Holiday Catalog 2021

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

product image
$17.99
  • 2022 Pura Belpré Honor Book
  • NYPL Best Book of 2021
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection
  • NPR Best Book of 2021
  • Based on a true story, the tale of one girl's perilous journey to cross the U.S. border and lead her family to safety during the Mexican Revolution.

    Wrenching debut about family, loss, and finding the strength to carry on.--Booklist, starred review

    Blazes bright, gripping readers until the novel's last page.--Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Vital and perilous and hopeful.--Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee

    It is 1913, and twelve-year-old Petra Luna's mama has died while the Revolution rages in Mexico. Before her papa is dragged away by soldiers, Petra vows to him that she will care for the family she has left--her abuelita, little sister Amelia, and baby brother Luisito--until they can be reunited. They flee north through the unforgiving desert as their town burns, searching for safe harbor in a world that offers none.

    Each night when Petra closes her eyes, she holds her dreams close, especially her long-held desire to learn to read. Abuelita calls these barefoot dreams: They're like us barefoot peasants and indios--they're not meant to go far. But Petra refuses to listen. Through battlefields and deserts, hunger and fear, Petra will stop at nothing to keep her family safe and lead them to a better life across the U.S. border--a life where her barefoot dreams could finally become reality.

    Dobbs' wrenching debut, about family, loss, and finding the strength to carry on, illuminates the harsh realities of war, the heartbreaking disparities between the poor and the rich, and the racism faced by Petra and her family. Readers will love Petra, who is as strong as the black-coal rock she carries with her and as beautiful as the diamond hidden within it.--Booklist, starred review

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781728234656
    0
    Author: 

    Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 16)

    $14.99
    An instant #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller!

    In Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don't mix.

    After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he's officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball.

    Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won't make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team.

    As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg's hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?

    See the Wimpy Kid World in a whole new way with the help of Greg Heffley's best friend in the instant #1 bestsellers Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal, Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure, and Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories!

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781419749155
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Bright Brown Baby

    product image
    $18.99
    A rhythmic, whimsically illustrated celebration of Black and brown babies and the joy, tender moments, and boundless love shared between children and their caregivers, from New York Times bestselling and award-winning duo Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney.

    Brown baby, born bright.

    Greet the world. Spread your light.

    Sparkling eyes blink hello.

    Bright brown baby, you will GO!

    Cuddle up with your little one, read aloud, and REPEAT: This gorgeous picture book treasury is sure to become your favorite storytime anthem. Dive into these five beautiful poems that celebrate the tender, cozy, early days between parent and child, and the exuberant joy of watching a brand-new life take shape. Warm, winsome, and welcoming illustrations from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney exude joy and love on every page. Bouncing, rhythmic text from New York Times bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney rolls off the tongue and begs to be read aloud, in these poems that include Count to Love, Hey, Baby Girl!, and Baby Boy, You are a Star.

    A celebration of Black and brown joy, babies, and families, this beautiful picture book treasury is the perfect gift item, bookshelf staple, and long-lasting classic in the making. Just right for new and expectant parents, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and more, this book is sure to be treasured for years to come.

    And if you're looking for a board book edition for baby? Each poem will also be released as a separate board book edition, with Count to Love out now!

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780545872294
    0
    Publisher: 

    Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

    product image
    $18.95
    From the frightening murder hornet to the fierce wolverine--a visual trove of the most dangerous animals on the planet, from the author of the beloved A Curious Collection of Peculiar Creatures

    Sharks, snakes, and spiders get all the attention, but many of the most terrifying animals on the planet are probably ones you didn't know were so dangerous--like the otherworldly blue dragon, a tiny sea slug that can unleash a powerful sting, or the lethal mosaic crab, armed with a toxin 1,000 times deadlier than cyanide. And some creatures get rather creative when it comes to warding off predators--which is what makes them so amazing to read about. Take the adorable greater slow loris: This primate prepares to strike by first licking its venom-filled armpits!

    Before you run and hide, award-winning author and illustrator Sami Bayly shows how, once you understand why these animals have adapted to be so dangerous, you'll learn to appreciate their scarier sides. They're only trying to survive! And with so many of these species threatened or endangered, they're counting on us to learn to love and protect them . . . from a safe distance!

