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The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Action/Adventure

"730. That's how many days I've been trapped.""18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out."
DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible....
JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister....
MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window.....
In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

Jin, Dai, and Mei Lee are three teenagers trapped in Hak Nam, a walled slum of greasy brothels, desperate poverty, feral gangs, and the bloodthirsty Brotherhood governing all. Mei Lee is a prostitute desperate to escape. Jin is a street urchin looking for a sister sold into slavery. Dai is a disgraced son left in the city to reclaim his own honor, with a set number of days before the doors to the outside world are shut forever. Walled City has a cool film-noir in Shanghai feel, and I personally appreciated having three well-rounded, diverse protagonists. Perfect for fans of action, adventure, and characters with fresh and engaging story-lines.
Marie from Books Inc. Chestnut St.

Celebrate your right to fREADom!

Defend free speech & collect some amazing custom works of art! Beginning December 1st the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will be holding its annual Auction of Children’s Book Art with proceeds supporting the Kids’ Right to Read Project.

The week-long eBay auction will include work by Eric Carle, Rosemary Wells, Jon J Muth, Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Steve Light.

Join three time California Young Readers medal-nominee, and 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award-winner Tim Myers for a special holiday storytime in celebration of his latest picture book, The Christmas Stick. A delightful exploration of the power of imagination, the pleasure of doing, and the heart-soothing joy of giving, Tim's latest is the perfect treat for the season!

 

Event date: 
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA

Once Upon an Alphabet, By Oliver Jeffers

A new Oliver Jeffers book, should Be on the shelves now! You will want to C it. Definitely. He has a story about Every letter of the alphabet For you to enjoy. Expressive, clever, Gorgeous, and Hilarious Illustrations fill every page with color, laughter, and smiles in typical Jeffers style. You can’t miss it, the cover is a lovely neon orange. Read it, oKay? You will Love it.

-Chantal Boucher, Books Inc. Mountain View

Join local author David Griswold for a special Saturday Storytime in celebration of his first children's book, Mother, What is the Moon? Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this picture book is a poetic bedtime story that follows a mother and son on their journey to understand why the moon changes in the sky.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA

 

Young Writers Program on Saturday December 6th! Books Inc. Opera Plaza proudly presents a reading featuring a potential-filled panel of authors that have participated in the joy that is National Novel Writing Month, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determinations, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

For more information on this awesome program visit: http://NaNoWriMo.org/

Event date: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Page Count: 384 pages

Paolo Bacigalupi, "New York Times"-Bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist, dives once again onto our uncertain future with his first thriller for adults since his multi-award winning debut phenomenon "The Windup Girl."
In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel "cuts" water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents. With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other's hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

What we think: I know this isn't YA, but Paolo Bacigalupi is an AMAZING author and The Water Knife is no excpetion. I'll read anything he writes, knowing I'll love it before I even open the book. The Water Knife is adventurous, exciting, and fast-paced. Plus it's eerily close to a reality we could be living if this drought keeps up. If you're as big a fan of Paolo as I am, you don't want to miss out on this one!!
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

 

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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Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre: Action/Adventure, Mystery

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the "New York Times "bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants--but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there...and in uncovering this, she may become the killer's next target.
But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?
"Black Ice" is "New York Times "bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick's riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous...

 

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
Publication Date: October 9th, 2014
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
Page Count: 364 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?
 
Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Moracho’s whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.

 

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