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God

A HUMAN HISTORY
Written by REZA ASLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/09/2019

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39474-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.
 
In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large.
 
In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship,...

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Written by JOY MCCULLOUGH

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books

On Sale: 03/05/2019

Price: $10.99

ISBN: 978-0-735-23213-6

"When I finished this novel, I knew I would be haunted and empowered by Artemisia Gentileschi's story for the rest of my life."—Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most...

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Written by NINA LACOUR

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books

On Sale: 02/12/2019

Price: $10.99

ISBN: 978-0-142-42293-9

Winner of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award — An achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.

Short, poetic and gorgeously written.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful, devastating piece of art.
" —Bookpage

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the...

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Written by JACQUELINE WOODSON

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

On Sale: 08/28/2018

Price: $17.99

ISBN: 978-0-399-25252-5

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.


It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's...

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Written by JACQUELINE WOODSON
Illustrated by RAFAEL LóPEZ

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

On Sale: 08/28/2018

Price: $18.99

ISBN: 978-0-399-24653-1

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.


There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look...

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A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL AND OBSESSION IN THE WEST
Written by NATE BLAKESLEE

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 07/31/2018

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90280-6

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her

 
Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic...

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THE POWER OF STORIES TO SHAPE PEOPLE, HISTORY, AND CIVILIZATION
Written by MARTIN PUCHNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/24/2018

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98827-7

The story of literature in sixteen acts—from Homer to Harry Potter, including The Tale of Genji, Don Quixote, The Communist Manifesto, and how they shaped world history

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the how stories and literature have created the world we have today. Through sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature, he shows us how writing has inspired...

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AN OFFICIAL MINECRAFT NOVEL
Written by TRACEY BAPTISTE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Del Rey

On Sale: 07/10/2018

Price: $17.99

ISBN: 978-0-399-18066-8

The brand-new official Minecraft novel is an action-packed thriller! When a new virtual-reality version of the game brings her dreams—and doubts—to life, one player must face her fears.

Bianca has never been good at following the plan. She’s more of an act-now, deal-with-the-consequences-later kind of person. But consequences can’t be put off forever, as Bianca learns when she and her best friend, Lonnie, are in a terrible car crash.

Waking up in the hospital, almost paralyzed by her injuries,...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

On Sale: 07/10/2018

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-984-80181-4

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the...

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Written by DAVID ARNOLD

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

On Sale: 05/22/2018

Price: $18.99

ISBN: 978-0-425-28886-3

"As he did in his fantastic debut Mosquitoland, David Arnold again shows a knack for getting into the mind of an eccentric teenager in clever, poignant fashion." —USA Today
 
This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.
 
Then Noah → gets hypnotized.
 
Now Noah → sees changes: his mother has a scar on her face that wasn’t there before; his old dog, who once walked with a limp, is suddenly lithe; his best friend, a lifelong DC...

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Written by AISHA SAEED

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

On Sale: 05/08/2018

Price: $17.99

ISBN: 978-0-399-54468-2

"Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The compelling story of a girl's fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.


Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to...

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Written by JOY MCCULLOUGH

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

On Sale: 03/06/2018

Price: $17.99

ISBN: 978-0-735-23211-2

"When I finished this novel, I knew I would be haunted and empowered by Artemisia Gentileschi's story for the rest of my life."—Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most...

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