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We have the current list and stock of the Battle Books for the Pikes Peak region.
By Amy June Bates (Simon & Schuster $16.99)
By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have. Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room.
Book About Nothing
By Mike Bender (Penguin Random House $17.99)
From the bestselling authors of the adult humor books “Awkward Family Photos” and “T-Rex Trying” comes a book that’s full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat, bupkus. But reading this book isn’t all for nothing, because sometimes nothing is actually “something.”
By Holly Hobbie (Penguin Random House $17.99)
Elmore is a porcupine desperate to make friends. But it is hard to seek closeness with others when you’re covered with spikes that shoot off your back every so often. Elmore suffers rejection and heartbreak, but the goodness of his forest community ultimately shines through as the animals find a way to connect with this prickly bundle of love.
Holly Hobbie is the creator of the beloved Toot & Puddle series and now brings us a character for the next generation. Just as charming, funny, and good-hearted as her little pigs, Elmore the porcupine will snuggle and prickle his way securely into the picture-book canon.
Red and Lulu
By Matt Tavares (Penguin Random House $17.99)
Separation and miles cannot keep a determined cardinal from his loved one in this heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.
What Do You Do With a Problem?
By Kobi Yamada (Compendium $16.95)
What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn’t seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem that they wished would go away. It’s a story to inspire you to look closely at that problem and to find out why it’s here. Because you might discover something amazing about your problem and yourself. What are problems for? They challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us to discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don’t always want them, problems have a way of bringing unexpected gifts. So, what will you do with your problem?”–
The Digger and the Flower
By Joseph Kuefler (Harper Collins $17.99)
Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push.
But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.
Early/Middle Grade Readers
The Doldrums and the Hemsley Curse
By Nicholas Gannon (Harper Collins $17.99)
Archer Helmsley’s grandparents–famous explorers who went missing on an iceberg two years ago–are finally coming home. Archer is overjoyed, but he may be the only one. Rumors are flying that Archer’s grandparents were never really abandoned on the iceberg; that they’re making it all up. Archer knows that the rumors are false. With his best friends, Oliver and Adelaide, and their new neighbor, Kana, Archer sets out during a snowstorm to rescue his grandparents’ reputation.
Escape from Aleppo
By NH Senzai (Simon & Schuster $16.99)
Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, ” Baba, brothers, you need to see this.” Reluctantly, she follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns. It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.
by Marcykate Connelly (Sourcebooks $16.99)
Twelve-year-old Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows, but when her magical powers are threatened by a noble family she desperately turns to Dar, her shadow friend, who offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again, but this bargain only puts Emmeline’s life in further jeopardy.
By Ben Guterson (Henry Holt $16.99)
Eleven-year-old Elizabeth spends Christmas break at Winterhouse Hotel under strange circumstances. There, she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery in this enchanting urban fantasy debut–the first book in a trilogy set in a magical hotel full of secrets.
by Chris Bradford (Penguin Random House $8.99)
Ash Wild is the most successful teen rock star in history. Millions of fans adore him. But one fanatic wants him dead. Having been tasked to protect Ash in Bodyguard book 7, Charley Hunter learns the hard way that it’s no simple task keeping up with the demands of a celebrity. Yet she is all the stands between him and the business end of a gun . . . and fame makes for an easy target. Can she spot a killer in a crowd of 50,000 screaming fans before it’s too late? Combining pulse-pounding action, diabolical enemies, and an insider’s knowledge of the tricks of the trade, this prequel story in the BODYGUARD series is the perfect target for fans of Alex Rider, James Bond, Jack Bauer, and Jason Bourne.
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
By Leslie Connor (Harper Collins $16.99)
Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day. Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny. But will anyone believe him?
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