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  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/07/03 Permalink
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    Why Rick Riordan Loves Sal and Gabi Break the Universe—Our July Young Reader Pick 

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    No one weaves the classic stories of Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology into hilarious, action-packed thrill rides for young readers quite like Rick Riordan. While Rick’s spent years enchanting the minds of our younger readers (and let’s be honest, adults too), most recently he’s turned his attention to showcasing the talents of a whole new crop of amazing writers. Rick Riordan Presents spotlights “middle grade authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds, to let them tell their own stories inspired by the mythology and folklore of their own heritage.” And these stories are not only brilliant but earning top awards with much-deserved praise. Here Rick does some praising of his own as he raves about one of the latest additions to the Rick Riordan Presents family: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe.

    You know how I can tell a book is great? When I can’t even describe it to you without ruining the marvelous surprises.

    You’re about to meet Sal Vidón. He’s recently moved from Connecticut to Miami with his dad and American Stepmom because . . . well, let’s just say things got complicated when Sal’s mom, his real mom, changed from Mami Viva to Mami Muerta.

    Then there’s Gabi Reál—student council president and editor of the school paper—whom Sal either finds fascinating or wants to run away from at light speed. He’s not sure yet. All he does know: Gabi is suspicious of Sal’s deepest, darkest secrets. She’s determined to find out more about this strange new kid who is able to pull impossible tricks . . . like putting a dead chicken in the school bully’s locker.

    My wife and I have both fallen in love with Sal and Gabi, and Becky’s a tough critic! The book deserves all the accolades it has received, including four starred reviews and the Pura Belpré Award.

    Welcome to Culeco Academy—a world only Carlos Hernandez could dream up! After reading about Sal and Gabi’s marvelous universe, you’re going to want to move there!

    Don’t miss our virtual event with Sal and Gabi Break the Universe author Carlos Hernandez in conversation with the legendary Rick Riordan on Thursday, July 29th at 4PM ET live on B&N YouTube!


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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/07/01 Permalink
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    Our July Picks are Here! 

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    What’s better than kicking back with a twisty thriller, historical adventure or unforgettable memoir? Not much. So, we’re thrilled that our newest Monthly Picks are here, and we have some choice reads you just won’t be able to put down. Travel back to 19th century London; pursue a thrilling cold case in 1960s Baltimore; step into a hundred years of mythologized New Orleans history; live a single day on repeat—and bend the space-time continuum with two fearless kids. Don’t worry if you want to read them all, that’s what longer days are for.

    Our Monthly Fiction Pick

    The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
    Sara Collins

    Sara Collins’s debut novel is an unforgettable, reimagined gothic tale. If you loved Circe by Madeline Miller, you won’t want to miss this atmospheric story—with more than a few twists—of a young girl transported to 1800s London from her Caribbean home.

    The Confessions of Frannie Langton is the kind of book that stays with you. One that whispers of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Frannie’s story is full of trauma, strife, and a little bit of love. This book is a triumph. I wish I could spend more time with Frannie.”—Marie C, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    Our Monthly Mystery & Thriller Pick

    Lady in the Lake: A Novel
    Laura Lippman

    Laura Lippman, author of Sunburn and the Tess Monaghan Series, returns to the streets of Baltimore in this classic story of ambition, dreams and murder with elements of noir and sly humor. “Elegantly written…Lippman again proves she’s a sharp observer of people.” —The Associated Press

    “Like Lippman’s other novels, this book has a strong sense of place, great characters, and touches on race, women’s issues, and figuring out who you really want to be. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel mixed with old-school noir.”—Amanda C, Bookseller, Atlanta, GA

    Our Monthly Nonfiction Pick

    The Yellow House: A Memoir
    Sarah M. Broom

    This extraordinary memoir of place, class and race blends the author’s family history with the mythology of New Orleans to tell a deeply American story. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this is “a remarkable journey… one of loss, love, and resilience.”—Robin Roberts, Good Morning America

    “A story both intimate and broad, illuminating how our own “houses” of family, history, race, and identity, manifest and impact in times of hope, tragedy and diaspora.  Bloom engages the reader with grace and passion, vulnerability and strength, and the narrative spins, surprises, and pops. I was drawn in completely.”—Sallye L, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    Our Monthly YA Pick

    Neverworld Wake
    Marisha Pessl

    What if you had to make a choice that would haunt you forever? Five friends are forced to relive a single day on repeat, and only one will escape in this dark psychological thriller about truth, lies and the power of memory. This page-turner will leave you breathless as it races to a shocking conclusion.

    “What a ride! I couldn’t read this one fast enough! Explores time travel in a very new and twisted way.”—Rachel S, Bookseller, Lincoln, NE

    Our Monthly Young Reader Pick

    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
    Carlos Hernandez

    Middle school is hard enough without the power to bend the space-time continuum. Sal and Gabi broke the universe, and now it’s up to them fix it. A hilarious non-stop adventure with all the right twists and turns, first in a terrific new series from Rick Riordan Presents.

    “Full of adventure, sass, heart, and delicious food. It will leave you hungry for Sal & Gabi FIX the Universe!.”— Kel R, Bookseller, Lafayette, IN

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  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/06/11 Permalink
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    An Exclusive Guest Post from Bryce Andrews, Author of Down from the Mountain—Our June Nonfiction Pick. 

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    Bryce Andrews, author of Down from the Mountain, our latest Monthly Nonfiction Pick, joins us to offer a glimpse into the wild spaces of the changing American West. Quietly dramatic and gorgeously written, Outside Magazine calls this beautiful new book about the life and death of a grizzly bear an “ode to wildness and wilderness.” Here the author reflects on the resilience of the grizzly and some wisdom we can all take away right now from these majestic creatures.

    This spring, going into town for groceries feels riskier than my day job. That’s saying something, since my job is keeping grizzly bears away from western Montana’s corn fields, calves, chicken coops, and garbage cans.

    My last town trip was on a cold, overcast morning. A gray inversion sat on Missoula like a broody hen, and it was easy to imagine that cloud of tailpipe emissions and breath as the virus currently wracking us.

    I did not want to enter the city and found it strange to fear my own people—those wilderness-loving, flannelled, hearty pint-glass clinkers. Of course, they meant me no harm. They hadn’t changed. It was just that now, without meaning to, we could lay each other low.

    This got me thinking about grizzlies, and how they survive in today’s West. Everywhere in the mountains around here, bears are waking from miraculous five-month slumbers, emerging from black-mouthed dens as if regurgitated by the earth, stepping hardily into spring’s pale light.

    Their world has changed much more over the course of the past century than ours has in the last few months. Because we’ve inhabited and cultivated so much of this region, the modern grizzly’s hardest task is avoiding humans: keeping away from our livestock and crops; staying out of the paths of speeding cars and bullets. Put simply, grizzlies survive by steering clear of us. And though the bears are good at such distancing, humans still kill more of them than anything else does.

    A grizzly’s life—the subject of Down from the Mountainisn’t easy. It’s built of staggering effort and contains too much tragedy. The amazing thing is that bears often manage it. With caution, they can thrive. Up here in the Northern Rockies, grizzlies are slowly returning to places from which we exterminated them in the twentieth century.

    I find this heartening. Right now, all around us, the natural world is quickening toward spring. Sap is rising and geese are beating up from the south. Bears are rousing to their busy season. And though none of this makes the virus less fearsome, it stands as a testament to the hunger and strength in living creatures—that burning desire to persist, adapt, and find our way on.

    The post An Exclusive Guest Post from Bryce Andrews, Author of <i>Down from the Mountain</i>—Our June Nonfiction Pick. appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

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