    Publisher's note: A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures was previously published in Australia under the title The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781615198245
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel

    product image
    $27.99

    ***AN INSTANT BESTSELLER!***
    Best Books of 2021 -
    NPR
    ALA/The Reading List Best Horror 2021 Pick
    Longlisted for the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in a Novel, 2021


    From the Bram Stoker-nominated author of The Luminous Dead comes a gothic fantasy horror
    --The Death of Jane Lawrence.

    A jewel box of a Gothic novel. --New York Times Book Review

    "Delicious.... By the time the book reached that point of no return, I was so invested that I would have followed Jane into the very depths of hell." --NPR.org

    "Intense and amazing! It's like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell meets Mexican Gothic meets Crimson Peak." --BookRiot

    Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town.

    Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man--one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him. By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to.

    Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Caitlin Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781250272584
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Fishermen, the Horse, and the Sea

    product image
    $17.95
    Young Lester Smith is part of a fishing family on Lake Michigan. He loves playing on the beach with his little sister, helping Mama with chores, and watching the neighbor's big horse pull Papa's fishing boat onto shore. But Lester understands that the lake can be "soft as a kitten one day and terrible as a sea monster the next." On the autumn equinox of 1895, a wicked storm rolls into Port Washington, damaging a schooner on the lake and putting the lives of its two crewmen in danger. Will Lester, his family, and the horse save the day?

    This beautifully illustrated children's book based on a true story recounts a dramatic rescue on Lake Michigan and introduces young readers to Lester Smith and his family, who founded Port Washington's long-running and beloved Smith Bros. Fish Shanty. Educational materials including definitions, an illustrated map of Lake Michigan, and short biographies of the story's featured characters supplement this engaging story for elementary-age readers.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780870209796
    0

    Five Tuesdays in Winter

    product image
    $27.00

    "Five Tuesdays in Winter moved me, inspired me, thrilled me. It filled up every chamber of my heart. I loved this book." --Ann Patchett


    By the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers and Euphoria comes a masterful new collection of short stories


    Lily King, one of the most "brilliant" (New York Times Book Review), "wildly talented" (Chicago Tribune), and treasured authors of contemporary fiction, returns after her recent bestselling novels with Five Tuesdays in Winter, her first book of short fiction.


    Told in the intimate voices of complex, endearing characters, Five Tuesdays in Winter intriguingly subverts expectations as it explores desire, loss, jolting violence, and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A reclusive bookseller begins to feel the discomfort of love again. Two college roommates have a devastating middle-aged reunion. A proud old man rages powerlessly in his granddaughter's hospital room. A writer receives a visit from all the men who have tried to suppress her voice.

    Romantic, hopeful, brutally raw, and unsparingly honest, this wide-ranging collection of ten selected stories by one of our most accomplished chroniclers of the human heart is an exciting addition to Lily King's oeuvre of acclaimed fiction.


    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802158765
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong

    product image
    $14.95

    Award-winning author Linda LeGarde Grover interweaves family and Ojibwe history with stories from Misaabekong (the place of the giants) on Lake Superior

    Long before there was a Duluth, Minnesota, the massive outcropping that divides the city emerged from the ridge of gabbro rock running along the westward shore of Lake Superior. A great westward migration carried the Ojibwe people to this place, the Point of Rocks. Against this backdrop--Misaabekong, the place of the giants--the lives chronicled in Linda LeGarde Grover's book unfold, some in myth, some in long-ago times, some in an imagined present, and some in the author's family history, all with a deep and tenacious bond to the land, one another, and the Ojibwe culture.

    Within the larger history, Grover tells the story of her ancestors' arrival at the American Fur Post in far western Duluth more than two hundred years ago. Their fortunes and the family's future are inextricably entwined with tales of marriages to voyageurs, relocations to reservation lands, encounters with the spirits of the lake and wood creatures, the renewal of life--in myth and in art, the search for meaning in the transformations of our day is always vital. Finally, in one man's struggles, age-old tribulations, the intergenerational traumas of extended families and communities, and a uniquely Ojibwe appreciation for the natural and spiritual worlds converge, forging the Ojibwe worldview and will to survive as his legacy to his descendants.

