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"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. 

And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” 

― Mark Twain









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Where is that missing sock?

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This entertaining game allows young players to match socks adorned with cute animals, eye-catching patterns, and other colorful surprises! 

Kids will delight in uncovering the missing socks while building memory, concentration, and matching skills. And parents will delight in all those pairs of socks perfectly matched, at last!

Illustrated by Lydia Nichols


$14.99






A Fun, Funny, Brain-stretching Game For All Ages

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The award-winning game that allows players to be outrageously original, letting their creative juices flow. Play with cards featuring stunningly colorful images that will disrupt your set patterns of thinking. 

Disruptus draws inspiration from the very important practice of "disruptive thinking:" one of the most powerful ways to innovate.

For adults, highly regarded as a tool for encouraging creative thinking by teams and entrepreneurs -- and for kids, just outrageous good fun!

$29.99






Much Ado About Sasquatch

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Dave Kapell, founder of Magnetic Poetry, was suffering from writer's block while trying to compose song lyrics. To overcome this problem, he wrote down interesting words on pieces of paper and rearranged them, looking for inspiration.

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From these beginnings, Magnetic Poetry® has now sold over three million word kits, over one billion word tiles--growing from the Original Kit to a kid's line of kits, to foreign language kits, to Voice/theme kits.

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All kits
$11.95








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What a Wonderful World




Hooray, Hooray, for the month of May: PACKED with top-of-the-line author events!  Meet...


monsterous Sharma Shields, INDIES FIRST
Tony Angell's Owls, Molly Gloss, 
Kid-Book-Buzz, Birdfest's John Marzluff
Write on the River, Eco-warrior David Gessner 
& Molly Wizenberg (Orangette).

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June features 
Keynote Rita Wirkala, NCI's Saul Weisberg, and true-love-stories Cindy Hval.



Upcoming Events




Fri May 1, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library
Book Signing FREE

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The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is deeply strange and strangely moving.”—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls 

Sharma Shields shares The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, a fantastical multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth.

“I’ve never read a stranger and more beautiful meditation on familial love and guilt than this novel. Plus, baby-snatching eagles, sea monsters, sasquatches, unicorns, octopus grandmas, and ghosts. Sharma Shields is my favorite weirdo in American letters.”—J. Robert Lennon, author of See You in Paradise


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Sat May 2, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

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Sharma Shields, award-winning author of My Favorite Monster and The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac, will share her favorite books and support one of her favorite indies.

 If you're also a proud supporter of INDIE bookstores, join the party at INDIES FIRST.

Enjoy one-on-one book talk with a MONSTEROUSLY wonderful author! Sharma Shields has received the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She lives in Spokane with her husband and children.



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Much Ado About Sasquatch

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Sunday May 3, 11:00 AM to noon, A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

Sunday May 3, 7:00 PM, at Snowy Owl Theater
$7 General Admission


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The heart of Tony Angell’s compelling new release, House of Owls, is his personal account of an artist-naturalist’s life with owls. Angell also discusses the unique characteristics that distinguish owls, and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought.

Tony Angell is an award-winning artist, the author of several books on birds, and a long-time conservationist and director of environmental education. He received the Nature Conservancy's Golden Oak Leaf Award, and was elected into the University of Washington’s Hall of Fame.






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Thurs May 7 at 7:00 PM, Wenatchee Library
Presentation FREE

Fri May 8 at 7:00 PM, Leavenworth Library
Presentation FREE

Sat May 9, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

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“I read Falling from Horses in two gulps. The writing is gorgeous, the setting so beautifully realized... the narrative voice unforgettable...Tremendous, page-turning….I could not have loved it more.” —Karen Joy Fowler

Falling From Horses: In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood with his sights set on becoming a stunt rider in the moviesand forms an unlikely friendship that will carry through the tumultuous days in Hollywood–and as it happens, for the rest of their lives. 

Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian, and bestselling author of The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day, Wild Life, and The Hearts of Horses. Her work has earned numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award; and a Whiting Writers Award. 

