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Wheels of Change from Creston Books

“Gr 4–6—Emily Soper is a 12-year-old who lives in a time of transformation. She sees big 9781939547132_25db9changes coming in Washington, DC in 1908—from women’s suffrage to the invention of the automobile. She is even going through a time of personal transition, as her mother and father begin pushing her to spend less time in her father’s barn and more time learning to be a proper lady. Resistant to amending her ways at first, Emily begins to see that it is important to have the courage to change when her father’s carriage making business is threatened by racial intolerance and the invention of the automobile. This superb work of historical fiction features a delightful protagonist and a likable cast of supporting characters. Jacobson’s writing is simple, elegant, and clever. The story’s pacing helps build to an exciting conclusion, and gives a great window into an important time in American history. Using a word game between Emily and her father, Jacobson smartly weaves in vocabulary and their definitions, without taking away from the story. The back matter also features an author’s note and recipes.—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL” School Library Journal 09/01/2014

“Resemblances to To Kill a Mockingbird are strong, especially during a tea party hosted by Emily’s mother. A nice touch: Throughout much of the book, Papa teaches Emily-and vicariously, readers-new vocabulary words. The strength of the text lies in Jacobson’s ability to evoke a different era and to endear readers to the protagonist. The prose is straightforward and well-researched, heavily peppered with historical references and containing enough action to keep readers’ attention.’ – Kirkus Review

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Darlene Beck Jacobson has a BA in Special Education and a Reading Specialist MA. She worked as a Speech Language Specialist with the Glassboro Public Schools in Glassboro, NJ for 20 years. When not writing books, she substitute-teaches for Pre-K and K classes in her former school district.

Beck Jacobson has loved writing since she was a girl. She wrote letters to everyone she knew and made up stories in her head. Although she never wrote to a president, she sent many letters to pop stars of the day asking for photos and autographs. Her stories have appeared in Cicada, Cricket, and other magazines. Her blog features recipes, activities, crafts and interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators.

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Activist and New Press Author Ai-Jen Poo Wins Macarthur Genius Grant
Activist and New Press Author Ai-Jen Poo Wins Macarthur Genius Grant

Ai-jen Poo was one of 21 individuals named today by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as one of the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows, which recognizes exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future.

The New Press is proud to be publishing Ai-Jen’s debut book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America in February 2015. Her activism and narrative fit closely with The New Press’ own public interest mission. Ms. Poo plans to endow domestic worker fellowships to work alongside her to change public policy, in her words “creating a new fellowship out of this fellowship.” The Age of Dignity offers solutions including long-term care insurance and advocates a cultural change that recognizes the undervalued work of caregivers and a transformation of what in means to grow old in the United States today. Ai-Jen Poo is poised to transform the domestic workforce with her ever-expanding public platform and unwavering belief that “domestic workers have a tremendous amount of insight on what needs to change in our public policy to fully unleash the potential of the most invisible among us.”

The MacArthur “Genius Grants” are awarded annually to between 20 and 40 individuals who show exceptional merit and promise and are citizens and residents of the United States. Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, paid out over five years.

Ai-Jen Poo is recognized for her work to redefine labor paradigms by organizing and empowering domestic and care workers, fighting for legal protection and recognition for this often overlooked portion of the workforce. She is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign and has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. Thanks to efforts by her organizations domestic worker “Bills of Rights” have passed in a number of states including New York and most recently Massachusetts. As she noted on WNYC with Brian Lehrer this morning, this a growing work force and a growing need in this country.

Ai-Jen’s full bio and hi-res photos are available here on the NDWA site. Watch this video released today from the National Domestic Workers Alliance to hear more about Ai-Jen’s work to “create a vehicle for a more caring America.” Ai-Jen Poo will be on NPR’s All Things Considered today at 3 PM EST.

Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America
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The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise



“It’s impossible to imagine a Star Wars fan who wouldn’t love this book…It really is hard to imagine a book about Star Wars being any more comprehensive than this one. It’s full of information and insight and analysis, and it’s so engagingly written that it’s a pure joy to read…There are plenty of books about Star Wars, but very few of them are essential reading. This one goes directly to the top of the pile.”

Booklist (starred review)

“This is a wildly entertaining book, and if it’s not the definitive history of the making of Star Wars, I don’t know what is. But it’s more than that: it tells a rollicking good story about storytelling itself, about the intersection between art and commerce, and paints surely the most complete and deeply felt portrait of George Lucas to date.”

