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Maggie is our 'big kid' staffer!  She's very passionate about her new fiction, ya and dystopian book finds.  Just ask...

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$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780375847325
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 3/2009
I was summoned back to my childhood with this one!  Although this is a new series and I never had the chance to read it when I was a horse crazy preteen, I read plenty of horse series.  The Horse Diaries - Elska is about an Icelandic pony's adventures through her life, everything from being born to being trained how to ride, sold away from her owner and saving a young girl from a river. It's such a feel good story and the perfect series to give to any horse crazy kid – and they're great because they all teach something about history, and they have an index and fun facts in the back to teach you even more!

Golden (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442452169
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 5/2013
Parker Frost is a descendant of Robert Frost – at least that's what her eccentric poet dad claims.  Parker is the good girl in school – valedictorian, does all of her homework, 8 hours of sleep every night, never, EVER, skips class – until she stumbles upon the journal of Julianna Farnetti. Julianna, along with her boyfriend Shane, drove off a bridge a few nights after they graduated from high school and were never seen again.  That was ten years ago, and the chance to learn about the mythical girl who died in 'star-crossed lover' fashion is too good for Parker to pass up.  And so begins a rebellious time, the last few months before graduation where Parker is willing to do whatever it takes (including skipping class – more than once!) to solve the mystery of Julianna Farnetti.  This was a fast-paced read, and I especially loved all the Robert Frost epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. Fabulous!

The Age of Miracles (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780812982947
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2013
I've read just about every "dystopian-end of the world-apocalypse" book I could get my hands on, but this one is very different from all the rest.  The Age of Miracles is about Julia, an eleven-year-old growing up in California. One day, without anyone noticing, the Earth's axis tilts slightly and only a few days later do people start to realize that days are getting longer. There's a slew of environmental and climactic effects, as well as economic and political turmoil.  The most interesting aspect of this book, however, is the fact that the story is being told to you by an eleven-year-old, and it's fascinating to see how she reacts to a drastically changing world. This was a fabulous read!

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442449237
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 6/2013
I love reading all the new picture books that we get in the store – and I especially love when they make me laugh out loud! Cousin Irv From Mars was one of those books.  Teddy is horribly disappointed when his cousin Irv visits from Mars.  He spends too much time in the bathroom, eats everything in sight, and he snores.  Cousin Irv could not get on Teddy's nerves more, until, one day, Irv takes Teddy to school and starts vaporizing his schoolwork. Seriously, how cool is that?  This is a snarky, laugh out loud book that both kids and adults will love.

$29.98
ISBN-13: 9781619696990
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Little, Brown & Company, 4/2013
I've always loved Sedaris' laugh-out-loud essay memoirs, and I've heard such fabulous things about his audiobooks (which he reads himself), so I decided to give it a try!  His latest is filled with classic Sedaris wit and perfectly delivered one-liners.  The way in which he reads his book kept my mom and I laughing when very little could even coax a smile out of us. This is the perfect choice for a summer road trip!

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9781619630598
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 5/2013
Ellie McDoodle could not be more excited for the school play - she even gets to be stage manager!  Everything is going swell, until she promises her best friend Mo the part of Dorothy, only to learn later that it was not hers to promise.  A chasm divides Mo and Ellie for the duration of the play, through costume crises and set-building stress.  This is the fifth book in the Ellie McDoodle series - a great series for girls to read over the summer! The author, Ruth McNally Barshaw, will also be at Saturn for a writing workshop and a sit-and-sign event. Click here for more details.

The Dark (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780316187480
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2013
Lemony Snicket has produced yet another brilliant children's book in The Dark. Laszlo was, like many other children, afraid of the dark – especially the dark that lived in the basement. The one place that the dark never visits is Laszlo's room – until his night light burns out.  Instead of taking advantage of the situation and scaring Laszlo, the dark assists him in fixing his night light and removing the dark from his room.  This is a great book for any kid who is scared of the dark – no matter how old they are!

