Read in the Park Book List 2012

Here are the books available from authors attending Read In the Park.  Prices reflect a pre-event discount of 10% on hardcovers plus tax, paper backs have full price plus tax.  Books at the event will be sold at regular cost. Online orders will also receive the discounts listed below. Please note if you will be picking up your order and we will not charge shipping costs.

Vordak the Incomprehensible: AGES 9 & UP

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School Vol. 2 Hard Cover- $12.59 plus $.77 = $13.36

“Prepare to be conquered by the world’s funniest supervillain” – Lincoln Peirce, author of the BIG NATE series


Greetings, goobers! After my latest experiment worked a little too well—transforming my rather fetching figure into something significantly smaller—I’ve been forced to return to those halls of horror better known as . . . school. But going back to junior high may be my greatest opportunity for mayhem in many a month! Try to keep up as I:

• Dramatically defeat the daily dangers of schooldom—even though everyone is against me. • Strive to win the junior high presidential election by alerting my fellow students to the wonderfulness of Vordak the Incomprehensible, as well as the yuck-ness of my opponent, Marlena Lurchburger. • Mastermind a catastrophic career day, where that disgusting do-gooder Commander Virtue will finally, fiendishly be foiled.

Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World Vol. 1 Hard Cover- $12.59 = $.77 = $13.36
Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak’s level of infamy.

From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents’ basement in Trenton, New Jersey). With chapter titles like “Bringing Out the Evil” and “Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization,” numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces.

In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.)

Helen Frost

Step Gently Out / ALL AGES Photos by Rick Lieder  Hard Cover  $15.29 + $.77 = $16.21

Stunning close-up photography and a lyrical text invite us to look more closely at the world and prepare to be amazed.

What would happen if you walked very, very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside? You might see a cricket leap, a moth spread her wings, or a spider step across a silken web.

In simple, evocative language, Helen Frost offers a hint at the many tiny creatures around us.

And in astonishing photographs, Rick Lieder captures the glint of a katydid’s eye, the glow of a firefly, and many more living wonders just awaiting discovery. Fascinating facts about all the creatures pictured may be found at the end.

Utterly amazing nature photography paired with a lovely, lyrical text by a Printz Honor-winning poet. Encourages everyone to get out and explore the natural world. Includes interesting information about each of the animals.


Diamond Willow AGES 10-13, Hard cover  $14.40 + $.86 = $15.26

paper = $6.99 + $.43 = $7.42

In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs when she s not at school, wishing she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of ancestors who care for her.

“Frost invents an ingenious poetic form for her story that is both stable and fluid; like the diamond willow branches that she is imitating, the diamond shapes of her poems vary. . . . Frost has spun metaphoric gold out of an evocative natural landscape, and she knows just how to craft it into an elegant and moving story of a young girl’s deepening understanding of the relationships she shares with those around her.” —Bulletin for Center of Children’s Books (starred)

“This complex and elegant novel will resonate with readers who savor powerful drama and multifaceted characters.” —School Library Journal. Winner of lee Bennett Hopkins Gold Poetry Award and The Michigan Library Association Mitten award.

Keesha’s House –  AGES 12-17 years,  paper only $9.99 + $.61 = $10.60
At Joe’s house, Keesha has found a safe place to live, and soon it becomes known as Keesha’s House. Other kids gravitate to Keesha, finding safety in the rooms of the house and friendship and support among one another.

Written as a sequence of dramatic monologues in traditional poetic forms, this novel for young adults weaves together the stories of seven teenagers as they struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties.

HiddenAGES 10-14 yrs, hard cover  $15.29 + $.92 = $16.21

“If I leave on Saturday, I’ll neverget to know her–this girl from back then, those two days on TV. Trapped in our garage. But more: who she is now.”

