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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.
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
Growing up on a farm in the hottest corner of Zimbabwe Will Silver deeply loves the land, the animals and the people who surround her and love her right back. When her father unexpectedly dies devastated, Will is dealt another blow when her caretaker's new wife decides the Will and her wild ways would benefit from boarding school in England taking her away from everything she holds dear and thrusting her into a world she is completely unprepared for. Rundell's prose is magical and this touching story of friendship, love and resiliance is sure touch your heart. -- Reviewed by Shannon, Books Inc. Children's Department Buyer
Ned's twin brother was killed in a tragic accident when they were young boys. In an attempt to save them both, their Mother the village Witch uses magic to stitch his soul to Ned. The magic which is of course never supposed to be used for personal gain has unintended consequences and leaves Ned a weak and stuttering boy, teased and barely tolerated by the rest of his village. When his mother is unexpectedly called away by the queen, Ned is left to guard the tempermental magic. In her absence, the bandit king, who is obsessed and pulled by the magic, tries to steal it away setting off a chain of events and turning Ned into an unlikely hero. This is a page-turning fantasy adventure story with a rich cast of characters, told from multiple perspectives. I simply couldn't put it down! -- Reviewed by Shannon, Books Inc. Children's Department Buyer
Convinced that her father has been wrongly convicted, Daisy and her friend Graham hatch a wild plot to break him out of prison. It involves a coin from the year 1919, a miniature horse, a stolen truck, the smelliest dog in the world, and an older cousin who is still loopy from a long-ago head injury. As their improbable plot unfolds, Daisy learns a valuable lesson about taking responsibility for one’s actions. Her family and the others around her are lovingly dysfunctional, but this heartfelt story will leave you with a feeling of hope for Daisy’s future. -- Caitlin, Children's Department School Planning
The world created in this novel is amazing and the adventure is fun and scary. The main characters enter a video gaming contest that lands them inside the game - a beautiful, crumbling world that needs their help. The world is based on Jamaican culture, written by a Jamaican-born author, allowing for an interesting way to learn some Jamaican mythology. Besides having culturally diverse characters, one of the main characters is wheelchair bound. They read like real kids with real concerns, taken to an extreme. Diverse, real, a must-read! -- Cheenie from Books Inc. Burlingame