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<div><div><div>Have you ever wondered how a picture book is made? The process is similar to the way we play a team sport, put on a... play, or build a sandcastle-through collaboration. Writers and illustrators collaborate in a variety of ways. Sometimes they start as friends who choose to work together. Sometimes they become friends through the work they do. And sometimes they find that their feelings and styles change to the point where they can no longer work together. Each collaborative team and venture is unique. <br><br>Side by Side focuses on five famous author/illustrator teams and favorite books they have published: </div><div>- Arthur Yorinks/Richard Egielski & Louis the Fish </div><div>- Alice Provensen/Martin Provensen & The Glorious Flight</div><div>- Jon Scieszka/Lane Smith/Molly Leach & The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales </div><div>- Julius Lester/Jerry Pinkney & Sam and the Tigers </div><div>- Joanna Cole/Bruce Degen & The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses <br><br>Personal anecdotes, edited manuscripts, sketches, and dummy book pages show the give-and-take that goes on between authors, illustrators, editors, and designers as they are working on projects they feel passionate about. By taking readers behind the scenes of these works in progress, Marcus gives us insight into how teamwork, cooperation, and friendship play a role in shaping the creative process, and will inspire readers to view their own team effort in fresh new ways.</div></div></div> Read More

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<p>Goldenrod Moram loves nothing better than a good quest. Intrepid, curious, and full of a well-honed sense of adventure, she dec...ides to start her own exploring team fashioned after her idols, the explorers Lewis and Clark, and to map the forest right behind her home. This task is complicated, however, by a series of unique events--a chance encounter with a mysterious old lady has her searching for a legendary blue rose. Another encounter lands her in the middle of a ragtag gang of brilliant troublemakers. And when she stumbles upon none other than the ghost of Meriwether Lewis himself, Goldenrod knows this will be anything but an ordinary summer . . . or an ordinary quest. Debut author Sarvenaz Tash combines an edge-of-your-seat adventure, a uniquely clever voice, and an unforgettable cast of characters to prove that sometimes the best adventures of all are waiting right in your own backyard.</p> Read More

Walker Books
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<p>For any kid who has heard "Get outside and play," and for any parent who has said it.</p><p><i>I can't believe Mom made me stop... my video game to get some fresh air. Stupid outside. </i><br><i>At least the guys are here. Their moms made them come outside, too. </i><br><i>That shouldn't be too hard. Maybe I'll finally get lucky. It'll fall any second.</i></p><p>- Like O'Malley's acclaimed <i>Straight to the Pole</i>, this book is pithy and funny, perfect for readers of all levels and ages.<br>- The topic--playing video games versus playing outdoors-- is explored in a way that is satisfying to both parents and children.<br>- Once again, O'Malley showcases his knack for relating to modern kids, and his new illustration style will win over more readers to his fan club.<br>- With an intuitive understanding of young boys' psyches, O'Malley has created an ideal book for dads and sons to enjoy together</p> Read More

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<DIV><P>Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationshi...p with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.<BR></P></DIV> Read More

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<p>Sam is called a sea cow because that's what he looks like - a big cow grazing in the ocean. Another name for Sam is manatee. In... this book we meet Sam when he is just hours old and leave him when he is ready to mate. In between is a great deal of information about manatees mixed in with a big adventure for Sam. </p><p>An exciting, fact-filled book gorgeously illustrated in full color.</p> Read More

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<p>Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life. His dreams had sails. <br>They took him from the port of Baltimore, aro...und the world, and north to the pole.<br>No amount of fear, cold, hunger, or injustice could keep him from tasting adventure and exploring the world. <br>He learned to survive in the Arctic wilderness, and he stood by Admiral Peary for years on end, all for the sake of his goal. <br>And finally, after decades of facing danger and defying the odds, he reached the North Pole and made history. <br>At last, Henson had proved himself as an explorer--and as a man.</p> Read More

Walker Books
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<p>Introducing the astonishing, the unforgettable ... HOUDINI!</p><p>He made himself a living legend and became the most famous na...me in magic. But Harry Houdini, like his acts, was fascinating and mysterious. As a child, he was often on the edge of homelessness, so he would charge crowds to watch him perform tricks he knew no one else could do. After leaving home to seek his fortune, Houdini mastered every form of magic available-- card tricks, juggling, illusions-- and travelled the world over to make a name for himself.</p><p>But true stardom came to him only when he began to focus his act around daring, heart-stopping escapes. By sheer force of will, Houdini trained his body to withstand the torturous demands of the elaborate acts he created.</p><p>How did he do it? Magicians never tell. Yet acclaimed author Kathleen Krull and award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez combine their talents to reveal the remarkable story of the World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King.</p> Read More

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