When  fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

Suggested for ages 10-14, older readers are also enjoying HIDDEN. Winner for 2012 Lee Bennett Hopkins Silver Poetry Award

Spinning Through the Universe –  AGES 9-14 yrs, hard cover $15.29 + $.92 = $16.21
Mrs. Williams’s fifth-grade students are studying explorers, but there is a lot more going on in their complicated young lives. The teacher observes: “Every child is like/A little world with ever-changing weather,/Nights and mornings. And somehow, here we are,/Spinning through the universe together.” In fact, Sam and his family are sleeping in his uncle’s car, Andrew has trouble paying attention in class but can make a bike out of parts, Richard’s dog has died, and Laura’s mom has breast cancer. In this short novel written in verse, each student speaks in a unique poetic voice whose form is explained in detail in a “Notes on Forms” section. Jaquanna, for example, is represented in pantoum; Jon, with blank verse; and Shawna, Kate, Rosa, Natalie, Crystal, Monique, and Asha in a crown of sonnets. All of the poems in the second part are acrostics, except for Naomi’s haiku, and readers will enjoy decoding them to reveal an additional thought about each character. Interwoven dramatic stories and interesting poetic patterns give this book extra appeal. A boon for poetry classes.

The BraidAGES 12 & Up, hard cover $14.40 + $.86 = $15.26

Two sisters, Jeannie and Sarah, tell their separate yet tightly interwoven stories in alternating narrative poems. Each sister – Jeannie, who leaves Scotland during the Highland Clearances with her father, mother, and the younger children, and Sarah, who hides so she can stay behind with her grandmother – carries a length of the other’s hair braided with her own. The braid binds them together when they are worlds apart and reminds them of who they used to be before they were evicted from the Western Isles, where their family had lived for many generations.

The award-winning poet Helen Frost eloquently twists strand over strand of language, braiding the words at the edges of the poems to bring new poetic forms to life while intertwining the destinies of two young girls and the people who cross their paths in this unforgettable novel. An author’s note describes the inventive poetic form in detail.

Crossing Stones – AGES 12-17 yrs, hard cover $15.29 + $.92 = $16.21

Maybe you won’t rock a cradle, Muriel.

Some women seem to prefer to rock the boat.

Eighteen-year-old Muriel Jorgensen lives on one side of Crabapple Creek. Her family’s closest friends, the Normans, live on the other. For as long as Muriel can remember, the families’ lives have been intertwined, connected by the crossing stones that span the water. But now that Frank Norman—who Muriel is just beginning to think might be more than a friend—has enlisted to fight in World War I and her brother, Ollie, has lied about his age to join him, the future is uncertain. As Muriel tends to things at home with the help of Frank’s sister, Emma, she becomes more and more fascinated by the women’s suffrage movement, but she is surrounded by people who advise her to keep her opinions to herself. How can she find a way to care for those she loves while still remaining true to who she is?

Written in beautifully structured verse with a setting in Michigan, Crossing Stones captures nine months in the lives of two resilient families struggling to stay together and cross carefully, stone by stone, into a changing world. Winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins award.

Monarch and Milkweed –  AGES 5-7 years, Hard cover  $16.19 + $.98 = $17.17

Every spring the monarch butterfly migrates thousands of miles in search of the ideal milkweed plant. When she finds it, she lays her eggs on the plant, so when   each egg hatches, the baby caterpillar can feed on the milkweed leaves. The milkweed plant then provides the perfect protection as the caterpillar turns into one of nature’s wonders, a chrysalis, before transforming into an even greater wonder: a monarch butterfly. And once the newborn butterfly soars away, the milkweed seeds fly away on the wind and start this cycle over again.

The exacting prose and jewel-toned illustrations echo the harmony of monarch and milkweed in this carefully researched book, explaining one of nature’s most spectacular displays in a refreshingly simple manner. Ages 3-8 years. Helen Frost is the author of The Braid, featured at a Book Beat signing this past fall.

Kelly Di Pucchio

Zombie in LoveAges 6-9 years, Hard Cover $11.69 + $.71 = $12.40

Mortimer is looking for love.

And he’s looking everywhere!

He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off).

He’s tried dance lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit of a stiff). He’s even been on stalemate.com.

What’s a zombie to do?

Sandwich Swap –  Ages 5-7 years, Hard cover $15.29 + $.92 = $16.21

Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things – jumping rope, drawing pictures, playing on the swings.And they always eat lunch together. Sure, they don’t eat the same lunch. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus -but what’s that between friends? It turns out, a lot.