—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle and A Hologram for the King


“A smart, engaging book…welcome reading for fans of Star Wars—or, for that matter, of THX 1138.”

—Kirkus Reviews



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Horrible Hauntings from Goosebottom Books

Halloween is almost here and we love this spooky book because it brings ghosts to life with interactive augmented reality. 9781937463991

By downloading a free app and using your smartphone or tablet to view each luscious illustration, you can summon and interact with 3-D ghosts. The Headless Horseman, the Flying Dutchman, Bloody Mary, and the Princes in the Tower are just some of the eerie apparitions you’ll encounter.

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Horrible Hauntings has a full page feature in the September/October issue of Middle Shelf!

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Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book, Ruby’s Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Award.

William Maughan graduated from the Art Center College of design with distinction in 1973. He began his career in commercial illustration in New York in 1974. Since that time his illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, children’s books, paperback book covers, and ad campaigns. He also teaches at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, where he currently directs Graduate Studies Illustration.

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Seven Wonders
Seven Wonders

Mezrich has a gift for writing intriguing stories and intricate characters with a cinematic flair. As the narrative of “Seven Wonders” travels the globe and examines each of the modern seven wonders, the history of each is unveiled while the author maintains a tight action-adventure story.” Denver Post–seven-wonders–324315203736

Ben Mezrich -photo credit Chris Close

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Malala Yousafzai talks about The Breadwinner & Mud City from Groundwood Books

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Weirdo from House of Anansi

Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder 9781770893870 in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . . Corinne Woodrow was 15 when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents. Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward – whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun – reopens the case. He discovers a town full of secrets and a community that has always looked after its own.


…the novel is a worthy showcase for the author’s undeniable skill.

– Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at 19 and has since worked for many music, arts, film, and alternative lifestyle journals. She has been called “the Queen of Noir” in the United Kingdom and is the author of four novels, including The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir. She lives in London.

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Make the best of the tantrums, moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting


When you’re a new parent, the miracle of life might not always feel so miraculous. Maybe your latest 2:00 a.m., 2:45 a.m., and 3:30 a.m. wake-up calls have left you wondering how “sleep like a baby” ever became a figure of speech–and what the options are for restoring your sanity. Or your child just left bite marks on someone, and you’re wondering how to handle it.

First-time mom Tracy Cutchlow knows what you’re going through. Combining the warmth of a best friend with a straightforward style, Tracy addresses questions such as:

  • Should I talk to my pregnant belly/newborn? Is that going to feel weird? (Yes, and absolutely.)
  • How do I help baby sleep well? (Start with the 45-minute rule.)
  • How can I instill a love of learning in my child? (By using specific types of praise and criticism.)
  • What will boost my child’s success in school? (Play that requires self-control, like make-believe.)
  • My baby loves videos and cell-phone games. That’s cool, right? (If you play, too.)
  • What tamps down temper tantrums? (Naming emotions out loud.)
  • My sweet baby just hit a playmate/lied to me about unpotting the plant/talked back. Now what? (Choose one of three logical consequences.)
  • How do I get through an entire day of this? (With help. Lots of help.)

Zero to Five will help you make the best of the tantrums (yours and the baby’s), moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting.

“Cutchlow, editor of John Medina’s Brain Rules for Baby, here presents a photographic version of the same leading research in a condensed and warm style. Covering such issues as sleep (“crying it out, for a time, is fine”), language development (“speak in a singsongy voice”), and play (“nurture creativity”), amongst others, the author writes in a calm tone based on the soundest of child development findings without using copious notes and references. Each single-page entry includes a full-color photo of children—from newborns mere minutes old to toddlers on fierce rocking horse journeys—parents, and families involved in unstaged acts of daily life.

VERDICT This is a perfect gift for a new parent, as it synthesizes the best information simply and provides encouragement. Librarians may grumble about the awkward size and spiral binding but should acquire this delightful offering nonetheless.”

— 8/15/14, Library Journal starred review

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9780983263364.01Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far)
Tracy Cutchlow, Photographs by Betty Udesen
Spiral Bound, $19.95
Pear Press



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Three Enchanted Lion Titles Earn Eight Starred Reviews and a Junior Library Guild Selection!

