The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our StarsBy John Green

Now available in paper, just in time for the release of the highly anticipated movie!

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

This book is an excellent gift selection for a teenager who loves to read – particularly for fans of John Green (Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines) or funny teen books about love and loss.

Twelve Kinds of Ice

Twelve Kinds of IceBy Ellen Bryan Obed, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

“This is a joyful, spirited gem of a book, as bracing and glorious as a perfect stretch of ice.” -Newbery Honor author Joyce Sidman

With the first ice – a skim on a sheep pail so thin it breaks when touched – one family’s winter begins in earnest. Next comes ice like panes of glass. And eventually, skating ice! Take a literary skate over field ice and streambed, through sleeping orchards and beyond. The first ice, the second ice, the third ice…perfect ice…the last ice…Twelve kinds of ice are carved into twenty nostalgic vignettes, illustrated in elegantly scratched detail by the award-winning Barbara McClintock.

Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac

By Anita Silvey

Part fun- and information-filled almanac, part good book guide, the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac is a new way to discover a great children’s book – every day of the year! This fresh, inventive reference book is a dynamic way to showcase the gems, both new and old, of children’s literature. Each page features an event of the day, a children’s book that relates to that event, and a list of other events that took place on that day. Always informative and often surprising, celebrate a year of literature for children with the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac.

This well-researched, high-quality book is a great gift for a family with small children. They’ll be sure to get a lot out of it!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

By Mo Willems

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur…and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.

One day – “for no particular reason” – they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then – “for no particular reason” – they decided to go…someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl.

Definitely not!

This new take on a fairy-tale classic is so funny and so original – it could only come from the brilliant mind of Mo Willems.

This funny, original picture book is adorably written & illustrated by Mo Willems, a much-beloved children’s author. It would make an excellent gift to a child of picture-book age, as would any Mo Willems title (Byrd’s Books stocks several).

Under Wildwood

By Colin Meloy

Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.

But all is not well in that world. A hard winter has come and discord reigns in the wake of the so-called Bicycle Coup. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work in his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. Under a growing threat, Prue is drawn back into Wildwood, where she and Curtis will face their greatest challenge yet: to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.

In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood.

This book is a great selection for the 9- to 12-year-old who loves to read fantasy and isn’t daunted by a large book. It is the sequel to Wildwood, which is available in paper and is just as wonderful a book.

Liar & Spy

By Rebecca Stead

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal book When You Reach MeLiar & Spy is a story about spies, games, and friendship. Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer’s first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a lie, and what is a game? How far is too far to go for your only friend? Like the dazzling When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy will keep readers guessing until the end.

This book and its predecessor, When You Reach Me (available in paper), are great gifts for young readers (ages 9-12) who enjoy stories that focus on espionage and are full of surprises.

The Last Dragonslayer

By Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable – it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians – but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam – and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as…Big Magic.

For more information, check out the book trailer and author video below.

This book is a perfect holiday gift for the child in the 9-12 age range who loves fantasy and magic.

Son

By Lois Lowry

They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal-winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

For more information, visit Lois Lowry’s new website for her series The Giver Quartet.

This book would make an excellent gift to a child in the 9-12 age range who has read and enjoyed The Giver or who is interested in dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction.

Following Atticus

By Tom Ryan

After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.

Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world’s beauty and its possibilities.

This book is a great holiday gift for those with beloved dogs or those who have a craving for adventure.

The Last Lion

By William Manchester and Paul Reid

Spanning the years of 1940-1965, The Last Lion picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister – when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action. The Last Lion brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation’s military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting America’s beleaguered cousins, and personified the “never surrender” ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.

More than twenty years in the making, The Last Lion presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.

This books is an ideal holiday gift for the World War II buff or any fan of historic biography.

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