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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

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<p>Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship wit...h 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.</p> 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>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

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<p>What happens when the mightiest of mortals take on the greatest of gods in an apocalyptic basketball showdown? </p><p>Zeus, Her...a, Poseidon, and the rest of the Gods' squad have all the powers of the universe at their disposal-which makes for a deadly defense and an unstoppable offense. But those "pesky Mortals" are always causing trouble, and with hunky Hercules at the top of his game and Achilles' heel healing nicely after his surgery, the Mortals manage to stay alive until halftime. Who knows what mythological magic the Gods will have to conjure up to win this Hellenic heart stopper?</p><p>Complete with toga-clad announcers and a halftime report on the wonders of ancient Greece, Kevin O'Malley's Mount Olympus Basketball makes learning about ancient Greek myths more exciting than March Madness.</p><p>As punishment for acting out in class, Kevin was often sent to the library for a "timeout". Resigned to his fate, he grudgingly started to leaf through a pile of picture books. There were pictures of cute little ponies, cute little puppies, and cute little children with smiling parents beaming behind them. Yuck, yuck, and double yuck! Then, just when he thought he would fall off his chair and die of cuteness, Kevin came upon a picture of a boy in a wolf suit who was threatening to eat his mother. In another picture he was chasing his dog with a fork. This was somebody Kevin could relate to. He kept reading as the boy cavorted through the forest with big hairy monsters. Kevin loved it! The book was, of course, Where the Wild Things Are. From then on, Kevin wanted to illustrate children's books. Not cute children's books, but books for kids like him.</p> Read More

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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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<p><i>Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.... Step into the world of the Trylle, and prepare to be enchanted?.</i></p><p>When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself--that she's a changeling switched at birth--she knows her life will never be the same. Now she's about to learn that there's more to the story?</p><p>She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined--and they'll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers--and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who's strictly off limits?and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.</p><p>Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she's ever wanted?in both worlds.</p><p>As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, "One Day, Three Ways," set in the magical world of the Trylle.</p> Read More

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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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