"[Falling From Horses is] the story of a boy growing up into a man by way of ambition, adventure, catastrophe, love, and grief…A beautiful, moving novel, cut from the American heartwood.” –Ursula K. Le Guin




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Sun May 10, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

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Laurie Ann Thompson writes to inspire and empower the next generation. Be a Changemaker: How To Start Something That Matters is equal parts instruction and inspiration, this guide shows young social entrepreneurs how to effect change in their communities and around the world. 

An illustrator of bestselling children's books, Kevan Atteberry loves entertaining children with the fun and funny characters he brings to life. In Bunnies!!!, his first book as both author and illustrator, he continues to delight with a simple tale of an exuberant monster overwhelmed with excitement at the discovery of new friends. 

Rebecca Van Slyke shares Mom School: an adorable kid’s-eye view of what would happen if Mom went to school. A little girl tries to imagine where moms learn their amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes. With warm, funny illustrations and a fun role-reversal story in which moms act like kids, young readers will love imagining what would happen if their own moms went to Mom School




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Fri May 15, 3:00 to 5:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

Fri May 15, 7:00 PM at Tierra Learning Center Lodge
Presentation $10 adult, $5 WRI members, kids & students 

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For some of our most charismatic wild creatures, suburban and urban habitats offer surprising opportunities to thrive. Globally, our backyards could play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts. Welcome to Subirdia shows us how. 

Welcome to Subirdia gives us something to celebrate. The ways we manage our property, plan our towns, and think about the nonhuman residents of our ecosystems can make a difference for our children and grandchildren.

Dr. John Marzluff teaches ornithology, urban ecology, and conservation at UW. His research has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Boys Life, The Seattle Times, National Wildlife, and PBS’s NATURE.




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Conference May 15-17



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Write on the River Writer's Conference, May 15 through May 17, offers content-packed workshops with professional editors, successful agents, bestselling authors and nationally-acclaimed speakers. A Book For All Seasons is honored to participate.





           






Sat May 16, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Valley College
Presentation, FREE

Sun May 17, noon at Wenatchee River Institute
Presentation. WRI members $3, non-members $5



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A hands-in-the-dirt environmentalist and everyman ornithologist, David Gessner is a tireless voice of passion for the wild world and its creatures. David Gessner is the author of nine books and countless essays about the wild world. Winner of a John Burroughs Award, and the Pushcart Prize, his rambunctious style has been redefining what it means to write about nature for the past twenty years. 

“For nature-writing enthusiasts, Gessner needs no introduction. His books and essays have in many ways redefined what it means to write about the natural world, coaxing the genre from a staid, sometimes wonky practice to one that is lively and often raucous.”—Washington Post





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Mon May 25, 1:00 to 2:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

Join us for conversation, wine, and artisan pizza
Idlewild Pizza, May 25, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Entrance free, wine tasting $5



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Enjoy relaxed conversation, fine Eagle Creek wines, and artisan pizza with “the best food blogger in the world.” 

 Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first NYT bestselling books was A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table: irresistible, inspiring, playful, mindful, and infused with recipes--let Molly invite you into her kitchen. 

She is also the author of NYT best-selling Delancey: a Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage: a funny, frank memoir about letting go to grow together. 

 Molly reads before standing-room only crowds across the country, and her blog boasts more than 9,500 hits per day. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Brandon and their daughter.




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Sat June 13, 5:00 PM at Snowy Owl Theater
Bicultural Fest Keynote & Book Signing FREE

Sun, June 14, 1:30 to 3:30 at A Book For All Seasons 
Book Signing  FREE



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Argentine author Rita Wirkala presents the keynote at Leavenworth’s Third Annual Bicultural Fest, a festival of music, dance, and a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens. 

Rita Wirkala’s award-winning Encounter brims with adventure, romance, and the struggle for justice. Building on a historically accurate incident, Texaco’s dumping of toxic waste into pristine Amazonian jungle, Wirkala’s novel is also the story of two young people’s search for cultural and individual identity.

