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Brenda Drake

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Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Erica Cameron

Author

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.
 

Stephanie Morrill

Author

Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and three kids. She is the author of THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET, The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, GO TEEN WRITERS: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, GoTeenWriters.com. To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out StephanieMorrill.com.

Books to Add to Your Guy-brary, Part 5

We're bringing you Part 5 of our Guy-Brary feature, which focuses on boy-friendly books releasing in November and December. Whether you're looking for a fun winter read, a hard-hitting story full of drama, or yes, even a romance, you're sure to find something great on our "Books to Add to Your Guy-brary, Part 5" Bookshelf.

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Editorial Content for The Emotionary

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Reviewer (text)

Emma B., Teen Board Member

THE EMOTIONARY is the first book by Eden Sher, the actress who plays Sue Heck on “The Middle” and voices Star on Disney’s “Star vs The Forces of Evil.” I found the book very interesting, as it is basically a dictionary of made-up words to describe emotions. I found that half of these words were ones I needed in my life, but had no idea how to say them until now. Now that I know how to say them, I won't stop using them. Read More

Teaser

All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up. The result of this is THE EMOTIONARY, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful.

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All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up. The result of this is THE EMOTIONARY, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful.

About the Book

A dictionary of words that don't exist for feelings that do written by The Middle actress Eden Sher and illustrated by acclaimed graphic novelist Julia Wertz.

All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up.

The result of this is THE EMOTIONARY, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful. Chock full of words you always wanted/never knew you needed, often accompanied by illustrations of hilarious and all-too-familiar situations, THE EMOTIONARY will be a cherished tool for you or the world-class feelings-haver in your life.
 
At long last, all your complicated feelings can be put into words, so you can recognize them for what they are, speak their names aloud, and move on. Finally!

December 2016

It’s been quite a year for graphic novels. Three BIG firsts:Gene Luen Yang was appointed the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature; he also was named to the 2016 class of the MacArthur Fellows Program, receiving what is commonly called the "Genius Grant." The MacArthur Foundation that names the fellows said that his "work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people." I had the pleasure of seeing Gene interviewed by Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly at the Miami Book Fair (see the photo above). Gene is passionate about his Reading Without Walls initiative, which encourages young readers to read outside their comfort zones in three ways: 1) Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you; 2) read a book about a topic you don’t know much about; and 3) read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. That might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book or a hybrid book. These ideas also will work for adults. His idea is so simple, but can make a real impact!

Editorial Content for The One Hundred Nights of Hero

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Maya Gittelman

I urgently hope that Isabel Greenberg’s THE ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO sets a precedent. It’s just such a cool premise: queered revision fairytale. I love it! The original Middle Eastern/South Asian “One Thousand and One Nights” featured a powerful, clever storyteller Scheherazade. Wronged by his wife’s infidelity, a Sasanian king marries virgin after virgin, deflowering her in the night and executing her in the morning to prevent further infidelity. Read More

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In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend, Manfred: If Manfred can seduce Cherry in 100 nights, he can have his castle --- and Cherry. But what Jerome doesn't know is that Cherry is in love with her maid, Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love, betrayal, loyalty and madness.

Promo

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend, Manfred: If Manfred can seduce Cherry in 100 nights, he can have his castle --- and Cherry. But what Jerome doesn't know is that Cherry is in love with her maid, Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love, betrayal, loyalty and madness.

About the Book

In the tradition of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world.

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in 100 nights, he can have his castle --- and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn't know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.

As intricate and richly imagined as the works of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton's in HARK! A VAGRANT, Isabel Greenberg's THE ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO will capture readers' hearts and minds, taking them through a magical medieval world.

Holiday Coloring Book Gift Guide 2016

Between school, chores and keeping up with friends, it's safe to say that teens could definitely use a breather every now and then. Intricate coloring books have become more and more popular recently as fun way to de-stress and unlock your inner creativity. Not only that, by pulling characters and images from popular series like Harry Potter and The Selection, coloring books let you put your own twist on your favorite books.

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Holiday Picture Books 2016

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner! What better way to celebrate than with some holiday picture books to get you in the festive mood?

We made a list --- and we checked it twice --- so that only the best of the best holiday books are on our shelves, no matter how you celebrate! Whether you like traditional stories about Christmas, like THE NUTCRACKER, or are looking for a fun spin on Christmas, like in THE BIGGEST SMALLEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT, there's sure to be something on our shelf that will warm your heart on those frosty winter days. For those of us who like a grand adventure, SHMELF THE HANUKKAH ELF takes readers on a mission to find out why children are missing from Santa's list only to uncover Hanukkah. There are also perfect books here for nonfiction fans such as BEST IN SNOW which allows animal fans to see beautiful pictures of animals in the snow. Or, if you like a more factual approach,  WONDERFUL WINTER: All Kinds of Winter Facts and Fun brings out the science behind snow (and allows you to make some cool crafts while you're at it). Finally, after all this holiday madness is over for the year, we can sit back and relax with Santa, who is taking a well deserved break himself in SANTA'S ELEVEN MONTHS OFF.

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