Archive for April, 2017

A must for faerie fans who are already hooked on Melissa Marr and her captivating world

“Marr’s trademark use of suspense and romance will make this irresistible for her legions of one bloodfans.” (Booklist)

In this gripping follow-up to Melissa Marr’s lush Seven Black Diamonds,  Lily and her friends are forced to reckon with the truth of their own lineage and to protect one of their own, no matter what-or who-comes between them. Now that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.

“A compelling world of magic, power, and regret.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. And the humans, while no match against faery affinities, will hardly agree to the queen’s detente without resistance.

“Fans of Marr’s Wicked Lovely books will appreciate her melding of ancient faerie lore with complex contemporary characters.” (Publishers Weekly)

Lily wants to be a fair ruler but fears having to abandon the life she’s known. Now that she and Creed are more than just fellow Black Diamonds-operatives for the queen-her priorities have shifted. But her worries about assuming the throne are derailed when it becomes clear that someone-or some fae-is masterminding violent attacks to discourage peace. Who can end the war between humans and fae?

“Marr’s writing is still lush and beautiful… A must for faerie fans who are already hooked on Marr and her captivating worlds.” (Booklist)

“Once again, Marr has built an urban fantasy world that readers will find irresistible.” (School Library Journal)

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The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano

In The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano,  award-winning biographer Elizabeth Rusch and two-time Caldecott Honor–recipient Marjorie Priceman team up to tell the inspiring story of the invention of the world’s most popular instrumentpiano.

Bartolomeo Cristofori coaxes just the right sounds from the musical instruments he makes. Some of his keyboards can play piano, light and soft; others make forte notes ring out, strong and loud, but Cristofori longs to create an instrument that can be played both soft and loud.

His talent has caught the attention of Prince Ferdinando de Medici, who wants his court to become the musical center of Italy. The prince brings Cristofori to the noisy city of Florence, where the goldsmiths’ tiny hammers whisper tink, tink and the blacksmiths’ big sledgehammers shout BANG, BANG! Could hammers be the key to the new instrument?

At last Cristofori gets his creation just right. It is called the pianoforte, for what it can do. All around the world, people young and old can play the most intricate music of their lives, thanks to Bartolomeo Cristofori’s marvelous creation: the piano.

Elizabeth Rusch is an award-winning children’s bElizabethook author and magazine writer. Her books include The Mighty Mars Rovers, For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart, and Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World. She teaches nonfiction and children’s literature at the Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at ElizabethRusch.com.

Marjorie Priceman, illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, has won Caldecott Honors for her illustrations in Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! by Lloyd Moss and Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the Frist Hot-Air Balloon Ride, which she also wrote. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Fizzopolis #3: Snoodles! bubbles over with belly burps-and belly laughs

Fiozz“Carman’s wacky words and Sheesley’s loony artwork go together like soda pop and belches!” (Jim Benton, New York Times bestselling author of the Franny K. Stein and Dear Dumb Diary series)

Bestselling author Patrick Carman and Emmy Award-winning illustrator Brian Sheesley will have fans of Big Nate and Timmy Failure bubbling over with laughter in this third installment of the Fizzopolis series.

Help! Gone missing: 100,000 bottles of Fuzzwonker Fizz!

Harold Fuzzwonker and his best good buddy, Floyd, find Fizzopolis in a state of emergency. No Fuzzwonker Fizz! Only one villainous and crummy candy family could have stolen it: the Snoods. Harold and Floyd go on their wildest mission yet and must rescue all the Fuzzwonker Fizz bottles to save Fizzopolis. Burps everywhere are counting on them!

“Fizzopolis bubbles over with belly burps-and belly laughs.” (Tom Watson, New York Times bestselling author of the Stick Dog series)

 

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