 “When paths cross even briefly, our lives can change in surprising and important ways,” writes a reviewer. Called “ambitious,” “convincing” and “inspiring” by El Mundo (Madrid), The Encounter is both a clear-eyed view of global realities, and a journey of redemption.




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Fri June 19, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee River Institute
Presentation, $3 WRI members, $5 non-members


Sat, June 20, 1:00 to 3:00 at A Book For All Seasons 
Book Signing  FREE



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North Cascades Institute Founder and Executive Director Saul Weisberg releases Headwaters: Poems & Field Notes.

Over 25 years in the making, Headwaters features more than 100 poems written from a seasoned naturalist’s perspective on wilderness and imagination, along with artwork by Seattle painter and woodblock artist Molly Hashimoto. 

In 1986, Weisberg and friends started North Cascades Institute, and subsequently the Institute’s North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, a place to connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history.



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Thurs June 25, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library
Presentation FREE

Fri June 26, 6:30 PM at Leavenworth Library
Presentation FREE

Sat June 27, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE


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War Bonds offers readers a glimpse of bygone days, as well as a poignant glimpse of our own. In War Bonds, Cindy Hval captures the courage, tenacity and commitment of the Greatest Generation. 

From blind dates to whirlwind romances to long separations, War Bonds highlights stories of couples who met or married during WWII. Each of the 36 stories, illustrated with photographs and a World War II-era song title, begins with the couple's meeting, romance, and marriage, and concludes with a look at the wartime couples today.



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What a Wonderful World


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ABFAS Recommends: Featured

From Werner Janssen!




By Werner Janssen

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Today Holden Village is a thriving educational and spiritual retreat center attracting teachers, artists, musicians, and people of all ages wanting to learn and grow. 

Holden was once a bustling copper town. But the mine closed in 1957, leaving the town abandoned. In the early 1960s, a group of Lutheran laity took the risk of building a new community in this isolated location--a breathtakingly beautiful North Cascades valley linked to the outside world only by mail, amateur radio, and boat. 

Recounting the early decades of the revitalized town, Holden Village: A Memoir offers an inside view of a remarkable human experience of community and personal growth.

Following his  twenty years living and working in Holden, Janssen has served Leavenworth's community as a school board member, PUD commissioner, and radio commentator on KOHO 101.1.








ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By NYT bestselling Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

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A gripping and poignant love story.

1944: a privileged young woman awakens to the larger world in a tiny village. When Maddie and her companions first arrive in this remote village in the Scottish Highlands to search out the Loch Ness monster, the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. 

Despite hardships and isolation, Maddie finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she formsopen her up to a larger world than she knew existed. 

Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected. As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life's beauty and surprising possibilities. 







ByJill Alexander Essbaum

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"Sexy and insightful, this gorgeously written novel opens a window into one woman's desperate soul."--People

A striking debut novel of marriage, fidelity, sex, and morality, featuring a fascinating heroine who struggles to live a life with meaning--a modern-day Anna Karenina tale.

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno--a banker--and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of ZUrich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside, adrift and increasingly unable to connect 

The infidelities begin with an ease that surprises even her. But they are not so easy to end. Anna's lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back. 

Intimate, intense, and unforgettable. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying heroine. Her story reveals, with honesty and great beauty, how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves and the sometimes disastrous choices we make trying to find ourselves.







ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback!

By Lily King

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"Dazzling...suspenseful...brilliant...Euphoria is an exhilarating novel."--Boston Globe 

Lauded on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fictionl.

Three young, gifted anthropologists are caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is one of Salon's "Best Books of the Year" and "an intellectually stimulating tour de force" (NPR.com). 








By Carol Cassella

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Gemini "is an unforgettable novel--a morality tale, a mystery, and a love story that will leave readers breathless" --Maria Semple, NYT bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

When the skinny kid from the city first arrives in her Pacific Northwest hometown, Raney hates the know-it-all bookworm. She slowly softens in the face of  Bo's eagerness to explore the Washington island that to Raney is too familiar to truly see.

