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You Can't Be Too Careful!

By Roger Mello
 Elsewhere Editions (April 4, 2017) $16.85

Age: 5-8 years

Genre: Children's Books, Activities, Facts & Games
With a playful lightness of touch, Mello explores serious questions about the importance of kindness and the
  dangers of greed. Mello's illustrations will inspire his young readers, providing them with familiar and  approachable images while encouraging imagination to fill in the narrative gaps, as he captures the mysteries of childhood through rich, vibrant imagery.

​An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes

​By Randy Ribay

​Merit Press

​Age: ​13-18

​Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Struggle, Friends, Coming out story, Coming of Age Story

​Four friends from wildly different backgrounds have bonded over Dungeons & Dragons since the sixth grade. Now they're facing senior year and a major shift in their own universes. Math whiz Archie is struggling with his parents' divorce after his dad comes out as gay. Mari is terrified of her adoptive mother's life-altering news. Dante is carrying around a huge secret that is proving impossible to keep hidden. And when Sam gets dumped by the love of his life, everyone is ready to join him on a cross-country quest to win her back. The four quickly discover that the road is not forgiving, and that real life is no game. They must face a test of friendship where the stakes are more than just a roll of the dice--they are life and death.

Waste of Space
By Gina Damico
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt(July 11, 2017)) 17.99

Ages:  14-17
Genre:  Literature & Fiction


Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space.

 The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse,  their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show.

The Infographic Guide to College: A Visual Reference for Everything You Need to Know

By Adams Media
Simon and Schuster (July 4, 2017) $16.99

​Age: 10+

​Genre:  Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Spine-Chilling Horror

For fans of the popular Show Me How series, this illustrated guide to college life has everything a student

needs to excel in their first year, from tips on getting involved around campus to advice about applying for

loans and studying for exams.

Welcome to the Dark House

By Laurie Faria Stolarz
Hyperion (June 23, 2015)  $9.99

Genre: Horror

Far From The Tree

​By Robin Benway

​Harper Collins 

Age 13-18

​Genre: Family, Adoption, Coming of age story, Juvenile Fiction

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—
Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties.

Questions Asked

By Jotein Gaardner
Elsewhere Editions (May 9, 2017)) $9.79

Age:  3 - 7 years

Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
A picture book with fundamental philosophical questions, posed in a way only Jostein Gaarder is capable of. The illustrator has made an independent visual narrative that underscores the existential aspect of Jostein Gaarder's philosophical questions. Questions Asked shows confidence in a child's capacity to think deeply and read between the lines.

The Line We cross
By Randa Abdel-Fattah
Scholastic, Inc (May 9, 2017)) 18.99

Ages:  12-17
Genre:  Growing Up & Facts of Life

Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. And it all makes sense to Michael.

Waste of Space
By Gina Damico
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 17.99

July, 2017 

Genre : YA Fiction, humor, contemporary realistic


Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space.

 The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse,  their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show.

This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

By Jaquelle Crowe
Crossway, March 17, 2017) $11.30

Age: Teens

​Genre: Teen, Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality

This book will help you see how the truth about God changes everything—our relationships, our time, our sin, our habits,

and more—freeing us to live joyful, obedient, and Christ-exalting lives, even while we’re young.

Serafina and the Black Cloak
By Robert Beatty
Disney-Hyperion (July 2015)  $16.99
Ages: 9-12
Genre: Middle grade fantasy,


Learning to Love the Girl in the Mirror

​By Helena Grace Donald

​Torch Flame Media LLC


​Genre: Self Help, Teen Girls, True Story

​This book is for every girl who has ever looked in the mirror and criticized her own reflection; for every girl who has ever compared herself negatively to others; for every girl who has ever thought of dieting; and for every girl who is already struggling with negative body image issues and unhealthy eating habits.

Anyone But Ivy Pocket

​By Caleb Krisp

Greenwillow Books

(April 21, 2015) $17.99

Age: 8-12

Genre: Humor, Spine-Chilling Horror,

Science Fiction, Fantasy

​Why Wont You Apologize?

By Harriet Lerner, PH.D.


​Age: 13-18

​Genre: Psychology, Apologies, People, Short Stories, Juvenile Fiction

​Dr. Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies—and why some people won’t give them—for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple. Readers will learn how to craft a deeply meaningful “I’m sorry” and avoid apologies that only deepen the original injury.

By Kelly Williams Brown
HarperCollins Publishers (August 1, 2017)) 17.99

Ages: 13+
Genre:  Literature & Fiction


Inspired by current environmental issues, specifically the genetic adjustment of seeds to resist blight and the risks of not allowing natural seed diversity, this is an action-adventure story.

Tell the Story to Its End
By Simon P. Clark
St. Martin's Press, 2015, $18.99
Age: 14+
Genre: Magically Haunting Fiction 

Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength
By Alexandra Duncan
Rodale (April 4, 2017)) 22.99

Genre:  Etiquette, Cummunications & Social Skills


Graciousness is practicing the arts of kindness, thoughtfulness, good manners, humanity, and basic decency. As a bonus, it makes your life and even the world (or at least the room you're in) much lovelier.

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods:

20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness
By Hal Johnson Illustrated by Tom Mead
Workman (2015) $14.95

Age: 9-12
Genre: Creepy American Folklore 

​Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories

​By Michael Bird,

​Illustrated by Kate Evans

Laurence King Publish, 2016, $29.95

Genre​: Stars, Juvenile Literature, Short Stories, Art, History of Art

ISBN 13​: 9781780676159

​Summary​: A collection of stories involving the history of art, and great artists.

Cool Books For Fall 2017

The Launching of An Imprint: Elsewhere Editions


​Stop, Breath, Chill

​By Beth Stebner

​Adams Media



Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That'll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together

By Rachel Wilkerson Miller
The Experiment (July 31, 2017) $10.42

Age: Teenss

Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Scrapbooking

It’s a planner, to-do list, and diary for every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships, hobbies, everything.

The launching of a new imprint is always exciting, and the Spring 2017 launch of Elsewhere Editions is one that definitely caught my eye. Devoted to translation visionary picture books from all corners of the world. and I imagine there must have been incredible, in-house excitement over this one. Elsewhere Editions is a new children's imprint from Archipelago Books (Penguin Random House). Two that I especially love are Questions Asked and You Can't Be Too Careful!,  winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Anderson Award.  Genre-bending, thought-provoking, both are works of art that can be enjoyed by children of all ages as well as adults reading aloud. Both have beautiful artwork which will definitely be appreciated by art aficionados. I love the philosophical questions posed in the book and believe every, single thinks about these things at some time. And I absolutely love the artwork in You Can't be Too Careful!, every page is interactive, and I believe you can read this a hundred times and still find something new in its artwork.

Be the One

By Byron Pitts

Simon and Schuster

Age: 13-18

Genre: Short Stories, True Stories, Hope, Believe

None of these should be realities for anyone, much less a young person. But for some it is the only reality they have ever known. In these dark circumstances, six teens needed someone to “be the one” for them—the hero to help them back into the light. For Tania, Mason, Pappy, Michaela, Ryan, and Tyton, that hero was themselves. Through stirring interviews and his award-winning storytelling, Byron Pitts brings the struggles and triumphs of these everyday heroes to teens just like them, encouraging all of us to be the source of inspiration in our own lives and to appreciate the lives of others around us