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Dear Fellow Booklovers,
Kids' Bookmark Contest 2012
Inner Hero Archer by Erika Boone, age 10
Book Man by Caleb Hofmann, age 9
Fire Bomb by Robert Reifenberg, age 8
Reading Makes Us Heroes!by Ansa Maria Bijo, age 8
Captain Cat: He Flies With His Tail, by Campbell Spillett, age 5
Cattastrophe, by Sadie Goldberg, age 8
Cool Man, by Jackson Martin, age 8
Super Sheep!, by Maia Alex Kraus, age 7
Four Armed Ninja, by Jake Paccione, age 7
Bookmark the Dragon, Milo Ruggiero, age 5
A Family Book Night!
What could be more fun than sharing not only our love of reading with our kids or grandkids but to share our favorite books from when we were kids too.
Family Book Night will be an evening of discussion, fun activities, and a yummy treat.
We are inviting you to help us choose the books for the evening.
Please email , call, or drop by the store to share your favorites with us.
Some of my (Liane) all time favorite books include:
Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
All Of A Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine de L'Engle
More details and book choices to follow soon.
Thanks for your continued support,
Nicole, Carolyn, Marisela, Margot, Marina, and Liane
Ready Set Write!
The watchung booksellers 'Zine is back, and ready to receive your best summer writing.
- Who can enter? All kids, grade 4 through 12.
- What kind of writing? Story, Essay, or Poem. Please send only one piece per category per person.
- How long? Up to 1000 words, or about two pages.
- How do I submit? Send your work by email to email@example.com, with "Zine" in the subject line.
- Any more rules? Please use 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced. Include your name, age, address, school, email and telephone number on the last page.
- How much time do I have? The deadline is Tuesday, September 4.
- Is this a contest? No. If we accept your work, we may ask you to read your piece at the Meet Our Young Writers celebration in October.
- So what do I get? The fun of sharing your words and ideas with others, and a chance to see them in print. Oh, and a copy of the finished 'Zine!
So find a quiet spot, catch your best idea, ride your imagination, and let the writing begin.
We can't wait to hear from you!
Upcoming YA Event
Saturday, June 2nd, 3pm
Just before her graduation from La Jolla's exclusive Freiburg Academy, valedictorian and scholarship student Kylie Flores inadvertently ends up in Ensenada, Mexico, with Max, one of the most popular boys in school, where, in 24 jam-packed hours, their lives dramatically change.
Middle Readers Rule!
by Mike Lupica
Ben McBain is every football team's dream player. He's a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben's number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback and the one thing standing in his way is the coach's son.
Shawn O'Brien looks the part. He has been groomed by his father, a former professional quarterback. But despite his size and arm strength, Shawn is struggling.
Ben is torn between being a good teammate and going after his own dream. As Ben finds out, Shawn isn't the easiest person to help. And when Ben gets an unexpected opportunity, the entire game will change for the both of them. (ages 8-12)
Summer of the Gypsy Moths
by Sara Pennypacker
Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable. So while Mom "finds herself," Stella fantasizes that someday she'll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle to her plan? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. Angel couldn't be less like her name-she's tough and prickly, and the girls hardly speak to each other.
But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined. And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family. (ages 8-12)
Jon didn't expect to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts at his new boarding school. Now he and his friend Ella must uncover a centuries-old murder, all while haunted by terrifying spirits. When Jon summons the ghost of Knight Longspee, only one question remains-can Longspee be trusted? (ages 8-12)
Alistair, Alex, and Alice have always been an inseparable (though not necessarily harmonious) triplet of mice...that is until Alistair is kidnapped one summer's night. While Alistair tries to make heads or tails of falling from the sky onto another young ginger-colored mouse named Tibby Rose (a most unusual incident on all accounts), Alex and Alice set off to find their missing brother. But in a world where spies abound and an elusive underground organization called FIG is only heard about in shushed bits and pieces, figuring out whom to trust is no small task for this intrepid trio. The key to the mystery seems to be within their grasp, but it only hints at another hair-raising adventure and creates more questions that seemed destined to remain unanswered. (ages 8-12)
by Robin LaFevers
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts-and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany-where she finds herself woefully under prepared-not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death's vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
(ages 14 & up)
by Patricia McCormick
When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return. And he learns to be invisible to the sadistic Khmer Rouge, who can give or take away life on a whim.
One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. In order to survive, he must quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demand-and steal food to keep the other kids alive. This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier. He lives by the simple credo: Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down.
Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace
. (ages 14 & up)
When You Were Mine
by Rebecca Serle
In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo's original intended-Juliet's cousin Rosaline-tells her side of the tale.
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her-and when he finally does, it's perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose's best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy...and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn't even stand a chance.
Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet's instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob's heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends....(ages 14 & up)
by Galaxy Craze
Happily ever after is a thing of the past.
A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.
When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope-and love-once more.
Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become . . .
The Last Princess. (ages 12 & up)
If All the Animals Came Inside
by Eric Pinder
The walls would tremble. The dishes would break.
Oh, what a terrible mess we would make!
If all the animals came inside, bears would run down the stairs, kangaroos would bounce on the couch, and hippos would play hide-and-seek through the halls! Join one family's wild romp as animals of all shapes and sizes burst through the front door and make themselves right at home. (ages 3-6)
by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
A story where getting dressed inspires big dreams!
Each day is full of possibilities, and Zoe wants to be ready for everything this one might bring. But that makes getting dressed really, really hard! If it's a twirling day, she'll need to wear the purple skirt. But if it's a cartwheeling day, she'll want the polka-dot tights. Or it might be a hiding day, perfect for the flower crown that will help her blend into the garden . . . or a flying day, which demands butterfly wings! As the clothes pile up and Mama tells her it's time to go, there's only one way Zoe can be sure she's prepared for all the adventures ahead -- a solution that will have parents laughing in recognition and kids nodding in satisfaction. ZOE GETS READY is perfect for all those little girls who wouldn't have things any other way. (ages 3-6)
The Lonely Book
by Kate Bernheimer
When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf. But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story. The book is sent to the library's basement where the other faded books live. How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl's bookshelf-and in her heart-makes for an unforgettable story sure to enchant anyone who has ever cherished a book. (ages 4-8)
by Oliver Jeffers
The Hueys are small and mischievous, unique compared to the world's other creatures--but hardly unique to one another. You see, each Huey looks the same, thinks the same, and does the same exact things. So you can imagine the chaos when one of them has the idea of knitting a sweater! It seems like a good idea at the time--he is quite proud of it, in fact--but it
make him different from the others. So the rest of the Hueys, in turn, decide that they want to be different too! How? By knitting the exact same sweater, of course!
kid stuff may 2012
Discount applies to the following titles only: If All the Animals Came Inside, Zoe Gets Ready, The Lonely Book, The Hueys, Game Changers, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Ghost Knight, Secret of the Ginger Mice, Grave Mercy, Never Fall Down, When You Were Mine, and The Last Princess.
All other titles in-store and online receive our customary 10% off.
|Offer Expires: June 1, 2012|