Decades later Dr. Charlotte Reese finds herself fighting to keep an unconscious ICU patient stable while also unwrapping the mystery of the unconscious woman, the victim of a hit-and-run. Consumed by questions about the woman's identity, Charlotte enlists Eric, her journalist boyfriend, to investigate. Their search for answers brings them to heartrending truths about Jane Doe―and themselves. 

In beautiful interwoven storytelling, master of medical drama Carol Cassella presents two women--lifetimes apart--who face the inescapable forces shaping their lives. Filled with stunning medical detail and set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, "Gemini" is a vivid novel of moral complexity and emotional depth.







ABFAS Recommends: Art


Art - Adventure!

By Donna Tartt

A graphic adventure narrative that delves into why we pursue the wild outdoors • Companion book to the film Drawn, now showing in the traveling Banff Film Festival • Captures the emotion of adventure through the soulful vibe of visual art • Author's art is among the most influential in the world of climbing

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Shivering in a cave beneath Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia, artist and rock climber Jeremy Collins had an intense vision, "both geographic and artistic," about his life and what he was doing with it. As a result, he left Argentina and commenced on a four-year journey that took him in the four cardinal directions from his home in Kansas City, north, south, east, west, to create art in the wild, climb new routes, and "live out his own map." 

Drawn: The Art of Ascent shares the exploits, art, and discoveries of this accomplished climber, pioneer of over 300 routes, on his journey to balance wilderness adventure with peace, children, and home.

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By John Hendrix

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A sketchbook is an essential tool for the growth of any aspiring artist, but its blank pages can be daunting to even the most motivated. Obsessed with perfection, many wind up treating their sketchbooks more like portfolios than playgrounds. 

In Drawing Is Magic, author John Hendrix teaches aspiring and advanced artists to find their unique visual voices and become creative daredevils. Through his freeing, offbeat exercises, drawers learn a sophisticated philosophy of creative thinking--in a way that is totally accessible and fun.








ABFAS Recommends New NonFiction


By Audrey Delella Benedict, Joe Gaydos, Joseph K. Gaydos

FC9781570619854Fashioned by the violent volcanism of the Pacific Rim of Fire, plate tectonics, and the sculptural magic wrought by Ice Age glaciers, the Salish Sea straddles the western border between Canada and the United States and is connected to the Pacific Ocean primarily through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 

This fascinating visual journey through the Salish Sea combines a scientist's inquiring mind, beautiful photographs, and a lively narrative of fascinating stories, all of which impart a sense of connection with this intricate marine ecosystem and the life that it sustains.


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By Liz Carlisle

FC9781592409204From the heart of Big Sky Country comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness's one percent, by stubbornly banding together. 

Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness told small farmers like the Oiens to "get big or get out." Today, Oien leads an underground network of organic farmers who work with heirloom seeds and biologically diverse farm systems.

Journalist and native Montanan Liz Carlisle weaves an eye-opening and richly reported narrative that will be welcomed by everyone concerned with the future of American agriculture and natural food in an increasingly uncertain world.


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ABFAS Recommends Non-Fiction for BOTH YOUTH AND ADULTS!


By Vanessa Jessop, Kanitta Meechubot (Illustrator)

FC9781908714176This large-format, beautifully presented book presents a journey through the human body both figuratively and literally.

"This stunning book is as informative as it is beautiful. Older kids and adults alike are guaranteed to leave its pages with a far greater understanding of the workings of the human body, while being in awe of its complexity," says a reader.

 With colorful, exquisitely detailed pencil illustrations by Kanitta Meechubot, the body is separated into layers on each page, and each layer is die-cut to show the layers underneath. As the pages are turned, young readers will find themselves traveling through the body in a way that will delight and inspire.

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By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
Recommended for grade 3 to adult

FC9780872866836"This is not a book. This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us."--Lemony Snicket

Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet--but A is for Angela--as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement. Spanning centuries and professions, there are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.