    Blending the seen and unseen, the old and the new, the amusing and the tragic and the hauntingly familiar, this lyrical work encapsulates a way of life forever vibrant at the Point of Rocks.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781517911935
    0

    Good Berry Cookbook: Harvesting and Cooking Wild Rice and Other Wild Foods

    product image
    $24.95
    Explore the natural history, ecological contributions, and cultural significance of manoomin (wild rice), and savor complementary wild foods and local flavors with more than seventy-five inspired recipes, including favorites from over a dozen Indigenous cooks from various nations.

    Manoomin, wild rice, also known as "the good berry," first drew the Anishinaabeg people to the Great Lakes region in search of the prophesied "food that grows on water." Honoring the sustenance they found in the place known as Mni Sota Makoce, The Good Berry Cookbook follows the Anishinaabeg through seasons and spaces to gather wild foods and contemplate connections among the people and their plant and animal relatives.

    Ethnobotonist Tashia Hart takes us afield to marvel at the wonder of the northland's flora and to gather the bounty that translates in her kitchen--and yours--to inspired combinations like Bison and Sunchoke Quick Stew, Nutty Manoomin Patties with Ogaa (Walleye) Cheeks and Fiddlehead-Nettle Puree, and Sweet Potato Corn Pudding with Rose Sauce. Sweets are on the menu as well: Manoomin Chocolate Pie, Manoomin Smoothies, and Toasted Manoomin and Bagaan (Hazelnut) Butter Chocolate Cups.

    These dishes are only the beginning: Hart shares foraging tips and basic preparations that equip home cooks to expand their repertoire. She invites other talented Native cooks and chefs to share favorite recipes. Through storytelling and science, she emphasizes food as medicine: good choices for our environment and good choices for our plate unite as we enjoy the benefits the good berry and its botanical neighbors have to offer.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781681342023
    0

    Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic

    product image
    $20.00
    In March 2020, as a pandemic began to ravage our world, writer and professor B. J. Hollars started a collaborative writing project to bridge the emotional challenges created by our physical distancing. Drawing upon Emily Dickinson's famous poem "'Hope' is the thing with feathers," Hollars called on Wisconsinites to reflect on their own glimpses of hope in the era of COVID-19. The call resulted in an avalanche of submissions, each reflecting on hope's ability to persist and flourish, even in the darkest times.

    As the one hundred essays and poems gathered here demonstrate, hope comes in many forms: a dad dance, a birth plan, an unblemished banana, a visit from a neighborhood dog, the revival of an old tradition, empathy. The contributors are racially, geographically, and culturally diverse, representing a rough cross section of Wisconsin voices, from truck driver to poet laureate, from middle school student to octogenarian, from small business owner to seasoned writer. The result is a book-length exploration of the depth and range of hope experienced in times of crisis, as well as an important record of what Wisconsinites were facing and feeling through these historic times.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780870209772
    0

    Kaleidoscope

    product image
    $19.99
    An astounding new feat of storytelling from Brian Selznick, the award-winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck.

    A ship. A garden. A library. A key. In Kaleidoscope, the incomparable Brian Selznick presents the story of two people bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. At the center of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love which will look different to each reader. Kaleidoscope is a feat of storytelling that illuminates how even the wildest tales can help us in the hardest times.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781338777246
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White

    product image
    $26.95
    Committed to the struggle for civil rights, in the late 1950s Joan Steinau marched and protested as a white ally and young woman coming to terms with her own racism. She fell in love and married a fellow activist, the Black writer Julius Lester, establishing a partnership that was long and multifaceted but not free of the politics of race and gender. As the women's movement dawned, feminism helped Lester find her voice, her pansexuality, and the courage to be herself.