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781416589693
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Free Press, 6/2010
Although this title was required reading for one of my classes in college, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Vali Nasr explains how and why there has been a new wave of Islamic extremism, and why the Muslim middle class is the key to fixing it.  With chapters on Dubai, Iran, Turkey, and others, Nasr delves into both history and current issues to demonstrate his point.  Although I don't necessarily agree with everything he said, it was a fascinating read from a perspective I had never considered before.  And don't worry – next week I'll be back to reviewing more lighthearted reads like zombie apocalypse novels and young adult books about teens with cancer.

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780307346612
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Broadway Books, 10/2007

The World War Z movie is coming out in a few weeks, and, of course, I had to read the book first!  While this book was released years ago, the new movie has resulted in a new surge of popularity, and its success is well deserved!

 

The most unique and interesting part of World War Z is its structure.  It's written in an interview format – interviews of survivors of the zombie apocalypse.  Everyone from military personnel to doctors, political representatives to your average Joe is included in an effort to understand all sides of the end of the world.  If you haven't yet picked up World War Z, you better hurry up and get in here before the movie is released!

The Thirteenth Tale (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780743298032
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Washington Square Press, 10/2007
This is an oldie but goodie.  The Thirteenth Tale is the story of Vida Winter, an eccentric author who tells her life story to Margaret, an aspiring biographer.  Vida's story is full of suspense, gothic themes, and ghost stories. I'm not usually a big fan of mysteries or suspense, but this book kept me on the edge of my seat, and even received the rare honor of a second reading – a true feat in bookseller world.  A modern day Jane Eyre, if you missed The Thirteenth Tale the first time around, get in here and pick up your copy!

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250028655
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: St. Martin's Press, 3/2013

Karin reviewed this novel a few weeks ago, but it was so fabulous that it definitely deserves another round of praise!

 

Therese Fowler did a fantastic job with her latest novel, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Starting on the day the future Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald meet, and spanning Zelda's entire lifetime, the story, though fictionalized to an extent, was a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Fitzgeralds. It was incredibly interesting to read about Scott's search for inspiration, which led them in a chase all over the world, as well as their interactions with Hemingway and Picasso, among many others. Get in here and pick up a copy!  And don't forget to stop in or call to reserve your tickets for Therese's event on June 11th at 6:30. Or, you can click here to sign up online! 


When the Sloane Ranger line arrived in store, I knew immediately that I would be getting one of these bags. The bright pink horse pattern is great for summer, and it's very lightweight – the perfect size for walking around downtown and spending your whole day shopping.  I know mine will be going with me to Washington D.C. this summer! This is only one of many cute Sloane Ranger items we have in store.  Get in here and check them all out!

Requiem (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780062014535
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: HarperCollins, 3/2013
Even though the final installment in the Delirium trilogy came out a few months ago, I just now got around to reading it, and I can't believe I waited so long!  Requiem contains the final leg of Lena's journey through a dystopian world where love is not allowed to exist.  Though Lena escaped into the Wilds long ago, her best friend Hana remains in Portland, and is to be married off to powerful but tyrannical Fred Hargrove.  As always, Lauren Oliver did not disappoint. If you haven't yet read this series, do it now!

Falling Kingdoms (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9781595145840
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Razorbill, 12/2012
This story is told from the point of view of four teenagers: Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magus. One, a spoiled princess who knows nothing of true suffering; another, a future king with a dark secret; one is a girl who's origins are far different than she is led to believe; and the last is a boy who will stop at nothing to avenge his brother's death – including starting a revolution.  The three kingdoms of Limeros, Auranos, and Paelsia soon find themselves at odds with each other, disrupting the centuries old order or things.  This is a great fantasy novel, perfect for those who loved Eragon and The Ranger's Apprentice series.

The Raven Boys (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780545424929
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Scholastic Press, 9/2012
I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater, so I was really excited to read her latest. The Raven Boys has a mystical quality to it, like all of her previous novels, although this is the farthest from reality she gets in all of her novels. The Raven Boys is about Blue, a non-psychic born into a family full of psychics, and Gansey, Ronan, and Adam, who attend the local college-prep private school. Although these characters come from drastically different worlds, they all come together to find the ‘ley line’ – an invisible line that runs straight through their town that just happens to have magical properties. If you love fantasy, or anything magic, you'll enjoy The Raven Boys.