"I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE I can't wait for my son to read this."--Nikki McClure

The book includes an introduction that discusses what it means to be "rad" and "radical," an afterword with 26 suggestions for how you can be "rad," and a Resource Guide with ideas for further learning and reading. American history was made by countless rad--and often radical--women. Offering a fresh and diverse array of female role models, Rad American Women reminds readers that there are many places to find inspiration, and that being smart and strong and brave is rad. 

Common Core aligned for students grades 3 - 8; bright visuals will appeal to young children; and the subject matter will stimulate and inspire high-schoolers and beyond.


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ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades


By Soman Chainani
recommended for ages 8 through 12.

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The New York Times bestselling sequel to The School for Good and Evil.

Sophie and Agatha are back in Gavaldon, living out their Happily Ever After, but life isn't quite the fairy tale they expected. When Agatha wishes she'd chosen a different Happy Ending, she accidentally reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil, and the girls find that the world they knew has changed. 

Witches and princesses reside at the School for Girls, where they've been inspired to live a life without princes, while Tedros and the boys are camping in Evil's old towers. War is brewing.

Can Agatha and Sophie restore the peace? Can Sophie stay good with Tedros on the hunt? And whose heart does Agatha's belong to--her best friend or her prince? 

Soman Chainani has created a spectacular world that Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin calls "a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, humor, and a riddle that will keep you turning pages until the end." 

The School for Good and Evil has been translated across six continents and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios. 


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By Jon Scieszka
Recommended for ages 8 to 12

FC9781419714832"Huge laughs and great science--the kind of smart, funny stuff that makes Jon Scieszka a legend." --Mac Barnett

In this second book in the series, Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with self-assembled  Klink and Klank, once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival--this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy. 

Frank is working on a revamped version of one of Nikola Tesla's inventions, the "Electro-Finger," a device that can tap into energy anywhere and allow all of Midville to live off the grid, with free wireless and solar energy. But this puts Frank in direct conflict with Edison's quest to control all the power and light in Midville, monopolize its energy resources, and get "rich rich rich." Time is running out. Can Frank, Watson, Klink, and Klank stop Edison and Mr. Chimp?

Jon Scieszka is the National Ambassador for Children's Literature emeritus, the founder of Guys Read to encourage a passion for reading among young boys, and the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for kids.

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ABFAS Recommends: For the Younger Crowd

By Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long (Illustrator)

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A gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests, from the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, and A Rock Is Lively.   

From tiny bee hummingbird nests to orangutan nests high in the rainforest canopy, an incredible variety of nests are showcased here in all their splendor. 

Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book introduces children to a captivating array of nest facts and will spark the imaginations of children whether in a classroom reading circle or on a parent's lap.

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By Jack Townend

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A Railway ABC is a nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look at the railroad, from "A is for All Clear" to "I is for Inspector" to "S is for the Signals, which say stop or go." 

This small, beautiful alphabet book, long out of print, was first published in 1942. Townend's endearing lithograph illustrations and gently humorous rhymes will captivate children and adults alike.

"If there were contenders for the perfect book, then Jack Townend's A Railway ABC would make my short list. It's the most marvellously crafted little gem" -- Pearl Binder

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By award-winning, bestselling  Nikki McClure

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In my pajamas. 
Inside. 
In. In. In. 

For a boy and his toy giraffe, today is the perfect day to stay in. Snug in his pajamas, he reads books, bakes popovers, and plays with a big wicker basket—that he transforms into a rocket ship to fly in “innerspace.” 

But soon, the outdoors is too tempting to resist, and he takes his wild imagination into nature. That is, until it’s time to come inside again. 

Illustrated with the gorgeous paper cuts for which Nikki McClure is known, In reminds us of the essential childhood pleasures found in an engaged day of imaginative, unscheduled play and exploration.

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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
          ― Rainer Maria Rilke
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“Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.” 
          ― Vladimir Nabokov


"always 
it's 
Spring and everyone's 
in love and flowers pick themselves” 
          ― E.E. Cummings







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