    Braiding intellectual, personal, and political history, Lester tells the story of a writer and activist fighting for love and justice before, during, and after the Supreme Court's 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. She describes her own shifts in consciousness, from an activist climbing police barricades by day and reading and writing late into the night to a woman navigating the coming-out process in midlife, before finding the publishing success she had dreamed of. Speaking candidly about every facet of her life, Lester illuminates her journey to fulfillment and healing.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780299331009
    0

    Poems from When We Were Very Young

    product image
    $19.95
    First published in 1924--two years before Winnie-the-Pooh--A. A. Milne's When We Were Very Young is among the most familiar and cherished works in children's literature. A whimsical celebration of childhood, Milne wrote the collection for his three-year-old son, and the poems have been read and sung to children for decades since. Now, Rosemary Wells brings her signature cast of animal and child characters to a dozen of Milne's best-loved poems, including "Disobedience," "The King's Breakfast," and "Buckingham Palace" (which stars the one and only Christopher Robin). This musical and memorable edition is by turns traditional and modern, with both delightful charm and wry sensibility.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781324016533
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know

    product image
    $18.95

    The account of one radically new school year for a Teacher of the Year and for his nonbinary, art-obsessed, brilliant child

    Seven-year-old Ollie was researching local advanced school programs--because every second grader does that, right? Ollie, who used to hate weekends because they meant no school, was crying on the way to school almost every day. Sure, there were the slings and arrows of bullies and bad teachers, but, maybe worse, Ollie, a funny, anxious, smart kid with a thing for choir and an eye for graphic art, was gravely underchallenged and also struggling with identity and how to live totally as themselves. Ollie begged to switch to a new school with "kids like me," where they wouldn't feel so alone, or so bored, and so they made the change.

    Raising Ollie is dad Tom Rademacher's story (really, many stories) of that eventful and sometimes painful school year, parenting Ollie and relearning every day what it means to be a father and teacher. As Ollie--who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, and prefers art to athletics, vegetables to cake, and animals to most humans--flourishes in their new school, Rademacher is making an eye-opening adjustment to a new school of his own, one that's whiter and more suburban than anywhere he has previously taught, with a history of racial tension that he tries to address and navigate.

    While Ollie is learning to code, 3D model, animate, speak Japanese, and finally feel comfortable at school, Rademacher increasingly sees how his own educational struggles, anxieties, and childhood upbringing are reflected in his teaching, writing, and parenting, as well as in Ollie's experience. And with this story of one anything-but-academic year of inquiry and wonder, doubt and revelation, he shows us how raising a kid changes everything--and how much raising a kid like Ollie can teach us about who we are and what we're doing in the world.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781517911737
    0

    Steger Homestead Kitchen: Simple Recipes for an Abundant Life

    product image
    $27.95

    Personal and simple, earthy and warm--recipes and stories from the Steger Wilderness Center in Minnesota's north woods

    The Steger Homestead Kitchen is an inspiring and down-to-earth collection of meals and memories gathered at the Homestead, the home of the Arctic explorer and environmental activist Will Steger, located in the north woods near Ely, Minnesota. Founded in 1988, the Steger Wilderness Center was established to model viable carbon-neutral solutions, teach ecological stewardship, and address climate change. In her role as the Homestead's chef, Will's niece Rita Mae creates delicious and hearty meals that become a cornerstone experience for visitors from all over the world, nourishing them as they learn and share their visions for a healthy and abundant future.

    Now, with this new book, home chefs can make Rita Mae's simple, hearty meals to share around their own homestead tables. Interwoven with dozens of mouth-watering recipes--for generous breakfasts (Almond Berry Griddlecakes), warming lunches (Northwoods Mushroom Wild Rice Soup), elegant dinners (Spatchcock Chicken with Blueberry Maple Glaze), desserts (Very Carrot Cake), and snacks (Steger Wilderness Bars)--are Will Steger's exhilarating stories of epic adventures exploring the Earth's most remote and endangered regions.

    The Steger Homestead Kitchen opens up the Wilderness Center's hospitality, its heart and hearth, providing the practical advice and inspiration to cook up a good life in harmony with nature.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781517909741
    0

    Tuesday The Curse of the Blue Spots (Total Mayhem #2)

    product image
    $6.99
    The second book in the hilarious action comedy chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author Ralph Lazar!

    For Dash Candoo, every day is... MYSTERIOUS!

    Excitement is spreading through the halls of Dash Candoo's school. The Face-Pulling Championships are about to begin, featuring students holding their faces in such positions as the Vibrating Jaw-Drop with Eye-Roll and the Dripping Stare of Death.

