Looking for a chilling ghost story that will keep you guessing from beginning to end? Then look no further than this incredible middle-grade book from Rebecca Wade!  When 14-year-old Hannah and her parents relocate to a crumbling old Victorian home while theirs is on the mend, things seem normal at first.  But that’s before Hannah finds an old faerie-tale book, an abandoned doll with strange markings and strange messages written with magnets on her fridge.  And oh yeah- before the house starts slowly reverting back to the 1890’s…
This book delivers just the right amount of chills with an ambiance that will creep out even the most jaded middle-reader.  The main character is a strong, level-headed girl who knows how to tackle her problems- even those from the great beyond!  Due to the chilling atmosphere and some seriously creeptastic goings on I would say this book is definitely for the 10-12 age group.  Also noteworthy here is that this book is a companion to her previous novel which appears to be out of print.  Aside from a couple references to people and events that happened in the first novel, this novel can be enjoyed on its own.  Read it and creep yourself out today!
--Reviewed by Katherine from Books Inc. Laurel Village
I'll take for granted that you like movies and I know you love books - so here is one that combines the best of both fantastic worlds into a beautiful, charming and magical amalgam of both. Based on the story that inspired the Academy-Award winning short film, you'll be whisked away along with Morris Lessmore into a life of passion for literature with nods along the way from such disparate inspiration as Humpty Dumpty, The Wizard of Oz, Buster Keaton and many, many more classics. This is "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" for the younger set, but book aficionados of all ages are going to treasure this. Truly beguiling.
--Reviewed by Ken, manager of Books Inc. Market Street


June 28th: The Letter Q at Books Inc. Market Street, featuring authors Malinda Lo, Paige Braddock, Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Michael Nava

July 13th: TAKE THAT NEW YORK! A party in the Bay Area featuring YA authors. Bring your fancy hats.

August 10th: NYMBC+The Roxie = BFFs? Probably. Celebrate the 2yr anniversary of SCOTT PILGRIM at this special, late night screening. Tickets here

August 28th : Cory Jackson's book launch party for IF I LIE. 

In this small fishing village, there are only six small schoolchildren. But when one of them asks a small question, big things start to happen. Soon the whole town is involved and dreams just might come true.

- reviewed by Katie from Books Inc. Palo Alto

Sometimes the old is the best. First published in 1954, Half Magic is a perfect summertime read for any primary schooler. A magic coin is found and it saves an otherwise boring summer. It will grant a wish, but only halfway. How do you figure out what twice your wish is? Read the book and find out!

Once your done with this one, enjoy the other books by the great Edward Eager.

- reviewed by Elizabeth from Books Inc. Alameda



A rediscovered classic from 60s, Pickle-Chiffon Pie is that rare beast, a completely silly picture book with fantastic illustrations and an important message.  Jolly Roger Bradfield has created his own fairytale world complete with a princess, several princes, a quest, and an enchanted forest. 

When the princess can’t decide which prince to marry, her father sends them on a quest into the enchanted forest to bring back the most wonderful thing they can find.  A fairly standard premise turns wacky with the addition of four-wheeled Dimdoozles, lions juggling root beer cans, sixteen-footed Gazoos, mice painting Picassos, Three-nosed Snozzles, and of course, Pickle-Chiffon pie.  The book, while silly and fun, also shows the importance of, as Bradfield puts it, “kindness and love and consideration for others…truly THE MOST WONDERFUL THING OF ALL.”

Also check out Bradfield's Pickle-Chiffon Pie Olympics!

for ages 4-8

- reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut Street

While I first read this series a couple years ago, with the recent release of Out of Sight, Out of Time (book 5) I thought I revisited the previous books to reacquaint myself with the series before I tackle the newest book 

Cammie Morgan goes to Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women in Roseville, Virginia where her mom is the headmistress. Sounds like a posh school for spoiled rich heiresses, right?  That’s where you are wrong. Gallagher Academy is a spy school for girls where the teachers teach their students to hack into the CIA and dismantle dirty bombs. While each book has their own plotline, the overarching story for the series deals with the mystery surrounding Cammie’s father disappearance when she was a little girl. 

Rereading the series has been fun and it is still full of sass, fun and kick-ass moments (and I mean that literally). I love the series’ emphasizes on strong female characters and friendships as well as Carter’s wit that keeps me laughing at various intervals. Well-paced and witty, this series reads like a movie. Great for a reluctant reader. Also its squeaky-clean romance makes it a good novel for middle and high schoolers looking for a novel that’s more fun than mushy. 

Book One: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’ve Have to Kill You
Book Two: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Book Three: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Book Four: Only the Good Spy Young
Book Five: Out of Sight, Out of Time

- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza

workshop to be led by NYMBC lady (Maggie)