to North Shore Animal League America's Bianca's Furry Friends Campaign. North Shore Animal League America is the largest no-kill,rescue, and adoption organization in the World.
Reviewed by Dori at Books Inc. Mountain View

Highly Anticipating - Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Expected Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Page Count: 352
Ages: 10-14
Genre: Fantasy/Action & Adventure

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.
Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.
In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

Why we can't wait: Who didn't love The Ascendence Trilogy?! Exactly. Now Jennifer A. Nielsen is coming out with a NEW series and we WANTS IT! Just look at that cover. Also, it's set in ROME? This just keeps getting better and better!

Books Inc. Kids Review - The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Publication Date: January 13th, 2015
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Humor/Realistic Fiction
Ages: 8-12

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town's best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.
It's prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.
In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.

As a prankster meself, I was eager to see where Mac and Jory would take this theme, and they take it over the top of course! And then a coo moos. Because the school is full of them! Don’t worry, your kid won’t get too many ideas, but you might get a few. Thoroughly enjoyable, and it is a new school story. And there are cows.
Reviewed by Cheenie at Books Inc. Burlingame

New kid Miles arrives at Yawnee Valley with the express intent of being the school's greatest prankster.  But when he finds the slot already filled by the nefarious Niles, the two go head-to-head in a battle of mischief and deceit. It's fun and cute, good for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid crowd.
Reviewed by Marie at Books Inc. Chestnut

Highly Anticipating - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud & Davide Cali
Expected Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Page Count: 44
Ages: 6-9
Genre: Humor/Picture Book

First, some giant ants steal breakfast.
Then there are the evil ninjas, a massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest? From Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator team behind I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . comes a fast-paced, actionpacked, laugh-out-loud story about finding the way to school despite the odds--and the unbelievable oddness.

Why we can't wait: Everyone at Books Inc. Kids LOVED I Didn't Do My Homework Because... and we are just SO EXCITED for this next book from Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali! We guarantee this is going to be a hilarious book filled with fabulous illustrations and a hilarious story about childish excuses! Seriously, don't miss out on this one!

2015 Youth Media Award Winners!

The 2015 Youth Media Awards were announced yesterday at ALA Midwinter and we couldn't be more excited about the outcomes!
We're huge fans of Dan Santat and The Adventures of Beekle was a staff favorite when it came out. Everyone wanted a Beekle! Can you blame us? He's absolutely adorable!
Kwame Alexander's Crossover was a surprise hit for most, especially those who didn't care for basketball or verse novels. But it won the hearts of all of us with its heartbreaking story of a boy who not only loves to play ball, but also wants to share his passion for rhyme with the world.
Not to mention the amazing honors on both awards lists! How great is it to see graphic novels taking the stage for once!
This was an amazing year for both the Caldecott and Newbery and we at Books Inc. Kids couldn't be happier!! Congrats to all of you!


2015 John Newbery Award Winner

2015 John Newbery Award Honors


2015 Randolph Caldecott Award Winner

2015 Randolph Caldecott Award Honors



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