    Dash and his classmates have been getting ready for this day for ages. But then, suddenly, right before the championship, blue spots appear on everyone's faces... except for Gronville Honkersmith's face, which remains spotless.

    Something very suspicious is going on here. Dash needs to act fast to get rid of the spots... or else he and his friends will be pulled from the Face-Pulling for sure.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781338770407
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Unwinding: and other dreamings

    product image
    $19.95
    A highly illustrated pillow book to prompt dreaming and creativity by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning artist Jackie Morris

    Longlisted for the 2021 Kate Greenaway Medal

    "A quiet masterpiece . . . a love story, a hope story, a story out of time, out of stricture, out of the narrow artificial bounds by which we try to contain the wild wonderland of reality because we are too frightened to live wonder-stricken." --Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

    "The tales feel like half-remembered dreams, peopled with fairytale characters and magnificent creatures." -- Rebecca Armstrong, i Paper Best Books of 2020

    This book is not meant to be read from cover to cover.

    Instead, it is a book for dreamers. Its purpose? To ease the soul.

    From award-winning writer/illustrator Jackie Morris, on the heels of 2020'sThe Lost Spells, is a book that enters the realm of dreaming. With its combination of lush illustration and creative storytelling, this book is destined to become a classic.

    The paintings between these covers were worked in the between times--between waking and dreaming, during the unwinding of the soul, when the pressures of work were too much.

    Half-story, half-fairytale, Jackie Morris has created an enchanting tome, to keep on the bedside table, to give as a gift to young and old alike.

    Threaded through the curious world ofThe Unwinding are words, there to set the reader's mind adrift from their own troubles and the into peaceful harbors where imagination can stretch, and where quiet reflection can bring peace.

    The Unwinding
    is designed to be a companion, a talisman to be turned to again and again and a place of respite from an increasingly frenetic and complex world.

    Dreams and wishes are the inspiration at times like this.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781783529353
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Wednesday – The Forest of Secrets (Total Mayhem #3)

    product image
    $6.99
    Book three in the hilarious action comedy chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author Ralph Lazar!

    For Dash Candoo, every day is... SUSPICIOUS!

    Dash Candoo is used to really strange, mysterious things happening at his school.

    But now, really, really, really strange and mysterious things are happening.

    Dash starts to wonder what's going on when mysterious tire marks and strange sounds start coming from Moremi Forest, next to Swedhump Elementary. When he and his friend Rob go to investigate, they can't work out what's going on. All they know is... they're being watched.

    Soon the weirdness spreads to Swedhump. Trails of leaves appear between classrooms. A teacher acts even more strangely than normal. Even bed-jumping class doesn't feel entirely safe.

    What's causing all the fuss?

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781338770445
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: 

    Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside

    product image
    $28.00
    A humorous and rousing set of literal and figurative sojourns as well as a mission statement about comprehending, protecting, and truly experiencing the outdoors, fueled by three journeys undertaken by actor, humorist, and New York Times bestselling author Nick Offerman

    Nick Offerman has always felt a particular affection for the Land of the Free--not just for the people and their purported ideals but to the actual land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between that generates the health of your local watershed. In his new book, Nick takes a humorous, inspiring, and elucidating trip to America's trails, farms, and frontier to examine the people who inhabit the land, what that has meant to them and us, and to the land itself, both historically and currently.

    In 2018, Wendell Berry posed a question to Nick, a query that planted the seed of this book, sending Nick on two memorable journeys with pals--a hiking trip to Glacier National Park with his friends Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders, as well as an extended visit to his friend James Rebanks, the author of The Shepherd's Life and English Pastoral. He followed that up with an excursion that could only have come about in 2020--Nick and his wife, Megan Mullally, bought an Airstream trailer to drive across (several of) the United States. These three quests inspired some "deep-ish thinking from Nick, about the history and philosophy of our relationship with nature in our national parks, in our farming, and in our backyards; what we mean when we talk about conservation; and the importance of outdoor recreation, all subjects very close to Nick's heart.

    With witty, heartwarming stories and a keen insight into the human problems we all confront, this is both a ramble through and celebration of the land we all love.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781101984697
    0
    Author: 
    Publisher: