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Local Author Alert: The Hard Kind of Promise by Gina Willner-Pardo

Best Friends Forever... Sarah promised Marjorie when they were five years old that they would be best friends forever. But that was before seventh grade, when everything changed—everything except Marjorie. While Sarah wants to meet new people and try new things, Marjorie still likes doing the same things they always did. It seems the more time the two girls spend together, the more time Sarah wants to spend apart. How did a promise that was so easy to make become so hard to keep?

With beautifully drawn characters and vivid details, this incisive novel portrays middle school in all its complexity—both the promise of what is to come and the pain of what must be left behind.

Conflicted by staying true to her promise while trying to figure out what she wants for herself, Sarah suffers through a series of uncomfortable situations that pit her budding desires to sing and make new friends against loyalty to her fading friendship with Marjorie. Willner-Pardo captures Sarah's torment well...Scenes with Sarah's practical mom and salty Grandpa offer some comic relief, as do those showcasing Marjorie's fierce individualism.  -- Kirkus

THE HARD KIND OF PROMISE by Gina Willner-Pardo is brand new. If you like middle grade stories about real kids and their friendships, with all the drama, sometimes-cruelty and sometimes-hilarity that go with... this is a book for you. PROMISE will be a hit with fans of authors like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Kate Messner.

Gina has written 15+ books for children and lives in the SF Bay Area.

Meet Maggie!

Sat 7/24@ 4:00 pm
$20 includes price of book, entry to event, dessert + special prizes

Book can be picked up the release date of July 20 or at the event!Not Your Mother's Book Club's fave werewolf book, SHIVER, finally has the sequel we've been waiting for. Come celebrate the release of the amazing LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater.It's a deliciously cool private party at Blush in Burlingame
Cost of the ticket will get you a copy of LINGER, a cool treat, and access to lots of special prizes.  This event is for ticket-holders only and IS NOT open to the public, so please reserve your spot today (650)685-4911 Tickets will be mailed or available for pick-up at Books Inc. in Burlingame Only. Need more info?  Email Jenn: NYMBC at booksinc.net 


Local Author Alert: SEA by Heidi R. Kling

SEA by Heidi R. Kling: SEA is about a girl who goes to Indonesia to help tsunami victims, and how one boy changes her life. I read this a year ago and this is what I said then: "Heartbreaking but always hopeful; achingly romantic but never sappy-- SEA is simply luminous. What a remarkable debut!"

SEA is out this week, and Heidi's launch party is at Books Inc. Palo Alto at 6:30 on Saturday!  Join us in celebrating this wonderful local author and her fantastic book.

Passport to Adventure

The entire month of May, at any of our stores, you can buy any four Magic Tree House books and be eligible to win some fantastic prizes. You could win a family membership to the California Academy of sciences - or even a school visit from MTH author Mary Pop Osborne herself. Awesome!

Kids Otter Read Day (around the bay!)

May 1 is a Celebration for Writers & Readers!
Come celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area's richchildren's book community with your local independent bookstore on May1 from 1 - 3pm. Three Books Inc. locations will be participating! 

Join more than 50 children's book authorsand illustratorsas they gather at their local independent bookstores to sign books,talk about their writing, and share their art. Hosted by the NorthernCalifornia Children's Bookseller's Association (NCCBA), Kids (andTeens!) Otter Read Day is a not-to-be-missed event for children's booklovers of all ages.

Author appearances will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday, May 1.

Books Inc. in the Marina
2251 Chestnut St.

Susan Meyers
Elizabeth Gomez
Erin Dealey
Leah Waarvik
Books Inc. in Berkeley 
1760 4th St
Jane Wattenberg
Dashka Slater
Elisa Kleven
Deborah Trotter
Lea Lyon
Books Inc. Palo Alto - Books for Teens -
855 El Camino
Jill Wolfson
Lewis Buzbee
Ellen Klages
Nina LaCour
Naheed Hasnat

Warriors - Northern California exclusive event!

Erin Hunter, the author of the bestselling and beloved WARRIORS series, will be making her only Northern California stop at Books Inc. This is a ticketed event! Tickets are $1 per person with the purchase of any Erin Hunter book at Books Inc. or $5 per person with no book purchase. Tickets and books available at all Books Inc. locations. Click here for more info or to buy online!Saturday • April 24 • 2:00 pmCapuchino High School Auditorium1501 Magnolia Avenue • San Bruno, CA

Writing workshop this weekend cancelled

Unfortunately our Wordplay Writing Workshop: Writing for Children had to be cancelled, but we will reschedule it.  Our apologies.Check back in with our WordPlay page, though, or get on our mailing list, because the Summer 2010 workshop lineup will be announced soon! http://www.booksinc.net/wordplayNow we suggest you step away from your computer and go enjoy reading a book in the park... that's what we're gonna do!

Teacher's Nights Out

Who needs a night out more than teachers; you brave souls who confront bureaucracy, budget cuts and metal detectors to mold the minds of future generations? Forget the lesson plan, let the papers correct themselves and let Books Inc. show our appreciation for all that you do!

Join us for wine and cheese, 25% off the entire store, plenty of giveaways and a special spring preview of books from our Children's Book Buyers.

Tuesday, March 9, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
 Books Inc. in Mountain View
 Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books Inc. in Burlingame
Thursday, March 11, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books Inc. in Berkeley
RSVP by email:  rsvp@booksinc.net  -- or call 415-643-3400 Ext 14

Place as Character

There’s nothing like reading a book set in your hometown. I was born and raised in San Francisco. I went to school here. I live here now. And tonight I went up to the roof to experience my San Francisco. Ships passing in the Bay called out to each other, the fog blanketed the city so only the brightest lights were visible—a few from Ghirardelli Square, the TV glow from tall apartment buildings a few blocks away, and always, always the beacon from Alcatraz. I’ve only been to The Rock once. Though these days it’s a popular historical tourist destination, it's bleak and eerie, no place you’d want to spend days, months, years of your life. Even though I see it from a distance at least once a day, I never fully experienced it until I read Gennifer Choldenko’s Al Capone Does My Shirts and now Al Capone Shines My Shoes.

Gennifer is a great writer. She creates believable characters who lead interesting lives, but in these books in particular she has handed her readers a mostly silent character who dictates much of how the other characters spend their days—San Francisco. Read her books and you’ll feel as if you’ve lived here too.

What other books deliver this same familiar feeling? The Heights by Brian James is essentially a retelling of the classic Wuthering Heights peopled with contemporary teens set in the exclusive San Francisco neighborhoods of Pacific Heights and Sea Cliff. He has perfectly captured the look, feel, even smell of the City’s fog and all its deceptive, mysterious, confusing, even protective qualities.

When I read the scenes from Wild Girls by Pat Murphy that take place on the UC Berkeley campus, I was immediately sent back in time to my college days walking through Sather Gate. Tennyson by Lesley M.M. Blume dropped me smack dab in the middle of my trip to the plantation houses outside New Orleans. And though I didn’t grow up in New York City, I felt like I could see the sidewalks outside Miranda’s apartment while reading When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

I could go on, but won’t. What books have you read that are set in places familiar to you? I’d love to take a trip to your hometown.

- Summer, Books Inc. Laurel Village