The Boys in the Boat: Young Readers’ Adaptation

Boys in the BoatThe Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
By Daniel James Brown

The #1 New York Times bestseller about the Greatest Generation, freshly adapted for the next generation.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.

At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, whose personal quest captures the spirit of his generation the generation that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.

This deeply emotional yet easily accessible young readers adaptation of the award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller features never-before-seen photographs, highly visual back matter, and an exclusive new introduction.

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire

Zebulon FinchBy Daniel Kraus

A murdered teen is resurrected to walk the earth for centuries in this sweeping historical epic in the spirit of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, from the author of Rotters and Scowler.

May 7, 1896.

Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected.

His second life will be nothing like his first.

Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares and from poverty in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.

Love, hate, hope, and horror Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?

Ambitious and heartbreaking, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire is the epic saga of what it means to be human in a world so often lacking in humanity.

Welcome to the Symphony


Welcome to the SymphonyWelcome to the Symphony: A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
By Carolyn Sloan, illustrated by James Williamson

Using one of the most famous works in classical music, Beethoven’s  Fifth Symphony, here is the perfect way to introduce a young child to the world of classical music. This charming and interactive picture book with its panel of 19 sound buttons is like a ticket to a concert hall, taking readers on a journey from the exciting first moment when the musicians begin tuning up to the end of the first movement (attention newcomers: don’t clap yet!). At each step of the way, readers learn the basics of classical music and the orchestra: What is a conductor? What is a symphony? Who was Beethoven?

The different aspects of music: melody, harmony, tempo, theme. And the families of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. But the best part is that every critical idea is illustrated in gorgeous sound. The sound panel allows readers to hear the different parts of the symphony and voices of the music the famous beginning of the Fifth, what a clarinet sounds like, the difference between a violin and a viola, what a melody is, and what harmony is. Kids will want to match their voices to the A note that tunes the orchestra, dance to the rhythmic passages and, of course, sing along to da-da-da-daah!

How Machines Work: Zoo Break!

How Machines Work: Zoo Break!How Machines Work: Zoo Break!
Written & illustrated by David Macaulay

Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces readers to his hilarious new creations, Sloth and Sengi, in How Machines Work: Zoo Break!

Complete with a unique jacket with an interactive compound machine incorporating several of the simple mechanisms featured in the book, How Machines Work: Zoo Break! uses models and illustrations to demonstrate the technology of six simple machines: levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges, and wheels.

Follow the mad antics of Sloth and his sidekick Sengi as they try to find their way out of the zoo with the help of machines. Their efforts are brought to life through novelty elements including pop-ups, pull-outs, and lift-the-flaps, allowing readers to explore in greater depth how and why machines work. Spreads highlight the use of simple machines in everyday objects, such as scissors and clocks, mixers and whisks, bikes and brakes, while the story contains clear and simple text to engage the reader.

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your ProtectionWritten & illustrated by Stephan Pastis

Some surprising news sends Timmy Failure on a hilarious caper as the New York Times best-selling series continues.

“Behold! You are all about to be witnesses to greatness.”

In this fourth volume of Timmy Failure’s memoirs, Timmy is forced to hit the road in a cross-country trip that includes Timmy’s mom, Total the polar bear, Doorman Dave, and smells-like-a-tangerine criminal mastermind Molly Moskins. It’s a world gone mad, where good becomes bad, and Timmy Failure is a condemned man.

Someone call the authorities…

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
By J. K. Rowling, newly illustrated by Jim Kay

For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley – a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer
By Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows – a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die…

Throne of Fire: The Graphic Novel

Throne of Fire: The Graphic NovelThrone of Fire: The Graphic Novel
By Rick Riordan, adapted by Orpheus Collar

In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.

This non-stop thrill ride is adapted and brought to life by Orpheus Collar, who developed the first Kane Chronicles graphic novel and worked onThe Lightning Thief; The Graphic Novel; The Lost Hero, The Graphic Novel; and many other titles includingThe Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men.

Betty Crocker Kids Cook


Betty Crocker Kids CookBetty Crocker Kids Cook
By Betty Crocker

Whether starting from scratch with the basics of measuring and kitchen safety or creating a meal for the family, Betty Crocker Kids Cook is both teacher and creative outlet.

Betty Crocker has been helping kids in the kitchen since 1957 with the publication of Betty Crocker s Boys and Girls Cookbook. Betty Crocker Kids Cook provides the same blend of teaching and creativity, helping today s kids learn to cook and have fun at the same time. The book has 66 I-want-to-make-that recipes, plus engaging illustrations and photos of each recipe that blend whimsy and practicality. The book covers Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner and Desserts as well as kitchen essentials, including cooking safety and nutrition basics.

This is the book that will teach kids to feel comfortable in the kitchen, whether assembling a healthy snack like Strawberry-Orange Smoothies or whipping up a dinner of Impossibly Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies with Fresh Fruit Frozen Yogurt Pops for dessert.

The Tournament at Gorlan

RangersApprenticeThe Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice Early Years #01)
By John A. Flanagan

From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice series, the first in a new prequel series featuring one of our favorite Rangers, Halt!

When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath’s scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.

This origin story brings readers to a time before Will was an apprentice, and lays the groundwork for the epic battles that will culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge, Books 1 and 2 of the Ranger’s Apprentice serie.