Enchanted Lion Books has earned an abundance of starred reviews and a Junior Library Guild selection in just a few short months! Below are the hot titles reviewers are raving about—order your copies today!


Lion and the Bird coverThe Lion and the Bird
*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

“Minimal detail, gentle colors, horizontal brushstrokes across double-page spreads, and an ingenious use of white space—and even occasional empty pages (to indicate the passage of time)—contribute to the success of this inviting Peaceable Kingdom of a tale. “—The Horn Book, September/October issue, starred review

“The charming depiction of Lion’s home will delight sharp-eyed children, and the gentle pace of the story, which takes its time as surely as the plants in Lion’s garden take their time to grow, is reassuring. A much needed antidote to the speed of the world, this picture book by French Canadian Dubuc is one to savor.”—Booklist, June 1, 2014, starred review

“As the bird flies off, Dubuc draws the abandoned lion from the viewpoint of the departing bird; a page turn shows him again, smaller, diminished, the paw that holds his hat hanging. He resumes his solitary life, but when autumn returns, he’s seen with his eyes closed, wishing. Readers will rejoice with him when the bird returns. It’s remarkably moving, and—considering it features two animals—a deeply human story.”—Publishers Weekly, March 31, 2014, starred review


Fox's Garden coverFox’s Garden

“Flowing lines and subtle shifts of hue add visual grace notes to this wordless tale of gifts exchanged between a boy and a fox. Each scene is composed as a diorama and photographed, giving the illustrations an uncanny solidity and depth despite their paper-cutout origins. The oversized flowers invite thinking of this imported episode in symbolic or metaphorical terms . . . but it needs no analysis to be lovely.”—Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2014, starred review

“The story exudes a haunting winter magic and a strong sense of the way a small kindness can make an enormous difference.”—Publishers Weekly, August 4, 2014, starred review


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“This is a strange, somber, and oddly compelling narrative, a different combination of flavors than we would find in a book originally published in North America.”—The Horn Book, September/October 2014, starred review

“Lindelauf lures readers into the intrigue and mystery of it all and then demands their intense concentration. Every element of the tale has a purpose, and in the end, the multiple layers of past and present separate and come together in surprising, often discomfiting twists and turns. . . . A challenging and entirely unique Dutch import.”—Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2014, starred review

“Lindelauf’s masterful rendering of fraught yet loving sisterly ties, snappy dialogue, graveyard mysteries, and “traces of a tragical tragedy” from generations past combine to humorous and poignant effect in this gripping tale of eclectic families and inveterate wanderers in search of a welcoming home.” —Publishers Weekly, April 21, 2014, starred review

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Depression- Listen… Don’t analyze…. Don’t wait for your friend to reach out to you…..
Depression- Listen… Don’t analyze…. Don’t wait for your friend to reach out to you…..


THE DEPTHS mentioned in Elizabeth Bernstein’s column in the 8/26/14 issue of the Wall Street Journal on how to be a friend to someone with depression, and Jonathan Rottenberg is quoted throughout.


THE DEPTHS: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

By Jonathan Rottenberg

ISBN: 9780465022212



“The book’s scope and ambition are remarkable. In calling for a closer study of shallow, as opposed to deep, depression Rottenberg makes a smart point that is often ignored. To understand depression and have any hope of a cure, we need to look at the full spectrum of behavior—and the label of ‘mood’ makes such an investigation far more likely to succeed.”—New York Times Book Review (Short List)

The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic has the potential to revolutionize the way scientists study depression and therapists treat depression. It can provide hope for people with depression and understanding for their families.”—Psychology

 “Rottenberg’s practical style and talent for using real-world examples by real-world people to illustrate states of low and high mood is refreshing…the book is a wonderful first step for those who wish to better understand the illness from a scientific viewpoint. And it gives the reader hope by suggesting that depression is a common, albeit painful, human experience: that a low mood does not mean we have failed.”—PsychCentral

“[A] stimulating book that synthesizes research and memoir.”—Publishers Weekly

 “In this provocative presentation of the natural history and evolution of depression, the bottom line is, strangely, both deflating and hopeful: “Low mood is both inescapable and sometimes useful.”—Booklist

 “An important contribution to [Rottenberg’s] stated aim of promoting ‘an adult national conversation about depression.’”—Kirkus Reviews




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