Her Majesty Queen Rania and Kelly DiPucchio, together with award-winning illustrator, Tricia Tusa, tell a story inspired by Her Majesty’s own childhood – a story about tolerance in which we learn that friendship is far more powerful than differences.

Crafty ChloeAges 5-8 years, Hard cover $15.29 = $.92 = $ 16.21

Chloe has a crafty solution to every problem. But when she needs the perfect birthday present for her best friend Emma, she starts to feel a little insecure.
How can a handmade gift ever make the cut? Even if it is very purple!

“Crafty Chloe is the creative cousin of Clementine. Ginger haired, with an adorable taste in free-to-be-me outfits and a heart of gold, this young heroine finds original and kind-hearted solutions to big problems…. DiPucchio is to be commended for providing a simple and strong story with a loving solution that will surprise readers. Strong pacing and fanciful illustrations full of happy yellow highlights capture a delightfully determined and winning child. Ross gives Chloe a sweet individuality that makes her memorable and likable. A corresponding website provides crafting ideas and instructions. Required reading for any child going to a birthday party.” The month of march is also national craft month so get your copy now!

Gilbert Goldfish wants a PetAges 3-5 years, Hard cover $15.29 + $.92 = $16.21

Gilbert has almost everything his fishy heart could desire: a magnificent stone castle, a treasure chest full of gold, and a feast of tasty flakes that falls from the sky just in time for breakfast each day.

But there’s one BIG thing missing from his life: a pet. And so begins Gilbert’s harrowing search for the perfect companion.

With snappy, rhythmic text and the most irresistible goldfish in picture book history, this tale of fish woe and triumph will make readers long for a pet as lovable as Gilbert.

ClinkAges 4-7, $15.29 + $.92 = $16.21

Clink was a state-of-the-art robot with the dazzling ability to make toast and play music at the same time. But that was many years ago.

Now kids want snazzier robots who do things like play baseball and bake cookies. So day after day, Clink sits on a shelf and sadly watches his friends leave with their new owners. Will Clink ever find a home?

Grace for President – Ages, 7-9 years, Hard cover $14.39 + $.86 = $15.25

When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate in the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the “best man for the job” — and seems to have captured all the male votes –while Grace concentrates on being the best person.

In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought — and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders. Ages 5-9 years. Kelley DiPucchio lives in the metro-Detroit area.

Alred Zector, Book Collector – Ages 5-8 Years, Hard cover $15.92 + $.92 = $15.25

In his warm, weathered house, stuffed in crannies and nooks, were heaps, rows, and stacks of beloved bound books.

The only thing that brings Alfred Zector joy is collecting books. And so he sets out on a mission to collect every last one, until his home on the hill is stretched at the seams with books big and small.

But what happens when the rest of the townspeople have nothing left to read?

Sipping Spiders Through StrawsAges 6-9 years, Hard cover $14.39 + $.86 = $15.25

Little monsters everywhere will love howling along to their favorite camp fire sing-alongs, which have been altered for optimal gross-out effect.

Songs include: 99 Bottles of Blood on the Wall, Take Me Out to the Graveyard, My Body Lies Over the Ocean, Home of the Strange …and many more!

“…DiPucchio expertly recasts 18 chestnuts into rousingly icky versions that practically sing themselves. Children who enjoy being creeped out won’t be able to get enough.” — Kirkus Reviews

How to Potty Train your MonsterAges 2-5 years, hard cover $11.69 + $.71 = $12.40

Your monster is growing up…and up…and UP!  Now it’s time to potty train him.

Potty training is not always the easiest task to navigate – especially for growing monsters. Thankfully, with the help of this easy-to-use guide, young ones can be sure not to forget any steps in the process.If it is time to start potty training, this cute picture book addresses the situation with humor. Follow the ten steps the author offers and it shouldn’t take too long before your little “monster” will be able to do it himself!

Illustrated by two time Emmy Award winning illustrator, Mike Moon.

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